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Effective Term:
Winter 2021 through Summer 2023

Course Number:
FT 120
Course Title:
Foundations of Yoga Instruction
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Explores the foundational skills and techniques involved in Hatha Yoga instruction. Emphasizes pranayama and the main categories of asana. Covers alignment, adjustments, modifications and teaching methods. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Develop and lead routines in Hatha Yoga for a generally healthy adult population.

  2. Apply teaching methods appropriate for Hatha Yoga.

  3. Instruct individuals and groups in asana and pranayama techniques.

  4. Assess and modify individual client needs based on knowledge of anatomy and alignment principles.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Teaching demonstration

  • Critique of practice teaching

  • Written assignments

  • Exams and quizzes

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Asana and modifications in each of the main categories: seated, standing, hip openers, arm balances, twists and inversions.

  • Basic pranayama.

  • Asana selection and modification in group instruction.

  • Developing sequences of yoga asana and pranayama.

  • Cueing methods in yoga instruction.

  • Critical analysis of Hatha Yoga instruction.

  • Teaching demonstration.

  • Anatomy and physiology as they apply to asana and pranayama.

  • Selection of music and equipment.

  • Health screening of participants.

  • Use of yoga equipment.

  • Safety considerations.