Ashtanga University

Ashtanga University offers a learning pathway that supports you in your journey from new practitioner to senior teacher.  It offers a rare, in-depth opportunity to refine your practice and skills as a student and teacher.    We offer options for different students with varying levels of experience and interest.  We will determine the start date and schedule for meetings once all applications have been accepted.


Apprenticeship Program

The program is built upon daily practice and time spent assisting in the classroom.  Additionally, you will have reading and writing assignments and discussions, workshop sessions to work on teaching skills in a workshop format, and mentoring sessions.  As with a traditional apprenticeship, the curriculum will be adjusted as necessary to meet the individual needs of each student.   This program is best suited for those who have completed a 200 hr training or have some teaching experience and want to refine their skills and understanding of the practice and theory of the Ashtanga Yoga method.  This program accepts a maximum of 4 apprentices to help assure adequate attention to each apprentices development.

Requirements:

2 years of Ashtanga yoga practice

Proficiency in primary series

Must complete application and interview.  Preference for people with teaching experience.

The Apprenticeship program curriculum will consist of the following:

teaching theory, assists, practicum, and/or philosophy

Ashtanga Therapeutics (tailoring the sequence for specific conditions)

Amāyu teaching methodology

Chanting

Breathwork

Assisting in the classroom 3x/week

Apprentice clinic

Working with beginners/Teaching intro courses

Periodic teaching skills assessments

Homework

Mentor meetings

Anatomy (online)

Required texts

“A Student’s Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga” – Peter Connolly

“Upanishads” – Eknath Easwaran
“Bhagavad Gita” – Eknath Easwaran

“The Essence of Yoga” – Bernard Bouanchaud

 


Experienced Practitioners Course

A special course for Ashtanga practitioners who are interested in deepening their knowledge of practical skills and theory.  You will work in the classroom with the apprentices.  A maximum of 10 students, including apprentices will be accepted into this program.

The Experienced practitioner course curriculum will consist of the following:

Weekly meetings on teaching theory, assists, practicum, and/or philosophy

Ashtanga Therapeutics (tailoring the sequence for specific conditions)

Amāyu teaching methodology

Chanting

Breathwork

Working with beginners

Homework

Anatomy (online)

Required texts

“A Student’s Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga” – Peter Connolly

“Upanishads” – Eknath Easwaran
“Bhagavad Gita” – Eknath Easwaran
“The Essence of Yoga” – Bernard Bouanchaud

 


Philosophy Course

This course will follow the development of Yogic thought through the ages with a special emphasis on how it informs Yoga as practice in a modern context.  This course will help you contemplate and evaluate your relationship to your practice, and the context and theories from which practice arises.   We will be attempting to discover our own biases as well as the cultural and historical biases implicit in Yoga theory.  This course is for students interested in a critical review of the history and literature associated with modern yoga practice.

Cost

$500 paid in full by start of course on Jan 14, 2020

2 payments of $275 ($550) First pymt due by Jan 14, 2020.  2nd pymt due on Feb 14th.

cost does not include text books

Required texts

“A Student’s Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga” – Peter Connolly

“Upanishads” – Eknath Easwaran
“Bhagavad Gita” – Eknath Easwaran
“The Essence of Yoga” – Bernard Bouanchaud

This course requires in depth reading, lecture and discussion, critical thinking, and 3 writing assignments.  Class participation in discussions is strongly encouraged.  The class meets every other week on Tuesday evenings for 10 sessions between Jan 14 and June 2, 2020.  If you miss a session you will receive a recording to be watched in your own time.

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