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Jivani Yoga School will be taking you deep into your own practice and they do not mean fancy asana; when they say "deep", they refer to a journey of exploration and embodiment through the traditional practices of Tantric Hatha yoga, pranayama, Kriya, meditation, and mantra, with Somatic Movement, Transformational Voice Work, Nada yoga, and compassionate communication.
The accommodation will be in Serenity Residence. It is a charming and rustic two-star property. Rooms are not serviced but clean sheets are provided once per week and ample cleaning materials are available. The yoga shala is onsite at Serenity Residence and boasts views over the private beach, overlooking the ocean. The evening sessions are undertaken with the sun setting over the sea and beautiful wildlife surrounding the area.
If you do not like to stay at Serenity Residence, there are many options close by for two, three, and four-star serviced and not serviced hotels or bungalows and Koh Phangan has an abundance of privately rented houses within a walking distance or a short motorbike ride away. The training takes place in low season so it is possible to find accommodation upon arrival. Jivani Yoga School is willing to help you find a suitable accommodation according to your taste.
Jivani Yoga School's philosophy is "Awaken, Heal, Transform"; awaken to your fullest potential, heal through self compassion and understanding, and transform into the fearless, purposeful being you are when limiting beliefs are dissolved. This course is a transformational journey of self-discovery, deep connection, and authentic sharing.
You will be guided and supported in identifying and transcending limiting beliefs, connecting with your personal power, and discovering your authentic voice. From this place of radical honesty and vulnerability, you will develop your personal practice, connect deeply with yourself and the group, and radically enhance your teaching skills.
Jivani Yoga School incorporates teachings from the lineages of Heart of Yoga from TKV Desikachar and Mark Whitwell and The Science of Chakra Yoga from Swami Gitananda and David Goulet, as well as passionate sharings from the personal yoga journeys of each of the teachers.
Expect intensive pranayama, meditation, Chakra yoga, Nada yoga, voice work, EFT, Trauma Informed yoga and Polyvagal theory, Transpersonal Circle work, mindfulness, embodied anatomy, somatic movement and the Feldenkrais method, Ayurveda, Restorative yoga, compassionate communication, kirtan, and dance mandala.
Jivani Yoga School invites applications from students who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Applications from students who are not certified but have a dedicated practice of three years or more with extensive workshop attendance and self-study will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you hold a 200-hour certificate but have not yet been teaching, you are still welcome! They will help you find what has been holding you back, slay your demons, and get out there sharing your knowledge; the world needs your offering, all hands on deck!
This course is for those who are willing to explore the edge of their comfort zone and yoga beyond asana. Classes contain breath, movement, sound, silence and stillness, and they will show you how to adapt your classes to individual needs based on age, body type, and life circumstances.
This message is the lineage of TKV Desikachar's Heart of Yoga and they passionately pass it forward. The training will enable you to teach far beyond the average level of skill in standardized yoga classes; enabling you to work with individuals and bring yoga to people who otherwise may never have access to the teachings and at the same time bring something new to a veteran Vinyasa teacher. There is magic to be found in the traditional Heart of Yoga teachings and there are currently not enough people sharing them.
The training is non-formulaic, organic, and adapts to meet the needs of the individuals in the group. The schedule is intensive and will be both physically and emotionally demanding and requires students to show up and be fully present, throughout.
The Heart of Yoga lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar has been passed directly to Emma from Mark Whitwell over the last eight years. Experience yoga as intimacy with yourself and asana, pranayama, and meditation as one seamless process. You will learn Krishnamacharya's "Principles of Practice" to assess your own and your students' needs and to adapt yoga to meet those needs in one-on-one and specialist classes.
"Breath Initiating Movement" is at heart of all practices. This is not "inhale do this, exhale do this", this is a powerful means of practicing while entirely enveloped by the breath. Whether Brahmana (energizing, heating), Langhana (soothing, cooling), or the blend of the two, you will learn how to adapt yoga to suit the needs of the individuals, even in mixed level classes.
Without the breath, there is no yoga and with the breath, a world of subtle and not so subtle energies come alive within people; asana as moving pranayama, meditation as an exquisite and effortless result; utter intimacy between body and breath. There is nothing like it and if you have not yet experienced a dedicated practice of pranayama, this will be your time to become the scientist, the experiment, the subject matter, and the results.
Learn techniques to generate and manage your life force energy in entirely new ways. Expect to practice at least an hour of pranayama techniques every day; only by practicing consistently can you begin to authentically experience the effects for yourself and be ready to teach others.
Upon certification, you will be ready to bring pranayama into your asana classes and to offer specialist breath workshops in your community.
During this training, you will practice the art of mindfulness and taste its healing impact on your life. You will explore the relationship between your body, thoughts and emotions, and how you can transform negative patterns. You will dive deep into the practice of sitting and walking meditation and applied mindfulness in everyday life. In asana classes, you will experience meditation as the gift that arises when yoga is practiced.
An introduction to he Feldenkrais method, a neuromuscular re-education system and a fascinating and remarkable approach to movement, self-learning, and positive change. You will first explore "Awareness Through Movement" lessons as tools for improving clarity, mobility, and ease in your body, relieving tension, anchoring you to the present moment and to deepen your understanding of embodiment.
You will explore functional linkages between your moving parts that help deepen your understanding and vocabulary of anatomy. As you begin to recognize your own postural habits that create limitations in your asana practice, so will you fine-tune your ability to observe them in your students. You will work to enhance your teaching abilities through the refinement of your own body and sensory awareness.
Students will have the opportunity to play with how they could incorporate somatic work into their teaching to promote a more holistic, sensory experience in their classes.
You will learn about the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda applied to the modern times. After introducing the general principles and discovering Doshas, you will look through the lens of Ayurveda to offer yoga practices that bring balance and health to yourself and meet the needs of your students in an individualized manner.
Ongoing teaching practicums give you the opportunity to identify your habits and develop your teaching style. You will receive individualized feedback from teachers and peers, throughout, to support you as you refine your teaching. Before joining the training, you will be asked to self-assess your current teaching abilities and identify the areas where you see opportunities for growth. Jivani Yoga School will adapt teaching challenges to suit your needs and take you as close to your teaching edge as you dare to go.
Find, explore and liberate your authentic voice through voice exercises, toning, and singing. Nada yoga, the yoga of sound, invites you to experience your body as an instrument and connect with the physical sensations of sound in your body. Kirtan is the singing of Sanskrit mantras in a call-and-response style and is a joyous path to pure bliss.
Jivani Yoga School will raise the roof on a weekly kirtan session, while encouraging those of who hear a quiet whisper about leading a chant to step up. Bring your instruments with you or they will be your band. You can sing, by the way, everybody can. It is merely the extension of spoken sound through breath.
Your soul has its own song and through the voice work sessions, you will begin to unveil this sacred self-expression. Can you imagine having full freedom of expression through speaking and singing? What would change in your life if you were deeply connected to your inner voice and be able to express your needs and desires clearly? Ask for what you want? Connect and listen deeply to the voice or your intuition?
How would your relationships change? Your work life? Home life? Sex life? What if you made decisions based not on "shoulds" or other people's opinion of you but from a place of deep connection to your inner voice? What would you do and who would you be with this freedom? This is not only possible, it's yours for the taking. This work will show you things about yourself that you may have long since forgotten; it is potent and powerful and it is only for the brave.
Inspired by the work of Marshall Rosenberg, learn how people have the same basic emotional needs, like connection, honesty, peace, meaning, recognition, and to be known and understood. Unfortunately, many are unable to express their needs in a clear and peaceful way and all struggle as a result. You'll practice using the tools together to heighten connection, resolve conflict, increase empathy, and create significance in your everyday life.
Deep self-enquiry is facilitated individually and through group circles and triads. Active listening and authentic sharing takes place within a supportive environment, creating a healing space of connection and community. Truth speaking and being witnessed in that truth is a powerful medium of transformation.
If the idea of this feels you with dread, that is a normal response, if the notion seems ridiculous to you, maybe this is not the right training for you. If, however, a quiet part of you knows that your soul is calling for such deep connection, you are in the right place.
Jivani Yoga School shares teachings from the lineage of Swami Gitananda, as learned from David Goulet. Explore the subtle energies of the chakras and discover Yantra yoga, the sacred geometry system based on the psychology of the chakras. This is shared as a tool for greater understanding of where beliefs and behaviors come from and how people can balance and align energies for a more harmonious life.
Poly-Vagal theory, titration, settling the nervous system, bringing the body towards homeostasis in a gentle and trauma-appropriate manner, Restorative yoga for deep rest and relaxation; much needed in a world of constant stimulation.
EFT or tapping is a fantastic tool to assist with expanding the edge of your comfort zone. You will be lead through some group experiences of EFT and supported in continued self-practice.
Dance Mandala is a transformational movement meditation, an authentic and intelligent movement playground. It provides the freedom to express and explore within an intuitive structure. It is optional and offered outside of normal class hours.
Marketing, legalities and ethics of yoga teachers, insights, inspiration, and support in making your own business plan.
You will meet on some evenings for Yin practice, kirtan, dance mandala, and film showings.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Emma is a long term traveler, world adventurer, and life-long student who has been teaching yoga internationally since 2006. Founder and Director of Jivani Yoga, Emma is a recognized Senior Heart of Yoga teacher and Teacher Trainer, (E-RYT500, YACEP) she additionally holds certifications in the Science of Chakra Yoga, Anusara-Inspired, Hatha, and Forrest Yoga, Nada Yoga Transformational Voice Work and nervous system regulating TRE. She is also educated in ancient healing, transformational voice work, Tao Tantric Arts, BMC, and yoga anatomy principles.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200
Growing up in a bilingual family in multi-cultural Belgium, Laurence learned from a young age how to bring people from different backgrounds together and let them connect as human beings. With 6 years dedicated practice to yoga with a wide variety of styles and gifted teachers, Laurence now sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting us to the deepest parts of ourselves, with our breath, humour and self-love as travel companions.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500
Tara has been exploring movement as medicine for as long as she can remember. For her, movement has always been the key to a feeling of personal freedom, empowerment, creativity, and peace of mind. Tara now practices Integrated Bodywork which helps the receiver illuminate their "blind spots" that create chronic tension (body and mind), facilitating deep relaxation, body awareness, and more comfortable and efficient movement and/or breathing patterns. She is currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand where her company, Somatic Movement Project, constantly evolves.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
From a young age, Sophie has pursued her interest in the body and physical exercise, with a childhood of competitive sports; leading her to studying Sports Psychology and Sociology at university. Sophie encourages her students to drop in and draw awareness from the roots up, grounding them in a strong foundation. A lover of travel, experiencing nature, and new cultures, delicious food, and books, Sophie is constantly learning and evolving and trying to absorb all the beauty that this world has to offer.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Jivani Yoga School)
Hannah is a Jivani Yoga graduate, having gained her 200-hour qualification in 2016. Hannah joined the Jivani Yoga team in 2017 and has since assisted on 200-hour courses in Northern Ireland and Costa Rica. She is dedicated to supporting students on their journey and is especially passionate about sharing Compassionate Communication, writing, and kirtan. Hannah is an eternal student and natural teacher who listens with both ears, hugs with both arms, and laughs with her whole heart.
The teacher training will be held in Koh Phangan, Thailand.
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The prices include vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday to Friday. If you choose not to stay at Serenity Residence but would like to join the group meals, you can make a one-off payment of 500 EUR for three vegetarian meals per day, from Monday to Friday.
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui International Airport (USM).
Take a short boat journey to Koh Phangan, after arriving at Samui International Airport (USM).
After arriving in Koh Phangan, a 20-minute taxi journey will get you to Serenity Residence.
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