Why should I learn advanced yoga postures? Isn’t yoga about more than just postures?
Well said yoga is not just about postures, and postures make a tiny drop in the vast yoga ocean. But a healthy body is the foundation for everything, and practicing advanced yoga postures helps keep the body in its peak form.
Postures are only considered advanced when the practitioner is not ready to do the pose, or if he/she has not yet been guided by a teacher on the basic steps to achieving the pose. Some people may never have done yoga before, but can execute a lotus pose without difficulty, while others cannot.
In order to overcome our body limitations, certain postures first need to be modified and adapted according to the ability of each individual. Once the individual has shown progress in executing a pose with grace and accuracy, the instructor may modify the pose further; raising the level of difficulty and, therefore, advancing the level of technique demanded.
This way, a person is constantly exploring and pushing the limits of their body, developing with it a deeper connection. Doing so keeps a person motivated and inspired in the practice.
How intense is the course?
Although the course is titled Advanced, we will still explore basic and intermediate levels of poses. The title refers particularly to the way the course is designed; it is for people who are interested in learning the modifications and variations of a pose. Also, because it is part-time, participants may practice the poses during their own time, and follow up on any questions and doubts that they may have in the following class.
I have been practicing yoga for only one year. Am I ready for this course?
The Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course is suitable for practitioners with over three months of regular practice. Since the course is not simply about executing advanced postures but also about the preparations needed to advance one level of practice, it is important that participants are well aware of their own capabilities and limitations in deciding whether to enroll in the course.
Every yoga practitioner aspires for consistency and progress in their practice, that they may one day overcome their own limitations. This course will help them achieve that, given that they are able to put in the time, effort, and dedication it demands which usually requires a certain amount of experience to begin with.
What can one expect to learn in this course?
The course covers basic to intermediate poses and their advanced variations. Every posture also has its warm up techniques, modifications for purposes of recovery, counter postures, as well as cool down techniques. All this is vital information for the advanced Hatha yoga practitioner, especially in preventing injuries, as they develop a better understanding of a postures anatomy and how it affects the body. Such knowledge is significant regardless of the style of yoga one practices, as it gives the practitioner an informed view of every asana (posture).
Why should I take an advanced Hatha teacher training course at Anahata Yoga and not elsewhere?
The course director, Master Yogananth Andiappan, is a lifelong yogi who has practiced and taught yoga for over 25 years. Born to a family of yogis, Master Yogananth has been engaged in the discipline his entire life; he has won many International yoga titles and championships all throughout and has taught students of various backgrounds. As a dedicated yoga practitioner, Master Yogananth can execute over 3,000 asanas (postures) and has invented many approaches to the same posture according to an individual’s limits and body type. His teaching methods and various approaches of asanas are implemented and taught by various yoga teachers in hong kong.
While it is never too late to learn yoga, it is important that one teacher is an expert in the field that he is teaching. Yoga practitioners need more than good guidance and excellent demonstration skills to learn advanced yoga postures. They also need a good source of inspiration and motivation; a mentor who could guide them through every step of executing a pose, tap into the potential of their body, mind, and spirit, and draw out the best of their abilities.
With a course director who has dedicated a lifetime to yoga, we are confident that such training and mentorship cannot be found elsewhere.
What if I have just recovered from injury? Can I still attend this course?
Yes, you can, though we advise you to first inform the course master of your injury before the session commences. Doing so will enable the master to instruct you safely and teach you the right pose modifications for your body. One need not execute all modifications or variations of a pose if s/he is not ready, and instead, take note of such variations to be practiced in the future.
What do I learn from each level?
Levels 1 and 2 of the course are of the same level of intensity but focus on different practical and teaching aspects of advanced practices hatha yoga.
Level 1 covers Introduction of Hatha yoga, its origins, the basic anatomical details of the poses and its various approaches from the beginner’s point of view. Proper Warm-up and preparatory practices are covered in detail.
Level 2, on the other hand, covers other variations of the poses with deeper learning and practice. The student will get to practice many variations and modifications of the poses and learn how to modify as per their limitations.
Level 3, students learn the teaching techniques of postures taught in the first two levels, as well as Partner Yoga variations, usage of straps, Chair Yoga, and the art of demonstration.
Students also learn to sequence poses, teach the advanced Hatha yoga classes, and develop a class theme that focuses on various levels.
As the final level in this series of training, Level 3 prepares students as Advanced Hatha Yoga Teachers.
You can first take levels 1 & 2 and then the teacher will decide whether you are ready for level 3, after the completion of level 2 this time or wait for next time. Usually, we will have two advanced YTT in a year.
This course is best suited for
- Regular Yoga Practitioners
- Yoga Teachers
- Fitness Trainers
- Pilates Trainers
- Sports players
Can I enrol in this course even though I’m pregnant?
This course is not suitable for pregnant women.
How are the assessments conducted?
Assessments are conducted during the course. Throughout the course the teacher will ask you to lead a warmup routine and give a detailed explanation of poses how it is introduced to a beginner and an experienced yoga pracititioner.
The final practical assesement will be conducted in level 3 where you will be teaching an advanced hatha yoga classes. There is no theory assignment for this course.
What is your professional advice to me on how to make the best of the teacher training program?
Keep an open mind learning approach during the training. Learn the positives from teachers of different lineage and learn to apply the techniques in your practice first and give time to reflect. Don’t judge the teaching approach just by doing once or twice.
Start your recommended group practice and Andiappan yoga classes as early as possible and keep it regular. Don’t wait until the last minute and rush to finish the classes. These are really good opportunities to interact with the teachers and learn more with the teacher’s guidance.
Although asanas are most people’s major focus in practice of yoga, learn to balance your practice by attending breathing focused classes and meditation classes regularly.
As you know when students become too dependent on group classes, they may not be able to practice yoga without relying on the physical presence of the teacher. It’s important to keep a self practice for at-least a minimum of 15 minutes every day. Listen to the body and practice accordingly.
We also recommend taking a few private lessons with one of the faculty teachers. This will give you a deeper learning process as every student is unique in learning the techniques as per their limitations. During the private class the teacher can explain your limitations and how to adapt your practice accordingly and see consistent progress in your yoga journey.
Can you give me some reference for your Teacher Training graduates those who have completed your yoga teacher training course and running their own yoga studios?
We have many TT graduates currently teaching full time and part time in many yoga studios in Hong Kong and other parts of the world. Some of our graduates are successfully running their own yoga studios in many part of the world including;
- Ivy Yip – YogaLaya, Kwai Fong Hong Kong
- Queenie – Studio Q, TST, Hong Kong
- Kosta Miachin – Vikasa Yoga – Thailand
- Mario Corella – Rancho Largo Yoga – Mexico
- Sharon Wong – Yoga Club Association, Hong Kong
- Ellen Yu – Yoga Club Association, Hong Kong
- Hazel – Inspire Yoga, Hong Kong
- Chi Chi – Inspire Yoga, Hong Kong
- Teresa Cheung – Yoga Fitness, Hong Kong
- Laura Shore – Green Frog, Hong Kong
- Supatcha Songcharoen – Little Yoga, Bangkok, Thailand
- Tanida Indrawati – Yoga Club Studio, Indonesia
- Elizabeth Rowan, Haven Yoga, USA
- Sylvie Tremblay – Yoga Sangha, Montreal, Canada
- Cindy Chow – Landmark Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong
- Emilie Mognetti – Aix Yoga Center, France
- Tammy Kwok – Inspire Yoga, Hong Kong
- Tanny Tang – Yoga Reborn, Hong Kong
- Chloe Tze, – Inspire Yoga, Hong Kong
You can find more references in our teacher directory https://iya-asia.com/teacher-directory/
Can I register with yoga alliance after I have completed the course?
Yes, you can apply for the 200hrs RYT Yoga Alliance Registration. We can assist you with the application process.
Can I teach yoga after attending this course?
Yes, you can. Most of our Teacher Training graduates are now full-time yoga teachers in Hong Kong as well as volunteer teachers in charity organisations, such as the Andiappan Yoga Community,(www.yogacommunity.org) where we offer opportunities to teach yoga in various places in Hong Kong. The Andiappan Yoga Community is a non-profit organisation that aims to share the joy and health benefits of Andiappan Yoga teachings with as many people as possible. We organise social community events such as free yoga classes to the public in places with little access to yoga centre memberships. Our volunteers are all qualified yoga teachers with specializations to teach different groups of individuals, such as those with specific illnesses, disabilities, and the underprivileged. As of today, our graduates have been volunteering for the Andiappan Yoga Community in partnership with the following organisations:
- Changing Young Lives Foundation
- Autism Partnership School
- Yan Oi Tong
- Hong Kong Eating Disorder Association
- Quintessentially Foundation
- Hong Kong Cancer fund
- Lok Sin Tong
- Tai Kok Tsui Integrated Services
To know how to join the community and our activities you can visit www.yogacommunity.org
Once I have completed the teacher training, how could I further my knowledge in yoga practices and philosophy?
We recommend you to keep yourself under the guidance of experienced masters. Our masters are willing to give you full guidance and support even after you have completed the training. This is very important in staying inspired throughout your practice. You can also attend our other accredited yoga teacher training courses to deepen your learning in various topics of yoga:
200hrs Yoga Teacher Training Course. (200RYT)
We highly recommend you take this course after or before the prenatal yoga course as it covers the basics of yoga and its various practices. It is an open-level training programme, suitable for those who have never done yoga before as well as those who have put in years of practice. Through the 200hrs foundation course, students gain a better understanding of yogs’s origins, history, as well as its philosophy. Students also learn how they may improve on their postures, that they may execute them with accuracy and, later, be able to demonstrate it to others.
Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Course (300 RYT)
Yoga has traditionally been taught to individuals, with tailor-made sessions designed to address unique and specific ailments and diseases. This practice cannot be implemented in large classes. A therapeutic approach to yoga is the best way to start your practice. Yoga Therapy is the future of yoga.
Kids Yoga Teacher Training Course (RCYT)
The best way to start teaching yoga is to teach kids. Kids are fun to be with and open-minded as long as it is fun and creative. Kids yoga is now taught in schools and most sports centres. This Kids Yoga Teacher Training course will prepare you with all the tools to teach kids up to the age of 18.
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course (RPYT)
The benefits of yoga during pregnancy is well-known with many doctors recommending it. Simple yogic poses and breathing techniques, along with meditation can greatly assist women in preparing for natural childbirth. This Prenatal yoga teacher training gives you all the tools, preparation, knowledge and first-hand experience you need to teach pregnant women.
Private Yoga Classes
If you feel you are not ready to dive into another training just yet but would like to take some time to consolidate what you have learned and to put that into practice, you can consider private yoga. One of our experienced teachers will help tailor a practice for you to improve your practise and to achieve your specific goals.
Group Yoga Classes
Take your time and practice what you have learned in our teacher training course and attend our regular group yoga classes to improve your health and well-being. At Anahata Yoga, there isn’t a shortage of inspiration and knowledge.
What happens if I miss some classes?
We will plan a revision class on the last day of the course and students who have missed classes or who have questions may request to go over those topics again. As this is a practice focused course, the teacher will always refer back to poses that were previously covered so that you will have various chances of practicing the syllabus poses.
How to cover the classes I missed in the YTT?
If you have missed up to three classes, you can send us the dates and the topics you missed and we can cover those topics during the revision class,
But if you have missed more than three classes you can retake the whole module during the upcoming YTT. However, these makeup classes must be taken within the next 6 months of your batch YTT and are subject to availability and payment of admin fee for each module.
All communications in regards to the missed classes should be sent to email@example.com
What happens if I miss the course I signed up for and I have travel plans/emergency that I cannot attend the full course/module?
Students must provide a notice in writing if they are to miss the course / full module prior to the commencement date. If the student already knows the dates of their missing classes/modules before the commencement of the course, they can inform us at least one week before the start of the course and no admin fee will be charged.
There is an administrative fee of HK$500 (per module) if one or more modules are missed, once the course has begun subject to the next course availability.