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Yoga Darshanams teacher training course is all about giving students sufficient knowledge. Yogadarshanam is working in this way and conducting TTC to meet needs of the students and has gotten very good success. The student must have enough yoga knowledge and must be able to take the depth the ocean of knowledge that yoga has. Join the TTC now and become a true yoga teacher.
The maximum participants in the group is 16.
Yogadarshanam does not have onsite accommodation. Yogadarshanam works together with Mr. Ravi Kiran who will arrange a room for you in a nearby guesthouse. The guest houses offer single and double room accommodations. Included in the package prices is an estimation of the cost for the room, the exact price will be determined when you reserve the room. Each room offers the following:
The TTC covers some of the important yoga concepts of great masters of India with their techniques and approach to enrich our teachers' knowledge and to become standard teacher. Our RYS TTC is based on Mysore Style-Ashtanga and Iyengar Style. Ashtanga Yoga(Raja Yoga) purifies mental body and rational body. Hatha yoga purifies physical body and pranic body. Ashtanga Yoga cannot be practiced without Hatha Yoga Support and vice versa to get sidhis( yogic benefits and powers) as yoga text says.[Reference- Ashtanga- yoga sutra of Pathanjali, light on yoga by B.K.S.Iyengar, Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swathmarama , etc. We focus on different classical Hatha Yoga concepts also.
Yoga technical classes: Analysis of asanas, pranayama, kriyas, bhandas, mudras with its name, background, steps, limitation, common mistakes, application, benefits, modifications, variations, coutra indications, curative values for therapy, a way of sequence formation etc.
Yoga training classes: Includes practice of all yoga techniques asanas, pranayama, mudra, bandha, different school of sun salutations and moon salutations, yoga therapy sessions, pre-natal yoga, advance yoga courses, etc with demonstration, observation, style, corrections, different yoga sequence formation
Yoga anatomy and physiology classes: Study of human body (cells and tissues, skins, bones, joints, muscles, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and excretory system) from medical and yoga point of view.
Yoga philosophy and ethics classes: Includes study of (Ashtanga yoga) 8 limbs yoga scriptures(yoga sutra), life of a yogi, principles of yoga, yoga in education (physical education and values) panchakosha, panchaprana, chakras, ethics for yoga teacher, classroom environment, different streams of yoga etc.
Yoga practical classes: Students should assist the classes led by the main teacher and also teach by themselves (4 classes) and 4 classes for row beginners. This is expression and application of their comprehension and skill.
Seva yoga / Karma yoga classes: The students have to help to run the yoga school, which includes office work, organization, and public relations. Seva is serving and helping others with compassion, serving not for personal gratification but to up lift others. Seva is also an offering with best thoughts, sympathy, and compassion without others force (individually or in groups).
Yoga meditation and relaxation classes: Includes study of different school of meditation; students can apply any of the meditation which is suitable for them. During training, students should study at least 5 meditation techniques. The students can then apply the suitable meditation techniques to their students in the future. %Different kinds of relaxation techniques are also included which are discovered from different yoga research centers. Also includes active shavasana, instant relaxation technique, quick relaxation technique, deep relaxation technique, anupreksha, yoga nidra, belly breathing etc.
Self practice classes: Includes study of different school of meditation, study of different yoga systems, great Indian yoga gurus, different yoga books, sharing knowledge, discussion, case study etc. Students should study themselves as the direction of the Guru.
Yoga activities classes: Includes teaching Krida yoga (for children), talent expression, creative work, yogic games, cultural programs like bhajanas, chanting, drama, role-play, drawing of yoga postures and concepts, yoga practice in deep forest, on stone, holy places (temples) yoga trip, tree climbing, hill climbing, stone climbing, water playing etc.
Yogadarshanam usually offers the same usual routine for their yoga teacher training courses:
Morning Bhagavad-Gita and slokas
Study of yoga prayers (starting, ending, Guru, peace, pathanjali, meditation, pranayama, sun, etc.)
Asanas (foundation and intermediate), followed with warm up exercise and sun salutation (Surya Namaskara)
23+1 set of asanas which is essential for human body
Sivananda 12 Hatha yoga poses study
Study of different relaxation techniques, yoga nidra, resting poses
Yoga therapy training sessions
Pre-natal yoga training
Breathing exercises and yoga pranayamas
Important mudras, bandas, breath retention, etc.
Methodology and physiology for all yoga practices like asanas, breathing exercises, pranayamas, etc with method of practice, counts, benefits, limitations, modifications etc.
Methodology and physiology for all yoga practices like asanas, breathing exercises, pranayamas, etc with method of practice, counts, benefits, limitations, *modifications etc.
Teaching practice, discussions, self-study etc.
Advance yoga sessions: hip opening, back bending, balancing hand, leg, head (classical and applied), different settings and special practice like Nadanusandana etc., school of sun and moon salutations, etc.,
Other special techniques: hip opening, back bending, balancing hand, leg, head (classical and applied), different settings and special practice like Nadanusandana etc., school of sun and moon salutations, etc.
Study of yoga philosophy: Theory sessions, Mudra study in detail, Chakra study - healing, balance, etc., Chanting and special practice like Nadanusandana, etc.,
Meditation practice, Weekend - Saturday, Shat Kriya or detoxification sessions early in the morning, Remaining theory, philosophy, etc, partner yoga and other yogic entertainments
One who has strong interest in yoga field and has some yoga experience If anybody has regular and consistency in the regular yoga practice is very good but not compulsory for this course. Hard work and strong dedication is very much appreciable.
Santhosh Kumar was born in April 8, 1983 at the small village Kollur, Kundapur talluk. Since his childhood, he has been practicing yoga with Sri Kumar, a good artist and yoga teacher and guruji Dr. R. Pai from Shanthivana Trust, Yoga and Naturopathycenter Dharmasthala, an international holy place. Later on, he trained under B.K.S. Iyengar, Pune and Ramdev Guruji.
Santhosh Kumar is a certified teacher in education by the KSEEB Government of Karnataka. He has been training students of different hostels, schools, colleges, hospitals and IT/BT companies. Today, he is also a certified teacher in nutrition and health education by the University of Mysore and has completed the advance yoga teacher training in Shivananda Vedanta Center, Kerala and Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. He has also opened his new yoga institution aayush yoga darshanam in Mysore and trains students coming from the different states of India and international students with his wife, Suatha S. Kumar and Guru Prasad.
Yogadarshanam is located at Sumuna Complex, SBM building, 9th Cross, 2nd Main, Gokulam 3rd stage, Mysore Karnataka, India. Yoga darshanam can also be contacted at #74, Krishna Kunja, 4th main, 6th Cross, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysore.
Mysore is the 3rd largest city in Karnataka, South of India. It is located at 770 m above sea level and is 140 km from Bangalore, the state capital. Mysore city is also known as the City of Palaces and the Ivory City. Legend has it that Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura, he was a buffalo-headed monster. Hence, came the name of this place Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. The demon was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called Maisuru, its present name in the Kannada language. The anglicized form of the name is Mysore. The weather is lovely almost throughout the year and surrounded by greenery.
There are some suggestions if you are in Gokulam:
Enjoying Ayurveda treatments
Mysore traditional painting class
After the old palace was partially destroyed by fire in 1897, the new Mysore Palace was built of granite on the old foundation. The palace has a gilded dome tower and is surrounded by a large courtyard. The architecture inside the palace is amazing! Stained glass, intricately decorated domes, murals, beautiful doors, carved figures and friezes are only of few of the captivating details.
One of the most prized possessions of the palace is the royal throne made of figwood, ivory, gold & silver that is only displayed during the Dasara celebration. Every Sunday night between 7 8 pm and during the 10-day Dussera festival in October, Mysore Palace is lit up with thousands of white lights. Dussera festival also has a procession of elephants and a few cultural programmes in the evenings. The entry fee is different for foreigners and Indians, no shoes or cameras are allowed inside.
The hill takes its name from the goddess Chamundeshwari. It was the family deity of the royal family. This temple was renovated and the beautiful tall tower was built during the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1827. Chamundis main hill features a long stone stairway leading to the top of the hill. There are 1,008 steps in all, with the first 600 steps being steeper than those higher up.
En route to the top, the steps pass the large statue of Nandi, the bull; the statue is about 16 feet high and 25 feet in length. Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. You can take a bus from the coconut stand to the city bus stand then transfer to another bus that takes you to the top of Chamundi Hill. Be sure to walk down the steps until the Nandi catching scenic glimpses on the way down. You can take another bus from the Nandi to the city bus stand.
Alternatively, you could hire a rickshaw all the way to the top and back. Take the steps to reach Nandi and ask the driver to pick you up from there,dont miss the steps and boulders. Come to an agreement over the fare beforehand. It is approximately 200 rupees one way.
Kere or lake is located in Mysore University campus and about 6 7 kms away from Gokulam. This lake is home to more than 180 species of birds, some of them aquatic. During the migratory season the lake plays host to a variety of winged visitors, some from as far as Siberia. This lake is frequented by local fitness enthusiasts. The lake timings are 0600 am 09.00 am and 04.00 pm 07.00 pm
This is a picturesque lake located at the footsteps of Chamundi Hills and behind Mysore Zoo. Karanji means fountain in Kannada. Spread over an area of 90 acres, it is regarded as one of the biggest lakes in Karnataka. Karanji Lake is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. It also supports several species of butterflies, small mammals and is a good example of wetland ecosystem.
The lake attracts painted storks, pelicans and darters and a host of other winged beauties.
The most special reason to go and visit this place is to spend time in their walk through aviary. They have a large amount of peacocks and partridges, also the most rare, white peacock. There is no pressure of limited timings, hence one can just sit and observe and if you are lucky you might just see the breathtakingly beautiful dance of the peacock, a pincha mayurasana !
Karanji also has boating facilities for 25 rupees per person and a butterfly park. If you are afraid of monkeys avoid the butterfly park. Another must see, is the observation tower, dont miss it, you can get a panoramic view of the entire lake with its rich topography. If you own Binoculars, this will take your experience to a whole new level.
The nearest International airport is Bangalore/Bengaluru airport (BLR) after which you need to take a 3 4 hr bus / car drive to Gokulam. The most hassle-free and safe experience is booking a airport pick up from Gokulam, like most yoga students do. It costs between 2300 2600 INR per car and this can be paid once you reach your destination. The most reliable and frequently used cars are from Ravi Kiran.
The other way is to take a shuttle bus from the airport to transfer at Bangalore bus stand to transfer at mysore bus stand and finally transfer into an auto rickshaw to Gokulam. Ive done that on 2 occasions before and realised that its definitely not worth the trouble, especially if you have luggage.
"I would really recommend it, however when I was looking for it I wanted something specific in Ashtanga yoga, but is not very clear that this is only offered in the 300 hrs course, and it is very important to be clear on this information. Also the payment steps weren't that clear neither. The course is really good, very complete and with an amazing master Master Santosh Kumar."
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"I emphatically recommend Yogadarshanam to anyone who is interested in doing a course for either yoga therapy or to gain a deeper and broader understanding of yoga in general. The sheer knowledge, professionalism and expertise of Santhosh Kumar and his wife Sujatha always made me feel like I was in good hands. After talking to other yoga practitioners around Mysore, hearing their negative experiences, I knew by comparison that I had found the right place, something I naturally had apprehensions about before arriving. The program is well organized and I formed close friendships with everybody in my group. The compassion and special guidance that I was able to receive from the teacher has been invaluable in helping me to appreciate the deeper aspects of yoga and to understand it within the context of Indian culture. I don’t think this would be possible at any other school in Mysore. It is this personal interaction with the teacher, who truly does lead by example, that has helped me to understand what it means to live a yogic lifestyle. I would count the trip to Santhosh and Sujatha’s hometown as the highlight of my experience here in India. There I was able to experience village life from the perspective of a local and relax in a beautiful, natural environment with kind, smiling people over delicious home-cooked food, the whole time finding myself experiencing and doing things which I never could have imagined doing back home in Japan. Don’t miss this chance! In terms of asana practice, Santhosh is nothing short of a wizard at getting both beginners and advanced students safely and comfortably into positions which they might otherwise think impossible. In the short month I was here, I had several breakthroughs and made progress on every front with my practice of yoga. I now feel confident that I can go further on my own am looking forward to reaching more advanced stages using the knowledge that I have learned here at Yogadarshanam. Even if you are a beginner, it is good to join and practice in the advanced class up to your ability. Everybody is challenging themselves and working on something. We had an acrobat and a couple of dancers in our group who could perform incredibly advanced asanas, but also a couple of beginners who could do things that even the advanced students were unable to do. The supportive group energy in that lesson is tangible and exciting. You will be surprised at what you can do after properly warming your body up through the correct sequence of preparatory asanas, a specialty of Santhosh’s which I plan to replicate in my own classes. Santhosh was often quick to remind us however that yoga asana and yoga are not the same, and that all eight limbs of yoga are to be practiced with equal attention. It was this wisdom put into practice which made his personality so refreshing to find in a field that is all too often strained by unnecessary dogmatism and competition. His pragmatic and kind nature, perpetual smile and sense of humor made me feel like I was with a peer who was openly sharing (rather than dictating) the deeper aspects of yoga with me. Thank you Santhosh for everything! I will definitely be back to learn more from you in the future."
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"Yogadarshanam is a great school, if you are looking into increase your knowledge regarding yoga and its inumerous paths. With this course, I was able to increase yoga subjects that I wasn't even aware, plus challenge myself on my day to day practice. I'm very happy with the results."
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"I had a memorable experience of Yoga teacher training with Yogadarshnam and it is going to be lifetime with me. Master Santhosh is a life changing teacher in every sense, he has imparted an ocean of Yoga life in merely 20 days time.This YTTC has encouraged me to make Yoga my way of life and I will be soon heading to India following Master for next level of advanced TTC soon."
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"Ive been asked to provide feedback of the TTC program and my comment overall is that my knowledge has improved as a result of the program and I feel more well rounded. What I enjoyed about the program is the focus on teaching as this is a critical skill to have that many TTCs do not offer. I enjoyed learning pranayama, meditation, and chanting as this to me is also incredibly important as to just focusing on asanas. Also, the classes are small maximum five students so there is individual attention given. Things that I would like the program to offer is a few classes dedicated to learning vinyasa flow as this program focuses on classical ashtanga and classical and does not include vinyasa flow. I also would like to see some classes given in the village as future plans. What I would tell future students is that it is a very intensive program so come in with an open mind and be prepared too work. I really enjoyed going to Santhoshs village and was the highlight of my trip to Mysore. I think it is very important to connect with nature and offers a glimpse into a different life. To combine yoga with nature is very soothing and calming to the soul,"
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"I did the TTC in December 2011 with Yoga Darshanam. The month was very challenging physically and emotionally with foundation and advanced asana practice, yoga therapy classes, chanting, meditation, yoga philosophy and much more from dawn till dusk! An intense syllabus of over 200 hours was covered in only 30 days. However, Santosh Kumar's unending energy and patience kept me motivated and challenged and in the end when I could do so many more asanas that I could initially do and had learnt so many new things, I knew it was all worth it. During the TTC, Santosh Kumar also organised a visit to a village which was an amazing experience, we saw the beauty of nature, met lots of hospitable kind villagers and also did pranayama in a lush forest. I enjoyed the course immensely and have benefited greatly from it. I am looking forward to returning to do the advanced training after I have deepened my practice. I would highly recommend the TTC with Yoga Darshanam. Many thanks teacher for the great experience and for sharing your extensive knowledge,"
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"Although it was a bit of a gamble to come to Yogadarshanam with absolutely no references. It has proven to be a full month of positive experiences, lot of knowledge and hard work. Thank you Santhosh for your patience, for nurturing, for passing to us your skills and your wisdom and for always being positive and smiling. I wish everybody to become good, knowledgeable Yoga teacher here!"
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"I did the TTC in December 2011 with Yoga Darshanam. The month was very challenging physically and emotionally with foundation and advanced asana practice, yoga therapy classes, chanting, meditation, yoga philosophy and much more from dawn till dusk! An intense syllabus of over 200 hours was covered in only 30 days.However, Santosh Kumar's unending energy and patience kept me motivated and challenged and in the end when I could do so many more asanas that I could initially do and had learnt so many new things, I knew it was all worth it. During the TTC, Santosh Kumar also organized a visit to a village, which was an amazing experience; we saw the beauty of nature, met lots of hospitable kind villagers and also did pranayama in a lush forest.I have enjoyed the course immensely and greatly benefited from it. I am looking forward to returning to do the advanced training after I have deepened my practice. I would highly recommend the TTC with Yoga Darshanam. Thanks teacher for the great experience and for sharing your extensive knowledge. "
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"Namaskara Sir,I studied at Yoga Darshanam in September 2011 and can honestly say it was an experience that changed my life. Dedicating a whole month to yoga and practicing with intensity every day, no matter where you study, is an extremely positive experience both emotionally and physically. Learning at Yogadarshanam required starting early in the morning and studying throughout the day until the evening. It was challenging on the body at first, but Santhosh always made students feel that it was within their capabilities to keep up. He managed to accommodate students who arrived with varying degrees of experience and fitness. (Having said that, he cannot perform miracles so a reasonable level of fitness is required!!)His approach to teaching was not intimidating or unpleasantly demanding, yet he encouraged us to achieve our best and make the most of the course. He had a healthy balance of perspectives when explaining and did not overbear students with his personal beliefs or opinions. He provided lots of information from his very broad knowledge and allowed us space to build our knowledge on our own. He does not spoon feed students and if you want to make the most of the course, you need to be prepared to put in plenty of your own effort. You need to bring positively, a willingness to learn and an open mind in order to get maximum rewards from the course.A lot of material is covered, including yoga therapy, yoga for pregnancy, partner yoga, pranayama, kriya, mudra etc. He gives a complete explanation of all poses with methodology, benefits and limitations. Even though the days are long, and the teaching is kept to a tight schedule, by the end of the course you realize you probably need a year to cover the material properly! Nevertheless, it is an excellent introduction to all the foundations of yoga and Santhosh teaches an interesting mix of styles whilst remaining loyal to classical principles of yoga.If you are the sort of person, who is independent, patient, open and genuinely interested to learn then Yogadarshanarm is an excellent choice for you. Everyone is unique and has different needs and expectations, for me Yogadarshanam was just right and provided me with everything I needed. Thank you very much Santhosh! Hope everything else is fine .I am happy, I have started teaching and have already 6 students! Mostly beginners and we are doing nice slow classes with lots of breathing exercises. I am enjoying it a lot. All the best "
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