Our Goal

This 500-hours Yoga Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance certified professional course internationally respected that will give you a strong foundation as a yoga teacher.

We will provide you knowledge and experience to teach yoga in a safe way and learn how to apply the therapeutic benefits of Yoga through the wide range of tools that Yoga offers to restore or enhance health physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually and guide people towards a higher expression of themselves.

Course Description

In the first part of the course will cover all the essentials and fundamental topics of a 200H Yin and Yang Yoga teacher training for a strong foundation.

History and Philosophy of Yoga , Anatomy and physiology of the Human body and the basic of the Yogic anatomy ,Teaching Skills/Teaching methodology , the Application of yamas and niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama /yogic breathing practice, Bandhas, Relaxation technics and meditation, Mantras, Mudras, Kriyas and the Ethics and business of yoga.

The second part of the course will address more specifically Yoga specialized on therapeutics elements.

We will go more in depth in the anatomy and the basic physiology of different systems involved in pathologies where Yoga has proved extremely helpful. The pathologies we will cover are: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Hypertension, Heart conditions, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes, Headaches (Tension & Migraine), Asthma, COPD, PTSD, and Infertility Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Dysmenorrhea, Menopause and different musculoskeletal disorders.

We will also address the pranic anatomy (subtle energy) and Ayurvedic perspective on these health challenges to guide the teacher’s choice of interventions.

There will be some time provided for personal assignment and case studies to give the opportunity to practically apply the concepts learned in class.

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To Whom This Course Is Address

This 500-hours yoga Teacher Training is a challenging 7 weeks experience demanding discipline and perseverance.

A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy would be helpful. A sincere desire to learn and to be open to the teachings of yoga is essential.

Those who will benefit the most of this training are yoga practitioners, yoga teachers and health professionals like physiotherapist, occupational therapist, sport therapist or physical education teacher. People that are taking care of their health issue with yoga would also get a lot from this training.

The aim of this certification is to conciliate the language of yoga with medical language so yoga teachers can work in pair with health professional. It is very important to understand that the yoga teachers will need the approval of a health specialist for people having an acute condition.

Yoga has always traditionally been taught on an individual level, with tailor-made sessions designed to address unique and specific ailments and diseases – a practice that cannot be implemented in classes with massive groups. A therapeutic approach to yoga, thus, is the best way to start with the practice.

Learning Objectives

In this course you will learn:

  • The meaning and definition of Yoga, its origin and history. The different schools, lineage and styles of Yoga. The Yoga philosophy through the traditional texts (eg Yoga Sutras of Patanjali).
  • The meaning , principle and benefits of the eight limbs (Ashtanga yoga) and how to apply them in life and in class.
  • The Human Anatomy and physiology including all major systems of the body as well as the yogic anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.) and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher through their application to yoga practice (benefits and contraindication).
  • Sequencing and teaching skills and methodology ( establish priorities, demonstration, observation, assisting ,correcting and evaluating).
  • The meaning, the objectives and characteristic of essential asanas and pranayamas. The method and benefits of each and how to practice them.
  • The definition, the characteristic and objective of meditation, the method and benefits of relaxation and meditation. How to manage stress and increase mind power.
  • The definition, the characteristic and objective of meditation, the method and benefits of relaxation and meditation. How to manage stress and increase mind power.
  • The Basic physiology of Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Hypertension, Stroke ,Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes, arthritis, common heart conditions, Headaches (Tension & Migraine), Asthma, COPD, PTSD, and Infertility Pre-menstrual syndrome, Dysmenorrhea and Menopause, including how they impact a person’s life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • How to apply yoga to different musculoskeletal disorders such as different Neck and Back conditions like hernia, strain or spasm, Shoulder pain related to tendinitis, capsulitis, bursitis or impingement, Elbow and Wrist tendonitis or strain, Hip condition like tendinitis, arthrosis, hip replacement, Muscle strain, Knee disorders such as patello-femoral syndrom, tendon and ligament strain, meniscus tear, arthrosis, Ankles and Feet condition like plantar fasciitis, flat or high arched feet and ankle sprain.
  • How to apply Asanas according to the analyse of the structural posture of an individual and how to see its particularities and imbalances.
  • How to choose the type of pranayama, energizing and specific exercises, asanas, restorative poses,relaxing techniques, kriyas, bandhas basic diet and meditation techniques for each condition.
  • Indication and contraindications.
  • How to take in charge a patient with its history, assess his/her needs (including structural and functional assessment, basic Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances assessment) and learn how to design individualized yoga sequences and to modify them according to the evolution of the condition of the student.
  • You will have an introduction on how Yoga and Ayurveda work together to promote well-being of body, mind, and spirit and the importance of the power of the mind.
  • Important issues in conducting the business of yoga for health and well-being and how to communicate with health care professionals will be addressed.

Course Content

Yoga Teaching and Phylosophy

a.    Definition and meaning of Yoga

b.  Origin and History of yoga

  • The 4 Paths of yoga
  • The different schools and lineage
  • The distinction between styles and method of Yoga
  • The traditional texts (eg: the Yoga sutras of Patanjali)
  • The evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance and application to yoga specialized on therapeutic elements

c.    Ashtanga Yoga (The 8 limbs of Yoga)

  • Yamas
  • Niyamas
  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Pratyahara
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi

d.    Practicing Yoga Philosophy in a Daily Basis

Teaching Skills

a.    Qualities of a Yoga teacher
b.    Four tools of teaching
c.    Evaluation and adaptation to specific conditions
d.    Different type of yoga and teaching styles
e.    Ethics and business aspects of teaching Yoga

Anatomy and Physiology

– Anatomy and physiology including all major systems of the body and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing particular health condition.

a.  Cardiovascular System

b.  Immune System

c.  Nervous System

d.  Digestive System

e.  Respiratory System

f.  Urogenital Systems

g.  Musculoskeletal System

– Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga.

Knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems, including symptoms (signs of imbalance), management, illness trajectories, and contraindications, as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing health condition.

Yogic Anatomy

– Knowledge on the basic perspectives on health from a yoga and Ayurveda view including:
a. Concept of Nadis (Energy Channels)
b. Concept of Panca Maya Koshas (Energy Bodies)
c. Concept of Tri-dosha (effect of the elements on the physical body)
d. Concept of five PranasVayu (Pranic Essence; prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana)
e. Concept of Granthis (Energy Blockage)
f. Concept of Tri Guna (effect of sattva (equilibrium), rajas (activity), tamas (inertia))
g. The Seven Chakras, their function and location

Psychology and Mental Health

– Basic knowledge on common mental health conditions
— from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions
—their signs and different approaches/interventions possible as a yoga teacher addressing health condition.
– Familiarity with models of human development, including developmental stages, lifecycles, and personality, and their importance to medical and psychological health and well-being.
–  Familiarity with the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious
conditioning on mental and medical perspectives of health and healing.

Yoga Practices

– Application of yama and niyama.

– Knowledge on the range of yoga practices and their potential therapeutic effects for common conditions.

– PawanamuktasanaSerie

a.  Anti-Rheumatic Group

b.  Digestive/Abdominal Group

c.  Energy Blocks Releasing Group

d.  Application of these series for common diseases

– Asana: Clinic and Practice

a. Clinic

  • The Science of Asanas and their benefits
  • Standing Postures
  • Balancing
  • Forward Bending Postures
  • Meditation Postures
  • Back Bending Postures
  • Twisting Postures
  • Inverted Postures
  • Relaxation Postures
  • Sequencing

b. Practice: of at least 45 essential asanas

  • How to come in and out of the posture
  • Common Mistakes
  • Adjustments/Assisting into the posture
  • The use of props
  • Modifications according to Disease
  • Benefits and Contraindications for each asana
  • Sequences for particular diseases

– Pranayama (regulated breathing exercises)

Benefits and Contraindications of the following Pranayamas according to Disease and specific condition.

  • Abdominal Breathing
  • Thoracic Breathing
  • Clavicular Breathing
  • Full Yogic Breath
  • NadiShodhana
  • Brammhari
  • Bhastrika
  • Kapalabhati
  • Sheetali&Sheetkari
  • Ujjayi

– Bandhas

Benefits and Contraindications of the following Bandhas according to Disease and condition.

  • MoolaBhandha
  • UddiyanaBandha
  • JalendaraBandha
  • MahaBandha

– Meditation and Relaxation Technics

a. Quick Relaxation Technique – A guided 10 to 15 minutes practice which helps release emotional and mental tensions.  The student learns how to guide this and is free to apply it on his/her teaching practicum.
b. Deep relaxation technique
c. Yoga Nidra
d. Introduction to Vipassana meditation

– Mantras

a. Understanding the meaning and the use of mantras
b. Mantra Chanting/sounds therapy /healing vibrations

– Mudras

a. What are Mudras
b. Using mudras to help healing, preventing or managing physical problems such as digestive disorders, high blood pressure, respiratory disorders, etc.
c. Using mudras to help healing, preventing or/and managing different emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, sense of self-worth, lack of focus, etc.
d. Essential Mudras of Yoga for Meditation Practices (list to be updated/modified)

  • Chin Mudra
  • Jnana Mudra
  • Anjali Mudra
  • Shambavi Mudra
  • Nasikagra Mudra
  • Prana Mudra
  • Shanmukhi Mudra
  • Kechari& Kaki Mudra
  • Dhyana mudra
  • Mahamudra (The great attitude)
  • VipareetaKarani mudra (Reversing attitude)

– Kriyas

Benefits and Contraindications of the following Kriyas according to Disease and condition

  • JalaNeti (Cleansing of the Nostril Passages)
  • Trataka (Cleansing of the Eyes)
  • Kapalabhati (Cleansing of the Mind)
  • Sutra neti (Nasal cavity Cleansing)
  • KunjaliKriya (Digestive tract cleansing)
  • Nauli (Abdominal massage)
  • Basti (Intestine cleanse)

– The Yogic Diet

Knowledge of contraindications of yoga practices for specific conditions and circumstance

  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Diet according to Ayurveda
  • Fasting

Provide Yoga for health condition / challenges

1. Taking a history of the patient and his/her condition(s);
2. Assessing the current condition (including an evaluation of the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of well-being);
3. Determinate which aspects of the patient/student’s conditions, goals, and aspirations might be addressed through yoga;
4. How to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques, including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of patients, his condition, limitations, possibilities and goals;
5. How to combine intake, evaluation, observations, and working assessment to develop an appropriate practice or session strategy for individual patients/students as well as group classes, taking into consideration the holistic nature of the individual;
6. Identify priorities and set both long- and short-term goals with the patient/student;
7. Establishing an appropriate environment through privacy, confidentiality, and safety;
8. Teach or delivering the appropriate practices for individuals as well as groups. Providing instruction, demonstration and adjustment;
9. Providing supportive strategies for the patient/student to actively participate in his/her practice, such as a means to remember his/her practice (e.g. auditory and visual tools);
10. Providing follow up and re-planning, including gathering feedback, re-assess, and refine the practice and to determine short-term and long-term goals and priorities;
11. Addressing new and changing conditions, goals, aspirations, and priorities of the student/patient and to provide appropriate support.

Case Study

a.  Throughout the training, the student should work on a case study, on a particular disease or group of diseases. The student will be asked to research on this disease, to apply what has been learned during the course in order to deliver an adapted Program:

 

  • Proposed sequence of Asanas (In weeks of progress for a minimum of 1-2 months)
  • Proposed Pranayama Practices (In weeks of progress)
  • Proposed Mudras (time of practice as well as duration)
  • Proposed Bandhas (If applicable to the disease in study)
  • Proposed Meditation and Relaxation Practices
  • Proposed Yoga Nidra (Specially Visualization for the particular disease depending on the doshic imbalance)
  • Proposed Kriyas (if applicable to the case)
  • Proposed Lifestyle changes

Teaching Practicum

a.  As final teaching practicum, the student should be able to deliver a led class of 2 hours of his/her authority, based on the chosen case study. The led class will encompass all the elements seen during the training such as:

  • Allopathic as well as Ayurvedic nature of the case study.
  • Approach through yoga and Ayurvedic practices.
  • Sequencing for a particular disease/disorder or group of diseases.
  • Flow of the practice and its limitations.
  • Contraindications for the given practices.
  • Ability to maintain the led class within the designated time.
  • Floor Management.
  • Body Language, Clarity of Voice.
  • Ability to be present for the student.

Legal, Regulatory, and Business Issues

Knowledge of current relevant laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga teacher specialized in therapeutic elements.

a.  Basic knowledge of business practices relevant to the work of a yoga teacher, including record keeping and planning.

Personal and Professional Development

  • Knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice and skills.
  • Maintenance/development through continuing education.
  • Knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice.

What Is Included On The Program?

  • Course manuals (200H Yin and Yang Yoga + 300H therapeutic essentials)
  • Accommodation
  • Digital books / documents / videos/ Mp3
  • Course tuition
    It includes 7 weeks of classes, 7.5 hours per day encompassing:
    a. General Asana Practice including bandhas and mudras
    b. Theory and Practice for specific health conditions
    c. Yoga Philosophy
    d. Anatomy and physiology (general +in relation to therapeutic elements)
    e. Yogic Anatomy (general +in relation to Therapeutic essentials)
    f. Yogic Diet
    g. Pranayama (general +in relation to Therapeutic essentials)
    h. Meditation
    i. Assignments (general + relation to Therapeutic essentials)
    j. Teaching Practicums (general + relation to Therapeutic essentials)
    k. Karma Yoga
    l. Kriya kit (neti pot, tong cleanser, eye cleaner)
    You will have access to yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, chairs and blocks during your time at yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua. If you want to bring your own yoga mat, feel free.
  • Evaluation
    Different types of evaluations will be taken into account for certification on this program:
    a. Teaching Practicums as well as Final Led Classb.
    b. Assisting to all classes as well as turning in all assignments/homework.
    c. Written Test and quizz
    d. Karma Yoga
  • Certification
    Upon successful completion of the program you will be given a 500 hours yoga teacher training certificate course.

    You will be eligible to register with yoga alliance for a 500 hrs yoga teacher course.
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What Is Not Included On The Program?

  • Travel arrangements, airfare, insurance and any other logistics charges.
  • Food, however a kitchen is provided and restaurants are few min away with a range of prices of 3 to 15 US dollars.
  • Any emergency/hospital related issues you may have.

Daily Schedule for 500H

6h30- 8h30:

8h30 -10h: 

10h- 11h15:

11h30- 12h45:

12H45- 15h 30:

15h30-16h30:

16h30-18h30:

From 18h30:

General Practice (2h)

Breakfast (1h30)

Theory class 1 (1h15)

Theory class 2 (1h15)

Lunch (2h45) and self studies

Theory class3 / Therapeutic elements (1h)

Specific Practice / Therapeutic elements (2h)

Diner and self-studies

6h30- 8h30:

General Practice (2h)

8h30 -10h: 

Breakfast (1 h30)

10h- 11h15:

Theory class 1 (1h15)

11h30- 12h45:

Theory class 2 (1h15)

12H45- 15h 30:

Lunch (2h45) and self studies

15h30-16h30:

Theory class 3 / Therapeutic elements (1h)

16h30-18h30:

Specific Practice / Therapeutic elements (2h)

From 18h30:

Diner and self-studies

Total hours of classes: 7.5H
3.5h theory
4h practical

  • Schedule may differ slightly according to specific need.
  • Some hours of self-studies will be includes within the 4 weeks instead of Theory Class timing according to special event or group assignment.

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