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This course is open to anyone who wishes to study yoga in depth, whether or not you want to become a teacher and regardless of previous experience. The main requirement is an open heart and a willingness to learn this ancient art. Some people refer to it as “boot camp” which is not far from the truth! Become a yoga teacher in the traditional Sivananda system with Sunra's Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour training!
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Coral Coast Hotel is the chosen Hotel in Dahab and beach camp in Nuweiba, for the teacher training courses. These idyllic locations and with bespoke Yoga Shalla, are the perfect venues for such an in-depth course experience.
The rooms at the Coral Coast Hotel all offer unrivaled panoramic sea views. All en-suite bathrooms have recently been upgraded and each room is fully air conditioned with private balcony or terrace.
For the final 7 days of the teacher training course, you will travel 70 kilometers North of Dahab to the beach village of Nuweiba, with its stunning beaches and tranquil ambiance, the location is perfect for going deeper into the Sivananda practice. Accommodation is very basic with a pleasant rustic vibe, few modern comforts which allow for total immersion into the final stages of the teacher training course.
This is not to say that students will not be able to fully enjoy the beautiful locations, but this is in no way shape or form or by any stretch of the imagination “a holiday”. You will live, eat, breathe, dream, and think yoga which is why, by the end of it, you will have had a life changing experience that can only result in you becoming a “better person” with a realistic experience of yoga life in its entirety.
The course will tell you if you want to teach and most people who have done it go on to do so very successfully. To name but a few, Katy Appleton who was a teacher to Gerri Halliwell and Sarah Ferguson, David Olton who specializes in yoga ballet fusion, the late Sue Pendelbury Director of yoga on a Shoestring, Nell Lindsell of Yoga Bugs, Maria Santangelo and Nigel Guilderson.
The course includes extensive study of the asanas (postures), in the Sivananda tradition. Sivananda is a style of Hatha yoga, which is the physical aspect of yoga.
You will have 2 asana classes a day, one for your personal practice and development and one teaching you how to teach. Each asana of the 12 in the Sivananda system will be broken down, dissected, and practiced until it becomes an intrinsic part of your psyche.
You will also have a great deal of teaching practice under supervision and by the end of the course, you will have taught 2 full classes. The emphasis of the course is that you have an in-depth knowledge of the asanas and how to teach them safely. Most people find the course life changing due to the intensity of it. This is not just about learning yoga but deeply learning about yourself.
There is great emphasis on how to teach safely and a great amount of repetition so you fully understand the fundamentals of teaching yoga asanas and to give you plenty of opportunities to ask as many questions as you need. The course will also include personal development / healing workshops, chanting (the yoga of devotion), anatomy and physiology, applied anatomy, and physiology which explains how this relates to the practice of asanas and yoga philosophy. You will also be learning and practicing at length meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises).
There will be at least one day of “Mouna”, which means silence. Often people are afraid of silence, in as much as you can’t sit still for very long, most people are unable to be alone in silence. Usually one creates some sort of distraction, for example, radio, computer, tv, reading, phone, etcetera! Mouna is a traditional yoga practice which enables you to face your inner self, again something people mostly never do. To be a good yoga teacher you have to be able to look at yourself and face your demons.
This is a lifelong study in itself and this course can only give you an overview in the limited time that it has. However, again, if you cannot look at yourself and you know nothing about the philosophy, how do you expect to become a teacher? This course, therefore, make sure that you at least have a basic understanding of the underlying nature of the philosophy of yoga, including Vedanta, Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali who wrote the original yoga scriptures.
There is a huge misconception in the West that yoga is just about attaining the perfect body. What use is a perfect body if the mind is polluted? A quote by a yoga teacher, Swami Vishnudevananda: “The asanas are the kindergarten of yoga”. This ultimately enables you to be able to sit for very long periods of time without moving, for meditation. Most people in the west can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes, let alone still the mind for a split second!
The ultimate goal of all yoga practice is meditation, leading to the highest state of consciousness (Samadhi), self-knowledge / enlightenment. The hardest challenge for the Western mind to achieve, as mentioned earlier, is to sit still or be alone in silence. This is why, especially in the west, they turn to alcohol abuse and become addicts of many descriptions. The answer to all human problems can be eliminated through training the mind and mastering meditation, which can also take many years of practice.
You will learn and practice in great detail regarding Pranayama, which is an intrinsic essential component of Hatha yoga. Breath is life; therefore, the study of Pranayama gives you more life, better concentration, more energy, and can help with sleeplessness. Not only does it feed the brain, every cell and tissue of the body are revitalized and reenergized.
There are 2 free days during the course. Alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden. If you smoke cigarettes, it is requested you try to keep it to a minimum and do it away from the group. This course is looking for a love and passion for the subject and students will be assessed throughout the course as well as taking a 2-hour written exam.
If you have satisfied the examiners at the end of the course, you will receive a Sunra Teaching Diploma, recognized by Yoga Alliance. If however, the examiners feel that you are not quite ready yet to teach, you will receive a diploma stating you have completed the course and need further time / study to become a teacher.
Please read the following schedule carefully so that you realize exactly what you’re embarking on.
This yoga teacher training course will take place in Dahab, Egypt for most of the days and for the last 7 days the place will move to Nuweiba, Egypt.
Please book your flight to arrive at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (SSH). Transfer from the airport is included. Coral Coast Yoga will pick you up from the airport.
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