Yogasara Advanced Teacher Training

300 hours leading to 500 Hour IYN (Independent Yoga Network) teaching qualification.

The Engaged Yoga Advanced Teacher Training offers you the depth and support you need for your own transformation on a personal level and for the transition from student to teacher.

This training is an Initiatory journey and you will be well supported and challenged to enable you to qualify as a teacher with confidence, genuine knowledge and expertise generated through your own direct experiences.

This course is available to 200+ hour Yogasara graduates and graduates from other 200 hour courses, who want to go a whole lot deeper into Yoga & Tantra.

This course will take you to a new level by offering you opportunity to study and practice in depth. We invite you to reach deep inside yourself so that your teaching will overflow with grace and authenticity.

Course Info

COURSE HOURS

11 weekends and a ten day retreat at a fabulous retreat space in Europe..

You will also apprentice a senior teacher and attend 20 hours of workshops of your choice, from our approved providers. You will also complete written assignments, undertake research, give presentations to and teach your fellow students and review/reflect on your teaching experiences.

Each weekend will weave together the multifaceted aspects of yoga, practice & theory, personal development & teaching methods, to allow you to translate your own practice through the lens of the teacher.

DATES & COURSE SCHEDULE

2017 -2018 – dates coming up very soon, there will be a retreat – (retreat in Portugal)

 

 

APPRENTICESHIP

hours will be arranged with our course leaders (tutors) with teacher(s) of your choice, who meet our standards and who will enable you to cover areas of experience you and your tutor feel you need. This can be arranged at times/ dates to suit you, they don’t need to be completed in the same calendar year as the course, but need to be completed in order to graduate.

DISCOUNTS

We offer you a 10% discount on our classes at Yogasara for the duration of the course and 10% discount on workshops offered by Chris or Sarah for the duration of the course.

ASSESSMENTS

will be through feedback after presentations, written assignments, project work and liaison with your apprentice teacher, group teaching sessions, a practical teaching exam and interview with course leaders. You will be asked to keep a record of all classes & workshops you attend during the duration of the course.

ELIGIBILITY

200+ hour Yogasara Graduates any other 200 hour graduate, or foundation course graduate. You must also have a regular yoga practice i.e 1-2 classes a week &/or some home practice. You do not have to be teaching already. There will be a maximum of 25 students on this course.

PRICE

£2450.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 secures your place.

This cover all tutorials/teaching, teaching assessments, apprenticeship, food & accommodation at the retreat.

11 weekends plus 10 day retreat & apprenticeship hours

You can pay the remainder in one lump sum or monthly instalments of £162.5 or 4 payments of £487.5.

We are also happy to negotiate alternative payment plans, so please feel free to ask for details.

The cost does not include travel to retreat centre, reading materials or cost of attending senior teachers classes.

Weekend Modules

EMBODIMENT

Exploring asana through somatic intelligence and integrated movement. This first weekend will be an experiential exploration of your own practice through the lens of the teacher. You will learn how to offer functional anatomy & physiology inspired by contemporary understanding of the body in a way that is accessible to students. We will explore techniques to bring awareness consciously into the physical body. We will start to look at physical facilitation of asana often described as ‘adjustments’. We prefer to see this as ‘enhancements’ or ‘kinaesthetic education’ -we will continuously weave this through the course.

BREATH

We will explore various breathing techniques in depth as a tool of conscious embodiment and how to teach these. Healthy breath equates to a healthy spine and a healthy mind, breath is the vehicle of embodiment, how will you best use this and help your students to find this for themselves. Pranayama (which involves retaining the breath) is psychologically inappropriate for some, understand how, when and where to practice pranayama effectively, so that you can teach it safely. We will explore the effects of these practices on our nervous system and their role in the process of awakening.

MIND

understand the function of mind through the lenses of evolutionary biology, transpersonal psychology and contemporary and ancient yogic philosophy. How to work with:

Mental stress and its consequences – from everyday neuroses of the worried well to clinical mental health issues.

Understand emotions as a function of mind. Emotional literacy and emotional intelligence, how to work with the transformation of these potent forces of being human.

Working with groups with specific needs – children, those working with addiction, mental health issues etc.

The psychology of teaching, transference, counter-transference and projection and how to work with these.

Understand the content of mind and how to use this to generate positive belief, healthy optimism, resilience and strategies of wellbeing in yourself and your students.

Utilise your own belief structures to facilitate healing and powerful mind states with which to craft the live you love and live from your highest potential.

MEDITATION & MANTRA

explore various key meditation techniques from Yoga-Tantra, Buddhism, Mindfulness oriented practice, Patanjali and Taoist tradition as well as practices rooted in contemporary neuroscience. Learn the science of meditation and why the world is switching on to this art of potentiation.

What are the shadow sides of meditative practice? Who shouldn’t practice and why?

Understand the principles behind meditation and begin the journey of mastery of this awesome practice of simply sitting, simply being.

Mantra – work with sound and vibration through mantra & chanting. The whole cosmos is vibration. Deepen your practice and understanding of why and how to practice effectively. As a profound tool of liberation and basic sanity, this needs to be understood and fully utilised by any teacher.

YOGIC PSYCHOLOGY

Self-inquiry (svahdyaya) and Self-reflection (vichara) can enable transformation and revelation through increasing awareness. The group is a powerful container for gaining insight about ourselves and each other. We will partake in sharing circles, small group work and one-to-one feedback sessions. The fundamental tenet of yogic and humanistic psychology is that there is ‘self actualising’ potential in every human being. Yogic and transpersonal psychology offer you methods to integrate the ego and personality in a healthy way so that peak experiences that can arise from practice are assimilated gracefully. Increased awareness enables you to see how your beliefs, past and present become your body and your behaviour, this awareness gives you the opportunity to change. “Any pattern that is discovered and fully faced- changes” Ferrucci (2004)

YOGIC PHILOSOPHY

we will demystify Patanjali, the Bagavad Gita, the Upanishads the Vedas & Tantric philosophy along with contemporary philosophy such as Ken Wilber’s seminal work. Philosophy is important for us to gain a deeper understanding about where our teaching comes from. Yogic philosophy can be complex but is can also be is rich in poetic metaphor and profoundly inspiring. We will also look at the history of yoga, the role of men & women in Yoga historically and consider the evolution of yoga in modern western culture.

THE SUBTLE BODY

we will explore the anatomy of the subtle body/energy body including the chakras, the koshas, the bandhas, the vayus and mudras. It is important that you understand these from direct experience, not just from theory or as an esoteric notion. The subtle body includes exploration of the ‘unseen world’ which includes intuition & psychic perception. Accessing subtle energy will enable you to teach from a place of depth and clarity. We will examine the potential of teaching through resonance, including the effects of your embodied presence on students and non verbal communication.

TANTRA

Yogasara courses are rooted in the Tantric vision. We will demystify the teachings of Tantra so that they can be translated into contemporary life with authenticity. We will engage in some tantric meditation, body-work and cultivate intimacy with ourselves and each other. We will work within healthy boundaries whilst encouraging loving connection. Tantra acknowledges sexual energy as a powerful force for awakening.

VOICE AND EXPRESSION

developing and refining skills in embodying your voice as the teacher with confidence and authority to inspire your students. Words have power, use them wisely. Communication is an art that is also non-verbal, develop congruence and clarity in walking your talk. Movement Medicine & voice work with guest teacher Yasia Leiserach will be part of this weekend.

CONTEMPORARY SOMATICS

a weekend exploring Body Mind Centring (BMC) and Structural Integration – contemporary models of human function. Our guest teacher in BMC will introduce you to embodiment in a visceral way- you will enhance your understanding of asana, and gain access to the bodies systems from the inside out.

Structural integration – we utilise the principles of Kinesis Myofascial Integration. (KMI) Sarah and Christopher are both trained in this contemporary modality. KMI invites you to dive deeply into your own body with increased awareness. By understanding fascia and the interconnectedness of the body as a cohesive system you can feel yourself and see your students in an Holistic way. Your increased understanding will inform, direct and lift your teaching from the mundane repetition of formulaic asana into a diverse, inspired, insightful & multifaceted approach to conscious embodiment, as a gift to the evolution of humanit

We will use KMI techniques for Kinaesthetic education.

YIN

in this weekend we will explore restorative practice and a more receptive approach to practice– how and why including;

Therapeutic application – using practice for healing. Working with injuries and rehabilitation.

Honouring the menstrual cycle – most practitioners are women and many approaches to yoga do not honour this enough. Women can enhance their wellbeing no end by embracing these powerful cycles of life. Men need to understand this too if we are to cultivate a culture of honouring and respect.

Pregnancy – understanding pregnancy and incorporating pregnant women into your class.

Yoga Nidra- theory, practice and teaching.

The Retreat

There is nothing like an intensive period on retreat to deepen in practice, insight and realisation . On retreat, as well as deepening & integrating the course content, there is often space for spontaneous events such as acro-yoga, dance, and kirtan. There will be low-cost complimentary therapies available too.


We Will Cover The Following…

  • How to open & close class – chants, invocations, sankalpa, dedications etc.
  • Vinyasa flow – sequencing in detail and how to make this approach vibrant, powerful and appropriate for your students. Understand different asanas and their relationships to each other, this is important in teaching kramas. Kramic teaching is the best way to make practices suit individuals, rather than trying to make individuals fit the practice.
  • Balancing the endocrine system and understanding the Vagus nerve in practice. Further integration of anatomy and physiology application in practice. applying this knowledge into ‘Hands on teaching’.
  • Dharma – teaching as a calling. ‘Real’ yoga teachers are needed to counter balance the commercialised keep fit, ‘aggrandise your ego’ approach of popular culture. You dont have to be enlightened! But you do need to be authentic, knowledgable, honest, passionate, kind and courageous.
  • The Art of teaching – teaching as a practice in its own right.
  • Integrating yogic philosophy and yogic psychology into class.
  • Demonstrations – how, why etc.
  • Planning lessons, courses etc,
  • Workshop presentation.
  • Working in corporate or institutional settings.
  • Working with single gender groups.
  • Working with sexual energy.
  • Legal issues – insurance, contracts, tax etc.
  • Marketing your work – effective outreach.
  • Continuing professional development.
Like no other yoga teacher… a wealth of knowledge that inspires and moves change through your practice, teaching, and off the mat out into the world.
Laura Witherstone
Chris is without doubt one of the most knowledgeable and authentic yoga teachers around. He transmits a wealth of information through his insightful teaching which is powerful, yet down-to-earth and practical and helps to de-bunk many of the myths and superstitions that surround Yoga. Chris would be my go-to for help and support as a Senior teacher.
Abby

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