The ‘authentic’ yoga in the Belgian Ardennes


Author: Alix Russel
Alumni of Yoga Teacher Training Course.
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Authentic Yoga Teacher Training Course

In case you haven’t noticed, yoga and particularly yoga teacher training courses have become the aerobics of the new millennia. But, there are very few authentic yoga teacher training courses available and a lot of research is required to find the right one. So, having practiced yoga for many years, I was delighted to learn that Bhaktivedanta College at Radhadesh would be holding their first 200-hour registered Yoga Teacher Training Course.

In addition, there was also an online Yoga Philosophy course where you could delve deeper into the true meaning of yoga and it’s many benefits. When I signed up for the course, I was already a 300-hour RYT and had been teaching for more than 2 years, but the proximity of the course and the curriculum offered were so enticing – there was no choice but to go.

The interest was overwhelming

This was the first time Bhaktivedanta College had held a Yoga Teacher Training Course and the interest was overwhelming. The course consisted of a daily 7 AM practice, practical yoga teaching skills, and assists, as well as yogic philosophy, meditation, and reflection. This is not a course for the faint-hearted, there is a lot of work involved, but the benefits far outweigh the time invested.

International course

As a small group of around 20 persons, we were really on an international course; we had yogis from Lithuania, China, USA, Colombia, etc. Sundays were the weekly ‘day off’ although there was always the optional 7 AM yoga practice. The area around Bhaktivedanta College encompasses beautiful villages like Durbuy, Huy, Marche etc. and as a group, we made time to socialize together and organize outings or evening walks to some of the nearby villages. It’s very easy to fall in love with this peaceful area of the Belgium Ardennes!

The Yoga Teacher Training Course at Bhaktivedanta College isn’t something superficial to ensure your part of the growing ‘Yoga Trend.’ It is a complete programme which will provide you with the foundations for a long and continuous journey into yoga. Embrace the opportunity; I am so glad I did!