The viniyoga of Yoga Teaching and Yoga Therapeutic Healthcare Programme Prerequisites
Involve a prior completion of a minimum of 250 contact hours in the Art of Personal Studies Core Level Modules drawn from within the two primary areas of Yoga Practice and Study:
- Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Workshop and Course Modules
- Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Workshop and Course Modules
The 250 prerequisite Art of Personal Studies Core Level contact hours break down into:
- 150 hours of Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Core Level Modules
- 100 hours of Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Core Level Modules
1. Yoga Practice Techniques and Practice Theory Core Level Study Modules – 150 hours
- Āsana Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Āsana Course Modules Two to Five – 16 days or 80 hours
- Mudrā Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Prāṇāyāma Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Prāṇāyāma Course Module Two – 4 days or 20 hours
- Dhyāna Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Sounding and Chanting Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
2. Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Core Level Study Modules – 100 hours
- Sūtra Psychology Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Sūtra Psychology Course Modules Two and Three – 8 days or 40 hours
- Haṭha Energetics Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Gītā Scripture Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Upaniṣat Mysticism Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Sāṃkhya Philosophy Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Āyurveda Lifestyle Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
Why have Personal Studies Modules as prerequisites to a Practitioner Training Programme?
One of the aims of the Art of Personal Studies Modules is to empower students into the art of how to practice rather than the more usual methodology of what to practice.
Equally, I feel that learning to teach Yoga is not the same as learning to practice Yoga. Plus one could suggest that learning the art of how to teach is not only different from learning what to teach, but is a more demanding training on all levels.
These days there is lots of talk on what is involved in training to be a Yoga Teacher,
however little talk on what is involved in training to be a Yoga Student.
Thus I feel that it is important for the student to be skilled in the twin arts of Yoga practice and Yoga study prior to becoming involved in professional training to add the skill of teaching others, especially individuals or in addition groups.
Also these days the burgeoning ‘fast track’ priorities to accumulate prospective trainee teachers, coupled with their own desires to become a Yoga teacher, quite often before being grounded in personal practice let alone Yoga Study, will only further obscure this distinction.
“Training to learn how to teach Yoga is not the same as training to learn how to practice & study Yoga.”
Once we have learnt the skills required to be a student we can add the necessary teaching and therapeutic healthcare skills to offer Yoga intelligently to individuals.
In other words the Practitioner Training Programme does not add any further personal Yoga Practice or Yoga Study skills, instead it is purely focussed on the art of applying what you have learnt to others within a variety of situations and for a range of conditions.
“Like everything, Yoga must be presented intelligently.
It should be spoken of carefully and offered according to the aspiration, requirement
and the culture of the individual. This should be done in stages.
Systematic application of Yoga – be it concerned with physical exercises,
deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, food, studies – is the need of the day.
This I believe – is what the word viniyoga represents.”
– TKV Desikachar