Yoga Teacher Training – 200, 300 & 500 hrs – "Tantra Yoga Shamanism"
Become a Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Instructor
- Learn to teach an inspiring, intuitive and deeply meditative yoga practice
- Learn how to unify body, mind and spirit through yoga and how to integrate yogic philosophy into your daily life and your relationships
- Engage in a personal and transformative process in a beautiful and intimate learning environment
- Enjoy a great opportunity to get in contact with South America culture and see its similarities with the spiritual Indian culture. Discover the importance of the ritual.
Retreat Dates 2018 – 2019
- September 9th – 29th – (special focus on Shamanism)
200hrs Yoga & Shamanism with the collaboration of Don Alberto Taxo a master Iachak of the Atis (Kichwa) people from the Cotopaxi region of Ecuador. The training takes place in his house in the Andean region.
- Oct 14th – Dec 15th – Tantra Yoga Shamanism
500 hours: Oct 14th – Dec 15th
300 hours: Oct 14th – Nov 24th or Nov 4th – Dec 15th
200 hours: Oct 14th – Nov 10th or Nov 18th – Dec 15th
- Jan 13th – March 16th – Tantra Yoga Shamanism
500 hours: Jan 13th – Mar 16th
300 hours: Jan 13th – Feb 23rd or Feb 3rd – Mar 16th
200 hours: Jan 13th – Feb 9th or Feb 17th – Mar 16th
- March 31st – April 21st – (“Yoga Arts & Shamanism” – 3 weeks 200hrs)
Special focus on arts
- May 5th – May 26th – (“Yoga & Shamanism” – 3 weeks 200hrs)
Special focus on shamanism
- Jun 16th – Aug 17th – Tantra Yoga Shamanism
500 hours: Jun 16th – Aug 17th
300 hours: Jun 16th – Jul 28th or Jul 7th – Aug 17th
200 hours: Jun 16th – Jul 13th or Jul 21st – Aug 17th
- Sept 5th – Sept 28th – (“Yoga & Shamanism” – 3 weeks 200hrs)
Special focus on shamanism
- Oct 13th – Dec 14th – Tantra Yoga Shamanism
500 hours: Oct 13th – Dec 14th
300 hours: Oct 13th – Nov 23th or Nov 3rd – Dec 14th
200 hours: Oct 13th – Nov 9th or No 17th – Dec 14th
Bad Belzig, Berlin, Germany 2019
- June 30th – July 23Rd – “Tantra Yoga Shamanism”
200hrs Teacher Training in the ZEGG community
The Teacher Training Retreat
Each teacher training group consists of a maximum of 22 students in Ecuador and 30/ 35 students in Spain or Germany facilitated by an effective and engaging international team of instructors
Facilitators present in the October – December 2018 and January – March 2019 programs:
Teachers in charge in Oct – Dic 2018 will be: _ Iris Disse_, Catherine Ayer Gresham, Nicolas Cambas_(In Oct / Nov), _Tatiana Davila, Hector Villavicencio & Rosa Cisneros, Fanny Simbaña. _ Marcela Camacho_ (in Nov / Dic), Alimishky Music Project
Teachers in charge in Jan – Mar 2019 will be: Iris Disse (for the first 200hrs), _ Daniela de Girolamo_, Catherine Ayer Gresham, Nicolas Cambas_(In Jan / Feb), _Tatiana Davila, Hector Villavicencio & Rosa Cisneros, Fanny Simbaña. _ Marcela Camacho_ (in Feb / Mar)
You can read about facilitators in this link of our web site: Our Team
Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from everyday tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without their usual responsibilities and the busyness of daily life. A close, and energetic group environment is created to enable students to share their experience and learning process and thus collectively deepen their understanding of the yoga practice.
Course content is focused on Tantra Yoga
Techniques of pranayama are taught in Tantra Yoga and Kundalini Yoga practices
Chakra work through the kundalini, tantra yoga and meditation practice
Heyoca – the shamanic clown
Expressive Arts of the Being
Shamanism and Cosmovision
Tantric and Shamanistic Rituals
Durga’s Tiger Dance
Applied Tantra Philosophy
Extras & Weekend Offers
Yoga exploration laboratories where students discover other yoga techniques
Work with a shaman and medicinal plants of the jungle, or the Andes
Day trips with Mushuk Allpa Conscious Tours
At the end of every training, there is the possibility to participate to a Jungle Yagé trip with Jose Zambrano, the creator of “Mushuk Allpa Tours”, who spent the last years in creating a soustainable contact with indigenous people, supporting them with conscious turism and cooperation projects.
Morning session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
Lunch and afternoon break
Afternoon session of theory, or practical learning and yoga practice
Teachings of applied tantra philosophy, mantra chanting, dancing or special arts events related to the course material (two or three evenings per week).
You can read about the curriculum differences of 200, 300, and 500 hours courses in this link of our web page where you will also find other answers to the most frequent asked questions
Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation. Students learn the feeling of flowing into the asanas without struggle, developing a deep form of Yoga Meditation. This technique is completed by the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, sitting meditation and kundalini kriyas.
Students explore tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy and arts. Together we will discover ways in which to implement the yoga experience into everyday life.
Through the Tantra teachings students learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.
Through Kundalini Yoga we deeply explore the pranayama techniques used in kundalini, tantra yoga, and the Chakras system. We practice specific kryas to feel chakras and work with their energy.
Tantra yoga methodology, Ayurvedic walking massage, and partner yoga are also part of the program.
With Partner Yoga we will discover the joy and the importance of support and be supported, The challange is to take care of the sacred space dancing between me and my partner, and I experience the joy of giving and receiving.
We practice in silence to not distract the other senses from the flow of the practice and concentration in one-self and also in the other. It’s a work of active listening to feel until which point the other can arrive.
In these classes we will keep on working on many asanas of the kaula tantra yoga serie, using the approach of tantric wisdom, in which we will focus in presence, senses, connection, body communication, more than acrobacies, and in this way we will create the dance of Shiva and Shakti.
Durga’s Tiger Dance, a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles, is another form through which students deepen their creativity and relaxation in body movement. The training also involves voice work through mantra chanting.
In the October – November 2018, 300hrs course we will have live music in our Durga’s Tiger Dance classes as well as in some ancestral rituals which are part of the program. Musics will be performed by The Alimishly Project who collabrates with us in trainings once per year (you can see their profile in the page of “Our Team”)
We will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice in the classes of Intuitive anatomy and physiology in which we will develop a connection with our inner body intelligence, learn how to read it better and act according to it’s current needs. It’s about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with the messages we perceive form our bodies in each moment.
In the Applied Tantric Wisdom classes are an opportunity of self discovery. As the course is based on the experience, we will create active and participative classes where we will work on some of the main aspects of Tantra.
Students are given time for self-study, reflection, and practice teaching tantra yoga classes with each other. During the course they will also complete one or two written projects.
During theory and practical learning courses students experience a deep personal work, exploring themselves with applied tantra philosophy, art, shamanism, and the Durga’s Tiger Dance.
As we are living in Ecuador with a huge indigenous population, students also have the opportunity to learn about Andean culture, its cosmovision, and its similarities with eastern culture. During the course, shamanistic energy concepts are explored together with the Tibetan tantric tradition. There are parallels in how these two different traditions understand energy, astrology, subtle anatomy and physiology. This work helps Ecuadorian yoga students integrate more easily with eastern wisdom.
Shamanic clown is an energetic training that combines improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical/rhythm work, meditation and practical shamanism, among other things.
This work is a fusion of tools and experiences that can be used in art & life. Get in touch with your inner child and intuition, develop the right side of the brain and lateral thinking, release patterns and blockings, open your ears and eyes to the present moment and to others, work in group in more effective and loving ways, and increase your creativity and artistic skills by looking at things in a completely new perspective.
The clown is an archetype that repeats its presence throughout many cosmovisions in human history – east to west, ancient and contemporary. The fool, the contrary, heyoka, etc.
The main role of this character is to act in a way that is different to the ordinary and accepted, sometimes precisely the opposite, in order to raise the awareness of ordinary people through… play! Yes! We can’t play or laugh at the world if we don’t start by laughing and playing with ourselves. Clowning involves deep transformation. It’s a kind of shamanism of ourselves that will reflect positively in the creation of our lives and relationships.
Karma yoga is part of the learning process of community life. We help each other to maintain common spaces and materials, we take care of the “Pachamama” (Earth). Through karma yoga we keep in contact with the earth and its fruits as we contribute to the well being and learning of the group.
Presentation of Durga’s Tiger School in video:
A letter from a former student
“Dear students, seekers, yogis,
Welcome to this yoga teacher training – more than a course, this is a one month retreat from your everyday life – a chance to connect with your inner self and to explore your being in its various aspects: body, mind and spirit.
For that, the organizing team has built a curriculum that involves meditation, various styles of yoga (tantra and kundalini), Ayurveda lectures, dance and shamanism classes. There are also special activities that you can participate in, such as the temazcal (a sweat lodge which originated with pre- Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica). They all are meant to take you out of your comfort zone, and bring your awareness back to yourself as a way to further explore who you are. It won’t be easy – it is likely that you will be an emotional rollercoaster this month – just breath, relax and have fun!
Indeed, this is a Tantra yoga school. Tantra has its roots in Sanskrit words, which refer to expanding our consciousness to attain liberation. This means that the focus of the course will be almost exclusively on stimulating your experience. There won’t be much theory – and please be open to accept it. If you need to write, use the little notebook that is given to record your experience. Halfway in the course you will have a feedback session to share your views and suggestions for improvement.
Finally the only thing I can advise you is to trust the process, the team and yourself. Let yourself flow, forget about the Western way of processing life which focuses on absorbing information and theories, and just enjoy developing your body intelligence. Dare to transform knowledge into wisdom by owning it!
At the first week of the course the Durga’s Tiger School Team will pass on all the bookish references you need. In the meantime, let yourself be and feel your way throughout the course, while relying on your colleagues. You, your colleagues, and the group will be your greatest teachers. So take advantage of every minute of this human oasis!
Massages and treatments
Our teachers specialize in a variety of healing arts and we are thus able to offer, at an extra cost, the following:
- Abyanga and Marma massage
- Zen Shiatsu treatments
- Relaxing massage
- Tantric counseling about love, couples, and sexuality
- Personalized Qi Gong practices