Become a Yoga Teacher

Dear reader,

Has yoga enhanced your life in even the smallest of ways? Has it made a positive impact, empowering you, and increasing your own sense of being, health, mindfulness, and joy? If so, why not share and inspire others to explore down the yogic path? Help build a stronger and healthier community all around you. Remember, it only takes one person to create big change.

Mind Body Symphony’s 200hr Teacher Training Course (TTC) is one of a kind, staying authentic to the teachings from the Yogic Scriptures while understanding the requirements of the modern environmental limitations. What matters to us is that you understand the core of what yoga is all about, and for you to be a shining ambassador for yoga in your local circle. This is our little way of passing on yoga to the generations to come and to help preserve its core.

Becoming a great teacher is difficult – it needs your dedication and hard work. We are prepared to dive in with you and help you master the art, technique, and principles of becoming a great yoga teacher. We have designed our course to train you in philosophy, practice, teaching techniques, and much more.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be a well-rounded yoga teacher who understands the physical, physiological, psychological, and philosophical aspects of yoga and be eligible to apply for your 200hr Yoga Alliance Certificate at www.yogaalliance.org.

Please review the entire syllabus to understand what the course entails, expectations, pre-requisites, and other details about each section. Know that we will be working a little of each section every day, using the lessons from each to propel us forward in the rest. We are happy to review this with you in more depth, and/or answer any questions you may have via e-mail, phone, or in person.

We wish you the best of luck and hope you have a rewarding journey.

Sincerely,
Abha Bajaj ERYT 500, CIAYT
Program Director / Lead Teacher
Mind Body Symphony

About Mind Body Symphony

Mind Body Symphony 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program, held primarily in Singapore, is uniquely committed to allow students to learn yoga true to its tradition. Students from all walks of life enroll to learn yoga philosophy and theory, meditation and teaching techniques to enable them to develop on their personal self-practice and teach their future students safely and confidently. Students will practice both Antarang (inner) and Bahirang (outer) Yoga, the eight limbs of Yoga, master 51 Asanas (yoga postures) and therapeutic benefits, and experience other ancient yogic techniques like Maun (noble silence), Ayurveda (Life knowledge). These high standards are strictly maintained across all batches.

Yoga is your natural state, and we strive to get you back to your natural state. Yoga Philosophy teaches us simplicity, and we strive to practice this by keeping our space simple, clutter free, and bright.

About the Lead Teacher

About the Lead TeacherAbha is a seasoned yoga trainer and yoga Therapist with over 10 years of training and treating many clients in Singapore and India. She believes in the traditional and most basic techniques of yoga, The Hatha Yoga and has seen her clients benefitting immensely in achieving their goals, be it fitness, flexibility, strength or relief from various health conditions.

Primarily a certified Personal Trainer from American Council on Exercise, USA as well as Singapore Sports Council, it was her personal experience that heavy weight lifting may give you a toned body and improved metabolism, but holistic living has more dimensions to it. The contraction in muscle fibers leads to tightness in body which later coverts in tightness in emotions and creates imbalance in the energy system of the body.

She enrolled for her 200 hours Yoga Teacher’s Training with Dr. Venky’s Shiva Shakti Yoga Institute in Singapore in 2008. Since then she has turned into a yoga enthusiast and there has been no looking back ever since.

In 2014 she headed to Paramanand Institute of Yogic Science and Research, Indore, India for her 300 hours Teacher’s Training program as well as a Diploma in Yoga therapy.

Her Guruji Dr. Omanand introduced her to Antarang Yoga, which brought a turnaround in her thought process and the way she looked at life in general.

It’s now her vision to teach yoga the way it originated and the way it was taught traditionally where the emphasis is not just on the physical aspect (Asanas) but introduce the students to the deeper aspects of yoga which helps them understand the purpose of life and turn them inward for finding eternal peace and bliss. She is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA (ERYT 500) and International Association of Yoga Therapist USA (CIAYT).

Abha considers herself an eternal student as she continues to study under various teachers, in India. She works as a Guest Faculty in Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science and Research, Indore India. Believing deeply that the practice of yoga is accessible to all, Abha strives to express her knowledge and teachings in a way that is easy to understand. It is through this creation that she reaches out to the local community and shares her knowledge and experience of yoga. From the East to the West, and from the West to the East, she brings with her a truly holistic practice and knowledge of yoga that, if you let it, will penetrate your life in new and magical ways.

About Our Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC)

Our philosophy for training is designed for people to experience and understand the depths of yoga

knowledge and a sincere practice. It is first and foremost about understanding what yoga is about, everything from ancient and modern philosophy to the study of ancient texts and the subtleties of various asanas to be practiced in your own body. It is only then that we can begin to guide you through teaching methodology, and the art and science of sequencing a practice that is accessible to all. Our training is suitable for those seeking to become a yoga teacher, for existing yoga teachers who are looking to deepen their knowledge and practice of yoga, or for students who wish to study and understand more about their own practice. Through our shared dedication and collaboration, and your time, energy, and teamwork, we are here to equip you with the tools needed for an abundant and lifelong journey with yoga.

Mind Body Symphony is a Yoga Alliance Certified School of Yoga, and upon successful completion of our Teacher Training Course (TTC), you will have the opportunity to pursue a global career as an RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher).

Breakdown of 200 Hour Training
Hours Topics of Study
60+ Asana, Pranayama, Meditation
20+ Anatomy, Physiology & Ayurveda
40+ Teaching/Teaching Practice
40+ Philosophy, Sanskrit, Chanting, and Yogic Lifestyle
20+ Home / Personal Study

Benefits of Training with us

  • Small class sizes (maximum of 8 students) – this allows for optimal one-on-one training, attention, and personalized care for each and every student.
  • 140+ contact hours with Lead Trainer (compared to the usual 110 required contact hours).
  • Primarily experiential and practical learning techniques.
  • Wide spectrum of topics covered.
  • Thoroughly trained lead teacher with a broad yoga education and teaching background. We have refined our syllabus, content, and teaching styles to ensure we bring you the very best of what we know, going above and beyond the minimum criteria set for such programs.
  • The study of both Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga.
  • Enhancing and challenging your own personal practice.
  • Overall Learning Objectives

  • Learn and understand the fundamental knowledge and 8 limbs of Yoga – what is it all about?
  • Hatha and Vinyasa – learning the differences and benefits of each style, and how they are meant to work together.
  • Learn, in-depth, over 51 poses and their benefits, modifications, etc.
  • Learn the basics of Pranayama, the yogic art of breathing.
  • Build and develop your own yoga practice.
  • Learn to teach others with clarity, precisions, and confidence.
  • Learn the importance and use of props.
  • Study Ancient Yogic Philosophy and study of texts (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali the Bhagavad Geeta, and more!).
  • Subtle ethics of yoga, and how to integrate this lifestyle into the modern world of yoga.
  • Understand different types of students, bodies, needs, climates, and build smart, innovative, and safe sequences for all.
  • Gain practical and hands on experiences in teaching.
  • Gain a lifelong resource for any and all future endeavors while on your yoga journey.
  • Yoga Philosophy

    What is yoga? This is where we discuss what yoga is all about. Where and when did the practice of yoga begin? What are the principles of yoga? How has it evolved, and spread its knowledge? Here, our goal is to give you a strong foundation on the fundamentals of yoga that you can implement into your daily life and build upon throughout your journey.

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Understand the origin of yoga, as well as its’ evolution through time, and across the world.
  • Understand the practice and implementation of the 8 Limbs of Yoga
  • Read, interpret, and share knowledge of Ancient Yogic Texts with your yoga circle (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Geeta, and more).
  • Understand the greater goal of yoga.
  • Asanas

    As one of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, our study of 51+ asanas is designed to delve deep into various categories of poses - to learn and understand their benefits, modifications, progressions, regressions, and most importantly how to properly and safely get in and out of each pose. This builds upon our foundation by creating the framework in which we can begin to create a complete practice and begins the process of self-awareness and self-care.

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Complete a full Surya Namaskar with proper form and alignment, all the while understanding its’ purpose and benefits.
  • Understand the different categories of poses, and their collective benefits within a practice.
  • Understand a variety of poses within each category fully – their benefits, modifications, progressions, regressions, etc.
  • Understand the physiological and psychological effects of each pose.
  • Begin to understand how each pose works with one another as we begin to approach the art and science of sequencing a practice.
  • Understand the art of using props (belts, blocks, bolsters).
  • Practice on your classmates.
  • The Art and Science of Sequencing

    With a deeper understanding and strong core knowledge of individual poses, we will begin to work with the art and science of sequencing a practice. We will explore hatha and vinyasa styles of yoga practice, themed sequencing, and how to prepare a sequence that is accessible by all, complete with modifications.

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Understand the differences and similarities of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and when to use and practice each.
  • Understand how to observe and enhance intuition.
  • Design a class so that the practitioner gains maximum benefit from the practice.
  • Sequence a complete class that is accessible to all.
  • Be able to demonstrate, instruct, correct, and lead all level classes and practitioners.
  • Build up the skill of self-discovery, and learning through one’s own practice, to help others.
  • Pranayama: The Art of Yogic Breathing

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Understand the Respiratory system, and how it correlates with the body and yoga.
  • Understand how to observe and enhance intuition.
  • Understand various breathing exercises, knowing their benefits and best times of practice.
  • Meditation and Chanting

    Meditation is the best medication. Meditation is one of the greatest tools to restore harmony and balance in the mind and the body.
    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Establish a self-practice schedule away from class
  • Be able to understand the need and challenges of meditation
  • Importance of yoga practice to begin meditation
  • The importance of sound vibrations and their impact on the body and mind
  • Enhanced ability to pronounce more Sanskrit words
  • Find a sense of peace and calm after both practices
  • Therapeutic Yoga – for injury and joint health

    More often than not, practitioners come to yoga post injury, in search of a way to heal and stay moving. With this in mind, we delve deep into therapeutic benefits for the shoulders, hips, spine, knee and other major joints of the body. As well as psychological issues of depression, trauma, emotional imbalance and more. We also cover asthma, sciatica, diabetes prevention etc.

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Successfully build class sequence AND teach people with a variety of issues.
  • To be able to build multiple sequences in a class with multiple issues.
  • To be able to help others confidently with a thorough backing of yoga knowledge.
  • Anatomy and Physiology

    In order to practice or teach a great sequence, you need to first understand the muscles, bones, fascia and joints of the body, and how it applies to movement of the body from asana to asana. How should our bones stack, and our muscles wrap around them? How do we both strengthen and protect our joints? Learn what to look for in your own body as well as the bodies of your varying students to ensure a safe and effective practice accessible to all, free from pain and injury.

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Understand and know the bones, muscles, ligaments, tissues, tendons, fascia, and joints of the body.
  • Know the planes of the body and how the body moves through them.
  • Properly align the body in each asana as we learn them.
  • Know what to look for in various body types, and the best way to guide each safely through a practice.
  • Understand and explain the subtle bodies (nadis, koshas, chakras, dosha, gunas, and prana), and how to ensure their balance.
  • Teaching Methodology

    Having the knowledge of yoga is mission number one – mission number two is preparing you with different tools to communicate your knowledge effectively to others. Here, we will experiment with different ways to communication with others, across cultures, across language. We will work to find your voice and unique teaching style. You will practice on and observe your peers to fine tune these skills

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Understand the proper pronunciation and meaning of common Sanskrit terms.
  • Understand the value of a good demonstration.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with others using yoga language and terminology.
  • Gain practical experience using compassionate communication.
  • Be able to give
  • value of common yoga poses and pranayama.
  • Be able to explore teaching styles, and verbal adjustments in common yoga poses and pranayama.
  • Be able to explain the benefits and do the work to identify with your own unique style of teaching. Find your voice.
  • Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers

    Together, we will work with you to understand the qualities of a yoga teacher based on the yogic principles of niyamas, yamas, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

    Business of Yoga

    you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

    Learning Objectives – you will know that we have completed this section when you can:

  • Build a strong and relevant yoga resume highlighting your strengths, skills and experience.
  • Understand how to connect with other yoga schools and build relations in your community.
  • Apply for yoga teaching jobs and how to follow up.
  • How to use social media and gain visibility online.
  • Successfully understand where to draw the line between business and the real goal of yoga.
  • Maintaining your ethics and professionalism throughout the journey of being a teacher.
  • Understanding liability issues and obtaining all permits, licenses and more…
  • Requirements and Pre-Approval

  • Dedication to yoga with an on-going and consistent yoga practice.
  • Must attend a minimum of 5 classes with us before being accepted into the training. We do this to ensure that you understand our method, philosophy, and culture of teaching before getting started in the training.
  • Must be able to attend all hours of contact class, complete all assignments on time, and complete teaching examinations to be certified at the end of the course. Those who are not certifying to teach are also expected to attend all hours for successful completion of the course.
  • Assignments and Practicum Assignments

    There will be home assignments given periodically. Please ensure that you complete these assignments and submit them on time. Home assignments will complement the class work and help you internalize the subject matter more clearly. All assignments are to be completed before completion of the course.

    Practicum – Both a written and practical exam need to be completed with passing scores.
    An 80% score is needed to pass the written exam near the end of the course. We will prepare you for this exam throughout the course with assignments, quizzes, and tips.
    For the practical, we require you to teach a real class of students. This session will be graded by Abha separately and she will assign performance scores as deemed appropriate. We will train you thoroughly during the course for this part of the exam – we want you to succeed! We allow a maximum of three attempts to pass the practical, and in the case that one cannot clear the practical after three attempts, we will have you try again in the next set of examinations for a fee.

    Student Conduct

    Each student will be held to a high standard of conduct, demonstrating respect for their peers and maintaining confidentiality throughout and after the course. Any form of bias, sexual harassment, violation of state or federal laws, or proven dishonesty will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

    Investments, Dates, and Application

    Application fee: $100 due along with your completed application form

    Tuition Fee: S$3400 Early Bird:S$3000
    Next Intake: Weekdays Intensive February 18,2019- March 18,2019
    Weekend TTC: March 16,2019- May 19,2019
    Installment Options: $3100 to be paid in 2 installments of $1550

  • 1st installment due within two weeks of acceptance
  • 2nd installment due before examination.

  • NOTE:

  • The fee includes the course fee, manuals and certificate
  • The fee excludes food, additional reference books, Yoga Alliance registration fees
  • Refer to our terms and conditions for postponement and cancellation policy.

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    Menka Kohli TTC Experience

    My teacher’s training experience was very enriching & impactful. I had no clue that it will have such a profound impact on me, not only physically but mentally as well as spiritually . Though I was told by my teacher ( Abhaji) that it will change my life, But I had to experience it to believe it and it did indeed change my life!!!

    It not only deepened my theoretical & practical knowledge about yoga, But it also opened my eyes towards the yogic way of life at the thought level through Patanjali Yoga Sutras. I developed a special interest & liking for PYS and I like to keep referring to it again & again.

    I also found the course content very comprehensive & complete, as it covered everything from history of yoga & yoga sutras, to anatomy & physiology, chakras, mudras, Bhagavad Gita and meditation. I could understand yoga in its totality and how it works very subtly & surely through all our 4 bodies (Anamaya kosh, Pranmaya kosh, Manomaya kosh,Vigyanmaya kosh) to finally reach our Bliss body ( Anandmaya kosh)

    I truly believe Abhaji’s TTC has been GOD’s gift for me and I will be forever grateful to her for imparting this knowledge to me……….

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