This course examines, from both a historical and modern viewpoint, some of the foundational principles of asana (alignment, breath, movement) that are considered to be the most efficient and effective ways of experiencing the benefits of each asana. This information not only offers you the tools to deepen your own yoga practice as an individual, but will also lead you to eventually clearly instructing this information to others. The information included in this course provides basic asanas that comprise a beginner level Yoga sequence which become the framework for more complex teaching sequences. These poses, and their variations, are suitable for the majority of yoga participants and provide the foundation to explore the yoga asanas more deeply. Once you have gained a confident understanding and an inner experience of each pose, you are ready to pass this information on to others.
NOTE: In Asana 102 and 103, we will move more into more advanced asanas, variations for certain conditions, principles of sequencing and vinyasa, specific Naada Yoga sequencing for various levels, etc.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
- To encourage each student to explore their personal experience of the yoga asanas to better understand how to teach from this living experience.
- To understand the form, foundation, breath and movement within each pose.
- How to provide effective instructions for moving into, within and out of poses.
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED READING: Naada Yoga’s online resources included in this course, Light on Yoga: BKS Iyengar, Yoga Anatomy: Leslie Kaminoff.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Basic understanding of yoga asana, a consistent yoga practice (min. 4 days/week), attending regular classes at Naada Yoga and/or another institution. Reading all required assignments. Keeping a practice journal and in-class notes, and discussing practice-related questions.