What Kind of Yoga do we Teach?
We prepare students to teach inteligent vinyasa mindfully sequenced with an empahsis on breath, meditation, poses and a philosophical theme, which serves as the intention of the class. We are not just teachers of poses, we are inspiration leaders. We are Happiness Ambassadors who together are committed to Teach Peace.
One of the parts of this program we love so much are the daily Practice Teaching Sessions which are dedicated to yoga asana + technique as part of the Alchemy of Yoga: Tapas Class Plan. These sessions are designed to give you opportunities to hone your authentic voice, have some fun and receive feedback from your loving kula as you teach one another. These sessions will culminate in a final “Teach Out” session in which you teach 30 minutes of the Alchemy of Yoga class plan to your loving & supportive yoga teacher training tribe.
What are the key intentions for practice teaching?
Embody teaching practice.
Instead of intellectualizing the practice, actually do it.
Learn from doing.
Try, fail, try again.
Practice giving each other constructive feedback (help avoid the all good news way of being “too nice” as well as being too critical. Find the balance.
Trainees can confidently & authentically teach Alchemy of Yoga Class Plan.
Practicum Requirement for Graduation
A key requirement for certification from our program is practice teaching culminating in a teach out to a group and one-one with another student. What this looks like is:
1. Teach a pose to a peer during our Techniques Pose breakdown of Alchemy Asana’s when required during training.
2. Teach a mini vinyasa (a short sequence) to the whole group.
3. Teach the Tapas Alchemy of Yoga Class Plan based on Physical Alchemy and Grounding.
4. Teach with a Theme, a class intention in your 30 Minute Teach Out.
What is Alchemy of Yoga Flow
Our program is dedicated to the full expression of all Eight Limbs of Yoga inspired by the writings and teachings of Pantanjali as well as influenced by Joseph Campbell, Brene Brown, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn, Wayne Dyer, Thich Nhat Hahn, Shamanism, Mythology, Tantra, and Positive Psychology. This is an East meets West approach making mysticism and ancient technology practical for today.
Alchemy of Yoga has a non-traditional approach to Yoga Philosophy and living a Yogic lifestyle. Expect a healthy dialogue on key concepts from The Yoga Sutras as well as modern day philosophy and Positive Psychology. We are dedicated to presenting key traditional philosophical concepts, such as Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism). We will also explore ethical relationships and boundaries and what it means to be a psychologically healthy teacher. You will learn techniques about how to guide students to their own experience and be self-led through a non-authoritarian approach, and mindfulness practice as it relates to the business of being a yoga teacher.
The Alchemy of Yoga practice interweaves the philosophy of the Eight Limbed path of yoga in all we teach based in the teachings of Pantanjali, credited with compiling the Yoga Sutras. Therefore, like a sutra (a thread, a suture connecting one part to another), we see the practice of yoga as Physical, Mental and Spiritual Alchemy as all connected. Our intention is to serve our students through a prism of compassion allowing them to experience the full breadth of Yoga, leaving better than when they arrived. We strive to provide a safe loving environment where each individual is respected just as they are and allowed the space to come back home to their hearts. We commit to being guides to reference students back inwards to themselves. This means teaching the Art of Self-Discovery.
The Eight Limbs:
1. Yamas: Ethical guidelines for getting along with others in a mindful way based in integrity
2. Niyamas: Ethical guidelines for getting along with ourselves based in peaceful acceptance & self-love
3. Asana: Being in presence in the poses we do all day long
4. Pranayama: Breathing on purpose and with grateful recognition for its power
5. Prayahara: Moving away from the external drivers and opinions inwards to inner wisdom and intuition
6. Dharana: Discipline to maintain the practices we develop for the good of ourselves and the world
7. Dhyana: Meditation. Learning to be present.
8. Samadhi: Seeing everything and everyone as interconnected.
The Four Paths of Yoga:
1. Bhakti: Devotion – We begin class with mantra or meditation to center ourselves and invoke energy of alchemy of elements or spirit to help us in our practice.
2. Jnana: Knowledge – We use practical, mindful themes to inspire our students, helping them come back home to their hearts and know their highest self once again.
3. Raja: Eight-Fold Path – We ground into the system of the eight-fold path to help us reveal our greatest potential and support the unfolding of higher consciousness.
4. Karma: Selfless Service – We serve as the Lighthouse for others dedicated to the oneness of all.
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