Do you want to be an effective and powerful vinyasa teacher? Do you want to fill the room and be a teacher whose classes are well attended? Can you do both? This six-session online course for existing yoga teachers will take your skills and your teaching career to new levels.
Whether you are a vinyasa teacher looking for new skills and tools, or an alignment-based teacher seeking to broaden your range, this course will give you many tools to implement immediately. As vinyasa yoga becomes more common, quality varies greatly. Vinyasa classes more closely resemble fitness classes (remember aerobics?) than ever before, and “vinyasa culture” is sitting on a spectrum that seems to grow broader by the hour. In this class, we will explore how to CREATE the experience of being in a FLOW STATE and use strategies and techniques to set your students up for success. Become an effective and powerful yoga teacher and the quality and integrity of your offering will be magnetic and magical. This course is accredited through Yoga Alliance and counts towards 20 hours of non-contact continuing education hours, which fulfills the entire 3-year requirement for teachers.
- Each session is recorded, archived and available to watch on your own time, whenever you like, as many times as you like, via our website.
- Immediately after purchase, your course or practice will be available in the “My Library” section of our platform when you are logged into the website.
- You may access your library’s content for one year from your date of purchase.
- All sessions require an internet connection capable of streaming video. Videos are not available to download.
- Study sessions consist of online lessons.
- Practice sessions consist of asana practices.
- Some courses may provide materials and worksheets. These materials and worksheets will be made available for viewing and download in the “My Library” section of our platform when you are logged into the website.
- All courses have a Forum where students may connect and discuss course content.
- You must be 18 years old to participate.
- For questions or trouble with the technology, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Session #1: Form, Function & Flow – what every vinyasa teacher needs to know; organizing principles and essential skills
- What is vinyasa yoga? Etymology of vinyasa, definitions, historical context and contemporary vinyasa traditions/styles
- Organizational principles of vinyasa
- Vinyasa teaching strategies and skills
- Vinyasa sequencing
- Levels of vinyasa classes: Level 1, Mixed Levels, Level 2-3
- How to balance pose instruction with rhythm, pace and flow
- How to teach and not lose momentum and flow
- How to cue the breath and keep consistent rhythm
- Physical adjustments
- Demonstration techniques
- Environment: classroom organization, heat, light, music
- Seat of the Teacher; how to hold the space of challenge and compassion
Session #2: Foundations of Flow: Effective and safe 60-minute level 1 classes c’ont
- Level 1 syllabus of poses
- Sequencing of level 1
- Difficult poses and transitions and common misalignments
- How to begin class: arriving and settling poses
- How to introduce and teach seated ujayii pranayama
- Lesson planning: progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara A
- Lesson planning: How to give effective Chaturanga Dandasana (modified) tutorial
- Lesson planning: Progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara B
- How to balance instruction with pace, rhythm and flow
- How to give effective (brief) postural demonstrations
- Modifications, options and prop use and other pose improvement strategies
Session #3: Foundations of Flow: Effective and safe 60-minute level 1 classes c’ont
- How to introduce and teach mula and uddiyana bandha
- How to create focus and provide recovery time during class
- Repetition; instructional round and 1 breath per pose round
- Lesson planning: progressive sequencing for Surya Namaskara C (standing pose linkings)
- Lesson planning: abdominal strengthening, arm balances and forward bends
- Lesson planning: basic backbends
- Closing postures, savasana and ending class
Session #4: Meaningful Boundaries: 75-minute mixed level vinyasa classes to PEAK POSE (backbend)
- Mixed level syllabus of poses; standing poses and backbends
- How to introduce and teach supine ujayii pranayama
- How to teach with meaningful options and stages for all levels of students
- How to teach handstand and forearm balance in mixed level vinyasa
- Mixed level strategies for Surya Namaskar, A, B & C
- How to never give up on improving chaturanga dandasana
- How to progressively prepare for safe and effective backbend peak pose classes
- How to introduce and teach nadi shodhana pranayama
Session #5: Meaningful Boundaries: 75-minute mixed level vinyasa classes to PEAK POSE (arm balance/hip opener)
- How to teach headstand in mixed level
- Mixed level syllabus of arm balances, hip openers and forward bends
- How to progressively prepare for effective arm balance/hip opener peak pose mixed level classes
- How to introduce and teach viloma pranayama, kumbaka
Session #6: Raise the Bar: 90-minute intermediate/advanced vinyasa classes PEAK SEQUENCE
- Intermediate/advanced syllabus of poses
- How and when (and when not to) to teach intermediate/advanced vinyasa
- How to increase the challenge and safely manage risk
- Set your students up for success; no curve balls, no surprises
- How to sequence intelligently for peak sequence
- Intermediate/advanced vinyasa transitions and skills
- How to teach kapala bhati pranayama
- How to effective lead practice-style classes
- Hard work vs play
- An internet connection
- A minimum of a 200RYT is recommended (not required)
- A computer, smartphone or tablet
- An interest in anatomy
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
- A digital camera or phone with photo capability
- Motivation and self-directed learning
- Desire to interact and participate in an online group forum
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“I'm still pretty new to yoga, but I have struggled to find teachers online or in real life who get into the real nitty gritty of how to get the most out of each pose. The two videos of yours I've come across have not only kicked my ass and left me sweating, but I feel like I had to send you a message of thanks because you fundamentally changed my relationship to my own body (especially hips and pelvic floor, parts of me I'd never given much if any thought to previously). Thanks for taking the time to really explain these concepts, movements, and sensations in a clear and accessible way. You're an excellent teacher!” - Dave Hanon
“Compliments to Noah and his team for putting together excellent materials. Even though I am a certified yoga teacher, I feel it’s always good to go back with a beginner’s mind and learn again. These trainings (Art of Sequencing, Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga Poses, and Yoga 101) are very high quality and I am excited to ‘sharpen the saw’ through them.” - Olin LevittRead More Testimonials