Listen to your inner teacher
Basic Teacher Training
200 hrs training in Portugal and Amsterdam 16 - 30 July 2021 & 6 - 12 September 2021
This training 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 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 2 weeks of this 200-hours (3 weeks) program will take place 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 week 3 (non-residential) will take place in the studio of Delight Yoga in The Hague and will bring everything together. All aspects of yoga practice will be covered by the program, which is further divided into the following themes:
Week 1: Silence & purification
We start the training in a unique way by observing mauna (silence) during the first days. This is a way to go beyond the surface - beyond names and forms, social, cultural or psychological boundaries. You will receive teachings and practices silently, allowing yourself to let go of critical thinking, questions and other habits of the mind. You will observe the different patterns that arise and reach a deeper part of your self. Your teachers will support you in a silent way, but important questions can be passed to the teacher on paper. The teachings itself will empower you to go deeper within the process of yoga.
The Yoga program during this week will include different cleansing techniques (kriyas), asana self-practice, special pranayamas, guided and silent meditation, related philosophy sessions and reading, and a special diet (pure, healthy and detoxing vegetarian food).
Week 2: Knowledge & wisdom
Knowledge is a fruit of learning, while wisdom is a fruit of practice. Your mind by now will already reach a certain clarity, and you will be ready for deeper learning and practice. Your immersion into meditation, pranayama, philosophy and a balanced asana practice, as well as time for practicing in groups, learning Yoga methodology and secrets of good teaching will inspire you toward your own creativity, wisdom and awareness. During this week you will also dive into the science of Ayurveda and its close relationship to yoga and yogic lifestyle.
Week 3: Synthesis
This final week is all about going deeper with the knowledge and experience gained and developing intuition about teaching. You will be learning and teaching, refining what you have learned up to this point, and practicing until it is sealed. Creative and dynamic asana, practical yoga philosophy, sound and mantras, therapeutic yoga and synthesis of all are the key subjects of the last and final week.
You will be exposed to a variety of practices from different traditions, which you will learn how to safely and effectively pass on to beginners students of yoga.
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 The Hague
- 10:00 Meditation and Pranayama
- 11:45 Tea break
- 12:00 Asana Yoga practice
- 14:00 Lunch
- 15:00 Lecture: Living philosophy
- 17:00 Tea break
- 17:15 The art of Teaching: Practice teaching
- 18:30 End
This program will provide an intensive environment for your learning and practice process, where the Yoga method will be presented and practiced in depth. What you need is patience, dedication and sincerity. The rest will unfold naturally and gracefully.