The certification training: 5 modules
Module 1 (3 days, 18 hours): Foundations/Anatomy
- If you have no previous experience with any of the Yamuna® work you must begin with Module 1
- Modules 2,3,4 do not have to be taken in order.
- To certify you must take all 5 modules
- In order to receive accreditation through Yoga Alliance you must also complete observation and assisting in Yamuna® Yoga classes for a total of 30 hours
Module 2 (4 days, 24 hours): Standing Asanas
- The basic practice and theory of Yamuna Body Rolling
- How to use the YAMUNA® balls to work muscles from origin towards insertion (the hamstrings, quadriceps, adductors, deep lateral rotators, posterior and anterior calf muscles, superficial and deeper muscles of the back, abdominal muscles, thoracic muscles, muscles of the neck)
Module 3 (4 days, 24 hours): Seated Asanas
- Basic warm-up breath work using the balls and how to combine the breath in the Yamuna® Yoga practice
- Foundations for building a healthy standing asana practice. This includes:
- Healthy use of all parts of the foot.
- How to correct the alignment of your feet, ankles, knees and hips before practicing the basic standing yoga postures.
- How to practice, and teach the basic standing postures.
- How to direct energy and breath directionally in each posture
- Deep breath work practice,
- The classic seated poses to open the hips and let energy flow through the joints of the legs up through each joint through the pelvis and up through the spine (anatomy, practice and teaching, breathe and energy.
Module 4 (4 days, 24 hours): Backward Bends & Inversion Asanas
- The basic anatomy of the back and anterior torso to understand how to properly work with backward bending asanas
- How to teach preparatory work for backward bending
- How to prevent back injuries when doing backward bending asanas
- How to use the breath when doing backward bending asanas
- Advanced backward bending asanas
- Causes of the most common injuries and how to prevent them
- How to avoid compression in the cervical and upper thoracic spine when doing inversions
- How to practice and teach shoulder stand, plow and headstand
- How to actually stimulate the sutures of the scull and release the first 3 cervicals during headstand pose
- How to release any possible cervical compression which might have occurred during inversion practice.
Module 5 (4 days, 24 hours): Teaching Yoga
- How to teach a balanced class
- How to teach a focused class on the prevention of injuries during the vinyasana series
- How to avoid the common breakdowns from practicing hatha yoga
- How to teach a class focusing on building a healthy flexible spine
- How to teach the mastery of the forward bending asanas
- How to give a class where the entire focus is on the breathing during asana practice
- How to integrate Yamuna® Yoga into your present Yoga classes