Daoist Flow Yoga Teacher Training

Daoist Flow Yoga Teacher Training

​With Jean Hall And Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Dec 2019 – Nov 2020 ​
triyoga, Camden (London)
 
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Overview:
The core of this yoga teacher training begins from the idea that everything is part of the whole, a belief found within both Yoga and Daoist traditions. From this starting point of interconnectedness, our practices will align us with this sense of wholeness. This opens us to discover our full potential and inherent wisdom, fluidity and ease within ourselves.
 
Mimi and Jean have been running teaching trainings together for 8 years at triyoga.  They teach with dedication, humour and depth. Over the years, they have offered an effective platform for teachers to feel confident in their personal practice and professional teaching capacity so that by the end of their training, they are equipped to take their love of yoga into the world. In this Daoist Flow Teacher Training, they will offer their thorough approach and a supportive environment so that by the end, you will feel confident to teach authentically and in a way that can let students experience the profound transformation of yoga.
 
This training is open to those who wish to teach yoga but equally open to those who wish to deepen their knowledge and approach to mind-body movement.
 

Faculty:

Mimi Kuo-Deemer + Jean Hall will be the main course leaders and teachers of Asana, Pranayama, Philosophy, Meditation, Embodied Anatomy with the  additional faculty members of:

  • Somatic Anatomy – Aki Omori
  • Philosophy – Daniel Simpson
  • Voice + Chanting – Dan Breakwell 

‘Mimi and Jean provide a fluid, intelligent and heart-felt approach to both personal practice and teaching. Inspiring, nuanced, curious; and drawing from their wealth of experience both in their own practice and having trained and taught hundreds of teachers over the years. They work seamlessly together to instil a sense of wonder and empowerment around these practices, conveying them as treasure to be explored and gifted with others. Having practiced with them both for the last 6 years (training at triyoga for 2 years with Mimi and Jean, and then assisting their subsequent triyoga teacher training); it’s clear to me they offer something exceptionally special – you simply can’t find it elsewhere. There’s an openness, a sense of balance, and a keen creativity and wisdom in all that they do. It’s no exaggeration to say Mimi and Jean, together, have changed my life. Having had the joy of learning and practising with them for many years, the richness and kindness of what they share is ever continuing, drawing deeper and deeper, over and over. They continue to nourish and inspire my own journey, always’.   

James Rafael

Course structure, approach + dates:

  • One year
  • Four five-day modules
  • One finalising three-day module 

Module 1: December 2-6, 2019
Module 2: March 2-6, 2020
Module 3: June 8-12, 2020
Module 4: September 21-25, 2020
Module 5: November 9-11, 2020

Structured over 9 months with a three month mentorship period at the end, this immersive teacher training will include four modules (five consecutive days each) + one closing module (two consecutive days). Between modules trainees will meet in small groups, attend and observe classes, practice teaching, and complete a total of four short written assignments, two case studies and course reading.
 
The nature of this teacher training is based upon the understanding that we learn best from our personal experience. Therefore each module will be experiential and exploratory so that trainees can develop a felt understanding (somatic) and embodied knowledge of yoga, energy and meditation practices as well as the principles underlying them.

This approach will be integrated with practical teaching methodologies so that trainees can effective share this knowledge and emerge as skilled, articulate and embodied yoga teachers. Because we believe good teaching is based on openness, commitment, compassion and integrity, this training will NOT include assessments or marks.

Module 1: December 2-6, 2019; 9:00–17:15 daily (Dec 6 ends at 15:00): Nature Is Our Teacher: Vinyasa Yoga, Somatics, and Qigong

Module 2: March 2 – 6, 2020; 9:00–17:15 daily:  Movement Patterns and Vinyasa Yoga: Rediscovering Our Natural Movement Wisdom 

Module 3: June 1 – 5 or 8 – 12, 2020; 9:00–17:15 daily:  Vinyasa Yoga and Qigong: Harmonising with the Movement of Energy and Intention

Module 4: September 21-25, 2020; 9:00–17:15 daily:  Fundamentals of Teaching, Creativity and Sequencing

Module 5: Nov 9-11, 2020; 9:00–17:00 daily: Practicalities of Teaching and What a Deeper Practice Means

Key Themes covered:

  • Principles of Energy + Alignment
  • Primary Movement Patterns
  • Intention
  • Holding Space
  • Breath Awareness and Pranayama
  • Yogic, Buddhist and Daoist Philosophy
  • Yoga Vinyasa Flow Practice and Theory
  • Qigong and Practice and Theory
  • Somatic Anatomy
  • Meditation + mindfulness
  • Methodologies of Teaching
  • The Art of Seeing
  • Demonstration
  • Injury Prevention
  • Restorative Vinyasa + Healing Practices
  • The Art of Assists + Adjusting
  • Sequencing – classes, 1:1, courses
  • Role of the Teacher – student teacher interaction
  • Voice + Chanting 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to teach safe, clear, creative and effective yoga classes informed by natural, universal movement patterns from somatics and the softness, energy and intention of qigong.
  • A deeper understanding and appreciation for yoga, somatics, qigong, movement, embodiment, creativity and passion for practice + teaching.
  • Knowledge of somatic anatomy and its relevance and application to yoga and movement.
  • Skills to communicate and share yoga as a healing and transformative practice in skillful, safe and authentic ways.
  • Confidence in your self-practice.
  • Confidence to be in the role of the teacher and support your students health, balance and wellbeing to the best of your ability.
Eligibility + Pre-requisites: 
 
We welcome people to apply from all social, ethnic, gender, age, and religious backgrounds. Successful applicants will be required to have:
  • Two years of regular yoga practice.
  • A general understanding of yogic philosophy.
  • An openness and willingness to explore yoga experientially.
  • A commitment to fulfilling the course requirements in respects to attending modules, completing homework and deepening their yoga, movement + meditation practice

If you are unsure of your eligibility to book onto the training, please contact the teacher training team on 020 7449 3151 or   justyna@triyoga.co.uk.
 
Please click here to apply 

 Assessment: 

There will be no final exam, but throughout the course modules, teaching practices and assignments there will be on-going assessment by the senior teachers and faculty member’s through observation and feedback. This will also extend into the mentorship period.

Trainees who fall behind in meeting the course requirements will be supported in catching up and improving in the areas which they may not feel confident in.
Deferral is considered a useful and viable option to enable trainees to graduate at a later date if necessary.

Graduation, completion and accreditation:

Certification will be determined based on completion of the required hours, full engagement and interaction with the course contents and a satisfactory level of completed assignments.
 
To successfully complete the training and gain accreditation students are required to:

  • Attend a minimum of 90 per cent of the course. If a student misses more than this, a catch-up session will be agreed with the assistants or tutors at an additional charge.       
  • Complete practice hours with senior teachers
  • Complete all course assignments to a satisfactory standard
  • Attend all peer group study exchange meetings (skype attendance allowed)
  • Complete all mentorship requirements: observation and assisting hours with senior/approved teachers

 

 

This course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. On successful completion of the training, students may register with Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate – Level 1 level  as a 200 hour RYT (registered yoga teacher)

 

 

In-depth overview of each module:
 
Module 1: Nature Is Our Teacher: Vinyasa Yoga, Somatics and Qigong (five days)
We are all part of the natural world and natural world is part of us — we share rhythms, patterns, cycles and fluid movements. This first module sets the groundwork for our journey to rediscover these fundamental rhythms and patterns that underlie and support our ability to move with fluidity, coordination and wholeness. In retracing the steps to this wholeness, we will explore through felt experience (somatics) how natural and universal movement patterns found in qigong can inform how and why we move in yoga. Emphasis on finding what intuitively inspires the body to move and breathe will help students begin to embody their practice.
 
In this module we will explore:
  • The philosophy of Yoga, Buddhist and Daoist views of fluidity, nature and wholeness.
  • The breath as the primary pattern and inspiration of movement
  • An introduction to somatics and its importance to all we do
  • An introduction to qigong and how it can complement yoga
  • The role of the teacher and how to hold space
  • Philosophy: ‘A Brief History of Yoga’ (with Daniel Simpson)
  • Somatic anatomy: The skeletal structure (with Aki Omori)

 
Learning Outcomes – By the end of this module trainees will:

  • Have gained an overview + basic understanding of Yoga, Buddhist + Daoist philosophy
  • Have refined their understanding of somatic practice
  • Have deepened their own personal practice + explored somatic practices and understood the importance of practice
  • Have gained awareness of qigong principles and how it can complement yoga
  • Have gained insight to the role of the teacher
  • Have gained an overview of the history of yoga
  • Have experientially learnt the basics of the skeletal system  

 
Module 2: Movement Patterns and Vinyasa Yoga: Rediscovering Our Natural Movement Wisdom (five days)
In this module we will explore the source of all movement: the breath and its emerging natural movement patterns which underpin development as well as carry prana throughout the body and support yoga asana and vinyasa.
 
We will delve into the all encompassing pattern of respiration to observe and experience how this is the template for all movement in life. Exploring through somatic, solo and partner work we will feel and understand how the breath informs, influences and guides us, not just through our yoga practice but through all movement and states of being.
 
Revisiting and reintegrating these primary movement patterns can enable us to move with more natural ease, skill, fullness, grace and strength in yoga asana (and life!) and gain understanding of structural alignment, foundational stability and momentum of breath to support transitional movement.
 
In this module we will explore:

  • The profound power of the breath and how it supports our every movement and carries prana through the body and mind
  • How breath awareness helps us work with gravity, movement, touch and dialogue to access the body’s wisdom and natural movement patterns
  • How natural movement patterns underlie and support the moving body in the context of asana practice and alignment
  • How to integrate traditional modes of yoga alignment with a somatic approach to teaching
  • The connection between personal practice, creative endeavours and teaching skills
  • Philosophy: ‘Yoga, Meditation and Buddhism’ (with Daniel Simpson)
  • Using your voice ( with Dan Breakwell)
  • Somatic anatomy: Spinal movement + development (with Aki Omori)

Learning Outcomes – By the end of this module trainees will:

  • Have felt and understood the breath and how it supports our whole being
  • Have learnt approaches to cultivate and develop somatic and embodiment awareness
  • Have learnt about the natural fundamental movement patterns
  • Have practiced connecting primary movement patterns to asanas
  • Have understood how sourcing these underlying patterns of movement can be used to support all levels of yoga experience both in their own practice and teaching
  • Have an understanding of the relationship between meditation, yoga philosophy and the Buddha’s teachings.
  • Have gained experience using vocal range, projection and public speaking.
  •  Have experientially learnt the anatomical and physiological principles related to physical structure and well being
  • Have connected aspects of somatic awareness and embodiment to help realise the relevance of yoga and yoga philosophy in a modern day life context 

 

Module 3: Vinyasa Yoga and Qigong: Harmonising with the Movement of Energy and Intention (five days)
Qigong is a Chinese energy healing and martial art with roots in Daoism and Buddhism. It integrates the virtues of trust, integrity, wisdom, and compassion into the human body and spirit. Like yoga, it uses deep breathing, meditation, and static or dynamic movements to promote greater health and vitality. The actions generate and revitalize the qi, or life force, in the body. As an energy-based practice, the focus in qigong tends to be on slow, circular and intention-based movements that improve the flow of qi through the body’s meridians and organs.  In contrast, yoga asana practices tend to emphasize linear extensions of the spine, body and limbs. This works to tone, lengthen and strengthen muscles more directly. When aspects of qigong are incorporated into an asana practice, the flow of prana and qi can be significantly increased, bringing greater energy, health and efficiency to the body.  Students will see how the cross-fertilization of yoga and qigong offers creative and insightful discoveries that can delight in unexpected ways.
 
As qigong works with energy, this module will also include the energetics of touch and giving adjustments. We will explore the importance of kinesthetic learning, and understand how the transmission of energy through our hands and hearts can be an invaluable communication aid to education, learning and teaching.
 
In this module we will explore:

  • Active as well as static qigong forms, visualisations and meditations
  • Chinese Five Element theories of the organs and meridians as well as seasons
  • The integration of vinyasa yoga and qigong
  • The energetics of touch, assisting + adjusting
  • Philosophy: ‘Yoga and the Dao’ (with Mimi Kuo-Deemer)
  • Somatic anatomy:  The organ system (with Aki Omori)

 
Learning Outcomes – By the end of this module trainees will:

  • Have gained an more in-depth understanding of qigong
  • Have and refined their understanding of working with energy and intention
  • Have deepened their own personal practice + explored qigong practices and
  • Have gained ways to integrate qigong forms into vinyasa yoga classes  
  • Have gained the ability to give skilful and responsive hands-on adjustments  
  • Have experientially learnt the basics of the organ system  

 
Module 4: Fundamentals of Teaching, Creativity and Sequencing (five days)
In this module we will begin to utilize and integrate the learning from the previous modules to develop clear, systematic yet flexible teaching methodologies from which to guide our future students. We will examine the key principles of alignment such as structural safety, movement and breath to ensure safe, accessible and enjoyable teaching and learning for both student and teacher.
 
This will all be explored through the lense of what we see and how we interpret that visual feedback in order to gain understanding of our students’ needs and use that information to guide us in how and what we teach, instruct and offer.
 
We will introduce the systematic construction of asana which is referred to as “krama”or “wise progression” and explore the basic progression and nature of instruction through verbal cues, vocal intonation, demonstration, modifications, alternatives and props to provide a healthy somatic experience of movement. This will then lead into how we can organically sequence our classes with purpose and intention to create a flowing embodied experience of Yoga.
 
In this module we will explore:

  • The Art of Seeing
  • Teaching approaches that are clear, kind and compassionate
  • Use and refinement of vocal quality and language of teaching
  • Developing narratives in themes in teaching
  • Theory and creativity of sequencing in vinyasa yoga
  • Restorative and Healing practices
  • Philosophy: ‘The Evolution of Postural Yoga’ (with Daniel Simpson)
  • Chanting and kirtan (with Dan Breakwell)
  • Somatic anatomy: the nervous system (with Aki Omori)

 
Learning Outcomes – By the end of this module trainees will:

  • Have gained insight into how we see and read bodies in motion and stillness
  • Have learnt authentic and compassionate approaches to teaching so learning is accessible for all levels
  • Have gained understanding of safe, purposeful and creative sequencing
  • Have an understanding of the roots of modern yoga
  • Have gained experience of the value, place and meaning behind chanting
  • Will have gained skills to use and share therapeutic and restorative yoga practices

 
Module 5: Practicalities of Teaching and What a Deeper Practice Means (three days)
Module 5 comes at the end of the training’s mentorship. It will be an opportunity for the group to reflect on the journey but also share their experiences of teaching in the real world.  We will explore questions that arise during teaching, and contemplate how we can ensure time for self care, to develop as caring successful teachers in a competitive world, and continue to live our practice authentically. We will review the role of the teacher, and consider the difficulties as well as opportunities to share what we love in the best ways that we know. We will also have a chance to come together once more to bring a conclusion to our journey as students and teachers of yoga.
 
In this module we will explore:

  • What it is to be a yoga teacher
  • How we can sustain ourselves in the seat of yoga teacher
  • Professional issues and concerns that may arise
  • Self Care and the dangers of “burning out”
  • Ethical Principles
  • Continuing the journey of Learning

 
Learning Outcomes – By the end of this module trainees will:

  • Understand the importance that:  ‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few’. – Shunryu Suzuki
  • Understand that teaching yoga is a continuous journey of exploration, inquiry, learning, service and humility.

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