YTT Teaching Themes

You learn to teach a rich curriculum to your yoga students, using our unique Themes approach.  Each Theme builds on the training and knowledge you've cultivated in the prior ones.  Thus our Teacher Training works through the Themes just as you will with your own students.  Click here for our US YTT brochure. Click here for our Australia YTT brochure. 

YTT Level 1 is a 5-day trainng which includes 2 Themes:  Core Opening; with your at-home DTS Mentoring deepening your knowledge base.  Scroll down to learn about our teaching themes.

YTT Level 2 is a 5-day trainng which includes 3 Themes:  Abdominals, Backbends, Standing Poses; with your at-home DTS Mentoring deepening your knowledge base.    Scroll down to learn about our teaching themes.

YTT Level 3 is a 7-day trainng which includes 3 Themes:  Forward Bends, Neck & Shoulders, Balance & inversions; with your at-home DTS Mentoring deepening your knowledge base.  Scroll down to learn about our teaching themes.

YTT Level 4 is a 7-day trainng which includes 3 Themes:  Classical Poses, Vinyasa, Seated Poses & Twists; with your at-home DTS Mentoring deepening your knowledge base.  Scroll down to learn about our teaching themes.

DETAILS

1-Daily Practice Theme

Make the biggest difference in a person’s life: teach them how to do Daily Practice. Learn how to inspire them as well as guide them through the mechanics, using personalized propping, alignments and adjustments. Get profound changes in your body, mind and more while gaining hands-on skills for your students. Five days of immersion includes yoga breathing, yoga poses, yoga anatomy, chanting, meditation and sutra study, as well as four weekly at-home follow-up phone calls to support your growth as a teacher and as a yogi (DTS included).

Module or Level Prerequisite: successful completion of Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga within 6 months prior to the beginning date.

2-Core Opening Theme

The purpose of this Theme is not to become "better" at these poses, but to use the poses to get immediate effects that extend through your whole body, as well as fulfilling the prime objective of quieting your mind in order to open up your deeper inner experience.  This theme, Core Opening, is the most important Theme in Svaroopa Yoga. Six days of immersion includes personal mentoring for your teaching along with yoga breathing, yoga poses, yoga anatomy, chanting, meditation and sutra study. When you return home, you are supported by four weekly follow-up phone calls, which include DTS as well as support for your personal practice.

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Daily Practice, plus you have taught 4 or more Daily Practice classes in one month.

3-Abdominals Theme

Your abdominals work for you once you’ve released your spine. Discover how easy it is to activate these key muscles, which make you able to live with your spine open, supple and strong. Teach your students a whole new dimension of Svaroopa® yoga, scientific utilization of their body’s strength structure, which is abs, arms and legs, as well as propping, alignments and adjustments that make you abdominals work for everyone. Your five immersion days include yoga breathing, yoga poses, yoga anatomy, chanting, meditation and sutra study. At home, you are supported by four weekly follow-up phone calls, including DTS as well as support for your personal practice.

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Upper Spinal Release, plus you have taught 4 or more Upper Spinal Release classes in one month. .

4-Backbends Theme

Teach the hardest poses, the ones that keep you tall and strong all your life long. Your body needs Backbends, both for your lower spine and upper spine, to open out the crunch that life puts in. Everything you have learned and been practicing prepares you for these challenging poses, plus the magic of Svaroopa® yoga makes them easy and accessible, especially with our individualized propping, alignments and adjustments. Six days of immersive training includes yoga breathing, yoga poses, yoga anatomy, chanting, meditation and sutra study. Your return home is supported by four weekly follow-up phone calls, including DTS as well as support for your personal practice.

Qualifications: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Abdominals, plus you have taught 4 or more Abdominals classes in one month.

5-Standing Poses

Just like the yoga magazines show, you’ll be doing the Warrior poses and other standing poses but in the Svaroopa® yoga way. Discover the support of your bones while you use your abs, arms and legs all at the same time. Take your students into a new realm of mastery, cultivating their strength and decisiveness together. Go home with customized propping, alignments and adjustments that brings everyone to a new level. Five days of immersion includes yoga breathing, yoga poses, yoga anatomy, chanting, meditation and sutra study. Your return home is supported by four weekly follow-up phone calls, including DTS as well as support for your personal practice. Upon successful completion, you are certified as a Svaroopa® Yoga Basics Teacher and eligible for your RYT200 from Yoga Alliance.

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Backbends , plus you have taught 4 or more Backbends classes in one month.

6-Forward Bends

Now you shift gears to a more advanced level with deeper poses, deeper physical changes and deeper inner experiences.  Forward bends open up a lot of change, along with providing a profound feeling of surrender, serenity and letting go.  They cultivate the experience of yogic surrender, thus this is a blissful theme.  Here you learn to teach forward bending poses from chairs and on the floor as well as strenuous forward bends, using your arms, legs and abdominals to support you so your spine can release.  When you find this, it feels like you can stay forever!  You discover the bliss surrender in the midst of efforting. 

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Standing Poses, plus you have taught 4 or more Standing Poses classes in one month.

7-Neck & Shoulders

Everyone wants help with their neck & shoulders.  Learn a powerful approach, completely different than the medical paradigm, yet easy to prove how well it works, all within one yoga class.  Your neck and shoulders automatically improve when you get spinal release at your tailbone.  These changes are a grounded opening that lifts and lengthens the spine from tail-to-top.  In this theme, you also learn to help your students by dealing with their mind along with their body, venturing into the next stage of the transformational process — on the physical level as well as the mental and emotional levels.

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Forward Bends , plus you have taught 4 or more Forward Bends classes in one month.

8-Balance & Inversions

Both types of poses are taught together in one Theme because they share an important quality – the principle of finding the point of balance rather than tightening to create a false sense of balance.  You learn how stand in your bones and find the balance in your feet, so you become steady in the pose.  In addition, your mind will become wonderfully peaceful.  Now you apply these principles to inversions, including mild, moderate and full inversions.  This theme is very important for life skills.  Your ability to balance physically is related to your emotional balance and your steadiness of mind. 

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Neck & Shoulders, plus you have taught 4 or more Neck & Shoulders classes in one month.

9-Classical Poses

This physically challenging theme means you get to work a little harder and go a little further than before.  Now you learn to teach the full poses instead of the variations we have been using to provide core opening.  Learn how to work hard without pushing; then lead your students through this amazing learning process!  Discover how the classical poses provide profound spinal release while strengthening your body and the power of your inner resolve.

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Balance & Inversions, plus you have taught 4 or more Balance & Inversions classes in one month.

10-Vinyasa

Learn to move and breathe in openness.  The message built into this theme is that there is more available to you.  Now you learn to link poses together in a continuous sequence, moving and breathing while opening your spine.  This leads to living your yoga in the midst of the life’s challenges. Develop your ability to fine-tune the individual poses in each pose sequence, as well how to connect them in a continuous sequence, and graduate to doing variations that provide increasing levels of complexity and mastery.

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Classical Poses, plus you have taught 4 or more Classical Poses classes in one month.

11-Seated Poses & Twists

The culmination of months of study and preparation is this meditative theme.  Seated poses are the most important of all asanas; you began with them in Daily Practice and now you return to them changed.  All the other poses you have been learning, teaching and practicing have made a change in your ability to sit.  In the seated pose, you naturally experience the inner realms of your own Self that yoga promises.  Plus the twists have a profoundly quieting effect on the mind, getting the things that limit your bliss out of the way.  Now you easily discover the already-blissful, deeper dimension of your own existence, named svaroopa, the bliss of your own Being.  

Module Prerequisites: SATYA member in current standing, successful completion of YTT Module & DTS for Vinyasa, plus you have taught 4 or more Vinyasa classes in one month.

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