Body Symphonies 300 Hour Yoga Teacher and Practitioner TrainingCourse Content
Classical Yoga is taught alongside somatic awareness, movement and sound. In the 300-hour course we will also look at how to teach safely and with compassion. We will study philosophy and anatomy and physiology, mainly in the context of the work. We will cover how to teach, advise and correct, while reflecting on what seems to work (or not) and the reasons why that may be. The more the course unfolds, the more your own enquiries will create the ground from which we will progress.
We will devote part of the training to looking at what most commonly shows up in a class, ranging from organisational considerations to injuries and some ways to address them. A key element is understanding the creative ways to support someone in a pose, enabling you to adapt your teaching to the individual. You will learn how to discern who in class is the person who needs you to assist the most and why that is, and how to offer help in different forms.
- learn to get to know our own body and energy fields
- work with asanas, pranayama, bandhas and meditation, breath, movement, micromovements and spontaneous instinctual movement
- use the above to investigate in great depth the internal cavities of the abdomen, chest, throat and head as well as the feelings and sensations of our overall being
- draw our own map of what will inform our own awareness, self-knowledge, physiological, psychological, emotional, energetic and spiritual growth.
Assignments will be completed during the course between modules.
You will be expected to shadow 38 classes of at least an hour from different teachers. Annamaria will teach a regular Friday night class which you will be recommended to attend to shadow her.
Each participant will receive one to one mentorship every 6 weeks (the time frame may change depending on participant numbers).
You will be required to:
- continue your own practice
- undertake reflective journaling
- study in your own time
- attend classes
- in the second part of the course start practicing teaching a group of friends
- complete assignments given between modules
Teaching enquiries are addressed as a group as well as in the one to one mentorship/supervision sessions.
Contact time, including teaching and shadowing, will form at least 240 of the 300 hours.The Course Director
The Director of this teacher training course, Annamaria Sacco, started practising yoga in 1991. Annamaria created and successfully ran Yoga Stable in Edinburgh for sixteen years. Annamaria taught around 100 students per week in person for over fifteen years and has a wealth of teaching knowledge to share.
Annamaria trained and taught in the Iyengar System until 2020, under the main influence of Firooza Ali Razvi, with whom Annamaria studied regularly for 16 years. Over her time studying the Iyengar system Annamaria felt that what she was connecting with through the practice was simply Yoga. The years of discipline of deeply listening, honouring and reflecting, developed into a practice which is very deep, somatically informed, archetypal, instinctual, compassionate, open and forever curious. Annamaria taught regular classes to students of all ages and abilities, remedial yoga classes one to one, prenatal classes and post-natal mother and baby courses during these years.
Her deepest love lies in bringing the practice more fully into our lives, not only experiencing it on our mats. Annamaria chooses simplicity in exposition. She believes in sharing through experiential understanding, with depth and humour, while remaining steeped in openness and self-enquiry,Location
The Venue is Yoga, Collective. Studio 6.02 at St Margaret’s House, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh.
Snacks are provided during the course. Please bring your own lunch.Dates
14th 15th 16th October 2022
(FIFE RETREAT 29TH OCTOBER-3RD NOVEMBER -If you wish to join us.
Retreats – Body Symphonies )
11th 12th 13th November 2022
9th 10th 11th December 2022
7th 8th 9th January 2023
11th 12th 13th March 2023
8th 9th 10th April 2023
22nd 23rd 24th April 2023
6th 7th 8th May 2023
3rd 4th 5th June 2023
1st 2nd 3rd July 2023
8-9th 10th September 2023
Graduation : 24th September 2023
Deposit of £440 in advance, 10 instalments of £ 246 from 1st October 2022 to 1st July 2023.Pre requisites
There are two possible outcomes from this course. You may call it level 1 and 2
If you wish to take the course for your understanding and not necessarily to become a teacher, then all you need is a deep interest, and some practice behind you and you will get a lot out of the course in terms of all of the above. That would be you choosing level 1 for yourself. You take the principles and apply them to your practice and your life.
If you wish to add this course to your teaching qualification, so you take the teaching qualification-level 2- this course has been attended by 200-hour qualified yoga teachers who wished to deepen their understanding of asanas, themselves in their teaching voice, how to correct and support better from a deeper understanding of the work, and more. It has also been attended by
- Iyengar yoga intermediate practitioners
- Practitioners with a well-established, long-standing and regular practice in another form of yoga
- Students who have been attending classes with Annamaria regularly for a number of years.
To complete the teaching part, the requirements also include you teaching for the second part of the course, regularly attending the Friday night class and the shadowing of other teachers, complete all assignments and one to one. Student teacher insurance is available and will be discussed separately.