200-hour Basic Teacher Training

The Basic Teacher Training, which we also call “The Body”, is an intensive training for everyone who feels the call to become a yoga guide / teacher, or who wishes to go deeper into their own yoga practice. The training consists of 3 modules which take about 3 months to complete in total and take place in Amsterdam, Portugal and then again Amsterdam. Whereas all parts can be followed individually, all 3 of them need to be followed in the correct sequence to lead to the 200-hours certification.

We offer you an all-round program based on Hatha yoga practices from the tradition of Krishnamacharya and some tantric lineages. The practices include great attention to breath, kriyas, asana, mantra, concentration, meditation, diet, basics of Ayurveda, and the subtle body. This is a unique and transformative training program, taught by senior and inspiring teachers with a lifetime of yoga experience.

This program is also registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour teacher training.

The Program

200-hour training in Amsterdam and Portugal, based on Hatha yoga practices.

This training is part of the 'Sva Dharma' ('your own path') teachings developed by Delight Yoga's senior teachers Satya & Sahaj. The Sva Dharma teachings are a sacred ground to receive teachings and practices to become a real yogi: one whose life is dedicated to awakening. The map to navigate the Sva Dharma teachings are 'The Body Retreat', 'The Heart Retreat' and 'The Mind Retreat’, each one a training of 100 hours given in 10 days in Portugal in retreat format.

The 200 hours Basic Teacher Training (including 'The Body Retreat’) focuses on the physical body and will support your integrity, commitment, dedication and knowledge of yoga. It is a special opportunity for those who are interested in deepening their own yoga journey, for those who feel the call to pass the message of yoga on to others, as well as for those who want to learn how to properly build their own yoga Sadhana (yoga self-practice), and how to pass it on. The practices are based primarily on the traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga method based on the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the 'founder of modern yoga' who was the teacher of many influential teachers like Indra Devi, K. Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar and A.G. Mohan. His method will be explored and opened to include many other elements from the body of Hatha yoga practices. Elements of Ayurveda will also be added to include a more therapeutic and balancing effect of the practices, allowing for a broader view of yoga on all aspects of life.

The first 8 days of this 200-hours program take place at the Weteringschans studio of Delight Yoga in Amsterdam and will be offered under the guidance of Satya & Sahaj. During the second part of the training, Satya & Sahaj will guide you through 10 intensive days in a yoga retreat center in the tranquillity of beautiful Northern Portugal. You will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what it is like to live and practice full-time. The period after your return from the retreat is dedicated to integrating and implementing what you have learned. The final 7 days will take place again in the Weteringschans studio and will bring everything together. This last week with its focus on teaching skills will be guided by our guest teacher Adela Serrano.

Typical Daily Schedule in​ Portugal​
06:00 Morning wake-up
06:30 Meditation and Pranayama
07:00 Asana Yoga practice
09:00 Light breakfast
10:30 Lecture: Living philosophy
11:30 The art of Teaching
13:00 Lunch and free time
16:00 Lecture: Anatomy, subtle body and Ayurveda
17:00 Tea break
17:30 The art of Teaching: Practice teaching
19:00 Dinner
20:30 Meditation, chanting or Yoga Nidra practice
21:00 Bedtime

Typical Daily Schedule in​ Amsterdam​
9:00 Meditation and Pranayama
10:45 Tea break
11:00 Asana Yoga practice
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Lecture: Living philosophy
16:00 Tea break
16:15 The art of Teaching: Practice teaching
17:45 End

The Modules

The training consists of 3 modules which take about 3 months to complete

Module 1: The Essence of Yoga (60 hours)

Module 1: The Essence of Yoga (60 hours)

WHEN: 19 - 26 May 2023
WHERE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
WHO: Satya & Sahaj (main teachers)

In this intensive program of 8 days we offer a unique opportunity to anyone who wishes to know yoga and live yoga. It establishes and deepens your personal home practice, your “sadhana”, where the real yoga happens. This program is for everyone interested in learning how to bring yoga into their lives in a balanced and intelligent way. Beginners as well as experienced practitioners are welcome. All practices can be modified for any level of experience. This element is also highly recommended for yoga teachers who want to reconnect to their own beginners' mind, a requisite to stay fresh and open to serve and pass on the precious jewels of yoga.

In The Essence of Yoga program we set the intention and mood of the whole Basic Teacher Training program. Diving into ourselves slowly but steadily, tuning into our body, breath and mind. Becoming intimately connected with ourselves and the teachings and making friends with the methods and techniques. We start learning the language of yoga, trusting the intelligence of our body and energetic field. We begin letting go of what is in the way of our vitality, joy and creativity. Yoga helps us become lighter and more open.

The Yoga program during this week includes different cleansing techniques (kriyas), self-practice asana sequences, pranayamas, guided and silent meditation and practical philosophy sessions. We touch on the Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet necessary to support us in the process of yoga. Yoga is union with our higher self and integration with life in all its movements.

Module 2: The Body Retreat (90 hours)

Module 2: The Body Retreat (90 hours)

WHEN: 8 - 17 July 2023
WHERE: Portugal (D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Centre)
WHO: Satya & Sahaj (main teachers)

We start this 10-day retreat in a unique way - with mauna (silence). It is a way to go beyond the surface – beyond names and forms, social, cultural or psychological boundaries. You will receive teachings and practices in silence, allowing yourself to let go of critical thinking, questions and other habits of the mind.

Knowledge is a fruit of learning, while wisdom is a fruit of practice. Through silence, our mind reaches a certain clarity, and you will be ready for deeper learning and practice. We immerse ourselves into meditation, pranayama, philosophy and a balanced asana practice, going deeper in concentration and breath awareness, allowing and trusting inner alignment, exploring subtle body, purification, basics of Ayurveda, basic anatomy knowledge, setting the stage for the meeting of the inner alchemist and the inner healer within our selves.

These 10 days are the sacred ground for your “yoga practice laboratory” where the alchemy takes place. This is where we start the process of deconditioning the mind which is deeply entangled in the body tissues. We start to trust again in the body intelligence, its nature and connection to the subtle body. Wisdom and trust of how to be in the body rises spontaneously. Together we create the environment where the sacredness of our own body can be experienced again, like a newborn child.

Module 3: The Art of Teaching (50 hours)

Module 3: The Art of Teaching (50 hours)

WHEN: 19 - 25 August 2023
WHERE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
WHO: Adela Serrano (guest teacher)

This final week is all about going deeper into the knowledge and experience gained, a journey in itself for developing intuition about teaching and sharing the practices. It is a seamless continuation of all the wisdom already experienced within yourself. Now you are ready to share it with others. Your dedication and devotion to your practice will naturally want to be spread into the world.

This week facilitates the integration of your self-practice with teaching skills and different approaches to also see beyond the physicality of the practice. You will be learning and teaching, refining what you have learned up to this point, and practising until it is sealed. Creative and dynamic asana, practical yoga philosophy, sound and mantras, therapeutic yoga and synthesis are the key subjects of the last and final week. Yoga starts Now.

The Curriculum

The curriculum presented in the Basic Teacher Training will give you a clear insight into the most relevant aspects of yoga practice in its broader approach.

Asana

Asana

The Hatha Yoga - Vinyasa system in the tradition of Krishnamacharya will be your main practice and map for this training. You will focus on specific asanas and how to approach them in different ways. You will be taught alignment, breath, bandhas, inner and outer focus and suitable variations for each asana. You will learn from doing the pose yourself and from observing other students.

All types of asana are covered:

Standing
Balancing
Forward bends
Backward bends
Twists
Inversions
Seating
You will also learn the Sanskrit name and the benefits of each pose.

Pranayama

Pranayama

We will teach the true meaning of Prana and the natural breath. Preparations for pranayama, together with some of the most classical techniques (such as Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana, and the Nine Purification Breaths) will be covered.
You will build a personal practice of pranayama to incorporate into your daily practice. At the end of the program you will have integrated these practices and be able to incorporate pranayama into your teaching as well.

Kriyas

Kriyas

Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices that prepare you for deeper yogic experiences. You will be introduced to some of the basic yet powerful kriya techniques (such as nauli), and incorporate them into your daily practice routine.

Physical Anatomy

Physical Anatomy

We will explore the physical body in a very practical way, so you can apply it in your own practice and teachings. We utilize engaging, visual and active learning. So, anatomy becomes an interesting and lived experience. During the course, you will go through an introduction to the anatomy of the human body as it relates to the asanas. Also, we will explore the nervous system, the muscular-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.

Yogic Anatomy

Yogic Anatomy

We will introduce you to the subtle bodies: the yogic anatomy of chakras, nadis, vayus and koshas, helping you to more fully understand the process and benefits of yoga.

Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Philosophy

Foundational philosophy will be mostly based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with a particular focus on the 8 limbs of yoga. You will learn how to apply this in your yoga practice, in your teaching and, most importantly, in your everyday life.

Concentration and meditation

Concentration and meditation

From the beginning of the course, you will be introduced to meditation. During the course, you will be given different techniques to practice formal meditation. You will come to understand what meditation is, and how the other aspects of our practice are traditionally used to to prepare ourselves for moving deeper into meditation. You will learn how to guide others in basic meditation.

Mantra

Mantra

You will be introduced to the importance of Bhakti Yoga and Vedic chanting, learning some of the most important mantras and sutras to connect to the divine through sacred sound.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda

You will be introduced to the Science of Ayurveda and you will receive a solid foundation on the pillars of Ayurveda. You will understand how the three doshas are formed. Through this understanding you will discover your own natural born constitution (prakruti) and your current imbalance (vikruti) and start to develop your ‘Ayurvedic eye’ to see things from the Ayurvedic perspective, and help your practice of yoga bring more balance into your life and your world.

Self practice

Self practice

Your practice is your foundation, your real teacher. In the training, your practice will be deepened. You will keep a journal of your practice, so you and the teachers can follow your progress. You will commit to practising daily asana, pranayama, kriyas and meditation. Your practice will integrate into your personality, will open your mind and your heart and this will bring you to higher states of awareness. What you practice, you will understand. What you understand, you will be able to teach.

Teaching

Teaching

This is a practical course. Rather than being taught how to teach, you will learn how to teach by doing it. From the very beginning, you will be asked to work with the other students, in groups, on teaching assignments. You will also learn by observing and assisting other teachers — in the training and in other classes. During the period of the course we will give you practical tools to build up and feel confident in teaching a beginners’ class.

The Teachers

Learn from expert senior teachers

Satya Katiza
main teacher
Satya Katiza is a yogini in heart and soul. She is An experienced Registered...
Kevin Sahaj
main teacher
Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for...
Adela Serrano
guest teacher
Adela, originally from Spain, has lived in different cities since 2000. Her Yoga...

The Location

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.

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.

Practical Information

Requirements

  • To have practiced yoga steadily for a minimum of 1 year with a teacher and have a regular and consistent self practice (at least 3 times a week) in any hatha-based style of yoga
  • A motivational letter in which you tell us more about yourself and your motivation to take part in this training.
  • Submission of preparation homework prior to the start of the training.

Registration process

To register for joining the Basic Teacher Training, please follow these steps:

  1. Apply now by choosing one of the following payment options: FULL PAYMENT €3075 or PAYMENT IN INSTALLMENTS €3275 From your payment an amount of 300€ is non-refundable unless your registration should be rejected by Delight Yoga. Note: This payment is only the product, you still need to book yourself onto the respective modules.

  2. Book the first day of the 3 individual modules. You can do this by selecting the respective module and book day 1, paying with the product purchased under point 1 which is ready to be used for payment in your shopping cart.

  3. IMPORTANT Send an email to academy@delightyoga.nl to notify us about your registration.

  4. You will receive 3 separate confirmation emails, one for each module. In the confirmation for the 1st module, there will be preparatory homework and a link to upload the following information: a motivation letter why you want to participate in this training (max. 1 A4 page); a photo for the teachers to prepare themselves; informing us about payment option and room preference (please complete step 3 as soon as possible - ideally the same day - in order to make sure your room preference is still available).

  5. IMPORTANT Send an email to academy@delightyoga.nl to notify us about having completed the form, so we can communicate your room preference to the retreat location.

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

Dates & Accommodation

The full 200 hours training consists of 3 elements: 8 days in Amsterdam (60 hours), 10 days in a residential retreat in Portugal (90 hours), and 7 days in Amsterdam (50 hours). In the periods between the elements you can practice integrating what you have learned into your daily schedule. Exams will be part of the final week.

The Essence of Yoga, Amsterdam - 19 - 26 May 2023 (Satya & Sahaj)
The training days in Amsterdam will be daily from 9:00 - 17:45 hrs. They will take place at our Weteringschans studio. This week is non-residential, so if you're from abroad you can arrange your own accommodation in Amsterdam e.g. with the Netherlands-based students, or rent an apartment together with other students from abroad. We will help with getting students in touch with each other.

The Body Retreat, Portugal - 8 - 17 July 2023 (Satya & Sahaj)
D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center is a yoga retreat in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature. It sprawls across three hectares of land consisting of terraces, olive field and hills with large rock formations.

The accommodation consists of wooden chalet style houses, cabins or rooms which are tastefully decorated, positioned in rural parts of the grounds at walking distance from Yoga Studio, swimming pool and the main house. All rooms have outside verandas. The main house which is rebuild with huge granite rocks from centuries ago is now the cozy “heart” of the retreat centre. Surrounded by large terraces and undisturbed views of the area and premises. It offers 5 guest rooms. The center offers a heated swimming pool, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave and the surroundings invite to tranquil walks.

The Body Retreat starts on 8 July and finishes on 17 July 2023. Transfer between Porto (OPO) Airport and the retreat location by car takes 1 hour. On 8 July, check-in is open as of 12.00 hrs and the program starts around 16.00 hrs. On 17 July, the program ends after a morning self-practice. There are many airports with direct flights to Porto, e.g. Schiphol and Eindhoven (NL) and Düsseldorf and Weeze (D). Or consider environment-friendly alternatives like bus or train to Porto and then join the shared transfer from Porto airport. There is also a Flixbus connection to Guimarães from where pick-up can be arranged. We advise not to arrive after the retreat has started, or to depart before it has ended, as this would mean missing important parts of the program. The transfer from the retreat centre to the airport OPO leaves 3 hours before the flight departure time.

Additional nights at the retreat location can be booked directly by emailing to info@dalijoyogaretreats.com. Camping on-site is not possible.

The Art of Teaching, Amsterdam - 19 - 25 August 2023 (Adela Serrano)
The training days in Amsterdam will be daily from. 9:00 - 17:45 hrs. They will take place at our Weteringschans studio. This week is non-residential, so if you're from abroad you can arrange your own accommodation in Amsterdam e.g. with the Netherlands-based students, or rent an apartment together with other students from abroad. We will help with getting students in touch with each other.

Prices

Upon signing up for the program, you have the option to pay (through iDEAL, SEPA, major credit cards or SOFORT) either the full amount of teaching fees at once, or to pay in monthly installments (last installment is due the latest 60 days in advance of the start of the training).

Teaching fees if following all 3 modules within one year

  • Full payment upon registration: € 3.075 *
  • Payment in installments: € 3.275 *

From this total, an amount of € 300 is considered as non-refundable booking fee according to our Terms & Conditions. The booking fee is non-refundable if participation is cancelled or postponed by the student for whatever reason (including corona-related circumstances).

Please note that due to Dutch tax legislation (reisbureauregeling), there is no VAT deductible.

Teaching fees are including course manual, but excluding accommodation/travel/books.

Prices accommodation Portugal
The costs for accommodation and food are on the basis of 9 nights and full board (3 vegetarian meals per day). The accommodation is invoiced separately with a due date of 8 May 2023 and cannot be refunded if cancelled thereafter. The following room types are available on a first-come first-serve basis (please indicate in case you snore/have frequent nightmares):

  • € 1.045 shared room with 2 people *
  • € 1.280 single room with shared facilities (house with 3 single bedrooms and shared living room / bathroom) *
  • € 1.590 garden suite (luxury single 36 m2, own facilities) *

This includes healthy, tasty and nutritious vegetarian/vegan breakfast, lunch & dinner, free water & tea throughout the day, and use of all facilities in the fully equipped yoga shala and on the property. The twin rooms are located in or close by the main building. Some single rooms are located at a 7-10 minute walk.

*Please note that due to Dutch tax legislation (reisbureauregeling), there will be no VAT deductible from the invoice.

Not included in the above fees are books, travel costs to- and- from the retreat centre, travel insurance (highly recommended), local tourist tax. Camping at the retreat location / external accommodation is not possible.

Extra nights can be booked directly at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center by sending an email to info@dalijoyogaretreats.com, for a 30% discount on the chosen room rate (stay in same (single) room or upgrade twin to single). This includes two meals instead of three during the events. As an indication, a single room costs 113€ per extra night.

It is possible to follow the 3 elements that constitute the full 200-hour training over a period of several years. In that case, the then valid prices for individual participation in the respective year apply. To receive the 200-hour certificate, the elements need to be followed in the correct order.

Package prices
Participants following The Body Retreat and/or The Heart Retreat and/or The Mind Retreat directly after each other, receive a discount of €75 per retreat on the Early Bird price (not applicable for payment in installments).

Individual module prices
The elements can also be followed on a stand-alone basis. Please find the prices for individual participation here:

  • Essence of Yoga
  • The Body Retreat
  • Art of Teaching

Certification & Qualifications

Successfully graduated students will be able to present sequencing of asanas for beginners, based on the Hatha Yoga - Vinyasa method, feeling confident to share ways to apply philosophy in the teachings and to introduce “Prana” through breath awareness, basic pranayama, and kriyas. Also the student will have the capacity to guide beginners into basic meditations and yoga nidra.

This program is registered with the American Yoga Alliance (YA) and exceeds their standards at the 200 hours level. This will allow you to register with YA as a RYT-200 upon successful completion of this year’s study.

Delight Yoga is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 and 300 hrs level with number #84871.

Preparation homework

You will receive assignments in preparation for this training to complete and submit prior to the start of The Essence of Yoga. Homework includes the below list of books to read before the training. You will also be asked to journal about your personal practice. Please allow for a minimum of 1 month (ideally 3) to complete your preparation homework at a relaxed pace.

Reading list

Required reading

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Satchidananda or Georg Feuerstein, OR Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

Recommended reading

  • Yoga Mala, Sri K Pattabhi Jois
  • The Art of Vinyasa, Richard Freeman
  • The tree of yoga, BKS Iyengar

You can purchase these books online through Athenaeum Book Store or bol.com.

Health & Well-being

Our Teacher Trainings have an intensive schedule and curriculum that is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. It is your own responsibility to take care of your own health and well-being. To best support you in this training we need to know if any of the following applies to you at this moment, so that we can advise you accordingly in preparation to the program:

  • Are you experiencing physical, mental or emotional issues? (if so please detail)
  • Are you currently under medical treatment or taking medications for mental or physical conditions? (if so please detail)
  • Are you currently or have suffered in the past from depression, burnout, addiction or any other mental health issues? (if so please detail)

Our Terms & Conditions apply.

Get a taste or prepare

Meeting the Body - Online workshop
If you would like get an introduction or prepare for the retreat, we recommend joining the online workshop "Meeting The Body" with Satya & Sahaj. Registered participants of this year's retreat receive a 50% discount. To receive the voucher code, please email academy@delightyoga.nl.

Stay connected with the Sangha

To stay connected with the Sva Dharma community we offer the Sva Dharma Family Gatherings. This is an exclusive event for everyone who has ever participated in a training or retreat with Satya and Sahaj. We warmly welcome you to gather, re-connect, inspire each other, practice together, share experiences, and thus find support in the Sangha (community of like-minded people).
Please send an email to academy@delightyoga.nl should you like any further advice about this program before registering

Cancelation policy

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

Experiences

Testimonials of former students

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