JULY 15 - AUGUST 14, 2020
"An Unforgettable Experience"
Yoga is a lifelong study and practice. To study and teach yoga is to actually learn about the self. Yoga is a way of life and this training is for those who are faithful, dedicated to these ancient teachings and who are willing to give and share as much as receive from this experience. Each student brings an abundance of life experience and irreplaceable contributions and by sharing this with others it will enrich the learning process and exchange of ideas.
Whether you desire to lead and teach others or simply seek a deeper connection to your yoga practice, this program is designed to give you a foundation and introduction to the ancient yogic tradition, offering powerful tools to inspire yourself and to understand how to share and teach yoga to others. In this supportive and safe environment, you will develop the confidence to teach from day one. This residential intensive 4-week training is focused on the Hatha Yoga tradition, Patañjali’s astanga yoga and non-dual Advaita Vedanta. It will collect teachings from B.K.S. Iyengar, somatic movement and Thai yoga stretching. Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT - 200).
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
How to skilfully sequence and teach Hatha yoga (focus on functional alignment), pranayama & meditation classes
The art of adjustment & the purpose and safe use of props
Clinic & Mentoring: Practise teaching & learn how to self-evaluate and reflect on teaching skills and personal practice
The anatomy and biomechanics of the body and its relation to yoga
The philosophical background of yoga, incl. texts such as "Patañjali Yogasutra", "Bhagavad Gita" & "Hathayoga Pradipika” to help cultivate a proper attitude to live a life of yoga in the light of the non-dual Advaita Vedanta
The business of yoga: how to market yourself in the yoga community
THE RETREAT CENTRE
Away from the hustle and bustle of city-life, and set in serene, natural and tranquil surroundings, Kirina Retreat offers inspiration and community for all their guests. Situated in Pai, 110km from Chiang Mai, the resort allows one to completely retreat and enjoy the fantastic landscapes. Only a short few minutes drive away or a nice walk from Pai Walking Street and Night Market when you fancy a wander, or you can choose to simply relax in the serenity of the beautiful grounds of the resort and relax at the swimming pool, gardens or the café. The resort also includes free Wi- Fi, laundry service, parking lot and a free shuttle to and from town.
The rooms are newly refurbished and are clean, bright, and simple with a Thai touch. Kirina Retreat has 9 garden rooms all with private toilets and 2 community houses where each house has 2 en-suite rooms fitting a maximum of 4 people. So you can see there are different options for different budgets. You can either have your own bed in either a private ensuite room, share the room with one more fellow yogi or share a community room with three other same-minded yogis.
Expect two healthy, lovingly-prepared meals each day. Filtered water and herbal teas are available throughout the day. For brunch you can expect organic and plant-based rich foods including homemade granola and yogurt, local honey, homemade jam, fresh local exotic fruit as well as any egg option you might want. As a base imagine a rich bowl of greens, vegetables and local rice or other grains to taking care of your precious body and mind health. In the evenings, we will have a Thai family style sinner and you can expect things like local curries, grains, salads, and soups. The menu is be varied and always changing, depending on what the local market has available. The menu items listed above are just to give you an idea and can change. Any dietary requirements can be given prior to arrival to ensure that our Chef can take good care of you.
How To Arrive
Chiang Mai Airport (CMX) is a major gateway into North Thailand and the main airport to fly into for this retreat. The most popular route in is connecting via Bangkok Airport (BKK), as well as from other smaller serving Thai airports, or you can arrive directly via Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, Laos or South Korea.
Upon arrival at Chiang Mai, we will arrange for a shuttle bus to pick you up from the airport, or if you decide to stay a night or two in Chiang Mai before the start of the retreat, collection will be from your Chiang Mai hotel. The transfer is a 3hr scenic journey north to Pai.
07:00 Hatha Yoga (alignment based) or Thai Yoga Massage
10:45 Lectures on Philosophy and Anatomy
13:00 Free time
15:00 Clinic & Mentoring
17:00 Hatha Yoga (alignment based)
20:30 Free time or optional activities
YOGA HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
Understand the chronological background of yoga and how the different streams came about. Mainly focussing on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras as sources, the students will be introduced to the human pursuits and how the ancient yogic teachings are able to remove human inherent mind conditioning and misunderstanding to bring about freedom in life.
Understanding the basic hatha yoga techniques for purification of the body and mind. It will deal with 60 asanas, exploring their benefits, contraindications, safely get in and out and the progressive alignment making use of cues and props. It also covers the theory and practice of different Pranayama techniques including the gross anatomy of respiratory system and the subtle anatomy of prana, 5 vayus and nadis. Additionally, students will be introduced to a few Kriya techniques such as Jalan Neti and Kapalbhati and the 3 main Bandhas, as well as the meaning and the use of mudra in the yogic practices.
ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS
The objectives of the module are to understand the role of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics in yoga. The students will have a clearer understanding of yoga functional anatomy for a safe practice and its applications for the daily life. It will cover the major systems of the body integrating them into the practical aspect.
This module is to teach different ways to incorporate into the yogic lifestyle and it is divided in three sections:
1. Dhyana Yoga
It will teach different types of Vedic meditation and instruct students to be able to guide their own meditation session.
2. Bhakti Yoga
This part will introduce the chanting of several mantras understanding their importance and meanings.
This section will cover the Lifestyle of a yoga teacher, bringing awareness to the requirements of a Yoga teacher such as code of ethics as well the marketing and business aspect of life.
CLINIC & MENTORING
This module has as its main goal integrating the knowledge of the self-practice and theoretical aspects of yogic techniques and put them together into practice. It has two main components:
1. Understanding asana as a yoga teacher to be able to safely guide students into and out of asana, understanding the effects of the postures and its anatomical and biomechanical aspects. It will also cover a selection of a few asanas to understand its correct gross and subtle anatomical alignment.
2. Planning a group hatha yoga class, understanding the requirement of structuring a safe class and the art of communication and adjustments in a classroom setting. This module will also have a personal mentoring element in order to bring confidence in the teachers- to-be.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE & STRETCHING
This module has as an aim to give the students the basic foundations of Thai Yoga Massage and its therapeutic effects. Thai Yoga massage focus on dynamic bodywork therapy based upon Thai yoga and Thai Ayurveda practices, in which recipient’s postures resemble yoga stances. These include gentle rocking, deep stretching and rhythmic compression. Thai yoga and yoga (Asana) styles are also used to open the joints and relieve tension of the muscle without creating any resistance, which facilitates the flow of life energy (Prana flow)
Daily asana, pranayama & meditation sessions
Daily lectures on anatomy and yogic philosophy with emphasis in linking with asana and yogic lifestyle
Extracurricular activities including kirtan nights
Masterclasses: “Arm balancing”; “Body intelligence: movement & asana”
Module: Thai Yoga Massage and Stretching
Daily brunch and dinner and free refill water
30 nights accommodation at newly refurbished Kirina Retreat in the beautiful valley of Pai, Thailand with the following options:
shared twin garden room
single double room
shared community room with maximum 4 fellow yogis.
Certificate of completion (RYT-200)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Additional meals, juices or hot drinks
Airfare & Airport transfers
YOGI COMMUNITY ROOM
(Shared room with 4 more students, private bathroom and A/C from 10pm to 10am)
EARLY BIRD: $1,850 Full payment must be made by March 15, 2020. REGULAR: $2,000
SHARED GARDEN ROOM
(Shared room with one more student with twin beds, private bathroom and A/C)
EARLY BIRD: $2,150 Full payment must be made by March 15, 2020. REGULAR: $2,350
PRIVATE GARDEN ROOM
(Private double bed, private bathroom and A/C)
EARLY BIRD: $2,570 Full payment must be made by March 15, 2020. REGULAR: $2,750
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER OR DEEPEN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Choosing a teacher training program can be something very challenging. It is not a holiday that you can just book online as there is not one-size-fits-all, neither a retreat for one week to simply unwind. It is an intense program where you will be challenged physically as well as mentally and emotionally.
Therefore it is of utmost importance that you don't chose a training because the dates fit your busy schedule, but instead that you wish to learn from these particular teachers or, if you don't know them yet, that you are interested in the knowledge they are going to share.
At BioPerfomance Academy we don't believe that a "Buy now" link works. We request the students to first send a motivational letter. After that we will schedule a (video) call to get to know each other better and talk about a pre-training work, such as recommend some work that can be done previous to starting date.
Are you willing to join us in beautiful Northern Thailand to learn more about yoga, life and the art of effective communication in this limited capacity accredited teacher training?
Send us a message in which you tell us more about yourself and your motivation to take part in this training.We are looking forward to hear from you soon.
Nuno, Louis and Kae