Teaching Subjects

T-SK. Teaching skills and knowledge

Teaching skills and knowledge builds upon a basic skillset identified in the Theory Teaching Module to consider how students learn and understand. The subject is used by Teachers involved in the Reflective Practice-Teacher program. Entry to the program is through discussion with Alan Goode

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T-T01. Language of Asana

This 7 part subject is recommended over 10 weeks as it requires review of video classes, practice reflection. Submissions include recording oneself, assignment uploads. Valuable for all those seeking to understand the role of language in teaching.

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T-T02. Presenting asana & organising the class

This subject identifies the key principles of presenting asanas and organising the class. Using the statements of BKS Iyengar as a guide we explore the questions and issues involved

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T-T03. Exercises, skill & methods in teaching

The Lineage of each Yoga tradition determines the Methods we apply. BKS Iyengar teachers apply Technique, Timings, Sequence and Repetition as key methods when Teaching Asana and Pranayama. When applied these methods transform the practice of asana and pranayama from being 2 of the 8 disciplines (ashtanga Yoga), to being a practice that holds the ability to apply all 8 disciplines within practice. This subject looks at how we develop skills through practicing teaching exercises in order to apply our methods to achieve Patanjali's Yoga practices.

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T-T04. Principles of correcting & adjusting

Principles of correcting & adjusting examines the key principles that guide our actions and through a range of articles we reflect on Iyengar’s statements about how students learn. ‘As a teacher, we have to initially impart knowledge of techniques. Then, knowing the weaknesses of the students, we have to change the techniques to fit into the frame of their body and mind?

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T-T05. Being where students are at

Being where students are at' relates to valuing the journey of each student. As teachers of yoga, we recognise that each student presents at a 'point in time'. Based on this, we consider ways of responding to the student. The subject investigates the role of compassion & dispassion when handling students.

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T-T06. Art of Teaching

In the Tree of Yoga Guruji writes, 'It is relatively easy to be a teacher of an academic subject, but to be a teacher in art is very difficult, and to be a yoga teacher is the hardest of all, because yoga teachers have to be their own critics and correct their own practice. The art of yoga is entirely subjective and practical. Yoga teachers have to know the entire functioning of the body; they have to know the behaviour of the people who come to them and how to react and be ready to help, to protect and safeguard their pupils'.

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T-T07. Handling diversity

Iyengar writes, ‘Yogic methods gives the maximum and the minutest techniques for the cure of a soiled body and mind. In this sense, yoga is therapy. Therapy is treatment The treatment for a disorderly mental and physical condition or disease by remedial techniques is called therapy.’ Handling diversity identifies common conditions encountered by teachers and provided approaches to managing them in the classroom

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T-T08. Pregnancy

From conception to birth, a woman's body undertakes an amazing process of fertilisation, implantation and the development and growth of her baby (or babies). Whether first, second,(or more) pregnancy, each body will react differently to each individual pregnancy. This subject examines the stages of pregnancy, the changes in a womans body and the Yogic response. It draws together a diverse range of resources for a teacher to have at hand

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Theory Teaching Module

This program is coordinated through Yoga Mandir and seeks to establish a dialogue between teachers on the evolution of a student into a Sadhaka. A teacher is someone who is involved in the development of students and more importantly in understanding how we as human being evolve. We recognise that each student is an individual who arrives with a history, expressing the gunas (an expression of nature) in all its varieties and complexity. Teaching is both an art and a science Entry to the program is through discussion with Alan Goode

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