In fall 2019, Christine Gerchow, licensed psychologist and Frontline PS&W’s Director, completed Core Power Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training (TT) program. TT is a hands-on yoga immersion program that blends practice, lecture, group and self-study.
A devotee of yoga, Christine signed up for TT to deepen her practice and accrue skills and qualifications necessary to teach yoga safely and ethically. Upon completion of all requirements, Christine will receive a 200-hour Yoga Alliance* certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
During training, Christine explored topics such as:
- Techniques, Training and Practice: Asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.
- Teaching Methodology: Communication skills, group dynamics, time management, and boundaries; modifications for individuals and/or special populations; principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting.
- The five categories of asana: Key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions)
- Alignment maps: Alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas and how the poses in each category share a common foundation
- Principles of demonstrating asanas: Effective demonstrations to emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses
- Use of Language and Voice: Active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns
Anatomy and Physiology: Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Application of anatomy and physiology to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: Yoga philosophies and traditional texts (e.g., Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita); yoga lifestyle (e.g., non-violence, ahimsa, and the concepts of dharma and karma); ethics for yoga teachers (e.g., student relationships and community; teaching yoga as service and being of service to others (i.e., seva)
Christine also taught as the lead instructor and received feedback to refine her instruction.
To learn how yoga supports stress management, we invite you to check out these articles:
- Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity (Mayo Clinic)
- Yoga for Inner Peace: A Stress-Relieving Sequence + Daily Practice Challenge (Yoga Journal)
- How to Use Yoga to De-Stress (New York Times/ Well Guide)
From the NY Times, “Stress is ever present. Fortunately, we’ve got yoga, which is proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. The best part? You don’t need any prior experience to benefit from the practice. Whether you are at home, work or somewhere in between, yoga is always here to help you relax. We’ll show you how to get started.”
To learn how yoga supports healing from trauma, we invite you to check out these articles:
- 8 Poses to Help Trauma Survivors (Yoga Journal)
- The Role of Yoga in Healing Trauma (NPR)
- How Yoga Helps Heal Trauma: A Q&A with Bessel van der Kolk (Kripalu Center)
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ― The Bhagavad Gita
*Yoga Alliance is the certifying body for Yoga Schools, enforcing quality and content hour standards.