Final assessment ‘ring of fire’

The final Vajrasati teacher training assessment

To be awarded the Vajrasati Teacher training certificate, students must:

1/ Have successfully met with all the criteria as highlighted by the Vajrasati conditions of graduation document and be demonstrably aware of points one to six therein.

2/ Compose and teach a Pranayama class to be assessed by senior Vajrasati member (re assessment marking below)

3/ Teach a set class of asanas from syllabus to be assessed by a senior Vajrasati member (re assessment marking below) Note that the class will be drawn from a selection of classes and the teacher will be handed the class list only at the beginning of the assessment. Hence particular focus on improvisation and creativity

4/ The trainees will given a written exam comprising of a selection of questions from previous written and on the spot tests from the course as well as questions extrapolated from homeworks. This will include questions on Vajrasati, asanas (Sanskrit pronunciation and translation, anatomy, eight limbs, yamas and niyamas and the satipatthana sutta (sutra)

5/ A final assessment will then be held with other potential graduates where asanas will be taught from selection from the course.

Students will be marked on
A/ observation
B/ clarity of instructions (language)
C/ adjustment- appropriateness, sensitivity, method and reason
D/ correct use of equipment
E/ anatomical understanding
F/ classroom management
G/ exemplification
H/principles of yoga

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The Buddha reminds us of the right approach in his famous metaphor of the raft from the Majjhima Nikaya.

In it, he describes a situation, where a man standing on the near shore, which is dangerous, needs to get to the far shore, which is safe.

There are no bridges or ferries so he builds a raft; it is not fancy, but adequate to get him across. Once on that far shore it has served its purpose, and a wise man leaves it where it is, without dragging it with him as an encumbrance.

— Buddha