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

Part 1 – Asana

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
  • Wide-Legged Forward Fold
  • Cobra
  • Tree Pose

In the next module, we will be studying:

  • Plank Pose
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
  • Low Lunge, High Lunge
  • Upward Facing Dog
  • Child’s Pose
  • Warrior 2
  • Extended Side Angle

When you are practicing these postures, slow down, and try to methodically practice each cue from your binder to build the pose. You can say the cues out loud! It will help reinforce the language in order to teach it with greater ease.

Part 2 – Sadhana, Nadi Shodana and Mindful Breathing Meditation

Continue Nadi Shodana practice. Open your binder to the Nadi Shodana page, and practice teaching it to yourself (or someone else). Again, it’s good practice to say the cues out loud. We will continue teaching pranayama teaching in the next modules.

Guided Meditation

Tuning Into Breath in the Nostrils (28 downloads)

 

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).

Part 3 – Continue Working with a Yama, and Reflection Journalling Exercise

In a couple of paragraphs, reflect on how your chosen yama as played out in your life. How has the experience of working with it affected you? You can either write this is your journal, or if you’d like to hand it in, you are welcome to email it to Alissa: alissa@kushalayoga.com to share your reflection.

Written Homework Assignment

Asana Refinement Exercise

Be prepared to teach one of your variations to the class in the next module.

For the followings postures:

  • Mountain Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Standing Forward Fold
  • Wide-Legged Forward Fold
  • Cobra
  • Tree Pose

1) Insert, where appropriate, the following breathing cues to the physical alignment cues:

  • As you inhale…., or Inhale, and….
  • As you exhale…, or Exhale, and….

Be careful not to add unnecessary breathing cues. Think of when the breath will help extend or stabilize the spine during a transition. Some postures may not need explicit breathing cues.

2) Design 1-2 Passive Cues to offer while in the pose. Look at the Principles of Asana: Steadiness and Ease, Breath, Awareness/Mental Practices and Drishti sections.

3) Write cues to safely guide the student out of the pose and return them to the place they started from.

4) What vayus are stimulated when practicing this pose?

5) Design a variations for this pose, considering the following:

  • What situations/conditions is this variation are appropriate for?
  • Decide whether this variation includes using props
  • Write down the complete, full-sentence cues to bring the student into the pose variation.
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