Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua. Registration with Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua meets identified standard set by the organization.
This 500-hour yoga teacher training is a challenging seven weeks of experience demanding discipline and perseverance. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy would be helpful. A sincere desire to learn and to be open to the teachings of yoga is essential.
Those who will benefit the most of this training are yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, and health professionals like physiotherapist, occupational therapist, sports therapist, or physical education teacher. If you are taking care of your health issue with yoga, you would also get a lot from this training.
The aim of this certification is to conciliate the language of yoga with medical language, so yoga teachers can work in pair with a health professional. It is very important to understand that the yoga teachers will need the approval of a health specialist for people having an acute condition.
Yoga has always traditionally been taught on an individual level with tailor-made sessions designed to address unique and specific ailments and diseases, a practice that cannot be implemented in classes with massive groups. A therapeutic approach to yoga, thus, is the best way to start with the practice.
The first part of the course will cover all the essentials and fundamental topics of a 200-hour Yin and Yang yoga teacher training for a strong foundation: history and philosophy of yoga, anatomy and physiology of the human body and the basic of the yogic anatomy, teaching skills / teaching methodology, the application of yamas and niyamas, asanas, pranayama / yogic breathing practice, bandhas, relaxation technics and meditation, mantras, mudras, kriyas and the ethics, and business of yoga.
The second part of the course will address more specifically on yoga, specializing on therapeutics elements. You will go more in-depth in the anatomy and the basic physiology of different systems involved in pathologies where yoga has proved extremely helpful.
The pathologies that will be covered are stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, heart conditions, cancer, obesity, diabetes, headaches (tension and migraine), asthma, COPD, PTSD, and infertility pre-menstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, menopause, and different musculoskeletal disorders.
You will also address the pranic anatomy (subtle energy) and Ayurvedic perspective on these health challenges to guide the teacher’s choice of interventions. There will be some time provided for personal assignment and case studies to give the opportunity to practically apply the concepts learned in class.
- The meaning and definition of yoga, its origin, and history
- The different schools, lineage, and styles of yoga
- The yoga philosophy through the traditional texts (e.g. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
- The meaning, principle, and benefits of the eight limbs (Ashtanga yoga) and how to apply them in life and in class
- The human anatomy and physiology including all major systems of the body as well as the yogic anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.) and their interrelationships, as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher through their application to yoga practice (benefits and contraindication)
- Sequencing, teaching skills, and methodology (establish priorities, demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting and evaluating)
- The meaning, the objectives, and characteristic of essential asanas and pranayamas (the method and benefits of each and how to practice them)
- The definition, the characteristic and objective of meditation, the method, and benefits of relaxation and meditation (how to manage stress and increase mind power)
- The basic physiology of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, stroke, cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, common heart conditions, headaches (tension and migraine), asthma, COPD, PTSD, and infertility pre-menstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea and menopause, including how they impact a person’s life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
- How to apply yoga to different musculoskeletal disorders such as different neck and back conditions like hernia, strain or spasm, shoulder pain related to tendinitis, capsulitis, bursitis or impingement, elbow and wrist tendonitis or strain, hip condition like tendinitis, arthritis, hip replacement, muscle strain, knee disorders such as patellofemoral syndrome, tendon and ligament strain, meniscus tear, arthrosis, ankles and feet condition like plantar fasciitis, flat or high arched feet, and ankle sprain
- How to apply asanas according to the analysis of the structural posture of an individual and how to see its particularities and imbalances
- How to choose the type of pranayama, energizing and specific exercises, asanas, restorative poses, relaxing techniques, Kriyas, bandhas basic diet, and meditation techniques for each condition
- Indication and contraindications
- How to take in charge a patient with its history, assess his / her needs (including structural and functional assessment, basic Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances assessment), and learn how to design individualized yoga sequences and to modify them according to the evolution of the condition of the student
- An introduction on how yoga and Ayurveda work together to promote well-being of body, mind, and spirit and the importance of the power of the mind.
- Important issues in conducting the business of yoga for health and well-being and how to communicate with healthcare professionals will be addressed
Yoga teaching and philosophy
- Definition and meaning of yoga
- Origin and history of yoga (the four paths of yoga, the different schools and lineage, the distinction between styles and method of yoga, the traditional texts (e.g. the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali), and the evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance and application to yoga specialized on therapeutic elements)
- Ashtanga yoga (the eight limbs of yoga: yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi)
- Practicing yoga philosophy in a daily basis
- Qualities of a yoga teacher
- Four tools of teaching
- Evaluation and adaptation to specific conditions
- Different type of yoga and teaching styles
- Ethics and business aspects of teaching yoga
Anatomy and physiology
This is including all major systems of the body and their interrelationships as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing a particular health condition.
- Immune system
- Nervous system
- Digestive system
- Respiratory system
- Urogenital system
- Musculoskeletal system
Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga
Your practice covers the knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems, including symptoms (signs of imbalance), management, illness trajectories, and contraindications, as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing a health condition.
It covers the knowledge of the basic perspectives on health from a yoga and Ayurveda view, including:
- Concept of nadis (energy channels)
- Concept of panca maya koshas (energy bodies)
- Concept of tri-dosha (effect of the elements on the physical body)
- Concept of five Prana Vayu (pranic essence: prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana)
- Concept of granthis (energy blockage)
- Concept of tri-guna (effect of sattva (equilibrium), rajas (activity), tamas (inertia))
- The seven chakras, their function, and location
Psychology and mental health
- Basic knowledge of common mental health conditions from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions, their signs and different approaches / interventions possible as a yoga teacher addressing a health condition
- Familiarity with models of human development, including developmental stages, lifecycles, and personality, and their importance to medical and psychological health and well-being
- Familiarity with the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning on mental and medical perspectives of health and healing
- Application of yama and niyama
- Knowledge on the range of yoga practices and their potential therapeutic effects for common conditions
- Pawanamuktasana series (anti-rheumatic group, digestive / abdominal group, energy blocks releasing group, application of these series for common diseases)
- Asana: clinic and practice (clinic includes the science of asanas and their benefits, standing postures, balancing, forward bending postures, meditation postures, back bending postures, twisting postures, inverted postures, relaxation postures, and sequencing. Practice of at least 45 essential asanas includes how to come in and out of the posture, common mistakes, adjustments / assisting into the posture, the use of props, modifications according to disease, benefits, and contraindications for each asana, and sequences for particular diseases)
- Pranayama (regulated breathing exercises) includes benefits and contraindications of the following pranayama according to disease and specific condition such as abdominal breathing, thoracic breathing, clavicular breathing, full yogic breathing, nadi shodhana, brammhari bhastrika, kapalabhati, sheetali and sheetkari ujjayi
- Bandhas (benefits and contraindications of the following bandhas according to disease and condition such as Moola bandha, Uddiyana bandha, Jalendara bandha, and Maha bandha)
- Meditation and relaxation technics includes quick relaxation technique, a guided 10 to 15 minutes' practice which helps release emotional and mental tensions (you learn how to guide this and is free to apply it on your teaching practicum and this practice also includes deep relaxation technique, yoga Nidra, and introduction to Vipassana meditation)
- Mantras (understanding the meaning and the use of mantras as well as mantra chanting / sounds therapy / healing vibrations)
- Mudras (including what are mudras, using mudras to help healing, preventing, or managing physical problems such as digestive disorders, high blood pressure, respiratory disorders, etc., using mudras to help healing, preventing or / and managing different emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, sense of self-worth, lack of focus, etc., and essential mudras of yoga for meditation practices such as chin, jnana, anjali, shambavi, nasikagra, prana, shanmukhi, kechari and kaki, dhyana, maha mudra, the great attitude, and vipareeta karani mudra, the reversing attitude)
- Kriyas, benefits and contraindications of Kriyas according to disease and condition such as jala neti (cleansing of the nostril passages), trataka (cleansing of the eyes), kapalabhati (cleansing of the mind), sutra neti (nasal cavity cleansing), kunjali Kriya (digestive tract cleansing), nauli (abdominal massage), and basti (intestine cleanse)
- The yogic diet, knowledge of contraindications of yoga practices for specific conditions and circumstance (anti-inflammatory diet, diet according to Ayurveda, and fasting)
Yoga for health condition / challenges
- Taking a history of the patients and their condition(s)
- Assessing the current condition (including an evaluation of the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of well-being)
- Determinate which aspects of the patient / student’s conditions, goals, and aspirations might be addressed through yoga
- How to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and technique including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of patients, his condition, limitations, possibilities, and goals
- How to combine intake, evaluation, observations, and working assessment to develop an appropriate practice or session strategy for individual patients / students as well as group classes, taking into consideration the holistic nature of the individual
- Identifying priorities and set both long- and short-term goals with the patient / student
- Establishing an appropriate environment through privacy, confidentiality, and safety
- Teaching or delivering the appropriate practices for individuals as well as groups (providing instruction, demonstration, and adjustment)
- Providing supportive strategies for the patient / student to actively participate in his / her practice, such as a means to remember their practice (e.g. auditory and visual tools)
- Providing follow up and re-planning, including gathering feedback, re-assess, and refine the practice and to determine short-term and long-term goals and priorities
- Addressing new and changing conditions, goals, aspirations, and priorities of the student / patient and to provide appropriate support
Throughout the training, you should work on a case study on a particular disease or group of diseases. You will be asked to research on this disease to apply what has been learned during the course in order to deliver an adapted program.
- Proposed sequence of asanas (in weeks of progress for a minimum of one to two months)
- Proposed pranayama practices (In weeks of progress)
- Proposed mudras (time of practice as well as duration)
- Proposed bandhas (If applicable to the disease in study)
- Proposed meditation and relaxation practices
- Proposed yoga Nidra (especially visualization for the particular disease depending on the doshic imbalance)
- Proposed Kriyas (if applicable to the case)
- Proposed lifestyle changes
As final teaching practicum, you should be able to deliver a led class of two hours of your authority based on the chosen case study. The led class will encompass all the elements seen during the training, such as:
- Allopathic as well as Ayurvedic nature of the case study
- Approach through yoga and Ayurvedic practices
- Sequencing for a particular disease/disorder or group of diseases
- Flow of the practice and its limitations
- Contraindications for the given practices
- Ability to maintain the led class within the designated time
- Floor management
- Body language, clarity of voice
- Ability to be present for the student
Legal, regulatory, and business issues
- Knowledge of current relevant laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga teacher specialized in therapeutic elements
- Basic knowledge of business practices relevant to the work of a yoga teacher, including record keeping and planning
- Personal and professional development (knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice and skills maintenance / development through continuing education, knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, and educational advancement as well as personal practice)
Different types of evaluations will be taken into account for certification on this program:
- Teaching practicums as well as final led class
- Assisting all classes as well as turning in all assignments / homework
- Written test and quiz
- Karma yoga
- 06:30-08:30 General practice (2 hours)
- 08:30-10:00 Breakfast (1.5 hours)
- 10:00-11:15 Theory class 1 (1.15 hours)
- 11:30-12:45 Theory class 2 (1.15 hours)
- 12:45-15:30 Lunch (2.45 hours) and self-studies
- 15:30-16:30 Theory class 3 / therapeutic elements (1 hour)
- 16:30-18:30 Specific practice / therapeutic elements (2 hours)
- From 18:30 Dinner and self-studies
The total hour of classes is seven and a half hours with three and a half hours of theory and four hours of practices. The schedule may differ slightly according to the specific need. Some hours of self-studies will be included within the four weeks instead of theory class timing according to a special event or group assignment.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be given a 500-hour yoga teacher training certificate course and you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for a 500-hour yoga teacher course.