A Look Into Yoga Teacher Training

A Look Into Yoga Teacher Training

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On August 14, 2018
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We are already ⅓ of the way through our 2018 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training! A group like this becomes close very quickly, and the relationships formed soon turn into friendships. We are really loving our group of open minded, curious, and hard working students.

This training is constructed not only to help people learn how to teach yoga but to learn how to become the most kick ass yoga practitioner possible for each individual. A yoga teacher first needs to have a solid foundation of knowledge and practice before they can understand how to truly teach another. Our training covers many styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Power, Forest, Restorative, and Ashtanga. Our teacher training is led by Rebecka Cooper covering yoga basics, Vinyasa, Forest, Restorative, and Power Yoga. Sarah Jane Burkholz covers Ashtanga, pranayama, meditation and chanting. Lastly, we have special guest teacher Sammy Brown teaching anatomy, history and philosophy.

Last weekend we kicked off our Ashtanga portion of the training with a 3-hour Ashtanga workshop and an hour of Restorative yoga. The next 2 days each began with jumping into a full Primary Series class. After which, one day we had resting and Yoga story time.

We went on to learn the basics of the spoken and written Sanskrit language (Devanagari) which we practiced with numerous chants! Chanting is not a widely observed practice in our country but it is wonderful in that it activates a calming vibration in the throat, lungs, and head, emanating into the rest of the body which makes us feel so calm and happy, buzzing with positive energy. There is something that feels almost magical about the Sanskrit language, as it was designed even before English as a “polished” or “perfected” language, with each sound intentionally creating a certain feeling in us. The language is believed to have been developed by observing the natural progression of sounds created in the human mouth, thus considering sound as an important element of language formation. This is one of the central reasons why Sanskrit has been rich in poetry and its expressive quality of bringing out the best meaning through perfect sounds that are soothing to the human ear.

We spent over an hour discussing the Yamas and Niyamas; which come from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, foundations of yogic ethics and observations that include:

Nonharming
Truthfulness
Nonstealing
Maintaining boundaries
Nonpossessiveness
Cleanliness / Purity
Contentment
Self Discipline
Self Study
Devotion

We approach Patanjali’s 8 limbed path (Ashtanga) first through asana (yoga posture) practice to create a healthy and strong body and then through these yamas and niyamas to ensure that everything we do can be focused through the lens of yoga.

Our students learned how to teach Ashtanga-style Surya Namaskaras (sun salutations) and foundational asanas and vinyasas, complete with counting each movement and the names of the postures in Sanskrit! We also learned a couple of different breathing practices and took the time for some sitting meditations each day.

We will learn much more about healthy body care practices and diet next time we convene during our Ayurveda workshop which we have opened to our members as well so everyone can benefit from this wonderful science of health. This occurs Saturday, August 18th from 1pm – 5pm. There is still a little space left in this workshop so if you are interested in joining, sign up here!

These trainings are so gratifying because we get the opportunity to go much deeper into yogic philosophy, history, practices, teaching, and language than we ever get a chance to in our regular daily classes. All of our students expressed noticing that their moments of mindfulness away from the yoga mat were beginning to increase and that they have been practicing awareness more and more often in their own minds; observing interactions and communications in relationships and the way past traumas affect us now, the way grasping onto our desires and cravings for what we don’t have now affect us. We are practicing being present and using the tools of yoga to do it. These ancient yet always timely tools are designed to untangle and dissolve all of the psychic coverings (which turn into physical blockages) that we gather over our lifetime of experiences so that we can live free and joyful as we truly are.

If you are interested in attending one of our trainings, feel free to email me at sarah.burkholz@thefrontclimbingclub.com and let me know what kind of schedule works for you, as we are beginning to plan our next training.

In The Shala

Adrienne will be out of town on Saturday August 25; Jeff will be subbing her Soft & Slow class at 4 pm.

Rebecka Cooper is getting married this Saturday! Congrats Coop, we are very excited for you and hope you have a wonderful wedding. The very best of wishes always to you and Preston always!

Cooper will be taking a few days off for her big event. Here is her sub list:
Wednesday, August 15: Steph
Thursday, August 16: Sarah Jane
Thursday, August 17: Steph
Monday, August 20th: Nicole
Tuesday, August 21: Adrienne
Wednesday, August 22: Steph

The next moon day is a full moon on Sunday, August 26, which means no Mysore class!

View the full yoga schedule here.

BY SARAH JANE
YOGA DIRECTOR AT THE FRONT CLIMBING CLUB