300-hour Advanced Teacher Training

Start anytime and follow the program at once or at your own pace.

The Delight Advanced Teacher Training are 300+ hours training for yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners looking for further guidance and inspiration in their practice and teaching. During the Advanced Teacher Training, we take you even deeper in your yogic journey. The Advanced Teacher Training consists of two intensive retreats in yoga retreat center D'Alijo (Portugal) and of three modules on the topics you select. So you can shape your own yogic path.

The Advanced Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance registered program (300 hours). The elements of the training are rescheduled every year, so the full study can be followed within one year or at your own pace and in the sequence that suits you best.

The Curriculum

300-hour training in Amsterdam and Portugal

The full Advanced Teacher Training (300+ hours) consists of:

2 Intensive retreats (D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal):

  • The Heart Retreat (10 days)
  • The Mind Retreat (10 days)

3 modules (3 x 50-hour Training at Delight Yoga, Amsterdam):

  • Yoga & Ayurveda
  • Yoga & Healing
  • The Craft of Flow: Vinyasa Krama

Additional elements (to be arranged by student):

  • Karma Yoga Project
  • Individual Breathing Sessions
  • Silent retreat of 10 days
  • Homework: writing reports on the experiences and on some of the required reading
  • Recommended: Personal Guidance sessions
  • Optional: apprenticeship with a teacher at Delight Yoga

The elements of the training can be followed at your own pace and in the sequence that suits you best. The retreats and modules can also be followed individually. In order to receive the 300-hour certificate, all the above elements need to have been completed.

Sva Dharma

The Advanced Teacher Training is the final element of the Sva Dharma ("Your own path") teachings, a full 500+ hours yogic path offered by Delight Yoga: the first step on this path is Essentials of Yoga (Pre-Teacher Training, 50-hour), followed by the Basic Teacher Training "The Body" (200-hour), which eventually leads to this Advanced Teacher Training (300-hour, including several 50-hour modules by expert teachers and two 100-hour retreats with Satya & Sahaj). Where the Basic Teacher Training focuses on the physical body, the Advanced Teacher Training contains teachings focused on "The Heart" and "The Mind". This “yogic training” covering Body, Heart and Mind, is developed and taught directly by Satya and Sahaj, who are committed to providing an open and inspiring education while allowing you to uncover your true interests and potential (Sva Dharma). Rooted in the tradition of authentic lineages, the program aims to bring yoga back to its true place as a living art of self-realization and as a complete path to awakening.

The Retreats

2 Intensive retreats (D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal)

The Heart Retreat (100-hour training)

The Heart Retreat (100-hour training)

We call this retreat “The Heart” because the heart is the physical location of our energy and our true Self. Through the heart, we open ourselves to devotion and liberation. After having explored and realigned the body and mind with the breath, we will be ready to introduce the more subtle body and mind practices.

The philosophical practice will be based on the Bhagavad Gita. You will be practicing more advanced yoga methods that will help you to de-code, uncover and break down the walls that keep you from being aware of your true wisdom nature. The practices will work on the nervous system and change the patterns of energy flow in the body.

You will learn how energy flows in body and mind work. The energy body is composed of energy pathways called nadis and areas of focused life energy called chakras. When these channels are clear, our awareness becomes clear like the sky.

The Mind Retreat (100-hour training)

The Mind Retreat (100-hour training)

During this part of the training we will investigate the mind, the most subtle level in our systems. The philosophical practice will be based on non-dual practices such as Buddhism and Tantra. From your foundation on mindfulness practices, you will go deeper into meditation techniques that will firmly establish you in your awareness and presence. Here lies the root of seeing the greater purpose that guides your life.

You will become aware that your life as yoga teacher is a gift of service towards others. This goes beyond your own self-interest. Deep seated unconscious emotional patterns and areas of unclarity in the mind must be illuminated and purified to reach the next level of awakening.

Clearing the energy body to open the mind will create the conditions for deep self-inquiry in this level of the Advanced Studies. So this period is for ripening and going deeper. All levels before this are merely a preparation, a cleaning of the temple of body and mind to make space for the opening of our true nature. Here the true yogi is being born.

The Modules

3 modules (3 x 50-hour training at Delight Yoga, Amsterdam:

50-Hour Module: Yoga & Ayurveda

50-Hour Module: Yoga & Ayurveda

The twin disciplines Yoga & Ayurveda are impossible to bring apart. The union of these two disciplines brings forth a system of healing for physical, mental and spiritual health and happiness. The best way of learning and integrating anything into our life is through direct experience.

In this module on Yoga & Ayurveda you will experience how we are all made up out of the nature's five great elements, the pancha maha bhutas (either, air, fire water and earth). By learning how to live according to those laws of nature, you will be able to meet your individual fullest potential.

Though we are all made up out of the exact same elements, we each contain different amounts of each element. Thereby each one of us is a unique expression of nature. Due to this fact we all need different foods, herbs, healing remedies, lifestyles and yoga practices.

The focus of this module is on how to apply the tools offered by Ayurveda for both preventative and healing purposes for body, heart and mind through yoga asana, meditation, pranayama, mudra, mantra and marma.

50-Hour Module: Yoga & Healing

50-Hour Module: Yoga & Healing

Yoga & Healing offers a series of practices synthesized from Tibetan Yoga, Chinese Qi Gong, Hatha Yoga, Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda, drawing from the belief that the source of healing is within us as a natural spontaneous expression of connection and balance (the meaning of the Sanskrit word "sahaja").

Kevin Sahaj has spent his life studying various systems of healing and yoga and has compiled, sequenced and created these practices based on his understanding of how they integrate and balance each other. The practices are simple and easy to learn, anyone regardless of age and experience can benefit by following these methods.

Essentially, healing yoga works more on the energetic level, so it is more subtle. To access healing we need to work with the energies in the body in relation to our life in the external world. If we can facilitate the harmonious flow of energy in our body, we start to heal physical, emotional and mental disturbances and find a meaningful and creative outer and inner life.

This module will be a journey of awakening and a deepening our awareness of ourselves on an experiential level.

50-Hour Module: The Craft of Flow: Vinyasa Krama

50-Hour Module: The Craft of Flow: Vinyasa Krama

Rather than performing each asana as an independent pose, Vinyasa Krama mirrors the flowing energy of the universe, creating connections between the poses. Krama means the stages or steps within a Vinyasa sequence, based on the principle of progression over time. Vinyasa Krama uses variations of each asana to open the mind and body.

This advanced 7-day training for yoga teachers is given by Moena de Jong and Fleur van Zonneveld who are both experienced Vinyasa teachers. You will deepen your own practice as well as your teaching skills based on the fluid method of Vinyasa Krama. You will learn how to create and keep the flow going in your classes while holding space for your students so they can experience their own journey within the safety of a well designed class. You will learn how to teach a Vinyasa class for different levels and how to modify the Asanas in the sequence, and become familiar with the art of sequencing for different levels and interweaving themes in your classes.

The Additional Elements

Additional elements (to be arranged by student)

Silent Meditation retreat

Silent Meditation retreat

Participation in a 10-day meditation silent retreat
Yoga is in essence about training the mind. Letting go of old mental patterns and seeing the nature of the mind uncovered by the layers of conditioning requires more than just a daily asana practice on the mat. Meditation done in an intensive retreat will give the support for you to go into the subtle layers of your mind and experience a profound and life changing possibility of freeing your mind. We recommend to follow a 10-day Vipassana retreat through dhamma.org (according to the teachings of S.N. Goenka). There are also online Silent retreats offered for 10 days, e.g. at Vipassana Online or Spirit Rock. If a student is unable in their personal situation to be away for 10 days, we also accept 5-day / 50 hours silent retreats if followed with one of the following: Thanissara and Kittisaro/Sacred Mountain Sangha or Spirit Rock or Insight Meditation Society or Gaia House.

Karma Yoga Project

Karma Yoga Project

The karma yoga project consists of eight sessions (8-12 hours) of teaching practice, preferably in a community service environment (teach any group of people who normally would not get the opportunity to experience any sort of yoga).
The fantastic thing about the karma yoga project is that you can experience the freedom of just serving and helping people without any expectations of personal gain. Karma yoga is a very powerful yoga practice in itself and can change the way you share and practice yoga from a self centered egoistic approach to a sharing of interconnection and unity. As well, the Karma yoga project is to take yoga out of the “yoga studio” box, into the wider community where people that would never come to a yoga class in a studio can benefit from yoga. It helps you grow and helps others as well.

Individual Breathing Sessions

Individual Breathing Sessions

Offering individual sessions to at least 3 persons to help them unlock their breathing patterns.
Breath is life force and the stress of the modern world has people locked up in breathing patterns that are unhealthy for their mind, energy and body. By helping people unlock their breath and recover harmonious natural breathing you are giving them an incredible gift that can change their lives. This is also an opportunity for you to practice the teaching methods of unlocking the breath for your own training.

Homework

Homework

We will require you to hand in 4 reports of max. 1 A4 page for each of the following elements, describing your insights & take-away's gathered from:
1) Individual breathing sessions
2) Silent meditation retreat
3) Karma yoga project
4) Book report on 1 of the 3 below books:
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
The Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman
No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

More details will be shared during the retreats.

Personal Guidance sessions (recommended)

Personal Guidance sessions (recommended)

Throughout the program, mentoring and supervision is offered to allow for specific guidance on your path. This can be arranged through individual sessions with Satya Katiza or Kevin Sahaj, either in person or (video) call. Teaching supervision and feedback in preparation to the completion of the studies will also be assessed during these hours. Furthermore during these sessions, Satya or Sahaj will guide you in the preparation, progress and integration of the elements of the training that you arrange yourself: your karma yoga project, breathing sessions (in which you will help persons with breathing patterns), and your participation in a silent retreat. These sessions are there to guide and support you throughout your studies, and form an important element for your development as practitioner and future teacher. You can arrange the sessions whenever needed.

Apprenticeship with a teacher at Delight Yoga (recommended)

Apprenticeship with a teacher at Delight Yoga (recommended)

For students of our Basic Teacher Training as well as of our Advanced Teacher Training, we offer the chance to learn directly from a regular teacher at Delight Yoga by assisting them in their weekly classes for a period of 6 months. Students can learn through this project in many ways, such as by observing (e.g. class structure, interaction with students), by adjusting (verbal or hands-on under close supervision by the teacher), or by supporting the students' experience (arranging props, setting the atmosphere, containing the energy). The apprenticeship offers an amazing opportunity to serve both a teacher as well as one's own learning process.

More details will be shared during the Guidance sessions with Satya and/or Sahaj.

Sva Dharma Family Gatherings (recommended)

Sva Dharma Family Gatherings (recommended)

The Advanced Teacher Training consists of intensive training blocks, so that the students can deep-dive into each subject. After an intensive training or a retreat, it can be challenging to return to everyday life and keep the practices you learned alive. An important aspect of all our training programs is 'Sangha', which translates into community of like-minded people.

Our Sangha is spread out all over the world, consisting of students and practitioners. Also 'newbies', or people interested in our programs, are very welcome to get a taste of the Sva Dharma teachings. During the Sva Dharma Family Gatherings, Satya and Sahaj guide us through practices to refresh and reconnect to their Sva Dharma practices. There will be space to exchange experiences and share how to apply these practices in daily life. These informal gatherings with some formal practices keep ourselves supported and connected throughout the studies.

The Teachers

Learn from expert senior teachers

Satya Katiza
The Heart, The Mind
Satya Katiza is a yogini in heart and soul. She is An experienced Registered...
Kevin Sahaj
The Heart, The Mind, Yoga & Healing
Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for...
Victoria Raven Hyndman
Yoga & Ayurveda
In a light-spirited manner yet sticking to the authentic teachings of yoga, Victoria uses the wisdom of Ayurveda in her yoga classes for students to experience spiritual access through physical practice.
Moena de Jong
Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa Krama
Because practising yoga is an art form connected to the heart, Moena teaches her classes in a way she would also love to receive her own teachings:
Fleur van Zonneveld
Vinyasa Krama
Fleur first came in contact with yoga while studying at the Dance Academy. Having started her career as a dancer, she now finds dance and yoga to be the perfect combination.

The Locations

D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal

Rua de Alijo 36

4860-133 Casal – Cabeceiras de Basto

www.dalijoyogaretreats.com

About studio

A yoga retreat in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature.

Weteringschans, Amsterdam

Weteringschans 53

1017 RW Amsterdam

+31204281091

info@delightyoga.nl

About studio

This yoga studio is located on the South side of Amsterdam city centre and has a beautiful view of the Rijksmuseum. At this location, you can practice Vinyasa, Ashtanga Led, Hatha, Yin, Yin Yang, Yoga Nidra, Healing Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Circular Breathing. The studio has two large yoga shalas. Please note that this is the only Delight Yoga studio without showers.

Prinseneiland, Amsterdam

Prinseneiland 20G

1013 LR Amsterdam

+31207373061

info@delightyoga.nl

About studio

This studio is located at Prinseneiland: just a two-minute walk from Haarlemmerplein. This space is a perfect place to reconnect with yourself and find peace within. The large windows give a beautiful view of the canals and small harbour. The room upstairs has a dome-shaped roof and downstairs you will find the reception area and two dressing rooms with showers.

Practical Information

Requirements

If you wish to join the Advanced Teacher Training (300 hours), you should have already completed a 200-hours teacher training (not necessarily with Delight Yoga). Regular yoga practitioners can also follow elements individually to deepen their personal yoga process. Our retreats and 50-hour teacher trainings are open to both dedicated yoga practitioners and yoga teachers; each training will state clearly what the specific requirements are.

Registration process

Application process

To apply for joining the Advanced Teacher Training, please follow these steps:

1) Fill in this application form, uploading:

  • a motivation letter why you want to participate in this training
  • a photo for the teachers to prepare themselves

2) Directly pay the application & administration fee of 181,50€ here. This fee is non-refundable unless your application should be rejected by Delight Yoga.

3) Send an email to academy@delightyoga.nl informing us about having completed both steps above. Delight Yoga will review your application within 10 working days and send you a confirmation with further details.

If you have any questions about the application, please get in touch with us by academy@delightyoga.nl.

Dates & Accommodation

Dates 2022

  • Yoga & Healing (50-hour) : 14-20 November 2022 (Amsterdam, Delight Yoga studios)
  • Sva Dharma Family Gathering : 24 November (Amsterdam, Delight Yoga studios)
  • Personal Guidance : as many sessions as needed

Dates 2023

  • Sva Dharma Family Gathering: 23 March 2023 (online)
  • Meeting The Heart: 18 March 2023 (online / optional)
  • Meeting The Mind: 25 March 2023 (online / optional)
  • Yoga & Ayurveda (50-hour): 12 - 18 June 2023 (Amsterdam, Delight Yoga studios)
  • The Heart Retreat 2023: 20 - 29 July 2023 (D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Centre, Portugal)
  • The Mind Retreat 2023: 1 - 10 August 2023 (D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Centre, Portugal)
  • The Craft of Flow - Vinyasa Krama: 25 September - 1 October 2023 (Amsterdam, Delight Yoga studios)
  • Sva Dharma Family Gathering: 10 November 2023 (Amsterdam, Delight Yoga studios)
  • Yoga & Healing (50-hour): 13 - 19 November 2023 (Amsterdam, Delight Yoga studios)
  • Personal Guidance: as many sessions as needed

Dates/format/location may be adjusted if needed.

We recommend following the Meeting The Heart / Meeting The Mind online workshops to prepare for the respective retreats. A discount of 50% to the currently valid price applies.

We recommend starting with individual Personal Guidance sessions with Satya and/or Sahaj after the first element. These sessions are there to guide and support you throughout your studies, and form an important element for your development as practitioner and future teacher. You can arrange the sessions whenever needed.

Prices

Upon application, an application fee of €181,50 (21% VAT inclusive) needs to be paid which gives access to:

  • the Advanced Teacher Training price on all the retreats and modules
  • free participation to the Sva Dharma Family Gatherings as long as you study
  • 50% discount on the online 'Meeting The Heart' and 'Meeting The Mind' workshops
  • The special Advanced Teacher Training prices for teaching fees of retreats (excl. accommodation/food) in 2023:

The Heart Retreat: € 1.250 payment upon registration OR € 1.350 payment in installments (no VAT deductible)
The Mind Retreat: € 1.250 payment upon registration OR € 1.350 payment in installments (no VAT deductible)
Yoga & Ayurveda: € 850 (incl. 21% VAT)
Yoga & Healing: € 850 (incl. 21% VAT)
The Craft of Flow - Vinyasa Krama: € 850 (incl. 21% VAT)
Recommended: Personal Guidance sessions (as many as needed): € 150 (incl. 21% VAT)
Optional: Meeting The Heart / Meeting The Mind online workshops: €27,50 after discount (full price €55)

Lodging costs for The Heart and for The Mind Retreats at D'Alijo are € 1.045 per retreat on the basis of twin rooms and full board (3 meals per day) for 9 nights. These costs will be invoiced separately and payable 60 days in advance of the respective retreat. Upgrade to single room may be possible upon request at extra charges, subject to room availability.

Package: Students following The Heart Retreat & The Mind Retreat back-to-back receive an extra discount of € 75 per retreat.

Prices stated above include course manuals and VAT, and exclude the ATT application fee and travel to/from and accommodation/food in the retreats.

Booking 50-hour modules or retreats
After having completed the application process successfully, any modules and retreats can be booked by the student directly through the website (first-come first-serve!). The system will apply the currently valid discounted prices for registered students of the Advanced Teacher Training program.

If signing up for a retreat, you can communicate your accommodation preference through the confirmation process, indicating if snoring / frequent nightmares.

Certification & Qualifications

Students that have completed the full above curriculum including additional elements receive a certificate for a 300 hours yoga teacher training. This can be registered with Yoga Alliance towards the Yoga Alliance RYT500 standard (prerequisite: having previously registered with YA as RYT200). Depending on their individual focus points during this Advanced Teacher Training, students who have completed this training will be confident in facilitating and guiding individual or group classes for beginning and intermediate students.

Cancellation policy & exception for postponing retreat participation

For our cancellation policy, please read our General Terms and Conditions.

For the retreats only, you as an ATT student have the following upside compared to individual participants: If notifying us until 2 months in advance of the start of a retreat, you can postpone your participation to the next year free of charge. In that case, any paid funds will be kept for your participation in the year after (no refund). If cancelling your participation altogether, the regular cancellation conditions apply (in short: cancelling is possible free of charge until 4 months before retreat start, and possible until 2 months before the start with only the booking fee of €150 getting charged).

Experiences

Testimonials of former students

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