Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus - Anamaya and Sasha Dae -

Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus – Anamaya and Sasha Dae

July 20th, 2010 by Geoff McCabe

Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica with Sasha Dae

Anamaya and Sasha Dae
216 hr Teacher Training Syllabus
October 2-29, 2010

Segment I


• Benefits and application, general types, styles, trends and influences
• Brief History
• Yoga for fitness, yoga for healing
• Principles of Arkaya, Restorative, Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Laughter, Nada, Nidra
• Principles of Applied Psychoneurobiology
• Viewpoints of the East and West
the energetic body
• Chi, chakras, meridans, prana, nadis
the mind
• Viewpoints of the east and west
• Buddhist teachings and practices


• Shiva, Shakti, Vishnu, Brahma, Krishna, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Patanjali, Ganesha, Durga, Kali, Rama, Sita, Hanuman


• Buddha, Tilopa, Thich Nat Han, Osho, Dali Lama, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa


• Yoga of sound, Nada
• Energetic effects of mantra
• Haakaras
• Laughter
• Voice
• Affirmations


• Om
• Namaste
• Om Shanti
• Om Namah Shivaya
• Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
• Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
• Bija
• Chakra
• Ganesha Gayatri


• Benefits, energetic effects and application
• Various hand positions


• Benefits and application
• Mula, root lock
• Uddiyana, abdominal lock
• Jalandhara, chin lock

arkaya, restorative, yin, kundalini, asana and kriya

• Sequences, postures, modifications, benefits, contradictions and modifications
hatha asanas
• Preparatory practices, sequences postures, modifications, benefits, contradictions and modifications
• Forward, back and side, twists, balances, inversions, seated, spinal aligners
• Traction and compression
• Concluding practices


• Breath awareness
• Sectional breathing (abdominal and diaphragmatic, thoracic and clavicular)
• Controlled and effortless breathing
• Co ordination of breath and movement
• Complete breath
• Breath in asana practice
• Ujjayi, Nadi Sodhana, Sitali, Sitkari, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Brahmari, Ratio


• Progressive relaxation, Nidra
• Body and breath visualization
• Grounding and cleansing techniques
• Easter and Western techniques

segment II


• Vedas
• Samkhya
• Nine obstacles
• Eight limbs ~ Ashtanga
• Three gunas
• Five Vrittis
• Five Kleshas
• Four Fold Awareness
• Tantra
• Bhagavad Gita
• Upanishads

The physical body

anatomy, physiology and kinesiology

• Tissues, muscles, fascia, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, collaggen, joints, organs
• Musculoskeletal system and neuromuscular transmission
• Skeleton and Spine, types, structure and function
• Joint types, structure and function
• Understanding Range of Movement
• Muscle properties, distribution, contractions, ligaments, tendons
• Blood and the lymphatic system
• Cardiovascular system, heart muscle and blood vessels, cardiac cycle and circulation, blood pressure
• Respiratory system, mechanism of breathing, exchange of gases, pulmonary function, control of respiration
• Digestive system, the role of secretions in digestion of food, absorption, assimilation and excretion
• Skin structure and functions, regulation of body temperature
• Endocrine system, hormones and effect of hypo and hyperactivity on the body
• Central Nervous System
• Nerve structure, properties of neurons, action, regeneration, fibers, receptors, reflex arc
• Autonomic Nervous System, sympathetic and parasympathetic, anatomy and functions
• Functions and important connections of Cerebrum, Pons, Medulla, Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Cerebellum
• Common disorders, mood swings and chronic pain
• Common spinal issues; Kyphosis, Lordosis, Scoliosis
• Physiology of stress
• Physical and structural challenges, limitations, precautions
• Avoiding common injuries in yogic practices
• Using props and variations to individualize practices
• Static, Dynamic and Resistance stretching
• Effects of Restorative and Yin Yoga

applied psycho neurobiology

• 5 levels of healing
• Our experience, anatomical and conceptual designation, related science, diagnostic method and healing technique
• Mental Field Therapy
• Tapping points

yoga swing

• Benefits, energetic effects and application
• Yogic diet, balanced nutrition principles and related biochemistry
• Carbohydratess, proteins, lipids, minerals; trace elemnets, vitamins; fat vs water soluable and enzymes; inhibitors and


• Yogi dj
• Timing, use of music and voice to create experiences
• Tips and techniques for choosing your music


• Considerations and responsibilities
• Leadership and communication
• Creating a supportive and experiential environment to allow healing to take place
• For those new to yoga
• Placing awareness
• Hands on assists and modifications
• Building your sequence
• Praticum

business of yoga

• Venue
• Advertising
• Costing
• Gathering relevant information from students
• Insurance, liability and waiver

ebooks ~ provided in pdf

• Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
• Ayurveda Encyclopedia
• Deepak Chopra 7 Spiritual Laws
• Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light
• Hatha Yoga Pradipika
• Iyenga Illustrated Light on Yoga
• Surya Namaskar and Mantras

Daily Schedule

Designed to provide an intensive, experiential exploration of yoga philosophy, practice, and teaching techniques

5:30 – 7:00 am Sadhana – practice, meditation, self study
7:00 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 11:00 am Program Session – techniques, postures and pranayama; teaching methodology for leading a class
assisting students in postures;  yogic philosophy; anatomy and physiology
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 pm Program Session
4:00 – 5:30 pm Sadhana – practice to reinforce posture, alignment, details, practicum, assist and deepen knowledge
5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 pm Program Session

Course Hours

6 Hours Training Program per day x 24 days
3 Hours Sadhana per day x 24 days
Total Hours = 216
Total Contact Hours = 180

Breakdown of Training ~ Content Hours

Minimum hours as determined by Yoga Alliance
Techniques: Instruction in Yoga Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation 100
Teaching Methodology 30
Anatomy and Physiology 20
Philosophy/Ethics/ Lifestyle 30
Practicum 15
Other 5
Total 200 hours
Total 180 contact hours

By Geoff McCabe

Geoff is the CEO of Anamaya, working tirelessly to continually approve all its functions. With the goal to make it the most amazing yoga and wellness center anywhere, Geoff delves into nutrition, design, management, and just about every facet of Anamaya. When not working, he lives at Rancho Delicioso, our nearby organic farm, and enjoys surfing and yoga.