JOSCHI YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
• Asana (Posture) Classic postures are taught in precise detail including safety precautions and modifications/variations. For each posture students are encouraged to understand the human anatomy as well as differences pertaining to the male and female body. You learn to move through the yoga postures with grace and control, gain the skills to pass these details on to your own students and gain knowledge how to modify postures for different needs and body types.
The art of teaching yoga is to know the different variations for the asanas (Yoga poses). By offering the right variation to the right student and offering the use of props, you prevent the beginners from hurting themselves and help the more advanced yogis and yoginis to still be challenged. By doing so you create a very rich teaching awareness that suits all yoga students regardless of their abilities.
Recognizing the fact that people absorb information differently, we give you tools to convey the instructions in a variety of ways to achieve the desired results. We teach how to recognize students who absorb information primarily verbally, visually or kinesthetically. One of the most critical of the teaching modalities is the practical hands-on approach to correcting the postures. Proper adjustment is often critical for maintaining safety for the student. It also allows for taking the more advanced students to the next level of their abilities.
• Building Flows
If individual asanas (postures) make up the vocabulary of yoga, then flows are the sentences and the stories of yoga. You will learn to choose the story you wish to tell your students, a story that is ultimately about themselves. Learn to lead yoga classes that flow like poetry.
• Yoga to Enhance Sports Performance
Athletes from golfers to tennis champions, from baseball players to gymnasts are incorporating yoga into their training routines to enhance their performance. Yoga can help in gaining the edge over competitors by improving flexibility, strength and concentration. You will learn to create programs and techniques to help athletes optimize their performance and stay injury free.
Breath is the foundation of all yoga practice. Our life starts and ends with one breath and in between life unfolds itself through our breath. There is a great emphasis in our course on breathing and on how breath can be used to cultivate prana (life force) as a bridge to your higher self. You will learn anatomy and mechanics of the breath, breathing methodology as well as several different breathing techniques.
Dropping one's ego is fundamental to teaching yoga. The practice of meditation greatly helps the yoga teacher step out of his or her shell and adapt to whatever circumstances present themselves. Thus, teaching comes 'from the floor' and not from a script in one's head. In our Yoga Teacher Training Program we will discuss several meditation and relaxation techniques.
• The Subtle Body
- Mudras, Chanting & Energetic Expressions - Discover the joy of chanting and the power of mantra.
- The Five Koshas
- Kriya - is an ancient cleansing method that keeps both the mind and body healthy.
- Prana & the Vayus
- Prana - integrative flow
YOGA TEACHING METHODOLOGY
• Focus on design and delivery skills for safe & effective hands-on assisting and adjusting
• Sequencing flows for varying effects and fitness levels
• Demonstrating & multitasking
• Incorporating hands-on assists & modifications
• Precision and clarity in languaging and effective cuing
• Designing for mixed level classes
• Leading vs. Teaching
• How to teach new postures to beginners
• Finding personal style
• Assessing individual needs
• Adapting and Responding
• Experiential language
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
• Introduction to Anatomy - Systems of the Body, Skeletal System, Physiology of bones
• Joints - Movements, Restrictions, Muscular System, Physiology, Postural Muscles
• Muscular System - Muscles for Movement and Alignment in Asana
• Respiratory System - Respiratory Physiology, Respiratory Muscles, Cardiovascular System Overview, Blood Pressure and Asana
• Nervous System - Central Control and Autonomic Influences through Yoga, Interaction with Yogic (subtle) Physiology
• Physiology of Asana, Breath & Mediation
• Avoiding common Injuries in Yogic Practices
• Adapting Yoga Poses for Individuals with Special Conditions
• Benefits & Contraindications for all Techniques - Warning Signs
• Physiology of Stress
PHILOSOPHY/LIFESTYLE AND ETHICS FOR YOGA TEACHER
An understanding of the evolution of yoga through the millennia aids tremendously in understanding the contemporary practice. Yoga has had a varied and colorful history and has influenced and been influenced by wide-ranging philosophies and world-views. No less colorful are the people who have practiced and taught yoga from Siva and Patanjali to the 'yoga celebrities' of the 21st century.
This course provides an overview of the historical and philosophical roots of yoga through looking at some of the major texts such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. As much of the practice of yoga is based on its own unique philosophy, knowledge of yoga philosophy and how it is relevant to practice is essential for the modern yoga teacher, bringing richness and depth to your teaching. We also look at modern trends and developments in yoga and how it has evolved since its introduction to the West.
Sanskrit is the Ancient Language of Yoga. You learn the stories behind the names of the poses as you learn to properly pronounce their Sanskrit names.
There is no one way to teach yoga. The instructions you learn will evolve through your own experiences and the shared experiences of your group. Just as yoga students learn in different ways, so do yoga teachers. Thus, the Yoga Teacher Training is a blend of interactive discussions, hands-on teaching, active analysis of yoga classes, and multimedia presentations.
You will practice teaching in small groups, practice designing & teaching of two 60-minute classes and giving and receiving of feedback. Our Yoga Teacher Training Program will also provide you with ample opportunity to observe our experienced faculty teaching and assist students while senior teachers are teaching.
PROFESSIONAL YOGA PRACTICE
Being a yoga teacher is far more than teaching classes. It's about how you present yourself energetically to your classes and in your life. Developing business skills, goals, setting up a studio, marketing yourself, legal, insurance, indemnity & liability and of course yoga alliance registry.