This individualized course explores the Vedanta and Tantra philosophy while practicing traditional Yoga. It helps you share this practice with others effectively, while developing your own unique style.
The training sessions are once per week (six hours each session), and the course lasts five months. During this time, we encourage you to attend two yoga classes each week (four of which are included in the cost of the course).
Through direct experience, and led by the guidance of the teacher, each student will be encouraged to discover their own style and approach to practicing and teaching yoga. The number of students is limited, which makes the teaching individualized. We are passionate about yoga, while remaining lighthearted and fun.
2.Who is the course for?
This creative synthesis is for the self-motivated yoga practitioner seeking to evolve and integrate the diversity of their life experience and delve into life’s great mysteries.
Everyone who completes the course will be comfortable delivering yoga classes, although many people take yoga teacher training simply to deepen their own spiritual practice. Contact Jeremy or Samantha with any questions about whether the course is for you and how you might benefit personally.
The One Yoga method seeks to merge yoga and life. We seek to empower teachers with a broad and deep base of the many rivers of yoga, exploring Tantra Vedanta, Raja Kundalini, Vinyasa, the Dr. Bali Method, Yoga Nidra, Nada Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and more.
Our unique program offers a dynamic and individualized approach to the art of living and embodying yoga. In addition to completing our TTC module matrix, we have created a network to encourage those seeking to teach yoga.
Understanding that life is not separate from yoga, and yoga is not separate from life, we seek to be a grounding force for teachers to develop a body of integrated knowledge, while inspiring freedom for each individual to follow their path. This course integrates the wisdom of traditional yoga of tantric roots with the insights of contemporary evolutionary spirituality.
What we study is taught as a means rather than an end in itself.
3.Will I get a certificate?
If you attend each class—arriving on time and remaining for the duration of all sessions—and complete all homework and requirements on time, and if we feel you have earned it, you will receive a certificate of completion from One Yoga Academy. Just remember, you are not buying a certificate by attending this training. You are buying an experience.
4.Teaching Aims and Objectives
The main aim of our 200-Hour Teacher Training Course is to give students the required theoretical and practical background to be able to design and teach their own yoga courses and live a life true to their deepest desires. They will learn to draw on their own practice, intuition, discipline, and increased awareness, to impart the yoga experience to others. It is also an enlightening and profound experience for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the self and our place in the universe.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a diploma. One Yoga Academy is certified by the Canadian Yoga Alliance and is taught by the brother and sister team of Jeremy and Samantha Howick. You will leave this course with a deeper understanding and experience of the self, tools to move forward in peace and understanding, and greater comprehension of the classical texts and Vedanta philosophy. You will feel confident in organizing and teaching yoga classes and preparing workshops.
We believe that a good yoga teacher must do more than be able to convey information. A yoga teacher must also be on a yogi path himself or herself. This doesn’t mean that you need to be a saint (we aren’t!) but that your inner compass is pointing in the right direction. A large part of our Teacher Training Course, therefore, involves introspection and self-practice. The material for this course is centered around the eight limbs of yoga.
The specific aims of the course are:
- To deepen the students’ knowledge of all eight limbs of yoga. Often yoga today focuses on just two aspects: asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing). In this course, we cover asana and pranayama, and you will also learn how to practice and teach the other limbs: Yama (morality), Niyama (personal cleansing), Pratyahara (control of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (union).
- To familiarize students with the principles of teaching yoga.
- To allow the students to develop their teaching in a safe and comfortable environment.
- To encourage an attitude of lifelong learning. We are here to help you.
- To enjoy! Yoga is a science of life, and you were born to be happy.
- To learn to live with the fluctuations of life in a more peaceful way.
- To shed light where there is darkness.
- To promote awareness, love, and compassion. Expand the sense of self and lift our own veil to see through the luminosity of who we truly are.
- To bring the ancient knowledge of yoga into the light of the present day through experience.
- To encourage each student to formulate their own yogic practice and spiritual lifestyle.
- To provide each student with knowledge and tools found within yogic science and technology to support their life journey.
- Teaching Methods
This teacher training is individualized. Our philosophy at One Yoga is that teaching is about the students, which is why we limit our number of students. It follows the traditional Guru-shishya paramparya. An atmosphere of trust and sharing between teacher and fellow students is required to transfer the ancient wisdom of yoga to new generations. Parampara means an uninterrupted tradition and is sometimes referred to as the “golden chain” linking past with current teachers.
The sessions are divided between lecturing, questions, and yoga practice. Students will be required to do reading, reflective self-practice, and teaching in their own time. This will be divided into roughly 130 contact hours (25 hours of which are practice hours) and self-study hours.
The sessions led by the teachers will involve theory and practice (roughly divided in half). Students will be expected to provide constructive and helpful feedback to their peers in an open and safe environment.
Students will meet the teacher for five-hour sessions on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students will be expected to prepare questions and do required readings. If there is a class that has been missed alongside the podcast or video, students are expected to get in touch with fellow students. You are encouraged to follow the prescribed library of online teachings daily.
- Required Reading (We suggest all students obtain copies of these books.)
Reading yoga books is different from reading other books. The goal is to internalize the knowledge. Listen to what the readings are trying to say. Think about what experiences you may have had that might confirm what the readings are about. Give yourself time to reflect on the information offered in the readings. Take your time and get into a kind of conversation with them. This means reading a few pages slowly. Ask questions of the book. Contemplate what you have learned, and only then move on. You needn’t always read the book from cover to cover, and you can come back to it. It took me (Jeremy) over a year to read The Eternities in this way! And, of course, if you have any questions about the readings, bring the questions to class!
Coulter HD (2001). Anatomy of Hatha Yoga. Body and Breath Inc; Marlboro, VT. ISBN 097070061X
Gharote ML and Ganguly SK (1988). Teaching Methods for Yogic Practices. Kaivalyadhama; Pune, India. ISBN: 8189485245
Johari H (2000). Chakras: Energy Centers for Transformation. Destiny Books; Rochester, VT. ISBN: 978-089281760-3
Iyengar BKS (1965). Light on Yoga. Harper Collins; London. ISBN: 0-00-710700-S
Nesse M and Young E (2000). “Evolutionary Origins and Functions of the Stress Response.” Encyclopedia of Stress, volume 2. Available for free viewing here: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nesse/Articles/Stress&Evolution-2000.PDF
Parthasarathy A (1978). The Eternities: Vedanta Treatise. Stratford Library. ISBN-10: 818711178X
Swami Vivekananda (1956). Raja Yoga. Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Centre; New York. ISBN: 978-0911206234
Additional Reading (for students wishing to delve deeper)
Eliade M (1969). Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. Translated from French by Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691142036
De Luca D (ed) (2003). Pathways to Joy: The Master Vivekananda on the Four Yoga Paths to God. Novato, California: New World Library. ISBN: 978-1-930722-67-5
Fowler, JD (2012). The Bhagavad Gita: A Text and Commentary for Students. Eastbourne: Sussex Academy Press, ISBN 978-1-84519-520-5. The Bhagavad Gita is also available for free on the www here: http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/chapter-01.html
Parker S (2009). The Concise Human Body Book. DK; London and New York. ISBN: 978 1 4053 40410 (or other basic human anatomy book)
Swami Prabhavananda (2002). Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras; India. ISBN: 81-7120-221-7. The Patanjali Yoga Sutras are also available for free on the www at: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/yogasutr.htm and here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2526.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1998). Yoga Nidra. Thompson Press Ltd.; New Delhi, India. ISBN: 978-81-85787-12-1
- Responsibility of the Student
Becoming a yoga teacher or serious practitioner requires daily practice and study. Students are expected to do their best throughout the course—no more and no less.
- Instructor Contact Information
Feel free to contact us with any questions or to book private lessons. Our preferred method of communication is email. Please give us a few days to respond.
You will be asked to complete three 1000-word essays during the course of your training. Two of the topics will be chosen according to the needs of the group. A third questionnaire will involve you writing a summary of the feedback you have received for your 10 required classes (see below), identifying your strengths, where you require further training, and how you propose to go about getting that training.
You will also be required to teach 10 sessions to friends or family, and ask for their feedback (see feedback form).
You will be asked to prepare two yoga classes near the beginning of the course. This serves as a base for us to get to know each other. The second is one for which you will receive formal feedback.
The third class is our creative open class, where you will be given the opportunity to be part of the intuitive flow. This is where you will be challenged to respond to your formal feedback within time and space. You will be expected to know how to “correct” and “adjust” based on the knowledge and skills you have acquired. Your final classes become a forum for you to express what you have learned as well as your intention through asana.
- Grading/Course Policy
We will provide constructive ‘formative’ feedback. There will be no grades assigned.
- Course Honesty Policy
Students must be honest and forthright in their academic studies. To falsify the results of one’s research, to steal the words or ideas of another, to cheat on an assignment, or to allow or assist another to commit these acts corrupts the educational process, is academically unacceptable, and violates the yogic moral code (yama).
- Study Help
The main criteria for success is a desire to learn and accept that all you can do is your best. If you have any questions at all, please raise them with the teacher, either during class or via email or telephone.
This is an online group chat room, specifically designed for students to discuss, with teachers and each other, thoughts and comments regarding their experiences, questions, and ideas.
Online Course and Virtual Classroom
If for any reason you miss a class, you will be sent a video or podcast from our online library, relevant to the topic covered.
If you would like to participate during absence, you can join our virtual classroom via Skype at the time corresponding to your country.
The cost of this course is 2,500$. A deposit of 500$ is due to reserve a place in the course before it begins. Payment in full is required on the first day of the course. If payment is a problem, please discuss with Jeremy or Samantha. Yoga is for everyone, and we have a Karma Yoga policy.
This cost includes four free drop-in yoga classes. It also includes attendance and assisting at workshops and/or events. The cost does not include the required textbooks (which are available at many libraries, on Kindle, and as hard copies).
Certificate will be granted upon successful completion of the course. Refunds are unavailable.
The following details are a guide. Teaching is about the student (you!), and every student and group of students will have special needs. We will, therefore, adapt the syllabus to meet the unique needs of our students/groups. This is also the reason we limit the number of students. Indeed, adjustments are embraced as a reflection of the ever-expanding consciousness.
Other than the introductory sessions, the classes will be structured as follows:
- Questions and answers (at beginning and end)
- The student will present an asana to the class, including a description of the major muscle groups and parts of the skeletal system involved in performing the pose, variations, counter-indications, and poses that naturally follow (‘counterposes’). The student will also indicate which breathing techniques go with the pose and the benefits (physical, emotional, spiritual) of the asana. We always emphasize that yoga is for everyone, so variations or different options need to be provided so that practitioners of all levels can benefit from the pose. OR (on two occasions) the student will present an entire class.
- One Yoga Nidra or guided meditation
- Lecture or discussion of required reading from the session
- There will be a break halfway through the class or at a convenient time.
The course is divided into eight modules consisting of three classes each. The entire course is divided into two phases. Our unique approach to learning is systematically designed so that the learning process becomes a microcosm of the universe. The One Yoga formula is such that the learning process begins to unfold and reveal itself layer by layer, from the outermost reaches, and gently, enjoyably makes its way towards the deepest part of the self, cosmic consciousness.
Phase One: The origins of yoga/Introduction to yoga. In the introductory module, we will delve into the vast philosophy of yoga, stemming from its roots and its traditions. We formulate an understanding of its evolution through time and its relevance today. We will learn to place ourselves within this universe of new concepts and ideas.
Phase Two: After an exploration of Phase One, students will have a more clear understanding of their own personal journey. We will explore with more depth, awareness, and intuition the ideas that will enable our own expansion of consciousness. Along with learning the basics of teaching, we will develop tools to deal with internal and external obstacles towards living a happier, more fulfilled life for ourselves and others.
The Syllabus follows the Raja Yoga System of learning offered to us by Patanjali.
5.Locks & Leaving the Senses
6.Mind & I
7.Silence & Sound
In addition to the modules will be the following:
- Assistant teaching
- An event to plan and organize
- Teaching demonstrations
- Hatha Yoga Kriyas (optional)
- One-on-one coaching
This will be determined according to the individual needs of the students.
Students will spend at least 70 hours in self-study to complete the 200-hour TTC. This will include the following:
- Writing essays (10–20 hours)
- Teaching 10 yoga sessions (including the preparation for these sessions: average 10 hours per session and 20 hours preparation)
- Readings (20–30 hours)
- Keeping a diary where you record your insights (one hour per week average, 30 hours total)
The One Yoga method yoga is more than a profession; it is something that you believe is important and that you love. Life is too short to not do what you love. So, while the number of non-contact hours listed is sufficient, many of you will find yourselves doing more.
We hope you enjoy the class. May this be the beginning of a wonderful yoga journey!