This course has a dual focus: to take you deeper into your own personal Sadhana and to equip you with more knowledge and teaching skills.
Your personal practice is the source that inspires and informs your teaching. As you travel deeper into your own power and wisdom, you naturally have the capacity to take others to greater depths.
We know that transformation can happen in many ways.
Abhyasa – dedication and commitment to practice, practice, practice! Abhyasa is to dedicate and align with that which is most sacred with the intention of freeing the soul from the binds of conditioning or ‘vastu’.
Neuroscience has shown we really can change our brains, including the ‘gut brain’ and the ‘heart brain’ through imagination and repetition. Through clear intention and dedication we can grow new neural pathways and create a mind and body that reflects the experience of the life we want instead of the habits we have formed. We can re-orientate ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. The brain, mind and body are, of course, one continuum of being human. Our yoga practices can be tailored to each individual so that we can all create what we want more of in our lives and be of service to others and life on earth.
We will lean into the wisdom of ancient practices but offer them through contemporary means. We incorporate ‘medicine’ from other disciplines that deeply support the traditions from Yoga; which are many, varied, complex, paradoxical and at times confusing! Our intention is to provide you with information and opportunities to have direct experiences that genuinely bring more depth and meaning to your life, so that you can share your yoga with integrity.
We aim to demystify some of the complexity you may have met in the realms of Yogic philosophy to make the principles accessible and available. Our aim is to bring philosophy to life, to inspire you through storytelling and leave space for the imagination and the soul to explore freely!
We do this by going deeper into Asana, Breath, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Kriyas, Mantra, Devotion, Dance, Voice, Philosophy, Psychology and Community. See Yogasara Method. We incorporate Movement Medicine and Systemic Constellations to give you new ways of exploring the past, present and future you. A place to explore shadow, power and embodiment from different perspectives. These invitations from other systems are included to help you awaken the intrinsic, natural, intuitive intelligence of the moving body and the wisdom of soul and spirit.
Tantra tells us that by opening to the life force that is everywhere we can allow Grace to move through us and bring about healing and awakening in ways that are often mysterious! Grace is not something you can ‘get’ but something that we believe is more likely to arrive if you can ‘get out of the way’! By this we mean continuing to bring the light of awareness to all of the ways that we hold back from being our most vibrant loving selves. Grace is opening to the beauty and profundity of life in simple everyday ways. We believe that Grace can arise naturally when we are in a state of openness, gratitude and oriented towards love and kindness.
Empowered Teaching Skills
This course will get you off your mat and into the room to be of greater service to your students. We will enable you to offer more presence and knowledge through an in-depth exploration of teaching the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. There will be a strong focus on applied Anatomy and Physiology with a view to developing skilled ‘Hands on Teaching’. This will be rooted in our training in structural bodywork and will include body reading and individual assessment; including working with injury and other specific health conditions. We will explore the postures from the Yogasara Method Sequences in depth and teach Kramas (modifications) that can enable students of different abilities to practice safely and intelligently.
The course provides continuity and community, an environment that is supportive, where learning and exploration spark reflection, self-inquiry, and the development of evaluation and appraisal skills. Throughout the course, you will have lots of opportunities to reflect on the effectiveness and progression of your teaching skills with the support of teachers and peers.