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Deepen your understanding with this advanced training in the foothills of the Himalayas. This 300-hour certification course is intended only for graduates of a Yoga-Alliance recognized 200-hour teacher training program, or equivalent, which gives the graduate a total of 500-hours of training. The course offers yoga teachers of all yoga styles an exceptional continuing education opportunity and profound personal growth in the land of yoga’s origin, and in Rishikesh, the city of yoga!
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
The yoga ashram is located in Tapovan, a dynamic international village of spiritual seekers in Rishikesh, about 250 kilometers north of Delhi. The Ganga (Ganges) River valley here is surrounded by mountains on three sides and is considered the gateway to the Himalayas.
Tapovan (“forest of the yogis”) is an ideal location for your sadhana. Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is on a headland above the banks of the Ganga, where the wind and all the prana carried from the Himalayas invigorate the area.
Co-founded by Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2007, the vision for Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is to create a comfortable, nurturing sanctuary for spiritual seekers from around the world, where they will have safe food, clean water, and guidance for their yogic journey.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.
Completion of a Yoga-Alliance registered 200 YTT or equivalent, and one year of teaching yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy and/or meditation (even if it is just teaching one class a week). That said, Akhanda Yoga may admit a limited number of Akhanda Yoga graduates who have decided not to teach but wish to embark on the program for advanced study with Akhanda Yoga.
There are two written assignments to complete and several books to read before the training. The readings and assignments will ensure that all applicants from various 200-hour programs have the necessary background knowledge to get the most out of the 300-hour course. The deadline for submitting these assignments is one month prior to the program start date.
The 300 YTT group will explore the transformative power of diverse aspects of the yoga tradition both theoretically and experientially, and provide the opportunity for students to share reflections and personal experiences in a supportive community of yogis and teachers. The course offers the following elements: techniques, teaching methodology, philosophy, lifestyle, ethics, anatomy (physical and subtle), and a teaching practicum.
Every morning trainees will practice the transformative arts of Shatkarma (purification), mantra, and meditation, exploring various different techniques and observing their effects. Following the meditation, you will practice asana and pranayama in the Akhanda approach.
Learn a variety of asana and pranayama techniques to complement those taught during 200 YTT. Learn to work with diverse student bodies using props and focused assists, including restorative postures and techniques for Classical Kundalini practices. (Contact hours: 168)
Explore the art of sequencing, language use, creating a transformational space, and design intermediate / advanced, gentle / Restorative and Prenatal classes according to the Akhanda approach (Note: the course is not a complete therapeutic training in Restorative or Prenatal yoga). Learn how to assist and adjust students in more complex or restorative postures.
Learn to teach two unique and profound class-styles designed by Yogrishi Vishvketu: Hatha-Raja and Classical Kundalini. The Business of Yoga sessions will explore how to plan for and lead successful retreats, and workshops, to give experienced teachers the confidence and tools to begin offering yoga in these contexts. (Contact hours: 23)
A unique meditative flow practiced with the sonorous Brahmaree pranayama
Gentle and supported yoga practices for those suffering from deep stress or physical / emotional injury
An uplifting sequence that integrates postures, oscillating movements, Tantric bija mantras, pranayama, and chakra meditation
Asana, pranayama, meditations and their modifications specifically tailored to the pregnant woman’s needs and experience
A flowing sequence of asanas with long holding designed to encourage working through resistance, releasing outmoded patterns, and moving towards a profound sense of balance. Classes are interwoven with pranayama, mantra and kernels of wisdom from the yogic teachings and close with relaxation and meditation.
Each participant will co-teach three one-and-a-half-hour classes in two or three of the styles listed, and will receive feedback from the trainers and their peers. (Contact hours: 30)
Explore all aspects of physical anatomy and how they relate to yoga postures, breathing techniques and cleansing: structural system, respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system, and circulatory system. Learn more about fascia and connective tissue as they relate to yoga and stretching.
Connect information about the nervous system to the yogic view of anatomy, Kundalini and the Nadis, and how does this information influence how you understand breath work and meditation. Anatomy hours include subtle anatomy and the yogic vision of the energetic and subtle systems. (Contact hours: 17)
Contemplations on the five koshas and seven chakras; Discussions on the Nadi system and Kundalini energy
Through interactive philosophy sessions, you will learn about the history of yoga and the various cosmologies of the broader yoga tradition, such as Veda and Samkhya. You will understand the periods of yogic history and their predominant practices and how they are relevant to the modern yoga experience.
Delve into the poetic wisdom of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and review aspects of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. You will also explore Ayurveda and go deeper into how to balance the Constitutional types through the whole repertoire of yoga techniques, diet, lifestyle choices and how this relates to the 24 tattvas of Samkhya tradition. You will also explore the ethics of the yoga teaching profession. (Contact hours: 40)
This yoga teacher training will take place at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram located in Rishikesh, India.
Three meals a day of freshly cooked organic Sattvic vegetarian food are provided in the dining hall overlooking the mountains to the north of the ashram. The menu varies daily, and typically includes the following:
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Akhanda Yoga will pick you up from the airport.
Airport pick up in Delhi is provided on the date specified for your YTT between 10 a.m. and up until midnight. Departure from the ashram is on Saturday morning following a graduation ceremony on Friday evening.