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26 Days Volunteering and 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Belarus

Shanti Dom, Boroviki village, Volozhin district, Belarus

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Belarus

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Belarus.

Experience deep self-connection, learn and practice yoga in every action

Shanti Dom invites you to become a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. This course in Belarus is based on Hatha and Sivananda yoga systems and will give you all quality accredited knowledge to teach basic yoga classes for yoga students. With open hearts and open minds, Shanti Dom creates a unique world far away from habitual social and material life. Discover a place where the action is guided by love and goodwill!

Meet the instructors

Alena
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Karma yoga and silence day
  • Teachings on kirtan and philosophy
  • Learn about anatomy and nutrition
  • Satsang and chanting sessions
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


23 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Russian
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer available:
Minsk National Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this retreat you will stay in a beautiful camping site on the territory of the homestead. Please bring your personal sleeping-bag and tent. You can probably join other participants in their tents so please send Shanti Dom an inquiry in advance if you don't have a tent.

Program

Certification

Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

During this training, you will enjoy daily yoga classes along with wonderful meditation practices. You will experience a full 200-hour course covering all quality accredited knowledge to teach basic yoga classes for yoga students. You will learn from basic asanas, yoga philosophy, and anatomy, to Ayurvedic principles of nutrition and basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy.

You will also experience selfless Karma yoga and a day dedicated to silence. All these activities will be complemented with daily organic meals and plenty of free time to explore the surroundings or relax during your free day on Sunday.

Asanas (yoga postures)

  • Sun salutation
  • 12 basic Sivananda yoga postures
  • Asana variations
  • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion

Pranayama

  • Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
  • Anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing)

Yoga anatomy and physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems
  • The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardiovascular system, respiration, and digestion systems
  • Skeletal and muscular systems
  • The eight systems of the body
  • Yoga and physical culture

Teaching practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises
  • The basic Sivananda class
  • Beginners' course
  • Advanced postures
  • Yoga for children
  • Yoga for pregnancy
  • Relaxation

Yoga nutrition

  • Vegetarianism for ethical, spiritual, and health reasons
  • Ayurvedic principles of nutrition

Meditation

  • Guide to meditation
  • Mantras: spiritual energy in sound

Raja yoga

  • Ashtanga: the eight steps of yoga

Bhakti yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
  • Indian gods and their meaning

Karma yoga

  • karma yoga or selfless service
  • optional volunteering

Jnana yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • Yoga sutras, Patanjali

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up call
  • 06:00 Meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Karma yoga
  • 11:00 Kirtan and philosophy class
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Main lecture and anatomy class
  • 16:00 Asana and pranayama class
  • 18:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang meditation and chanting
  • 22:00 Lights out

Included excursions

The main excursion here is a long deep trip inside yourself to search reality, look inside, and open your heart.

Instructors

Alena Hluskina

Retreat location

This retreat will be held at Shanti Dom in the Minsk region, Belarus. Belarus is located in Eastern Europe and Shanti Dom is nestled in the Boroviki village in the Volozhin district just 50 kilometers away from Minsk. Shanti Dom is surrounded by forests, hills and fields, there is a beautiful river nearby. The nearest village is 1,5 km far away, so the place is really calm and meditative.

Distances

  • Minsk, 50 kilometers
  • Ivyanets - a beautiful small town with old churches and openhearted residents - 9 kilometers
  • Niaswizh and Mir castles - biggest and the most beautiful castles in Belarus, UNESCO World Heritage Site - 50-80 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Food is only vegetarian and mostly vegan. We eat together three times a day plus one tea break. All meals will be cooked by Shanti Dom using different vegetables and fruits from their organic garden, as well as some extra products we get from the nearest organic farms or in town (invents is 5 kilometers far away from Shanti Dom). The menu is well-balanced and based on the Yogic sattvic system.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • 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)

Construction and different building projects

Shanti Dom has a 630-meter house that they would like to reconstruct to create a yoga hall, a kitchen, and a bedroom. A nursery for the garden, and a play field will also be constructed.

Farming and eco-farming

Farming and eco-farming includes planting, watering, picking vegetables, compost making, and everything needed for the organic farm.

Landscaping

Make flowerbeds, garden paths, taking care of the environment, cleaning forests and marshland, and collecting garbage from outside

Humanitarian work

Help lonely old villagers to take care of their gardens, animals, and homes. Also, educational projects are conducted for the villagers to teach them English and give lectures on eco-farming, building, and other useful topics.

Excursions

Excursions can be organized to the nearest small town with local market and beautiful old churches, Mir and Nyaswizh castles (UNESCO Heritage), and Eco village (15 kilometers from Shanti Dom)

What's included

  • 1 day dedicated to silence
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals plus a tea break
  • 20 days of teacher training course
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Daily pranayama teachings
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Seminars and workshops during the week
  • Certificate of completion

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Minsk National Airport (MSQ).

Arrival by bus

From Minsk National Airport (MSQ), you will need to take a public bus or taxi to Minsk central bus station. There is a daily bus going to Boroviki village (Volozhin district). There is also the option to join other visitors going by car from Minsk.

Airport: Minsk National Airport Airport transfer available: Minsk National Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Monday August 3, 2020
Departure: Friday August 28, 2020

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