One Month Intensive, 200 Hour Standards Course
Course Length: One Month
Course Dates: May 21 – June 28, 2013
Cost: $3,200. Canadian (plus texts)
Deposit of $250.00 required
Instructor: Denise Davis-Gains
Course Description and Tentative Schedule
Introduction to yoga. Basic introduction to the Ashtanga (eight limbed) system of yoga. This should provide a broad understanding of how asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) fit into the larger landscape of yogic knowledge and understanding.
Asana: Through demonstration, practice and adjustment, come to understand the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of some of the basic asana.
Pranayama: Practicing some of the basic pranayama (the complete breath, alternate nostril breathing, the square breath, bellows breathing, etc.) used in yoga classes today, we will learn about breath control (length, retention and rhythm) and its effects on our overall wellness.
Relaxation: Begin to understand the relaxation response through a variety of techniques (progressive relaxation, guided imagery, rhythmic breathing and meditation).
Meditation: Explore this as a goal of hatha yoga. A variety of techniques will be used.
Students will develop a personal practice for the duration of the course. Intention and goal setting will be discussed. Individual fitness level will be examined as it relates to yoga:
- Psycho-Emotional wellbeing
Students will be introduced to the principles of teaching yoga.
- Special needs
- Ability to demonstrate
- Ability to talk though the postures
- Exercise preparation
Students will be expected to practice on their own time what they have learned in class. It is suggested by the instructor that they practice 1-2 hours per day in order to digest the information they are learning.
Denise Davis-Gains has been teaching yoga as a certified yoga teacher since 1993. She has been teaching fitness and studying meditation since 1980. She holds two university degrees and continues to pursue higher education in religion and culture. Denise completed a course in Sanskrit with Jonathan Geen at McMaster University. She is trained in the Kripalu method of yoga, a very introspective style that incorporates vinyasa flow and postural analysis. She has been fortunate to be able to study with great yoga masters in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sivananda, Kundalini, Himalayan and other styles and schools and brings this variety of experience and style to this program. Denise has been training yoga teachers for the past twelve years. Denise is a part-time faculty member in the physical education / kinesiology department of Wilfrid Laurier University and a Fitness Technologist at Conestoga College where she trains law enforcement/Police/Fire/Paramedic students to meet the physical industry standards. She continues to be a facilitator and production manager in the Inner Quest Intensive, at the Kripalu Institute, Massachusetts (the Inner Quest Intensive in considered the most intensive and healing program that is run at this institution).
*Please note: payment is required on receipt of notification of acceptance to the program. (refunds will not be issued once admitted to this program)