Syllabus

LIFEYOGA

 

YOGA of STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY

 500-HOUR YOGA TEACHERTRAINING

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

 TECHNIQUES

 

BREATH AND ENERGY TRANSFER

 Students will gain an understanding of basic yogic breathing techniques and pranayama, and how these techniques relate to asana, movement patterning, neurological patterning, and life. Students will practice these techniques, teach these techniques, learn skills to analyze breathing patterns in students, and provide positive corrective verbalization and assists. Students will gain basic knowledge and function of the nervous system, and how it relates to breathing techniques and traditional pranayama. Course work includes class observation, practice, and written work. 25 contact hours

 

ASANA 1

Standing Postures: Students will explore purpose, essence, anatomical and energetic alignment, benefits and contraindications of standing postures. Students will learn to teach standing postures through verbal cues of breath and appropriate sequential energetic anatomical alignment. Teacher candidates will learn to identify anatomical and energetic blocks in the movement patterning of their students, and teach corrective alignment and modifications of postures when deemed necessary. Coursework includes class observation, practice, and written work. 20 contact hours 

 

ASANA 2

Forward and Backward Bending: Students will practice and explore energetic anatomical alignment, benefits and contraindications of forward and backward bending asanas; standing, seated, and supine. Students will learn to teach these postures through verbal cues of breath and sequential energetic anatomical alignment. Teacher training candidates will learn to analyze and recognize anatomical issues and energetic blocks in their students, and make educated choices of student level appropriate postures, and modifications when necessary. Coursework includes class observation, practice, and written work. 20 contact hours

 

ASANA 3

Rotations and Twists: Students will practice and explore energetic anatomical alignment, benefits and contraindications of twisting and rotating asana; standing, seated, and supine. Teacher candidates will discover how to lead their students safely through twists and rotations through corrective anatomical energetic alignment, and employ modifications when necessary. Coursework includes class observation, practice, and written work. 20 contact hours

 

ASANA 4

Flow and Inversion: Students will practice and analyze in detail sun salutation and flow sequence, and discover how to teach vinyasa flow safely and effectively through corrective energetic anatomical alignment and modification. Teacher candidates will practice and learn to teach inversions with corrective energetic anatomical alignment principles, and make mindful choices in regards to safety issues, level appropriate postures, props, benefits and contraindications of inverted posture. Coursework includes class observation, practice, and written work. 25 contact hours

 

           ASANA = 110 contact hours + 80 hours documented practice

 

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

 

ASSISTING TECHNIQUES    + 8 hours lab*

 

Students will practice and explore techniques of verbal, guided and manual assisting. Topics of discussion will include approach, analysis of needed assist, situation appropriate assisting, props, choice of assist, and the importance of guided self- assist as it pertains to the neurological systems and kinesthetic chain. Lab work will include both observation of assisting techniques and mentored practice of assisting. 25 contact hours

 

SEQUENCING    + 8 hours lab*

 

Students will discuss and understand the importance of sequencing as it relates to the opening of energetic lines of the body; both neurological and skeletal, and sequencing for injury prevention. Students will learn the importance of both effective sequencing of asana, and thematic structure. Teacher candidates will learn to analyze the classroom situation and create level appropriate sequences. Topics will include: process of warm up, posture choice and sequencing for chosen class theme, sequence of verbal cues into, out of, and in-between postures, and integration of philosophical themes into sequences. Students will discover and understand the neurological and anatomical cause and effect of sequential verbal cues. Lab work includes the analysis of class sequences, and the creation and practice of situation appropriate class sequences, and practice of effective sequential verbal cues. 25 contact hours

 

COMPARATIVE TECHNIQUES    + 10 hours approved traditional classes

 

Students will compare and contrast the philosophies and teaching methodologies from the major schools of contemporary and traditional yoga. Senior teachers from the schools of Asthanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Sivananda, Kundalini and Kripalu schools will guest lecture and answer questions about their philosophies, teaching methodologies, and practice. Coursework will include ten hours of practice in traditional classes, application of chosen methodologies to teaching, and written work discussing the similarities and differences of these traditions. 20 contact hours

 

THERAPEUTICS 1    + 4 hours P.T. intern*

 

In this course, students will learn basic principles of therapeutics, and the application of them to group setting and private session. Topics include: communication with physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health professionals, and situation appropriate use of therapeutic techniques. Teacher candidates will discover how ethically to deal with students with special needs, and refer students to health professionals when necessary. Corrective alignment and therapeutic breath techniques will be discussed with visiting certified physical therapists, as well as post P.T. full body reintegration. Coursework includes a minimum of four hours internship with a certified physical therapist, and documentation of this experience. 20 contact hours

 

THERAPUTICS 2    + 6 hours P.T. or alternative modality intern*

 

 In this course, students will explore basic conditions of anatomical injury, disease, and mental health, and learn how yogic practices and therapeutic techniques can assist in prevention and recovery. Students will discuss these conditions with visiting physical therapists, physicians, chiropractors, rolfers, acupuncturists, and mental health professionals, and learn how they can use yogic practices and breath-work techniques integrate with different modalities of healthcare. Students will discuss in depth contraindications and benefits of asana and yogic practices as they apply to special conditions, and the ethical boundaries of “providing solutions” to students and clients with medical issues. Students will learn basic appropriate therapeutic assists. Coursework includes six hours of documented internship with a P.T. or certified alternative healthcare professional, and written work. 20 contact hours

 

  TEACHING METHODOLOGY = 110 contact hours + 36 hours lab/ intern + written work

 

HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, AND ETHICS

 

PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS OF YSI

This course will introduce students to the philosophic principles and basis of LIFEYOGA, and what it means to be a certified LIFEYOGA YSI teacher. Topics will include philosophies of breath and energy transfer and energetic anatomical alignment, ethics, empowerment, yoga in business, expansion theory as it relates to yogic philosophies, and the accessibility of traditional yogic philosophy and practice in western culture. Students will learn in detail the teaching tool “LIFEYOGA Wheel of LIFE”, and apply this tool to anatomy and energetic alignment, movement and asana analysis, spiritual growth, business ethics and life. Students will be able to lecture on and explain the process of expansion from the inside out through both yogic philosophy and science; from spiritual being into the physical body, through the perceptive sense and out into the world. Course work includes verbal explanation and written work. 25 contact hours

 

YOGA SUTRAS

In this course, students will study in detail the historical relevance of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and the importance of this work as a foundation of contemporary yoga. Students will discuss in depth the eight limbs of yoga, and learn and practice the application and integration of all aspects of the sutras to the modern yoga classroom and life. Course work includes written work, and documented practice teaching using the sutras as thematic material. 20 contact hours

 

YOGA TRADITIONS

In this course, students will learn about the roots and historical timelines and contexts of the philosophies and practices of yoga, and how they relate to the yogic schools and practices of modern day. Teacher candidates will explore the historical aspects of yoga in religious, political, and socio-economic context of the times. Students will compare and contrast the dualist and non-dualist perspectives of yoga, and the thought processes that arise from these perspectives.  Students will discuss the evolution of the major yogic literatures beginning with the pre-vedic period, and including the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras. Teacher candidates will practice teach a class based on historical theme. Required coursework includes reading and written work. 20 contact hours

 

INTEGRATION OF MODALITIES

In this course, students will explore what yoga is today, and how they can integrate yogic philosophies, traditions, and practice with movement science, the science of quantum physics and expansion theories, western medicine, alternative medicine, business and life. Students will discuss and apply yogic principles to the modalities mentioned above, and discover the possibilities of how to make the world a better place through yoga. Students will practice teach incorporating these themes. 20 contact hours

 

                   HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS  = 85 contact hours + 20+ hours reading + written work

 

 

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

 

ANATOMY BASICS

Students will learn locations, names and spelling of all of the muscles and bones in the body, as well as basic anatomical terminologies and concepts. Students will learn how to learn and memorize anatomy through flashcards, touch, anatomy coloring books, and verbalization. Students release from fear of anatomical study, and learn to have fun with it. Coursework will include testing of all material with a necessary score of 85% or higher. 20 contact hours

 

KINESIOLOGY BASICS/ENERGY TRANSFER *

 

Students will explore origin, insertion and function of the muscles and joints of the lower body, and apply this knowledge to asana, analysis of asana, and corrective alignment and assisting. Coursework will include written testing of knowledge of origin, insertion, and function of muscles and joints of the lower body with a necessary score of 85% or higher. 20 contact hours * Anatomy Basics

 

ADVANCED KINESIOLOGY/ENERGY TRANSFER*

 

Students will explore origin, insertion, and function of the muscles and joints of the upper body, and apply this knowledge to asana, analysis of asana, and corrective alignment and assisting. Students will learn to integrate movement patterning of the lower and upper body, and discover how the interrelated patterns of the breath, movement initiation, and kinesthetic chains cause and effect asana. Coursework includes written testing of all material with a necessary score of 85% or higher. 25 contact hours *Kinesiology Basics

 

 

ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS

 

Students will study the energetic systems of chakra system and nadi system and apply them to the practice and teaching of yoga, asana, and life. Students will learn to identify imbalances in energetic systems as they relate to anatomical issues, and apply appropriate solutions. Teacher candidates will create class themes around the principles of these systems, and interlace these themes into asana and anatomical energetic alignment. Course work includes written work on materials discussed. 20 contact hours

 

                ANATOMY = 85 contact hours + 20+ hours study and testing

 

 

 

 

PRACTICUM

 

PRACTICUM 1

In this course, students will practice teach, observe, and critique the teaching of asana and pranayama. Topics of observation and teaching will include cuing of energetic anatomical alignment, breath and energy transfer, safety issues in leading into and out of asana, effective class theme and structure. Coursework includes 10 documented hours of assisting, teaching, and observation. 20 contact hours

 

PRACTICUM 2

In this course, future teachers will practice teach, observe and critique yoga class and private sessions. Topics of focus will include: effective and appropriate sequencing, analysis of breath and movement patterning as it relates to energetic anatomical alignment in students and its related corrective assisting, appropriate teaching and cuing of advanced postures and variations, appropriate use of advanced pranayama, effective weaving of philosophical and historical themes into asana practice. Coursework includes 10 documented hours of teaching, assisting, and observation. 20 contact hours 

 

THESIS PRESENTATION

In this course students will develop, present, and write about projects in their chosen areas of study. Areas of study may include but are not limited to: Teaching of advanced asana, applied breath and energy transfer studies, yoga for disadvantaged populations, yoga for entrepreneurs, yoga for the elderly, yoga for athletes, yoga for recovery, focused study and application of yogic philosophy and yoga history. Topics will be reviewed by the E-RYT-500, and topic specific necessary coursework will be discussed and assigned. 20 contact hours + a minimum of 10 hours topic specific work

 

        PRACTICUM = 60 contact hours + 30+ hours study, practice teaching, observation, and written work

 

 

TOTAL TRAINING HOURS

 

        = 450 contact hours

        =186 lab/study/testing

                                                    =636 total hours

 

 

*Pre-requisite or proof of knowledge required

 

 

…These are the basic requirements. Advanced elective courses will be offered as well, and may be taken free of charge any time during the training. Topics include: Yoga and vocalization, Inversions, Arm Balances, Yoga in Business, Chakras Energy and Anatomy, Being in LIFEYOGA, Yogic Fascia.

 

To complete certification, students must also complete additional teaching hours and assessment requirements. (see certification requirements) Elective courses and workshops will be offered as well!