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Tribe Yoga is happy to offer you a teacher training course in paradise. Join this program and experience how Tribe Yoga shares their yoga teachings in beautiful Bali. The yoga teachings are presented in a modern and accessible to all approach. The emphasis is not 'what you are doing' but 'how you are doing it'. The focus is how one can integrate the yoga teachings into daily living so life can become a more effortless and enjoyable flow.
Kura Kura Yoga Retreat Bali is situated along a small river, a few steps away from the sea. It was originally built as a family house and in a way it still is. The family house was the starting place to build. The original rooms are old Java style houses and the new rooms are added in the same style. All rooms have an elegant simplicity with modern basic comforts that are used to in the western world. Each room is decorated with love and care.
The heart of Kura Kura is the yoga shala or community space next to the small pool. Feel free to dip in whenever you like. Most rooms are built around the pool. Rooms are clean and fresh as the sea breeze, but protected and safe as the shield of a kura kura (turtle).
Each room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom with shower (warm/cold water) and Western toilet, comfortable beds covered with fine mosquito nets, a fan and veranda. Each room can be set up with two single or one double bed.
Being at Kura Kura means living close to nature with the rhythms of the sea and the music of birds singing in the coconut trees. You can hear the gamelan and mantras of the temple ceremonies near by. Coming at Kura Kura means moving away from the pressure of modern distractions.
Tribe Yoga is a collective of independent yoga practitioners who devote their life to conscious living. Teachers that you meet through Tribe Yoga share a common school of thought that yoga is a lifestyle, an attitude and an ever-present guide to a richer and fuller experience of oneself and the world one lives in. Tribe teachers are excited to share the yoga teachings in Bali. What could be better than practicing and studying yoga in a paradise location for an intensive 21 days immersion?
Tribe Yoga recognizes the transformative power of yoga as something that creates great freedom in both the body and the mind. Reconnecting individuals with the inner truth that is fundamental to our very existence, but often buried deep beneath the physical, emotional and mental pollution that we experience in our everyday lives. Yoga helps us to shed this pollution, (fear, anguish, anxiety, etc.) so we can return to our natural state, peaceful and at ease, leading us to feel less separate and more a part of something that is bigger and greater than the usual confines of the physical body and personal ego.
A Tribe Yoga Ashtanga teacher training is a fantastic learning area. Its an opportunity to practice and study through yogic teachings and disciplines in a safe and supportive environment. These trainings take all who attend on a special journey of discovery and exploration into the deeper realms of the self, which for many can be a life changing experience. Much of the yoga world today reduces yoga to mere gymnastics and fails to express the knowledge and understanding reflective of the true essence of yoga. Thankfully, Tribe Yoga teachers and practitioners are amongst the more informed yogis who have embraced and embodied authentic yoga teachings, not just practicing yoga, but living yoga, guiding individuals to achieve and utilize yoga in ones life to transform ones daily living.
During the trainings Tribe Yoga will ask each student to share a reading with the group. This will be for about 1 to 10 minutes and can be anything from a piece of literature, a poem, a chapter or two from a spiritual text etc. anything uplifting, heart opening or thought provoking. All trainees are requested to bring at least one morning reading.
The Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali is one of the core texts for the training. You are advised to read at least one translation before you attend any of the trainings. Translations differ from writer to writer, some more credible than others. Reading a cross-selection is always a good idea.
Here are just a few:
'Light on the yoga sutras of patanjali' by BKS Iyengar
Translation by Godfrey Devereux, available to copy and print on line at www.yogadarshana.com
'Inside the yoga sutras' by Reverend Jaganath Carrera
'Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Siddhas' by Marshall Govindan
Recommended reading list
For yoga practitioners and yoga teachers, it is highly recommended adding these books to your personal home library for reference and further studies. You do not need to bring any text books with you. All reading material will be supplied.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Pramahansa Yogananda
'Meditations from the mat' by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
'The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
'A search in secret India' by Paul brunton
Dynamic Yoga by Godfrey Devereux
Light on yoga by BKS Iyengar
'The Bhagavad Gita' many translations available
'Yoga and Kriya' by Swami Satyananda Saraswat (Bihar School of Yoga)
'Conscious Eating' by Gabriel Cousens
'Hands of light' by Barabara Brennan
One of Tribe Yogas main focuses is to guide you towards deepening into a strong self-practice and a more yogic lifestyle. They facilitate a space whereby each person is invited to appreciate and nurture their own individuality, developing a self-practice that reflects how and what one is feeling in each and every moment so that the sequencing of ones practice or teaching becomes more spontaneous and explorative.
In asana the sequencing for study and practice is based on a modified Ashtanga primary series and Vinyasa flow. To honor the varying abilities and limitations there are modifications to the traditional primary series asanas and introductions to a greater variety of asanas and sequencing taught under an umbrella of spiritual content and guidance.
Tribe Yoga feels that awareness is the fertile ground for transformation and the real essence of asana practice lies in connecting to the subtleties of the body, breath and mind. Instructions focus on leading the students into a deeper awareness, to feel and recognize whats going on inside their bodies not just physically!
Moving through an asana practice is not the inhale 'do this' and exhale 'do that' often experience in many Ashtanga classes. This does little to enhance a students self development and progress. Asana classes taught on Tribe training incorporate practical instruction and spiritual guidance.
Tribe Yogas approach, which is transmitted to trainees, is one of clear and effective instruction to increase awareness and sensitivity empowering students to deepen into a safe and beneficial practice. There are no Mysore style asana classes on these intensive yoga teacher trainings.
The method use in the asana practices and studies is inspired by 'Dynamic yoga ' as devised by Godfrey Devereux. The dynamic yoga method gives us a simplistic approach to the practice and understanding of some basic fundamentals applied during effective asana practice. Those fundamentals are:
A soft and passive core
A stable foundation
Expression of the bandhas
Freedom of the breath
Awareness and sensitivity act as the fertile ground on which the fundamentals can be cultivated
Pranayama can open the doors to the possibility of transcending physical and emotional blocks thereby accessing and connecting to the more subtle aspects of our being. The pranayama program includes a broad range of techniques that present a gradual yet deep exploration of the power of the breath.
As part of the yoga practice schedule the meditation program is a reflection of the different styles of meditations that the teachers on the training personally practice, which depending on the teaching team may include Anapasati (mindfulness of breathing), dynamic meditation, Aum meditation and various styles of guided meditations techniques including trataka and the hang-sa kriya.
Meditation can be quite challenging to western students who are not used to sitting for long periods in stillness so please consider this carefully if you wish to train with Tribe Yoga. Some meditations will be guided and some will be in silence.
All the meditations are an invitation to cultivate the awareness and stillness that is the hallmark of all spiritual practices.
At Tribe Yoga the ancient teachings of the east are taught in a modern way suitable for the western mind so students can flourish in their practice and naturally gravitate to a more yogic lifestyle. They have no bias to any particular spiritual teachings and teach in a non-dogmatic way, which embraces many spiritual traditions and paths.
Studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, you will focus on the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. The eight limbs illuminate the understanding of what yoga is and how to practice. Tribe Yoga likes to think that the 'real' teachings come from all those who participate in the training discussing, sharing, exploring and debating yoga practice and yogic lifestyle in the animated philosophical sessions that take place each week.
Fasting and detoxing
All trainees who successfully complete the Ashtanga yoga teacher training receive an internationally recognized 200-hour yoga teacher certificate and are qualified to teach whatever style of yoga they love and practice. Holders of the Tribe teaching certificate can register with the Yoga Alliance and other yoga registries as a RYT (registered yoga teacher).
Kura Kura Yoga Retreat is an intimate resort at the shore of Bali and offers you an oasis of serenity, a sanctuary for the body, heart and mind. It is a perfect ground to rejuvenate and immerge into the magic of Bali. The surroundings invites rising with the song of the birds, taking walks along the beach, visiting the many local temples, watching the waves moving in and experiencing amazing sunsets. Kura Kura is settled just 50 steps from the beach of Seseh. A traditional fishing village, untouched by major tourism but close enough to the shops and buzz of Seminyak and on walking distance from Echo Beach, a famous Bali surf spot.
Canggu is a small beach village, located about 20 minutes north of Seminyak. The name is often used to describe the large coastal stretch of 8 kilometers, running north from the village of Berawa to the village of Cemagi. Canggu can be easily reached by scooter or motorbike, within 10 minutes.
Echo beach is a well-known surfing spot, thanks to its big and powerful waves. It is situated in the west of Denpasar city, a short walk from the retreat. The boulevard has a variety of nice eateries for eastern and western cuisine. Also, the beach features an amazing panorama of the Indian ocean.
The next town north of Legian, Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day. Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the up scaling of Bali in recent years more obvious.
Seseh is a tiny traditional fishing village tucked away on the southwest coast of Bali, and has managed to retain the cultural spirit of Bali. Still untouched by major tourism. At the beach you meet Balinese families enjoying the amazing sunsets. Seseh Beach is revered by the Balinese as a sacred beach and is a place where many Balinese go to perform centuries old ceremonial rituals. It is also notable for its great surfing as Echo Beach about 2 kilometers south of Seseh. More than anything Seseh is a superb location to explore the cultural heritage sites for which Bali was once famous. It is the perfect location to see the real Bali.
Perched on the gentle slopes leading up towards the central mountains, Ubud is the other half of Balis tourism duopoly. Unlike South Bali, however, Ubuds focus remains on the remarkable Balinese culture in its myriad forms. Its not surprising that many people come to Ubud for a day or two and end up staying longer, drawn in by the rich culture and many activities. Besides the very popular dance-and-music shows, there are numerous courses on offer that allow you to become fully immersed in Balinese culture.