The 200hr Mind, Body & Soul Yoga Teacher Training Course is split into six modules taught over a 8 month period. Some of these modules run alongside each other as they share content and incorporate similar themes.
History and Philosophy of Yoga
A comprehensive introduction to the history and philosophy of Yoga is given through lectures, contemplation, writing, reading and group discussion. We will discuss in more depth the Eight limbs of Yoga as well as the Yamas and Niyamas, exploring how to transform your life through the practice of Yoga ethics. You will incorporate these teachings into your everyday life, acknowledging that yoga is an integral part of your life rather than something we simply do physically on a mat.
History and origins of the Chakra system
At the heart of this course, we will embrace the Chakras. We will learn how to understand chakras from a Western perspective. We will discuss what happens in the energetic body and discuss the chakras from a Scientific perspective. We will look at how the chakras can help us better understand ourselves, and how we should fall in love with taking care of ourselves mind, body and soul.
Meditation & Pranayama
In addition to helping you understand how to go about teaching meditation, you’ll also advance your practice and what you can offer others, as we talk you through meditation concepts and techniques. We go through the benefits of using meditation and how you can go about teaching it in a yoga teaching. You will practice different pranayamas or breathing techniques every day and learn how to teach them safely and effectively. We will learn how to apply different breathing techniques in order to clean the body and the mind. You will learn how to make your Prana flow into different regions of your body in order to remove blocks or toxins from your Nadi system, your energy system.
Intensive Study and Practice of Asanas (postures) & Alignment and Modification of Poses
We will study yoga asana that calm, balance and stimulate each chakra and how to sequence yoga asana classes for the chakras. During the course you will learn all the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts. A clear break-down of postures is taught. This includes variations and modifications of poses as well as common misalignments, safety cues and hands on assisting for each posture. You will be also shown how to modify for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength.
You will be taught applied anatomy, so that you will understand how to use it wisely in your teaching. 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 and body read. The foundations of the anatomy physiology will be explored through hands-on experiential learning with a focus on the muscular-skeletal system.
From the very beginning of the course you will start 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.
Self-Practice and Study
Creating a home yoga practice that you can maintain after you graduate is essential. During the course, we set various assignments and further tasks to complete between training weekends, that will help you develop a home practice and inquiry. We will also examine how to teach classes in a sustainable way that works for you so that you can continue to keep your love of yoga alive. So many teachers spend so much time teaching that they neglect their personal practice and study, this is something that we want to avoid.
The Business of Teaching Yoga
One can be the best Yoga teacher around but without the ability to market yourself you will have an empty studio space. As a business owner, having a knowledge base in marketing is essential. This particular module will help you in aligning your marketing strategy in an ethical way reflecting yogic principles. You will be offered advice on how to spread the word of your classes, how to create a website, how to manage your records and deal with accounts and taxes in an efficient manner.
If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher training student at the Mind, Body & Soul Yoga School, please get in touch. Even if you’re simply curious about the course or not one hundred per cent sure about applying, drop us an email or use the contact form below and we’ll arrange a time to discuss whether this is the right path for you.