About Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
The word Vinyasa means arranging in a special way, which is what Vinyasa Yoga does. Vinyasa Yoga is all about coordinating the movement with breath to flow from one pose to another. Ashtanga Yoga, Baptise Yoga, Jivamukti, Power Yoga, and Prana Flow are all the various types of Vinyasa Yoga. In fact, Vinyasa is also used for describing the specific sequence of poses, commonly used during the Vinyasa Yoga Class. This course is designed specifically to develop your Ashtanga Vinyasa practice and teaching, both led and Mysore style classes.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a set sequence whereby practitioner’s use ujjayi breath (contraction of the throat whilst exhaling to increase heat in the body) and banda’s (muscle locks/engagement of specific areas e.g. mula bandha) as they flow through the sequence, holding each posture for at least 5 breaths. The course will focus on the Ashtanga Primary Series, also known as Yoga Chikitsa, which is designed to purify the body. It is a rigorous and dynamic form of yoga which has gained much popularity in the West.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is popular amongst people as it offers variety, challenges our body and mind, works as a great cardio and is perfect for beginners! Traditionally, Ashtanga Vinyasa is taught through what is known as Mysore Style. The class is not led by a teacher: after being taught the first set of asanas, students are invited to practice at their own pace, according to their own breath, in the presence of a teacher who will observe and provide adjustments to help students go deeper into the asanas and gain further understanding of the alignment. In Mysore Style, as your alignment and posture improves, you are introduced to the next set of asanas. This is great for beginners, as you are only practicing asanas which your body if prepared for.
About 100-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher’s Training
The Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series Yoga Teacher’s Training Course helps in taking your practice ahead and boosts your level of confidence so that you can prepare yourself to take up more challenging aspects of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in a safe manner.
Apart from the physical aspect of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, i.e. Asanas (postures), you will also learn yoga philosophy, History of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Yoga, Anatomy, Pranayamas, Bandhas, Drishtis, and Mudras along with various types of meditation. It will help in achieving a complete practice of yoga as mentioned in the authentic ancient teachings. And, all this will be practiced along with a focus on adjustment, alignment, and modifications to make sure that all the students can utilize their maximum potential throughout the course of training.
The 100-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher’s Training course is for individuals who wish to grow ahead in their level of practice or for current Yoga tutors who are looking forward to incorporating Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga into their practice and classes. It is also perfect for people who can’t commit themselves to a 200-hour Yoga Teacher’s Training course.
There are no special requirements for joining the 100-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course. One doesn’t even need a prior yoga experience for being eligible to enroll for the course. However, it is recommended that the student has a basic practice of yoga for at least 6 months. It is not to judge your knowledge or practice of yoga, but your self-practice level helps in combating the challenges you face while learning nuances of yoga during the training course.
It is mandatory for the students to attend all the classes for successfully completing the training and earn a Yoga Alliance recognized certificate. If the attendance criteria are not met by the students, they will be conferred with just certificate of participation, not completion.
What to expect from the course?
The first week of the training focuses on the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. You will develop a deeper understanding of how to perform the asanas correctly for your own practice and how to teach these. You will be introduced to the significant and major concepts of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, learning how to coordinate movement and breath along with sequencing professional classes for all levels of practitioners and for all body types. This week you will also learn how to modify the important asanas of Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series and how to transit between various asanas in a safe way to avoid injuries.
Other significant topics that students will explore during this week are Yogic/Ayurvedic Anatomy, Western Anatomy, and Pranayama practice along with various Meditation techniques. There will also be lectures on alignment and hands-on adjustment.
The students will be introduced to History, Ashtanga yoga of Patanjali, and philosophy of Yoga along with in-depth discussions on classical books such as Bhagvad Gita, Upanishads, and Vedas.
The next week is devoted to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa’s primary series through a Mysore style practice. The commitment to non-led classes, using the knowledge from week one, and connecting to your own breath will allow you to explore deeper layers of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series. We will continue to reinforce the lessons from week one through workshops on modifications, variations, and alignment along with theory lectures on sequencing, anatomy Ayurveda, and teaching methodology.
The key element of the second week is the Mysore Style practice in the mornings, where lead teachers will be observing, adjusting, supporting students. In the evenings you will practice a gentle evening flow, Pranayama, and meditation. You will learn how to monitor your own practice and how to lead a Mysore Style class.