Thanks for your interest in the upcoming 200 hour program! Below is a basic outline of our curriculum. If you have questions, please email yogakittery@gmail.com.

Yoga Darshana Curriculum: The science of movement, the art of yoga.

Movement Science, Part 1 (definitions and intro to the skeletal system)

We will learn the definitions of the key terms of movement science: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics; planes and directionals; and the skeletal system including identifying 206 bones, functions of bone, types of joints and joint movements (flexion, abduction, etc), the regions and functions of the spine, and ligaments. 

Movement Science, Part 2 (introduction to soft tissue)

We will define and identify soft tissue: the muscular system, fascia, tendons and cartilage. We will identify and learn the function of major muscles and muscle groups, we will learn types of muscles, types of contraction, the sliding filament theory, the histology of muscle and fascia, the nervous system and it's primary divisions and functions. The other systems of the body (respiratory, vascular, endocrine) will be briefly introduced. 

Applied Anatomy 1 (understanding variation in human movement in the upper body)

We will discuss and demonstrate how movement is varied among individuals. Using our foundation from Movement Science 1 and 2, we will work with volunteers (in the group and from the studio) to view how poses are composed of compounded joint positions, and how each person will perform them differently based on skeletal and soft tissue restrictions. Framed as a positive and intriguing concept (as opposed to negative limitations), we will learn to look at poses in reference to the individuals doing them. We will assess range of motion to determine what sort of restrictions they are (joint capsule, bone, soft tissue, local restriction, global restriction). 

Applied Anatomy 2 (understanding variation in human movement in the lower body)

We will discuss and demonstrate how movement is varied among individuals. Using our foundation from Movement Science 1 and 2, and Applied Anatomy 1, we will work with volunteers (in the group and from the studio) to view how poses are composed of compounded joint positions, and how each person will perform them differently based on skeletal and soft tissue restrictions. Framed as a positive and intriguing concept (as opposed to negative limitations), we will learn to look at poses in reference to the individuals doing them. We will assess range of motion to determine what sort of restrictions they are (joint capsule, bone, soft tissue, local restriction, global restriction). 

Asana Techniques

We will discuss how to develop and devote time to a personal practice, and why this is fundamental. We will learn the English names and commons variations on names, the categories of poses (orientation to gravity and actions of the spine), the fundamentals of alignment (using tadasana as a base of neutral), understanding the beginner's habits, understanding the cultural context in which we practice (seated, sedentary). We will learn how to apply the fundamental of alignment to more complex poses (inversions, hand balances, back bends), how to discern when a student can progress to a deeper pose, understanding how injury and illness require adapting. We will review Beginner Level poses (poses to do and to teach): tadasana, vrksasana, uttanasana, utkatasana, utthita trikonasana, virabhadrasana 1, 2, 3, adho mukha svanasana, baddha konasana, bharadvajasana, bhujangasana, dandasana, garbhasana, janu sirsasana, parsvottanasana, paschimottanasana, prasarita padottanasana, anjaneyasana, savasana, setu bhandasana, sukhasana, supta padangusthasana a, b, c. Advanced Level poses include (poses to refine and perhaps teach when appropriate): sirsasana, sarvangasana, ustrasana, dhanurasana, urdhva dhanurasana, kapotasana, virasana, parsvakonasana, parivrtta parsvakonasana, parivrtta trikon, upavistha konasana, marichyasana 3, chaturanga dandasana, urdhva mukha svanasana, bakasana, ardha chandrasana. We will learn the indications and contraindications for these practices. 

Pranayama and Meditation Techniques

We will learn and practice beginner level pranayama will include: even breathing (sama vritti), 3 part breathing, 2 versions of interrupted breathing (viloma). We will learn and practice beginner level meditation techniques: guided imagery and breath counting. We will learn the indications and contraindications for these practices. 

History, Philosophy and Sanskrit

We will study the historical timeline of yoga (the Vedas, the 6 classical schools of Indian philosophy, Patanjali, Tantra, to a modern yoga class) and the Yoga Sutras (with a focus on the Yama and Niyama), the meaning of common Sanskrit words (om, namaste, common posture names, etc). Other topics and the Bhagavad Gita, comparison of Yoga to Buddhism, modern teachers, styles, and lineages and the role of Tantra in modern yoga, the Sanskrit alphabet and 4-6 short chants. We will also review relevant topics in today's yoga, including the roles of tradition and science. 

Energetic and Subtle Anatomy

We will study energetic and subtle systems: the systems that include nadi, vayu, chakra system, kosha and sharira, bandha. We will discuss how these are aspects of purusha and prakriti. We include techniques and practices that highlight these systems and discuss how to integrate them into personal practice and in teaching classes. 

Ethical Considerations in Teaching Yoga

Ethical Considerations for Teaching Yoga will be a five hour study of how to uphold a basic code of ethical behavior as a yoga teacher. This will include a study of Yoga Alliance's code of conduct, as well as codes of conduct for other professions for comparison. This will include discussion, reading from Donna Farhi's book "Teaching Yoga" and a group activity using hypothetical situations that could challenge ethical behavior. Experienced teachers in the group will be encouraged to share their personal experiences, and any novice teachers will be encouraged to ask frank questions. Topics to be discussed: power differentials, sexual misconduct, gender and racial equity in yoga, making yoga more inclusive, the scope of practice for a yoga teacher, and the role of seva in yoga. The application of yama and niyama will be included. 

The Art of Teaching Yoga, Part 1

The Intro to the Art of Teaching: we will learn about sequencing and themes, adjusts and modifications, observation and assessment, styles of learning, styles of teaching. Attention will be paid to verbal cues, hands on teaching and visual demos. We will cover basic topics: how to create a general, all purpose beginner level sequence, how to teach beginner basics, how to administer basic adjusts and modifications for limitations (ie, a block for the bottom hand in Trikonasana), how to cultivate clear language, common mistakes of new teachers, proper classroom demeanor, how to teach different styles of learners. 

The Art of Teaching Yoga, Part 2

In the second part of the Art of Teaching, we will learn about more nuanced topics: creative and effective sequencing, how to determine a beginner student from an intermediate student, how to use adjusts and modifications to deepen a pose (a block under the forehead for dog pose), how to progress language with inspiration and metaphors, how to demonstrate a pose, how to assess the efficacy of your own teaching. 

Business of Yoga

We will learn about average wages, studio contracts, independent teaching vs employee teaching, tax basics, profit and loss, record keeping, local, state and federal business basics and marketing and promotion. 

Teaching Practicum

Students will be required to teach 5 one-hour classes. Two will be offered to the public, and three will be held in the training. The lead trainer will observe all community classes. Feedback will be given following each class taught. 

Observing Practicum

Students will be required to observe 3 classes in other studios and to give a written evaluation of these classes, to include observation of teaching styles, learning styles, modifications offered, lineage, sequence and other stylistic components.