Announcing Yoga Teacher Development Courses

Yoga Teacher Development Courses

Fall 2017: Philosophy, Stability and Enhanced Teaching Skills


At Purple Om Yoga

3118 W RT 10

Denville, NJ

1 CEC/hour

11:0-12:00 Yoga Philosophy Study Circle

Sept 12 – Oct 10 – Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras

Oct 17 – Nov 14 Bhagavad Gita

Studying spiritual texts we can learn to rise above the pull and the limitations of the material world. Those who enjoy studying yoga modalities to improve their physical experience will greatly benefit from the study of the yogic spiritual texts by acquiring a deeper understanding of our capacity for spiritual growth. In this study group we will also explore the myriad ways to engage our communities on a deeper spiritual level, and that our capacity to connect with each other and all of humanity is enhanced when we reach beyond the self. Please bring one or two translations of the texts to the study circle.

12:30-1:30 Yoga Strength and Stability

 Yoga Strength and Stability – This class is designed for yoga teachers and yoga students who want to increase their strength and stability through a mindful practice. We will focus on the super poses of yoga like Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Navasana, Utkatasana, and Bhujangasana – simple and very effective asanas. Students have the option of using light weights during this practice to increase arm and back strength.  The class will end with 15 minutes of relaxed stretching. No prior experience needed. If you want to use weights please bring 1-5 lb dumbbells or something with weight like bags of rice or cans of beans. Everyone will be encouraged to

  • Increase arm strength without Chaturanga

  • Increase upper back strength for posture

  • Increase Gluteal Strength

  • Increase proprioception for balance

  • Understand how to use light weights during yoga poses to increase strength

  • Include awareness of breath during the class


1:45-3:00 Advanced Level Teaching Skills – Leading Safe and Productive Asana Practices


12 Understanding common yoga injuries and cueing for injury prevention

19 Sequencing and assisting  for  forward bends safely

26 Sequencing and assisting for backbends


10 Sequencing and assisting in twists

17 Sequencing and assisting handstand, headstand, and forearm balance

24 Sequencing and assisting in shoulder stand and non-weight bearing inversions

31 Assisting active asana


7 Assisting restorative poses 1

14 Assisting restorative poses 2

Individual Costs for all classes are with a POY class card or drop-in fee.

Package Costs for Philosopher Circle, Yoga for Strength and Stability and Advanced Level Teaching Techniques

$50/day (11:00-3:00)

$425 for the whole course (11:00-3:00, Sept 12 – Nov 14)

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