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Om Yoga Shala brings this transformative Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training course for you in Goa, India. Join them for an unforgettable journey of yoga in the birthplace of yoga. They bring this practice in a purely traditional style for you, which is a rare thing. You will learn not only how to practice the primary series of Ashtanga yoga but also teach others in an authentic fashion with Sanskrit counting and a deep philosophical understanding of the practice. Join them to discover 'who you really are'.
Om Yoga Shala Agonda Goa offers private air-conditioned luxury rooms, shared luxury room accommodation, private special tents, dormitory shared accommodation, and shared tent accommodation.
Om Yoga Shala believes that the philosophical understanding and practice of yoga go together. Yoga is not merely a physical practice and you will understand the true aim and purpose of yoga practice during this course. They lay great stress on realizing the self in light of the practice and philosophical understanding.
The course covers not only primary series but other Vinyasa sequences and preparatory practices including micro exercises to handle raw beginners classes as a teacher.
Your 200-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training course is a traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa course. Designed to suit the Western yogi or yogini, this Ashtanga Vinyasa course will be your opportunity to learn primary series as taught by Sri Krishnamacharya and Sri Pattabhi Jois (Mysore style).
You will also learn hands-on adjustments and correct body alignment for the asanas covered in the primary series. You will learn more than what is taught in Mysore. They do not believe in following any path blindly but encourage self-awareness and self-exploration in practice.
Along with learning the physical side of yoga practice, you will also learn the philosophy behind the practice like concepts of Tristhana and Yoga Sutras. You will also deeply study the connection between asana, pranayama practice, and the overall philosophy of yoga. At Om Yoga Shala, philosophy and practice go together.
For them, Ashtanga Vinyasa practice is a meditation by itself, where you learn to live life in 'here and now'. The course is designed in such a way that you will not only learn postures of yoga but also learn how to practice yoga mindfully and safely with full awareness of body, mind, and breath.
The course curriculum is designed to recognize the international requirements, Om Yoga Shala aspires to give you authentic knowledge so you can spread the light of yoga around the world. This is an internationally recognized qualification and will help you get insurance and a job to teach anywhere in the world.
This course is for anyone who has a commitment to their practice. If you are a qualified teacher with regular practice, they will help you deepen your practice and facilitate your growth. They are always committed to your personal and spiritual development.
Are you a beginner full of energy and hope to enter the world of learning yoga and possibly teaching? They will give you an informed introduction to yoga practice and start you off on your yogic journey. Whatever is your level and goals we are here to facilitate your spiritual development and growth.
The first step of learning is to unlearn. They like to start from a position of 'not knowing' and then diving into the practice with a fresh mind and practice what resonates with you and your body-mind complex. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a fixed practice but during this training. You will learn many other techniques that will help you improve your physical and spiritual abilities.
These techniques are specially designed by them to help in identifying and removing obstacles to your practice. You will learn the art of connecting one posture to another. The practice of moving from one posture to another with breathing is called Vinyasa.
This knowledge will enable you to formulate your own sequences in a safe and systematic manner. Pranayama and meditation are an integral part of this course. Every morning, you will learn the correct techniques of breathing. You will also be introduced to safe practices of pranayama to teach your students. You will also learn the Sanskrit mantra chanting.
The most important part of being a yoga teacher is to have a full understanding of the philosophy and aims of yoga, which starts with understanding the meaning of yoga in its true sense. The next important part is adequate knowledge of anatomy and physiological systems of the body. With a proper understanding of these aspects of yoga, you will have a blissful personal practice as well as teaching practice. You will get sufficient teaching practice during the course.
Your main focus will be on asanas covered in the primary series. You will practice these on a daily basis along with sessions on correct alignments for these asanas as suited to your body. You will learn Vinyasa, breathing, Drishti, and bandhas for each asana. There will be dedicated sessions for alignment, Sanskrit counting, and teaching practice of the asanas of the primary series. Following is the list of asanas that you will learn depending on your individual capacities and master a few of them.
1. Surya Namaskar A
2. Surya Namaskar B
5. Utthita Trikonasana A and B
6. Utthita Parsvkonasana A and B
7. Prasarita Padottanasana A - D
9. Utthitahasta Padangusthasana
10. Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
11. Utkat asana
12. Virabhadrasana A and B
16. Ardha Baddha Paschimottanasana
17. Triangmukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
18. Janu Sirsasana A - C
19. Marichiasana A - D
24. Garbha Pindasana
26. Badhakonasana A and B
27. Upvistha Konasana A and B
28. Supta Konasana
29. Supta Padanguthasana
30. Ubhaya Padangusthasana
31. Urdhavamukha Paschimottanasana
33. Urdhava Dhanurasana
36. Karna Pidasana
37. Urdhava Padmasana
40. Uttana Padasana
44. Baddha Padmasana
45. Yoga Mudra
Apart from these asanas, you will also learn asanas used in various Hatha yoga practices, like the Pawan Mukta asana series and Hatha Vinyasa yoga. Apart from asana, Vinyasa, and meditation practices, you will also learn the history and philosophy of yoga including but not restricted to:
Through discussions and critical analysis, you will explore this ancient text. Patanjali yoga sutra is the text which provides practice guidance to the philosophy of yoga. You will understand the concepts of the Chitta (mind complex) and Vrittis (thought patterns) and ways and means to control them, which is the definition and aim of yoga. This could also be called the oldest book on psychology. Patanjali lays out the whole philosophy and practice of yoga for them. You will study the first two chapters of this text. These chapters detail yoga philosophy and the practice of eight limbs of yoga called Ashtanga yoga.
You will dive briefly into this exciting discussion on this fascinating subject about the reality of the self. this is also known as the yoga of knowledge or yoga of self-inquiry. You will study one of the principles of Upanishads namely Mandukya Upanishad.
A factual study of what the term Hinduism means and what constitutes the Vedic Hindu philosophy called Sanatan Dharma. Through interactive discussions and group sessions, you will explore the following concepts of Vedas and yoga:
As per the criteria set for the 200-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training course, your day will start early and you will be on six days week practice. Despite being on such an intensive schedule, you could find this training an enlightening and interesting process of transformation.
From ancient times sages, swamis, seekers, priests saints, and sadhus have been coming to India to experience the divine promise, the nectar of spirituality, and a flavor of authentic spiritual practice from Indian masters. Many masters went to the west and took with them the knowledge of yoga to the whole world. But, how do you choose a yoga school that can live up to this divine promise in this new age India?
If you are looking for a traditional yet evolving yoga practice, this is the course for you. What they mean by traditional but evolving? They take inspiration from the tradition but, without the dogmas and without putting your own minds in a box. A fixed tradition is a dead tradition. They experiment and evolve, they like to see things as they really are without accepting anything and without conforming to anything. They like to see what resonates with us before accepting it.
If you are looking for a yoga course that is unrestricted and taught by some very enthusiastic and energetic Indian yoga teachers then this is the course for you. If you are interested in questioning your own conditioning, your false sense of reality, and your acquired ideas about who you are? This is the yoga school for you. Yoga is freedom. They invite you to come and discover the real self you.
The yoga training schedule begins at 6:00 a.m. with morning prayer followed by a pranayama and silence (Antar Mauna) session. Then you move on to the morning session for the traditional yoga postures and preparatory practices to address specific areas of focus before breakfast. These preparatory practices have been specially designed by them to help students in the practice of the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa. After breakfast, there are two main sessions: philosophy and yoga anatomy followed by lunch at noon.
Then there will be some self-study and self-practice time before you begin the afternoon sessions of theory and evening sessions of Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. There will be some inspirational cultural activities, such as Satsang (devotional songs), mantra chanting, and lectures on yoga-related subjects. The module-wise assignments will be a part of the training as that is conducive to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects and experience through your yoga practices. They encourage the students to go to sleep early at about 10:00 p.m. as that is conducive to the yoga training.
Please note that the daily schedule is subject to change.
Sanjeev comes from a lineage of teachers, yogis, and maharishis; a descendant of Bhardwaj maharishi. He is an engineer who took to yoga and fell in love with the practice. After learning yoga from many world-famous teachers, he has been sharing this knowledge of yoga with his students for the last 16 years. Having learned different forms of yoga from great masters, he has developed his own style of yoga which includes the best of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Hatha yoga styles. His focus in teaching is to encourage and empower students to discover self through the practices of yoga.
Dr Agnieszka Konopka left school at the age of 15 to follow her own way. She became an internationally recognized psychologist, writer, therapist, with a PhD in psychology of emotions, Cambridge University Press author, founder of Composition Work and Emotional Coaching method. She aims to promote inner freedom through her life and work: "I wish to inspire people to live emotionally free. Especially in times of life transitions freedom can be blocked by fear. But fear may become a door to freedom. Being peacefully present with fears we become fearless. Like Shiva wearing a necklace of snakes."
Om Yoga Shala venue for Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Goa is two minutes' drive from the beach in beautiful Agonda. The yoga shala is located on Canacona Agonda Road near Leopard Valley. Agonda has many undiscovered beaches and untouched nature waiting to be discovered, where people come in search of peace, far away from the party scene of North Goa. A place to relax and rejuvenate. It is only a 90-minute drive from the airport. You can expect this to be on a journey of pure joy, bliss, and transformation.
You will be served three vegetarian meals with tea every day, Sunday excluded. If you have any special dietary requirements, please communicate it to Om Yoga Shala when making a reservation.
In Agonda, you will find all types of spa treatments to suit all budgets.
Goa International Airport (Dabolim Airport)
Transfer available for additional US$30 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost of 50 USD. Major cities from Europe and the UK run direct flights to Goa. You can also get a flight to Mumbai, Bangalore, or New Delhi and then take a short domestic flight to Goa. The venue is about 90 minutes drive from the Goa International Airport (GOI). Agonda is a famous beach destination, you should not face any problem in finding the place.
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