Join Donate Yoga for an unforgettable journey into a holistic 8-limbed approach to yoga that will transform your life and open your heart! Whether you are an aspiring yoga teacher, or a student looking to enhance your yoga practice and simply want to dive deep into this wonderful lifestyle, this is exactly what you've been calling in. Enjoy all your comforts of home and do something amazing during this time of social distancing.
Our primary style of focus is alignment-based Hatha. With this solid foundation and roots, we will explore vinyasa, kundalini, yin/restorative, ashtanga and more! Exposure to several paths and styles of Yoga will allow students to experience what resonates most with them as they develop their own unique class, practice, and voice. All students will receive one-on-one guidance and progress check-ins throughout these 38 days and for those students looking for more structured guidance, they will gain mastery of the "Donate Yoga Essential Sequence," which they can either teach at a studio upon graduation or utilize for their personal practice.
Mark believes in a holistic approach to yoga, utilizing the 8-limbs (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi) to guide his teacher training, yoga classes, and everyday life. Focusing on Ahimsa (non-harm) Mark ensures that students feel safe and learn proper alignment to avoid injury during asana classes.
The goal is to feel better than before you began and to ensure you can practice tomorrow, next month, and for years to come. The path you will travel on this yoga journey is Hatha-Raja also known as "The Royal or Ashtanga Path" which utilizes the physical yoga (asana) practice to quiet the mind and prepare you for meditation.
This is essential to realize the ultimate goal of yoga which is to unite the body, mind, and soul together; attaining bliss, and Samadhi. There are many different kinds of yoga classes taught in studios today. Mark strives to provide students with proper exposure to a plethora of styles so that students may discover which paths resonate most deeply for them personally.
We will send you the required reading list and the props we recommend you to have. We will also help you to ensure that your phone or computer can live-stream Zoom.
* Hatha alignment-based
* Yin Yoga
* Pre and Post-Natal
1. Techniques training and practice
2. Teaching methodology
3. Anatomy and physiology
4. Yoga philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle
Techniques Training and Practice (TTP)
Students will receive analytical training and guided practice on the following traditional yoga techniques:
Asanas are a quintessential component of yoga and you will devote plenty of your valuable time together diving deep into the beautiful world of asanas. Students will practice and learn the key poses in each of the five categories of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories).
Trainees will also learn the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
Teaching methodology (TM)
*Communication skills, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
*How to address the specific needs of various student demographics and needs
*Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
*Qualities of a teacher
*The student learning process
*The business of yoga
You will discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses. Together we will identify your dominant style, and you will be learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles. You will also discuss active vs passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns.
Anatomy and Physiology
*Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, and more)
*Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, and more)
*Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, and more)
Yoga Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle
*Yoga philosophies and traditional texts (yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
*Yoga lifestyle: non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
*Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher- student relationships and community
*Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
*Students will practice teaching as the lead instructor for five hours each
*Receiving and giving feedback
*Observing others teaching
*Assisting students while someone else is teaching
The yoga studio has complimentary yoga mats, blankets, blocks, and straps to ensure that we can bring proper alignment and access to the action of our poses.
- Light on the Yoga Sutras, B.K.S. Iyengar
- The Bhagavad Gita, Eknath Easwaran
- The Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox, Le Page
- Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar
- The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long
And if you can, download audible and start listening to “Light on Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar too that would ideal.
Recommended yoga books to enhance your journey
*The Living Gita - Sri Swami Satchidananda
*Autobiography of a Yogi - Yogananda
*Life of a Yogi - Sri Dharma Mittra
*The Upanishads - Eknath Easwaran
*Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students - Joseph and Lilian Le Page
*Light on Life - BKS Iyengar
*Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Swami Muktibodhananda
*Light on Yoga - BKS Iyengar
*Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - Dr. Vasant Lad
*Yoga Beyond Belief - Ganga White
*MetaAnatomy: Anatomy of a Yogi - Kristin Leal
*Meditation and Mantras - Swami Vishnudevananda
Personal development and spiritual growth books
*Be Here Now - Ram Dass
*A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
*Love is Letting Go of Fear - Gerald
*The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff
*Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life - Wayne Dyer
*The Miracle of Mindfulness - Thich Nhat Hanh
*The Way of Zen - Alan Watts
*The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra
*The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
*Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
*The Yoga of Jesus - Yogananda
*The Prophet - Khalil Gibran
*The Gift - Poems by the great Sufi Master, Hafiz
*The Essential Rumi - Coleman Barks, Essential Poems by Rumi
*Nourishing Traditions - Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig
*The World Peace Diet - Dr. William Tuttle
Please contact us if you're registering for the following 300-hour training to get our $800 OFF discount code, combining these trainings to qualify you as a 500hr RYT at an unbeatable price!
*All breaks are to be done mindfully, with a mantra in the mind so that it becomes a moving meditation.