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The program schedule contains the different elements of holistic Rishi Culture Ashtanga, and how they interact. After one month, it's guaranteed that you will have a deeper knowledge about yoga, the roots, the philosophy, the practices, and their positive impact in your self-development. You will be instructed as well in lesson planning and several techiques designed to improve your work as an instructor. Don't hesitate, come and learn from the best!
Guests who stay for five days or longer may use the laundry facilities if required. They aim to be flexible with their accommodation by trying to fulfill every need. There is one double bedroom for couples, or if you need a private room (please note this is only for couples unless there are no couples booked or you are willing to pay a couples rate), there is a double bedroom.
There are 4 twin bed rooms. If your staying longer than 2 nights we will not usually expect you to share a bedroom.
There are two cabins in the garden, one has its own en suit bathroom the other is without but off grid in the corner of the garden tucked away.
The caravan is a cozy space that can accommodate up to two people. It is situated a little way from the main house in a quiet wooded corner with views out over the country fields.
The caravan has a small kitchen, useful for making hot drinks and light snacks if you wish. Again, guests may use the toilet facilities or the usual shower, bath, and restroom inside the house.
There’s a large garden and depending on the numbers, you can camp here for a short period using the compost toilet and the shared facilities. The guests are encouraged to use the toilet in order to be environmentally friendly, but there is also the choice to use the other conventional facilities.
Please note that you may have to share a bedroom with another student depending on how busy the course is. The aim is that every student has their own room and space in the week. On the weekend courses, there will be no option due to the influx of students and you will be required to share a room for one or two nights.
Please note during Covid restrictions there will be no sharing bedrooms.
This intensive yoga teacher training course will include the following elements of holistic Rishi Culture Ashtanga.
Two daily sessions of kriya or flow work, asana, mudra, pranayama, and relaxation techniques. One led by Jnandev or Deepika, and the other led by the students as a practice for their teaching skills.
You will be learning six sets of intensive Hatha yoga practice with great benefits for the digestive system, the skeletal system, the pelvic area, general health, and well-being, hathenas for breathing, and loma viloma for energy balance.
There will be two intensive Vinyasa lessons and a few variations of sun-salutations for physical strength and vital energy. You will also learn quite a few classical pranayama and relaxation techniques in this residential teacher training.
A detailed study of Raja yoga philosophy and its application in daily life. The work will be focused on the eight limbs of yoga and the study of its applications from contemporary scriptures too.
You will be teaching your own practice sessions. Regular feedback will be provided to help you increasing your teaching skills.
You will need introspection time to do your homework and study. This is required in order to understand yoga as an autodidact.
You will have a daily session on bhajans and mantras with Deepika to give you the experience of bhakti yoga and its power for cleansing your body, mind, and soul.
You will know a few cleansing practices like jala neti, bhastrika, kapalbhati, and fasting; depending on the group, they would like to teach shankha prakshalana, the full intestinal cleanse too.
After satsanga, every evening is followed by silence to give you time and space to digest what you have learned all day.
A highly qualified physiotherapist will teach the basic anatomy and physiology that you need to know in order to be a safe yoga teacher.
With each series of postures, they will also work on correction and modification so you can help your students.
You will be allocated in different jobs daily to learn how to be a good karma yogi or yogini without judging.
Yoga has evolved, transformed. Yoga used to be for a few of those seeking for enlightenment. In ancient India, the guru looked for a qualified disciple to learn yoga, while in modern times, yoga became available to everyone.
In modern times, many are using the term yoga as a fashion brand to teach the exercises for fitness purposes. In this section, you will explore how yoga has transformed from ancient to modern times.
Yoga has many definitions but finding the right one depends on what you are seeking out of yoga. For example, it can be seen as a tool to keep fit, while others can see it as tool to relax, to stay calm, to concentrate, or meditate. In this chapter, you will explore various meanings and definitions of yoga in different contexts and scriptures.
Raja yoga or ashtanga is the highest form of yoga as a path to deal with physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and karmic issues. In this chapter, the aim is to understand the steps of Raja yoga as a life path.
Yoga has many paths, approaches, and tools like jnanas (wisdom), dhyana (meditation), karma (action), bhakti (devotion), etc. In this chapter, you will study these overlapping paths and practices in yoga.
In this chapter, you will discuss the importance of moral and ethics in overcoming problems that were caused by the animal behavior; this occurs when you are only driven by your desires and emotions.
You will go into further detail to understand ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmachariya (energy discipline), and aprigraha (non-greed).
Niyamas are codes of conduct on how to live as a good human being while evolving on the authentic yoga path. In this chapter, the aim is to understand the universal concepts of the first two niyamas, saucha (cleansing), and samtosha (contentment).
In this chapter, you will study other three niyamas, tapah (austerity), swadhyaya (self- study), and isvar pranidhana (faith in divine), as Kriya yoga.
Asana is the third limb and it is very well explored and known in modern yoga. In this chapter, you will look into asana and its meaning in various contexts, its importance, and benefits in modern times.
In this chapter, you will explore the five bodies concept of yoga compared to the modern science concept of one body. You will have as well, an understanding of yoga in holistic health and well-being.
Prana is the subtlest form of cosmic energy, which is all pervading and all sustaining. The whole universe evolves from this pranic energy. Subsequently, this energy evolves in various forms to sustain various activities in, and around us.
In this chapter, you will see the concept of pancha prana and its importance in day to day life.
The aurevedic and yogic concept of bridging the links between the body and mind to live in harmony and balance.
The science of the vital energy that gives life and vitality. Pranayamas are practiced though breath work, but the aim is to control the prana.
This chapter will explore and experience how the pranayama practices can have powerful effects on the body, and different breathing rhythms.
By accepting yoga as a lifestyle choice, you will see how naturally you become healthy and happy. This chapter will also cover rebirth and reincarnation to explore life as an eternal divine blessing, to be free from fear of death, and letting go.
Samaskaras are deep ingrained behavior patterns. Karma is the action on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. In this chapter, you try to understand the concept of karma and the choices that can lead you into many unconscious karmas and samskaras.
Pratyahara is the fifth limb of Raja yoga, which means sensory withdrawal. In this chapter, you study the senses in the modern and ancient concepts of yoga, upanishads, and explore the ways to discipline them.
You continue further from above.
On this day, you will know several concepts of yoga and exploring ways of union in aid to evolution. For example, Ha-tha, Loma-viloma, or masculine-feminine. You will study the concepts of tantra as balancing concepts of right and left (male and female) the energies in the human beings as individuals to become what we are.
In this chapter, you will know concepts of Samkhya yoga, evolution, and manifestation to understand the divinity or eternity of the soul.
Patanjali says that concentration is an ability of the mind. In this chapter, you will see the sixth limb of ashtanga and explore various tools and practices.
The mind manifests or echoes through the body, and vice versa. In this chapter, you explore the importance and process of thinking, contemplation, and their influences.
These are the seventh and eitgth limbs of Raja yoga. They mean meditation and enlightenment, respectively. In this chapter, you will go deeper on the concept of dharana (concentration).
In this closing chapter, you will understand the importance and value of yoga as a holistic way of living, and how to apply yoga in the daily life.
Solar rhythm and easy but rhythmic breathing are gentle ways to introduce you into pranayama practices. These help balance, activate the energies, and harmonize the body, mind, and emotions all together.
Sun and moon nostril breathing is helpful to find harmony between both sides of the brain in the day to day life.
Sectional breathing and pranava aum pranayama are beautiful ways to activate the three sections of the lungs, and recharge vital organs.
A powerful Jnana yoga kriya and breathing technique for cleansing and releasing accumulated mental, emotional, and karmic impressions.
Nine cleansing and very useful breathing techniques to get rid of negative energies on every level.
These are balancing and cleansing pranayamas for mental and emotional peace, as well as spiritual growth.
A simple and progressive lesson plan to introduce people into holistic Hatha yoga to gain general health, and well-being.
This is set of postures in the form of sun-salutation as a Vinyasa, where body flows from one to other posture with conscious breathing in order to gain strength, flexibility, lightness, vitality, and health.
A set of postures to enhance the breathing.
A set of postures to balance loma and viloma, or right and left energies in masculine or feminine form.
This series open the hips and pelvic area to strengthen pelvic and abdominal muscles.
These are a set of postures and kriyas around halasana, sarvangasana, and navasana series. These contribute to the core strength, spinal flexibility, and health, as well as refining or redirecting from lower chakras to higher.
In this series you will be working on head stand, raja kapotasana, veera bhadrasana, hanumansana, and hand balancing.
Progressing from series one. This is a Vinyasa for regular and advanced yoga practitioners.
In this set, you will work on a few variations of sun-salutation and sitting postures.
She made her 200-hour yoga teacher training in the ashram and she has also been following the ashtanga form for many years.
This will be taught by a 200-hour qualified yoga teacher and expert in physiotherapy.
You will be given the opportunity to practice teaching, and to work on your general teaching skills.
Daily mantras and bhajans as a part of Bhakti yoga and Nada yoga.
You will get one day off a week to explore the local area.
Surender Sani was born in India and lived there for the first 33 years of his life. He is also known as Yogachariya Jnandev. He studied yoga in both aspects, academically, and through his own experiences. Now he has established an ashram primarily based on Gitananda yoga, along with his wife Sally, in Wales, UK. Jnandev has studied yogic scriptures in their original language, Sanskrit. He comes from a Hindu family and holds the moral and ethical codes of yoga as vitally important. He believes that spiritual growth and evolution are the foundations of true yoga practice.
Deepika (Sally Saini) started her yoga practice back in 1993 and she became a full time yoga instructor later. She is married to Surender Saini. They met in India while she was doing an intensive teacher training at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research. She is also known as Yogacharini Deepika. Sally has also studied, practiced, and been involved in many other systems and techniques over the years in her spiritual seeking. Deepika is now one of the few people worldwide who hold a 3000hours advanced qualification from ICYER, Ananda Ashram.
Caroline is a very experienced chartered physiotherapist. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1991, and gained a masters degree in health sciences in the year 2000. She is a member of the musculoskeletal association of chartered physiotherapists (MACP). She specializes in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, which involves helping people of all ages to manage a wide variety of both acute and longstanding musculoskeletal conditions.
This retreat will take place in Whitland, Wales, UK.
You will be served three daily healthy meals.
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Cardiff Airport (CWL) or Bristol are closest. Please note that you will need ground transportation to arrive (bus or train to Whitland).
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