200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

Techniques, Training and Practice

Practical (Hatha Yoga)


Asana:Pawanmuktasana Sequence 1, 2, 3 (Preparatory Hatha Yoga motions), Standing up and Managing Asana Sequence, Backwards Translation Series, Ahead Bending Collection, Vajrasana Collection, Meditation techniques Asana Series, Intro to Sun Salutation, Astanga-Vinnyasa movement.

• Main Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa.

• 3 Bandhas (locking system) and Maha Bandha.

• Drishti (Stare)

• Vinyasa.

• Ashtanga Vinyasa Outlook.

• Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Shatkriya.

• Hands Mudras, Head Mudra, Prana Mudra with Complete Yogic Inhale (Consciousness on physical (level).

• Jalandhara Bandha.

• Neti.

Practical (Hatha Yoga)


Asana: Including information and knowledge of Sadhana, Surya Namaskara: Synchronizing breathing and motion, Chandra Namaskara (concentrating on the important elements of Chandra Namaskar movement, tempo etc with the inhale), Vajrasana collection, Standing sequence, Managing series, Backwards Bending series, Onward Bending sequence, Twisting sequence, Inverted series, Deep breathing asana collection:

• Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Shatkriya

• Discussion on how to include Bandhas as well as Mudras together with in pranayama.

• Pranayama

• Postural Mudra

• Mula Bandha

• Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Kunjal as well as Neti

Practical (Hatha Yoga)


• Asana

    o Various subtle as well as intensive Kriyas are included to deepen the Yoga practice and methods.

    o Group Assessment and Class Teaching: Instructing class and assisting participants with modifications by way of guidance and support.

    o Enlarging the concept of Sadhana in Hatha Yoga.

• Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Shatkriya

• Understanding of Chakras and the nerve plexus in relation to Mudras and Bandhas. Concepts of Kriya and the effects on the body mind system.

• Individual Sadhana to master Hatha Yogic Postures.

• Including Bandhas into Pranayama.

• Advanced Pranayama techniques with Bandhas.

• Introduction to Kriya Yoga.

• Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana with Kunjal as well as Neti.

Practical (Meditation techniques) Component-1

• Kaya-Sthairyam (Method on Body-Awareness as well as mental stability)

• Antar Mouna (A strategy on Cognizance of Ideas): Phases: 1, 2

• Ajapa Japa: Phases: 1, 2 (Consciousness of impulsive repetition of canticle)

• Yoga Nidra (A strategy of directed yogic relaxation) Phase: Newbie.

Practical (Deep breathing) Component-2

• Antar Mouna: Stages: 1, 2, 3

• Trataka as Pratyahara

• Ajapa Japa: stage-3

• Yoga Nidra: Stage: Intermediate (Visualization of psychic passages, chakras)

Practical (Meditation) Component-3

• Yoga exercise Nidra: phase: Innovative (Consciousness of chakras, Tattvas and designs)

• Trataka (As a Dharana Exercise)

• Chakra Shuddhi (A strategy of chakra purification)

• Chidakasha Dharana (A strategy of inner creative imagination)

• Hridyakasha Dharana (Meditation techniques to complement the heart) Instructing Methodology

Aspects of class planning and management

• Lesson arranging and class development.

• Concepts of useful demonstration.

• Instructing styles to match specific requirements.

• Learning methods to teach efficiently.

• Includes practical teaching, receiving feedback and interaction with other students.

• Planning of the natural environment: Shaucha (cleanliness): room, aroma, personal hygiene.

• Language and conversation.

• Control over the course.

• Simplicity of presence.

Aspects of an efficient class display

• Concepts of demonstration: Presence, training while demonstrating, simplicity, management, and quality of mind.

• Assisting/Correction: Settings of modification (cluster and personal)

• Orientation/approach and utilization of customized variations of postures in the Yoga exercise periods, in cluster as well as personal courses.

• Verbal and non-verbal communication when instructing students, methods to assist/correct participants.

• Own display: Growth, self-confidence, posture, and composure.

• Well-balanced display of time management techniques, combination and variation of practices.

• Verbal presentation: Utilization of vocabulary, time management skills, assessing time for ‘teacher’s talk’, diction, modulation, simplicity of language use, verbal modifications and assistance, pause/gaps of quietness, voice degree (volume).

• Conversation with the students/practitioners: Consciousness & proper care of student’s health, measures and advantages stated, observation students.

• Management along with other departments. Business facets of instructing Yoga.

Business facets of instructing Yoga

• Creating one’s personal teaching brand.

• Determining the appropriate teaching types and methods, streamlining the instructing, creating an efficient site.

• Promoting and marketing: Utilizing social networking and print media.

• Accessing the local Yoga community.

• Handling financials.

• A good understanding of Anatomy and Physiology.

Anatomy and Physiology

• The Neuro-musculoskeletal Method (in lighting of yogic postures and actions).

• The Nerves.

• The Respiratory tract (in lighting of yogic inhaling).

• The Skeletal process (with regards to yogic actions and workouts).

• The Cardiovascular (with regard to various yogic actions).

Yogic Physiology

Structure of Prana Vayu, Nadis as well as Chakras; their features and place in your body. Part of the Pranic method in life, significance of Prana, Nadis, Vayu, Chakras and so on, in well-being and illness. Significance of the method in the development of the character and in the awakening of the entire potential of the mind body system.

Traditional System of Raja Yoga of Patanjali:

• Samkhya outlook.

• History and Classical Tradition of Raja Yoga.

• Patanjali Yoga Sutra.

• 8 limbs of Raja Yoga.

• Discussion on crucial Yoga Sutras methods and procedures.

Custom of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga:

• Traditional and philosophical history.

• Hatha Yoga in Traditional Texts (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita)

• Elements of Hatha Yoga.

• Yogic lifestyle according to traditional texts.

Idea of Kundalini Yoga:

• Tantra.

• Notion of Kundalini.

• Idea of chakras, their place and psycho-physical importance.

• Procedure for Kundalini Sadhana.

• Effects of Kundalini awakening.

• Ethics for Yoga teachers, teacher-student partnership, cautions and also pitfalls.

• 'Living the Lifestyle of the Yogi’.

• Meaning of Seva and Sadhana for a Yoga instructor.

Group work:

• Instructing in small group.

• Providing and receiving feedback under the supervision of the guide instructor.

• Evaluation on various guidelines of class instructing.

• Use of ‘helps’ (Optical and sound in the class)

• Planning and carrying out workshops in compact group on selected matters.