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.