The Peak Physique Hot Yoga teacher training program is nearing the end of Part 1 and we have met lots of new trainees from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Tasmania, Wollongong (NSW), Ballarat, Bendigo (VIC) and Adelaide. Next, it’s off to the Sunshine coast for the rest of Part 1, as well as Part 2 of the program. This is a crucial time for our trainees, because it means they are moving into the final stages of their training and it is time for them to focus and demonstrate all the components they have learned over the past few weeks.
(There’s still time to register for the Sunshine Coast Parts 1 and 2 teacher training with us. We only have a couple of spots left, so if you’re interested in joining us, email: firstname.lastname@example.org!)
With all the different topics we look at in our program, we thought it would be a good idea to recap on three topics from Part 1. We believe these three concepts make up the fundamentals of modern yoga, and are what help to make high-quality yoga instructor.
Being ‘present’ is an important state for yoga teachers, both in the studio and in everyday life. In our teacher training program, our trainees are encouraged to take what they have learned and apply it to different areas of their life. It’s about all the different actions and interactions that are made in a day and existing within the present moment at all times. This can be done through mindfulness techniques, meditation and, of course, yoga. As a teacher, being present is extremely important, because it means that you are fully aware of the students in the class as well as what they are doing. This way, you can read different body language signals and also make posture corrections when needed. We ensure that our trainees fully grasp this concept before they graduate from our program, so that they always deliver a high quality service.
The human biology
Yoga asanas are all about movement and the physical body, so we make sure that this topic is covered in-depth. We teach our trainees to understand how the systems in the body work. They begin to look at how yoga connects with the body and how our body’s internal functions work. As a group, we deepen the idea of prevention in health — we firmly believe that prevention is always better than any medication or intervention. This is our area of expertise, so we explore this with out trainees throughout the program. We are encourage natural health and wellbeing, as we have both experienced first hand just what yoga can do for our bodies.
In our teacher training programs, we look at how different yoga postures directly benefit certain areas and systems in the body, so that our trainees walk away with a sound knowledge of the benefits they are providing for their students through each class they teach.
Patanjali and the 8-Limb path
The spiritual and emotional side of yoga is just as important as the physical aspects of the practice, and we believe it is what sets yoga apart from every other form of exercise. Yoga exercises the body as well as strengthens the mind, and this is why in contributes largely to a broader sense of wellbeing. . We focus on the teachings of Patanjali and the 8-limb path, and how they can be applied to modern life. The trainees are encouraged to find the connections between these teachings and their own lives, and how they can be applied while teaching a yoga class. This concept focuses largely on communication and control in a teaching environment.
We specifically focus on Samadhi, which is a state of meditative consciousness. In a modern sense, we look at how this concept can be applied both during yoga and in everyday life. Our trainees often refer to it as ‘a state of contentment’ or ‘a state of bliss,’ which we think sums it up accurately. It’s really about being at peace with yourself and where you are at in life. All of this ties in with being able to control your emotions and steer your life in the direction you want it to go.
Of course, we cover a whole lot more than these three points, and there are lots of different avenues that stem from these areas themselves. Yoga is really a way of life, and to understand it requires an open and willing mind — attributes all of our trainees have impressed us with so far. If you’ve ever thought about making yoga a more prevalent part of your life, contact us via email with any questions you may have.
Remember, there is still time to register for the Sunshine Coast training — so you could become a yoga instructor before the year is out. Email: email@example.com
Mike & Suz