The overall training is an advanced course providing 300 additional hours to a current 200HR RYT for recognition as a 500 HR RYT.

The course taken as a whole is designed to advance any teacher’s skills by engaging her in a deep and considered dialogue between the two great converging streams of Ancient Eastern physical, psychological, and contemplative traditions, and the modern Western perspectives on the body and mind in light of evolutionary theory, evolutionary psychology, neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology.

By viewing the human being from the light of these two systems with equal vigor, aspiring teachers are encouraged to experience the complex relationship between the rational mind, human creativity and inspiration, the heart, and consciousness. This experience in turn generates a keen awareness of how each system is limited in certain ways, and what those limitations say to someone whose vocation is to assist others in spiritual transformation.

The first module focuses on:

  • Technical Training in Advanced Asana and strategies for advanced development
  • Advanced training in teaching itself: A systematic study of identifying differences in learning styles in students, developing a refined teaching dialogue by creating and sustaining themes and layers of meaning in classes.
  • Krama of teaching dialogue; teaching the 'way' rather than the 'what'
  • Purna Parivritta Surya Namaskar
  • Advanced Pratikriya: compensation in advanced settings, strategies to reduce wear and accumulation of force in specific joints
  • Creating torque in twisting variations inverted, laws of torque in shoulder girdle in headstand/handstand; creating torque in niralamba/unsupported movement
  • Learn sequences to teach: rolling forwards and backwards over head, tri-pod to lateral transitions to shoulders, advanced transitions from headstand to plank/chatturanga focused on deceleration
  • Sequences designed to strengthen neck, arms and shoulders for the forearm vinyasas; using posterior shoulder girdle as foundation for transitions.
  • Posture analysis: the spiral line in the human body; analysis of how common the postural form uses spirals for entry, stabilization and exit
  • Business of Yoga: Framework for planning workshops and intensives, Marketing in social media, online resources, the changing face of marketing, how to charge, percentages, developing topics/descriptions and building/layering for full weekend offerings.