Dates, Location & Syllabus
Training Dates, Duration & Mode
Start Date: Any day you choose
(You can join anytime, but the first 25 people who join this training form the "Founding Members" and get additional benefits such as LIFETIME participation in online Q&A calls even after they complete the training and monthly private time with Shanthi)
End Date for Digital Training: 16 months or however long you want
(The "Founding Members" cannot finish the digital part of their course earlier to the completion of 16 months. You can work on the modules at your own pace and finish in 2, 3 or even 5 years. It is up to you There is NO definite end date. The videos are accessible to you for life.)
Duration of Digital Training: You can take however long you want to.
(From the time you register for the Yoga-Teacher Training, you will be receiving new material every week for 16 months. But you have LIFETIME access to the course. So you can take 2 or 3 years to complete the modules before you attend the in-person training)
Further Online & In-person Training: 2 Months or whenever you want to do the in-person training
Duration of Total Training: 18 months to however long you want
Mode of Training: DIGITAL, ONLINE & IN-PERSON
Location of the In-person training: Will be announced next year
(Every year starting 2019, it will happen in several places multiple times in a year, based on the location of the trainees. So, you can choose to attend any of these, whenever you have completed your digital and online course. There is complete freedom)
Frequency of Training: 1 hour video sent to your inbox every week, with assignments to work on
(You don't have to rush to keep pace with the videos or assignments. You can work at your own pace. The videos will NOT disappear after a week. They are available to you for LIFE.)
Frequency of ONLINE Q & A: Once a month
The DIGITAL program is officially open. You will receive your first pre-training video a week from the day you register. If you are one of the first 25 to register, you will get to enjoy the benefits of a Founding Member.
The first IN-PERSON training will happen only in 2019 in a place that will be announced closer to that date.
Topics covered through independent modules of Authentic Yoga Teacher Training
Yogic Loosening Exercises (Yoga-Shitiliikarana Vyaayaamah: )
Yogic Breathing Exercises ( Yoga-Shvaasa Vyaayaamah: )
Authentic Sun Salutation (Suurya Namaskaarah: )
Body, Mind & Intellect Mastery Postures (Kaaya-Mano-Mati-Patya Aasanam)
Meditation Postures (Dhyaana-Aasanam)
Rules of Conduct for life (Yamah: )
Observances & Disciplines (Niyamah: )
Life Force Controlling Technique (Pranaayaamah:)
Meditation and Chanting (Dhyaanam / Naada-Yoga)
Yoga of Dance (Naatya Yoga)
Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
Understanding the student learning process
Prioritizing & Time management
Sequencing, Theme Setting and Class Structure
Myth behind Yoga levels
In-authenticity of drop-in system
Raaja Yoga & Hatha Yoga
Code of Conduct for Yoga teachers
Yoga Teaching as a Responsibility and a Service
Karma Yoga Practice
Study of Yoga texts
Nature of Universe
Yogic Cooking Demo & Yogic Eating
The Anatomy of the Body, Breath and Energy
8 Modules of the EMPOWERING System
The entire Yoga-Teacher Training program constitues 8 Modules of the EMPOWERING System, where the word EMPOWERING is an acronym.
It is explained as follows:
E – Eternal values, for the Mastery of Thoughts (Module 5: THINKING FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
M – Meditation & Chanting, for the Mastery of Mind (Module 6: MIND-MASTERY FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
P – Physical movement, for the Mastery of Mind-Body (Module 4: MOVEMENT FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
O – Origin & goal of YogaH, for the Mastery of Yoga-Basics (Module 1: FOUNDATIONS OF LIVING FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
W – Words in Samskritam, for the Mastery of Sounds (Module 7: CREATING VIBRATIONS FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
E- Eating & Cooking for the Mastery over Tongue (Module 3: EATING FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
R – Respiration, for the Mastery of Life Force (Module 2: BREATHING FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
I –Influencing the world, with the Mastery of Teaching (Module 8: LEADERSHIP FOR GLOBAL CHANGE)
NOTE: The words N & G of the word EMPOWERING form advanced modules and hence are not covered in the current Yoga-training.
Month 1 & Month 2 of your training
Focus Areas: Understanding Yoga as a Science, Fundamentals of Conscious & Empowered Living , Yoga Origins, Yoga History including history of Hatha Yoga
Definition of Yoga as given by various Yoga Texts, 4 Major Streams of Yoga, 4 Stages & Classes in Life, Law of Karma & Rebirth
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 1:
You will have the TRUE understanding of Yoga, and will be laying for yourself a strong foundation for a conscious & empowered living and leadership.
Understanding the origins and history connects you to the very purpose of Yoga as lived and passed on by Yoga-masters thousands of years ago.
This will empower you to not only live Yoga in your life, but preserve and pass on this science of Yoga in its authentic, pristine and purest form.
You will understand how any action plays out in the world with the cause and effect process.
Thus you will save yourself from negative Karma (negative action) of inauthentic and unscientific understanding, and teaching of Yoga which is common these days.
Additionally, you will be doing good Karma (good action) of preserving the science of Yoga intact for the future generation.
Month 3 of Your Training
Focus Areas: Breathing system, Standing Breathing Exercises to expand the lungs, Understanding Pranah: (life force) & Pranayaamah: (Control of life force), Control of life force (Pranah: ) through Various breathing stages
Discussion of User Manual for Posture & Breathing Practice, Standing, Sitting & Supine Breathing Exercises to expand the lungs, Control of life force (Pranah: ) through Various breathing stages
Relationship between breath and mind, Breathing exercises, Full Yogic breathing
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 2:
Breath is life. Breath affects body and mind. Yet it gets the least attention from many Yoga practitioners. Here you’ll understand the basics of conscious and empowered breathing for health and inner peace.
You’ll learn to increase your lung capacity through various Yogic exercises.
You’ll be empowered to control your mind through breath.
You’ll learn to use breath to heal your pain in the body.
You’ll understand the force that controls the entire universe and the human body. You will learn how to control it through the medium of breath.
In short, you’ll gain access to the master controller in you.
Month 4 & Month 5 of Your Training
Focus Areas:– Role of food in mind-body Wellness, Impact of various food items on our body & mind, Cooking Demo, Digestion and Yoga
Evolving to Conscious Eating, Assessing current eating habits, Creating Individual Conscious Eating Plan, Detoxification and Yoga
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 3:
Food is usually associated with physical health, and is rarely considered to be associated with mind. Most people, Yoga-teachers included, are not aware that it is part of Yoga, even though authentic Yoga-texts ALWAYS mention about food conducive for conscious and empowered living through Yoga.
Here you will understand how food in general and specific items that you may be currently consuming, impact your mind-body Wellness. This may awaken you to the possibility of minimizing them or completely avoiding them.
You will learn how to cook at least 8 food items that are nutritious, tasty and Yogic. You will take with you recipe to prepare them over and over.
You will learn some Yogic practices that will improve digestion and help in detoxification.
You will take a look at what you are eating currently and layout a step by step plan to evolve to conscious eating. You will have the opportunity to openly commit to making at least 2 changes in your eating.
Month 6, 7, 8 & Month 9 of Your Training
Focus Areas: Loosening Exercises , Yogic Exercises, Yoga postures in standing, sitting or lying down positions, Application and Purpose of Yoga Postures
Significance of Sun, Significance of Salutation in India, 8 limbs of Yoga, Individual Yoga Postures of Sun Salutation, Sun Salutation Sequence, Hatha Yoga
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 4:
There is a huge science to Yoga postures. Unfortunately, most people learn and teach it like fitness exercises missing the whole point. People spend years trying to perfect the Yoga postures, not understanding that they are only MEANS to an end and NOT end themselves.
There is a misconception that you will get more benefits by learning more postures and by doing complex postures. It is the lack of understanding of Yoga itself that reflects in the incorrect understanding of postures.
You’ll learn here a small set of postures but with utmost quality and thoroughness.
You will learn top secrets for mind mastery through body and body mastery through mind.
You can go deeper into the postures through mind power. You don't need pills or heated room to become more flexible. They are all money-making gimmicks.
The powerful practice of sun salutation is practiced incorrectly; Besides this, most variations of sun salutations miss important positions in the practice and are done like fitness exercise.
Learn the REAL DEAL, the significance and science behind the sun salutation.
Month 10 & Month 11 of Your Training
Focus Areas: Yogic eternal values of rules and observances (Yamah: & Niyamah: ) – a total of 20 taken from various Yoga texts, Understanding through stories from India, examples, lively discussion, Aasanam (Yoga postures pertaining to a value), chanting along with dancing, introspection and publicly committing to following at least 2 values in life by participants
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 5:
These eternal values are the answers to the restlessness, hatred and violence that are gripping the modern society. Everyone talks about world peace. We can turn to these for achieving the peace first within, and then without.
People wrongly think of the rules, discipline and values as infringement on their freedom. Here you’ll understand the science behind following each of these for your own happiness. You’ll learn through practical examples and stories how some people have applied these in their lives.
Through discussion you’ll learn how to apply these values in your own life. You’ll have the opportunity to commit publicly so that you can begin your own evolution journey.
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 6:
This is an important module dealing with the working of the mind, learning how to tap into its power and learning to master the mind.
In this module, you will identify your LIFE PURPOSE and have A DIRECTION to your LIFE.
You'll learn practical tools to MANAGE STRESS, OR ANXIETY and have ANGER always UNDER CONTROL. You'll learn techniques to easily come out of DEPRESSION.
You will learn the SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS and make your life CALMER, HEALTHIER and HAPPIER.
Month 14 of Your Training
Focus Areas: Why Samskritam (Sanskrit), Scientific facts behind Samskritam, Sounds of Samskritam, Pronunciation practice, Practice of simple words, Posture names in Samskritam
Spiritual Terms in Samskritam
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 7:
Most Yoga and chanting circles do NOT understand the significance and science behind the Yogic language of Samskritam. They also do not understand the negative Karma (negative action) taking place as a result of the abuse and misuse of this language. This is because, they do not seem to understand the science behind vibrations and what might result if unintended vibrations are produced and taught.
Here you’ll learn the necessity to learn the sounds of Samskritam properly and pronounce correctly the common spiritual words that are widely used even in the non-Yogic circles such as “Dharma”, “Mantra”, and “Avatar”.
Learning this language gives power, prestige and authority to a chanter and to a Yoga and spiritual teacher. It connects you to the vibrations of the ancient masters, who pronounced these words the exact same way as you would be correctly saying.
The vibrations produced by it improve health, calm the nerves and cure diseases. Children learning this in young age will gain the ability to master any other language.
Month 15 & Month 16 of Your Training
Focus Areas: Understanding Student Learning process, How negative Karma in Yoga Practice & Teaching, Yoga teaching as responsibility and Service, Adopting CONSCIOUS practice of the science of Yoga by teachers, Mini teaching sessions by Trainees, Learning to Guide, Assist & Correct
Myth behind Yoga levels, Setting up classes, In-authenticity of drop-in system, Structuring classes for empowering students, Authentic Yoga teaching checklist, Posture practice, Q & A
Completion of ALL assignments
OUTCOME FROM MODULE 8:
Here you’ll understand how to create your own personal practice for a conscious & empowered living using all that has been learned in the past modules. You learn to live Yoga every moment of your life, and it becomes your way of life. You’ll learn the proven methodology to share it with others in the community through conscious & empowered leadership.
This is VERY DIFFERENT from typical Yoga teacher training programs where much emphasis is given to Yoga postures ONLY. Even if other topics are touched upon, they are NOT addressed in detail in terms of application in daily life, but are studied simply as topics to be covered.
You will be part of our “Liberate Yoga Liberate You” movement. You will be liberating Yoga from its limited understanding by people, and in turn, the liberated Yoga will liberate you from the limitations of life. In all, this module of the training program will give you a solid understanding of this ancient science. You will know how to impart Yoga as a science of life, NOT as exercises.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
MANDATORY FOR AUTHENTIC YOGA-TEACHER TRAINEES
(The stay and food are covered in your investment for the Yoga-Teacher Training)
AFTER Month 16 FOR 8 DAYS
In a place that will be announced later
(For non-teacher trainees, it will be 5 days - optional)
Focus Areas: GROUP DISCUSSION, individual sharing, posture practice individually and with partners, Ensuring that ALL the material is understood, Q & A
OUTCOME FROM IN-PERSON TRAINING:
This is the best part of the training, as everything that has been learned in the past modules will come together here. You experience living in a Yogic atmosphere, something you can learn to incorporate in every moment of your life once you go back home. We'll check your Samskritam pronunciation here.
You’ll work with partners for the postures and breathing practices, observe each other and give feedback.
You will create your lesson plan for 12 sessions here, so that your teaching becomes easier once you receive your certification.
You will seek clarification on materials before taking final exams.
You will take the written and practical exams during this time.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
- This bonus fulfills the principle of the 3Cs - Content, Community, and Coaching.
- The Yoga Teacher Training gives you the transformational content.
- Facebook is the community building place for you.
- Here you create Sat-Sangha with other Yoga teacher training participants
- You post your challenges, concerns and questions, not only about this training, but about your life in general. The community will share their thoughts and ideas.
- The public cannot see your contents. Only those in this training can see it.
- You post your successes and the community will celebrate with you.
- Shanthi will look at the questions and answer them as appropriate.
- DO NOT underestimate the power of this community, especially when they are in a similar path as yours.
- Of the 3 Cs, this is where the 3rd C happens - Coaching.
- Even though this training is as detailed as it possibly can, as you go through the modules, you will have questions. Shanthi will answer them during the call.
- After the training starts, you will be notified of the call details. You can listen to the call through computer or phone.
- If you cannot attend the call live, you can send your question ahead of time, and Shanthi will be sure to answer them on the call and send you the recording.
- Through the 3 Cs, you are supported in every way possible for a successful learning and teaching practice.
- During the coaching call, you can ask your questions live. You can also type in your questions during the call. The call will go on until every question is answered.
Bonus 3: Easy-to-follow Training Manual with complete templates for teaching classes
- This bonus has the highlights of all your lessons and forms the content part of the training in written form
- Every posture has its own posture sheet with step-by-step guidance, intermediate and final pictures, benefits affirmation
- While teaching a class, just keep the sheet by your side for reference
- Every page of this Yoga teacher training manual is personally created by Shanthi investing hundreds of hours
- There are no photocopies of pages from other books in the manual
- There is material on every topic discussed in the videos
- The treasures of several books, research and Shanthi's years of wisdom constitute the manual
- This is a manual you would use during your entire life and teaching career and is invaluable