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21 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Piedmont, Province of Alessandria

Cascina Bellaria Farmhouse, Località Boschi 47, Sezzadio, Alessandria 15079, Italy

RYS 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Italy

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Italy.

Hari-Om isn’t just a yoga school, it’s also a community and “laboratory” that wants to promote wellness art and mind and body knowledge. A real immersion in practice. A life change boost, to meet new friends and become part of our small community. You will live inside the beautiful natural bubble of Cascina Bellaria, which means great food, events, concerts and many initiatives that will make your training a unique and unforgettable experience. The only hard part will be leaving us!

Hari-Om yoga teacher training is a journey, a transformation, a discovery of the self through the encounter with others. You will acquire a solid foundation to teach Vinyasa yoga, other structural styles, and Yin yoga. The senior teachers have more than twenty years’ experience in guiding and training teachers and are assisted by excellent side-teachers specialized in diverse areas of expertise. A team of instructors, rather than one individual teacher, lead each teacher training, to provide students with a 360° overview of yoga. The training is precise in teaching asanas and their alignments while anatomy focuses rather on the movement and the parts pertinent to a yoga class than being a general topic. We give great emphasis to teaching techniques and practice teaching sessions in order to allow the students to be able to teach as soon as they complete the training. Pranayama and meditation are also an important feature of our school just as it is our contemporary vision of philosophy and the spiritual characteristics of yoga, which we convey, in a simple, yet never common, language.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • 4 hours of lecture everyday
  • 4 hours of practice sessions
  • Lectures on asana, pranayama, anatomy
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Daily wholesome vegetarian meals
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer available:
Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$134 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$134 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Turin Airport (US$134 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (US$134 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Linate Airport (US$134 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Farmhouse Bellaria was created through the will of getting together, sharing a lifestyle aligned to the rhythms of nature and to the yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. The Hari-Om Yoga School is the ideal place to rediscover the essential meaning of life: love! Bellaria offers shared rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms, double rooms with shared bathrooms or private one, and double rooms, triple rooms or quadruple rooms with bathroom in the room, and also small one-room apartment.

Camping tent

Each tent can host a max of 2 people, for long stays 1 person only. We provide: tent and use of facilities only. You will need to bring your own camping mattress, sleeping bag, and bath towel. Luggage should be kept minimal and in backpacks. No trolley is allowed. This accommodation option is not available during winter season.

Lotus Belle Luxury Tents

Outdoor wooden Bungalow and Lotus Belle luxury tents have shared bathroom with warm water and shower – 2 toilets and 2 showers (electricity available in all Bungalows/Lotus Belle but no heating system). We provide: thin foam mattress, single bed sheet, sleeping bag, 2 towels. This accommodation option is not available during winter season.

Tree House Bungalow

Outdoor wooden bungalows have shared bathroom with warm water and shower – 2 toilets and 2 showers (electricity available in all Bungalows but no heating system). We provide: thin foam mattress, single bed sheet, sleeping bag, 2 towels. This accommodation option is not available during winter season.

Shared dorm room

You will be accommodated in a shared room with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Shared dorms can lodge from 4 to 10 people. It may be female dorm or mixed gender dorm.

Double room

This is a double occupancy room with private bathroom.

Shared triple or quadruple room

These rooms have private bathroom in the room.

Yoga room

The barn has become the big yoga room (100 square meters), with naked wood roof, wooden floor, and a whole glass window wall, which offers a great countryside landscape.

Program

The subjects of the course vary from the physical (asana, pranayama, anatomy and alignments) to the more spiritual, subtle and philosophical aspects (meditation, history, philosophy, chakras, and tantra). There are two practices a day of two hours each and five hours of lecture between morning and afternoon.

Daily schedule

  • 08.00 - 10.00 Practice
  • 10.00 - 10.30 Breakfast
  • 10.30 - 13.00 Lecture
  • 13.00 - 14.45 Lunch and break
  • 14.45 - 17.15 Lecture
  • 17.30 - 19.30 Practice
  • 19.30 - 20.30 Dinner

Asana

Principles and importance of alignment:

  • Basic asanas: Tadasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Neutral standing asanas and standing asanas with external rotation: Virabhadrasana II, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Vrkasana, Virabhadrasana III, Ardha Chandrasana, Utthita hasta Padangusthasana, Garudasana
  • Forward bending asanas: Uttanasana, Parsvottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Upavista Konasana, Dandasana, Navasana, Pashimottanasana, Adho Mukha Virasana, Pavanmuktasana
  • Seated asanas with external rotation: Janu Sirshasana, Baddha Konasana, Gomukhasana, Brahmasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana
  • Asanas with backward extension: Alanasana, Virabhadrasana I, Utkatasana, Bhujangasana, Salambasana, Setu Banda Sarvangasana, Urdhva Mukha *Svanasana, Purvottanasana, Dhanurasana
  • Asanas executed in Vinyasa: Marjariasana, Ardha Chatarnga Dandasana, Chataranga Dandasana, different versions of Surya Namaskar
  • Inverted asanas: Viparita Karani mudra, Sirshasana , Sarvangasana, Halasana
  • Laying-down and twisting asanas: Parivritta Parsvakonasana, Jathara Parivartanasana, Parivritta trikonasana, Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Mtsyendrasana, Savasana

Every asana will be examined through these aspects:

  • Alignment points
  • Most common errors
  • Possible variations that simplify or intensify the asana
  • Physical benefits
  • Contraindications
  • Effects on the mind and spirit
  • Effects on the chakras and doshas

During the first two years, a single sequence will be taught. Explanations will be given on the internal logic of the positions, and possible variations will be expounded upon that can modify or substitute the asana while leaving its structure intact.

Pranayama

During the 200-hour of the teacher training program organized by the school, pranayama plays an important role. The concept of prana is explained by describing the five main types of prana (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana), and what pranayama, the bandhas, and the breath cycle mean.

The program is divided into three units, including a practical part in which the participants are guided to experiment the different pranayama techniques, and a theoretical part where the techniques are explained together, with the effects, benefits, and how they work by an anatomic and physiological point of view.

As for the asanas, pranayama techniques will be explained by studying:

  • Various approaches and teaching methods
  • Physical benefits
  • Contraindications
  • Effects of the mind and the spirit
  • Effects on the chakras
  • Effects on the doshas

Pranayama 1

Prana - The five main types, Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana - Pranayama - Bandhas - the breath cycle. After an initial practical approach where the teacher will lead the participants to practice some simple pranayama techniques, the first unit focuses on the concepts of pranayama and prana.

Pranayama 2

Nadi Sodhana, Ujjay, Anuloma, Viloma, Sitali, and Sitkari. The second unit dives further into the analysis and explanation of other techniques, always through a practical part first to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Pranayama 3

Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Agni Sari, Samavritti, and Asamavritti Pranayama. The third unit is part of the second year program. First, there will be a review of the program of the first year to refresh and then to aid in explaining more complex and advanced techniques, always through a practical part first, to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Dharana (meditation techniques)

You will look at the the practice of meditation, its meaning, and the effects of meditation techniques as seen from scientific and physiologic perspectives. Students will practice and learn to teach meditation techniques utilizing breath, mantra, yantra, concentration on the chakras and the principal nadis (Ida, Pingala, Shushmna, Arohan, Awarohan).The majority of the meditation techniques that will be taught in the course of three years of study will have their origin in Tantra, Kriya, and Raja yoga.

Mudra

  • Introduction to mudras and their various meanings
  • Mudra e prana
  • The five mudra groups (hasta, mana, kaya, bandha, adhara)
  • Experience and use of mudra belonging to the five different groups accompanied by theoretical explanations of their meaning, benefits and eventual contraindications

Mantra, Yantra e mandala

  • Mantra as the power of sound and shape, their meaning and how they effect the subtle energy. You will learn about how they work, how they are to be used
  • how they influence karma
  • Seed mantras
  • Kirtan practice
  • Introduction to Nada yoga, the yoga of sound

Subtle physiology

  • The three bodies (sharira)
  • The five sheathes (kosha)
  • The seven progressive chakras
  • Kundalini: progress by way of kundalini or shakti, techniques and methods for reawakening kundalini, obstacles in its ascent
  • The subtle channels (nadi) and the prana blocks (granthi)

Philosophy

  • What yoga is and yogic lifestyle
  • Analysis of different yoga systems and information on their origins
  • Introduction do Samkhya: purusha or prakriti, evolution or involution, and the path of liberation
  • Ashtanga: the eight stages of yoga
  • Readings and commentary on abstracts of Pantanjali's Yoga Sutra
  • Karma yoga: the path of action
  • Bhakti yoga: the path of devotion
  • Jnana yoga: the path of knowledge
  • Introduction to tantra, tantra and sexuality, the divinities, and their nature

Further techniques

  • Vinyasa
  • Introduction to the principles behind the various asana sequences
  • Introduction to yoga therapy
  • Introduction to yoga for expecting mothers
  • The art of teaching: student and teaching approaches, ethics, yoga as job, organization suggestions

Ayurveda

  • What is Ayurveda
  • The five elements (earth, wind, fire, water, ether)
  • The concept of dosha (Vata, Pitta e Kapha)
  • The concept of prakriti and the diagnosis of the dosha and their imbalances
  • Ideal daily routine according to Ayurveda: correct diet and yoga practice in relation to dosha imbalances and personal constitution (prakriti)
  • Introduction to the concepts of Prana, Ojas and Agni

Anatomy

In the course of the four weeks of 200-hour yoga teacher training, the multiple aspects of anatomy and physiology are treated throughout a detailed program, starting from the simple cells form and function to the most complex and vital processes of the human body. The program emphasizes the study of the muscular bundles, the behavior in relation to the static and dynamic phases, and the various typologies of reaction to stimuli.

The referring textbooks will be completed by handbooks that will help the student to deepen their knowledge of the joints and their functions, with the specific purpose of expanding the capacity of the future teacher in the prevention of possible injuries.

During the four weeks of the teacher training, there will be also treated the physiological and biomechanical processes activated by the practice of the asanas, pranayama, and dharana. Details for the classes: With underline - topics discussed in the class; in Italic - subjects to be studied in the books.

Anatomy 1

Subjects treated:

  • Cartesians plans cell agonism and antagonism of muscles
  • Definition of anatomy which includes cells and tissues, skeleton, and muscular system
  • Gravitational and antigravity muscles bundles

Anatomy 2

Subjects treated:

  • Nervous system or sensory organs
  • The shoulder, the elbow, the hip

Anatomy 3

Subjects treated:

  • Endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system
  • The knee, the ankle, the foot, six asanas (biomechanics)

Anatomy 4

Subjects treated:

  • Circulatory system, excretory system, reproductive system
  • 12 asanas (biomechanics)

Yoga therapy

  • The concept of health in Western and Eastern traditions
  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga therapy
  • Yoga therapy in its spiritual aspects
  • One example of therapeutic program with asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation, and yoga Nidra

Certifications

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

Instructors

Marco Mandrino

Massimo Monti

Elisa Fantini

Emanuela Genesio

Retreat location

Farmhouse Bellaria is a classical farmhouse in Piemont style, part of it to be drawn back to the half of the nineteenth century. It is located in a quite hilly area of the countryside between Alessandria and Acqui Terme.

Far from the inhabitant center and from the main roads, it is surrounded by a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that follows the rhythm of nature. Foxes, deer, squirrels, wild boars and many kinds of birds live in that countryside and very often they get close to the houses and to the small lake, which is located inside the property of the farmhouse.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Delicious vegetarian and organic daily meals will be provided throughout the training. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, melba toasts, and homemade jams.

All meals are prepared daily by our kitchen staff using fresh, local ingredients and love!

During summer, they have a wood oven to make pizzas and focaccia and a selection of veggie and fish burgers are also available at weekends.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Floating touch massage

  • Holistic massage with sound and essential oils - 1 hour 30 minutes

Relaxing massage with oils and essences

  • Duration: 1 hour

Sound massage

  • Everything vibrates including our body - 1 hour

What's included

  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of completion
  • Three daily meals
  • Herbal tea available all day
  • Towel change every week
  • Bed sheet change every 10 days
  • Training hand-outs
  • Tuition

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Station transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Softs drinks
  • Espresso coffee or cappuccino
  • Wine, beer, spirits

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Genoa

  • Genova Milano exit Alessandra Sud, follow tangenziale (ring road), direction Acqui Terme, exit Sezzadio.
  • When you enter the town, follow Rivalta Bormida, Mantovana, Abazia di Santa Giustaina, as soon as you exit the town, after Abazia di Santa Giustina, turn left following direction Mantovana, Boschi.
  • After the first two up hills, when the road becomes flat, turn right at the second street on the right where there are two white boards with indication Cascina Bellaria Hari Om.
  • It is the white building on the left.

Driving directions from Milan

  • Torino, highway exit Alessandria Est.
  • Follow Alessandria till the entrance of the town where there is a big roundabout, follow Acqui Terme and take tangenziale.
  • Exit Sezzadio.
  • When you enter the town, follow Rivalta Bormida, mantovana, Abazia di Santa Giustaina, as soon as you exit the town, after Abazia di Santa Giustina, turn left following direction Mantovana, Boschi.
  • After the first two up hills, when the road becomes flat, turn right at the second street on the right where there are two white boards with indication Cascina Bellaria Hari Om.
  • It is the white building on the left.

Driving directions from Brescia

  • Brescia Piacena Torino - Highway exit Alessandria Est.
  • Follow Alessandria till the entrance of the town where there is a big roundabout, follow Acqui Terme and take tangenziale.
  • Exit Sezzadio.
  • When you enter the town, follow Rivalta Bormida, Mantovana, Abazia di Santa Giustaina, as soon as you exit the town, after Abazia di Santa Giustina, turn left following direction Mantovana, Boschi.
  • After the first two uphills, when the road becomes flat, turn right at the second street on the right where there are two white boards with indication Cascina Bellaria Hari Om.
  • Farmhouse Bellaria is the white building on the left.

Driving directions from Turin

  • Torino Piacenza - Highway exit Alessandria Est.
  • Follow Alessandria till the entrance of the town where there is a big roundabout, follow Acqui Terme and take the tangenziale.
  • Exit Sezzadio.
  • When you enter the town, follow Rivalta Bormida, Mantovana, Abazia di Santa Giustaina, as soon as you exit the town, after Abazia di Santa Giustina, turn left, direction Mantovana Boschi.
  • After the first two up hills, when the road becomes flat, turn right at the second street on the right where there are two white boards with Cascina Bellaria and Hari Om.
  • Farmhouse Bellaria is the white building on the left.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP), Linate Airport (LIN), Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY), Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA), or Turin Airport (TRN). Transfer from the airports is available at 150 EUR.

Arrival by train

  • The closest railway station is Alessandria. For transfers arrangements, please contact Hari-Om Yoga School.
Airport: Milan–Malpensa Airport Airport transfer available: Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Il Caravaggio International Airport Airport transfer available: Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Turin Airport Airport transfer available: Turin Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport Airport transfer available: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Linate Airport Airport transfer available: Linate Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Program information

Hari Om Yoga School offers the possibility to complete the course in two distinctive modules of ten days each. Please send an inquiry for more information!

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