The Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Program prepares students for employment as a certified yoga instructor to lead both group classes and private individual sessions. It is possible to complete this certificate in one calendar year. The curriculum has been designed to equip the student with the background, both theoretical and practical, to pursue a job in gyms, recreational centers, colleges, after school programs, and private studios. Courses include yoga laboratories, anatomy, movement analysis, instructional theory, foundational and methodological aspects of yoga, asanas (poses), sequencing, delivery, body alignment, philosophy, and working with people who have special medical needs or injuries. Yoga instructors also implement a mind-body-spirit connection, providing a supportive and nurturing environment while being mindful of individualized needs to engage the physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. The program will enable students to become Yoga Alliance certified at the 200-hour level.Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.
|KINA 158 - Yoga IM||1.0|
KINA 158 - Yoga I (1.0 units)
Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
This course is designed for the beginning student who would like to learn the fundamental physical Asanas (poses) of Hatha Yoga as well as Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Dhyana (meditation techniques). The goal of the course is to integrate the mind, body, and spirit and to give the student tools to better manage stress, alleviate physical tensions, and encourage optimum fitness. In this introductory course, students learn proper physical alignment in the standing poses (Sun Salutation Series A-C, Warrior 1-2, Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Cobra, Triangle, Crescent), the floor poses (Staff, Lotus, Cobbler, Twists, Backbends), and in elementary inversions (Inverted Leg Rest, Headstand Preparation, WallDog Preparation).
|KIN 058 - Yoga Teaching Training I: FoundationsM||3.0|
KIN 058 - Yoga Teaching Training I: Foundations (3.0 units)
This course includes foundational information necessary for those intending to teach Hatha Yoga. The student who successfully completes this course with the co-requisite one unit lab practicum and KINA 258 Yoga II will fulfill one half, or 100 hours required for the Yoga Alliance RYS 200 Certification. The first of a sequential two-part series, Yoga Teacher Training I: Foundations will focus on establishing a personal practice in combination with an experiential analysis of the foundational Hatha Yoga techniques of Pranayama (breath control), Asana (postures) and Dhyana (meditation). This course will also introduce the student to the history, philosophy of yoga, as well as the ethics, methodologies, and business of teaching yoga. This course is designed for the student pursuing the Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, a career teaching yoga in the fitness industry, or for those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of yoga for health, fitness, and performance.
|Total Semester Units:||4.0|
|KINA 258 - Yoga IIM||1.0|
KINA 258 - Yoga II (1.0 units)
Prerequisite: KINA 158
This course is designed for intermediate students who would like to advance their physical asanas (poses) of Hatha Yoga as well as Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Dhyana (meditation techniques). The goal of the course is to integrate the mind, body, and spirit and to further challenge the students in their physical practice by increasing sustainment, perfecting alignment, and by incorporating twists and wraps. Parivrtta Trikonasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Malasana, Garudasana, Natasajasana, Utthita Hasta Padangustasana, Chaturanga Dandasana, Purvottanasana, Navasana, Virasana, Ustrasana, Matsyasana, Sarvangasana, Suryya Namaskar B will be covered in depth during the course.
|KIN 145 - Theory and Analysis of Fitness InstructionM||2.0|
KIN 145 - Theory and Analysis of Fitness Instruction (2.0 units)
This course provides an introduction to the principles and techniques involved in teaching group exercise and developing a personal trainer/client relationship. Emphasis is placed on client assessment, communication skills, program design, exercise adherence, teaching strategies, and professional responsibility and liability. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry, a certificate in the Fitness Specialist Program, as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the mind and body.
|KIN 059 - Yoga Teaching Training II: MethodologiesM||3.0|
KIN 059 - Yoga Teaching Training II: Methodologies (3.0 units)
Prerequisite:KIN 058, KINA 258
This course builds upon KIN 058/Yoga Teacher Training I: Foundations to include further study about information necessary for those intending to teach Hatha Yoga. The student who successfully completes this course will fulfill one half, or 100 hours necessary to apply for the Yoga Alliance RYS 200 Certification. The second of a sequential two-part series, Yoga Teacher Training II: Methodologies builds on the foundations of analysis and personal practice to pranayama, asana, and dhyana. Students will study the historical contexts and philosophies of Hatha Yoga as it is taught in the United States today, as well as the ethics, methodologies, and business of teaching yoga. This course is designed for the student pursuing the Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, a career teaching yoga in the fitness industry, or for those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of yoga for health, fitness, and performance.
|KIN 146 - Training Principles for Special PopulationsM||2.0|
KIN 146 - Training Principles for Special Populations (2.0 units)
This course provides an overview of the exercise implications for special populations related to age, medical condition, and level of fitness. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, exercise-induced asthma, metabolic disorders, diabetes, obesity, orthopedic injuries, physical disabilities, auto-immune issues, sensory impairments, mental challenges, geriatrics/seniors, children, pregnant and post-partum women, and the issues and challenges of exercise. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry; a certificate in Fitness Specialist, Yoga Teacher Training, and Community Health Worker Program; as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the mind and body.
|Total Semester Units:||8.0|
|Total Units for Kinesiology - Yoga Teacher Training Certificate COA program||12.0|
|M||Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement|
Students will demonstrate and explain the anatomical alignment points and physiological benefits of key poses in each category of hatha yoga asana/postures: standing/balancing poses, forward bends, backbends, and inversions.
Students will demonstrate and explain the form and functions of four basic yogic breath control techniques; diaphragmatic breath, ujjayi breath, nadi shodana and breath of fire.
Students will demonstrate and explain the form and function of four basic meditation techniques used in hatha yoga; following the breath, visualization, loving kindness and mantra meditation.
Students will design and teach a beginning hatha yoga class and utilize best practices for cueing, assisting and giving adjustments.
Students will summarize the history and contemporary context of hatha yoga. Include the ethics of yoga in Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras” and how this can be implemented in the contemporary student-teacher relationship.
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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 692-0921