200-hour Teacher Training
New classes coming January 2020!
Rasayana School of Yoga follows the required 200-hour teacher training curriculum standards outlined by the Yoga Alliance. Over 10 months of intensive study, participants will find their understanding and practice of yoga transformed.
Advanced yoga study
Teaching curriculum, in addition to specific instruction-oriented topics, includes all aspects of the 150-hour advanced study curriculum.
Teaching methodology such as understanding different learning styles, use of languaging to create clear verbal cues and the challenges of teaching beginning Vinyasa will be explored and practiced.
Effective sequencing—understanding functional similarities between poses, use of preparatory poses, and use of counter poses. Discussion and applied practice is included.
Business of yoga
Learn the basics of how to get started teaching in your community: Insurance, business licensing, finding your niche and marketing.
Teaching special populations
Depending on the interests of the group, the following topics may be explored: Teaching an Aging Population, Yoga for Scoliosis, Trauma-informed Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Intermediate Inversions, Yoga for MS or Special Topics in Vinyasa.
Core business topics for maintaining a successful yoga practice.
Advanced Study Curriculum
Asana—alignment, technique and common modifications for basic yoga postures (standing, seated, twists, backbends, forward folds, inversions). Includes discussion, demonstration and practice.
Each posture will be assessed for basic alignment principles (Iyengar-based). Structural variations and injury will be taken into consideration.
Typical modifications including preparatory postures, alternative postures and the use of props will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced. The process for identifying and selecting modifications will provide a skill set for continued learning and application.
Once basic alignment principles are clear, the linking of poses into a flow or Vinyasa practice provides additional challenge and exploration. Beginning Vinyasa will be explored, as will practicing intermediate Vinyasa techniques.
Restorative postures, which are quiet, supported postures using props to allow the body to release and open, will be demonstrated and practiced. A basic understanding of restorative yoga and how to incorporate these poses into a practice will be provided.
Pranayama or breathwork techniques (such as reclined vs. seated practices), breath awareness, Dirga, belly breathing, Mula Bandha breath, Ujayii, Viloma and Nadi Shodhana, will be discussed. Demonstration and practice will be included.
Topics in yoga philosophy will include the eight limbs of yoga as described by Patajali, as well as an introduction to the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.
Anatomy/subtle body anatomy
Anatomy topics will cover basic physical anatomy (bones, muscles, connective tissue and joints) and its applicability to yoga postures. Detailed discussion of the anatomy associated with the breath and nervous system will be included. Additionally, yoga concepts of the subtle (non-physical) body will also be included, such as Koshas, Nadis, Bandhas and Chakras.
Introduction to basic Ayurvedic concepts such as dosha, gunas and seasonal practices.