This 4 weeks residential Yoga Teacher Training on Hatha & Tantra presents a systematic approach to classical practices such as Asana, Kriya, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Relaxation, Mantra, and Meditation. Classes start at the Beginners level and progress through to the Intermediate level. The philosophical base and a variety of subtle practices are integrated in the course to make you discover the holistic way of living and teaching yoga.
Theory and philosophy :
Introduction to yoga, it’s traditional meaning and goal
History and origins of yoga
Introduction to Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita
Introduction to Tantra Vidya
Power of sanskrit and mantras
Paths of yoga (Raja, Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Mantra, Kriya)
Study of Astanga yoga in Patanjali Yoga Sutras
Study of Hatha yoga Pradipika of Swatmarama
5 koshas (layers of our beeing)
3 gunas (qualities of creation)
7 chakras and system of nadis (pranic body)
5 vayus (directions of prana)
Asanas & Sukshma viyayamas :
Classical asanas with multiple variations
Stretching and strengthening movements
Assisting / ajustings
Surya namaskar variations
Focal points during asana
Benefits, precautions and limitations
Sequencing of asanas in balanced way
Synchronization of prana and mantra
Concentration on pranic mouvements
Jala neti (cleansing of nostrils with water)
Sutra Neti (cleansing of nostrils with string)
Vamana Dhauti (yogic vomiting)
Agnisara (energizing of the belly)
Varisara Dhouti (Shankha prakshalana) (cleansing of digestive system)
Trataka (candle gazing)
Mudras and Bandhas :
Finger, face and body mudras for paranayama and meditation
Sound practices and chanting:
Nadanusantana (A-U-M-AUM meditation)
Voice opening exercices
Mantras (for peace, for protection, classical mantras of Yoga, stotrams)
Concentration and Meditation:
Methodology & Psychology :
Principles of teaching
Use of language
Creating balanced sequences for different purpose and different durations
Sequencing by topic
Different teaching styles
Teaching in holistic way
Demonstration and observation
Anatomy and physiology:
Respect of anatomical limitations
Teaching philosophy, all parts of Hatha yoga and Meditation
Saji is practicing yoga since the age of 17 and he graduated in 2001 from VYASA University (Bangalore, India), where he studied Yogic Sciences, Yoga Therapy and Naturopathy. But Saji’s background in the traditional lineage of Bihar school of yoga (founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati) has given him the deepest experiences which goes way beyond the academic knowledge. Since more then 20 years of teaching with open heart, Saji helped to grow to many very dedicated yogis and teachers all over the world. Travelling with different seminars, retreats and workshops, Saji also give a place that brings more balance and upliftment with tools of holistic yogatherapy to people who come to his private consultations.
Teaching Tantra Vidya and tantric Japa Meditation
Shajesh started traditional tantric study in 1993 under Nath tradition with his master in Kerala. Now he is practicing and share Tantra wisdom and technics since more then 20 years. The Nath tradition is a timeless lineage of spiritual teachers, connected with infinite consciousness through the greatest yogis of all ages. Ancient practices of Tantra Vidya have been deformed in the western world and Shajesh cherishes the idea to bring back the purity and power to authentic teachings mainly through the practice of mantra japa and meditation.
Teaching Mantra yoga and methodology
Maitri is involved in the path of yoga and ayurveda since her teenager. She is presently living in France and India, practicing and teaching integral yoga through all its traditional aspects. Still bhakti and mantra yoga remains Maitri’s main focus in sadhana. She had chance to learn from talented teachers and is always happy to share the vibration with yoga practitioners. Being a kind of a bridge between eastern of wisdom and western of rationalization Maitri also shares with pleasure her skills in methodology of teaching yoga in a holistic way.
During the course period, students will have an opportunity to study and interact with our guest lecturers from many different healing traditions. Our guest speakers will include doctors, philosophers, and other widely respected yoga experts.
Exams & Certification
1 collectif examination at the end of the 2nd week
teaching of 10 sections of the class (asanas, pranayama, relaxation, meditation)
create your sequence on specific topic
sanskrit names of asanas
1 oral final examination
1 writing final examination
Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a diploma registered with Yoga Allliance USA and Yoga Allliance Professionals. This diploma is a highly valued and internationally recognized. After the course you can register RYT200.
We are blessed to conduct our yoga courses in the beautiful and peaceful ashram belonging to the Chinmaya Mission, located 45 km from Kochi airport (Kerala / south India).
The ashram has a very peaceful atmosphere suitable for yoga and meditation, nature will wakeup early morning sunrise with the singing birds, mantras and bells from temple refresh the mind, ashram library is intellectual sanctuary with spiritual knowledge, students has an opportunity to introduce various courses on Vedanta & Sanskrit. This is a sacred birth place of the great saint Adi Sankaracharya’s one can feel a calm, spiritual energy during their stay in ashram.
The accommodation is generally a shared room for 2 students but we try as much as possible to give you single room accommodation (when there are other courses running in the Ashram you will be asked to share). In case you don’t like to share we will provide you single room upon special request and subject to availability. The rooms are clean and simple with fan, attached toilet and shower with hot water. Laundry facilities and wifi are available in commun area.
The food is a simple vegetarian south indian diet and includes various seasonal fruits. Filtered drinking water is safe for health is freely available in the ashram.
Rules & guidelines for students
· Dress code suitable to the ashram environment is advised.
· Smoking and alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited.
· Kindly lock the door when leaving the room. Do not keep any valuables near the windows.
· Anyone requiring any assistance like medical, taxi etc. please contact ashram office.
· Do not leave bags/personal belongings lying unattended as many ashram workers are from outside. Please keep belongings with you.
· Please switch off mobile phone in dining hall, yoga hall and temple
· Please maintain silence during breakfast and lunch.
· Please inform us if you have any food allergies.
· Please be punctual to yoga class. There will be one day per week free for you.
· Please don’t invite locals to ashram.
· WIFI: The ashram charges for wifi. Please deal directly with the ashram office for all matters related to wifi. Please be aware that they will charge per device!
· ATM Machine: located 1km from the ashram in village. Other ATMs are located in 5km from ashram.
· If you would like to change foreign currency please contact us.
· Library is open from 09.30 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 16.30. Closed on Sundays and every second Saturday.
· In order to receive your course certificate, the course must be completed in full.
A student of International Vasishta Yoga Research Foundationteacher training course consents to his/her contact details (name, email and phone number) being passed onto our partner, Yoga Alliance Professionals, so they can contact him/her directly and invite me to register as a Trainee and Teacher. Student has the option of opting out of this registration process.
Note: The above GDPR statement is the general rules follow by one of our partner Yoga Alliance Professionals . For the privacy, without the written permission of students we will not hand over any of individual /personal data to any of agency / partner.
Course fees & reservation
Course fee includes only course materials, food & accommodation in shared twin room
In order to reserve a place for this course, please complete this application form and return it with a deposit of 300 Euros, which will form a part payment of the full course fee, mentioned above. This course is limited to a small number of students and we cannot guarantee a place until the full deposit has been received.
Should enrolment be cancelled by a student for any reason, the deposit is non-refundable. In the unlikely event our course is cancelled, 100% of the payment/deposit will be refunded.
What is included in the course fee ?
Food and accommodation from 4th January to 2nd February 2020
All tuition fees
5 course books, notebooks and pens
336 yoga cards as a tool for sequencing
Bag and yoga belt for practice
4th January to 2nd February, 2020
Kerala, South India
6h - 7h
Pranayama, Meditation, Arati
7h - 9h
Sun salutation, Asana, Kriya
9h - 10h
10h - 10h30
10h30 - 11h30
Mantra yoga, voice opening technics
11h30 - 13h
Philosophy / Theory class
13h - 15h
Lunch & rest
15h - 16h
Methodology / Sequencing
16h - 18h
Technics / Theory class / Pranayama
18h - 19h
Evening asana practice
19h - 19h30
The organisation and payment of flights to India is the responsibility of the student.