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200-RYT® Dhvani Yoga Teacher Training – Taos, NM 2018


365 Well Yoga Instructor School is located in beautiful Taos, NM. Our next RYT® 200 Hour Dhvani Yoga Teacher Training takes place January 6th through June 24th 2018.

Over 6 months, we will meet every other weekend for 12 weekend workshops that take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6 at High Frequency Loft. Escape to Taos and develop a life long practice of Yoga.

The 200 Hour Dhvani Yoga Instructor Program has a focus on Nada Yoga, using sound and music to aid in meditation. This program was developed by School Director and Lead Trainer, Alana Grier to provide interested students of Yoga and teachers of Yoga with a supportive space to individualize their practice and deepen their understanding of Yoga.

The goal is to produce Yoga Instructors who are confident in their understanding of Yoga and their ability to instruct Yoga including: Asana, Pranayama, Raja, 8 Limbs, Mantra, Nada and Meditation.

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January 6th & 7th

During our first weekend we will explore the safest and most commonly used asanas (or postures) used in Hatha Yoga practice. We begin to identify the muscles being utilized for each posture and explore the contraindications and modifications for each asana.

We practice safe asana sequencing with anatomy and physiology integrated into the class discussion. Over the six months of the 200 hour YTT, regular practice of these postures will be assigned homework.

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January 20th & 21st

We will focus on evidence based stress reduction approaches including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program by Jon Kabat- Zinn. Students also explore the origins of Mindfulness practices in ancient Yogic texts. 

Learn Mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, manage chronic pain and other conditions, and improve overall quality of life and relationships. Within these ten hours, we will become comfortable with basic mindfulness exercises regularly taught in MBSR.

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February 3rd & 4th

Yoga is older than many of the world religions but is not a religion in and of itself. Yoga is an ancient methodology that supports the practitioner in quieting the mind and experiencing inner peace. This class focuses on Yoga History and the 8 Limbs including; Yamas; Niyamas; Asana; Pranayama; Pratvahara; Dharana; Dhvana; and Samadhi. Students study the Yoga Sutras and learn the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva).

We explore a brief introduction to Yoga history through classical texts including Vedas, The Upanishads, The Mahabharata, Yoga Sutras and Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Hatha Yoga Pradikpa.

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February 17th & 18th

For thousands of years Yoga practitioners have understood the profound effect that sound has on our well-being. Yoga has a long history of applying sound to reduce stress, maintain health, and invoke spiritual awakenings.

Students will learn to chant Sanskrit mantras, listen more deeply, utilize chanting as a foundation for pranayama and meditation practices and will learn basic sound healing techniques to balance the Chakras.

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March 3rd & 4th

This Weekend focuses on the anatomy and physiology of movement. We will examine a safe Asana practice for all populations. Five hours of class time is spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to Yoga including asana, pranayama, sitting, and vocalizing.

Students will practice one on one interviewing skills and conduct and client intakes including postural assessments, modifications and sequencing for different conditions. This weekend we will plan a course of action for each student to practice teach over the course of the training.

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March 17th & 18

This weekend focuses teaching methodologies and the business aspects of teaching yoga. Students learn to safely design yoga sequences for a variety of populations with clear guidelines for adapting postures. Everything required to teach in a variety of venues is provided. Students who are interested in building a business plan are given an outline and resources to develop their own Yoga business.

We practice teaching and communication skills including cuing and how to address the specific needs of different individuals. We practice the principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting and explore the qualities of a teacher, teaching styles and the student learning process. We explore learning modalities, identifying your dominant style, and learn how to teach based on others’ learning styles.

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March 31st & April 1st

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika states: “When breathing is disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining the breathing, the Yogi achieves steadiness of mind.”

Pranayama is the science which imparts knowledge related to the cultivation and control of prana in the body primarily via the breath. In this class we learn about the benefits of breathing and proper breathing techniques. We practice the most common Pranayama techniques and learn the fundamentals of safe breathing practice.

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April 14th &15th

This weekend covers an introduction to integrating mindfulness and meditation practices into our daily lives. This course is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Students are given a variety of tools to deepen their meditation practice.

We explore techniques and practices in meditation, a practice that involves focusing attention inwards. The focus of inward attention could be on a mantra, the breathing process, a vision, an emotion, an area of the body or an activity we are doing.

Students learn to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations when it comes to meditation, learn principles of practice by observing others teaching, spend at least 10 minutes each practice teaching.

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April 28th & 29th

This weekend focusses on Yoga Instructor professionalism. Students review the different approaches, techniques, philosophies, and methods of teaching yoga.  We explore the student-teacher relationship, maintaining competency, staying within “Scope of Practice”. Students learn to avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment and to respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students. We cover professional ethics involved in becoming a yoga teacher including the ethics of touch and ethical principles from Yoga Philosophy including avoiding harm (Ahimsa).

Students are taught engagement techniques that encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. We review all local government and national laws that pertain to Yoga teaching and business.

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May 5th & 6th

This 10 Hour Teaching Practicum is divided up between students to practice group teaching. We build on cueing skills and teaching styles. By now we are comfortable with which postures promote strength, increase flexibility, improve balance, increase energy, promote stress reduction and are safe for every body. Students can recognize the benefits of the poses and how to properly warm up all muscle groups and joints. 

Students become comfortable working one on one with students by implementing a sequence designed from the practice intake session. We focus on regular practice teaching in a supportive environment.

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May 19th & 20

By now students are leading the workshop knowing each postures benefits. This weekend each student will practice teach a 30 minute sequence, knowing contraindications and benefits of poses as well as offering modifications and the use of props where needed for their final.

Students can suggests modifications as needed. Students warm up all muscle groups and joints, Use safety cues and modifications, identifying muscles being utilized. Concentrating on the breath and stressing the importance “feeling comfortable in the pose”.

This course encourages students to better articulate, analyze, and develop practices for various structural and functional issues. Emphasis will be on safetly and comfortably executed asanas, vinyasa karma (sequencing) and adaptation as well as the use of sound and pranayama, and the process of meditation.

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June 2nd & 3rd

This last of the twelve weekends is our celebration with Bhakti Yoga! We will explore the potential of sound through singing, chanting and silence. We will work with practical techniques which can be used in daily life. This workshop focusses on using music for health and well being.

Students learn to chant Sanskrit mantras. We discover the devotional approach of Bhakti yoga through reconnecting with our individual spirituality. We practice Kirtan with a selection of inter-spiritual chants/songs through call and response chanting. Students learn the value of being of service to others through yoga (seva).

Student visit Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple Sunday for 11 am Chanting of Hanuman Chalisa; followed by aarti and prasad.