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28 Days 200-Hour Traditional Yoga and Tantra TTC in the Austrian Alps

  • AlpenRetreat OG Fernpass 483 6465 Nassereith Austria

28 Days 200-Hour Traditional Yoga and Tantra TTC in the Austrian Alps

  • AlpenRetreat OG Fernpass 483 6465 Nassereith Austria

Traditional Yoga and Tantra Teacher Training Course Austria

A unique course to learn how to teach Hatha yoga with Vinyasa, pranayama and meditation. This 200-hour Yoga Alliance internationally certified course will allow you to deepen your practice by participating in the ancient practices of fire ceremony, yantra & mantra meditation; all these are traditional tantric practices of India. The course is also infused with a devotional teachings and activities from bhakti yoga which brings a heart-centred approach to the training. The course is supported by an Indian spiritual master who has guided many westerners in traditional tantric practices. Hosted in the sanctuary of the Austrian Alps this training will take you on a journey of depth into self-inquiry, bhakti yoga & holistic living.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Learn traditional tantric practices
  • Experience Tantric Fire Yagna
  • Participate in group activities
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 24 days with instruction
  • German, English
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Alpen Retreat is a 500 year old former Inn, set on the old disused roman road the Via Claudia. This beautiful property has stunning views out across the Zugspitz arena and in both summer and winter receives sun all day long.

The inns traditional stube with gorgeous wood paneling and traditional farmers kachel oven, provides the perfect setting for relaxing after a day on the slope or after a hike through Alpine forests. Our cozy rooms are all inspired by the themes and cultures we have come across on our travels, blended tastefully with the traditional Tyrolean style.

This teacher training course invites students to experience the practice of yoga through energy and consciousness. The main style of yoga taught is Hatha with Tantric Vinyasa, this combines vinyasa flowing movements with traditonal Hatha yoga, Vinyasa helps to keep a gentle purifying flow. The practice also holds asanas for longer periods to experience a deeper energetic activation and opening of the body. This creates a practice that is both yin and yang and is therefore suitable for many students.

During the course you will be taught how to hold rituals from the Traditional Tantric practices of India. This includes fire ceremony, working with the science of Yantras (mandala) and Mantra meditation. These teachings are taught in a devotional way to combine the science of tantra with the path of the heart. The course is a sacred journey into the ancient arts of Yoga, and is supported by a living Tantric Master, Guru Ji Raj Kumar.

During the training we will also study cleansing kriyas and pranyama to purify the mind and deepen our ability to be centered and present in life. Regular devotional singing of kirtan and Hridaya meditation will give you a personal opportunity to open the energy of the heart.

The theory elements cover many topics always including Yogic Philosophy and ancient scriptures such as Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and an introduction into the Bhagavad Gita and Devi Gita of ancient India, ayurveda, anatomy, sacred sexuality.

Hatha yoga - A Tantric Vinyasa

This style is a way of opening the physical body towards greater flexibility as well as opening the energetic channels to receive the natural occurring energy from the environment. This style also works with the arousal of the chakra system that governs and determines our physical, emotional and mental health. By understanding our body from this Tantric perspective we can learn how to develop and maintain good health and an overall awareness of spiritual well being. When we combine gentle Vinyasa movements with the asana we naturally counter balance any intense stretch that the body may experience and therefore reduce the risk of injury for ourselves and students. The Vinyasa practice also helps to flush the body between the asanas of any toxins that have been released through the postures bringing an overall gentle and deepening purification. Using Vinyasa is a choice and some classes can be taught only with the practice of asana therefore bringing a less dynamic flow, this allows the teacher to be in the moment and feel what students need at that particular time.

Alignment

The practice of yoga asana brings profound and innumerable benefits to the physical body however the ultimate aim of all the asanas is to help us sit comfortably in meditation. Each day of the course we will enjoy the opportunity to practice and study asana with this goal in mind; and as we move through the postures we can naturally feel the quietening of the mind and deeper states of peace arise. We will learn how to move our own body in a way that is safe and healthy for the joints, soft tissues and bones and will experience how this strengthens and creates more space and openness within the body and energy system. Once we understand this in our own being we are then able to truly support our students alignment and yoga practice. This class will also look at the energetic flow within the asanas and how to maximize and stabilize this.

Traditional Tantric practices

Tantra is a spiritual path that embraces life in order to awaken consciousness. Within Tantra Yoga various techniques including the use of mantra, yantra, ritual and meditation are used to purify and energize our being bringing a deeper awareness of our spiritual existence. Tantra cultivates a devotional approach to the practice, emphasizing the worship of the Goddess, Shakti and her consort Shiva. As we go deeper into the practice we ultimately experience the divine union of these masculine and feminine attributes. Mantra is offered and can be practiced each day in the presence of a yantra (mandala) which is created in the first week of the course.

Mantra

A mantra is the sound forms a particular energy; specific sounds, words or phrases are repeated. By practicing the repetition of mantra either by verbalizing the sound internally or externally we commune with and invoke the beneficial energies specific to the mantra. Mantra is an important tool used in many spiritual practices and can even be combined with the practice of yoga asana.

Yantra

The yantra is a geometric, design which can be focused upon as a tool for meditation. The different geometric patterns symbolically represent different aspects of divinity. On this teacher training we will create and meditate with a yantra for Shiva made from sprouting wheat grass,, and later we will create three colored rice yantras of Saraswati {goddess of arts, music and education}, Parvati {Shivas wife}, Suriya {the sun}.

Tantric fire yagna

A fire yagna is a sacred fire ceremony. Offerings of ghee (clarified butter) are thrown on to the fire whilst reciting mantras to honor aspects such as the cardinal directions and particular energies of the Hindu and Yogic traditions that support the success of the ceremony. Special herbs or rice, sugar and sesame seeds are further offered to the fire with a specific mantra depending upon ones personal sadhana or the group intention.

Fire Yagna is a highly purifying spiritual practice that enables us to commune with different energies of Shakti or Shiva, energies that raise our awareness and consciousness.

Bhakti Fire Puja

Bhakti Fire Puja is a combination of a Tantric and shamanic fire ceremony. It is a beautiful ceremony of devotion that combines elements of a Tantric Fire Puja with a spontaneous flow of bhajans and prayer.

Traditional vedic mantras are used that elevate consciousness and bring a deep communion with inner most truth.

Pranayama

Pranayama can be translated as the expansion and increasing of our vital life force. We absorb Prana (life force) most directly through the breath and through our food. In the pranayama exercises of Hatha yoga we make use of this by manipulating the breath breathing into different areas of the body, using specific rhythms and movements. We learn to hold the breath in to energize our system and to increase our capacity to store Prana; we hold the breath out to direct the energy in the subtle body with the ultimate aim of purifying both body and mind.

The rhythmic breathing exercises of the Hatha yoga tradition are strong practices which bring profound benefits: they purify the nadis (energy channels) of both the physical and subtle anatomy releasing blockages and stress and helping us feel a greater sense of balance and steadiness. Pranayama is an important step on the journey of yoga as it helps expand the individual personal energy into universal energy.

Cleansing Kriyas & purification

We will teach ancient yogic practices used to promote a healthy body and energetic system such as nauli kriya for intestinal support and neti for clearing the sinus passages. Furthermore we will offer detoxifying practices such as oil pulling, salt rubbing and tongue scraping for healthy gums as well as other tips and techniques.

Hridaya meditation

During the course we practice Hridaya Meditation, a technique which focuses continually upon the Spiritual Heart as a way to reveal deep inner peace and the natural joy that emanates from our natural state. The teachings are a beautiful unity of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism. Central to the practice is the self-enquiry, Who am I? and continually bringing the awareness back to the spiritual heart, which can be sensed by focusing at the centre of the chest near the physical heart. We will also have the opportunity to experience Hridaya Hatha yoga where we aim to remain present and witness our asana practice from beyond the mind, from the stillness that lies at the core of who we really are.

Kirtan

Kirtan is an ancient form of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. When we chant Kirtan we use special mantras. Mantras are words, phrases, and syllables that are repeated until they become integrated into our consciousness. Many people are discovering this sacred, traditional practice allowing them to access a greater opening of the heart, deep inner peace and connection. When we give ourselves permission to sing and dance freely, releasing and expressing through our voices and bodies, the emotions which are tightly locked in our hearts become free. This takes the practitioner into a blissful state of openness and love and it is in that moment that we remember Kirtan is an offering, a gift to the Divine who has given us everything, and to whom we can give nothing in return but our loving remembrance, our voices and our hearts.

Group activities & meditations

Group activities are an opportunity to deepen the inter relating of the group. As teachers it is also useful to learn various ways to hold space other than a standard yoga class.

These sessions share group meditations and activities such as

Ecstatic Dance

Kirtan

Partner Yoga

Weekly walking meditations in the nature

Group Transfiguration

One to one personal guidance sessions

Weekly sacred dance journeys

Sharing circles

  • Accommodation
  • Course fee
  • Meals

Arrival by airplane

Flies to Munich from: Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Stanstead, Manchester

Flies to Innsbruck from: Bristol, Liverpool, London Gatwick.

Arrival by bus

  • It is possible to get a bus directly to (almost) our doorstep. Connections to AlpenRetreat are available from most surrounding towns.
  • Take the bus to Fernpass get off at Fernpass Hotel (Fernpasshhe)

Arrival by train

Coming from the north or north-east of the Fernpass (Munich, Nuremberg, Prague) Trains from Munich to Garmisch Patenkirchen are running almost every half an hour and take about 1.5 hours. Take the train to Garmisch Patenkirchen (35km 30min drive from Alpenretreat).

Coming from the north-west of the Fernpass (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Luxembourg) The closest train station is Fuessen (42km 35min drive from Alpenretreat)

Coming from the south of Fernpass. The closest train station is Imst (25 min drive from AlpenRetreat) or Bahnhof tztal (20 min drive from AlpenRetreat). Innsbruck also has a major train station. (45 min drive from AlpenRetreat)

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Kat Sukh from Russia
    9 out of 10

    "When I met Radasi I understood what was the path of Shakti, of love, of passion, of devotion. She is teaching me how to be truly in my feminine power and at the same time realize that the real self is beyond gender limits. How to welcome and experience all the arising emotions and be still. How to build my life the way I want to see it and totally surrender to God. How to walk the path remaining a woman. Just being around her is a great opportunity to learn, let along teacher trainings where she gives 100% of herself and inspires so powerfully that lives of those who are ready to take it can change dramatically."

    2016, Satya Loka website, edited

  • Review by Susan Harwood from England
    10 out of 10

    "Michelle’s teaching is enriching, insightful, and gracefully guided, she provides a holding place to learn and experience yoga, mindfulness, and other life benefits. I especially appreciated Michelle’s attitude i.e. encouraging the personal response and moving with the breath. Nice balance of concentrating on the basics and giving options to do more advanced postures."

    2014, Satya Loka Website, edited

  • Review by Edward Steel, from England

    "Incredibly inspiring! Radasis classes make the spirit soar. She was so inspiring in every class and an awesome role model and I know I will be a much better teacher for having been graced with her teaching."

    Satya Loka website, edited

  • Review by Elodie Geles

    "Please thank yourselves for creating this unique TTC where everything has been thought to nourish our true heart, inner goddess, to reveal the treasures from within and allow us just to BE with sincerity. You are amazing goddesses and beautiful examples of how to be natural. Your honest hearts helped me to open mine while feeling safe. Now I have to enjoy this tasty delight!"

    Satya Loka website, edited

  • Review by Claire Henry

    "I feel much more connected to my centre and power as a woman. The most influential was just having you two as teachers. You are both so embodied in your feminine goddess nature which is so unique. i feel so blessed to have role models like you. Its very rare to find teachers who are leading from a powerful feminine place."

    Satya Loka website, edited

  • Review by Blaire Houghton, from Canada

    "Radasis radiance and light permeate all who she guides. Hers is a light of the most beautiful and genuine kind. There is deep wisdom, guidance, support and love palpable in all of Radasis teachings and offerings. Her knowledge is firmly rooted in theory and deeply known through experience. Her guidance is soft in its delivery and strong in its message. Deeply intuitive, spontaneous, and present in her classes and meditations, Radasis love and efforts have left an indelible mark on myself and my family. I am deeply grateful for her teachings and magnificent love."

    Satya Loka website, edited

  • Review by Elizabeth Turner from United Kingdom

    "The TTC was a holistic and complete immersion in traditional yoga, with authentic practices passed down to us from the Guru. The mix of the well-known physical yoga alongside some of the less well-known breathing exercises, cleansing practices, chanting Sanskrit mantra, making a charged yantra and the beautiful Hridaya meditation learning to go into the spiritual heart were together a magical mix for our transformation over the rich month we had together. I loved also the opportunity for free expression through dance and deep sharing that we had from the heart. The teachers had a wealth of experience to impart to us, so that by the end of the month we were rich with knowledge, authentic practice and ready to teach. I returned home feeling energized, clear and calm."

    October 2015. Satya Loka website, edited

  • Review by Tatiana Swope from Russia

    "This TTC not only has awesome teachers, dancing, yoga, singing, tantra, rituals there is a magical energy that is created for you to evolve. For me it was a life changing experience. A celebration of life on all levels."

    May 2015. Satya Loka website, edited

Tirol, Austria

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