Guess you’d call this the official Ashtanga teacher training

This summer, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore is holding a two-month course for already authorized or certified teachers.

Info is right here. As it notes, applications have to be in by March 1, and the course is invite only. It runs from June 29 to August 28. Cost is roughly 67,000 Indian Rupees, or about $1,050.

My first reaction is: Whoa, it’ll be hot.

My second is: I’m not seeing much chatter about this. I’d think that it would produce some talk about the value of teacher trainings, etc. etc.

I also guess I should be explicit: I’m using the “teacher training” phrase; the Institute doesn’t. But it sure seems like the easiest way to describe a two-month course of study for teachers.

My third reaction is: What will it include? Right now, there’s no outline or program. I do note this from the description: “A two-month course to improve on your existing practice and deepen your studies.” It doesn’t say anywhere that there will be a focus on teaching; rather, it sounds like it is continuing the emphasis on practice, with teaching following along after that.

You’d suspect there would be some focus on teaching, if everyone there is authorized/certified and, you’d figure, teaching in some form or another. But how scripted it all will be, we’ll have to wait and see. (And maybe if they just send a schedule to those attending, most of us won’t see.)

I also wonder if it will include other pieces often included in teacher trainings: anatomy, sutra/text study, a hands-on going through of the poses.

Also no word on how big it will be, just that there is a cap.

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