The comprehensive curriculum of our Yoga Teacher Training Course encompasses a vast range of inspiring topics. Check out the following overview of our syllabus.
• 28 essential asanas of Hatha Yoga
• Classical sun salutations and common variations
• Thorough introduction into the basics of pranayama and bandha practice
• Applied purification techniques from the Shat Karma system
• Breath awareness, deep relaxation, and spiritual heart meditation
• Subtle energies, chakras, and states of consciousness
• Practical philosophy, metaphysics, classical paths, morals and ethics
• Scripture study: Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Anatomy of Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, yogic healing and diet
• Teaching methodology, correction and alignment, voice, leadership, holding space
• Teaching practice in five practicum assignments
• Credentials, Yoga Alliance Certification, and long-term support
The curriculum encompasses 28 essential postures of the Hatha Yoga tradition. The poses encourage an opening and strengthening of the body, activate the flow of life energies, balance mind and emotions, and develop the awareness of the present moment. Our sequence includes standing postures, forward bends, back bends, side bends, twists, and inversions.
Each asana is introduced in a very systematic and thorough manner, including origin in the traditional texts, significance of the Sanskrit name, health benefits, emotional effects, subtle energetic properties, and chakra activation. The presentations elaborate on details of physical performance, variations, props, forbiddances, alignment and correction of each pose.
The traditional sun salutations are a powerful way to open the practice of Hatha Yoga. The dynamic flow through 12 classical postures is synchronized with the breath, and alternates between forward and back bends. The practitioner steps out of the ordinary thought activity, connects to the body, and naturally develops present moment awareness. The energizing sequence opens, strengthens, and warms up the body, and is therefore an ideal preparation for the practice of asanas. We introduce the classical postures, variations, corrections, and the traditional mantras (which originate from the Rig Veda, a scripture dated around 1700-1100 BCE).
Pranayama and Bandha
We teach the basics of classical Kundalini Yoga, and convey powerful techniques of breath control (pranayama) and energy locks (bandhas). The authentic practice is based on the ancient yogic scriptures (such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, and Gerandha Samhita). Our style of pranayama is mostly inspired by our teacher B.N.S. Iyengar, who is a direct disciple of the legendary Krishnamacharya.
We enable participants to utilize the entire capacity of their lungs, and provide tools to refine the awareness with the famous alternate nostril breathing. The respiratory exercises are then combined with the practice of the three classical energy locks: Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, and Jalandhara Bandha. These prepare serious aspirants for the advanced mudra practices of genuine Kundalini Yoga. The holistic teachings on pranayama and bandha encompass physiological mechanisms, mental concentration, subtle energy flow, and spiritual effects.
We introduce a selection of effective purification methods from the Shat Karma system, as it is outlined in the ancient yogic scriptures. These physical, energetic, and mental cleansing exercises purify both body and psyche. A diligent practice of these auxiliary Yoga techniques provides a solid foundation for a more profound practice of authentic Hatha Yoga.
Deep Relaxation and Meditation
True relaxation allows us to cope with the demanding necessities of modern life, and Yoga offers a variety of helpful methods that enable us to detach. Our training puts an emphasis on introspection and meditation as an essential part of any genuine form of Yoga.
Simple techniques of breath awareness help to soften the body and pacify the mind. The spiritual heart meditation of our teacher Sahajananda is an invitation to retreat into the fascinating stillness of the present moment. Ramana Maharshi´s method of self enquiry supports beginners and advanced practitioners to reveal the depth of existence. Together they allow us to discover the joy and depth of meditation.
Subtle Energies, Chakras and States of Consciousness
Detailed teachings on the energetic anatomy explain the basic components of the subtle realms: the seven chakras and their application in asana, pranayama, yogic psychology and therapy; the five bodies; subtle energy channels and their functions. Furthermore we introduce the four major states of consciousness and their practical significance for our ordinary and spiritual experience.
Practical Philosophy and Ethics
In comprehensive lectures we transmit a general understanding of the metaphysical principles of Yoga and Advaita Vedanta. We provide a systematic overview of the vast subject by introducing the Eight Stages of Yoga, as well as the classical paths: Karma, Raja, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga. Furthermore, we thoroughly present, discuss and apply the ethics of Yoga, as they constitute an indispensable tool to carry the practice into everyday life.
A lucid and clear analysis of the relevant historic scriptures is one of the characteristic features of this course. The teachings on practical philosophy are mainly based on the two primary texts of the yogic tradition: the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.
A modern re-interpretation of these reliable sources helps us to integrate the ancient wisdom into the context of our modern life. We translate the brilliant spiritual knowledge of the yogic tradition into accessible language and applicable tools.
Anatomy, Yogic Healing and Diet
A basic understanding of the marvelous complexity of human anatomy is essential for Yoga teachers. Our course transmits elementary theoretical knowledge of the physical body in a very practical way. We cover the skeletal and muscular systems, as well as the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive systems.
Many students come to Yoga in search for health, and the profound wisdom of India can indeed be used as a powerful tool for healing. Our training provides an introduction to the therapeutic usage of asana, basics of Ayurveda, foundations of a yogic diet, detoxification with efficient purification techniques, as well as alternative ways of balancing and healing through diet.
Teaching Methodology and Thai Yoga Massage
We present a set of methods and attitudes, which are key factors for successful Yoga instruction: proper intention, solid self practice, comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge of techniques, confidence in correction, alignment, and adjustment, leadership qualities, specific verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and the art of holding space.
The introduction into Thai Yoga Massage builds confidence in touch, and provides effective tools that allow students to relax and release tensions.
Practical Teaching Assignments
One of the most crucial factors in becoming a capable Yoga teacher is of course practice. Our Teacher Training therefore strongly emphasizes on the direct experience of actually teaching in front of students. In five practical assignments the student-teacher learns to cultivate and eventually master all required skills. After every practicum the aspiring instructor receives systematic feedback from peers, and a very thorough analysis from advanced supervisors.
Credentials, Certification and long-term support
The Akasha Yoga Academy is a Registered Yoga School and a member of the internationally recognized Yoga Alliance (Registry-ID: 87485). The curriculum of our accredited Teacher Training meets and exceeds the requirements of this leading organization.
Our primary instructors are Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT-500/200). During this certified course they personally facilitate more than 200 contact hours (whereas the common standards only require 65 contact hours with the lead trainers).
Upon successful graduation you will receive an officially recognized Yoga Instructor Certificate. With this degree the Akasha Yoga Academy authorizes you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher and a member of the renowned Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). Additionally we provide a personal letter of recommendation, and offer continuing assistance in our long-term support program.
The combination of all these elements triggers profound transformations on various levels, and empowers each participant to lead and share a more meaningful live. We cordially invite you to embark with us on this life-changing journey – Namaste !