Yogafurie Academy Course Guide

In summary…

Hatha Yoga offers a rich set of practices, including physical asanas (postures), pranayama (breath exercises), and mindful meditative work, among others.

The Yogafurie Hot Yoga Teacher Training course explores why we should do these practices, how they are performed, and how to communicate safe methods to others. Once graduated, you’ll be qualified to teach both Hot and regular Yoga.

The course is accredited with Yoga Alliance and offers 224 contact hours of direct instruction, plus 80 additional hours of group practice.

Personal evolution – or why do we practice Yoga?

You’ll study Yoga’s philosophical backdrop to understand the ecstatic revelations that ancient Yogis first experienced. We’ll look at the health and lifestyle benefits that modern practitioners identify with Yoga. We will weave ancient and modern together to explore contemporary Yoga and Hot Yoga practice, and how it relates to modern life as a whole. We will delve further into Yoga history, its rich diversity and discuss other Yogic paths.

We work with three key texts – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Bhagavad Gita. All three describe self-transformation as a process of practice and specific instructions are given (in varying levels of detail and with different emphasis). The instructions relate to an energetic model of the human body (prana); we decode the teachings by contrasting them with current anatomical and medical models and by learning more about the history of the tradition. Often overlooked, this is essential learning for Hot or regular Yoga teacher trainees.

Yoga invites lifestyle change as the springboard for progress. We will reflect on what this might mean to us as individuals. You will develop and evolve a clear personal practice, both in the heated studio and in your own practice space. You’ll become aware of just how powerful your own practice is as a method of home learning.

You’ll work hard on your asana, starting from whatever level you are currently at, in line with personal practice goals. You’ll wake your own breath with pranayama, and reflect on what this means for your subtle energy body. You’ll learn about chanting – a practice both deeply transformative and extremely challenging.

We will refer back to our key texts to guide and measure our progress, and to understand what this progress means for our own lives.

Practice safely and well

Yoga in the West is mostly practised as a means to better health and lessen stress. Science has given us new models of the human body, so we will study the effects of Yoga at physiological and psychological levels. We delve into body structure to inform our understanding – the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the endless web of fascia within, among others.

We decompose Yoga practices, looking at their physical effects. We develop the skill to use different practices to achieve specific results safely. You will learn to accurately cross reference these practices and results to the pranic body, and work to develop the living experience of psycho-emotional change in your own body. We look for the living experience of prana within.

We look at the effects of heat, and how this relates to individual practices and people. We understand what works well in the heated studio, and what we practice at room temperature. We discuss self-care guidelines for teachers. This again is essential study for Hot Yoga teacher trainees and teachers of regular Yoga alike.

Communicate

The group is a practice community and is continually encouraged and supported as such. Whether we wish to teach or not, it helps know how to show others our practice methods because practitioners are often an inspiration leading newcomers into the Yoga community.

We will look at good teaching practice – how to define boundaries so that we can facilitate objectively and effectively, how to adapt presentation and descriptive styles to meet the needs of different individuals, and how to manage classes and class priorities.

Trainees will practice teaching. For those who don’t wish to teach, we are simply looking at telling others how to practice if we are ever asked for help. We will look at good business methods – how to keep records and protect personal data, how to use information to improve classes and help students, and legal obligations. We will look at ways to create heated environments, and health and safety requirements.