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It is with great excitement that we announce the return of the Teachers Training at AYM in 2020!
200 hours with Julien Gagnon, Jeanne Mudie + guest teachers (Cindy Lafontaine, Sonia Osorio, Tony Eng, Michael Bridge-Dickson & Terri McCollum)
Due to COVID-19 we are changing the structure of our program. Starting August 6th we will have 3-4day weekends to begin our program then follow with 6 weekends over the following 7 months. Due to the situation, we will also be offering this program via Zoom, giving those of you who are out of town or not comfortable with gatherings, a way to participate. Over these 12 days, we will look at, in brief, all aspects of our 200hr Teacher Training.
Who will teach? Jeanne Mudie and Julien Gagnon will be teaching the majority of the training, they will be joined by invited guests who will come to teach specific aspects of the training such as anatomy, philosophy, and methodology of teaching.
PRESENTATION OVERVIEW :
This training aims to consolidate a solid personal practice and develop the basics of strategic and effective teaching through a biomechanical approach while favoring a global vision of the movement. The training also offers reflections on philosophy, meditation, and ethics that nourish our vision of yoga. It is in-depth teaching of yoga postures, philosophy, and pedagogy, and is particularly interested in how this practice is rooted in our contemporary world and adapted to the students of aspiring teachers. Participatory pedagogy will emphasize the integration of subject matter through personal experience, practice, application to specific situations, and teaching. Specialized speakers will be invited to share their knowledge by giving us an open window on the latest research and current approaches in the professional world. The 200-hour training is certified by the Yoga Alliance and accredited by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (tax receipts available). However, it is possible to register for each module separately.
Language requirements: The training will be offered in both French and English. Basic bilingualism is recommended.
Who it is for?
Practitioners with a serious approach who want to go further in their yoga practice and understand the basics of practical and inspiring teaching. Especially for those who wish to start a career as a yoga teacher. The training is for people who practice yoga on a regular basis and yoga teachers who would like to perfect their knowledge and put it into practice as part of their continuing education. Our pedagogical and content approach is also suitable for health, sport and movement professionals who want to understand how yoga can be integrated into their respective disciplines.
Prerequisites: The most important is the willingness and openness to learning. More specifically, the ability to put time into practice, engage seriously and remain open to question his practice and his vision of yoga. It is recommended to have at least 2 years of experience of diligent practice.
MODULE 1 - Overview (August 6-23, 2020, 3 weekends)
The training begins with 12 days that will touch on all the teachings we will cover in more depth during the assigned weekends. Students who simply want an overview or a refresher can register for this portion of the teacher training. This portion can be taken on it's own.
In this module, we will study yoga postures by examining precise biomechanical functions based on the fundamental principles of alignment, adapting to specific needs, and through the exploration of a deeper more precise level of practice. This module will introduce all aspects of the 200-hour training.
A large part of the training will be dedicated to the importance of breath and its impact on the practice, while the mental aspects will be addressed through the practice and study of meditation. These principles will then be applied to the movement of asana.
Subjects covered :
- Deepen your personal practice
- Sharpen your teaching skills
- Biomechanics of movement and the asana practice
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- Introduction to Pranayama
- Introduction to history and Philosophy
- Introduction to Restorative yoga
MODULE 2 - Philosophy and History of Yoga (September 24-27, 2020)
More than just a physical practice, yoga is a living philosophical system. At its base are the principles of life both as an individual and within a social context. In this module we will study and reflect on the vision of the world and the self as described in the founding texts, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.
- The major philosophical currents that have influenced contemporary yoga
- History of yoga in North America
- Demystifying false beliefs of the origins of yoga
- Development of critical thinking
- Finding our place in the world of yoga
MODULE 3 - Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga (October 29-November 1, 2020)
This module will focus on the anatomy and physiology specific to the yoga practice. We will examine the balance between stretching and strengthening, mobility and stability, as well as achieving an understanding of the muscular diaphragms. We will also discuss the concept of Bandhas through the understanding of functional anatomy, postural alignment and proprioception. Finally we will look at how to avoid common injuries that occur in yoga.
- Basic muscular and skeletal anatomy
- Basic function and nature of the nervous system
- Myofascial lines
- Functional anatomy, biomechanics, injury prevention, kinesiology, assessments, sequencing strategies, and corrective exercises
MODULE 4 - Restorative Yoga and Props (November 19-22, 2020)
This module will introduce you to the practice of restorative yoga and its effects on the nervous system as well as the interaction of the major systems of the body. The stresses of everyday life can wreak havoc on our nervous system and restorative yoga helps us tap back into the healing abilities that are our innate nature. We will examine how we hold muscular patterns in the body, how they affect the breath and how those interruptions have a direct impact on the nervous system. We will explore how the use of props can limit the strain of the body in order to find more ease and balance in the structure. And we will see how the human body has an amazing ability to regenerate and heal.
- Foundational Restorative yoga poses
- How to use restorative to support an active practice
- Prescribing and integrating key poses to support different needs
- How to use props to explore the body’s potential
MODULE 5 - Methodology of Teaching and Ethics (January 28-31, 2021)
Over the course of this weekend we will discuss ethics and intentions in regards to our teaching and the balance between our personal and professional life. We will examine our core beliefs and values and how they can affect our approach to teaching, including the importance of intention and integrity. We will look at developing the basic language to teach with and exploring how our individual voice allows us to be true to our authentic selves.
- Ethics, Yamas, Niyamas
- Touch and adjustments
- Evaluating levels
- Language of teaching
- Business of Yoga
MODULE 6 - Preparing a Beginners Class (February 25-28 2021)
To teach beginners, one must not only know the postures, but also understand their components and elements of structure as well as the effects of postures on the body. As teachers, we must be able to identify the most transformative elements of the practice to be able to share them with our students, whether in a restorative or postural approach, or meditation.
- Identify the prerequisites for a posture
- Understanding the asana and how to deconstruct into different components
- How to ensure a safe practice for all
- Understanding the reality of most people’s daily lives—time spent sitting in front of screens, daily stress, incorrect postural habits, sedentary lifestyle, etc.
- Develop relevant sequences
MODULE 7 - Consolidation and Mentorship (March 25-28, 2021)
With Jeanne Mudie and Julien Gagnon
This is the final module and it is reserved for those who have taken part in the 200-hour training. We will meet to discuss any outstanding questions so that we can leave the training confident in our understanding of the material covered. We will discuss the possibilities of further study through our mentorship program and the possibility of leading community classes as part of our practice teaching.
How to register? Please fill out the Application Form
First Pillar $960- Save 20% if all is online
Full training $2690 paid by August 6th - Save 20% if all is attended online
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