Alchemy of Yoga YTT Syllabus and Curriculum
200-Hour Program: EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR, ETHER
Through the Alchemy of Yoga expressed in Yoga Sutra 2.1, we see and feel the interconnectedness of all people, creatures, nature, and energies. This natural alchemy serves as a guide as you embark upon the path of self-study. This syllabus outlines the program dedicated lovingly to your self-development and greatest Happiness!
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I. FOUNDATION: Introduction
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
II. 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
III. WATER: Tapping into Your Potential
Body Love, Spiritual Happiness, Svadhaya of Possibility, Intention & Dharma, Vision Boards & Dream Journaling, The Five Koshas, Energetic Anatomy, The Psychology of Yoga + The Chakra System
IV. FIRE: 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
V. AIR: 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
VI. ETHER: Transformation into Living and Teaching Yoga
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, The Business of Yoga & Sustainability
Curriculum in line with Yoga Alliance Reqs
Yoga Technique, Training & Practice
Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra
This is the largest portion of the curriculum, including morning meditation, followed by daily Asana practice. Early morning Satsang will always include a form of meditation, and will also often include various traditional yoga techniques, such as Mantra repetition. The daily Asana portion is typically a vigorous 90 minute Vinyasa Flow class.
Personal Development and Sacred Principles of Teaching
Yoga is defined as the study of the self, to the self, through the self. Alchemy of Yoga is dedicated to self-study through both modern and ancient forms of personal development. We wholeheartedly believe the best teachers are those who know themselves the best. Therefore, we offer you ways to unlearn the obstacles to your happiness, how to harness the power of manifestation, and tap into your greatest personal potential. Yes, demonstrating, assisting, and adjusting students is certainly covered. But we also cover how to hold space for others, how to honor the sacred seat of the teacher, and the Alchemy of Communication from our highest selves using Non Violent Communication techniques (NVC). Our program is specifically geared help you discover your authentic voice.
Anatomy & Physiology
BOTH Physical & Energetic Anatomy
Alchemy of Yoga anatomical education is more than just learning about muscles and bones. You’ll learn about practical theories and how to apply them to real-life. We cover both the human physical anatomy (skeletal, muscular, respiratory, & cardiovascular systems) as well as energetic anatomy (prana, chakras, nadis, bandhas). There is a specific emphasis on understanding Ayurveda and it’s powerful role in promoting the Alchemy of Balance and Happiness in your life.
Yoga Philosophy & Ethics
From The Yoga Sutras to Modern-Day Positive Psychology
Alchemy of Yoga has a non-traditional approach to Yoga Philosophy. 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.
Practice Teaching, Video Feedback, Observations
Using mindful learning techniques, trainees will practice teaching in a variety of settings & scenarios (starting with one on one teaching.) We utilize technology, for example, via video feedback, as another layer to the learning process. Our Practicum is a practical approach to integrating your learning.
|Alchemy of Yoga Syllabus Overview|
|Alchemical Experience||Levels of Transformation||Spiritual Focus||Direction||Chakra||Element|
|Foundational Alchemy||Rooting into Yourself and Manifestation||Foundation||East||Chakra 1||Earth|
|Emotional Alchemy||Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility||Creation||West||Chakra 2||Water|
|Physical Alchemy||Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance||Ignition||South||Chakra 3||Fire|
|Mental Alchemy||Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness||Edification||North||Chakra 4||Air|
|Spiritual Alchemy||Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite||Liberation||Omnidirectional||Chakras 5, 6, 7||Ether|