“Teaching yoga is an honor and a delight. And, it comes with responsibilities. Responsibilities that will cause your life to expand, that will catalyze your self-study, and stimulate a love for learning and growing in countless ways.”
“Transformation is not just short-term relief. It is a radical commitment to the intelligence of life. To instill this optimism and possibility in others, one must courageously embody it in oneself.”
amrita yoga teacher training is a 200-hour program preparing teachers to teach ayurvedically-influenced, vinyasa yoga
Yoga and Social Justice Teacher Training is a 200-hour program preparing teachers as ambassadors of yoga and social justice
Yoga Therapy Professional Training is a 300-hour program preparing teachers provide individual and small group yoga therapy and preparing Allied Health Professionals to integrate yoga therapy tools into their private practice or public service roles.
What are the similarities and differences between the amrita yoga and Yoga and Social Justice training trainings?
Both programs will teach trainees about the philosophy and psychology of yoga as well as mindfulness tools, information on how the nervous system functions and why yoga teachers need to be informed about the aspects of nervous system that affect the students’ body and brain, and breathing practices to help students navigate their mind-body relationship.
Both trainings will teach trainees about how to use language skills to articulate the yoga poses, create demonstrations for students to learn about the poses, make observations about students’ poses and use verbal suggestions to support them to create better alignment in the poses, and how to use hands on support to facilitate a student’s learning.
The Yoga and Social Justice training program aims to help trainees become teachers who are prepared to teach students who have experienced adversity, marginalization, oppression, trauma, prejudice, or mental health challenges, and who may be seeking yoga as a resource to develop life skills to improve their health, both body and mind. These students may seek out yoga in settings other than yoga studios or athletic clubs, settings such as mental health centers, hospital clinics, treatment centers, or at yoga studios that focus on yoga therapy – as we do at the DAYA Foundation.
Teachers will be able to understand students who have experienced or who are experiencing chronic pain, anxiety, or depression, PTSD, active addiction and so on.
The amrita yoga training program helps trainees prepare to teach vinyasa (flow-based) yoga classes in yoga studios or in athletic clubs, etc. Students will also learn about Ayurveda – the medicine of yoga – which includes understanding that students (all of us) have core constitutions that tend to go out of balance (Ayurveda teaches us how to bring those imbalances back to balance) and understanding that nature also has certain cycles. In other words, how we practice yoga in spring is actually different than in the fall, based on what’s happening in nature.
Teachers in this training program will be able to work with a variety of students, though will likely work more with the average student of yoga – those who may need fewer adaptations and whose health is less vulnerable (mentally and physically) than a student with active PTSD, or one with a mental health challenge or suffering from active addiction.