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This course delivers a comprehensive and in-depth curriculum that focuses on practice, breathing, meditation, and awareness, the ancient philosophy of yoga, and, of course, the art of teaching. Led by Lindsay Calvert, you will emerge from this course having experienced why yoga is a way of life, not just a form of exercise. Lindsay, supported by guest teachers, will guide you in the intensive and spiritual teachings and practices of yoga so that you gain the skills and experience to start teaching professionally.
During this yoga teacher training, you will be accommodated at the Sanctuary. A remote spa resort, The Sanctuary sits on an idyllic beach with turquoise blue waters and surrounded by dramatic cliffs. The Sanctuary specializes in wellness, detox, yoga, and health retreats and holidays.
Given The Sanctuary’s holistic approach to health and wellbeing, the professionalism and friendliness of its staff and the easy-going, laidback feel of the island, it is an ideal venue for a yoga teacher training in Koh Phangan.
The Sanctuary offers unique rooms in a garden setting, surrounded by coconut trees and overlooking the ocean. Its restaurant has an excellent reputation for its delicious, healthy food choices. If you want to leave your Yogagati teacher training course also feeling reinvigorated and refreshed, then there is no better place than The Sanctuary for undergoing your transformational training course.
Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
During the three-week intensive course, they guide students through the methodologies, techniques, and principles essential to effective yoga instruction. Alongside the practical element of the course, lessons will include a focus on the principles of sequencing, alignment, adjustments, and modifications; functional anatomy and physiology; an in-depth consideration of yoga philosophy and what it takes to make a career out of teaching yoga.
What sets the Yogagati school program apart from other courses is their commitment to leaving behind the one-size-fits-all approach and instead creating a respectful, stimulating, and relaxed learning environment that ensures every individual is heard and supported. Students emerge from the Yogagati course with a solid foundation ready to begin their yoga instructor career.
Even if you are not interested in teaching yoga, Yogagati can help you to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life while motivating you to deepen your practice and knowledge. The class size is limited to 14 students so you will receive more individual feedback and opportunities for questions. The Yogagati program is designed to empower participants from day one.
During the yoga teacher training, practical lessons are delivered in Vinyasa flow in the morning and gentle Yin in the afternoon. The breath guides the movement, the movement guides the breath, and everything else falls into place in between your inhalations and exhalations. You flow through sequences of asana offering strength, stamina, and flexibility free of pushing or forcing.
The Yogagati motto is: 'don’t fight your poses'. The aim of any yoga practice is not the end result but the process you go through to get there. It is the journey, not the destination that is most revealing. They invite you to look, listen, feel, and be present in that process. They want you to progress and experience growth within your skeletal structure, suppleness, and muscular strength and, of course, experience the pure joy of being present in your practice.
No matter how physical or meditative a pose can get, you are looking for the same result at the end of each class: a strong body, relaxed mind, balanced nervous and endocrine system, and massaged internal organs, all of which help release tensions and toxins and promote longevity and overall good health.
When the internal and external bodies are in a state of balance and unity, relaxation, happiness, and spiritual awakening become attainable. Your body and mind are detached from tension and your soul is set free. And that is where the magic happens. How far you take it, it is up to you.
During asana clinic, you will examine 80 postures (Vinyasa and Yin style poses) from the study manual. Asanas will be explored through their alignment points. You will consider commonly made errors and the variations to simplify or intensify the pose. Adjustments, modifications, as well as the use of props, will be covered in this module.
The art of breathing. You will learn, practice, and teach different types of breaths, their techniques, and functions. To name a few, you will explore Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), Nadi shodana (alternate nostril breathing), Bhramari (humming bee), Ujjayi (victorious breath), Shitali and Sitkari (cooling breath).
There will be discussions on the benefits and contraindications of each breath and how to use these techniques as a separate practice as well as their place within asana practice. You will explore different types of Vayus (prana flow) and how to engage and use three main yogic locks - bandhas.
Various meditation techniques will be taught and practiced, in both walking and sitting settings. You will explore the concept and understanding of Samadhi and mindfulness, as well as mantras, chanting, and the tradition and meaning of mudras.
Yogagati believes that the best way to teach methodology is through instruction. You will take a hands-on approach rather than a lecture style class. You will cover primarily but not exclusively:
The ability to effectively communicate and connect with class participants is one of the key aspects of a successful teacher. They will help you discover your unique teaching style and investigate different aspects of language such as the passive and active voice, speed, and selection of vocabulary. They will teach you how to create, through your communication, a trusting and safe environment in which to practice.
As a yoga instructor, it is vital you are able to plan and sequence your classes according to different needs, be it age, physical limitation or injury. The Yogagati yoga teacher training will prepare you to teach a wide spectrum of people. They will also work with you to determine how to teach in your preferred style and show you the principles of demonstration and observation, how to safely adjust asanas, and how to use modifications and corrections so that you can offer your classes to a broad audience and allow participants to practice safely.
To become a teacher and to excel in the yoga teacher training course, you must physically practice the art of teaching. In this unit, you will learn how to teach by:
You will primarily focus on understanding the body’s mechanisms taking a holistic approach. This unit will involve:
These concepts will be looked at in a discussion style format, where you will explore:
This yoga teacher training is, without a doubt, transformational and will leave you motivated to take the next step. You will cover the business part of yoga, including how to launch your teaching or yoga-related career and how to market your business - helping to prepare you for the next phase of your journey.
This course is taught over three weeks, ideal for those with limited time who want to obtain full certification or just deepen their personal practice. You do not have to be flexible or be able to stand on your head, it is more important that you have a willingness to learn.
The number one prerequisite that Yogagati has is that students come to their yoga teacher training courses with an open mind and heart, receptive to the teachers and course content. The program is structured in a way that supports participants of all levels, including beginners. Applicants, however, must be in good health, physically and mentally.
Yogagati curriculum and teacher training courses are Yoga Alliance accredited. Upon completion of this program, you will be awarded a certificate that will allow you to register with Yoga Alliance. This registration enhances your credibility as a yoga professional since their designations are the premier forms of recognition for yoga teachers wanting to teach worldwide.
Viktoria Hartung is the perfect person to teach the Yin and Anatomy module of the training program and is a knowledgeable and well-respected practitioner with over 20 years of teaching experience. Her background is a varied portfolio of Yin and Therapeutic yoga with further studies in a whole host of specialist areas from Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Nadi healing touch to Acroyoga. She has a passion for massage and has worked extensively with deep tissue, Thai, and flying Thai massage techniques.
Lindsay Calvert is a Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer with Over 10 years of yoga, movement arts, and fitness education in a variety of settings. While her current primary focus is teaching yoga, she also holds a BFA in dance, choreography, and performance, in addition to certifications in Pilates and barre. She is also a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and regularly teaches yoga teacher trainings around the world. Her studies include Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Acro yoga, Aerial yoga, Yin, and Restorative yoga as well as most recently Kundalini and Iyengar yoga in Dharamsala, India.
This yoga teacher training will take place on the magical island of Koh Phangan, in southeastern Thailand.
During this yoga teacher training, you will be served daily vegetarian or vegan breakfast, with the exception of the days off. For lunch and dinner, there is a great variety of healthy and delicious options either at The Sanctuary restaurant or at local eateries nearby. Typical Thai meals will cost between 5 and 10 USD.
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