200 Hour Curriculum

Because of the numerous varieties of ways to read, YogaFaith does not provide required textbooks. These books are required to go through the modules as well as attend a 200 Hour teacher training.

Upon completion of our 200 Hour Program, you will receive certifications: R-YFT, RYTr-ryt 200_LOGORYT

Required Textbook:

The Bible                                 Stretching Your Faith, Michelle Thielen         The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day, John C. Maxwell

bible                                   STRETCHING YOUR FAITH COVER                                                 0785289275__41043_zoom

Trail Guide to the Body + Workbook, 5th Edition

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Stretching Your Faith Hardback  |  Stretching Your Faith Paperback & ebook | SYF on Amazon/Kindle

In addition to each module, handouts, supplemental videos and webinars explore every subject. YogaFaith Ambassador Holly Neal guides you through one of the toughest subjects, over 10 hours of Anatomy Webinars! Trail guide also offers additional resources for a comprehensive understanding.

 

  

History, Philosophy, & Religion Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE) 4.00

History, Philosophy, & Religion

Using required textbooks: Yoga Anatomy, Yoga Sequencing, YogaFaith Handbook and The Bible students will be introduced to the history, philosophy, theories, and benefits of yoga. The 8 Limbs and the Yoga Sutras are studied and the foundation of yoga and Eastern religions are also explored. A deeper look into the classical branches of the 8 limbs and how they correlate to the Ten commandments is discussed how these practices, no matter what one’s belief system is, can be woven into our daily lifestyle. Module One includes study of the roots of yoga, Bhatki Yoga, how yoga relates to faith and religion, and what it means to be devoted and present. Trainees will also learn the concept of Seva and what it means to live a devoted life and how to serve others, even in yoga practice. Lifestyle and Ethics are our focus during this time together. Discussion explores looking at Jesus as an ultimate teacher, healer, and instructor. How he related to all people with empathy, understanding, and kindness. Students discuss the Greatest Commandments and how to live a harmonious life with themselves and others. Looking to Jesus as an example of One who served and gave everything He had to others.

Learning Objective

-Students will be knowledgeable about the history, philosophies, and able to share the innumerable benefits of yoga with others. -Ability to integrate bhakti yoga into individual asana practice as well as classes -Verbalize the importance of a strong yogic foundation and alignment principles -Demonstrate with confidence, proper alignment, directives, and modifications of Seated and Restorative Asanas. -Practice and experience the benefits of individual meditation as well as guide others into an effective meditative practice.

-Facilitate a spiritual experience in a classroom setting regardless of one’s belief system.
Yoga Techniques & Facilitating a Spiritual Experience Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) 15.00 10.00

Yoga Techniques & Facilitating a Spiritual Experience

Students will learn what The Bible says about whole worship with the physical body, the mind, spirit and whole being. They will experience guided practice as well as learn how to instruct others into whole worship by weaving scripture and spirituality throughout a practice. Practice will include traditional yogic methods and techniques as meditation, chanting, pranayama techniques, and an introduction to techniques used in the various styles of yoga such as Hatha and Vinyasa, including Bhatki. Seated, Restorative, and Meditative Asanas are the asana families that are studied, practiced, and demonstrated. Students will learn how to obtain a successful individual practice as well as lead others into a successful posture and practice. An introduction to props, modifications, and ways to deepen a posture are explored within these specific asana families. Trainees will will learn how to teach pranayama, yogic methods, bhatki and Christian yoga, as well as experience a guided practice themselves.

Learning Objective

-Ability to integrate bhakti yoga into individual asana practice as well as classes -Demonstrate with confidence, proper alignment, directives, and modifications of Seated and Restorative Asanas. -Practice and experience the benefits of individual meditation as well as guide others into an effective meditative practice. -Understand and direct others into proper yogic techniques; such as pranayama. When, why, and why not to use certain techniques. -Facilitate a spiritual experience in a classroom setting regardless of one’s belief system.

Finding Your Own Voice Teaching Methodology (TM) 3.00 2.00

Finding Your Own Voice

Students will demonstrate by practice and verbalization how to instruct Seated and Restorative Asanas, know the benefits, cautions, how to deepen, and able to demonstrate proper use of tools and props. Teaching methods, directives, delivery, finding one’s own voice, and cuing techniques are discussed, practiced and demonstrated throughout this segment of training. With the use of Yoga Sequencing special populations are explored more and how to speak to specific ailments, limitations, and diseases. These are temporary as well as permanent circumstances that students will demonstrate their ability to speak to various populations without excluding anyone. Students will experience what it means to have limitation: example: Pregnancy, broken leg, no arm, blind, etc. will be experienced by students. Jesus as an example healed many, taught often, and yet spoke less. We will glean from His many examples of instruction, leading, guiding, speaking, and healing, as well as experience asana with less directives and more of leading others, assisting others, into an experience without a lot of chatter. Trainees will here know the importance of living, acting, serving, and instructing inclusively, to all. This leads into various teaching styles. Trainees will learn, practice, and experience cognitive and visual teaching methods, as well as the importance of instructing from the mat as well as off the mat. This is where confidence is born in instructing, and continues to be developed throughout the program

Learning Objective

-Students will discover their own unique voice as an instructor. -Ability to verbalize proper cues and directives to all individuals or a group of individuals -Ability to address and effectively verbalize cuing for specific limitations, ailments, and diseases-permanent or temporary. -Discover that yoga and lifestyle is inclusive, even if teaching to specific limitations. -Gain first hand experience practicing yoga with a limitation. -Knowledge of the proper tools and how to use them effectively -Demonstrate directives and cuing -Develop confidence in teaching method(s) -Further explore weaving scripture through asana practic -Demonstrate an experiential practice, like Christ, guiding, leading, and healing, without a lot of words.

Practicum & Demonstration Practicum 8.00 8.00 8.00

Practicum & Demonstration

Trainees will spends time with YogaFaith’s lead trainers as well as other students demonstrating and instructing. They will guide others for a minimum of five hours during our time together through a well rounded class that facilitates all the YogaFaith principles and elements. Future YogaFaith Instructors will direct others through Pranayama Techniques, Meditation, weaving scripture and a message through asana and practicum.

Learning Objective

-Student demonstrates a well rounded class -Direct sequences that make sense -Facilitate a themed class or message throughout practice -Create an experience through scripture, meditation, body of asanas, and resting postures -Demonstrate Modifications and Assisting in Postures -Students have gained confidence and demonstrate knowledge of techniques by instructing for a minimum of five hours

Pranayama Techniques, Energy Body, Standing Postures Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) 15.00 10.00 2.00

Pranayama Techniques, Energy Body, Standing Postures

Students learn the various types of Pranayama yogic techniques as well as a scripture study and meditation to Standing Asana Family. Students will learn what The Bible says about whole worship with the physical body, the mind, spirit and whole being. The study and practice of standing prayer postures and what these postures mean are explored. Trainees experience a guided practice as well as learn how to instruct and train others into whole worship by weaving scripture and spirituality throughout a practice. Practice will include traditional yogic methods and techniques as meditation, pranayama techniques, and an introduction to techniques used in the various styles of yoga such as Hatha, bhatki, and Christian yoga. Standing asana is studied, practiced, and demonstrated. Students will learn how to obtain a successful individual practice as well as lead others into a successful posture and practice. An introduction to props, modifications, and ways to deepen a posture are explored within these specific asana families.

Learning Objective

-Deepen individual knowledge and practice of breath, prana, energy, and asana. -Experience a deeper walk with Christ through practice, breath work, and meditation. -Ability to lead others into a worshipful and spiritual experience -Guide others into a safe and effective Pranayama practice. -Effectively communicate pranayama techniques for standing postures. -Facilitate a safe, effective, well rounded Standing Asana Practice. -Build upon foundational alignment principles as they pertain to Seated, Restorative, and (now) Standing Postures. (Modules move from simple to complex) -Demonstrate knowledge of benefits, cautions of poses, how to use props in standing postures. -Incorporate breathing techniques, energy centers, and God into one’s practice into wholeness and well being

Special Populations, Principles of Demonstration Teaching Methodology (TM) 4.00 2.00 5.00

Special Populations, Principles of Demonstration

Standing postures are studied, discussed, practiced, and demonstrated in Module two. Students build on yoga foundation and alignment principles, benefits, and key systems that are working in this asana family, as well as props, modifications, assistance, and speaking to special populations. Class room time is devoted to the practice, cuing, and delivery of guiding others into pranayama, meditation, and asana techniques. Using the textbook Yoga Sequencing, we explore Asana Practice specifically toward special populations like obesity and move into other diseases and illness. Students learn how to assess individual limitations, whether permanent, such as a disease, or temporary, such as trauma or pregnancy. Students then demonstrate with trainers and co-students a yoga therapy session with the use of props, tools, and anything else that aids limitations. Here, trainees have the opportunity to not only demonstrate their knowledge and lead others into a well rounded practice in their own specific teaching style, but to also demonstrate correcting, assisting, and observing during practicum.

Learning Objective

-Demonstrate knowledge of standing postures and yoga therapy methods. -Guide class through a class on a special limitation group and demonstrate yoga therapy methods and modifications, as well as assisting.-Ability to address and effectively verbalize cuing for specific limitations, ailments, and diseases-permanent or temporary. -Discover that yoga and lifestyle is inclusive, even if teaching to specific limitations. -Gain first hand experience practicing yoga with a limitation. -Knowledge of the proper tools and how to use them effectively -Demonstrate directives and cuing -Develop confidence in teaching method(s) -Further explore weaving scripture through asana practice

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and The Many Miracles of Our Body Anatomy & Physiology (AP) 10.00 0.00 10.00

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and The Many Miracles of Our Body

Students will be introduced to the human body through the study of muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and digestion systems. An in depth look at how each asana family and posture benefits our various systems and key muscle groups play a role in asanas. YogaFaith Ambassador Holly Neal leads you students through over 10 Hours of Anatomy Webinars. Through demonstrations, practice, and students’ training time, our energy bodies are explored. The study and discussion of Bandhas, Mudras, Chakras, Nadis, Kriyas, Muscular vs Organic lines of energy, and God as light, breath, energy, and Source are incorporated into asana practicum. Using training manual on kinesiology and Yoga Anatomy, students dive deeper into the study each asana and how they pertain to the the spine and movement. Planes, axis, directions, and positions of structures in postures are explored. Proper alignment and healthy movements as oppose to improper alignment and unhealthy movements in practice and everyday life are focused on. Joints, tendons, ligaments, muscular contractions, isolation, characteristics and functions of muscle tissue and muscle relationships are further examined.

Learning Objective

-Understand and verbalize effective cues that pertain to muscles, skeletal, nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems. -Students will form a focus group on a body system and asana practice; for example; our digestion system and how this relates to a specific asana family such as revolved postures. -Demonstrate asana as they pertain to our skeletal and muscular systems. -Demonstrate an class that revolves around a specific energy center, chakra, or group of chakras, and weave proper scripture and God as energy and source into demonstration. -Understand what scripture says about the human body, life force, energy, and source. Students will have the ability to weave this message into a class setting.

Nutrition, Ayurvedic, Lifestyle & Special Populations **Elective Hrs Included Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE) 4.00 0.00 8.00

Nutrition, Ayurvedic, Lifestyle & Special Populations **Elective Hrs Included

Students will dive deeper into the Christian lifestyle as it parallels to the yogi lifestyle with our majority focus on ethical living. We will visit the classical branches of yoga, the ten commandments, and focus on non-violence and harmonious living. A study and discussion of the life of Christ and service to others as it correlates to an instructor or leader of any type. Discussion explores looking at Jesus as an ultimate teacher, healer, and instructor. How he related to all people with empathy, understanding, and kindness. Students discuss the Greatest Commandments and how to live a harmonious life with themselves and others. During this module we discuss and experience a non-violence diet and nutrition by exploring alternative eating patterns such as vegan, vegetarian, and the elements of Ayurveda diets. Nutrition, lifestyle, and Ayurveda methods, Doshas, and alternative holistic lifestyles are also studied and put into practice during this module. Students explore a Vegan Cleanse during this time and write about their experience and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.Various types of Pranayama yogic techniques as well as a scripture study as to where our breath comes from, how breath can bring energy and healing life force into every bodily system. How does prana and apana effect the human body, mind, and spirit? Students will discuss what scripture says about energy and God as energy.

Learning Objective

-Experience the benefits of a non-violence lifestyle and diet. -Understand Pranayama and the importance of breathing techniques, breath in life, where it comes from and how it pertains to everything -Demonstrate a prana, life and an ethical lifestyle -Incorporate breathing techniques, energy centers, and God into one’s practice into wholeness and well being -Understand the honor and privilege of being a guide, leader, and/or instructor to others. -Understand and relate to others in regards to nutrition and holistic living. -How nutrition affects everything

Techniques on Twists, Backbends, and Prone Postures Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) 15.00 10.00 0.00

Techniques on Twists, Backbends, and Prone Postures

Revolved, Back bends, and Prone asana families are studied, discussed, practiced and then demonstrated. Students will build upon the foundation of their seated and standing postures and move into more complex poses as well as gain understanding of the benefits of three more asana families. Participants will also learn, discuss, practice and as well as demonstrate a beginning and intermediate level class. Trainees learn sequencing and how to put it all together in a way that make sense and flows well, all while being safe and inclusive to those with limitations. Students will instruct trainers and co-students into a well rounded class that guides them into a safe and effective practice that includes various pranayama techniques, weaving scripture and message into practice, meditation, all asanas that one has learned to this point.

Learning Objective

-Participants demonstrate their knowledge of Revolved, Back bending, and Prone Postures. -Demonstrate a well rounded class that incorporates a message and scripture passages that aligns with asana studies in this module -Deepen individual knowledge and practice of breath, prana, meditation, and asana. -Experience a deeper walk with Christ through practice, breath work, and meditation. -Ability to lead others into a worshipful and spiritual experience -Effectively communicate pranayama techniques for newly learned asana families -Building upon foundational alignment principles, students facilitate a safe, effective, well rounded beginning and intermediate level classes using all learned Asanas thus far, demonstrating knowledge of the use of props, and ensuring sequencing that makes sense for all levels

Confidence, Cuing, Special Populations, & The Business of Yoga Teaching Methodology (TM) 13.00 6.00 0.00

Confidence, Cuing, Special Populations, & The Business of Yoga

Teaching methods and styles are further explored, as well as speaking to special populations and yoga therapy in a group setting or one on one are experienced and practiced further. (Experienced meaning students practice a guided session with an (actual) specific limitation) Using the Yoga Sequencing textbook, students further study sequencing for special populations, including senior citizens, pre and post natal, emotional/mental health issues, children, and much more. Students explore diseases, preventions, and case studies for Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Immune System Diseases, Arthritis, fibromyalgia and other common limitations. Students will learn about creating more advanced classes with the focus on sequences that make sense for all levels. Scripture study focuses on healing passages and what God has to say about the body, health, breath, movement, and diseases. The power of touch is discussed, explored, and demonstrated. Confidence building exercises are practiced and what the word of God tells us about confidence versus fear. Techniques, modifications, benefits, and cautions are taught and demonstrated as they pertain to the remaining asanas in module 3-5: Back bends, twists, prone, balancing, inversions, and arm balances. During all asana training and techniques, a great emphasis is on techniques, principles of demonstration, observing and correcting one’s practice for all asana families as well as those with limitations, diseases, and handicaps. Through discussion, practicum, and experience, each student demonstrates gained knowledge of skills, techniques, and confidence. Both analytical and actual practice of techniques receive substantial attention by all trainers during all module teaching methods. connects the dots and focuses on the planning of classes, creating atmosphere, putting it all together, creating an experience, as well as a space for intimacy with God. During Module 5, students learn how to put everything together as well as explore their individual passion and purpose, the business of yoga, accessibility as an instructor, and individual career path.

Learning Objective

-Students will gain further confidence of their teaching style and ability. -Gain awareness about the various pathways to purpose and individual passion and career path. -Ability to address and effectively verbalize cuing for specific limitations, ailments, and diseases-permanent or temporary. -Discover that yoga and lifestyle is inclusive, even if teaching to specific limitations. -Gain first hand experience practicing yoga with a limitation. -Knowledge of the proper tools and how to use them effectively -Further explore weaving scripture, a message, meditation, and a spiritual/worshipful experience through asana practice -Students will be able to identify common ailments and diseases -Demonstration of understanding of body limitations as one guides a class for specific ailments -Verbalize effective cuing to special populations -Demonstrate knowledge, alignment principles, benefits, cautions, and modifications of each asana family in this modification. -Vocalize friendly cues and methods for special populations -Demonstrate touch and friendly assists in postures

Putting it All together Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) 30.00 20.00 0.00

Putting it All together

Through Yoga Anatomy and Yoga Sequencing, students explore Arm balances, Sun and Moon Salutations and a deeper understanding of sequencing. Types and the many various styles of yoga are studied, practiced, and then demonstrated, with an emphasis on popular western styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Sculpt, Power, Restorative, Therapy, Chair, more on Bhatki, YogaFaith and Christian Yoga. Students practice, and learn meditative teaching techniques for guiding others into effective meditation. Scripture passages for prayer and meditation for Sun and Moon sequencing/flow are experienced and as well as student demonstrations of knowledge of these techniques. The power of touch and sensory exploration is further discussed, explored, and demonstrated. Students develop full potential, confidence, and teaching methods during this time, and truly move from student to instructor. During this time, participants truly being to connect the dots and focus is on the planning of classes, creating atmosphere, putting it all together, creating an experience, as well as a space for intimacy with God.

Learning Objective

-Demonstrate a well rounded class with all yogic techniques and asana families combined. -Guide class into the meditations on sequencing, sun, and moon salutations. -Vocalize and cue effectively in all asana families, modification, and weaving the word and meditations through a well rounded, safe, effective, and enjoyable practice for others. -Choose one style of yoga to guide others through, putting it all together, instruct a YogaFaith Class with a theme.

Required Elective Hours Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) 22.00 0.00 0.00

Required Elective Hours

Students must create, study, practice and demonstrate the combining of yoga traditions and spiritual concepts through a practice class. For example, students will design a class on how traditional yoga methods can be woven into what scripture says about worship with the whole body, meditation and chanting. Students are encouraged to create a class around a theme. For example, taking a limb or yama from the 8 limbs, and a theme such as “Surrender”, and creating a well rounded class around this theme. This will also involve a community group or offering a free volunteer class(es) to a local gym, studio, or fitness center. Added classes can count toward more elective and/or remaining hours.

Learning Objective

-Demonstrate knowledge of spiritual and traditional concepts -Create a well rounded class that include all asana families as well as modifications for special populations. -Ability to create atmosphere and experience -Usher in the presence of God and allow students to experience surrender and tranquility on their mats and encourage them to find this tranquility off their mat in their everyday lives. -Volunteer at local studio or church to offer class

Final, Required Elective Hours may start at Beginning of Training Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP) 22.00 0.00 0.00

Final, Required Elective Hours may start at Beginning of Training

Volunteer time to assist outside of the school setting and into a community fitness center, church, gym, or other studio. Spend time with Studio Owners, Students, and Instructors. Assist, observe, and volunteer instructional YogaFaith classes. Become integrated into their community and document experience. This can be implemented at the beginning of Module One to implement hours and authentic experience throughout the training.

Learning Objective

-Students off assistance wherever studio may need help -Students observe a variety of classes and styles. -Students assist in classes where and when necessary. -Execute a free or donation based class to and for the studio/community -Turn in a class outline of their instructional class(es). Ie Playlist, Scripture, Meditation, Pranayama, Body and sequencing, cool down, savasana meditation. (and anything else that helped create their class, experience, and worshipful environments such as candles, cross, etc)

Lifestyle & Ethics Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE) 18.00 0.00 2.00

Lifestyle & Ethics

Building upon previous modules, we continue our discussion of service to others and our community, ethics, lifestyle, and the committed life of a Christian and a yogi. How both of these parallel in finding true joy as we give ourselves away to a higher calling and something much bigger than us, and our own worlds. Our focus remains on the lifestyle and philosophy topics previously discussed as students begin to understand in depth, how our lives can be enlarged by obtaining individual tranquility, balance and wholeness, so we can extend all of these to others, which in turn, makes the world a better place. Participants discuss ideas to take into their communities and how they can serve, on and off a yoga mat.

Learning Objective

-Become more obedient to God’s word through service, what being Christ-like means to each student -Understanding a yoga’s lifestyle, privately and publicly -Enlarge awareness for one living to higher standards and the importance of maintaining an ethical lifestyle and giving ourselves to service -Putting it all together: Ethics, Lifestyle, Balance, Harmonious Living, Living in tranquility, true peace, and true joy, as well as maintaining this higher calling

Total 203 hours

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