The Optimal State is offering a 200-hour teacher training program starting in June 2021. 

During Covid19  times and with the requirements of the state of California, this course will be offered online at this time.  When classes resume, we will hold this course in-person at our Optimal State Retreat Center.  See our website for details.

The cost of this program is $4000.  We do allow the student to split the payment into 8 payments of $500 each.

Please use the Contact Us page on the website to set up a meeting with our staff.

We hope to be approved by the MyCAA program to help military spouses receive their yoga teacher training, and have it paid for by MyCAA. 

Below is an outline of our curriculum:

 

For each āsana include:
Sanskrit Name and Meaning
Vinyasa Krama
Classification and main focus
Modification/Variations
Developing the skill of drawing stick figures

Samāsthiti
Tāḍāsana
Parśva Uttānāsana
Uttānāsana
Prasārita Pāda Uttānasana
Ardha Uttānāsana
Utkaṭāsana
Ardha Utkaṭāsana
Vīrabhadrāsana
Vīrabhadrāsana II
Utthita Trikoṇāsana Parśva
Utthita Trikoṇāsana Parivṛtti
Utthita Parśva Koṇāsana Parśva
Utthita Parśva Koṇāsana Parivṛtti
Adho Mukha Śvānāsana
Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana
Vasiṣṭhasana
Caturaṇga Daṇḍāsana
Śavāsana
Taḍākamudrā
Āpanāsana
Ūrdhva prasṛta pādāsana
Supta Ekāpādānguṣṭhāsana
Supta Pādānguṣṭhāsana
Supta Pārśva Pādānguṣṭhāsana
Supta Prasārita Pādānguṣṭhāsana
Supta baddha Koṇāsana
Dvipāda piṭham
Jathara Parivṛtti Parśva
Jathara Parivṛtti Parivṛtti
Jathara Parivṛtti ekā pāda
Sālamba Śirṣāsana
Eka pāda akuñcānāsana (Śirṣāsana)
Akuñcānāsana (Śirṣāsana)
Eka pāda Viparīta Karaṇī
Dvi pāda Viparīta Karaṇī
Sālamba Sarvangāsana
Viparīta Karaṇī
Eka pāda akuñcānāsana (Sarvangāsana)
Akuñcānāsana (Sarvangāsana)
Eka pāda Sarvangāsana
Halasana
Bhujangasana
Ardha ­Śalabhāsana
Śalabhāsana
Dhanurāsana
Cakravakāsana
Godhapitham
Uṣṭrāsana
Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana
Piñcha mayūrāsana
Vṛkṣāsana
Sukhāsana
Brahmāsana
Siddhāsana
Padmāsana
Vajrāsana
Vīrāsana
BaddhaKoṇāsana
Daṇḍasana
Januśirṣāsana
Paścimattanāsana
Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana
Catuṣpāda pīṭham
Pūrvatanāsana
Navāsana
Mahā Mudrā
Ardha Matsyendrāsana

 

Concept of Viniyasa Krama for a practice Purva-Pradhana-Uttara anga
Ref: Viniyoga of Yoga
Concept of Rest When to rest, What positions you can rest in, and what positions are not good for rest
Concept of Pratikriyāsana/Counter pose General rules for counter postures
Counter poses for different asanas examples
Developing Asana Dissection and sequencing: Explanation of the method with examples Goal posture
Reference posture
Analyzing the need of Flexibility, Strength, etc
Prioritizing the needs
Choosing Āsanas that provide that needs, and also Āsanas that serve as check posture
Choosing Āsanas that will remove undesired effects
Building the sequence
Developing course planning for the following asanas:
Pascimatananasa/UpavistaKonasana
MahaMudra
Padmasana
ArdhaMatsyendrasana
Navasana
Śalabhasa
Dhanurasana
Uṣṭrāsana
Urdhvadhanurasana
Sarvangasana/Halasana
Sirsasana
Evolving course planning over time Developing a series of practices that lead to a specific goal over time (establishing intermediate goals, and intermediate practices)
Course planning for more than one asana Ex: Sarvangāsana and MahaMudra, Ardha Matsyendrāsana and MahaMudra, Dhanurasana and Navasana,
Course planning for specific effects Using Ratios, Krama, Brahmana, Samāna, Langhāna, Anga Laghava, static and dynamic practices, Sound in asana

 

Qualities and responsibilities of Teacher Yoga Rahasya 4.30
Qualities and responsibilities of Students
Concept of group classes Why group classes
How to structure group classes by levels, functions, themes and special needs.
Class sizes
How to teach individuals within the group
Safety in a group class
Importance of sanga
Group class setting/ambience
How to organize a teaching schedule
Anatomy & Physiology

 

Muscles, bones, concentric contraction, eccentric contraction, isometric contraction, lengthening of muscle fibers, shortening of muscle fibers, etc.
Subtle anatomy of the chakras and vayus according to ancient Indian literature and texts.
Understanding contraindications of poses according to anatomy and physiology.
Common yoga injuries and care.

 

Yamas & Niyamas presentation II-30,31,32
Pratipakṣa bhāvanam II-33,34
High level of yamas II-35,36,37,38,39
High level of niyamas II-40,41,42,43,44,45

 

Yoga Sutra Chapter 1

Pratijña sutra, Adhikāra Sutra, Anuśanam Sutra I-1
Laksana (Ksipta,Mudha,Viksipta,Ekagrata, Nirodhah), yoga phalas, Ayoga phala I-2,I-3,I-4
Description of the 5 Vrttis (w/examples) I-5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Abhyasa & Vairagya I-12-13-14-15-16
Process Samprajñatah & Asamprajñatah I-17,18
Foundation I-19,20,21,22
Isvara Paraṇidhana I-23,24,25,26,27,28,29
Antarayas; Symptoms I-30,31
Solutions I-32,34,35,36,37,38,39
Benefits and differen Samadhis I-40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51
Summary and Final Ksema

 

Practicum- 24

Observation of Asana Class- 12

Supervised Teaching of Asana Class- 12