Have you ever thought about whether there’s more to yoga than just the yoga poses? There definitely is! We typically think of yoga as physical practice, the poses. But in fact the poses, or Asanas, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga.
The complete Eight Limbs are:
- Yamas - ethical guidelines for interactions with others
- Niyamas - ethical guidelines for the self
- Pranayama - breathing practice
- Asana - physical yoga poses
- Pratyahara - learning to not reacting to stimuli from the senses
- Dharana - learning to concentrate on a single point of focus
- Dhyana - sustained concentration
- Samadhi - ultimate meditation, becoming one with the object of focus
In our Teacher Training program, we spend the majority of the 200 hours on what our trainees must learn to be able to teach a high quality class: anatomy, asana, therapeutics, class sequencing, modifications, critical thinking, and practice teaching.
But we also devote a good amount of time to additional Yoga Philosophy topics such as the other seven limbs of yoga, the history of yoga, and the Business of Yoga.
We feel it’s important to provide an expansive foundation so that our Teacher Trainees are knowledgable about all aspects of yoga and prepared to answer questions from their future students.
Plus, the broad overview gives our trainees a sampling of and piques their interest in many possible topics and areas of specialization they can focus on after graduation from their 200 Hour Training.
If you’re interested in learning more about yoga, deepening your practice, and/or possibly becoming a yoga teacher, click over and check out our Yoga Teacher Training page.
Our 2016 training class will begin in January. The training is 11 months long, and the classes are held on one full weekend per month. We have the Early Registration deadline quickly approaching on October 15th.
If you’d like to register by October 15th to receive the $200 Early Registration discount, please let us know ASAP so we can answer any questions you may have and send you the Teacher Training Application.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
P.S. Stay tuned for next week's newsletter - it's going to be a good one! We're going to explore how the Yamas apply to teaching yoga.