300 Hour Teacher Training Details
Shamanic Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hr. Curriculum and Learning Outcomes
Techniques, Training and Practice 160 hours (135 hrs. contact, 25 hrs. non-contact) 150 Hours of Contact with Primary Shamanic Yoga Instructors includes the guided practice and analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques of:
Shamanic breathing and traditional Yogic Pranayama
Opening and closing sacred space, holding space and creating a bhav
Spiritual Connection through nature and nature based dialoguing
Invocation through sacred sound using chanting and mantra.
Meditation + Prayer /Presence + Awareness
Sitting, walking, lying down and standing, finding one’s centre and still point, dialoguing with the Divine through disclosure, gratitude and metta. A strong emphasis will be put on the practice of meditation and prayer, thus presence and awareness.
Participants will practice journeying with rattles and drums to unseen worlds retrieving power animals and soul pieces for the earth and each other.
There are five categories of Asana. The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.
Trainees will also achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asana through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
Building and Using a Mesa
A Mesa is a personal medicine bundle, a Shaman’s Alter and map of personal transformation using stones that have undergone an energetic process of reclaiming personal power by the individual and weaving the land into their energy body.
Ceremony and Energetic Rites & Transmissions
Fire ceremonies, songs, bands of power, ayni karpis (archetypical animals) , healers rites, seers rites, earth keepers ceremony, keeper of the mountains ceremony, star keepers ceremony, solo fire- commitment to Spirit Vision Quest.
Expressive Arts modalities: sand-paintings, poetry, narrative drama, soul dolls, masks, medicine shields, song - PLAY, PLAY and more PLAY
Practicum: 40 hrs. (20 hrs. contact/20 hrs. non-contact)
Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)*
Receiving and giving feedback
Observing others teaching
Assisting students while someone else is teaching
Daily practice of asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga and Shamanistic practices.
Teaching Methodology: 40 hours (20 hrs. contact/20 hrs. non-contact)
The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques.
Communication skills: Use of Language and Voice
Active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, habitual speech and communication patterns as well as how to project your voice.
Time management and classroom organization.
How to address the specific needs of individuals and demographics.
Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and refining alignment.
Teaching styles and the student learning process
Identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach to a variety of different learners
Physical and Energetic Cueing and Adjustments
Teaching Surrender and Letting Go
Practice of Soul Retrieval, yanachakwe( the transference of power), chanting, chakra cleansing, chakra illumination, tracking one’s destiny line
Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
Homework (20 hrs. non-contact):
Running a fire ceremony, being a fire keeper, observing a public shamanic yoga class with written report, holding a community service event, presentation through the arts of how to hold truth and strengthen one’s will power, assisting in a shamanic yoga class.
Anatomy and Physiology: 20 hours (15 hrs. contact/ 5 hrs. non-contact)
Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.)
Energetic Yogic and Shamanic anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.).
Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
5 hrs. Non-Contact
Students will present a homework assignment where they will be given piece of the body to teach to the rest of the group.
Philosophy, Karma Yoga, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 40 hours (30 hrs. contact/10 hrs. non-contact)
The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, such as but not limited to: The Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika & Bhagavad Gita
Honoring our Ancestors and the lineage of both Yoga and Mountain Shamanism
Mapping our Landscape
Principle of Peace
Oral transmission of ancient teachings
Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher student relationships and community
Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service, land stewardship and being of service to others (seva)
*Bringing Gifts to the Feast*- each student will be asked to make a final presentation at our last direction Potlach. The requirements are to present the integration of their shamanic yoga journey and what that has shown them about who they are and what they have come in the world to share.
Non-Contact: A minimum of 5 karma yoga classes taught by each student is required to graduate.
A written report on participation in a Kirtan, Ashram, Temple, Shamanic Ceremony or act of service.
Graduation Requirements for Certificate of Yoga Siromani: Teacher of Shamanic Yoga:
*All four directions/immersions are attended
*Active participation in circle discussions
*Ability to give and receive feedback
*Ability to open and close sacred space in ceremony
*All ceremonies and transmissions participated in
*Built full mesa
*Ability to articulate lineage of yoga and mountain shamanism
*Completion of four expressive arts objectives: My life as a River, Soul Doll, Mask & Medicine Shield
*Completion of four homework fire ceremonies
*Completion of teaching 5 karma yoga classes
*Observation and written reflection on 3 public Shamanic Yoga classes
*Completion of all non-contact hours homework
Grading is pass or fail based on completion of course requirements and quality of participation.
TOTAL HOURS: 300 hours (165 hrs. contact/55 hrs. non-contact)
A Typical Training Day
Our typical training day looks as follows:
7:30 - 8:00 am Outside Time
8:00 - 9:30 am Pranayama, Chanting, Yoga and Meditation
9:30 - 10:00 am Breakfast
10:00 - 12:00 pm Teachings, Energetic Processes and/or Sharing
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch and Outside Time
2:00 - 3:00 pm Pranayama, Chanting, Yoga and Meditation
3:00 - 5:00 pm Teachings, Energetic Processes etc.
5:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner and Outside Time
7:00 - 10:00 pm Fire ceremony or other ceremony, Satsang, Kirtan, Expressive Arts
*this schedule is most certainly likely to change as the day unfolds but this represents the rhythm of the day