We will start working with the building blocks and smaller sections of the practice by analyzing asanas individually, then gradually move on to creating flowing and conscious sequences, linking poses in a specific way to create a specific effect. We will learn how to build the practice towards a peak pose or around a theme or how to weave a teaching from yoga philosophy into asana practice. We will learn how to engage body, mind and spirit and guide them towards the same specific goal.
This course focuses on teaching and practicing in a safe way. We will learn functional anatomy, analyse the human body in motion, and work to ensure safety not only in stillness in yoga postures, but also throughout movements. We will look at the interaction between the movement of the body and the nervous system and how a wide range of motion in the body will affect the brain as well as the chemistry of the body.
Teaching yoga is a special form of communication where you have to combine verbal and non-verbal tools of communication in an artful way to get your message through. We will break down the components of communication and we will practice teaching in „bite size” portions to help you master this complex skill by the end of the course.
Filling the form with content
Moving from simple towards complex, we will first look at alignment in each pose, then work towards an understanding of what is filling up the form from the inside. We will also examine how to use bandhas in your body to harness the power of prana, how to use your breath combined with the movement to have more energy after the practice than before, and how to achieve the state of consciousness called yoga.
The aim of yoga practice is not only to become relaxed at the end, but to stay relaxed throughout the practice, even when your body, mind and spirit face challenging situations on the yoga mat. Judit’s signature guided relaxation techniques combine classic yoga nidra principles with creative visualisation.
Controlling body (with asana), mind (with meditation) and breath (with pranayama) may be practiced simultaneously or separately. We are all different, which means that some meditation techniques work better for a certain type of person than others. During this course we will practice a variety of methods to help you choose the best one(s) for you, and so that you can recommend techniques to your students.
Adapting the practice to special needs
This is a basic yoga teacher training course that will prepare you to teach a group class to a mixed group of students. However, we will look into how a private class is different from a group setting, and what modifications may be offered to students in a group or private class (for example, students with spine problems, various injuries and conditions), with special focus on expectant and post-partum mothers.