200 Hour Teacher Training Course
March 13th to April 17th
Course Fee $1350
1250 for early bird enrollment
includes accommodations and 3 meals daily
-Classical Hatha Yoga
-Iyengar Structural Alignment Workshops
-Vinaysa Flow classes and Sequencing
Study in the Capital and Birth Place of Yoga, Rishikesh, India
Ganesha Yoga Rishikesh is a brand new teacher training program set up in 2015 bringing together some of the finest yoga teachers in Rishikesh. Between them they have decades of experience on teacher training programmes, workshops and classes teaching all over the world. Viewing Yoga as a means to healing, we are attempting as Yoga practitioners to create the physical and spiritual space for growth in our physical bodies along with the change and growth in consciousness. Our Yoga teacher training program will give an in-depth immersion into the Yoga System, observing and analyzing several branches of Yogic philosophy. Our students will be introduced to many perspectives of Yoga from classical Indian philosophy to applied modern theory, along with the necessary tools to begin their path as Yoga instructors.
GANESHA YOGA RISHIKESH
Rishikesh, India is known as the birth place of Yoga. Today it finds itself as the prime location to study and immerse oneself in this ancient art of self'healing. The Holy City of Rishikesh is home to many of the strongest and the most dedicated Yoga Practitioners in the world, centered on the banks of India´s most sacred being, the Ganga River. People from all over this subcontinent travel to Rishikesh to bathe themselves in the Holy Ganga, and it is said that the water element present in this area stemmed the fluidity of the ancient Yogis. Rishikesh provides far more to one´s life experience than could ever be expected and there are few individuals who only come to visit her once. Rishikesh is one of the most affordable places in the world to do a Yoga teacher training, however it perhaps is the most enriching.
With regard to Asana, all core postures will be studied and examined from the base up, equipping all our students with the necessary verbal cues and physical adjustments in order to not only allow you to teach safely, but to deepen our understanding of each Asana, its purpose, movements, rotations, and connection to the energetic body. Asana will be presented from two intersecting perspectives; one with a detailed focus on proper alignment, understanding the actions in the physical body, and the other observing these physical actions and their relation to the esoteric realm and energetic channels, correlating individual Asanas to the Chakras of the subtle energetic body. Asana classes will vary from Vinyasa Flow classes, where poses will be sequenced in dynamic function connected to one breath per movement sequences, classical Hatha style classes, focusing more on static postures, and Iyengar style workshops, with an emphasis on alignment.
Asana and their physical and spiritual benefits rely heavily on its connection to the rhythmic breath and will be practiced with several Pranayama Methods. Pranayama: an ancient art of self-healing will be studied and practiced daily in correlation with Asana, and also on its own. These methods which are usually neglected in normal studio classes are referred to in the classical Hatha Yoga system as advanced practices which are our bridge to the most advanced branch of Hatha Yoga, that of meditation. Students will be introduced and practiced several breathing techniques including: Ujjayi, Anumloma Viloma, Kapalbhati, Bhramari, Sitkari, Murcha, and Plavini breathing, in connection and understanding with specific Mudras. After each technique is introduced, 30-45 minute long Pranayama session will be practiced with several learned techniques used in sequence in preparation for meditation practices.
Our philosophy classes will be presented from many different perspectives, given by several different instructors. What I have observed in teacher trainings that I have been a part of in the past, is that the philosophy of an institution can become dogmatic, creating limitations, in boxing the mind rather than freeing it. Yoga, is a means to physical and spiritual liberation. Its goals should, lead us to the expansion of consciousness, of possibility. Upon its discussion however, their is a tendency to get lost in the words of a Guru or teacher, and in the abyssal ideas of enlightenment, karma, and reincarnation. And so what I hope is to give space for many perspectives from classical Indian Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Taoism, Zen Buddhism and others in means of conscious stimulation. Allowing the student to begin her path in finding the Buddha within.
Our anatomy course will be used to give our students a deeper understanding of the body in relation to the physical aspects of the Yoga system. All aspects of the physical body will be discussed in great detail from the neuro-musculoskeletal system, the respiratory system connective muscular tissue restraints, flexion and extension, along with many other areas, then applying them to specific actions and rotations in specific Postures and breathing techniques. The anatomy course will have hands on assignments along with final examination at the end of the course.
Most teacher training programs introduce students with many aspects of yoga, but what is usually neglected is preparing their students in actually becoming an instructor. In our training, we will have several rounds of teaching practice, along with sequencing tutorials, adjustment clinics, and final Asana class examinations.
Food & Accommodations
Included in our yoga teacher training course are full accommodations at Yoga Villa, SwargAsharam in Rishikesh, India. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided 7 days a week, and will be prepared specifically to supplement the physical demands of a yoga teacher training course. The food will be prepared with only high quality oils, grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and will be a complete Vegan diet. Any food allergies will kindly be accommodated.