Yoga Teacher Training – 200, 300 & 500 hrs
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 2017 – 2018
- Oct 15th – December 16th
500 hours: Oct 15th – Dec 16th
300 hours: Oct 15th – Nov 25th
200 hours: Oct 15th – Nov 11th or Nov 19th – Dec 16th
- Jan 14th – March 17th
500 hours: Jan 14th – March 17th
300 hours: Jan 14th – Feb 24th
200 hours: Jan 14th – Feb 10th, or Feb 18th – March 17th
- April (dates still to fix)
special 200hrs Yoga Art Shamanism
- April / May (dates still to fix)
Spain: 200hrs Teacher Training
- June 28th – July 22nd
Germany: 200hrs Teacher Training in the ZEGG community
The Teacher Training Retreat
Each teacher training group consists of a maximum of 20 students facilitated by an effective and engaging international team of instructors.
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 (three evenings per week).
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.
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.
Students are given time for self-study, reflection, and practice teaching tantra yoga classes with each other. During the course of the month students also complete a written project.
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.
Tantra yoga methodology, ayurvedic walking massage or reflexology, and partner yoga are also part of the program.
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 Tiger´s 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
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