Monday, October 29, 2007

200-hour Intensive Course with Alex Medin

A Four Week Immersion Course in Manila
July 14 – August 9 2008

This Intensive Course seeks to give dedicated practitioners of Yoga a deeper experience of the various aspects of Yoga. We believe teachers of Yoga should first and foremost become better students of the subject; then teaching may naturally follow like water overflowing from a receptacle that is full.

There are always new things to learn and skills to refine. But more importantly perhaps, a strong and rooted personal practice in the teachings of Yoga engenders a less artificial, more natural way of passing on the integrated experiences that is Yoga.

The purpose of this course is therefore to awaken a greater experience of Yoga in our participants. This begins with establishing a pattern for a strong daily practice and is supported by studying the Principal Texts on Yoga. Finally, we will investigate some practical aspects of Teaching Methodology in order to become clearer in our expressions of Yoga.

The course is a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour Teacher Training Course, but the focus of the course is not to create and churn out teachers, but rather, committed practitioners that dedicate their time and effort to spreading the message of Yoga in a clear and consistent way.

If in the future you decide to teach yoga, you will have the knowledge and techniques to do so. More importantly however, your foray into living and experiencing Yoga will mean that you will be able to share something real - the spark that has been ignited in you through a commitment to the Practice of Yoga in its entirety.


The course is structured in the following manner:

06.00 – 09.30 Yoga Practices
Basic techniques of Japa (Mantra recitation) followed by Asana Practice and Pranayama. There will be one Led Primary Series class per week. The rest of the days will be Mysore Style in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga.

09:30 – 10:00 Breakfast

10:00 – 12.30 Yoga Theories

The first 45 minutes will be an introduction to Sanskrit – learning the alphabet and proper pronunciation and then going on to reciting mantras, chanting basic prayers and reciting the Yoga Sutras.
The second 45 minutes will be on Principles of Indian Philosophies where we will look into the Upanishads, Nyaya and Vaishesika, Sankhya, Mimamsa and Vedanta.
The final hour will be a study of the three main classical texts on Yoga: Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 16.30 Practical aspects of Teaching.
The first hour will will focus on Yoga and Practicality: How can we better embody an experience of Yoga and how are the teachings of the ancient scriptures to be understood on a practical level with reference to our daily lives?
The second hour will be on alignment, fine-tuning asanas, and giving safe adjustments.
The final hour will discuss the Methodology of teaching where the students try out teaching Asana, Pranayama and Meditation practices as well as Relaxation techniques to the group.

For one week during this course we will have Anatomy class in the afternoon.
This will be taught by a guest lecturer. All the rest of the classes will be taught by
R. Alexander Medin and Vijaya Kumar.
Three written essays and one oral examination will be conducted at the end of the course.
Weekends will be taken off for personal study and engaging with your families.

Course fee is 2200 US$. Students who are flying into Manila will be provided with transfers from the airport as well as housing at no extra cost. Meals during the course are included in the course cost as is the course manual.

Please contact Joelle for further information: joelle_goudsmit@hotmail.com or +639175323972

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