Let’s start at the beginning and get to know how the human body really works. Together we’ll explore the mechanics of anatomy and physiology as understood from the latest findings of western science, looking at the musculo-skeletal system, the organs, myofascia and everything else that helps us practise. We’ll also take an experiential journey into the Yoga concept of the human body, exploring seldom understood concepts of subtle anatomy as chakras, nadis and prana. We will investigate what’s actually there in order to leave you with a solid understanding of what actually goes on in Yoga practice, from the inside out.
The very mention of philosophy can make the mouth dry and the eyes roll into the back of the head. We’re pretty certain that it doesn’t have to be that way. Hidden in the great texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Baghavad Gita are roadmaps to the lofty goals of Yoga practice. We’ve done the dry and dusty travelling so that we can present the practical aspects of these texts to you in an easily understood and interesting fashion.
Yoga is all in the doing (as Patanjali tells us right at the start of the Yoga Sutras), so you can expect to be “doing” a lot for much of this course. We’ll focus on the asana (posture) and pranayama (breathwork) practices to give you the solid ground of teaching. We’ll also teach you about the fascinating areas of meditative practice, bandhas, mudras and gestures, sound and chanting, and much more.
Just because you can do a practice doesn’t mean you can (or should) teach it. Most of us have suffered at the hands of teachers whose skills weren’t so good, so we’re determined that nobody in our courses will miss out on understanding what really makes a good Yoga teacher and how you can bring that out in yourself. We’ll look at students’ learning styles and modalities of teaching too, demonstration techniques, how best to communicate in class and many other skills that will help you teach with confidence.
Everybody has a sense of dread when putting themselves up there on the mat, but we’d like to help you lower yours to a comfortable minimum. So, all through the course you’ll get used to teaching, assisting, observing and giving/receiving feedback. We won’t ask you to teach beyond your abilities, just to develop the ways that you can express what you know to others without fear or anxiety. That way, when you stand in front of your first students, you’ll know how great you’re going to be.