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Transformative Yoga Teacher Training Italy

This training is not for everyone, but for those ready to truly show up for deep self-inquiry with discipline, courage, and an open heart. The Love.Evolve.Awaken yoga teacher training is designed to support you in creating a vibrant, inspired, and blissful life for yourself and your future students by accessing the highest, most love-filled version of yourself through focused spiritual practice and proper understanding.

Meet the instructors

Arjuna & Arpita
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Highlights

  • Over 250 contact hours of teachings and practice
  • Weekend trips into Tuscan towns and the surroundings
  • Professional course manual and academic-level curriculum
  • Scrumptious vegetarian cuisine to write home about
  • Transfer from the local train station
  • 33 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 6-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

This teacher training will take place at The Inner Peace Sanctuary in Tuscany, Italy. The sanctuary is a traditional Tuscan country residence tucked away in a deep chestnut forest on a hill with views all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. It offers a feeling of truly being away from it all, while still being able to reach civilization in a mere half-hour. It's dedicated to spiritual practice, retreating into yourself, and living a healthy lifestyle in a small supportive community.

During this training, you will stay either in private or shared accommodations. The Inner Peace Sanctuary has several twins and double rooms, a five-bed dorm, as well as large, well-appointed glamping tents in the garden, all created with comfort and traditional beauty at heart.

Your stay at the Inner Peace Sanctuary will be ‘ashram style', which means silence from 10 p.m.to 8 a.m. and communally engaging with the space by cleaning your own plates, taking on chores around the house, and keeping all spaces orderly. This is in no way a fully serviced hotel-like environment, it will be an authentic immersion of living with two senior yogis at their forest sanctuary, respectful of the environment, privacy and hygiene.

Program

About the training

This training is for those who would like to teach yoga from spiritual experience, going into their own depths, becoming confident, fearless, and inspiring in the process. Those who feel an urgent desire to explore the truth of existence by studying and practicing a wide range of knowledge and techniques from ancient wisdom traditions passed down through the ages by highly evolved beings for the benefit of all.

Many other yoga teacher training courses offer quicker programs, over three or even two weeks, with fewer actual contact hours in the classroom, requiring students to complete many hours by themselves to reach the hours required for certification. This course exceeds 200 contact hours, ensuring that you will be adequately prepared to guide future students confidently and successfully.

Each course includes a special module on a yogic topic to go deeper into. For the July course, you will go into four powerful days of Silent Meditation Retreat, a practice that has always counted as a key to discovering the deeper layers of ourselves and existence at large.

On each weekend, you will explore a different part of the surrounding Tuscan towns, including Pisa, Lucca, and the canyon of Scesta. All weekend activities are optional.

Curriculum

Yoga practices: 100 hours

  • Asana (posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Kriya (purification techniques)
  • Chanting and mantra (the yoga of sound)
  • Meditation

Teaching methodology: 25 hours

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting, and instruction
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities to be developed as a yoga teacher
  • The students' process of learning
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga

Yoga anatomy and physiology: 20 hours

  • Physical human anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.)
  • Anatomy of the subtle bodies: chakras, nadis, polarity, etc.
  • Application of anatomic principles to the yoga practice
  • Benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics: 30 hours

  • Meaning and value of Patanjali's yoga sutras
  • Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Historical evolution of yoga
  • The yoga lifestyle in modern society
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Practicum: 25 hours

  • Teaching practice
  • Observing others teaching
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Assisting the teachers in the daily practice class

Retreat/Special Module: 36 hours

  • Silent meditation retreat with techniques from multiple traditions to explore the depths of the heart (July course)
  • Taking your experience to the next deeper stage of internalization
  • Cultivating stillness, joyousness, and deeper intimacy with life and observing how peace and happiness are your natural state underneath the usual busy-ness of the mind
  • Developing authenticity of what you are teaching

Class schedule

The course consists of four weeks of classes with five days per week, from 7 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., complemented by a silent meditation retreat.

Overview

Instead of an overly gymnastic approach, our classical style of Hatha/Kundalini yoga focuses extensively on the stillness of body and mind in each posture to be recognized as the source and background of your being. This safe approach allows for deep self-inquiry, profound insights, and lasting inspiration.

Major course elements:

  • Authentic postures and gestures (asana and mudra)
  • Expansive breathing practices (pranayama)
  • Powerful locks (bandha)
  • Simple, yet effective age-old purification techniques (kriya)
  • Comprehensive talks and discussions on the various aspects, stages, and practices of yoga, featuring Ashtanga/The Eight Limbs of Yoga aka Raja Yoga
  • Insightful practicums (teaching rehearsals)
  • Heartful chanting circles with Ceremonial Mayan Cacao (Bhakti yoga/The Yoga of Devotion)
  • Guided meditations (Advaita/self-Inquiry)
  • Anatomy and physiology background knowledge including how to properly achieve and correct the alignment of each posture as well as their individual health benefits
  • Personal guidance along the way
  • A valuable 4-day silent meditation retreat
  • 1-day workshop on Tantra and relationships (no nudity, of course)

All this will be completed with valuable insights on how to kick-start (or upgrade) your career as a successful and inspiring yoga teacher:

  • Tailoring your offerings to potential clients
  • Ethical yoga marketing
  • Student and venue management
  • Web design and advertisement guidance
  • Our insights a d experiences from social media exposure

Included excursions

Excursions to explore the local Tuscany including Lucca, a mediterranean beach and the spectacular canyon of Scesta are included in this course.

Instructors

Arjuna Dharma Das

Arpita Kshama Devi

Retreat location

The Inner Peace Sanctuary in Italy is a sacred space tucked away in the picturesque hills of Northern Tuscany, halfway between Florence and Pisa. It is dedicated to those who wish to really get away for a while to immerse themselves in nature, stillness, and the wisdom of the heart.

Unique features

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
  • Paragliding

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • River
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Currency exchange
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The kitchen provides three delicious and wholesome vegetarian meals on all course days: fresh local ingredients, fruits, and vegetables from the sanctuary garden crafted into balanced recipes supportive for spiritual practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
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)

During your free time, you may enjoy walks in the forest, explore the location on your own, practice, study, or simply relax.

Spa treatments

There will be weekly sauna sessions at the sanctuary.

What's included

  • Pickup from the nearest train station
  • 33 nights accommodation
  • 250 hours of instruction and practice
  • Course manual and supplemental materials
  • All meals
  • 4-day silent meditation retreat
  • Ceremonial Cacao Kirtan every week
  • Steam room/sauna sessions
  • Weekend trips to nearby cities like Florence, Lucca, and other amazing places around Tuscany
  • Personal guidance throughout and after these life-changing journeys

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

It's easiest to book your flight to arrive at Pisa or Florence Airport (PSA) Take the local train to Pescia train station, it takes about one hour. Transfer from this station is included. Love. Evolve. Awaken - Inner Peace Sanctuary will pick you up from Pescia train station on arrival day at 4 pm.

If you fly into Bologna, Milan, or Rome, they recommend not taking a domestic flight, but the super comfy train, this way you get to see much more of the country. They will happily assist with train scheduling or you can use the Trenit app.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 21% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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34 days / 33 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Friday July 1, 2022
Departure: Wednesday August 3, 2022

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 597-906 USD per person (depending on the room). To benefit, book or reserve before December 31, 2021. 

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