Courses

200 Hour Teacher Training with Classical Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa Flow Yoga
ancient techniques of classical hatha yoga combined with vinyasa flow in an unique and authentic way, developed over years by sivayogi

OVERVIEW:

Taking roots in ancient knowledge and making a bridge to modern life, this yoga teacher training will guide you through the practical, philosophical and mythological aspects of yoga. By practicing classical hatha yoga with devotion, you will be able to follow any style of your choice in the future and reap physical, mental and spiritual fulfilment from this life-supporting practice.
In a serene & ambianced rooftop studio surrounded by a tropical garden you will deepen your self-practice and experience the true principles of yoga. With education in techniques, teaching methodology, anatomy, yoga philosophy and practical teaching experience you will ultimately feel safe and adequately prepared to instruct a general adult population. Certified by Yoga Alliance USA, a successful completion of this yoga teacher training qualifies you to teach yoga worldwide.
But after all, yoga is more than physical exercise or stress realease. These benefits all come as side effects of regular practice, yet the ultimate aim of yoga is to transcend the limited & egoistic self and connect with the unlimited eternal.
Beyond education, we will provide a proper spiritual environment for your journey. Several years of experience flowed into the shaping of a characterful, recreative accommodation atmosphere and well elaborated yogi diet to ideally assist your practices. Further, we invite you to occasional spiritual trips into the gorgeous landscapes of Kerala in that we attune to nature by walks, mantras, music and bhajan singing.

Please note that this program is ideally suited for experienced practitioners who wish to deepen their understandings in the devotional aspects of yoga, in yogic philosophy and the practices of vinyasa flow style. This program is not suitable for beginners.

Includes:

  • International Yoga Teacher Certificate by Yoga Alliance USA
  • Private Twinbed Room with Bathroom, and Balcony.
  • 27 Days Program with 6 Days Class and one Free Day per Week
  • Full Vegetarian Sattvic Yogi Diet (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 6 Days a Week
  • Daily Yoga Asanas & Meditation Practices
  • Daily Teachings (Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy Classes, Pranayama Classes)
  • Bakti Yoga, Bhajans
  • Puja Ceremonies
  • Few Sightseeings around Varkala (i.e. boat tour and meditation on Golden Island)
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Airport Pickup (Airport Trivandrum)

For more details consult the curriculum below. We welcome you with great respect and love.

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Schedule
Location Start Date Duration
(in Days)
Price Single Room
(€ in Euro)
Price Shared Room
(€ in Euro)
Varkala 07-Sep-2018 27 1250 1050
Varkala 15-Oct-2018 27 1250 1050
Varkala 19-Nov-2018 27 1250 1050
Varkala 07-Jan-2019 27 1250 1050
Varkala 11-Feb-2019 27 1250 1050
Varkala 18-Mar-2019 27 1250 1050


In order to be a good teacher, it is also important to establish / deepen your self-practice. To do so we will practice morning and evening together in a group setting, supervised and instructed by lead trainers.
In the morning we will practice Vinyasa Kriya Flow Yoga. It entails the practice of varying flow sequences uniting asanas with breath and mantras followed by relaxation, pranayama and kriyas. In the beginning of the TTC we will start these classes with basic flow exercises that are gradually improved over time, preparing to eventually flow through various asanas in a meditative way, fully aware of movement and respiration. You can experience their physical and energetic effects, as also observe how different categories of asanas (bends, twists, inversions... that are investigated in theory classes) harmonize in a set.

Towards the evening, when the sun sinks tranquilly behind palm trees in the sea and climate cools down a little, we will practice Classical Hatha Yoga. In an atmosphere charged with peace and devotion, we will practice recreational shanti asanas in the tradition of Swami Sivananda and his disciple Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who framed ancient yogi teachings in a modern language, that incorporates both traditional and scientific understandings. By harmonizing all levels of human life and experience through practical means of asanas, pranayama, kriyas, bandhas and mudras we start balancing sun and moon energies (ha-tha), purify nadis and chakras and ultimately practice to gain mastery of prana in order to control the mind.


Timetable:
6:15 - 6:30 Kriyas and Cleansing (self-practice)
6:30 - 7:00 Group Meditation
7:00 - 9:00 Pranayama & Yoga Asanas Practice
9:00 Breakfast & Break
11:30 - 13:00 Theory Class
13:15 Lunch & Break
14:30 - 16:00 Theory Class or Pranayama or Self-Study Time
16:30 - 18:00 Yoga Asanas
18:30 Dinner
19:30 Occasional Evening Program

Curriculum:


According to the standarts set by Yoga Alliance the training divides in 5 blocks:

I: Techniques, Training and Practice:

Herein you will receive training of asanas, pranayama, kriyas, mantras & meditation in a practical and analytical way. Following a scientific approach we will discuss physical and energetical health benefits. Subsequently you will learn to recognize practice mistakes and apply adequat alignments.

Find some syllabus examples for this block outlined in the following:

Standing Postures:

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Standing asanas stretch and strengthens back, shoulders and leg muscles. This is especially important to face stiffness and back pain difficulties increasingly arising in modern times through long hours of sitting. In this section you will learn common standing postures, how to explain their benefits and experience their balancing effects on the root chakra.
We will further discuss how to provide effective verbal cues to direct practitioners coming in and out of the poses, how to verbally adjust them and how to breathe properly.




Bending Postures:

Bending asanas loosen the back by separating vertebras and improve blood circulation around the spine. This brings vitalizing and overall health improving effects on all organs and the brain. You will receive analytical training by demonstration, conversation and the use of the TTC guidebook in how to teach, practice and adjust bending postures. The learning objects herin are to explain bending postures, their benefits, verbalize and demonstrate alignments, beware of common misalignments and risk factors, how to direct practitioners coming in and out, how to breath in these positions.
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Pranayama:

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Pranayama regulates prana flow in nadis of pranamaya kosha. Through practice, observation and discussion you will learn most common breathing techniques, how to explain benefits and how to direct practitioners through these exercises. We will also practice pranayama on occasional spiritual trips and breath fresh air in the mountains or on the rocks by the sea shore.
Learning objectives are to get an overview and practice experience of multiple pranayama techniques and the four aspects of breathing (breathing in, out, holding breath in & holding breath out). How to incorporate pranayama in an asanas class.



Mantra Yoga Sadhana:

According to Samkhya, one the schools of Hindu philosophy, the very first element that manifested itself in this plane was sound and that the element of sound itself originated from Lord Shiva’s Drum. Sanskrit mantras are energy-based sounds that have the power to vibrate and resonate throughout the entire body. Sound travels five times more efficiently through water than through air, and as the human body is comprised of more than 70% water, it is therefore an excellent conductor for both sound and vibration. The regular practice of mantras balances the agitations of manomaya kosha. Once a week is Yajna yoga in the evening time with a puja with meditation, mantras, breathing techniques and offerings.


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II: Teaching Methodology:

In this section, classes will adress how to use verbal and physical hands-on adjustments, how to give clear and coherent instructions, how to sequence classes, how poses interact and how to integrate breathing exercises.

III: Anatomy & Physiology

Herein you will broaden your understanding about the physical anatomy of the human body and combine important aspects of postures and anatomy with contemplative and internal facets of yoga. Next to physical anatomy we will go deeper into the realms of energy anatomy of Chakras, Kunadlini, Gunas, Tattwas, Koshas, Nadis & Vayus.

IV: Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle Ethics

This teacher training places an emphasis on stuying the vast heritage of yoga philosophy. By introducing the Samkhya system of evolution and discuss traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali) we will explore the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga in more detail and take a glimpse beyond the first limbs towards the ultimate goal of yoga. Next to getting inspiration from these sacred texts, it may make us recognize how imporant a firm foundation in these first limbs is as prerequisite to progress on this path of liberation and how you, as prospective yoga teachers, can assist other beings with that. We are looking forward to inspiring conversations about the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), the concepts of dharma and karma and finally the value of teaching yoga while being of service to others (seva).

V: Practicum

In this section you will be slowly prepared to lead a yoga class yourself. In the beginning you will start to teach sun salutation and simple sequences to each other. In the progress of your training you will then start to observe and correct and finally practice teaching as the lead instructor or observe others teaching.

And beyond....

Ayurveda

After becoming more established in yoga, automatically awareness will increase about one's diet, too. Our Ayurvedic Doctor will teach you about the theoretical basics of Ayurveda helping you to discover a diet fitting to your type of body and individual needs and intellectually understand the positive effects of the high qualitative yogi diet you are served throughout the TTC. If you like to relax from the training, you will be delighted to find the yoga studio surrounded by several skilled ayurvedic massage salons.

Spiritual Day Trips

Next to a qualitative education with responsible teaching and care for your individual learning process, this teacher training is distinct in that we like to make occasional spiritual trips on free days and explore the many diverse landscapes of Kerala like the backwaters, hills and hidden beaches.

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Your Teachers:

Siva:

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Siva's life is totally dedicated to yoga. He has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and is sharing his yogic knowledge and techniques in Varkala. By placing practice within the context of Indian culture and philosophy his classes are an ever deeping experience of the true tradition of yoga.






Salini:

Salini attained her MSc degree in Yoga & Philosophy at the University of Chennai and is currently taking her doctoral degree meanwhile teaching philosophy classes at our school. In a compassionate & dialogic teaching style she will guide your self-understandings towards a clear realization of the yoga sutras of patanjali, how yoga derived from the vedic age and how scriptures can benefit your practices.
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Anish:

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Dr. Anish BAMS is an ayurvedic doctor and he will teach our anatomy classes. Herin you will also discuss about benefits of asanas, how to adress specific problems or what to avoid during that time. Moreover he will introduce you to the ancient healing science of ayurveda, which ideally complements with yogic practices.






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