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Sushumna Yoga is a highly respected yoga school founded by Sonja Appel, who has over 25 years of yoga and pilates experience. It is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA (YA) (RYS 200) (recognized internationally).
Sonja has devised her own practice in yoga called Sushumna which is a carefully worked out vinyasa flow, that allows you to do the asana practice as a meditation and in the process, it helps to unleash your own innate, kundalini Shakti. The flow is spontaneous and Sonja mixes up the postures in interesting ways, with the help of inspiring music.
Sushumna Yoga is located in the leafy village of Assagao. The school offers a rich and diverse programme of workshops and teacher trainings plus high calibre drop-in classes. The school also conducts residential programs at different locations in Goa, India & abroad.
All of the rooms are based on double sharing. But if you would like your own room then that is possible at extra cost.
The level 1 teacher training of Sushumna Yoga is a combination of continuous assessment plus a written test. During the whole course, reading and small amounts of written work are set. Graduation from Sushumna Yoga School and Studio is not a given. All of the areas included in the course must be completed and passed by an individual before his or her certificate is issued.
Sushumna Yoga teacher training covers Asana, philosophy, Anatomy, and Physiology, Pranayama, Meditation, japa, Mantra, Kirtan, and includes a group mentoring.
The course aims to train dedicated yoga practitioners to teach confidently and safely from their own self-enquiry and experience. All students are encourage to find their own unique teaching style as the course unfolds. Below is a breakdown of the course:
Four key elements
Rigorous development of each students own Asana practice including essentials of Pranayama and Meditation
Comprehensive foundation in Yoga Philosophy and a good grounding in Anatomy and Physiology pertaining to yoga
Teaching expertise like articulation, presenting skills, and the art of adjusting
Essential insight into the Yoga business and setting up as a teacher
On graduation each student will receive:
Certificate of completion from Sushumna
Eligibility for Yoga Alliance (USA, RYT 200) (internationally recognized)
Eligibility for Yoga Alliance International (India based)
Unique points of Sushumna Yogas course:
Daily Mysore self-practice as taught by the late Shri K Patt bhi Jois, Mysore, India and Sushumna Vinyasa flow classes.
Course is not integrated with drop-in classes or other students not on the YTT training.
Video support for improving each students teaching skills.
Green juice fast days once a week and 70% living foods
Working with 5 experienced international and multi-diverse teachers
Encouragement in assisting / apprenticing after the course with experienced teachers.
Good basis in Hatha, Iyengar, Kundaluni Yoga and practical knowledge of yoga theraphy
The course aims to give each student:
An emboldened, self-aware knowledge that will enable each student to teach level 1, asana classes confidently and competently.
Awareness of safe practice for both teacher and student, through modification and sequencing of asanas to suit an individuals body.
Self confidence and belief in each students own ability to communicate and demonstrate
Understanding of risk assessment
Good grounding in the history of yoga
Insightful awareness of each students own practice: both an acceptance of its limits and tools to evolve
Experiential foundation of yoga philosophy and how to integrate this into your life
Good knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology and its application in the practice of asana
Awareness of the issues that can arise for you as a teacher
Professional and ethical framework from which to practice
Teaching methods that include lectures, experiential classes, small and large group work, led classes, exercises for learning and discovery, relevant films, review of homework and practice teaching time that will be filmed and given constructive criticism after viewing.
Sushumna Yogas 28 day intensive course includes 24 days of training with one day off every week or 2 half days per week. The in class contact hours together with the out of contact hours, which is for prerequisite reading, reports and home play all sums up to a total of 316 hours.
141.50 hours of the course hours is allotted for learning and / or rediscovering the techniques of yoga, 51 hours of this is allotted for teaching methodologies, then 30 hours is allotted for anatomy and physiology which deals mainly on the basics. Additionally, Yogic scripture, philosophy, ethics and lifestyle is allotted 46 hours and Group practicum and presentation skills are given 47.50 hours. All in all the whole course duration is 315 hours.
Below is a sample daily schedule for the whole course.
Before the course starts it is required for each potential student to read the 4 books listed below.
The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Ashtanga Yoga by John Scott
Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D
After reading each student is required to write their thoughts on the following:
What is your personal response of each book
The most valuable lessons for you
Detail on how this material is useful for a yoga teacher.
Each book report should have 350 words, in Microsoft word document format, written in English and should be sent to Sonja.
Also, fill up the application form and send it. If you happen to pass this stage, you will then be contacted by Sushumna Yoga and be instructed when you are required to submit your reading reports.
Sushumna Yoga is located in the beautiful village of Assagao, just a short distance away from Vagator beach.