The program at Upaya Yoga is designed and aimed at producing skilled and motivating yoga teachers that are proficient in the ancient practices of yoga sutras and can impart this knowledge to their students. The yoga teacher training curriculum is based on the five points of this art which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional paths of this art.
The aim is to offer you a better understanding when you teach a yoga class and clarify each query or confusion that may arise during the class. There will be time for sharing after teaching practice with the group.
The Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow sessions have an alternate day morning and evening switching schedule for a very specific reason. You will learn about them and Upaya will clarify the reasoning behind each posture on the same day. During the morning and evening classes, students will assist with the main teachers.
In the last week of training, students have to teach a dedicated 3 hours retreat style class with a dedicated teacher, who will be there to just watch you. If there is anything you need to work with, the teacher will guide you before your certificate.
Ashtanga in Sanskrit means eight limbs, mentioned in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. This technique of yoga contains harmonizing the breath with a succession of postures. This process produces powerful internal heat and a plentiful, cleansing sweat that purifies muscles and organs. The result is enhanced circulation, a nimble and strong body, and a composed mind.
Ashtanga yoga contains different groups of asanas and teachings on Vinyasa, Drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy. This is a great chance for students to practice and know their level of ability; in a supportive group environment and with the inspiration and guidance of a guru. Ashtanga can be a perfect foundation for home practitioners and also those who want to teach professionally once they know the arrangement of poses.
According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there are eight limbs of yoga. Out of which the only one involves postures (asana). Hatha means forceful or determined in Sanskrit. Hatha yoga includes a set of asanas (postures) that are designed to align your body. These postures are designed to line up the physical channels of the body so that energy can easily flow (especially in the spine).
The word Hatha is translated as “Ha-“; the sun, which is masculine and “Tha-” the moon, which is feminine; which in turn represents the balance in nature and also within everyone. Through Hatha yoga, you can create balance and unite opposites. Hatha teaches the balance of strength and flexibility in each pose. It has immense health benefits and is an efficient way to distress.
The teachers at Upaya believe Hatha to be a powerful tool for self-realization and transformation; teaching them various techniques to master control over the body through skilful breathing and meditation practices.
ALL ABOUT ASANAS: Posture detailed
The program at Upaya is designed to offer its students a solid foundation in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, focusing on the right alignment of the yogic postures. A daily asana practice class gives the students an opportunity to practice their own asanas and helps to build deep insight into the various forms and postures after complete the course .
The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises of the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), multi-style yoga postures, asanas variations (from intermediate level to advanced), posture alignment, deep relaxation, and release of blocked energy. Training sessions are suitable for all age groups.
In addition to daily asana practices, practice teaching, and posture break-down; your lessons will include the main benefits, modifications, and contraindications of each posture.
Classical yoga philosophy is intertwined all through the course and you will receive knowledge about Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, allowing you to compare classical and modern yoga; understanding the true meaning of yoga.
These sessions provide a great insight into the views of others and help reflect on your knowledge and all that you have learned. In turn, you will learn how to imbibe these ancient philosophies into your own life, and will eventually experience unison of the body, mind, and soul. You will also receive a talk on yoga from the Bhagawat Gita, a treasured Indian text considered to be an ancient guru and a life coach.
PRANAYAMA, BANDHA, and MUDRA
Pranayama is one of the five principles of yoga or the science of breath control. It expands lung capacity by relaxing the nervous system and balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. Pranayama is the science of breath control; it expands lung capacity by relaxing the nervous system and balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. The art of Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing), and cleansing of the Nadis) will be taught.
Focusing on the rhythm of your breathing and becoming familiar with it is the essence of pranayama. This is a vital feature of yoga and is often ignored as most give importance to just physical practice. Pranayama is an excellent way to de-stress. By practicing pranayama, you will build spiritual and emotional power to sustain a healthy life each day.
Cleansing will purify the system and allow the breath to run easily. Explanation and demonstration of Tratak, Neti, Basti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli, and six classical purification exercises for the various parts of the body; namely the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs, and large intestine exercises and their effects will be shown. Individual instruction will be provided.
An introduction to the major body systems is given. The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardiovascular system, muscular systems, digestion, skeletal, respiration, and endocrine system are explained in detail to the students. Diet and nutrition facts are also imparted for a better understanding of the anatomy. These classes will give you a deeper understanding by observing the mechanism of every posture.
The purpose is to give you knowledge of anatomy so that you leave with a better awareness of your own body. During the lessons, you will lay emphasis on how to adapt your practice by recognizing your weaknesses. These may be due to a lack of strength or flexibility in a particular area.
You will learn preparation techniques to make improvements in your practice. Throughout the classes, the assistant teachers provide you with complete personal attention to support you.
Begin your transformation journey through the daily exploration of yourself! This is about self-growth and includes the roots of yoga; simple and effective with coaching tools.
Teaching Techniques and Practice Teaching
In these hours, you will learn and practice valuable tools and teaching methodology that will support you in becoming a powerful teacher. You will imbibe the ability to address a large group as well as learn to connect with each student in your class.
You will explore the use of your voice, language, body language, visualization, ability to connect with your students confidently through verbal cues, the use of props, effective demonstration, and acute observation with safe and effective physical adjustments.
Yoga Successful Business
You will study and learn to effectively nurture and preserve abundance through your yoga teaching career. The end of your training session will equip you with a complete resume to immediately begin promoting yourself as a yoga teacher.