Sat nam, one and all!
I’m trying something a little different this time, and opening it up a bit wider.
I will start a new 200 hour training in January 2015 that meets three times a week for the entire month. This go around,I have decided to try running two weeks of asana bootcamp, followed by a week of mental sciences–including pranayama–and winding up down the rabbit hole for a week. I’m thinking this will be a good test run to see how well y’all like being down in the rabbit hole, lol. It can get a little intense.
Before I get into that, just for the record, here is how the whole training looks:
Week One & Week Two: Asana bootcamp
Week one addresses all of the poses you probably think you know. Week two introduces less commonly know poses and the art of transitional poses. We will work physical and spiritual anatomy as we go through. Teaching mechanics of each pose will be addressed, as will modifications and appropriate sequencing. This will be a physically rigorous experience.
Week three: Subtle sciences & the Science of the mind
In this week we will dip into Ashtang philosophy as well as explore the yogic sciences of mudra, mantra, bandha. We will practice and discuss basic and advanced pranayama. You will learn to integrate these practices into your teaching in order to create a complete yoga class. This week will be mentally demanding and energetically unique. Be prepared for the experience.
Week Four: Down the Rabbit Hole
Here we dive deep into the energetic mechanics of yoga and start to put the rubber to the road. Discussions will get deeper, and the practices will get more intense. This is where we find out how and why yoga works on a psycho-spiritual level. Chakras, meridians, sen lines and other subtle mechanics will be woven together to provide you with a rudimentary energetic map of the physical/mental/spiritual body complex. More than anything, this week will teach you about yourself, so that when you teach,you are REAL.
That’s 200 hours and what yoga alliance requires for certification (and a little more😉
In order to stay real myself, I have started taking on master level trainees. This means, to me, a certified yoga teacher who has reached that certain point when they want to go further. We all start as asana teachers, and asana practitioners. But I have found that as we go along the path of yoga, there reaches a point where you know that there is something else out there. I call that the rabbit hole. This is the place where you really start to viscerally work on the more subtle experiences, and feel a need clarify your practice and your teachings.
My master program is a space where we can get into the depth of it. We talk about how to take the practices you know, expand and enhance them for spiritual opening, and then put them to work. For you and your students. I don’t want to teach you how to re-invent the wheel. If you are eligible for master training, then you don’t need me to. What I do want to teach you are ways of looking at your wheel so that you get the very, very best use of it. Yoga is a tool and a tool box. The science of the body complex is simply the most amazing tool we have to get closer to our source; Yoga is it.
Week four will be open to any master trainees who want to come on board. You’ll have to apply and be accepted into the program, but this would be a good place to feel out what we can do together. As always, training is a personal experience with me. So feel free to contact me if you want to see the vibe. Namaste!