History of Yoga and the Art of Teaching Meditation – a 300 hour teacher training module

Susie black and whiteHistory of Yoga and the Art of Teaching Meditation
– March 1st-3rd 2019


All of our teacher trainings are structured to be beneficial and enjoyable for those who wish not to teach. We believe yoga is a path of lifelong learning. Teacher training is a term that we use because we are Yoga Alliance and Washington State Certified Teaching Vocational School and that is the language that they determined for these classes. But that does not mean that these trainings are restricted for teachers only. We welcome everyone who is curious, who enjoys learning, who wishes to understand yoga in a deeper level.

You can buy the 300 HR teacher training two ways. Either purchase it module per module or buy all 15 modules and save $400.00. If you want to buy all 15, please look for the link under the main page 500-HR Teacher Training.

To receive your 300-Hr diploma from Spira you must complete all 15 modules within 4 years and pass successfully the final exam and presentation.

Family and Work Friendly Schedule for Weekend Modules:

Fridays, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturdays, 11:30am – 4:00pm
Sundays, 11:30am – 3:30pm

Price of this module: $335

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This module is designed for teachers who have already completed a 200-Hr yoga teacher training, and wish to accumulate 300 credits toward their 500-Hr certification. Or for the curious practitioner who simply wishes to deepen his or her knowledge of yoga.

You can only understand today, if you understand yesterday. History is relevant and is important in order to fully understand yoga and your practice.

Did you ever wonder how yoga started?

Are you curious to learn more about the wisdom literature of yoga?

Do you wish to deepen your understanding of yoga philosophy?

Do you want to incorporate meditation into your daily practice?

You want to meditate and learn stress control, but you are not sure how?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then this workshop is for you!

Part of the 300HR yoga teacher training. The workshop offers Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits, but open to all students who simply wish to learn more!

You will learn a detailed history of yoga from Indus Valley Civilization till Modern times:

  • Indus Valley Civilizations – their art history, agricultural and architectural achievements. Possible religiosity of Indus Valley civilization.
  • Rigveda, including the Upanishads. How parts of the Rigveda fit into the timeline of history.
  • Development of classic period. The Gita and its historical context. The Yoga Sutras (8 limbs of yoga )and their historical context. Who was Patanjali and where he obtained his sources.
  • Introducing the time of Buddha. How and why Buddhism, Jainism and Tantric ideology developed.
  • The birth of non-dualism.
  • Expanding on Tantric times and literature.
  • Modern yoga. British times. Assimilation in the west. Swami Vivekananda and Gandhi. Historical background and theological development of the modern concept of yoga. (This is really a “reformation” of Hinduism, a reformulation of old ideas into progressive 20th century ideal.)
  • Yogananda: The origins of ‘Oneness’ spirituality. Advocating cultural and philosophical understanding between East and West.
  • Krishnamacharya’s lineage. Origins of modern asanas. Development of further asanas and opening the practice to more people other than Brahman boys through Desikachar.
  • Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois, and the development of two major asana ideologies
  • The goal of meditation in its historical concept, and how to re-interpret ancient text to fit modern needs.
  • Practice using your voice as a vehicle to mindfully guide the intellectual, emotional and spiritual spaces.
  • How to handle emotional responses and releases during practice.