Assigned Readings

Please read the following Chapters from the course textbooks. We recommend that you keep your notebook handy and write down anything you find interesting, questionable, or otherwise noteworthy.

Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
Chapter Two: MODERN HATHA YOGA
Chapter Three: SUBTLE ENERGY

The Eight Limbs of Yoga by Stuart Ray Sarbacker, Kevin Kimple
Chapter 2 YAMA
Chapter 3 NIYAMA

Practical Homework

Asana Practice

Practice the 60 or 90 minute Master Class once each week (or more).

In this past module we studied

  • Mountain Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Standing Forward Fold
  • Childs Pose
  • Cobra
  • Plank Pose
  • Chaturanga Dandasana

Practice teaching these postures to yourself (say the cues out loud), or so someone else. This will help reinforce the building blocks of the pose, so you can begin to add your own language with greater ease.

Sadhana, 4 Purifications, and Mindful Breathing Meditation

Practice the 4 purifications in sequence, from a steady posture most comfortable to you (feel free to vary the posture from sitting, reclined, standing, all fours, etc).

  • Nadi shodhana, 6-8 rounds
  • Kapala Bhati, 2-3 rounds
  • Agnisara Dhauti, 2-3 rounds
  • Ashvini Mudra 2-3 rounds

Guided Meditation

Tuning Into Breath in the Nostrils (56 downloads) Michael Stone, Awake in the World podcasts

Non-Guided Meditation

If you are sitting without guidance, we recommend you use a timer. If you are looking for a good timer app (iOs, Android, we recommend Insight Timer).

Sun Salutation Assignment

Open your binder to the Classical Sun Salutations, Modified page, and review the Notes included below the sequence.

Write down basic cues to guide a student from pose to pose in full sentences (and grammar). Review the Classical Sun Salutation cues as a guide.

Record yourself teaching both sides (right and left), and email us the recording as an attachment before the start of Module 3. You can be teaching someone else or yourself. PACE yourself, please do not just read off the paper, it will likely be rushed.

If recording is not possible, then send us your written cues instead.

Asana Refinement Exercise

This homework can be written on the Asana Cues handout, or separately in your notebook. In the next module, you will be asked to teach your homework, using one of the postures below.

For each of the poses below:

1. Review the Active and Passive cue section of the “Verbal Communication Techniques for Teaching Yoga” handout. Create a passive cue to offer students once they are in the pose. For suggested areas of focus, review the Principles of Asana handout.

2. Coming out of the pose. Create and write down the cues to take a student out of the pose, and back to the pose they began in.*

*For Chaturanga Dandasana the student ends lying on the ground. Instead of cueing the back to plank where the pose began, what cues are needed to bring the student back to downward facing dog? Think of the core and shoulder stabilization that was needed to come from plank to Chaturanga.

  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Standing Forward Fold
  • Childs Pose
  • Cobra
  • Plank Pose
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
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