300 hr Curriculum

Yoga Teacher and Therapy Training

This training is an interesting blend of strong physically challenging vinyasa, yin yoga and yoga therapy. It is designed for qualified yoga teachers who wish to deepen and advance their own Vinyasa practice, learn the art of Yin Yoga and also transition from “yoga teacher” to “yoga Therapist”.

Most of the asana taught in this TTC is vinyasa style- physical challenging, using slow, conscious, breath-centered movement. On the 200 hr, we sequence up to poses like Padmasana, Marichyasana D, Supta Kurmasana, Bhujipidasana, Bakasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana, Kapotasana, drop-backs and more. However these poses can takes years of committed practice to achieve. On the 300 hr, you continue working on these poses, diving deeper into the body, refining actions, creating deeper understanding of the biomechanics of poses as you open deeper into practice. In addition, you will will learn how to play creatively with sequencing and learn new vinyasa threads, transitions and poses.
Unlike the 200 hr, which uses “set sequencing” as structures, there are no “set sequences” on the 300 hr. Instead Carol will play with vinyasa threads, adapting them to the needs of the groups. Using a series of vinyasa threads instead of a sequence also encourages teachers to think more creatively about their practice and to teach from a place of spontaneity, based on what they believe in needed in their classroom, or on their own mat at any given moment.

“Yoga as Medicine” 108 hr Yoga Therapy Training module.
On this training, yoga teachers learn how to become “yoga therapists”. This 108 our module is a combination of Neuro-muscular Yoga Therapy (taught by Carol) and yoga therapeutic practices in relation to a variety of common diseases (taught by Medha).
Course focus:  

* In depth Yoga anatomy
* Structural integration and musculo-skeletal stability.
* The art of postural assessment and treating musculo-skeletal imbalances like scoliosis, knee issues like meniscus and ligament damage, Glenohumeral instability etc.
* Treatment of acute and chronic injuries and pain caused by accumulative and repetitive stress.
* Treat common disorders like arthritis, high blood pressure, asthma. M.E, M.S through yoga asana,meditation and pranayama.
* Learn the art of differential diagnosis.
* Learn how to take case studies of your patients, keep records and maintain professional therapeutic standards.
* How to establish yourself as a yoga therapist.

Yin Yoga certification
International teacher Josh Summers will be teaching the Yin Yoga. He will be teaching his level 1 and 2 Yin Yoga training courses as part of the curriculum.
The Level 1 teacher training will be held in Kiera’s Yoga Studio Carlingford, July 29th- August 1st. It is 30 hrs over 4 days.
The level 2 training will be held in a gorgeous yoga retreat centre in Morocco that overlooks the beach, October 22nd-29th 2016. Again it will be 30 hrs, this time over 5 days. Carol will be teaching the early morning Vinyasa classes and students will work with Josh for the rest of the day.

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body.Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation.

Yin Yoga Level 1 training will include:

* practice and teaching four essential Yin sequences, with relevant modifications and adjustments
* the positive physiological effects of Yin Yoga on the connective tissue and joint health
* the Chinese energy system that is impacted by the Yin practice, in terms of meridian and organ health
* experiential and theoretical knowledge of the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness meditation, which is a great framework for integrating meditative themes into Yin classes or personal practice.

This training is suitable for Yoga teachers and trainees who want to incorporate yin yoga into their teaching and also for people who just want to deepen their understanding of Yin Yoga (but is is not recommended that they teach unless they are qualified teachers).

Yin Yoga Level 2 training will include:

Josh will teach one Yin class daily. He will also continue on subjects from the level 1 training. The level 2 will dive deeper again into mindfulness practices and meditation. Josh will also be incorporating silent times into the retreat.
This training is suitable for Yoga teachers and trainees who want to incorporate yin yoga into their teaching and also for people who just want to deepen their understanding of Yin Yoga (but is is not recommended that they teach unless they are qualified teachers).

Holistic Anatomy in action
Now that teachers have a base in Anatomy, on the 300hr, we will look deeper into anatomical structures in relation to deepening our relationship with our body, our poses, structural integration, injury maintenance and treating injuries.
You will learn  how to break down any pose down anatomically, with specific directions about which muscles are the primary movers (agonists), which are the synergists (muscles that assist in the action) and which muscles release as a result (the antagonists). There will also be great emphasis on Fascial connections and the myo-fascial trains in the body. These trains are essential for really understanding how the body really works and allows people to move with the natural intelligence of the body. This information will help deepen your practice and create a deeper trust with your body and how it works in relation to asana.
In addition to advancing your practice, the advanced anatomy is the basis for structural integration yoga therapy which deals with structural musculo-skeletal issues such as scoliosis, knee pain, Glenohumeral instability etc.

Subtle Anatomy
* Dynamic and passive kundalini meditations
* Kundalini activation breath
* Kundalini Trance Dance
* The 5 sheaths meditation
* The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
* The 7 chakras and healing Trauma
* Cellular DNA Healing meditation
* Open Heart and Sufi heart meditations
* Prana and diet
* A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body.

Pranayama and the anatomy of the respiratory and nervous system.
On the 300 hr, we dive deeper into strengthening the pranic body through pranayama exercizes and study their effects on the nervous system in relation to health issues.

* Open- heart meditation- a beautiful meditation path which centers on surrendering your burdens to open to the source of love and light within you.
* Witness based meditations to help create more awareness and insight.
* Osho based Dynamic meditations to shake everything up creating opportunity for a deeper letting go.

Teaching skills
* Sequencing, threads and working with themes.
* Empathetic listening skills.
* Working with injuries and teaching specialised classes.
* Creating workshops and themed classes

Philosophy and spiritual studies
In this section, we will explore the themes of the classical texts with a view to creating a strong spiritual base in our lives. On the “working with your guides” section, we bring in artists/people/work that you find inspiring and that embody the concepts of “union” in western language and integrate them into your practice. So, for example, you may find yourself comparing the work of Patanjali and Bob Marley in this class….
In addition, I hope to show that the connections between Vedanta, Tantra and Samkhya to create deeper awareness and heart opening in our lives.

* The wheel of Yoga. Review.
* The Bhagavad Gita,
* The Yoga Sutras,
* Group discussion,
* Conscious communication,
* Art Work as a vehicle to explore our relationship with our practice.
* Working with your guides.
* Empathetic listening
* Group discussion
* Kundalini work

Developing your yoga Business

This area of the course works with themes such as
* Defining what type of teacher you are
* Setting your business intentions
* Integrating your spiritual beliefs with your business goals.
* Yoga SEO
* Social media

Diet, kriyas and the digestive system
You don’t have to be vegetarian to do this TTC, but I do like to inspire people to bring in more raw vegan foods and superfoods into their diet and to reduce sugar, caffeine, gluten, alchohol, meat and processed foods.  On this TTC, I bring in the “Saucha Sadhana” 10 day cleanse and rejuvenate, combining Ayurveda wisdom with raw foods, where you get to adapt your smoothies for your dosha !!!  The detox is completely optional. Students who do it have enjoyed it in the past. It is a “work-friendly, family- friendly” detox, not all carrot juice for 10 days …..
In additon, students will be encouraged to eat more foods that maintains the bodies health, strength and vitality. The diet encourages students to integrate more vegan, living foods into their diet. The diet can be adapted for vegetarians and Pescatarians. It acknowledges the importance of eating the correct amount of protein, reducing carbs and sugars and incorporating lots of greens, seaweeds, Omega 3s and DHA. Raw vegan recipes will be given for alternatives for diary, breads and processed sugars. Students will also learn how to tailor their juices, smoothies, soups, dressing etc for their dosha or Ayurvedic individual constitution.
This diet works on our many dimensions, not just the physical. It also acknowledges that heavy carbohydrates and sugars over stimulate the Limbic system in the brain and create excessive emotions and thoughts which can block the flow of Kundalini. In addition processed foods and meat hold a dense vibration that prevent people from accessing subtle awareness. This is why people’s bodies often start to reject meat after they have been practicing yoga for some time. This diet follows the principle of “Ahimsa” (non- violence) as a tool not only for animal welfare and environmental sustainability but to create the foundation for individual awakening. However, it does not hold hard and fast rules and tell people they must not eat meat. Each student must adapt the principles to suit them and their lifestyle.

Assessment and Projects

Create your own Vinyasa class, script and video it. This is a teaching exercise, but it also doubles up as your yoga video project, which you can use later to help you share your teachings.

A yoga teacher’s job is to inspire his/her students in many ways, not only in the classroom. This project will get you to write up a  blog, that helps and inspires the students in your community that cannot necessarily make it to your classroom. These can be anatomical, spiritual, alignment orientated etc. as long as they communication information about yoga to your students.