200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum
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 provide you with-in-depth knowledge of yoga, vedic philosophy, detailed correction and modification techniques, and useful anatomy and physiology. All of the knowledge is presented 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 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.
Meditation and Pranayama
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How to Teach
The study program in India and the Netherlands is the same.
The early morning satsang starts with breathing exercises, meditation, mantra chanting and kirtan (singing).
Yoga asana and breathing exercises
The course covers 21 foundational asanas in complete, very 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 three main Bandhas, eight advanced breathing exercises, pregnancy yoga, yoga for children, and yoga for elderly and 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 is practiced daily for one hour. Karma Yoga includes volunteer work or selfless service.
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. The ancient philosophies are discussed and accessed in an interrogative way in order to properly understand 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 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.
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 to overcome the fear of talking in front of groups.
See how what is covered in the six modules and what each module is about.
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
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
Full yogic breath
Eight advanced pranayama
Three Bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana
Surya Kriya, Chandra Kriya
What is meditation?
Meditation vs Concentration
Guide to proper meditation
Different methods and steps to meditation
What are mantras?
Mantra initiation and chanting
Awakening of the Kundalini shakti
Common obstacles in the path of Kundalini awakening
Three main nadis: Ida, Pingla, Sushumna
Aim and meaning of yoga
Five principles of yogic practice
Four paths of yoga
Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga
Seven stages of awareness
Three gunas – Sattva, Rajas, Tamas
Maya, Prakriti, Brhaman, Avidya
Atman, Parmataman, Jiva
Three bodies; physical, astral, spiritual
Four inner instruments; mind, intellect, subconscious, ego
Working of the mind
Five major and five minor pranas
Eight main body systems
Spine and its common disorders
Difference between yoga and other physical exercises
Injury prevention and cures
Alignments, adjustments and modifications
Yoga as therapy
What is Ayurveda?
Effect of diet, nutrition and lifestyle on body and mind
Body types and suitable diets
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
Psychology of a teacher
Psychology of a student
Correction and guidance techniques
Structuring and planning the classes and workshops
Ethical guidelines for a yoga teacher
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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