200 Hour

'Traditional Yoga Instructor' Certification Program

For new Teachers & anyone who desires depth in practice

~ And ~

200 Hour

Current RYT 'Yoga Traditions' Enhancement Program

For current teachers (already Certified)

2020 Spring Session - Buckeye AZ

February 15 – June 20, 2020

Gradation Ceremony on Summer Solstice June 21, 2020

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2020 Summer Session - Willowbrook, IL

May 16 - September 20,  2020

Gradation Ceremony on Autumn Equinox September 20, 2020

 

DOWNLOAD SUMMER PROGRAM  HANDBOOK            DOWNLOAD SUMMER PROGRAM APPLICATION

 

Definition of Yoga by Sage Patañjali

योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:  (yogāḥ citta-vṛtti-nirodhāḥ) - Yoga Sutras 1.2

Yoga is when the movements of consciousness cease to fluctuate

 

The meaning of Yoga is understood as ‘Union’. Embracing this Union is accomplished by the practice of Nirodha (mental control).  Hence, the goal of Yoga is the perfection of that process. Yoga (union) implies ‘Duality’, as in the joining of 2 things or principles. The result of Yoga is the ’Non-Dual’ state - the union of the Lower Self and Higher Self. This non-dual state is characterized by "absence of individuality" promoting peace, pure love, Self-Realization, or Liberation.

 

As Yoga Teachers, or those who share Yoga knowledge, we must strive to protect and share the true and traditional practice, maintaining the integrity and sacredness gifted to humanity through the elevated consciousness of the great Sages & Seers of India.  We have a responsibility and duty of care when embracing this knowledge for ourselves and when sharing this gift with our community.

 

The Sattvic Sage Ayurveda & Yoga 200 Hour Program is for those whom wish to learn to teach, for those who are already registered Yoga Teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of traditional Yoga Principles and practical skills, or for those who wish to  personally explore their understanding and practice of Yoga for a healthy and balanced life.

 

This course allows each individual to experience the true essence and meaning of Yoga through a unique and holistic synthesis, harmonized amongst the teachings of ageless wisdom of ancient scriptures and philosophy applied in a contemporary context that students can grasp and thus begin to put into practice in their daily lives. Yoga is not something we ‘Do’, but something we ‘Realize’.

This is a path of Self-Discovery and Self-Realization.

 

Students will learn the integral foundations of Yoga ensure all participants can practice safely, teach safely, understand the breath and the mind and learn to connect to other human beings compassionately. This experience is a wonderful odyssey on your path to greater self-awareness and understanding. By incorporating Yoga in its totality, all will learn to teach and practice through their own experiences and deepened knowledge.

 

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga skillfully & intelligently, while realizing the connection of Āsana to Nirodha (mental Control) and Prāna.  This course intends to possess more depth and breadth of the true Yoga teachings, understanding the Śhiva / Śhakīi Principle, with a deep connection to heart.

 

Graduates of this program can become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) with Yoga Alliance when they apply for registration with Yoga Alliance. An RYT designation is a symbol of a minimum level of knowledge, training, and experience. Possessing this designation enhances your credibility as a teacher - but many components of this course offer higher-than-required knowledge for Yoga Alliance registration.  (Currently Pending YA Registration)

 

The Sattvic Sage Ayurveda & Yoga program also incorporates added ability to understand Ayurvedic Medicine and its critical relationship to Yoga. Yoga & Ayurveda are inseparable. Ayurveda itself is a form of Yoga.

 

In addition, you will learn the benefits and teaching of various styles of Asana (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair),  Meditation (also Yoga Nidrā), Pranyama, Chanting of Mantras and the use of Mudras. No other special  certifications in each style will be necessary (nor the expense of such courses). You will be prepared to offer your light and energy in each of these spaces, with the goal of sharing your knowledge for health & healing of yourself and your community.

~ Program Overview~

Techniques, Training & Practice

Yoga Śastrā

Asanas (Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Restorative, Chair)

  • Historical Context, Kriṣnamaćarya Lineage

  • Complete Sequencing to Achieve Effects Safely

  • Sukhasana & Savasana

  • Anatomical & Alignment Principles & Contraindications

Pranayama & Subtle Body

  • Historical Context, Effects on Anatomy & Subtle Body

  • Safe Pranayama sequencing with Alternatives & Adaptations

  • Pūraka, Recaka, Kumbhaka

  • Ujjayi, Nadī Śodāna, Kapalbhatī, Bhāstrika, Sitkari, Śitkari, Suryabhedana & Candrabhedana

ŚuddiKriyas (Purification Practices)

Meditation & States of Consciousness

  • Knowledge of Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi

  • Yoga Nidrā  - Jagrat, Swapna, Suśupti, Turīya

  • Self-Ability to practice Meditation

Chanting Mantra (Yoga of Sound)

Use of Mudras

Ayurveda

  • Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine, Doṣa Concepts

  • History, Classical Samhitas, Sankyha Philosophy, Shiva/Shakti & Aum Principle

  • Food & Plants as Medicine

  • Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship

  • Yoga for your Doṣa - Āsana, Pranayama, Dhyana for Vata, Pitta & Kapha

        

These hours include (with substantial emphasis):

  • How to address the specific needs of individuals / special populations

  • Theoretical & Analytical Understanding with training in how to teach and practice techniques

  • Guided practice of the techniques themselves

 

 

 

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy:  Structure

  • Skeletal & Muscular System

Major Bones, Types of Joints, Major Muscles involved in Āsana, Types of Muscle Contraction

Physiology:  Functional Systems

  • Nervous System

‘Fight/Flight’ & ‘Freeze’ Stress Response, Vagus Nerve, Overall Mind/Body Connection

  • Cardiovascular/Circulatory, Endocrine, Digestive Systems as they relate to Yoga Āsana

Expulsion of Metabolic Wastes, Catalyzing Healing Processes

  • Respiratory System

Muscles that control breathing, Voluntary/Involuntary breath, How Prana Enters & Exits the body

Bio-Mechanics

  • Types of Joint Movements, Joint Stabilization

  • Safe movement as it pertains to Balancing, Stretching, Awareness, Trauma/Injury

  • Contraindications, Misalignment, Adaptations

Yoga Anatomy & Physiology

  • Yoga Anatomy: Sthūla Śarira, Sūkṣma Śarira, Karaṇa Śarira

  • Panćakoṣa: Annamaya Koṣa, Prāṇamaya Koṣa, Manomaya Koṣa, Vijñānamaya Koṣa, Ānandamaya Koṣa  

  • Ćakras, Nadīs & Marmāmī

Yoga Humanities

History / Dates

  • Yoga Definition, Etiology, Key Terms

  • Kriṣnamaćarya Lineage, Style & Methodology

Philosophy

  • Key Ideas of Vedas, Vedanta, Hatha, Colonial, Modern

  • Yoga Darśanā Philosophies & Classical Texts

Sānkhya Philosophy, Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, Gheranda Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita

  • Self-Reflection

  • Relationship between Āsana, Pranayama and Meditation

  • How Philosophies relate to private practice

Yoga Lifestyle

  • Yamas & Niyamas, Concepts of Dharma and Karma

  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service & being of service to others (Karma Yoga & Seva)

  • Ethics

  • Awareness of Yoga Sutras or similar yogic ethical precepts

  • Relationship to Yoga Alliance / Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct

  • Comprehension and responsibility of sharing knowledge

  • Accountability Measures

  • Self-reflection on how yoga ethics relate to practice and teaching

 

 

Teaching Methodology & Professional Development

Teaching Methodology

  • Sequencing

  • Pace

  • Environment

  • Cueing (verbal, visual, physical) & Avoiding cues that may unintentionally create fear or exclusion

Class Management

  • Supervised Internship - Hosting free (Supervised) Community Yoga classes to gain experience

  • Professional Development

  • Communication skills, time management & establishment of priorities and boundaries

  • Yoga-related professional organizations, including Yoga Alliance & IYAT

Credentialing Process

  • Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct

  • Lifetime of learning and continuing education

  • General Professionalism (timeliness, consistency, cleanliness)

Marketing & Promotion

  • Liability Insurance

  • Waivers, Etc.

Practicum

  • Knowledge, Skills, Experience (across 13 key Competencies)

  • Mentorship / Apprenticeship

  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor*  (does not include observing or giving feedback)

  • Attendance of additional area yoga classes, with written observation (Teacher Signoff Required)

  • Receiving and giving feedback

  • Observing others teaching

*A minimum of 5 Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor in each style we have studied together

 

 

Breakdown of Hours

New YA Standards require that all 200-hour teacher trainings include 200 'Clock' Hours of training

Of the 200 total required hours, 160 hours must be in-person Contact-Hours

The last remaining 40 hours may be allocated to Online Training

This program implements 180 Hours in Person with Remainder 20 Hours Online*

Dates & Times for remaining 20 Online Hours will be determined by our group after the start of session

 

Requirements for Completion

Tuition Paid in Full

Completion of Session Class Hours / Written Coursework / Homework / Quizzes

Teach-Backs & Feedback / Class Observations

Community Class Offerings / Karma Yoga Seva

Video Review

 

Pre-Requisite

It is suggested that each student has previous experience with the practice of Yoga by way of attending class, lectures, inquiry or has engaged in any form of yoga / self-awareness practices for at least 6 months.

 

Upon Completion

You will receive a Certificate of Completion, meeting and exceeding the requirements of registration as a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Yoga Instructor. Registration is completed directly with Yoga Alliance. (Currently Pending YA Registration)

 

Class Size: 

I am not looking for quantity, but setting forth yoga instructors who have obtained sincere quality & depth of understanding in both personal and public practice, and who are empowered with tradition - as well as knowledge, on how to offer and share yoga as a lifestyle, not just a ‘class’.  Yoga is not something we ‘do’, but something we ‘realize’.

 

Academic Requirement:

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and must attain 18 years of age prior to start of classes

  • Applicants should have English language fluency, as all classes will be taught in English

 

Recommended Reading / Books:

Detailed Book List Provided Upon Enrollment

 

Steps in the Application Process & Enrollment Registration:

1. Request of Participation & Submission of Application Form

2. Review of Application & Interview with Prospective Student by Lead Trainer

4. Full Payment - or - Initial Payment of $500.00 SEAT RESERVATION (Applied to Tuition)

Non-Mandatory Suggestions for Additional Education / Certification:

Anatomy 101 at www.universalclass.org

Various workshops to enhance Sanskrit understanding

Obtaining Personal CPR Certification is Recommended

 

 

WHAT MAKES THIS TRAINING UNIQUE

MAINTAINING ORIGINAL CULTURE & TRADITIONAL UNDERSTANDING

 

We must strive to protect and share the true and traditional practice, maintaining the integrity and sacredness gifted to humanity through the elevated consciousness of the great Sages & Seers of India.  We have a responsibility and duty of care when embracing this knowledge for ourselves - and when sharing this gift with our community. The knowledge of the Ancients is invaluable and must be kept sacred for the sustainace of the earth and mankind.

Classes include practice of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation & Mantra Chanting, as well as written coursework, practical experience and excursions to witness the practice of Yoga in its truest form, beyond the physical. 

Many YTT Training programs offer just a scratch of the surface of the true Yoga practice by focusing only on physical postures, while missing the other 7 components to the 8 Fold Path.  I wish to offer and share understanding of tradition, history, integrity and cultural (and yes, the physical) pieces of life-altering knowledge.

 

Beyond Āsana: Deeper Discussion in Philosophy, Ancient Texts & Tradition

- History/Origins/ Śatdarshāna

- Immersion in the 8 Limbs of the Aśtanga Path

- Written contemplations of verses of Patanjali Yoga Sutras

- Essay on Sankya Philosophy

- "Book Reports" on assigned documentaries

- Hatha Pradpika / Bhagavad Gita

- Study of ŚuddiKriyas

- Introduction to Sanskrit

 

Heavy in both Western & Yogic/Ayurvedic understandings of Anatomy, Physiology & Injury Prevention –

As well as the Subtle Energy body and healing modalities of Prana, Cakras, Nadīs and Marmas.

 

Excursions for Practical & Experiential Experience

PHOENIX - Ekta Mandir Temple of Phoenix, AZ - and - Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Cottonwood, AZ

CHICAGO - The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL

  • Meeting organizers and Swamis, experiencing Yoga Practice in its truest form

 

Includes added ability to understand benefits & teach various styles of Asana - Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair & Yoga Nidra.  No other special weekend certification courses (or the added expense) in each style will be necessary.  All included in Asana Study and Delivery – Including Root Benefits, Sequencing and Teaching Skills.  You will be equipped to teach all styles.

 

Ayurveda / Yoga for Your Doṣa

Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine & Understanding Doṣas

The 6 Tastes of Ayurveda & Food / Plants as Medicine

The Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship

How to Eat Like a Yogi

Yoga Asana for Vata, Pitta & Kapha

SPRING TUITION

Spring Option 1

Payment in Full

SAVE $200

Simply enroll by January 1, 2020

with payment in full.

$250 of this payment in full is

Non-Refundable and is applied to full Tuition.

 

Your Total Tuition is $2800

(if paid by cash or check)

If paying via credit/debit card,

a 5% processing fee will apply.

Spring Option 2

SEAT RESERVATION & 

Monthly Payment Plan

Reserve your place in training by making a $500 Seat Deposit by February 1, 2020.

 

$250 of this deposit is

Non-Refundable & Entire Deposit is applied to Tuition.

 

Pay $500 by Check, or for Electronic Payment, a 5% processing Fee will be applied  

 

Remaining $2500 is paid with 4 Subsequent Monthly Electronic Installment Auto Payments

(Include 5% Processing Fees & 2% Interest)

   Total Tuition is $3175

Pay Schedule

March 1      $668.75

April 1         $668.75

May 1           $668.75

June 1        $668.75

SUMMER TUITION

Summer Option 1

Payment in Full

SAVE $200

Simply enroll by May 1, 2020

with payment in full.

$250 of this payment in full is

Non-Refundable and is applied to full Tuition.

 

Your Total Tuition is $2800

(if paid by cash or check)

If paying via credit/debit card,

a 5% processing fee will apply.

Summer Option 2

SEAT RESERVATION & 

Monthly Payment Plan

Reserve your place in training by making a $500 Seat Deposit by May 15, 2020.

 

$250 of this deposit is

Non-Refundable & Entire Deposit is applied to Tuition.

 

Pay $500 by Check, or for Electronic Payment, a 5% processing Fee will be applied  

 

Remaining $2500 is paid with 4 Subsequent Monthly Electronic Installment Auto Payments

(Include 5% Processing Fees & 2% Interest)

   Total Tuition is $3175

Pay Schedule

June 1                   $668.75

July 1                     $668.75

August 1               $668.75

September 1      $668.75

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Ayurveda is a holistic complement to western medicine. It is not a substitute for a medical diagnosis or the services of a physician or other licensed health care provider. I invite you to discuss any recommendations with your primary care physician, obstetrician, gynecologist, oncologist, cardiologist, pediatrician, or other board-certified physician. Sattvic Sage Ayurveda does not provide conventional medical disease diagnosis or prescription drugs, devices, or substances. Sattvic Sage Ayurveda will not advise that anyone discontinue a course of care or prescription drug that was prescribed by a licensed health care professional. The FDA has not evaluated the herbal supplements that may be recommended, and herbal supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.