Yoga Teacher Training Diploma

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Welcome to the Yoga Teacher Training Diploma

Our Yoga Teacher Training course provides a fantastic insight into Yoga Teacher Training.

The course will explore yoga philosophy, hatha yoga pradipika, the three gunas, yoga anatomy, energy anatomy, ashtanga sun salutations, hatha sun salutation and moon salutation plus much more.

In order to complete the course candidates must do the following:

  • Read all 21 Course Modules
  • Complete the Final Online Assessment

Good luck and we hope you enjoy the material!

Module 1 What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice originating from India. It involves a combination of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles aimed at promoting overall health and well-being. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and is considered a holistic approach to health and happiness, offering benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. In addition to its physical benefits, such as increased flexibility and strength, yoga is also said to help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Today, yoga is widely popular around the world and is practiced in various forms, ranging from gentle and restorative to more physically demanding styles.

Unit 1 Study and Practice Schedule
Unit 2 History of Yoga
Unit 3 Yoga Studios and Brands
Unit 4 The Benefits of Yoga
Unit 5 Modern Yoga Styles

Module 2 Yoga Philosophy—The Eight Limbs of Yoga (Patanjali)

The Eight Limbs of Yoga, also known as the "Ashtanga Yoga," are a set of guidelines outlined by the ancient Indian sage Patanjali in his text "Yoga Sutras." These eight limbs serve as a roadmap for a holistic practice of yoga that integrates physical, mental, and spiritual development. The eight limbs are:

  1. Yama: This refers to ethical and moral values, such as non-violence, truthfulness, and non-stealing.

  2. Niyama: This refers to personal and spiritual observances, such as cleanliness, contentment, and self-study.

  3. Asana: This refers to the physical postures practiced in yoga, which help to maintain physical health and prepare the body for meditation.

  4. Pranayama: This refers to breathing techniques that help to control the flow of prana, or life force, in the body.

  5. Pratyahara: This refers to withdrawing the senses from external distractions and focusing inward.

  6. Dharana: This refers to concentration and the ability to focus the mind on a single object or idea.

  7. Dhyana: This refers to meditation, in which the mind becomes still and focused, leading to a state of inner peace and awareness.

  8. Samadhi: This refers to the highest state of consciousness, in which the individual experiences complete unity with the universe.

These eight limbs work together to support an individual's journey toward self-realization and the attainment of inner peace and harmony. By following the principles of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, a practitioner can cultivate a harmonious balance between their mind, body, and spirit.

Unit 1 The Sutras
Unit 2 The Eight-Limbed Path
Unit 3 Preparing for Meditation

Module 3 Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a classic text on Hatha yoga, a branch of yoga that focuses on physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama). The text was written in the 15th century by the Indian sage Swami Swatmarama and is considered one of the most important texts on Hatha yoga.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika covers a wide range of topics, including the physical and mental benefits of yoga, the practice of asanas and pranayama, and the techniques for awakening the Kundalini energy (the dormant energy located at the base of the spine). The text also outlines the ethical and moral guidelines for yoga practitioners, such as non-violence, truthfulness, and non-stealing.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika stresses the importance of a consistent and dedicated practice of yoga, and encourages the practitioner to approach their practice with devotion and a pure heart. By following the teachings of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a practitioner can achieve physical health and wellness, as well as spiritual growth and development.

Overall, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a comprehensive guide to the practice of Hatha yoga and is considered an essential text for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of this ancient tradition.

Unit 1 Introduction to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Unit 2 Pranayama and Shatkarma

Module 4 The Three Gunas

The Three Gunas are fundamental principles of nature in Hindu philosophy. They are believed to be the underlying forces that govern the entire universe and influence all aspects of existence, including human behavior and perception. The Three Gunas are:

  1. Sattva: This is associated with qualities of purity, goodness, light, and harmony. It is believed to bring balance and stability to the mind and body, and is considered the highest of the Three Gunas.

  2. Rajas: This is associated with qualities of activity, passion, and restlessness. It is believed to cause agitation and desire, and is considered a lower Guna.

  3. Tamas: This is associated with qualities of darkness, ignorance, and inertia. It is believed to cause dullness and ignorance, and is considered the lowest of the Three Gunas.

In Hindu philosophy, it is believed that all living beings are influenced by a combination of the Three Gunas, but the goal is to cultivate a predominance of Sattva in order to achieve peace and harmony. This can be achieved through spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation, which help to purify the mind and bring balance to the Three Gunas.

In summary, the Three Gunas are a concept that helps to explain the fundamental nature of reality and the way that it influences human behavior and perception. By understanding and working with the Three Gunas, one can strive towards a state of balance and harmony in their lives.

Unit 1 Yogic Philosophy: Purusha and Prakriti
Unit 2 The Three Gunas in Detail

Module 5 Yoga Philosophy - Masculine and Feminine Energy (Shiva and Shakti)

In the Hindu tradition, the concepts of Shiva and Shakti represent the archetypal masculine and feminine energies, respectively. They are seen as complementary forces that together form the universe and all of its components.

Shiva is often associated with consciousness, stillness, and detachment. He represents the masculine aspect of the divine, and is thought to embody pure awareness, wisdom, and consciousness. He is considered the master of yoga and meditation, and is revered as the source of all knowledge and understanding.

Shakti, on the other hand, represents the dynamic and creative feminine energy, and is often depicted as the goddess of power and manifestation. She is the force that animates the universe, and is responsible for all creation, preservation, and destruction. She is associated with energy, movement, and change, and is seen as the source of all life, vitality, and strength.

In yoga philosophy, the union of Shiva and Shakti represents the ultimate goal of spiritual liberation. By balancing and harmonizing these complementary energies within themselves, practitioners aim to achieve a state of inner peace and enlightenment. Through their practice of yoga and meditation, they strive to cultivate the qualities of Shiva—stillness, detachment, and wisdom—and harness the energy of Shakti to bring about positive change in their lives and the world.

It's important to note that while these concepts are often associated with gender, they are not limited to it, and can be found within all individuals, regardless of gender identity. The goal of yoga is to balance these energies within oneself, regardless of one's gender identity.

Unit 1 The Story of Shiva and Shakti
Unit 2 Gods and Goddesses

Module 6 Yoga Anatomy

Yoga anatomy refers to the study of the structure and function of the human body in relation to the practice of yoga. It encompasses both the gross anatomy, which includes the bones, muscles, and organs, as well as the subtle anatomy, which includes the energy pathways and centers known as chakras.

Yoga anatomy is an important area of study for both yoga teachers and practitioners, as it can help increase one's understanding of proper alignment and biomechanics in various yoga postures, as well as the physiological benefits of the practice. By understanding the anatomy of the body, one can make informed choices about which poses to include in their practice, and how to modify or adjust poses to avoid injury.

It's worth noting that there are different schools of thought within the world of yoga, and not all of them place equal emphasis on anatomy. However, an understanding of anatomy can be useful for practitioners of any style of yoga, and can help deepen one's overall understanding of the practice.

Unit 1 Introduction to Yoga Anatomy
Unit 2 Shoulders, Elbows, Wrists and Hands
Unit 3 Hips
Unit 4 Legs, Ankles and Feet

Module 7 Energy Anatomy

Energy anatomy, also known as subtle anatomy, refers to the study of the non-physical energy systems within the human body. In the context of yoga, this energy anatomy is sometimes referred to as the "subtle body." It is believed to consist of various energy pathways and centers, also known as chakras, which are thought to correspond to specific physical and psychological aspects of our lives.

The concept of energy anatomy is rooted in ancient Indian philosophy and is an integral part of many yoga practices. It is believed that the flow of energy through these pathways, called nadis, can impact one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For example, blockages or imbalances in the flow of energy can be thought to contribute to physical or psychological issues, while practices such as yoga and meditation are believed to help balance and harmonize this energy flow.

It's worth noting that the concept of energy anatomy is not universally accepted within the scientific community, and there is limited scientific evidence to support many of the claims made about this system. However, many people find that incorporating practices that focus on energy anatomy can have a positive impact on their physical and mental health, and can help them feel more connected to their bodies and to the world around them.

Unit 1 The Five Koshas
Unit 2 Nadis and Marmas
Unit 3 Chakras
Unit 4 Kundalini

Module 8 Ashtanga Sun Salutations

Ashtanga Sun Salutations, also known as Surya Namaskara, is a series of postures in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. The sequence is performed as a warm-up and a way to build strength, flexibility, and concentration.

The traditional Ashtanga Sun Salutation sequence consists of the following postures:

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
  2. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
  3. Half Lift (Ardha Uttanasana)
  4. Plank Pose (Phalakasana)
  5. Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)
  6. Upward-Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
  7. Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

The sequence is usually performed as a continuous flow, with each movement synchronized with the breath. The Sun Salutation is typically repeated several times in a row, building heat in the body and preparing the practitioner for more challenging asanas.

It is important to perform the Ashtanga Sun Salutation with proper form and alignment to avoid injury and get the maximum benefits from the practice. If you are new to yoga, it is recommended to start with a beginner's class and learn the postures from a qualified instructor.

Unit 1 Sun Salutation A
Unit 2 Sun Salutation B

Module 9 Hatha Sun Salutation and Moon Salutation

Hatha Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara) and Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskara) are two different sequences of yoga postures that are commonly practiced in Hatha Yoga.

The Hatha Sun Salutation is a series of postures that are performed in a flowing sequence, usually synchronized with the breath. The sequence is designed to warm up the body, build strength, and increase flexibility. The postures in the Hatha Sun Salutation include Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Ardha Uttanasana (Half Lift), Phalakasana (Plank Pose), Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose), and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose).

The Hatha Moon Salutation, on the other hand, is a slower, gentler sequence of postures that is typically performed at the end of the day or in the evening. It is designed to help practitioners release tension and relax the mind and body. The postures in the Hatha Moon Salutation include Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Ardha Uttanasana (Half Lift), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge Pose), Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose), and Balasana (Child's Pose).

Both the Hatha Sun Salutation and Moon Salutation can be a great way to start or end your yoga practice, and can provide numerous physical and mental benefits when performed regularly with proper form and alignment.

Unit 1 Sun Salutation
Unit 2 Moon Salutation

Module 10 Yoga Asana 1

Yoga Asanas are physical postures that are used in the practice of yoga. The word "asana" literally means "seat" in Sanskrit, and refers to the physical position of the body during yoga practice. There are many different yoga asanas, each with its own unique physical and mental benefits. Some common yoga asanas include:

  • Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  • Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
  • Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  • Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
  • Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
  • Child's Pose (Balasana)
  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
  • Half Pigeon Pose (Ardha Kapotasana)

Yoga asanas can help to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and posture, as well as reduce stress and anxiety. However, it is important to practice yoga under the guidance of a qualified teacher, especially if you have any medical conditions or injuries, to ensure that you are performing the asanas safely and effectively.

Unit 1 Introduction to Standing Postures
Unit 2 Introduction to Balancing Poses

Module 11 Yoga Asana 2

Forward folds are a type of yoga asana that involve bending forward at the hips and reaching towards the feet or floor. These asanas are often used to stretch the hamstrings, lower back, and hips, and can also help to calm the mind and relieve stress. Some of the most popular forward folds in yoga include:

  • Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
  • Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)
  • Wide-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

Core strengthening yoga asanas are those that target the muscles of the abdomen and lower back, helping to build strength and stability in these areas. Some popular core strengthening yoga asanas include:

  • Boat Pose (Navasana)
  • Plank Pose (Phalakasana)
  • Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
  • Half Boat Pose (Ardha Navasana)
  • Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
  • Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

It's important to practice these asanas with proper form and under the guidance of a qualified teacher to avoid injury and get the most benefit from your practice. Incorporating both forward folds and core strengthening asanas into your yoga practice can help you to achieve a balanced and well-rounded practice that benefits both your mind and body.

Unit 1 Introduction to Forward Folds and Core
Unit 2 Seated Forward Folds
Unit 3 Core Strengthening Asanas

Module 12 Yoga Asana 3

Yoga asanas for warm up, deep stretching, and relaxation.

Unit 1 Introduction to Warm Up, Deep Stretching and Relaxation Asanas
Unit 2 Side Stretches
Unit 3 Back Stretches
Unit 4 Hip Stretches
Unit 5 Leg, Ankle and Foot Stretches
Unit 6 Relaxation Poses

Module 13 Yoga Asana 4

Seated and standing twists are yoga poses that help to improve spinal mobility, release tension in the back and hips, and massage the internal organs.

Unit 1 Seated and Standing Twists

Module 14 Yoga Asana 5

In yoga, "floor backbends" refer to poses that involve arching the back and opening the chest, while lying on the floor.

Unit 1 Introduction to Backbends
Unit 2 Floor Backbends

Module 15 Yoga Asana 6

Inversion poses in yoga are those in which the head is below the heart and are considered to have many benefits, both physically and mentally.

Unit 1 Introduction to Inversions
Unit 2 Introduction to Arm Balances

Module 16 Pranayama

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means "control of breath." It's a component of yoga practice that focuses on controlling the breath and using it to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Pranayama practices can involve slow, deep breathing, retention of the breath, and specific patterns of inhaling and exhaling.

Here are some common pranayama techniques:

  1. Ujjayi Breath (Victorious Breath)
  2. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
  3. Bhastrika (Bellows Breath)
  4. Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath)
  5. Sitali (Cooling Breath)
  6. Bhramari (Humming Bee Breath)
  7. Sheetali (Cooling Breath)

Pranayama has a number of potential benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, and enhancing physical endurance. However, it's important to practice pranayama under the guidance of a qualified instructor, especially if you have any medical conditions or are pregnant. Additionally, some pranayama techniques can be strenuous, so it's important to start with basic techniques and gradually work up to more advanced practices.

Unit 1 Introduction to Pranayama
Unit 2 The Bandhas
Unit 3 Practising Pranayama

Module 17 Meditation, Mantras and Mudras

Meditation, mantras, and mudras are three interrelated practices that originated in ancient Eastern spiritual traditions and are now widely used for various purposes, including stress reduction, personal growth, and spiritual development.

Meditation is a mental technique that involves focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. There are many forms of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and movement meditation, each with its own unique focus and benefits.

Mantras are sacred words or phrases that are repeated mentally or out loud as a form of meditation. They are used as a tool to quiet the mind and focus the attention, and are believed to have spiritual and psychological benefits. Some common mantras include "Om" and "So Hum."

Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practices, including meditation and dance. They are thought to enhance the flow of energy within the body and can be used to bring attention to different parts of the body or to evoke specific feelings and emotions.

Each of these practices can be done individually or in combination, and they can be adapted to fit one's own personal beliefs and needs. They can be helpful in reducing stress, improving mental and emotional well-being, and fostering a greater sense of spiritual connection.

Unit 1 Introduction to Meditation
Unit 2 Practising and Teaching Meditation
Unit 3 Mantras

Module 18 Effective Sequencing and Teaching

Effective sequencing and teaching in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices involves creating a structured and intentional learning environment that helps students develop their skills and understanding in a safe and supportive way.

Sequencing refers to the order in which the different yoga poses, meditation exercises, or mindfulness activities are performed, and is an important aspect of effective teaching. A well-designed sequence should consider factors such as the level of difficulty, the desired outcomes, and the flow of energy in the body.

In terms of teaching, effective instructors use clear and concise language to guide students through each pose or exercise, provide modifications and variations to accommodate different abilities, and create a supportive and inclusive atmosphere that allows all students to feel comfortable and valued. They also pay close attention to the physical and emotional needs of their students, offering modifications and hands-on adjustments as needed.

Effective sequencing and teaching also involves creating a lesson plan that is engaging, dynamic, and adaptable to the needs and abilities of the students. This can involve incorporating elements of play, creativity, and exploration, as well as incorporating themes, music, and storytelling.

Ultimately, effective sequencing and teaching in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices should prioritize safety, inclusivity, and student learning, while also fostering a sense of community and connection.

Unit 1 Class Sequencing
Unit 2 Instructions and Vocals During Teaching
Unit 3 Other Things to Consider in Class

Module 19 Teaching Yoga

Teaching yoga involves not only leading students through a series of physical postures, but also helping them cultivate mindfulness, awareness, and connection to their bodies, minds, and breath. Here are some key elements to consider when teaching yoga:

  1. Preparation: Before you start teaching, it's important to familiarize yourself with the basics of anatomy, safety, and modifications to accommodate different abilities and levels of experience. You should also have a clear understanding of the goals and objectives of your class and how to structure your lesson plan.

  2. Cueing and Alignment: Clear and concise language is key in yoga instruction. Your cues should be descriptive and easy to understand, and you should use visual aids whenever possible. In addition, proper alignment is critical in preventing injury, so be sure to emphasize proper form and alignment in each pose.

  3. Sequencing: The order in which you lead the poses can have a significant impact on the overall flow and effectiveness of your class. A well-designed sequence should consider factors such as the level of difficulty, the desired outcomes, and the flow of energy in the body.

  4. Hands-on Adjustments: Hands-on adjustments can be an effective tool in helping students deepen their practice, but they should always be done with the student's permission and in a safe and respectful manner.

  5. Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment: As a yoga teacher, it's important to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere in your class where all students feel comfortable and valued. This includes being mindful of language and cultural differences, providing modifications and options for different abilities, and fostering a sense of community.

  6. Continuing Education: Yoga is an ever-evolving practice, and it's important for yoga teachers to continue their education and stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and research. This can involve attending workshops, conferences, and teacher trainings, as well as regularly taking classes from other teachers.

Ultimately, teaching yoga is about creating a learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and engaging, while also fostering a sense of connection, mindfulness, and self-awareness in your students.

Unit 1 How to Teach a Yoga Class
Unit 2 Hatha Yoga Class
Unit 3 Vinyasa Flow Class
Unit 4 Teaching Different Formats

Module 20 Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is based on the principle that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit, and aims to restore this balance through a combination of diet, lifestyle, and natural remedies.

In Ayurveda, each person is believed to have a unique combination of three fundamental energies or "doshas" - vata, pitta, and kapha - which govern their physical and mental characteristics, as well as their tendencies towards certain health conditions. To maintain balance, Ayurveda recommends customized approaches to diet, exercise, and self-care that take into account a person's unique dosha type.

Ayurveda also places a strong emphasis on prevention and wellness, encouraging individuals to adopt healthy habits and lifestyles that promote optimal health and prevent the development of imbalances and diseases. This may include practices such as meditation, yoga, and massage, as well as the use of natural remedies, such as herbs and spices, to support the body's natural healing processes.

In recent years, Ayurveda has gained popularity in the Western world as a complementary and alternative form of medicine, and is now widely practiced in many countries. While its effectiveness has yet to be proven by large-scale clinical trials, many people have reported positive results from incorporating Ayurvedic principles into their lives. However, it's important to note that Ayurveda should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical treatment, and it's always best to consult a qualified healthcare provider before starting any new health or wellness regimen.

Unit 1 What is Ayurveda?
Unit 2 The Qualities of the Three Doshas
Unit 3 The Six Tastes and Panchakarma

Module 21 The Business of Yoga

The business of yoga involves offering yoga services and products to individuals and communities, with the goal of generating revenue and providing financial sustainability. This can include offering yoga classes, workshops, teacher training programs, and retail products, such as yoga mats, props, and clothing.

Here are some key elements to consider when starting a yoga business:

  1. Develop a Unique Brand Identity: To stand out in a competitive market, it's important to develop a strong brand identity that sets your business apart from others. This can include creating a logo, developing a website, and establishing a clear mission and vision for your business.

  2. Location and Logistics: Consider the location of your yoga studio or business, as well as the logistics involved in setting up and operating it. This may include securing a lease, purchasing or renting equipment, and developing systems for scheduling, billing, and marketing.

  3. Marketing and Promotion: To build a successful yoga business, you need to have a solid marketing and promotion strategy in place. This can involve leveraging social media, hosting events, and collaborating with other local businesses and organizations to reach potential customers.

  4. Customer Service and Community Building: Providing excellent customer service and fostering a strong sense of community are key to building a successful yoga business. This can involve offering a variety of classes and programs to meet the needs of different demographics, and creating opportunities for students to connect with each other and with the broader yoga community.

  5. Financial Management: To ensure the long-term success of your yoga business, it's important to have strong financial management practices in place. This can involve developing a budget, tracking expenses, and seeking out financial advice from a qualified professional as needed.

Ultimately, the business of yoga is about more than just generating revenue; it's about creating a positive and sustainable impact on individuals, communities, and the world as a whole. By prioritizing the needs of your students, building a strong brand, and staying focused on your goals, you can create a successful and fulfilling yoga business that serves both your financial and your spiritual goals.

Unit 1 Yoga Teacher Ethics
Unit 2 Spirituality in Yoga
Unit 3 Setting Up Your Yoga Business
Unit 4 Creating Your Offering

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