Syllabus and Curriculum Yoga Teacher Training

How Does Alchemy of Yoga Work?

Ancient Alchemists, like their Yogi counterparts, saw all of creation as composed of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Through their meditations and explorations of these five elements, they created healing and transformative potions that unlocked many of the mysteries of the universe and therein contributed to the evolution of humankind. For us as Alchemist Yogis, our laboratory is our mat and the ingredients are our bodies, poses, breath, and thoughts. Mixing it all together changes your life. You are transformed into a Peace Leader, leading a Happiness Revolution and changing the world!

EARTH –Chakra 1 – Muladhara: To manifest our desires we must have strong roots within ourselves.

WATER – Chakra 2 – Svadhisthana: We tap into our limitless potential to create our dreams and desires.

FIRE – Chakra 3 – Manipura: We ignite the fire of our burning desires and dreams through action.

AIR – Chakra 4 – Anahata: Our inner wisdom becomes available to us when we open the heart and surrender to love, gently releasing what is no longer in alignment with our hearts.

ETHER – Chakra 5 – Vishudha: Communicating to the universe our wisdom learned from the heart with clarity and truth. To open the heart and surrender to love we must have a strong knowing of our truth.

Chakra 6 – Ajna: We open the third eye in order to sink back as the observer of our being. As we observe with gentle awareness, all negative thoughts and egoistic tendencies dissolve and we return back to stillness, happiness, and love. We surrender to the guidance of our inner wisdom and know that all the answers we seek lie within us.

Chakra 7 – Sahasrara: The flow of grace exists all around and flows through us from an open crown chakra. We become the embodiment of the Divine, a unique expression of consciousness, dwelling in our natural alchemy of love and peace


Curriculum

Yoga Technique, Training & Practice

100 hours

Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra

This is the largest portion of the curriculum, including morning meditation, followed by daily Asana practice. Early morning Satsang will always include a form of meditation, and will also often include various traditional yoga techniques, such as Mantra repetition. The daily Asana portion is typically a vigorous 90 minute Vinyasa Flow class.

 

Teaching Methodology

30 hours

Personal Development and Sacred Principles of Teaching

Yoga is defined as the study of the self, to the self, through the self. Alchemy of Yoga is dedicated to self-study through both modern and ancient forms of personal development. We wholeheartedly believe the best teachers are those who know themselves the best. Therefore, we offer you ways to unlearn the obstacles to your happiness, how to harness the power of manifestation, and tap into your greatest personal potential. Yes, demonstrating, assisting, and adjusting students is certainly covered. But we also cover how to hold space for others, how to honor the sacred seat of the teacher, and the Alchemy of Communication from our highest selves using Non Violent Communication techniques (NVC). Our program is specifically geared help you discover your authentic voice.

 

Anatomy & Physiology

25 hours

Both Physical & Energetic Anatomy

Alchemy of Yoga anatomical education is more than just learning about muscles and bones. You’ll learn about practical theories and how to apply them to real-life. We cover both the human physical anatomy (skeletal, muscular, respiratory, & cardiovascular systems) as well as energetic anatomy (prana, chakras, nadis, bandhas). There is a specific emphasis on understanding Ayurveda and it’s powerful role in promoting the Alchemy of Balance and Happiness in your life.

 

Yoga Philosophy & Ethics

30 hours

From The Yoga Sutras to Modern-Day Mindfulness

Alchemy of Yoga has a non-traditional approach to Yoga Philosophy. Expect a healthy dialogue on key concepts from The Yoga Sutras as well as modern day philosophy and Positive Psychology. We are dedicated to presenting key traditional philosophical concepts, such as Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism). We will also explore ethical relationships and boundaries and what it means to be a psychologically healthy teacher. You will learn techniques about how to guide students to their own experience and be self-led through a non-authoritarian approach, and mindfulness practice as it relates to the business of being a yoga teacher.

 

Practicum

20 hours

Practice Teaching

Based in Sacred Learning Methodology, we will use various learning techniques, trainees will practice teaching in a variety of settings & scenarios (including 1 on 1 and in small groups) from day 2. We utilize technology, for example, via video feedback, as another layer to the learning process. We require time spent in observation, reading and processing what this means to you. Most importantly we will give you the tools to Teach Peace.

 


 

Training Course Syllabus

Through the Alchemy of Yoga expressed in Yoga Sutra 2.1, we see and feel the interconnectedness of all people, creatures, nature, and energies. This natural alchemy serves as a guide as you embark upon the path of self-study:

  1. FOUNDATION: Introduction

Initiation into Truth, The Four Agreements, How to Live an Inspired Life, Alchemy as a Map of Transformation, How and Why Alchemy of Yoga Works

  1. EARTH: Manifestation – Rooting into Self

Freedom from Fear/Shadow Work, Ethical Guidelines, Greatness & Living Honorably, The Hero/Heroine’s Path, Power of Manifestation, Living Your Yoga

III. WATER: Tapping into Your Potential

Body Love, Spiritual Happiness, Svadhaya of Possibility, Intention & Dharma, Vision Boards & Dream Journaling, The Five Koshas, Intrinsic & Extrinsic Movement, Bandhas, Somatics, Energetic Anatomy, The Psychology of Yoga + The Chakra System

  1. FIRE: Discovering Your Optimal Performance

Recapitulation, Developing a Personal Practice, Sun Salutations, Dancing Warriors, Moon Salutations, Mandala Namaskars, General Principles of Poses (Purpose, Stages & Benefits), How to Teach a Pose Safely to All Levels of Students, Stress Response + Relaxation 101, Restorative Poses, Yoga Therapeutics, Anatomy – Muscles + Bones, The Neuroscience of Yoga

  1. AIR: Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness

Yoga History + Lineages, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Yamas & Niyamas, Alchemy of Balance + Happiness, Breathing (Pranayama), Meditation (Dhyana), Ayurveda, Dinacharya, Doshas + Guidelines for Balancing the Doshas, Nourishing the Physical Body + Ayurvedic Diet, Food Plans to Balance the Doshas

  1. ETHER: Transformation into Living and Teaching Yoga

The Psychologically Healthy Teacher, Teaching as Art, Skill, & Service, Staying Inspired as a Teacher, Teacher Mission Statement, 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, Languaging, Class Theme Preparation, How to Theme in a Psychologically Healthy Way, How to Guide Students to Their Own Experience, The Art of Sequencing Vinyasa Flow, Wave Theory & Choreography, The Business of Yoga & Sustainability

 


Alchemy of Yoga Syllabus Overview
Alchemical Experience Levels of Transformation Spiritual Focus Direction Chakra Element
Foundational Alchemy Rooting into Yourself and Manifestation Foundation East Chakra 1 Earth
Emotional Alchemy Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility Creation West Chakra 2 Water
Physical Alchemy Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance Ignition South Chakra 3 Fire
Mental Alchemy Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness Edification North Chakra 4 Air
Spiritual Alchemy Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite Liberation Omnidirectional Chakras 5, 6, 7 Ether

Note: With deep respect and honor: This program is enriched by many ancient teachings, not just yoga, it also draws from Joseph Campbell, Brene Brown, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Wayne Dyer, Shamanism, Ayurvedic studies, Mythology, and energy systems like the Chakras.


How This Program Meets Yoga Alliance Requirements for RYT-200 Hour Certification

Alchemy of Yoga takes great joy in maintaining integrity through alignment to the standards provided by Yoga Alliance. This program offers a complete 180 contact hours with sacred content as follows:

 

AREA OF FOCUS

 

YA REQUIREMENT

 

ALCHEMY OF YOGA PROVIDES

 

 

ALCHEMY OF YOGA TT PROGRAM DETAIL

 

Techniques – Pranayama, Asana, Meditation

 

 

100 hrs.

(75 contact min./

50 with lead trainer)

 

 

 

100+ hrs.

(85+ contact/

15 non-contact)

 

Asana Classes,

Earth, Fire, Ether

 

 

Teaching Methodology

 

 

25 hrs.

(15 contact min./

10 w/ lead trainer)

 

 

30+ hrs.

(25+ contact/

5 non-contact)

 

Online Module,

Fire, Ether

 

 

Anatomy & Physiology

 

20 hrs.

(10 contact min.)

 

 

25 hrs.

(20 contact/

5 non-contact)

 

Water, Fire, Ether
 

 

Philosophy, Ethics, Lifestyle

30 hrs.

(20 contact min.)

 

40+ hrs.

(35+ contact/

5 non-contact)

 

Foundation,

Earth, Water, Ether

 

Practicum

 

10 hrs.

(5 contact min./

5 with lead trainer)

 

 

10+ hrs.

(5+ contact/

5 non-contact)

 

Observations,

Practice + Assistant Teaching

 

 

Balance (Drawn from Above Categories)

 

15 hrs.  

 

15 hrs.

 

Graduation,

Reading + Homework

 

 

TOTAL HOURS 200 hours 220 hours  220 hours total

 

Contact Hours – Minimum Required 180 hours 180 hours

 


How to Meet Yoga Alliance Requirements for RYT-200 Hour Certification

GRADUATING: 99.99% of all trainees graduate and celebrate at the end of the program.

  1. Asana Classes: Participate in Practice Class sessions scheduled into the Teacher Training curriculum.
  1. Observations: Complete four hours of observation including: 1) Observe Silvia teaching a one-hour yoga class, 2) Observe a sunrise, 3) Observe a sunset, 4) Observe thoughts that arise during silent mealtime. To receive credit for these observations, please write a brief report detailing your observations and reflections (1-2 paragraphs each).
  1. Assistant Teaching: Complete one hour of assistant teaching with Silvia. To receive credit for assistant teaching, please write a brief report detailing your experience (1-2 paragraphs each).
  1. Practice Teaching & Final Teaching Presentation: Participate in Practice Teaching sessions scheduled into the Teacher Training curriculum. Prepare to teach the Alchemy of Yoga 30 Minute Yoga Class to your tribe.
  1. Sacred Study Project: Write a report on the chakra(s) or dosha(s) of your choice. You have complete creative freedom in this self-study. The intention is that you dive deeper into the chakra system or the practices of Ayurveda. At minimum, please submit 2-3 pages of personal reflection, but you are encouraged to take the direction that inspires you most.
  1. Asana Sheets: Create a photo diary of the following 10 fundamental poses: Adho Mukha Svanasana, Virabhadrasana I, Virabhadrasana II, Utkatasana, Parsvottanasana, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (any variation), Ardha Matsyendrasana, Plank Asana or Side Plank, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or Bhujangasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana or Urdhva Dhanurasana. In addition to a personal photo that embodies your personal alchemy, please include a description of purposes, benefits, modifications, and cues.
  1. Final Exam: The exam is distributed at the end of teacher training. It is open-book, open-friend, open-Google, and open-heart.
  1. Attendance: 180 contact hours are required.
  1. Non Contact: Complete the online Business of Yoga module and other required reading assignments.
  1. Attitude: As a requirement for certification, each trainee commits to a positive attitude of ahimsa, offering loving kindness and patience to all beings. In addition, each trainee exhibits conscious relationships and ethics in line with Yoga Alliance, please refer to the YA Code of Conduct found here: https://www.yogaalliance.org/AboutYA/OurPolicies/CodeofConduct

How to Submit Your Work: Please create a separate document for each practicum requirement — e.g., all observations are in one document, all assistant teaching reflections are in one document, etc. Please title each document with Your Name + Assignment — e.g., Sarah Erter: Observations. E-mail all assignments to trainings@alchemyofyoga.com).

Submission Guidelines: Please submit the above self-study work within six months of completing teacher training. However know that 90% of our trainees complete their work prior to leaving the program.

For each teacher trainee, it takes a different amount of time to complete the program post classroom sessions. Everybody has their own yoga, which Alchemy of Yoga respects and honors. To maximize optimal learning and reinforcement, we recommend that practicum materials are completed within six months of completing teacher training. If you are unable to meet practicum requirements within the suggested timeline, please reach out to sarah@alchemytours.com to design a timeline that best fits your yoga.