Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is a foundation training for new teachers to build the confidence and gain the skills necessary to start their teaching career.
We have two main goals for participants in our trainings:
- Learn how to teach group classes &
- Understand how to sequence classes to cater to a variety of students needs & wants.
Classic Hatha practice is the core of our curriculum, however there is a lot more to yoga than a simple static practice. Therefore, we apply a modular approach to learning that includes Fundamentals, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga practice styles.
The result is a qualified teacher that is more marketable in the yoga community because they can teach a variety of classes and relate to a variety of students.
Crow Yoga focuses on 3 distinct training models: Classic Fundamentals, Hatha, and Vinaysa flow.
Why? Because there is no one perfect practice for everybody and all successful teachers and successful studios offer variety.
Rather than trying to sell the best practice or produce cookie-cutter teachers who graduate and can only teach one class, our focus is different: we aim to create amazing teachers who can teach a variety of classes.
To achieve this goal, our course focuses on teaching teachers how to teach and how to sequence effective and engaging classes. Using this tried and tested technique, CROW YOGA graduates are prepared to teach Classic Fundamentals, Hatha, and Vinyasa classes right after training.
It’s like 3 different yoga trainings in one! It works because the three practice styles support one another and build on each other. This intuitive, module-based learning system makes it easy to expand and grow your teaching abilities. Each class can be broken down and delivered in 45min, 60min, 75min, or 90min class formats. All classes can also be modified for hot environment.
Our approach allows our teachers to meet the needs of a diverse student base, to give themselves and their students a path to grow and develop their practice, and to give our teachers an edge up in the increasingly competitive yoga job market.
A set sequence of 33 yoga poses that gives your students a solid foundation on which to build their practice. Challenging, yet suitable for all levels of students. Ideal for teaching beginners.
Builds on the Classic Hatha sequence. Offers variety and creativity for yoga lovers ready to move beyond the 33 sequence. Easy to add on more poses for arms, core, hips, and/or backbends to stoke the interest of more experienced students.
Modifies the Hatha sequence into a flow class, making the practice more intense and physically challenging. Ideal for teaching experienced/ intermediate students. Surya Namaskar is a key part of this practice.
Yoga History & Philosophy
• Basic history, philosophy & evolution of yoga
• Eight kinds of Yogic study/ practice
• Eight limbs of Yoga
• Ancient Yogic texts: Bhagavad-Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and more
• Philosophy and lineage of Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar, Sri Pattabhi Jois, Paramhansa Yogananda, Bishnu Charan Ghosh, Bikram Choudhury, Andrey Lappa & Yogrishi Vishvketu
• Evolution of Yoga, from ancient Agni Kriya to modern contemporary practices
• Basic western anatomy & physiology
• Functional anatomy and physical structure
• Esoteric Anatomy & Chakra System
• How and why Hatha yoga is different from Vinyasa yoga
• Understanding the effects of static/dynamic practice
• Why the sequence is important in relation to practice style
• Special practices differentiating static-dynamic classes
• Timing & class management
• How to direct the class focus
• Demos & “mirroring” techniques
Asana – posture
• Knowledge of basic asanas
• Exploration of asana variations and intermediate asanas
• Alignment, common mistakes, and how to avoid injuries
• Medical benefits
• Balance between body, mind and breath
• How to sequence foundation practices: 45, 60, 75, & 90 minutes
• Deconstruct Classic Hatha practice sequence
• Understand how to modify the Classic sequence for experienced Hatha classes
• Explore how to evolve Hatha classes to embody vinyasa flow classes
• Special practices for hot classes in Hatha and Vinyasa Flow yoga
The Art of Teaching
• How to address a group of students
• How to use your own body as a teaching tool
• How to use your voice, volume, tempo and pacing
• How to read bodies and correct postures
• Choosing the right words
• Energy, passion, confidence, humour
• Using your presence & Self-awareness as a transformative teaching tool
Pranayama – Yogic Breathing
• The use of breath as a transformative tool for Self-awareness
• Breath control
• Different breathing techniques & purpose
• Exploration of benefits
• Balance/ alter emotions
• Regulate internal temperature
• What meditation is, and why it is practised
• Variety of meditation techniques and tools
• Quieting the mind to develop deeper levels of awareness
• Connecting with nature and the world you live in
• Connecting with the true Self
• General understanding of Sanskrit language
• What & why mantras are an effective tool for yoga
• Chanting, use of sound, resonance, vibration/ frequency and music
• Morals and ethics for yoga professionals
Diet, Nutrition & Hydration
• Purification through food
• Yogic diet guidelines
• Understanding the importance and effects of water
• Introduction to Ayurvedic medicine
• General understanding of the three main doshas and how to eat / live right for your type
Yoga & Business
• How to build a resume and apply at studios
• What’s needed to open your own studio
• Yoga registration procedures
• How to build a following
• Balancing money vs materialism
• Conflict resolution
• Relationships in the studio
• Sexual harassment
• Insurance / injuries
• Next steps for growth & development
Practice is an integral part of the programme, where techniques are learned, skills sharpened and the fire of transformation fuelled. The commitment to practise with the same group at the same time every day stokes the coals for change by providing the perfect catalyst to help break old habits and set a foundation for a new you. Morning practice is for experiential learning and evening practice allows practical refinement of topics covered in lecture.
8:00am – 6:00pm Daily (half day Sundays*)
· 8:00am – 9:30am Morning Practice
· 9:30am – 10:00am break
· 10:00am – 1:00pm Lecture A
· 1:00pm – 2:00pm break
· 2:00pm – 5:00pm Lecture B
· 5:00pm – 6:00pm Evening Practice
* Last Sunday, full day for graduation
This program enables 200-RYT certification with Yoga Alliance teacher training
Students who are interested in participating should bear in mind that this will be a physically and emotionally demanding programme. It will require a strong commitment and personal sacrifice, as well as the support of the student's primary support network. We emphasise that this programme may not be for everyone.
• Have a minimum of 1 year of yoga practice, with 6 months consistent hot practice
• Have passion to learn and personally explore the deeper dimensions of yoga
• Be free of major injuries going into the programme (students with minor but recurring injuries must inform the teacher of their conditions)
• Be fully committed to 100% attendance
• Be willing and able to forego most of their personal and professional commitments
Required Course Reading
• Hot Yoga: Energizing, Rejuvenating, Healing by Marilyn Barnett
• How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach
• How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
• Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
• Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
• Bhagavad Gita, any version (Stephen Mitchell’s version recommended)
• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, any version (Chip Hartranft’s version recommended)
• Students must submit an online application to register
• Your submitted application will be processed and reviewed
• You will be notified of approval by email within 3-5 working days
• Once approved, you will be sent a confirmation email with deposit (US$500)/ payment details to fully guarantee your space and a Welcome Letter with further programme details