200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

The Arhanta Yoga teacher certification course is spread over four weeks of intensive yoga training covering 240 hours in total. 

The Course Structure

The Arhanta Yoga teacher certification course is spread over four weeks of intensive yoga training covering 240 hours in total. The yoga teacher training program is carefully designed to give you detailed knowledge of Yoga, vedic philosophy, detailed correction and modification techniques, and useful anatomy and physiology. All of the knowledge is brought to you in a very systematic manner. The course curriculum meets and exceeds the international teacher training curriculum requirements.

The courses are conducted at the Arhanta Yoga Ashram India and the Arhanta Yoga Ashram the Netherlands, Europe where you will learn and study following the ancient Indian system of study i.e. The Gurukul system. This system is based on the philosophy that the student lives and studies with the fellow students at the residential study center.

This system helps to build a strong bond of trust and dedication between the teachers and the students, and facilitates a smooth flow and proper understanding of the teachings. Staying at the ashram for four weeks also helps the students to take a step back from distractions outside and completely focus and learn at their optimum potential.

06:00 am

Meditation & Pranayama

07: 15 am

Breakfast

08:15 am

How to Teach

11:30 am

Lunch

12:00 pm

Karma Yoga

01:00 pm

Lecture / Philosophy / Anatomy

03:15 pm

Asana Class

05:30 pm

Dinner

07:00 pm

Evening Program

08:00 pm

Herbal Tea

09:30 pm

Lights out

Curriculum Overview

The study program in India and the Netherlands is the same.

Satsang

The early morning satsang starts with breathing exercises, meditation, mantra chanting and kirtan (singing).

Yoga asana and breathing exercises

The course covers 21 basic asanas in complete detail, including the proper alignment, important benefits, counter indications, precautions, individual adjustments, corrections, and modifications as well as different variations. Furthermore, the course teaches additional 170 asanas including 84 beginners asanas.

The course also covers the Shat Kriyas, the three main Bandhas, eight advanced breathing exercises, pregnancy yoga, yoga for children, and yoga for elderly or for people with limited movements. In the morning, the How to teach class explains the skills and techniques for teaching yoga. The students learn the most effective way to explain the yoga asanas and give accurate corrections and modifications of the asanas suited to each individual. You will also learn the most efficient communication and motivation techniques. In this class you will also practice teaching in groups. The additional 40 hours are provided for this class in addition to the 200 hours of yoga training.

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga is practiced daily for one hour. Karma Yoga includes volunteer work or selfless service.

Main Lecture

The main philosophy lecture is the eye opener in the yoga teacher training. It explains the ancient yogic philosophies in the light of a modern point of view. In an interrogating way the ancient philosophies are discussed and accessed to understand properly their true meaning and importance. This class clears most of the questions about the Self, the soul, the mind, and the purpose of life etc.

Chanting

Chanting is part of Bhakti Yoga. Chanting is practiced daily in the morning and evening satsangs. You will learn various bhajans and Vedic mantras in this session. Chanting instantly calms the mind and brings a state of tranquility.

Group discussions

There are often group discussions during satsang, in which students are asked to share their life experiences, their fears and thoughts on various topics like anger, love, compassion etc. These sessions help you to discover new ideas as well as overcome the fear of talking in front of groups.

What’s in the Course

The following topics will be covered during this training:

Module 1: Yoga Asanas

170 classical yoga asanas

How to teach 84 classical poses and 21 basic classical Hatha Yoga poses in precise detail, as well as the Sun salutation

How to create a proper class environment

Important pointers on teaching a Yoga class

Basic structure of a Yoga class

Basic structure of the Beginner’s course

Yoga asana variations for beginners and elementary levels

Kids Yoga

Yoga asana modifications for elderly people and people with limited movements

Yoga for pregnant women

How and when to modify asanas

Deep relaxation / Yoga Nidra

Module 2: Pranayama

Abdominal breathing

Full Yogic breath

Anulom Vilom

8 advanced pranayama

Module 3: Bandhas and Kriyas

3 Bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana

Shat kriyas: Jala and Sutra neti, Nauli, Dhauti, Basti Tratak, Kapalabhati

Module 4: Meditation

What is meditation

Meditation vs Concentration

Why meditate

Guide to proper meditation

Different methods and steps to meditation

What are mantras

Mantra initiation and chanting

Module 5: The four paths of yoga

Raja Yoga

Bhakti Yoga

Karma Yoga

Jnana Yoga

Module 6: Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Awakening of the Kundalini shakti

Common obstacles in the path of Kundalini awakening

3 Main nadis: Ida, Pingla, Sushumna

Seven chakras

Module 7: Yoga Philosophy

Aim and meaning of Yoga

5 Principles of yogic practice

4 Paths of Yoga

8 Limbs of Raja Yoga

7 Stages of awareness

3 Gunas – Sattva, Rajas, Tamas

Maya, Prakriti, Brhaman, Avidya

Atman, Parmataman, Jiva

3 Bodies; physical, astral, spiritual

4 Inner instruments; mind, intellect, subconscious, ego

Working of the mind

5 Major and 5 minor pranas

Module 8: Anatomy and Physiology

8 Main body systems

Spine and its common disorders

Difference between yoga and other physical exercises

Injury prevention and cures

Alignments, adjustments & modifications

Yoga as therapy

Module 9: Diet and Nutrition

What is Ayurveda

Yogic diet

Effect of diet, nutrition and lifestyle on body and mind

Body types and suitable diets

Module 10: Karma and Reincarnation

The law of action and reaction

The law of compensation

The law of retribution

Destiny, self-effort and free will

Purpose of birth and rebirth

Module 11: Techniques for teaching

Psychology of a teacher

Psychology of a student

Correction and guidance techniques

Motivation techniques

Communication techniques

Structuring and planning the classes & workshops

Module 12: Ethical Guidelines

Ethical guidelines for a yoga teacher

Module 13: Running your own yoga school

How to set up your yoga business or yoga studio

How to: find a location, advertise and promote, and get renewals

Common fallback and mistakes and how to avoid them

Practical tips for the smooth running of a yoga school / yoga studio

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