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
  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
  9. To develop a balanced approach to practice, using restorative techniques where appropriate
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
  6. To be able to modify appropriately and make safe recommendations for pregnancy

RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training Course Content

During Blocks 1, 2, and 3, trainees will attend and observe an Introductory Course at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, taught by the course tutors. These are scheduled to take place on the Saturday of each block from 12:30-14:30. These courses are great preparation for the assessment weekend in the final block.

Block 1
Teaching Ujjayi Breathing
SuryaNamaskara and Full Standing Sequence
Closing Sequence for Beginners

Each posture of Standing Sequence and abbreviated Closing Sequence will be broken down as follows:

  • Anatomy
  • Alignment
  • Vinyasa count and Drishti
  • Adjustments
  • Instructions
  • Benefits
  • Modifications and Precautions

Throughout this block trainees will begin practical teaching practice, working with their fellow trainees under the guidance of the course tutors – This is a key component of the course.

On completion of block 1, each trainee should be capable of teaching a class centering based on Ujjayi Breathing, and counting Suryanamaskara A and B, full Standing Sequence and an abbreviated Closing Sequence.

Block 2
Seated Sequence up to Navasana
Teaching Relaxation

Each posture of Seated Sequence (up as far as Navasana) will be described under the same headings outlined in Block 1.

Throughout this block trainees will be expected to be capable of clearly teaching a class based on what was covered in Block 1. Each trainee will have the opportunity to do this during teaching practice sessions and will receive constructive feedback in a supportive environment from fellow trainees and the course tutors, enabling them to build their confidence and improve and refine their teaching skills.

On completion of block 2, each trainee should be capable of teaching a class centering based on Ujjayi Breathing, counting Suryanamaskara A and B, full Standing Sequence, Seated Sequence up to Navasana and an abbreviated Closing Sequence.


Block 3
Anatomy of Respiration
Full Closing Sequence
Teaching Mysore Style

Full Closing sequence will be described under the same headings outlined in Block 1.

Throughout this block trainees will be expected to be capable of clearly teaching a class based on what was covered in both Blocks 1 and 2.

This is the final teaching block of the course. Each trainee should now be capable of teaching a class centering based on Ujjayi Breathing, counting Suryanamaskara A and B, Standing Sequence, Seated Sequence up to Navasana and a full Closing Sequence. To date, several of our trainees have begun teaching at this point and have set up classes for friends or work colleagues.

Block 4
Assessment Weekend

During this weekend we evaluate each trainee based on their teaching skills in the following areas:

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

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