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Are you looking for a high quality program that solidifies your Yoga practice and that empowers you to start teaching right away ? Are you ready to expand beyond the ordinary, and is community important for you ? Than this course might well be yours.
The Akasha Yoga Academy offers you a space for integral evolution in which you will journey to the very roots of classical Hatha Yoga. The educational program connects the physical, philosophical & spiritual aspects of Yoga, and explores transformational techniques such as energy-based asana practice, breath-work & meditation.
Five supervised teaching assignments, coupled with sequencing skills, adjustment, touch & voice training enable you to grow into a confident asana teacher. The comprehensive curriculum of this fully accredited instructor course exceeds the standards of the international Yoga Alliance. Successful graduation authorizes you to become an officially Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). The systematic course content, the passion of the professional teachers, and the enthusiastic atmosphere in the Yoga family make this training a highly educative & transformative experience. This life-changing program is a heartfelt invitation to turn your passion into a meaningful profession.
This educational course takes place in the Balinese Yoga capital Ubud. The secluded venue is situated in the middle of tropical nature, yet it is only a 7-minute walk to the lively downtown. PraShanti is a hospitable French-run place, offering exquisite accommodation with love for the detail, as well as delicious food. The resort is embedded in lush vegetation, overlooking the steep sunset valley on one side, and the open rice paddies on the other side.
PraShanti offers the choice between neat & cozy bungalows, and elegant contemporary rooms connecting to nature through large window fronts. Each accommodation is charmingly equipped with private indoor & outdoor sitting areas, comfortable bed with mosquito net, fan, and a fancy private bathroom with hot shower. The room choice is either single accommodation (catering the need for more privacy), or shared twin room (adjusting to a smaller budget). The exclusive offer includes daily cleaning, convenient room service, as well as free Wi-Fi & drinking water.
Optionally we can offer to organize affordable accommodation next door within 2 minutes walking distance to make our training more accessible for a tight budget.
This 1-month full-time training transmits the essence of classical Hatha Yoga: Sun Salutations, Asana, Pranayama, meditation, and practical Yogic philosophy. Its systematic structure is tailored to the needs of prospective teachers, covering alignment of postures, voice training, practicum assignments, purification, Ayurveda, Thai-Yoga massage and much more. The course empowers beginners and advanced aspirants alike to develop a solid self-practice, and to grow into confident yoga instructors.
The cornerstones are energy-based Hatha Yoga, Spiritual Heart Meditation, and the non-dual vision of Advaita Vedanta. The aspiration is to synchronize mind & heart, to combine rational understanding with deep-going practice, and to develop present moment awareness. Authenticity & inspiration, passion & enthusiasm are the hallmarks.
The training is led by Kirsten & Burkhard, the directors of the Akasha Yoga Academy, and their inspiring team. They both teach Hatha, Hatha Flow, Yin, Pranayama, meditation, and Yogic philosophy in retreats, workshops, and teacher training courses around the globe.
Both are experienced registered Yoga teachers at the highest level of the international Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-500). They are passionate practitioners of the Yogic tradition, and are sharing their experience and knowledge in a very personal, authentic, and cordial way.
The educational curriculum of this fully accredited Teacher Training meets and exceeds the official standards, and is fully accredited by the international Yoga Alliance. Upon graduation you will receive a properly recognized Yoga Instructor Certificate with which you can sign-up as a Registered Yoga Teacher with the renowned Yoga Alliance (RYT-200).
The schedule applies Monday-Saturday.
Saturday afternoons end early at 17:00 with a workshop on the specific topic of the week.
Sundays are free, providing time to study and to explore the tropical paradise island.
The schedule includes weekly chanting practice and occasional Q&A sessions with the lead teachers in some evenings.
All assignments are supervised by an experienced instructor and are systematically evaluated with group feedback. The careful & competent guidance allows aspiring students to step into the new teacher’s role with confidence.
Visit to a traditional Balinese opening ceremony on the welcome day.
Burkhard holds a master’s degree in psychology and alternative education from the Free University of Berlin, where his thorough exploration of Ken Wilber´s Integral Theory culminated in a thesis on holistic development. In 2001, Burkhard began to explore yoga in India. He has dedicated more than 5,000 hours to the study of classical Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, and yogic philosophy. He started his meditation practice following the Vipassana style of Theravada Buddhism, and has practiced under Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo in Northern Thailand.
Kirsten’s Yoga endeavors started in 2001 in India, where she was introduced to Sivananda Hatha Yoga. She is the co-founder of the Akasha Yoga Academy where she develops educational programs and presents teacher training courses in Bali & Thailand. Following her persistent passion for Yoga, she went through a comprehensive three-year full-time education in classical Hatha & Kundalini Yoga in Thailand. Her meditation practice is based on the non-dualistic teachings of Advaita Vedanta and Sahajananda’s Yoga of the Spiritual Heart.
The training takes place in the exotic town of Ubud, the center of Balinese art & culture. Ubud is a global life-style hub famous for progressive Yoga, alternative healing, conscious life, and health food. The Akasha Yoga Academy is hosted by the PraShanti Eco Resort, an exclusive yet homey venue, located at the periphery of town, right between open rice paddies and a steep jungle valley. The peaceful venue combines the nurturing beauty of tropical nature with the possibilities of urban life. The small resort is just a short walk away from the historic center of the Balinese Yoga capital Ubud. You will love this legendary town, which offers a variety of exclusive yet affordable restaurants & massage parlors, impressive art galleries & temples, colorful exotic markets, and so much more.
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The all-inclusive offer includes 28 vegetarian breakfast & lunch buffets, Mondays – Saturdays.
Breakfast consists of a tropical fruit salad, daily choice of porridge, black rice pudding or Balinese crepes, all served alongside toast & eggs, as well as coffee, tea & juice.
The richly flavored lunch buffet offers a variety of vegetable stews & curries, legumes & grains, as well as a choice of salads. The tasty home-made food is freshly prepared with local and mostly organic ingredients.
For dinner you have the choice between numerous bistros and amazing health food places, including nearby organic bistros on the rice paddies, home delivery, and a great variety of restaurant serving different budgets and tastes in downtown Ubud. All options are in walking distance of 2–15 minutes.
Special food requirements such as vegan or gluten-free diet can be accommodated.
Free filtered drinking water is available in the PraShanti restaurant all day long.
The following excursions & activities are available in the area:
On Saturdays classes end in the afternoon, and Sundays are completely free, allowing for exciting day trips into the stunning tropical nature. The paradise island of Bali offers a great variety of breath-taking excursions. Bali is located just south of the equator, and is 1 of the 17000 islands of Indonesia. It features lush tropical vegetation, big volcano mountains, and countless beaches with big waves & coral reefs.
Possible excursions can take you to the coast where you can enjoy surfing the famous waves of Bali. Other popular beach activities include stand up paddling, snorkeling, and diving.
The nearby mountains invite for a sunrise volcano tour, hikes to paradise waterfalls, downhill biking, as well as visits to tropical jungle farms, producing cacao, vanilla, coffee, mangos and much more.
The Akasha Yoga training takes place in the legendary Balinese Yoga capital Ubud. The exotic town is famous for its artistic wood carving and stone work, featuring picturesque temples, art & fashion galleries, colorful markets & exclusive health food dining, as well as stylish spa resorts with tropical swimming pools to unwind. An all-time favorite is the downtown monkey forest with giant trees, temples, and countless free monkeys.
Experience showed that it is beneficial to combine the intensity of your teacher training with a few regenerating wellness treatments. The nearby spa centers offer a variety of pampering services, such as massages, therapeutic bodywork, health & beauty packages.
The local rates are very affordable, as a professional 1-hour treatment only costs 7 – 15 US Dollars!
It is highly recommended to take the traditional Balinese massage: This therapeutic healing method has existed in Bali for many centuries, and is influenced by Thai Yoga massage & Chinese acupressure. The relaxing oil massage relieves muscular tension and rejuvenates the entire body system.
Other favorites include facials, flower baths, and beauty treatments with organic products from the nearby jungle.
Book your flight to Bali’s paradise airport Denpasar (DPS).
Bali is a very popular destination, and the small ocean-view airport efficiently handles more than 12 million passengers per year. It is a very safe place and all practicalities are very well organized.
The airport is a 1-hour taxi ride away from the venue in Ubud. There is no public bus transportation, but the hosting resort can easily arrange an airport transfer. Simply communicate your arrival time in advance and a trustworthy & friendly taxi driver will wait for you in the arrival hall with a name sign. You can trust that it’s all safe & very easy.
Citizens of most western countries receive a convenient 30-day visa on arrival at Bali's main airport Denpasar. The initial 30 days can be extended by another 30 days, allowing for a convenient 60-day stay in paradise.