EQUANIMITY HATHA YOGA: Teacher Training – SUMMER 2017

4 WEEKS:

Week 1: June 26-30, Ghosh Yoga & Level One with Jane Clark

Week 2: July 17-21, Ghosh Flow and Core Strength with Jane Clark

Week 3: August 7-11, Bikram Yoga with Chris Fluck

Week 4: August 28 – September 1, Alignment with Kyle Ferguson

Cost: $1,500.00

 

Typical Week Schedule

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PRACTICE:

During the four weeks of training, trainees are to practice twice daily, Monday-Friday. 9:30 am every day and the first evening class of the day (Mon/Wed @ 5:30pm, T/Th @ 6:30pm & Fri @ 4:30pm). In addition, trainees need to practice an additional 40 hours at Equanimity prior to receiving their certificate.

TEACHERS:

Jane Clark is the owner and director of Equanimity Hatha Yoga in West Chester, Pennsylvania Jane started practicing yoga in 1996 and is certified in both Ghosh and Bikram Yoga. Jane will lead the training and will be available to assist students with any part of their journey. 

Simply Beth Gibbs is a yoga instructor at Equanimity Hatha Yoga and has been teaching yoga for over a decade. She has developed her own unique style and will be the teaching coach for this training. She will assist the trainees in developing their own teaching methods and finding their unique voice. Simply will also work with trainees to build confidence and presence within the yoga room.

Kyle Ferguson is a yoga instructor at Equanimity Hatha Yoga with a deep focus on alignment and anatomy. Kyle has developed an informative program on body alignment and it's application in yoga practice. Kyle will be sharing this powerful program with us in the last week of the training.

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SPECIAL GUEST TEACHER: Chris Fluck

Senior Instructor at Hot Yoga Philadelphia & Philly Yoga Factory 

Chris is an amazing Bikram teacher with 15 years of teaching experience. Chris will be leading the Bikram training in Week three.

Teaching Credentials: Bikram's Yoga College of India Teacher's Training, Fall 2002; Progressive Calisthenics Certification training, 2013; Foundations Training, 2014

Awards: 2013 Best in Philly: Yoga Teacher by Philly Mag, Best Bikram Yoga Dialogue (go figure:)

Quote:"There are two kinds of pain-discipline and regret. One weighs ounces, the other weighs tons."

Chris began his lifelong passion for physical culture in his teens, through martial arts training and eventually weight lifting. He designed his own programs for himself and those brave souls willing to come train with him in his garage. After a series of injuries from work, car accidents, bad posture--who knows?--Chris, like many people, developed chronic low back pain. At age 30, after a decade of building power plants, bridges and roller coasters as a member of the iron worker's union and drumming for various hard rock and heavy metal bands, he discovered yoga when he returned to college to pursue a degree in Theatre.

Chris was hooked on Bikram from his first class on July 2, 2001; he thought it would be an ideal vehicle to help heal his many injuries. Like all theater majors, Chris needed a job and soon took his yoga studies to another level and began a career in teaching yoga. Chris has remained a full time teacher for over 12 years.

His passion and curiosity for physical culture never waning, Chris continues to expand his knowledge base to help those with back pain issues. In 2013 he decided to maximize his knowledge of body weight strength training and conditioning, and studied calisthenics and intelligent body conditioning to enhance his yoga practice. Using targeted core strengthening techniques, specialized breathing and posture alignment, Chris believes his Foundation Training in conjunction with yoga is the most effective set of accessory exercises for achieving a pain-free back.

Chris's teaching style is like his personality, outgoing, positive, energetic and thoughtful. His approach to helping students achieve their full potential is both comforting and inspiring. (Taken from http://hotyogaphiladelphia.com/our-instructors/)

 

HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS with Jane Clark

Week 1         Session 1      What is Yoga? Origins of Yoga & Major texts

                     Session 2     Four Life Stages, Eight Kinds of Yoga, Human Concepts (Body, Mind & Soul), Patanjali's Eight Characteristics of Yoga, Siddhas Five                                               disciplines, Five Parts of Hatha Yoga

Week 2        Session 3     The Science of Yoga: the body

                     Session 4     History of Ghosh Yoga: Bishnu, his students and current practice

Week 3        Session 5     Differences between Ghosh Yoga and Bikram Yoga

                     Session 6     The practice: Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Kriyas, Bandhas, Yogic Lifestyle, Stress, Sleep and Nutrition

Week 4        Session 7     Pain: The Body's Warning System

                     Session 8     Yoga Therapy: the healing power of yoga asanas; discussion of pulmonary, endocrine, digestive and cardiovascular systems

 

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY with Jane Clark

Week 1          Session 1Yogic Anatomy: Prana/Apana, Stira/Sukha, Dukha, Chakras, Nadis, Bandhas

                      Session 2     Anatomy of Breathing

Week 2         Session 3     Architecture of the Spine & 5 movements

                      Session 4     Anatomy Trains

Week 3        Session 5     Balance & Equilibrium: BOS, COG & ROM

                     Session 6     Anatomy of the Feet and Knees

Week 4        Session 7     The Hip Joint and Pelvic Articulations

                     Session 8     The Shoulder Girdle and Articulations of the Arms

 

TEACHING with Simply Beth Gibbs

During the training, 4 hours/week are set aside for practice teaching. Trainees will teach to each other and their teaching coach (Simply Beth Gibbs), receive feedback and homework. In addition, each trainee will be required to do 10 hours of student teaching, alongside an Equanimity teacher and independently.

 

WEEK ONE: Core Lecture/Clinic – GHOSH YOGA BASICS & LEVEL ONE with Jane Clark

Practice Philosophy of Equanimity Hatha Yoga:

Cross training, Recognition of Body Diversity, Use of Props and Modifications, Purpose of Practice, What it means to be a beginner, Advancement                                                                                                        

15 Major principles of Ghosh Yoga:

          1.  The practice of Efficiency                                           

          2. Anatomical Position / Mountain Pose                                             

          3. Focus on alignment with axis’s (Coronal, Sagittal & Transverse Planes)                         

          4. Length postures are held                                            

          5. Use of the Grip                                        

          6. Use of the Arms                                       

          7. Twisting in Backbends                                       

          8. Grounding the feet                                            

          9. Balancing on One Foot                                               

          10.  Bottom Heavy, Top Light                                          

          11. Hyperextension / Overstretching                                          

          12.   Overloading                                         

          13.   Modifications & Props                                              

          14.  Use of Heat                                           

          15.   Focus on Safety & Longevity

Level One Class:

What constitutes a “beginners” level posture?

Class organization and flow (how all Ghosh classes are organized and why)

Practice Fundamentals: concentration, alignment, balance, breath control, mindful movement.

Training principles: overloading, progression, specificity, frequency, intensity and time.

Posture Clinics :                                 

                   36 postures + 3 breathing exercises             

                   Purpose of the postures           

                   Prioritizing purpose over aesthetics

Teaching Methodology:                               

                   Set up, holding the posture, exiting the posture               

                   Creating your own dialogue               

                   Managing the yoga room: personalities, energy levels, heat and humidity               

Practicing with injuries:                               

                   Setting limitations          

                   Modifications        

Applying the 15 major principles of Ghosh Yoga

 

WEEK TWO: Core Lecture/ClinicGHOSH FLOW & CORE STRENGTH with Jane Clark

Review of Ghosh Principles and questions about Level One.

Ghosh Flow Class:

What constitutes an “all-levels” posture?

Review of class organization and flow (how all Ghosh classes are organized and why)

Mudra System:

                   How it works

                   Principles of practice

                   12 Mudras

Posture Clinics:                                  

                   23 postures, 8 mudras + 3 breathing exercises                 

                   Purpose of the postures           

                   Prioritizing purpose over aesthetics

Teaching Methodology:                               

                   Set up, holding the posture, exiting the posture               

                   Creating your own dialogue               

                   Managing the yoga room: personalities, energy levels, heat and humidity               

Practicing with injuries:                               

                   Setting limitations          

                   Modifications                 

Applying the 15 major principles of Ghosh Yoga

Core Strength Class:

Abdominal Series:

                   How it works

                   Breath coordination

                   Principles of practice

Posture Clinics:                                  

                   32 postures, abdominal series + 3 breathing exercises               

                   Purpose of the postures           

                   Prioritizing purpose over aesthetics   

Teaching Methodology:                               

                   Set up, holding the posture, exiting the posture               

                   Creating your own dialogue               

                   Managing the yoga room: personalities, energy levels, heat and humidity               

Practicing with injuries:                               

                   Setting limitations          

                   Modifications        

Applying the 15 major principles of Ghosh Yoga

 

WEEK THREE: Core Lecture/Clinic – BIKRAM YOGA with Chris Fluck

General Ideas and Philosophy:

What is Bikram Yoga and why was it invented?

The purpose of the dialogue

No adjustments, no modifications

1% right vs. 99% wrong

Why the heat? 105 degrees, 40% humidity

Lock the Knee                

80/20 breathing

Posture Clinics:                                  

          26 postures + 2 breathing exercises             

          Purpose of the postures           

          Prioritizing purpose over aesthetics       

Teaching Methodology:                               

          Set up, holding the posture, exiting the posture               

          Dialogue teaching; creating your own dialogue               

          Managing the yoga room: personalities, energy levels, heat and humidity  

Practicing with injuries:                               

          Setting limitations          

          Modifications?

          Body Mechanics

 

WEEK FOUR: Core Lecture/Clinic – ALIGNMENT with Kyle Ferguson

Kyle Ferguson’s Alignment Program is divided into five modules, each focused on a specific set of body principles. They become more advanced the further you get into the program, starting with Head, Heart, and Root.

1.      HEAD, HEART, ROOT

        Forward carriage of the head

        Posterior tilt in the pelvis

        Forward tilt in the rib cage.

        Low back and neck tension

       Neck and skull orientation in back bends and front side compressions

       Activating core muscles to stabilize the torso.

2.    ARM AND LEG ROTATIONS

       Rotations of the shoulder girdle

       Setting the femur into the hip joint

       Hand grips

       Direction of hands in postures

      Leg rotations

     Forward rotation in the shoulders

3.    SETTING FOUNDATIONS

       Grounding: weight distribution and muscular energy

       Locking the Knee

       Foot placement and hip mobility  

4.    FINDING A STRONG CENTER

       Orientation of the pelvis

       Compression in the low spine

       Abdominal and psoas muscles

      “Sway back” or “duck butt”

      Whole spine stretching

      Action of the pelvic floor (Mula Bandha)

      Stress-based exhaustion that happens when we center muscular effort in the neck and shoulders, and not the core/pelvis.

5.    TEACHING BODY ALIGNMENT

       Magic points

       Low/no pressure physical adjustments