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Think Off The Mat 300 Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training


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Think Off The Mat’s 300-hour advanced training is designed to build upon and deepen the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of the practice and teaching of yoga that are taught at the 200-hour level. A 300-hour advanced training prepares its trainees to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, more detailed, and/or subtler, and the training enables them to teach with greater skill than could reasonably be expected of a RYT 200. The Think Off The Mat 300-hour advance training provides a well rounded and integrative platform for trainees to use the physical, energetic and philosophical practices of Yoga to support and elevate their own personal practice and their teachings.

The topics include the following:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 120 hours

This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school's RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

More in-depth studies of the following categories:

Advance yang yogāsanas

  • Standing āsanas

  • Forward folding āsanas

  • Twisting āsanas

  • Backbending āsanas

  • Arm balances

  • Inversions

Yin Yogāsanas

  • Using skeletal differentiations to lead a Yin Yogāsana class

Yoga Nidra

Advance hands-on assist for students in group and private classes

  • Assists and adjustments in Yin and Yang Yogāsanas

  • Assists and facilitated stretches using principles of Thai Massage

Pranayama (Breathwork)

Kriyas (Cleansing practices)

Nada (Sound)

  • Using fundamental knowledge of Sanskrit to support a Nada Yoga practice

  • Sanskrit as seen in the Tantric cosmology

  • Using the Mantra Puruṡa (Cosmic Body of Sound) as part of a meditation practice and how to lead it in class.

Dhyana (Meditation)

2. Teaching Methodology: 15 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.

  • Teaching styles.

  • Qualities of a teacher.

  • The student learning process.

  • Business aspects of teaching yoga* (including marketing and legal).

3. Anatomy and Physiology: 55 Hours

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology and also include energy anatomy and physiology. Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

In-depth studies of the following:

Human physical anatomy

  • The skeletal and muscular architecture of the human anatomy

  • Differentiation skeletal architecture in individual students and how it affects the Yogāsana practice

Cardiovascular and respiratory system

  • Their relationship to pranayāma

Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga

  • How to apply the principles of Ayurveda to a Hatha Yoga practice and how to lead a class in accordance to the student’s dośa

Energetic anatomy and physiology

  • Cakra system and theory

  • Using Modern Meridian Theory in relation to a Yin Yogāsana class

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 50 Hours

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to:

Further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts than what was included in the 200-hour syllabus content.

  • Yoga Sutras

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika

  • Bhagavad Gita

  • Tantric Cosmology

  • Upanishads

4. Practicum: 30 Hours

Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback).

  • Receiving and giving feedback.

  • Observing others teaching.

  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

As part of their final practicum, trainees will lead the following:

  • A 90 minute Yogāsana class which includes pranāyama, meditation and guided śavāsana

  • A 150 minute workshop on a topic of their choice

Contact hours - 270 hours

Non-contact hours - 30 hours

This is a part-time, non-residential course with a full week residential in Rishikesh for practicum week at the end of the training. Students are welcome to invite friends and family to the practicum week and attend the classes lead by all trainees.

Tuition Fee (*Please note that tuition fee does not include travel and accommodation for Rishikesh residential week.)

Early Bird Registration - USD 2400

After Aug 1st - USD 2700

Schedule

Nov 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 (6 days)

Dec 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20 (9 days)

Jan 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31 (6 days)

Feb 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 (12 days)

Mar 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23 (10 days)

April - Weeklong residential training in Rishikesh

Please send your queries to nora@thinkoffthemat.com