The Teacher Training Program offered at Sthalam 8 is an immersion into
the deeper aspects of Ashtanga Yoga. Whether you simply want to
deepen your practice or to become a teacher, this program will cover
both the theoretical and practical applications to get you started.
A certificate and Training Manual will be given to students on
completion of the month-long course.
Interested students must attend yoga classes with Sthalam 8 for a
month prior to starting the training. This is to assess their
readiness for the training and to ensure that they are well prepared
to deal with the discipline and rigour needed for a teacher’s training
course with Sthalam 8 Yoga Shala.
The training will focus on the following:
- The origin, history and contemporary relevance of yoga. The first few days of training will focus on understanding the philosophy of yoga, and how it is connected to the physical practice. Focusing on
the ashtanga or eight-limbed system, the topics covered will include
ethics of teaching, importance of breathing and bandha work, yama,
niyama and karmas
- Applying correct breathing techniques to your practice and
teaching these to others effectively.
- The Om Meditation and the Opening and Closing prayer.
- Chanting/Explanation of the Yoga Sutras.
- Alignments and Adjustments. This will form the core of training.
Trainees will learn the correct alignment for each asana followed by
adjustments to be given to students to correct alignment and gradually
increase flexibility. We will also focus on specific injuries for
different asanas learning how to overcome and work with both pain and
There will be 2 practical tests, one in the middle of and the other at
the end of the training.
At the end of the month, trainees’ will have both the theoretical and
practical tools to lead a Mysore style class, Their skills will
include introducing and teaching asanas to students, correcting
alignment, giving adjustments and ensuring a safe, disciplined and
relaxing environment for students to practice in.
6.30 am – 8 am: Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style class (Primary Series)
11.30 am– 12.30 pm: Silent Meditation followed by Om Chanting.
Revision of previous day’s teaching
12.30 pm – 2.30 pm: Ajay Kumar’s teaching class. Learning yoga theory,
correct alignment, hands-on adjustments and other core aspects of
2.30 pm – 3 pm: Break
3.00 pm – 4:00 pm: Chanting/Explanation of Yoga Sutras