Posture labs and practice of asana from Tadasana into Savasana (Level 1, 2, 3)
An exploration of alignment, biomechanics and modifications for the most common postures within Hatha-Vinyasa sequencing, including the Anusara's Universal Principals of Alignment.
Anatomy of the human muscular-skeletal system
An exploration of the anatomy of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and mechanics of the body. Expect to explore this through Asana Labs (analyzing postures), Sequencing Assignments and Lecture, Powerpoint slides with lecture and discussion.
Examination of barriers that prevent students from experiencing more love & authenticity in their lives.
Explore aspects of the mind, behavioral and lifestyle patterns that don't serve through contemplative exercises, journaling, partner discourse, philosophy discussions and meditation.
Developing a personal practice
Learn to integrate Sadhana, personal practices, to maintain balance and clarity for greater wellbeing. The practices will support your connection to your values as a practitioner and teacher and be used to serve as a experiential wisdom as a teacher.
An exploration of the Nadi System (Sushumna, Ida, Pingala and Kundalini) and 7 Chakra's and their physical, mental and emotional qualities. Learn the benefits of each Chakra and how to balance them through lifestyle and yoga practices.
Explore the central and peripheral nervous system and the effects on the body and mind. Learn the ways that the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are activated and how a yoga practice supports the restoration of the nervous system.
An exploration of the benefits of restorative poses and how to guide students into them, including sequencing exercises, lectures on anatomy and nervous system and asana labs.
Learn the benefits of Meditation through various practices including Japa (mantra), Guided visualization and resting awareness within the breath and numerous techniques that stem from a variety of traditions, including Buddhism, Kashmir Shaivinism, MIndfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Vipasana and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Expect to experience each meditation technique, learn how to guide someone into basic meditation and the science of meditation and its effect on the mind and nervous system.
Learn the benefits of Pranayama through various practicing including Viloma I and II, Nadi Shodhana, Kapal Bhati, Bastrika, Kumbhaka retention and Uddiyana Bandha. Expect to experience correct performance of each Pranayama, learn how to guide someone into basic breathing practices, and the science of the breath and its impact on the nervous system.
An exploration of the 'knowledge of life' through Ayurveda, a science which supports a yogic lifestyle through a connection to nature, the five elements and seasons, and a basic understanding of appropriate sleep patterns, diet and personal practices.
Philosophy (Yoga Sutras, Tattvas, Bhagavad Gita)
An exploration of the various yoga philosophies and their relevance in modern life. These texts will offer insight and inspiration on how to develop methods of self inquiry, awareness and a living in alignment with your greatest purpose. Expect to explore these texts throughout the training through journaling, group exercises, open philosophy lecture and discussion and homework assignments.
Universal Principles of Alignment
Learn the Universal Principles of Alignment from the Anusara tradition. The UPA's are a set of biomechanical principles that can be applied to all physical positions to bring the body into alignment and create balance. The UPAs alternate between energetic expansion and contraction, reflecting the universal pulsation. These steps help the practitioner set their heart intention, draw in for steadiness and stability, refine and express the flow of energy, recommit the containment and channel the energy from the inside out evenly in all directions. Expect to practice teaching The UPA's throughout the training with feedback.
Learn various hands-on adjustments to support students in proper alignment and refinement. Expect to learn the different types of adjustments, proper steps to conduct hands-on assists through the biomechanics, the ideal time to adjust during a pose, when a student is ready/receptive for an assist, and the power of physical touch and the energetic exchange between teacher-student. Expect to practice hands on adjustments throughout the training with feedback.
Explore the benefits of therapeutics by learning to lead students into supportive variations of poses to target a specific injury or health condition. Expect to integrate therapeutics within asana labs, sequencing lectures and assignments and during the Injury Management portion of the course.
Learn to effectively guide students on and off the mat. Expect to learn how to verbally cue through General Alignment and the UPA's, the ways to speak from an authentic place, how to hold space for students, and how to instruct with confidence and clarity. Learn to cultivate a pacing and keep timing with breath, how to use voice appropriately through the Art of Voice, and how to understand how your stance in the room and body language have a direct translation to students. Explore the various aspects of teaching such as conducting demonstrations, using themes, setting the space, appropriate lighting and music, and navigating personal relationships, including how to create healthy bounderies with students off the mat. Expect to practice various teaching methodologies throughout the training with feedback.
Learn to skillfully sequence mixed level practices through peak poses, component parts and key actions. Explore the power of sequencing to support students in deepening their experience on the mat.
Learn to integrate theming into skillful sequences through Universal and potent themes through. Explore the power of theming to generate a deeper connection to the practices, both on and off the mat.
Learn how to appropriately deal with injuries in the class room setting through the anatomy of injuries, stages of injury, treatment protocol and injury prevention.
170 Minimum Contact Hours
30 Minimum Non-Contact Hours of Homework, Reading, Sadhana
TYPES OF ASANAS
Neutral Rotation Standing Poses
External Rotation Standing Poses
Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations)
Seated Forward Folds
PHYSIOLOGY and ANATOMY
Platforms of Body
Focal Points of Body
Anatomy of Injuries
Stages of Injury
ANATOMY OF THE SUBTLE BODY
The Seven Chakras
The Three Gunas
The Five Elements
The Five Koshas (Sheaths)
The Relaxation Response
The Nervous System
The States of Consciousness
The Five Pranvayus
Anatomy of Respiration
Practices - Vilma I/II, Nadi Shodhana, Kapal Bhati
Hands on Adjustments
The Art of Language
Vinyasa – What is It?
Hatha— What is it?
General Principles of Sequencing a Class
Considerations When Creating a Sequence
How to sequence Vinyasa, Hatha, Pre/Post Natal, Kids Yoga, Restorative Yoga
History of Yoga
Patanjali Yoga Sutras
The Bhagavad Gita
This 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is 180 Contact Hours of personalized study with Senior Faculty Member, Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori, who teaches 70% of the course, supported by her teaching assistant.
Students are required to attend all hours. If a student is absent, they must make up the hours and any assignments at an extra charge. Suzanne must be notified in advance to the student being absent and the content must be made up before the end of the course. More than 2 full days of absence, students will be assessed on a case by case situation in regards to course completion. Students must be present during practices and lectures, even if they cannot physically practice.
EVALUATION & GRADING CRITERIA
Students will have ongoing assessments throughout the course with practicing teaching and feedback, group exercises and quizzes. Students are graded on their participation. Students will have a final group practicum and be required to teach a portion of a 90 minute class. Students will be given feedback and graded on their participation. Students will be given an open book final exam after the course finishes and must pass with a 70% or higher to receive accreditation to register with Yoga Alliance.
Students will have homework on a regular basis, three times weekly, throughout the course and will be graded on participation.
This course is registered and accredited by both Yoga Alliance (North America) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) which uphold the highest standards of training recognition.
Suzanne Faith Yoga will respond to complaints efficiently, effectively and with respect to the student. Suzanne will utilize google translate for ESL students for clear translations. If there is still difficulty in understanding the complaint, Suzanne will speak with a consultant to conduct translations and interpretations.
3 Stage Complaints:
1. Verbal exchange - in person, via phone or Skype
2. Written exchange - follow up on the issue anonymously to respect student. Complaints will be responded to within 5-7 days. The response will provide both perspective, of teacher and student and will be acknowledged with as much empathy as possible, as well as an action plan for resolve.
3. Written Letter - outlining the reasons why there is no resolution at this time. Provide a date with final decisions and answers.