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This is an authentic teacher training for women to learn how to teach Tantra/Hatha Yoga. You will also study pranayama and traditional tantric practices of India. This course is internationally certified by yoga alliance as a 200-hour training. As a way of bringing you more into the heart, you will regularly share devotional singing, women’s sacred dance and Hridaya meditation. This course is for those women who are looking for an authentic Yogini Sadhana immersion.
During this training, you will be staying at Rainforest House in Rishikesh, India. You will be sharing double rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The women’s only yoga teacher training course creates a unique experience to explore the beauty of the unfolding divine feminine! During this training, you will learn how to practice and teach Hatha yoga. This style suits many students as it is a Yin and Yang style of practice.
Satya Loka also holds asanas for longer periods to experience a deeper energetic activation and the opening of the body. The theory aspect of the course includes anatomy and yogic philosophy and also many beautiful subjects such as sacred sexuality, yoga for children, women’s holistic health, and creating sacred space.
You will also explore together ancient Hindu texts of the Goddess from the Devi Gita, the epic Bhagavad Gita and you will also study the Ribhu Gita which is an ancient scripture related to Shiva. The sacred texts are integrated throughout the course.
Another unique aspect of this course is the traditional tantric practices that are offered to support you in your own spiritual development. This includes creating living Yantras (sacred mandalas), and by chanting a specific mantra in the presence of the Yantra, you will authentically practice Tantra.
Another important aspect of the Tantric tradition is the use of fire ceremony, this will be an integral part of the course. This unique training also offers Hridaya meditation practices, Kriyas, pranayama, Kirtan, sacred dance, and women’s ritual.
As the course unfolds, you will study the Ten Great Wisdom Goddesses (The Das Maha Vidyas) from the tantric tradition. You will explore these aspects of the divine feminine in a very practical way through devotional singing, discussions, meditations, and even in some of the yoga classes.
Yogini Tantrika also offers a special dance called the Dance of the Maha Vidyas, which is reviewed to be a transformational session of dance.
The practice can begin with devotional sun salutations or simple warming exercises and leads into a chakra-inspired standing sequence which can be also be practiced by linking the breath with movement. Later in the practice, as you move towards the seated asanas, you will hold some postures for longer and the approach becomes more meditative and internalized.
The internalized practice focuses on holding some asanas for at least two minutes to discover and cultivate the energetic qualities of a posture as well as the physical benefits that occur from a longer and more strengthening hold.
You are also encouraged some moments of stillness and contemplation in between the asanas to allow the body and energy to integrate the effects, this can be described as moments of a void in which a meditative state can arise.
This can also be experienced during the asana when the asana has become comfortable, steady, and the mind is in union with the body, therefore Satya Loka will teach modifications for all the postures so that a comfortable seat can be found by everyone.
The style of yoga can be adapted to all ages, genders, and body types because it is a practice that includes and goes beyond the body. At Satya Loka, you will be inspired to find your own style of teaching. You will experience up to three teachers in each training so that you can enjoy learning different approaches and flavors.
So, whether you choose to teach more physically orientated yoga or more in the spirit of Tantra yoga, applying Vinyasa movements or more of a meditative Yin style, Satya Loka will help you to discover where your strengths lie as a teacher.
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 you sit comfortably in meditation. Each day of the course, you will enjoy the opportunity to practice and study asana with this goal in mind and as you move through the postures, you can naturally feel the quietening of the mind and deeper states of peace arise.
You will learn how to move your own body in a way that is safe and healthy for the joints, your soft tissues and bones will experience how this strengthens and creates more space and openness within the body and energy system.
Once you understand this in your own being, you are then able to truly support your students’ alignment and yoga practice. This class will also look at the energetic flow within the asanas and how to maximize and stabilize this.
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 your being bringing a deeper awareness of your spiritual existence.
Tantra cultivates a devotional approach to the practice, emphasizing the worship of the goddess, Shakti, and her consort Shiva. As you go deeper into the practice, you will ultimately experience the divine union of these masculine and feminine attributes. Mantra is given and can be practiced each day in the presence of Yantras (mandalas) which will be created during the course.
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 innermost truth.
Pranayama can be translated as the expansion and increase of your vital life force. You will absorb Prana (life force) most directly through the breath and through food. In the pranayama exercises of Hatha yoga, you will make use of this by manipulating the breath through the way of breathing into different areas of the body, using specific rhythms and movements.
You will learn to hold the breath in to energize your system and to increase your capacity to store prana. You will 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 help you feel a greater sense of balance and steadiness. Pranayama is an important step in the journey of yoga as it helps expand the individual personal energy into universal energy.
Satya Loka 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, Satya Loka will offer detoxifying practices such as oil pulling, salt rubbing, and tongue scraping for healthy gums as well as other tips and techniques.
During the course, you will 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 your natural state. The teachings are a beautiful unity of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Buddhism, and Kashmir Shaivism.
Central to the practice is the self-inquiry, “Who am I?” and continually bringing the awareness back to the spiritual heart, which can be sensed by focusing at the center of the chest near the physical heart. You will also have the opportunity to experience Hridaya Hatha yoga where you will aim to remain present and witness your asana practice from beyond the mind, from the stillness that lies at the core of who you really are.
Kirtan is an ancient form of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. When you chant Kirtan, you will use special mantras. Mantras are words, phrases, and syllables that are repeated until they become integrated into your 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 you give yourselves permission to sing and dance freely, releasing and expressing through your voices and bodies, the emotions which are tightly locked in your 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 you everything and to whom you can give nothing in return but your loving remembrance, your voices, and your hearts.
A mantra is a sound form a particular energy. Specific sounds, words, or phrases are repeated. By practicing the repetition of mantra either by verbalizing the sound internally or externally you 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.
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.
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 one’s personal sadhana or the group intention. Fire Yagna is a highly purifying spiritual practice that enables you to commune with different energies of Shakti or Shiva, energies that raise your awareness and consciousness.
Group activities are an opportunity to deepen the interrelating 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:
This training will take place in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India.
During this training, you will be served wholesome vegetarian meals three times a day.