Basic Training Intensive Retreat
With Katiza Satya & Kevin Sahaj
Basic Training Intensive Retreat
200 hours Basic Teacher Training Intensive Retreat
Faculty: Katiza Satya, Kevin Sahaj and Victoria Hyndman
Location: Mandali Retreat Centre, Lake Orta, Italy
Dates: 29 April - 19 May 2018 (starts 15:00 on 29 april, ends 10:00 on 19 may)
This is a unique and transformative residential training, with fully accredited and inspiring teachers, which will be held at the beautiful Mandali Retreat Center, in a perfect quiet yoga site among the mountains and lakes of North Italy. 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 immerge 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 the following 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.
It 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 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 strength to go deeper within 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
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 strong Vinyasa 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 and rejoice
This final week is all about playing with the knowledge and experience gained and developing intuition about teaching. You will be learning and teaching, conquering the field of 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.
Typical Daily Schedule
- 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
This Intensive Retreat will provide a retreat environment for your learning and practice process, where Yoga method will be presented and practiced in depth. What you need is patience, dedication and sincerity. The rest will unfold naturally and gracefully.
Homework will be sent to you in preparation to this training. Once you have been accepted in the program, you will receive a complete list of books to read and assignments to complete and submit prior to the start of 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.