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300 Hour Yoga & Ayurveda Course Outline

So you have completed your 200 hour foundational yoga teacher training program and now the real journey and inquiry has begun; you wish to learn what lies beneath all the superficial layers and you wish to deepen your knowledge base and learn other yogic applications for health and wellness…..

Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, which is registered with Yoga Alliance and runs over a 6 week period, will work deeply on your mind, body, soul. The core focus of the program is Ayurveda; India’s very ancient, multi layered, holistic approach to maintaining optimal health and wellness at all stages in life. According to Ayurveda, majority of illness and unhappiness in life arises from energetic blockages or imbalances within our subtle body and this can lead to a reduction of vitality and impaired functioning of body, mind and spirit.

Our program has been designed to systematically teach, through practical means, how ancient yogic techniques can release energetic blockages, thus improving health and wellness. Through study of pancha mahabhutas, tridosha, the nature of prakriti, practice of purification treatments, advanced practices of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, and mantra alongside deeper studies of yogic philosophy, students will take an intimate journey into the self and will develop a much deeper understanding of ancient yogic practices.

Whether you’re an existing teacher or simply wish to deepen your practices and learn about the yoga and Ayurveda as a complete system for ultimate health and wellness, our 300 hour yoga teacher training program is a wonderful place for you to begin your exploration. Our loving, nurturing environment and small class sizes is the perfect place to explore, to blossom, and to gain the confidence needed to become a truly well rounded, knowledgeable teacher.

This program is an intermediate level course and requires all registrants have previously completed an internationally recognized and accredited 200 hour YTTC and have been practicing for a minimum of 3 years.

300 Hour Advanced Yoga & Ayurveda YTTC Schedule for Varkala 2017/2018

October 9th-November 19th, 2017
January 8th- February 19, 2018
March 5th-April 16th, 2018
September 10th-October 20, 2018
November 5th-December 16, 2018


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Program Highlights:

• 300 hours spread over 6 weeks
• Registered with Yoga Alliance USA
• Tuition includes accommodation, vegetarian meals, all required text books, 2 ayurvedic massages, 2 shirodhara treatments, and a complete ayurvedic colonic purification treatment
• Study of Ayurveda and pancha kosha theory
• Study of common diseases/ailments along with yogic applications to improve health and wellness
• Practice ayurvedic purification techniques
• Advanced asana, pranayam, bandha, mudra, mantra practices
• Comprehensive yogic philosophy
• Advanced yogic anatomy
• Advanced western anatomy
• In depth alignment clinics
• Art of adjustments
• Art of sequencing
• Multi style asana: pawanmuktasana, yin yoga, hatha, sivananda, vinyasa flow, ashtanga vinyasa
• Teaching methodology: how to become an inspirational teacher
• Practicum: polish your teaching skills and allow your inner teacher to blossom

Course curriculum:

Ayurveda:

We begin by offering students an introduction to the science of life, which is known as Ayurveda. Students will soon come to understand that Ayurveda offers two main guiding principles; the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and nothing has more power to transform the body than the mind. We will discuss the unique features, aim, concept of true health and peace of mind, history and then we will study the basic principles of Ayurveda which includes the theory of creation, and the concept of Pancha Mahabhuta, Tridosha, Concept of Body – Mind – Soul, Concept of Sapta Dhatu (Body Elements),

Concept of Mala (Waste Products), Concept of Srotas (Body Channels), Concept of Agni (Digestive Fire)

Concept of Koshta (Alimentary Tract), and Concept of Prakruti (Body Constitution).

We will then briefly introduce students to the study of Herbs and then proceed to introduce the processes of Panchkarma. We will lecture about various ayurvedic and panchkarma purification processes and marma points.  

Students will also learn about abhyanga (Ayurvedic body Massage) and shirodhara (oil treatment for head), Kadee vasti (Treatment for Low Back Pain), Greeva vasti (Treatment for Neck discomfort), Janu vasti (Treatment for Knee joint Pain), Ayurvedic Foot Massage, Shiro Abhyanga (Traditional Indian Head Massage), Ayurvedic Face Massage.

Following these we will study concepts of the Ayurvedic diet based upon season, dosha, and common ailments. Classes will include study of the following topics: Ayurvedic concept of Dietetics, Assessment of constitution & importance of understanding constitution, Diet for different constitution, Recipes for different constitution, wholesome & unwholesome food, Contradictory food, Quality of different food substances.

Philosophy:

In our 300 hour program students will have the opportunity to examine the ancient religious traditions of South Asia, namely Hinduisim, Buddhism and Jainism. What do these traditions say about the nature of the universe and human intrinsic nature? What is the relevance of these traditions to us; in life and in our practices? We will study these traditions from historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, and contemplative perspectives. We will consider the myths, the symbolism, ritual, philosophical and theological formulations and iconography. We will then explore the discussions of what is yoga, studying some of the earliest sources of yoga, The Uppanishads, Yoga sutra of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Advaita Vedanta. We will also discuss bhakti and Tantra, then dive deeper into the subtle body discussing Kundalini and chakras. We will eventually end up discussing what we regard as modern day yoga.

Multi Style Asana Classes:

Our 300 hour students will have the opportunity to study a variety of styles of asana; from ancient methods used to maintain healthy joint space and optimal flow of prana, to more traditional methods, and modern day styles. Styles will include the pawanmukasana series, yin yoga, traditional Indian Hatha, sivananda yoga, vinyasa flow and ashtanga vinyasa. Students will practice each style for a minimum of 6 classes so they can truly understand and embody the key benefits that each style offers.

Anatomy:

Anatomy and physiology will be studied in great detail. Students will study the nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, endocrine system, digestive system, musculo-skeletal system, immune system, the genito-urinary system, and the spine. Students will study the physical effects yoga has on the body, will learn how to avoid injury in more prone areas and how to work with common injuries. Our Students will not only study the various systems of the body but they will become knowledgeable in principals of anatomy as it relates to yoga asana, pranayama, and movement of vinyasa.

Alignment classes

These classes will consist of in-depth studies of fundamental hatha yoga postures. We will analyze each posture slowly and in great detail incorporating anatomical aspects, energetic principals, and also discussing and addressing common limitations and misalignments. Great emphasis will be placed on how to create optimal alignment (for each individual body) through use of props and partnering.

Art of Adjustments:

In this section students will learn about the art of performing safe and skillful adjustments with confidence, strength, and grace. Students will learn how to adjust others while honoring the Yama’s and respecting physical and emotional boundaries, limits, and capabilities of students.

Pranayama:

Pranayama is powerful tool that has been proven to balance, awaken and purify our Pranic Body. In these classes students will dive deeper into pranayama, practicing advanced practices with increased ratios, kumbaka, and bandhas. Students will learn to design sequences based on different requirements, needs, and abilities. They will begin to truly understand the relationship between prana, the nadis, the chakras, bandhas, and the power of incorporating mantra.

Yogic Anatomy:

In this section we will teach the ancient yogic techniques used to free up and channelize energy which have been used to create a balanced state of mind and body. Easily stated we will study the energetic effects of yoga on the body. We will explore prana, the chakra system, the vayus, the Nadis (energy channels within the body) and bandhas (energy locks) and the relationships between emotion and blockages within the Nadis and chakras. We will explore how to use this yogic science to remove blockages thus freeing the prana so it can nourish the entire being eventually releasing Kundalini and its infinite potential.

Mantra:

Students will be introduced to over 10 powerful mantras. Students will learn the mantras in Sanskrit, the relevance and meanings in English, and will practice daily. This will allow the student to experience the power of mantra, how it affects the body, mind, and spirit. Daily practice will also be used as a tool for clearing the energetic channels within the body and generating great peace and happiness within.

Kriyas:

In this section students will learn about the theory, philosophy, and practice of Yogic Kriyas. They will learn about the benefits and contraindications of the various techniques. They will be introduced to the dhauti, basti, neti, tratak, nauli, and kapalabhati techniques. Students will learn how to incorporate the various techniques into their daily lives while attending the program and will also learn how to teach the techniques to others.

Meditation:

Meditation teaches us to stop identifying with the body, the mind, and its ceaseless thoughts so we can reconnect with our authentic self and once again feel bliss. We will introduce students to a variety of advanced meditation techniques.

Teaching Methodology:

In this section we will explore many different topics that will ultimately help students become more confident teachers and practitioners. We will review the categories of asana and then dive deeper into discussion related to the psychological and physiological benefits of practicing the various groups of postures. We will look at common physical and emotional limitations that affect students such as depression, anxiety, weight loss/gain, headaches, backache, insomnia, chronic fatigue, constipation, pregnancy, and post natal and will discuss ways to address these common concerns through yogic practices.

Pancha Kosha:

Students will study the pancha koshas (5 sheaths of human existence). Pancha Kosha is the concept in yogic philosophy that there are five layers, or sheaths, around the human soul. The path of yoga naturally heightens one's understanding and awareness of these sheaths but we will spend time exploring these in great detail so the students can truly move inward, taking a journey through these sheaths and uncovering their true authentic self.

Art of Sequencing:

How we put the class together is the art of sequencing which is creative yet must be based upon an understanding of how asanas work in relationship to one another in the flow of the class. Students will learn about vinyasa karma and parinamavada, the arc model, how to sequence across different categories of asana, how to create different energetic states, chakra sequencing and how to sequence different styles of yoga such as pawanmuktasana, yin, traditional hatha, and vinyasa flow.

Delivery & Presentation:

In preparation for teaching practicum the remaining teaching methodology classes will consist of a mix of discussions; the characteristics of an exceptional teacher, psychology of teaching, how to develop your own style, and the ethics of student/teacher relationship. We will also spend time discussing how we can integrate yogic philosophy into our classes. How can we incorporate all of the yama’s and niyama’s into our lives and into our classes?

Final Teaching Practicum

Students will practice and refine their teaching skills in the last 1.5 weeks of the program. This is their opportunity to incorporate and apply all the knowledge they have obtained throughout the course. Practicum is a critical portion of a YTTC. Students will design their own sequences, polish their teaching and observation skills, and further develop their verbal and physical cues, skilful adjustments, ability to incorporate props, and their ability of offer variations. All of which will facilitate greater confidence in their ability to teach skilfully.

Sample Daily Schedule

06:00-06:30 Detoxification
06:30-08:00 Asana
08:00-09:00 Pranayama/Mudra/Bandha
09:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-11:00 Philosophy
11:00-12:00 Anatomy/Adjustment & Alignment Clinic
12:00-13:00 Lecture/Teaching Methodology
13:00-15:30 Lunch break
15:30-16:30 Ayurveda/Karma Yoga
16:30-18:00: Asana
18:00-19:00: Meditation
19:00-20:00: Dinner

• Please note there aren’t any classes on Sundays and no meals are served on Sunday’s.

Tuition for our 42 Day, 300 Hour Advanced Yoga & Ayurveda TTC in Varkala, Kerala

Shared accommodation: 1950 USD
Private accommodation: 2400 USD

The tuition fee includes accommodation, all required text books, 3 satvic vegetarian meals per day, manuals and supplies.

Registration Process

In order to proceed with the registration process we ask that you submit an online application form. After you have submitted your application our director will contact you within 1 day to either confirm your acceptance into the program, or ask for additional supporting documentation. Once all documentation has been provided and acceptance has been offered, we will request a non-refundable deposit of $350.00 USD be placed. Your deposit will secure your registration and will be deducted from the total cost of tuition. The balance of tuition is due prior to the commencement of the program.

If you need to change your TTC date, we will honour your deposit and apply it towards another TTC program as long as the date falls within 6 months of your initial course booking. Please note you will be required to pay the tuition rate of the newly scheduled month and our course fee is non-refundable.