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Join Swaha Yoga School for a transformational 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Brazil. Through this training, you will become a yoga teacher who will be teaching with skill and passion, based on your own practice and personal discipline, with the inspiration and desire to share your deep knowledge of yoga and enrich with it the lives of the others. This modern and ancient spiritual wisdom is embedded in your everyday practice, with and without your yoga mat.
Piracanga is an eco-community situated in a slice of paradise under coconut palm trees. It stands next to a deserted tropical beach and close to the river Piracanga and the lush forest. It is part of the protected nature resort of the peninsula of Marau, an idyllic area of islands, mangroves, lakes, and deserted beaches and six kilometers away from the lively surf town of Itacare.
Piracanga is actually a community. It is a dream that manifested through a group of people who wanted to create a place to live and work in harmony with nature. Their intention is to inspire humanity to be more happy and free. The community functions in a strong relationship with the Center for Art and Human development Piracanga, which is nearby. People from over 20 different nationalities and a large Brazilian majority are part of the community.
You will be staying in a cozy house with a traditional straw roof. The yoga shala will be circular, like the vernacular indigenous "oca", communal space.
Are you ready to get your yoga practice to a deeper, more effective level or to improve the lives of others by teaching yoga? Swaha Yoga Center has many different categories of yoga, such as Swaha Vinyasa yoga, Swaha Hatha yoga, and Swaha gentle or Restorative yoga, thus upon the completion of this program, you may include any kind of audience and teach according to the needs of the students.
The curriculum is based on classical yoga, using elements from the ancient scriptures, such as Sutras yoga, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, Upanishad, Hatha yoga Pradipika, Tantric yoga, combined with modern spiritual teachings such as Jiddu Krishnamurti of Eckhart Tolle, Emmet Fox, and others. This ancient and modern spiritual wisdom is embedded in the daily practice, both within yourself and off the yoga mat.
Swaha Yoga Center envisions this program for people who want to be yoga teachers with skills and inspiration, teaching from the heart, based on their own practice and personal discipline. It’s for people with the desire to share the wealth of yoga and enrich the lives of others and themselves.
This particular Swaha yoga teacher training is based on Vinyasa yoga. However, upon completion of this program, you can include any kind of audience and adopt the teachings according to the students’ needs.
The daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, chanting, satsang, service to the community, and study hours. You will be offered a supportive environment, assistance, and the proper nourishment, so you get the chance and the opportunity to re-assemble yourself, in a way you haven't ever experienced before.
This class is a detailed exploration of the musculo-skeletal system with understanding of its function, in order to help you start building safe sequences for your students as well as sequences to advance them in their own practice. Swaha Yoga Center will cover some common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, linking alignment with body bio-mechanics. The lessons include: introduction to the major body systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine; skeletal and muscular systems; and the effects of asana and pranayama in these systems.
The morning asanas lesson is dedicated to your personal practice. The afternoon practice consists of your practice and the teaching of how to teach others. The daily in-depth practice includes: basic warm ups, sun salutations variations, basic, medium difficulty, and advanced yoga postures, postural alignment, deep relaxation techniques, benefits and contraindications of asanas, Vinyasa creation (flow), right sequence, injuries, and special population.
Chanting is a practice that develops a very pure vibration and lifts the practitioner to the higher self. It is one of the most effective practices to achieve transformation. You will start and finish the day with chanting to lift your spirit, open your heart, and to purify your mind.
Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service. It is a way to achieve unity, as the work becomes an offer without any thought of personal gain. All participants will take part in what is necessary for the proper functioning of the community.
This includes classical cleaning eye exercises, nose, the air passages, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and intestines. The class covers tratak, neti, kapalabhati, dhauti, nauli, basti, and sankapraksalana.
The class will cover topics including what is meditation, why and how to meditate, effects of meditation, and experiences in meditation.
In this class, you will learn about how diet affects the brain and all the systems of the body, the impact of nutrition for the planet and the environment, the concept of ahimsa, the right balance of key nutrients, the suitable combination of foods, the therapeutic effects of fasting, and a cooking workshop.
During the philosophy class, you will be introduced to the four paths of yoga including Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga, and Jnana yoga. You will also explore the yoga sutras of Patanjali - a detailed study of the text and commentary, basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy, introduction to Tantra, Kundalini yoga, and Bhagavad Gita - the in-depth study of the text and commentary.
In the last two weeks of this teacher training, you will teach each other under the guidance of experienced teachers. The class will show you how to create a safe environment for the classroom, how to hold the seat of a teacher, how to use language and tone of voice, and the general advice for teaching a course, teaching of basic Hatha, Vinyasa, gentle course, teaching intermediate Hatha, Vinyasa, gentle course, teaching a mixed level class, teaching a class with special emphasis, create a theme, guided relaxation techniques, hands-on assists, injury and modifications for special population, and how to address challenging situations.
Pranayama is breathing techniques for controlling and expanding your vital energy. This includes: basic methods of breathing, methods for extending the breath-ability, kapalabhati, nadi shodan, surya bheda, ujjayi, bhastrika, sitkari, sitali, bhramari, and introduction to advanced pranayama.
The meaning of satsang is "to be accompanied by the truth and wisdom". You will read and inquire on the scriptures of ancient and modern masters and discuss how you can convey their importance in your daily lives.
This training will take place by the Atlantic Ocean of Bahia, Brazil.
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Nutrition for the duration of the training, vegetarian buffet for breakfast and dinner, and early morning fruits and herbal tea are included in the price.
Itacare is a very unique place because it is one of the very few locations where the Atlantic rainforest meets the ocean, so there is so much to do! The activities include:
Please book your flight to arrive at Ilhéus Jorge Amado Airport (IOS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The cost of transportation is approximately 80 EUR.