YOGA for ALL © Any Body. Any Condition. Any Age. ©

Basic Certification in Creative Yoga Teaching with Paul JJ Alix


The YOGA for ALL Teachers' Training is a comprehensive study of the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya through the practices taught by his son T.K.V. Desikachar. Included in this training will be an overview of yoga styles having their roots in his teachings, such as Classical Hatha, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa, and even discussions on what was once called Viniyoga. The relationship to other styles in popular circulation will be explored including Daoist teachings such as Chi Qung and it's relationship to yoga. These styles, methodologies and forms are compared and discussed to facilitate a broader understanding, while continually emphasizing the core principles of Krishnamacharyas' Teachings and how they apply to our present day. The practical aspects of teaching as well as foundational theory (readings on yoga philosophy, it's derivatives, and it's relatives) are also emphasized. Participants are encouraged to dive wholeheartedly into their own personal practice, teaching practice and class observations in order to further their own development in yoga, and to gain practical insight into teaching technique, methodology and style.
The YOGA for ALL Teachers' Training is in process for approval and registration with Yoga Alliance and exceeds the minimum Yoga Alliance requirement of 200 hours. Each training session includes theory, postural practice, breathing practice, meditation, relaxation, lecture, discussion, teaching practicum, feedback and processing.

Total Hours: - 240


Training Class Time with Paul                                         130 hours
Class Observation                                                            20 hours
Class Assisting                                                                           10 hours
Class Preparation                                                              20 hours
Practice Teaching                                                            20 hours
Reading                                                                                40 hours
Total                                                                                      240 hours

What Participants study:

Yoga practices of the Krishnamacharya tradition as taught by Desikachar and interpreted by Paul JJ Alix of YOGA for ALL : postural, breathing, internal energy movement, meditation and relaxation.
Teaching methodology, ethics, technique and style.
Anatomy and physiology related to yoga practices.
The practice and teaching of fundamental postures and their adaptations.
The practice and teaching of basic breathing techniques.
Basic Ayurveda and yogic cleansing practices.
The Sanskrit Alphabet with correct pronunciations.
Common Sanskrit terms and mantras associated with yogic postures and practices.
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras with application to teaching.
Bhagavad-Gita with application to yoga.
Basic yoga therapy with application to students needs.

Prerequisites & Requirements:

Candidates for admission into the YOGA for ALL teachers' training are required to have a current self-guided yoga practice, and a basic understanding of the principles of YOGA for ALL.
YOGA for ALL Teachers' Training is a comprehensive study of the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya through the practices taught by his son T.K.V. Desikachar. Participants are required to attend all class sessions (with the exception of illness or severe emergency situations), complete all assignments, and pass all tests in order to be certified. Each session will have required reading assignments and homework due upon arrival. Trainees will be asked to commit to practicing regularly, prepare sample classes, and teach one class between segments. During each session, participants will be asked to practice, comment, question, demonstrate and teach. Over the course of the training, participants are required to attend 6 YOGA for ALL¨  classes with at least one class with each teacher in the school and at least 6 classes at 6 different yoga schools representing different styles. Attendance at elective outings and/or workshops is encouraged, but not required. Our training emphasizes creative teaching and each student is encouraged to discover their own teaching style.

About the Instructor:

Paul was initiated into Tantric Meditation Practices in January 1974 by a Traveling Sinyasi from India. He later immersed himself in the teachings of T Krishnamacharya through study with TKV Desikachar and Gary Kraftsow.

Paul began his teaching career in Yugoslavia offering optional ballet classes to performers in the state run dance troupe of which he was a member. In 1984 he moved to NYC and taught Pilates under Romana Krysanowska and Carola Trier, direct descendants of Joe Pilates Methodology.  Finding this method physically fulfilling and exacting, yet incomplete due to its' lack of attention to the mind, he decided to teach yoga and participated in a Teacher Training offered by Swami Ashokananda of Integral Yoga New York. Due to the years of dedication, practice and skill behind him he graduated as the only student not required to memorize the teaching script. He began to teach Hatha II at the IYI NYC and was given 'permission' to deviate from the 'script' and introduce postures not normally allowed in the institute.

Paul moved on to teach at Yoga Tone with Leslie Kamanoff where he was introduced to Gary Kraftsow and began to attend seminars with TKV Desikachar. Within a short time Paul received Verbal Certification from Gary Kraftsow of Viniyoga America then known as Maui Yoga Therapy. As a result of his training in Krishnamacharyas' style of teaching he developed YOGA for ALL¨ out of the feeling that anyone could practice yoga if only the practices were appropriately adjusted to their abilities.
Paul continued to pursue his studies by traveling to India many times over a course of years to study with the Iyengar family and the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram maintaining a curriculum of Asana, Pranayama, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Vedic Chanting and in-depth study of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Paul has enhanced his yoga practices with Daoist studies and creates a parallel to their application to yoga. In this field he has studied Daoist healing and Chi Qung with Mantak Chia. He recently spent three days and two nights high up Daoist Mountain ÒHaushanÓ (China) in a damp cold Daoist cave without food, practicing Kan and Lee meditation just to maintain body heat.
Offering Vedic Chanting and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with commentary, Paul travels around the country guest teachering in several Teacher Training programs. He also educates teachers in basic asana sequencing, counterpose and aplication to specific needs. 
He has explored several methods and styles, spicing his teaching with versatility and creativity. His goal is to convey the essence of yoga, making it accessible and applicable to all.