Here is a checklist to cover the required knowledge for Intermediate Junior I. This checklist is drawn from the 2016 IYNAUS Certification Manual at page 22.

You can use this checklist in an app like Wunderlist. And here is a Word document for easy download: IJI Checklist_Y4A_2016.doc.

Checklist

☐ Describe how to link from pose to pose.
☐ Describe how to link actions within a pose.
☐ Describe the endocrine system, including all organs associated with it.
☐ Describe the lymphatic system, including all organs associated with it.
☐ Describe the respiratory system, including all organs associated with it.
☐ Describe the digestive system, including all organs associated with it.
☐ Describe the circulatory system, including all organs associated with it.
☐ Describe the nervous system, including all organs associated with it.
☐ List the structure (all parts) and functioning (all possible movements) of the knee joint.
☐ List the structure (all parts) and functioning (all possible movements) of the shoulder joints – acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, and sternoclavicular joints.
☐ Give the Sanskrit name for, definition of, and significance of the 5 vayus.
☐ Know how to develop a sequence emphasizing specific categories of asanas.
☐ Give the Sanskrit name for, definition of, and significance of the 3 eternal principles recognized by yoga darsana.
☐ Give the Sanskrit name for, definition of, and significance of the 5 klesas.
☐ Give the Sanskrit name for, definition of, and significance of the paths – margas- of self-realization.
pp.79-80, Basic Guidelines
☐ Give the Sanskrit name for, definition of, and significance of kriya yoga and its components.
☐ Name the ways identified in Samadhi Pada to still the fluctuations of the citta.
☐ Identify the components of citta.
☐ Prepare a short summary of the ideas presented in Pada 3.1-13.
☐ Prepare a short summary of the ideas presented in Pada 2.
☐ Prepare a short summary of the ideas presented in Pada 1.
☐ Gem: Read and take notes on Chapter IX, Mental Attitude through Manas-Mind.
☐ Gem: Read and take notes on Chapter VIII, first 2 pages.
☐ Gem: Read and take notes on Chapter III, What is Citta, 5-Faceted Mind and Control of the Fluctuations of the Mind.
☐ Gem: Read and take notes on Chapter II.
☐ Light on Pranayama: Read and take notes on Part One, Section II.
☐ Basic Guidelines: Read and take notes on Chapter VIII pages 105-06.
☐ Basic Guidelines: Read and take notes on Chapter VI, esp. pages 76, 79-80, 82-83.
☐ Basic Guidelines: Read and take notes on Chapter V.
☐ Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Read and take notes on III.1-13, Vibhuti Pada.
☐ Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Read and take notes on Part II, Sadhana Pada.
☐ Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Read and takes notes on Part I, Samadhi Pada.

 How to Study the Asanas and Pranayamas

About half of the asanas and pranayamas on the Intermediate Junior I syllabus were on one of the Intro. syllabi. As an IJI teacher, take the pose to the next level as indicated on the syllabus. Use the study cards from your Intro. studies to continue to improve practice and teaching of the poses. Create new cards for the new asanas and pranayamas.

Here is an Asana Study Card Template .pdf template. Here is the study card template in WORD: AsanaStudyCardTemplate (.docx).
Here is a Study Card Sample – Viloma.

If you’d like a checklist that includes all of the knowledge on the above checklist plus a line item for each of the asanas and pranayamas on the syllabus, here is a version in Word: IJI Checklist with Asanas and Pranayamas.docx

How to Plan Your Studies

  1. Figure out how long you can comfortably sit and study.
  2. Block out 40-60 hours on your calendar in increments you can comfortably sit and study. For example, if you can sit and absorb for an hour, block 40-60 study sessions. If you can sit and absorb for 90 minutes, block out 27-40 study sessions.
  3. Keep your appointments with yourself.
  4. At each appointment with yourself, pick something from the checklist to study.
  5. Read and take notes on what you read.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have covered everything on the checklist.
  7. Review your notes and memorize what you feel is important during your designated study time.

Practice Sequence for Intermediate Junior I Syllabus

Here is a possible sequence for practicing the asanas on the IJI syllabus. Here it is as a Word document: Practice Sequence for Intermediate Junior I Syllabus.docx

I suggest doing a series of shoulder openers (see this video as an example) before beginning the sequence.

Plan for at least 75 minutes to complete the entire sequence. If I have only a shorter time I stop after #15. urdhva prasarita padasana and do svasana (and if I have time, a restorative setubandha sarvangasana before that). I then pick up later in the day with the second portion, starting with #16. salamba sarvangasana I, and finish the sequence. If you do sirsasana be sure to do sarvangasana to keep the nervous system even.

  1. Prasarita padottanasana II
  2. Adho mukha vrksasana
  3. Pincha mayurasana
  4. Sirsasana
  5. Lolasana
  6. Gomukhasana classic
  7. Eka hasta bhujasana
  8. Utthita Parsva hasta padangustasana
  9. Parsva Dhanurasana
  10. Paryankasana
  11. Purvottanasana
  12. Bhekasana
  13. Urdhva Dhanurasana on chair
  14. Dwi pada Viparita Dandasana on chair
  15. Urdhva Prasarita padasana
  16. Salamba Sarvangasana I
  17. Salamba Sarvangasana II
  18. Eka pada Sarvangasana
  19. Halasana
  20. Parsva Halasana
  21. Setubandha Sarvangasana Classic
  22. Maha Mudra
  23. Ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana
  24. Ubhaya padangustasana
  25. Ardha matsyendrasana
  26. Urdhva Prasarita ekapadasana
  27. Jathara parivartanasana legs bent
  28. Supta Swastikasana
  29. Svasana
  30. Swastikasana

Practice the entire syllabus 2-3 times a week. On the other days, pick 1-2 poses from the syllabus to weave into your practice, along with some of the “Other Important Asanas” from the Certification Manual:

  • Ardha Chandrasana
  • Virabhadrasana III
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Upavistha Konasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Janu Sirsasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Malasana
  • Parsvottanasana
  • Maricyasana III
  • Supta Padangustasana

Some Additional Resources

In addition to the resources listed for study for the Intro. syllabi, here are  additional resources:

2 additional resources for Anatomy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 additional resources for practice and teaching

 

 

1 additional resource for guidance from Guruji on how to teach

 

All the best as you continue your journey.

Namaste,
Leanne