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History, Philosophy & Ethics of Yoga

In this course we study both the history of Yoga in India in it’s many incarnations, as well as read and write about Yogic philosophy and contemplate how it can be applied to our daily lives. We will have fascinating discussions on the Eight Limbs of Yoga from the Yoga Sutras. This will make up for 50 hours of the course.

Meditation

During your stay at Suryalila, we do half an hour of meditation first thing in the morning. Carl & Calli provide a lot of guidance on the practice, and there are a number of discussions on the practice as we progress through the course. You will practise Meditation throughout the course, on your return to London. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

Intensive Study and Practice of Asana

There is a two hour Vinyasa Flow Practice every morning during your stay at Suryalila. This will continue throughout the course back in London. There is also opportunities during the course to work on and receive help with, specific poses of your choice to progress and further your own practice. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

Sanskrit Names of Yoga Postures

During the course you will learn all the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts. Because you learn a few words every day and we review the Sanskrit on a regular basis, by the end of the course you will be surprised how much Sanskrit you are able to retain. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

Alignment and Modification of Poses

During the course we go through all the poses in our Teachers Training Manual and discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. We also will show you how to modify for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics

Our course has a very comprehensive anatomy section which is fun and engaging. You will learn in depth and up to date anatomy & physiology in an emobodied way; this will include the bio-mechanics of the body, the importance of Fascia, Subtle anatomy & how to adjust for & prevent injuries. During this section you will assess and learn how to understand limitations in your own body, as well as learn how to look at someone else, and body read. You will be amazed at how much you learn about anatomy in this part of the course, and how much you will enjoy it! This will make up 50 hours of the course.

Pranayama

You will practice different pranayamas or breathing techniques, and learn how to teach them safely and effectively. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

General, Creative & Thematic Sequencing

You will learn how to creatively sequence and teacher with confidence a Vinyasa Flow style class, taking inspiration from a number of different styles such as Scarasvelli, Embodied Yoga Principles, Ashtanga Vinyasa & Slow Flow. By the end of the training you will have sequenced, planned and taught two full classes and have the confidence & tools to go forwards on your own. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

Hands-on Assisting

We will also show you how to make hands on adjustments & assists, for every pose we study and you will practice these throughout the course with a partner. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course.

Practice Teaching

From the very beginning of the course you will start to practice teaching poses one by one as you learn them. We will slowly and intelligently build up to teaching sun salutations and keep adding a little more material until you have built a full class and will feel comfortable teaching it. Throughout this process you are given a lot of support, feedback and encouragement to give you the tools to become a great teacher. Sequencing, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Teaching Skills make up 125 hours of the course with 20% being dedicated to practice teaching.

Finding your Voice and Business of Yoga

Throughout the course you will be supported and encouraged to find your own voice as a teacher. This can take months, sometimes years to fully settle however we will guide you as best we can during and after the training is completed. We will advise you on how to conduct yourself as a teacher and how to become a working yoga teacher within the wellness industry.

Deepen and Further Your Own Yoga Practice

As well as practicing for two hours every day you train, you will get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses and encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.

Pre & Post Natal

Learn how to safely & successfully integrate pre & post natal women into your regular classes. We will work through each trimester and which adjustments are required & how to modify. Looking at the anatomy of the post natal body you will learn how to encourage your students to modify poses so that they are suitable for the body. This will make up for 15 hours of the training.

Reading List

Upon signing up for the course, you will receive a comprehensive reading list that has been collated by both Carl & Calli. This reading list isn't definitive and will naturally expand. There is required reading, and recommended reading. You will also be required to bring a copy of the Stretch Teacher Training manual. Information on where to obtain the manual will be given to you on registration.

Mentoring

After the training has been completed, we welcome all stretch graduates to teach on the studios community classes to continue their learning, to receive continuous support from your teachers and to teach in a studio environment. We offer all students to chance to continue their development through workshops, assisting and teacher support groups.