Curriculum

MINDFUL YOGA STUDIO
200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
CURRICULUM, SYLLABUS, TEXTBOOKS

Yoga Philosophy Lifestyle and Ethics, 35 contact hours, 15 non-contact hours, 50 total hours.
Introductory sessions will cover the foundational material in yoga, including information with which all yoga teachers and yogis should be familiar. The 8 limbs of yoga, the role of a yoga instructor, principles of practice, working with all body types, the effects of yoga on the body and the mind, overview of Ayurvedic practices. Students must submit three essays for critiquing. The 15 non-contact hours will include reading, meditation and chanting. A two-hour session on the ethics of teaching, student/teacher relationship and business of yoga will be included.

  • Learning Objectives: Students begin becoming familiar with the 8 limbs of yoga and their interrelationships through familiarity with the yoga sutras of Patanjali. They will know the role of the yoga teacher, understand mindfulness in movement and meditation, know the proven benefits of yoga on mind and body, how to work with students of all body types and use of inclusive language when teaching. Students also will know the basic history of yoga and be familiar with yoga’s classic texts, yoga philosophy and yoga ethics, including how to teach and incorporate teachings in a classroom setting and in one’s lifestyle.

Anatomy and Physiology, 20 contact hours
Key concepts include basic anatomy of the human body, subtle anatomy in yoga and Eastern philosophy, the anatomy of movement and stillness and modifications for all body types.

  • Learning Objectives: Students will become familiar with basic anatomical concepts of the physical and subtle body, and with appropriate modifications of poses and contra-indications for all students. Students will be expected to lead peers in asana and practices.

Teaching Methodology, 25 contact hours
We will cover verbal and non-verbal communication, including the art of listening and intuitive teaching, and how to create a class plan. Each student will be required to create class plans and teach the plans under the lead instructors’ guidance in a classroom setting.

  • Learning Objectives: Students will have the ability to plan and guide a yoga class.

Techniques and Practices of Yoga, 90 contact hours, 25 non-contact hours, 115 total hours
Traditional asanas, various styles of yoga (including Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Vinyasa), the practices of pranayama, meditation basics, teaching meditation and pranayama, sun and moon salutations, Pawanmuktasana Series. Students will get detailed instruction in the anatomy of each pose, alignment cues, preparatory and post postures and will practice each posture and teach each posture to fellow students. Students also will be required to take 12 yoga classes led by Shraddha and/or Pam on the regular Mindful Yoga Studio schedule; tuition covers class fees.

  • Learning Objectives: The student will become familiar with the various styles of asana and how to work with those styles in practice, including flow, gentle, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga. Students will be able to lead the basic practices of meditation and pranayama and know how to bring them into the classroom setting.

Practicum: Practice of Yoga, 10 contact hours, 10 non-contact hours, 20 total hours
The students will, with the assistance and guidance of the teacher, lead various levels of classes and yoga styles. Within the classroom setting, each student will offer class plans and teach in 15- and 30- minute segments to fellow trainees, for a total of five hours.

  • Learning Objectives: Upon completion, each student will have observed five hours of yoga practice with a lead instructor and will have offered a minimum of five, one-hour yoga classes with the lead instructor present. Additionally, students must teach a minimum of five hours of classes approved by the lead instructors to serve as karma offerings – i.e., to a Boys and Girls Club or to a group at a local library.

Karma Yoga, 10 non-contact hours
Each student will identify a way in which she/he can serve the community based on yogic principles. Yoga is a way of service and it is done both on and off the mat.

  • Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students will have offered 10 hours of community service, as approved in advance by the lead instructors. For example, serve on a neighborhood board or committee, litter cleanup in a park, serve at a soup kitchen.

Personalized Study, non-contact hours
This portion of the program will rely on the teacher/student dynamic as each student will explore – under the teacher’s guidance – various physical and energetic philosophies and instruction tied to individual goals and growth desires.

  • Learning Objectives: We have structured the Personalized Study segment to meet each student’s needs rather than mass-producing teachers in a specific style, as a respectful approach to the origins and traditions of yoga and the original student-teacher relationships. Outcomes will be individual in nature and will provide a deeper connection to the practice of yoga as a whole.

Required textbooks
Your Yoga, Your Body, by Bernie Clark
The Path of the Yoga Sutras, by Nicolai Bachman

Suggested reading:
The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, by Ray Long, M.D.
Mindfulness Yoga, by Frank Jude Boccio
The Complete Book of Yin, by Bernie Clark