Yoga Teacher Training in London, Goa and Nepal
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Raghurajpur, Orissa, India. Mural of Jagannath Puri Gods. Raghurajpur artists’ village is famous for its Patta Chitra paintings, painting, palm leaf inscription, papier mache, sodhai work mural painting, cow dung toys, coir, screw pine leaf and wood work, filigree, appliqué, terracotta and bell metal work. The villages are living workshops and come alive when the artisans start their day. Artists can be seen busy at work on their sit-out platforms in front of their thatched brick houses. No village is more involved in preserving India’s priceless skills than Orissa's Raghurajpur. 

Patta Chitra paintings are done on specially prepared cotton cloth, which is coated with a paste made of tamarind seeds and powdered chalk, before applying natural colours. This makes it parchment-tough. Using delicate brushes, the fine outlines of the painting are drawn. These, are then, filled in with colours to create pictures from the epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Though the arts of Raghurajpur were originally inspired by religious themes, the artists have responded to changing demands and have begun to handle secular subjects with the same painstaking finesse. Everyone here seems to be either an established artist, an aspiring artist, or a probationary one. And art overflows everywhere.
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING: Level 1 (200+ hours)

Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK accreditation 

Our Yoga Teacher Training programs in London, Nepal and Goa are designed to take you to the spiritual heart of the practice. Yoga is the path to enlightenment – Moksha. While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha Yoga, we believe that they merge into 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 prepares an unstable and distracted mind for the inner limbs of yoga. We aim to give you the highest skills possible to teach and reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness.) We want you to live the yogic reality – and to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.

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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;
  • This is a transformative training where 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 you have lived it. You can only teach what you know;
  • Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts it ‘off the page’, and ‘off the mat,’ so you can integrate philosophy 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;
  • Integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice;
  • Practice Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and watch your body/mind transform;
  • Get hands-on experience with adjustments (so you are prepared to work alongside someone in the real world);
  • Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles; learn techniques to breakdown difficult asanas (inversions, arm balances, backbends, etc) to teach ‘workshop style’;
  • Build movement vocabularies 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; watch videos of your performance and get feedback from teachers & colleagues;
  • Learn how to teach basic Pranayama and Mediation; Restorative yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra; Make Yoga your Business
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What We Believe

Yoga is an ancient Indian science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us from suffering. While advanced asana can be exhilarating and has its purpose, Yoga is not merely gymnastics. We want to teach you how to teach yoga safely and for all levels of practitioners. You will learn the essential alignment and actions in the asanas so you understand how to sequence Vinyasa Flow in a coherent and logical way. Rather than copy specific Vinyasa sequences, we want you have the knowledge and confidence to make up your own.

Whether we practice Vinyasa or Hatha, it’s necessary to explore the’ inner/outer’ techniques of yoga, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice; learn the principles of subtle alignment, breath/bandhas/dristi, and the methodology that ties poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’. From this perspective, asana is the starting place for a authentic yogic inquiry – a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience and makes its relevant to real life. We believe that the Guru lies within and will do everything in our power to guide you on this transformative journey.

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Yoga Alliance Accreditation

Our unique program truly gives you the knowledge, technique and confidence to teach yoga. The combination of in-class contact hours and prerequisite reading totals 200+ hours. It exceeds the standards of the Yoga Alliance 200 RYS Teacher Training program:

  • Techniques/Training/Practice (100 hours);
  • Teaching Methodology (30 hours);
  • Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours);
  • Yogic Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle for Yoga Teachers (30 hours);
  • Teaching: Group Practicum and Presentation Skills (20 hours).

 

Graduates are eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).

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What You Will Learn

This Level 1 training provides an overview of different aspects of yoga. It’s designed to give you a TASTE of what it means to be a yogi. By the end of the training you will have a:

  • skillful and varied asana practice;
  • understand basic yoga philosophy in a way you can integrate it into your teachings;
  • understand basic anatomy and alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself;
  • begun a genuine spiritual practice;
  • had an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga.
  • be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practice and teach.

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Pre-requisites

To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 5 times a week for at least two years, to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline.
Teacher Training programs can be intense on a physical and emotional level. There will be good days and vulnerable days. Immersion-style training in Goa or Nepal can easily take you out of your comfort zone. You will live in an intimate setting with total strangers. You’ll share a room. You’ll be totally immersed in yoga practice (pranayama/meditation/asana, philosophy, anatomy & physiology, as well as the business of yoga and practical teaching) for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for one month.

You will emerge having a taste of what it means to be a yogi.

THE PROGRAMS

YOGA THOUGHT

“Patanjali’s one direct instruction for asana is Sthira Sukham Asanam. Heaviness and lightness need to be integrated in every posture. Sthira means either firm, steady, fixed, steadfast or unchanging. Sukham translates as either easeful, happiness, delight or joy. Asanam is the plural form of asana, meaning posture, pose or seat.”
– Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’s 2.46

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