Why Choose Yoga Path?
Students learn much more than how to sequence poses. They learn a sincere & therapeutic approach to yoga that allows them to explore and honor the needs of their students.
The school is based on the lineage and teachings of Krishnamacharya. This lineage integrates the ancient teachings in a modern day application specific to the individual. Students of the teacher training program are exposed to methods for approaching a class and assessing the individual needs of students through carefully applied modifications, adaptations, and variations. Student-teachers develop the ability to be flexible in their class plans in order to accommodate the needs of their students. They are guided by the principle of Ahimsa, do no harm, loving kindness.
The role of teacher is one of integrity and responsibility and its realm extends beyond that of the physical practice. Yoga Path strives to uphold the integrity of the profession when establishing a program which encourages accountability, self inquiry, growth and reliance on inner wisdom. In the words of the Dalai Lama“It is through compassion that we see we are like others.” When a student-teacher can take an honest look at their own boundaries and limitations than they are able to offer a sincere approach to the yoga practice. It is by this example that permission is felt by their students to honor the same within themselves. This was a lesson among many that was given to Kate through her training at Kripalu. They were always reminded to meet themselves where they were in the moment and accept it for what it was. What they did with that information beyond that point, was their choice. It was the inquiry that sparked the growth. It is this training that Kate passes onto her students.
What You Will Learn As A Student
Student-teachers are led through a curriculum that focuses on how to assess and safely assist students, sequence classes with respect to the principles of pose and counter pose, gain knowledge of the benefits and contraindications of asanas and pranayama techniques, and how to adjust the class format to conform to students’ needs. Student-teachers will learn how to accommodate certain special populations such as pre/post natal yoga, gentle yoga, and commonly expressed ailments such as spinal disc issues.
A lot of emphasis is placed on how to sequence a class and practice teaching so that students are confident in their abilities to lead a class once they graduate. This is done through a system of observation, communication, demonstration and feedback. Yoga Path provides a feeder system where student-teachers will teach to the general public within the school, and under the guidance of the lead teacher trainer.
The anatomy components focus on an in depth study of the functions of the spine, forms of the body and the skeletal and muscular joint actions involved in asana. Subtle anatomy components include topics such as the chakra system, the panchamaya kosha model, and the Prana Vayus. Pranayama and meditation are also explored with experiential practice of the various breathing and meditation techniques, their benefits and contraindications.
Students are introduced to the philosophy of yoga and its various teachings, particularly Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Ashtanga Yoga, Classical texts, and the writings of T.K.V Desikachar. They will be introduced to the philosophy of Ayurveda as presented by Dr. Vasant Lad, as well as have the opportunity to hear lectures and attend workshops on other alternative healing systems with approaches to better health and vitality.
The financial investment is doled out over time allowing students the flexibility of both finances and time when completing the program.