Pre-Training Assignments

There are four pre-training reading assignments and required spiritual commentaries for the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training. Each spiritual commentary should be submitted before or on the first day of training and must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Length: one paragraph, no longer than 250 words
2. Font: Arial or Times New Roman, 10 point, single-spaced, not in bold
3. Print the title of the book or Focus of the Month essay immediately above your paragraph commentary for that book
4. Print ALL commentaries one after the other on one single sheet of plain 8.5 x 11 paper (or the closest standard size for international students), double-sided; if you cannot print double-sided, then print all commentaries on no more than two sheets of paper, stapled together
5. Include your name on the top of the page, or if using two pages, then on the top of each page
6. DO NOT include plastic folders, fancy clips, or anything extra with your commentaries; commentaries should be submitted as one single sheet of paper (or at most two, if you cannot print double-sided)
7. Please retain a copy for your own records

Spiritual commentaries can be submitted in person on the first day of training or mailed to Omega Institute, Attn: Jivamukti Training Coordinator, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Please do not mail your commentaries to Omega unless you are sure they will arrive before the first day of training.

All the books are available from jivamuktiyoga.com/shop. Call 212.353.0214, ext. 0, for more information.

Bring book #1 (Jivamukti Yoga) with you to Omega for the course. You do not need to bring the other books or the Focus of the Month essay.

Required Reading Assignments and Spiritual Commentaries

1. Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life 
Read the whole book and write one paragraph describing something you learned from the book. Write your commentary as if it were to be given as a spiritual teaching in a yoga class you would teach. The purpose of the exercise is to see that you have read the book and have reflected on it. Do not use direct quotations from the book or from any other source, except, at most, a very brief phrase if absolutely necessary to make your point.
2. Yoga and Vegetarianism by Sharon Gannon 
Read the whole book and write one paragraph describing something you learned from the book. Write your commentary as if it were to be given as a spiritual teaching in a yoga class you would teach. The purpose of the exercise is to see that you have read the book and have reflected on it. Do not use direct quotations from the book or from any other source, except, at most, a very brief phrase if absolutely necessary to make your point.
3. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda OR The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami by Radhanath Swami 
Read the whole book (either one) and write one paragraph describing something you learned from the book. Write your commentary as if it were to be given as a spiritual teaching in a yoga class you would teach. The purpose of the exercise is to see that you have read the book and have reflected on it. Do not use direct quotations from the book or from any other source, except, at most, a very brief phrase if absolutely necessary to make your point.
4. Jivamukti Yoga Focus of the Month Essay
Choose one Focus of the Month essay posted at jivamuktiyoga.com from the current or immediately preceding calendar year. Read the essay carefully and write a one paragraph commentary on it. Write your commentary as if it were to be given as a spiritual teaching in a yoga class you would teach. The purpose of the exercise is to see that you have read the essay and reflected on it. Do not use direct quotations from the essay or any other source, except, at most, a very brief phrase if absolutely necessary to make your point.