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Philosophy of Parimukti 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training
In the advanced training, we proceed to exploring who we are by reaching out to the philosophy of non-duality and look at ourselves with new eyes. We will challenge you to question your beliefs and perspectives and from how that reflects in your teaching. We will explore yang and yin yoga styles more in depth too by learning advanced hands-on adjustment techniques and studying yin yoga, restorative yoga and yoga nidra.
If you were most comfortable teaching one style of class only, in this training we are opening up the possibilities. You will deepen your understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body, which you will learn to apply practically in a Yin and Yang Class. You’ll study and understand the differences of yoga with a yang character (more focus on alignment or flow) and yoga with a yin character (yin and restorative poses and practise. (Advanced) asanas, breath awareness, pranayamas, kriyas (cleansing techniques), mantras and meditation, will be presented, deepened and practiced within the course.
Besides the physical practice you will explore the energetic, emotional and mind aspects of a yoga practice. Therefore, you’ll study the Patanjali Yoga Sutras in depth, and you will be introduced to the philosophy of non-duality which will be integrated in your life and teaching. In this training we acknowledge the unique individuality of bodily and mental constitution. To be able to recognize and understand these subtle processes you’ll study Ayurveda in depth. The 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training supports you in your exploration ofthe endless possibilities of life!
During this 6 weeks intensive training, you will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what it is like to live and practice full-time. You will explore yoga with a yang character and and yoga with a yin character. All aspects of yoga practice like kriyas (cleansing techniques), asana, breath awareness, pranayamas, mantra and meditation will be covered by the program, which is further divided into the following themes:
ASANA (LED & SELF-PRACTISE) Your practice is your foundation, your real teacher. In the training, you will commit to practicing daily asana, pranayama, and meditation. What you practice, you will understand. What you understand, you will be able to teach. Therefore once a week you’ll be encouraged to, as a group, teach a self designed sequence in the morning sessions, which gives you a deeper insight into your understanding and how that translates into teaching. Experimenting and reflecting on both your personal meditation, yoga practice and teachings will be continuously encouraged.
YANG PRACTISE In these teachings, you’ll deepen your knowledge of a yang practise, which is mainly focused on, on the one hand, deepening your skill of individual hands-on adjustments and, on the other hand, to teaching a more flow class. The yang part of the training is focused in the following modules:
Module 1: The art of adjusting and sequencing
In this module you’ll learn how to do hands-on adjustment using props like blocks, belts, and cushions. Central to our teaching is to look at the students and understanding their body. Your role as a teacher is to go on an explorative journey together. Do not assume anything but watch, ask, experiment, and learn. You will be able to assist and encourage your students in a safe and effective way. We will practice and gain confidence with offering effective hands-on adjustments to help your students deepen their practice and embody the fullest expression of their yoga poses. As in our 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training we encourage you to design creative sequences. Your input will come from the led classes as well as a number of classes dedicated to creative sequencing.
Module 2: The art of energetic balancing
In this training we encourage you to explore different ways of finding the center in your body through energetic awareness and alignment. From the system of yoga the result should always be that we create length and space in the body. When you find the center in the body, your mind will follow along. To achieve this we use muscle energy and core stability to protect the joints.
Also, we will continue exploring several models of experiencing the physical body such as the seven chakras, the five elements, the three gunas and the five layers, or koshas. Diving deeper into study and integration on this level is an opportunity for you to gain access to deeper layers of your own practice and to develop refined teaching skills. Guidelines are offered for how to integrate this in any of your classes.
YIN PRACTISE In these teachings, you’ll deepen your knowledge of a yin practise, which is mainly focused on relaxing the muscles. The yin part of the training is divided in the following modules:
Module 3: Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is a more quiet practice which taps into and fosters our more feminine (yin) energy. Thus it is a nice addition to a more dynamic yoga style of practice, which is characterised by its masculine (yang) energy. The sitting and supine yin postures have an expansive effect and make the spine, hip joints, pelvis and lower back more supple. It stimulates the circulation of blood and energy that flows through the fascia. This nurtures, balances and heals our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Also, a yin practice can help you cultivate more yin qualities in your daily life, enhancing the flow of life and becoming more skilful in the ‘art of letting go’.
In this module you will discover what Yin Yoga is, and how Yin Yoga developed through modern and ancient wisdom. We will discuss the differences and similarities between Yin Yoga and other styles of yoga practice. You will discover how we can influence mobility of the joints and tissues (yin), rather than focusing on the flexibility of the muscles (yang) around a specifica area of the body.
We will explore a variety of yin poses (mainly on the floor) to experience and learn their function and effect on the human systems and develop skills to teach and to modify each posture to fit and support any individual student. You will practice sequencing, learn how to use props, and how to adjust others in yin postures.
Module 4: Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is becoming increasingly popular, amongst beginner as well as advanced yoga students, as a way to experience true relaxation. As stress and tension are released, healing and upliftment are promoted in body and mind.
In this module you will explore how to sequence routines and give instruction on breathing, alignment, cautions and contraindications. You will appreciate the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently. In restorative yoga we use a wide range of props like bolsters, pillows, blankets, chairs, straps and blocks to help your students achieve perfect poses. The main purpose of props is to provide support for your body when you are stretching or relaxing. You’ll learn to use the right size of props for specific poses
We guide you to become familiar with modifications and variations that focus on specific physical and mental tensions needed for students with special conditions. Also we will observe common complaints students experience in several restorative poses and offer students alternate ways to practice more safely and comfortably.
PRANAYAMA You will continue/start a personal practice of advanced pranayama to incorporate into your daily practice. At the end of the program you will have integrated these practices and, thus, will be able to incorporate advanced pranayama into your teaching.
KRIYA Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices. You will learn a selection of advanced, powerful kriya techniques (such as Uddiyana kriya, Nauli, Agni Sara), and incorporate them into your daily practice routine.
MEDITATION We will continue experiencing different meditation techniques like silent sitting, movement meditations, heart meditations and buddhist meditations. You will deepen your understanding of what meditation is, and understand how that translates into your daily life. Meditation from the point of yoga philosophy as well as non-duality (advaita) philosophy will be explored.
We invite you to be in silence one day a week. It is a powerful tool to go beyond the surface – beyond names and forms, social, cultural or psychological boundaries. You will receive teachings and practices silently, allowing you observe more closely your thoughts, habits, and patterns. Your teachers will support you in your silence, and the teachings itself will empower you with strength to go deeper within the process of yoga.
ENERGETIC ANATOMY You will study the subtle energetic bodies and you will learn and experience how the energy in the body works, and how the energy body and mind are intimately connected.
PHYSICAL ANATOMY In this module you learn about the functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, the muscular system, and connective tissue to understand the effect of a yang and yin yoga practice. ,
AYURVEDA This module prepares you to integrate the wisdom of Ayurveda in your own life. You will gain understanding of our three doshas, and discover your own natural born constitution (prakriti) and your current imbalance (vikriti). Also you’ll learn how to determine someone’s dosha and know the most important ways of healing any imbalance. You start to develop your ‘Ayurvedic Eye’ to see things from the Ayurvedic perspective. This will bring more balance in your life, in your yoga-practice and in guiding students. Additionally, we study how to use nutrition to adjust to our own natural born constitution.
ART OF TEACHING AND ADJUSTING To be able to teach creative and safe Yin and/or Yang yoga classes, each training block will include intensive practices; involving teaching, sequencing, adjusting and the usage of props. The progress of your practice will be supported with guidance.
PHILOSOPHY You will be challenged to find your own understanding of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, by studying them in depth. We gain deeper insight of the text and ourselves by sharing personal findings and discoveries. The philsophy of non-duality (advaita) will be introduced and related to yoga and your life.
MANTRA & SOUND HEALING In this module we continue practicing mantras. We will integrate sound and vibrations, which work on the human system. You will understand by experience how sound can positively charge oneself and the environment. It can help to develop self-awareness, physical and emotional healing, personal growth and strengthen relationships.
07.00 – 09.00 Pranayama, Kriya & Asana (Yang)
09.00 – 10.00 Healthy vegetarian breakfast
10.00 – 11.00 Lecture/workshop 1 (e.g. advanced adjustments)
11.15 – 12.30 Lecture/workshop 2 (e.g. ayurveda)
12.30 – 03.00 Lunch and rest
15.00 – 16.30 Lecture/workshop 3 (e.g. philosophy)
17.00 – 18.30 Yin practice
20.00 – 21.00 Kirtan (once a week)
- You are at the point of taking your profession to a higher level and want to explore other ways of profiling yourself as a teacher
- You want to learn more different types of yoga practice to be able to offer specialized yoga classes
- You want to know the ins and outs of applied anatomy for yoga teachers
- You are looking for a six week program that will not only change your teaching skills but you personally as well
- You are keen to study with a team of highly qualified international teachers
- You are looking for a school that pays a lot of attention to students individually
To guarantee a suitable level of experience for all students participating in the 300 Hours training, we ask you to meet the following requirements before applying for this program:
- You have successfully completed a 200-hrs yoga teacher training
- You have an established self-practice
- You have preferably at least 1 year teaching experience (if you do not meet this requirement but still feel called to our training, please contact us)
We welcome graduates from all Yoga Alliance registered 200 hours trainings into the 300 Hours training. If your previous training was not recognized by Yoga Alliance, but you meet the other requirements please do get in touch with us to discuss your situation further.
The 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training will give you an increased understanding and acceptance of yourself (as a teacher) and the direction of your career. You’ll become even more aware of your own unique presence, energy, message and teaching style(s).
- You’ll be able to teach Yoga with a yang character and with a yin character
- You’ll have an expanded knowledge of yang, yin and restorative yoga postures: Sanskrit and English names, alignment, benefits and contra indications
- You’ll expand your instruction and adjusting tools. Verbally, hands-on and using props like bolsters, cushions, blocks, straps
- You’ll be able to identify individual needs of your students in asana, pranayama and meditation and you know how to guide them for a more profound experience
- You’ll have a solid foundation in pranayama practice and being able to guide and instruct the pranayama that fits your particular group
- You’ll have a deep knowledge of breath work and its effect on health and happiness
- You’ll have a solid understanding of the underlaying philosophy and context in which yang and yin schools of yoga asana developed
- You’ll be able to teach and instruct various meditation techniques
- An understanding of different chakras and individual treatment according to them
This program is registered with the American Yoga Alliance (YA), and meets their standards at the 300 hours level. Upon the completion of this program, (together with your 200 hours training certificate) you will be able to register as a Yoga Alliance 500-hour certified teacher (RYT 500) – one of the highest and widely recognised teaching certifications in the field of yoga. For more information about the Yoga Alliance standards, please visit: www.yogaalliance.org
Required Reading list
Please buy the books and bring them with you:
Book: Light on Yoga Sutras – BKS Iyengar
Book: The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga – Bernie Clark
Book: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga – Ray Long
Book: Relax and Renew – Judith Hanson-Lasater
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