Our Curriculum blends hands on practice with demonstration, lecture, conversation, partner and small group work and personal assignments, and covers a rich range of subjects for the modern yogi. We use the thematic map of the Chakras to structure each learning module. While we touch on many “styles” of yoga, our signature stylistic framework is “Yoga for Self Love”.
- Yoga Philosophy: Learn about the wisdom practices of Eastern philosophy (including but not limited to an in-depth examination of the Yamas and Niyamas, the Kleshas and the Brahmaviharas) and how you can live a happier and more congruent life with the support of a few simple ideas.
- Embodied Inquiry: We will approach Yoga asanas with an emphasis on understanding “embodiment” and learning to be curious within that space. Instead of pursuing the “right” yoga pose or learning methodology which overrides the wisdom of the body in favor of the authority in the room, you will be given the tools to deepen your conversation with your own body in your personal yoga practice, and then translate this to others in teaching.
- Vocal development: We will practice and examine vocal technique and range, overcoming fear and barriers to sharing your voice in a group, and cultivating appropriate language, tone, and timbre for your yoga instruction.
- Self-Inquiry, personal development and leadership: Personal practices of self-inquiry will include journaling, movement, creative process, facilitated group dialogue, and reading of both ancient and modern yogic texts that support the discovery of personal dharma (unique purpose). Students will move towards reclaiming personal leadership and radical responsibility in their lives and work.
- Meditation, Mindfulness and Pranayama (breathing) practices from both Yogic and Buddhist traditions.
- Yoga for Right Brain Integration.
- Cultural, political and socio-economic context of yoga: Examining issues of diversity and accessibility in yoga, inquiry into the relationship between self-actualization and societal actualization.
- Ethics of Healing: Stress reactions, coping and addiction, trauma-informed teaching.
- Styles of yoga asana will include: Yin, Slow Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Prenatal, Postnatal, Yoga for Beginners, Gentle and therapeutically-oriented yoga.
- Yoga career planning and business of yoga overview.
- Yoga Anatomy: learn to locate and understand essential bony landmarks and muscles that will help you to experience your body in new ways and see other people’s bodies with more clarity.