Yoga and Ayurveda

200 Hour - Holistic Instructor Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION


Ayu-Yoga recognizes that each individual has a unique mind-body-spirit framework that requires the fundamentals of breath, water and food to support its existence here, and beyond. Although we live in a physical world, we also recognize that we have a commitment to ourselves.
The relationship between the physical Self, from the outermost Kosha to the spiritual Self, the innermost Kosha, can become interrupted with challenges, hardships, lack of support and the responsibilities of daily life.

The divine fusion of Ayurveda & Yoga provides us with the wisdom, support, practice and tools, to create clarity and connection between our inner and outer world. Yoga is an inner journey that allows us to grow within, creating self-integration. Ayurveda is an inner experience that acknowledges our unique needs, and leads us toward self-balance. This beautiful relationship, between Ayurveda & Yoga, helps us to create harmony and unification; connecting the inner and outer Self to support the discovery of the true nature of our being.




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PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Students will learn to identify the Dosha Prakruti or the Bio Energetic constitution, along with specific care, lifestyle and appropriate diets that will support the mind-body-spirit balance. Yoga is fundamentally an inner inquiry; thus students will be encouraged both to be aware of their personal checkpoints, and to explore how each yoga posture feels and manifests within their body.

Focus will be given to the exploration, analysis and practice of the fundamentals of Asana, Ayurvedic Asana, personal development, communication and the individual integration of Ayurveda and Yoga into each students daily life practice.

Students will also learn the integration of the mind-body-spirit through the understanding of the introduction of the Chakras, Nadis and Marmas, the flow of Pranayama and the Integration of five senses with Mantra, Mudras and Meditation.



CURRICULUM

HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY I

  • Introduction to Yoga & Ayurveda
  • The Sages
  • The Four Vedas
  • The Shad Dharshan: Understanding the Macrocosm and the Microcosm
  • The Samkya Philosophy & Involution of Consciousness: The Journey from the Doshas to Samadhi
  • The Four Ashrams of Vedic Life: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha, Sannyasa
  • The Goals of Human Life: Purusartha - Dharma, Artha, Kama & Moksha
  • The 4 Karmas: Balancing Laws of Cause and Effect - Sanchita, Prarabdha, Kriyamana and Agami
  • Ashtanga -The Eight Limbs of Yoga and The Eight Limbs of Ayurveda
  • The Yamas and Niyamas
  • The Six Branches of Yoga: Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Tantra
  • The Bhagavad Gita & The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • YOGA ASANA

  • Introduction to Yoga Asana
  • Principles of Warming Up & Centering
  • Seated Poses
  • Warm Up Postures
  • Principles of Balancing Poses
  • Principles of Forward Folding Poses
  • Principles of Backward Bending Poses
  • Sun Salutations
  • Principles of Vinyasa Yoga (Breathing, Bandha, & Dristhi)
  • Principles of Standing Poses
  • Principles of Lateral Extension Poses
  • Principles of Twisting Poses
  • An Ayurvedic Approach to the Teaching and Practice of Yoga Asana
  • Sequencing & Leading Yoga for Kapha Dosha
  • Sequencing & Leading Yoga for Pitta Dosha
  • Sequencing & Leading Yoga for Vata Dosha
  • Sequencing & Leading Yoga group classes based on the seasons and the Doshas
  • AYURVEDA

  • Introduction to the Tri-Dosha Theory: Dosha Prakruti and Vikruti
  • Introduction to the Tri-Guna Theory
  • Balancing the Doshas and Sensory Care
  • Dinacharaya and Ritucharaya – Daily Routines and Seasonal Routines
  • The Indriyas – The Senses, The Organs of Action and Cognition
  • Leading and Sequencing group classes for the Dosha Prakruti
  • PSYCHOLOGY I: Yoga, Ayurveda and the Mind

  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: The Vrittis – Understanding the fluctuations of the mind
  • 5 States of Mind
  • The Root causes of suffering
  • The Mind & Consciousness: Antahkarana, Citta, Buddhi, Ahamkara, Manas
  • Awareness and The 4 Types of Perception
  • The Three Levels of Mind & The Tri-Guna Theory: Sattva, Rajas & Tamas
  • PRANA

  • Introduction to the 5 Pranas/Vayus: The Panch Prana Theory
  • Dirga Pranayama – The 3 Part Breath
  • So Hum Meditation
  • Brastrika, Brahmari, Kapalbhati
  • Nadi Shodhan
  • SUBTLE ANATOMY

  • The Three Bodies
  • The Pancha Kosha Theory
  • The Chakras, Kundalini, Ida & Pingala
  • The Panch Pranas (see section on Prana)
  • SUSTAINING ECOLOGY: Business, Marketing & Ethics

  • The Industry: Opportunity, Challenges, Solutions
  • Dharma & Ahimsa: How to establish and create a conscious business environment
  • Living Your Practice
  • Establishing and Sustaining Relationships: Resources and conscious living
  • Business Planning & Marketing
  • PRACTICUM & FACILITATION SKILLS

  • Formal Practice Teaching
  • Refining your Teaching: Languaging, Guiding, & Transitioning
  • Assisting, Supporting, & Modifying Poses
  • Sequencing, Transitioning, & Sustaining Postures
  • How to Consult and Support
  • Leading Private Sessions
  • Theming & Cohesion
  • Preparing for final practicum

  • **Students have a series of assignments to complete during each section including class observations, written assignments, and practicums
    *Final practicum will involve leading a public class at JAI Yoga and Ayurveda.

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