Created by Amy Cooper, the 200-hour VajraPani Yoga Teacher Training curriculum reflects the potential of personal responsibility that we hold as yoga practitioners and teachers. Through this training we deepen our commitment and apply our studies, both inward and outward, in the spirit of serving others. VajraPani Yoga strives to integrate the physical health generating practices of Hatha Yoga with the ethical guidelines and transformative training behind yogic and Buddhist thought. Authenticity in action, speech, and thought promotes our greatest human capacities.
VajraPani is a Bodhisattva steadfastly true to the awakening mind. According to specific Buddhist teachings, his wrathful appearance in paintings, sculptures, and writings is in a warrior pose, dancing wildly around flames depicting the transformative power of awakening, and holding the vajra, the thunderbolt scepter, representing truth and the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. For the yogi, the image of VajraPani symbolizes the fierce determination required to remove obstacles and rise above negativity.
The intention of the VajraPani Yoga Teacher Training/Advanced Studies program is to provide a skillful training with emphasis on deepening one’s personal yoga practice as the source from which grows informed, creative teaching and lifelong learning, as well as to train each aspiring teacher/student to become an effective and authentic vehicle for the teachings of yoga. As a registered Yoga Alliance school, this training upholds the 200-hour standards intended to strengthen the integrity of a certified yoga teacher.
WHAT “STYLE” OF HATHA YOGA DO WE TEACH?
Informed originally by the teachings of T Krishnamacharya, and specifically by the methods of BKS Iyengar and Vinyasa Yoga of K. Pattabhi Jois, the VajraPani Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies teaches developing practice, technique, and methodology in Yoga Asana (Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow), Pranayama, and Meditation for personal practice and for yoga instruction. With emphasizes on careful alignment, stability in movement and freedom in stillness graduates come away with an informed, balanced teaching and practice style.
All who comprise the great assemblage of Bodhisattvas are equally powerful and equally beneficial to countless beings, so that all things seem to be at their command. Sometimes beautiful lotuses and lotus trees are caused by them to grow from the middle of the ocean, or a teardrop is transformed into an ocean. Everything in nature is at the Bodhisattva’s call. Fire can appear as water; water can appear as fire. It is all because of the strength of the Bodhisattva’s attitude, the aspiration and action. For us this says that the practice of compassion must be given full consideration, and it must at all times be in our awareness and at all times performed.”
–16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, teaching on Compassion.
AWAKEN & INSPIRE OTHERS…..TEACH YOGA!