In our time together, we will practice yoga and study yoga, and more than that, we’ll bring our mindfulness practices into a wide variety of activities, including:
outdoor hikes on warmer days
silent meditation walks
quiet mindfulness practices
quiet reading and reflection
documentary movies with popcorn
conversations about life over tea
delicious provided dinners on long training days
chanting or chatting around the fire
practice teaching every weekend
make new friends
Required Book list:
Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens (Amazon Link)
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Ray Long (Amazon Link)
The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti (Amazon Link - This book is also available in the Yoga Farm mini-bookstore for $10)
Example Daily Schedule:
8:30 - 8:50 AM: Meditation
9 - 10:15 AM: Active yoga class (here is your chance to be the student!)
10:15 - 10:30 AM: Break and mindful snack
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Philosophy, mindfulness, specific subject
12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 PM: Mindful walking meditation
1:30 - 3:00 PM: Asana lab (study several poses in detail – practice, teach, observe and take detailed teaching notes)
3:00 - 3:30 PM: Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM: Anatomy or teaching techniques
4:30 - 5:30 PM: Meditation and pranayama techniques
5:30 - 6:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 PM: The inner journey: study, inquiry, coaching, Q&A, relevant to your life
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Mindfulness and closing
Teacher trainees will also take yoga classes in between our weekends for self-care and self-study (a Yoga Farm membership with unlimited yoga classes is included in the tuition).
Other books we love that are optional, and you can explore during the training:
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radiant Warrior Curriculum Module List
|Roots of Yoga
||What is yoga? Exploration of Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Jnana, and Laya yoga.
|Seva||Seva as a lifestyle and giving. Deliver a service project in the community as part of training.
|The Role of the Teacher
||Understand the ethics of the profession. Discuss boundaries, lineage and tradition. Understand the Guru tattva principle. Where does yoga come from and how is it transmitted?
|The Way of Liberation
||Read and learn from Adyashanti's book: The Way of Liberation
||Personal approaches to living the principles of yoga.
||Discuss decolonizing yoga, accessibility and welcoming, opening practices to all. Discover and discuss the roots of yoga, cultural appropriations, roots in Hinduism, and broadening accessibility into Western culture and religion without losing the essence of yoga.
|Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
||Group discussion of the yoga sutras, yamas, and niyamas.
||Discuss posture adjustments and assists, props and modifications.
||Practice and conduct detailed study of the poses in the Mindful Warrior yoga set.
||Watch and learn from videos of the poses in the Mindful Warrior yoga set.
||Chant together as a group. Experience Bhakti yoga.
|Inquiry||In our core philosophy we teach meditation, contemplation and inquiry. Inquiry is the process of asking good questions of oneself, uncovering, limiting beliefs and questioning those beliefs.|
||Experience Kundalini yoga.
|Meditation||Practice meditation in a variety of methods.
|Mindfulness||Discuss mindfulness as a gateway to awareness and meditation. Explore mindful eating and walking, as well as mindfulness in schools and outside of yoga studios.
|Practice and Dispassion
||Learn about the two essential wings of yoga: Abhaysa and Vairagya.
||Learn to practice and teach several pranayama (breath and energy management) methods
|RAIN||Discuss inquiry in the world.
||Experience restorative yoga.
|Cool-Down and Finishing Postures
||Practice teaching cool-down postures.
|Core Postures and Backbends
||Practice teaching core postures and backbends.
|Teaching Seated Postures
||Practice teaching seated postures.
|Teaching Standing Postures
||Practice teaching the standing poses in our Mindful Warrior set.
|Teaching Sun Salutation
||Practice teaching Sun Salutation "C."
||Teaching our warmup sequence.
||Experience Yin yoga.
|Kriyas||Discuss cleansing and purifying the body and mind.
|Arc of a Class
||Discuss the basic arc of a class and the importance of sequencing.
||Discuss how to teach beginners.
|Intention and Invocation
||Learn about approach, intention, and invocation.
||Understand the private lesson structure.
||Discuss the basics of teaching and voice: speaking with confidence, using repetition of core concepts, connecting with different learning styles, and how to balance challenge with ease.
|Teaching Off the Mat
||Learn to teach, rather than do, yoga. Discussion of maintaining your practice, practicing the set(s) before class, watching, listening to, and staying with the students in the room.
|The Business of Yoga
||Learn tools to become a yoga professional.
|Voice and Truth
||Connect to your authentic voice and integrity.
|Planning Specific Classes
||How to plan for classes.
||Overview of teaching to special populations.
|Observing||Observe two yoga classes.
||Fundamentals and the big picture.
||Subtle energy overview.
||The trunk and spine.
||Videos in classroom.
||Videos in classroom continued.
||The feet and lower leg.
||The shoulder girdle.
||Hamstrings and quadriceps.
||Feet and hands.
||Major muscle groups.
||The pelvic girdle.
|Practice Teaching I
|Practice Teaching II
||Team warmup (observed).
|Practice Teaching III
||Teach half a class.
|Practice Teaching IV
||Teach half a class (observed).
|Practice Teaching V
||Teach class to friends, family, or fellow students.
|Practice Teaching VI
||Teach class to friends, family, or fellow students.
|Practice Teaching VII
||Teach full class, observed by lead trainer, with directed feedback afterwards.
||Teach full class as part of final testing.
||Complete written examination.