200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sita Chia, May 5 - July 8 2018, Part Time
200-hour Yoga Alliance Recognised Course
Led by Sita Chia
May 5 - July 8, 2018 (Part Time)
Hom Yoga, Singapore
Being a teacher is a natural human state of being which is embodied in all of us, imparted upon us since birth until the present from the experience we gained through life. To convey the essence of that experience, however, guidance and proper preparation is needed. Teaching yoga as a way of life has no difference. Knowledge of yoga can be vast and deep, but with time and experience in the practice, we discover that yoga is straightforward and uncomplicated, just like how we breathe.
In this course, you will learn to discover your authenticity, combining it with your own beliefs and knowledge and thereby imparting your own teaching style and methodology. Every yoga teacher, while teaching similar things, none of them teach in the same way; the only one important thing that remains the same, is the common threads and principles which all yoga is based upon, which shall be explored in intricate detail in this course.
ABOUT SITA CHIA
An anthropologist and photojournalist by training, Sita started the practice of yoga in 2000. She is a certified Ayurvedic alternative medicine practitioner, as well as a Sivananda-certified teacher who spent many years teaching Hatha Yoga in Kutir (an ashram in northern India), Singapore, Bali and Thailand. She is also a certified senior intermediate level 2 Iyengar teacher, and she practiced both Hatha and Iyengar for a long time before finding her love in the Ashtanga Yoga method.
Sita is grateful to yoga for turning her life around from her earlier years of illness and addiction. The practice purified and cleansed both her mind and body, and she feels blessed to have this opportunity to teach.
She has completed both the Ashtanga Primary and Intermediate series, and continues in-depth study of the practice at KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) with Sri R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. Her personal practice is in Ashtanga Mysore, in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, but she is also well versed in other practices, including Yin, Restorative, Pranayama and Kriya, Yoga Therapy, Prenatal and the Hot Yoga System.
In her free time, Sita loves street photography, painting, detox and internal cleansing, as well as raw and vegan food. Whilst she believes the practice of asana is an extremely useful mind-body tool, the true benefits of yoga are gained when all facets of yoga are applied to daily life.
- Develop the importance of teaching by example, and realise how discipline as a student is a key factor in every true yoga teacher.
- Learn the underlying principles of yoga both as a practitioner and as a teacher (philosophy, internal limbs - antaranga sadhana and external limbs - bahiranga sadhana).
- Develop morals and ethics, understand that progression of both student and teacher is ultimately cultivated upon compassion.
- Learn how to structure effective and safe classes for a variety of levels, combining classical Hatha yoga, vinyasa technique and the knowledge of yoga therapy.
- Develop how to be a conduit of knowledge, communicating in an effectual manner using public speaking technique, body language, and the 3 methods of teaching to convey your intentions.
This course is comprised of theoretical and practical components. It is meant for practitioners aspiring to guide others, however can also benefit those who want to deepen their understanding of yoga.
- Aligning the method of teaching with Samasthitihi
- Understand the principles of vinyasa and breath as a blueprint of the practice and teaching method
- Realise the principles of the opposition of forces, centre of mass, centre of balance in asana
- Fundamental study of asana (alignment vs agreement of body, benefits and contraindications)
- Advanced examination of asana based on fundamental principles
- Pranayama and mudras
- Sequencing techniques based on the natural flow of breath and the human body
- Awareness of varying types of body proportions, build and restrictions, ability to perform asana
- Modifications to asana with and without props
- Combine and/or switch between 3 ways of teaching yoga classes:
1) verbal instruction;
2) hands-on adjustments;
3) demonstration; effectively employing each method depending on the appropriate circumstance or situation
- Sequencing yoga classes in a safe, logical and effective way
- Creating and structuring subject specific workshops
- Using public speaking techniques in a yoga class setting, accumulate the vocabulary needed for verbal instructions
- Using hands-on adjustments to assist students’ understanding of asanas in the context of their own body
- Demonstrating vinyasa and asanas safely and in a manner such that students apply without imitating
- Using body language as a means of communication
- Utilizing proper asana names in Sanskrit, including commonly used Sanskrit words in yoga
- Counting the steps correctly within the vinyasa system
- Differentiating and recognising body proportion, type, movement
- Giving modifications to students who are injured and have limitations without incepting fear in them
- Creating and assessing the energy of the class
- Remaining flexible in a wide variety of circumstances such as injuries, emotional conflicts and disturbances in class
- Conveying teaching through other mediums and channels such as journals, blogs, master classes
- Positioning yourself in the yoga market without losing your authenticity
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
- Physical anatomy focusing on functions, movements and limitations (skeletal and muscular system)
- Breathing anatomy
- Body analysis, assessment and diagnosis; principles of postural alignment
- Subtle anatomy: vital energy (prana) and its centres (chakras), network of nadis, five sheaths (pancha kosha)
- Dealing with injuries and special needs (elderly, pregnancies)
YOGA PHILOSOPHY AND ITS APPLICATION
- History and lineage
- Yoga Sutras, the 8 limbs contained therein, and its application as a way of life
- Bhagavad Gita
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Ethical codes of conduct
From day one, students will be learning how to teach group classes, one-on-one classes and workshops beginning from Samasthitihi, suryanamaskara, asana and eventually progress to a full 60-minute class, including designing classes for different objectives and themes. After every practicum session, students will be provided with feedback and analysis.
ASSISTING & ADJUSTING
Hands-on adjustments is a quintessential element of this course as it is most effective method of teaching asana to develop the intended student to learn within the context of their own body. Key components include:
- What is assisting, what is adjusting, and the difference between the two
- Necessary adjustments and unnecessary adjustments
- The practise of assisting and adjusting (Samasthitihi, suryanamaskara, standing asana, seated asanas, twisting and binding, backbends and inversions)
SCHEDULE (Weekends – 5 May to 8 July)
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am Morning Practice
- 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Morning Session
- 10:00 – 11:30 Philosophy/Anatomy Lecture
- 11:30 – 1:00 Teaching Technique
- 1.00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
- 1:30pm – 6.00pm – Afternoon Session
- 2:00 – 3:30 Teaching methodology
- 3:30 - 6:30 Practicum
WRITING EXAMINATION AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION
Examinations will be held on the 7 and 8 July 2018.
Full Tuition: $3,900
Early Bird Pricing: $3,650
*Use promo code HOMTTSITA when you pay in full by March 25 and save $250.
Any cancellation received 30 days prior to course incurs a fee of $250.
Any cancellation received 14 days prior to course incurs a 20% cancellation fee.