'Traditional Yoga Instructor' Certification Program
For new Teachers & anyone who desires to deepen practice
~ And ~
Current CYT/RYT 'Yoga Traditions' Enhancement Program
For current teachers (enhance knowledge on your path to RYT500)
2020 Summer / Fall Session
~ NEW DATES ~ DISTANCE LEARNING ONLINE
July 11 - October 18, 2020
Next Session: February - May 2021
Definition of Yoga by Sage Patañjali
योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध: (yogāḥ citta-vṛtti-nirodhāḥ) - Yoga Sutras 1.2
Yoga occurs 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.
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: 75 Hours
Contact Hours: 75
Yoga Śastrā / Ṣatdarśana
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 Precautions, 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 Malas / Mudras
Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine, Doṣa Concepts
History, Classical Samhitas, Sankhya Philosophy, Shiva/Shakti & Aum Principle
Food & Plants as Medicine, Dravyagunakarma
Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship
Yoga for your Doṣa - Āsana, Pranayama, Dhyana for balancing 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: 30 Hours
Contact Hours: 20 Online Hours: 10
Major Bones, Types of Joints, Major Muscles involved in Āsana, Types of Muscle Contraction
Physiology: Functional Systems
‘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
Muscles that control breathing, Voluntary/Involuntary breath, How Prana Enters & Exits the body
Types of Joint Movements, Joint Stabilization
Safe movement as it pertains to Balancing, Stretching, Awareness, Trauma/Injury
Contraindications, Misalignments, 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 & Marmāmi
Āsana for Ćakra Balancing
Yoga Humanities: 30 Hours
Contact Hours: 20 Online Hours: 10
Kriṣnamaćarya Lineage, Style & Methodology
Definition, Dates, Etiology & Key Terms
Relationship between Āsana, Pranayama and Meditation
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
Beauty & Importance of Sanskrit
How Philosophies relate to private practice
Yamas & Niyamas, Concepts of Dharma and Karma
Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service & being of service to others (Karma Yoga & Seva)
Awareness of Yoga Sutras and similar yogic ethical precepts
Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct
Comprehension & Responsibility
Self-reflection on how yoga ethics relate to practice and teaching
Teaching Methodology & Professional Development: 65 Hours
Contact Hours: 65
Sequencing: Arc Structures (Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Restorative, Chair)
Important Factors/Changes during Menstruation, Pregnancy, Postpartum (Āsana during Labor)
Āsana for Menopause, Bone Health, Seniors
Āsana for Emotional & Mental Health
Pace, Environment, Music (or not) & Class Management
Class & Workshop Structure for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Practitioners
Theme-Oriented Classes – What is the Message?
Cuing (verbal, visual, physical) & Avoiding cues that may unintentionally create fear or exclusion
Communication skills, time management & establishment of priorities and boundaries
Yoga-Related Professional Organizations, including Yoga Alliance & IYAT
Lifetime Learning & Continuing Education
General Professionalism (timeliness, consistency, cleanliness)
Marketing & Promotion
Liability Insurance / Waivers, Etc.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience (across 13 key Competencies)
Supervised Internship - Hosting free (Supervised) Community Yoga classes to gain experience
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)
Observing Others Teaching, Receiving & Giving Feedback
*A minimum of 5 Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor in each style we have studied together
Breakdown of Hours
For the Summer 2020 Session, training may include online hours, but must hold a majority lessons as LIVE.
IN-PERSON Option: 178.5 Hours in Classroom / 21.5 Hours Online LIVE
ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING Option: Full Course via Online LIVE CLASSROOM
Requirements for Completion:
Completion/Attendance of All Session Hours & Any Needed Make Up Hours
All Assigned Homework / Class Attendance Log / Meditation Journal / Mid-Program Student Survey
Teach-Backs & Feedback / Class Observations / Class Designs / Community Class Offerings
It is suggested that each student has previous experience with the practice of Yoga by way of attending Āsana classes, lectures, inquiry or has engaged in any form of yoga / self-awareness practices for at least 6 months.
When course requirements are met, a “Certificate of Completion” is issued.
You are considered a Certified Yoga Instructor: CYT200.
Registration with Yoga Alliance:
To become a Registered Yoga Instructor, the registration process is completed directly with Yoga Alliance.
This program exceeds minimum standard education requirements obtain RYT200.
This process is also explained in the Professional Development portion of the program.
Current CYT200 & RYT200:
The completion of hours and Certificate of Completion may be added to experiential hours on the path to CYT500 / RYT500. If RYT500 is desired, Yoga Alliance will recognize your additional training hours through this program.
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:
Emailed Request of Participation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply Email will contain Enrollment Form / Program Handbook
Submission of Enrollment Form via email or Hardcopy (Your Preference)
Phone Interview with Prospective Student by Lead Trainer / Confirmation of Acceptance
Payment of $500.00 SEAT RESERVATION (Applied to Tuition) or Tuition Payment in Full
200 Hours In Classroom or Online LIVE Sessions (Zoom Video Access), Professional Presentations & Equipment
Full-Color Binder/Training Manual of Syllabus Overview, Class Schedule, Course Handbook, Class Notes / Handouts, Meditation Log, Class Design Templates, Class Observation Templates and Class Attendance Log
Books: ‘Bhagavad Gita Explained’, ‘The Gheranda Samhita’, ‘The Hatha Yoga Pradpika’, ‘Raja Yoga’ by Vivekananda
Visit to The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont IL (donation of your choice this location is suggested)**
*Those attending ONLINE will receive shipped Binder/Meditation Log. Handouts/Templates provided via email.
Additional Required Books are not included and are at Student Expense.
Complete Book List Provided Upon Enrollment and does not exceed $100.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRAINING UNIQUE
DEEP & TRADITIONAL UNDERSTANDING
Classes include practice of Āsana, Pranayama, Meditation & Mantra Chanting, as well as coursework, practical experience / excursions to witness 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 any real focus on 7 other components of the 8-Fold Path – the most powerful pieces on the healing journey. I wish to offer and share understanding of tradition, history, integrity and cultural (and yes, the PHYSICAL) pieces of this life-altering knowledge.
Beyond Āsana: Deeper Discussion in Philosophy, Ancient Texts & Tradition
- History / Origins / Ṣatdarśana
- Immersion in the 8 Limbs of the Aṣtāṅga 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.
Practical & Experiential Experience
CHICAGO: Visiting the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL
PHOENIX: Visiting Divine Grace Yoga Ashram in Cottonwood, AZ
*** Meeting organizers and Swamis, experiencing Yoga Practice in its truest form
Includes added ability to Understand benefits & How to Teach various styles of Asana –
Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair & Yoga Nidrā. No other special weekend certification courses (or the added expense of those courses) in each style will be necessary. All included in Asana Study and Delivery – Including Prana Flow, Benefits, Sequencing and Teaching Skills.
Ayurveda / Yoga for Your Doṣa
Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine & Understanding Doṣas / The 6 Tastes of Ayurveda & Food / Plants as Medicine
The Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship / Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana for balancing Vata, Pitta & Kapha
The aim & goal is setting forth Yoga Instructors with 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 what we ‘realize’.
Offering Instruction is this practice goes beyond “HOW”….but also “WHY”.
Summer Option 1
Payment in Full
Simply enroll by Class Start July 11, 2020
with payment in full
$250 of this payment is Non-Refundable
Your Total Tuition is $2500 paid by 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 July 1, 2020
$250 of this deposit is Non-Refundable
Entire Deposit is applied to full Tuition
If paying via credit/debit card,
a 5% processing fee will apply
Remaining $2500 is paid with 4 Subsequent Monthly Electronic Installment Auto Payments
(Include 5% Processing Fees & 2% Interest)
Total Tuition is $3175
July 15 $668.75
August 15 $668.75
September 15 $668.75
October 15 $668.75
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