A Functional Approach to Yoga Teacher Training.
Yin yoga is not a trademarked system and no certification is required to teach it, but for those interested in learning the anatomic and energetic theories of the practice we offer a series of courses that culminate with a 500 hour Diploma.
Our program is inspired by the ancient sutra model of learning. This model focuses on texts that are extremely condensed expressions of logically connected chains of thought. In ancient times a text was memorized before it was elaborated by lecture. But the ancient paradigm assumed students were school children and training programs would last for years. In the modern era the students are adults whose time is limited. Our program accommodates the modern student by limiting how much memorization is required but it remains true to the ancient ideal by staying focused on a very few important texts, each text a compressed presentation of important ideas.
Each of our courses focuses on a specific text or manual. In keeping with an oral tradition our presentations are repetitive, so that the concepts become easily memorizable. These concepts are then elaborated by lectures and demonstrations.
Our program is composed of numbered units but these units do not need to be taken in numerical sequence. After you have completed Unit 1 you are free to take any of our other units.
Unit 1: Anatomical Foundations: 14 - 10 - 7. This course is organized around three ideas: There are 14 skeletal segments. There are 10 muscle groups. There are 7 archetypal poses. The functional approach to yoga is an elaboration of these three fundamental ideas.
Unit 2: Anatomical Foundations: Teaching Functionally. This course reviews the material of Unit 1 and then completes the analysis of the upper body. Focus is on adapting the seven archetypal poses to the unique skeleton of each student.
Unit 3: Chakras Theory and Meditation. This course presents the theory and techniques of chakra meditation. It includes the pranayama, bandha and chanting. The course also inlcudes an introduction to the fascia and meridians.
This unit will not be taught in 2018.
Unit 4: Bhagavad Gita. This course is a study of the Bhagavad Gita as an allegory of spiritual practice. This includes the outline of sankhya philosophy and chakra meditation embedded in this allegory.
Unit 5: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This course includes the chanting of key sutras and the outline of the metaphysics behind Patanjali’s yoga theory.
Students will receive credit every time they take or repeat a unit. If a student completes 500 hours of course work with us they will be awarded a 500 hour Certifcate.