28 Days 200 Hours Residential Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore, India

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training India

Ashtanga yoga practice takes your journey of yogic life to the next level with Mysore style of practice. You will be fascinated to discover the layers of practice with intuitive adjustments by the teacher during the Mysore style of Ashtanga practice. Therefore, Ashtanga yoga teacher training follows the traditional practice and teaching of Ashtanga yoga as per the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. This training will let you explore the precision of Ashtanga yoga practice!

Meet the instructors

Yogacharya & Yogacharya Rakesh
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Highlights

  • Daily Ashtanga yoga practices
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Understand the meaning of Vinyasa Krama
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certification from Samyak Yoga
  • Learn yoga philosophy and theme-based workshops
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily Ayurvedic meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
Airport transfer included: Kempegowda International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry

During this retreat, you will be staying at a yoga ashram in Mysore, the main location of Samyak Yoga. The yoga shala at Samyak Yoga ashram is structured in such a way that it can accommodate around 40 students at a time. It allows the students to practice with the feel of vastness.

There are 18 rooms for students and all are single occupancy with attached bathrooms and western closet. The rooms are vast and built with south Indian bricks which keep the temperature calm and comfortable for the practice and relaxation with hot water available.

The internet is accessible through Wi-Fi. Samyak Yoga has high-speed internet facility available in the entire ashram. Every floor has a Wi-Fi router which enables the students to access the internet easily. You can bring along the phones, tablets, and laptops.

There are no systems or devices available in the ashram for the use of the students and hence, if you need to browse or Skype, they recommend bringing the systems such as laptops, phones, or tablets along. However, the internet facility is not allowed in the yoga shala as it distracts the focus from the process of learning.

A yoga ashram is a place wherein the practice, teaching, and discussions related to yoga take place, it is not a religious place. Samyak Yoga ashram is specifically established for the yoga teacher training programs and the entire team is completely committed to it. You can’t stay as long you want in Samyak Yoga ashram as it is a yoga destination wherein yoga teacher training courses are taught most often every month.

Wi-Fi

Samyak Yoga has a specially equipped leased line Wi-Fi facility which makes the internet usage hassle free. You can browse anytime apart from the sessions. Please bring your own devices for browsing.

Electricity

There are days when there can be power cuts. However, they have UPS battery backup for all rooms and teaching halls, besides the silent diesel generator for emergencies. Samyak Yoga requests their guests not to waste power, especially when you are on batteries during the daytime.

Laundry

It is possible to get your clothes washed and ironed with one of their staff taking care of laundry. A nominal charge per a piece is charged. Samyak Yoga requests their students to minimize the use of chemical soaps, washing powders, shampoos in the bathrooms, as they are keeping our land free from all chemicals.

Small shop

You can buy the required stuff such as washing powder, pens, toothbrush, and other necessities for your daily life from the store in the office. The brands of the products may vary. Hence, if you are particular about a specific brand, bring along.

Program

Certification

Upon meeting the attendance and disciplinary requirements of the YTTC, Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK), and upon passing written and teaching evaluation exams, you will receive 200-hour yoga teacher training certification from Samyak Yoga.

Graduates who attend all classes, complete all assignments, and pass all assessments will be issued with a certificate and are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance US and Yoga Alliance UK to become an RYT (registered yoga teacher) at the 200-hour level. You will learn the skills to manage and teach a group safely and with confidence.

Most graduates without prior teaching experience who wish to teach go on to start teaching beginners classes when they return home. Samyak Yoga recommends that graduates volunteer as an assistant in their regular yoga class at home and at the same time teach small groups (maybe some of your friends or family) to build up experience.

Trainees who are 100% committed during the course and afterward with their own practice have a very high success rate as teachers.

There are always a small number of students who take the 200-hour yoga teacher training without the set goal of becoming a teacher. Their reasons for this approach include a sincere desire to go deeper in their personal practice and to gain real knowledge and experience of immersing in a yogic lifestyle, under the guidance and tutelage of a yoga master.

Whatever your personal goals are, Samyak Yoga always welcomes the open-hearted, sincere desire to learn the principles and philosophy of yoga, to achieve liberation.

Sometimes, due to unavoidable situations, you may have to transfer your registration to another training. There is no refund of your registration fee or the course fee, but you can transfer your registration to another training.

However, you can postpone the training only if you let Samyak Yoga know at least two months prior to the beginning of the first training. In the last two months to the beginning of the training, you won’t be able to transfer the registration to another training.

What is Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, which is popularly known as Ashtanga yoga, is a style of yoga derived from one of the classical yogic texts called “Yoga Kuranta” by Yogi Vamana. The style was rejuvenated by Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the master of B.K.S. Iyengar, as well as Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore.

Following the master’s path, Pattabhi Jois has taken this beautiful style to the hearts of yogis around the world. Later, his grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy is following the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa.

Ashtanga yoga is a practice of sequenced postures with its flow and grace. The postures are derived from “Yoga Kuranta,” which was written by Yogi Vamana and re-invented by Ram Mohan Brahmachari in the beginning of 20th century. It was transmitted through his teachings to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the Himalayas.

After his studies with the master, Krishnamacharya returned back to his hometown, Mysore, to continue the teachings of Ashtanga yoga in Mysore. Ashtanga yoga is classified into six different series of practices, which makes the practitioner embrace the sublime layers of the mind with the graceful flow of the practice.

Yoga Chikitsa

The primary or first series of Ashtanga yoga is known as yoga Chikitsa or yoga treatment, which primarily consists of forwarding folds along with twisting, hip opening, and balancing. Over 70 postures are sequenced in a systematic way so that it can heal the system and refine the practice in a sequential flow blended with Ujjayi breathing.

Nadi Shodhana

The intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga or second series is known as Nadishodhana, which focuses on the back-bending along with some hip opening, balancing, and twisting too. Nadishodhana means purification of nadis, which is the result of the practice of intermediate series of Ashtanga practice.

Sthira Bhanga

The advance series has four sequences such as advance A, B, C, and D and altogether they are termed as Sthira Bhanga. The tradition allows the practitioners to practice every series in the order as every previous series is a preparation for the next series.

Ashtanga yoga training syllabus

This course focuses on the practice and teaching methodology of the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. The primary series includes over 70 asanas (postures), linked sequentially by Vinyasa (breath-initiated movements between the asanas). The course begins with detailed instruction of the primary series practice in the first two weeks and then continues with a morning Mysore style in the third week of the yoga training.

The fourth week gives an opportunity for the trainees to teach the Ashtanga primary series to the entire group of trainees through which the trainees get ready to teach Ashtanga yoga and spread the wisdom of yoga, light, and love around the world.

Practice

To practice a particular pose into its deep, one needs to know intelligent way of using the muscles, the appropriate way of breathing, meditative state of the mind, and spiritually rooted soul. The practice of postures is a moving meditation.

In the session of teaching methodology, you will try to explore the concepts on which a particular posture is developed, how it can be practiced on a deeper level, the benefits, and contraindications. You will also discuss the usage of props, the balance between the strength and flexibility, and so on.

The Sanskrit names of the postures are explained elaborately, and how to teach an Ashtanga yoga led class effectively is evaluated in detail. The benefits of the specific sequencing and the principles of Vinyasa (the movements between postures), Ujjayi pranayama (the sound-induced breath), drishti (the gaze), and bandhas (the three locks or seals) are included as essential elements of the practice and teaching of Ashtanga yoga during the course.

Theme-based practices

The evening session explores the different sets of theme based practices. These include standing, sitting, twisting, back-bending, hip opening, and inversions will prepare the aspirants to explore their inner potentialities.

These evening practices explore the theme based practices, which in turn aids the participant to cater the need of his or her students back home as a teacher. These practices are meant to support, establish a firm foundation for the Ashtanga traditional practice.

Making of a yoga teacher

Alignments

Beauty and perfection of every asana depend upon two factors; one being the flexibility and the other is the alignment of different body parts involved in the posture. Flexibility can be achieved with regular practice and for understanding the posture, one would need a good understanding of the posture and fine tune the subtle movements required to land in a perfect position.

Art of hands-on adjustments

Art of adjustments is one of the significant fields where a yoga teacher has to work constantly to grow and to keep his or her class unique. Hence, Samyak Yoga tries to explore it with every detail. The importance of encouraging students to continue with a regular practice and preparing them for Mysore style is emphasized.

Corrections

As a teacher, it is most important to know the integral aspects of yoga postures, its limitations, and benefits, which in turn will help notice the common mistakes in a posture performed by a student and accordingly make the subtle changes required.

Group class sessions

To develop the teaching skills, you will have sessions named "group class," which is one of the inevitable parts of the training. Starting from day 2, you will be leading a practical class for a group of fellow participants every day based on the Asanas learned by you. This builds the confidence, tones up the teaching skills and other required criteria to be a teacher.

This class will always be supervised by one of the main teachers and there will be a feedback session after every group class session to improve the quality of the participant’s teaching. After building the confidence, skills and other required criteria, you will be taking a class for the whole group in the last week. This prepares you to get ready to teach once you go back.

Yoga anatomy

You will have an introduction to yoga anatomy, in which you will discuss the anatomical aspects of yoga practice. It is important to know how to engage and relax the muscles, deepening the stretches yet not injuring yourself physically and so on.

It is also important to understand the structure of your respiration to improve the quality of the breathing by pranayama techniques. A whole new world of yoga anatomy which improves the quality of your yoga practice will be explored during the yoga anatomy sessions.

Yoga philosophical sessions

Sessions on yoga philosophy including The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the history and fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, Vedic chanting with their meaning, Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, the sourcebook of Hatha yoga style, chakras and their psychological influence, the philosophy behind the practice of bandhas and mudras are discussed in detail.

Meditation techniques

A variety of meditation techniques is taught to gain control over the mental fluctuations. These traditional meditation techniques will help the traditional Ashtanga practice and bring focus to the self-practice and precision in teaching.

Topics in a nutshell

  • Practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa primary series
  • The principles of Vinyasa, bandhas, drishti, and Ujjayi pranayama
  • Teaching methodology of the primary series and pranayama
  • Art of hands-on adjustments
  • Assisting and supervised teaching
  • The yoga anatomy of the postures of the primary series
  • Practice of Mysore style of Ashtanga yoga
  • Practice of yogic cleansing techniques
  • Introduction to Tantra, pranic energy, chakras, and nadis
  • The mantras, their chanting, and their impact on human system
  • Different meditation techniques
  • The chanting and philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Techniques of yoga such as sequence, voice modulation, positioning, implementation of adjustments, breath counting, beginning, and ending of the class
  • Yogic life which can be implemented in the daily life

Syllabus outline

Tradition

Ashtanga yoga teacher training follows the traditional practice and teaching of Ashtanga yoga as per the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This training will let you explore the precision of Ashtanga yoga practice.

Alignments

Practicing Ashtanga yoga with proper alignments is one of the keys to building the Ashtanga practice in a long run. You will explore the safe, precise alignments of the practice during the training.

Mysore style

Ashtanga yoga practice takes your journey of yogic life to the next level with Mysore style of practice. You will be fascinated to discover the layers of practice with intuitive adjustments by the teacher during the Mysore style of Ashtanga practice.

Vinyasa Krama

One of the most significant aspects of Ashtanga yoga practice is its Vinyasa Krama. It is a very difficult task even for a practitioner to understand the Vinyasa counts. You will be exploring the Vinyasa counts, the logic, and understanding behind Vinyasa counts.

Samyak Yoga does not offer any open classes. However, at certain times, they offer some workshops or retreats. Apart from them, they do not offer any open-daily classes to attend. The course fee is same for everyone and does not offer any discount or different fee course to any race. It does not vary on the basis of your origin.

Evaluation

You will have approximately one hour of homework per night at the discretion of your teachers depending on individual and group needs. You will be guided to prepare the class module and teach the whole group during the last week of the course. You will also be assessed in both written and teaching evaluation exams at the end of the course. The assessment exams are structured to meet the standards of the Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:30 Ashtanga primary series practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast and homework
  • 10:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 11:15 Tea break
  • 11:30 Asana clinic
  • 12:30 Teaching training
  • 13:30 Lunch break
  • 16:30 Theme-based workshops
  • 18:00 Break
  • 18:30 Kirtans
  • 18:45 Pranayama and meditation practices
  • 19:30 Dinner

Instructors

Yogacharya Arvind
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga)
Yogacharya Arvind, an experienced Vedic and Yogic practitioner, is an internationally certified and registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) & SYT (Yoga Alliance Professionals) His inclination towards Yogic and Vedic scriptures started soon after his schooling which led him to Veda Vijnana Gurukulam where he quenched his thirst to learn the Vedas and Yoga with Guruji Dr. Ramachandra Bhatt Kotemane. He has been studying and teaching Yoga Scholl of Philosophy with Prasthana-Traya of Advaita Vedanta School with Acharya Shankara Commentary. Yogacharya Arvind has studied Yajurveda Moola.
Yogacharya Rakesh
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)
Yogacharya Rakesh was first introduced to the practice and philosophy of the yoga in Veda Vijnana Gurukulam by Guruji Dr. Ramachandra Bhatt. He obtained a bachelor and masters in Sanskrit along with the study in Veda Vijnana Gurukulam and completed Masters in Yogic Sciences, Bangalore. He was awarded for the best presentation in the Master's study in Yoga and trained the students of Ayurvedic Medicine in Sanskrit. Yogacharya Rakesh is a teacher and student of Yoga School of philosophy along with Advaita Vedanta Philosophy of Acharya Shankara.

Location

This retreat will take place at Mysore, Karnataka. This place is also called Cauvery Sannidhi, the divine presence of River Cauvery. This entire ashram is situated on the banks of Cauvery River. It is full of palm trees, paddy field, sugar cane garden, mango, and jackfruit trees.

There is a small island wherein you can sit and deepen your meditation in front of the divine River Cauvery. You can relax and introspect during your leisure time. The river and this small island have given a complete transforming, soul awakening perspective to the ashram and its activities.

Nearby places

  • Bengaluru International Airport (BLR), 170 kilometers
  • Cauvery River - 6 minutes

Features

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry

Food

Yogic Indian food is served during the yoga teacher training that is suitable for the yoga practice of the students that also help in detoxifying the body for yogic practices. Besides nutritional value, Samyak Yoga loves to give a culinary taste of India. They don’t offer meat, fish, and eggs, which are considered stimulating and lethargic for yogic practices. The yogic food is seasoned with mild spices, which is part of the Ayurvedic diet.

All food is prepared with filtered water in their clean and spacious kitchen where they give utmost importance for hygiene of all the food items and cooks. They are hoping to grow all food in their yoga eco-farm eventually; until then, they buy the foods from local farmers, which are grown seasonally.

Students with the preference for vegan and gluten-free diets can comfortably manage here. You will have brown bread, muesli, cornflakes with fruits for breakfast. Lunch and dinner include salads, vegetables, lentils, beans, rice, wheat items, soups, and desserts on occasion.

They design the menu to calm down the body-mind while you are going through detoxification during the intensive practice or course, which generates a lot more heat in the body and mind, and is beneficial to the intense practice of yoga. All foods are served in buffet-style and you can take as much as you want.

Your food is prepared based on the Ayurvedic concepts such as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha with the vegetables supplied by the local farmers. Under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor and a nutritionist, the food menu is prepared. The menu consists some of the popular cuisines of India as well as the local cuisine which no other tourist would have tasted.

The premises where the food is taking place is not a restaurant, people cooking the food should be treated with respect. Please be kind and be loving towards people who worked for Samyak Yoga while you focus on your inner growth in the yoga shala.

There will be three meals per day. The main ingredients of the food are a lot of vegetables, nuts, and fresh fruits so that the food intake goes along with the inner practice you do. The meals provided three times as breakfast, lunch, and dinner while there are two tea breaks, during the morning session after the philosophical discussions and again in the evening.

Students with low-blood pressure are suggested to bring extra iron or mineral supplements. Samyak Yoga provides drinking water purified with reverse osmosis filters, the best possible filtration in India. Please bring a water bottle to fill up anytime at the dining or yoga halls.

Food schedule

  • 08:30 Breakfast which includes fruits, muesli, cornflakes, brown bread, etc.
  • 11:15 Tea break for Indian masala chai, black coffee, black tea or herbal tea
  • 13:15 Lunch includes salads, dosa or upma, idly, vegetable dishes along with a rice variety, fruit juice, and dessert
  • 18:00 Tea break for Indian masala chai, black coffee, black tea or herbal tea
  • 19:30 North Indian dishes such as roti, Kathi roll, Chinese popular dishes such as Gobi Manchurian, noodles with a variety of soups are offered every day

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • Daily Ashtanga yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama practices
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certification
  • Transportation from the Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)
  • Ashtanga yoga tuition fees
  • Theoretical and practical Ashtanga yoga manual
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 1 Samyak Yoga t-shirt
  • 1 Jalaneti kit
  • 1 notebook and a pen
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily Ayurvedic meals

What's not included

  • Transportation to Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bengaluru International Airport (BLR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Send Samyak Yoga your flight detail information, such as flight number, terminal number, date and time of your arrival. They will send you a taxi for your transportation from the airport and the taxi will be waiting for you at the arrival gate with a sign “Your name – Samyak Yoga”. The total journey will take about three to four hours.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Monday March 4, 2019
Departure: Sunday March 31, 2019

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