Buddhi Yoga’s 200-hour San Diego Yoga Teacher Training is a full-spectrum program for all levels of experience. If you have been practicing for years and want to share your internship with others, our full curriculum will prepare you for teaching. This program is also perfect for those who have just started practicing yoga and want to learn more than you can do in group classes. Yoga is a vast landscape of infinite information that can be studied for many years. A 200-hour teacher training is just the beginning and your studies will surely not end here. We hope this experience creates a foundation for a lifetime of learning and practice.
Below we have described the main parts of the Buddhi Yoga teacher training curriculum. These are key topics that all yoga teachers need to understand. After completing our program, you will have a firm understanding of all this information. You feel ready to teach others to feel a stronger connection to your yoga practice.
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Outline of our yoga teacher training curriculum in San Diego
If you don’t breathe, you’re not doing yoga! This is one of our mottos of Buddhi Yoga TT. Learn the basics of breathing, including the anatomy of the diaphragm and the influence of breathing on our health. It is in the breath that yoga has the power to heal. This can be seen when we study how breathing affects the nervous system. As yoga teachers, our field of practice is not to diagnose or cure people. We provide a space where people can use their breath as a way to heal. From the beginning of the training, you will be teaching yourself and others to breathe. It is a very simple but powerful tool for yoga teachers to share with others.
Our 200-hour yoga teacher training in San Diego is a viny-style posture-based training. Yoga postures create a balanced strength and flexibility in the body. Break down a variety of different postures into the 5 classic posture categories. Once you’ve learned a few of each, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to each inn you teach or do. After reviewing a specific posture, split into smaller groups to practice all the details we present. It’s helpful to see all of your peers in positions so you can quickly learn that it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.
When you direct people through movement, you want to have at least a basic understanding of anatomy. Many yoga teacher trainings will take two full days to bombard you with anatomy lectures. For most new students, this is boring and difficult to retain.
Buddhi Yoga teacher training weaves anatomy lessons throughout the training. You will have several lectures of 1 to 2 hours so that you learn progressively more about the body from the beginning to the end of the program. Each new lesson is based on the last. For example, learn about bones before learning about joints. Each lecture will be applied to other areas of training, such as pose breaks and teaching practice. So not only do you hear Amanda talking about anatomy, you need to use what you learned right away in different class settings. You will listen to it, hear it, and teach it so that you retain the information and have a firm understanding of the basic anatomy.
Subtle anatomy is also known as energy anatomy. While Western science does not teach about the body’s energy system, many Eastern philosophies do. Most Asian medical systems recognize this aspect of humanity and it is an important aspect of yoga. The yogic system of energy anatomy includes the nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy siphers that move from the base of the spine to the crown of the head).
We will also introduce the koshas, or the five layers of our being, this system goes beyond these ideas. We will give you tips on how to integrate these ideas into your teaching and your own practice. If this part of the training really increases your interest, we can guide you through books, teachers, and other training so that you can continue to learn more.
The philosophy of yoga could be its own 200-hour teacher training. There is so much to cover when it comes to this topic, you could spend your lives exploring all the different areas. In our San Diego yoga teacher training, we focus on the 8 yoga limbs of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. This is what many consider to be the “bible” of yoga. These 8 limbs are essentially the building blocks of a well-rounded yoga practice. It shows that yoga is much more than postures and is a code of conduct for both ourselves and how we treat those around us. The 8 limbs are a path that leads to a non-dual experience of the universe. This is where everything is one and we realize that our natural state is one of calm, peace and happiness.
History of Yoga
The history of yoga goes back thousands of years in the Indus Valley and is too much to cover in a 200 hour workout. We focus on the most recent history of yoga up to the early 1900’s. Many consider a man named Krishnamacharya to be the father of modern yoga. Her teaching journey and the lineage she passed on through her students greatly influenced the way we practice yoga today. We believe that it is very important for our students to learn about Krishnamarcharya and how he promoted yoga based on the posture you will teach after our program.
Role of a teacher
This training will prepare you to lead a room full of confident students. There are many different factors at play when it comes to teaching. We must meet certain standards, ethics and understanding to lead yoga classes successfully and safely. Participate in various exercises throughout the training to teach you more about yourself, your voice and your presence. These exercises will help you develop the confidence and grace that are so important when it comes to becoming any kind of teacher, especially yoga.
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