We will take you to the spiritual heart of the practice. Yoga is the path to enlightenment. While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha Yoga, we believe that they all distill down to ONE essential teaching that uses the body and the breath to liberate ourselves from suffering. Asana gives you freedom physically from illness and disease. Pranayama frees you from your regular breath and makes the pranic body vibrant and subtle. Meditation takes you deeper to understand how the mind works and seeks to liberate you from an unstable and unproductive mind. And this is where real liberation from suffering exists.
Our aim is to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice and the technologies to stabilize the mind and so glimpse at the true nature of our minds - purusha (pure consciousness.) We want you to actually live the yogic reality – and to be able to take the practice off the mat and integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
This Level 1 training provides an overview of all aspects of yoga. It’s designed to give you a TASTE of what it means to be a yogi. By the end of the month:
You will have developed a serious and varied asana practice;
You will have knowledge of the skills and techniques that stimulate a genuine spiritual practice;
You will have had an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga.
You’ll be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practice and teach.
You don’t like Astanga? No problem. You’re a Tantrika? Radical. Plan to startup a Kirtan band? Sweet. You’re a Vinayas Flow dakini with a flair for philosophy? Excellent. At least you know (for now)…
Why do this Yoga Teacher Training?
It’s a DOGMA FREE training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations;
The course is for a small and select group of students. Students are given personal attention that is sensitive to their needs and ongoing development;
It’s in INDIA, the spiritual home of yoga;
It takes place at beautiful and scrupulously maintained SATSANGA. The food is excellent and you won’t get sick. All you needs are looked after.
This training is transformative. You’ll experience an authentic process that makes you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga. It will give you the capability to teach from your own experience and practical knowhow that are the stamp of an interesting teacher – someone with something to say about yoga practice because they have lived it. You can only teach what you know;
Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts them ‘off the page’, and ‘off the mat,’ so you can integrate them into your teaching and personal practice. The philosophy is relevant to both the physical experience and the spiritual practice. It is not an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life;
Practice Astanga Vinyasa Yoga daily and watch your body/mind transform;
Develop your Astanga into Mysore Self-Practice;
Get hands-on experience with adjustments in the Astanga Primary Series (so you are prepared to work alongside someone in the real world);
Teach a led-Astanga Primary series class;
Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles; learn techniques to breakdown difficult asanas (inversions, arm balances, backbends, etc) to teach ‘workshop style’;
Build a movement vocabulary and learn to sequence Vinyasa Flow as a seamless ‘moving meditation’;
Practical Teaching: learn to demonstrate & adjust asanas; work in groups & individually to create a Vinyasa Flow sequences; structure & teach a yoga class; get feedback from teachers & colleagues;
Learn how to teach basic Pranayama and Mediation;
Learn injury prevention; and how to deal with medical emergencies in the classroom;
Make Yoga your Business