300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training At Vinyasa Arts

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The Vinyasa Arts Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program is a 300 hour yoga teacher training program designed to provide you with the most solid understanding of alignment and adjustment while helping you fine tune your true inner teacher and expand your own personal style of teaching vinyasa yoga.

As a 300 hour teacher trainee at Vinyasa Arts, you will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to improve, deepen and personalize your own vinyasa flow classes. You will also improve your own personal yoga practice, while advancing your teaching skills to become an even more talented vinyasa yoga instructor. You will have sufficient opportunities to lead your own vinyasa flow class to your fellow trainees and in community classes. In addition, this teacher training will include meditation, pranayama, history and philosophy; as well as, ethics of a yoga teacher, and muscular and subtle energy anatomy.

Vinyasa Arts is a registered yoga school which provides 200 hour training and advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training programs which exceed yoga alliance standards. This permits teachers that graduate to become certified RYT 200 or RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed.

The 300 hour standards are advanced standards of study. Students must have completed a 200 hour registered yoga teacher training program before participating in the 300 hour program at Vinyasa Arts.

Course Descriptions

Techniques, Training And Practice (Asana, Pranayama And Meditation): 100 Hours

We will be practicing asanas as well as going over the guidelines for a daily practice. With the Vinyasa Arts principles of proper alignment, we will explore the asanas with and through the steadiness and ease of the breath, continuously joining the breath with the body-mind-spirit connection. Guiding students through basic yogic breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama); as well as more refined breathing techniques. We will focus on the discovery and development of Pranayama by reflecting on the techniques of the ancient yogis. We will discuss the importance of sthira, sukham, asanam, deepening your yogic practice. We will explore meditation as a form of yoga and the path towards self-discovery, healing and transformation. Opening the windows to the mind and to a deeper connection to the entire universe. Learning to have a clear mind and a balanced sense of self.

Teaching Methodology (teaching, Modifications, Relationships, Business Of Yoga): 29 Hours

Teaching techniques that are applicable to Vinyasa Yoga. Helping student yoga teachers open their awareness to the most authentic way they can teach Vinyasa Yoga to others. We will cover several areas; categorizing standing and seated poses; principles of sequencing these poses; and creating safe and fun sequences (teaching scripts, sequences for various levels, practical teaching, etc.). We will also cover “introducing the pose” (translation, example and benefits); teaching from the foundation up; Addressing risk factors; explaining why we hold a pose a certain way; providing options, modifications and alternative postures; instructing how to move into and out of a pose (transitions, etc.); using precise directional language, Sanskrit names of Asanas, etc; and teacher / student relationships; and the business of yoga.

Anatomy And Physiology (structure And Movement/subtle Energy): 20 Hours

Having knowledge of anatomy will help with understanding your student’s boundaries and limitations. We will discuss the most common injuries in yoga and how they may have accrued. Using “live models” to show body movements and structure in the asanas. This section will include the language of anatomy; the nervous system and anatomy and physiology of breathing and. We will also have lecture and discussion on anatomy of the subtle body (Three Bodies and the Five Sheaths; Prana (five major types), Nadis, Bandhas, Chakras/Chakra charts, Gunas, and Doshas)

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle And Ethics (history, Lifestyle, Ethics): 30 Hours

In this section we will look at the foundational literature of yoga to identify the traditional practices, considering the relevance and practical application of these practices in doing and teaching yoga. Topics will include “Yoga as Self Transformation” by Joel Kramer, The Heart of Yoga (several chapters throughout the training); Light on Yoga (BKS Iyengar);and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, History of Yoga;

Practicum: 35 HOURS

Practicing teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. It also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching. We will also conduct a “Final Practicum”

About Your Instructors


Tamara Totman E-RYT 500

Tamara Lafferty-Totman has taught yoga in San Diego County for nearly 16 years. She has trained with several well respected yoga teachers over the years, and is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance. Along with Tamara’s yoga experience, she has a Master’s degree in Psychology and a background in fine art.

Tamara’s style of teaching is lighthearted, versatile and creative. Her background is in Ashtanga Yoga and the style she teaches now is Vinyasa Flow yoga level 2/3 and 3/4 (a vinyasa flow that includes arm balances and handstands). Tamara’s classes are a great fusion of powerful Vinyasa Flow with an entrancing mix of contemporary music. Her classes are physically challenging; however, proper alignment, modifications and plenty of hands-on adjustments are essential in her classes. The focal point is exclusively on alignment, movement with breath, core, strength and balance…. and of course a sense of humor!


Andy Totman

Andy Totman fell in love with Vinyasa yoga in 2005 and has consistently kept up his practice. He has taken teacher training with Tim Miller, yoga philosophy at Mira Costa College. Andy has also been practicing WuShu (Kungfu) since 2007. His training at Jing Institute of Chinese Culture and Marital Arts also included Tai Chi and Chi Gong. After receiving his yoga teacher certificate in 2008, Andy has been teaching yoga in North County ever since. Andy’s personal yoga style is Vinyasa. He always enjoys progressing in the more difficult postures and transitions, always looking for a challenge. “There is nothing more graceful than the wind, breathe in the Wind, and move with grace.”





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