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This course is a unique professional yoga training which teaches you how to connect and work with the medicine of the energetics of Hatha yoga through a comprehensive understanding of the medicine of the 5 Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Based in the 5 element theory that is the foundation of all yoga and tantric teaching, the program will offer both a chance to qualify as a 200-hour registered international yoga teacher, as well as to take the opportunity to explore your own relationship to the yoga of the elements.
The center is an exclusive private retreat center which offers high standard rooms in single and double occupancy. The center has a great view of the ocean, which is only minutes away by free shuttle. It has a spring water swimming pool and is hidden in the jungle of north Bali hills. The shala is a half open space surrounded by trees and water, and it is set in a backdrop of birdsong and wind sounds.
This training gives you thorough teaching experience during the course. You will be individually guided in developing yourself into the kind of yoga teacher you wish to become. The Elemental yoga school training skills are proven and loved by hundreds of past students who you can connect with if you wish to find out about their experience. As it is a Yoga Alliance accredited certificate program, the main subjects of sequencing asana, building class structures, assisting with adjustments, pranayama, meditation, pratyahara, anatomy and physiology, yoga bio-mechanics, yoga philosophy, mudra, mantra, kriya, and Pregnancy yoga are all covered in detail. The course also contains a stream of complimentary subjects such as Hindu cosmology, Tantra, Kundalini, 5 Element natural medicine theory (for Ayurveda and acupuncture), subtle body anatomy, kirtan, shamanic rituals, holistic nutrition, Ayurveda, macrobiotics, permaculture, Acro \ Partner yoga, connective massage, Zen shiatsu, journaling, and Indian traditional puja. This makes this training unique in its ability to share deeply useful information of the kind which people are really seeking out there in the yoga world.
On a personal level, aside from the information aspect of this course, the 5 element philosophy can be fully embodied through this intensive experience of the natural yoga of movement, meditation and nutrition, as it is a live-in ashram style training where you are constantly connecting to the concepts that you are studying - from the mat, to the professionally run kitchen, to the jungle around you. It is a platform for students to learn how to truly harness the medicine of the energetic of Hatha yoga. Using the environment to nourish your imbalances and desires is a timeless practice, and this course is aimed at keeping that aspect of Yoga tradition relevant to the needs of our modern environment. Framed within a journey through the seasonal forces of Summer, Harvest, Autumn, Winter, and Spring, this course will take you through an elemental energy wave that teaches you how to ride the highs and lows of the earths transitions across the seasons and through the bigger cycles of the solstices and equinoxes, into sync with the depths of the moon's cycles, reconnecting you to the forces of nature in a potent and life-affirming experience.
You will be looking, at first, into the core skills that you will need to teach deeply nourishing yoga classes, while exploring the philosophies that encourage you to live more in unison with the world you belong to, and then developing an understanding of the real purpose behind all the modern styles of yoga and Asana, The Elemental yoga school training will ultimately teach you how to create classes which prevent and re-balance many common health complaints as well as give you the skills to counsel and balance individual health issues, both in group yoga and one-to-one teaching. The system is natural, simple, and still ancient, yet it works on all modern lifestyle related health issues of any form - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, while also being a thoroughly reliable path for any level of personal development beyond finding health through balance. This school is the original and most experienced five-element yoga school anywhere in the world.
There is a further 300-hour elemental yoga therapy teacher training course in Bali, available each year and directly after this 200-hour teacher training program. This kind of study program is a very rare and unique opportunity to complete a 500-hour yoga training at your own pace with the promise of continuity of information, and developing a personal connection to a school that is committed to creating real relationships with its students and their studies. This entire program uncovers the skills that are needed to work with the depths of natural healing through yoga therapy, and much more.
On the Moon you will make a Water Ceremony at the oldest temple in Bali in the remote and tourist free Tejakula area where you will be living. It is in a 5000 year old temple by the ocean and is simply stunning. The program is not full of excursions as free time is usually more relevant but on your days off you can get off the track and into the jungle or down to the beach with the free shuttle which is only minutes away. Anything you want to organize can be done easily.
Jai C. Salt
Jai C. Salt is an international yoga therapy teacher and a qualified and registered natural therapist with 15 years experience using the five element medicines such as elemental yoga. He has students worldwide who are creating reliable results with this form of yoga therapy and has been practicing yoga, qi gong, and meditation for 20 years.
This yoga teacher training will be held on a beautiful organic farm at Gaia-Oasis Abasan in the Northern Hills of Bali, in the jungle overlooking the ocean in the relaxed Balinese style and naturally powerful magnetic island energy.
During this training, you will learn about the main strengths behind the philosophy of food and how it becomes a global medicine through plant based-whole food nutrition. You will be able to compare these ideas with cultural nutritional medicines like India's Ayurveda and Japan's macrobiotics. It is a valuable knowledge to carry as a yoga teacher and is one more aspect which sets this training apart from many others, offering highly valuable study sessions on holistic nutrition, permaculture, and providing a comprehensive planet-saving elemental food as medicine recipe book that comes with the course.
As for the food, you will be served three delicious and wholesome meals each day, all prepared with fresh vegetables straight from the farm, or local organic farmers, and prepared by the chef who creates elemental dishes that support the progression of the yoga program. Taking the best guidance from local cuisine and folding in ideas and ingredients with Ayurvedic and macrobiotic benefits, the daily meals will serve as a great foundation for this journey. Highly attuned nutritional meals are a highlight of this course and the chance to learn how to make food as medicine and get in the kitchen is also a great fun and good home-time experience on this longer training.
There are Balinese cultural activities to be taken if you feel like it, including temple Gamalan recitals, volunteer opportunities with a non-profit music program with the local children, language studies, cooking classes, and of course Bali's incredible massages.
There is a free collection service from Ubud to the center on the day of the course opening.
Please book your flights to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Once you arrive at the airport, you should arrange to go to Ubud. You will be collected with the group at a central point by the Elemental Yoga Therapy driver for the transport from Ubud to the Center in Tejakula.
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