Teacher Training

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Jai Rhythm Yoga 200hr TEACHER TRAINING – Jan. 10 – March 29

Want to share your practice? Looking to deepen your understanding of yoga? Are you a leader looking to build community?

Teacher training is for anyone who wants to learn more about the practice of yoga.  Jai Rhythm Yoga’s teacher training will provide you with a powerful foundation in understanding yogic philosophy and how to apply this knowledge to the art of teaching asana. This training will prepare you to confidently lead empowering and dynamic flow yoga practices.

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Yoga philosophy, history and background

  • Basic anatomy pertaining to yoga asana practice

  • Subtle anatomy pertaining to yoga philosophy

  • Asana knowledge and proper alignment

  • How to teach vinyasa (flow) yoga

  • Art of sequencing a balanced yoga practice

  • Ayurveda and its connection to yoga practice

  • Art of assisting students

  • Meditation, chanting and pranayama

  • Powerful teaching techniques and skills

  • Principles you can use to continue evolving your own teaching

  • How to stand as a leader and teacher and be yourself

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DETAILED SYLLABUS

Learning Basic Hatha Yoga Asanas (14 hours)

Learn fundamental yoga postures (asanas), their physical and energetic qualities, principal teaching points, benefits, modifications, assists and contraindications grouped into categories including warm-up, standing, stabilization, hip openers, twists, back bends, lateral bends, forward bends, balance, inversions, and restorative.

Learning to Teach Vinyasa Yoga (15 hours)

Learn several variations of the sun salutation (surya namaskar) series (Ashtanga A & B, Classical Sun Salute, and surya namaskar). Learn the 75 minute Jai Rhythm Yoga ‘open’ (all-level) guided class and learn to teach it in a flowing vinyasa style with a specific set sequence of breath-initiated and synchronized movements linking each posture into the next. Designed to be a moving meditation, this practice includes the setting of intention, focus on the breath (ujjayi), a warm-up, sun salutations, standing and balancing postures, twists, forward bends, backbends, seated postures, hip openers, inversions, and final rest (savasana).

Basic Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers (3 hours)

A practical introduction to the sacred language of yoga including the Sanskrit alphabet in Devanagari script and understanding how to properly pronounce Sanskrit names for the purpose of teaching yoga postures (asanas), chanting, and referring to key yoga terminology.

The Art of Sequencing (3 hours)

Learn the primary linking mechanisms and principles in the specific process of joining yoga postures in an uninterrupted successive order with a specific elevated intention, and a conscious result of these actions (vinyasa karma). This includes the attributes of a good sequence and things to avoid. Finally, learn to create your own yoga sequence.

Learning the Art of Assisting (13 hours)

Learn the physical and subtle aspects of assisting students in yoga postures (asanas) with the use of props, verbal cues, and hands-on assists. In particular, this segment focuses on the sacred and dynamic relationship between yoga teacher and yoga student, and the transmission of knowledge through touch.

Gross Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teachers (13 hours)

This includes both an overview of gross anatomy and specific anatomical terms, with practical and useful knowledge of yoga anatomy in relation to specific postures (asanas) including the dynamics of yogic breathing, yoga and the spine, the skeletal and muscular systems, and joint actions.

Subtle Anatomy and Physiology (7 hours)

This includes learning about subtle energy (prana) and its five winds (vayus), the subtle nervous system (nadis), energetic blockages (granthis), psychokinetic locks (bandhas) used to direct the flow of energy, the seven main subtle energy centers (chakras), the subtle body (sharira), the five subtle body sheaths (panca koshas), states of consciousness and yogic sleep (yoga nidra). Finally students will learn the principles of subtle anatomy as they relate to teaching yogic postures.

Brief History of Yoga (3 hours)

Explore ‘What is Yoga?’, and how has it evolved. In particular this will include an overview of more recent yoga history, from the development of Medieval yoga practices through yoga in the 19th Century to its present day,including its emergence and popularity in the West.

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy (10 hours)

This section includes a basic overview of the six classical systems (darshans) of yoga philosophy, an introduction to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Bhakti yoga and the Bhagavad Gita.

Ayurveda (4 hours)

This focus is understanding the Ayurveda, its relationship to both the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. This segment also covers specific ayurvedic practices and their relationship to food.

Introduction to Meditation and Chanting (3 hours)

Every yoga lecture will begin with seated meditation and chanting. The meditation sessions will progressively increase in increments of five minutes duration each week of the yoga teacher training, starting with five minutes and ending at twenty minutes. Some sessions will be guided, while others will focus on the breath or recitation of mantras (japa). After each meditation practice, trainees will learn and recite the opening chant.

Introduction to Kriyas, Pranayama and Mudras (3 hours)

This section will include learning the six yogic cleansing practices (shat karma kriyas) including ‘fire wash’(agni sara kriya) and ‘skull shining’ (kapalbhati kriya), as well as yogic breathing in the form of victorious breath (ujjayi pranayama), bellows breath (bhastrika pranayama), cooling breath (seetali pranayama) and humming bee breath (bhramari pranayama) according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Basic gestures or seals (mudras) will also be learned with their associated meanings and benefits.

Individual Practice (24 hours)

Each Jai Rhythm Yoga teacher trainee will be required to attend a TOTAL minimum of 24 hours of Jai Rhythm Yoga classes with JRY teachers Colin Brightfield and Rob Hess during the course of the program. The cost of these classes is included in the cost of the 200-Hr yoga teacher training program as part of the unlimited yoga class pass each yoga teacher trainee receives. This unlimited yoga teacher trainee class pass is only for the duration and purposes of the 200-Hr Jai Rhythm Yoga teacher training program.

Group Practicum (10 hours)

Teacher trainees will practice learning and memorizing, as well as teaching and assisting each other the 75 minute Jai Rhythm Yoga ‘open’ (all-level) guided vinyasa class. They will be encouraged to emphasize the breath count, and teach this sequence in a succinct manner by moving students continuously from pose to pose while offering options and assists and to complete the class in the allocated time.

Yoga and the Power of Music (3 hours)

Rhythm is a fundamental part of yoga. This section will focus on the uplifting power music can provide, how rhythm and tempo are important in teaching vinyasa yoga, and help trainees learn to craft playlists that enrich their yoga classes and practices.

The Business of Yoga (3 hours)

This section covers how to complete your certification process, getting insurance as a yoga teacher and some other guidance into getting started teacher yoga to others.

Satsang (14 hours)

This section includes all hours spent in group discussion, questions and answer time, any review time, and screening of four yoga related movies.

Homework (24 hours)

Jai Rhythm Yoga teacher trainees will be expected to spend an average of 6 hours per week to complete their daily homework assignments and review material from each lecture including completing the ‘The Anatomy Coloring Book’ audio tracks by Nicolai Bachman.

Required Reading Material and Book Reports (22 hours)

This includes reading the required yoga books for the 200 Hr- Jai Rhythm Yoga Teacher Training (costs of books are not included in the cost of training and will need to be purchased separately), as well as submitting three written essays (each a minimum of 600 words and maximum of 1200 words) including two book reports and one movie review.

Final Oral Exam with Review (8 hours)

There will ample time spent on review each weekend and at the end of the training. Trainers will spend time consulting with each trainee to help design their final class exam. The training will conclude with each trainee teaching a short yoga class to the group with the lead trainers present.