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11 Days Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 80-hr Yoga Teacher Training Module I in France

La Borde Blanque, 09600 Montbel, Ariège, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Intensive France Yoga Teacher Training

This module offers a wonderful introduction to and deepening of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and thus to the essence of classical yoga philosophy. In this intensive retreat, you discuss chapter I and II of the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali", a comprehensive study and practical application of the 8 steps of yoga and meditation.

Meet the instructors

Elleke
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Introduction of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Solid and progressive meditation practices
  • Learn a different theme of classical yoga philosophy
  • A comprehensive study of the 8 steps of yoga and meditation
  • Certification upon completion acknowledged by IYF
  • Daily healthy and vegetarian meals
  • 10 nights accommodation

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11 days with instruction
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Accommodation

The price of this training includes 10 nights accommodation in La Borde Blanque's spacious and most charming private or double rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms.

The garden surrounding the house has big shady trees and a wide lawn, leading to the lake. The private lakeside consists of comfortable grass and is surrounded by trees, offering complete privacy. The water is clean and pure and delightful to swim in.

For all retreats in spring or summer or autumn season La Borde Blanque also has two beautiful camping sites available, with outdoor bathroom facilities, with a discount of 25% on the normal price.

Program

Certifications

The module of this training is a part of 500-hour yoga teacher training.

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a 80-hour yoga federation partial certificate affiliated with IYF, EYA, and AFY. Registration with IYF, EYA, and AFY meets the identified standard set by the organization.

Raja Yoga Teacher Training

The International Raja Yoga Teacher Training, acknowledged by the International Yoga Federation, honorary member of the European Union of Yoga Associations and the Association Française de Yoga, consists of five modules, in the form of 11 days yoga and meditation intensive retreats. The whole teacher training course can be completed by a concluding interview and a certificate.

The five different modules are being offered over a period of two and a half years and can be taken in any order. Each module can be concluded with a partial certificate. During the intensive, they build a practice program to take home, and in between the modules, there is the possibility to contact the teacher. You can attend the five different modules in your own rhythm and time span. In yoga, there is no time.

Raja yoga

They are a Raja Yoga School. Raja Yoga is one of the oldest and most complete forms of yoga, where the asanas (physical practices) are considered to be a preparation for meditation. Thus Raja yoga includes Hatha yoga and all modern styles. Meditation training is central to Raja yoga, which is a training of the mind, nowadays called "mindfulness". Classic meditation training, however, goes beyond mindfulness, leading to higher states of consciousness. The philosophy they discuss is supportive of their meditation training.

Ongoing topics on all modules:

Yoga asanas and relaxation

La Borde Blanque offers various modern styles of Hatha yoga, and their approach is a mindful way of practicing yoga. This means a quiet, attentive, and meditative approach. Remaining in an asana can sometimes be intense and powerful. Yet they will also introduce dynamic flow series and be mindful in action! Everyone can participate at his or her level and there is plenty of room for personal variations and modifications.

Pranayama

Pranayama is breath and energy practices to learn how to work and play with physical breath, subtle pranic flow, and mental energy.

Pratyahara and concentration and meditation

To withdraw the senses and the attention within towards focus and meditation, in gradual steps and using different techniques, we’ll explore higher realms of consciousness under professional and experienced guidance.

Philosophy

  • In each module, they study a different theme of classical yoga philosophy:

Module 1: Introduction of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

They will discuss the ethics of life:

  • The different stages of higher consciousness
  • Different meditation techniques
  • Useful expressions of love
  • The philosophy of the causes of suffering
  • Living and integrating yoga into your every day
  • How you live like a yogi?
  • How to apply your yoga principles and practice in your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module, you need to have completed the two yoga and meditation basic modules or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading chapters one and two of "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali".

Literature

  • "Yoga Sutras of Pantañjali" by Dr. I.K. Taimni
  • "Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • "Light On Life" by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by B.K.S. Iyengar, London: Thorsons, 1993
  • "Meditation and Imagination" by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK

Program

This 11-day retreat consists of 18 sessions of 3 hours, alternated with free afternoons in a rhythm adapted to the season. This leaves time and space for recreation and relaxation in and around the beautiful surroundings of La Borde Blanque.

Sample Schedule

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 08:30 Asana
  • 09:45 Meditation
  • 10:30 Breakfast in silence
  • 11:00 Sharing and philosophy
  • 13:00 Lunch and free time
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Asana
  • 20:45 Meditation
  • 21:30 Closing

Instructors

Elleke Van Kraalingen

Location

This training will take place in Midi-Pyrenees, France. The area has a long and moving history. Amongst other things, you will find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites. Apart from that, the Celts also left their traces, as well as the Romans with their thermal baths.

La Borde Blanque is an authentic French country estate situated on the crest of a hill with a magnificent view over the Pyrenees and surrounding countryside. The location offers various opportunities to be together as well as to withdraw for some private space, both indoors and outdoors. It has a private lakeside beach on the beautiful Lac de Montbel and is on the other sides defined by forest and the river Hers.

The property has a natural spring and bathes in the peace and serenity of the French countryside. You’ll find them on the border of the Aude and Ariège departments.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 4 hours
  • Carcassonne - 50 minutes
  • Mediterranean sea - 1.5 hours
  • Montpellier - 2.5 hours
  • Toulouse - 1.5 hours

Food

La Borde Blanque serves organic food as much as possible and a major part of their meals is vegan. All their cooks are specialized in all healthy diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

The unique environment of Borde Blanque offers a wide range of activities. During your free time, you can taste the culture of France during a visit to colorful local markets and make beautiful walks or horseback along the rivers, through the hills, forests, and mountains with stunning views. La Borde Blanque is directly situated on the lakeside with its private beach.

In addition to swimming at the beach, on the other side of the lake, one can go like sailing, surfing, canoeing, water biking as well as fishing in the nearby area. The area has a long and moving history. You can visit Cathar castles or the mysterious chateaus where the Celts and Romans left their traces. You will also find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites.

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 80-hour yoga federation partial certificate
  • Coffee, unlimited herbal tea, and snacks
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Deepening of different styles of asanas
  • High standard application of yoga principles and practices
  • Intensive different lines of meditation
  • Shakti asanas such as Kriya and Vinyasa yoga
  • Shiva asanas like Yin yoga
  • Themed Hatha Yoga Pradipika discussions
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali teachings
  • Insight and guidance

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday March 28, 2020
Departure: Tuesday April 7, 2020

PRICING INFORMATION

La Borde Blanque can also provide a tent for you in case you can’t bring your own for an additional cost of 50 EUR per tent.

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