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Teacher Training

Pure Air – Freedom and Light with TT Ho

This part-time training programme is Hatha-based and catered to aspiring teachers and experienced yoga practitioners who wish to advance their practices. The programme is divided into Part I - foundational yoga training over five weeks and Part II aerial yoga training over four weeks.

During Part I of the training, you will discover the bigger picture of yoga and how the practice fits into the history and philosophy of yoga in general. The fundamental skills you learn on the course will give you a foundation from which to either teach a Hatha yoga class or deepen your yoga practice.

In Part II, the training evolves from the mat to aerial hammock and yoga swing – i.e. a sling with three handles at varying lengths. Aerial Yoga helps practitioners to increase flexibility, develop strength and experience deep, full breathing. Working with gravity, students realign and relax the body, enhance awareness and uplift the spirit.
Discovering how to work with the hammock / yoga swing as a teaching prop allows students explore, refine and advance the asana practice. The hammock / yoga swing makes traditional asanas easier, whilst the practice becomes deeper and more achievable as the weight of the body is either partially or fully supported by the fabric (hammock) and the handles (yoga swing). Students can challenge themselves whilst also restoring, repairing and relaxing.

You will understand the benefits of working with the hammock / yoga swing – how it facilitates proper body alignment and physical release in different body parts. You will also learn how to create a fluid aerial yoga class and how to safely teach aerial yoga to others.
Students are expected to practise aerial yoga and undertake mat practices consistently, particularly during the training period in order to appreciate the benefits and differences. Students are required to undertake 20 diverse yoga classes during the training.

Completion of this course guarantees a certificate. However, you will receive your certification when the teacher determines that you are ready to teach publicly – whether it be exactly at the end of the course or some time thereafter. You should feel confident of integrating the hammock / yoga swing into your teaching style and self-practice.

Pure Air – Freedom and Light
200 Hours Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Training Programme

I. Techniques, Training and Practice
Asana
Mat Practice
• In-depth study of basic asanas: (1) Standing poses; (2) Forward bends; (3) Backward bends; (4) Arm balances; (5) Hip openers; (6) Twists; (7) Inversions; (8) Restorative
• Body awareness and alignment
• Variations and modifications
• Benefits and contraindications

Aerial Practice
• Syllabus as below: CET-40

Pranayama and Subtle Body
• Effects of pranayama on anatomy and subtle body
• Major pranayama techniques
• Complete sequencing of pranayama safely, including alternatives and adaptations

Meditation
• Common meditation methods
• Chanting, mantras, and mudras

II. Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy
• Skeletal system, including major bones, types of joints
• Major muscles involved in asanas
• Types of muscle contractions

Physiology
• Nervous system
• Cardiovascular/circulatory, endocrine, digestive systems
• Respiratory system

Biomechanics
• Types of joint movements
• Joint stabilisation
• Safe movements
• Contraindications, misalignments and adaptations

III. Yoga Humanities
History
• History of yoga
• Lineages, style and methodology

Philosophy
• Yoga Sutras
• The Bhagavad Gita
• Upanishads
• Hatha Yoga Pradipika
• Self-reflection on how philosophy relates to practice

Ethics
• Awareness of Yoga Sutras or similar yogic ethical precepts
• Relationship to Yoga Alliance Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct
• Comprehension of and responsibility to increase equity in yoga
• Accountability measures
• Self-reflection on how yoga ethics relate to practice and teaching

IV. Professional Essentials

Teaching Methodology
• The seat of the teacher
• Motivations
• Teacher techniques:
• (1) Class management: (a) The presence; (b) Environment; (c) Beginning a class
• (2) Cueing - verbal, visual and physical
• (3) Sequencing and pace
• (4) The art of demonstrations
• (5) The art of adjustment

Professional Development
• Yoga-related professional organisations
• Credentialing process
• Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct
• Lifetime of learning and continuing education
• General professionalism, including timeliness, consistency, cleanliness
• Marketing and promotion
• Liability insurance, waivers, invoicing

Practicum
• Knowledge, skills, experience across the key competencies
• Mentorship component, including apprenticeship, feedback

CET-40
This continuous education training programme is catered to teachers and experienced yoga practitioners who wish to advance their practices.

Students learn to integrate the hammock into teaching and self-practice. Discover how to work with the hammock as a teaching prop, making traditional asanas easier, the practice deeper and more achievable. Students can challenge themselves whilst also restoring, repairing and relaxing.

This intensive 40-hour training programme is focused on how to work with the hammock to facilitate proper body alignment and physical release in different body parts.

Students will familiarise themselves with the aerial hammock, learning how to use it as a prop to enhance traditional yoga practice, how to create fluid aerial yoga sequences, and how to safely teach aerial yoga.
The training programme is comprised of:
Asana Practice
· Benefits
· Health considerations
· Practice etiquette
· In-depth study of asanas: incorporating the use of aerial hammock into the understanding of yoga practice
· Understanding of safety measures– positioning for asanas and guidance in and out of postures

Teaching Methodology
· Chakra system and aerial yoga
· Leading a class
· Dialogue for effective teaching
· Art of demonstrations
· Art and science of sequencing varying levels
· Practicum

Students are expected to practise aerial yoga and undertake mat practices consistently in order to appreciate the benefits and differences.

Part 1: 23 May – 21 June
Peninsula Office Tower
Sample timetable:
Saturday

23, 30 May & 6, 13, 20 June
8:45am - Meditation
9:00am - Group practice
11:00am - Lecture
1:00pm - Lunch break
2:00pm - Lecture
3:00pm - Posture clinic
5:30pm - Practicum

Sunday
24, 31 May & 7, 14, 21 June
8:45am - Meditation
9:00am - Group practice
11:00am - Lecture
1:00pm - Lunch break
2:00pm - Lecture
3:00pm - Posture clinic
6:00pm - Aerial yoga
Trainees must complete a total of 25 classes, including aerial yoga to be certified for this programme.

Part 2 / CET-40: 11 July – 2 August
Langham Place Office Tower
8:45am - Meditation
9:00am - Group discussion
10:00am - Group practice
12:00pm - Posture clinic
1:00pm - Lunch
2:00pm - Lecture
3:00pm - Posture clinic
5:30pm - Practicum

Full Training
Eligible Students
· A minimum of 12 months of regular yoga practice
· An understanding of aerial yoga practice
· A deep desire to learn and personally explore the deeper dimensions of yoga
· A coachable attitude
· Commitment, including 100% attendance to asana practices, yogic practices and lectures
· Completed required readings

Application
· A short explanation of the objective of attending this training
· Confirmation of being free of injuries and contraindications as indicated in Pure’s aerial yoga practice disclaimer
· “Evolution of yoga practice”: Explain how your yoga practice has evolved over the years and how you see it in a year’s time – 250 words
· “Light on Life”: Indicate the most insightful and/or inspiring aspect(s) of this book – 250 words

Required Reading
Light on Life – BKS Iyengar
Light on Yoga – BKS Iyengar
Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff
Bhagavad Gita (any version)
Yoga Sutras of Patañjali (any version)

Students who are interested in participating should bear in mind that this will be a physically and emotionally demanding programme. It will require a strong commitment and personal sacrifice, as well as the support of the student's primary support network.

CET-40

Eligible Students
· RYT-200 or higher certification
· A deep desire to learn and personally explore the deeper dimensions of yoga
· A coachable attitude
· Commitment, including 100% attendance to asana practices

Application
· A short explanation of the objective of attending this training
Confirmation of being free of injuries and contraindications as indicated in Pure’s aerial yoga practice disclaimer

A Chartered Accountant by training, TT was introduced to Yoga when Pure Yoga first opened in 2002, initially focusing on hot yoga. Over the years, he has practised and trained in various styles – from hatha, power vinyasa and ashtanga to yin yang, acro yoga and aerial yoga – under different masters. TT’s practice has evolved from a physical practice to a holistic approach.
Inspired by his teachers Patrick Creelman and Wendy Wyvill amongst many others, TT undertook his first teacher training in the US with Baron Baptiste in 2009. The training was transformational and stressed authenticity. He then furthered his studies with Master Yogananth Andiappan, deepening his knowledge and practice in the yoga tradition. After acquiring 500 hours’ training with Master Yogananth, he was motivated to pursue a Master of Science degree in yoga & naturopathy. TT continues his lifelong journey in yoga, recently building his expertise in aerial yoga.
Through teaching yoga, TT hopes to spread its benefits and philosophy to a wider community. As Managing Editor of Asana, he is instrumental in introducing yoga masters to all and connecting with the international yoga community on yoga and related subjects. TT emphasises non-competition and compassion. His classes can be challenging at times, but students will leave feeling refreshed and energised.

QUALIFICATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
· E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance
· Yoga Trapeze Teacher Training [Barcelona] 2019
· Chakra Aerial Yoga Levels 1, 2 & 3 Teacher Training [UK], 2015 & 2016
· Swing Yoga Teacher Training [Dubai], 2016
· Aerial Yoga Teacher Training [Indonesia], 2016
· Gravotonics Yoga Swing Training [Indonesia], 2015
· AntiGravity Restorative Yoga [Thailand], 2014
· AntiGravity Fundamentals 1 & 2 [Ireland], 2014
· Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Practice Teacher Training Course with Manju Pattabhi Jois [UK], 2013
· MSc Yoga & Naturopathy, Manonamaniam Soudaranar University – First Class [Hong Kong/India], 2010-12
· David Swenson – 40-Hour Primary Series Training Immersion [Hong Kong], 2011
· Baron Baptiste Levels 1 & 2 Teacher Training Bootcamp [USA], 2009 & 2010
· Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Levels 1, 2 & 3 [Hong Kong], 2009 & 2010
· 200-hours Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course (in conjunction and accredited by Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, India) [Hong Kong], 2009
· AcroYoga Immersion Training [Hong Kong], 2009
· Patrick Creelman: The Seat of the Teacher [Hong Kong], 2007

Part 1: Pure Air – Freedom and Light

23 May – 21 June

Peninsula Office Tower

 

Part 2: CET-40

11 July – 2 August

Langham Place Office Tower

 

 

Super Early-Bird Prices:
Register NOW until 28 February

Early-Bird Prices:
Register NOW until 31 March

Regular Prices:
Register from 1 April onwards


Full Training:


Part 1: 23 May – 21 June

Part 2 CET-40: 11 July – 2 August

HK$28,800

 HK$32,400

HK$36,000

 

CET-40 Only

11 July – 2 August

HK$10,200

HK$11,475

HK$12,750

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Application
Please complete an online application form or email us to apply. You will be notified by email within 3-5 days of its approval along with a Welcome Letter outlining payment procedures and further details. Application is NOT required for Morning Intensives. Please register at studio reception.

 

Early-Bird Discount
Super Early-Bird Price: Application sent in on or before 29 February 2020.
Early-Bird Price: Application sent in on or before 31 March 2020.
Regular Price: Application sent in starting from 1 April 2020.

 

Refunds/Cancellation
· No refund or credit will be given for cancellation starting 31 March 2020.
· All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.

 

Students Group
This programme is taught in a small group of up to 11 students. Depending on enrolment, you will be assigned to a group with similar experience.

  

Healthy-licious juice cleanse offer from nood food

·        $200 discount on nood food 3-Day juice cleanse for all yoga event registrants on workshop dates. Ask nood food staff at your workshop location for details.

·        10% off all nood food items for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.


Special offer from Pure Apparel:
• 20% off all Pure Apparel retail products for all teacher training registrants.

 

Enquiries:

For enquiries, please email events@pure-yoga.com

Will I be able to teach right after I graduate from this programme?
Yes. All the course materials taught in this course prepare students with all the foundational knowledge and skills needed to become yoga teachers. Some students take it to deepen their own personal practice, kick-start a life transformational experience, while others do it to immediately start a teaching career. Others who do not want to proceed into teaching immediately would immerse into further trainings. More than half the students from our graduate programmes begin teaching friends, family, moving into part-time teaching in studios and then full-time teaching.

Will I be able to teach at Pure Yoga after graduating from this programme?
Pure Yoga is always open to applications and supports graduates from our programmes. We do have many teachers at Pure Yoga currently that are previous graduates. While we encourage graduates to apply with us, there is never a guarantee of job placement due to availability of openings or space within our studios. However, any graduates that apply with us are kept in our database and are advised if there are openings available.

Will Pure Yoga help with my Yoga Alliance application?
Upon successful graduation of our teacher training programmes, Pure Yoga will send the students a link to where they can apply for the Yoga Alliance certification. Our programmes and our school are Yoga Alliance accredited, meaning that students graduating from our programmes will “automatically” be approved when they apply to Yoga Alliance. From there, students will take their own steps in applying for Yoga Alliance – whether you are applying for 200-hour certification, 500-hour or so forth.

If I miss one day, will I be able to make up for it?
Students undergoing this programme must be fully committed and understand that 100% full attendance is required. They must also be willing to forgo most other personal or professional commitments for the duration of the programme – only with 100% attendance and completion of the course will students receive a certificate and no make-up of work will be given. Should there be any problems with this, students must speak with the faculty prior to the course and only under very special circumstances will it be considered.

Will I receive a certificate after the programme?
Upon successful completion, 100% attendance, and following the code of conduct – students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Pure Yoga for this teacher training programme.

Yoga experience

Pure Yoga Cardholders can opt to have their contracts temporarily suspended for the duration of the course. Please check YES if you would like to have your account suspended. Suspension period is on a monthly basis. You can choose the start day of your suspension. You are able to reactivate your account any time by filling in a reactivation form at the studio.
Should you wish to join any classes during the training, you will receive 50% off the regular price for drop-ins