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Curriculum

The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:

  1. Proper exercise (Asanas)
  2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
  3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
  4. Proper diet (vegetarian)
  5. Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.

Asanas (yoga postures)

The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:

  • Sun salutation
  • 12 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Training sessions for all age groups

Benefits of asanas:

  • Control emotions
  • Improve power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat
  • Enhance physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Stabilise thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age

Pranayama

  • Expands capacity of the lungs
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
  • Awakens the inner spiritual energy
  • Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
  • Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)
  • The 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini, Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari

Kriyas

  • Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and large intestine. Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects. Individual instruction

Yoga anatomy and physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems
  • The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system

Teaching practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Detailed correction workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor 

Yoga nutrition

  • Vegetarianism – for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
  • How diet affects the mind
  • Proper balance of the main nutrients
  • Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
  • Healing effects of fasting

Meditation

  • Physical and mental meditation
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Hatha Yoga

  • Ethical and moral principles
  • Body – prana (life energy) – mind
  • From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation 

Raja Yoga

  • Ashtanga - the 8 steps of yoga
  • Antahkarana - functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation

Kundalini Yoga

  • The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
  • Macrocosmos & microcosmos
  • The 7 Chakras
  • The awakening of cosmic energy

Bhakti Yoga

  • Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
  • Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
  • Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals) 

Karma Yoga

  • The law of cause and effect
  • Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
  • Karma Yoga - selfless service: one hour daily in the ashram community

Jnana Yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
  • Space, time, causation
  • The 3 bodies
  • The 3 levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death

Bhagavad Gita

  • Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture

Yoga Teacher Training Courses

50 years of experience & over 40,000 graduates


Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India

Yoga teacher training locations

Reith, Tyrol, Austria >>

16.12.17–14.01.18: EN, DE
20.01.18–18.02.18: DE
05.05.18–03.06.18: DE
28.07.18–26.08.18: EN, DE
01.09.18–30.09.18: EN, DE
15.12.18–13.01.19: EN, DE

Mittersill, Hohe Tauern, Austria >>

05.04.18–03.05.18: EN, DE

Orleans, France >>

21.11.17–19.12.17: FR
06.01.18–04.02.18: FR
14.05.18–12.06.18: FR
29.06.18–27.07.18: EN, FR, ES
29.07.18–27.08.18: FR
20.11.18–18.12.18: FR

Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India >>

24.02.18–25.03.18: EN, DE, FR, ES, IT
24.10.18–22.11.18: EN, DE, FR, ES, IT

London, UK >>

17.02.18–17.03.18: EN
02.06.18–30.06.18: EN
01.09.18–29.09.18: EN

Aluenda, Spain >>

04.08.18–02.09.18: EN, ES

Ustka, Poland >>

02.09.17–01.10.17: EN, PL, RU, LT

Bracciano, Italy >>

04.08.18–01.09.18: IT, EN

Lithuania, 37 km from Vilnius >>

30.06.18–29.07.18: LT, RU

Languages: EN = English, DE = German, FR = French, ES = Spanish, IT = Italian, NL = Dutch, PT = Portuguese, RU = Russian, LT = Lithuanian, PL = Polish, ET = Estonian

Schedule of courses >>


Asana practice

Lecture during the yoga teacher training course

Yoga lecture

Pranayama (breathing exercises)

Anatomy class

Practical asana workshop

Vegetarian meals

Philosophy lecture

Karma Yoga or helping in the Ashram

Study of the Bhagavad Gita
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