THREE-YEAR CURRICULUM (2017-2020)

Curriculum of the first, second and third year of the teacher training programme at Yoga Academy Maastricht.

Each year consists of: 10 weekends, from September up until June, with classes from 10.30-18.00 (approx. 120 hours of classes), and a 4-day intensive between Christmas and the New Year (a total of 24 hours);
And following additional yoga classes, at least 2 hours per week (totaling at least 106 hours per year).

YEAR I
(approx. 250 hours of classes in total)

Objective: deepening your own yoga practice and its theoretical basis.
Contents: asanas, pranayama (focus on the first syllabus), philosophy, anatomy, physiology.
Time frame: 10 weekends, from September up until June.

Saturdays and Sundays*
10.30-13.30 asana
13.30-15.00 lunch break
15.00-16.00 philosophy or anatomy
16.00-18.00 asana
* the Sunday classes may start earlier, in order to finish earlier (for example from 9.30-17.00)
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Philosophy
· Historical overview
· (Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Tantrism)
· Sanskrit basic terms
End-of-year test
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Anatomy and physiology
Part 1
a)
general anatomy: cells, tissues, joints
b) anatomy of the locomotor system - muscles and joints of the spine, muscles of the abdomen

Part 2
a) muscles of the shoulder girdle and the shoulder joint
b) muscles of the upper arm and muscle groups of the forearm
End-of-year test
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In-depth study of approx. 45 asanas and approx. 6 pranayama techniques
End-of-year test: discussion session

YEAR II
(approx. 250 hours of classes in total)

Objective: deepening your own yoga practice and its theoretical basis.
Contents: asanas, pranayama (focus on the second syllabus), philosophy, anatomy, physiology.
Time frame: 10 weekends, from September up until June.

Saturdays and Sundays*
10.30-13.30 asana
13.30-15.00 lunch break
15.00-16.00 philosophy or anatomy
16.00-18.00 asana
* the Sunday classes may start earlier, in order to finish earlier (for example from 9.30-17.00)
End-of-year test
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Philosophy
· Patanjali Yoga Sutras
· Hatha Yoga Pradipika
· B.K.S. Iyengar’s biography, and a philosophical approach of Iyengar Yoga (‘Light on Life’)
· Sanskrit basic terms
End-of-year test
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Anatomy and physiology
Part 1
a) anatomy of the locomotor system - joints of the lower extremities: pelvis, hip, knee, ankle
b) anatomy and function of the hip and thigh muscles
c) anatomy and function of the lower leg muscles

Part 2
a) abdominal organs and digestive system
b) thoracic organs (heart and lungs), circulatory and respiratory systems
End-of-year test
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In-depth study of approx. 45 asanas and approx. 7 pranayama techniques
End-of-year test and discussion session.

YEAR III
(approx. 250 hours of classes in total)

The art of teaching
In the last year of the programme, the emphasis is on learning how to teach yoga.

Objective: deepening and strengthening your own yoga practice, acquiring the principles of teaching, acquiring the methodological, didactic and pedagogical skills
Contents: the basic principles of teaching (methodology, didactics, pedagogy) asanas/pranayama.

Philosophy, anatomy, physiology
Strengthening your own practice
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Principles of teaching:
• methodology
• pedagogy
• didactics
• rhetoric
• expert knowledge
• yoga-specific first-aid course
• observing and adjusting
• teaching
• using props for instance in case of menstruation, knee problems, high blood pressure and pregnancy.
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Preparing for the exam; final exam at the end of the year.