Yoga Therapeutics: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

September 14, 2019 – March 22, 2020

In this 300hr course you will expand upon the foundation of your yoga training, gaining valuable information for your advancement. Discover many new and key elements to the yoga puzzle to deepen your understanding of how to use yoga as a healing modality. The teachings offered by our esteemed faculty, will be based on a sound scientific and therapeutic rationale, optimized by thoughtful class structuring. This Yoga Therapeutics 300hr Yoga Teacher Training, will teach you how to offer fluid, integrated classes of postures, pranayama, and relaxation to enhance meditation and your students well-being. Our goal is that you will come to understand how to utilize powerful tools for personal transformation, to influence the healing of the body and mind. Move from knowing about yoga asana to knowing and embodying yoga. 

Overview: 300 Hour Yoga Therapeutics

Expand on what and how you teach

The course will incorporate the therapeutic applications of various aspects of yoga to serve a more diverse array of students with the following:

• Restorative Yoga

• Yin Yoga

• Pranayama techniques

• Ayurveda foundations

• Yoga for bigger bodies

• Layering Mudras into class sequencing

• Facilitating Pawanmuktanasan Joint Freeing sequences

• Understand the role of Chanting & Kirtan as a healing modality

• Anatomy and Bio-Mechanics

• Understanding the Chakra system

• Learn various Meditation techniques for Hatha, Restorative and Yin Yoga

Restorative and Yin Yoga

• Learn the foundational restorative yoga poses including supine postures, twists, and inversions, backbends and forward folds

• How to skillfully use props including blankets, zafus, bolsters, eye pillows, sand bags and chairs to support deep rest • Deepen your understanding of pranayama techniques and learn what to include and exclude during restorative classes

• Thoughtful assisting throughout a restorative class

• Become aware of the best use of language for restorative yoga and learn how to make use of it to deepen the restorative experience

• Develop specific observation skills to discern and assist misalignments that may inhibit deep relaxation

• Restorative poses to support women during all stages of pregnancy • Sequencing restorative yoga classes depending on time of day and season

• Discussions about working one-on-one with clients, small groups and public classes

• Fundamentals of Yin and Yang theory

• Yin Yoga philosophy and history • Yin Yoga postures

• Myofascial release and acupressure therapy using therapy balls and rollers

• Meridian theory – how we can enhance our organ system and overall well being

• Element theory

• Yin Yoga and Chakras

• Sequencing Yin classes

• Hatha sequences designed with their therapeutic benefits in mind

• Learn advanced hands on assists.

• Utilize chairs and the wall as props to enhance your students practice. 

Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda and Chakra System 

• Continue your study of yoga’s foundational philosophical texts, with a focus on bringing ancient wisdom into your modern lifestyle

• Deepen your understanding of the koshas: according to the yoga tradition, every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy, learn to weave this aspect of philosophy into class settings

• Dive into yoga philosophy and find your own voice to weave philosophical concepts throughout public classes

• In depth look at the profound and timeless wisdom of yoga sutra(s) and Upanishads and find your own voice to weave philosophical concepts throughout public classes

• Learning to incorporate the yoga philosophy tools in a therapeutic model

• Receive in-depth guidance in the expansion of your knowledge of how and when to use Pranayama techniques, the practice of breathwork as it is a powerful discipline to enhance classes and aid in meditation and to prepare oneself for movement

• Develop valuable skills for working one-on-one with private clients and for meeting individual students’ needs within a group setting

• This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor)

• Understand and integrate Ayurvedic tools to balance the doshas in your own life so that you can live it before offering it to others

• Learn key postures, breathing practices, mudras and meditation techniques for balancing psychophysical constitutions (doshas) to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies. Personalize private sessions that are based on time of day, season, segment of life, and basic doshic awareness

• Compare Ayurvedic, yogic, and contemporary perspectives on prana and the physiology of subtle body

• This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor)

• Understand the difference between Prakriti and Vrakriti 

Anatomy, Physiology and Bio-Mechanics 

• Learn about the dance between the autonomic nervous system; sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system

• Delve into the physical, neurological, psychological and energetic effects of restorative and yin yoga

• Anatomy of the circulatory and lymphatic systems

• Experience the different movements of prana, including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana

• Deepen your understanding of the koshas and integrate them into class settings

• Dive into practical anatomy and find your own voice to weave anatomical concepts throughout public classes

• Explore spinal mechanics for a wider and applicable understanding of safe and effective body movement which will support all styles of yoga

• Injury assessment and management

• Biomechanics for Restorative Yoga

• Receive basic anatomical information on cautions and contraindications of various poses • Anatomy and Physiology of body tissues for Yin Yoga

• Biomechanics for Yin Yoga

• Discuss how trauma manifests physically in the body

• Examine the anatomy and physiology of different body types

• Fluid dynamics in the body (re: arthritis, inflammation, boggyness, circulation)

• Visceral health (ie: pelvic organs, abdominal organs, cardiovascular) 

Breath, Meditation, Visualization and Chanting 

• Experience the different of Vayus , including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana

• Receive guidance to expand of your knowledge of how and when to use breathing techniques, the practice of breathwork as it is a powerful discipline to enhance therapeutic classes and aid in meditation and to prepare oneself for movement

• In depth look at classical pranayamas and preparatory breathing techniques

• Learn how to layer guided meditation with clear focus and visualization techniques.

• Exploring seated meditation of 3, 5 and 15 minutes

• Understanding the effects of chanting as a healing tool to mobilize energy in the body

• Finding your voice for guided relaxation, body scans and the use of appropriate imagery • Understand and enjoy the power mantra. Mantra, the sanskrit word, man, meaning mind, and, tra, meaning deliverance, or, projection. Chanting the sacred sound of the mantra delivers us from our sense dependency

• Chanting/use of sound, soothes us on a cellular level

• Enjoy and understand the benefits of extended silence in an in-class setting

Mudras and Joint Freeing 

• Expand your knowledge of the use of hand and body mudras and how to utilize them in a therapeutic manner

• Integrate mudras into classes with an understanding of sequencing, timing, and themes for individual Therapeutic Yoga classes, different months and seasons

• Overall joint health and mobility using Ayurveda and yoga to facilitate natural healing

• Understanding various ailments of joints using yoga as a lens

• Learn sequences of joint freeing and understand their positive effects on the body

• Begin to understand the shifts toward floating the joints, understanding movements to support resilience, primal movement and maintenance of the body.

Homework and Integrated Yoga Practice 

• Public yoga classes, any offered on our schedules at any of our locations

• Observation classes for any classes offered on the schedule (exemptions include Karma and New Grad classes, pre-registered courses, workshops and open practice classes)

• Supervised practice teaching sessions with constructive feedback

• Self Study/Homework includes reading texts, written assignments and oral presentations • Open Practice/Mysore classes 

300 Hour Advanced Yoga Training Fees and Payment Plans

Program tuition: $4,975 (not subject to HST)

Early Bird Discount – enroll by August 15th / save $250

Graduates of The Yoga Sanctuary 250hr Yoga Teacher Training receive a 15% discount – $4335.00 (excludes Early Bird discount) A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon acceptance to the program. All payments may be made by credit card, debit, bank draft, money order, certified cheque or cash. There will be a $25 administration fee on each payment in our various payment plans. Payment plans are available Contact our Education Program Advisor at our Wood Studio at 416-928-3236 to discuss the training and payment options.

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