Our Philosophy behind the 200HR Teacher Training
8 Limbs - why the name?
In our experience of participating in and training new teachers, often time in more contemporary yoga studios the 8 limbs are not treated in equal parts to asana (physical postures), anatomy and creation of classes.
It is our vision to help new yoga teachers understand the total embodiment of yoga, that creates practitioners we can draw on 7 limbs of yoga as a practice not asana alone.
When we have an understanding of teaching the 7 limbs of yoga and practicing them as part of an holistic pallet to choose from, the benefits are increased, not only anatomically and mentally but also energetically. This creates practitioners that understand the autonomy and independent nature of a yoga journey as well as the community of yoga. For example to practice asana everyday is not treating the whole system or preparing students for deeper connections in meditation. Also for example, practicing and teaching pranayama enables both students and teachers to benefit from increased prana and energy levels which improves your ability to each and for students directly improves understanding and awareness within asana.
Lineage-based yoga will often include these practices of pranayama, sense-withdrawal, concentration and meditation alongside asana, because then we are working with the entire eco system of the body.
In more recent times we are seeing yoga goals being of deeper and deeper advanced asana and whilst this isn’t wrong it can also be a diversion, because, put crudely and honestly, you simply do not have to have an advanced asana practice to have a advanced meditation practice. So why make the goal of yoga more illusive and difficult for people?
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga is extremely accessible, not only as a physical practice but as a way of life. We aim to make that obvious, but teaching teachers the way that we ran our studios, with all elements for all characteristics and human attributes.
The Vedas knew human beings or were seeking the larger questions in live fell intro 4 key attributes: Jnana yogis - those of the mind, Rajaj yogis, those of meditation, Karma yogis - those who serve others and Bhakti yogis, those who celebrate devotion of the Supreme.
We may be a combination of the above but our main tendencies of practices will be leaning towards one or more depending on where we are in life.
Cessation of the mind can be achieve in a myriad of yoga systems: Laya Yoga, Sound to Silence, Hatha Yoga - creating alignment of the body/mind, Tantra Yoga, using the world to find the Supreme.
Our teacher training uses these varying methods in applied practices and teaching so that our teachers leave know that if someone comes to them to find peace, they have an entire tool kit to choose from, not just varying ways of practicing asana.
Firmly rooted in Philosophy
Yoga is the ‘how’, but what about the ‘why’ and the ‘what’?
When we teach the Vedic origins of yoga, we set the scene of the ‘why of yoga science’ we draw on the Vedanta philosophy that surrounds it as well as its history.
We do not only use the 8 Fold path of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, but also its place and time in history, culture and topography.
We help foundational yoga teachers understand why and how and what these teachings are outlaying to us. They have opened the door to the path we are on today. Why we are here and how yoga is accessible even today for one path to inner freedom, even now.
‘8 Limbs’ 200Hr Training as a Teaching Modality for Meditation
The 7 limbs of yoga (lets leave Samadhi for a moment) can be a practiced for life taken in isolation or as a collective. At the centre is meditation, sitting in a comfortable position communing. The cessation of the mind happens here, not before you sit, as you learn to sit.
This can for some of us require new levels of understanding, bravery, pioneering attitudes and ability to discern and commit to new habits.
Like a child learns to walk before they can walk, before their legs are straight and their muscles have built up totally in order for the ability of walking to happen, so we should learn to sit and practice meditation in order for the increased possibility of meditation to occur.
Samadhi is not the losing of yourself or annihilation of the ego, it is a connection with the Supreme intelligence, God or Consciousness - that which connects all things and is higher/greater than yourself. It is the singularity from which everything comes from.
If is not less you, it is the truth of you. You will not disappear, you will have realised.
The great Paramahansa’s are not characterless, they are both equally in divine intelligence and in the world - total - 1008. That is why Paramahansa means Swan. Equally both.
We don’t pertain to scare mongering, the goal of yoga is very real and very achievable.
In world were we measure and set goals by worldly successes, maybe this would be an alternative choice for some?
The question I am most asked is how do you teach how you teach? I say the same to everyone, it is to understand the room, the individual and the collective, the person in front of you. It is the removing of your own desires as much as possible so that you can see what is needed.
My only reason for teaching 200Hr training is so that as many people as possible see how easy the method of yoga is. And if you practice even the smallest amount of these methods with the tiniest consistency of intention, you will see the benefits.
And you will see for yourself. Do not take my word for it, ever.
Yoga is a science of seeing is knowing and believing. Its is the how of Vedanta.
Find out for yourself.
FIND YOUR FREEDOM
8 LIMBS 200 YTT
Each limb is regarded as a practice inside of itself and each affects the other. Meditation is the doorway to true and lasting happiness.