Yoga Teacher Training

Day 1. Introduction -Yoga and the Human Condition

Humans have been trying to understand the human condition for thousands of years.

The Indus Valley civilisation was the oldest civilisation in the world, dating back 3300-1300BCE.

Ancient scriptures demonstrate that the Ancient Indian people had a good understanding of the human condition and how to treat it.

This video explains the human condition.

This video explains how mind wandering is a cause unhappiness.

This video illustrates how meditation helps reduce mind wandering.

This video explains what happens to the brain when we meditate.

Ancient Indians developed meditation as a treatment for the human condition of the wandering mind. This is documented in ancient scriptures.

The Vedas

The Bhagavad Gita

The Yoga Sutras

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Yoga History Timeline

The Purpose of Yoga

Aims of the Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics Course



Who Am I and What Makes Me Me?

Building Self-Awareness Through Strengths

Day 2.

Activity 1. Write down the main takeaways for you from last week. Sharing with a partner.

Activity 2. Reflect upon the VIA Strengths Survey results-what surprised you and what was expected? How might we use this as a tool for to develop self-awareness?


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Ahimsa-Non-Harming

Satya-Truthfulness/Honesty

Asteya-Non-Stealing

Homework

  1. Create a mindmap or another kind of graphic organiser to demonstrate your engagement with the concept of Ahimsa. Include as may ways as you can think that Ahimsa may be relevant to modern day life e.g. abortion, harming the environment.
  2. Identify one new way in which you may incorporate the practice of Ahimsa into your own life over the next two weeks. Write 100-200 words outlining what you have chosen, why you chose it and how you plan to incorporate this practice into your life.
  3. In your journal, make a note of the number of minutes or hours you spend over the next week participating in vitality draining social media/internet use or television. This does not include positive and uplifting use of these tools.