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Advanced Studies

300 hrs modular curriculum for yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners looking for further guidance

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Curriculum

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

2 Intensive retreats (Mandali, Italy):

  • The Heart retreat
  • The Mind retreat


3 modules (Delight Yoga, Amsterdam):

  • Yoga & Ayurveda
  • Yoga & Healing
  • Yoga & Mindfulness


Practice & guidance (Delight Yoga, Amsterdam):

  • 2 Introduction Days to the retreats
  • 5 Mentoring & Supervision hours

 

Additional elements (to be arranged by student):

  • Karma Yoga Project
  • Individual Breathing Sessions
  • Silent retreat
  • Homework: writing reports on the experiences and on some of the required reading 
  • 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-hours certificate, all the above elements need to have been completed.


The Heart (80 hrs)

10 days retreat with Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj

 

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 (80 hrs)

10 days retreat with Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj

Recommended as last element of the Advanced Teacher 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.

 

On the last day of The Mind retreat, there will be a Closing Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the studies.

 

Yoga & Ayurveda (50 hrs)

 

7 training days with Victoria (Tory) Hyndman

 

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.

 

Yoga & Mindfulness (50 hrs)

7 training days with Kristin Vikjord Paternotte

 

In Yoga & Mindfulness, we invite our students beyond the realm of asana and physical practice. You are invited to an attitude of mindfulness, where kindness, compassion and curiosity are practiced to open the gateway to be in the moment, the gateway to freedom. Through classical mindfulness practices as well as moving meditation, we will practice self-inquiry to experience how we embody ourselves in this very moment of life.

 

Kristin will teach the Buddhist Four Ennobling Truths, learning about the dance between ease (sukkha) and unease (dukkha), the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Eightfold Path to sustain skillful living. The focus will be on classical mindfulness practices like body scan and 5 minutes breathing space, but you will also learn how to teach mindfulness as part of asana practice - as a moving meditation.

 

This program focuses on learning the tools offered by insight traditions, mindfulness and compassionate based practices, synergized with yoga practices and how to apply them as skillful means in everyday life. We also focus on how to teach mindfulness as a yoga teacher, as part of regular yoga classes.

 

Yoga & Healing (50 hrs)

7 training days with Kevin Sahaj

 

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.

 

Introduction to The Heart training & Introduction to The Mind training

2 training days with Katiza Satya and assistants

 

The Advanced Studies consist of intensive training blocks, so that the students can deep-dive into each subject. The core teachings of The Heart & The Mind training (the 'Sva Dharma' teachings) form the common thread that runs throughout the entire program.

 

We will meet on two days with Katiza Satya and the Heart & Mind program assistants (who will be supporting the group during the retreats) to guarantee continuity of the core practices, to lay the groundwork for the techniques that will be practiced daily during the retreats, and to further develop relevant teaching skills. If studying at your own pace, it is advisable to follow these introduction days in the same year as the retreat. The Introduction days will also be open to alumni from previous Advanced Studies programs who wish to refresh their practice and reconnect with each other.

 


Mentoring & Supervision (5 hrs)

5 sessions with Katiza Satya 
 

Towards the end of the program, individual guidance and mentoring is provided to allow for specific guidance on your path. This will be arranged through 5 individual sessions with Katiza Satya or Kevin Sahaj, either in person or via Skype. 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.

 

Additional elements required for certification

to be arranged by the student

If you wish to graduate from the Advanced Studies and receive certification for a 300 hours training (as registered with Yoga Alliance), you need to have completed the above curriculum as well as some additional elements. The additional elements can be done before, during or after your studies, but they are a requirement for receiving the certificate for the full training. We will require you to hand in a report of about 1 A4 page for each element, describing your insights gathered during the experience of these elements. More details will be shared during the retreats and you will be guided and supported in the preparation, progress and integration during the Mentoring & Supervision sessions. 

 

  • Karma Yoga Project: offering 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: offering individual sessions to 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.

 

  • Silent Meditation retreat: Participation in a 10-day meditation silent retreat (recommended: Vipassana through dhamma.org)

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.

 

  • Homework & other reports 

We will ask you to write a report on 1 of the 3 below books:

When things fall apart by Pema Chödrön

The Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chögyam Trungpa 

During the studies, you may be asked to report on how your own practice is going. 

Optional: we offer the possibilty for students of our Basic Teacher Training and our Advanced Teacher Training to participate in an Apprenticeship program with selected teachers at Delight Yoga in Amsterdam or The Hague. The apprenticeship program consists of structural attendance at 1 specific class per week for a duration of 6 months. The objective of this program is to learn from the teacher by observing, assisting and adjusting (depending on the style). More details will be shared during the retreats and Mentoring & Supervision sessions. 

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