RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

 

RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

Curriculum for SAVY 200 or RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training

 Curriculum is in compliance and complete agreement with recommendations of Yoga Alliance, USA.

In this program, you will explore:

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Kriyas and Mudras
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Yoga History and Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Business of Yoga
  • Practice Teaching
  • Assignments

HYBRID/ DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM

The full course with hybrid/ distance learning option is a 1 year program, though you can take up to 2 years to complete it.

The hybrid/ distance learning component of the program can be completed in 10-11 months. This requires the submission of *assignments and quizzes with each module and a project. Completion of this work is necessary.

 

CONTACT PROGRAM

It is mandatory to attend Contact Program for Yoga Alliance registration. This program has the following major components:

 

TEACHING, TRAINING AND PRACTICE

(100 Hours: 75 Contact Hours/ 50 Hours with Lead Trainer)

ASANA CLASS (60 Hours)

The most popular component of yoga in the West, the asanas (or postures) are what typically inspire people to explore this ancient practice and lifestyle. In this program, you will learn how to teach Beginner and Intermediate postures in safe and supportive ways. You will learn about different yoga postures, the principles of entry and exit, and alignment, the precautions, contra-indications and benefits of each asana as well as how to offer safe and appropriate assists and modifications to help safely deepen your students’ experience of yoga. Your teacher will help you get into correct postures. You will be required to practice an asana routine daily. To deepen your teaching skills, you are also required to attend yoga classes taught by individuals with a minimum of 200 Hours Yoga Teacher certification.

In RYT 200 classes, the routine we follow is also called SAVY BaseSAVY Base is a well-rounded practice that includes some balancing postures, hand-balances, fundamental thigh stretches, back-bends, some basic abdominal exercises, sitting forward bends, hip-openers, and twists. This set routine provides the RYT 200 students with something for themselves that they can take home and practice every day. SAVY Base routine is exceptionally detoxifying and transformative for any level of practitioner. Practiced regularly, it helps to cultivate focus, strength, stamina, determination, self-forgiveness, along with many other desirable life qualities, and prepares you for more advanced work in Ashtanga Yoga. Meditation is closely intertwined with the asanas. With a set of asana sequences, students will be able to clearly gauge their progress as they practice it on a regular basis. Pranayama and meditation can be added and practiced with SAVY Base for a complete well-rounded daily or weekly practice.

Classes will be led by training faculty members and/ or visiting teachers. We will focus on growth and exploration of asanas (yoga postures) through different Yoga Series and sequences. A variety in different streams of Yoga will provide tools for interpretation, and further the process of making your teaching personal and authentic.

(If you have never tried the SAVY Yoga classes you can purchase class card and visit our studio.)

POSTURE WORKSHOP (20 Hours)

In this interactive lecture series, each posture in the SAVY sequence will be broken down to explore alignment, variations, staying in pose, and sequencing. This segment covers each representative pose in deep detail, so that the teacher trainers can discover the biomechanics of each posture and hence the safest and most effective way to enter and exit each posture. This section revolves around one of the most important aspects of teaching: the safe and effective performance of yoga asanas. We shall focus primarily on the entry, stasis and exit to and from poses, using both verbal and hands-on adjustments. There will also be discussion revolving around the issues of hands-on adjustments, recognizing limitations, and how to be most effective in directing students to self-adjust.

PRANAYAMA (10 Hours)

Prana is the basis of life. Practice of yoga is incomplete without proper knowledge of pranayama, or the science of breathing. In this component of the program, you will learn how to teach a variety of breathing practices, as well as develop a solid understanding of their benefits and associated precautions/contra-indications. You will learn about their relevance to general health.

Dr. Jitender K Sahdev has done a lot of work on Pranayama and is a leading researcher on yoga therapy through breathing exercises. He leads this segment. This is an extension of the regular teachings of yoga anatomy; you will learn more about respiration. It explores how the living matter is developed as a human being from molecules to cells and tissues and organs and systems. Then we move into a more subtle understanding of the relationship between matter and energy, structure and function, marma, yoga, energy and Prana, covering all the main principles that will make you understand more deeply the underlying secrets of each asana. The knowledge of these principles enables also the student to integrate more deeply how we can utilize these postures when applicable, to help the healing process.

KRIYAS AND MUDRAS OF YOGA (5 Hours)

Teacher trainees will get a chance to get introduced to kriyas and mudras and other streams of yoga, like, Surya Yoga, Swara Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga etc. Learning all that opens up your mind to the facts connected with hatha yoga and gives you a chance to understand all that in a better way.

Teacher trainees will get a chance to get introduced to kriyas and mudras and other streams of yoga, like, Surya Yoga, Swara Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga etc. Learning all that opens up your mind to the facts connected with hatha yoga and gives you a chance to understand all that in a better way.

MEDITATION/ MINDFUL YOGA (5 Hours)

The physical practice of yoga is essentially about preparing the body and the mind for meditation. To be sure, the journey inwards is not for the faint at heart. You will learn about a variety of meditation techniques so that you can have your own experiences to draw from as you lead your future students through this life-altering practice.

The ultimate aim of all yoga is moksha or liberation. The common aspiration of all yoga practitioners is to overcome suffering and imbalance, physical, emotional or sspiritual, and awaken the inherent wholesomeness and the feeling of unity with all things. Meditation, dynamic or adynamic, is an essential practice to accomplish this and teaches us mindfulness.

We’ll be learning about meditation/ pranayama practice daily, led by one of our teachers. Although the practice will be more suitable to experienced practitioners, previous experience is not mandatory. It is no problem if this is your first time practicing meditation/ pranayama. This is a great way to cultivate a mindful, productive and stress- free day.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

(25 Hours: 15 Contact Hours/ 10 Hours with Lead Trainer)

Teaching yoga is a privilege and working with people in this practice offers many opportunities for self-growth and discovery. There is so much more to teaching than simply knowing the asanas and breathing practices. You will develop your capacity to make connections with your students and foster healthy relationships as you explore topics such as Ethics and Boundaries, Creating Sacred Space, The Ethics of Touch, Creating Class Themes, Sequencing Classes etc., to name a few.

DEMONSTRATING ASANAS/ LEARNING MODALITIES/ USE OF VOICE (20 Hours)

It is theory and interactive practical workshop that will focus primarily on all the teaching moments that happen before, during and after class. This teaches how to create comfort and confidence within the art of teaching. We’ll explore teaching techniques such as voice projection, utilizing key words, body language, and the use of visualization to convey information. Further discussion will revolve around the different ways in which people learn, how to create a supportive environment for new students, and how to prepare oneself mentally before teaching a class.

BUSINESS OF YOGA (5 Hours)

Yoga is a multi-billion industry in the west. In this component, you will learn about how to set up your own yoga business and how to make it really work for you.

Traditionally, yoga, just like all other learning, was taught free to deserving and meritorious students. In modern times, that is no more a practical way to keep yoga learning and teaching sustainable. Learn how to build a sustainable teaching career and practice the art of abundance. We will explore in detail the nuts and bolts of setting yourself up as an effective yoga professional and introduce practical techniques for managing your time, building your class and workshop numbers, creating a strong and consistent following and ultimately flourishing as a teacher. You will also learn the process of opening a Yoga studio.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

(20 Hours: 10 Contact Hours/ 0 Hours with Lead Trainer)

An understanding of body mechanics is essential to keeping your students safe as they learn new poses and breathing techniques. You will learn about how muscles, ligaments, bones and connective tissues are impacted by the physical practice of yoga and pranayama, how the skeletal system supports those muscles and connective tissues and how yoga can become an effective, therapeutic way to heal the body of aches, pains, injuries and chronic conditions.

This section will teach Human Anatomy and Physiology, Anatomy of Chakras, Nadis and Marmas and Relation of Anatomy with Yoga (at least 5 hours).

You’ll get an exciting introduction to the larger structures and systems of the body. Dr. Jitender K Sahdev’s experience in the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology in Medicine, his extensive and in depth study of yoga and his passion for anatomy and physiology combined with his work as a Surgeon make what can be a dry topic interesting and fun to learn. All of our teachers are well-versed with human anatomy.

 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF YOGA, LIFESTYLE AND ETHICS

(30 Hours: 20 Contact Hours/ 0 Hours with Lead Trainer)

The philosophy of yoga is integral to complete understanding of the subject. You will be required to read and discuss various spiritual yoga texts and learn how the tenets of the various philosophies support the practice of yoga overall. From the Classical tradition to the Tantric, you will explore the world of yoga through a variety of philosophical view-points, and, ideally, find the one that resonates most closely with you.

History of yoga is grand and newer research is taking us closer to witness its right perspective. We cover all that and explore the history and philosophy of yoga with the intention of connecting to the ancient roots of Yoga. You will be introduced to the main yoga texts and their central themes in a way that brings them to life and makes their wisdom relevant for yogis in our times. The study of yoga philosophy will give you an overview of a rich tradition and add greater depth to your teaching.

PRACTICUM

(10 Hours + 10 Hours: 5 Contact Hours/ 5 Hours with Lead Trainer)

In the program, you will be given opportunities to teach what you are learning and engage in compassionate and supportive feedback to help each other develop. At the end of the program, you will be asked to design and teach a complete class that includes asana, pranayama and meditation.

Emphasis will be placed on preparing the teacher trainee for the actual practice of yoga teaching. Each student will have the opportunity to lead small groups of their fellow trainees through several consecutive postures and learn thematic approaches to teaching. The teaching will be followed by feedback sessions.

JOURNALING AND PRESENTATION

(5 Hours: 0 Contact Hours/ 0 Hours with Lead Trainer)

Writing is another form of meditation. Document the physical, emotional and spiritual journey that you experience throughout the training. It gives you an opportunity to slow the mind and work through the challenges and excitement that arise in an intensive training.

Also, teacher trainees will be required to give a presentation. Presentation topics will be provided, though trainers can choose to present a seminar on any topic that could benefit the group. This is an opportunity to put public speaking skills into practice in a setting that is more comfortable and varied than a standard yoga class.

INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA

Recognized by the WHO, Ayurveda is a sister system of yoga to living mindfully according to your unique Mind/Body type and understanding the Rhythms of Nature. Ayurveda teaches you about the three primary Doshas and how to develop routines that support your own and your students’ particular constitutions.

ASSIGNMENTS

Your own personal practice and continued self-reflection will always be most beneficial to you. The assignments are designed to give you a format in which you can explore the various program components in a method of self-study that encourages you to delve more deeply into your experience of yoga. What you discover in this journey will have a lasting effect on you as a person and a teacher.

 

 

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