Inner Quest of the Yoga Educator®
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• Directed by Don Stapleton, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Nosara Yoga Institute
Develop the skill and confidence to offer one-on-one sessions
In the Inner Quest of the Yoga Educator® module you will develop the capability to provide your students and clients a one-on-one session to explore the experiences that arise as they begin to apply their yoga to their lives off-the-mat. This important aspect of being a well-rounded yoga educator requires developing skillfulness in your role as a Yoga Guide.
As your students grow and develop, you will find that it is essential to have skills to address the deeper issues of life’s experience that naturally arise when yoga practice begins to deepen. People often begin their yoga journey to improve their health, productivity and well-being. These are courageous reasons to study and practice yoga. However, as a yoga practice evolves, practitioners become conscious of the dysfunctional patterns, issues and limitations that are hidden in deeper layers of themselves. In your role as a Yoga Guide, you can assist your students to allow the full expression of their health and creativity through giving them a place to explore the issues that surface as a result of their yoga practice. The outcome of a yoga guide session is that your client will have practical options for making new choices in their daily life. These options arise through deeper contact with the wisdom that arises from within their own experience.
Experience a safe and supportive environment to carry out your own inner work within a community of other dedicated Yoga Educators
provides you with a supportive environment to explore your own inner world of meaning and purpose. Growing into the role of Yoga Guide takes you back to the primal inquiry that yoga addresses in the question, “Who Am I.” In order to be helpful to others requires clear perception and non-judgmental listening. To be attentive to the issues of others you first need to address your own core issues, feelings and perceptions that shape your life and your life choices. The intention of transitioning from the role of yoga educator to that of a Yoga Guide requires that you are willing to do your inner work. Taking responsibility for your authentic self leads to making peace within yourself, accepting your humanity. In accepting yourself as you are, you are able to authentically accept your students as they are.
Acquire new skills that you can use in your own life to improve the quality of your relationships
This training module gives you the opportunity to refine your listening skills and ability to respond to your others without simply giving advice. You will learn how to listen with non-judgmental awareness and to Say Back what you hear your students and loved ones saying in such a way as to stimulate one’s own discovery of answers that arise from within oneself.
You will learn communication skills that enhance your own personal relationships as well as your relationship with your students and clients. The ultimate goal of this training is to provide you with the means to activate your students’ direct knowing by listening to what is not being said, and offering further questions that support the ability for them to listen and respond to the intelligence in their own body/mind.
Inner Quest for the Yoga Educator Course includes daily workshops, demonstrations, small group exercises and practice sessions with partners that address the following:
If you have questions regarding this specific training, or our curriculum in general, you may contact our Curriculum Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.