34 Days 250-Hour Authentic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Tuscany, Italy

Four-Day Meditation Yoga Teacher Training Italy

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This training is not for everyone. It's going deep, it's based on the ancient original roots of yoga. You will spend full five weeks together as a sangha, a spiritual community, guiding you to be ready for the deep end that becoming an authentic and successful yoga instructor is. Kaivalya Yoga School offers a proper education in the theory and practice of the age-old system of yoga, its various parts, and how it all fits together. Let Kaivalya Yoga School take you on a transformative journey through the mysteries of genuine spirituality correlated to Western science and thinking, offering comprehensive explanations and pedagogically sound techniques while giving personal guidance and support on your path towards excellence on all levels.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Four-day silent meditation to deepen your experience as true yogi
  • Professional course manual and academic-level curriculum
  • More than 225 contact hours of teachings
  • Shared transfer from the airport
  • 33 nights accommodation
  • Three daily vegan meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

Airport transfer included: La Aurora Airport

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Accommodation

During this training, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. The Inner Peace Sanctuary has several twin and double rooms, a six-bed dorm available, as well as ample space for tents and yurts in the garden, all created with comfort and traditional beauty at heart.

Program

This training is for those who would like to teach yoga from spiritual experience, going into their own depths, becoming confident, fearless, inspiring in the process. Those who feel an urgent desire to explore the truth of existence by studying and practicing a wide range of knowledge and techniques from ancient wisdom traditions passed down to us through the ages by highly evolved beings for the benefit of all.

Many other yoga teacher training courses offer quicker programs, over three or even two weeks, with less actual contact hours in the classroom, requiring students to complete many hours by themselves to reach the hours required for certification. They encourage you to count the contact hours offered in any yoga teacher training. This course exceeds 200 contact hours, ensuring that you will be adequately prepared to guide future students confidently and successfully.

This course includes a special module on Ayurveda, the yogic "Knowledge of Life", covering age-old methods to stay healthy. It lays out how to live, eat, and practice in harmony with your personal constitution, heal body, mind and heart sustainable without the woes of modern medicine including side-effects.

Additional to the yoga course, each weekend, you will have the opportunity to explore a different part of the surrounding Tuscany including Pisa, Lucca, Borgo. The last weekend will include an Italian cooking class. All weekend activities are optional.

Curriculum

  • Yoga practices: 100 hours
  • Asana (posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Kriya (purification techniques)
  • Chanting and mantra (the yoga of sound)
  • Meditation

Teaching Methodology: 25 hours

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting, and instruction
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities to be developed as a yoga teacher
  • The students' process of learning business aspects of teaching yoga

Yoga anatomy and physiology: 20 hours

  • Physical human anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.)
  • Anatomy of the subtle bodies: chakras, nadis, koshas, etc.
  • Application of anatomic principles to the yoga practice Benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics: 30 hours

  • Meaning and value of Patanjali's yoga sutras
  • Essence of the bhagavad gita
  • Historical evolution of yoga
  • The yoga lifestyle in modern society
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Practicum: 20 hours

  • Teaching practice
  • Observing others teaching
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Assisting the teachers in the daily practice class

Special Module: 36 hours

  • Silent meditation retreat with techniques from multiple traditions to explore the depths of the heart
  • Special asana and pranayama sessions for therapeutic benefits

Class schedule

The course consists of five blocks with two days off in between. Class times are 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:30 to 6:30 pm including the four-day special module in the middle of the course. Every morning you will start the day with a guided session of chanting and meditation to explore your true self with ever-growing awareness and love.

Hatha yoga

You will have two sessions of Hatha yoga each day, one in the morning, to learn and practice new material, and one in the afternoon to develop your own teaching skills. Each day there are discourses covering the different aspects, stages, and practices of yoga and related spiritual traditions and how to teach them successfully and in an inspirational way.

In numerous additional sessions we will fill in the gaps and prepare you for all that awaits when finally being in front of your first real-world class. If you already have teaching experience this will help, but you will find an amazing wealth of new knowledge and insight by diving into the realm of traditional yoga.

Certification

This teacher training is registered with the international Yoga Alliance as RYT-200, graduates are entitled to teach anywhere in the world. In order to receive the yoga instructor certificate they require successful completion of the whole course with at least 95% attendance, holding of an acceptable practicum class and passing of the final exam. After they issue your certificate you are entitled to apply with Yoga Alliance to be added to their directory.

Included excursions

Excursions to explore the local Tuscany including Pisa, Lucca, Borgo, are included in this course.

Instructors

Arjuna Dharma Das
Arjuna has been studying and practicing eastern spiritual traditions in India, Thailand, and Europe for over 15 years. He started his path and deep soul journey in his early twenties when he discovered Theravada Buddhism and Vipassana meditation along with Sivananda yoga. Apart from practicing Hatha yoga and meditation, he is a fiery bhakta, immersed in devotional songs and chants most of the time. He aspires to bring awareness and love into every breath. From the heart, he would like to offer his deepest gratitude to all his beloved teachers across the world.
Arpita Kshama Devi
Arpita (MA Eastern Studies) is a dakini with many facets. Sometimes scholar, sometimes worshipper she combines wisdom traditions with devotional practices into One. In her late teenage years, she started a formal practice of yoga as a student in the Satyananda tradition, which inspired her with its traditional approach to the ancient science and wisdom of yoga. Her passion is to teach by example, to open her Heart to every moment and let it pass right through her until there is nothing left but Everything.

Location

This teacher training will take place at The Inner Peace Sanctuary in Tuscany, Italy. The sanctuary is a traditional Tuscan country residence tucked away on a hill covered in chestnut forest. It offers a feeling of truly being away from it all while still being able to reach civilization in a mere half hour. It's dedicated to spiritual practice, retreating into yourself and living a healthy lifestyle in a small supportive community.

Features

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
  • Paragliding

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • River
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Currency exchange
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market

Food

The kitchen provides three delicious and wholesome vegan meals on all course days. Fresh local ingredients, fruits, and vegetables from the ashram garden and balanced recipes supportive for spiritual practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may enjoy walks in the forest, explore the location on your own, enjoy the sauna, dipping in the pool available on site, or simply relax at the accommodation.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • More than 225 hours of instruction and guided practice
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Four-day silent meditation retreat
  • Excursions to explore the local Tuscany including Pisa, Lucca, Borgo on weekends
  • Weekly extra-curricular events
  • Professional course manual and supplemental materials
  • Transfer from Pisa International Airport (PSA) at 3:00 pm on arrival day
  • 33 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegan meals

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA). Transfer from this airport is included. Kaivalya Yoga School will pick you up from the airport on arrival day at 3:00 pm.

Airport: La Aurora Airport Airport transfer included: La Aurora Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday July 6, 2019
Departure: Thursday August 8, 2019

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