Philosophy of 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training
Our 200hrs Level1 yoga teacher training is a training based on hatha yoga tradition, which means that we teach yoga as a philosophy to gain greater inside in ourselves. Above all we regard the training as a unique opportunity to make a transformative journey and learn about yoga and yourself deeply. Meditation is an important part of the training and at the end of the training we invite you to lead both an asana and a meditation class on your own.
At Parimukti we teach various types of hatha yoga classes and support each teacher to create authentic sequences that fit the moment. We find it important that you learn the correct alignment of the postures and learn which sequence is appropriate at a given moment. This can be influenced by the time of the day, the group of students, and off course your own experience. In the training the morning asana classes have more focus on alignment, strength, endurance and flexibility with a great sense of body and mind awareness. Sometimes the classes have a more dynamic character. The afternoons are more restorative with yin yoga and yoga nidra, or for example focus on a particular chakra. In terms of meditation we offer a variety of meditations such as silent sitting, movement meditations, heart meditations, and buddhist meditations. Besides asana and meditation, practices like breath awareness, basic pranayamas, kriyas (cleansing techniques), and mantras will be presented and practiced within the course from the very beginning. Also we acknowledge the different bodily and mental constitutions, by giving a brief introduction to Ayurveda.
An inspiration for us is TKV Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, who cannot be identified by one style of yoga and indeed was a great proponent of doing what is right for the individual. The historical development of yoga will be studied and reflected upon. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will be discussed and related to our daily lives. This foundation will give you experience and understanding of the yogic path.
In this phase you will undergo a profound realignment and purification of the physical body, experiencing the results in your own energy. Starting from the most tangible in this 200 hours training we will proceed to the most subtle in the 300 hours training: from the physical body to the mind.
When you have accomplished this training with commitment and dedication, you will feel confident to share with others what you have learned through self-investigation and self-practice.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989)
The curriculum presented in the 200 hours training will give you a clear insight into the most relevant aspects of a hatha yoga practice in its broader approach.
PRACTICE – Your practice is your foundation, your real teacher. In the training, you will commit to daily practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation. Your practice will allow you to experience the effects on your body and mind. What you experience, you will understand. What you understand, you will be able to share with others.
ASANA – You’ll practice asana, pranayama techniques, and different meditations 2-6 hours every day. Since a Parimukti training is demanding and challenging physically and mentally, we find it important to have a good balance between more dynamic physical practice and classes to restore and rejuvenate (yin, yoga nidra, restorative).
PRANAYAMA – A variation of different pranayama techniques is integrated into our your daily practice. Consequently, you will become familiar with key verbal instructions, function, benefits and contraindications of the most important pranayamas. At the end of the program you will have integrated these practices and, thus, will be able to incorporate pranayama into your teaching, as well.
MEDITATION – Meditation is a very important element of Parimukti trainings. In this 200 hours training you’ll develop an understanding of what meditation is and how it helps to gain insight into ourselves and our relationship with the world. You will be introduced to meditation techniques like silent sitting, movement meditations, heart meditations, and buddhist meditations. Also, every student can choose to have a day in silence. This day you will receive teachings and practices silently, allowing yourself to observe your beliefs and thoughts more closely.
MANTRA – You will be introduced to chanting mantras in a more classical setting (start/end of the class) as well as a more joyous setting in a kirtan evening. You will be chanting some of the most important mantras and understand by experience how sound can positively charge oneself and the environment.
ALIGNMENT – You will have a daily alignment class, in which you learn the most important asana postures addressing their alignment. These classes include Sanskrit and English names, key verbal cues, function of the postures, basic hands-on adjustments, benefits and contraindications. All types of asana are covered: standing, standing balancing, sitting poses (forward bends and twists) forward bends, supine, back bending, core awakening, arm balance and inversions.
PHYSICAL ANATOMY – Proper understanding of anatomy is crucial for a yoga (asana) teacher. During this course you will study the functional applied anatomy of the major joints (knee joint, hip joint, shoulder joint, and spine), fundamental bones and basic muscles throughout the course. This will help you to understand and identify differences in students and corresponding needs.
YOGIC ANATOMY – We will introduce you to different models of how the body is being perceived by the yoga tradition. Therefore we will discuss the chakras, nadis, kriyas, mudras, bandhas and koshas. This will help you to more fully understand the process and benefits of yoga.
YOGIC PHILOSOPHY – You will gain insight into the evolution of yoga from the vedic to these modern times. We guide you in how to apply yoga philosophy in your yoga practice, your teachings, and most importantly, in your everyday life. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with a particular focus on the 8 limbs of yoga, will be studied in depth.
AYURVEDA – You will receive an introduction to the pillars of the science of Ayurveda. Yoga and Ayurveda are like inseparable siblings. The combination of these two sciences bring forth a system of healing, for physical and mental health and happiness.
ART OF TEACHING – Teaching is a great medium to learn about yourself and others. Therefore, you will be asked to work with the other students, in groups, on teaching assignments from the very beginning. Our teachers will give you practical tools and constructive feedback that will help you grow rapidly and confidently. The Art of Teaching classes are a great platform where you can integrate what you have learned in the alignment, anatomy and philosophy classes. Above all you will be invited and challenged to find your unique way of teaching a class.
EXTRA’S – An intensive yoga teacher training is a deeply transforming experience for each individual student. Therefore, we offer in-depth guidance and equip you with many skills for the journey of discovering your own innate nature and truth. For students with special interests we offer a mentor program which gives you personal guidance throughout the training. Also, after the training we can help you to set up your own centre and mentor you on your further growth. And last but not least. Studying and spending almost a month with like-minded people will certainly will support you in a sense of community, camaraderie, and friendship.