Teacher Training Curriculum
1. Yoga techniques & practice: understanding the SATTVA practice
- Introduction to the principles of alignment, SATTVA yoga sequences, and the SATTVA Lines of Awareness exploring front, back, side, and strength.
- Introduction to basic pranayama (breathing techniques)
- Introduction to meditation techniques
- Introduction to Sanskrit names
2. Teaching methodology: the basics of yoga instruction
- Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and adjusting
- Introduction to sequencing
- Discussion on teaching and instruction styles
- Introduction to the basics of the business of yoga
- Practice of hands-on adjustments and verbal instruction skills
3. Anatomy & physiology: the physical and energetic bodies
- Physical anatomy with Dr. Kristin Yont
- Introduction to structural organization and lines of the body
- Introduction to connective tissue and exploration of key muscles groups
- Introduction to bandhas, nadis, chakras, koshas, vayus
4. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics: living Yoga
- Study and discussion of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the 8-limbed path
- Discussion of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Discussion on the heart of yoga
- Introduction to sattvic diet and lifestyle
Required material: Book list
Please purchase the following yoga texts for your teaching training. *Please note that the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika have numerous translations; the translation which is used and recommended by Rameen for the teacher training is listed below.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by Swami Muktibodhananda
Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Light on Hatha Yoga) includes the original Sanskrit text compiled by Maharshi Swatmarama with a translation and thorough commentary in english by Swami Satyananda and Swami Muktibodhananda. This text elucidates the entire science of hatha yoga (asana, pranayama, shatkarma, mudra and bandha) as it was conceived and practised not only for healthand fitness but for awakening the vital energies:pranas,chakras and kundalini shakti.It points out that hatha yoga is not just a physical practice but a process of cellular transmutation from gross to subtle to divine.Thus hatha yoga was considered to be the foundation of all higher yogas. Line drawings and diagrams illustrate the text.
Moola Bandha, The Master Key, by Swami Buddhananda
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Swami Satchidananda
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new edition of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life. The Sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, one of the most respected and revered contemporary Yoga masters. In this classic context, Sri Swamiji offers practical advice based on his own experience for mastering the mind and achieving physical, mental and emotional harmony.
Light on Pranayama, by B.K.S. Iyengar
Pranayama is a technique of yoga breathing that is designed to develop perfect physical health and a sound, harmonious mind. This book explains this technique and is designed for all those interested in meditation and mysticism. By the author of "Light on Yoga" and "Concise Light on Yoga".
Yoga Vasistha, translation by Swami Venkatesananda
"For aspirants of the highest beatitude, the Yoga Vasistha is like nectar. It is a storehouse of wisdom." - Swami Muktananda.
This ancient philosophical text provides a discourse on means to eliminate psychological conditioning and attain liberation. Told in a narrative of stories imparted from Sage Vasistha to his student Prince Rama, this text offers teachings and understanding about consciousness and the creation of the world.
The Key Muscles of Yoga (Volume 1), by Ray Long
This book offers a scientific approach to understanding the practice of hatha yoga. Through four-color, three-dimensional illustrations of major muscles, tendons, and ligaments, Ray Long describes the practice and benefits of hatha yoga. Specific anatomical and physiological descriptions highlight the agonist, antagonist, and synergist muscles that come into play with each pose. Volume I of the series describes the key muscles of hatha yoga and how they are utilized. From beginners to experts, this book will become a constant companion.
The following are additional resources which we feel are a complement to your training but are not required for the program.
The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants
Have you ever been bewildered in yoga class by the terms the teacher uses? What is the deeper meaning of these terms? How can you benefit by knowing them?
For passionate and curious yoga students, The Language of Yoga offers the definitive A-Y of asana names and Sanskrit terms (there is no Z in Sanskrit!). This interactive set includes more than 200 asanas with illustrated yoga postures and 300 Sanskrit definitions.
By Georg Feuerstein Ph.D. Shambhala Guide to Yoga [Paperback]