YTT | Santa Cruz California: Syllabus

Alchemy of Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Program

200-Hour Program: EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR, ETHER  
1. EARTH: Foundation – Rooting into Self and Manifestation (Chakra 1, East)
2. WATER: Emotional Alchemy – Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility (Chakra 2, West)
3. FIRE: Physical Alchemy – Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance (Chakra 3, South)
4. AIR: Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness (Chakra 4, North)
5. ETHER/SPACE: Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite (Chakra 5&7, Omnidirectional)


Initiation into Truth (Satya)
The Four Agreements
Alchemy of Yoga: How to Live an INSPIRED Life
Alchemy as a Map of Transformation
Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility
How + Why Does Alchemy of Yoga Work?

EARTH: Manifestation 

Alchemy of EARTH Element
Nature Mandalas
Freedom from Fear
Shadow Work
Ethical Guidelines, Your Kula – Your Way
Greatness and Living Honorably Like a Hero & Heroine
Power of Manifestation
Applying the Philosophy of Yoga to Life
Mentoring: One on One Life Coaching

WATER: Creation

Alchemy of the Water Element
Water Rituals
Body Love
What is Yoga? Spiritual Happiness
Svadhyaya of Possibility
Intention as Your Mission Statement
Dharma as Your Vision Statement
Vision Boards & Dream Journaling
The 5 Koshas

FIRE: Ignition (Tapas)

Alchemy of the Fire Element
Fire Ritual + Recapitulation
Introduction to Movement
· General Principles of Poses
· Intrinsic & Extrinsic Movement
· Bandhas
· Somatics
· The Neuroscience of Yoga
Sun Salutations: Surya Namaskar A, B, C
Moon Salutations & Mandala Namaskars, Dancing Warriors
Asana Alchemy: 60 Fundamental Poses Techniques, Benefits, Purpose
Standing Poses:
· Anatomy & Physiology: Feet, Ankles, Legs, Pelvic Floor
· Chakra Focus: 1st
Forward Folds + Seated Poses
· Anatomy & Physiology: Hips + Legs, Integration
· Chakra Focus: 1st + 2nd
Hips + Twists
· Anatomy & Physiology: Abdomen, Hips
· Chakra Focus: 2nd + 3rd
Shoulder Openers/Backbends:
· Anatomy & Physiology: Head, Neck, Shoulders, Front + Back Body
· Chakra Focus: 4th + 5th
Core Cultivation/Inversions/Arm Balances
· Anatomy & Physiology: Abdomen, Arms, Integration
· Chakra Focus: 3rd, 6th, 7th
Anatomy – Physical Alchemy
· Muscles and Bones
· Special Health Conditions
Anatomy – Mental Alchemy
· Stress Response & Relaxation Response
· Restorative Poses, Therapeutics, Gentle Yoga

AIR: Edification (Svadhyaya)

Alchemy of the Air Element

Yoga History: Lineages
Alchemy of The Yoga Sutras from Pantajali
· Alchemy of Yamas
· Alchemy of Niyamas
· Alchemy of Balance
· Alchemy of Happiness

Breathing (Pranayama) Techniques & Guidelines
· Prana Vayus

Meditation Techniques & Guidelines

Ayurveda Philosophy and Concepts
· Daily Routines (Dinacharya)
· Lifestyle Guidelines for Balanced Living
· Dosha Summaries
· Yoga of Eating: Ayurvedic Diet and Food Plans

Energetic Anatomy & Chakras
· Psychology of Yoga: The Chakra System

ETHER/SPACE: Liberation (Ishvara Pranidhana)

Alchemy of the Ether Element
The Psychologically Healthy Teacher
· Teaching as Art, Skill, & Service
· Self-Talk: Staying Inspired as a Teacher
· Teacher Mission Statement

The Psychologically Sound Classroom
· Teaching to the Heart of the Student
· Creating a Safe & Sacred Space
· Assessment of Class Energy, Mood, Style
· The Essence of Great Teaching
· Teacher & Student Relationship
· Honoring the Sacred Seat of the Teacher
· Ethical Relationships & Boundaries

Alchemy of Communication:
· Learning Sanskrit & Becoming Bilingual in Sanskrit
· Languaging: Passive & Active Instruction; Affirmative language
· Linking Words

Creating Themes:
· Drawing Inspiration
· How to Theme in Psychologically Healthy Way
· How to Guide Students to Their Own Experience Through Theming
· Teaching a Theme Based Class
· Revisiting Languaging Based on Theme
· Musical Awareness: How to Enhance your Theme Through Music

Wave Theory and Choreography:
· Wave Theory: Use of Stages, Kramas, Layering for Multiple Peaks
· Vinyasa Krama Choreography & Wave Theory Application
· The Art of Sequencing for Vinyasa Flow: Palette for Sequencing
· Mini Vinyasas, Rhythmic Vinyasa, Pulsation
· Transitions & Pausing
· Beginning & Ending a Class
· Pacing & Demonstrations
· Sample Sequence Formats & The Language of Movement
· Revisit Living Your Yoga: Embodying the Practice, Applying Yoga to Your Life
· The Business of Yoga and Sustainability