This four day intensive course will focus in detail on the postures that make up the primary series and introduce second series. We will learn to teach and adjust all the relevant postures and to understand how to help students access the postures. In addition, we will look at how to give suitable alternatives for those struggling with the poses. We will also take time to examine how to help students move through the sequence. And how to introduce the postures of the finishing sequence safely. This course is suitable for teachers and students of Ashtanga Yoga seeking to deepen their understanding of the principles and practices of this system.
The course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of how to assist and adjust students through the practice, giving hands on experience in adjusting all the postures of the primary and introducing the second series. Through the course you will gain insight into the theoretical background of this method and how to work with your body through the sequence in a way appropriate for you.
The course is open to serious students of Ashtanga Yoga, and teachers of other methods who are familiar with the primary series and want to be more confident in adjusting students.
- In depth work on personal asana practice, practice of pranayama and chanting
- Bandhas and how to teach
- Ujjayi breath and how to teach
- Course structure and how to teach beginners
- Teaching led classes
- Adjustments of the key postures of full primary series and early part of second series
- Anatomy and physiology of different postures e.g. forward bends, twists, hip opening and back bends
- Energetics of the practice
- Avoiding and dealing with injuries
07.00 – 09.00 Mysore self practice
09.00 – 09.30 Breakfast
09.30 – 11.00 Adjustment and teaching practice
11.00 – 13.00 Anatomy and physiology and adjusting specific postures e.g. forward bends, twists, backbends etc.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Theory e.g. teaching a led class, teaching beginners, avoiding injuries
15.00 – 17.00 Adjustment and teaching practice
Melanie Cooper has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1993. Her main practice and love is Ashtanga yoga but she has also gained a huge amount from studying other styles such as Iyengar and Scaravelli. Both have made her practice and teaching richer and safer. Melanie has also been very lucky to learn to practice and teach pranayama from Emil Wendle and to learn to teach teachers (and more) with Julie Martin in Goa. She also loved the intensity and discipline of learning ashtanga with Hamish Hendry in London and Guruji in Mysore. Another teacher who has had a big impact on her practice and teaching (especially my adjustments) is Nancy Gilgoff. Find out more about Mel
How to sign up
Click on the ‘Book Now” button and apply online. We’ll be in contact in two days to let you know the next steps of the enrolment.
Before the course
You will be given a course manual but if you want to get off to a flying start ahead of your first day then we recommend the following literature:
- Mel Cooper – Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana. 2013.
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