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Join Sri Joydip in this 100-hour yoga teacher training course, where you will go deeper into the understanding of yoga of divine mother through silence. Through this teacher training course, you will also take part in the Navaratri festival and Shakti or Matri Tirtha pilgrimage. Upon completing this course, you will become an expert in yoga.
The accommodation will be on the first come, first serve basis in Ashram campus, Ashram guesthouses and nearby hotels and lodges within 3-kilometer distance.
Yoga on Navaratri is a Traditional Tantra yoga process of cleaning the whole being. This cleaning happens when one practices many forms of austerities like fasting (10 days fasting or moderate eating for cleaning the body), keeping silence (10 days silence for cleaning the vital layer of personality), having a controlled diet, and remaining in a modest and austere environment yet celebrating the presence of the Divine Mother.
The Shakti Sadhana, which is a part of Traditional Tantric Yoga Sadhana, has its own challenges and it completely depends on the participant on how he or she would absorb it, because here, the changing of personality, healing and getting released from negative tendencies happen by intervention of Shakti.
The Culture of Bengal is also the culture of Shakti and there are many things which give very high spiritual experience even though they appear like cultural and religious activities. That's why it may look little unfamiliar and difficult for a person who is not coming from this culture. This is the reason why the team is asked to go through an preparatory program so they could understand the fundamentals of traditional tantra yoga.
1. Dissolving mental and physical barrier through Navaratri Rituals
Tantric yoga is about quieting the mental chatter to allow students to flow from the Tamas state of mind, which creates pain and lethargy, to the Sattwic state of mind, which creates wisdom and power through challenging rituals ( chanting Devi Mahatmaya), tantric yoga and tantric philosophy of Devi. There will be lots of space given to the student, so that he can empower himself from inside.
2. Becoming comfortable in Silence
Traditional Tantra Yoga teaches students to be comfortable in silence by practicing austerities of silence.
3. Being flixibleand physically fit are not the end goals
These things will be the natural results of becoming intimately aware of and connected to our minds and bodies. Being continuously bothered by our bodies forces us to keep running until our bodies start to use up our reserves and later on makes us tense, stiff, depressed, and anxious. Traditional tantra yoga classes are designed to facilitate total relaxation. Once we find a way to release the tension in our bodies and minds, we will reach new heights and depths in our practice and in our lives.
4. Creating your own reality and experience of pleasure
Pleasure is often associated with sex, because pleasure is a feeling of enjoyable sensation in the body and mind. But Tantric principles state that all things in life should give you pleasure. Everything you do can give you pleasure if you have the complete understanding of Tantric philosophy. You are then asked to observe the feeling of pleasure and pain, and how you can disassociate from it and experience your own kind of pleasure.
This is the most economic program of Sri Joydip Ashram's entire set of retreats; it is low budget and in a very austere, non-luxury setting. Here people would experience the traditional Tantra yoga without the luxury facilities. This is purely for the people who have lower budgets and who would like to do a program where the comfort level is low, and also in an austere ashram environment.
Sri Joydip has been teaching yoga for the last 14 years and been practicing Yoga for the last 30 years. Sri Joydip started teaching Yoga in 2003, as a part- time teacher, sharing his own practices to a group of people. In 2007, he did a professional course in ‘Psycology of Yoga’, from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research, Pondicherry, in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, based on ‘Synthesis of Yoga’. The course emphasized on the psychological aspect of Yoga. Earlier, he also did a training on Reiki first and second degrees, from Reiki Kendra, where he learned about the subtle aspects of healing and therapy. In 2009, he had a deep spiritual experience in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, followed by meeting his Guru Arunachala Shiva/ Guru Dakshinamurty in Tiruvannamalai.
In 2010, he restarted teaching yoga, more regularly on banner of Sri Joydip Ashram, mostly taking reference of Bhagvad Gita’s yoga and its application in Management and Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. He wrote three books on it, and visited across India, giving lectures until 2011.
In 2012, he went into a deeper search and sadhana on Yoga, for one year. That year, in the meditation with Sri Dakshinamurty (who is known as Adi yogi – the first yogi), in a temple in Tiruvannmalai, a system of Yoga is revealed to him, respectively how one is able to connect with the energy of ‘inner sun’, via a group of mantras, pranayamas, Surya Kriya and Asanas. Surya yoga, along with Surya Kriya and Surya Dhyana, formed a part of a system of Yoga, which is referred to as “Wellness Yoga” and which helps on mindfulness and building awareness that could heal disease, create a sense of wellbeing and make people happy.
He started teaching Surya Yoga from 2012 onwards, and he initiated many students across the world, on this system of yoga, both online and offline.
From 2013 onwards, he started regularly publishing articles on Yoga, in Speaking Tree, and many other Yoga journals, across the world, which includes The Complete Herbal Guide Magazine, Cure Joy, Zenward and BookYogaRetreats blogs.
In 2013, he also joined the ‘Yoga Teachers Training Workshop’ with Ramkrishna Mission Vivekandanda University, as a Yoga Filmmaker, in Assam and created two films - ‘Yoga as Medicine’ and ‘Yoga as Human Wellness’ - on the application of Yoga on Medicine and on Human Wellness. ‘Yoga as Medicine’ was highly praised and selected for screening in Kolkata International Film Festival 2013.
In 2014 and 2015, he was the secretary of the Organising Committee of World Yoga Festival 2014 in Burdwan, and World Yoga Festival 2015 in Tiruvannmalai, which is jointly organised by Sri Joydip Ashram and Eastern India Yoga and Spiritual Organisation Association, where many different yoga schools participated and exchanged their thoughts and views on Yoga.
In 2015, he did two online courses for two International Universities, in Australia (Monash University) and Russia (University of Aberdeen) on Mindfulness, Peak Performance, Food and Nutrition, as well as on Wellbeing. These courses allowed him to connect his knowledge on Yoga with mindfulness, Nutrition, Food habits and create programs like Wellness Program, Workplace Wellness Program, which currently help many students live well, become happy and have a general sense of wellbeing.
For the last 14 years, he has been teaching yoga, with the aim of sharing some of the divine gifts he has received, for using Yoga for health and wellbeing, and transforming human beings into Divine Beings.
He loves writing about Yoga and he has almost 6 Paperback/E-books on Yoga, numerous articles on blogs and also many videos, revealing different aspects of Yoga.
The yoga teacher training program will take place in Sri Joydip Ashram, Burdwan, India.
You have included in the price three daily sattvic meals.
During your stay in India, you will have plenty of time to explore the area where you are staying, browse local shops, or try traditional dishes.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.