Welcome to TYS 200 YTT: The Balance of Sthira and Sukha. This training is a passion project of ours and a blend of our two philosophies tied together to give you a unique experience.
Sthira is a sanskrit word, well known in yoga from Patanjali’s yoga sutras meaning steadiness or strength. STHA= to stand or be firm. Sukha, also from the sutras, means pleasure or ease. SU= good KHA= space. Seemingly opposite ideas, they are equally important qualities to incorporate into yoga and in life.
Using the concept of Sthira in our training, we will explore the importance of feeling stable, supported, and rooted in our practice and in our lives. We will study the limbs, spine, and bandhas through fundamental postures, functional alignment and pranayama. We will deepen our understanding of our own bodies, identify patterns that no longer serve us, and create new, safe ways of moving.
Theme: Stabilization, Foundation, Structure
In playing with Sukha, we learn to connect with our inner ocean, nourishing our practice with a sense of ease, playfulness and spontaneity. We explore the watery environment of hips and shoulder joints and glide through fluid transitions (the movement between postures). Going deeper, we visit the subtle body and discover the movement of energy through pranayama and the chakra system while finding the sweetness in stillness.
Theme: Pliability, Space, Deepening
These principles, often referred to as effort and ease, will be woven throughout each weekend.
- Study of Yamas and Niyamas (8 limb path)
- Pranayama & Bandhas
- Alignment & Asana
- Creative Sequencing
- Functional Anatomy and Movement
- Teaching Techniques (Using your Voice, Leading “Beginners”, Support & Touch)
- Transitions (Breath/Body Connection)
- Subtle Body: Vayus/Koshas/Chakras
- Intro to Yin Yoga
- Sutra Study
- Intro to Ayurveda
- The Business of Yoga: Ethics, Building your Brand, Attaining Clientele, etc.
- Written Exam
All weekends will include:
Two 75-90 minute asana practice
Practice teaching within small groups
Functional anatomy review
What to bring to each weekend:
Notebook & Pen
Change of clothes