This year-long experience is for anyone with a genuine interest in delving deeper into yoga, either by becoming a teacher or as a dedicated practitioner. Course content:
The initial emphasis will be to give you the inspiration to take your practice to a much deeper level, and to create an environment that is conducive to learning.
First will be a self-evaluation, making it clear where each student stands, in order to make the next step possible to a conscious evolution. Included will be:
Yogic Philosophy - As the basis or inspiration to your approach.
Breath & Vinyasa - Learning the mechanism of breath and its affect on physical body, emotional body and mental body.
Bandha & posture - Optimizing and understanding bandhas and their affect on one’s body. Bringing this understanding to the various asanas with a clear purpose of circulating the energy flow in the body.
Drishti – Bringing the state of mind that makes yoga a transformative process.
Nutrition/ayurved - Mixing ancient and modern views on this subject.
Anatomy- Learning specific anatomy that goes with the course content. Basic anatomy will be part of the suggested readings.
Esoteric anatomy – To understand how this practice operates beyond the physical body.
Chanting – We will explore aspects of the voice and its use in breaking through blockages in the body and as a tool for teaching.
Meditation - Bringing a meditative state to all our practices, various approaches will be explored.
The second aspect will involve gaining the confidence and skills that will allow you to transmit your own experience through:
Using words to give concise & progressive verbal instruction Adjustments, both safe and clear Reading into the postural and energetic imbalances of the students
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