Yoga Teacher Training – RYT 200 Course Content

TT 200 Course Aims

The aims of the course can be detailed in two areas, and the course content to achieve these aims is detailed in the Modules below.

1st Aim: Personal Practice

  1. To develop a daily personal Yoga asana practice.
  2. To understand the philosophical principles of practice (abhyasa) and non-attachment (vairagya).
  3. To know and understand the system of vinyasa krama of Ashtanga Yoga.
  4. To develop a regular personal pranayama practice.
  5. To develop a regular meditation practice through antar mouna.
  6. To understand the practices of pratyahara and dharana, and the principles of dhyana and samadhih.
  7. To develop a regular practice of reading Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita and chanting at least Samadhih and Sadhanah Padah.
  8. To develop sattwa sanga, or good practices in relation to Lifestyle and Nutrition.
2nd Aim: Teaching Skills & Methodology

  1. To develop the primary skills of teaching Yogasana: observation, assessment, anatomy, instruction, alignment, gentle adjustment
  2. To be capable of teaching a Beginners Introductory Course covering the fundamental principles of Ashtanga Yoga
  3. To be able to teach a Primary Series Guided class to Navasana
  4. To be able to teach a Primary Series Mysore Class to Navasana
  5. To understand the anatomy of, and be able to design prescriptive practice techniques for commonly encountered problems: hamstring strains, knee pain, knee cartilage and ligament strain, backpain, shoulder pain.

RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training Course Content

Module 1
Practice – Asana (yoga postures)

  • Asana Techniques: Alignment, Vinyasa, Drishti, Bandha, Modifications, Benefits, Precautions.
  • Personal Practice: classes taught by the Senior Tutors
Module 2
Practice – Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)

  • Preparatory Techniques: Uddiayana Bandha, Agni Sara, Simha Mudra, Jihva Bandha, Brahma Mudra.
  • Pre- Pranayama Techniques: Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana
  • Pranayama: Puraka, Rechaka, Kumbhaka: Surya Bhedana, Chandra Bhedana, Sheetali, Ujjaya and Bhramari Pranayamas.
  • Anatomy (see Module 6)

Module 3

Practice – Pratyahara, Dharana (Sense Control, Concentration) 

  • Consciousness and the Mind; Citta, Manas, Buddhi, Ahamkara
  • The Nature of Thought: Citta Vritti
  • Antar Mouna Inner Silence technique.
  • Patanjali’s Objects of Concentraton for developing citta prasadanam, sutra 33 – 39 Samadhih Padah.
  • Guided Dharana; Hridayakash 1 and 2, Bindu.
  • Dharana Practice.

Module 4
Yoga Philosophy and History

  • Yoga History: Origins and Branches of Yoga. Lineages, Modern Yoga
  • Philosophy: Bhagavad Gita. Reading, Study, Discussion and Chanting and application of principles to life, practice and teaching.
  • Philosophy: Patanjali Yoga Sutra: Samadhih and Sadhanah Padah. Study of Sanskrit, Translation, Discussion, Chanting and application of principles to life, practice and teaching.
  • Other texts: Yoga Mala, Light on Life (see reading list)

Module 5
Teaching Methodology and Practice

  • Asana Techniques: Alignment, Vinyasa, Drishti, Bandha, Modifications, Benefits and Precautions.
  • Principles of Structure and Movement – Anatomy of Hatha Yoga (see Module 5)
  • Adjustment Techniques and Etiquete.10hrs
  • Class organisation and structure.
  • Teaching Observation: Observing classes taught by Senior Tutor;
  • Teaching Practice.

Module 6.1
Physical Yoga Anatomy 

  • Principles of Structure and Movement: Skeletal System, Joint Structure and Articulation, types of movement at each joint.
  • Factors that restrict movement: Tension, Compression, Orientation, Propertion.
  • Muscular System: Muscles of the; hips and legs, back, shoulder and arm, abdomen, neck.
  • Agonists, Antagonists and Synergists in various postures.
  • Priciples of neuromuscular physiology: Reciprocal inhibition, Spinal reflex arcs, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitaton, PNF.
  • Muscles systems in Respiration.
  • Physiology of respiration
  • The Circulatory System

Module 6.2
An Introduction to Subtle Anatomy 

  • Nadis and Chakras
  • Ida, Pingala and Sushumna
  • Prana Vayus
  • Bija mantra
  • Psychological Considerations
  • Pranayama and nadis

Module 7
Lifestyle and Nutrition

  • Principles of Yogic Diet
  • The 3 Gunas and diet
  • Principles of Ayurveda
  • Bhagavad Gita and Moderation
  • Kriyas: Kapalabhati, Jala Neti, Sutra Neti, Uddiyana Bandha and Nauli
  • Chanting: Shantih Mantra and Yoga Sutra

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