100-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

    100-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

    Restorative Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training

    This Restorative Yoga and meditation Teacher training is done in 4 modules called “Fundamentals” (1, 2 , 3 & 4). “Fundamentals” need to be followed in order. Each module includes assignments: readings, observing classes, practicing teaching and assisting.

    A certification is given after fully completing each Fundamental.

    Fundamentals 1 – Introduction to Restorative yoga

    * How Restorative Yoga was developed

    * Restorative Yoga as a counter cultural yoga practice

    * RY as the practice of “Being”

    * The Benefits of RY and how to apply them to daily life

    * The pillars of Restorative Yoga

    • The practice of RY and the 8 limbs in the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

     

    Restorative Yoga floor orientated poses and Yin Yoga Poses

    *Description and daily practice: Forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends, inversions

    • Own practice and the understanding by the body mind system

     

    The use of “props” in Restorative Yoga and its modifications

    * Understanding of the use of props in RY

    • The use of props adapted to different body structures and needs
    • The use of props as a “message” to the nervous system

     

    Breathing exercises in a Restorative Yoga practice to support the holding of the poses and the cleansing process

    *Pranayama during the practice of RY

    * “Sigh” breath and its benefits

    * Anxiety, stress and the practice of “sigh” breath

     

    Mindfulness the meaning of letting go during the RY poses

    * Theory and practice of Mindfulness

    * The meaning of letting go

    • The connection of Mindfulness & letting go in the practice of RY

     

    Meditation and Meditation techniques

    * Differences in Meditation and Meditation techniques

    * Meditation within the context of the 8 limbs in the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

    *Learning and practice of different techniques of passive and active    meditations

    * The benefits of Meditation

    * Own meditation practice

    • Meditation techniques suitable for different personalities

     

    Recommended books

    “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda”

    “Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” by Judith Hanson Lasater

    “The Orange Book” by Osho

    “Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga” by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

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    Fundamentals 2

    * Review of Contents Fundamentals 1

    • How Restorative Yoga was developed

     

    Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga poses

    * Description and daily practice: Forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends, inversions and their modifications

    * Own practice and its understanding by the body mind system

     

    Visualization: Directing the power of the Mind towards healing and

    wholeness

    * The thoughts as creative forces

    * Activating the intuitive force that lies within you

    * The subconscious mind

    * Visualization: technique and practice

    • Yoga Nidra and its practice in RY

     

    Exercises of Self-Inquiry: Working with the Zen koan “Who Am I?”

    * The Self-Inquiry method: Practice and Purpose of Self-Inquiry

    • The Life changing question “Who Am I”

     

    Alignment & yoga Adjusting through touch in Restorative Yoga

    * Introduction to mindful touch

    * Adjusting in RY: the difference with other styles of Yoga

    * Intuitive touch and adjustments

    * When to adjust and how to approach the student/client

    * Guiding adjustment as an alternative to “hands-on”

    * Using props to assist instead of “hands-on”

    • Knowing your self: main tool for kind touch and “hands on”

     

    Practicing & developing teaching skills

    * Verbal instructions and tone of voice

    • Guidelines toward focus and attention

     

    Recommended books

    “Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times” by Judith Hanson Lasater (revision from Fundamentals 1)

    “Awakening the Spine” by Vanda Scaravelli

    “Yoga Nidra” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

    A book on “mindful touch” from the student’s choice

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    Fundamentals 3

    *Review of Contents Fundamentals 2

     

    Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga poses

    * Description and daily practice: Forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends,

    inversions and their modifications

    • Own practice and its understanding by the body mind system

     

    The use of music during a yoga practice

    * The effect of music

    * Setting the tone of a class using music

    * The use of music in a RY class

    * The use of music in your own practice

    * The use of music in Yoga and its controversies

    * Practicing and sharing a RY class with music

    • The use of music in a Meditation practice and RY class

     

    Observing other teachers in Restorative Yoga and Meditation classes

    * The Art of receiving and giving feedback

    • Constructive comments and supporting others to hold space
    • Creating classes and teaching to a group

    * Guidelines and preparing a RY class

     

    Healthy Lifestyle: Restoring and re-setting the body into its natural ways of healing

    * Taking responsibility for your health as a yoga teacher

    * Having a balanced lifestyle as a responsibility as a yoga teacher

    * Yoga as a lifestyle

    • Yoga off the mat

     

    Recommended books

    Watch the documentary: “(Official Movie) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?”

    A book of the participant’s choice on Meditation techniques

    “Eating for Beauty” by David Wolfe

    “Chakras & the Archetypes. Uniting Energy Awareness & Spiritual Growth” by Ambika Wauters

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    Fundamentals 4

    *Review of Contents Fundamentals 3

    Practice of Yin Yoga asanas and Restorative Yoga Asanas

    * Each day includes asana practice, talks and Q&A.

     

    General Anatomy in the practice of Yin and Restorative Yoga

    * Subtle and physical anatomy and physiology of the Yin and Restorative Yoga practice

    * Meridian theory and the movement of “chi” or “prana” in the body

    * The nervous system

    * Relevant modifications, contraindications and adjustments in Yin and Restorative Yoga practice

     

    Methods for Body Cleanse & Detoxing process

    * Body Detox for a clean energetic body

    * How and why to do a Body Cleanse

    * The detoxing process and its benefits for a yogi

    * Natural healing foods and Super Foods to tune into higher vibrations

    * The importance of a high vibrational diet and its connection with the yoga

    practice and a yogi’s life

    * What foods are healing and how to adapt them to the specific environment

    * Creating the set-up to live in high vibration

    • Practical ways to support others to live in higher vibrations

     

    Environmental awareness and the contribution of yoga teachers to a more kind and friendly planet

    * Proposals to contribute to an environmental friendly planet as a yoga teacher

    * The path of “green yoga”

    * The teaching of Yoga in different environments

     

    Body movement and emotional release: from movement to stillness

    * Movement and dance as healing techniques

    * Movement and dance as meditation techniques

    * The skills of meditation, and the balancing nature of savasana and conscious relaxation

    • The practice of active meditation techniques to support emotional release

     

    Reflection and the practice of Silence and Meditation

    * Learning the practice of Silence and “non-doing”

    * Incorporating Silence to your daily life

    • What is a Silence retreat and its benefits in your everyday life

     

    Main essential skills of a yoga teacher in the practice and teaching of

    Restorative Yoga

     

    Recommended books

    “Light on Yoga” by B.K.S. Iyengar

    “The Heart of Yoga. Developing a personal practice” by T.K.V. Disikachar

    “Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit” by Donna Farhi

    “The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers

    “Yin Yoga” by Paul Grilley

    “Insight Yoga” by Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley

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