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30 Days Authentic and Classical 300 Hours Sanatan Yoga Teacher Training in Castelo Branco, Portugal

International Yoga Satsang Ashram Portugal, Castelo Branco, 6000 Benquerenças, Portugal

Portugal Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

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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.

Meet the instructors

Yogachariya Jnanadev & Yogacharini Deepika
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily pranayama session
  • Learn teaching skills and yogic theory
  • Quiet sitting and Dharana practices
  • Daily mantra or Bhajans session
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
00:00

Facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor shower

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.

Program

Requirements

  • Applicants must have experience of yoga for at least two years
  • Applicants should complete a short foundation program with Yoga Satsanga Ashram before arrival (can be done online and will be included free)
  • Applicants will need to complete health disclaimers and agree to adhere to ashram's codes of conduct

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.

What does Yoga Satsanga Ashram teach?

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:

Hatha yoga / physical practices

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.

What do you learn in Hatha yoga?

  • Jattis: a wide range of warm-up practices to wake up your muscles, remove toxins and traumas, and prepare for kriyas.
  • Kriyas: body movement from one posture to other with breath and mindfulness to improve flexibility, strength, and endurance as well as channel your energies for better health, well-being, and further advancement in yoga.
  • Suriya namaskar or sun salutations for physical work-out and energy channeling to raise your subtle energies and improve overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Asana (posture, poise, and pause) and mudra (seals or energy gestures) to attain ease, stability, concentration, and ability to hold still as well as channel your potential energies from lower to higher consciousness.

Pranayama practices

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.

Yogic relaxation and visualizations

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.

Yogic philosophy or theory

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:

The eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga of Patanjali:

  • Yama - moral observances
  • Niyama - ethical observances
  • Asana - posture work
  • Pranayama - breath / energy control
  • Pratyahara - sensory withdrawal
  • Dharana - concentration
  • Samadhi - enlightenment
  • Karma - theory
  • Mind and its psychology in yogic context
  • Yogic lifestyle

Bhajan singing and mantra chanting

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.

Daily practice and homework

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.

Module 1

  • Theme: Foundations of yoga practice
  • Hatha yoga practice: Jattis and kriyas for loosening and warming up, chatuspada kriya, danda kriya, palavini kriya, pawanmukta kriya, Vvajrasana and variations, yoga Mudra and shakti mudra, Aruna suriya namaskar
  • Pranayama: sukha puravaka pranayama (equal rhythm)
  • Yogic theory

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.

Module 2

  • Theme: Yoga as a way of life and deepening the breath
  • Hatha yoga practice: the Hathenas series for lower, middle, upper, and complete lung breathing, Vedic suriya namaskar
  • Pranayama: Vibhaga pranayama to activate different parts of the lungs; lower, middle, and upper with associated mudras
  • Yogic theory

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.

Module 3

  • Theme: Yoga as a path of awareness
  • Hatha yoga practice: Kaya Vidya (body awareness) series, Vajra veera asana, namaskar mudra series, Uthakatha asana, Meru asana, Hasta padasana, Samasthiti, Rishikesha Surya Namaskara, and variations of suriya mantras
  • Pranayama: pranava / AUM sadhana and its ancient sources; Savitri pranayama (rhythmical breathing) and the effects of different timings
  • Yogic theory

Understanding prana, obstacles to yogic evolution, elaboration on the five niyamas (duties), Shata karmas (cleansing practices).

Module 4

  • Theme: Yoga and multi-layered existence
  • Hatha yoga practice: Loma Viloma (shiva / shakti) balancing, single and double leg lifts, torso lifts, Rishikesh Suriya Namaskar revision extended
  • Pranayama: introduction to Loma-Viloma pranayama (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Yogic theory

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.

Module 5

  • Theme: Understanding prana
  • Hatha yoga practice: for spinal health; Supta-vajrasana, for brain vitalization; Vajra-Veeriya group, for the nervous system; Sukha asana, Baddha Kona asana, Sama Pada asana, associated mudras, Veera-Bhadra Suriya Namaskar
  • Pranayama: Sukha and Savitri pranayama in different rhythms, as pratyahara, dharana, and dhyana
  • Yogic theory

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.

Module 6

  • Theme: The Hatha yoga pradipika a foundational yoga text from the 14th century
  • Hatha yoga practice: the most important asanas from the HYP; siddha asana, padma asana, simha asana, bhadra asana, bandhas, cleansing practices, mudras, Veera Bhadra Suriya Namaskar revision
  • Pranayama: different methods of pranayama described in the HYP, utilizing bandhas and alternate nostril breathing, Kapala bhati, Ujayee, Sitali, Bhastrika
  • Yogic theory

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

  • Midway review: one on one meetings with students

Module 7

  • Theme: The philosophical system of yoga and strengthening the body
  • Hatha yoga practice: the Samasthiti group (14 standing postures) for strength and alignment, including Veeriya asana (warrior), Trikona asana (triangle), and Nataraja asana (Lord Shiva’s dance) yoga, and assisted Hatha yoga work or partner work
  • Pranayama: Sahita pranayama; particular breathing rhythm sequences to purify and vitalize the lungs, liver, digestion, elimination, and heart systems
  • Yogic theory: the law of Karma, elaboration on the yoga sutras of Patanjali and the four padas (chapters), the ten major naris, the seven chakras
  • Practice teaching: leading mock teaching sessions with each other or parts of classes like warm-ups, sun salutations, and others

Module 8

  • Theme: Pratyahara Withdrawal of the Senses (the fifth limb of Ashtanga yoga)
  • Hatha yoga practice: a series of 17 pelvic loosening postures, Kshatriyan kriyas series 1
  • Pranayama: Savitri rhythm beginning with 6/3 and gradually expanding, as an exploration of pratyahara and dharanas
  • Yogic theory: what is Pratyahara, the sense organs, control of the senses and mental impressions, pratyahara in the scriptures, Yantra (the yogic science of number, name, and form), color meditations and the aura
  • Practice teaching: leading mock teaching sessions with each other or parts of classes like warm-ups, sun salutations, and others

Module 9

  • Theme: Meditation and inner balance
  • Hatha yoga practice: twisting poses for spinal flexibility and activation of the digestive system suriya namaskars revision, Kshatriyan kriya 2
  • Pranayama: bhramari and bhramara pranayama (bee sounds) for cleansing the nervous system, yoni mudra, and sanmukhi mudra
  • Yogic theory: how to meditate, meditation in the scriptures, meditation for a healthy and integrated personality, some yoga sequences for regular sadhana
  • Practice teaching: leading mock teaching sessions with each other or parts of classes like warm-ups, sun salutations, and others

Module 10

  • Theme: Integrating and preparing to t
  • each
  • Hatha yoga practice: Navasana and variations, Halasana and variations, Sarvanga asana and variations, Setu-bandha-asana, assisted Hatha yoga or Partner yoga
  • Pranayama: full Loma-Viloma pranayama for cleansing and smoothing nervous system
  • Yogic theory: student-teaching sessions, review and discussion, what does it mean to teach, and finding one’s own style
  • Practice teaching: leading mock teaching sessions with each other, or parts of classes like warm-ups, sun salutations, and others

Module 11

  • Theme: Uniting Shiva and Shakti Energy
  • Hatha yoga practice: Rishikesh Suriya Namaskar series 1 to 6, Partner yoga or assisted Hatha yoga
  • Pranayama: Loma-Viloma pranayama (alternate nostril breathing with breath retention)
  • Yogic theory
  • Anatomical structure and body systems; planes and cavities, muscles, tissues, cellular structure, how the nervous system works; yogic system of the five bodies (koshas), how Western anatomy intersects with yogic principles and practices such as asana and pancha pranas (energy flows through the body).
  • Practice teaching: leading mock teaching sessions with each other, or parts of classes like warm-ups, sun salutations, and others

Module 12

  • Theme: Course completion - students teaching sessions
  • Hatha yoga practice: students leading different series from the course
  • Pranayama: students leading pranayama practices
  • Yogic theory: students presenting a short talk on a chosen aspect of yogic theory
  • Quiz and demonstrations: students completing a yoga theory quiz and demonstrating postures to Sanskrit names

Typical daily schedule

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.

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Quiet sitting / meditation
  • 06:45 - 08:00 Arati followed by Hatha yoga
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Study time
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Pranayama and relaxation techniques (later on practice teaching sessions)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Karma yoga
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Free time / study time
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Practice revision / chanting / yoga Chikitsa
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Free time or Karma yoga (split into groups)
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Supper
  • 19:30 - 20:30 / 21:00 Bhajans and Satsanga
  • Close of day: Mauna (silence till morning) / free time / bedtime

Saturday

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.

Sunday

  • Free morning till 12:00 midday
  • 12:00 Karma yoga
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Hatha yoga practice
  • 18:30 Supper
  • 20:00 Pranava Aum chanting session

Yoga Satsanga Ashram commitments

  • Enter in the ashram with smile and happiness
  • Everyone is equal, there is no competition here
  • Respect each other's views and opinions
  • Give each other space and silence when needed
  • There is a lot to learn in a short time, so please try not to waste any time in gossiping during the schedule, this is for your benefit
  • During the yoga class or session try to stay focused on the subject and what is being taught that may take up time please ask questions at the end of the session
  • The yoga studio is a space for yoga practice only, and ideally practice Mauna (silence) when in this space before class and prepare your mind for the teachings
  • In traditional ashrams when the teacher enters the room students stand up holding namaskar mudra as an offering of respect and gratitude for what they are about to receive
  • In ashram tradition please wear comfortable clothes that cover the body as much as possible so you can enjoy your sadhana without distraction to yourself or others
  • Everyone has their own reasons, aims, and goals for yoga sadhana, please respect each other and focus on your own path
  • Please use Namaskar, a beautiful gesture or mudra to great each other's spirits by joining hands to heart at arriving and departing the class space
  • Always be on time or don’t arrive late and take up everyone’s time telling why, just join in quietly
  • Please undertake the course sincerely and with happiness, the more you put in the more you get out!
  • Please respect this ashram as a place of pure yoga practice, although Yoga Satsanga Ashram supports other complementary therapies, other practices or therapies should be practiced or discussed outside of the course time
  • Students are not there to look, judge, or observe others, the only person you are here to reflect on is yourself
  • You can make an appointment to discuss any personal issues with Yoga Satsanga Ashram, but again please be mindful not to take up too much group or session time with your personal issues as there is so much to get through in the course contact time
  • Please stay fully focused on the yoga practices whilst you are here, phone and internet use should be zero whilst at the ashram, please switch off on arrival
  • Please report any breakages and take your responsibility to replace items

Instructors

Yogachariya Jnanadev Giri

Yogacharini Deepika Giri

Location

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.

Distances

  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 2 hours

Food

All vegetarian food will be provided (within reason, any special dietary products may need to be purchased by the student).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • All lessons and course books
  • 29 nights of basic accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfer from bus or train station (Castelo Branco)

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday October 8, 2019
Departure: Wednesday November 6, 2019

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This training requires a minimum of four participants.

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