Introductory Modules by Health Care Topic

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review = each module begins w/ the 3 great qualities, 5 elements, 3 organizations, 20 qualities

  • A101 ayurveda 2h (20h) | intro | 5 elements, 3 organizations, 20 qualities

  • A102 ayurveda 2h (20h) | daily routine | daily routine (extra -> weekly, monthly, seasonal routines), teach nasya/neti, gargle oil/saline

  • A103 ayurveda 2h (20h) | baseline constitution - prakrti | body types, emotional types, pulse basics

  • A104 ayurveda 2h (20h) | current condition - vikrti | physical signs, emotional signs, climate, diet worst offenders

  • A105 ayurveda 2h (20h) | seasons | seasons, age, time of day

  • A106 ayurveda 2h (20h) | 6 tastes | theory, taste examples, how tastes affect doshas, seasonal + climate examples of how to adjust diet and cooking

  • A107 ayurveda 2h (20h) | breathing 5 vayus | 5 inner movements, breathing techniques and effects on doshas

  • A108 ayurveda 2h (20h) | subtle anatomy | cakras, bija mantras, bodywork, kundalini, ida, pingala, sushumna, bandha,

  • A109 ayurveda 2h (20h) | healthy vegetarian cooking | how to make kichari (healthy beans), ghee, yogurt, how to pop seeds, how to use a pressure cooker

  • A110 ayurveda 2h (20h) | female healthy monthly routine | healthy attitude toward menses, doshas and PMS, hot water bottle, mud treatments, exfoliation / ovulation, cervical mucous, basal temperature, food cravings

  • A111 ayurveda 2h (20h) | abhyanga - self-massage | include dry brushing, massage oils/techniques by body type, important areas for each body type, have products for sale


review = each module begins w/ bones, muscles of a region

  • B101 bodywork 2h (30h) | touch of respect | finding a boundary = line up across from each other and take 1 step forward with eye contact; listening to CS rhythm with hand on leg; speaking up around pressure and placement of hands

  • B102 bodywork 2h (30h) | acupressure basics | how to listen energetically (establish good physical connection, penetrate, back off and be magnetic); neck and shoulder release

  • B103 bodywork 2h (30h) | acupressure low back | hand holds, finger holds, lower back release flow

  • B104 bodywork 2h (30h) | acupressure meridians | expanded neck and shoulder release

  • B105 bodywork 2h (30h) | thai seated | palm press, stretches, feet->back

  • B106 bodywork 2h (30h) | thai prone | palm press, stretches, knees->butt

  • B107 bodywork 2h (30h) | thai supine | palm press, stretches, face work

  • B108 bodywork 2h (30h) | ayurveda oil neck, head, scalp | working together with recipient (press against glide), oils for types

  • B109 bodywork 2h (30h) | ayurveda oil abdominal | gradually increasing depth, working with breath, palpating organs

  • B110 bodywork 2h (30h) | ayurveda oil feet, calves | intro to foot reflexology

  • B111 bodywork 2h (30h) | yoga postures + massage | shavaasana adjustments

  • B112 bodywork 2h (30h) | yoga postures + massage | bodywork in passive postures: cat stretch, plow, forearms up the wall, forward bend

  • B113 bodywork 2h (30h) | yoga postures + massage | bodywork in passive postures: supported fish, supported bridge, legs up the wall

  • B114 bodywork 2h (30h) | subtle body | cakra handholds from manual and acupressure book

  • B115 bodywork 2h (30h) | subtle body | intro to craniosacral therapy


review = each module begins w/ the 10 yama-niyama in sanskrit+english

  • C101 conduct 0.5h (20h) | yama | review of the 5 yama and weekly journaling

  • C102 conduct 0.5h (20h) | niyama | review of the 5 niyama and weekly journaling

  • C103 communication. 0.5h (20h) | NVC intro | 4 step technology: observe, feel, need, request; using I statements; clarifying language choices

  • C104 communication 0.5h (20h) | NVC practice | listening only

  • C105 communication. 0.5h (20h) | NVC practice | self-empathy

  • C106 communication 0.5h (20h) | NVC practice | ask for empathy = share upsetting event with neutral person

  • C107 communication. 0.5h (20h) | NVC practice | use NVC to share when life has been enriched

  • C108 core admonitions 2h (20h) | identify core patterns | intro to core admonitions as a limiting operating system to transcend, separate mother/father learning, review of the long list and idenitifying the 10 worst

  • C109 core admonitions 2h (20h) | release, replace core patterns | technology for releasing and replacing, on one's own, with a mentor

  • C110 ethics 2h (20h) | teacher-student relationship | navigating safe boundaries in teaching yoga, using yama-niyama as a guide to modeling how to live

  • C111 yoga nidraa 1.5h (20h) | yoga nidraa | conscious deep relaxation, self-evaluation, taking personal inventory, resetting of priorities, often scheduled with the new moon


review = each module begins w/ the "build energy, refine energy, go into the subtle energy", and introduce alternate nostril as sub for contraindications for build/mobilize energy techniques

  • M101 breathing 0.5h (15h) | breathing | techinques (covered in detail in ayurveda) to be taught in order from gross to subtle

  • M102 meditation 0.5-2h (15h) | meditation | longer meditations to have chanting/reading gaps at 30m

  • M103 chanting 2h (15h) | chanting | chanting workshops in English, Sanskrit, Spanish or native tongue


review = each module begins w/ the sanskrit alphabet, 8 anga, 5 kosha, 5 minds, Yoga Sutras 1,2,3,4,12

  • P100 philosophy 1.25h (10h) | satsanga | questions and answers with teacher trainer

  • P101 philosophy 2h (10h) | 5 minds + saangkhya + yoga scriptures | full description with examples of each of the 5 mind vesels, a full description of saangkhya, examples from each yoga scripture

  • P102 philosophy 2h (10h) | 5 layers, 8 limbs | detailed description and practices for each

  • P103 philosophy 2h (10h) | affirmation, prayers, chanting | detailed description and practices for each, each creates a safe place for the mind and clearly sets a boundary - protecting us from the material world

  • P104 philosophy 2h (10h) | YS ch. 1 intro | covering the sutras in the manual

  • P105 sanskrit 2h (10h) | sound for inner experience | 5 mouth positions, tones/marks, bija mantra

  • P106 sanskrit 2h (10h) | alphabet | covering all sounds, elemental correspondences, lots of practice making the different sounds

  • P107 sanskrit 2h (10h) | yoga sutras, chants, prayers | sanskrit as a gateway to the Divine, teaching the chants listed in the manual and any popular songs, if songs are in English - teach how sanskrit helps distinguish english (long tone e, o, ai, au... resonant sounds m, n)


review = each module begins w/ the intake form's most importants, and the reminder to give 1-2 homework items max so that a client can feel success at the program initially

  • T101 teaching individuals 1-on-1; 2h (5h) | overview of 1-1 teach | intake form, goals, concerns, most important questions, assessment, homework, using studio resources

  • T102 teaching individuals 1-on-1; 2h (5h) | adapting tools to individuals | adapt the entire level 1 flow to an individual student's needs, including modifying, omitting, substituting and enhancing poses

  • T103 teaching individuals 1-on-1; 2h (5h) | building a home/work practice | breathing + postures for individual needs, 5-10 min daily practice


review = each module begins w/ the 4 stages of teaching, who is where?, and the 3 kinds of assists (if someone is at stage 4)

  • TL101 teaching lab 2h (45h) | 4 stages of teaching, 3 kinds of assists | to be repeated each week with each participant being asked what stage they are at, and evaluating that stage

YOGA LAB (45h)

review = each module begins w/ the 3 focal points, 7 loops, muscular/expressive energy, 3 kinds of assists

  • YL101 yoga lab 2h (45h) | setting space to practice, beginning class | altar, preparing to teach, mat spacing, lead from front+side, teach from back, use experienced students as models, temperature, drop-in class vs. pre-registration, voice quality, counting, lighting, music should not distract, pacing (when to teach all poses in 60m, how to modify if needed, how many breaths in each pose), welcome, double breath with tension, invocation, OM

  • YL102 yoga lab 2h (45h) | alignment basics | Learn about the balance of strength <-> flexibility in yoga posture practice. Explore muscle energy, expressive energy, 3 focal points (roots of poses), 7 body segments, the inner spiral, and the outer spiral of the legs.

  • YL103 yoga lab 2h (45h) | assist basics | 3 kinds of touch: stabilize the base, light touch for awareness, enhancing the key action; how to approach students, how to communicate during assists, chip use

  • YL104 yoga lab 2h (45h) | basic warm ups | supine knees to chest -> leads into abdominal curls, rotate around sacrum, moving spinal twist, rock+roll, cat-cow, extended cat-cow, cobra w. no hands, moving grasshopper, extended cat stretch

  • YL105 yoga lab 2h (45h) | strengthening warm ups | plank, downward dog, lunge, side plank, spiral twist

  • YL106 yoga lab 2h (45h) | standing crescent moon series | side bend (1 arm, 2 arms, versions hold head, lift opposite leg); back bend; forward bend

  • YL107 yoga lab 2h (45h) | standing chair pose series | chair, balancing chair, rotated chair (extra -> knees together balancing chair, 1 leg chair, rotated crow)

  • YL108 yoga lab 2h (45h) | standing hips>front | teach rooting the legs through the pelvis in the front plane: lunge, warrior 1, tracking in front plane, stretch the flank (held version of tracking), finish with wide legged forward bend for symmetrical end. [extra -> rotated lunge, rotated triangle, balancing rotated side cross]

  • YL109 yoga lab 2h (45h) | standing hips>side | teach rooting the legs through the pelvis in the side plane: tracking in side plane (moving triangle), warrior 2, extended triangle, finish with wide legged forward bend and versions for symmetrical end. [extra -> extended side angle, side cross (balancing half moon)]

  • YL110 yoga lab 2h (45h) | standing balancing | column, moving column, airplane, balancing stick, tree

  • YL111 yoga lab 2h (45h) | supine | wind removing pose 1 leg, both; 1 leg series straight, wide, crossover; ab curls, crossovers, rock and roll, moving spinal twist (extra -> starfish, leg figure 8s, leg lifts, roll ups)

  • YL112 yoga lab 2h (45h) | side bends | teach spinal lateral flexion and help explore the differences in the sides of the body (like liver/spleen): crescent moon standing side bends, side lying with leg lifts, side bend in cat stretch, side bend in wide legged forward bend, (Extra -> gate latch , rotated head to knee

  • YL113 yoga lab 2h (45h) | prostrate back bends | strengthen the posterior core muscles, stretch the front body and place weight (encouraging movement) on the assimilation/elimination organs, and emphasize the inhale: cobra variations (no hands, regular, wide- legged), grasshopper (moving variations hands on sacrum, hands clasped behind back, arms over head), strengthening on the diagonal (alternate arm/leg lifts while prostate), bow

  • YL114 yoga lab 2h (45h) | hips | rock the baby, cradle the baby, figure 4, head to knee, hero, (extra -> preparation for 1 legged pigeon with knee and hip down, windshield wiper, one foot up the wall for deep lunge, reclined hero, preparing legs for seated spinal twist without twisting, one legged version of cow face pose, cow face pose, stacking shins)

  • YL115 yoga lab 2h (45h) | floor forward bends | emphasize spinal flexion and the exhale: head to knee (jAnushirshAsana) with figure 4 as alternate, bound angle, star, wide legged forward bend, stretching the backside pose (paschimottAnAsana)

  • YL116 yoga lab 2h (45h) | other back bends | crescent lunge, camel, bridge (variations moving drawbridge, elbows down with hands up, clasped hands, feet on wall), fish, supported fish, moving stretching front pose

  • YL117 yoga lab 2h (45h) | twists | teach the deep cleansing from rotation through the spinal column: seated spinal twist with 1 leg straight (explore arm positions), seated spinal twist (extra -> moving reclined twist with knees bent and small rotations, full reclined twist (bent top knee or both knees bent)

  • YL118 yoga lab 2h (45h) | completing a practice | kapaalabhaati, alternate nostril, bringing class to the next level - breathing techniques, chants, prayers, affirmations, readings

  • YL119 yoga lab 2h (45h) | final relaxation | variations on shavAsana: bent knees, hands on belly, eye pillows, supported wrists, feet up wall, side lying with pillows, belly lying with hands under face and feet supported; teachers assists: using lotion on neck and shoulders, face acupressure for sinuses, endless hand, fallen leaf for legs/low back

  • YL120 yoga lab 2h (45h) | pregnancy modifications | alternate limb cat-cow (extend/flex)+(adduct/abduct), pelvis awareness/hold the baby in all standing poses, wide leg forward bends, use wall for balancing (no falls), no belly backbends, wide twists

  • YL121 yoga lab 2h (45h) | chair modifications | follow the flow - modify when possible, skip when needed, get out of chair as much as possible - it is there to try and get out of eventually if possible

  • YL122 yoga lab 2h (45h) | prop use | blocks, straps, chairs, walls (hands up the wall, 1 foot up the wall, chest opening in warrior 1 with an arm back), when to use, how to demonstrate as a teacher - in sight line of class

  • YL123 yoga lab 2h (45h) | sequencing | review the basics of how to structure a general attendance class: examples from levels 1-2-3 for different movement capacity and pace; sequencing of classes of poses - warm-ups, standing, floor; review the level 1 flow and describe how the postures prepare for each other or are counter postures to each other; give assignment for students to design 5 minute at work flow using 5 poses for a specific region (example: shoulder stiffness: 1) extended cat/cow emphasizing different hand use, 2) extended cat with hands in prayer and elbows lifted, 3) stretching the wing, 4) crescent moon series with hand on head for side bends, 5) standing forward bend with hands clasped behind back

  • YL124 yoga lab 2h (45h) | inversions | legs up the wall/chair, standing wide-legged forward fold focus on inversion with chin squeeze, supported shoulder stand, plow supported

  • YL125 yoga lab 2h (45h) | developing arm strength |downward dog, forearm downward dog, dolphin, downward dog lifting one arm/one arm and opposite leg, half-handstand

  • YL126 yoga lab 2h (45h) |joint exercises standing + seated | ankle rotations, knee rotations, hip rotations, hip abduction, irish dancing hip external rotation, long lunge steps, shoulder width stance with arm swinging spinal twist, abdominal clearing in/out, abdominal clearing waves, big arm circling from the shoulders, neck rotations with low tension

  • (continued) | joint exercises seated |ankle/toes extend/grab and flex/spread, ankle rotations, knee/hip flex and extend, hip rotations holding 1 foot, butterfly abduction/adduction, lower back twist with breath, cactus/rock spinal extension/flexion, shoulder rotations touching shouldes w/ thumbs, elbow extension/flexion, wrist/fingers extend/spread and flex/touch all fingers toward soft forearm, wrist rotations with arms parallel to ground, neck rotations, neck lateral stretch, throat opening/squeezing

  • YL127 yoga lab 1h (45h) | t’ai chi basics | arm swings in horse stance, arm circling in 70/30 stance, universal post - separating the weight and prAna- vyAna, beginning move, horse stance with wrists crossed and breathing/contracting into my eggshell; short Yang form to the 4 directions