Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
Yoga System – The Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
During our 200-hour teacher training, we will cover yoga from a holistic perspective. This means you will learn the meaning of yoga, immerse yourself into a yogic lifestyle and learn the ethics of the yogic path.
The Meaning of Yoga
Yoga means ‘oneness’ or ‘unity’. It is the union of mind, body, spirit and breath.
This 200-hour teacher training will give you the opportunity to dedicate an entire month to yourself and to your practice. You will have the chance to tune inward and listen to your truest self. It is an experience that will lead you to greater truth and understanding for the rest of your life.
One of our primary focuses during teacher training will be Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
. These sutras are a formula for transformation. They are divided into four different chapters, each with a different message:
- Samadhi Pada – Blissful state
- Sadhana Pada – Practice and discipline
- Vibhuti Pada – Manifestation through yoga
- Kaivalya Pada – Liberation
This leads us to the eight limbs of ashtanga as spelled out by Patanjali himself.
Techniques, Training and Practice
The eight limbs of yoga are essentially steps, all interconnected with one another, like a ladder.
Our 200-hour teacher training will dive deeply into the following eight-limb path, giving you a clear understanding of the depth and importance of each step within your own practice.
The eight limbs are as follows:
- Yama (Self-Restraint)
- Ahimsa – Non-violence
- Satya – Truth
- Asteya – Non-stealing
- Brahmacarya – Abstinence
- Aparigaha – Non-possessiveness
- Niyama (Fixed observance, regularity, purification)
- Sauca – Purification
- Santosa – Contentment
- Tapas – Simplicity
- Svadhyaya – Self study
- Ishvara Pranidhana – Dedication, surrender to God
- Asana (Posture)
- Pranayama (Breath Control)
- Pratyahara (Returning home)
- Dharana (Concentration)
- Dhyana (Meditation)
- Samadhi (Super consciousness, enlightenment)
The Yogic Lifestyle & Diet
There are many types of yoga. In this training you will have the chance to experience several different types.
This is beneficial for many reasons. You will get to try different ways of practicing, which will help when it comes time to decide which type of yoga you’d like to teach yourself.
But practicing more than one kind of yoga is beneficial for more than just your teaching career. Through these practices, you’ll gain a new perspective of yourself and the world around you each time you step on the mat.
Practicing many styles will give you a more holistic view of how and what you’d like to teach. This is precisely why we have incorporated different styles into our training: to give you the most comprehensive training we possibly can.
Here are some of the styles that will be incorporated into our 200-hour yoga teacher training:
- Hatha Yoga – Yoga of Body and Mind Purification
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Jnana Yoga – Yoga of Enquiry
- Karma Yoga – Yoga of Action
- Bhakti Yoga – Yoga of Devotion
- Mantra Yoga – Yoga of Recitation
- Kundalini Yoga – Yoga of Energy
- Raja Yoga – Yoga of Meditation
At Siddhi Yoga’s teacher training, you’ll enjoy twice daily yoga practices. We do this to ensure you have a firm grasp on the asanas and their alignment, but perhaps more importantly, to ensure you maintain a strong yoga practice. After all, the best teachers are forever students!
Yoga is a lifestyle. It’s not simply a physical practice, but it extends to all aspects of our lives. That’s why we’ve created our teacher training in the exact way that we have.
We want to immerse you into the yogic lifestyle from the moment you arrive on campus to the moment you receive your certification. This immersion will help lead you down a path of deeper knowledge, wisdom and personal transformation.
Included in this lifestyle is a yogic diet. It’s believed that in order to reap all the benefits of yoga, one must complement their practice with a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy diet will keep both body and mind in balance with one another.
At Siddhi Yoga’s teacher training, you will be provided three meals, every day, which will contain healthy, seasonal foods. These meals will be either vegetarian or vegan and packed full of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.
The Importance of the Teacher in Yoga
You’ve probably heard of them—those swirling lights of energy that yoga teachers seem to be talking about? Chakras.
But what are they really? Well, they’re energy points throughout our bodies. And everybody has them. Imagine you’re sitting in lotus pose on the floor and there are seven balls of light running from the base of your spine through to the crown of your head. Those are your chakras.
In our teacher training, we’ll dive to the depths of the chakras. You’ll learn what they represent, why they matter and how they work with one another. And of course, we’ll go into great detail about the role they play within yoga.
- Muladhara Chakra – Root Chakra
- Svadhisthana Chakra – Sacral Chakra
- Manipura Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra
- Anahata Chakra – Heart Chakra
- Vishuddhi Chakra – Throat Chakra
- Ajna Chakra – Third Eye Chakra
- Sahaswara Chakra – Crown Chakra
The role of a yoga teacher is to guide students safely through a physical and mental practice that promotes an overall well-being as well as yoga education.
In order to fully prepare you for the responsibility of being a yoga instructor, we have organized our teacher training to cover all aspects of a qualified yoga instructor.
The Siddhi Yoga teacher training program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of human anatomy, pranayama, meditation and yoga theory. You will leave training fully prepared to teach future students in a safe and balanced environment.
As a yoga teacher you will play an extremely important role in the impression of yoga as it’s introduced to students. This is why it’s so important to have a firm grasp of your personal practice as well as the knowledge to help students continue to learn and grow their practice.
Being a yoga teacher holds a great responsibility. And there’s no better place to prepare yourself and learn what it takes to lead and teach a yoga class than a full immersion teacher training, just like ours.
The third limb of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs is asana
practice. Meaning ‘steady and comfortable posture’, asana makes up a large portion of yoga. Poses were created to open up different parts of the body, revitalize our brain, organs and joints, and stimulate blood flow.
Understanding the yoga poses is integral to your influence as a yoga instructor. That’s why we’ll dedicate a block of time every day
to alignment, and the anatomy and physiology of the poses.
You’ll leave teacher training not with just a basic understanding of asanas, but with a deep knowledge
of each pose, the proper way to do them and modifications for those who need them.
Here are the postures we’ll be focusing on throughout training:
- Tadasana (Mountain pose)
- Dandasana (Staff pose)
- Makrasana (Crocodile pose)
- Savasana (Corpse pose)
Meditative and Sitting
- Sukhasana (Easy pose)
- Padmasana (Lotus pose)
- Ardha Padmasana (Half-Lotus pose)
- Siddhasana (Inspired Sage pose)
- Gomukhasana (Cow’s Face pose)
- Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose)
- Virasana (Hero’s pose)
- Parvatasana (Sitting Mountain pose)
- BaddhaKonasana (Bound Angle pose)
- Simhasana (Lion pose)
- Yoga Mudrasana (Psychic Union pose)
- Vrksasana (Tree pose)
- Utkatasana (Chair pose)
- Garudasana (Eagle pose)
- Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
- Virabhadrasana I, II, III (Warrior 1, 2, 3)
- Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle pose)
- Natarajasana (Dancer pose)
- Ardha Chandrasana (Standing Half Moon pose)
- Ardha Chandrasana/Chaturkonasana (Balancing Half Moon pose)
- Utthita Padangusthasana (Extended-Hand-to-Big-Toe pose)
- Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)
- Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch/Pyramid pose)
- Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle pose)
- Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle pose)
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
- Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee pose)
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
- Upavistha Konasana (Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend)
- Triang Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana (Three-Limbed Facing Single-Leg Forward Bend)
- Navasana/Naukasana (Boat pose)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)
- Navasana (on belly) (Boat pose)
- Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
- Shalabhasana (Locust pose)
- Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
- Ustrasana (Camel pose)
- Chakrasana (Wheel pose)
- Matsyasana (Fish pose)
- Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle pose)
- Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero pose)
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog pose)
- Dwipada Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff pose)
- Bhekasana (Frog pose)
- Purvottanasana (Stretch of the East/Upward Plank pose)
- Vakrasana (Crooked/Half Spinal Twist pose)
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes pose)
- Bharadvajasana (Sage pose)
- Parivrtta Vajrasana/Parivrtta Sukhasana (Easy Seated Twist pose)
- Marichyasana I & III (Pose Dedicated to the Sage 1 & 3)
- Jathara Parivartanasana I & II (Reclining Twist pose 1 & 2)
- Parsva Upavistha Konasana (Seated Side Angle pose)
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
- Ardha Sarvangasana/Viparita Karani (Half Shoulder Stand)
- Halasana (Plow pose)
- Karnapidasana (Knee-to-Ear pose)
- Shirshasana (Headstand)
- Shashankasana (Rabbit pose)
- Vasisthasana (One Arm Balance/Side Plank pose)
- Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limbed pose)
- Bakasana (Crow/Crane pose)
- Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow/Crane)
- Lolasana (Swinging/Pendant pose)
- Padangusthasana (Big Toe Balancing Pose)
- Vatayanasana (Horse pose)
- Tolangulasana (Scale pose)
- Malasana (Garland pose)
- Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe pose)
- Utthita Upavistha Konasana (Extended Seated Angle pose)
Anatomy and Physiology
Pranayama is breath practice. ‘Prana’ translates into ‘life force’ and ‘yama’ into ‘expansion.’ It is commonly known as breathing practice and is often performed in yoga and meditation classes.
Pranayama is an essential aspect of a yoga practice. It helps us cleanse our bodies of toxins, balances the nervous system, releases tension and increases the amount of fresh oxygen flowing to our brain.
As a yoga instructor, you’ll need to know some basic breathing exercises. It’s one thing to read about pranayama in a book or online, and it’s a completely different thing to practice it yourself and really experience
the effects on your body.
In our 200-hour course, we start off every single day with breathing exercises. This way, you’ll have a clear understanding of how it feels to breathe in different ways, as well as obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach it yourself.
Types of Pranayama
- Nadi Shodhanam – Alternate Nostril Breathing
- Ujjayi – Expanding Breath
- Bhastrika – Bellows Breath
- Kapalabhati – Cleansing Breath
- Sheetali – Cooling Breath
- Sheetakari – Hissing Breath
- Bhramari – Humming Breath
It’s no secret that in order to be a good yoga teacher you’ll have to know a little bit about the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
You’ll spend one hour every day learning the ins and outs of the human body. Here’s what we’ll cover:
- The Digestive System
- The Endocrine System
- The Skeletal System
- The Muscular System
- The Respiratory System
- The Circulatory and Cardiovascular System
Not only will we learn all about these different parts of the body, we’ll talk about which poses are good for what and the best times to practice them. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the human body and learn how to help future students with injuries find a way through their own practice.
Siddhi Yoga teacher training programs are all encompassing. We want you to succeed just as much as you want yourself to succeed. This is why we’ve designed a course that will prepare you not just for teaching yoga, but for living a yogic lifestyle.
This teacher training is unlike any other. Diverse, intensive and full of passion from our instructors, Siddhi Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training program has the power to transform you from the inside out—if you let it.
Come with a willing mind and open heart and see what can happen when you allow yourself to explore new terrain. This isn’t a course that focuses solely on the physical practice of yoga.
If you want to stretch beyond your comfort zone, explore somewhere new and rediscover your soul, Siddhi Yoga teacher training may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
You will engage in all aspects of yoga, preparing you for your journey as a yoga instructor, no matter where in the world you decide to teach.