This course assumes a basic understanding of yoga asana and/or completion of NYTT’s Asana 101 Module. It is intended to take individuals deeper into an exploration of the principles of alignment, inner and outer form of the poses, and how to instruct clearly from the principles of foundation, breath and movement. We will begin exploring variations on the key poses from Asana 101, as well as introducing modifications for certain conditions. How to introduce more advanced principles of alignment to take students safely into more demanding poses will also be covered. We will also begin exploring poses at a more organic level, to understand their effects on certain body systems and organs.
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 use the basics of form, foundation, breath and movement to explore poses more deeply and teach students more effectively.
- How to provide clear and safe instructions for moving into, within and out of poses.
- To understand how the principles of meditation and yoga philosophy are expressed within the asana practice.
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED READING: Naada Yoga Asana 102 Manual and review of Asana 101 Manual, Awakening the Inner Body : Donald Moyer, selections from “Yoga Anatomy” (Leslie Kaminoff).
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.