Requirements for SSAYTT 300-hour Yoga Alliance Certification:
One must choose and complete eight or nine* of the training modules (including the required modules) and one three- or five-day retreat immersion within a 3-year time span of the first completed module.
*Eight modules are required if one participates in a 5-day retreat immersion and nine modules are required if one participates in a 3-day retreat immersion.
Module and Retreat Immersion Descriptions
Below is a brief overview of each module. The topics listed here are not inclusive of everything covered in each module. For a more detailed description of each module, including the instructors and upcoming scheduled dates, click here or click the specific module title below for a full course description. Each module is a 4-day course including approximately 30 hours of in-class study. Some modules require pre-reading or other homework assignments to be completed before the module begins.
Participants explore the sister science to yoga, Ayurveda. In this module, students gain competency with the 5 elements, 3 doshas, Ayurvedic lifestyle practices, and the personalizing of yoga based on one’s doshic constitution. Other topics include doshic specific meditation, pranayama, and mantras and the 3 gunas.
Deepen and expand your teaching skills through in-depth study of applied anatomy and physiology for the yoga practitioner. A portion of this module is devoted to working with common physical imbalances seen in the yoga classroom. A strong focus on the musculo-skeletal system, looking at the muscles, bones, fascia, and kinesiology is included. This course offers instruction in safe and effective teaching of poses using anatomically correct cues.
Through the study of two prominent lineages of Yoga Nidra, one learns the major stages of a traditional Yoga Nidra practice. A background study of the philosophical theory of Yoga Nidra is offered to enhance one’s understanding of the technical practice. Participants both receive and lead daily Yoga Nidras in this module. One learns how Yoga Nidra offers physical rejuvenation, mental relaxation, spiritual growth, and overall wellness.
Through the practice and study of an Iyengar-influenced Hatha Yoga practice, participants hone their asana through a strong emphasis on traditional alignment. Intensive workshop-style asana classes focus on deepening the participants’ practices as well as the application in teaching. Complementing the work of the physical body, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are studied to give yoga teachers a more comprehensive view of the scope of classical yoga. A portion of this module is also devoted to Sanskrit language study.
Explore the spiritual heart of yoga through the practice of chanting. This module features an experiential and philosophical exploration into the path of Bhakti Yoga through kirtan, mantra, and talks on this branch of yoga. A study into the basic structure and key verses of the Bhagavad Gita, exploring karma and bhakti yogas is also a focus of this module.
In this module participants gain an in-depth understanding of the theory, practice, and effective teaching of pranayama and the stages of meditation. Through daily pranayama classes and practice teaching sessions, participants learn how to create a variety of pranayama sequences for specific needs. Accompanying the daily practice of pranayama are daily meditation practices that explore a variety of meditation styles. Participants not only build or strengthen their own meditation practices, but also learn how to lead students in meditation sessions.
Participants learn a form of Thai Yoga Dynamic Assisted Stretching (akin to bodywork), which increases the student’s understanding of the musculo-skeletal system, energetic anatomy and hands-on adjustments. The art of mindful, safe touch is covered in depth. This module focuses on moves applied to body in supine and seated positions. Thai Yoga gives the student the hours of safe hands-on experience to develop the confidence to enter into another person’s physical space respectfully.
Participants learn a form of Thai Yoga Dynamic Assisted Stretching (akin to bodywork), which increases the student’s understanding of the musculo-skeletal system, energetic anatomy, and hands-on adjustments. The art of mindful, safe touch is covered in depth. This module focuses on moves applied to body in prone and side-lying positions. Thai Yoga gives the student the hours of safe hands-on experience to develop the confidence to enter into another person’s body and space respectfully.
Participants receive a strong foundation in teaching asana, pranayama, and meditation to pregnant women to both relax and strengthen her body and mind. All three trimesters are covered in detail including the development of the woman’s body and that of the growing baby. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding the anatomical and physiological changes happening within a body during pregnancy and how yoga can support the health of a pregnant woman. Participants will learn how to adapt yoga poses to suit a pregnant body and how to sequence prenatal yoga classes.
This module provides participants with the skills to teach asana, pranayama, chanting, and meditation to children. Study includes a focus on the unique needs of three main developmental stages (physical and emotional) of children: ages 3-6, 7-11, and 12-14. Participants will learn how to play and lead yoga games, weave stories, and teach children to meditate, empowering young people to live and act with respect, discipline, awareness, and balance. In addition, one is educated as to how these activities are rooted in classic yogic philosophy and mythology.
This module provides participants with the skills to teach yoga in a safe and supportive manner to seniors. Check back in late spring 2016 for further details.
ShivaShakti Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Retreat Immersion
Silence & Simplicity: A Yoga & Meditation Immersion Retreat (5-day format)**
The retreat module emphasizes entering social silence in order to recognize one’s own heart and soul. This immersion into yogic living cultivates deep sadhana and inner silence within one’s self. The safe and nurturing retreat experience often reveals a profound level of inner peace. In that field of inner silence and peace there opens a whole field of choice to embody the heart’s authentic desire.
This retreat module celebrates the Goddess energy that exists in all people through the use of meditation, mantra, yoga and nature. Through social silence and immersion into yogic living in a pristine natural setting one can cultivate the creative Goddess energy within her/his own heart and soul. The safe and nurturing retreat experience often reveals a profound level of inner peace. In that field of inner silence and peace there opens a whole field of choice to embody the heart’s authentic desire.