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Saturday, October 6th 2018 – March 3rd 2019
Every other weekend for 12 weekends on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm
Trainings held in Woodbridge and Ashburn, VA locations
Drishti Yoga Teacher Training Institute (DYTTI) is built upon a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga. Our teacher training is an RYS 200 hour teacher training recognized by the yoga alliance. Upon completion of this course, you will be a 200 hour RYT. Our qualified well-versed staff will take teacher trainees on a journey like no other. Drishti is a Sanskrit term meaning “A focused and concentrated gaze” and that is just what DYTTI is made up of. We provide trainees the opportunity to focus on and understand the magic of teaching yoga and enhancing one’s yoga practice.
Our training team comes from a myriad of backgrounds including leaders in the fitness/yoga industry, medically based professionals, teachers, and curriculum developers, all with strong yoga practices. DYTTI allows participants to explore all the possibilities that become open to them as they embark on the new profession of becoming a 200 hour qualified yoga teacher.
The DYTTI is made up of a 12-week program held on the weekends with one day a week available for make-up classes.
Our goal is to allow as much flexibility as possible in order to participate in the program with ease and comfort. Our studios are large and beautiful with full locker rooms and showers, juice bars, plenty of free parking, and a blissful environment to ensure a productive and comfortable learning experience.
DYTTI will take you to a new level in your yoga/fitness career and show you the way to become the best you can be as a teacher and/or practitioner. The training will explore:
- Your own practices each and every session
- Becoming an expert instructor with hands on teaching
- Learning all applications for outstanding assisting
- Understanding the anatomy of yoga
- Learning the art of sequencing and developing flow
- Developing professional and flawless language and delivery skills with authenticity
- Understanding all aspects and types of yoga practice
- Becoming familiar with the business of yoga
- Learning all aspects of having one’s own yoga studio
- Developing confidence to teach a strong, professional, and mindful yoga class
- Realizing the benefits and joy of “being in” yoga not only as a practice, but also as a way of life
- Developing the essential lifestyle tools to live in Drishti Bliss
In addition DYTTI is the sister to Drishti Beats, a live music Vinyasa Flow experience. Learn the amazing aspects of a music to movement connection. Gain strong skills in incorporating music flow to your yoga flow in a mindful and energy driven way, delivering an amazing yoga class journey.
The DYTTI is the “now” yoga training, giving a clear understanding of traditional yoga, as well as, where the industry is today.
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Drishti (dṛṣṭi), translated from Sanskrit as “a focused or concentrated gaze”, is a means for developing concentrated intention. We humans are predominantly visual creatures. Our attention is the most valuable thing we have, and the visible world can be an addictive, overstimulating, and spiritually debilitating lure.
Aṅguṣṭha madhyai: to the thumb
Bhrūmadhya: to the third eye, or between the eyebrows
Nāsāgrai: at the tip of the nose (or a point six inches from the tip)
Hastagrai: to the palm, usually the extended hand
Pārśva: to the left/right side
Ūrdhva: to the sky, or upwards is the most common, where the eyes are lifted, with the spine aligned from crown to tailbone.
Nābhicakra: to the navel
Pādayoragrai: to the toes
Defined literally from Sanskrit means Royal Yoga, or Royal Union, also known as classical yoga and aṣhṭānga yoga is a form of meditation in which the mind is trained to be focused at one point. It aims at the calming of the mind using a succession of steps, culminating in samadhi, or the quiet state of blissful awareness. According to the samkhya-based Raja yoga-philosohy, this results in kaivalya, the recognition of the pure mind.
Yama – code of conduct, self-restraint. This consists of non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, sexual abstinence, and non-covetousness. Perfect harmlessness, as well as positive love. The five directives of yama lay down behavioral norms as prerequisites for elimination of fear, and contribute to a tranquil mind.
Niyama –observance of five canons: including internal and external purity, contentment), austerity, study of religious books and repetitions of mantras, and self-surrender to God and his worship. Niyama, prescribes mental exercises to train the mind to control emotions.
Asana – integration of mind and body through physical activity, means “seat”; the place where one sits; or posture, position of the body (any position). Asanas are said to derive from the various positions of animals’ bodies, which is where the names of the positions were derived. 84 asanas are considered to be the main postures, of which the highest are considered Shirshasan (headstand) and Padmasan (lotus).
Physical (blood circulation, inner organs, glands, muscles, joints and nerve system)
Psychological (developing emotional balance and stability, harmony)
Mental (improved ability to concentrate, memory)
Consciousness (purifying and clarifying consciousness/awareness)
Prāṇāyāma – regulation of breath leading to integration of mind and body, is made out of two Sanskrit words (prāṇa = life energy; ayāma = control or modification). Breathing is the medium used to achieve this goal. The mind and life force are correlated to the breath. Through regulating the breathing and practicing awareness on it, one learns to control prana.
Pratyāhāra – abstraction of the senses, withdrawal of the senses of perception from their object, is bringing the awareness to reside deep within oneself, free from the senses and the external world. The goal is not to disrupt the communication from the sense organ to the brain. The awareness is far removed from the five senses. Pratyahara cannot be achieved without achievement of the preceding limbs of yoga. The awareness comes to rest deep in the inner space, and during this time breath may be temporarily suspended. It is not just to be likened to concentration or meditation.
Dhāraṇā – concentration, one-pointedness of mind, yoga starts from concentration. Concentration merges into meditation. Meditation ends in samadhi. Retention of breath, pure food, seclusion, silence, being in the company of a guru, and not mixing much with people, are all aids to concentration. Concentration on the space between the two eyebrows (bhrakuti) with closed eyes is preferred. The mind can thus be easily controlled, as this is the seat for the mind.
Dhyāna – meditation, quiet activity that leads to samadhi), the meditator is not conscious of the act of meditation (i.e. is not aware that he or she is meditating) but is only aware that he or she exists and is aware of the object of meditation. Dhyana is distinct from Dharana in that the meditator becomes one with the object of meditation. This means that the meditator although aware of the object through meditation detaches him or herself from its existence in the physical world. Much like meditation focused on the breath Dhyana is rooted in the concentration of not being concentrated.
Samādhi – the quiet state of blissful awareness or a superconscious state, is attained when the yogi constantly sees Paramatma in his heart. Meditation on Om with bhava removes obstacles in sadhana and helps to attain samadhi.
This style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Pattabhi Jois began his yoga studies in 1927 at the age of 12, and by 1948 had established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga, as mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Mūla Bandha, or root lock, is performed by tightening the muscles around the pelvic and perineum area.
Uḍḍīyāna Bandha, often described as bringing the navel to the base of the spine, is a contraction of the muscles of the lower abdominal area – this bandha is considered the most important bandha as it supports our breathing and encourages the development of strong core muscles.
Jālaṅdhara Bandha, throat lock, is achieved by lowering the chin slightly while raising the sternum and the palate bringing the gaze to the tip of the nose.
The primary series, yoga chikitsa; Yoga for Health or Yoga Therapy
The secondary series, nadi shodhana: The Nerve Purifier
The tertiary series, sthira bhaga: Centering of Strength
Advanced A (also called third series),
Advanced B (also called fourth series),
Advanced C (also called fifth series) and
D Sthira Bhagah (also called sixth series)
Is also called hatha vidya. The word hathạ, meaning force, denotes a system of physical techniques supplementary to a broad conception of yoga. As a part of Hindu origin, Hindu tradition believes that Shiva, himself is the founder of hatha yoga. In the 20th century, hatha yoga, particularly asanas (the physical postures), became popular throughout the world as physical exercises.
Coming from Hatha Yoga brings into light the concept of “cakras” or “chakras” or energy centers and the practice working to activate those centers.
Power Yoga, taking from its Hatha Yoga roots, consists of both a standing and sitting sequences of movements linking the usage of physical movement, breath-work or pranayama, and meditation. Power Yoga strikes a balance between the originating values of yoga found in India and the North American societally driven demands for physical exercise.
Bhakti is a Sanskrit term that signifies an attitude of devotion to the Divine. A spiritual path described in Hindu Philosophy as efficatious for fostering love of, faith in, and surrender to the Divine. It is the easiest way for the common person because it doesn’t involve extensive yogic practices.