Yoga Teacher Training Philosophy

Philosophy

Global Yoga Shala ManualsOur 200-Hour / 500-Hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training program provides students with the instructional foundation, core yogic knowledge and ethical principles to become professional, confident yoga instructors while providing an environment where the student can deepen their self-practice.  Our Yoga Teacher Training is a 28-day intensive immersion program, that exceeds the Yoga Alliance 200 & 500-Hour international yoga teacher training curriculum requirements.

Global Yoga Shala respects the long history and tradition of yoga. Our yoga teacher training programs are based in a classical yoga tradition as the foundational practice (Ashtanga yoga), while providing instruction and insight into more recent practices and styles of yoga such as Vinyas flow, Yin Yoga, restorative Yoga, as compliments to the classical approach. Global Yoga Shala believes all serious yoga professionals should study a classical form of yoga, benefiting from its rich history, tradition and discipline; no matter what style of yoga the student goes on to pursue as an instructor. Having an understanding in classical yoga develops more knowledgeable yoga instructors.

At the same time, Global Yoga Shala’s believes that there is no one answer in Yoga, no one voice. There are many approaches and many voices discussing and teaching yoga and they are all valuable. Yoga, both classical and modern, is a practice made up of highly diverse styles and approaches; which add to the richness of the yoga tradition. Any Yoga Teacher Training should honor this diversity regardless of tradition, creating an environment where each candidate can grow and choose the yoga path right for them.

So, which is the best yoga style? The best yoga is the one that works for you.

In recognition of yoga’s diversity, Global Yoga Shala strives to provide a diverse and comprehensive curriculum, (see more information below), in its yoga teacher training program in order to produce well-rounded and knowledgeable instructors. This diversity allows future instructors to experience a number of yogic approaches and styles not only to increase their knowledge but also to help them find the style or styles that will form the basis of their own personal practice. As well, those students who come to our training already strongly rooted in a particular tradition will benefit from the classical yogic approach and exposure to other, more modern traditions.

Curriculum

Practice:

Our foundational asana practice for this yoga teacher training is the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Students learn the asanas of the Ashtanga primary series, the 70+ asana sequence, Sanskrit posture names, opening/closing chants, principles of Ujayi and synchronization of breath corresponding to each posture. In addition to Ashtanga, other main forms of Hatha, such as Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Gentle and Restorative Yoga are taught and practiced as complementary practices to Ashtanga. Download our Ashtanga yoga primary series practice sheet, a great tool for your practice.

Classes:

Our yoga teacher training theory covers the main aspects of the Yoga Philosophy, History and Literature and emphasizes the importance of proper alignment, injury prevention, and anatomy. The Holistic health and healing system of as Ayurveda, and proper yogic nutrition principles are also incorporated as an important part of the program. Pranayama, mantra chanting, and several meditation techniques complete our comprehensive training curriculum.

Reading list:

We require and suggest to read specific books prior to our yoga teacher training. The reading list will be part of the information package sent to registered participants.

Standards:

Our yoga teacher training curriculum meets and exceed Yoga Alliance standards. Consult our RYS 200 or RYS 500 curriculum breakdown.

Sample of the curriculum classes:

  • Primary series led and Mysore style
  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ethical guidelines for Yoga Teachers
  • Philosophy of yoga, study of the Yoga Sutras
  • History of Yoga
  • Ayurveda Overview
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Yin yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation / Guided meditation
  • Adjustment techniques
  • Inversions
  • Sequencing
  • Injury prevention
  • Business of yoga
  • Ethics

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Schedule:

Our weekly schedule includes 6 days a week of instruction with 1 day of rest.
Typical daily schedule is as follow. (It may varies slightly from training to training).

  • 6:30 – 8:30am  Ashtanga primary series or Vinyasa flow / Pranayama practice
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Clinics and Workshops
  • 12:30 – 3:00pm Lunch break
  • 3:00 – 4:00pm Theory
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm Restorative yoga / Relaxation
  • 5:00 – 5:30pm Meditation/ Journaling
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00 – 8:00pm Evening Meditation

Instructors

Global Yoga Shala structures each yoga teacher training program to include two highly experienced instructors. Each instructor brings his or her own unique style and teaching method as well as personal practice to our program. While the fundamentals of good yoga practice remain constant: ethics, injury prevention, strong foundation in anatomy, etc., we encourage our instructors to add to our body of knowledge so that we are sure to include varied perspectives on the great tradition of yoga in our training. In this way students benefit from two very experienced instructors and two differing perspectives to enhance their experience. More info on our instructors.

Who may apply to our Yoga Teacher Training?

  • Serious yoga students of all levels who would like to deepen their own practice and increase their knowledge of yoga or who would like to start teaching.
  • Yoga teachers who would like to expand their theoretical knowledge and deepen their teaching skills.

Things to keep in mind for your Yoga Teacher Training program