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Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus
An overview of the Yoga Teacher Training Course at Organic Roots, LLC
Techniques, Training and Practice: 108 Hours
We will practice traditional forms of hatha yoga as well as more modern versions including precise alignment and flow. Participants will study:
•postures with correct alignment, adjustments and modifications.
•Sanskrit Terms, Benefits and Contraindications of Asana
•Study and practice of different flow sequences
Breath control and the anatomy of breath.
According Yogic texts Prana is the fundamental force behind the manifested state of existence, it manifests as breath within the human organism. Regular practice of breath regulation allows us to regulate our complete being. We will explore the anatomy of breath as well as the benefits of breathing techniques for our overall health. Participants will learn to facilitate pranayama and breathwork classes.
How to withdraw the senses to the internal world is the transitional point in the eight limbs of yoga that moves from the external to the internal. We will explore an extensive range of practices and tools to practice sense withdrawal and regulation, concentration and mindfulness, and meditation. Participants will learn tools for guiding others in mindfulness exercises.
Teaching Methodology: 25 Hours
Participants will have a chance to find their voice and niche as a teacher. We will practice teaching based on experience and knowledge as well as meeting the students where they are in their practice. Constructive feedback is encouraged from participants to build each other up and offer support. We will cover the basics of nonviolent communication, communicating authentically with love and honesty. Other topics covered are establishing priorities and boundaries, addressing specific needs to the degree possible in a group setting, qualities of a teacher, business aspect of teaching yoga (marketing and legal), lesson plans and sequencing, class management and observation, the art of demonstrations and adjustments, and modifications for all levels.
Anatomy and Physiology: 25 Hours
Anatomy – Physiology & Psychology of Yoga Practices
Modern science gives us tools and research that explains the effects of yoga on the physical, mental, and emotional realms. We will observe and evaluate the health benefits of yoga. Anatomy classes allow participants to gain a basic understanding of the human body and its systems as well as applying physical anatomy knowledge to asana practice. Anatomy of energetics will be explored through chakras.
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 36 hours
Philosophy is the heart of yoga. Philosophy sessions are held in an interactive setting, encouraging discussion, sharing, and times of reflective journaling allowing participants to reach their own answers.
The History and Origins of Yoga
Participants will be introduced to a basic history of yoga, the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yogic ideas and concepts.
Life as a Yoga Teacher
Ethical guidelines of Yoga Teachers, a yogic lifestyle, the concepts of dharma and karma, student relationships, community, and understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others will be covered.
Practicum: 14 Hours
Practice teaching as the lead instructor 4 classes. This includes preparation and lesson plans. These classes will range from live virtual classes to in person. Feedback and Q&A after each class.
This program exceeds the Yoga Alliance requirements and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of this program you will receive at YTT 200Hr certificate.
Lead Trainer, Selena Kipnis, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Licensed Massage Therapist. see “about us” for bio.
A 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is a significant commitment to pursuing learning and growth during class sessions and at home. 100% participation and attendance to all sessions is required. There are five additional hours factored into the training incase of major family commitment (such as a wedding), or illness. Homework assignments including daily yoga practice plus reading and written assignments averaging 4 hours per week are also required.
Upcoming training dates:
Summer YTT June-October
This program will require approximately 5 hours of homework/self study per week
Dates and times:
Saturdays 9 am – 4:00 pm
Sundays: 9 am – 4:00 pm
•Schedule is subject to change.
Paid in full for one person: $2496
Payment Plan: 5 payments of $559
(Required books additional)
A Note on COVID Safety:
We continuously adapt to Covid as necessary. Due to Covid the majority of Yoga Teacher Trainings are now taught online. We do not believe an exclusively online 200 Hour Teacher Training is the optimal way to learn to certain aspects of the practice, such as hands on adjustments, alignment, creating a sacred space, and the pure magic that happens when those with a common interest come together to learn, share, and grow. This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is scheduled with both virtual, homework, and in person sessions, with Zoom being an option for students at any point. We will practice the following protocols during in person classes:
• Spend as much time as possible outdoors, practicing outside on the grass to connect to the elements of nature and breathe fresh air.
• We will keep windows open when inside and run a fan facing out to create air flow in the room.
• Commonly touched surfaces are disinfected regularly.
• We encourage regular hand washing.
• When practicing hands on adjustments, we will wash hands and wear masks.
• ZOOM WILL BE AN OPTION for students who develop an illness or need to stay home and protect themselves and their families or if the governor implements a Stay-at-Home Order
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