Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term that translates into placing down, creating a composition, or assembling with intention. Similar to the deliberate arrangement of musical notes or steps along a path to the top of a mountain, Vinyasa yoga is the linking together of postures with awareness and the potent presence of breath.
From the changing of the seasons and the rise and fall of the tides to the movement of a baby fern unfurling everything in the world is breathing in a pulse of constant motion. Through vinyasa we can tap into this rhythm and attune with life in a more creative, intelligent and heartfelt way. Living life through the lens of vinyasa yoga is an invitation to be present, act with intention and build relationship with the natural cycles of life.
Curriculum Overview & Accreditation
The Teacher Training programs at Yoga Six are accredited by Yoga Alliance, the organization responsible for keeping the integrity and reputation of yoga and yoga trainings consistent throughout the world. By training with a Yoga Alliance accredited school like us you ensure that you receive a well-rounded education and meet the hour criteria in specific training categories. The majority of yoga establishments require teachers to hold a 200-hour certificate in order to teach.
The 200 hours required for certification are broken down into the following 6 categories:
The practice of yoga invites us into an inquiry of the body, breath, mind and heart while the Science of Yoga gives us practical tools to explore these particular landscapes.
- Learn in depth details of physical postures including standing poses, backbends, arm balances, twists, forward folds, and inversions.
- Discover clear alignment details, benefits and contraindications, and ways to adapt the pose for various populations.
- Explore specific breathing techniques that help create more energy, calm, focus and provide an integrative experience to past unresolved patterns.
- Experience meditation and discover ways to become more attentive, grow the scope of awareness, and enable the mind to function in greater harmony.
The art of teaching is a form of yoga in itself requiring sensitivity, compassion and practice. A teacher must encourage and inspire, and be sensitive to both the needs of individuals and those of the group. The practical and subtle aspects involved in teaching addressed in this course include:
- How to be an effective teacher
- Use of voice, body language and touch
- Vinyasa krama and intelligent sequencing
- Learning how to see and understand the body and how it moves
- The purpose and use of props, both in personal practice and the class setting
- Hands on adjustments
- Practice Teaching
Receive an in-depth understanding of yoga’s evolution and history. Explore the classical path of commitment illuminated in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which offers a practical model that, once absorbed, can be applied to all aspects of daily life. In addition to the classical traditions take in and inquire into the teachings of the Tantra which invite us into the artistry of skillfulness and heart on the human path.
Learn physical anatomy and physiology (bones, muscles, bodily systems and organs) as well as energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis and kochas). Study and apply these life-enhancing principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns) and daily life.
The practicum includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching, hearing/giving feedback and assisting students while someone else is teaching.
Learn about the essentials of working at a yoga studio, attracting private clients, locations to hold classes, rates, and industry trends. Develop a marketing plan with your own personal message as you brainstorm website, facebook, and other advertising ideas.