The Art of Professional Studies – 121 Practitioner Programme
Professional Practitioner Programmes offer an authentic training in the
Art of Practice, Study and Teaching in the approach of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar.
The Art of the Application of Yoga for Individual Students
– 150 hour Practitioner Training Programme
For students who have completed the 250 hours modular prerequisites, a 150 contact hour Practitioner Programme in the art of applying Yoga 121 is offered. The focus here is on professional expertise adding 121 Teaching and Therapeutic skills to their personal relationship with Yoga in the fields of Practice, Theory, Psychology and Philosophy.
Together they facilitate an in-depth transmission between the teacher and the student in terms of adding professional practitioner skills in the Art of the Application of Yoga 121 for Individuals to the Core Level Personal Studies Modules, all within an exclusive learning environment.
“Teach what is inside you,
not as it applies to you yourself,
but as it applies to the other.”
– T Krishnamacharya
Based in the Cotswolds, the Practitioner Training Programme is solely concerned with training a student in the Art of teaching Yoga Practice and Study to individual students.
This means that the student will have already completed the prerequisite training in the relevant areas of Yoga practice and study through the Art of Personal Studies Programme and therefore only needs to add individual teaching skills to this study.
The combined Programme is presented with the aim of reflecting the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely, transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the student’s personal practice and study Sādhana.
What are the unique skills for Practitioners trained in this approach to adapting Yoga according to the person?
The uniqueness of the concepts described by Desikachar as Viniyoga of Yoga is in the ability of those trained as Practitioners, within a Professional Teacher Training Programme that includes an extensive 121 lesson process for their own development, to personally customise Yoga practice according to the individual and their situation.
The specialist Practitioner training in short term and long term personalising of our Yoga Practice and Study is in the many skills around respecting our unique differences in age, gender, mental aptitude, physical health, social lifestyle, occupation and interests, together with abilities in the ongoing mapping of the student’s developmental potentials according to their current situation and needs.
The Application of Yoga 121 – Practitioner Programme Prerequisites
Prior completion of a minimum of 250 contact hours through the Art of Personal Studies Modules within two primary areas of Yoga Practice Techniques & Theory Study and Associated Yoga & Lifestyle Texts Study.
The Application of Yoga 121 – Practitioner Programme Framework
The Practitioner Programme reflects the Yoga teachings of TKV Desikachar and his teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through appreciating the Viniyoga of Yoga as a:
Learning or Healthcare practice for individuals
Holistic Yoga Teaching received from T Krishnamacharya through TKV Desikachar
Philosophy through the teachings from Texts and Teachers
Psychology comparable to Western models
Complementary Support in sustaining health or recovery from illness
The Application of Yoga 121 – Practitioner Programme Topics
The Art of Professional Studies Modules explore the teaching of Yoga in the fields of Practice, Theory, Psychology and Philosophy to Individuals. It focuses on the areas that add professional expertise for those wishing to add Yoga Teaching and Therapeutic Healthcare skills to their personal relationship with Yoga.
This is a Practitioner Training Programme in the Art of Professional application of Yoga teaching and therapeutic healthcare theory for working with individual students or clients in the fields of:
Āsana or General Postures
Mudrā or Special Postures
Prāṇāyāma or Seated Breathing
Dhyāna or Seated Meditation
Adhyayanam or Chanting for Learning or as a Meditational Practice
Associated Yoga Texts
Āyurveda Lifestyle Skills
These Teaching Skills are enhanced by the Prerequisite Personal Textual and Oral Study involving:
Experiential application of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyāna and Chanting through personal practice
Experiential application of the Yoga Sūtra through an in-depth exploration as a self-inquiry
Experiential application of the principles in the Haṭha Yoga texts emphasised by Krishnamacharya
Experiential study of the core constitutional, diagnostic and lifestyle principles in Āyurveda
Guidance with linking Indian texts emphasised by Krishnamacharya with Yoga study and practice
Guidance with linking Krishnamacharya’s own writings and compositions with Yoga study and practice
The Application of Yoga 121 – Practitioner Programme 150 hour Syllabus Topics & Content
The 150 hour Practitioner Programme obviously has a 250 hour prerequisite studies criteria. However if viewed as a separate syllabus the Practitioner Programme has a minimum of 150 contact hours in the fields of:
1. Professional Practice Planning and Observation Skills
Group projects to develop self planning, planning for others and observational skills
Building and working with personalised recovery, support or developmental practices
Learning practice techniques, observation skills and awareness processes to help refine short term and long term practices in the fields of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyāna and Chanting
2. Yoga Practice Techniques and Practice Theory Study
– Teaching of Āsana Practice and Theory – General Postures
Teaching Āsana techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations
Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Āsana in practice
– Teaching of Mudrā Practice and Theory – Special Postures
Teaching Mudrā techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations
Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Mudrā in practice
– Teaching of Prāṇāyāma Theory and Practice – Seated Breathing
Teaching Prāṇāyāma techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations
Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Prāṇāyāma in practice
– Teaching of Dhyāna Practice and Theory – Seated Meditation
Teaching Dhyāna techniques for individuals within recovery, support or developmental situations
Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Dhyāna in practice
– Teaching of Saṃskṛta and Nāda Theory and Practice – Yoga of Sound and Chanting
Application of voice work and techniques for sound with individual students or clients
Teaching Sound and Chant in Āsana and Mudrā Practices
Teaching Sound and Chant in Seated Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam Practices
3. Professional Study and Teaching of Yoga to Individual Students or Clients
– Application of Yoga for Individual Students or Clients
The Teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar
Eastern and Western Teaching Methodology and the student teacher relationship
Advantages and disadvantages of individual tuition
Application of Yoga for individual situations within Śikṣaṇa, Rakṣaṇa and Cikitsā situations
Application and development of the Viniyoga of Yoga through refining our 121 curriculum and developmental skills for teaching through individual lessons
Application of Yoga Lessons through contributing examples of our Yoga 121 work for case studies
Individual Supervision for Student and Clients practices and processes
– Yoga Therapeutics or Cikitsā applied to Individual Students or Clients
The therapeutic elements of Yoga when working with problems or illness
Therapeutic application using Yoga Cikitsā healthcare skills
Exploring aspects of the individual within situations at the physiological level through to emotional problems at the Transpersonal level
Study of Āyurveda Diagnostic and Lifestyle Principles and their relationship with Yoga Cikitsā and Yoga Rakṣaṇa
Individual Supervision for Student and Clients practices and processes
The Application of Yoga 121 – Practitioner Programme 400 hour Syllabus Topics & Content