Curriculum

The following is a breakdown of all coursework for the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training.

Techniques and Practice of Jivamukti Yoga (48 hours)
Learn teaching basics and how to teach two full Jivamukti Yoga class sequences (practice and memorization); learn how to teach asanas, kriyas, meditation, and chanting; and learn how to teach mixed level or “open” classes.

Basic Sanskrit Alphabet (16 hours)
Learn the Sanskrit alphabet in Devanagari script. You will be able to read and pronounce Sanskrit words, as well as some grammar, and you will explore the role of Sanskrit in a yoga practice.

Teaching Methodology (38 hours)
Learn the Jivamukti Yoga teaching method; the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga, and the 14 requirements of Jivamukti Yoga open classes; adjustments and assists for standing poses, forward bends, twists, back bends, inversions, and balances; the art of sequencing, energetics of assists, and vinyasa krama; ethics of teaching yoga, including the types of teachers and students; and how to teach Jivamukti Yoga sequences.

Anatomy and Physiology (12 hours)
This includes the basics of skeletal, muscular, respiratory, nervous, and cardiovascular systems; injury and recovery; and esoteric anatomy, including chakras, nadis, prana, granthi, and bandha.

Scripture, Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle (23 hours)
This includes basic philosophy, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, karma, and seven Bhumikas.

Pranayama Principles and Practice (5 hours)
This includes the principles and theory of pranayama, practical training in samavritti, and visamavritti pranayama, including teaching methods.

Group Practicum (12 hours)
This includes class observation and transcriptions focusing on adjustment, sequencing, theme, and music.

Small Group Peer Review and Practicum (17 hours)
These are classes that you teach in a small group setting to hone your skills. This includes oral presentation skills and student teaching, as well as observing and assisting in classes taught by others.

Satsang (83 hours)
Satsang combines many of the subjects of the course, including chanting, meditation, japa and mantra, nada yoga and music, community responsibility, ahimsa, veganism, animal rights and environmental activism, philosophy, and practical skills for conducting satsang. 24 hours will be spent in the Ecstatic Chant weekend. Course quizzes, including a midterm and final test, are conducted as part of satsang.

Daily Homework (20 hours)
Each day includes a homework quiz to be completed and checked by the student’s mentor.

Prerequisite Spiritual Commentaries (64 hours)
Prior to attendance, three books and one essay must be read and a commentary must be written on each.

Total Hours
Total contact hours for course work (254 hours)
Total non-contact homework and prerequisites (84 hours)
Total hours for certification (338 hours)