ASANA & TEACHING SKILLS
Throughout the training, we use “continual assessment” for Asana and teaching skills. Students will be expected to know the basic anatomy relating to poses, how to modify poses for themselves and for students with limitations, how to adjust the poses and how to instruct the poses in a clear voice.
We mainly focus on Mula Krama and Vikasa Krama throughout the training. Students will learn these series and should be able to instruct and understand them by the end of the training. (If there are a few poses in the Vikasa Krama that students are unable to perform, they should teach the series omitting the poses they cannot do themselves).
LEVEL OF PRACTICE
Students mainly work on Vikasa Krama throughout the training.
To graduate from the programme, students should be able to accomplish:
۞ A good standing practice
۞ Navasana – boat pose
۞ Chaturanga – 4 limbed staff pose
۞ Bakasana- Crane pose
۞ Urdhva Dhaurasana- Wheel pose
۞ Sirsasana- Headstand
۞ Salamba Sarvangasana- Shoulder stand
۞ Ardha Padmasana forward bend- Half Lotus forward bend
If students do not complete all the poses in this level due to long term injuries and/or limitations and have applied themselves to the training to your trainer’s satisfaction, it may still be possible to graduate. However this will be left to the discretion of your trainer and student’s must accept if your trainer decides that you need more training before teaching.
Students will also be offered retakes in any module of the training that they have failed. Most students pass without any re-takes and there is currently a 99% pass rate of students (including retakes). However in the unlikely event that a student has not reached the level and grasped the understanding of the poses and the fundamentals of teaching, Green Lotus reserves the right to maintain its teaching standards. In cases where the standard has not been met, further training will be recommended before teaching. And If the above level looks too easy for you, don’t worry, this is just the level we work to for
graduation, and we also have some fun with more advanced poses!
There are 3 small anatomy exams. These are the only formal assessments on the training. Exam papers are given out when we receive the deposit, to that you can prepare for the course before time and have a sense of what is ahead. We make it easy for you by giving you the papers in advance, but you do have to learn off the answers; the answer sheets cannot be brought into the exam. The anatomy is kept basic, focusing on muscle groups and bones that are relevant to understanding the posture work. We do not go into abstract anatomy that has no grounding in the asana or expect you to learn the same. We also like the anatomy to relate to the poses in a experiential way and will use anatomical language in the classroom to help you connect with the new terminology. 99% of students pass these exams without retakes. 100% of students pass this section with retakes.
PHILOSOPHY,AYURVEDA, SUBTLE ANATOMY
These subjects are not examined and are taught with a sense of exploration. They are three large subjects and we only touch the tip of the Iceberg. The work we do on the training gives you a foundation for which to explore these subjects further if desired.
PRANAYAMA, MEDITATION, SHAVASANA
These subjects are not “tested”. However you will be given exercises to teach basic breath-work, meditation and Shavasana.