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After successfully holding sacred space virtually with their online 100-hour training, Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is now proudly offering their much sought-after 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training online. Just like their in-person course, this will be taught by an international team of respected yogis, artists, and shamans. Though you may be studying from the comfort of your home, you will have opportunities to interact with fellow classmates during live-streamed classes. This is what it means to ride Durga’s Tiger. Are you ready?
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Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) before September 30th, 2020.
The sessions will be held online over Zoom. This 200-hour online course is designed with the at-home student in mind while maintaining the integrity and sacredness of the in-person training. Pre-recorded classes will be followed up with a live discussion session.
In this way, people joining from different parts of the world can participate in classes at the same time and work all together. Students will have the flexibility to watch the pre-recorded content at their convenience and will have access to all content for up to 30 days after the training ends.
Students can expect to be engaged for 8 hours a day during the week; for up to 4 hours on Saturdays and have Sundays off. Live classes are held from their Ecuador location, which will begin in the morning in North, Central, and South America, and in the afternoons in Europe.
The curriculum is designed to foster interpersonal support and community-building. Upon completion of the course, you will be invited to join their active and much-loved global community of Tiger Riders around the world. No matter the medium, the program will always offer more than just a yogic teacher training.
Many attest it is a very personal and transformative journey. By the end of the program, you will have deepened your connection to your awareness, creativity, and spirituality, and walk away with the power to maintain and integrate your true self in today’s society.
Just like the in-person course, this will be taught by an international team of respected yogis, artists, and shamans. Though you may be studying from the comfort of your home, you will have opportunities to interact with fellow classmates during live-streamed classes. The curriculum is designed to foster interpersonal support and community-building.
Upon completion of the course, you will be invited to join the active and much-loved global community of Tiger Riders around the world. No matter the medium, the program will always offer more than just a yogic teacher training. Many attest it is a very personal and transformative journey.
By the end of the program, you will have deepened your connection to your awareness, creativity, and spirituality, and walk away with the power to maintain and integrate your true self in today’s society. This is what it means to ride Durga’s Tiger. Though this is a virtual training, they have designed the course to maintain the integrity of their in-person training. Students will actively participate in the live classes and extend the sacred space of each class to wherever they are.
The style of yoga Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism teaches is Kaula Tantra yoga. This practice comes straight from an ancient lineage that is based on the teachings of Bhagavad Shanmuka Acantha Natha.
While most yoga is taught and practiced to prepare the mind and body for meditation, this series was born out of meditation. Thus, it is practiced in a flowing manner to build one’s patience and awareness. The asanas are gently held for a period of time to allow practitioners to relax into the posture.
Over time, one will learn to meditate within the asanas to connect directly with the universe. Each body is different so each student is encouraged to find their own way of expressing asanas. There is no pressure to compete with others or to be in “perfect alignment”.
This form of yoga specifically activates the diaphragm, balancing the body to then balance every other aspect of life, including one’s sexuality. In alignment with the requirements set by Yoga Alliance, you will work with asanas, pranayama, mudras, mantras, and different meditation techniques.
In addition, the curriculum also incorporates a variety of unique experiences and teachings that invite students to grow in all aspects of their lives, not just in yoga. Learn more about the dynamic curriculum below.
Meditation is the foundation of Tantra yoga practices. You will explore different approaches to meditation, such as chanting, dancing, breathing, and more. Meditation will help students become more present in everything they do and they will learn to transform movement, breath, and creativity within the meditation itself. This is the art of “not doing” but “being” where one taps into the sacred space within him or herself.
Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is another form of Tantra yoga that is focused more on the movement of energy through the body. Each practice (called Kriyas) will target specific chakras or parts of the body’s system to help students become more in touch with all of their energetic bodies, not just their physical ones.
As the school was born out of Ecuador, which boasts a thriving indigenous population, Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism feels it imperative to share about Andean culture and its cosmovision with the world. This cosmovision aligns with many philosophies and teachings of ancient Eastern cultures.
The parallels include energy work, astrology, subtle anatomy, and physiology. Students will be led through shamanic experiences of re-establishing their connection with nature and the environment around them.
The approach to anatomy is unique in that you place special emphasis on intuitive learning over memorization. The anatomy and physiology classes are designed to connect students with their inner body intelligence. Students will be able to listen to their bodies better and act according to its needs at the moment, rather than waiting and acting from just the mind.
Durga’s Tiger Dance is a unique form of movement developed by Iris Disse. It shares many principles with Ecstatic Dance and Five Rhythms. It is based on yogic energy work, different dance styles, and voice work. The class is designed to help students deepen their awareness, creativity, and relaxation while moving their bodies and expressing themselves through sound.
No prior skills or dance experience is necessary. Much of the class is done with the eyes closed and students are encouraged to dance as if no one is watching.
In this class, Iris shares tantric practices that can be immediately applied to students’ everyday lives. These practices help build intimacy between their relationships, romantic or otherwise. They also invite students to explore their life force energy, much of which is focused on their sexuality.
(Classes will not involve nudity, sexual contact, or anything sexually suggestive). Students also learn the importance of rituals and how to create and hold sacred spaces.
These classes are designed to help students find a playful way to become conscious of their emotions and invite students to engage with them. They are a bit of a wild card as they are shaped around the specific cohort of students. However, the principles remain the same:
These classes are energetic training that combine improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical/rhythm work, meditation, and practical shamanism.
Talking Stick is a sharing circle that is held every week. Everyone who is part of the course will be in attendance to see, hear, and witness each other. Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism has found that this practice creates a social field that supports individuals to share from their hearts and help explore new possibilities in their lives. It is a safe and sacred time and space where all topics are welcome.
Daniela was born and raised in Italy. Between 2005 and 2010, she completed her studies as Ayurvedic massagist, Shiatsu operator and facilitator, Qigong master teacher. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniela traveled to India where she practiced Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Neyer Dam. She arrived in Ecuador in 2013 and started training in Tantra yoga with Iris Disse while assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School. She is now a master yoga teacher in the school, giving classes in meditation and Tantra yoga. In 2016, she certified herself in Ovarious Breath and 100-hour pregnancy yoga.
Iris Disse is the founder of Durga’s Tiger School. During her yoga teacher training, techniques from yoga, Tantra, shamanism, and art come together and create transformative processes. She is a master yoga teacher and has been teaching for 17 years, talking about topics such as love, spirituality, and sexuality at workshops, festivals, and the Andina University in Quito. Her Durga’s Tiger School is an internationally acclaimed institution for yoga teacher training. She is an author, actress, lecturer, and prize-winning producer of audio plays and documentaries in Europe and Latin America.
Hector graduated in Political Science with a master in Business Administration (MBA). After few years working in what he studied, he decided to change his profile. He started meditating and then practicing yoga in 2004. He practiced and explored deeply different yoga styles, such as Hatha yoga, Vidya or classical yoga, Rocket yoga, Power yoga, Anusara yoga, Dynamic yoga, and Kundalini yoga. He has being giving yoga classes from about 10 years ago. He also practiced different meditation styles, including Osho, Zen, Taoíst, and Vipassana.
Rosa is a sociologist and during different years, she gave private counselings as manager of market research. In 2012, she trained as a Kundalini yoga teacher, and from that moment, she began to go in-depth with themes such as conscious pregnancy, upbringing without attachment, and breastfeeding. Now, she gives yoga classes for pregnant women, people who are trying for a baby, and women who just gave birth. Another one of the themes she works with is the couple and she gives workshops for couples.
Catherine-Ayer Gresham was brought up in North Carolina, US. She has been practicing yoga for seven years now. She completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training with her teacher Lexi Hawks at Longwave Yoga in 2015. After completing her training, she still felt there was something missing in her practice. She left to travel for the next couple of years where she continued her personal practice as well as teaching along the way. In January 2017, she completed the 500-hour training at Durga’s Tiger School. Bringing her back into her body was a homecoming. She now enjoys the Tantra practice.
Wind Malin Disse was born in Berlin, Germany. From the age of he has been living in Ecuador with exception. Wind's path as an anthropologist, artist, and certified YA and YAI yoga teacher, leads him to be seen as a cultural mediator, a bridge between worlds. He has been teaching the traditional Tantra yoga in many workshops after having completed his 200-hour teacher training in January 2016 and having finished his 500-hour in 2018. From 2009, Wind has been learning about the shamanic tradition of the Cofán-A’i and ended up being accepted as apprentice by the shaman Don Avelino Quenama.
Christoph is a German actor, theatre director, and teacher based since 1984 in Ecuador. His theatre works made him travel through almost all countries of Latinamerica as well as Mexico, attending festivals and directing plays. His works as an actor in film and the internet opened his career to a vast audience in the Spanish speaking world. After workshops in the Theatre Lab of Jerzy Grotowski en Wroclaw/Polonia he studied in the Jacques Lecóq School for mime, movement, and theatre in Paris and attended during 3 years workshops with teachers of the Lee Strasberg School of Acting.
Christian is a Swiss explorer of breath, sound, and movement-based in Ecuador and Switzerland. Christian has studied with various teachers and schools, such as Estera Saraswati and Zenon D. Dorje (House of Tantra), Lorenzo Stiernquist, Kristina Marlen, Elana Andermatt, the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), and Pema Gitama (Wild Tantra) as well as completing 500hr with Iris Disse at Durga's Tiger School. Christian is also a bodyworker, offering relaxation and tantra massages, and he is currently in training to become a BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System practitioner.
This teacher training is held online. Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is located in Tumbaco, Ecuador (GMT-5), and they will live-stream yoga classes via Zoom which you can participate from the comfort of your home.
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