Before you can teach effectively, you must be able to do skillfully.
The basic college curriculum includes 4 pillars: (1) alignment-based asana and pranayama; (2) applied philosophy; (3) nutrition and lifestyle choices; and (4) Heartfull Meditation™ to align your inner energies for transformation.
The College creates teaching mastery through clear, concise and detailed instruction. Creative and interactive teaching methodologies integrate fundamental concepts such as anatomy, safe and effective sequencing, precision in instruction, and seeing alignment clearly. Ample time is given to the actual art of teaching so you will be ready to stand in front of a classroom as soon as you graduate.
You also learn the seminal lessons of the ancient yogic texts, such as the Vedas, the Yoga Sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of the evolution of consciousness. More importantly, through lively classroom discussion and outside written assignments, the College teaches you to apply these lessons to your daily life and to your teaching so that the philosophy creates growth for you and your students. You receive thoughtful, written feedback on each written assignment that will hone your use of yoga philosophy in your life. The College engrains the information in you through repetition, refinement, and hands-on work.
To help you absorb this level of detail, the College uses a spiral curriculum. Each topic is covered three times. Each time a topic is revisited, students’ questions are answered and a new level of detail is added. Each spiral moves you to a deeper level of truth.
As you learn the foundational curriculum, you will also learn:
▪ To see and understand bodies, and give hands-on adjustments
▪ The benefits and contraindications of asana, and the use of props
▪ Anatomy and physiology of asana and pranayama
▪ To deal with students’ injuries and health conditions
▪ To center your mind and awaken your intuition
▪ Delivery, presentation and class control, especially in teaching beginners
▪ The effect of nutrition and a yogic lifestyle on your students, your teaching, and your life
▪ Ethics, business, and the professional and energetic boundaries of teaching
▪ How to apply timeless yogic philosophy to your classes and daily life