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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Indonesia

Enhance your Ashtanga Vinyasa practice in the serene landscapes of Bali. Master fundamentals, refine technique, and build strength in a supportive community dedicated to personal collective growth.

Meet the instructors

Sharath & Cecilia
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Highlights

  • Experience daily yoga classes
  • Engage in teaching segments of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sequence
  • Cover tuition fees
  • Receive course materials
  • Enjoy daily meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: 5-30 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

YogaUnion has partnered with many local homestays within the ricefield area. The homestays are carefully selected as YogaUnion's official partners and specialize in accommodating and hosting students of YogaUnion.

  • Yoga Union Earth
  • Gustis Garden 2
  • Anugrah Ubud
  • Purnama Home
  • Restu House and Spa

The shala, accommodation, and the restaurant are located in the luscious rice fields, where you can really enjoy the peaceful surroundings whilst being at one with nature. The location is not accessible by cars, therefore feet, bicycles, and motorbikes are only welcome. All rooms are of a similar standard, are designed in contemporary and authentic Balinese architecture and aesthetics.

During your stay, you will get free Wi-Fi, hot water, private toilets, a cleaning service, and fresh towels.

Program

Overview

YogaUnionBali has been delivering Yoga Teacher Training Courses (YTTCs), based on Vinyasa Astanga Flow, for more than 15 years now.

Enchanted by her experiences in Bali, Greece, and India, Ourania, the founder of YogaUnionBali, decided to make Athens her new yoga home. Bringing her experiences from her permanent home in Ubud (the cultural and yogic capital of Bali), all the way to her birthplace in Greece.

Sharath is known for his advanced practice, for thousands of hours of teaching, and for his love and dedication to perfecting asana.

Cecilia, a certified first-level Ashtanga teacher and second-sequence practitioner, will be assisting during the course, bringing her expertise to enhance the learning journey.

Why YogaUnionBali?

YogaUnion doesn’t make empty promises – they truly believe they deliver something very special here and know that the course changes lives. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you can guarantee that if you take a leap to commit, you will never look back.

It will be intense and challenging but know that you will come out on the other side stronger – mentally and physically. YogaUnion delivers life-changing transformations.

YogaUnionBali really hopes that you will join them here soon.

Requirements

  • Yoga Practice: The more comfortable you are as a yoga practitioner, the more you will be able to focus on the teaching and transformational aspects of your training. To take the most out of the training, YogaUnionBali recommends a foundation in fundamental yoga postures.
  • English: YogaUnionBali welcomes all nationalities and languages, and the material and lessons are delivered in clear and not over-complicated English. Please note all the classes are delivered in English and so is the exam.
  • Attendance: To ensure the success of the training, participants are required to attend all the classes and lectures.

The course

Drawing from 15 years of teaching, assisting, and training experience in diverse locations like India (Mexico, Guatemala, Europe, Thailand, and Bali), Sharath has meticulously developed this 50-hour module to provide an enriching, practical, and transformative experience. The training is thoughtfully crafted to challenge and foster the growth of individuals at all skill levels.

The 50-hour course specializes in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and creative sequencing of Vinyasa yoga, with a strong focus on the Asana practice. YogaUnionBali prioritizes:

  • Guiding you in building a solid self-practice
  • Developing your technique, confidence, skills, and profound knowledge
  • Providing a comprehensive understanding of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and sequencing skill with Vinyasa yoga
  • Offering asana analysis and adjustment theory and practicals
  • Deepening your understanding of pranayama and chanting
  • Conducting afternoon workshop on practicing
  • Vinyasa yoga and the art of creating sequences
  • Hosting a special workshop on animal movements and handstands based on Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Martial art
  • Covering methodology, theory, philosophy, and anatomy/physiology
  • Providing insights into basic Ayurveda, nutrition, healing, and rejuvenation in relation to yoga practice
  • Equipping you to excel as both a yoga teacher and a self-practitioner.

You can expect

Experience five days of Mysore-style Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, including hands-on adjustments, culminating in a led class on the final day.

Each day, mornings commence with an hour of pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting, followed by an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class. Late mornings are dedicated to in-depth learning of asanas, emphasizing alignment, adjustments, and teaching methodology.

Explore the theoretical aspects of asanas during early afternoons, alternating between yoga philosophy, anatomy, and yoga Nidra. Alternating feature specialized workshops focusing on creative Vinyasa, delving into the art of crafting sequences with topics like hip opening, back bending, and inversions.

Early mornings concentrate on the traditional practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, emphasizing the development of self-practice. From day one, you’ll engage in teaching segments of the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sequence, building confidence to lead full classes by the course’s end.

Afternoon classes will shift focus to Vinyasa yoga, exploring the technique and art of creating specialized classes centered around hip technique and art of creating specialized classes centered around hip opening, back bending, and inversions.

  • Daily morning pranayama, breathing techniques, and meditation. Emphasis on mudras and pranayama for Yin yoga
  • Anatomy: Nadis, chakras and koshas, bones, fascia, and connective tissue
  • Qi energy and the 12 Meridians
  • Meditation, visualization, and relaxation
  • Daily Yin yoga practice focused on different elements
  • Daily analysis of all the Yin yoga poses, the alignment, modifications, and how to create your sequences
  • Specialized workshops in a variety of different subjects including philosophy and anatomy of Yin yoga
  • Experiencing different types of yoga lessons, including Vinyasa, Hatha, and yoga Nidra

Course curriculum

Pranayama

Prana – breath, yama – control – in accordance with the great yogis, breath equals to energy flow.

Every morning will begin with pranayama classes, where you will have the chance to get grounded, look inward, and set intention and energy for the day ahead. You will practice your breath and gain conscious awareness of your body.

In this class you will learn and practice:

  • Yogic breathing
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Ujjayi (the psychic or victorious breath)
  • Bhastika (bellows breath)
  • Kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing breath)

Asanas analysis and adjustments

This class focuses on analyzing and dissecting basic advanced postures. You’ll learn the correct alignment based on the traditional approach and in line with body understand how to offer hands-on mechanics and how to structure them in a Vinyasa class. The teachers will always be present in your practice, observing and providing feedback.

In this class you will learn:

  • Analysis of the 80 postures and more (arm balances, back-bends, and inversions)
  • Modifications, other variations, and variations of all postures advanced
  • How to use yoga props in your yoga practice
  • Adjustment (physical and verbal) theory and hands-on practice

Philosophy

Participants will travel back in time to India and dive deep into the origins of yoga and how it reached today’s modern form. Focusing on philosophical concepts, you will learn how to adapt and apply them to modern lives. These lessons are held in a conversational format, which enables students to actively engage and explore meanings through their vision and stories.

In this class you will learn and discuss:

  • History and meaning of yoga
  • The eight-limb path of yoga according to Patanjali
  • Prana, Vayus, Nadis, Chakras, Kundalini
  • The Gunas, doshas, introduction to a yogic diet
  • Mudras, Bandhas (energy locks) and mantras
  • The meaning of Om
  • Lifestyle and ethics as a yoga practitioner and a teacher

Anatomy

You will take a deep dive into the understanding of the human body in today’s modern world, with a focus on the nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. You will gain a deep understanding of how these systems work in harmony to create movement and gain a deep understanding of how these systems work in harmony to create movement and gain the ability to articulate this through your yoga practice, teaching, and everyday life.

This class is delivered in a conversational setting. Over the years, YogaUnion has been able to master the delivery of complex concepts in a fun, interactive, and intuitive way.

In this class you will learn and discuss:

  • Introduction to anatomy and different body systems
  • Analysis of the skeletal system and connective tissue, muscular system, and the nervous system
  • Movement analysis of all major joints and muscles and direct application to yoga practice and asanas

Teaching methodology

YogaUnionBali believes that you begin teaching from the moment you enter the shala. They aim for the lessons to be confidence-building and progressive. You’ll start with one-to-one lessons and gradually move to bigger groups of students, eventually, you will deliver a 30-minute class to your fellow yogis. Through regular feedback from teachers and fellow students, you will have a chance to improve as you go along about finding your unique voice and style as a teacher.

  • YogaUnion Vinyasa structure and principles
  • Practice teaching and receiving feedback
  • Learn and practice hands-on adjustment
  • Instruction, teaching style, and qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection and floor precedence
  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions

Workshop

During the afternoon sessions, participants will concentrate on specialized workshops that delve into the art of creative Vinyasa. You will have the opportunity to explore and master the skill of crafting sequences, with a particular focus on topics such as hip opening, back bending, and inversions. These workshops aim to enhance your understanding and proficiency in these key elements of yoga practice, providing a dynamic and enriching experience that contributes to your overall growth as a practitioner and potential future teacher.

Sample schedule

  • 06:00 - 6:30 Shatkarma
  • 06:30 - 8:30 Mystore Ashtanga
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Pranayama
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Adjustment and alignment
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Anatomy and philosophy
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Special workshops
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Chanting and kirtan

Note

Upon completion of the program:

  • Teaching: Delivering a 30-minute Vinyasa flow class to your fellow yogis and receiving constructive feedback from your head teacher.
  • Taking a 3-hour written exam focused on asana analysis, philosophy, and anatomy.

It will be a journey inwards and a cornerstone in the ultimate quest is self-realization and self-love.

Instructors

Sharath Shanthraju

Cecilia

Location

Ubud, Bali

Nestled in the heart of Bali, Ubud stands as a captivating hub of cultural richness and natural splendor. This serene town is a haven for those seeking an authentic and enriching experience. Known for its lush landscapes, traditional arts, and vibrant spirituality, Ubud beckons travelers from across the globe to immerse themselves in its tranquil ambiance.

Surrounded by terraced rice fields, dense rainforests, and sacred temples, Ubud offers a sanctuary for introspection and exploration. It has evolved into a thriving center for wellness and holistic living, where ancient traditions harmoniously blend with modern pursuits. Whether indulging in Balinese cuisine, discovering local craftsmanship, or partaking in yoga amidst the captivating scenery, Ubud promises an enchanting escape that rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul.

The rice fields

YogaUnion highly recommends this location to those who want to experience an authentic Ubudian lifestyle.

The shala, your accommodation, and the restaurant are located in the luscious rice fields, where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings whilst being at one with nature. The location is not accessible by cars; therefore foot, bicycles, and motorbikes are only welcome.

Food

This course includes vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays are excluded, as it's a "day off."

Breakfast consists of a tropical fruit salad, daily choice of porridge, black rice pudding, or Balinese crepes, all served alongside toast and eggs, as well as coffee, tea, and juice.

The richly flavored lunch and dinner buffet offer a variety of local dishes, vegetable stews and curries, legumes and grains, as well as a choice of salads. The tasty home-made food is freshly prepared with local and mostly organic ingredients.

For Sundays, you have a choice between numerous restaurants and amazing healthy food places in Ubud or around the ricefields.

Special food requirements such as vegan or gluten-free diet may be accommodated. If you have special dietary requirements, it's a good idea to communicate them before making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

The following excursions and activities are available in the area:

  • Downhill biking nature tours
  • Exclusive swimming pools
  • Jungle hikes
  • Temple trips
  • Volcano sunrise trips

Interesting activities

Sundays are completely free, allowing for exciting day trips into the stunning tropical nature. It will be an amazing opportunity to be part of life in Bali. The great island of Bali offers a variety of breath-taking excursions. Bali is located just south of the equator and is one of the 17000 islands of Indonesia. It features lush tropical vegetation, big volcano mountains, and countless beaches with big waves and coral reefs.

You can enjoy surfing in the famous waves of Bali. Other popular beach activities include stand-up paddling, snorkeling, diving, or just enjoying your free time in the sun. The nearby mountains invite for a sunrise volcano tour, hikes to paradise waterfalls, downhill biking, as well as visits to tropical jungle farms, producing cacao, vanilla, coffee, mangoes, and much more.

Ubud is famous for its artistic wood carving and stonework, featuring picturesque temples, art and fashion galleries, colorful markets, and exclusive health food dining, as well as stylish spa resorts with tropical swimming pools to unwind. An all-time favorite is the downtown monkey forest with giant trees, temples, and countless free monkeys.

On Sunday, you will have the possibility to explore the magic of Bali by visiting:

  • Taman Ayun royal temple
  • Ulun Danu Beratan lake and temple
  • Coffee plantation
  • Angseri natural hot spring
  • Jatilewih - the biggest rice terrace

Spa treatments

Massage: In Bali, you will experience the best massage of your life. Please let the YogaUnionBali team organize that for you—just ask. However, this comes at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Tuition fees
  • Course material
  • Certificate of completion
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Roundtrip flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Massage
  • Extra activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by taxi

Cars are not allowed on the rice field path, on the way to the premises, which is accessible only by foot or scooters/motorcycles. The drivers will assist you with your transportation and luggage, should you book the transport with YogaUnion. The rice field path is the main "street" of the area and all of the students’ accommodation, the shala, and the restaurant are located there. The neighborhood is peaceful and serene, YogaUnion therefore kindly ask that you’re mindful of this.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Arrival: Monday September 16, 2024
Departure: Sunday September 22, 2024

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