The course is a stepping stone to becoming a yoga teaching professional and the training itself gives all participants a solid foundation in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow yoga. Shree Hari Yoga offers a program that is presented in a relaxed, modern, and progressive environment.
Students should be prepared to be mentally and physically challenged as classes vary from physically vigorous to softer and more restorative sessions. Students will be encouraged to follow a satvic diet to improve their overall sense of well-being.
- Gain knowledge about skeletal and muscular systems
- Teach a Hatha based flow lesson to your peers
- Learn and practice meditation, mantras, bandhas, pranayamas, mudras, and kryias
- Study Patanjali’s yoga sutras and learn how to incorporate the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga into your daily practice
- Study Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Hathapradipika
- Share knowledge about yoga and become a yoga teacher
- Train in a traditional Indian yoga school with experienced teachers either in the Himalayan Mountains or at the beaches of South India in Gokarna
- Teach a traditional Hatha yoga-based flow to your peers
- Pass a written test in yoga philosophy, anatomy, and alignment
- Present the correct alignment of several asanas
Personal asana practice
The program offers a strong foundation in traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow yoga, concentrating on the correct alignments of the postures. In the class, you will practice traditional Hatha yoga in the morning time and take part in Ashtanga-led classes in the afternoon.
Your teacher will guide you through the full primary series with modifications. In the practice, your teacher will constantly check your alignments, help you to deepen the postures and, if appropriate, adjust you in the postures.
Pranayama (breathing techniques)
From your first day, you will be encouraged to bring awareness to your breath. In traditional Hatha yoga and the other yoga styles, you will study the breath that initiates the movement from posture to posture. It is impossible to progress through the Ashtanga primary series without the familiarity with the rhythm of your own breath, improving your focus. You will learn 7 pranayama techniques that will help you to lengthen your breath, increase your lung capacity, and strengthen the nervous system.
This is an important aspect of yoga that is often overlooked as physical practise (asanas) takes precedence. Pranayama is a great way to alleviate stress and tension, something that is often endured in modern society. Pranayama practice will allow you to build mental and emotional strength to help you maintain a healthy sense of well-being, not just during the teacher training course, but in your everyday daily life. Tutorials will explain the theory accompanying these breathing techniques enabling you to practice effectively during guided classes.
Kriyas (cleansing) and mudras (energy seals)
Cleansing will clear the system and allow the breath to flow freely. You will learn 6 cleansing techniques in your course. Mudras will allow you to seal energy within the body. Again, tutorials will support the practice of both of these.
Anatomy of alignment classes
These classes will allow you to gain a deeper insight into the different yoga postures by looking in detail at the body mechanics of each and every posture. A clear understanding of the skeletal and muscular systems in a posture, in terms of its anatomical focus, is vital for teaching and practising postures. The aim is that you build on prior knowledge of anatomy whatever level that may be and leave with a greater awareness of your own body and those of your future students.
During these classes, you will also focus on how to modify the different postures depending on the practice of your students. In addition, this class provides the opportunity for the instructors to really assist you with your individual practice on a personal level.
You will start to teach your peers during the third week of your training. You will instruct each other on a one-to-one basis and progress to devising and delivering your own lesson plan. Each week, the organizer will provide tools for you to develop your teaching skills, facilitating you to build your own yoga class that you will teach during the final week. Teaching methodology sessions include:
- Opening a class
- Relaxation techniques
- Corrections and adjustments
The former students always find this a particularly memorable experience as the majority will teach for the first time. Participating in each other’s classes and providing constructive feedback for your peers is a great way to learn and supports our ethos that learning is sharing.
Most forms of yoga in the west can be classified as Hatha yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Power yoga classes are all Hatha yoga. The word “Hatha” can be translated in two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
Classical yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the program and you will be introduced to Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Hathapradipika. This class allows you to make your own comparisons of classical and contemporary yoga and pose the question, ‘what is yoga?’ These sessions are a great time for philosophical debate and indeed provided a welcome insight into the views of your fellow students.
Each yoga class will have an intention with a spiritual message that will allow you to understand how we can incorporate philosophy into practice. Hari will deliver a talk on yoga in Bhagavad Gita, a beloved Indian text from which many lessons can be learned.
Typical daily schedule
- 07:00-10:00 Traditional Hatha yoga classes including kriya, pranayama, and asana practices
- 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00-11:15 Yoga philosophy
- 11:30-12:30 Anatomy
- 12:30-14:45 Lunch hours
- 14:45-15:45 The art of teaching methodology
- 16:00-17:30 Afternoon asana, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa therapeutical yoga practices
- 17:30-18:30 Evening activities and arati
Note: the schedule above is applied for 6 days a week. The evening activities include meditation, Japa meditation, spiritual documentaries, kirtans, and satsangs.