300 Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
by Samrat Dasgupta
ABOUT THE TRAINING
This training course aims to deepen trainees’ practice and knowledge in different aspects of yogic disciplines, preparing them to embrace yoga as their lifelong profession. It will focus on further enhancing trainees’ understanding of yoga philosophy, mastering their yoga practice and stabilising the connection of the body with the mind and soul. It is this union with the mind that helps to identify one’s limitations and potentials, which is key to helping students delve into the world of teaching and giving.
Our unique training comprises multiple layers of learning that are weaved together into a customisable experience. We understand that each individual’s need, level and experience is different and this training emphasises each individual's personal practice as the source of their teaching. This is achieved by combining intensive study of the techniques and mechanics of fundamental postures, cultivating practical hands-on adjustments, deepening enquiry into yoga philosophy, exploring the principles of duality, delving into more advanced anatomy understanding, exploring values and beliefs of Ayurveda, and engaging in further spiritual development.
This will be a life-changing experience that emphasises the journey and evolution of an individual. Our yoga path is continuous and in order to transcend, trainees must engage in ongoing study by growing their own practice as well as inspiring others at the same time. This course will equip trainees with all the intellectual, mental and physical tools to glorify the teacher within themselves.
This training will nurture yoga teachers who have completed 200-hour foundational training to be better teachers by refreshing their teaching techniques and experiences for leading different types of classes catered for different body types through an anatomical and spiritual aspect. This will also be an opportunity for yoga teachers to consolidate and deepen their prior teaching experience with profound yoga knowledge.
This training is demanding, both emotionally and physically. It is purposely scheduled over approximately 3 months during weekends and holidays, which will give students time to assimilate the information, their weaknesses and strengths to adapt to the necessary changes through revisions and embed the newly found knowledge in their daily lives.
Alignment analysis on individual postures including inversions, arm balances, backbends, seated and twisted postures. It will be composed of detailed discussions on proper alignments and common misalignments via demonstrations and observations, application of muscle groups to reduce effort, and effective cueing. Proper use of props for different levels of postures to keep anatomical alignment.
Gain an understanding of the human anatomy and be able to connect it with the correct alignments. Learn to teach students how to practise safely with a breakdown of anatomy in Standing Poses, Backward Bends, Forward Bends, Inversions, Hip and Arm Balances.
HANDS-ON ASSISTANCE & ADJUSTMENTS
Approach adjustments with confidence and use this as a valuable communication tool to engage with students. Learn the art of adjustments on different contact points and modifications required for different body types to be injury-free.
Learn effective sequencing and class planning for different levels of classes ranging from beginner to advanced. There will be in-depth discussions on creating fun and challenging sequences for each posture category.
PRACTICUM & REFINMENT
There are many opportunities to practise teaching in small as well as larger groups and to receive dedicated and dynamic feedback. Only by accepting feedback from peer trainees can teachers learn to grow and overcome humility.
This 2 - 2.5 hours Asana practice will include various levels of inversions, arm balances, backbends, pranayama and meditation. Develop a strong personal practice and leverage this learning to make classes livelier and adaptable to each student’s needs.
This is a 1-2 hours self-practice at the end of each teaching day where students will be guided in any challenging area by Samrat.
Origin, concepts and values in yin-yang duality. An overview of basic yin poses with theory on tension and compression. Students will be able to understand the anatomy of Yin poses and the method to work with connective tissues, muscles and fascia.
An integral part of the morning practice is to energise the body and calm the mind via different breathing techniques. Practise mindful breathing by creating awareness to free our mind.
Foster the mind by learning different types of meditation and mind-stilling techniques such as mantra meditation, body scan, chakra meditation, breath awareness meditation, visualisation, etc. Trainees are encouraged to a 20-minute, twice daily meditation practice. Introduction to the commonly faced obstacles whilst attempting to meditate and the outcomes.
Learn different cleansing rituals and techniques, specific instructions and specific desired outcome for each technique aimed at purifying the body and mind. These purification techniques include Neti, Kapal Bhati, Dhauti, Basti (Enema), Nauli and Trataka.
MANTRA & KIRTAN
Learn the stories and intention behind each mantra. Create harmony through chanting and kirtan. Trainees will be exposed to the joy and bliss brought to the community by kirtan practice.
YOGA HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
The key part of becoming a teacher is to understand and share the history and ritual of yoga practice and how it has transformed through the years of evolution. The sessions will cover key aspects of history and ancient texts including the Veda, the Upanishads, Ayurveda, the Bhagavad Gita and relating that to daily practical use. Furthering of Sanskrit language skills relating to key concepts and asanas.
An overview of Ayurveda and understanding of the doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Discussion on Ayurvedic constitution and Ayurvedic application to asana practices.
We will touch on ethical guidelines of yoga teachers, how to build a yogic community with dignity and integrity. It is also crucial to understand the value of teaching yoga as a service to others through yoga.
Yoga is a practice of transformation – an inward journey of self-discovery. And every entrepreneur knows that starting, growing and maintaining a business is also a practice of personal transformation which includes brand/business – time management, finance, goal setting, strategic approach to social media.
Yoga teachers are not restricted to teaching at one studio anymore – trainees can venture into different ways of teaching and building relationships with students via the internet, unique yoga coaching packages, yoga retreats, workshops and private yoga lessons.
This advanced teaching training gives trainees the opportunity to meet a group of people sharing a common profession or interests. Use them as support, a sounding board, and proof-readers. No doubt the relationships built will get trainees one step closer to becoming successful yoga entrepreneurs.
SEQUENCE & PLAN
Trainees will be taught to sequence and plan classes of different types (hatha, vinyasa, yin, etc.) for different levels ranging from beginner, intermediate to advanced students. Sculpt a class for self-practice and for different body types in 1-on-1 private classes and learn themes to conduct workshops.
IMPROVE TEACHING SKILLS
Trainees will be taught to teach practicum within small groups and subsequently large groups to gain confidence, the right tone of voice and body language. Be confident to teach different levels and types of classes, pranayama practices, Yoga Nidra and chanting.
ASSIMILATE OLD AND NEW KNOWLEDGE
Assimilate knowledge on alignment and body structure to provide physical adjustments to students and to address different concerns arising from various body types. Consolidate old knowledge with new knowledge from different perspectives. Explore different teaching styles and hands-on adjustment techniques to learn the fundamentals of assisting.
BE EACH OTHER’S TEACHER
Expect to learn from Samrat and other fellow trainees. Participate in teaching practicum sessions through which trainees observe different teaching styles. Continuous feedback cycle from training leaders and peers to cultivate a mutual learning environment.
FIND YOUR VOICE
Although students might have already been teaching on a regular basis, there may still be areas of hesitation or confusion as to how to best present oneself as a yoga teacher. Consistent guidelines and mentorship will be provided to help students increase their confidence level.
3/F, Chinachem Johnston Plaza,
178-186 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Training from 26 May to 24 Sep, 2023
Schedule - 8 hours per day
7:00am – 9:00am Morning Intensives
1:00pm – 3:00pm Lecture, Anatomy and Asana Breakdown
3:00pm – 5:00pm Lecture and Hands-On Clinic
5:00pm – 7:00pm Teaching Practicum/ Asana Breakdown/ Pranayama/ Meditation/
Self Study/ Group Work/ Self Practice
Schedule - 10 hours per day
7:00am – 9:30am Morning Intensives
9:30am – 10:15am Breakfast
10:15am – 12:00pm Anatomy and Asana Breakdown
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lecture/ Teaching and Hands-On Clinic
1:30pm – 2:45pm Lunch
2:45pm – 4:00pm Asana Breakdown/ Pranayama/ Meditation
4:00pm – 5:00pm Teaching and Hands-On Clinic
5:00pm – 6:00pm Teaching Practicum
6:00pm – 7:00pm Self Study/ Group Work/ Self Practice
Register NOW until 30 April 2023
Register from 1 May 2023
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Early-Bird Price is applicable on enrolment sent in on or before 30 April 2023.
Regular Price is applicable on enrolment sent in starting from 1 May 2023.
Refund or credit won’t be provided for cancellation starting 1 May 2023.
Valid refunds will be subjected to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from the amount refunded.
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Morning Intensives are 2 hours practice which starts from beginner to intermediate level and goes up gradually by week
The classes are workshop pattern where we break down the poses and work with options suitable for all level practitioners
Students of all level has benefitted from our MI in past 10 years!
These practices creates a perfect platform for practitioners trying to bridge the gap between their existing practice and sailing through to the next level
🙇🏻♂️Pre-requisite : A 15 second crow pose and a wall assisted headstand are the basic starting point
Special offer of 10% off for all our Prana Yoga members
Special offer of 10% off for all our past TT graduates
The classes are complimentary to all our teachers of Prana Yoga
If I miss one day, will I be able to make up for the missed class?
Devotion is the key and we encourage you to be able to attend 100% of the course.
In case of absence due to emergency or other commitments, students need to take responsibility to study the missed lessons. Please speak with us prior to the course if any special arrangement is needed
What are the prerequisites for this training?
Applicants must have 200-hour certification OR a minimum of 6 months yoga teaching experience.
Will I be 500 hours certified at the completion of this training?
On completion of this training, one can accumulate the number of hours together studied in previous courses to apply for 500 hours with Yoga Alliance.
I have graduated from a 200 hour teacher training, but haven’t felt ready to teach. Will I be ready to teach after this program?
Yes! Our training focuses deeply on polishing teaching skills and sculpting different types of classes. We recommend the students start teaching friends, families or even full classes before undertaking the training.
I’m still struggling with some asanas, am I ready for this training?
Although physical practice isn’t the main criterion for taking an advanced TT, it’s still suggested that a student should have a basic level of practice like being able to do a headstand at the centre. This will boost a faster physical improvement in asana during the course.