The 300hrs of Yin, Vinyasa, Somatic, Mindfulness and Pranayama course gives you tools to balance your own 5 Elements and prepares for teaching Yoga to others with awareness and confidence.
Szymon and Vinay are very professional, patient and wise teachers, sharing their experience and passion with open hearts, sharp minds and mindfulness, always open to adjust and one step ahead of the course participants needs.
It is not easy to find an advanced yoga course that will see the practice and teaching of Yoga in a really holistic way, as it is such an insightful and wide topic that one can get easly lost following one tradition or style only. Each of us is an individual with different needs, that constantly change
Warsaw, New York, Costa Rica
In my entire life I’ve finished two faculties, uncountable numbers of courses and workshops. All this experiences make me demanding, but also skeptical. What I have to say is that the Yoga Teacher Training under leadership of Szymon and Vinay was this investment in self-education of mine, which I will situate on the top, if not call it as the best one.
Both – the theory and physical parts – were unbelievably great! Such a nice surprise it was to feel hunger of knowledge instead of bored after 2,5 h theory of anatomy! Could it be any better than have yoga guru who is able to present you any tricky asana which you’ll ask him to show, and in the same time explains what of five elements it increases and which particular joint, muscle or tendon is working or exposed to injury? – Could not be, trust me! Despite of fact that course was very intensive, I was truly looking forward for every next session. Small groups gives opportunity to be treat like individual unit, not number of many. The atmosphere in our Yoga House was also heavenly, perfect to polish up this inner diamond that each of us has inside.
Both Teachers are just incredible! They are not just guys who give you what you paid for (knowledge in that case), but they are pure definition of yogis. What I actually received during the courses led by them, was not only education passed at the highest level, but fundamental goods such as wisdom, mindfulness, calmness, love and positive vibration -all these are the main part of their life. Szymon and Vinay shows us that all these themes are achievable, and not only can, but should be our way of living.
It’s the beginning of my way as the Yoga Teacher, but I know by whom I want to be taught and guided.
For me Vinay is God sent...his practice is soul soothing and truly blissful. Anybody should just spread their mat, listen to his instructions and flow with it! Trust me its magical....you just forget the entire world and you are only with your body and breath :) Am sure this is something really special that I feel with each and every session that I have attended. I was blessed to have you as my guide and look forward to practice with you as soon as possible. Till then wishing you good luck and also telling everyone out there ,please don't miss practicing with Vinay... He is a blessing to be with.
Thank you and Much love
The spirit of the 5 Elements Yoga 300HR Teacher Training Course
Yoga is a mind-body discipline that was developed by philosophers concerned with the challenge of eliminating suffering from human life. As such, it is compatible with all religions and world-views and can be practised by people of all ages and fitness levels. In our school, we value personal approach. We apply an ancient Indian philosophy which says that both animate and inanimate worlds, including human mind, are formed by the interplay of the five basic elements (sans. pancha maha bhuta): earth, water, fire, air and space. Thus, the name of our school is 5 Elements. Each of us is different and has a different constitution of these five elements. Their imbalance can lead to physical or psychological disturbances or simply hampers our ability to realise our full potential in life. One of the aims of yoga practice is to balance our own elements. The yoga practice should be designed to balance your own elements. In this 300h TTC in 5 Elements Yoga: Yin, Somatics, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Mindfulness, you will learn the art and science of teaching each of the five methods separately and also as a part of a balanced yoga class. This knowledge is essential because an unbalanced yoga practice can disturb both mental and physiological homoeostasis in a person.
Below are the 5 methods of Yoga related to 5 Elements as taught in this couse
YIN YOGA- EARTH ELEMENT
Yin Yoga is a therapeutic yoga practice which benefits the bones, joints, muscles, fascia and the nervous system. It derives its knowledge from the Hatha yoga and Chinese Medicine traditions and is the closest to the most ancient descriptions of yoga.
It should be practised by those keen on dynamic styles such as vinyasa, in order to bring balance to their body and nervous system. It's suitable for practitioners of all levels, from fitness freaks to bedridden patients. It can benefit all these populations by improving the following conditions: -muscular pain -muscular stiffness -joint stiffness -joint pain -back pain -insomnia -anxiety -chronic fatigue -MS and other inflammatory neurological disorders and many more.
Yin yoga emphasises the qualities of the earth element, that is stability, rooting, grounding, nourishment and regeneration.
VINYASA- FIRE ELEMENT
Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic style of hatha yoga that emphasises the conscious connection of breath and movement. It is a form of movement meditation that also builds strength and stamina. Because the postures change often, it enhances mental focus and is suitable for people who find it hard to stay focused in slower hatha yoga classes. This makes this style increasingly popular in the modern, fast-paced times, where our minds are used to a constant flow and stimuli. Also, because this practice generates a lot of internal heat, it is a great tool in achieving personal transformation and letting go of anything that doesn’t serve us anymore. Vinyasa yoga emphasises the qualities of the fire element, that is heat, intensity, focus and transformation. From a teaching perspective, this style requires a thorough knowledge of anatomy and a great amount of creativity in designing new sequences of asanas.
MINDFULNESS- SPACE ELEMENT
Mindfulness meditation is a way of perceiving our external and internal worlds in a focused and nonjudgemental way. It can consist of both the attitude with which we go about our daily activities and a formal meditation practice. It can be incorporated into any yoga class. A growing body of clinical research has proven that mindfulness has the power to reduce rumination (worry), emotional reactivity and stress, enhance working memory and focus, improve relationship satisfaction and many others. Mindfulness has also benefits for people who help others professionally, which is pertinent to yoga teachers. It can enhance compassion, empathy and counselling skills, as well as reduce stress. Whereas the Indian Tantra tradition has developed many meditation techniques, mindfulness can be practised formally and informally while doing daily activities and is also supported by modern clinical research.
SOMATICS- WATER ELEMENT
Somatics is a term that describes body work methods which emphasise internal physical perception and experience. Therefore, yoga should be, at its core, a form of somatics.
Unfortunately, many modern yoga styles over-emphasize the external look of postures (alignment) and the achievement of new, advanced asanas. This can lead to excessive tension in the body and mind and also to injuries.
In this module, you will practice release methods that allow your body and mind to move naturally and spontaneously. We will learn to move with less effort and without self-directed violence. This will help you release tension in your muscles and joints and unlearn harmful movement and mental patterns. These methods can be practised on their own, or incorporated into Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes. They emphasise the qualities of the water element, that is cooling, flow, soothing and adaptation.
PRANAYAMA- AIR ELEMENT
Conscious breathing practice (pranayama) is the cornerstone of hatha yoga. Traditionally, pranayama is taught to people who have achieved a certain level of mastery in their asana practice. This is because pranayama is a very subtle method that requires the mind and the body to be still. Most intermediate and advanced practitioners and teachers feel the need to incorporate more pranayama into their practice because of the mental and physical benefits of this practice. Pranayama can bring the feeling of joy and bliss and has many physiological benefits as well. Among others, it can balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and improve the functioning of the heart. In this module, we will also practice the water cleansing practices(kriyas, shatkarmas). Pranayama emphasises the qualities of the air element, that is lightness, refreshing and clarity.
Sequencing of postures in a class
Designing the flow of a yoga class requires incredible creativity, but also a grounded knowledge of anatomy and physiology. In this module, you will review the anatomical principles that are relevant to sequencing classes in the Vinyasa style. You will design class plans that reflect those principles. This will enable you to teach classes that are varied, engaging and progressive, but also respective of your students’ bodies.
Integration of yoga styles
In this module, you will learn and practice the art and science of designing and teaching balanced classes that express all five elements. This is what we call the 5 Elements yoga. We will review the qualities of the five elements and how they relate to human health and personality, based on the Indian philosophy. Students will design and teach balanced classes that encompass the qualities of each of the five elements.
Applied yoga anatomy This entire module is spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga. Practical knowledge of applied anatomy is the cornerstone of modern teaching of Hatha yoga methods. As more and more people are attracted to asana practice that involves extreme ranges of motion, yoga teacher should be able to guide the students’ practice to maximise benefits and minimise potential harm. Further, we will practice scientifically proven stretching methods that can enhance flexibility gains.
Yoga philosophy This module includes practical studies of selected yogic scriptures (mainly Patanjali Yoga Sutras) as applied to the modern life of yoga teachers and students. There will also be open discussions with the Trainers (satsang) where the students can ask any pertinent questions from their own life and experience. The spirit of this module pertains to the main goals of yoga practice, that is the stilling of mind and eradication of suffering.
Practicum This 300h TTC is designed to hone your teaching skills, therefore a large part of the classes is led by students. This gives the rare opportunities to share experiences and receive feedback. Students will lead classes under the supervision of one of the Lead Trainers.
How to design and organise yoga workshops and courses, your signature high value yoga program Yoga workshops and courses are an essential part of the yoga teacher profession. They will allow you to connect deeper to your students and to offer them more advanced techniques that cannot be safely taught and practised in a regular yoga class.
You will also begin to design your own signature yoga program or coaching offering that can enable you to focus on what you love to teach to people who need your teachings the most. Through that, you can focus your energy on what you love the most and maximize your impact in the community while charging premium prices for your premium offering.
These optional modules will be taught based on students’ interests:
Overall learning objectives:
1. Be able to apply while teaching the principles of safe and effective stretching and explain the benefits of it
2. Be able to apply recent scientific discoveries in anatomy to teaching yoga asana to students experiencing discomfort and pain in common postures
3. Understand and practice the concept of kinetic chains in injury prevention
4. Be able to explain the physio-energetic connection between the nadis and myo-fascial meridians
5. Understand and be able to identify muscular trigger points, propose self-treatment to students or refer them to qualitied health care professional
• Acro yoga or partner yoga
• Yoga with props
• Thai massage
Our faculty has received training and when applicable certification in each of the above techniques.