11 Days 80-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Module in France

  • La Borde Blanque, 11230, St. Colombe sur l'Hers Aude, France

International Raja Yoga Teacher Training Module

Deepen your practice in this yoga teacher training retreat and course in the beautiful France. This course is one module of the International Raja Yoga accredited teacher training course, consisting of 5 modules altogether. This particular module of 80 hours is designed as an introduction for you to explore the themes based on the old script, The Bhagavad Gita, and is part of the 500 hour International Raja training, acknowledged by the IYF, EUYA and AFY. Practice asana and pranayama through a solid and progressive meditation training, and learn how to apply yoga principles to your daily life!

Highlights

  • Hatha, Kriya, and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Solid and progressive meditation practices
  • Learn philosophy teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Discussions on Yoga Pradipika and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Yoga Alliance partial certificate upon completion
  • Engage in evening shiva asanas or Yin yoga
  • Daily healthy and vegetarian meals
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • Dutch, French, English
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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/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.

This 80-hour yoga teacher training is the third module comprised in the five-module 500-hour International Raja yoga teacher training. Each year, they offer three different modules and can be followed in any order. This module is a deepening experience and an introduction on the sacred script, the Bhagavad Gita. This course is designed for experienced yogis, as well as yoga teachers.

This yoga retreat counts for 80 hours of the full certified yoga teacher training. La Borde Blanque's modules are accredited by the International Yoga Federation and are known for its profound meditation training and in-depth philosophy study.

Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is considered the jewel of the Vedas, the oldest scripts known. In this ancient mythical story, essential wisdom of life is offered, which forms the basis of yoga. The themes that will be addresses are the central questions of life, like finding your purpose in life, the nature of detachment, the nature of the soul, Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, and Raja yoga.

Ongoing topics in this module

Asana

La Borde Blanque is 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. Although La Borde Blanque offers various modern styles, 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.

They will also teach you dynamic flow series and how to be mindful in action. You can participate at your own level and there will be plenty of room for personal variations and modifications. A deepening of different styles of asanas will be adapted to the time of the day and the season.

There will be more attention to ‘shakti’ asanas in the mornings, like Ashtanga yoga, Kriya yoga, and Vinyasa flow always followed by relaxation. In the evenings, there will be more attention to ‘shiva’ asanas; quiet, stable postures and in a meditative way like in Yin yoga.

Pranayama

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

A solid and progressive meditation training

Within each intensive training, different lines of meditation are being practiced and deepened. Insight and guidance will be offered on the path to higher altered states of consciousness.

Yoga applied to daily life

During this training, you will learn how to live as a yogi and how to apply yoga principles and practice into your daily life.

Participation

In order to participate in this intensive module, you must have completed both yoga and meditation basic retreats or have experience with yoga and meditation of equal value.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of a study of the Bhagavad Gita.

Readings

  • "The science of yoga: a commentary on the Yoga sutras of Patanjali in the light of modern thought" by Taimni, I. K., Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1961
  • "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by B.K.S. Iyengar, London: Thorsons, 1993
  • "Light On Life" by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • "Meditation and Imagination" by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK

Schedule

  • Module 1: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - September 22 to October 2, 2018
  • Module 2: Continuation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - March 17-27, 2018
  • Module 3: Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita - July 15-25, 2017
  • Module 4: Continuation of the Bhagavad Gita - September 23 to October 3, 2017
  • Extra module: Yoga Coaching and Management - May 26 to June 5, 2018
  • Module 5: Science of the Soul - July 14-24, 2018
  • Elleke Van Kraalingen

    Elleke's experience in yoga and meditation began when she was a child. During her early teenage years, she spontaneously started to meditate following an inner guideline of mystical experiences and set off on the path of yoga. Yoga and meditation became a way of life and a source of inner wisdom and love, from which sprang the aspiration to guide others on the way to their own source of love, joy, and inner wisdom.

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

During this training you will be served three daily delicious vegetarian meals including a three-course dinner prepared with love and care, coffee, and unlimited herbal teas and snacks.

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 it’s private beach. In addition to swimming at our beach, on the other side of the lake, one can go like sailing, surfing, canoeing, waterbiking 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.

  • 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
  • Full training program
  • High standard application of yoga principles and practices
  • Insight and guidance
  • Intensive different lines of meditation
  • Shakti asanas such as Ashtanga, Kriya, and Vinyasa yoga
  • Shiva asanas like Yin yoga
  • Themed Hatha Yoga Pradipika discussions
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali teachings
  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare

Arrival by airplane from Carcassonne Airport (CCF)

Book a flight to Carcassonne Airport (CCF). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 50 minutes to reach La Borde Blanque.

Arrival by airplane from Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS)

Book a flight to Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 1.5 hours to reach La Borde Blanque.

Arrival by airplane from Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL)

Book a flight to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 2.5 hours to reach La Borde Blanque.

Arrival by airplane from Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN)

Book a flight to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL). You make take a taxi or rental car from the airport for about 4 hours to reach La Borde Blanque.

For information about the booking conditions, please send La Borde Blanque an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaTeacherTraining.com reviews

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    Review by Anne Paul from Germany

    PROS Pros: Die Yoga und Meditationssessions wurden sehr gut angeleitet. Der Raum war sehr schön. Auch das Haus und die Lage sind sehr schön. Da es sehr heiß war, war zudem der Privatstrand am See toll. Das Wasser ist sehr sauber und man kann hier gut auch längere Strecken schwimmen. Zur Abkühlung gibt es auch einen Fluß unterhalb des Hauses. Die Gastgeber sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Essen ist auch wirklich sehr gut und gesund und auch immer genug. Wir hatten eine wiklich tolle Zeit, haben sehr nette und interessante Leute kennengelernt und viel Inspiration zur Meditation und Yoga erhalten.

    7.5 Value for money
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    2017-Jul-09 12:20:32

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    Review by Colson Veronica from France

    Beautiful experienceBBB

    PROS Pros: Bountiful experience...a heart warming environment filled with respect, kindness, humour and enlightened guidance by Elleke and Peter. Warmly recommend this unique exchange opportunity!!

    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
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    2017-Jun-27 08:40:27

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    Review by Anonymous

    Un experience de vie que je recommande, merci !

    CONS Cons: Rien.

    PROS Pros: Le cadre, le charme des lieux, la bienveillance, la nourriture, le lac. Superbe acceuil.

    10 Value for money
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    2017-Jun-25 08:33:05

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    Review by Bronwyn Claassen from Netherlands

    Sensational scenery

    CONS Cons: I kept eating too much because the food was so good!

    PROS Pros: A beautiful experience feeling relaxed in a loving peaceful environment. The walks were all excellent and lead by the family dogs! Yoga was very complimentary to the walks and felt perfect for me.

    7.5 Value for money
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    2017-May-21 10:01:44

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    Review by Iaroslavna (lada) Chkliarevskaia from Cyprus

    PROS Pros: Most of all I liked the approach and attitude of the instructor (guru). Yoga classes as well as meditation and yoga theory were presented in a very interesting, peaceful open minded way. Morning sessions lasted for 3 hours and I had never felt bored or tired.

    7.5 Value for money
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    2017-May-10 13:50:47

  • Review by Ruth
    10 out of 10

    "I’ve been in La Borde Blanque in September for a Yoga Retreat, and I liked it very much, the location, the surroundings, the people and the yoga sessions! Just the transfer to the place isn’t so easy, but Elleke and Peter do their best to find a solution for every single person."

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  • Review by Andries & Irma
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for offering such a wonderful place with wonderful people (and animals). For creating such inspiration and room for personal growth. For us it is a guidance for our further journey to inner peace and balance in our life. The passion, love and respect for others make this place a great joy and learning from you was of tremendous value to us. See you soon! "

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Aude and Ariège, France

La Borde Blanque is an authentic French manor, offering yoga and meditation retreats, Raja yoga teacher courses, and an international esoteric healing course.

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