The Great Yoga Quest: A Complete Resource & Certification
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- Certificate of Completion
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- In this course, you will receive a full introduction to most of the basic materials you will need to be an informed, literate yoga professional, and you will also learn many things which will assist you in your practice and life. By the end of our 3 weeks together, you will be well-equipped to speak about what yoga is, and what it is not, and in particular you will have mastered the material of the following major categories: Yoga History, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Terminology & Sanskrit, Asana (including Principles of Sequencing) , Pranayama, Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga, & Yoga Lifestyle. You will be that much further along toward Life Mastery, having moved well along on your own personal Yoga Quest!
- Graduates will receive an online certificate from Yoga Quest University bearing witness to the fact that you successfully completed the program.
- Open to Everyone with a Deep and Abiding Interest in Yoga
- Open to Even Those Who Are Not Sure About What Yoga Is, But Want to See What It's All About
- Must be breathing : )
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless itn agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
~ Gautama Buddha
The Great Yoga Quest, Level I, is actually just the first of a graded series of courses that delve deeply into the Wide & Wild World of Yoga. Level I offers a 21 Day Program specifically designed to assist you, the new student or yoga professional, to get your bearings in this new and oftentimes confusing world. By the end of this program, you will have all the essential tools and information to begin practicing and teaching Yoga efficiently and effectively. Not only that, but if you really immerse yourself in this short program and consider all that it has to share with you, your life will see a change that will inspire you to take the Quest further...
Now for the Whys, Whats, Hows, etc.
Why? --> Why not? That was serious, but seriously, why are we here if not to learn, grow, expand our horizons...? Why? Because not only will this program presents a goldmine of valuable information culled from 25 years of the author's personal experience learning and teaching yoga, but it just might shift your awareness and be the thing that helps to create a breakthrough in your life.
What? --> This course is about Yoga -- what it is and what it isn't, and it is about how you can and will help bring these teachings more and more into the world to assist in humanity's evolution to a kinder, healthier, happier, more loving and peaceful co-existence. Perhaps most importantly, it will help you live the best version of yourself and ultimately find peace of mind.
How? --> Through interactive question & answer, quizzes, quotes, pictures, videos, and even jokes and games, you will be led in a fun and lighthearted way to greater health, harmony, and Self-Discovery. Every day we will focus on a specific critical subject or tool you will need on your Yoga Quest. At the end of the program, you will take "The Great Yoga Quest," which will test your knowledge of all that you have learned in the past 3 weeks. By the end of our 3 weeks together, you will have mastered the basic material of the following major categories: Yoga History, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Terminology & Sanskrit, Asana (including Principles of Sequencing) , Pranayama, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga, The Business of Yoga, and Yoga Lifestyle. In addition, some helpful resources will be provided to continue your learning.
When? The ideal time to take the course is when you're clearheaded and can set aside a good hour of time in your day to really focus on the material. It is recommended that you do the 22 sections on 22 consecutive days so as to maintain consistency and get the most out of the presentation. However, if that is not possible, know that once purchased, the course is yours, and you can return to it any time you wish.
Where? A nice, cozy, secluded spot would be ideal, especially if you have a laptop. In the middle of Grand Central Station if you really want to test your yogic powers of concentration!
* Graduates of this course will also receive an online certificate from Yoga University acknowledging that you have successfully completed the program. This program is the equivalent of 40 Hours of a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program through Yoga University, and can be transferred if you choose to take a full 200 Hour Yoga TT with Y.U. in the future. It can also be taken for Continuing Education Units through Yoga Alliance.*
* This course is currently in its beta stage of development and is thus priced approximately a quarter of its true value. Once all of the kinks are worked out, the price will match its value accordingly.
~ This Course is dedicated to one of the great contemporary scholars of yoga, Georg Feuerstein (1947-2012), who I never met but consider my teacher. His work has been deeply inspiring for me, and for others who will continue where he left off. ~
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- This Course is Intended Primarily for Yoga Teachers, Particularly New Yoga Teachers, Who Want to Supplement/Complement What They Have Learned, And to Expand Upon It
- It Will Also Be Helpful to Anyone Who Has an Interest in Exploring Yoga In-Depth
- This will also be useful for those who are offering or thinking of offering 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs
This video lecture provides some basic information in response to the question what is yoga, essentially saying that yoga is both a MEANS (a discipline, a practice) and an END, that being Union or Oneness. In other words, we do yoga (yoking, joining, discipline) to get to YOGA, the final goal of life. From this perspective, yoga is quite a big undertaking, and it is a quest/journey/process of finding our true Self -- a quest that might just take our entire life. Please also read the attached docs for more, please & thank you! : )
This lecture provides a very basic overview of the history of yoga so that aspiring teachers are aware of the roots of the tradition. This lecture also provides a very basic introduction to the roots of yoga philosophy, which are the Upanishads and Vedanta.
This gives the student/aspiring teacher a nice intro to one of the great yoga classics, The Bhagavad Gita, and helps to make the Gita personal by asking pertinent questions regarding it.
An intro to the various paths (margas) of yoga so that you can determine what resonates most with you.
Also, an introduction to the ancient idea that "Paths are many, Truth is one."
20 MAJOR STYLES OF YOGA
1. Acro Yoga. A form of partner yoga that’s also known as Flying Yoga. As a style, Acro Yoga is only a decade or so old, yet the practice itself has been around for much longer.
2. Aerial Yoga. Aerial silks and yoga swings have become highly popular in the past ten years.
3. Anusara Yoga. Started by John Friend in the mid-90s, highly influenced by Iyengar, though “heart centered” and based in Tantric philosophy. Recently there has been a split in the movement due to a scandal surrounding Friend. As of this writing, Anusara is no more.
4. Ashtanga Yoga. Started by Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois, who claimed it was based in tradition, yet it also shows many signs of outside influences. Many of the more “yang” or active styles of yoga today (Power, Flow, Vinyasa, etc.) have adopted and adapted their methods from Ashtanga Yoga.
5. Bikram Yoga. Started by Bikram Choudry in the late ‘60s. Twenty-six poses done in a room heat- ed to 104 degrees. Always the same practice.
6. Chair Yoga. Yoga for the elderly, done mainly seated in chairs, hence the name.
7. Gentle Yoga. Easy yoga for beginners and for those wanting a slower practice that is a bit gentler on the body. Generally less of the yang or strengthening poses.
8. Integral Yoga. Swami Sivananda had a number of disciples that ended up coming to the West and spreading his teachings in various formats. Perhaps the most popular of these are the Siva- nanda Yoga method, and also the Integral Yoga of Swami Satchidananda. As the name Integral Yoga implies, the aim of this form of yoga is to integrate many of the main paths of yoga (karma, bhakti, raja, jnana, etc.) into one harmonious unit.
9. Iyengar Yoga. Started by BKS Iyengar, one of the most influential of all of Krishnamacharya’s stu- dents. Iyengar Yoga focuses a great deal on precision of alignment and insuring that each pose is done correctly before moving on to more advanced poses. Iyengar also innovated the use of props and created the practice of “Restorative Yoga” (see below).
10. Kids Yoga. As the name implies, this is yoga for the young ‘uns, yet in reality, many “adults” (really kids at heart) would do well to practice this, too.
11. Kripalu Yoga. A gentler form of yoga that was brought to the West by Amrit Desai, who started the Kripalu Institute in Lennox, Mass, now one of the biggest yoga centers in the world. Amrit Desai was asked to leave Kripalu in the mid-90s and has since been teaching The Amrit Method in Florida.
12. Kundalini Yoga. There are actually many forms of Kundalini Yoga, yet the most popular today was started by a Sikh man named Yogi Bhajan in the late ‘60s. His brand of Kundalini is called “3HO Kundalini” to differentiate it from other forms.
13. Partner Yoga. First popularized by Ganga White and Ana Forrest in their book “Doubles Yoga” (written in the late ‘70s), this form of yoga, like AcroYoga, has been growing in popularity. Many are realizing how working with a partner can greatly assist one’s individual asana practice, plus
it’s a lot of fun. We do it in conjunction with Flying Yoga (aka “AcroYoga”).
14. Power Yoga. Developed in the early to mid-90s by several individuals, including Bryan Kest, Beryl Birch Bender, and Baron Baptiste. Power Yoga was a way to adapt traditional Ashtanga Yoga for Westerners, particularly the American fitness market. The emphasis is on strength-building asanas, and thus is a yang practice.
15. Prenatal Yoga. Yoga for moms-to-be at all stages of pregnancy.
16. Restorative Yoga. This style of yoga comes from the Iyengar tradition and makes much use of props (blankets, straps, bolsters, blocks, etc.) to provide a deeply relaxing, soothing and medita- tive practice. Has an affinity to Yin Yoga (see below).
17. Viniyoga. This is understood to be Krishnamacharya’s mature teachings, from the later stage of his life where he was teaching yoga strictly on an individual basis. The idea behind Viniyoga is that yoga is really best taught one-on-one, where the teacher addresses the individual needs of the student and tailors the yoga practice specifically to those needs. This form of yoga was car- ried forward by Krishnamacharya’s son, Desikachar, and has since been highly influential on a growing form of yoga known as “Yoga Therapy.”
18. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Another offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, with less focus on strength-building pos- es and more on a smooth flow from posture to posture. This is the main style that we teach and learn at our Yoga Teacher Trainings.
19. Yin Yoga. Developed by Sara Powers, Paul Grilley, and others as an antidote to all of the “yang” forms of yoga that seem to have dominated the market. Yin Yoga aims for a deeper and longer stretch, holding specific asanas for sometimes as long as five or more minutes. It also interesting- ly has somewhat different names for the asanas.
20. Dharma Yoga. Founded by Dharma Mittra, my guru, based much on the teachings of his guru, Yogi Gupta. Dharma has Beginner to Advanced asana series and is based in NYC.
21. Mr. Smiley Yoga. Let go of style… just be still and smile.
“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”
— The Yoga Sutras