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Heather Elton Yogas training is designed to take you to the spiritual heart of the practice. Yoga is the path to enlightenment. While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha yoga, they believe that they all distill down to one essential teaching that uses the body and the breath to liberate ourselves from suffering. Asana gives you freedom physically from illness and disease. Pranayama frees you from your regular breath and makes the pranic body vibrant and subtle. Meditation takes you deeper to understand how the mind works and seeks to liberate you from an unstable and unproductive mind. This is where real liberation from suffering begins.
While they aim to give you the highest skills possible to teach, they also want to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice, the technologies to stabilize the mind, so you can glimpse your true nature - Purusha (pure consciousness). They want you to actually live the yogic reality - and to be able to take the practice off the mat and integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
Satsanga is an internationally-acclaimed venue and really is the best yoga centre in Goa. The Swiss design is purpose-built for yoga and has 2 beautiful yoga shalas with wooden floors. Satsanga is peaceful with quiet tropical gardens, a clean swimming pool, lots of chill out space, and all modern amenities, including Wifi. The comfortable guest rooms all have ensuite bathrooms with solar hot water. Satsanga has a friendly staff of 18 who take meticulous care of the place. Various healing therapies and spa treatments are available. Satsanga is built on pure love and provides the perfect environment where all your needs are taken care of so you can focus on your inner journey, really live the practice, and feel what it's like to be a real yogi.
Deciding to teach yoga should not be a career move. It should be a sincere calling deep within your heart. Yoga Teacher Training is an investment in the future. Being an inspired and excellent teacher involves much more than getting a certificate. It requires dedication, discipline and years of continuous practice. You must also have a true desire to serve others in order to communicate to your students the true essence of yoga. That said, everyone has to begin somewhere on the path. Why not start here?
This level 1 training (200 RYS Yoga Alliance Accreditation) provides an overview of different aspects of yoga. It’s designed to give you a taste of what it means to be a yogi. By the end of the training, you will:
Even though advanced asana can be exhilarating and has it's purpose, yoga is not merely gymnastics. Yoga is an ancient Indian science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us from suffering. While traditional Hatha yoga and Vinyasa Krama in the Krishnamacharya lineage is the main form of practice, this training offers a comparative study of contemporary Hatha yoga styles. During the training you will experience different kinds of Vinyasa flow styles, as well as BKS Iyengar methodology.
Whether we practice Vinyasa or Hatha, it's necessary to explore the 'inner / outer' techniques of Vinyasa, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice; learn the principles of subtle alignment, breath / bandhas / dristi, and the methodology that ties poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’. From this perspective, asana is the starting place for a genuine yogic inquiry - a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience and makes its relevant to real life. They believe that the Guru lies within and will do everything in their power to guide you on this transformative journey.
To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 5 times a week for at least two years, to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline.
This is a sample schedule and may change slightly due to festival holidays and the interests of the course. Sundays are free.
06.00 - 07.30: Pranayama and meditation
07.30 - 08.00: Tea break
08.00 - 10.15: Hatha and Vinyasa yoga
10.30 - 11.00: Breakfast
11.00 - 13.30: Yoga philosophy, business of yoga
13.30 - 15.00: Lunch break
15.00 - 18.00: Yoga clinic (anatomy and biomechanics of movement, adjustment clinic, asana workshop, sequencing Vinyasa flow, practicum)
20.00 - 21.30: Yoga film, kirtan, satsang, yoga Nidra, reading, Saturday night market, or free
There is no better place than India, with its 4,000 year-tradition of spiritual practice, to do your yoga teacher training. India breathes this knowledge and supports your spiritual practice. Whenever possible, it's a good idea to study away from the distractions of home, somewhere that you can dedicate yourself full time to the yoga practice, and have the distance to gain a different perspective and ease of 'letting go'.
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