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Sadhana yoga is the yoga of spiritual practice. Derived from different yoga traditions, it is designed beyond form and tradition, and aims to encompass the essence of yoga and spirituality as a practice of union. In this training, you will focus on the roots of yoga tradition, where yoga is used as an instrument to reveal the truth of one's existence as spiritual beings. You will learn simple yet profound shamanic techniques for personal healing, power, and transformation. Live the yogic lifestyle in a sacred community of practitioners devoted to the direct experience of this unparalleled path - meditation, yoga, chanting, journeying, and ultimately going beyond all the forms.
This training will be held at Indigo Yoga Resort, a truly unique place located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. They offer contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambience & culture. Indigo is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the Howler & Capuchin monkeys hang in our trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds. They are situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast. Indigo´s concept is inspired by living a healthy and natural lifestyle. They are blessed to be in one of the most ¨wave rich¨ areas in Costa Rica if not the world. Pura Vida
This yoga teacher training is a holistic program; to understand yoga, one must first understand their body, mind, and spirit. The four directions of the Native American medicine wheel will be used as a guide and foundational structure for the course. Within each direction, the course will focus on different types of movement, diet, and meditation. SYI brings to life the ancient teachings of yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in yogic philosophy, and a daily yoga practice.
Sadhana yoga is the yoga of spiritual practice. Derived from different yoga traditions, such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sivananda, and Iyengar, it is designed beyond form and tradition and aims to encompass the essence of yoga and spirituality as a practice of union.
SYI focuses on the roots of yoga tradition, where yoga is used as an instrument to reveal the truth of our existence as spiritual beings. School Yoga Institute honors all traditions of yoga and shares two foundational sequences at the 200-hour level.
These sequences are the Sadhana Vinyasa flow and Sadhana Hatha flow, based primarily on the Ashtanga and Sivananda sequences respectively, and together, these allow students to develop any style of class they feel called to share.
Training program outline
Experience Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
Explore Chakras, Bandhas, and energetic anatomy in your personal practice and your teaching
Explore the art of teaching through interactive daily workshops and learn through regular peer-teaching starting from day one
Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
Incorporate daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
Learn and integrate holistic health modalities such as massage, energy healing, nutrition, and other forms
Learn holistic nutrition principles for vibrant health and longevity
Learn the foundation and historical background of yoga philosophy
Learn to teach two sequences: Sadhana Vinyasa and Sadhana Hatha flows, as well as guidance on creating your own unique sequences
Live the yogic lifestyle, improve your personal practice, and develop your Sadhana, your own spiritual practice
Participate in daily Satsang, evening gathering, and learn traditional kirtan chants from India and the rest of the world
Participate in traditional ceremony, including full- and new-moon ceremonies, letting-go ceremony, traditional Andean gratitude ceremony (Despacho), Cacao ceremony, Vedic fire ceremony, and puja (Hindi offering)
Practice advanced pranayama
Receive introduction to conscious business and discuss ways to bring your yoga to the marketplace
Study Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine, and study and live the yogic diet
Study select yoga Sutras in depth
Study yoga anatomy and physiology, and incorporate these principals into your own teaching and practice
Transform with shamanic plant medicine ceremonies surrounded by pristine rainforest
Work through the traditional Peruvian shamanic medicine wheel in a process of self-inquiry and personal transformation
Typical daily schedule
06:00 - 09:00 Guided meditation / pranayama / asana
09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and self-sadhana
10:00 - 11:00 Spiritual lesson / intention of the day
11:00 - 12:00 Yoga sutras / yoga anatomy
12:00 - 14:00 Snack and self-sadhana
14:00 - 15:00 Special topics
15:00 - 18:00 Art of teaching and art of touch
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner and self-sadhana
19:00 - 20:00 Satsang (sacred circle)
20:00 - 21:00 Self-sadhana
21:00 Dream time
Located on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula the Mal Pais and Santa Theresa surfing zone is known for its year round consistent waves. The average swell running in the 3-5 foot range breaking over beautiful sand beaches. The Indigo Surf, SUP, & Yoga Resort is a short five minute walk from some of the most spectacular tide pools in Costa Rica. Each morning we will have shuttles down to the waves. Playa Carmen being just 2 kilometers up the road will be our most common surf spot. As well, depending on participant needs and abilities we will have opportunities to go up to the breaks at Banana Beach, Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. As well we will all experience the wonder of Stand Up Paddleboarding (‘SUPing’) right in Mal Pais. With construction being completed only four years ago, guests can enjoy themselves in modern accommodations with ample natural light and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. You will also get to enjoy easy access to the paradise like beaches of Manuel Antonio and the diversity of the world-renowned national wildlife refuge, such as monkeys, sloths, birds, and all manner of incredible flora and fauna.
You will be served 100% certified organic meals, with options of raw, vegan, and vegetarian.
Guided hikes / herb walks
You are highly recommended to shuttle to Manuel Antonio the day before your training begins. School Yoga Institute will book your shuttle time once they have your flight information.
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