April – May – September 2019 – 3 weeks Teacher Training program
from the 7th to the 29th of May 2017
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.
In this 3 weeks program the schedule will be a little bit more intensive with just half a day or a day free per week instead of the whole week end.
To get out of the routine we will have educational field days where we will connect with the elements of nature during the practices.
The Teacher Training Retreat
Each teacher training group consists of a maximum of 22 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
Between the Ritual and the Play
Shamanism and Cosmovision classes
Tantric and Shamanistic Rituals
Durga’s Tiger Dance / Contact Dance
Applied Tantra Philosophy
Work with a shaman and medicinal power plants of the Jungle, or the Andes
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.
Thanks to partner yoga classes students can integrate the tools of the applied tantric philosophy in the yoga practice establishing a deep connection, supporting and being supported by another person.
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.
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.
In the Shamanism and Cosmovision classes we always include, as part of the training, two rituals: the andean “Limpia” with medicinal plants of our mountains and the “Temazcal”.
In this training we added a ritual more, with the power plant of Cacao in which you will connect with the sacred energy of the Cacao and with the ancient and traditional use of this plant.
The process of self-discovery will be supported by the work of one of our Arts teachers in the classes of Between the Ritual and the Play or “Heyoca – the Shamanic clown”. Self-expression, connection with the ancestors, connection with yourself and the group at the same time….a nice trip into your emotions and power of creativity.
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.
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.
Video Presentation of Durga’s Tiger School
Facilitators of this course
Catherine Ayer Gresham
You can read about them in this link of our web page: Our Team
Cost of the course
The price of this course is 1985 USD with accommodation, meals, course and glyph:YAI – glyph:YA certification included