Sampoorna College of Ayurveda and Holistic Studies is offering Yoga teacher training course through Yoga Bijam.
Bijam: meaning seed or latent potential. Yoga Bijam is an offering of traditional Yoga as a foundational method promoting physical, mental and spiritual health through integrative practices drawn from a range of authentic traditions.
Yoga Bijam is not your every day school of Yoga, as the teachings are inclusive not exclusive. We acknowledge that every student is different and through the practice, create conditions for dynamic awakening in character by the fertilization of positive tendencies. This is achieved by recognizing a student’s specific qualities, emphasizing what is uniquely their own and allowing them to unlock the natural teacher in themselves. Not every student will be able or want to do all asanas, understanding what makes someone a good teacher is not the same for every person.
Yoga is a divine gift passed on through yogis, seers and sages. As teachers, we are here to guide, not lead and to assist through our shared experience. Yoga Bijam is a natural expression of innate intelligence, through which our students will learn to acknowledge their dharma as Yoga Teachers and how best to serve with it.
A teacher is like a farmer bringing a potted seed back to the earth, allowing its roots to flourish, once firmly planted, the seed, through the teachings will be capable of thriving in all weather.
Yoga Bijam is a registered Yoga school (RYS). Students completing this training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs).
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Curriculum
Minimum content hours (as determined by Yoga Alliance) include:
Techniques: Instruction in Yoga Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation
Anatomy and Physiology
Hatha Yoga Asanas (Yoga Postures)
Teaching practice class is devoted to teaching you how to teach asanas and pranayama.
Asanas and variations, from beginner, intermediate level to advanced
Exercises to become aware and move Prana and get in tune with internal organs and the connection between them
Release of stagnated energy using Marma points through Yoga practice
Pranayama (Regulation of the Breath or the Control of Prana)
Importance and Benefits of Proper Breathing Exercises.
Kriyas (Yogic techniques to cleanse internal organs)
Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: Six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine. Explanation, technique and demonstration of kriyas and their effects.
Yoga anatomy and Yoga physiology
Introduction to the major body systems present in the physical body
The effects of asanas and pranayama on all systems of the body
Yoga and physical culture
Diet and Nutrition
What is Kundalini and the awakening of cosmic energy
The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
The three bodies and levels of the mind
The 7 Chakras
How to teach basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
Setting up of a proper environment for class
General pointers on teaching a class
How to go into and out of a pose
Yoga for Children
Yoga for Elderly
Yoga for different health conditions
Yoga for Pregnancy
Detailed asana correction
Students will teach each other and a group under the guidance of an experienced instructor
Ethical and moral principles
Body, Prana (life energy)and mind
Ashtanga - The 8 steps or limbs of yoga
Antahkarana - Functions of the mind
Concentration and Meditation
Introduction to chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras, what they are and how they are used. Mantra literally means: instrument for thinking. It refers as energy encased in a sound to direct the healing power of Prana and access spiritual states of consciousness
Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service and helps to reduce selfishness and egoism, it purifies your heart and gives immeasurable joy
You will be asked to do some selfless work for the community or a specific institution or organization recommended or of your choice
The law of cause and effect
Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
Shad Darshan (Six philosophies of life)
Four main Vedas
The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
Goals of life (Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha)
Bhagavad Gita is purely a spiritual document that encompassed everything relating to human beings and life on earth.
Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality, which embraces every aspect of human actions. It symbolizes the solution of the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being.
Vegetarianism – for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
How diet affects body and mind
Nourishment for all tissues of the body
Ayurvedic principles of nutrition and how to apply them on daily basis
Healing effects and proper instructions for fasting
Guide to meditation
What is meditation and why meditate
Steps for daily practice
Effects of and experiences in meditation
Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
Karma and Reincarnation
The law of action and reaction
The law of compensation
The law of retribution
Basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not required
Enthusiasm and high degree of self-motivation is required for the course
Students are required to attend all meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.
Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and nudity are prohibited in classroom and school facility
A sincere desire to learn and openness to the yoga teachings
*Program starts May 12th 2nd and 4th weekend of the month Friday from 6pm-9pm Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm with 1 hour lunch break (two weekends per month for 3 months)
June 30th-July 2nd
*In between class meeting, students will be responsible for additional assignments and Karma Yoga hours
Program investment: $3000
Health is known as happiness, while disorder is unhappiness.
— Charaka Samhita
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Sampoorna College of Ayurveda and Holistic Studies is in accordance with the curriculum standards established by the Council on Ayurvedic Credentialing (CAC), the committee on the forefront of standardizing Ayurvedic education. For more information please visit http://www.cayurvedac.com/.