Our teacher training program includes the following instructional & informative lectures:

Anatomy

This is a simple and easy-to-follow course, specially designed for yoga teachers. The following systems will be covered: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and nervous system.

26 & 2 in detail

The 26 & 2 will be broken down in detail by senior teachers giving you an in depth understanding of all the major postures and breathing exercises. This detailed lecture will explain all the postures from correct alignment, medical benefits, and structure. This will enable you to understand the function of the postures, improve your own practice, and make you a better teacher.

Yoga philosophy

We will cover the basic elements of yoga philosophy to help you integrate them into your teaching and give you a better understanding of this tradition and history.

You will gain a general understanding of the following types of yoga: Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raj Yoga. You will also learn the eight limbs of yoga: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.

In addition, you will gain a general understanding of the five Koshas and five Kleshas.

Food & nutrition

This course will provide a holistic overview of the impact current food and nutrition has on your physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.  

You’ll become more conscious of what you eat, why you eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health. You’ll learn how you can change your eating habits for a more healthy outcome, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.   

Opening a studio and running a business

Learn the basics about opening your own school from making a business plan, getting finances together, financial projections, choosing a location, staffing, daily management, branding and marketing.

Teaching techniques, training, and practice

You will learn teaching techniques to assist you in teaching your own yoga class. There will also be a lot of opportunity for you to practice teaching during our daily Posture Clinics. 

In the final two weeks with your host studio you will perfect your teaching skills as you teach one of their classes. Here you will be given one-on-one feedback in regards to your teaching and you will also gain the basic knowledge of working in a yoga studio.

Meditation

Learn to slow down and completely stop the incessant activity of your mind as we finish every day with a calming meditation.

Meditation is a state of profound deep peace and occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. Although it takes many years to perfect, we will get you started with the basics.

Voice training

Learn how to use your voice correctly for teaching and public speaking. As a yoga teacher you will need to know the basics; correct enunciation, command, pitch, and tone. The throat is made up of muscles, cavities, tissues, nerves, fluids, etc. There are more nerves in the muscles of the larynx than any other area of your body, with the exception of your eyes.  We will teach you how to control and use your voice to its full potential.

Yoga history and Kriyas

Learn Kriya Yoga as described in the ancient Yoga system, revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji. Kriya Yoga was brought to international awareness by Paramahansa Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi and through Yogananda's introductions of the practice to the western world in 1920.

According to Yogananda, the ancient Yogic text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, contains a description of Kriya Yoga. "Liberation can be attained by that pranayama which is accomplished by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration."

The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based techniques intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development.

Correct alignment in postures, giving and receiving corrections, time management

Learn how and when to give alignment corrections.  Correct alignment allows for the full benefit of the posture while avoiding injury. We will also teach you how to master the correct timing of postures and breathing exercises.

First aid (one weekend or 2 days)

First aid is as easy as ABC – airway, breathing, and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  A first aid course will teach you to recognize an emergency and give first aid to the injured or ill person until an ambulance arrives. This could mean the difference between life and death.

You will be learning the basic first aid techniques to help you cope with an emergency that might arise while teaching. With this training you will learn how to potentially keep a person breathing, reduce their pain, or minimize the consequence of injury or sudden illness until an ambulance arrives.

Ethics

The dos and don’ts of a yoga teacher. What is expected from a yoga teacher and how to be professional at all times. We will also cover class room ethics. 

Ayurveda

This segment is an introduction to Ayurveda, the traditional healing modality of the Vedic culture from India. It is said to be between 2,000 and 5,000 years old, meaning it has stood the test of time. Ayurvedic medicine views health as much more than the absence of disease. Ayurveda has thus been passed down through the centuries as a complete healing system, evolving to meet the needs of the present culture, and yet remaining committed to its core principles. Various cultures have drawn upon the ideas of Ayurvedic medicine and it continues to thrive in both the East and the Western world. 

*Lectures may vary depending on teacher or professor but all the core subjects will be covered.


Recommended Reading

Ghosh Yoga a practice manual  - Beginning
Familiarize yourself with the fundaments of the 26&2.

$25


LOCATION:

Bikram Yoga, Downtown LA
700 W 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

DATES:

2nd April - 13th May, 2017

tuition:

$6,500USD

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation and food is not included in the tuition rate. However, there are a limited number of rooms in a 3 star hotel close to the studio. Learn more>