Required Readings and Module Descriptions
The texts that we use in the teacher training are intended to support your training. You are not required to pre-read, and all the texts will be referenced.
1. The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners ISBN-10: 1608680142
2. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation ISBN-10: 0807012394
3. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice Revised Edition by T. K. V. Desikachar ISBN-10:
4. The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II ISBN-10: 1607432390
First Limb – A Life Well Lived: Yamas
This module will open the amazing door to explore a deeper and broader interpretation of moral guidelines. Patanjali has offered us guidelines that will allow us enhanced emotional and mental well-being and a more fulfilling and meaningful life. We will also explore Bhagavad Gita, chapter 1 (Despair) and chapter 3 (the nature of action-Karma). Concepts to celebrate and embrace in this module: Our chakra system and the three doshas (mind/body types), Annamaya Kosha (all the systems of the physical body and the five elements). Through different practices, we will explore yoga posture and principles that promote a well-grounded body & mind.
Second Limb – Healing the Pranic body & Conscious Mind: Niyamas
This module we move deep into the koshas, or layers of the Self, unwrapping like a gift, the inner-workings of the pranic and mental bodies. Teachers through the ages have taught us that we are much more than just our physical body; Here we take the opportunity to move our awareness through the layers of our being toward the core. Students will examine the healing relationship that the pranamaya and manomaya koshas share, and better understanding through theory and practice, how working at this level can bring balance to the mind, body and Soul. In addition, we will uncover the prana vayus.
Third Limb – The secrets of Alignment, Movement and Breath: Asana
Delve into a journey of Living Yoga, regenerating Self-love, self-care and empowerment. Practice for life, in this amazing module we will dive into the importance of alignment, deep exploration of movement and breath. Magic concepts for teachers and practitioners: playing with the edge, lines of energy, the core of goodness, levels of stillness and more. The “perfect” pose is the pose that best suits the needs of the person doing the pose at that moment. We will continue exploring the yoga sutras. Don’t do yoga… Allow Yoga to Undo you. Primary concept: use the pose to get within the body; don’t use the body to get into a pose. Loving/kindness
Fourth Limb – Awakening & Recognizing Body & Breath Union/communion: Pranayama
“Physiology and psychology are two ends of the same stick. You can’t work on one without the other.” Nowhere is this truer than with conscious breathing, which acts as a medicinal tool, increasing well-being and peace of mind. We will explore yoga therapy perspective on Pranayama and yoga psychology. Also, the five bodies (Koshas) and identify yoga practices, ayurveda principles and conscious communion (loving guidelines) that promote and enhance Oneness with Self and All. Namaste in its Purest sense.
Fifth Limb – The Art of Withdrawing the Senses: Pratyahara
This limb can lead us into a profound state of relaxation while quieting the distracted mind, bringing us a greater level of self-awareness. The art of withdrawing the senses can allow a greater understanding of the connection between body and mind. We will explore Pratyahara during a nourishing asana (poses) practice and a discussion on ways to take the practice of Pratyahara off the mat and into our, often busy and hectic, lives. Time to study and realize the three gunas (Tamas, Rajas, Sattva) in yoga and the root of the Samkhya philosophy ( pure consciousness/ Universal consciousness.) we are here to be Happy, Let’s not get distracted.
Sixth Limb – The Physiology of single pointed concentration: Dharana
Dhāraṇā is the initial step of deep concentrative meditation, where the focused upon object is held in the mind without consciousness wavering from it. In this journey, we will learn the nature of the knower and the known through chapter 13 of Bhagavad Gita and different yoga sutras as an exploration of perception, attention, concentration, mindfulness and meditation. Also, we will explore the different types of yoga and how they suit different each dosha types (mind/body type); daily practices of mantras, mudras and japas, food that enhance this muscle of concentration and the willingness to experience stillness.
Seventh Limb – Moving through the waves of Awakening and Fluidity: Dhyana
Human consciousness is like a seed. A seed has the possibility of a tree, of the leaves, of a branch, of fruits, of flowers, of multiplication, so also the human mind. A seed needs a proper ground, proper conditions, sun light, water, proper soil for it to sprout and blossom. Similarly for the human consciousness and human mind. Either the seed can be dormant for years, together keeping its possibility within itself or it starts blossoming, sprouting. The sprouting of the seed of human consciousness is viveka, discrimination. Freedom comes with discrimination. In this module we will explore the different meditation practices, new habits and intentions, the four major levels of Om mantra and three levels of Consciousness.
Eighth Limb – Bliss, Love & Wisdom, Pursuing the Innermost Self: Samadhi
The feeling of seeking for something beyond propels us onto the spiritual path in order to achieve the fulfillment of human life: liberation. In this exciting and deeply experiential module we will explore the two foundation principles of Samadhi: Practice and Non-Attachment. Here we dive into the practice of Samyama – a state of resting in deep inner silence, along with the ability to pick up a thought and allow it to go inward. As well as understanding the tools of subtle conciousness.