Yoga Permaculture & Leadership Training
1. Techniques, Training and Practice
This includes analytical training and guided practice in asana, pranayama, kriyas (purification), chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.Daily yoga and meditation practice lead by a senior facilitator.
Introduction to prenatal yoga.
2. Teaching Methodology
- Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
- How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations
- Trauma sensitivity training and teaching one on one sessions
- Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and adjusting
- Qualities of a teacher & teaching styles
- Form, method of teaching, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and 2 kriyas (cleansing techniques)
- Learning to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga: each class having either a very mindful, flowing sequence, or dynamic, depending on your nature as a yoga teacher, and the students present in any given class
- Teaching methodology, including modifications for age and common injuries/conditions, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching/learning, the use of voice, prenatal modifications, etc.
- The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories
- Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
- The student learning process, learning styles based on doshas
- Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
3. Anatomy and Physiology
- Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, fascial chains theory, etc.)
- Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, 5 pranas, koshas, etc.)
- Anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.)
4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers
The study of yoga philosophies and introduction to traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)
Self-reflection, independent study
Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet
- Practice teaching as the lead instructor
- Receiving and giving feedback
- Observing others teaching
- Assisting students while someone else is teaching
Introduction to Permaculture – Definition, History and Ethics
The Permaculture Principles
Interdisciplinary approach to permaculture and how it applies to everyday life
Urban permaculture and inspiring change in our communities
Design Process Theory and Techniques for Sustainable Settlements, Communities, and Gardens
Earthworks and Keyline Landscape – Design and Techniques
Natural Building – Traditional Guatemalan Techniques and Theory
Animal Systems – Bee Keeping, Chickens, Rabbits, and Vermiculture
Design Strategies for the Tropics – Housing and Landscape Design
Temperate Climate Strategies – Housing and Landscape Design
Drylands Design Strategies – Housing and Landscape Design
Economics & Financial Permaculture
Pattern Understanding – Patterns in Nature Applied to Design
Food Fermentation and Preservation
Water Design Solutions – Catchment, Conservation, Grey Water Solutions, Swales, and Ponds
Soils – Composition, Biology, Food Web, Fertility, and Human Health
Aquaculture – Food Webs, Techniques and Fish Production
What will I take away from the course?
You will be a certified Yoga Teacher and Permaculture Designer, a dual certification that is internationally recognized by permaculture and yoga communities. You will also have the knowledge and practical skills required to immediately begin designing and creating permaculture projects and sustainable landscapes. You will be provided with links and resources to help you proceed further on your chosen path. Awakened Spirit Yoga chooses to work with small class sizes to ensure individual support and mentorship from the facilitators.
You will develop the knowledge and practical skills required to immediately begin designing and creating Permaculture projects and sustainable landscapes, as well as community networking and sources to guide you further into the world of sustainability. In addition, you will have an understanding of aquaculture, vegetable production, integrated livestock management and food preservation to begin producing your own food and designing systems for yourself and others. You will be able to implement basic grey water and composting systems necessary for a sustainable dwelling.
Course content and training is applicable to all climate regions and is designed for aspiring design professionals, permaculturists, farmers and gardeners, architects, engineers, scientists, and all other professionals who are interested in learning and promoting a more sustainable, nature-based approach to their lives and work.
// Weeks 1-3
6:30 Yoga and meditation
9:30 Yoga philosophy/ teaching methodology or anatomy
10:45 Tea break
11:00 Yoga Lab/ techniques
14:00 Working Meditation
15:00 Yoga philosophy/ permaculture lecture or practicum
16:30 Yoga Lab/ techniques
*20:00-21:00 optional film or satsang twice per week
// Weeks 4-5
6:00 Yoga and meditation
14:00 Working meditation
15:00 Permaculture or yoga lab
Participants will enjoy 1.5 days off per week for rest and integration.