Breakdown of Hours
MODULE 1 – 85 Hours
MODULE 2 – 60 Hours
Alchemy of Yoga Program Description
Foundation + Physical Alchemy – Tapas
To start this journey together, we will explore the self. We will root into a foundation that is grounded in our highest potential. In addition, this module will focus on Sun Salutations, General Principles of Poses, The Stages of Poses, Benefits of Poses, Purpose of Poses, How to Teach a Pose safely to all levels of students, Meditation, Pranayama and yoga Therapeutics. (Training Manual EARTH + FIRE sections; Chakras 1-3)
Physical + Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya
This module will focus on the fundamental principles of Hatha Yoga (Sun/Moon) including an introduction to classical yoga philosophy (Yoga Sutras: Yamas and Niyamas, 8 Limbed Path), history of yoga, basic Sanskrit, the implications of Ethical Behavior and living your yoga with an Ethical Code and Ecological integrity. (Training Manual FIRE+ AIR sections; Chakras 4-5)
Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana.
This module will focus on the art of teaching including creative sequencing in class design, developing life affirming class themes, importance of positive languaging, voice intonation, musical awareness, and how to teach to the heart of the student. This section also focuses on the healthy Teacher-Student relationship: understanding it and how to resolve ethical issues. The Art of Assisting (verbal and physical adjustments and enhancements) in an authentic, safe and generous way. (Training Manual WATER section; Chakras 6, 7)
APPRENTICESHIP: This portion of training will focus on the practical skill development of apprenticeship through observing classes, assistant teaching, and Karma yoga (community service yoga offering). Also explored will be personal development with respect to the Business of Yoga.
Post Training Mentoring Includes but is not Limited to: Planning a yoga career/business: how to best market yourself while maintaining strong ethical standards and life balance; How to resolve ethical issues that arise from teaching yoga
How Does Alchemy of Yoga Work?
Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together for 200 hours with the purpose of uplifting their lives and expanding their consciousness into radical authenticity. The result is something beyond words. It is, as best as I can explain it, the Alchemy of Yoga. Chapter 2, Verse 1 of the Yoga Sutras sets forth how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works. “Tapas svadhyaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga.” Translated to mean that yoga helps us transform ourselves on three levels:
1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas: Ignites the changes we want to make in our lives. It is about the getting fired up and passionate. Literally it means heating the body through moving and breathing in the vinyasa.
𐄁 Initiation into Truth, The Four Agreements, How to Live an Inspired Life, Alchemy as a Map of Transformation, How and Why Alchemy of Yoga Works
EARTH: Manifestation – Rooting into Self
𐄁 Freedom from Fear/Shadow Work, Ethical Guidelines, Greatness & Living Honorably, The Hero/Heroine’s Path, Power of Manifestation, Living Your Yoga
WATER: Creation – Tapping into Your Potential
𐄁 Body Love, Spiritual Happiness, Svadhaya of Possibility, Intention & Dharma, Vision Boards & Dream Journaling, The Five Koshas
FIRE: Ignition – Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance
𐄁 Recapitulation, Intrinsic & Extrinsic Movement, Bandhas, Somatics, The Neuroscience of Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice, Sun Salutations, Dancing Warriors, Moon Salutations, Mandala Namaskars, General Principles of Poses (Purpose, Stages & Benefits), How to Teach a Pose Safely to All Levels of Students, Stress Response + Relaxation 101, Restorative Poses, Yoga Therapeutics, Anatomy – Muscles + Bones
2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya: While we are following the discipline of tapas and engaging in physical practice to help move our stuck energy we are watching ourselves. In yoga we study the self to learn about the self. Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. We witness what is going on in our thoughts, what are we thinking. We tune in to our intuition to enhance clarity and harmony between what we think, say and do. We remember to remember who we really are. Through this, our ego softens from being I centered to seeing our interconnectedness to all things, people, nature, energies. We humbly realize our nature of union in this inter web.
AIR: Edification – Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness
𐄁 Yoga History + Lineages, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Yamas & Niyamas, Alchemy of Balance + Happiness, Breathing (Pranayama), Meditation (Dhyana), Ayurveda, Dinacharya, Doshas + Guidelines for Balancing the Doshas, Nourishing the Physical Body + Ayurvedic Diet, Food Plans to Balance the Doshas
3. Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana: As we are doing and watching, we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to mix together. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it is doing. Once we find this trust, we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within us flowing non-stop. We understand that there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural alchemy once again.
ETHER: Liberation – Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite
𐄁 The Psychologically Healthy Teacher, Teaching as Art, Skill, & Service, Staying Inspired as a Teacher, Teacher Mission Statement, Teaching to the Heart of the Student, Creating a Safe & Sacred Space, Assessment of Class Energy, Mood, Style, The Essence of Great Teaching, Teacher & Student Relationship, Honoring the Sacred Seat of the Teacher, Ethical Relationships & Boundaries, Alchemy of Communication, Learning Sanskrit, Languaging, Class Theme Preparation, How to Theme in a Psychologically Healthy Way, How to Guide Students to Their Own Experience, The Art of Sequencing Vinyasa Flow, Wave Theory & Choreography, Energetic Anatomy, The Psychology of Yoga + The Chakra System, The Business of Yoga & Sustainability