Dates: 04/10/2020 - 29/10/2020
Mode of Delivery: Campus
IMPORTANT: Due to the travel restrictions, we will have the anatomy and meditation part done online. The dates of the course stay the same but the campus part will last 3 weeks instead of 4. In the fourth week of the course, students will be able to watch the videos and interact with teachers over the Zoom platform in scheduled meetings. The prices of food and accommodation are adjusted to 3 weeks’ stay. If you wish, you are welcome to stay an additional week on campus (according to availability) to study with supplementary payment for the food and accommodation costs.
We believe that yoga is much more than purely postural exercise. To sufficiently grasp the theoretical part – yoga philosophy, we fortified our 200h TTC with the 5-week online Introduction to Yoga philosophy module. Studying the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita brings students in touch with sacred knowledge of the sages and unlocks a deeper inner wisdom.
- Experienced teachers
- Blended learning: Onsite (practice, anatomy & physiology, teaching skills) and 5-week online module on Yoga Philosophy
- Extraordinary venue
- Yoga Alliance certification
- Daily 7.5 h yoga classes
- Meditation and chanting (mantra yoga)
- Breathing techniques
- Basic anatomy terms and planes, basics of prenatal yoga
- Teaching skills
- Extensive supporting material
- 3 daily vegetarian/vegan karma free meals
- Yoga Philosophy
- Asanas (Hatha Yoga Practice)
- Understanding and practice of yogic breathing
- Meditation and recitation
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Body – asana, alignment and adjustment
- Verbal Instruction and demonstration
- Ethics for Yoga Teachers
- Teaching Practice
- Deepening the Regular Personal Practice
The philosophical foundation of yoga and the key teachings of the traditional texts: the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga-sutras. How yoga philosophy provides several maps or instruction manuals for improving the quality of life and experience.
Intended to take individuals deeper into an exploration of principles of alignment and the basics of foundation, breath and movement
Different aspects of breathing practices: Ujjayi breath; Viloma breath; Kapalabhati. How to bring awareness to feel the breath by observing the rhythm of their inhalation and exhalation.
Various techniques of meditation and preparatory techniques, learning kirtan, or chanting mantras together with others.
Brief lectures on Mechanics of Joints and Movement, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System and Digestive System. This section also prepares to students to understanding the basic risks involved with practicing during pregnancy. The course will not prepare the students for guiding a pre-natal class.
Postural alignment and principles of adjustment, modifications for certain conditions.
Students will practice and learn how to use positive language to optimize verbal instruction within a class.
Discussion on the first two fundamental stages of astanga yoga: Yamas and Niyamas
Hands-on skills for assisting your students.How to plan a class and approach a teaching situation (sequencing rules, adapting class for different groups, etc.). Each student will teach one session as a lead instructor and will be required to assist when others are teaching.
Central principles of effective techniques for personal practice. Developing a strategy to maintain scheduled daily or weekly time for practice.
- 07:00 – 09:00 practice
- 09:15 – 10:00 breakfast
- 11:00 – 13:00 technique
- 13:30 – 14:15 lunch
- 15:30 – 17:30 teaching skills
- 17:45 – 18:45 philosophy and meditation
- 19:00 – 19:45 dinner
- 20:40 – 21:15 kirtan in the temple (optional)
The course will prepare students to act in the role of yoga teachers. Developing the following knowledge and skills is the aim of the program:
- Understanding yoga: to understand the basic ideas of yoga philosophy, the goal of yoga, and how to get there
- Personal skills: to show sufficient competence in personal practice
- Principles of teaching a group: basic pedagogic requirements in group settings; the power of using visual, verbal and physical instruction
- Non-violence: to guide students to safe practice. Typical issues include prenatal practice, most common contraindications, and ruling out risks caused by incomplete technique
- Additional techniques: using props when required, and learning techniques to support a more effective and safe practice
To be entitled to register with the Yoga Alliance on the RYT 200 level, students need to demonstrate their skills and competence in the following areas:
- Functional anatomy and physiology.
- Understanding yoga philosophy (assessed at the end of the compulsory Yoga Philosophy YACEP Approved Online Course)
- Personal practice. How to do asanas and breathing exercises with proper technique and ability to sustain the effort for the required time
- Teaching skills. How to introduce an exercise, guide students in a group setting
through an exercise, and give personalized instructions.
Just imagine decades of vigorous practice, immersion in yoga philosophy, teaching experience, academic training, meditation and personal development poured into their determination to instruct you!
Janne Kontala, E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP, PhD in Religious Studies, the author of the book Inner Yoga, was introduced to the ashtanga-vinyasa yoga tradition in 1992 under teachers Petri Räisänen and Derek Ireland. He did an additional five-year yoga training in ashrams in India and Finland, developing an interest in yoga philosophy and using sound in yoga (mantra meditation). He had undergone teacher training in two recognized schools (Sivananda and Iyengar). Janne currently teaches in Helsinki and Stockholm, educating both practitioners and teachers in the physical, meditational, and philosophical aspects of yoga. He lives in Sweden with his wife and children
Jan Simak (Jananivasa Dasa) is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP).
Jan has been practicing Yoga for the last ten years, with a special interest in philosophy and meditation. Being trained in various systems including Sivananda Yoga, Gokul Yoga, and Purna yoga and having spent five years of his life in ashramas around the globe in order to deepen his insights into the true Yoga tradition, he now works full-time as a Yoga Teacher.
Originally from Germany, he is currently employed as a senior teacher trainer at the Byron Yoga Center (Australia), presenting a spectrum of topics including asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy. He also offers private classes, runs public studio classes and hosts workshops in various countries.
Still continuing to deepen his understanding of the tradition, he regularly travels to Malaysia to practice with and teach for his teacher and guide Jani Jaatinen (Gokulacandra Das)
Emma’s yoga path started in 1999 – 2000 with Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Slow yoga has become a daily habit since 2009 when she started practicing it with her teacher Janne Kontala. Emma also studied yoga therapy and has been teaching a wide range of yoga at several locations in Finland and abroad since 2008. Currently, in addition to her weekly lessons and courses, she trains with Janne Kontala slow yoga instructors in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oulu. Key themes in her teaching are anatomy, body function, therapeutic perspective, and increased awareness and safety in practice. Emma is a registered Yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.
Slow and dynamic flow yoga.
We explore two different ways of practicing and teaching.
Slow yoga is an approach wherein the focus is on doing exercises at a slow pace, paying attention to correct alignment and techniques. Here we will stay a longer time in each position, and spend more time building a strong basis.
Dynamic flow yoga is a way of practicing in which movement is integrated with position. This experience will be more aerobically challenging, and practitioners will stay in one position for a relatively shorter period of time.
Ultimately, the style of practice is up to the practitioner’s personal preference. The same goes for teaching, and the course will give prospective teachers tools for teaching yoga in many different ways.
Price packages per person include: 1) tuition fee, 2) accommodation (bedding included), 3) food (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner) and for free 4) Yoga Philosophy YACEP Approved Online Course.
By clicking ‘Register’ you will be redirected to the page with the application form. Total number of students is limited to 16.
We invite students to stay the night before the first day of the course as well as the night of the final day, both free of charge; although the food is not included. Students are welcome to stay additional nights with catering, extra fees will apply.
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