Tantric Alchemy Institute is a Modern Yoga School exclusively for 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings implementing classical yogic technologies to provide students with essential tools for growth and transformation.
The Foundational Curriculum:
· Asana – We will practice Yoga Asana every morning as a way of working with the body. Through Asana, we can build strength, flexibility, balance, agility, and develop a better relationship with our body. Our Asana Labs will give detailed breakdowns of how to effectively and safely practice and teach the various poses that we will work with, as well as how to sequence them together into a balanced flow.
· Pranayama – Pranayama is the use of breath exercises to bring health, calm the mind, and access subtler energetic states. We will practice Pranayama exercises each morning, breaking down how to properly practice them, which Pranayama practices are appropriate to which individuals, and how to teach them effectively. Pranayamas that we will cover in this training are: Nadi Shodhana, Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma, Agni Sara, Ujjayi, Sitali, Sitkari, Udgita,
· Ayurveda – Ayurveda is the Science of Living, a holistic system of Health from India. Ayurveda’s principles of balanced living infuse every aspect of our schedule, but we will also spend time learning about these principles and how to apply them to our diets, our yoga practice, and our lives in order to achieve health and balance.
· Bandhas – Bandhas are energetic “locks”, or engagements that we use to deepen our practices of Asana and Pranayama. They help us to practice more safely and effectively, as well as serving as the keys to the unfolding of the deeper energetic processes of Yoga.
· Mudras – Mudra means “gesture.” Mudras are gestures that we use to cultivate certain energies. A variety of traditional hand gestures, full body gestures, and mental gestures will be covered.
· Anatomy – Understanding anatomy is essential for proper practice and safe teaching of Yoga. We will explore the physical and energetic anatomy and physiology of the core, spine, pelvis, hip, leg, knee, foot, shoulder, arm, wrist and hand including major bones, muscles, vessels, connective tissue, acupuncture and marma points, chakras, and nadis.
· Meditation – We will practice meditation daily. The main techniques we will work with involve the use of breath and the repetition of Mantra (called japa). Meditation helps to focus the mind, balance the nervous system, expand awareness, and enhance creativity.
· Guided Meditation – We will explore various guided meditation practices and the techniques for working with them. These include both progressive relaxation based and also visualization based guided meditations, such as Yoga Nidra and traditional Tantric Dhyanas. These techniques are excellent to bring into the setting of a Yoga Class and help the student to release tension in the body, enhance their imaginations and creativity potential, and explore the subconscious.
· Mantra – Mantras are powerful sound vibrations that we can use to help us calm and focus the mind, connect to subtle energy, and expand our awareness. Mantra forms the core practice of Tantra and we will learn and practice some basic Mantras which students can begin to use to enchant their lives.
· Yantra – Yantras are sacred geometrical diagrams which can be used in meditation, to connect to subtle energies, or to just bring prosperity into our lives. We will learn the basic components of their sacred tools, as well as some Yantras that we can begin to bring into our lives and practice.
· Yoga Sutras – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are one of the most foundational texts on Yoga. We will cover the basic theories and practices of this text and build up an understanding of how Patanjali defined the practice of Yoga. This includes an introduction the Samkhya philosophy, the metaphysical map and backdrop that underpins, not only the Yoga Sutras, but Ayurveda and Tantra as well.
· Hatha Yoga Pradipika – The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the core text on the practice of Hatha Yoga. It presents the modern student with many insights into the more timeless aspects of this practice, including Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, and Bandha.
· Ritual – We have a weekly ritual to experience the potential of Yoga first hand. These are fully participatory practices involving mantra chanting and meditation that help to expand our awareness, break through inner obstacles, and enhance our insight, intuition, and imagination. Different rituals will focus on different elements, such as making offerings into a sacred fire, pouring water as an offering of purification, and the infusing of objects with our healing intentions.
· Sanskrit – As part of the curriculum, we will cover the proper pronunciation of Sanskrit, which is used for the names of Yoga poses, other Yoga practices, and for the correct chanting of Mantras. Sanskrit is a magical language and chanting in it helps the student connect to subtle energies and vibrations.
· Final Project - As a final project, each student will teach a one hour class to the YTT Kula during our final week. This class will integrate the subjects covered in our training. Upon graduation from this program, students will have the confidence and knowledge to lead a structured Hatha Vinaysa Flow class in any yoga studio.