Vikara Yoga Academy
Vikara means ‘transformation’ in Sanskrit and this quest is either the desire to teach yoga or for personal development – we welcome both. Our 200 RYYT program is a unique and powerful journey ensured by our dedication to maintain individual attention to each trainees and their own authentic expression of aliveness.
Our commitment is to the integral teachings of yoga that when embodied in this modern world, can support living life with fullness. We ourselves know the value of the practice within our lives as sisters, mothers, daughters, friends and humans.
Our course is rich in yoga tradition and philosophy combining many of its ancient practices with the influence of modern approaches and a variety of modalities.
Together, we week to explore the shadows of confluence with the heart and how we can uncover more of our potential to actualize and authenticate our lives from a place of bravery and vulnerability. What lies within you?
Over the course of the 200 hours, our syllabus is as follows:
Critical Alignment & Anatomy
In order to teach yoga asana safely, you must know how the body moves from an anatomical perspective. Over the training, you’ll learn the fundamentals to body movement and body mechanics. You’ll understand the layers of the body from bones – ligaments – fascial lines – muscles to movement. Planes of motions and it’s importance when teaching yoga asana.
We can’t forget about the SPINE! We’ll discuss components of our spine and how to find what feels neutral and natural, exploration of common injuries and how we can avoid injury within our practices and how we can modify postures to suit the needs of all students. Most importantly, you’ll learn from an anatomical perspective what muscles are contracting and which should be relaxing and the purpose and intention of each pose.
History & Philosophy
Traditional Yoga practices emphasizing the teachings of the yoga sutras of Patanjali are integrated into our weekly gathering through technique, practised and philosophical discussion. We will learn the historical context of yoga theory and practice while learning to apply practice to modern life. We bring the philosophy out of the ancient scriptures and dust off the pages to make practical what we can otherwise be rendered to the corners of the mind. Discover how an ancient practice meets us right here as we are.
From learning concepts of Dharma and the eight-fold path to freedom, we will dive with sincerity into the complexities of our human spirit.
Meditation + Mindfulness
Calming the fluctuations of the mind. Since ancient time people have sought methods to achieve inward peace. Perhaps now more than even, we need a revival of this desire in each of us so that we learn how to be together in loving and kindness. We explore a large variety of techniques while unpacking the different aspects of mind and its aggregates according to both yogic and Buddhist thought. Buy the end of the course, you will be a competent companion in your inner world.
Learn the definition of mantra along with several powerful mantras to support purification of shame or doubt from your beautiful soul. Mixed with the power of verse and song is the power of intention behind mudras of yoga in the hands. Incorporating mudras into meditation, pranayama or asana practice has many benefits. Learn the purpose of several mudras and how they can enhance your practice as a whole.
An introduction of subtle energy and the concept of the chakras and energy centres. Along with Jaya Amy, students will be able to identify the seven major chakras as well as their blockages. The intersection of emotional and the physical as they express in our bodies or our lives as repeated patterns of behaviour. We ground this otherwise esoteric approach into our understanding of yoga and how energy operates in our own lives.
The Anatomy of the Breath & Pranayama
If you did not breathe, you would cease too exists yet the breath is autonomic. The fourth limb of our eight-fold practice is that of our breath. In our pranayama (of breathing) practice, we’ll explore several pranayama techniques, their benefits and precautions as well as how to properly guide beginners through the art of breathing. With this understanding comes the teaching of the prana vayus or changes in our breathing patterns. It’s not just techniques we need to integrate in our life but also the understanding of how we breathe and what muscles are needed to facilitate this connection.
Learn over 90 yoga asana (postures)by uncovering the layers of each using 4 components: 1). Alignment Principles 2). Modifications 3) Benefits 4). Precautions. During the trainings, postures are practiced along with theory and each is stripped down to the mechanics, budding the progress of the physical practice of yoga from the inside-out. Join Clare Newman as she teaches you how to modify poses for all students, despite having an injury or a limitation with the understanding of the body composition. Each yoga asana has it’s own benefits but as well, some precautions. The intention of this portion of the training is to tech trainees and observe their students and to cue and teach according to ones needs.
It’s crucial to teach a variety of different style of yoga. In this training we explore Hatha based teachings as well as Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal + Postnatal (how to modify), Kids, Chair Yoga and much more! This training will set you one a successful path to teach a multitude of different styles.
The concept of the ’science of life’ dates back thousands of year. Learn the basics of this amazing science as we explore how to create more balance within our lives and within the elements. Topics of conversation: three doshas and guns, the 5 basic elements and how they relate to Ayurvedic philosophy, how to maintain digestive fires, a general food guide for your dosha and pacifying foods based on the 6 tastes and much more.
Throughout the teacher training, Clare and Jaya encourage and incorporate practice teaching and guidance when learning postures, meditation concepts, cueing, breathing technique and deeper ethics. Both of these exceptional teachers have fun and challenging ways to enhance the awareness of language as a tool of awakening, as well as the power of intention and holding space. Proper class sequencing to ensure a well balanced class is emphasized at the end of the training and many hours of hands-on teaching and feedback is give.
The practicum component will be discuss the first day of training. The final test at the end of the training is to teach a 1 HR class (style of trainees choosing) FREE to the public and observed by either Clare or Jaya in order to receive the certificate of completion.
This 200 hr Yoga Training is certified with the Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of the course curriculum, you’ll received the 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) designation.
Each Week + Intensive Weekend!
Each evening class the 4 hours are broken into 2 hours of movement and 2 hours of theory! Please be prepared to move on your mat wearing yoga attire. Bring food and snacks during the evening classes as there are a few short breaks throughout the evening. Weekend intensive classes, come prepared for both theory and movement and bring even more food 🙂
Things you’ll need:
- Yoga Mat
- Yoga Blocks (chip foam and foam/cork/wood)
- Yoga Bolsters
- Yoga Strap
- Yoga Blanket
We have a fully equipped yoga studio will all the props, so there isn’t a need to bring these each week but you will need these props for a home practice.
Things We Provide:
- Yoga Training Manual
- Yoga Textbook
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DATES
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Session: Tuesday + Thursday from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(September 5th – December 14th)
- September 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th
- October 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th (no class on the 31st)
- November 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th
- December 5th, 7th, 12th and 14th
Intensive Weekends: Saturday + Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- September 23rd – 24th (Critical Alignment + Anatomy)
- October 21st – 22nd (History + Philosophy)
- November 18th – 19th (Meditation + Mindfulness)
- December 9th – 10th (Ayurveda)
Mon: 5am – 9pm
Tue: 5am – 9pm
Wed: 5am – 11pm
Thur: 5am – 11pm
Fri: 5am – 9pm
Sat – Sun: 7am – 5pm