Teacher Training Manual

Manual for the Philosophy/History Segment of
200-500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs

Compiled by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.

This Manual sets a new standard

E-book: $35 CAD per copy
Binder: $45 CAD per copy plus S&H

Orders for the Manual must be placed by the teacher or school organizing a teacher training program. For terms and conditions, please contact us.

To view the Table of Contents and sample pages from the Manual, please click here.

The purpose of this Manual is quite simply to enable Yoga teachers to train their students in the philosophical/historical aspects of Yoga as part of the requirements for 200- to 500-hour teacher training programs. This side of Yoga teacher trainings is often inadequate, but since Yoga is a continuum of theory and practice, it is important to cover the philosophical and historical aspects properly.

This Manual is based on the practical input of many of Georg Feuerstein’s students in his distance-learning programs. In the past, he has taught the philosophy/history segment in various teacher training programs and also taught an extensive coverage of these aspects in his own 750-hour teacher training program conducted via the former Yoga Research and Education Center in 2003/2004.

The Manual, which contains what he considers to be the essential aspects of Yoga philosophy and history, has been designed to allow teachers or schools to administer the philosophy/history segment themselves. The Manual includes self-tests for students and also questions for classroom work. From his own experience, Dr. Feuerstein has found that classroom work (fulfilling the required contact hours of teacher trainings) is a very effective and enjoyable way of helping students to assimilate even more difficult topics and making them relevant to contemporary life.

The materials in this Manual include numerous diagrams and inspiring quotes from ancient and modern Yoga authorities. The Manual meets the requirements of the Yoga Alliance at the 200- and 500-hour levels and can easily be adapted for either level or any level in between. (Please note that TYS is not a member of the Yoga Alliance.) Even teacher training programs not following the Yoga Alliance stipulations can greatly benefit from this Manual. It also can serve students as a reliable reference work in the years to come, when they have to respond knowledgeably to the questions of their own students.

Please note that for 500-hour trainings, students must also acquire Georg Feuerstein’s book Yoga Morality (292 pages) on which some of the questions for classroom work are based.

Endorsement by Mahamandaleshvara Swami Veda Bharati: “Our initial reading confirms the quality, scope and depth we have come to identify with Dr. Feuerstein and his work. Having just completed an intensive Teachers Training here in Minneapolis, the faculty were given the manuals to review during their busy schedule and have only received positive comments. They especially liked the way in which the learning modules were supporting svadhyaya in self-study, contemplation, analysis, and application to one’s sadhana.

Our very special thanks to Dr. Feuerstein and our enthusiastic support for his future efforts in bringing a depth to the Himalayan Yoga Tradition through authentic exploration in Sadhana.”

Endorsement by Rusty Wells: “Blessings to Georg and Brenda for providing such a wonderful foundation in Yoga Philosophy and the history of Yoga as presented through the very accessible and rather complete teacher training manual available to all teacher training programs. In my own training program, I have found it to be an essential tool to help facilitate a vibrant and efficient dialogue about the particulars of a history that often times becomes overlooked, disregarded or misunderstood. Georg’s unique approach brings ease of dialogue to the training group and has offered me, personally, the confidence to direct and engage in a magnificent and extensive conversation that honors the tradition of the practice and its practical relevance transcendent of time and culture. I am honored to be a part of that homage to a practice that moves my heart, mind and soul. Thank you again and again.” (http://www.rustywells.com/)

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