Category Blog - 500 Hr Trng

Advanced Teacher Training

This training is designed to advance any teacher’s skills by engaging her in a deep and considered dialogue between the two great converging streams of Ancient Eastern physical, psychological, and contemplative traditions, and the modern Western perspectives on the body and mind in light of evolutionary theory, evolutionary psychology, neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology.

By viewing the human being from the light of these two systems with equal vigor, aspiring teachers are encouraged to experience the complex relationship between the rational mind, human creativity and inspiration, the heart, and consciousness. This experience in turn generates a keen awareness of how each system is limited in certain ways, and what those limitations say to someone whose vocation is to assist others in spiritual transformation.

This dialogue unfolds as an investigation into five main areas:

  • Introduction to Yoga as therapy: placing Hatha Yoga and the aims it harbors for health and transformation within the context of Ayurveda: asana, pranayama and meditation in relation to the doshas.
  • Technical training in advanced asana.
  • Spiritual training – ancient and Modern psychology: the human mind/spirit viewed through Darwinian evolutionary theory, neuro-physiology, and the ancient models of the Chakras, Koshas, and the Enneagram.
  • Advanced training in teaching itself: A systematic study of identifying differences in learning styles in students, strategies for planning workshops and intensives, and developing a refined teaching dialogue by creating and sustaining themes and layers of meaning in classes.
  • The development of personal understanding, and tools for inquiry: strategies for reading and studying sacred texts as meditations, and the engagement of Gurdjieff oriented techniques like sensing vs. thinking about, seeing and recognizing, conscious labor, observing the machine vs. trying to awaken it directly.

This program is available to those who have completed an initial 200-hour training in yoga.

If you are an RYT and want to participate in an advanced module for CEU’s and/or out of interest in the subject matter offered, you are welcome to participate without enrolling in the overall program. 

Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy

  • Establish relationship between classical yoga and ayurveda
  • Ayurvedic approach to asana practice: stillness, rhythm, integration, presence in the breath in regard to doshas, a) dosha location in the body, b)brahmana and langhana: the basic paradigm for sequencing the energetics of practice.
  • Dosha based assessment
  • Conducting verbal interview: physical based analysis; i.e., bone, skin, eye color, etc.
  • The 20 attributes: how do they apply to practice
  • Sequences to support vata, pitta and kapha
  •  Special breath consideration: differing breath cues from the doshas.
  • Defining tri-dosha
  • Kriya Yoga and Ayurveda

Intro to Yoga Therapy

  • Observation and assessments for layering learning and development for privates; how to do a diagnostic to determine root of progrblem, identifying imbalances in the the breath body, examining respiratory sinus, a-rhythmia and chronic stress
  • Conducting a private session: Identifying needs, body reading and physical level analysis, creating the plan.
  • Kosha model as a diagnostic tool
  • Enneagram as an assessment tool

Advanced Technical Training in Asana

The overall training is an advanced course providing 300 additional hours to a current 200HR RYT for recognition as a 500 HR RYT.

The course taken as a whole is designed to advance any teacher’s skills by engaging her in a deep and considered dialogue between the two great converging streams of Ancient Eastern physical, psychological, and contemplative traditions, and the modern Western perspectives on the body and mind in light of evolutionary theory, evolutionary psychology, neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology.

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Pranayama and Spiritual Training

  • Pranayama development: a) samavritti and nirvritti - even and uneven breath ratios, b)sequences to develop inhale, sequences to develop exhale, c) pratiloma (against the grain), Ex: strategies moving into forward bend while retaining inhale, moving into backbend while retaining exhale
  • Spiritual training: The five elements, the gunas , differences between western ways of seeing and ancient easter ways of observation.
  • Taittiriya Upanishad and Pancha Kosha Model
  • Pranayama and Kosha: determining where prana is stuck

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Schedule & Fees

500 Hour Teacher Training Requirements
500 Hour Teacher Training Application

 2016 - 2017 Schedule

Intro to Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Therapy

  • Ayurveda: November 3 - 6, 2016
  • Yoga Therapy I: February 2 - 5, 2017

Spiral Dynamic and Advanced Development

  • Advanced Asana I: May 4 - 7, 2017
  • Advanced Asana II:  August 3 - 6, 2017

Spiritual Training: Pranayama and Contemplation

  • November 2 - 5, 2017

 

2018 Schedule

Intro to Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Therapy

  • Ayurveda: February 22 - 25, 2018
  • Yoga Therapy I: April 4 - 8, 2018

Spiral Dynamic and Advanced Development

  • Advanced Asana I: July 26 - 29, 2018
  • Advanced Asana II:  September 20 - 23, 2018

Spiritual Training: Pranayama and Contemplation

  • December 6 - 9, 2018
 

Between each module will be online video chat classroom time (a total of approx. 10 hours for the entire course)

Total Course Fee: $3200.00 (includes course fee, application, and online classroom); Payment plan per module available.