Curriculum -Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hrs- SDCOA is a Yoga alliance certified school.

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1. Yoga Philosophy and Ethical Guidelines for teachers
Objective: Yoga Philosophy will prepare the student to
1) Describe the history and mythogloical descent of Yoga and Ayurveda
2) List the main texts of Yoga, Ayurveda
3) List and describe the philosophies of the Yoga and Samkhya 4) Describe Samkhya and Yoga Philosophy in a chronological order
5) List Asthanga Ayurveda and Ashtanga Yoga (See below)

Eight Limbs of Hatha Yoga

An in debth look at the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, We will examine and define the Yamas and Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi Concept of Health according to Ayurveda
Ayurveda Lifestyle- Four types of Ayus, Lifestyle of yogi, Vata, Pitt a and Kapha body types
Bhakti Yoga, Dhyana Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga-
Introduction to Patanjali Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita
Introduction to forward bends and spiritual significance

Techniques Training and Practice

Introduction to Kinesiology for Yoga
Introduction to Sun Salutations, Indications and Contraindications, breath awareness, surya namaskar mantras, application of sun salutations
An in debth look at the Surya Namaskar Sequence, Alignment, Indications and Contraindications, Dosha Balancing effects and Teaching Surya Namaskar
Forward bends in detail
Introduction to Standing poses, variations and props
Yoga for Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Introduction to concept of Savasana / Relaxation,
Importance of the practice of Savasana
variations of savasana, methods of practice
Review of Savasana benefits, contraindications, methods of practice, Introduction to Yoga Nidra
meditation practices, yoga nidra
Introduction to Srotas and Nadis, their definations, functions and locations - (Eg. Channels of MInd, Lactation, Menstrual, Energetic, Chinese Meridians)
Cleansing Yogic Kriyas - Neti, Nasya, basti, Ayurvedic Panchakarma, Nadi Shodhana
Balancing the Five vatas through Breath, Diet as well as asanas and mantras. Disorders of Vayu in joints, and agni, menstrual cycle, women imbalances, Asanas for post partum, pre natal and menopausal women
Balancing Digestive Fire, women imbalances and, agni through Pranayama, Yin poses, mantras, Purnima fast, shitali breath and moon salutations
An indepth look at Kapha Dosha. Monthly Cycles in Kapha Woman, Breath, Vinayasa, Color , Mantras for Balancing Kapha Dosha.

Teaching Methodology and Asana Practice

Principles of Demonstrating Asana techniques and yogic breath during warm up and sequencing
Identification of the dominant style, and, learning how to teach based on others learning styles of Visual learning, Hands on Learning and Auditory learning.
Using Androgogy (Adult Educational Psychology)--to determine kineseological learning style and customizing a class based on the students learning style.
A guided practice with an in debth focus on following series to Improve general health/wellbeing
Forward bends
Spinal Twist Variations and use of props
Spinal Alignment for specific ailments
Introduction to backbends. Variations and modifications using props.
Indications, Contraindications and modifications for Scoliosis, rotator cuff injuries, and frozen shoulder
Sanskrit sutras, sanskrit asana names, hatha yoga pradipika and patanjali Sutras
Using a basic intake form
The three bandhas. (Locks).
How to incorporate the bandhas into our practice.
Use of appropriate language and voice in a yoga class

Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga

Introduction to Anatomy and Bodily Tissues and Systems. Musculoskeletal system for Yoga
Description and Function of Dhatus in Ayurveda. (Ayurvedic bodily systems, srotas and tissues (dhatus), locations and descriptions.)
Anatomy of Spinal Twists, Indications and Contraindications of Spinal Twists, Proper execution of Spinal Twists


Final Exam-Written
Final Practicum- private
Final Practicum-with a group

1) Demonstration of a 30 min Yoga Sequencing for conclusion of the class, verbalization and story boarding the asana sequence and teaching a sample class
2) Assessment of Students Ability to wind down the class with cool down, mindful meditation and use appropriate pranayama, breathing, verbalization and shavasana techniques
3)Body Type assessment and alignment for Vata, Pitta and Kapha