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RYS stands for Registered Yoga School. You can become a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200 by completing our 200 RYT training. For those that have earned their RYT 200 designation – whether it was with Om My Yoga Academy or another RYS 200 – completing our RYS 300 program will qualify you as an RYT 500!
Om My Yoga Academy’s 200-HR Yoga Alliance approved RYT Program includes six 3-Day Training Modules, carefully developed to provide students a comprehensive yoga-teacher training education and qualify them to teach. Each module is chock full of tons of info that will help those who want to teach create and deliver safe, effective, powerful, therapuetic and inspiring classes, and those who just want to learn and grow personally to do that! If you have wanted to learn more about yoga postures and alignment, yoga history, philosophy, anatomy, chakras and much more, if you have wanted to be certified to teach yoga or have just been seeking an opportunity to grow in your own life and practice…this transformational journey is for you!
200 HR RYT Program
Om My Yoga Academy’s 200-HR Yoga Alliance approved RYT Program includes six 3-Day Training Modules…
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In our first module, the feature area of study is an overall introduction to yoga. This is where we will build a firm foundation on which to learn and grow. We will explore what yoga is, where it came from, the contemporary evolution into the styles we have now. This module will also be the beginning of our learning of the Om My Yoga Academy style of yoga, a style that draws on many of the rich traditions we will examine. We will become familiar with the Om My Yoga Academy Hallmark Class Format, learn several class flows, and explore over 30 asanas in detailed pose clinic. We will also begin our study of Pranayama, learning what it is and why it is important, and we will practice our first 3 specific pranayama exercises, which we will add to in each module. Every module will contain a Philosophy component, and in module one, we explore the important question, “Why Study Yoga Philosophy?” We also dive right into Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga – a system that we will refer to again and again and become well acquainted with throughout our teacher training. We are first introduced to the purpose and methodology of meditation, and will continue to explore different tequniques and practices as our study evolves. Whether you are a long time practitioner or fairly new to yoga, this module is a great way to start your teacher training journey or enhance your own practice!
The language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates
In our second module, the feature area of study is teaching, or more specifically, developing the teacher in you! We will learn general principles of class formatting, principles of communicating while teaching, how to build a theme into your class and the importance of a regular practice. In module two, we will learn to edit or modify our original hallmark classes, and learn several new class flows, as well as over 30 more asanas in detailed pose clinic. We will continue our study of Pranayama and meditation, and our Philosophy talk will focus on discussion of the Yamas and Niyamas. Journaling will be a component of this module, so bring a notebook and be prepared to do some self exploration and develop your own personal teaching philosophy!
Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes by Mark StephensThe Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele (can be purchased at om my yoga)
The Module three feature area of study is our Physical Anatomy and Alignment and our subtle energy system. We will do a thorough overview of basic anatomical principles, and then dive into more detailed study of specific parts of the body, how they affect our yoga poses and practice, and how to best protect and engage the body for a sustainable and powerful practice.
We will explore several areas of postural focus, including clinic on Standing poses, Hip openers, Forward Folds, Backbends, Twists and inversions.
Beyond our physical anatomy study, we will also begin to explore our energetic or subtle energy system. We will learn about the Koshas, the Chakras and practices to affect the energetic and nervous system. Lots of hands on activities, guided meditations, interesting classes and great discussion will help us leave this training with a deeper understanding of the body you have and the people you will teach!
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy MatthewsAnatomy and Asana by Susi Hately AldousChakra Balancing Kit by Anodea Judith
In module 4, our feature area of study will be the development of your personal practice. Here, we will begin to understanding Yoga as an “interior” practice, and will do exercises for developing Awareness, Awakening, Transformation, Reflection, Empathy, Compassion and a Life of Service
We will take a deeper look at Meditation, explore the nature of sound and the Power of Chant and Sanskrit. We will also learn to create an “experience and environment” when we teach, using music, aromatherapy, lighting, mudras, asana and pranayamas to put it all together for a transformational class.
Our Philosophy focus will be the Yoga Sutras, and we will embark on a study and selective focus on 10-15 sutras relevant to the study of yoga, as well as how to teach the sutras in subtle ways in yoga class and how to apply the sutras to your life off the mat.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (with commentary and translation by Sri Swami Satchidananda) Suggested resources: Inside the Yoga Sutras, by Reverend Jaganath Carrerra
In our fifth module, the feature area of study is developing a full yogic lifestyle. We will explore various yogic philosophies, Diet/Nutrition options, yogic Approaches to relationships/intimacy/family life/parenting, approaches to spiritual growth, and the art of practicing self care. We will learn the basics of ayurveda and the doshas, and will learn some easy ways to implement Ayurvedic principals into daily life.
In our philosophy section of module five, we will dive into the amazing text of the Bhagavad Gita, the great “song of God.” We will discuss the main themes and concepts, and learn how to apply the Gita to everyday life and incorporate its inspiration and instruction into your classes.
The Living Gita, A Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
In our final module, we will recap the most important aspects of the Om My Yoga system. We will make sure we are comfortable with key asanas and their variations/adaptations.
Module six will also be a restful time of celebration, as we introduce the amazing and rejuvenating styles of both Yin and Restorative Yoga, and the practice of Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep).
Module six will also consist of practical information on the Business of Yoga, defining goals and setting intention, teaching, and even opening a studio.
This culmination of the 200 hour program will leave you feeling full of insight and knowledge, and ready to share it with others.
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Relax and Renew by Judith Lasiter
300 HR RYT Program
The 300 hour program works a bit differently than the 200 hour. The 200 hour program is taken consecutively, completing the training with the same group of people and the modules are taken in sequence. The 300 hour program is an addition to the 200 hours, so someone who completes the entire program would be considered a 500 RYT. You do NOT have to have completed your 200 hours before starting the 300 hour workshops. You can pick up workshops that interest you at your own pace, completing the 500 hour certification (the 200 plus 300) over a longer period of time. It is NOT required that you take any of the 300 hour workshops while you pursuing your 200 hour certification, but you certainly can take 300 hour workshops if they are interesting to you. In fact, anyone can take the 300 hour workshops! So if you know someone who would love a weekend Arm Balances and Inversions workshop, or Yoga Philosophy, let them know about these workshops even if they aren’t a 200 RYT!
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Traditionally Yoga and Ayurveda went hand in hand. One was not understood or taught without the other. Ayurveda, or the ‘Science of Life’ is the ancient yogic medicine that acknowledges individual differences, imbalances and treatments. For the Yoga teacher, an understanding of Ayurveda is part of a complete yoga practice, and integral to offering a comprehensive class experience for students.
This Module will include:
· Basic principles of Ayurvedic medical theory and philosophy.
· Understanding the fundamental terms that describe the most useful and practical aspects of this vast ancient wisdom including vata, pitta, kapha, agni, ama and guna.
· Self-assessment and dosha determination.
· Learn which Ayurvedic practices are most practical and appropriate for you. · Structure a dinacharya (daily routine).
· How to do a daily abhyanga (self-massage using warm oil).
· How to do a seasonal cleanse of the digestive tract to bring balance to the physical and emotional body. · Yoga & Pranyama for specific doshas.
· Time for general Q & A. You will leave this Module with an understanding of your current constitution – meaning whether you need to manage vata, pitta, or kapha as part of bringing yourself back to balanced health.
Students will learn specific ways to improve their communication skills while teaching, and will learn to bring their ‘yogic communication’ off the mat. Dr. Christine Kiesinger brings her extensive knowledge of yoga, communication and relationships to this exciting workshop.
Students will learn about alignment, body mechanics, leverage, strength and balance to access arm balances and inversions that once seemed inaccessible. This Module will include thorough study of the Bandahs, and students will learn to utilize Mula Bandha (root lock) and Uddiyana Bandha (belly lock) to experience a greater sense of strength and support in entering, holding and exiting arm balances and inversions.
Anatomy of the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint will be key areas of focus as students learn to practice inversions with safety and proper alignment.
Students will learn to utilize props to practice safe and effective alignment in arm balances and inversions, and will practice hands-on adjustments that aid practitioners without compromising balance or safety. This workshop will not only give students a more successful personal practice in arm balances and inversions, but they will be able to teach their classes these often-challenging postures with greater success.
Due to the thorough study of the shoulder structure, content from this training will also be beneficial from a therapeutic perspective, as students will leave with a full picture of the anatomy and common issues of the shoulder.
Students will learn proper alignment, body mechanics, leverage, strength and balance to access arm balances and inversions that once seemed “inaccessable.” This workshop will include thorough study of the bandahs, and students will learn to utilize mula bandha (root lock) and Uddiyana Bandha (belly lock) to experience a greater sense of ease and support in entering, holding and exiting arm balances and inversions. Anatomy of the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint will be key areas of focus as students learn to practice inversions with safety and proper alignment. Students will learn to utilize props to practice safe and effective alignment in arm balances and inversions, and will practice hands-on adjustments that aid practitioners without compromising their balance or safety. This workshop will not only give students a more successful personal practice in arm balances and inversions, but they will be able to teach their classes these often-challenging postures with greater success. Due to the thorough study of the shoulder structure, much content from this training will also be beneficial from a therapeutic perspective, as students will leave with a full picture of the anatomy and common issues of the shoulder girdle and joints.
We will explore the basic systems of the human body with a focus on skeletal and muscular connection. This Module cover topics ranging from: application and understanding of structural function and movement to gain a broader scope of kinesiology; common medical terminology; application of postures to different body types; identification of target muscle groups during asana.
Students will review fundamental yoga postures, exploring in depth the options for props and modifications. Advanced poses will be meticulously broken down to discover which poses need to be practiced in preparation and how students at every level of can work towards these asanas safely.
Students will review the principles of adjustments, or ‘the adjustment line-of-fire.’ Specifically, when to make an adjustment, why to make an adjustment, and types of adjustments. The main content of this Module will be refining the skill of when adjustments are appropriate, and what type of adjustment best serves the situation presented. Students will be presented with different adjustment scenarios and will also have an opportunity to assist classes by giving adjustments to refine their skills.
The communication of touch will also be studied with extensive hands-on physical adjustment practice. This physical adjustment section is aimed at teaching the actual adjustments as well as what we communicate through our touch, and how to most effectively communicate presence, leadership, support and assurance. Students will also have an opportunity to explore basic Thai massage and therapeutic acrobatic yoga techniques in this training.
In this workshop, we will explore common mental/emotional Conditions and Issues: The student will learn about 10 different common phycological conditions or concerns that can be supported through various yoga techniques. These conditions will be studied in depth, and students will gain knowledge of basics of the condition, contraindicated practices, as well as practices or postures that provide benefit to each condition. Some conditions that will be addressed: Depression, Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Panic disorder and Stress. Students will learn to develop a yoga-based protocols for each condition, utilizing asana, restorative yoga, pranayama, essential oils, chants/mantra, and other holistic practices.
In this Module, students will learn multiple common physical/medical conditions or concerns that can be addressed through various yoga techniques. We will learn how to look at health conditions through the lense of yoga therapy, and will determine practices or postures that provide benefit to each condition.
Students will learn to perform in-depth client assessments. Students will gain tools and experience that will allow them to conduct a full client assessment to determine specific areas of concern for an individual client. This will include principles of client evaluation, full postural assessment practice and the development of a specific therapeutic program to address conditions that were discovered. Asana, pranayama, and other holistic practices will be used to create a thorough program that can be utilized, and practice time will be given to develop such programs for partners in the workshop. Students will feel comfortable and qualified to meet one-on-one with clients needing therapeutic yoga, and will be more qualified to assess and address moderate issues in a traditional yoga class setting. Students will participate in classes that are condition-specific (for example, yoga for back-pain relief), and will learn to develop their own therapeutic classes to aid and support specific conditions.
Understanding the Mind-Body-Spirit connection through Meditation. Looking at Meditation as a tool and a destination. After exploring the mind, its role, processes and purposes, we explore the way it connects the spirit to the body at the energetic level. We present our definition of the meditative state and explain how it creates cohesion between the Mind, Body and Spirit, and also illustrates the meaningful interdependence of these essential instances.
In this workshop we explore the ideal circumstances for the most effective meditation practices. Meditation is a destination in itself with a full relevance to the greater purpose of human life on earth, facilitating ascension and conscious meditation allowing to go deeper into the physical practice and act as a bridge to the spirit and the inner self, introducing here the idea of transcendence in perfecting a deep conscious yoga practice. Each section ends with a themed guided meditation. Sharing and journaling will be encouraged.
By looking back, we will find an appreciation for the roots and beginnings of this time tested practice. This will help us to honor its tradition and maintain the integrity of the practice as we teach, and will set us up to incorporate yoga into our own lives in a way that, while unique to each of us, remains undiluted and contains the purity and wisdom of those who have gone before. We will focus our study on four historical periods: the Vedic Period, Pre-Classical Period, Classical Period, and Post-Classical Period. We will explore the Upanishads, Brahma Sutras, Mahabarata. This will lead us to extensive study of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Students will be able to create a historical timeline from the earliest origins of yoga, to the modern day. In this workshop, we will use the Eight Limbed path of yoga from the yoga sutras as a foundation for deep study and discussion.
Students will review the 7 major Chakras, and demonstrate knowledge of the sanskrit name, color and function of these energy systems. Students will also learn about the traits, elements, age of development, overstimulation imbalance and under stimulation imbalance for each chakra, essential oils and crystals/stones to balance each chakra and the chakra’s relationship to emotional and physical health and balance. They will learn to develop greater awareness of the condition of their own energetic system, and identify sickness and problems that arise from energy blockages. They will learn methods to bring each chakra back into balance, and will have hands-on practice in creating, teaching and implementing a chakra balancing protocol for themselves and for a client, using an array of methods, such as asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), and nada (sound) yoga. Students will be introduced to meditations to assist with opening and balancing each chakra, as well as vinyasa, restorative and meditation practice for the chakra system as a whole. Students will also study the process of kundalini awakening, the Nadis (Ida, Pingala and Sushumna), Three granthis (knots) Along the Sushumna channel. (Brahma, Rudra, Vishnu Granthis)
Students will learn how to teach Yin Yoga by exploring traditional Yin postures in an interactive learning environment. Anatomy focus will be a focal point as we develop an understanding of the fascia, muscle and joint segments, injuries, and contraindications and the logic of adjustments and variations. Students will analyze joint position and range of motion in various postures in order to effectively learn to utilize props and modifications and ensure student safety. All traditional Yin postures will be covered, as will their benefits and contraindications.
Students will study various yoga therapy models and techniques, including:
- Affirmations and Manifesting
- Soma/Body awareness practices
- Meditation for healing
- Yoga Nidra
We will also study the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain, body, and nervous system. We will study the biological effects of yoga and meditation on the brain, body, and nervous system. We will examine yoga and meditations effect on stress related disorders, hypertension, insomnia, asthma, digestive disorders, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.