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Teacher Training

Niraj teachers are Illumina Yoga trained and certified and Niraj partners with Johanna’s Illumina training program to offer Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour teacher training programs.

200 YA Registered Program Information

Ready to launch a journey of a lifetime and beyond?
Illumina's 200-hour YA registered curriculum will open every door in your heart to the life-long journey of yoga and give you all the knowledge you need to successfully plunge into the holy vocation of teaching.

Sample Curriculum

Morning Embodiment Sadhana:

Every Weekend Morning Sadhan will incorporate and deepen the topics discussed in the training, including alignment, both energetic and physical, as well as the fundamental concepts of connective sequence.

Adventures in Asana: 

In each session, the use of the instruction manual can break down a certain type of asana. Specific postures would be embodied within each grouping. We would explore proper cues, accurate orientation and address the specific modifications/use of props for each pose. Main muscle behavior will be addressed as well as how posture contributes to the energy system.

Assists and Enhancements:

This segment would include a detailed breakdown of how to assist each of the postures addressed by the training. Students can learn how and where to change their postures structurally and when to deliver energetic improvements. This segment will also have a conversation and practice of how to see structure and energy as an instructor.

The Art of Breathing/Pranayama:

Students will learn how to embody the breath as a bridge between the physical and metaphysical practice of yoga. Classical pranayama methods will be broken down in terms of technique and energetic effect, and students will embody and focus on both of them.

The Power of Sound Vibration/Mantra:

Mantra will be described and clarified as a road to meditation and a relation to the divine source. Students will learn the proper pronunciation and meaning of any basic mantra and will have the ability to practice mantra both in a group environment and on an individual basis.

The Inner Journey/ Meditation:

In these workshops, students can hear about meditation from a realistic and esoteric point of view. Different simple meditation methods from a range of cultures will be discussed in theory and experience with a view to learning how these techniques can support particular individuals in different ways.

Beginner’s Mind:

It will be a specialized segment devoted to learning how to thoroughly change postures, strategies and sequences for total beginners with knowledge of common posture misalignments, difficulties and myths.

Personal Embodiment:

An invitation to set up a dedicated session at home to assist the instructor in training and to anchor core principles within the asana.

Illuminated Sequencing:

This is the main principle and the fundamental emphasis of Illumina. The practice of proper vinyasa (in a special way) with a firm purpose in harmony with the life force and the normal rhythms of the world. Students can discuss the theory of vinyasa krama and learn how to sequence in a number of ways, from classical category, to peak pose, to illuminated cycle.

The Creative Stream:

Illumina assumes that the creative stream of each person is the road to universal reality. This segment will teach students how to relate their individual reality to the universal by theme, light-filled language, and all the elements that influence the Bhavana or the state of the class.

Pathways to Communication:

As many people as there are, there are only as many opportunities to learn. In this segment, we will discuss various learning modes (visual, kinetici, auditory, etc.) and how to successfully teach how to achieve the widest variety of possibilities. Strong and affirmative means of persuasion will also be discussed

Yoga Biz:

Tools for directing the new teacher in the practical work of teaching. Judicial standards and the preparing of records, branding and blogs, price guidance and the art of networking will be included.

Private Yoga:

Exploring the variations between private meetings and public lessons. We will discuss opportunities to build special practices for the particular customer. Students may receive template worksheets to help them appreciate the individual's needs and to plan a personal curriculum appropriately.

Essentials of Anatomy:

Illumina students will enjoy a 2-day intense immersion in the elegance and mystery of the body and discuss the fundamental components of understanding and teaching from a healthy, modern biomechanical point of view. Topics may cover the 12 mechanisms and structures of the body, the planes of the body and the related gestures, the control systems (endocrine and nervous), compression vs. tension, respiratory anatomy, and basic pre-natal sensitivity. Practical implementation and enjoyable incarnation experiments included.

The Anatomy of Energy:

Students will research the landscape of the subtle body (Chakras, Nadis and Koshas) and explore the power of these structures in the recovery of the human system as a whole and in the energetic depth of the development of the class. We will also discuss how energy processes contribute to the physical.

Practical Application of Anatomy:

Students can individually relate their anatomy learning (physical and subtle) to the physical postures with the workbook given to each asana in the textbook. Students may also complete a home anatomy review and a subtle body exam on site.

The Origins of Yoga:

Students will discover and explore the history, meaning and evolution of yoga over the years. They will learn the achievements of Important figures in the western passage of Yoga, such as Vivekananda, Krishnamacharya, Iyengar, Jois, Indra Devi and Desikachar.

Ethics/First Do No Harm:

We will explore the ethics of becoming a yoga instructor through the Yamas prism, in particular ahimsa (non-violence) with all the ways that a teacher should communicate with students.

The Eight Limbed Path:

The Eight Limbed Path as defined in the Yoga Sutras will be explored in detail as a primary method for accessing the depth and richness of the complete practice of yoga. Students will be invited to log in and chat about their personal interaction with each of the participants.

The Yoga Sutras:

We will discuss this simple text of Ashtanga Yoga in a very personal way. Each student will be asked to read the text in advance and to compose four personal thoughts, one on each pada. We're going to analyze each pada as a whole. Students will be asked to present their thoughts on one sutra of choice and to explain how they could have access to the wisdom of the Sutra in the light of class development.

The Bhagavad Gita:

This classical and heroic text would be discussed in the sense of the archetype of the inner hero. Students will be asked to interpret the text as a metaphor. We would also discuss the various paths of yoga described in the text. A written personal reflection may be required, as well as a classroom presentation of the topics that resonate within the student's heart.

Deities and Archetypes:

In this section, we will delve into the many archetypes uncovered by the pantheon of deities of the Hindu tradition that inform yoga practice. Particular attention would be paid to the manner in which each archetype/deity contributes to the current human experience and the meaning of class formation.

Teaching Skills:

Students will have a weekly chance to move up to the front of the class and lead their fellow students through individual asanas, narrow streams and energetic activities with guidance from the mentor. They would also be expected to practice teaching individually at home and record those hours. This practice teaching will culminate in a realistic test, where each student will teach a section of the final class created by a select group of fellow students. This final project would pull together all the elements from the concrete to the subtle to the sequence that binds it together.


This practice teaching will culminate in a realistic test, where each student will teach a section of the final class created by a select group of fellow students. This final project would pull together all the elements from the concrete to the subtle to the sequence that binds it together. Assisting: Each student will be expected to assist 3 hours of the class with the staff at the end of the training, to anchor the feeling of becoming an instructor in the room, to explain and to apply basic assistance.


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