|Date||Can be started anytime. Student will need to start by attending morning classes and demonstrate consistency of practice. Will require Gowrisha’s clearance before payment of fee and starting work related to the certification.|
|Name||200 hour yoga teacher training course (200 hour YTT)|
|Venue||Samyama Academy Of Yoga, Bangalore|
will be automatically disqualified from certification. The basic criteria for the certification will be satisfactory completion of the KPJAYI Primary Series. Attending 3 months of classes does not guarantee qualification for certification. However, satisfactory completion of the Primary Series qualifies a student towards certification. Students who can complete the primary series and all paper submissions and other demonstrations outlined in the syllabus can potentially obtain 200Hour YTT certification in less than 3 months.
|Topic||Sub-topic||Description / Evaluation Criteria||Represented through|
|Asana||Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary||Primary Series||Demo|
|Asana||Sequencing and Anatomy||Importance of counter asanas and where and when to use. List 10 asanas and their counter asanas and write how the counter asanas work in each example from anatomical standpoint||Paper|
|Asana||Alignment and Anatomy||Understand asana alignment in depth – 20 asanas of choice (4 from Standing/Sitting/Lying supine/Lying prone/Inversion). Explain alignment.||Paper and Demo|
|Asana||Benefits||List benefits of all the asanas listed above. List contra-indications.||Paper and Demo|
|Asana||Teaching||Assist 2 weeks – Mysore style. Lead 2 Monday classes.||Student feedback|
|Pranayama||Ujjayi||10 cycles of deep inhalation and exhalation in Ujjayi||Demo|
|Pranayama||Nadi Shodhana||Inhale and exhale for 10 seconds minimum||Demo|
|Pratyahara||fasting – one full day (water allowed; lime water allowed)||Pick a day to fast. Ensure fasting is complete. Present paper on experience of fasting.||Paper|
|Dharana||Kaya sthairya||20 min meditation without moving body||Demo|
|Dhyana||Vipassana – Aana Paana||30 mins withoout moving body. Focus on in-breath and out-breath. Slow down thoought process. Observe thoughts. Retain mind with breath||Demo|
|Kriya||Kapalabhathi||180 seconds kapabhathi non-stop||Demo|
|Kriya||Nethi||Jala nethi. Demo.||Demo|
|Kriya||Trataka||Tears in eyes on concentration||Demo|
|Kriya||Dhauti||Drink 2 litres of warm salt water and vomit||Demo|
|Bandha||Jalandhara Bandha||Demonstrate Jalandhara Bandha||Demo|
|Bandha||Uddiyana Bandha||Demonstrate Uddiyana Bandha||Demo|
|Bandha||Moola Bandha||Demonstrate Moola Bandha||Understanding|
|Paper submissions||Pratyahara||Effect of pratyahara; concept of pratyahara; how can one use these techniques. Create one own pratyahara technique.||Paper|
|Paper submissions||Patanjali Yoga Sutras||A. Patanjali’s system of Ashtanga Yoga – the eight limbs and brief description of each limb.||Paper|
|Paper submissions||Patanjali Yoga Sutras||B. Patanjali Yoga Sutra summarized in less than 1000 words.||Paper|
|Social Media||3 short videos teaching 3 asanas||Create 3 short videos teaching any 3 asanas of choice. Upload to yutube.||
NOTE: Process of student evaluation. At Samyama, certification is based on traditional methods used by teachers. Teachers assess students in their ability to learn, understand, apply themselves to the practice and other criteria while deciding whether to confer a certificate to a student. Students who express interest to be certified need to be prepared to work sincerely and tirelessly towards their certification. To be certified as a ‘Associate Teacher’ or at Samyama, find below the general guidelines and considerations.
There are several RYS – Registered Yoga School (credentialing required with Yoga Alliance) – in India and they offer general Yoga Teacher Training Programs such as 100 hour, 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour levels. The syllabus is fairly similar in most of these schools as a basic setup is mandated to maintain RYS credentialing.
However, Samyama certification is slightly different at this point. Samyama is not a RYS at this time and will be qualified for RYS only by Nov 2015, due to RYS requirements that RYTs need to have a teaching experience of at least 2 years before a school can be recognized as RYS. At this time, Samyama offers its own certificate in line with any standard RYS certificate. The course content offered by Samyama is also generally in line with Yoga Alliance certification requirements.
The other major difference is that Samyama offers 100 hour training in 4 weeks and a 200 hour training in 8 weeks (as against the standard 100 hour 2 week training and 200 hour 4 week training). This is because Gowrisha believes that a minimum of 4 weeks of daily rigorous yoga practice is required to even appreciate the difference that yoga can make in a student’s body-mind system. We encourage students to stay and learn for longer periods of time, generally recommending a 3 month tenure as it allows a firmness of quest and knowledge to set in to the student and a strong understanding of the student’s requirement to set in to the teacher. Yoga, like any subtle and highly developed science, requires dedicated practice, commitment and its understanding ripens in the practitioner with every
additional hour or practice.
In general, Samyama courses are more practice-heavy than most of its counterparts. You might notice that a 100 hour course has more than 90 hours of practice and only a few hours of theory. Even those hours of theory will focus on what can be practiced. Samyama believes in imparting wisdom, knowledge and philosophy that can be directly used by students in their lives and actively stays away from discussing philosophy that cannot be put into practice.
Here is a table of what you will learn in a typical RYS YTT, what our program at Samyama Academy of Yoga offers, some key highlights and a comparison of them.
|100 hour Typical YTT*||100 hour Samyama YTT||200 hour Typical YTT*||200 hour Samyama YTT|
|Duration||2 weeks||4 weeks||4 weeks||8 weeks|
|Price||USD 800+||USD 300||USD 1400-3000||USD 500|
|Accommodation||Y||N (USD 300 per month)||Y||N (USD 300 per month)|
|Asana, Pranayama||50-60 hours||80 hours||100 hours||160 hours|
|Meditation||10-15 hours||20 hours||20-30 hours||40 hours|
|Yoga Theory, Anatomy||10-20 hours||5 hours||20 hours||10 hours|
*Note that this is from my own experience of attending a 200 hour YTT plus having talked to several friends who have experienced such programs.
**Gowrisha has learnt and is experienced in authentic chanting styles. In case a student is particularly interested, instruction can be imparted with authority.
You might have noticed that there are several yoga teacher training courses on offer and wondered whether attending such a course is really sufficient to becoming a yoga teacher. The straight answer to your question is a ‘No’. Unfortunately, it is not an unqualified No. There are great benefits to doing a 200 hour YTT (unfortunately, I follow the popular name YTT though it might have been better to call it something else – maybe a ‘200 hour Yoga Immersion Course’ or something like that)