At Bija Hot Yoga, we have built an effective, well-rounded and most of all, safe curriculum for practicing, teaching and training others to teach hot yoga.  We have focused on staying as close to what is considered to be the “pure sequence” first pioneered by Bishnu Ghosh.

The Bija Method:

With a constant evolution of theory and practice based on how the human body is engineered to move and how to move in order to strengthen and optimize that foundation, the Bija Method to alignment and class organization is both old fashioned and unconventional.

The Bija Method program the “classic” 26 + 2 sequence. This sequence was most likely developed under the influence of Buddha Bose and Bishnu Ghosh and popularized by Bikram Choudhury. It is most widely known by the title “Bikram Yoga’.

We strongly believe in the efficacy of the 26 +2 model for group class environments where experience, injuries and individual goals tend to vary widely. We also are fans of using the heat, but believe in moderation and variety. The heat is a tool and not a defining element of the practice.

A large part of our training is each trainees personal practice. We use our own bodies to learn the posture mechanics and teach various skills to help have strong experiential knowledge of movement in the microcosm of joints and soft tissue relationships. We get very detail oriented and we expect the trainees to, also.

All aspects of the training are “seminar” style. We cultivate and thrive upon discussion based learning. Critical thinking, “not knowing” and making mistakes are highly encouraged. If you are looking for a program that lights up your whole brain and prepares you to think for yourself as you gain experience teaching, then this is your program.

While we do use a basic, pared down set of instructions to begin teaching each pose, it is not designed to be your final product. We will get you to the point where you can do the basics naturally, but you will have to do the real work of applying your own understanding to your individual way of teaching.

No program will produce instant teachers. Our western approach to teaching is very abbreviated from any other discipline that turns students into teachers. If you look at the martial arts, dance, any sport or athletic endeavor, teachers are years in the making. We hope that our future trainees are students looking for a program as an immersion that may lead them to teaching.

Immersion Option

If you are interested in building a deeper understanding of your practice, but not necessarily looking to become a teacher, you have two options.
You can do just the Phase A of the 200 hour training. This phase is comprised of: daily posture mechanics, 2 hour practice with Monica or other senior teacher, ball and breath work and basic anatomy.
You can participate in the 300hr weekend training and be skip the teaching clinic day (usually the Sunday) or be there as support for those learning to teach.

Size

Our program sizes will always be small. It is very cost effective to run large programs, but when you sign up to learn with us, we want to invest in each trainee. We have learned that groups with more than 15 people lack the cohesiveness and support that we find very important to the learning process.

Our Raleigh based trainings max at 15 people

Our Cat Island based trainings max at 12 people.

Anatomy

All of our programs contain a large amount of material regarding the human anatomy and movement. We go into great detail explaining the mechanics and anatomical considerations of each posture of the classic 26 + 2 series.

During posture mechanics clinics, we “regress” each posture and work on mastering all of the small movements involved before combing them to create a “pose”. In addition, we spend a lot of time talking about the role of the nervous system and how a physical movement practice can either heighten or lessen the stress response depending on crucial decisions you make while moving.

You will leave the program not just knowing more about your own body and it’s way of communicating to you, but also how to cultivate that understanding in your future students.