The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga


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2370 North Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, USA

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Fitness Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Hot/Heated Yoga

Trainings Formats

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

Weekends only

trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat



About The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga

Jimmy Barkan’s Level I Training was the first to be established in South Florida and is considered the top-rated training in this area and beyond.  In fact, there are thousands of students and studio owners around the country and world that got their start with The...

Jimmy Barkan’s Level I Training was the first to be established in South Florida and is considered the top-rated training in this area and beyond.  In fact, there are thousands of students and studio owners around the country and world that got their start with The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga.

Teaching yoga teachers is something we can not take for granted.  Jimmy has been practicing yoga since 1980, was the only teacher allowed to certify Bikram Yoga Teachers besides Bikram! Jimmy started his own style of Hot Yoga called The Barkan Method back in 2002 and began his very own teacher training program after 22 years of teaching! Barkan has lead over 30 Level I and over 25 Level II/III teacher trainings with well over 1500 graduates who are now teaching all across the world. There are Barkan Method teachers and studios in: Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Thailand, Hungary, Vienna, Switzerland, France, England, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, South America, Costa Rica and of course the United States!

Jimmy’s experience in teaching, guiding, body alignment and yoga history is what separates & distinguishes The Barkan Method Teacher Trainings from many others.  From this training, you will gain the proper tools, knowledge and hone your communication skills to be the most effective teacher you can be!  With compassion and insight, Jimmy connects with each of his students on a personal level and offers a unique platform to explore your inherent skills and strengths as a teacher.  You’ll be prepared to lead your first Hot Yoga class with confidence and skill!

Come and discover what thousands already know – that The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga Teacher Training prepares you to be the best teacher you can be!

First Registered July 2003

Barkan Method Level II/III Adelaide, Aus. Details

Barkan Method Level II/III Adelaide, Aus.

Nov 04 - Nov 10, 2018
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga

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Educational Categories

Techniques, Training and Practice (TTP)

This material shall foster an enhanced understanding and experience as compared to the content of your school's RYS 200 or foundational Techniques, Training and Practice sessions. Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours must be a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.

Teaching Methodology (TM)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries; How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting; Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting; Teaching styles; Qualities of a teacher; The student learning process; Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal).

Anatomy & Physiology (AP)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

Yoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)

Topics in this category could include, but are not limited to: Further and deeper study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita) than what was included in your school's RYS 200 syllabus content; Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma; Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community; Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga (seva).


Topics in this category include: Practice teaching (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback); Receiving and giving feedback; Observing others teaching; Assisting students while someone else is teaching.

TitleEducational CategoryContact HoursContact Hours With Lead TrainerNon-Contact Hours 
Advanced Teacher TrainingTechniques, Training and Practice (TTP)80.0080.0025.00

Advanced Teacher Training

Explore The FIVE Barkan Method Vinyasas. This is an entirely different class that participants will be certified to teach. The Barkan Method Hot VINYASA class differs from The Barkan Method Hot Yoga Class in that we incorporate a "Flow" using Charuranges, Upper Dog and Downward Dog as transitions from one flow to the next. We teach advanced concepts for "Core-Strength" and breath control. Students will learn to teach Vinyasa and advanced postures not covered in The level I (200 hour) training. We also explore and practice the advanced postures from our Lineage. These postures are far more advanced then the poses taught in Level I and we go to greater detail on Alignment technique. We also cover and learn "Hands-on" techniques. In the Level I (200) hour training we did not have time to learn "Hands-on" techniques and wanted our graduates to gain more experience teaching before we implement Hands-on training. We will also teach meditation, pranayama, Mudra and Kriya techniques not covered in the 200 hour training. We will also practice & explore arm-balancing techniques! For the 25 Non-Contact hours participants will practice, teach and discuss within their designated groups the information covered during clinic times: Hands-on techniques, Vinyasa timing and practicing the new flow, learning to look for modifications and amplifications, and learning and communicating the Sanskrit terms. Participants will be required to know and put into practice all that is mentioned above. Students will learn safe, proper and specific alignment techniques for advanced postures not covered in the 200 hour training, There are too many to list in this description but I will give a few examples: SHORT MAN POSE (BAMANASANA or VAMANASANA): • Start in Vriksasana (Tree Pose), right leg up first. Bend left knee and lower down to mat until both knees are on the floor, in line with each other. • With both hands in front of you lower upper body down to the mat. Point your right knee toward the back wall and roll pelvic area forward bringing sole of the right foot down to the mat. Rest on elbows and arch your back. BEACH POSE, (JALASANA), Hold 10-15 seconds. • Press upper torso off mat so you are back in kneeling position. With both hands in front of you for support carefully lift left knee off floor and come up onto the left foot. Slowly work the left heel towards the front of the right knee. Do not force this and be very careful not to stress out the left knee. If you feel pain in the left knee, do not go any farther. Eventually left heel will be directly in front of left knee between the crevice of your calf and thigh. • Bring both hands to chest in prayer position, turn your tailbone down and balance on both knees. Hold 15-30 seconds. (Helpful hint: Use water bottle in front of you to help balance as you are bringing hands off floor to balance in the final position). And ... FINGER STAND (ANGUSTASANA): • Sit on floor, legs together extended forward. Start with warm up stretch by pointing toes (plantar flexion) away from body and bending forward @ hips. Grasp feet if possible and pull torso towards legs, head towards feet. Hold 10-30 seconds. • Initiate posture by placing hands next to hips, thumbs just under hips pointing towards the body, fingers pointing away from the body, similar to a sprinter’s hands position at the starting line. This will stretch the webbing between thumb and index finger. • Keeping toes pointed, inhale and swing hips back and up off the floor as torso leans forward. • Lift legs off floor to parallel position, bringing upper body to more vertical position. • Look straight ahead, eye level. Arms will press into side of torso to help maintain stability. Hold 10-20 seconds. Learning, practicing and teaching the "Full Series" which is the exact amplified version of the Ancient "Cobra Series" covered in the 200 hour training. FULL COBRA (POORNA BHUJANGASANA): • Lying on stomach, place palms flat on floor underneath shoulders. • Knee hip width apart, press upper body up of floor, keeping hips down. • Simultaneously bend knees, trying to touch toes to forehead. Elbows may be straight. Very important to keep breathing relaxed. FULL BOW (POORNA DHANURASANA): • Lying on stomach, bend knees and grab big toes with thumbs between big toe and second toe. Kick up as high as possible, pull one elbow through (forward), then the other. Hands to ears, elbows touch in front of head. • Alternate Grasp top of foot from underneath and then pull feet through. • For those whose flexibility precludes pulling elbows through rags may be used to tie around big toes. Hold onto rags, kick up, pull elbows through and forward. FULL CAMEL (POORNA USTRASANA): • Kneeling with knees slightly wider than hip width apart, pull towel up onto thighs. • Grasp inner thighs with hands as you drop your head back, walking hands down towards knees. (This will pull shoulders back and open up chest). Focus on opening upper spine as you exhale. • Bring hands to chest prayer position, then reach over head for floor until you can touch the floor with your hands. Pause for a moment, relax, exhale and push hips slightly forward while opening your chest. • Walk hands to feet, eventually grasping sides of feet. Head touches floor last, after you have grabbed you feet. • To exit pose, bring hands to chest in prayer position and upper body forward. LOTUS SERIES: Be careful not to strain knees (and ankles) in this series. If you have pain, take a little rest and start again. HALF LOTUS (ARDHA-PADMASANA): • Seated in Easy posture grasp right foot and ankle with both hands and pull right foot up onto left thigh as close to torso as possible. Hold in meditation position 6-12 counts. (Jnana -Mudra) LOTUS (PADMASANA): • You should already be in half lotus at this point. Now pull left foot up onto right thigh as close to torso as possible. Now levitate. (Just kidding). Hold in meditation position 6-12 counts. (Jnana -Mudra) LIFTING LOTUS (UTTHITA-PADMASANA) (Lotus in fingerstand) : • Seated in Lotus slip thumbs underneath hips pointed towards hips, fingers pointed away from body (same as in Fingerstand) • Lift knees off floor. • Lift whole body off floor. Abs must be engaged to hold pose. Gaze is straight ahead.----Hold 5-10 counts. BOUND LOTUS (BADDHA-PADMASANA): • Seated in Lotus reach right behind back to grasp right foot. With left hand on right knee twist spine to right. • Release and do same on other side (reach left hand behind back….). • Reach both hands behind back simultaneously, grasping both feet, if possible. • Holding onto both feet lean forwards, try to touch forehead to toes. LOTUS IN L (TULANGALASANA): • Seated in Lotus, place your palms underneath your buttocks and elbows on the floor. • Lift your knees to a 45 degree angle. • Lift your chest up toward the ceiling allowing your head to fall back. • Then tuck your chin into your chest (your head and neck will look like a pigeon), as you continue to lift your chest toward the ceiling. FETAL POSE (CARCHASANA): • Seated in Lotus (this posture is easier if you loosen lotus posture slightly) reach right hand through space behind right knee getting as much of the right arm through as possible. • Do the same on the other side. Left hand and arm through space behind left knee. • Leaning head forward cradle head in palms of hands. Hold a few counts. FISH POSE (MATSYASANA): • This posture may be done in Lotus or with legs straight. • Reach arms up overhead next to ears and push up as much as possible onto top of head. Thoracic spine is in arched position. • Grab feet with hands, dropping elbows down to floor (if in lotus). If legs are straight, grab inner thighs with elbows down, or simply place arms and hands on floor for support. Hold a few counts. We will cover, teach and explore over 90 Advanced postures and advanced Pranayama techniques, not covered in the 200 hour training such as: ADVANCED STOMACH BREATHING (KAPALBHATI BLOWING): • Rhythm and volume. That’s your mantra. • Exhale through your mouth in short breaths like you’re blowing out a candle. Each time you exhale bring your stomach in with force. The inhaling breath is silent, just focus on your exhale. • Push on your thighs with your hands for leverage. • Start out slow and begin to pick up speed. • Go as fast as you can as long as you maintain rhythm and volume. • 300 breaths. Students will be required to have extensive knowledge of everything covered and will be tested on everything mentioned at the end of each training.

Learning Objective

Receive certification in the Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa Class and Advanced teaching techniques. In this training Graduates from The Barkan Method Level I (200 hour) are certified to teach The Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa class as well as an introduction to the advanced poses, philosophy & methodologies from our Lineage in Calcutta, India.
Advanced teacher TrainingTeaching Methodology (TM)30.0030.000.00

Advanced teacher Training

Delve deeper into class plans and teaching methodologies. Understanding how some classes may differ in students experience and adjust the class plan accordingly. For example, if the teacher finds a more experienced class begin to incorporate some level II concepts and postures that will be taught in this training. Understanding how to spot students with various issues and or injuries and learning to a greater extent then the Level I (200 hour training), how to address these various concerns and teach modifications accordingly. For example: Students with "Knee Issues", unfortunately one of the most common injuries (since the knees are so vulnerable). One particular posture; Reclining Thunderbolt Pose, (Supta Vajrasana) is a posture when modified will be of great value to these particular individuals. Modifying this pose will help with range of motion for the hips which then strengthens the knees. It is common for teachers to avoid administering the modifications since the students are afraid of irritating their injury, but when taught properly and responsibly this modification technique will be extremely helpful for those students. Graduates will also learn to teach more advanced concepts and postures to guide a more advanced student. If there is a large classroom, teaching how not to confuse other students when addressing an individuals needs. For example; Leading the group into the posture and then going over to the more advanced student to offer amplifications. The teacher will then be mindful to notice if a student not ready for the advanced pose to warn and gently advise against. NOT to single out students in class by offering quiet individual instruction while at the same time being mindful of the entire student body. Knowing how to offer properly spiritual concepts to the class: I believe the mainstream of the student population does not want to be lectured on Spiritual beliefs and concepts while practicing Asana. To offer insight while being extremely mindful of stay Unitarian in the teachers approach. Especially with teachers who are younger. We will go over during this training how not to be invasive or controversial when incorporating Spiritual concepts in class.

Learning Objective

Learning to understand and determine class objective and goals according to the class that is posted for that day. Administering modifications and or amplifications.
Advanced Teacher TrainingAnatomy & Physiology (AP)20.0020.000.00

Advanced Teacher Training

Learn how to describe in greater detail yoga-anatomy. How each posture works anatomically and how to better access those areas to not only practice the postures properly but to avoid injury. Explore how to recognize students with special needs and to address those needs. For Example students with knee issues need to be mindful of certain postures that involve deep knee bends. Especially if the student is over aggressive. The teachers need to monitor these moments. Knowing how the body works in regards to flexibility for example: Why be flexible? What are our limitations in achieving flexibility? • Compared to gaining strength, the yang of our yoga practice, achieving flexibility seems more complicated (That’s because it is!). What are the limits to our flexibility? • Connective tissue- (compression or tension) • Nervous System- (NOT the nerves themselves) • Biology- shape of joints, orientation/proportion of bones • Biography-injuries, emotional trauma, lifestyle Anatomical Limits to Our Flexibility There are two basic concepts regarding limitations to flexibility; both are important. Connective tissue limitations: bones, tendons, fascia, etc. Nervous System limitations: reflexes built into the muscles to protect them Connective Tissue Limitations The shape of your joints is largely inherited and yoga doesn’t usually affect the shape of your bones. (Viva la difference) Connective tissue In yoga we think of stretching our muscles, but the real story is bigger. The connective tissue is the REAL issue. Bone, blood, fat, tendons, ligaments, and fascia are all connective tissues. Some think it would be more aptly named “meridian tissue”. • Connective tissue is the organizational and scaffolding system of the body • Our flexibility can be limited by compression of connective tissues (bone on bone), or tension on connective tissues (stretching fascia in a muscle) • Ground substance: The fluid that bathes, lubricates, and protects our connective tissue. Every muscle and organ in our body is built on the scaffolding of fascia, and enveloped, lubricated, and protected by ground substance. • When we stretch a muscle we stretch other things that are not connective tissue. Blood vessels, nerves, etc. In general these are not limits to our flexibility. We often think of yoga as lengthening muscle, but it does not mean just the lengthening of muscle itself. Rather it refers to the lengthening of substances in the muscle. We know that muscle fibers can be stretched to more than twice their length before tearing. So what limits us? Not the muscle tissue but the connective tissue in and near the muscle. Specifically, I am referring to ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Tendons attach muscle to bone. • They can stretch 3-4% before they lose their elastic properties. Beyond that, it gives us a hyper-mobile muscle to bone connection, and we don’t want that. This doesn’t mean that tendons will never achieve more than 4% of their initial length, but that at any given point in time, during any specific posture, the tendon should not be asked to stretch more than 4%. Ligaments connect bone to bone at the joint. • They can stretch a little more, maybe around 5%. If these stretch too much you can actually destabilize the joint itself. (This is what happens when you injure a knee ligament. The leg bones move too much around each other, and the joint is unstable.) Fascia is what’s left! (What IS Fascia?) Fascia is a sacred subject. From the time we are a just two little cells, we have area around our cells that form pathways for energy movement. As we grow in the womb, the flow of electrons, or energy, actually directs an extremely complicated process of folding and unfolding that results in the exact placement of organs, limbs, blood vessels, etc. These pathways of energy flow eventually become meridians, highways of energy movement throughout the body. This energy flow occurs outside of cells, organs, and muscles, along a special substance called fascia. You can imagine fascia as the foundation of all the tissues of our body. It is coated by a liquid called ground substance, a nearly perfect conductor of electrical impulse. The fascia and ground substance are what we affect so positively in yoga, because in addition to working the fascia in our muscles, we also work the fascia in our internal organs, glands, nerves, and blood vessels. • In any muscle, about a third of its bulk is made up of fascia. 40% of a muscles restriction to stretching is due to the fascia. However, it can be stretched safely! If muscle is elastic, fascia is plastic. Unlike muscles, which occur in discrete, well-defined bundles of tissue, fascia is continuous throughout the body, connected in long lines along any long axis in the body. • A snag anywhere along the fascia results in tension in the entire line. So what happens to our connective tissue when we perform an asana? • If you are sitting in Janushirasana, the agonist muscles along the front body pull, shorten, and contract to pull your torso over your leg. The antagonist muscles are lengthening, and with them the connective tissue that is knitted throughout the muscle. • Gradually, with time and repetition, the connective tissue stretches, breaking any cross-links that have formed from disuse, allowing the muscle to lengthen more fully. Time and repetition are both necessary. The muscle must be gently brought to its maximum stretch

Learning Objective

Learning how the Body & Breath works in regards to Asana, Pranayama, Kriya, Bandha and Mudra. To integrate these more advanced concepts in our teaching. Concepts not covered in detail in level I (200 hour) training.
Advanced Teacher TrainingYoga Philosophy/LifeStyle Ethics (YPLE)60.0060.000.00

Advanced Teacher Training

Exploring in depth history and philosophy is a major part of The Barkan Method Teacher Trainings. Concepts covered in our 200 hour training but now taken to another level of understanding and comprehending. For example, in this 300 hour course we will discuss the differences between concepts like Advaita and Dvaita and explain why these two different belief systems are important in understanding how the philosophy of ancient Sages and Gurus affect modern day beliefs and values. We will also explore how to not only gage our advancement by how well we practice asana but on peace of mind and how to channel the life force current into our daily lives. To be mindful of a Spiritual energy that we receive through our practice and incorporate that energy into everything we do in life. For example: Shiva-Shakti: The masculine-feminine force of the Universe, the fundamental creative principle of existence. “Shiva without Shakti is unable to affect anything.” “Just as the moon does not shine without moonlight, so also Shiva does not shine without Shakti.” Understanding The Vedas: Vedic Age 4500 B.C.E. – 2500 B.C.E. translates to Knowledges; the Four Vedas: Rig Vedas, Atharva Vedas, Yahjur Vedas and Sama Vedas. The oldest portion and the most sacred scriptures of Hinduism. A collection of hymns said to be intuited by the ancient seers or sages. Perhaps the oldest written composition in any language. The Upanishads: UPANISHADS; to “sit near”. There are traditionally 108 Upanishads, however well over 200 are known. Knowledge and profound insights transferred by word of mouth for teacher to student. The first Upanishads date back to the middle of the second millennium, B.C.E. and as recent as our century. The Bhagavad Gita: BHAGAVAD-GITA: means the Lord’s song. Composed in the 3rd – 4th century B.C.E. One of the episodes of the Mahabharata; (Great story). The most famous of all Indic scriptures where Krishna teaches his main disciple Arguna lessons of life through; Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. The Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutras; Sutra means suture or thread. The Sutras consist of 195 aphorisms which cover many aspects of Yoga; transformation of consciousness, paranormal powers or (Siddhis), the eight limb path (Ashtanga), and higher stages of yoga, liberation. They were written on palm leaves and tied together by sutures or sutras, hence the name. 1.2 Arguably the most famous Sutra: Yogash Citta Vritti Nirodhah. Yoga is the restriction (Nirodhah) of the whirls (Vritti) of consciousness (Citta). Learning about the origin of Hatha Yoga and their Preceptors: Matsyendra & Goraksha: Kaula Branch: pertaining to the Kula which means family or to flock was a combination of the Right and Left path. What distinguishes Kaula is the strong presence of the Shakti element, both in manifesting the feminine Kundilini Shakti, serpent power, as well as the strong presence of women in the role of consorts and initiators. Natha Sect; means Lord pertaining to the Yoga adepts. In the tradition or Shaiva lineage, pertaining to Shiva or Shaivism. It was from the Natha sect that Hatha–Yoga developed. The two most outstanding Nathas were Matsyendra and Goraksha, also known as; Matsyendra-Nath and Goraksha-Nath. And learning that in Hatha Yoga these are the real roots of what we teach and then to translate these teachings into modern day times by understanding where we came from.

Learning Objective

Graduates will have a better understanding of not just yoga history but how history shapes concepts taught on and off the mat.
Advanced Teacher TrainingPracticum80.0080.00100.00

Advanced Teacher Training

There will be group discussions on past classes taught and methods to enhance and improve their communication skills. During this training the Lead Teacher will observe students teaching the Five Vinyasas and hands on techniques and offer feedback, consultation and coaching. They will break up into smaller groups so each teacher will have plenty of time to hone their skills in learning these new teaching concepts. The lead trainer will then go around and consult coach and guide. Students will provide Lead Trainer with a log of 100 hour teaching hours taught. The log will be signed by studio owners and or E-500 RYS Teachers. Regarding teaching "contact hours" during the training, each participant will teach as "lead teacher" in the presence of Jimmy Barkan and receive feedback and correction from Jimmy accordingly.

Learning Objective

Lead Trainer will discuss with participants their teaching history. Lead Trainer will guide and assist students on how to teach the five Barkan Method Vinyasa's and hands on techniques not covered in level I.




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