YOGA PHILOSOPHY FOUNDATIONS
- What is Yoga and Why Do We Do It? Be aware of the profound depth and potential scope of yoga as a philosophy and practice, and consider multiple perspectives on the purpose of practice.
- Bhagavad Gita Introduction Understand the Gita’s prominent role in yoga philosophy and establish a foundation for exploring its teachings.
- Yoga Sutras Structure & Overview Become familiar with the scope and content of The Yoga Sutras.
- Eight Limbs Intro & Overview Gain an understanding of the intention, teachings and tools of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
- 8 Limbs Pranayama Philosophy Understand the philosophical perspective on the purpose and effects of the practice of pranayama.
ENERGY PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICES
THE SUBTLE BODY
- Energy, ENS, Emotion Become familiar with the ENS (located within the abdomen) in terms of physical anatomy and its relationship to emotions, plus considerations from a subtle body perspective.
- Energy & Subtle Body Anatomy Gain an understanding of the yogic perspective on how life force energy moves and functions within the physical, mental and emotional bodies.
- Prana Vayus Become familiar with the five movements or functions of prana, called prana vayus.
- Koshas Introduction Learn the kosha model and explore ways to apply and teach it.
- Chakras Introduction Become familiar with chakras and their symbolism.
MUDRAS & BANDHAS
- Mudras Intro & Overview Become familiar with the five classes of mudras (hasta, mana, kaya, bandha and adhara), their purpose and the central role they fulfill in Hatha Yoga.
- Bandhas Intro Become familiar with the purpose of bandhas and why it’s inappropriate to teach bandhas in most drop-in classes.
- Jalandhara Bandha Become familiar with Jalandhara Bandha, including its uses, cautions and practice technique.
- Uddiyana Bandha Become familiar with Uddiyana Bandha, including its uses, cautions and practice technique.
- Mula Bandha Become familiar with Mula Bandha, including its uses, cautions and practice technique
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
- How Yoga Supports Health Become competent in specifying the ways that yoga supports health from various perspectives.
- Nervous System Overview Gain an understanding of the foundational anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
- The Vagus Nerve Become familiar with the significance of vagal tone in the experience of stress and the effectiveness of yoga techniques.
- Stress & Relaxation Response Understand the functioning of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and the workings of the Stress Response, Fight or Flight Response and Relaxation Response.
- Why Yoga Works Become proficient in communicating how yoga practices impact the nervous system and why this is a critical factor in the positive results from yoga practice.
- Respiratory Anatomy Introduction Gain an understanding of the foundational physiology of the respiratory system.
- Respiratory Anatomy Part 2 Become familiar with the nasal cycle and lungs, plus the differentiation between primary and accessory respiratory muscles and the muscles used for inspiration and for expiration.
TEACHING BREATH PRACTICES
- Breath Teaching Cautions Become clear on the cautions related to practicing pranayama and best practices for teaching about the breath, including teaching to beginners.
- Healthy & Restricted Breathing Become knowledgeable about the power of the breath to affect physiology and emotions, and the causes and effects of breathing issues, including reverse/paradoxical breathing and chest breathing.
- Natural Effortless Breathing Become proficient in the hallmarks and benefits of natural breathing and ways to promote conditions for an effortless breath.
- Basic Breath Training Understand the difference between unconscious and conscious breathing and techniques for guiding students in conscious breathing that slows their breathing rate and expands respiratory capacity.
- Yogic Breathing Understand the differences between clavicular, thoracic and diaphragmatic breathing and become knowledgeable about conscious exhalation and diaphragmatic rib cage breathing.
- Pranayama Teaching Foundations Understand the parts of the breath cycle, what is necessary for safely teaching kumbhaka and which practices serve different energetic purposes.
- Nadi Shodhana Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Nadi Shodhana, also known as Anuloma Viloma and Alternate Nostril Breathing.
- Ujjayi Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Ujjayi Pranayama, also known as known as Victorious Breath.
- Brahmari Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Brahmari.
- Kapalabhati & Bhastrika Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Kapalabhati, known as Skull Shining Breath, and be introduced to Bhastrika, Bellows Breath.
- Kundalini Breath of Fire Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Kundalini Breath of Fire.
- Agni Sara Dhauti Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for Agni Sara, also known as Dhauti or Cleansing through Fire.
- More Heating Practices Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for additional pranayama techniques designed to energetically heat.
- More Cooling Practices Become familiar with teaching considerations and instructions for additional pranayama techniques designed to energetically cool.
- Breathing Practices for Conditions Use caution while becoming familiar with breath practices associated with particular effects and how these may support students experiencing particular conditions.
- Yoga & Anxiety Introduction Become familiar with situational and chronic anxiety, research on the effect of yoga, and a general overview of tools that may support students experiencing anxiety symptoms.
- Anxiety – Practices to Consider Use caution while becoming familiar with which yogic practices may support students experiencing anxiety symptoms, and why they may help.
- Yoga & Depression Introduction Gain a foundational understanding of the characteristics of depression and considerations from a yogic perspective.
- Depression – Practices to Consider Use caution while becoming familiar with which yogic practices may support students experiencing depression symptoms, and why they may help.