Rua do Conde 45, 1200-608 Lisbon, Portugal

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300-hr teacher training

Five week intensive

For Qualified Yoga Teachers

Yoga Alliance Accredited

Open for Applications 

300-hr Advanced Teacher Training

Directed by Eleonora Ramsby Herrera with guest teachers

300-Hr Yoga Alliance Accredited, works towards your 500-hr diploma

 

August 2020 | 5-week immersion | Non-residential | Taught in English |

Who is this for?

This training is for anyone who have completed a foundational yoga training and who is a qualified teacher.

 

This includes:

 

  • Teacher graduates whom do not teach but are curious to learn more and may wish to teach in the future

  • Recent teacher graduates who have recently started teaching and wants to take their learning further

  • Professionally active yoga teachers who wish to develop their skills and seek new inspiration for their work

Supporting your development 

Our 300-hr advanced teacher training is aimed for qualified yoga teachers. This training supports your development in deepening your knowledge of yoga and in refining your skills in the areas of: asana; sequencing; hands-on-adjustments; experiential- and theoretical studies in anatomy; personal development; conscious communication and methodical teaching.

 

Integrating practice with life

The development as a practitioner and teacher of yoga goes hand-in-hand with your personal development. Our course supports your integration of bringing your practice of yoga into all dimensions of your life. The training includes guided practices in: self-inquiry; personal growth; mindfulness meditation; hatha yoga practice; self-care; compassionate practices. 

 

Course content

Our 300-hr training consists of a selection of modules which serve to create a comprehensive in-depth learning experience. We divide our modules into two over-arching themes,

 

1) The multi-dimensional body in hatha yoga

 

2) Teaching methodology and ethics

 

 

The multi-dimensional body in Hatha Yoga

This theme of the training includes the following modules:

Asana, part 1: Broadening your vocabulary of asanas

You will learn a selection of traditional and non-traditional yoga asanas and including their name in English and Sanskrit. You will learn how to practice these postures safely, modify them if necessary and advance them when appropriate. You will study the asanas to great depth through experiential practice and by studying; the anatomy behind the posture; the purpose and effects of the posture; how it can be both practiced- and taught in a safe and conscious way; hands-on-adjustments. The central theme of this module is to adapt the postures to suit the practitioners body, not the other way around. 

 

Asana, part 2: Explore subtle movement qualities in the body

You will explore how to practice and teach postures in ways that encourage less induced effort by drawing on functional anatomy and using the body’s natural structural support of the skeleton. Using imagery , guided interoceptive explorations and different physical intentions, you will explore different ways of how to engage physically in the body in accordance to what you wish to experience in each posture. This approach brings complexity, creativity and individuality to the practice and counters the notion that there is “one right way of practicing a yoga posture”.

Yoga anatomy, part 1: Experiential and theoretical study of anatomy

This module includes a revision of the musculoskeletal system, its functions and purposes. Based on this foundation the course goes deeper into the study of connective tissue (fascia), it's function and purpose in relation to yoga, yoga related muscle- and joint injuries, pre-existing physical injuries or conditions, prevention and rehabilitation. 

Yoga anatomy, part 2: The nervous system, endocrine system and general physiology

You will learn the purpose and function of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. You will learn about the connection between the nervous system and the endocrine system, and how it influences your muscular functions and your overall physical health and immune system. This course covers the physiological aspect of injuries. While anatomy describes the physical structure of the human body, physiology describes how this structure works, the chemistry and physics behind basic body functions i.e. what happens when you tear a muscle? what happens in the body when the body is inflamed? how does pain work? how does your body respond to stress? how does a body heal? 

The body as reference, part 1: Understanding and developing embodiment

The broad definition of yoga offers a myriad of descriptions of what the practice constitutes. The body as the main frame of reference in hatha yoga will be explored in the context of embodiment and diversity to become aware of; what it actually means to be embodied; how an informed understanding of our own relationship to our body can shape the teaching you offer. Understanding and healing the relationship we have with our own bodies is the starting point. 

The body as a reference, part 2: Exploring the breath

Pranayama is the sanskrit word to describe ancient yogic breathing exercises that have a profound effect on our whole body. We will safely explore how to practice and teach various pranayama techniques. You will learn the benefits and contraindications of each pranayama exercise; revise published research on its effects; learn the anatomical actions and the physiological effects for each breathing technique. As a foundation to the pranayama practice you will learn how to cultivate a healthy and natural breathing pattern that can support you throughout your day, both on and off the yoga mat. 

Developing compassionate practices, part 1: The Emotional body

Our emotional intelligence and health strongly correlates to our physical health. We will look at how we hold and store emotion in the body and how it can be released through yogic practices. Through theory and practice, you will study the connection between emotion and body, and develop your ability to embrace your emotional experiences from a place of compassion and understanding. This module include learning, practicing and teaching compassionate practices that serve to cultivate a kinder and more accepting relationships to ourselves and our relationships. 

Developing compassionate practice, part 2: Yoga as a life-philosophy

We will study the messages of devotion and unconditional love from the bhakti sutras of Narada and the ethical principles of yamas and niyamas from the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Drawing from these ancient scriptures we will explore how to authentically invite these practices and guidelines into our everyday life. We will further reflect upon what the challenges may be to do so and the messages from these ancient scriptures may need to be modified in order to suit our current circumstances and needs in the time and place that we live in today.

Developing compassionate practice, part 3: Mindfulness meditation

Learn about the concept and origin of mindfulness meditation and explore published material on the effects of mindfulness meditation on various groups of people in different contexts. You will receive daily guided meditation sessions and learn how to teach a basic form of meditation so that you can integrate it as part of your yoga sessions to help cultivate concentration, relaxation and compassion in yourself and in your students. The underlying principles of this module is the nine attitudes of mindfulness as taught by John Kabat Zinn; beginners mind; non-judging; acceptance; letting go; trust; patience; non-striving; gratitude; generosity. 

Teaching methodology and ethics

This theme of the training includes the following modules:

Student-centred learning, part 1: Putting theories into practice

We take a student-centred approach and discuss how this can be applied in the context of yoga.You will learn about theories of teaching and learning that can help to inform and support your teaching. In the company of your peers you will discuss on how you may already be using these theories professionally, or how you perhaps can begin to integrate them further, into your teaching. We will also reflect on the current and past teaching culture in the tradition of yoga, how it has developed and how we as teachers wish to contribute to the future development of this. 

Student-centred learning, part 2: Facilitate autonomous learning in your students

Explore how you as a teacher can create a safe space for your students to explore their practice in their own way. Teach your students to develop skills to become self-sustainable learners. This will be studied through placing a strong emphasis on developing interoceptive awareness, it is practiced individually and through task based exercises with your peers which includes problem solving and reflective discussions.

Your role as a teacher, part 1: Developing a personal expression

What inspires you as a teacher? What brought you to teaching in the first place? What are your hearts interests and how to do invite it into your work as a teacher? You are encouraged to interweave what you love and feel genuinely connected to with your teachings with the purpose to find your own creative and authentic expression as a yoga teacher.

Your role as a teacher, part 2: Refine your language and instructions

The spoken word is powerful and it is one of the yoga teachers main tool in communicating information to their students. In addition to learning about giving clear instructions of what to do, this course focus specifically on developing skills as a teacher to instruct how to do certain actions. How do you breathe? How do you relax and stay present? How do you engage your core? How to you stabilise the pelvis? How do you create space around the neck and shoulders? More so, at the heart of this lies the development of how to use language in an inclusive and considerate way to cultivate a safe and supportive learning environment for students.

Ethics and boundaries, part 1: Holding a safe space

What does it mean to hold a safe space for students? How are we involved in the development of their practice and experience? We will explore how to meet students in a compassionate and genuinely empathetic way. The first step will be to learn about your own rules and beliefs as well as strengths and limitations in setting and maintaining personal boundaries. This will lead to defined guidelines concerning your own and your students safety and highlights where your role as a yoga teacher begins and ends.

Ethics and boundaries, part 2: The teacher-learner relationship 

Teaching yoga is a two-way dynamic relationship and deeper awareness of your own feelings, helpful and unhelpful thoughts, behaviour, words and actions can greatly influence the relationship you have with your students. By further reflecting on the power dynamics between teacher and student we will open the channels for on-going reflection of your own personal values and ethics in regards to teaching and your professional responsibility. 

Teaching methodology, part 1: Construct and sequence classes thematically and responsibly

Each section of class includes a selection of postures that serve to prepare your body for what comes next. The linking of postures requires an understanding of how the body operates and what it needs in order to be able to do certain movements safely and with integrity. Drawing on your anatomical knowledge and the anatomy studies throughout the co, you will learn how to construct hatha yoga classes that are progressive and logical in their sequence. You will learn how to tailor a purposeful class to meet the needs of your students bodies and make appropriate modifications or advancements when necessary. The usage of props are central to this endeavour. 

Teaching methodology, part 2: Tailor classes to the needs of your students

A yoga teacher needs to maintain an open-mind, a spontaneous approach and the ability to "think-on-their-feet" while teaching their students. The teachers ability to improvise during class can only be made good use of if the teacher has experience to draw from and have a certain level of trust towards their own judgment. You will develop your skills in how to: create an inclusive learning environment for your students; read the room; prioritise decisions that need to be made on the spot; and, how to tailor your classes to students of various needs. You will learn to become increasingly capable and confident in understanding and addressing different people and their needs in the context of private- smaller or larger classes to ensure your students feel seen, heard and cared for. 

Teaching methodology, part 3: Mindful hands-on-adjustments

What is the intention of hands-on-adjusments? When is it best used, and how, in a yoga class and when should the teacher leave the student to its own accord? These are questions that will be raised and discussed as a backdrop to practicing safe and conscious hands-on-adjustments with the purpose to, as teachers, support students in reaching their full capacity in their asana practice at that given moment.

Price and dates

3500 euros

24 July - 27th of August, 2020

Deposit of 500 euros is made upon registration. Remaining payment can be made in full by July 1st, 2020 or in five instalments (June, July, August, September, October 2020). 

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