CURRICULUM

 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


5. Practicum

  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

6. PERMACULTURE

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

Social Permaculture

Economics & Financial Permaculture

Climate Factors

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.


Sample Schedule

// Weeks 1-3

6:30 Yoga and meditation
8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Yoga philosophy/ teaching methodology or anatomy
10:45 Tea break
11:00 Yoga Lab/ techniques
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Working Meditation
15:00 Yoga philosophy/ permaculture lecture or practicum
6:15 Break
16:30 Yoga Lab/ techniques
18:00 Dinner
*20:00-21:00 optional film or satsang twice per week

// Weeks 4-5

6:00 Yoga and meditation
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Permaculture
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Working meditation
15:00 Permaculture or yoga lab
18:00 Dinner
Participants will enjoy 1.5 days off per week for rest and integration.