Becoming a teacher requires that you attain high levels of consistency and perseverance in your practice. Practice deepens your understanding and confidence in yoga.
Gain teaching experience by conducting classes to students in the class. Conduct multiple led and mysore-style classes to appreciate the preparation required to teach
The teacher training program is designed to get you familiar with the different aspects of yoga – asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), kriyas (cleansing techniques), dharana (focus), dhyana (contemplation), philosophy and anatomy.
Teacher Training Program (200RYT)
Student will need to start by attending morning classes and demonstrate consistency of practice.
The teacher training is based on expertise (ability to demonstrate the Primary Series – KPJAYI, is pre-req for teacher training certification). Given this, it only makes sense that the course be of different durations for different students, allowing students to learn in the Samyama environment at their pace of convenience.
Rs. 20,000 (Rupees twenty thousand). Payable at the time of certification.
All teacher’s will be evaluated by Gowrisha. There is bound to be subjectivity. Teacher feedback will need to be considered with seriousness if the student wishes to be certified.
Students are expected to attend at least 3 months of regular morning classes to qualify for certification. Teacher will provide clear feedback to student on whether student is on track for certification or not every month.
Regular attendance is a must. Students are expected to demonstrate consistency and equanimity in their practice.
Students are expected to share their learning and understanding with Gowrisha and potentially to other students.
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.
- The fee for attending classes is the same for all students, whether students are wanting to become teachers or not. The practice itself does not differentiate.
- The fee for certification is a one-time fee of Rs. 20,000 (Twenty Thousand)
- If a student wishes to be certified, then the following syllabus will be applicable. There will be NO special classes for any of the topics. The student must work with the teacher in the morning / evening sessions to make sure they understand the topics below and can demonstrate the same understanding. The teacher will be available in class on all class days (except holidays or when the teacher is on leave) and will respond over email to any questions students might have. Once the teacher acknowledges that the students’ practice is ready and that the student can become a teacher, the student can complete all course material below during their final month of practice and submit relevant papers as defined in the syllabus. The fee for certification will be Rs. 20,000 and will be payable by the student when the teacher determines and communicates to the student that he/she can pay the fee towards the teacher training certificate.
- The syllabus
|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|
|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)||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||60 mins in meditation. Focus on in-breath and out-breath. Be aware compulsive thought process. Observe thoughts. Focus awareness on 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||Practice Jalandhara Bandha||Understanding|
|Bandha||Uddiyana Bandha||Practice Uddiyana Bandha||Understanding|
|Bandha||Moola Bandha||Practice 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.||Paper|
|Social Media||3 short videos teaching 3 asanas||Create 3 short videos teaching any 3 asanas of choice. Upload to youtube.||
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.
- Regular attendance to classes (90% plus attendance)
- Regular and on-time submission of assignments at high quality (90% on-time)
- Attitude of humility, questioning established norms, introspection apart from common qualities for becoming a teacher
- Keenness on sustaining the practice in the longer term.
- Keenness to share knowledge.
“Is attending a 200 hour YTT (RYS or otherwise) sufficient to become a yoga teacher”
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)
- A standard 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (YTT) with the right teacher can definitely help deepen your practice of yoga and let you connect with yourself more intensely.
- A focused 3-4 hours of practice every day can allow you to experience moments of awareness with your body that enable your path to understanding your body and mind.
- A dedicated month of practice, away from your regular life and routines, can create the right environment to look at yourself with a new inner lens and allow enlightening discoveries. To me, being away from regular life and routines is a key to this course. We tend to associate our regular life with ‘likes’, ‘dislikes’ and ‘don’t cares’ and it is crucial to be outside this mind zone to experience yourself in a deeper way.
- Interacting with a teacher over an extended period in an intense environment can open you to knowledge, experiences and perspectives that have been hitherto unknown to your mind-body system