Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

The program at Upaya Yoga is designed and aimed at producing skilled and motivating yoga teachers that are proficient in the ancient practices of the 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. A rigorous daily session includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes which are then followed by two lectures, concluded with one hour of service to the centre. With one day a week, lecture free. This philosophy forms a part of extensive curriculum.

Our aim is to offer you 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 have an alternate day morning and evening switching schedule for a very specific reason. You will learn about them and we will clarify the reasoning behind each postures etc. same day.

During the morning and evening classes students will assist with the main teachers!

In the last week of training, students will have dedicated class for one hour or one-and-half hour 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.

 

ALL ABOUT ASANAS
Posture detailed

 

Asana Practice:
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 of the various forms and postures. The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises of the Surya Namaskar(Sun salutation), Multi Style yoga postures, 100 asanas variations, from intermediate level to advanced, Posture alignment, Deep relaxation and Release of blocked energy. Training sessions for all age groups.
In addition to daily asana practices, practice teaching and posture break-down, including the main benefits, modifications and contraindications of each posture.

 

Yoga Philosophy:
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 learnt. 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, 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. The art of Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise), Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) and Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis) will be taught.

 

Pranayama (breathing techniques):
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 (lung cleansing exercise), Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing) and Samanu (mental 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 destress. By practicing pranayama you will build spiritual and emotional power to sustain a healthy life each day.

 

Kriyas:
Cleansing will purify the system and allow the breath to run easily.   Explanation and demonstration of Tratak, Neti, 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.

 

YOGA ANATOMY:
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 is explained in detail to the students. Diet and nutrition facts are also imparted for better understanding of the anatomy. These classes will give you a deeper understanding by observing the mechanism of every posture.

Our 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 recognising 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 our assistant teachers provide you with complete personal attention to support you.

 

Centering Yourself 

Begin your transformational journey through the daily exploration of yourself! This is about Self Growth and includes the roots of yoga, simple and effective with coaching tools.

 

YOU ARE A POWERFUL TEACHER
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 efficiently 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.