Highlights of our 200 Hrs. YTTC: Basics to Intermediate Level.

teacher_training

Learn 100 Hatha yoga postures: Alignments + Flow

Namaste yoga academy Hong Kong always adapts traditional Multi style hatha yoga teachings. It blends both soft and dynamic schools of teaching methods. Our students undergo traditional base and learn to know different yoga styles of western practices as well. We make the students to explore their physical body during yoga postures as much as possible with no stress of performing them and focus at present and experience what they are doing at that moment specifically to deepen their practice with patience.

Asana Practice is main part in teacher training. We will teach the Hatha yogasanas from Hatha Yoga Pradipika and integrate it with anatomy, physiology, alignment then adjustment and corrections. Students will be able to learn Sanskrit names of each yoga techniques and its meaning to explore the teaching methodology for different style of yoga asana classes. Course will reveal all the aspects of techniques and its teachings.

Alternate nostril breathing Nadi shodhana, sheetali, sheet Kari (cooling pranayama), Bhramari (humming breathing), Ujjayi (psychic breathing), Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, suryabheda etc. are the breathing techniques are taught theoretical and practical wise.

The breathe, vital force, prana are same meaning denotes the Bio energy human body, animal, or the atmospheres. This vital force is adjusted in the body through Acupressure, acupuncture, pranic healing, rikei etc., but yoga has pranayama methods to easily channelize the vital force in to the body and works to cleanse and energies the bodies. A detail of this both theory and practice is taught well in the course.

Indian Yoga Philosophy

India is the birth place for yoga where there is ocean of yoga philosophy can be received. Indians naturally grow with yoga philosophical family background and this truth is known to west, for which the reasons the western students want learn yoga from Indian teachers and go India to learn its philosophy. We inspire our yoga trainees not only just to learn the philosophy but also give them a unique touch of dedication and intention to practice well to adapt it in their teaching career.

Meditation

It is usual in Hong Kong or elsewhere to isolate meditation from yoga. But we bring the meditation as essential component and explain how mediation is necessary to deepen the yoga as career and spiritual growth. Learning meditation is tricky but in our course we will guide you with great response for bringing you in to meditations. As meditation is the biggest part of yoga journey we will bring more attention and integration in to this technique throughout the whole courses.

Anatomy – Physiology & Psychology of Yoga practices

During our YTTC, you are going to learn about anatomical and physiological aspects of your body both in modern and yoga aspect. This is a fundamental subject when it comes to physical practice and understanding the health benefits, avoiding injuries. Learning about the functions of the body and how to apply this knowledge will be our core focus. Following this practical and documented approach, you are going to realize all the benefits and actions of yoga for your yoga teachings as teachers.

Many of the yoga hypotheses can be now observed and evaluated for the health and illness, for this modern understanding of anatomy and physiology is very much useful in this era through integrating yoga with modern anatomy and physiology. Anatomy classes allows students to gain basic knowledge on muscles, joints, arteries, veins, brain, musculoskeletal system as whole, nervous system , respiratory system, role of immunity and the practice to enhance its functioning, limitations , indications, contraindications according to human system and yoga techniques.

Modern understanding of human organism has really helped this ancient wisdom of Yoga to get established in this era because many of the hypotheses of Yoga now we can observe and evaluate for their health benefits. Anatomy classes allow the students to gain a basic knowledge about the human body and its most important systems.

  • General understanding of Human organism with its different systems
  • Emphasis of Nervous, Musculoskeletal and Respiratory system
  • Role of immunity and the practices to enhance its functioning
  • Benefits and contraindications of Yoga practices.

Teaching Method and Practice

You will have necessary information, tips and guidance in order to become a competent yoga teacher. Lessons will involve demonstration, adjustments and, one-by-one approach to follow every student during their journey. You will learn not only how to structure and organize a class properly but also improve your own practice. There will be a major focus on hands-on-adjustments, individual care of each student and dealing with injuries and safety. Our teaching methods are inspiring, easy and comfortable and we make you to learn the best to become yoga teacher.

  1. Ethical guidelines for a Yoga Teacher based on yoga philosophy
  2. Sequencing the practice and planning the lesson
  3. observational class management
  4. Art of corrections, Demonstration & Assistance
  5. Concept of Alignment, at all the possible levels

Yoga Philosophy Sessions

Without philosophy the yoga is similar to body without consciousness. Our interactive question and answer sessions help the students reach own answers to mundane, emotional and spiritual life. our experiences is that quality of questions determine the quality of life and if one knows the path to the answers then the life becomes ground of opportunities and possibilities. Development of interpersonal skills is one such major outcome which refines the perception and responses towards the events of life for enhanced experience of it.

  1. The Yogic ideas, concepts and hypothesis from ancient scriptures
  2. Glimpse on yoga sutras and Hatha yoga pradipika
  3. The history and origin of yoga
  4. An introduction to six philosophies of Indian context

Asana Sessions Combination of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga

Ancient India has so many arts practiced thousands of years, physical culture is one such , yoga asana or physical postures been practiced in India by rishis and yogis to arise the kundalini power to achieve the oneness. Later the asana practice was followed to discipline the human being and alleviate the physical discomforts. Hatha yoga tradition has crossed many generations to reach modern version of Shri B.K.S Iyengar and Sri K Pattabhi Jois styles of yoga. These two are the pillars of the modern form of yoga where one talks about precise alignment and other talks about flow. Namaste yoga Hong Kong emphasis or training our students the alignments as perquisites to experience the ultimate stillness of mind and body. , at the same time flow is needed to express our feelings and be in a flow during odds of our life. Under the light of Hatha yoga we study both styles of flow and alignments of modern day practices which is the two main streams of teaching throughout the world.

Namaste yoga Hong Kong brings the perfect balance and prepares the students to the higher dimensions as a teacher.

  1. Alignment and adjustments of Yoga postures
  2. Sanskrit terminology, Benefits and limitations
  3. Mudra and bandhas, breathe control
  4. Sun salutations its methods and its varieties
  5. Ashtanga and Vinyasa traditional and modern methods.

Pranayama – Breath regulation for rejuvenation and harmonious mind body health:

Prana is all pervading and fundamental force behind the manifestation of existence. Pranayama kosha (sheath) is engulfing human and is manifested as breath within the human beings. Breathing control practices regulates the positive mind set and leads to raise the consciousness. For yoga practioners the breath is the medium to access the self to achieve the realization. Breathing is also called as psychophysiological mirror of being that means by regulating breathing we can positively change our emotion and mood.

  • Applications of different Types of breathing techniques
  • Breathing and respiratory system
  • Natural, slow rhythmic and diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Breath regulation for stress related problems.

Mantra and meditation sessions are included in the course syllabus which is primarily taught as fundamentals to get hold in to the faith of inner transformation.

Section
Namaste Yoga Theory
Teaching Hour
1 Introduction

1.1  Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices
1.2  Definition and etymology of Yoga.
1.3  History, origin, and development of yoga and its brief introduction.
1.4  Aims and objectives it’s modern and traditional evolutions, and its misconception.
1.5  General Introduction to Shad-darshanas with special reference to Samkhya and Yoga
1.6  General introduction to four paths of Yoga
1.7  Principles of Yoga and Yogic practices
1.8  Guidelines for Instructors

4.5
2 Introduction to Hatha Yoga

2.1  Distinction between Yoga Asana and Non-Yogic physical practices
2.2  Introduction to important Hatha Yoga Texts with special reference to Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita
2.3  Concept of Yogic Diet
2.4  Causes of Success (SadhakaTattwa) and Causes of Failure (Badhaka Tattwa) in Hatha Yoga Sadhana
2.5  Concept of Ghata and Ghata Shudhhi in Hatha Yoga
2.6  Purpose and utility of Shat-kriya Hatha Yoga
2.7  Purpose and utility of Asana in Hatha Yoga
2.8  Purpose and importance of Pranayama in Hatha Yoga

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3 Introduction to pathanjali

3.1  Definition, nature and aim of Yoga according to Patanjali
3.2  Concept of Chitta and Chitta Bhumis
3.3  Chitta-vrittis and Chitta-vrittinirodhopaya (Abhyasa and Vairagya )
3.4  Concept of Ishwara and Ishwara Pranidhana
3.5  Chitta Vikshepas (Antarayas) and their associates (Sahabhuva)
3.6  Concept of Chitta Prasadana and their relevance in mental well being
3.7  Kleshas and their significance in Yoga
3.8  Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali : its purpose and effects, its significance

15.5
4 Introduction to Human Systems and Health

4.1  The nine systems of human body
4.2  Functions of different systems of human body
4.3  Introduction to Sensory Organs
4.4  Neuromuscular co-ordination of Sensory Organs
4.5  Basic understanding of Exercise Physiology
4.6  Homeostasis
4.7  The benefits of various asana on different parts of the human body
4.8  The limitations and contra-indications of specific Yoga practices
4.9  Yoga for Wellness- Prevention and Promotion of Positive Health 4.10  Health, its meaning and definitions
4.11  Yogic conceptions of health and diseases
4.12  Concept of Pancha kosha
4.13  Concept of Triguna
4.14  Concept of Panchamahabhutas
4.15  Yogic principles of Healthy-Living

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5 Yoga and Stress Management

5.1  Human Psyche: Yogic and modern concepts,Behavior and Consciousness
5.2  Frustration, Conflicts, and Psychosomatic disorders
5.3  Relationship between Mind and Body
5.4  Mental Hygiene and Roll of Yoga in Mental Hygiene
5.5  Mental health: a Yogic perspective
5.6  Prayer and meditation for mental health
5.7  Psycho-social environment and its importance for mental health (yama, and niyama)
5.8  Concept of stress according to modern science and Yoga
5.9  Role of Yoga in Stress management
5.10  Role of Yoga for Life management

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Out of above 60 hours, contact hours with teachers shall be not less than 45 hours (75%) and the remaining hours can be self-learning.
Skill
(Even though it is not finding a place in ancient Yoga text, sukshma vyayama and Suryanamakar have been included of their popularity )
6 Kriyas

Sukshma Vyayama and Shat Kriya
Sukshma Vyayama
Neck
Shoulder
Trunk
Knee
Ankle
Shat kriya
Neti
Dhauti
Kapalabhati
Agnisara kriya
Trataka

10
7
Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutation)

Knowledge and Demonstration ability to perform Suryanamaskar

5
8

Knowledge of postures of basic postures as below and demonstrated ability to perform these postures.Total 100 yoga postures Basics Intermediate Levels.

1. Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)
2. Halasana (plough)
3. Matsyasana (fish)
4. Paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend)
5. Bhujangasana (cobra)
6. Shalabhasana (locust)
7. Mandukasana (frog pose) etc…

Knowledge of the Sanskrit names of the postures and breathing exercises, detailed benefits and caution.
Knowledge of the five spinal movements – inverted, forward, backward, lateral twist and lateral bend and neutral positions of the spine.
Knowledge of 360 degree, all round, Yogic exercise through the practice of asanas, proper relaxation, proper breathing, contra-indications.
Cautions and medical considerations obvious and subtle benefits; and modification in basic postures to accommodate limitations.

100
9 Pranayama & Practices leading to Meditation

Familiarity with and Demonstrated ability to perform abdominal (and diaphragmatic), thoracic, clavicular breathing and the full Yogic breath.

Familiarity with and Demonstrated ability to perform Anuloma-Viloma, Bhastrika, Chandrabhedana, Suryabhedhana, Ujjayi, Bhramari.

Sheetali, Sheetkari, and the knowledge of its benefits, limitation and applications.

Familiarity with and Demonstrated ability to perform Dharana and Dhyana and to demonstrate allied practices like Mudras, Mantra Japa etc.

Familiarity with the concept of environment for meditation and the benefits of meditation on health and well-being and its practical application in modern life.

7.5
10
Teaching & Scope of Practice

The scope of practice of Yoga and how to assess the need for referral to other professional services when needed
Observed capacity for, well-developed communication skills: listening, presence, directive and non-directive dialogue.
To recognize, adjust, and adapt to specific aspirant needs in the progressive classes
To recognize and manage the subtle dynamics inherent in the teacher - aspirant relationship

Principles and Skills for Educating Aspirants

Familiarity with and demonstrated ability to apply effective teaching methods, adapt to unique styles of learning, provide support
Effective feedback, acknowledges the aspirant’s progress, and copes with difficulties.

Group Practice

Familiarity with and Demonstrated ability to design and implement group yoga classes
Familiarity of group dynamics and allied techniques of communication skills, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
Familiarity with techniques to address the specific needs of individual participants, to the degree possible in a group setting.



20
Total 140
Grand Total 200 + Hrs