200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

Introduction to Philosophy

  • Introduction to Hatha Yoga
  • Origin & History of Hath Yoga
  • Introduction to teachings of Bhagavad Gita (with emphasis on Karma, Bhakti and Jnana)
  • Readings from Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Ethics and modern living
  • Consciousness & awareness, evolution of awareness
  • Pranic body, five major/minor pranas, five sheaths (panch koshers)
  • Panch Kosha (five covering of sheaths over consciousness)
  • Annamaya Kosha (physical sheath) – Gross body – Conscious state
  • Panch Tatva (five elements)
  • Sapt-dhatu (seven tissues)
  • Pranamaya Kosha (energy sheaths) – Subtle body – Subconscious state
  • Panch Prana (five vital airs)
  • Raja yoga
  • Karmendriya (five organs of action)
  • Nadi (subtle energy channels)
  • Tri-Shakti (tried energy)
  • Shat Chakra (six centre of energy transformations)
  • Kundalini and Granthis
  • Manomaya Kosha (mental sheath) – Subtle body – Subconscious state
  • Panch-Klesha (five causes of pain and miseries)
  1. Manas (mind) Buddi (lower intellect) Chitta (memory) Ahamkar (ego) Jnanedriya (five senses)
  2. Jnanamaya Kosha (intuitive sheath) – Sutble body – Subconscious State
  3. Buddhi (highter intellect)
  4. Ananadmaya Kosha (bliss sheath) – Casual body – Unconscious state
  5. Turiya- Pure consciousness
  6. Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and 8 Limbs of yoga

Hatha Yoga Asana Practice

  • Asanas, pranayama, shatkriyas, mudra, bandha and Samadhi.
  • Surya Namaskara, Sun Salutation A & B, pavanmuktasana
  • Kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Basic and intermediate series of standing, sitting,forward bending,backward bending, spinal twisting
  • Guided meditation, yoga nidra, mantra chanting, correct breathing techniques
  • Relaxation Asanas
  • Introduction to Bandhas: How to include bandhas in personal practice
  • Moolbandha, Udyaan band, Jalandar bandha
  1. Anuloma-viloma, Shitali, Bhastrika, Bhramari, Suryabhedana , Chandrabhedana, Kapalbhati
  2. Kriyas (cleansing techniques)

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Anatomical positional terms including the different anatomical planes of the body.
  • Types of muscle contraction
  • Introduction to different types of bones
  • Nadis, Introduction to Chakras
  • Introduction to different types and functions of joints
  1. Types and function of muscles

Methodology

  • Preparing for leading a class
  • Timing and sequencing, designing flow of class with different styles
  • Understanding any special needs/physical limitations of students
  • Learning to observe every student during practice
  • Basic Sanskrit terminology and voice modulation will be taught
  • Intro to business and yoga
  1. Time Management when planning and teaching classes

Practicum

  • Leading a meditation class: Each student will act as lead instructor for a one hour session of guided meditation.The remaining 2.5 contact hours where students are required to act as lead instructor will come from time that the class is broken up into small groups so each student can get more comfortable with leading a course before their final 2 hour class they will lead
  • Students will also be required to submit an assignment to test their understanding of philosophy and anatomy principles. These assignments will be based on the subjects covered during lectures
  • Trainees will demonstrate proper understanding of asana postures, demonstrating proper alignment and correct breathing
  • Leading Asana Practice: Teach a 2 hour class of fellow trainees. The trainees will be expected to create a structured flow and meaningful sequence of asanas
  • Students will be requested to maintain a journal and will be asked to share their learnings and experienced progression at the end of each week
  1. Each student will be expected to act as lead instructor for a minimum of 5 contact hours (this will not include time that students spend assisting, observing or giving feedback)

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

Philosophy

  • Yoga philosophy and History of yoga
  • Patanjali’s Sutras, eight limbs of yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita.
  • Revision of Pancha kosha (five covering or sheaths over consciousness)
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as maintaining professional teacher-students relationships, as well as the community.
  • Absolute or Pure consciousness – what it means as per yogic texts
  • What is existential bondage and Spiritual liberation.
  • Introduction to Sat-Chit-Ananda.
  • Different dimensions of root Ignorance. How they work.
  • Non-Designatory and Designatory Deception of Mind.
  • The Sakshi-Witness-Seer
  • Introduction to Veda and Vedanta.
  • The Ishwara (God – Universal Consciousness) and Jiva (Limited Consciousness)
  • The collective presentation of Three Bodies, Three Consciousness states, Five Sheaths and the Soul
  • Principles of Samkhya Philosophy
  • Kapil Rishi – About the founder of Samkhya
  • Purusha and Prakriti in Samkhya
  1. Different practices in Samkhya
  2. Difference between Vedanta and Samkhya
  3. Concepts of Kundalini & Iyenger yoga
  4. Introduction to Ayurveda
  5. Core 24 elements of Samkhya

Hatha & Ashtanga Asana Practice

  • This course will include refining of the asanas learned in 200 hour yoga teacher training. Advance mudras, Intensive pranayama, vital energy, Hatha yoga surya namaskara, Sun Salutation A & B, important postures of Hatha yoga (standing, sitting, forward bending, backward bending, spinal twisting, balancing and relaxation asanas
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
  • Breath (ujjayi) and application of bandhas during the practice
  • Advance mudras
  • Psychosomatic benefits of meditation
  • Soham, chakra, mantra japa, sweeping breath, spinal breathing and Sushumna meditation.
  1. Advance Yoga nidra/meditation training: voice tone, body scanning and benefits
  2. Mantra chanting guided practice (Om chanting, guru mantras, meal prayers, Gayatri mantra etc)

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Body systems and how they apply to principles of yoga
  • Key anatomical positional terms, anatomical planes, primary and secondary movements
  • Types of bones (long, short, flat, irregular and sesamoid), they will understand
  • Nadis, Introduction to Chakras
  • Yogic anatomy of spinal cord
  1. Chakras, Nadis

Methodology

  • Preparing for a class with a focus on time management
  • Timing and sequencing
  • How to structure classes keeping in mind comfort and expectations of different group dynamics
  • Advance Yoga nidra/meditation training: voice tone, body scanning and benefits: Students will be guided on how to train their voice to create a relaxed, soft, calm and audible voice for yoga nidra and meditation. Students will learn how to observe, scan and adjust the body of students so that they can continue relaxation and meditation without interruptions.
  • How to modify the posture according to the capacity, flexibility, age, gender and the physical fitness of the individuals.
  • Understanding any special needs/physical limitations/ constraints students may have and usage of props and modifications according to them.
  • Students will learn benefits of relaxation and meditation on the physical and mental body. Knowledge of proper alignment, adjustment and safe modifications
  • Use of effective vocabulary/cues, establishing priorities and boundaries, Sanskrit terminology and voice modulation will be taught.
  • How to introduce chanting, meditation and pranayama to the class
  • Further and deeper discussion of business aspects of teaching yoga, including marketing and legal
  1. How to teach the Shat kriyas and the contraindications applicable for these cleansing techniques
  2. The practice of Yog Nidra and how to lead yoga Nidra classes for total relaxation of the participants
  3. The practice of Yog Nidra and how to lead yoga Nidra classes for total relaxation of the participants

Practicum

  • Each student will teach pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting and asana class (under supervison of E-RYT) as lead instructor and receive feedback from RYS teachers and students (5 contact hours)
  • Students will be requested to maintain a journal and will be asked to share their learnings and experienced progression at the end of each week.s
  • Students will also be required to submit an assignment to test their understanding of philosophy and anatomy principles. These assignments will be based on the subjects covered during lectures.