This ayurvedic nasal hygiene practice may feel weird the first time you try it but the benefits are amazing! Flowing lukewarm salty water through your nasal path (right from the nostrils to the throat), eliminates mucus and bacteria, prevents disease and improves the quality of meditation.
Asana practice (morning and afternoon)
Our asana classes are focussed on gaining experiential understanding of yoga and meditation, which we believe is the most important for a teacher. We will not take notes during these classes as we want to cultivate the ability to flow, surrender and let go of the thinking mind, integrating and embodying the practice on a subconscious level.
In the morning we practice dynamic hatha and vinyasa yoga. Starting with basic elementary sequences (inspired by earth, water, fire, air, ether) we build up to more advanced and challenging poses as we progress through the weeks.
The afternoon class will focus on practicing traditional tantra yoga. Cultivating ultimate relaxation of the whole system and deeper meditation. Slow flow and Yin inspired classes will also be offered once or twice a week.
Meditation and pranayama
Meditation and pranayama are always integrated in the asana practices and there will be more theoretical classes that go deeper into the physical, energetical and spiritual aspects of the subtle body and chakra system.
Three times a week, during the daily lecture/workshop you will dive into the anatomy of the body as it relates to yoga. You will gain fundamental understanding of skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, how to read a body and most importantly- how to safely guide students through a yoga class and assist them according to their unique needs.
Yoga & Tantra Philosophy
Our philosophy lectures will touch the 8 limbs of Yoga as taught by Patanjalli, as this is commonly accepted as the main yoga philosophy. We will dive deeper into traditional tantra yoga philosophy and the fundamentals of ayurveda as well. These lectures will be taught during the morning lecture/workshops and as evening program lectures as well.
We will dive into you the history of yoga and tantra, from ancient to modern times. We will look at how the teachings from the Hinduist traditions developed and then moved to the West, how this influenced the religious and philosophical aspects of the practice. This will help us to gain a deeper understanding of socio-cultural influences and the trend that exists today.
Here we will get very practical, handing you clear tools on how to teach, how to queue and how to theme your classes and workshops.
Most practicum blocks will be integrated in the morning asana practice, giving all students the opportunity to teach a part of the classes and get comfortable with instructing. You will be encouraged to practice in small groups in your free time as well, especially when the exams are approaching.
Professional development & personal coaching
Here we will dive into all aspects of how to prepare yourself for the professional life as a yoga teacher. We will discuss themes such as ethics, cultural and sexual awareness. We will also touch topics such as marketing- how to build your business and balance financial and spiritual ideals and goals. Every student will have access to personal coaching sessions with members of the teacher team, to discuss any challenges and personal issues that may arise.