Shriram Ashram : TTC


200-Hour Curriculum for Yoga Teacher Trainings

Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program (RYS 200) adequately prepares trainees to teach a general adult population and incorporate training `hours in the following categories:
1. Techniques, Training and Practice: 200 hours
Minimum Contact Hours: 180hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 100 hours
Topics in our RYS program includes: Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Chanting, Mantra, Meditation and other traditional yogic techniques. These hours are amalgamated between:
1) Analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.
2) Guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas receive substantial emphasis.
2. Teaching Methodology: 50 hours
Minimum Contact Hours: 40hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 30 hours
A minimum of five of the above hours on the subject of business aspects of teaching yoga
Topics in this category includes:
•  Communication skills
•  Group-dynamics
•  Time-management
•  Establishment of priorities and boundaries in the business of Yoga-Teaching.
•  How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
•  Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
•  Teaching styles
•  Qualities of a teacher
•  The student learning process
•  Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
Our Teaching-Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between the Techniques, Training and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category:
Example Techniques, Training and Practice Topics

The 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.
Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.

Example Teaching Methodology Topics

Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.
Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles
Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns

3. Anatomy and Physiology: 30 hours
Minimum Contact Hours: 30 hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 30 hours

Minimum 25 hours are spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga

Topics in this category includes:
•  Human physical anatomy
•  Physiology (bodily systems, organs)
•  Energy anatomy
•  Energy physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.).
•  Including the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 60 hours
Minimum Contact Hours: 50 hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 20 hours

5 Hours are spent on ethics for yoga teachers

Topics in this category includes:

•  The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts
•  Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
•  Hatha Yoga Pradipika
•  Bhagavad Gita
•  Yogic lifestyle, and the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
•  Ethics for yoga teachers, involving teacher – student relationships and community
•  Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

5. Practicum: 20 hours
Minimum Contact Hours: 20 hours
Minimum Contact Hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 20 hours

Topics in this category include:
•  Practice teaching as the lead instructor which also includes assisting, observing or giving feedback.
•  Receiving and giving feedback.
•  Observing others teaching.
•  Assisting students while someone else is teaching
Each trainee spends a minimum of 5 Contact Hours of practice teaching as the lead instructor. These hours also includes the time during which the trainee is receiving feedback on his/her teaching. Time spent assisting, observing others teaching, or giving feedback to others is excluded from these hours.

TOTAL HOURS: 200 hours
Total minimum Contact Hours: 200 hours
Total minimum Contact Hours with Lead Trainer(s): 100 hours