LISPY 200 Hour RYT Course Overview

Weekend 1: Biomechanics of Movement and Physiology

  • Principles to move the body safely and efficiently based on “Yoga for Wellness” Gary Kraftsow
  • Yoga’s effect on systems of the body including the cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, immune, nervous, muscular, reproductive, and skeletal
  • Practical anatomy landmarks and areas of risk

Weekend 2: Neurobiology and Trauma

  • Foundations of neurobiology including the anatomy of the brain, neurotransmitters and
  • The brain on stress vs yoga and mindfulness
  • The effect of trauma on the brain
  • Trauma-informed yoga

Weekend 3: Psychopathology

  • Understanding mental illness and disease
  • The major diagnostic categories including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, feeding
    and eating disorders, and personality disorders, substance use disorders
  • Working with mental health professionals as a yoga teacher
  • Case studies

Weekend 4: Asana and Teaching Methodology

  • Foundations of teaching asana including 6 pose categories, cueing and adjusting
  • Breath centric asana vs form centric asana

Weekend 5: Vinyasa Krama

  • Sequencing with intention and purpose
  • Building classes for a physical apex vs building classes for a mental apex

Weekend 6: Energetics

  • Principles of Energetics to include energizing, grounding, and balancing techniques
  • Creating practices with specific energetic effects
  • Application of principles of balancing energy in the client

Weekend 7: Pranayama and Mantra

  • Building breath awareness and foundational pranayama techniques applied to disease
  • Use of mantra to affect mood and transform the mind
  • Application of breath to affect the nervous system

Weekend 8: Ayurveda and Lifestyle Interventions

  • Foundations of Ayurveda Science and application in the client
  • Self Care and Lifestyle principles for wellness and balance
  • Application of Ayurvedic informed yoga practices

Weekend 9: Meditation and Mindfulness

  • Effects of mindfulness and meditation on the brain
  • Mindfulness vs Yogic meditation- using the mind as a tool vs transcending the mind
  • Foundations of leading and creating mediations and meditation postures
  • Basic mudra to emphasize effect of mediation

Weekend 10: Yoga Psychology and Sutras

  • Model of the mind through psychotherapy and yogic lenses
  • Methods of change, neuroplasticity and samsara vrtti cycle
  • 8 limbs of Yoga – the yoga of action

Final written test completed online and yoga class taught to staff for certification