This program is designed for those who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and are ready to reach new levels in their professional skills as a teacher. This program explores ways to create embodied knowledge through Yoga & Somatics – growing kinesthetic connections and body based knowledge in your self and students, moving beyond performing asanas to creating satisfying classes that grow your choices and integration.
This training is organized into four distinct modules spread over 18 months. Each module is composed of weekend immersions and supervised practical application of the material in the form of teaching practicums and individual guidance sessions to support your growth. EMBODIYoga® offers the following areas of special focus:
Embody the Teachings of Yoga Through The Body Systems
Each module in this training explores a different body system to bring profound awareness and consciousness to every tissue of the body. Each body system has its own unique psychological and emotional states, expression of movement, voice, perception of the world, and communication style. They are a valuable tool in assessing your students, and will allow you to find whole-body integration, ease and fullness in your practice and teaching.
MODULE 1: FOUNDATIONS
The Musculoskeletal System:
The musculoskeletal system provides the framework and inherent structure of our bodily form. The connective tissue and ligaments provide tensile support. Together they articulate the alignment and balance of the body’s weight with the force of gravity. This allows for mobility, stability and clarity of form. In Module 1 you will learn postural alignment and sequencing through the bones and joints, creating easeful and integrated movement through the limbs and core.
The Dynamics of Breathing and Origins of Movement 1:
In Module 1 we will develop an understanding of cellular consciousness and how movement develops in the very beginning phases of life. This will lead to an embodied understanding of Pranayama from cellular and embryonic breathing to lung breathing, and new possibilities of integrating our limbs with our core.
MODULE 2: INTEGRATING CONTENTS & CONTAINER
The Organs have an important role in supporting movement and posture, giving fullness and aliveness from within to the musculoskeletal framework. In Module 2 you will learn to sense your own organs and how to initiate movement from them, alignment and sequencing through the organs, and ways to effect postural efficacy vital to eliminating strain and tension in our asana practice.
The endocrine glands offer new pathways of awareness and connection, bringing new somatic experience and meaning to your yoga. In Module 3 you will learn the location of the endocrine glands and their reflex points, alignment and sequencing through the glands, skeletal and glandular relationships and balance for any asana, and support for specific bones, joints and muscles.
The Dynamics of Breathing and Origins of Movement 2:
In Module 2 we will continue our embodiment of Pranayama and breath with the diaphragms. We will increase our understanding of movement development in utero with the Shushumna Nadi and the 3 layers of the body – front, middle, back. This module offers an embodied understanding of the nadis, mudras and bandhas, and new possibilities of integrating our central axis with the limbs.
Module 2 dates: Feb 22-24, Mar 23-24, Apr 13-14, May 3-5, 2019. Fridays 6-8; Saturday 12:30-6; Sundays 12:30-4.
MODULE 3: EMBODYING OPTIMAL MOVEMENT
The Developmental Patterns and Neurological Integration:
The Senses & Perceptions:
This module offers an embodied understanding of Pratyahara, meditation and restorative yoga practices.