300 Hours Intermediate Yoga Teacher Training Course
Kranti Yoga is delighted to offer you a 300 hrs 2nd Level Intermediate Residential Course accredited by www.yogaalliance.org in
Ashtanga Yoga, Adjustments and Myofascial Release
This residential 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is a comprehensive Yoga Alliance approved program that runs over 4 weeks along with some preparation reading for you to have completed before you arrive at the village. The program is an intensive course that is presented with a progressive approach to yoga.
Students should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged. You will be encouraged and invited to explore your own needs as individuals. The course is designed for you to develop as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher whilst further developing your own practice. It is an intensive and rigorous course that will deepen your understanding of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and related philosophies.
- deepen your physical and spiritual practice of Ashtanga Yoga
- develop a self practice of Pranayama and Meditation
- teach Ashtanga Yoga Led Class (up to Navasana and Closing Sequence)
- learn to adjust all postures of The Primary Series
- understand the principles of Myofascial Release and learn 5 release techniques
- know about the Skeletal, Muscular, Fascia and Respiratory Systems, applying them to your practice and classes
- gain a contemporary insight into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and commentaries of his sutras throughout the ages
- mentor students from 200 hr YTTC
In order to participate on this course you must have already completed a 200 hr YTTC either at Kranti Yoga or another Yoga Alliance recognized school. If your 200 hr certification is not Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow, it is advisable that you have an awareness of the Primary Series and have some insight into this branch of yoga.
These will allow you to gain a deeper insight into The Primary Series by looking in detail at the body mechanics throughout. A revision of the Skeletal and Muscular System will allow you to become mindful of what is happening in the body during your practice. A familiarity with Active Release is an important part of being an effective Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. This can only be achieved with a sound understanding of what happens in each and every posture, anatomically. During these classes, you will also focus on how to modify practice for students with weak areas whether due to a lack of strength or flexibility. By looking at different body shapes, sizes and abilities, you will learn how to identify such weaknesses and be able to give preparation techniques to promote improvements.
The Teaching Methodology Program will guide you towards teaching the Primary Series in terms of how to give clear instructions and reminders along with how to keep the necessary pace of Ashtanga Yoga. This part of the program runs closely with Anatomy Classes as you will be encouraged to provide technical anatomical information to your students. The correct alignment of the postures will naturally be incorporated into your teaching. Firstly, you will teach your peers and then progress to teach your own class to our Drop In students who will be of mixed abilities.
We have 4 teaching spaces (shalas) within The Yoga Village and so have the facilities to allow you to develop as a teacher. Drop In Classes are solely to allow our teachers to gain the valuable experience of dealing with the wide range of yoga students that you can be faced with. Learning to instruct, demonstrate, motivate, be inclusive and adapt to individual needs of your students is an integral part of the course. This can only be developed by delivering your own classes and getting constructive feedback from our experienced teacher.
Adjustments are a key feature of Ashtanga Yoga as they allow you to gain further insight into the postures through application of gentle pressure to deepen the stretch. Adjustments can only be learnt through practice. We offer a ‘hands on’ approach that starts with practicing on your peers, moving onto assisting our main teachers on the 200 hr YTTC. Practice takes place each morning and so many opportunities are there for you maximise your potential in this area. We believe this part of our course in unique in terms of the volume of students we have for you to exploit. Each week you will be given specific adjustments to work on and these will be carried out under the close supervision of your teacher. In order for you to assist/adjust in these classes, you must first demonstrate that you can adjust confidently by means of a small assessment. This will be completed in the third week of your training.
Ashtanga Yoga Practice
Depending on your familiarity of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a personal plan will be devised to further your practice. If you are new to Ashtanga, this will be supported through extra classes if necessary. Otherwise, you will continue to practice Primary Series and will have both Led Ashtanga Yoga Classes along with Self-Practice classes. If appropriate, you will also be introduced to some asanas of The Second Series. Each week, your teacher will give you a focus to work towards in order to advance your practice. Technical Workshops in the afternoons will continue to develop your techniques in Hip Opening, Jump Back, Transitions, Backbending, Inversions and Arm Balancing. Not only will you develop your own practice in all of these sessions, you will without doubt pick up helpful ideas to take with you to develop your own students in these areas.
Fascia is the largest and most sensitive structure is the body. It provides strusture and movement. When we think of movement, we genarally think of the muscuar and skeletal systems with little awareness of the elastic web of the myofascia that facilitates movement. If the fascia is tight, movement is limited preventing access to some postures. Myofascial Release can therefore improve strength and flexibility needed for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
You will lean techniques to release the myofascia and devise your own Release Class that you will then teach to your peers in your final week.
Pranayama and Meditation
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, the breath initiates the movement from posture to posture. It is impossible to progress through the series without being familiar with the rhythm of your own breath as your focus is dependent on it to achieve sense withdrawal to induce meditation. You will learn techniques that will help you to lengthen your breath, increase your lung capacity and strengthen the nervous system. Pranayama and Mediation are great ways to alleviate stress and tension, something that is often endured in modern society. The practice of Pranayama and Meditation will allow you to build mental and emotional strength to help you maintain a healthy sense of wellbeing, not just on the YTTC but in your everyday daily life.
Tutorials will explain the theory accompanying these breathing techniques enabling you to further develop your own personal practice. You will also include Pranayama when teaching.
Kriyas and Mudras
Cleansing will clear the system and allow the breath to flow freely. You will learn and practice 2 cleansing techniques (shatkarmas) on your course. Mudras will allow you to seal energy within the body. Again, tutorials will support the practice of all of these.
A contemporary insight into classical yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the program, drawing on Vedic beliefs. You will study the influential text Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with tutorials designed to promote discussion and debate around these philosophies. You will be encouraged to incorporate key messages from these texts into your daily practice in order that your practice is supported spiritually. It is our aim that your spiritual development is just as important as your physical development. This, along with Yogic Lifestyle studies, encourages you to question and challenge your own lifestyle choices in order to improve your overall sense of wellbeing.
Teaching Assistant Program
A unique feature of our course is that you will act as a Teaching Assistant on the course. As previously mentioned, you will support morning practice in order to align and adjust students and so it is important that you develop a rapport with them. Students will be allocated for you to mentor on a one to one basis. You will be expected to devise personal plans for them with preparation advice for problem postures due to a lack of flexibility or strength. This is an ideal opportunity for you to demonstrate correct alignment that will have learnt with us. All this is closely supervised by your Lead Teacher. The program is always warmly received by both parties in terms of advancing the practice of the mentee and developing the teaching/communication skills of the mentor.
- teach a Drop In Class, Primary Series (up to Navasana and closing sequence)
- pass a written test in Yoga Philosophy
- peer teach a Release Class
- present the correct alignment of asanas along with the anatomical focus of the asana
- pass a written test on the anatomy of the alignment of the Primary Series
- adjust your mentees in morning practice
- present a Development Plan for your mentees
These include: Moonlight/Candlelight/Om Meditation, Yoga Movies, Local Festivals, Japa Yoga
Beyond the course, there are often opportunities for graduates to support us in the shala, should you want to lengthen your stay in Patnem. Subject to availability, we are happy for you develop and support the Senior Teachers on the YTTCs. This can be discussed on successful completion of your course.
Typical daily schedule*
- 6.30 - 7.00 am Mantra Chanting
- 7.00 - 9.00 am: Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Intermediate Series (Self Practice Or Led Class) / Hip Opening Flow / Backbending Flow
- 9.00 - 10.00 am: Meditation / Pranayama / Kriyas
- 9.00 - 10.00 am: Breakfast
- 11.00 - 1.00 pm: Anatomy of Alignment Classes / Adjustment Workshop
- 1.00 - 2.00 pm Lunch
- 2.00 - 3.00 pm Yoga Philosophy
- 3.00 - 4.30 pm: Teaching Methodology
- 5.00 - 6.30 pm: Hip Opening / Backbending / Jump Back / Inversions Technical Workshops
- 5.00 - 6.30 pm: Teaching Practice
- 6.30 - 7.00 pm: Mentoring Tutorial
- 7.30 - 8.30 pm: Dinner
classes are all day Monday to Saturday, Sunday off.
Schedule can be changed according to the group and weather*
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