The format of the 300 hour Vitality Teacher training will follow the 5 seasons of the 5 elements of Taoism Yoga and Chinese medicine: spring, early summer, late summer, autumn and winter.
One long weekend, (Friday night-Sunday afternoon) per season, which will be approximately every other month, for 2 years, totaling 10 weekends, but can be completed in up to 3 years, in case you miss a weekend or want to stretch it out.
Within each weekend we will be working on the specific training protocols for that season in the map of the Koshas, which are our 5 layers of being:
Annamaya kosha, the physical body
Pranamaya kosha, the energy/breath body
Manamaya kosha, the brain that operates the logic and reasoning mind
Vijnanamaya kosha, the observer or witness mind
Anandamaya Kosha, the bliss body located in the heart.
Each of these layers have specific practices that pertain to them. Trainees will learn how to design a well balanced intelligent class which incorporates all 5 of these dimensions.
The format of the weekends will be:
Friday night, the Annamaya kosha, working on the physical practice of sequencing up to a peak pose, physical assists, and exploring teaching poses that we typically avoid.
Saturday morning, the Pranamaya Kosha, experiencing Kundalini Kriyas and pranayama, which are specific breathing practices and meditative physical movements to cleanse and rejuvenate the energy body.
Saturday afternoon, the Manomaya Kosha, will study Zen Taoism Yoga, the meridians, the 5 elements, meditations through movement, and how to move our prana/chi in specific patterns with the mind and breath in the physical asanas.
Sunday morning, the Vijnanamaya Kosha, the witness will be observing the Yoga Sutras and how they relate to our lives through discussion, journaling, meditation and mantras.
Sunday afternoon, the Anandamaya Kosha, touching the bliss body through gratitude practices, chanting and deep guided meditations in Yin/restorative poses.
Each weekend will provide a plethora of new material to incorporate into your classes, in that specific season. And because it will be every other month, the trainees will create a strong supportive teaching community to share ideas with, be inspired by, problem-solve, and grow together as strong multi-faceted yoga teachers.