Yoga for Svastha: Teacher Training and Personal Well-Being Program

Comprehensive program on achieving personal well-being through yoga and Ayurveda, as well as teacher training (registered at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance). This program will offer you a sound foundation in traditional yoga from Patanjali to Krishnamacharya, combined with science and modern developments.

This Program Is Intended For

  • yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their personal growth and learn skills they can use for the rest of their life, and in daily life;
  • yoga teachers from all schools seeking a greater understanding of the full spectrum of yoga practices: asana, pranayama, meditation, Yogasutra, mantras;
  • those who wish to learn the teachings of Krishnamacharya from a direct source;
  • yoga practitioners interested in building a firm foundation to teach yoga to people of all ages and fitness levels;
  • those interested in a comprehensive base for the Svastha Yoga Therapy program.

Program Contents

Yoga Theory

  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga based on the Yogasutras of Patanjali.
  • Sanskrit terminology: key words and concepts to facilitate and retain authenticity in the teaching and transmission.
  • Theory of asana practice.

Asana

  • Function-oriented approach to movement in asanas: awareness, stability, alignment, stretching, mobilization, daily life application.
  • Traditional vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya, combining breathing and movement.
  • Nuances of using asanas in the larger yoga path.
  • Core asanas essential for fitness and in a therapeutic setting.
  • Preparation and balancing.
  • Common and useful variations.

Sequencing

  • Principles of sequencing from the traditional approach of Krishnamacharya and further developments from there.
  • Foundations of personal course planning and sequencing for different needs.

Pranayama

  • Principles and practice of working with your breath effectively.
  • Using asanas to prepare for pranayama.
  • Important types of pranayama with hands-on practice.

Sound

  • Using sound in asanas.
  • Using sound in meditation.

Meditation

  • Theory of meditation and mindfulness: why, what, and how.
  • Practicing a core set of useful meditation techniques and skillful mindfulness.

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Essential anatomy and physiology as applied to asanas.
  • Practical and functional points only, without forgettable and non-relevant theory.

Chanting and Mantras

  • Importance and theory of chanting.
  • Useful mantras for chanting and meditation.
  • Simple chants e.g. traditional Vedic peace chants.

Ayurveda

  • Introduction to Ayurvedic doshas and prakrti.
  • Basic principles of Ayurvedic diet.

Yoga Energetics

  • Mudras and bandhas: their importance and how to practice them.
  • System of nadis, prana, cakras and their relevance to practice.

Personal Practice

Establishing and refining one's personal practice is a key element of this program.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course, participants will have:

  • an understanding and appreciation of the principles of the science and art of yoga and an introduction to Ayurvedic principles.
  • developed a comprehensive knowledge of the theory of asanas, pranayama and meditation.
  • gained skill and confidence in the practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation.
  • understood the principles necessary to teach yoga in a safe and effective manner.
  • acquired the tools to enact positive changes in their own lives and start on the part of providing the same guidance to others.
  • the opportunity to be a part of a community of people who are similarly committed to a path of personal growth and transformation.