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Become a yoga teacher in the traditional Sivananda system with Sunra's Yoga Alliance accredited 200 hrs training. Three weeks residential course in the beautiful village of Dahab by the Red Sea. The 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!
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, 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 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 two asana classes a day, one for your personal practice and development and one teaching you how to teach. Each asana of the twelve 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 two 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 opportunity to ask as many questions as you need.This course will also include personal development/healing workshops, chanting (the yoga of devotion), anatomy and physiology, applied anatomy & 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 we 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 etc! 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 life long study in itself and we can only give you an overview in the limited time we have. However, again, if you cannot look at yourself and you know nothing about the philosophy, how do you expect to become a teacher? We 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 body perfect. What use is a perfect body if the mind is polluted? A quote by my revered 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 five 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 many years of practice.
You will be learning and practicing in great detail 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 is revitalized and re-energized.
Barbara has been teaching yoga for over thirty years. She has taught yoga to over a quarter of a million people over the years and trained many of London's now leading teachers. She teaches yoga and runs courses all over the world and to date has certified over three hundred yoga teachers. Born in Scotland, she began her yoga studies in London and from there went to the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin Canada to study with Swami Vishnudevananda in the Sivananda style of teaching yoga.