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Asana in Depth HYBRID

Teaching asana has many layers to it if you wish to teach it well. This 4-day course with lead teachers Melanie Cooper and Gingi Lee is designed for yoga teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of asana and refine how they teach asana, so it is alive, multi-faceted, inspirational – and moving with modern times.  

Asana in depth | IN STUDIO OR VIRTUAL

Gingi Lee & Melanie Cooper | Price: £495 | 20-23 January 2023 | 40 hours

This 4-day course with lead teachers Melanie Cooper and Gingi Lee is designed for yoga teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of asana and refine how they teach asana, so it is alive, multi-faceted, inspirational – and moving with modern times.  

This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our 300-hour teacher training programme. A 200-hour qualification is a pre-requisite for taking this course. RYS 300 hour logo

Course Overview

As yoga teachers, it is not easy to keep your material fresh and inspiring. This is especially true when it comes to teaching asana. How many ways can you teach a forward bend? How do you keep it alive and interesting for your students? How do you give it depth and texture? How do you bring in the layers of yoga when teaching a vinyasa based class in 60-75 minutes? 

In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras there are eight “limbs” of traditional yoga, of which Asana is just one. In contemporary yoga, however, asana has become the main focal point and entry into yoga. Since this is where most people begin their journey, it is usually through asana that we have an opportunity to ignite a passion for yoga in all its richness. It is the springboard for so much! 

This course is designed to offer inspiration, skills, confidence-building and a deeper knowledge of the physical aspects of yoga. This means understanding what is happening from the outside as well as the inside of a posture. We explore what we can see with all the basics of structure, alignment and balance, as well as what we can’t see with biomechanics, energetics and of course breath.Contemporary yoga reaps the benefits of all the knowledge gained from modern science as well as other movement physical therapies, and as such it is continually evolving as a living tradition. This course sits at the confluence of tradition and contemporary yoga, respecting the traditional teachings whilst actively looking forward to explore what physical yoga is today and what it can offer. 

 Teaching asana has many layers to it if you wish to teach it well. We need to obviously understand anatomy but beyond this we specifically need to consider both the individual and the group. How can we respect and find the safe range of movement for an individual, while also meeting the demands of a mixed ability group? Wellbeing is central to how we deliver our teaching of postures. Is the way the students doing the posture good for them? In most cases we need to educate students how to find their own safe and benefitting methods of doing postures.  

 It is essential that as teachers we truly consider that all bodies are different and we should be adaptable to teach postures in a range of ways to make asana inclusive for everyone.  

 

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Course Content

This course is structured in a thematic way looking at groups of postures, thus feeding into whichever “style” of yoga you may be focused on. Specifically, we will look at: 

  • standing postures 
  • sitting posture 
  • twists 
  • backbends  
  • arm balances 
  • inversions 

We will also cover 

  • what it means to really rest and recuperate 
  • how to approach difficult postures 
  • how to avoid injuries 
  • delving deeper into postures for specific muscle groups 
  • exploration of peak postures and sequences 
  • teaching points 
  • communication skills 
  • cues  
  • storytelling  
  • modifications 
  • working with beginners 

And there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and sharing and peer-inspired learning.  

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE 

  • new approaches on how to teach asana  
  • ideas and fresh inspiration using traditional yoga postures as well as modern movement techniques to give your teaching fresh and fun 
  • confidence in approaching difficult postures 
  • a 40-hour certification 
Gingi Asana

Teacher Bio

Gingi Lee

Leading this teacher training course is Senior Yoga Alliance Registered teacher Gingi Lee, co-director of the Shala, who founded the studio in 1997 and founded the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme in 2016. He has been teaching yoga full time for over 25 years and is one of the country’s most experienced ashtanga vinyasa yoga teachers. As a teacher who has primarily focused on teaching self practice ashtanga – where hands-on adjustments are central to the style of teaching – he has almost unrivalled experience in this field in the UK.

Gingi began studying and teaching martial arts in the 1980s with his father, Sensei Richard Taibong Lee. During an early trip to India, Gingi came into contact with yoga and spent many years returning to India to study and devote himself to the discipline. For two years in the mid 90s, he apprenticed with the late Derek Ireland after completing a teacher training course in Goa. He subsequently went to Mysore to continue his studies with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and then attended a two-year teacher training course with Graeme Northfield of Australia around 2001. Additionally, Gingi has trained more recently with Yamuna Zake and become certified in Yamuna Bodyrolling, a form of remedial bodywork which has interested him for many years and which he now incorporates into some of his teachings.

For 25 years, Gingi has focused his energy on teaching at his centre in South London, alongside hosting yoga holidays and workshops internationally. In 2016 he established the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme with co-teachers Kath RobertsMark Kan and Norman Blair and he is now hugely passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of teachers.

Gingi has played a key role in popularising ashtanga yoga in the UK and has taught, trained and inspired many British yoga teachers. He is a well-respected teacher who has remained at the forefront of the yoga community. His teaching is characterised by sensitivity, warmth and a deep commitment to the practice.

Read Gingi’s own personal story here.

Melanie Cooper 

Melanie has been teaching yoga since 1997 and teaching on teacher trainings since 2010. She is passionate about the ability of yoga to heal and transform peoples’ lives and her deep connection to and love of yoga is evident in her teachings.

On a personal level yoga helped Melanie heal from Chronic Fatigue. As she got stronger, her practice evolved and she became a daily Ashtanga practitioner for many years – making her way through the primary and second series and starting third. Her practice was very “strictly Mysore” at that time. More recently with changes in her own personal practice brought on by the menopause, she started to broaden her practice including yin, yoga nidra and slow flow. Her practice has evolved and grown into something new and beautiful – nurturing and soft but still strong and intense.

Melanie is a genuine and down to earth teacher who brings a vast breadth of knowledge to her trainings. She offers a place where you can find what works for you, a place where you will be welcomed as you are with no judgement or expectations – where you can find the practice and way of teaching that is truly right for you.

Melanie divides her time between the UK and Goa running teacher trainings and retreats in UK, Sweden, Crete and India. Sometimes she can be spotted dancing on the beach. She is the author of ‘Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana’.

View Melanie’s website

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Course Dates

The course has the following modules scheduled:

  • Friday 20 January 2023 Day 1

    9am–6pm | IN STUDIO or Virtual Livestream

  • Saturday 21 January 2023 Day 2

    9am–6pm | IN STUDIO or Virtual Livestream

  • Sunday 22 January 2023 Day 3

    9am–6pm | IN STUDIO or Virtual Livestream

  • Monday 23 January 2023 Day 4

    9am–6pm | IN STUDIO or Virtual Livestream

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