“You yourself are the eternal energy which appears as this universe. You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.”

― Alan Watts

Vision & Mission

School for Yoga & Life-Art approaches Yoga as a spiritual Life-Art that integrates body, mind, heart, spirit and soul. We are not religious and we warmly welcome people from all walks of life, gender, religion and sexuality. We expect our students to have an open mind and heart, and the willingness to explore their inner and outer world. Don’t reject; don’t accept; contemplate.

We encourage our students to be their most authentic self, so that they inspire others to do the same. Taking responsibility for our own lives and the footprint we leave on Mother Earth is another important aspect of our schools mission.

In accordance with the laws of Nature and Universe, we see Yoga as an ever evolving Life-Art practice and valuable system for the cultivation of awareness and self growth. We acknowledge the teachings of Traditional Tantra Yoga, passing on to our students the history and philosophy as derived from its original sources.

In the modern world Yoga has been evolving into a merely physical fitness practice. Although there is nothing wrong with a good sweaty workout- and we promise you, there will be plenty of that- we aim to teach our students the full scope of Yoga practice and philosophy. Meditation is at the heart of this practice and the ultimate goal is to accept and merge all aspects of the Self, overcoming the state of seperation and confusion that most of us struggle with in life.

What makes our Yoga Teacher Training unique, is the integration of shaman-inspired Natural Life-Art practices in the curriculum. By celebrating seasonal events, new and full moon rituals and the 5 elements, we honor the cyclical nature of the divine feminine- also known as Shakti. The rituals and celebrations allow us to restore our connection with Mother Nature, something that many of us have lost in the rat-race of our modern lifes.

What to expect

  • 200 hours
  • 4 weeks
  • 6 days a week
  • 8 hours a day

 

Daily schedule:

 

6.45 am – Jala Neti (ayurvedic cleansing)

7.00 am – Morning tea and fruit

7.30 am – Asana practice and meditation- 2 hrs

9.30 am – Breakfast

10.00 am – Rest/study- 1,5 hrs

11.30 am – Workshop/Lecture- 2,5 hrs

2.00 pm – Lunch

3.00 pm – Rest/study- 1,5 hrs

4.30 pm – Asana practice and meditation- 1,5 hrs

6.00 pm – Dinner & socialize

7.30 pm –  Evening program (lecture/movie/sharing/ceremony)- 2 hrs

10.00 pm – Retreat/rest

 

  • From 10pm till 10am we invite you to practice noble silence. This means we don’t speak unless we really need to, and only with awareness and compassion. Questions are always welcome.

  • Sunday is our day off. You can go explore the beaches in the area, take a surf class, go horseback riding or just relax at the pool of the retreat center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

Jala neti
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.

Embodied Anatomy
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.

History
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. 

Teaching Methodology
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.

Practicum
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.