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200hr Yoga and Tantra Teacher Training Course with Satya Loka School

A sacred journey to learn how to teach yoga based on Hatha Yoga, Pranayama & Traditional Tantric practices of India. Set in a lovely retreat centre in the most breathtaking Alpine location, this course will certify you to teach yoga based on Hatha Yoga, Pranayama & Traditional Tantric practices of India.

Where

Fernpass 483, Tirol AT 6465
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Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

Yoga Styles

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When

Sep 13 to
Oct 10
2015
07:00 amto07:00 am

Price

£975

This price does not include food and accommodation. There are 4 different accommodation options to suit all budgets. All inclusive packages of course fees, food and accommodation for the full month start from just 2100 Euros.

Full Description

This training is hosted in the heart of the Austrian Alps. Tirol’s Alps are a true fountain of strength: crystal clear water, lush green pasture lands, picture-book mountains and clean air. The location is surrounded by breathtaking beauty and unspoilt nature, Tirol is the perfect place for us to explore the depths of yoga.

This teacher training course invites students to experience the practice of yoga through energy and consciousness. The main style of yoga taught is Hatha with Tantric Vinyasa, this combines vinyasa flowing movements with traditonal Hatha Yoga, vinyasa helps to keep a gentle purifying flow. The practice also holds asanas for longer periods to experience a deeper energetic activation and opening of the body. This creates a practice that is both yin and yang and is therefore suitable for many students.

During the course you will be taught how to hold rituals from the Traditional Tantric practices of India. This includes fire ceremony, working with the science of Yantras (mandala) and Mantra meditation. These teachings are taught in a devotional way to combine the science of tantra with the path of the heart. The course is a sacred journey into the ancient arts of Yoga, and is supported by a living Tantric Master, Guru Ji Raj Kumar.

During the training we will also study cleansing kriyas and pranyama to purify the mind and deepen our ability to be centred and present in life. Regular devotional singing of kirtan and Hridaya meditation will give you a personal opportunity to open the energy of the heart.

The theory elements cover many topics always including Yogic Philosophy and ancient scriptures such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and an introduction into the Bhagavad Gita and Devi Gita of ancient India, ayurveda, anatomy, sacred sexuality.
This training is hosted in the heart of the Austrian Alps. Tirol’s Alps are a true fountain of strength: crystal clear water, lush green pasture lands, picture-book mountains and clean air. The location is surrounded by breathtaking beauty and unspoilt nature, Tirol is the perfect place for us to explore the depths of yoga.

This teacher training course invites students to experience the practice of yoga through energy and consciousness. The main style of yoga taught is Hatha with Tantric Vinyasa, this combines vinyasa flowing movements with traditonal Hatha Yoga, vinyasa helps to keep a gentle purifying flow. The practice also holds asanas for longer periods to experience a deeper energetic activation and opening of the body. This creates a practice that is both yin and yang and is therefore suitable for many students.

During the course you will be taught how to hold rituals from the Traditional Tantric practices of India. This includes fire ceremony, working with the science of Yantras (mandala) and Mantra meditation. These teachings are taught in a devotional way to combine the science of tantra with the path of the heart. The course is a sacred journey into the ancient arts of Yoga, and is supported by a living Tantric Master, Guru Ji Raj Kumar.

During the training we will also study cleansing kriyas and pranyama to purify the mind and deepen our ability to be centred and present in life. Regular devotional singing of kirtan and Hridaya meditation will give you a personal opportunity to open the energy of the heart.

The theory elements cover many topics always including Yogic Philosophy and ancient scriptures such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and an introduction into the Bhagavad Gita and Devi Gita of ancient India, ayurveda, anatomy, sacred sexuality.

Hatha Yoga – A Tantric Vinyasa

This style is a way of opening the physical body towards greater flexibility as well as opening the energetic channels to receive the natural occurring energy from the environment. This style also works with the arousal of the chakra system that governs and determines our physical, emotional and mental health. By understanding our body from this Tantric perspective we can learn how to develop and maintain good health and an overall awareness of spiritual well being. When we combine gentle Vinyasa movements with the asana we naturally counter balance any intense stretch that the body may experience and therefore reduce the risk of injury for ourselves and students. The Vinyasa practice also helps to flush the body between the asanas of any toxins that have been released through the postures bringing an overall gentle and deepening purification. Using Vinyasa is a choice and some classes can be taught only with the practice of asana therefore bringing a less dynamic flow, this allows the teacher to be in the moment and feel what students need at that particular time.

Alignment

The practice of yoga asana brings profound and innumerable benefits to the physical body however the ultimate aim of all the asanas is to help us sit comfortably in meditation. Each day of the course we will enjoy the opportunity to practice and study asana with this goal in mind; and as we move through the postures we can naturally feel the quietening of the mind and deeper states of peace arise. We will learn how to move our own body in a way that is safe and healthy for the joints, soft tissues and bones and will experience how this strengthens and creates more space and openness within the body and energy system. Once we understand this in our own being we are then able to truly support our students’ alignment and yoga practice. This class will also look at the energetic flow within the asanas and how to maximise and stabilize this.

Traditional Tantric Practices

Tantra is a spiritual path that embraces life in order to awaken consciousness. Within Tantra Yoga various techniques including the use of mantra, yantra, ritual and meditation are used to purify and energise our being bringing a deeper awareness of our spiritual existence. Tantra cultivates a devotional approach to the practice, emphasizing the worship of the Goddess, Shakti and her consort Shiva. As we go deeper into the practice we ultimately experience the divine union of these masculine and feminine attributes. Mantra is offered and can be practiced each day in the presence of a yantra (mandala) which is created in the first week of the course.

Mantra

A mantra is the sound form a particular energy; specific sounds, words or phrases are repeated. By practising the repetition of mantra either by verblising the sound internally or externally we commune with and invoke the beneficial energies specific to the mantra. Mantra is an important tool used in many spiritual practices and can even be combined with the practice of yoga asana.

Yantra

The yantra is a geometric, design which can be focused upon as a tool for meditation. The different geometric patterns symbolically represent different aspects of divinity. On this teacher training we will create and meditate with a yantra for Shiva made from sprouting wheat grass,, and later we will create three coloured rice yantras of Saraswati {goddess of arts, music and education}, Parvati {Shiva’s wife}, Suriya {the sun}.

Tantric Fire Yagna

A Fire Yagna is a sacred fire ceremony. Offerings of ghee (clarified butter) are thrown on to the fire whilst reciting mantras to honour aspects such as the cardinal directions and particular energies of the Hindu and Yogic traditions that support the success of the ceremony. Special herbs or rice, sugar and sesame seeds are further offered to the fire with a specific mantra depending upon one’s personal sadhana or the group intention.
Fire Yagna is a highly purifying spiritual practice that enables us to commune with different energies of Shakti or Shiva, energies that raise our awareness and consciousness.

Bhakti Fire Puja

Bhakti Fire Puja is a combination of a Tantric and shamanic fire ceremony. It is a beautiful ceremony of devotion that combines elements of a Tantric Fire Puja with a spontaneous flow of bhajans and prayer.
Traditional Vedic mantras are used that elevate consciousness and bring a deep communion with inner most truth.

Pranayama

Pranayama can be translated as the expansion and increasing of our vital life force. We absorb Prana (life force) most directly through the breath and through our food. In the pranayama exercises of Hatha Yoga we make use of this by manipulating the breath – breathing into different areas of the body, using specific rhythms and movements. We learn to hold the breath in to energise our system and to increase our capacity to store Prana; we hold the breath out to direct the energy in the subtle body with the ultimate aim of purifying both body and mind.
The rhythmic breathing exercises of the Hatha Yoga tradition are strong practices which bring profound benefits: they purify the nadis (energy channels) of both the physical and subtle anatomy releasing blockages and stress and helping us feel a greater sense of balance and steadiness. Pranayama is an important step on the journey of yoga as it helps expand the individual personal energy into universal energy.
Ayurveda is the sister science of Hatha Yoga and offers a profound system of self-healing. In the TTC we will draw on the Ayurvedic teachings offering ways to eat and cook that maximise our intake and absorption of Prana.

Cleansing Kriyas & Purification

We will teach ancient yogic practices used to promote a healthy body and energetic system such as nauli kriya for intestinal support and neti for clearing the sinus passages. Furthermore we will offer detoxifying practices such as oil pulling, salt rubbing and tongue scraping for healthy gums as well as other tips and techniques.

Hridaya Meditation

During the course we practice Hridaya Meditation, a technique which focuses continually upon the Spiritual Heart as a way to reveal deep inner peace and the natural joy that emanates from our natural state. The teachings are a beautiful unity of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism. Central to the practice is the self-enquiry, ‘Who am I?’ and continually bringing the awareness back to the spiritual heart, which can be sensed by focusing at the centre of the chest near the physical heart. We will also have the opportunity to experience Hridaya Hatha Yoga where we aim to remain present and witness our asana practice from beyond the mind, from the stillness that lies at the core of who we really are.

Kirtan

Kirtan is an ancient form of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion. When we chant Kirtan we use special mantras. Mantras are words, phrases, and syllables that are repeated until they become integrated into our consciousness. Many people are discovering this sacred, traditional practice allowing them to access a greater opening of the heart, deep inner peace and connection. When we give ourselves permission to sing and dance freely, releasing and expressing through our voices and bodies, the emotions which are tightly locked in our hearts become free. This takes the practitioner into a blissful state of openness and love and it is in that moment that we remember Kirtan is an offering, a gift to the Divine who has given us everything, and to whom we can give nothing in return but our loving remembrance, our voices and our hearts.

Group Activities & Meditations

Group activities are an opportunity to deepen the inter relating of the group. As teachers it is also useful to learn various ways to hold space other than a standard Yoga class.

These sessions share group meditations and activities such as

Ecstatic Dance
Kirtan
Partner Yoga
Walking meditation
Group Transfiguration
Toning and the use of sound in yoga and movement