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Psychological Foundations for Yoga Teachers: A four-part Course with Mira Popper

With yoga, we teachers hold an effective instrument in our hands that is much more than just a training for the body. Yoga offers the possibility for psychological self-awareness and transformation. Our teaching can uncover hidden structures and psychic-physical patterns that we and our students can transform in a serious practice, if we know what to look for.
If we as yoga teachers understand the psychological foundations of yoga and have a basic understanding of the psychic structure of human beings with their psychological development, protective structures and opportunities for transformation, we can take our own yoga practice and those of our students to a new level.

This four-part course introduces you to the Western and Eastern understanding of the psyche. It includes theory, self-awareness and practical exercises.

Mira Popper is a full-time psychotherapist and yoga teacher. She is the founder of the Institute for Yoga Psychotherapy YPZ in Zurich where she trains psychotherapist in yoga and yoga teachers in psychology. Her deepest interest belongs to the inner path of transformation of human beings. 
On her own path, Mira first studied Comparative Religions and Philosophy, then Clinical Psychology and later Body Psychotherapy and Comparative Psychotherapy Sciences. She was also teaching various kinds of bodywork for many years.
In yoga, these earlier passions and studies came together combining the love of body, spirituality, mindfulness, healing, and psychic-physical transformation.
You can find out more on Mira’s website www.miriampopper.ch

Mira Popper offers this four-part course on the following weekends
at AIRYOGA, Oberdorfstrasse 2 in 8001 Zurich:

Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and
Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Part 1

Introduction to Western Psychology and its idea of man: What is important for me as a yoga teacher? Positive psychology and clinical psychology, introduction to the most important disorders of psychopathology. In what cases and how can I help in my yoga classes, what belongs in the hands of a psychotherapist? Excercises, questions and mini-supervisions. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and
Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Part 2

Developmental psychology and personalitiy: attachment theory, protective structures, character style and its ‚embodiment’. Working with the ‚protectice armor’ by opening fascia layers. How to deal with emotions in private sessions and group classes? What is transference and countertransference? How to deepen self-confidence and hold boundaries as a yoga teacher in a friendly and serene way? Excercises, questions and mini-supervisions. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and
Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Part 3

Introduction to Eastern Yoga Psychology: Chakras, Koshas and Energy/Charge/Prana. How do Western developmental psychology and Eastern ‚chakra psychology’ relate? Specific chakra yoga exercises for each chakra or level of development. How to integrate ‚chakra psychology’ into yoga classes? 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and
Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Part
Integration of Western and Eastern Yoga Psychology: Where does Western psychology end and spirituality begin? What is the role of meditation and ‘meta’consciousness’? A quick look at Buddhist Psychology. The brahma vihara as an expression of the ‘integrated brain’ of Western neuropsychology. Introduction to Spiritual Psychotherapy, the psychology of the ‘non-self’ and a West-Eastern ‘Psychology of the future’.

This course is specially designed for yoga teachers interested in the psychological dimension of yoga.  

Mira teaches in German, some English translations are possible if required.

The rate is Fr. 960.- for the entire course (32 hours total). A manual in German is included.

The course can only be booked as a whole. Please do not register in case of foreseeable absences, the course will be repeated in 2020. 

For questions on the course please emailMira Popper: mmpopper@hotmail.com

Participation is limited to 18 students.

Please note the reservation and cancelation policy for workshops at AIRYOGA.

For further information, please contact zuerich@airyoga.com