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Yoga Teacher Training: The Yoga Shala 200-Hour Training The Yoga Shala
Ridgefield CT USA
January 22, 2015 to June 14, 2015
Yoga Style: Ashtanga
Contact: The Yoga Shala
The Yoga Shala is pleased to announce our 200-Hour Teacher Training program (RYT 200) for 2015. The training is designed for serious students of yoga who would like to deepen their understanding of traditional practice and teaching methods. Interested students are encouraged to attend whether or not they are planning on teaching.

Contact Valerie via email and/or visit the shala website for additional details and an application. Applications are now due and registration is limited.

Topics covered include:

1. The Primary Series- A deeper look into the sequence of postures and correct method for the primary series of ashtanga yoga, as taught by K Pattabhi Jois. Attention to the correct counting method, vinyasa (breathing and moving in sequence), drishti (gazing points), bandha (energetic locks) and asana positions will be explored as the method for teaching all level students. 2. Hands-On Teaching Methods- Developing the skill to observe and make supportive hands-on assists to students in guided and mysore-style classes will be taught. Working from the mantra “may I be helpful” the course will explore ways of observation and assistance, in which the teacher guides the student into deeper awareness and understanding of the asana, without applying force or causing harm. 3. Verbal Teaching Skills- It is essential for the teacher to communicate clearly and without distraction when guiding class. This course will help hone the skills needed to guide students through the traditional sequence with a clear pace, correctly counted vinyasa and helpful verbal cues. 4. Pranayam and Meditation- Asana practice moves the practitioner inward towards self-observation. This course will teach basic and appropriate methods of pranayam and meditation along with their traditional benefits. Perhaps the most healing aspect of ashtanga practice is the technique of vinyasa, ujjai breathing in coordination with the movement sequence. Teaching students to understand, observe and control the breath is the first step towards meditative states of mind. 5. Sanskrit- Correct pronunciation of asana names, counting in the vinyasa, traditional mantra and classical sutra recitation is essential to the traditional method. Focused study on the use of Sanskrit in teaching and practice will be covered. Leslie Freyberg will guide the group through the sessions dedicated to this topic. 6. Anatomy- Understanding basic anatomy in asana can help fine-tune our ability to observe various bodies in stillness and motion. Our anatomy study will bring attention not only to the strictly “physical” aspect of anatomy, but also to the anatomy of the “energy body” in yoga practice. Our study of structure and energy will be guided by Lorin “Oni” Ingber. 7. Philosophy- K Pattabhi Jois said that “Astanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga”. Yoga asana should not be separated from the philosophical context from which they were born. The training course will continually dive deeper into the traditional teachings of the eight-limbed path. With each topic covered, reference to the philosophical context will be explored and discussed.

$2,990.00
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