COURSE OVERVIEW

The Project 7 Yoga 200 Hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training curriculum includes the following topics:


Asana

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  • This course will cover Yoga Asana from a few different traditions including: hatha, ashtanga vinyasa, dynamic asana, yin and restorative.

  • Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered in detail for each pose.

  • We will learn from practicing the pose and also adjusting students in some.

  • Emphasis is placed on the exploration and growth of at-home and in-training individual practice.

Pranayama

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  • In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Ashtanga (or eight-limb system), Pranayama is the fourth limb, coming after asana.

  • Pranayama is a subtle practice (involving, but not limited to only, breathing techniques) that offers magnificent effects on the nervous system and the mind.

  • The approach to pranayama offered here is rooted in the classical teachings of Sri OP Tiwari and his main student Paul Dallaghan (main teacher of Steve Rubin).

  • Students will learn and practice preparatory practices for Pranayama along with a handful of classical techniques.

  • This will be centered around the neuro-muscular mechanisms of inhale, exhale, and short retention periods.

  • Develop an accurate practice of pranayama techniques and ability to guide others in basic breathing development. 

Meditation

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  • Concentration and Meditation are the sixth and seventh limbs of the Ashtanga system as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

  • We will learn how to direct the mind/attention while practicing asanas and pranayamas. It then grows into a practice in and of itself: a direct practice when one sits for "meditation".

  • Meditation is a state that comes over you, not really something that needs to be “done”; it opens up to us, and each individual's experience is unique as to when this may be.

  • You will learn a few meditation techniques, external to internal, which engage the mind through concentration.

Anatomy

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  • Cost of tuition includes complimentary one year access to the David Keil Yoganatomy online course and a personal copy of the Functional Anatomy of Yoga book.

  • A combination of online videos, reading, and in-session discussion brings to life the basic anatomical concepts every yoga teacher should know.

  • Content includes the basics of functional anatomy such as the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems and dives deeper into areas such as the foot & ankle, knee, hip joint, pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle, hand wrist and elbow.

  • Anatomical patterns in Asana will be directly applied to physical practice.

Philosophy

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  • We will explore the foundation of Yoga philosophy primarily through the study of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, along with excerpts from a few classical Hatha Yoga texts (hatha pradipika, gerhanda samita, and others). 

  • Practical and modern day understanding and adaptability will make this most foundational exploration useful, digestible, and perhaps also fun.

Teaching

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  • This training will prepare you to teach a Vinyasa Flow all-levels yoga class. A basic restorative, gentle, and yin yoga class format will also be taught. 

  • A Note on Hands-On Assists: A very effective way in helping others beyond verbal guidance and visual demonstration can involve physically helping them.  Humans can become more aware about their current neuro-muscular patterns in their body and thus able to change them through some informed and safe physical contact or touch. We will safely (up to the comfort level of each teacher and student) learn how to approach this method of helping others, with clear understanding of the underlying theme of what, why, and how to safely help another, with the most fundamental postures first, and for those of interest applying this understanding to perhaps more skillful approaches and not as basic of postures.  Of course permission, appropriateness, and safety (of both student and teacher) will be very much highlighted.

Mysore / Self Practice

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  • A unique offering of this course, based in the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Asana as shared by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, though definitely not limited to the confines of how it is often currently shared. 

  • This approach of practicing individually, while in a group, with the direct one-on-one help of a qualified teacher, is a most wonderful way in taking a step forward on the path. 

  • It is an ideal environment to build and/or further develop your own personal practice approach to work within.

  • Mysore practice fosters internal growth, develops the ability to maintain your attention with yourself, (no constant external cues required) to properly work with vinyasa, including putting together and maintaining your movement following your breath at your own pace, level, and depth. This reduces strain and increases support.

  • Very empowering and deeply rewarding for any student at any stage of practice and of course extending to all aspiring teachers.

Speciality Yoga

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  • Not everyone comes to yoga with a perfect bill of health. Patience, compassion, and learning different approaches to teaching yoga will help diversify your understanding of being a teacher. Understanding the pregnant woman with basic pre- & post-natal yoga information will be shared. 

Karma Yoga

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  • Practicing Karma Yoga (yoga of service) is an important piece of this training.

  • Each individual will choose an independent karma yoga project for a group or organization in need.