Transformational Learning & Teaching:
a trauma sensitive & mental health approach
100 hours continuous professional development FOr Yoga Teachers
Taught by senior yoga teacher Eleonora Ramsby Herrera, 500 E-Ryt, Ba, MA, Ph.D candidate and Franzi Boehn, yoga teacher and psychologist, MBPsS / BACP.
Integrating theory and practice
This 100-hour developmental practice focuses on further deepening the students’ knowledge of yoga in the areas of asana, sequencing, developing thematic classes or course-programmes, experiential anatomy, subtle movement qualities as well as conscious communication and mindful teaching skills. Students are required to develop their understanding of these key areas in an integrative way through theoretical and practical learning and teaching. Further we encourage students to think about their own personal interests and to bring their questions to the group to create a shared learning environment.
Explore subtle movement qualities in the body
You will explore how to practice and teach postures in ways that encourage less induced effort by drawing on functional anatomy and using the body’s natural structural support of the skeleton. Using imagery , guided interoceptive explorations and different physical intentions, you will explore how to engage physically in the body in a variety of different ways in accordance to what you wish to achieve in each posture. This approach brings complexity, creativity and individuality to the practice and counters the notion that there is “one right way of practicing a yoga posture”.
Facilitate autonomous learning in your students
Explore how you as a teacher can create a safe space for your students to to explore their practice in their own way. Teach your students to develop skills to become self-sustainable learners. This will be studied through placing a strong emphasis on developing interoceptive awareness, it is practiced individually and through task based exercises with your peers which includes problem solving and reflective discussions.
Developing your personal expression
What inspires you as a teacher? What brought you to teaching in the first place? What are your hearts interests and how to do invite it into your work as a teacher? You are encouraged to interweave what you love and feel genuinely connected to with your teachings with the purpose to find your own creative and authentic expression as a yoga teacher.
Refine your language and instructions
In addition to learning about giving clear instructions of what to do, this course focus specifically on developing skills as a teacher to instruct how to do certain actions. How do you breathe? How do you relax and stay present? How do you engage your core? How to you stabilise the pelvis? How do you create space around the neck and shoulders?
Holding a safe space
What does it mean to hold a safe space for students? How are we involved in the development of their practice and experience? We will explore how to meet students in a compassionate and genuinely empathetic way. The first step will be to learn about your own rules and beliefs as well as strengths and limitations in setting and maintaining personal boundaries. This will lead to defined guidelines concerning your own and your students safety and highlights where your role as a yoga teacher begins and ends.
The teacher-learner dynamic relationship and reflective ethics
Teaching yoga is a two-way dynamic relationship and deeper awareness of your own feelings, helpful and unhelpful thoughts, behaviour, words and actions can greatly influence the relationship you have with your students. By further reflecting on the power dynamics between teacher and student we will open the channels for on-going reflection of your own personal values and ethics in regards to teaching and your professional responsibility.
The body as reference
The broad definition of yoga offers a myriad of definitions of what the practice constitutes. The body as the main frame of reference in hatha yoga will be explored in the context of embodiment and diversity to become aware of what it actually means to be embodied and how and informed understanding of our own relationship to our body can shape the teaching you offer. Understanding and healing the relationship we have with our own bodies is the starting point.
Construct classes thematically and responsibly
Yoga has become a panacea for modern day ills and as teachers we need to act responsibly when making claims, prescriptions and suggestions of how to apply techniques and what we like to address with them. We will give you an overview as well as basic understanding of yoga and mindfulness techniques for anxiety, depression, self-regulation, stress as well as general emotional well-being.
Develop a mindful touch
What is the intention of hands-on-adjusments? When is it best used, and how, in a yoga class and when should the teacher leave the student to its own accord? These are questions that will be raised and discussed as a backdrop to practicing safe and conscious hands-on-adjustments with the purpose to, as teachers, support students in reaching their full capacity in their asana practice at that given moment.