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Somatic Yoga Movement is a special program which inspired us to revisit the whole yoga; our past experience and re-create something that resonates with us on a deeper level. This is more than a Course. It is a development of relationship with self, body, mind, movement, breath and community. T.K.V. Desikachar often emphasized: “Yoga is a relationship.” This course follows this calling of building the relationship on many levels.
You will be accommodated at Kura Kura Yoga Retreat in shared double OR private room occupancy basis (for additional cost). Separate bathroom with hot and cold water shower in beautiful Balinese style bungalow.
1. You are a beginner in Yoga and want to delve into the fundamental knowledge of Yoga with or without intentions to teach.
2. You are a Yoga practitioner and want to develop and form your own style, with or without intentions to teach.
3. You are an experienced Yoga instructor and want to explore the art of teaching from your authentic heart, broaden your yogic knowledge and experience, and hone your existing skills.
Each one of us, despite race, religion, age and culture are guided by the laws of the physical realm. Everything we see around us is physical. And our bodies are more physical than anything. Our extraordinary bodies are more intelligent than anything. Understanding this physical patterns inside, we are able to re-pattern our mind. Soma - means body in Latin. A somatic movement is one which is performed consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement, rather than the external appearance or result of the movement. The term somatic education was coined by Thomas Hanna. Hanna used the term somatic education to describe methods of sensory-motor education that use somatic movement to improve motor control and sensation and change learned muscular patterns. Many people find somatic movement education methods to be highly effective in relieving chronic pain, improving bodily function, and recovering from common musculoskeletal conditions.
Our nature as humans is to identify the difference and the connection between body, mind and spirit. Our higher purpose is to unify these aspects, so we can create and share.
Absolutely everything in this Universe lives by movement. Stillness, as we understand it, is an illusion. If we look into any object under the microscope we will discover that on cellular, atom-level everything is moving, vibrating, pulsing and trembling. Stopping the movement is not actually possible. But restricting the movement or changing it’s quality from fluid to rigid - is possible. This is what happens in our body. We tend to immobilize or overuse our body.
This course is not designed to create another generic yoga teacher or to give you a script from which you can teach. This course is designed to give you the tools to be an effective, unique and self-loving Human first of all. The aim to inspire you to become a conscious mover, who can understand, observe, explain, accept, and adapt to the ever shifting experiences life presents you, so that you can apply these vital concepts to yourself and anyone else.
When you travel for long 4 weeks course, to share space and food with new people, it may feel overwhelming. It can take you out of your comfort zone in a beautiful and new way. The schedule is full from 06:30 till 20:00. Please make sure you are able to dedicate your focus completely to the course. If you are planning to have surfing/spa/socializing time simultaneously, we recommend to separate these events from each other.
It is common fact that today we perceive yoga as a physical practice, beautiful flexible bodies posted on social media. Of you share such perception, it is ok. Aliya Galim invite you to broaden yoga frame. In fact everything we do can be lived in the concept of yoga. There are many forms of yoga, but nothing escapes this law of unification. Be ready to experience new dimensions of physical and mental practice, which might not feel as “Yogic” to you at all.
You don’t need a specific Yoga experience, your desire and passion for self-healing are enough. Students vary in their yogic levels, from totally beginner to advanced. Each finds his/her challenge and expansion.
This 200 hour program meets the standard requirements of Yoga Alliance USA. Additional offerings have been added to enrich the program to facilitate this experience being both informative and transformational.
Highlights of the course:
Posture, transitions, alignment and adjustment. Aliya Galim offer diversity of yoga styles: Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Zen Flow, Kundalini yoga, somatic movement, Bartenieff fundamentals. This allows to expand our physical and mental understanding of flow and stillness. During course you play fun and experiential games to support the awareness of asana practice.
Breathing practice is the anchor of our program. Aliya Galim basically gather together in order to expand the inhalation and exhalation and dwell in to emptiness between them. Be ready to breath a lot, during movement and during meditation. The goal is to let you sense how breathing correctly benefits and deepens your practice. If you feel this powerful connection yourself, you will be able to pass it along to your students and apply it to your everyday life.
The studies and practice of Somatic Movement, like Bartenieff Fundamentals, meant to re-pattern the neurological connections that govern movement. It is based on 4 principles: breath, core support, dynamic alignment and spatial intent. It's goal to reawaken a student's awareness of muscles and joints that are not used, used inadequately or misused, so that she or he can extend movement possibilities in both energy and expressivity. Movement lab also contains ecstatic dance, floor communication, shaking release.
Guided dynamic, mindfulness meditations and Osho Dynamic enhance the space between classes. Training is enriched with different daily meditation to help you find which meditation techniques resonate most with you. You will learn how to guide various different styles of meditations, how to sequence yoga Nidra and other techniques, and how to use your voice as an effective tool. You will watch educational movies which are based on harboring inner tranquility and developing meditation for non-contact hours.
Throughout your practice you will be doing vocal exercises, chanting, public speaking playing with sound and vibration. Voice is power. Voice is identity of how we present ourselves to the world, as it emerges from the core of our being, it broadcasts everything about us to the world. Since we live in a culture where perception is reality, having a confident, commanding voice and persona can make the difference between being heard and being ignored.
Art of teaching is presented by 5 languages of teaching. When you master these skills you can speak these ‘languages’ not only on the mat, but in your daily life. Yoga is much broader than just asana practice and correct alignment. How can you create effective sequences, create a class that allows your students to move deeper into their understanding of themselves, and teach in a way that let’s your personality shine forth? These are the questions Aliya Galim aim to help you discover the answers to, so that the way you live is an example that teaches others.
The transforming point of your teaching skills is when you are to able see yourself from outside. For this to happen Aliya Galim are filming some of the practices and classes. Videos will be shared only within the group and class discussion. These videos are your key learning material. WHY?
We all know about human’s tendency to freeze and sweat in front of camera. When you listen to your recorded voice or see ourselves on the screen it triggers deep reactions and the close up.
At the same time we admire Yogis or people of other profession for their ability to talk in public.
The videos will remain in the frame of the course only as a learning material.
There is no one can who teach you anything about yourself but YOURSELF.
1. Overcome the shyness and shame of self and realize that they are illusions.
2. See the details that you are not aware of and correct them.
3. Learn how to give and receive positive and constructive feedback and hold your ground.
4. Become camera friendly which can allow you to share with bigger amount of people. It doesn’t have to be only Yoga.
5. Develop self-confidence and take it to your everyday life.
6. Inspire others.
In this course you will not be studying Latin names of muscles, joints and bones. This is an old way of learning anatomy, which loses it sense as time passes. There is no need to be medical doctors or biologists to know what is happening inside of the body. Aliya Galim believe in evolution on all levels. Everything is developing and changing, though education system today stands decades behind. In this course, Anatomy subject is experiential, fun and playful. Aliya Galim base learning on the Myofascial, proprioceptive and kinesthetic abilities of the body. Why do you move the way you do? How can you re-pattern your habits? And where are the emotional and mental blocks in your body? Anatomy Trains concept by Tom Myers makes a huge impact on this Anatomy classes. Also Aliya Galim enriched the course with educational practicums from Leslie Kaminoff, the Author of Yoga Anatomy.org.
The roots and history of yoga take us far away into the ancient past, and no one definitely know the age of yoga or it’s origin. There are various versions on this. It can take a life time to study yogic philosophy. This knowledge is available for us through many ancient scripts, which fortunately survived, have been translated and interpreted for us, modern people. One of the basic yogic holy script are Patanjali Yoga Sutras, which reveal 8 Limbs of Yoga. The 2 first limbs (Yamas and Niyamas) are the seeds out of which our practice starts growing. In this course Aliya Galim chose to dwell and focus on these first 2 limbs. This way you can understand this ancient practice in a nice, non-rushing way.
Remembering and respecting our roots; mother nature, is something we have to remind ourselves as we live every day. Beautiful rituals and ceremonies will help us to feel the power of our tribe, connection and love.
A practice of deep activation of the unconscious level through dynamic breath, which releases energetic blockages and old wounds. These practical elements will help balance the mind, body and emotions because if unresolved issues linger in our everyday life we cannot unleash our pure potential to serve others.
You will experience the tremendous gift of silence in real practice which will allow you to dwell into the peaceful part of your consciousness. It is not easy practice. In every training Aliya Galim will see how students tend to break the silence and return to old mind chatters. Though you always have chance to start all over again. Please be aware of this practice and Aliya Galim invite you to take it seriously, you will feel the benefits of it very soon.
This is the name of Aliya Galim Ecstatic dance sessions. Of course you will be dancing altogether, in silence. This is very different from being in a disco at night and drinking alcohol. Such experience allowed us to forget the true purpose of dance. It is a healing, dynamic meditation, surrendering to the sound and the vibration flow of own body. Aliya Galim met students who were self-conscious to dance in front of new people in the middle of the day. And after trying it, dance became their most favorite practice. So relax and allow yourself to experiment beyond your “box”.
Moon has scientifically proven impact on earth and her inhabitants. Moon also effects our body systems. You will be charging and restoring your bodies during New moon and Full moon in a special and beautiful way.
Few times in the course, you will be learning about the beneficial effects of Cacao Medicine. How it can become an energy boost, blood cleanse and digestion support. Cacao ceremonies are well known for their warm, heart-opening and energy-rising gatherings.
As mentioned above, your yoga practice experience/level are not the main keys for prerequisites for you to attend this Course. However, there are other key points, which can prepare you for the course and complete your participation and certification successfully. There is no official final examination in this course.
1. Full attendance of all Course hours. In case of health issues and inability to be present in the class, you may still be present in the class as an observant and stay away from actual physical practice. However if health issue doesn’t allow you to leave your room, you will be given the assignment to catch up missed hours.
2. Respectful attitude towards teachers and the whole group.
3. Arriving to classes in time.
4. Following instructions to modify and adjust your Asana practice, in order to avoid any injury.
5. Staying away/avoiding to create creative negative discussions or relations within the group. Seek for teacher’s assistance in case something is bothering you. Please avoid gossiping in the group.
6. Being mindfully present and engaging in the classes.
In case of inability to follow above-stated ethic rules, Aliya Galim leave right for them to withdraw you from the course and premises of Kura Kura Yoga resort, without refunding the cost of the course.
In case of personal inability to continue the course, you can stop your attendance and leave the course and premises of Kura, on the next day from making such decision. In this case, a refund is not available as well.
You will receive a questionnaire to fill up, which is important for Aliya Galim to adapt the program.
You will also have to compose an essay “What is Yoga for you” and send it to Aliya Galim.
In case of your agreement to participate in the course, please sign the agreement document and bring it to the course.
This yoga teacher training will take place at Kura Kura Yoga Retreat at the shore of Bali, Indonesia. It offers you an oasis of serenity, a sanctuary for the body, heart, and mind. It is a perfect ground to rejuvenate and immerse into the magic of Bali. It is located in a traditional fishing village, untouched by major tourism but close enough to the shops and buzz of Seminyak and on walking distance from Echo Beach, a famous Bali surf spot.
The price includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Please make sure you are arriving not later than 2 p.m. on 30th of September. The program started at 3 p.m.