Syllabus for Yoga Teacher Training - Anadi Yoga Centre Rishikesh



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)
  • Manas (mind) Buddi (lower intellect) Chitta (memory) Ahamkar (ego) Jnanedriya (five senses)
  • Jnanamaya Kosha (intuitive sheath) – Sutble body – Subconscious State
  • Buddhi (highter intellect)
  • Ananadmaya Kosha (bliss sheath) – Casual body – Unconscious state
  • Turiya- Pure consciousness
  • 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
  • Anuloma-viloma, Shitali, Bhastrika, Bhramari, Suryabhedana , Chandrabhedana, Kapalbhati
  • 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
  • Types and function of muscles

Methogology

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)