On many levels, the attention we place on being present and consciously cultivating the breath as we move through the asana practice, is what distinguishes Yoga from other forms of physical exercise. Throughout the 4 weeks of the course, you will be integrating various Pranayama practices into your daily asana routine to become more familiar with them, also exploring their effects and benefits on body, mind and spirit.
All of the various things that we do in our Yoga practice is designed to bring the mind under control. To be able to sit and through practice become the master as opposed to the slave of our minds. We learn to become quiet and tune in to ourselves and tune out the outside world and the constant noise that surrounds us. In order to start to cultivate the habit of sitting, you will incorporate short meditation sessions into your daily practice to start to fine-tune this skill.
LEARNING TO INSTRUCT
You will be equipped with the tools you need to be able to direct a student’s movement with clarity and a minimum of words as you lead them through a class. In addition, you will be able to guide them into a pose using props, such as blocks, straps and blankets, making the class accessible to everyone. This is the very basis of learning to teach and then as you grow more confident leading students through a physical asana practice, you’ll be able to start to add in the underlying principles of Yoga philosophy.
It’s important to have a commonly agreed upon terminology, a language of movement, when discussing the anatomy of Yoga. This also enables you to communicate more precisely when discussing such things as the location of bones and bony landmarks; the location, attachments and actions of muscles; and the anatomy of Yoga asana. Familiarizing yourself with these terms will help you understand Yoga anatomy articles and books that you read, create more consciousness within the muscle and joint actions in each posture, and enable you to more skillfully articulate those actions to your students through effective verbal cues and hands-on adjustments.
You will delve deeper into the second kosha or sheath, i.e. the energy body in order to learn more about the powerful role that the nadis, chakras, vayus, bandhas and granthis play in your Yoga practice when you bring them into balance.