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Overview of the Training Programs
Yoga Foundation offers Teacher Training Programs in the teaching tradition of great yoga teacher Krishnamacharya. We follow a comprehensive curriculum originally designed by TKV Desikachar and his son when they began to systemize the teachings for the purpose of passing them on with authenticity to a growing pool of dedicated students. It ensures that the theories and practices of authentic, appropriate, and transformative yoga will be learned and taught with integrity and depth of understanding. Topics include Yoga Philosophy,Classical Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation techniques, Course Planning, Modifications, Observation, Chanting, and Anatomy and Physiology.
The pivotal aspect of our program is Mentorship and the teacher-student relationship. Each student will be assigned a suitable mentor who will guide her/him, through a series of one-on-one mentor classes, to develop her/his personal practice, to address individual queries, and in her/his development as a competent teacher.
Teaching Observation evolves through numerous hours of observing Krishnamacharya-tradition certified teachers. Our students gain the advantage of experiencing how one tradition can be creatively applied, with discretion, by different teachers with the common goal of enhancing the well-being of many different populations.
Supervised Teaching happens later in the program and serves as the primary bridge between learning and teaching. This valuable and unique aspect of our program enables Teacher Trainees to go through a step-by-step process in order to feel comfortable transitioning to a teacher in a lineage with a reputation for integrity and a high quality of teaching.
The logic behind the Two-Part training program is that teachers of yoga should undergo transformation in order to help others as competent teachers in this lineage. As future teachers, you will have time and support to cultivate stability, peace of mind, and clarity through the process. The education is holistic – influencing all dimensions of our trainees through incorporating both tools of yoga and encouraging them to think out of their box. Graduates will feel confident to teach group classes to all types of students and one-on-one classes tailored to general physical/mental/emotional well-being.
Accredited by TKV Desikachar himself to run 500 hour teacher trainings, Yoga Foundation takes yoga seriously. We align ourselves with the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya as learned through Mr. TVK Desikachar himself, as well as his closest, living students, including his son Kausthub, current directors of Sannidhi of Krishnamacharya Yoga Radha Sundararajan and Menaka Desikachar, former director of Yoga Therapy at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram Dr N. Chandrasekharan, and S. Sridharan, former Executive Director of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya – yogi, healer, linguist, Vedic scholar, expert in the Indian Schools of thought, researcher, author… in other words, a legend. Born in 1888 in a remote Indian village, T Krishnamacharya who lived to be over hundred years old was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. If today, yoga is an inherent part of the everyday lives of millions of people across the world, it is due in large measure to the pioneering efforts of T Krishnamacharya who revived yoga in the early twentieth century. While preserving ancient wisdom and reviving lost teachings, Krishnamacharya was also a revolutionary innovator who developed and adapted yoga practices that were as would offer health, mental clarity and spiritual growth to any individual in the modern-day world.
Krishnamacharya’s knowledge of yoga was so vast that he taught each student differently. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, Krishnamacharya created an understanding of yoga relevant for a broad spectrum of students. By integrating the ancient teachings of Yoga and Indian philosophy with modern-day requirements, Krishnamacharya created yoga practices that are as accurate and powerful as they are practical and relevant.
TKV Desikachar, son and student of the legendary yoga master, T Krishnamacharya, is one of the most respected yoga teachers and healers of our time. Over the course of his thirty years of study with his teacher, Desikachar learned the complete practice and application of the tools of yoga, as well as the classical yoga texts, including Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali and Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni. In 1976, Desikachar founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a non-profit public charitable trust in Chennai, India, to honor his father and share his teachings. Today, the KYM is one of the most respected yoga centers in the world, attracting thousands of local and international students each year, who come for healing and to participate in the KYM’s numerous educational programs. Desikachar is the author of several chanting CDs, as well as books on yoga and allied subjects, including The Heart of Yoga, Health Healing and Beyond, and Reflections on the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali.
The main teaching faculty is Danielle Tarantola, a certified Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. She is joined by her colleague Amy Wheeler, PhD, who teaches the Anatomy Courses.