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Gaiatreeschool will be organizing a unique transformative and powerful training course for all yoga teachers and those who want to become one. During the intense sadhana practice you will be sensitive to feel the Earths energy and take within. Breathing the fresh and clean forest air and practicing pranayama as an integral part of yoga have a deep and practical significance here. You will be living in an Ashram. Practicing the asanas under these conditions helps to a better understanding of yoga and meditation. Gaiatreeschool's yoga is a therapeutic yoga which is not the same as a conventional yoga class. It is member of YAI (Yoga Alliance International) and all courses offered are certified.
You can choose to stay in single room, double rooms, 5 bed dormitory with five beds or a separate house with beds. If you want, you can also camp in a tent. Dinner will be served on the big terrace overlooking a wonderful view over the forest. The big yoga hall is used for yoga and meditation classes.
It’s a rustically local old traditional Thai farm house with an easy lifestyle. Bathrooms are separate. In long walks through the forest and countryside, yoga classes and deep meditation can help you find yourself, gain energy, and vitality. The hot sulfur springs also give you new strength and energy.
Gaiatreeschool's Yoga is a therapeutic yoga which is for people with serious illnesses and yoga therapy last an hour in general or will be taught in small groups. In this retreat, you will be practicing in ordinary small groups with maximum 10 students. Therapeutic yoga is gentle and caring, although it can also be a challenge. So a strong focus is put on body awareness, posture, coupled with movement leading to a relaxed, rhythmic breathing.
Participants will be taught the therapeutic yoga class, as they can perceive the subtle sensations of their muscles and joints, organs, and inner experience of the spirit. Furthermore, a strong emphasis is placed on relaxation. The approach is always tailored on each individual’s needs, abilities, and reactions. The teacher / therapist has the task to observe the student in his exercises and determine contraindications. Each participant on a call before the exercise begins. At the end of each course, the student gets the right sequence of different exercises, techniques and behavioral clues and can then implement these in every daily life. Regular consultations are part of the training plan.
06:30 Individual practice in the center / lectures
07:30 Meditation / Vipassana in the group (Sangha)
08:30 Pranayama / breathing exercises
09:00 Yoga class
11:00 Brunch / relaxing/ Karma yoga / massages
13:00 Lectures/ self-study/ Hindi or Sanskrit class
14:30 Practical-methodical training/ yoga classes for beginners
16:30 Yoga class for all levels
18:00 Meditation / Vipassana / Puja / Satsang
19:00 Dinner / break / bathing
The intense 200 hours training in all aspects of yoga (philosophy, asanas, kriyas, pranayama, meditation, mudra, bandha, anatomy and physiology) is the foundation for a practical-methodical teacher training. Our brand new dual training concept includes the teaching from first moment onward.
There are 84 asanas in the Hatha tradition. These poses are used to steady the body and mind, making the practitioner more energetic, free from disease, and ready for the practice of meditation. These are often the most familiar part of yoga tradition in the Western world.
These practices utilize breathing to control and influence the flow of vital life force (prana) in the body. Pranayamas are practiced after asana practice. You will learn and practice the basic pranayamas and Kriyas.
Dhyana, or meditation, is the practice of calming the mind and body through controlling the thoughts, calming the senses, and deep concentration. You will get an overview about the various techniques in yoga. Basically you will practice Vipassana which is a part of this program. It's one of the oldest Indian meditation techniques. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. He begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one observes the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence (anicce), suffering (dukha ) and egolessness (annatta ). This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of cleaning. The entire path (Dhamma ) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with organized religion or sectarianism. Sila provides a basis for the development of samadhi - concentration of the mind and the purification of the mind is achieved through panna - the wisdom of insight.
Mudras are advanced yogic techniques that alter mood, attitude, and perception, thereby deepening awareness and concentration. They have a subtle but powerful effect on energy flow in the body and thus are a good preparation for deeper spiritual practices. You will learn to practice five mudras during the training.
Bandhas are bodily locks that help to redirect the flow of energy in the body. They involve locking the chin, abdomen, and perennial region. As they are an advanced practice, they are best practiced individually under stable instruction before being incorporated into other yogic practices. You will be practicing bandhas every morning during the Kundalini session.
For successful yoga practice, there must be an understanding of the ancient yoga philosophies as described in traditional texts based on Bhhagavadgita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
It is important for yoga teachers to understand the movements and range of motion of the human body, as well as the inner workings of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. This knowledge will help teachers to address the safety concerns of students and give proper adjustments, while helping students understand the full benefits and limitations of their practice.
From the beginning of the course, you will teach in the group (dual system). You will learn how to prepare good yoga class, to bring the different parts and sequences in a systematically and logically way together. You will learn to use an effective and clear language, to observe your students and adjust them in the right way. The unique combination of Gaiatree Yoga (Yoga Sutra) and Vipassana (Sattipathana Sutra) is expanding the popular concept of Hatha yoga as a physical discipline, in a strong therapeutic and spiritual dimension. There is yoga of self-discovery. In this case, the practitioner develops powerful techniques that can be integrated into everyday life. Thus the unconscious forces of the restless spirit are harmonized and resolved the emotional conflicts.
Special Sunday programs to Doi saket hot spring, Doi Saket and Chiang Mai.
Banbourtong (Spring- Flower) is a small community in the countryside, on the way from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. In the middle of the Thai jungle, the place is surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, located on a small hill from where you can have a stunning view of the surrounding mountain peaks. Within minutes of walking, the Earth opens and gives hot sulfur springs water. You can literally feel the energy of Mother Earth on this place. Here, you can watch the bustle of the village in the evening, cleanse yourself, and enjoy the yoga day.
The in-house cook, Noi prepares all the meals and teaches Thai cooking. You will be served delicious, local, organic vegetarian Thai food for brunch and dinner. You will also be offered fresh local fruits and tea all day.
Massages are available at an extra cost.