Curriculum 

The requirements and curriculum of our teacher training program are designed to exceed the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification education standards. MokSana Yoga Center is a registered and approved school of Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of all the requirements of this program, you will receive a teaching certificate and be automatically eligible for Yoga Alliance registry. Visit www.yogaalliance.org for more information.

Required Textbooks:

Trail Guide to the Body (5th or 6th edition) by Andrew Biel
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
Teaching Yoga by Donna Fahri

Recommended Reading:

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope

Techniques:

  • Asana – history, philosophy, psychology and alignment

  • Pranayama – theory and practice of a number of different techniques

  • Meditation – theory and practice of a number of different techniques

  • Bandhas – application to pranayama and asana

  • Kriya – cleansing practices

Anatomy & Physiology:

  • Western approach – musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems

  • Eastern approach – chakras, nadis, five koshas, three bodies

Philosophy & Ethics:

  • History of Yoga

  • Benefits of Yoga

  • Paths of Yoga – bhakti, karma, jnana, raja, tantra

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  • The spiritual path

  • Psychology and ethics

  • Yoga teacher/student relationships

Other Topics:

  • Chanting/Mantra

  • Introduction to Sanskrit

  • Common injuries – treatment and prevention

  • Spiritual/Yogic texts – intro to the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Vedas, Puranas

  • Marketing and business skills

Teaching Methods:

  • Asana alignments – anatomical safety and energetic alignment

  • Adjustments – philosophy and practice

  • Sequencing – designing a class or practice

  • Dialogue – use of language and voice

  • Teaching Pranayama

  • Teaching Meditation

Besides the above topics required by Yoga Alliance, our program also introduces the following topics:
  • Prenatal Yoga

  • Yoga Nidra

  • Ayurveda