Angkor Yoga’s 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course
Yoga teacher training program provides concrete opportunities for students so that they can establish their own yoga self-practice; establish a foundation for teaching; become a basic Yoga teacher; and eventually become senior Yoga teachers.
Purpose of Yoga training course
To give people a solid basis for a deeper yoga practice, preparing them for future professional yoga instructor.
Asana is a typical starting point in yoga, and what you will primarily teach. As your awareness and understanding deepen in other areas, your asana and how you teach it will develop. The poses have the capacity to open up energy channels, build strength and flexibility, rearrange the nervous system, and detoxify the body’s inner organs.
The course covers traditional Hatha yoga asanas from different traditions. Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered for each pose. You will learn from doing the pose and adjusting students in it, both in group and in private instruction.
The course will alternate between exploring detailed alignment, dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative approaches. The asana teaching will also emphasize and encourage the exploration and growth of your individual practice, as we often will break into guided small groups and offer support for you to work into your edges and your own sticking points.
All types of asana are covered: standing, balancing, forward bends, backward bends, twists, and inversions. Sun salutations are a major component of the practice, and both the vinyasa (jump back) and twelve-point approaches will be studied.
In Patanjali’s eight-limb system (Ashtanga), Pranayama is the fourth limb, after asana. Its importance is acknowledged in many classical texts, though today it is typically misunderstood and taught badly. It is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind.
You will learn and practice the preparations for Pranayama together with six of the classical techniques. You will be guided daily and observed carefully as you build a personal practice. Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the inhale, exhale, and retention; the correct performance of each Pranayama; and how to guide someone in basic breathing. You will also study the breath and its mechanisms. Read More about Pranayama
We take a detailed, thorough approach to anatomy and physiology. During the course you will methodically go through the anatomy of the human body as it relates to asanas, vinyasas, and pranayamas. In addition, we will explore at length the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.
Yoga is summed up in the Bhagavad Gita and laid down in the sutras of Patanjali. Understanding these texts will open your practice and give you the basis to teach. Other classical texts, such as the Hatha Pradipika, from which Hatha yoga has grown, the Gheranda Samhita, and the Upanishads will be presented as well. To elucidate the material further, we will also refer to other philosophies, in particular the teachings of Buddha.
This is a practical course, in which you will learn chiefly by doing. The first few month you will work with your fellow trainees on teaching assignments. The effort of explaining and showing something to someone else serves to embed it into your consciousness. From the eleventh day onward, there will be other (non-trainee) students in class. You will progress from observation to assisting to adjusting to private instruction to group instruction.
As your practice is your foundation, you will practice daily Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. The other elements of the course will gradually be added to your practice. What you build as your practice you will understand and then be able to teach. Your practice will be deepened, cleaned up, and encouraged. What you ultimately practice integrates your personality, develops your mind, and eventually leads to higher states of awareness.
The full schedule will be presented to you at the Meet and Greet on your first day of training.
Awareness and understanding of the vital layer of the body can greatly advance your practice. You will study it and then integrate it in to your practice. The identification of energy lines in practice receives a lot of attention, along with chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, to be learnt and understood in the light of the process of yoga.
In the Vedic system virtually all activities commence and conclude with a chant. In addition, one can increase the feeling of devotion (bhakti) through chanting sessions known as kirtans. Beginning with the simple but powerful Om, chants permeate the practice.
Diet, Food and Yoga
When it comes to food, much confusion surrounds what, when, and how much. We will focus on this controversial topic from the vantage point of its effect on the body and mind, both in the gross and the subtle.
Food is one of the biggest influences on our practice. Eating well is not just a matter of good health; it affects and nurtures the nervous system and mind.
With a new understanding of food and its effects, you may be inspired to make positive changes in the way you eat.
Concentration and Meditation
These are the sixth and seventh limbs of Ashtanga. Building concentration of mind should be developed in all practices. You will learn how to harness the mind while practicing asana and pranayama. It then will become a direct practice when you sit for meditation.
Meditation cannot be “done”; it just happens. But when is that? You will have your own experience.
To help the process along, you will learn meditation techniques, external to internal, which will engage the mind through concentration. Your growth in this area will reveal itself in your practice of the other seven limbs. Progress in Asana and Pranayama is essential, and directly affects concentration. Observing Yama and Niyama (i.e., living yoga) aligns our being, which can then bring about meditation.
Going on to Teach
How to put together a class, what classes to teach, how students will find you, where to teach, and the difference between privates and group classes.