'Traditional Yoga Instructor' Certification
200-HOUR & 300-HOUR PROGRAMS
in conjunction with
SODERWORLD WELLNESS CENTER Willowbrook, IL
NEXT SESSION: 200HR Program September 7 - November 12, 2023
Registration Deadline August 29
For New Teachers or Anyone with Desire to Deepen Personal Practice
SAVE $300 on Tuition when you pay in FULL
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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 300 Hour Program is for those whom wish to dive deeper - For those who have completed YTT200 and wish to deepen their understanding of traditional Yoga Principles and practical teaching 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, ensuring 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 Prāṇa. 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 (RYT 200 / RYT500) with Yoga Alliance when they apply for registration with Yoga Alliance directly. An RYT designation is a symbol of a minimum level of knowledge, training, and experience - based on standards recognized by Yoga Alliance. 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 basic concepts in Ayurveda and its critical relationship to Yoga. Yoga & Ayurveda are inseparable. Ayurveda itself is a form of Yoga.
You will learn the benefits and teaching of various styles of Asana (Refinement of Hatha, Vinyasa) – but also Yin, Restorative & Chair, as well as Meditation, Yoga Nidrā, Pranayama, 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 / 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, Śitkari, Śitkari, Suryabhedana & Chandrabhedana
Essential Oils, Mindfulness & Living a Holistic Life
ŚuddiKriyas (Purification Practices)
Meditation & States of Consciousness
Knowledge of Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi
Self-Ability to practice Meditation
Teaching Meditation & Relaxation
Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine, Doṣa Concepts
History, Classical Samhitas, Sānkhya 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
Anatomy & Physiology:
Major Bones, Types of Joints, Major Muscles involved in Āsana, Types of Muscle Contraction
The 3 A’s: Anatomy, Alignment & Adjustment / Spirals & Loops
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
Loops & Spirals
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
Panca Vayu: The 5 Vatas ~ Ayurveda Concepts for Yoga Asana
Āsana for Ćakra Balancing
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
How Philosophies relate to private practice
Yoga Lifestyle With Deeper Understanding
Yamas & Niyamas
Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service & being of service to others (Karma Yoga & Seva)
SHIVA / SHAKTI Principle – Types of Tantras
Sankalpā, Sadhana, Dharma
Bandhas, Mantra, Mudra, Malas
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:
Sequencing: Arc Structures (Hatha, Vinyasa, YIN, Restorative, Chair)
Important Factors/Changes during Menstruation, Pregnancy, Postpartum
Āsana for Special Populations / Conditions (Pregnancy, Seniors, Kids, Emotional Health)
Pace, Environment, Music (or not) & Class Management & Atmosphere
Class & Workshop Structure for Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Practitioners
Theme-Oriented Classes – What is the Message? (We offer Yoga, not solely physical fitness)
Cueing, Cueing, Cueing! (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 / Disclaimers / Music Copyright
Knowledge, Skills, Experience (across 13 key Competencies)
(Supervised) Community Yoga classes to gain experience
Mentorship / Apprenticeship
Practice teaching as the Lead Instructor* (does not include observing or giving feedback)
Personal Practice Attendance Log
Class Observations, Receiving & Giving Feedback
*A minimum of 5 Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor in each style
*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
Specific Use of Language, with awareness of Trauma & All-Inclusion
Each trainee must spend a minimum of 5 Contact Hours actively practice teaching as the lead instructor
*Teaching Competence and Proficiency
Students must demonstrate command of the skills necessary to safely and competently teach a Yoga class. Participation in all practice-teaching sessions is mandatory for certification. During these sessions & throughout training, you must demonstrate the ability to teach Yoga using the methodology presented in the training as noted below:
Demonstrate knowledge, embodiment and modeling of Āsana, including modifications, intuitive and evidence-based benefits, contraindications, and alignment principles for all intended demographics
Demonstrate understanding and use of effective, conscious communication skills
Demonstrate ability to lead Āsana, Pranayama, Guided Meditation and Relaxation.
Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology—muscles, bones, and systems
Demonstrate knowledge of Yoga History, Philosophy and Methodology
These skills will be evaluated during session Teachbacks.
A minimum of 5 hours is required teaching as the Lead Instructor and will be incorporated into class training sessions.
You will conduct classes live as lead instructor amongst classmates and offer Community Yoga Classes.
Classmates will provide feedback to each other on each class offered.
Students will be given a series of assessments designed to support integration of content. The assignments include Homework on studied texts, Summaries/analyzation of specific documentaries, self-reflective based journaling, lesson reviews, and practice teaching exercises. The successful completion of these assessments is required for certification. All documentation be collected/reviewed in hardcopy or via email and will be reviewed by the Lead Trainer.
Students attending training will be given assignments to complete between segments. These assignment will account for Non-Contact Hours. These assignments will include attending personal yoga classes, Observing others teaching in a classroom setting, and developing Class Designs. Students must satisfactorily complete and submit all assignments in hardcopy or email to receive certification. These assignments will be provided by the Lead Trainer In-Person or via email. All documentation be collected/reviewed in hardcopy or via email and will be reviewed by the Lead Trainer.
Breakdown of Hours
THIS SESSION IS IN-PERSON at Soderworld Wellness Center in in Willowbrook IL
Requirements for Completion:
Completion & Attendance of All Session Hours & Any Needed Make Up Hours
All Assigned Homework / Personal Class Attendance Log / Meditation Journal Sharing / Student Survey
Class Observations / Class designs / Complimentary Community Class Offerings
Tuition Paid in Full
ALL CLASSES: At least 18 Years of Age with Proficiency in English, as all classes are taught in English language
For the 300HR Course: Completion of YTT200HR Program - Transcript or Certification Proof Required
It is suggested that each student has previous experience by way of attending classes, lectures, inquiry or has engaged in 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 or CYT500
This program not offer Job Placement Opportunities
Registration with Yoga Alliance:
To become a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT), the registration process is completed directly with Yoga Alliance.
This program is a YA RYS Registered School and may be included in the path to RYT200 / RYT500.
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 for the path of CYT500 / RYT500.
If RYT500 is desired, Yoga Alliance will recognize your additional training hours through this program.
ALL CLASSES: Applicants have English language fluency, as all classes will be taught in English
LEVEL 2 300 HR: Applicants have completed a Level 1 - 200HR Program
Recommended Reading / Books:
Detailed Book List Provided Upon Enrollment
Steps in the Application Process & Enrollment Registration:
Emailed Enrollment Form to email@example.com
Payment of $500.00 SEAT RESERVATION (Applied to Tuition) or Tuition Payment in Full
Phone Interview with Prospective Student by Lead Trainer / Confirmation of Acceptance
Potential student signs and returns the 'Attestation & Acknowledgement' of Program Policies
Student receives Welcome Email with all steps, dates and details to prepare for Class Start
All Policies, Attestation, Acknowledgement & Waiver HERE
In Person Class Hours, Non-Contact Assignments, All Homework Review, Tracking, Grading & Feedback
High-Quality, Professional Presentations & Equipment
Full-Color Binder/Training Manual with Syllabus Overview, Class Schedule, Course Handbook, Class Notes / Handouts, Meditation Journal, Class Design Templates, Class Observation Templates and Personal Class Attendance Log
NOTE: PART 1 & 2 Handouts are printed and contained within binder
- Subsequent Handouts are provided Electronically via Email to print at student's discretion
Yoga Classes (90-Min) held every Wednesday evening at Soderworld Wellness (while in training)
20% Off Discount on other Soderworld Wellness Yoga Workshops (while in training)
'Yoga Anatomy' by Leslie Kaminoff
'The Bhagavad Gita' Explained
‘The Gheranda Samhita’
‘The Hatha Yoga Pradipika’
‘Raja Yoga’ by Swami Vivekananda
'Karma Yoga' by Swami Vivekananda
'Yin Yoga: Essential Poses and Sequences for Balanced Energy' by Diane Taylor
Additional Required Books are not included and are at Student Expense.
Complete Book List Provided Upon Enrollment ~ Does not exceed $100.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRAINING UNIQUE
DEEP & TRADITIONAL UNDERSTANDING
Classes include practice of Āsana, Pranayama,& Meditation, 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 PHILOSOPHY, TEXTS & TRADITION
- History / Origins / Ṣatdarśana
- Immersion in the 8 Limbs of the Aṣtāṅga Path
- Contemplations of verses of Patanjali Yoga Sutras
- Sankya Philosophy
- Lineage of Krishnamacharya
- Hatha Pradpika / Bhagavad Gita
- Study of ŚuddiKriyas
- Introduction to the beauty of Sanskrit
- What is Tāntra, really?
Heavy in both Western & Yogic/Ayurvedic understandings of Anatomy, Physiology & Injury Prevention –
As well as the Subtle Energy body and modalities of Prana, Cakras, Nadīs and Marmas.
PRACTICAL & EXPERENTIAL EXPERIENCE
CHICAGO: Visiting the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL
*** Meeting organizers and Swamis, experiencing Yoga Practice in its truest form
L1 200HR: TEACH HATHA, VINYASA, YIN
L2 300HR: TEACH RESTORATIVE, CHAIR & YOGA NIDRĀ
No other special weekend certification courses (or the added expense of those courses) in each style will be necessary. Many YTT programs only certify with focus on Hatha & Vinyasa - then requiring special attendance of weekend workshops in all other styles that are typically $250-$350 each. Here you will be prepared to offer each style - All included in Asana Study and Delivery – Including Prana Flow, Benefits, Sequencing and Teaching Skills. This is a huge cost savings.
AYURVEDA & YOGA FOR YOUR DOṢA
Introduction to Ayurveda & Understanding Doṣas
The 6 Tastes of Ayurveda: Food & Plants
The Yoga & Ayurveda Relationship
Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana for balancing Vata, Pitta & Kapha
The movement of 5 Parana Vayus within Āsana.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR PRACTICE
I will guide you in understanding Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, Legal Documents necessary for State or County, Waivers & Disclaimer Language, Music Suggestions as well as Copyright adherence, and much more! Learn your practice options available as an employee or independent practitioner, tax rules, payment gateways and the best ways to share your offerings both in-person or ONLINE.
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 Guidance & Instruction in this sacred practice goes beyond “HOW”….but also “WHY”.
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