Delight Yoga Academy

Intensive Teacher Training (200 hrs)

Rediscover yourself in 3 weeks

A broad view of yoga on all aspects of life
in an intensive retreat in Italy.

- With Katiza Satya, Kevin Sahaj & Victoria Hyndman
at the Mandali Retreat Center, Lake Orta, Italy.

30 April - 19 May

What you will get out of
this 200 hours Teacher Training

  • Immersion into the process of yoga
  • Support in your integrity, commitment, dedication and knowledge of yoga
  • Finding a space within your body and mind where you can surrender, explore and observe
  • Connection with your own source of stillness, joy and creativity
  • Connection with your true Self
  • Find your way to guide others on this path

A life changing experience

3-weeks teacher training in Italy

This is a unique and transformative residential training, with fully accredited and inspiring teachers, which will be held at the Mandali Retreat Center, in a perfect quiet yoga site among the mountains and lakes of North Italy (the image you see is the view you will enjoy!). This training will support your integrity, commitment, dedication and knowledge of yoga and it is a special opportunity for those who are interested to deepen their own yoga journey as well as for those who feel the need and the desire to pass the message of yoga to others.

The practices are based primarily on the Astanga Vinyasa Yoga system, but the Primary Series 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.

During this 3-weeks Intensive Program, you will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what is like to live and practice full-time. All aspects of yoga practice will be covered by the program, which is further divided into themes.

Is this training for you?
Have you been practicing yoga for about two years or more? Are you familiar with the Astanga Yoga Primary Series? And do you feel a strong attraction to dive deeper? Then this training is for you!

Develop the openness to enter wisdom and trust this wisdom fully to let it be your true navigation system in life.

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The Teachers

Delight Yoga Staff - Katiza Satya

Katiza Satya

Wisdom, Astanga Yoga, Hatha

Katiza Satya is a yogini in heart and soul. She is giving this training already for 17 years and that you feel. She has learned from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois himself and many other great masters amongst Guru ’Papaji’ (H.W.L.Poonja), Sarah Powers, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Tsultrim Allione.

Satya is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT500-RYT 500) and licensed to certify students at the 200- & 500-hour levels.

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Delight Yoga Staff - Kevin Sahaj

Kevin Sahaj

Meditation, Pranayama, Healing Yoga

Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening.

In the mid 90’s he met Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India, whom he recognized as his Guru. Over a period of 8 years, he studied Ashtanga Yoga with him.

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Delight Yoga Staff - Kevin Sahaj

Victoria (Tory) Hyndman

Ayurveda

Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj invited Victoria as a guest teacher to share her extensive knowledge about Ayurveda, the science of life. Victoria is a beloved yoga teacher and Ayurvedic expert at Delight Yoga in Amsterdam. She studied at The Ayurvedic Institute under the guidance of her primary teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad.

200 hour Yoga Alliance certified training

This program is registered with the American Yoga Alliance (YA), as it 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.

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The Program


During this 3-weeks intensive program, you will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what it is like to practice and live yoga. Due to it's 3-week retreat format, you can immerse yourself in your practice and studies away from the demands and distractions of your daily life.

All aspects of yoga will be covered by the program which is divided into the following 3 themes:

Week 1: Silence and Purification

We start in a unique way - with mauna (silence). You will observe silence during the first days, however, for any important question you can write it on paper and pass it to the teacher.
Mauna takes you below 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, questioning and other habits of the mind. You will be observing different patterns that may arise, and reach a deeper part of your self. Your teachers will support you in a silent way, and the teachings itself will empower you with the strength to go deeper into the process of Yoga.

The Yoga program during this week will include different cleansing techniques (kriyas), and silent Astanga Yoga 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 and wisdom

After the period of silence, your mind will have reached some clarity and you will be ready for deeper learning and practice.

Knowledge is the fruit of learning, while wisdom is the fruit of practice. Your own creativity, wisdom and awareness will be stimulated greatly by this immersion in meditation, pranayama, philosophy and strong Vinyasa practice. You will also be practicing in groups and learn about Yoga methodology and the secrets of good teaching.

You will be guided towards 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 the yogic lifestyle.

Week 3: Synthesis and rejoice

This final week is all about playing with the knowledge and experience gained and developing intuitive teaching. You will be learning and teaching, conquering the field known by now, and practicing until it seals. Creative and dynamic Vinyasa movements, philosophical peaks, 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 various traditions, which you will learn how to safely and effectively passed on to beginners students of yoga.

"The training I received from Satya and Sahaj has been profound. The moment I was in their presence I could really feel the lineage that they are teaching from. Astanga as a base for asana practice, but also a lot of Tibetan influence. Soft yet firm in their way of teaching. What I got out of the training is an understanding and experience of how to connect with my own truth. A toolset and confidence how to share this truth with others."

- Max

“The one who lived it will understand. I am back to the world after 3 weeks offline, noble silence and diving inwards. 3 weeks of the intense Ashtanga training are over and it has been an amazing mind-opening experience. I feel like I had gone through a mini-spiritual awakening - complete surrender to everything - meeting everything inside me - my devils, biggest fears, conceptual mind, ego but also a big heart, love and kindness and contentment.

Back to basics, learning walking and breathing again, connecting to every tissue of the body, feeling every sensation and staying aware in every single moment, feeling light and grounded at the same time.

I am endlessly grateful for having had the opportunity to experience all of it, having met beautiful supportive people and finally having found those guides who will light me.”

- Anastasia

Now, I feel what it is to be a spiritual being having a human experience.
Now, I - and every particle in my body - know why I practice yoga on the mat.
Now, I really dare to choose to be the Light.
Now, I have the tools to stay Here.
Now, I operate with faith.

- Dolores

The location

The Mandali Retreat Center is situated in the north of Italy, near Lago D'orta. The location was the result of an extended search. When the founders saw the view from the mountain top, it accelerated their hearts. They realised they had found the perfect place. Building this place is their dream and heartfelt intention; to create a place of quiet beauty, to learn and to relax.

"We believe that to spend time in retreat is a necessity for anyone interested in a balanced way of living. We look forward to welcoming you at Mandali." - The Mandali team

How to get there?
It's easy to get to Mandali or to the Mandali Retreat Centre, here are your options:

  • We encourage the 'awareness and respect for the planet way' by (overnight) train to Milan. Tickets are cheap and easily booked via for example www.seat61.com. From Milan you can arrange a transfer to Mandali, which will only take about 60 minutes.
  • You can also fly to Malpensa International Airport (MXP) and from there you can get a transfer to Mandali, which will only take about 60 minutes.

We are looking forward to welcome you there!

Daily schedule

This is how a typical day during the training looks like:

  • 06:00 Morning wake-up
  • 06:30 Meditation and Pranayama
  • 07:00 Asana Yoga practice (Astanga & Vinyasa)
  • 09:00 Light breakfast
  • 10:30 Lecture: Living philosophy
  • 11:30 The art of Teaching: Practice
  • 13:00 Lunch and free time
  • 16:00 Lecture: Anatomy, Subtle body and Ayurveda
  • 18:00 Tea time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Meditation, chanting or Yoga Nidra practice
  • 21:00 Bed time

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