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This training brings together the talents and experiences of Carol Murphy and Noah McKenna. Carol Murphy, the primary trainer, has been teaching yoga for 20 years and training teachers in Ireland and internationally for ten years. Noah McKenna, the founder of Sukhashanti Yoga, also has 20 years yoga experience and leads his own training in Mysore, India. You can expect to gain a much deeper awareness of your body in relation to your practice, your health, and your being.
On this yoga teacher training, Green-Lotus-Yoga offers single or share beach bungalows. The bungalows are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings. Built on the fine white sand every season after the monsoon rains, using local organic materials, the bungalow style beach huts are simply stylish, comfortable, private, and eco-friendly.
Each bungalow beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat Goa has one double or two single beds with comfortable European style mattresses, good linens and mosquito netting, set in a spacious airy room with plenty of room to hang your clothes and store your belongings.
Constructed to make use of the natural ventilation from the cooling sea breeze, they also have ceiling fans for more tropical times of the year. Attached bathrooms with western style toilets are open to the sky for the magical experience of showering under the stars. ensuite beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat either has a view of the ocean or is set in their garden.
Huts are ensuite with western style toilets and showers. All of the bungalows have beautiful natural panoramas views or sea view overlooking Patnem beach, and you can choose between a beachfront sunset bungalow, an ocean mountain bungalow, or an ocean temple bungalow, which is quieter at night with its peaceful garden setting.
Regular housekeeping is available, with fresh linens on request, although guests are asked to bring their own towels for the beach. The bungalows can be locked when you go out, and free Wi-Fi is available in the lounge area.
Green-Lotus-Yoga wants you to feel safe, relaxed, and in harmony with nature to get the most out of your yoga teacher training at Bamboo Yoga Retreat in Goa.
The teacher training starts on January 7, 2017, and it will open with an introductory session and gentle stretch before dinner and start the asana the next morning at 07:00. The teacher training course is 26 days in length with three days off and three days are free time. The teacher training course will finish on February 1, 2017 after breakfast at 10:00.
You will be challenged to journey deeper within, to move beyond your self-limiting beliefs and stories that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. This is a physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderful.
Expect to bend, sweat, ache, collapse, stand up, strengthen, open, cry, and giggle. Expect also to move deeper into the relationship with the core nature of who you are, to connect with your authentic self, and to learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place.
The asana taught on this teacher training course is physically challenging, creative, alignment-orientated, and fun! In the classroom, Carol likes to play with a series of Vinyasa threads (sequences of postures, link with the breath) that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely and with awareness.
Carol also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and brings the yoga anatomy off the page. She always allows for a mixed level in her group by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own level.
The initial focus is creating a solid foundation for practice and deeper awareness of the body anatomy and alignment. When the group clicks with the foundation, the practice will take off into more advanced work and students will be encouraged to work to their own ability.
This training places a lot of emphasis on preparing new teachers to teach Level 1 and 2 classes. After asana, teaching skills is the second most important subject. Teachers will learn a foundation series and then adapt it playfully, within specific guidelines, as an expression of their unique voice. Teachers will prepare a class, including breathwork, asana, music playlist if used, and shavasana, and teach it to the group as a teaching exercise.
These focus of these classes is decided by the trainee; teachers may teach a relaxing beginners class or an upbeat level 2 core class. Teachers will also learn about the common issues that arise in the classroom and how to address them, whether they be physical ailments like slipped disc or high blood pressure, or boundary issues like people arriving late, not paying, etc.
Teachers are also shown how to dip their teaching into level 3 poses, and after graduation, teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.
The yoga anatomy taught on this 200-hour training primarily uses biomechanics as a foundation for practice. Biomechanics informs you exactly which muscles are contracted and released in different asanas, which muscles are the agonists (the primary movers), the antagonists (the muscles released), and the synergists (the assisting muscles of the primary mover).
This can really offer yoga students a lot of insight as to how their body works in relation to asana and allows for safety, ease, and intelligence in practice. Myo-fascial anatomy trains outline the muscle chains in the body and explain how they are connected in relation to movement. They teach you of how the body moves from an interconnected perspective and assist greatly in students developing their practice.
The trains are addressed in more detail on the 300-hour, but a foundation for them is given on the 200-hour. The anatomy allows students to dive into a deeper relationship with their bodies on and off the mat. Students who find when they know exactly which muscles to strengthen and release on the mat and why, they find more confidence to diver deeper into the practice. These classes will also equip you to understand what is happening in other people’s bodies, not just your own.
This training gives the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga that is concerned with health and well-being. You will learn your dosha (constitution) and your guna (the energetic frame that you embody most) and how they relate to each other. You will also learn how to balance your dossiers and gunas through practices and apply the fundamentals of Ayurveda to your teaching.
The following practices may be used depending on the needs of the group and time.
Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around your organs, muscles, and bones connecting them into one whole, that you call the body. Myo-fascial release work releases “adhesions” in the fascia. Adhesions are when two or more muscles group together and think they are one muscle. There should be space in between the muscles so that they can glide over each other.
When this does not happen, they get stuck, reduce mobility, prevent movement, and sometimes create pain and weakness. Another reason why myofascial work is so important is that it hydrates the fascia. No matter how much water you drink, if your fascia is not receiving a blood supply, it will dehydrate creating stiffness.
Modern anatomy is also starting to acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory; believing that fascia holds your tension patterns, trauma, and emotions; literally “your issues are in your tissues”. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.
On the longer training, groups are invited to do the “Saucha Sadhana” - a ten-day cleanse which gives recipes for juices, smoothies, and raw and cooked soups according to your individual dosha. There is also handouts on raw vegan living.
On the shorter training, there is just a short talk on a diet in relation to dosha and adding in more raw vegan foods into your diet. Students will also be invited into the Saucha Sadhana portal on the website and given handouts on raw vegan eating if desired.
The philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya, and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind-body, create resources for people on their life path, create deeper substance in your relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries, and help unlock the flow of Kundalini (divine evolutionary energy) to connect people with their power, freedom, and true nature.
Green-Lotus-Yoga recommends that students have two years yoga practice before embarking on this yoga teacher training course.
You don’t use these books in class but they make a great home reading. Not necessary to bring to Spain with you if you buy them, as you won’t have time to read them there.
It is best to buy the books as soon as possible to start your reading before the teacher training course begins. It is not a pre-requisite to pre-read books before the teacher training course, but during the teacher training course, you will be learning a lot of new vocabularies, whether it is anatomy, alignment, Sanskrit, etc. so the sooner you get started the better.
Green-Lotus-Yoga advises you to start with The Art of Teaching Yoga Manual and the Anatomy books. You do need to bring the required books with you and they should be in English.
Carol loves exploring yoga asana, anatomy, Ayurveda, and everything to do with philosophy. She also loves (raw) vegan cooking and meditation! She started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then, she has graduated over 200 teachers from her training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of Carol's work is in Ireland but she has also taught yoga in London, California, India, South Africa, Morocco, and Spain. She likes to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, deep, breath-centered movement, creating various forms, and threads to keep things alive.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
In 2003, Noah completed the six-month yoga therapy program at VYASA University Bangalore, India. He has spent three years in Mysore, India, over eight visits since 1995, and practiced intensively with Indian masters B.N.S Iyengar and V. Venkatesha. Since 2003, Noah has been traveling and teaching workshops in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Noah is a certified teacher trainer at the E-RYT 500 level with Yoga Alliance. He runs teacher training and professional development programs for yoga teachers and appears as a guest teacher TTC courses.
Goa is India’s smallest - and some would say most friendly - state, boasting some of the best beaches in Asia. However, it’s not just sand, sea, and sunsets. Goa’s mix of Indian and Portuguese heritage means you will find white churches poking out from the coconut palms alongside Hindu temples. Patnem beach is a very safe place for guests to arrive alone and go out at night.
Whilst some of the north Goa has suffered from over-development, the far south is still unspoiled, with its lush mountain range, beautiful backwaters, and long golden beaches. It is against this peaceful tropical backdrop in Goa that Bamboo runs its yoga holidays and retreats.
Located directly behind the ocean shala and beachfront lounge, and just steps from Patnem beach, the boutique bungalows are designed to help you reconnect with nature. Whether watching the eagles soar overhead from the hammock on your balcony or falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the normal stresses of life melt away and you will feel open to a more profound yoga practice.
This training is a perfect opportunity to learn how to teach yoga in a nurturing, healthy, and supportive environment, where you can really unwind deeply as you move deeper into your practice. One of the advantages of training on an intensive retreat, as opposed to the longer training, is that you can totally immerse yourself in the work involved, with the support of a group, with no interruptions from usual responsibilities.
Bamboo Yoga Retreat can offer you the chance to discover depths in your yoga practice in an environment that supports healing and rejuvenation. The waves of the ocean will lull you into a peaceful sleep after an active day of yoga. There are four yoga platforms scattered through the center, two with stunning views overlooking the Arabian Sea and the other with a quieter temple energy looking out onto open green tropics.
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The price of this training include early morning fruit and tea, two vegetarian meals a day plus fruit and snacks, and unlimited water. The food, like every part of this Goa yoga retreat center, is all about flexibility and balance. It is wholesome and nutritious, cooked with love and without compromising on flavor. The restaurant focuses on healthy locally sourced food, organic wherever possible, and international cooking by their team of highly trained passionate chefs.
Bamboo Yoga Retreat caters for food sensitivities and vegans. It is recommended that vegans also being their own protein powders. When doing strong asana, it is recommended that you take you RDA of protein and this is not always guaranteed in an average vegan dinner.
On your free days, you will be able to sightsee, take an excursion, or just relax on the wonderful Paten Beach.
Excursions available are boat trips to spot dolphins and kayaking to secret coves, to exploring the coastline by scooter. Drive through picturesque fishing villages to the turtle-nesting beach of Galjibag, or seek out the freshwater lagoon at Cola beach and the spectacular sea views from Cabo de Rama Fort.
If you’re an architecture buff, take a trip to the colonial Latin quarter in Panjim, Goa’s new capital, and to Old Goa, the historic city of the Portuguese eastern empire. The Lunch Club by KOKOindia offers a unique cultural experience ‘beyond the beach’, with a private tour of one of Goa’s grand mansions and an authentic Indo-Portuguese lunch in a restored Palacio.
Nature lovers will enjoy Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots just a few kilometers south of Patnem. Whether or not you catch a glimpse of an elusive leopard or a troop of monkeys, the mountainous jungle scenery is spectacular.
Shoppers and souvenir seekers will love the weekly flea and night markets in north Goa, where you can find everything from silk scarves and silver jewelry to sandals, sarongs, and spices. Remember to haggle - it’s all part of the experience.
The spa treatments are guided by the Ayurvedic ethos of well-being within and without, and will complement your yoga practice. Bamboo Yoga Retreat offers an extensive menu of healing therapies from a beautiful massage hut just meters from Patnem beach.
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa Dabolim Airport (GOI). International charter and domestic flights land at this airport. Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at reasonable rates.
You can also book your flights to Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). Many international scheduled flights land here, which is only an hour’s flight from Goa.