Pranayama has been a word that’s been thrown around a lot lately. But what is Pranayama exactly?? Pranayama is the ancient practice of breath work and breath retention. About now is when people think…“I’m breathing already. What else is there to practice?” Indeed! You continue to breath thanks to your autonomic nervous system. And yet, when we put extra attention and focus towards the breath, we begin to discern when our breathing is dysregulated. That dysregulation might show up during times of stress, conflict, anxiety, worry, trepidation, fear, you name it. By tuning in to the breath and increasing our ability to monitor and slow the breath, we begin to regulate the nervous system. The ability to regulate our nervous system is precisely what the hype is about (well-deserved hype we might add).
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During the Wellness52 YTT we will spend two hours each day on your own physical practice of yoga, or asana practice. During this time you will have the opportunity to learn the set sequence of Ashtanga Yoga. The set sequence is a series of poses that you can then practice anywhere, anytime. The poses are a collection of poses you’ve most likely done already. The order of poses is quite relevant to building heat within the body and creating balance over and over again. With each asana, we work towards a combination of flexibility and strength. Using the Tristana approach, we’ll keep focused on the pose, the breath and the focus point for each pose. With these aspects in place, you will be able to create some internal stillness and awareness. After all, our asana practice is simply preparation for meditation.
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This may be one of the most important aspects of the training and is a point of curiousity for most of our students. What makes for a good adjustment? Not to mention all the additional questions: when to adjust, how long to adjust, how much pressure to use, could verbal instruction only suffice? And so on… Our training delves into all these questions with in-depth asana charts and breakdowns for each pose. We’ll talk you through how to adjust and modify each pose as well as what to look for overall. Most importantly, we’ll take the time to discuss the ethics of teaching, the importance of consent-based adjustments, and how to tune-in with students before you even touch them.
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We live in this human form, but how many of us know the name of those muscles in our back? What are those bones in our legs? What are we accessing during trikonasana and why? How is the asana meant to look for a 5’ tall woman compared to a 6” man? We will cover all this and more during our anatomy lectures. You will learn what and how to stabilize the body and how to adjust based on the student body in front of you. We will tackle physical limitations your students might have, as well as the basics of handling a pregnant woman who shows up to take your Vinyasa class. And yes, you will pass the anatomy exam.
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The practice of yoga came into existence thousands of years ago, so there’s an awful lot of material to cover. What’s more, it can seem a bit overwhelming…all these different names, ancient texts, Sanskrit words, and various scholars to learn about. The study of yoga philosophy can be a life-long undertaking. Our intention during your time with us is that you come away from your training with a broad understanding of yoga philosophy. We would rather you have an overall grasp of philosophy, as well as the reality that we simply can’t cover everything. You will come to learn how ancient yoga philosophy is relevant to your modern life and this current era. Most importantly, we will light a fire of passion and interest in yoga philosophy inside of you.
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Yes, there’s more. Our a W52 training, we will cover how to teach chair yoga, how to teach restorative yoga, and how to teach the basics of prenatal yoga. We will teach you some chants, we will teach you some mudras, and you will learn about the subtle body. We will teach you about kriyas, about sadhana and about bandhas. We will cover the business of yoga, the four paths of yoga and the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. You will walk away from this training more knowledgeable about yoga than you have ever been in your life.
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Anyone who has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training course will assure you that there is so much more to learn. But you have to start learning somewhere. You arrived at this page because you are ready to start. You are ready to learn more and more and more. What’s important now is that you review very carefully who you learn from. There are hundreds upon hundreds of yoga teacher training schools around the world. Be discerning and choose wisely.