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This course is a one-month intensive yoga teacher training into Sanatan yoga a classical Hatha, Jnana, and Raja yoga-based tradition, which has a strong foundation in the Gitananda paramparai. The course will be lead by Yogachariya Jnandev Giri and Yogacharini Deepika Giri who are both senior Gitananda yoga teachers.
The international Yoga Satsanga Ashram is set at the edge of a forest, mountain region very close to the city of Castelo Branco which is towards the Spanish border. They are approximately two hours from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) by car.
The ashram is a 21-acre hillside with many cork oak trees and pine trees. The land is bordered by a seasonal stream and to the south side of the land, there are around 30 olive trees some of which are very old. There are some stunning panoramic views from the top of the land and some nice open spaces.
Life at the ashram will be a very much outdoor lifestyle! You will try to grow your own food, live in harmony with nature, use compost toilets, outdoor showers and it is off the grid and have power via solar panels or a generator when you need to pump water from the borehole.
Yoga Satsanga Ashram has one main building with a large yoga hall. Students will stay in a log cabin which may be shared with one other student. They also have two caravans as single accommodation and camping option is also available. There will be different pricing for each option depending on the accommodation choice.
Please be prepared for a camping outdoor lifestyle. You will live in harmony with nature as much as possible. The toilets will be compost toilets. Showers are outdoor but private. There will be tea-making facilities for students to help themselves whenever they want.
Yoga Satsanga Ashram is off-grid with simple living, they have three wood cabins which can be either shared twin rooms or single rooms, three caravans which will have some simple solar lighting in them and although they have gas cookers in them these will not be connected, as there will be a communal kitchen for this.
Likewise the toilets in the caravans are also not for use, instead, you will have a portable toilet which you will use as a compost toilet, with sawdust and empty when needed. Yoga Satsanga Ashram also has two five meters bell tents which will have an airbed in them. There are two private outdoor showers which will have hot water connected via a gas water heater should you need it.
For this course Deepika will start the training off, then Jnandev will join the group for the three remaining weeks. Deepika and Jnandev have been successfully running YTT programs over the last 10 years at Yoga Satsanga Ashram which they founded in West Wales UK.
The ashram in Portugal is a new venture and expansion of the UK ashram. As this will be the second program to be run at the Portugal ashram, Yoga Satsanga Ashram is offering very low prices compared to the UK. This is partly due to the accommodation being very basic in Portugal and they understand this type of eco-living may not be manageable for everyone, even though it is the most yogic way of living.
Yoga Satsanga Ashram's course is structured into 12 modules of practice or sadhana. Each module you will receive course material and homework. The course will include four different parts:
Focuses on a specific set of physical practices or Hatha yoga for various parts of the body as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual development. You will get a good insight and understanding of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of Hatha yoga to help and enable you to understand the importance of kriyas and asana for personal development and gradually teach yoga classes to various level of students.
For physical, mental, and emotional purification. Further subtle pranayamas nari and pranic energy cleanse and enhancement from various yogic scriptures. There will be quite a few structured pranayama sadhanas during the course which depends on the individual level of students.
You will be learning and practicing 15 to 20 yogic visualization techniques for deeper yogic relaxation, yoga Nidra, and meditation. It will enable you to choose the suitable practices for your personal daily sadhana as well as for your teachings according to the level of students.
In-depth study of yoga philosophy of Patanjali yoga sutras and other yogic scriptures to enable the students to understand various aspects of individual life. You will study in depth about:
Part of Bhakti yoga and yogic healing through sounds which gradually can lead you to be able to practice Kundalini yoga of Rishiculutre tradition. It helps students to open up and refine their pranic energy channels and chakras.
You will be guided throughout the month with daily Hatha yoga, pranayama, relaxation techniques along with the homework regarding your own sadhana and personal development will enable you to reflect more into your self-practice and discipline.
Throughout the course you will be guided through these practices which Yoga Satsanga Ashram has set as part of the course.
Defining yoga, ancient and modern aspects, physical and spiritual benefits, yoga as a path of union with the supreme self, and practical issues in establishing your practice.
Classifications of yoga; Raja, Hatha, Mantra, Laya, Tantra, Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, Kundalini, pranayama. Introduction to the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (duties), yoga as four-fold awareness, benefits of yoga for stress and nervous tension, physical and spiritual aspects of Shavasana, yoga as a science of self-realization, introduction to yoga sutras of Patanjali.
Understanding prana, obstacles to yogic evolution, elaboration on the five niyamas (duties), Shata karmas (cleansing practices).
Asana as the third step in Ashtanga yoga, the five bodies (pancha koshas), key asanas in different yoga traditions, the five pranas; the naris, chakras, the five Pancha Koshas (sheaths), methods of meditation, introduction to Svara yoga.
What is pranayama, pranayama in the yoga scriptures, the physiology of respiration, effect of thoughts and emotions on prana and pranayama, the guru-shisya relationship (teacher-student relationship), yoga diet and health, introduction to Tantra.
Introduction to the Hindu philosophy of yugas, an overview of the complete multi-faceted system of Hatha yoga as detailed in the Hatha yoga pradipika
Yoga Satsanga Ashram will run an intensive program over the four weeks early starts and teaching till late evenings. They will give a few hours off every afternoon and one day off per week, please refer to the complete schedule below.
Saturdays will be a free day (following the early morning Hatha yoga class) to explore the local area or just relax or study. There is a curfew you must be back at the ashram by 18:30 for supper and at 19:00 mantra chanting before bed.
Surender Sani was born in India and lived there for the first 33 years of his life. He is also known as Yogachariya Jnandev. He studied yoga in both aspects, academically, and through his own experiences. Now he has established an ashram primarily based on Gitananda yoga, along with his wife Sally, in Wales, UK. Jnandev has studied yogic scriptures in their original language, Sanskrit. He comes from a Hindu family and holds the moral and ethical codes of yoga as vitally important. He believes that spiritual growth and evolution are the foundations of true yoga practice.
Deepika (Sally Saini) started her yoga practice back in 1993 and she became a full time yoga instructor later. She is married to Surender Saini. They met in India while she was doing an intensive teacher training at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research. She is also known as Yogacharini Deepika. Sally has also studied, practiced, and been involved in many other systems and techniques over the years in her spiritual seeking. Deepika is now one of the few people worldwide who hold a 3000hours advanced qualification from ICYER, Ananda Ashram.
The location is quite rural but you can walk to the village from the land and on your days off Yoga Satsanga Ashram will try to arrange lifts onto town wherever possible.
All vegetarian food will be provided (within reason, any special dietary products may need to be purchased by the student).
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Guests can get a bus or train to Castelo Branco very easily from Lisbon and Yoga Satsanga Ashram will collect them from the bus or train station at Castelo Branco. From Lisbon, the ashram is two hours by car and around three hours by bus or train.
Buses are available every two hours from Lisbon for around 14 EUR (one way) to Castelo Branco where Yoga Satsanga Ashram can arrange pick up.
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