This continuing education course intended for registered yoga teachers (RYT) dives deep into the first branch of Yoga: the Yamas. As yoga teachers, we are the facilitators of deep and ancient traditions. It is our responsibility to promote self-exploration and awareness in our students, and to spread Yoga’s message of love and compassion.
This yoga philosophy course explores the five ethical guidelines of self-conduct including non-violence, honesty, trust, restraint, and non-attachment. Together we will explore each principle so you can gracefully infuse them into your classes and flows.
In this course, you will learn:
• Why the Yamas are the first branch of Yoga
• The roots and teachings of each principle
• Their importance and relevance in the modern day
• The significance of their order
• How each yama can manifest/appear within our personal asana practice and daily life
• Techniques, skills, and practical applications to employ to align your thoughts, words, and actions with these ancient tenets
• Examples of how to infuse your classes with yama philosophy, breath work, and asana
Each yama module contains three parts: a lecture; a mantra, pranayama, or mudra practice; and a full-length flow with students. In the asana classes, Janet provides inspiration for your classes by breaking down how to teach and structure a class around a Yama.
Also included in this teacher’s course is a comprehensive PDF. This 50-page workbook breaks down each yama into three sections: Learn, Practice, and Teach. The “Learn” portion of the PDF provides detailed information on each yama and contains real-world examples of when and how they appear within our lives both on and off the mat. The “Practice” and “Teach” sections invite personal reflection and development. Their homework and self-study assignments will awaken the Yamas within you by prompting you to look deep within to extract personal experiences in each yama. The result is a unique and powerful gift to both you and your students.
When we follow the yamas, our practice becomes richer, reaching newfound depths that extend beyond our rectangular mat and into our everyday life. And through this personal process, we also become better teachers – our message becomes more authentic, genuine, and clear. The words we speak, lessons we teach, and stories we share come from a well filled with ancient wisdom and personal experience.