The Fundamentals of Teaching and Advanced Practice
Yoga Alliance Certified
With Rae Indigo and Fred Busch
About this Unique program:
Fundamentals of Teaching and Advanced Practice is the Fred Busch Power Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training conducted by Rae Indigo and Fred Busch. This program is offered to students as a full time “Intensive Version” or a part time “Extended Version” that convenes on evenings & weekends.
With this Program, Students can Learn to Teach and Teach to Learn.
Fundamentals of Teaching and Advanced Practice is a transformational, life changing program where students and future Teachers develop both the physical (asana) and the philosophical (meditative) aspects of yoga while exploring all the deepest and most important goals of Yoga practice. Students will learn how to apply the “yoga of awareness” to their daily lives, and express to others the full spectrum of Yoga practice. The Fundamentals of Teaching and Advanced Practice grants the student the knowledge and method of delivery to instill the experience of becoming a Yogi in others, strengthening their Sadhana (daily practice).
What to expect upon Graduation and Certification?
Certified graduates of the Fundamentals of Teaching and Advanced Practice will be fully qualified to teach Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama and in addition they’ll have a strong knowledge of Healing Sequences along with Yoga Therapy and Vedanta Philosophy. Students will be qualified to teach both private and group classes and they’ll be trained in the marketing/business approach of Yoga for the west.
Daily Schedule (Full Time Version):
Brickell Hot Yoga -
301 SW 17th Road- Miami, Florida 33129
Sadhana Required (Daily Self-Practice Hours):
2 Hour Per Day (AM or PM) minimum.
Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Study Sacred Texts
Includes Unlimited Yoga for Duration of Training and Course Materials
About “Fred Busch Power Yoga”:
Fred Busch Power Yoga is a style of Power Vinyasa Yoga which is suited for all students, regardless of their body types and/or different levels of experience. It is a direct method of recognizing and expressing the deeper significances of true Yoga awareness.
More ambitious students who may choose to specialize and study a bit harder to attain their 500 Hour Certification can implement the 300 Hour Living Yoga program to great advantage. Graduates of Fundamentals of Teaching and Advanced Practice who might be drawn toward specializing in Healing/Yoga Therapy or Meditation/Yoga Philosophy may apply for the 300 Hour Living Yoga program which focuses specifically on Healing Sequences/Yoga Therapy or Meditation/Philosophy.
Other 200 Hour Teacher Trainings Options offered by Rae Indigo & Fred Busch:
*3 and 4 Week Intensives in North America, South America & Europe.
*17 Day Intensive at Fred Busch’s Salamadhi Retreat Center in Colorado.
*3-6 Month Individualized Flexible Programs of Weekends and Evenings in Miami.
Curriculum (what you will learn):
How to Teach Effectively and Fully Engage a Yoga Class: Assist your students as they develop awareness of how each asana fits their unique body. Learn how to build physical strength and mental focus in the context of safe group practice. Class pacing, speaking voice, when to adjust, and how to have enough energy to teach multiple classes a day are just a few of the skills that will be learned. You will also be able to coach private yoga lessons, which assist your students in achieving a strong and intelligent asana practice specific to their needs, while allowing them the support and information needed to address lingering wellness issues.
How to Teach Yoga Healing Sequences: A yoga healing sequence is a combination of poses specifically organized to create an optimal environment for healing to occur. All healing is self-healing, so these sequences are designed to remove any factors that aggravate the injury, and invigorate the whole body so that self-healing is completely supported. Students of Fred Busch Power Yoga are trained in creating healing sequences for the whole body, including hamstrings, shoulder injuries, lower/upper back pain and herniation, knee pain or knee replacement, and work intelligently to create a healthy and pain-free client.
Learn and Inform Others of the Important Keys to Nutrition and Protein: Our training features the famous Fred Busch Food Talk 101. Fred discusses digestive anatomy, history of human survival, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore and primate, optimal nutrition for a thriving yoga practice, Ahimsa(non-violence), protein myths and truths, spiritual aspects of food, and food as medicine.
Learn to Practice and Teach Pranayama (advanced yoga breathing techniques): Experience body-mind integration and purification through yogic breathing, and learn to teach students to observe and consciously control the breath. As breath control is mastered, the student will begin to observe the movements of the pranas in the body, eventually learning to suspend or still this movement. Once this stillness is achieved, adding pranayama practice to asana practice allows the entire experience to become a moving meditation, instead of a disconnected workout. The practice of pranayama is in direct support of concentration and meditation.
Learn and Instruct Others in the Practice of Meditating: Meditation is a passive state that arises naturally out of the previous practices. Once the body is able to be still and the nadis are cleansed through shatkarmas (cleansing practices) asana and pranayama practice, the student begins the practice of withdrawing the senses and focusing the mind on a single thought, or sound, or mantra. All of the previous efforts, similar to a mango tree, if tended with care, will create the sweetest fruit. This sweetness is the meditative nature of a yogi – an empty space that is alert, aware, and undying, witnessing this life, exactly as it is in this one moment.
Attaining and Transmitting the State Known as Samadhi: Once you have mastered the ability to relax into meditation, and you practice meditation frequently until it is possible for you to dissolve any inner or outer disturbances that arise, then a spontaneous joy, which is your birthright, begins to flow like a fountain. This blissful state is samadhi, and it is also a passive state – meaning that it arises, opening like a flower from the sattva or stillness of a developed meditation practice.
Basic Introduction to Yoga and Yoga Philosophy:
What is Yoga? What is Power Yoga? How do the different styles of Yoga relate to each other? What is the goal of Yoga? How does Meditation relate to Yoga? This workshop will begin to answer all of these questions and many more and we look into the historical background of Yoga and Tantra and then relate it to the present day movement of Yoga around the world.
Understanding the 5 Koshas (Sheaths) and the Role They Play:
The 5 Koshas are an energetic understanding of a person visualized as layers or more or less density of energy. The body itself being the least subtle layer (most dense), and subsequent layers of prana, mind, wisdom, bliss form concentric circles around the Center of Your Being… the Atman. This discussion of the Koshas will focus on understanding how this vision of human anatomy is useful in today’s world.
Learning to Self-Practice, Opening Sequence, Sun Salutation (A & B):
In learning to Self-Practice, which is the most valuable skill in Yoga, it is important to know some fundamental principles which will keep you confident and doubt free, which happen to be the only obstacles to a consistent Self-Practice. This workshop will break down the Fred Busch Power Yoga Opening Sequence and Sun Salutations so as to create complete understanding of the sequence, the alignment, the point of gaze, and the correct breathing and attitude. With this workshop you will be empowered to begin your Self-Practice on days you donʼt make it to the studio.
Drsti (aka Drishti – Stilling the Eyes):
The use of drishti in asana serves both as a training technique and as a metaphor for focusing consciousness toward a vision of oneness. Drishti organizes our perceptual apparatus to recognize and overcome the limits of “normal” vision. Each pose has at least one gaze-resting point, and depending on the yoga practitioner’s level, the gaze-resting point changes to support the individuals needs. In general, practitioners should use the various bahya (external) gazing points during more externally oriented yoga practices, including asanas, kriyas (cleansing practices), seva (the service work of karma yoga), and bhakti (devotion); use the antara (internal) gaze to enhance contemplative and meditative practices. Proper use and understanding of drishti is vital to attaining liberation in yoga practice.
Learning the 4 Paths and the 8 Limbs (Ashtanga) of Yoga:
There are 4 Paths of Yoga classically known in India. This workshop will discuss the 4 Paths and how they differ and how they are similar. Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga are the 4 Paths of Yoga which will be discussed. From the great Sage Patanjali comes Raja Yoga. Patanjali, being considered by many the greatest Yoga master of all time is the author of the Yoga Sutras which comprise the precepts of Raja Yoga. Inside the Yoga Sutras, between Books 2 and 3, is found the section on Ashtanga Yoga, the Eight Limb Path, and within it, Patanjali explains the scientific formula for enlightenment and bliss. This is a workshop dedicated to illuminating our intellects and preparing ourselves for Living Enlightenment.
Mastering Standing Poses and Alignment in Self-Practice:
The standing poses in Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and other Hatha Yogas form the foundation for developing the strength and openness required to sit in meditation for long periods of time. The standing poses were developed much later in time and were created to build fitness, stability and good health. There are many benefits to standing poses; however the benefits are even greater when the Asana is performed perfectly. A good and aligned yoga pose creates powerful lines of energy in the body and the result is energetic flow that is both powerful and healing. This workshop will address the many alignment principle inherent in the standing poses of Power Yoga. We will discover here how many poses share the same alignment principles and learn to do visualize the ideal body and thus self correct yourself in Self-Practice.
Introduction to Yoga Anatomy and its Integration into Asana:
Learn the bones, the joints, and the Muscles! This introduction to Physical Anatomy is well suited to beginners in the subject as we take it from the very beginning with Directional Terms and basic vocabulary. From there we learn the bones, types of joints, and the names and locations of the most important muscles in the body. We relate this info to Yoga by incorporating yoga poses that use the various muscles and feeling and seeing inside our own bodies for the pathway of the various muscle groups.
The Famous Fred Busch Food Talk:
Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight, because this is often the most powerful presentation of information you will ever witness. In the Yoga Teacher Training version of the food talk, Fred will take no prisoners as he presents his understanding of the subject of Food. Welcoming all questions and all challenges, this workshop includes scientific discussions of the role of Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Essential Fatty Acids, Enzymes, Probiotics, Immune System, Energy levels, Detox. Fred will discuss how easy it is to be an unhealthy vegetarian and will explain the principles to eating with more intelligence and more respect for biological design.
Raja Yoga & the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are one of the most important of all Scriptures in the world. Written by Patanjali in a Sutra form, designed to be hidden out in the open, the Sutras are the accumulation of Yogic and Tantric wisdom that existed from the antiquities. Patanjali presented all of them (arranged in four “books”) in one single volume and in doing so did a service for humanity that is divine. Each Yoga Sutra is “independently intelligent” and as Fred’s master explains and each one by itself can deliver you from bondage into enlightenment. The four “books” containing the sutras are known as Kaivalya, Nirvana, Bliss, Samadhi. In this workshop we will read all the Sutras with English translation and discuss many in full detail.
Fred Busch’s Healing Sequences for Power Yoga:
Most injuries start small and get worse over time due to aggravation, something called not listening to your body. This is very common in Yoga because most teacher don’t understand how to let the body heal itself while still doing daily yoga. Most Yoga teachers suggest either taking a week off or just keep going and push through it! The fact is that both of those approaches don’t work which is why people don’t easily heal themselves and injuries can become chronic and spread and implicate other muscles. This is not the only option! The Fred Busch Healing Sequences offer a means to continue your daily yoga practice, get stronger in your core, and become the most advanced Yogi of them all, all while healing yourself of whatever injury has been gifted to you.
Practicing & Teaching Arm Balances and Intermediate Poses:
In order to learn arm balances from the beginning it is necessary to understand which muscles are really responsible for creating the lift of the seeming ability to defy gravity. This lift generally comes from the core muscles and so this workshop targets and identifies the preparation poses required to master before arm balancing becomes easy. We will then practice the actual arm balances in a specific and detailed way to assure everyone know exactly how to enter the poses over time. Poses in this workshop will include: Forearm Stand, Handstand, Astavakrasana, Bhujapidasana, Peacock, Side Crow, Crow, Koundinyasana
Awakening Chakras Workshop:
The chakras are energetic vortices in the body that have been seen by the mystics and can be perceived in the auric field. They are psycho-energetic centers that represent the potential of human consciousness and a map of the territory of human evolution. This discussion of the chakras will cover the individual Chakras Color, Element, Sound, Emotion, Gland, and Poses. We will discuss how being stuck in the first three chakras has limited most people from seeing the true potential of human bliss which comes from moving into the Heart Center and awakening the THIRD EYE.
Mastering Inversions and Back-bending Asanas:
Ready to learn as much as you can about Headstand, Shoulder-stand, and Backbends? This is the workshop for you! We will start with a comprehensive safety discussion about Headstand and Shoulder-stand with relation to the cervical spine and thoroughly cover the contra-indications for Inversions. Then we will take those who are ready to experience and realize which muscles groups are actually responsible for mastery of the inversions. We will practice and learn all the preparation poses and then get ready to MOVE OFF THE WALL, If you are ready, and the time has come for you, and your backbends are reasonable. We will learn about the 2 DIFFERENT HEADSTANDS and practice both of them and then discuss and learn the details for Shoulder-stand. We will then address Spine and Back Bends and we will discuss how many students do backbends that are not very effective. In this detailed workshop on the nature of Back bending and front body opening, we will cover the many variation of backbends and why different versions are more suitable for different student types. Making sure your yoga practice is always serving you most effectively.
Introduction to the Sanskrit Alphabet:
The Sanskrit Alphabet is a divinely realized continuum of sound waves that are harmonic to your Chakra system and resonant to the sound waves of the cosmos. The Sanskrit Alphabet is sacred and incredibly healing when pronounced correctly. This workshop will cover the basics to pronunciation of the 51 Letters of the Sanskrit Script of Devanagari. You will learn how to read elementary Sanskrit words and how to pronounce the names and words in the many sacred Sanskrit Mantras. We will cover the 5 Mouth Positions of Sanskrit and vowels and consonant sounds as well as the Anasvara and Visarga grammatical components. Make your chanting precise and feel the energetic difference in the sound waves vibrating within and around you.
Learn Massage Therapy as an Aid for Yoga Teachers:
Just a few very simple massage techniques can make the difference between a good yoga teacher and great one. This very popular workshop (everyone loves massage and wants to learn to massage better!) focuses on the most practical and satisfying massage moves that help a person feel less tense and more relaxed. Fred Busch massage training for Yoga teachers is available to anyone who wants to learn a better quality of touch. For Yoga teachers this is invaluable information which will without question improve the quality of your classes and the quality of care for your students.
Mantras (Chanting in Sanskrit):
This is a workshop designed to highlight the healing and illuminating effects of chanting Mantras in Sanskrit. Sanskrit sounds are scientific and specific frequencies that are associated with your Chakras and help to balance and energize them. We will cover several of the most Sacred Mantras on Earth: Gayatri, Maha Mritunjaya, Sri Ram Jay Ram, and several others as we also discuss the universal nature of Spiritual Enlightenment and bliss. We will focus on correct sanskrit pronunciation using the 5 mouth positions and the power of visualization and intention.
Pranayama, Meditation & the Use of Mala Beads:
The system of Yoga and enlightenment as expressed in the eight limb path of Patanjali speaks of limbs Pranayama, Dharana, Dhyana, and then Samadhi. Patanjali’s formula for liberation places Pranayama before Meditation and Meditation before Samadhi. This is a very specific formulation and in this workshop we will explore and experience why this order of practice is so powerful. In addition we will learn how to use Mala beads in a seated meditation practice of silent mantra chanting. We will learn pranayama and meditation practices for your Self-Practice, giving you the tools for Living Enlightenment.
Mastering Effective Teaching Techniques:
Just because you are good in your yoga practice does not make you a good teacher. Teaching is a different skill, which is one reason there is a difference between a yoga teacher and a yoga master. We are seeking to be both Masters in our personal spiritual practice, as well as being great, expressive and charismatic teachers. This workshop will dissect what are the subtle skills that great teachers use to make their classes better than average. Use of music, tone of voice, pace of speech, and so many other factors are at play in the creation of an amazing yoga class for all participants. Skills of observation will be honed to prepare teachers to identify students who need special variations. This workshop will help you take your yoga teaching to the next level!
Advanced Pranayama, A Comprehensive Workshop:
Many Pranayamas are described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Gerhand Samhita, sister scriptures from the middle ages. This workshop will cover almost all of the classical Pranayamas from the sacred scriptures. Each pranayama will be thoroughly explained and discussed, then demonstrated, then the class will experience. Ujayi, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Sithali, Kabalabhati (Breath of Fire), Bastrika (Bellows) are all practiced in this very comprehensive introduction to the basics of Pranayama and the benefits they can incorporate into your life.
Learning and Teaching Prenatal Yoga:
Learning how to teach pregnant women safely is an invaluable skill. This workshop is outsourced to our resident Prenatal Yoga Master Michelle Fonte and is designed to prepare the teachers understand the safety considerations in Pregnancy yoga. This workshop will also provide beginners pre-natal yoga set for those who are interested in teaching Pre-Natal Yoga. This is usually run as a certification program, but certification is at complete discretion of the teacher.
Learning the importance of Restorative Yoga & its Healing Benefits:
Restorative Yoga is one of the most advanced styles of Yoga to teach even though poses are all supported and relaxing and held for many minutes at a time. Restorative Yoga requires lots of information about the best ways to use props to create comfortable and sustainable poses for people to relax in. This workshop will cover the basics of theory about the healing benefits of Restorative Yoga and will then enjoy the experience of deep relaxation and renewal the comes from the healing and wonderful Restorative Yoga experience.
Familiarizing yourself with Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditation):
Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation experience which is practiced laying on the ground in Shavasana. Yoga Nidra is always guided because it requires the relinquishing of the mind to the guide of the meditation. Yoga Nidra is the ultimate restorative yoga pose. It is not sleeping! It is beneficial and deeply restful and healing as the brain is induced into the brainwaves that are most restorative and healing, the delta waves. We will discuss Yoga Nidra and then experience a 45 Minute Yoga Nidra guided by one of Fred’s Gurus.
Using Effective Variations and Cues for Power Yoga:
What is the most effective way to explain a Yoga pose to somebody? What are the best and most precise words to use? What is the least effort in speaking that can yield the most refined speech? This workshop will address this and do so in the context of a workshop on leading students through creative flow variations. There are literally infinite numbers of directions that can be taken from nearly every pose. This workshop will teach you to think creatively and be able to build your own safe, intelligent, and satisfying Yoga Vinyasa Flows.
Notable Benefits and Cautionary Contraindications in Yoga Asana:
The many benefits of Yoga Asanas to health and mental well being could fill volumes. Yoga practice as a whole is beneficial and each of the individual poses within target different muscles, organs, glands, meridians, and visualizations. Each pose has specific benefits and this workshop will explore the main standing and seated poses and their benefits to strength, flexibility, organs, glands and respiration. Yoga poses can also be very dangerous if practiced by the wrong person. The wrong pose practiced by the wrong person can create injuries or other damage. Yoga teaching is a huge responsibility as you take another person’s health and wellbeing into your hands. The other half of this workshop will discuss that are called Contra-Indications to Yoga Poses. These are conditions and situations that certain yoga poses are better avoided. We will cover the main diseases and conditions in a basic overview of what is contraindicated in different scenarios. This information is mandatory for good and safe Yoga Instruction.
Teaching Private Yoga Classes:
The art of teaching Private Yoga classes and very small groups is a skill that pays itself back a hundredfold. A Yoga teacher will generally make most of their money through teaching privately so the ability to be confident and resourceful in a home setting is required. Teaching one-on-one offers many opportunities and many challenges that group classes do not afford. This workshop will shed light on how to take advantage of the opportunities while avoiding any of the difficulties from the challenges so as to make your private clients very satisfied with their Yoga class and experience with you.