Following is a short overview of RYS-300 coursework with required courses and electives outlined. More detailed information on each unit can be found under "specialty trainings."
This weekend is composed of 3 hour workshops. The material is focused on a deeper understanding of teaching and communication skills, including hands on adjustments, modifications, props, appropriate language of yoga, advanced postures, and sequencing. Includes student assessments, yoga business and professionalism and advanced posture workshop.
This coursework is dedicated to Ayurveda basics and understanding the principals of Ayurveda yoga and healing, including Gunas, Agni, The five mahabuhutas: (five elements), the Tridoshas and how they affect our energies, prakriti (Body constitution), Ritucharya (Season Routines), and herbs and Ayurvedic cleansing techniques
This course covers expanded techniques for practice and teaching meditation as well as experiential learning through “rounding” processes. Includes the theory and science of meditation and a variety of specific meditation styles and practices including zen meditation, japa mala, mindfulness meditation, and more. A full day of silence follows where we explore what was presented experientially.
This course is devoted to subtle body theory and science and the koshas. We explore advanced pranayama concepts as well as the chakras, kleshas, vayus, and other energetic concepts that promote healing and affect energy.
This course covers deeper perspectives on the 196 Yoga Sutras as well as an overview of yoga's classic teachings and primary spiritual texts. We discuss Gunas, Kleshas, Samkhya philosophy, and more. Includes an art journaling project to inspire and help students process the teachings.
This course covers yoga therapy assessments, the history of yoga therapy, the role IAYT plays in yoga therapy today, and the difference between yoga therapy and healing yoga classes taught by an advanced teacher.
Trauma Yoga covers the anatomy & physiology of how trauma manifests on the body and mind, with the theory and practice to effectively teach to individuals who have experienced trauma. Coursework includes trauma sensitive language & sequencing as well as a review of the special considerations of yoga for trauma survivors.
Comprehensive anatomy is an online course to provide a more involved look at the body and its functioning systems.
This 20 hour course explores the techniques and methodology of restorative yoga, a gentle, calming therapeutic style of practice that restores the nervous system. This training covers a broad range of healing techniques and modalities that can be incorporated into restorative classes, including theory and Science of restorative yoga, hands on assists, props and poses for restorative yoga, breath work and guided imagery, yoga nidra, acupressure yoga and trigger points, essential oils for healing, gong and sound therapy for relaxing nervous system, restorative Sequencing & class pacing, and anatomy of the nervous system.
Yin yoga training is devoted to yin studies that include the yin history, theory, methodology, sequencing and postures of yin yoga as a specific practice for spiritual, physical and energetic enhancement and as a compliment to a traditional yang practice. Two hours are devoted specifically to anatomy with special emphasis on ligaments and fascia tissue. This course also covers meridians and energy pathways as well as the use of essential oils to stimulate the energetic body.
Yoga for Seniors focuses on the specific needs and considerations of older populations to help yoga teachers design and lead an appropriate senior yoga practice. The course includes anatomy for older populations, yoga for beginners, and material covering the following issues: Knee and hip replacements, Wrist & bone density issues, Arthritis, Parkinson's, the side effects of medications and specific emotional and physical challenges facing those age 60 and above. Posture modifications, props, & sequencing yoga for seniors is reviewed, as well as creative class ideas to keep seniors engaged, developing affirming attitudes and connections to the class.
This course will provide yoga teachers with a strong understanding of Chair Yoga: theory and practice. Participants will gain the skills required to bring yoga to students who might otherwise not be able to embrace a practice as you learn how to adapt the classical Yoga asanas to the chair rather than the floor in a therapeutic context. Material is offered for students of a variety of skill levels and circumstances, but the emphasis is for mature adults and those with physical limitations that need a chair to make yoga accessible.
Aerial Yoga weekend explores a wealth of alternative yoga exercises, assisted postures, and safe inversion techniques using the Om Gym system of yoga hammocks and handle supports as well as traditional Aerial Silks. We cover: History of aerial yoga, Aerial yoga class levels – designing a safe class for different skill levels/ using aerial slings for private sessions. Careful exploration and teaching techniques of more than 50 supported yoga poses based on Iyengar theory, physical safety issues and concerns, Warm-ups, proper pose progression, class sequencing. Yoga Therapeutics using gravity and the swing for effective spinal traction and/or internal cleansing. Inversion theory of physiology and anatomy, Aerial teaching practicum and learning hands-on assists.
This course is partially a group endeavor but includes independent study. It begins with a seminar on how to plan, implement, and organize a workshop or retreat along any yogic theme or purpose. Students learn the dynamics of teaching a longer program, with budgeting, marketing, organizing, and the business of executing such a program. Afterwards, they work one on one with the program directors to refine and evolved their individual workshop or retreat and they are encouraged to follow through and offer this to the public. Heartwood makes the facility available for the manifestation of these special programs We finish with follow up communications about what was learned. Seminar includes group dynamics and other considerations.
This course explores cancer and it’s causes with both the modern scientific understanding and the yogic perspective. The course focuses on managing the side effects, boosting Immunity and improving recovery for cancer survivors, with advice and information to assist the formation of yogic management plans for people with different types of cancer.
This course covers the common affects of trauma and mental disturbances that often lead to addiction issues, including substance abuse, gambling, shopping, sex, or any other excessive behavior that makes it impossible to live a balanced life. Exploring the definition of addiction, symptoms, causes and common paths to recovery sets the foundation for how yoga can be applied has a healing modality adjacent to other recovery programs or independently. Yoga practices, sutra studies, physical, mental, & spiritual practices are explored as they pertain to recovery beyond the physical and to the koshic & spiritual levels.
This course covers the physical, mental and spiritual effects of anxiety and depression, and technique and practices that can be applied to ease these states. We focus on bringing a deeper awareness of the physical and emotional toll that anxiety and depression has on one’s life and body, and to provide tools to help the instructor to understand and ease the symptoms for clients, while also understanding the need to solve the underlying causes of these states.