by Susan NYC
Article by Matt Eshleman, ERYT500
Taoist and Yin Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Certification Program Cincinnati Ohio
We believe that to most effectively and safely practice or teach yoga, one must understand certain fundamental principles of anatomy. There are so many different traditions and types of yoga, it is not possible to cover them all – and it can sometimes be difficult to discern the underlying unity. Our view is that it does not matter what style of yoga you may practice, what we all have in common is a human body. We will first develop an understanding of physical anatomy and form a common language for our discussions. We will then learn to apply the fundamentals of anatomy to our personal practice and our teaching, including the important role of individual anatomical differences. We will learn this first through the study of Yin Yoga, as the simple postures and slow pace will allow us the necessary time for posture analysis and discussion. We will then carry this on to the study of yang movement sequences that are a great way to begin your practice and teaching of more dynamic yoga styles.
We will develop your understanding and your teaching from a functional perspective, meaning that our focus will be not aesthetic appearance or superficial alignment, but rather the actual intended effect of the technique and how to best produce that effect for each unique practitioner. Without the common ground of anatomical understanding this is not possible, but with practical understanding of anatomy the function of the techniques and their application becomes clear. We will discuss the theory of exercise and it’s relevance to yoga asanas. We will experience the function of a diverse array of techniques through direct personal experience.
We will become comfortable teaching students with varied levels of ability and experience. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says there are as many paths to God as there are people. Each student you encounter will need something different from you as a teach er. If there is one message that we will carry throughout our training it is that every individual’s yoga practice is ultimately unique, and the teacher’s function is to guide the student’s practice in order to help lead them to their own direct experience of their personal truth.
We will learn to practice and teach fundamental techniques of meditation. We will differentiate between two types of meditation: techniques used for relaxation or stress reduction, and techniques used for personal and spiritual evolution. We will first learn to practice and teach meditation techniques that are very simple and easy to teach to beginners. We will then explore subtle anatomy, the energetic system of the body, including chakras and meridians, and discuss the “bigger picture” of karma and reincarnation. We hope to clarify some of the confusion that can arise from studying any one tradition. We will put our theories into practice in asana, pranayama, and meditation sessions.
We will become familiar with the essential scriptures and philosophical texts of yoga. We believe that the most important information about the yogic sciences are contained in just a few ancient texts. Many contemporary authors write ‘new’ books that are essentially a paraphrase of the wisdom presented in these sacred writings, and often their personal biases can obscure the original message. Not to say that there are not some very good modern texts, but we can read a few hundred modern books trying to sort out these truths, or we can work to really understand a few seminal works. We shall do the latter.
We will prepare you for the realities of teaching yoga as a profession. This does not just mean that you will be certified, that’s the easy part…. It means you will be able to teach effectively in any setting that you choose, to any student seeking your guidance. It means you will be able to find or create job opportunities, and effectively negotiate the compensation you deserve for being properly trained. It means you will b e ready to go out into the real world and teach real students a practice that really helps them, and that requires an understanding that we will have to work hard for. It will be worth it.
Tentative Schedule and Format:
The following schedule allows you the opportunity for a total of 192 contact hours, 12 more than required by for an RYT200 certification. This allows a trainee 12 hours of absences before make-up hours will be necessary to complete the 180 contact hours required for Yoga Alliance certification. To make a total of 200 hours the additional 20 non-contact hours will be fulfilled by viewing assigned video materials, observing, teaching, and participating in classes and completing writing assignments based on those experiences.
12 Weekend Sessions, Total Contact Hours Each Session = 16
January 6, 7, 8January 20, 21, 22February 3, 4, 5February 17, 18, 19March 2, 3, 4March16, 17, 18March 30, 31, April 1April 13, 14, 15April 27, 28, 29May 4, 5, 6May 18, 19, 20June 1, 2, 3
Each weekend will follow this general framework:
Fridays (Tentatively scheduled for 6-9pm) = 3 Contact Hours Friday evenings will begin with an overview of the weekend’s events, a led practice, and lecture and discussion covering a variety of topics in the curriculum. Friday evening we will introduce key anatomical or philosophical concepts that will be elaborated upon over the weekend.
Saturdays (Tentatively scheduled for 9:30am-Noon and 1-6pm) = 7.5 Contact HoursSaturdays will begin with an hour of Asana practice. We will then have about 90 minutes for lecture, posture analysis, and practice teaching. Following lunch we will continue the morning’s activities. On some Saturdays we will be holding workshops that will cover certain aspects of the teacher training curriculum but may also be open to the public. We will end most Saturdays with a Yoga practice exclusively for trainees and time for questions and discussion.
Sundays (Tentatively scheduled for Noon-5 :30pm) = 5.5 Contact Hours Sundays will begin with meditation, followed by lectures on anatomy, philosophy, or ethics and lifestyle of yoga. We will close each weekend with a 90 minute led Yin Yoga practice and guided meditation practice that covers portions of our training curriculum, and will also be open to the public.
Of course, the above schedule is subject to change.
Required resources provided for you upon payment of your deposit:
An unlimited class pass to all You Do Yoga’s regularly scheduled weekly passes from the time of your deposit until the end of training (value = 0+)
– Motoyama Meridian Exercises Book (value = )
– Paul Grilley DVD 3-pack (Anatomy for Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chakra Theory and Meditation (value = 2) – Please Note, if you enroll in our program later than November 1st 2012, the DVDs will not be included in the tuition, and you will be expected to purchase these materials on your own.
Other YDYTT Required books to be purchased by the trainee:
-Yinsights by Bernie Clark
-Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga v.1 – by Ray Long
Any translation or edition:-Tao Te Ching -Hatha Yoga Pradipika-Yoga Sutras of Patanjali-Bhagavad GitaNote: We will study these 4 scriptures during our training. We would like each trainee to choose from among the many translations available for two reasons:#1 = You should find one that resonates with you as a unique individual.#2 = If we all have slightly different versions we will have a diversity of perspectives to consider, and are less likely to become trapped in the semantics of any single translator.
Not at all required, but depending upon individual interest, highly recommended:Yin Yoga – Paul GrilleyAnything by Dr. Hiroshi MotoyamaMoving into Stillness – Erich SchiffmanAutobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa YoganandaAshtanga Yoga DVDs or book – David SwensonEnergy Medicine by James OschmannAnatomy of Hatha Yoga by David CoulterTaoist Yoga DVDs by Paulie ZinkDance of Shiva DVD by Andrey Lappa
Payment inf ormation :
Cost Includes unlimited class pass from time deposit is paid through the end of the training, and above specified materials (Total value = over 0)
Non-Refundable deposit required to reserve your spot = 0
Payments Due 1st of each month January thru May 2012: 0Payment plan: Total cost = 00
Total Cost if paid in full by November 1st 2011= 00
Enrollment is by acceptance only. You must speak with the director of teacher training.Contact Matt Eshlemanby phone: 513.258.2002or email: Matt@YouDoYoga.com
Matt Eshleman is the Director of Teacher Training for You Do Yoga, and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
You Do Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
About the Author
Matt Eshleman, B.A., ERYT500, has many years of experience teaching yoga and meditation. Matt earned his 500 hour certification through his studies of Anatomy, Taoist Yoga and Meditation. Matt is a trained Thai Yoga Massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, a student of Martial Arts, and is an adjunct professor at Cincinnati State. He is the founder of You Do Yoga LLC, and is the director of teacher training. http://www.YouDoYoga.com
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