This training has been inspired by, and is dedicated to, a spiritual master called Satyananda. It has been created in response to the very particular time in which we live. On the one hand mankind is, in the main, not flowing harmoniously with nature, impacting quite dreadfully on our earthly biosphere, and most people clearly lack a sense of wellbeing and inner peace. Yet on the other hand, all is somehow just as it is meant to be, since life has no one and nothing to answer to - it just is.
Shared in Palm Grove, or single in beach huts, food, all of the facilities at Ashiyana, and a comprehensive course manual.
Much of Ashiyana's accommodation is in a beautiful palm grove fronting the Mandrem River and facing towards the sea, which can be viewed from some of the upper-floor balconies. The accommodation is in the form of luxury eco-lodges, tree-houses, and stone-built houses set amidst lush tropical gardens, statues, and water features. The lodges and tree-houses are built of local wood giving an "Indonesian" feel, though most finishing touches are borrowed from classical Indian design, with plenty of natural fabrics and antique furniture.
All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with large windows and wonderful views. As far as possible the en-suite bathrooms have been built to allow a little of the outside in, with large open window spaces and blinds. Each room has ample cupboard space and its own balcony with "day-bed".
Anyone who has an earnest desire for self-knowledge and for whom the words on this page resonate. You may be a yoga practitioner, a teacher who is lacking direction and clarity, or you may be new to yoga, whatever the case may be it is not important since ideas of beginner and advanced are just that - ideas. It is not necessary that you go on to teach yoga after the course, since our intention is to inspire you to be more of yourself - authentic, confident, loving, clear, and flowing with life. In this way you will discover ever more about your divine purpose here on earth.
Ashiyana visualizes a yoga teacher, and indeed all humans, as having the possibility to experience their inner peace of being and thence invite others towards the same. The course is far more about you within, than it is about you the body. For if you know yourself more fully, then you grow to love yourself, and hence flow with life rather than against her. As this realization expands, if you choose to teach, you are increasingly able to teach from your 'center' and therefore 'become the teaching', rather than simply teach a class.
The course will be framed around the four main paths of yoga - Jnana, Karma, Bhakti, and Hatha (Raja). There will be a thorough examination of the traditional and most common interpretation of yoga according to Patanjali’s eight limbs of Raja Yoga. However, this will be set against a varied backdrop of alternate perspectives of yoga and life, so that you may realise your own vision of what yoga means for you in today’s world. Ashiyana intends to challenge, inspire and empower you.
The course will be presented by a group of teachers who come from different backgrounds and sets of conditioning, yet share a similar vision that yoga offers a path to liberation, not in some theoretical future possibility, but in the realization of our own inner peace of being here and now.
The course is based on eight realizations:
Ashiyana places great emphasis on the ability to create a loving, nurturing and safe class, with due consideration for breath awareness and techniques (pranayama), warming up the body (pavanmuktasana), appropriate sequencing of postures, and then relaxation (savasana).
You will be empowered to teach and during the course you will focus on specific classical Hatha yoga postures, seed sun salutations, and meditation. With this understanding, you are encouraged to be creative and explore “your” way of teaching.
The idea of the asana part of the course is that you learn the postures safely and correctly and then develop your own self-practice, which will inform your way of teaching.
There will be a variety of ways in which Ashiyana will encourage and support you to learn and share. However, there will also be significant periods of alone time, aside from studying, where you are encouraged to practice silence, solitude, and meditation. This is supported by daily times of silence.
There will be ongoing homework and assessment - including written, verbal and practical. Typically, the main exams are in Anatomy (end of week 2), Philosophy (week 3), asana test and one hour taught class (week 4).
After the training, you will receive either a teaching or an attendance certificate, depending on your overall performance throughout the four-week training. Your experience before the training and your intention after you have completed it influences the result at the end. Ashiyana is always interested in its students staying connected with the school, and indeed perhaps coming back to teach or work as a therapist in the future at one of its centers, once they have adequate experience.
Sunday is a day off until dinner, and Wednesday is a half-day off.
The Ashiyana location offers a balance between the serenity of a coconut palm grove, bordered by the enchanting Mandrem River, and a beautiful quiet beach with the invigorating sound of the waves breaking against the shore just beyond the dunes.
Mandrem, a remote and sleepy fishing village in the north of Goa, has a number of restaurants, an internet cafe, a travel agent, a small organic shop, general grocery store, and places to rent motorbikes or hire taxis. Thirty minutes away by road is the large market town of Mapusa, which has good coach connections to other Indian towns and cities.
A pleasant 40-minute stroll (10 minutes by taxi) north along the beach is the lively and colorful village of Arambol. One of the main attractions to this distinctly 'hippy' hangout is the fresh-water lake separated from the sea by broad golden sands and it also has a post office, a small market, restaurants and beach-front bars, some featuring live music. A southward stroll takes you along a quiet stretch of beach dotted with beach shacks and restaurants.
During your stay, your food requirements will surely be satisfied with the delicious menu at the Ashiyana restaurant. The produce used here is from the local markets or grown near Ashiyana's land - fresh, healthy, and delicious! Wherever possible, the food is organic.
Ashiyana is happy to arrange the following trips for an additional fee:
The beautiful spa and treatment center consists of a natural swimming pool (naturally self-cleaning), a beautiful gazebo, designated treatment rooms for Ayurveda, massage treatments, and yoga therapy, as well as a hammam (steam room).
Tranquil, yet not altogether remote, Ashiyana is a 90 minute taxi journey from Goa airport.
International charter flights and national flights arrive at Dabolim airport in Goa.
The closest large town to Mandrem is Mapusa which has coach/bus connections to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune and other tourist destinations. %Mapusa is 25 minutes by taxi from Ashiyana.
Goa has two main railway stations Margao and Vasco da Gama. There are major connections to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Rajkot, Thiruvananthapuram, and other nationwide destinations. The closest stations to Ashiyana are Pernem, Thivim and Margao