Yoga Training Content
In many ways, the content within a yoga teacher training is the difference between feeling lost and finding your life’s path. It’s essential that you find a program that resonates with this particular stage of your yoga journey.
Some programs take the McDonald’s approach and offer a dozen or more homogenized yoga teacher trainings a year. It’s a business. On the upside, the program will be predictable. On the downside, the presenters are hemmed in by many rules and you could lose out on the magic. It may still be a good experience but not live up to its full potential.
The components of a cohesive and integrated training:
We take all of these components into consideration in our yoga teacher training and deliver a cohesive experience. The content is holistic. The design gives you time to fully integrate the material and the teachers are skilled.
There are six threads of content that make up our program. Classic theory, meditation, pranayama, regular asana practice, student teaching and integration exercises from the through-line of our program. A typical class will have most of these components.
We support students in learning and integrating all of the above content into their practice and their lives. The yoga training culminates in a final practicum to which the public is invited. It’s the students turn to teach the room.
Asana has always been integral to our program. We recognize that most of the world relates to yoga through the postures and students in our teacher training become proficient at doing and instructing the asana. At the same time, there are many other considerations to develop a complete yoga practice.
I would be leary of trainings extol that their program will radically change your life. This kind of change tends to be impulsive and does not stick in the long term. We want you to assimilate the teachings through time so that they become woven into your being and lifestyle at a sustainable pace. Each topic we present starts with the broadest picture, progresses towards greater detail, and culminates in an embodied exercise.
Here are three examples of how Axis structures its yoga psychology, Ayurveda and asana curriculum:
Psychology – Yoga is an ancient system of total physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Yogic philosophy and psychology is the map by which we can recognize our place upon the path and where we are headed. This unit culminates in a hands on exercise that will bridge these teachings into your life.
Ayurveda – This unit starts with a basic and applicable understanding of ayurveda and gradually moves towards integrating dietary and lifestyle changes into your life, step by step.
Asana – Axis features an in-depth asana curriculum comprised of both posture workshops and experiential sessions. We emphasize both the correct form of the posed and more importantly its proper function.
Asana Curriculum Explained
Weeks 1-8: Foundation – Workshop 28 progressively more advanced, signature postures. Learn modifications and prop usage.
Weeks 1-10 Metaphysics – Study the subtle body and the psycho-spiritual aspects of each posture.
Weeks 1-13: Experiential – Dedicated time to set theory aside and have an embodied experience of asana’s deeper intent.
Weeks 5-7: Asana and Ayurveda – Learn where India’s ancient health system and the postures intersect. And how to do the poses for optimal health.
Weeks 3-13: Sequencing – How to combine postures, breathing methods and meditation to affect specific energetic changes.
Weeks 1-15: Student Teaching – Bring out the teacher within. Gain the skill and heart to guide others.
Visual synopsis of the approximate amount of time dedicated to the major topics in our yoga training.
Overview of the philosophical background and content of the
yoga teacher training.