Yoga Teacher Training
Our method of training is an interdisciplinary style, an authentic presentation of yoga which teaches you about Raja
and Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama, and alignment principals that are accessible to all levels and abilities.
You will develop a self-practice that suits you and will learn about Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation, as well
as developing teaching skills to suit individual needs and limitations. Your Yoga diploma will state that you are a
completely certified Yoga Educator and you can use your Yoga teacher certification in any country.
About Yoga Teacher Training
Investing in your education is one of the best ways to spend your time and energy, as you are truly investing in yourself. This course will increases your earning power and your salary will reflect the effort you have put into furthering your education.
This Teacher Training demands discipline, diligence and commitment. A basic knowledge of Mind-body phenomenon and a minimum one year of yoga practice are required. A willingness to learn is essential.
Teaching Yoga is about caring and mindful concern for your students and passing on your knowledge. Some practitioners are able to manipulate their bodies due to Hyper-mobility, this is not necessary for a fulfilling practice. This will push students to injury. You must ensure to teach in an alert and attentive manner that will never harm your students. Student safety is number one priority.
While teaching anyone suffering from a serious illness, you must understand any practice which gives a person peace and calmness will benefit their existence and bring them harmony. However, it is important that their family doctor is informed before you proceed. Also, you should understand their limitations and requirements very well.
Yoga is the path of self-realization that allows us to be present, to practice, and to observe ourselves from within. Each day is a new day with many new realizations that make our teaching and personal practice better. Enjoy and Be Happy.
"I was introduced to Transcendental Meditation by my father as a young child. At the age of 17, I left Iran for India where I learned Sudarshan Kriya as taught by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and started my Yoga asana practice with master Akshar. After five years I left for Turkey and studied Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with David Cornwell (Advayta School), in Cihangir Yoga. I started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Ken the Rolfer in Istanbul and continued my practice with Mark Darby, Shankara Darby and Ron Reid in Toronto and Vijay Amar in Goa. In Iran I studied practical philosophy with my teacher Dr. Mohammad Ahyaee, In Toronto I continued my Meditation studies with Bhante Debongshi (Buddhananda Bhikkhu) and in India I studied Yoga philosophy with Dr. Ganesh Rao. I feel blessed to practice and serve at Vipassana Meditation courses in India, Nepal, Iran and Canada. I am a member of the Society of Osteopaths of Canada and studied Osteopathic Manual Therapy at National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. In India I learned Ayurvedic Abhyanga from Dr. Shashirekha and currently I continue my education in the field of Botanical Medicine through National University of Medical Sciences."
The program is currently being offered through an online format. Campus-based classes are currently not available but will be offered in the near future.
Starting January 2017, students can join the program and can complete this Yoga program at their own pace.
When the assignments are submitted and evaluated, certification will be issued.
Information and practices that you will learn in this training are both fundamental and advanced.
If you require a payment plan, please contact the academy to discuss how to best set up your individual plan option.
The registration fee of $500.00 (non-refundable) is required to begin processing your application.
|Program (Online format or Distance learning)||Tuition|
|Complete Yoga Teacher Training||$ 999|
Yoga Training Modules
Cultivating a regular meditation practice is essential for any individual in search of long term happiness, health and success. As yoga educators, this is where students find their roots. Through this practice, the relationship with the self and with others will be transformed. In this module students learn the connection between the Breath, Body, Mind and Perception. This transformation is the most helpful tool for serious yoga practitioners and teachers. Students gain the ability to cultivate healthy and harmonious qualities aligned with nature through the realization of subtlest realities of existence. This training invites a deeper look into the inner life and empowers students to integrate these practices into the daily routine and ultimately into teaching environments.
Vinyasa Krama System and Hatha Yoga
Principles of Asana and Alignment
Regular personal practice is the core of great yoga teaching and the link to innate wisdom. This allows the expression of truth from the heart. Daily practice includes exploration of traditional yoga postures through creative sequencing techniques suggested by various classical and modern yoga schools. Excellent teaching is founded in dedicated practice over a long time with consistent attention to daily asana (postures) practice. In this module, students gain a working understanding of the postures and the sequence. By the end of the program, students have a solid personal practice based on their needs and their lifestyle. Teachers in training acquire the skills to design and modify transformative teaching sequences to share teachings from direct experience.
The Art and Science of Alignment and Prop Integration
This module will build upon knowledge of Asanas to explore the concept of alignment energetically as well as anatomically. It will explore the mechanism of breath movement in the body based on Vinyasa krama system and the movement mechanisms of life-force based on the Ayurveda system. Students learn the practical use of Bandhas to control the circulation of energy as well as learning how to withdraw the senses to cultivate internal focus in movement. Also, the use of props to enhance alignment and steadiness of the asanas will be outlined and how to effectively cue for enhanced alignment.
Adjustments and Hands on Assists
Yoga teachers, guide, assist and educate their students verbally, visually and through adjustments. This module enhances the ability of assisting students, offering creative and knowledgeable modifications with variations for all levels. Understanding touch as one of the most powerful tools a Yoga teacher has. Teachers in training learn about the quality of the touch, directive, affirming or therapeutic, and develop safe and effective skills to communicate with their students. Understanding various modifications and individual anatomy in relationship to asana largely increases the ability to appeal to students who are looking for more challenge in their practice, and to assist those who have limitations or injuries.
Yin and Restorative Yoga
Principles of Yin and Restorative Asanas
Teachers in training will experience Yin and Restorative Yoga. This helps them to achieve a sense of oneness and stillness through the breath and open them to new states of physical and emotional awareness through the release of deep connective, fibrous tissues in the body from the inside out while gently increasing the bodyís range of motion from those tension and stress-impacted states. Using a combination of passive yin and restorative poses are held for up to five minutes at a time. This enhances the awareness of breath by bringing increased attention to inhales and exhales within this practice, allowing the body to open and relax into the deepest and most dense areas, targeting the thick spider webs of fascia. Yin practice enables an experience of deep release both in body and mind.
The Art and Science of Yin and Restorative Practice
In this module, a general overview of traditional Chinese Medicine and its strong connection to the yogic practice is conducted. The basics of energy (known as Ďchií in Chinese medicine) and the subtle bodies are outlined using up-to- date study material to maintain academic, as well as, practical integrity. Students look at how the Chinese meridians function and the points affected in various poses. Teachers in training also learn how the energy flows and moves within the practice, physical and emotional releases that may be released by a student during a practice, and the application and use of mindfulness meditation as an essential component to these yogic practices.
Application of Yin and Restorative Yoga
Yin and Restorative can be used as a therapeutic treatment, and is calming and meditative for all levels yogic practice. It is especially valuable to athletes and individuals recovering from surgery and/or accidents, and practiced regularly can release stress and assist in meditation. In this module students learn the benefits, contraindications, modifications, hands-on adjustments, prop utilization, sequencing for health benefits, and therapeutic application of Yin and Restorative Yoga poses. Students delve into the physical benefits of this practice within structured medical establishments, to aid patients suffering from chronic ailments.
Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
"How does yoga work?" is the question answered by looking at functional anatomy within the practice of yoga to understand its effects from the outermost layer of the body to its most subtle realm. In this module, students research human physical anatomy and physiology, as well as energy anatomy and physiology (Chakras, Nadis, Bandha and Koshas). This training will increase understanding of the musculoskeletal system; tissue types; connective tissue; muscles and bones and joint/ligament complex alongside other bodily systems, and the relevance of these systems to yoga. Teachers in training explore what the Yoga tradition describes as seven subtle energy centres in the human body called Chakras, the mind-body characteristics of each Chakra and their application in life. When these energy centres are balanced, the path to yoga is clear. Students also look at energetic meridians and the myriad of different energy-based healing techniques.
Yoga Philosophy, Mythology and Yogic Scripture
Studying and working with Yoga philosophy is a means to visualize the innermost being, as well as to create a method of living in this world. This module is a detailed study of the origins and development of Yoga. Students investigate the ideas of Vedanta and Samkhya and the teachings on Yoga found in the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and Yoga Sutras as well as a thorough review of the Tantric roots of Hatha Yoga practice. This course gives a detailed understanding of the principles upon which the practice of Yoga is based, and the ways it has developed during the ensuing millennia. Teachers in training get an in-depth view of its social, religious and cultural connotations. The objective is to assist the practitioner in using philosophy to foster an awareness of the self as an individualized being intimately connected to the unified whole of creation.
Pranayamas, Bandhas and Kriyas
Pranayama, the practice of ancient yogic breathing techniques, consciously controls the flow of energy in the body. A regular, balanced Pranayama practice increases Prana (life energy), thereby inviting greater mental clarity, heightened healing potential and deeper self-understanding. Pranayama is particularly helpful in the preparation for deeper meditation. This training invites a richer look into being through the practice of Pranayama techniques, and their solid integration into the daily practice and ultimately, into the teaching environment. In this module students learn the most essential Kriyas (Cleansing techniques) to include into the daily practice. Bandhas and their functions are also explained with more details.
Yoga Psychology and Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra draws upon the ancient practice of Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) in which the state of relaxation is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences towards Dharana (concentration). Yoga Nidra helps people to release chronic patterns of stress, to boost immune systems and overall health, to sleep better, and to lead more contented lives. In this module teachers in training practice and learn how to facilitate a transformative in-depth Yoga Nidra journey.
Mindful Teaching Methodology and Class Management
This module provides an overview of how to design various styles of classes, considerations for the physical environment where a class may be held, establishing protocols, the use of music, physical safety considerations, dealing with class dynamics, being present, alert and attentive, as well as the power of words and phrases that create the right experience in a class.
Business and Ethics of Yoga
Currently, Yoga is a $27 billion industry! In this module teachers in training learn how to truly be successful in the yoga business. Growing a career in yoga teaching, remaining anchored with integrity and in the reality of an abundant and competitive industry. Learn tools for effective and creative use of social media, explore branding and practical tools for the day-to- day management of a yoga business. Students are provided with the foundation to build quickly, with or without a physical location, and with or without funding. Allocate time to build a business, be fully focused for future students and clients, and be present as a service provider. The ethical considerations of teaching yoga are also discussed. This involves the student-teacher relationship and its complexities, the Code Of Conduct for yoga teachers, the roles and responsibilities of yoga teachers towards their students and also towards themselves.
From ancient traditional Yogic diets to modern nutrition one theme remains: Nutrition IS Yoga. Kitchen Yoga is essential to balanced and vital living. In this module, Students are introduced to the basics of Ayurveda, starting with the three Gunas (qualities) of diet: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. Teachers in training learn about how to identify Doshas (constitutions): Vatta, Pitta, Kapha, and which food lifestyles are most beneficial to specific types and the variables contained within it. Students gain confidence and knowledge, and learn how to decide what diet and nutrition for themselves, and what to encourage in the diets of their own students on the Yogic journey. A Holistic approach towards each individualís nutrition is the way to achieve the best health. Based on the concept of Ahimsa (non- harming) students will gain an in-depth understanding of a conscious, well-intentioned approach to food and lifestyle.
Mantras and Chanting
Mantras are the main focus of this module. The Vedas are thousands of years old and are regarded as the primary source of sacred knowledge in the Hindu religion. Mantras are very inspirational and every sound recited creates a unique and auspicious vibration. Students learn various mantras and their semantic meanings. Bija (seed) mantras, will also be explored. Teachers in training discover the sound pathways to journey inward and re-align their energetic structures, discover a sense of wellbeing, and generate loving kindness for themselves and all beings.
In this module, teachers in training learn how to lead an effective, joyful and safe yoga class. Students learn how to assess and shift group dynamics using communication skills, time management, reflective listening with the understanding of bio-mechanics, optimal alignment and verbal and physical adjustments. "What makes a good teacher" is the wisdom that is cultivated and expressed through each individualís unique humor, language, and perception. Teachers in training develop the skills and confidence to engage, inspire and guide their own students on the path.
Entrance RequirementsApplicants must meet the following requirements:
1. All students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission.
2. Students must be healthy physically and mentally.
3. Students must demonstrate sufficient maturity to undertake a yoga teaching profession, including the capacity to ethically and responsibly manage professional boundaries.
Responsibility of Applicant
It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of the entrance requirements and to ensure that they are met prior to enrollment. If National Academy of Osteopathy determines at any time that requirements are not met in full, the student will not be allowed to enroll or to continue at the Academy.