Yoga Teacher Training Courses

Delve yourself deeper into the richness of Delight Yoga

Delight Yoga offers authentic and profound training courses in the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. Our highly experienced team of teachers is committed to providing you with an open and inspiring education, allowing you to uncover your own potential. We believe that a student of yoga should personally experience the process of yoga, its richness and its multiple dimensions personally, before becoming a teacher for other students.

Our teacher training is a sacred ground to receive guidance and practices to become a real yogi: one whose life is dedicated to awakening. It is an immersion into all the aspects of Yoga sadhana equally, not just in its physical and therapeutic aspects. The rich spiritual and philosophical depth of yoga is also a major part of the training. Students will directly experience how different yogic practices can be woven together for deep insights into yoga as a living art form and spiritual awakening. It is from this own experience that the true teacher emerges. We guide you in this process with a focus on honesty to yourself, respect for your own capabilities and boundaries, with humour and lightness but also with passion from our deep commitment to improve the world that we are inhabiting.

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Delight Yoga Teacher Training

The Delight Yoga Teacher Training Courses offer a full yogic path based on the Sva Dharma ("Your own path") teachings: the first step on this path is the Basic Teacher Training "The Body" (200-hour), which eventually leads to the Advanced Teacher Training (300-hour, including several 50-hour modules by expert teachers and two 100-hour retreats with Satya & Sahaj) which contains teachings focused on "The Heart" and "The Mind". This “yogic training” covering Body, Heart and Mind, is developed and taught directly by Satya and Sahaj, who are committed to providing an open and inspiring education while allowing you to uncover your true interests and potential (Sva Dharma). Rooted in the tradition of authentic lineages, the program aims to bring yoga back to its true place as a living art of self-realization and as a complete path to awakening. With over 30 years of living practice experience, Satya Katiza and her partner Kevin Sahaj keep continuously and organically evolving under the guidance of their master teachers to best serve the needs of their students.

"We offer the Delight Teacher Training in deep gratitude to our masters whose compassion, love and light gave us the sacred teachings of yoga to guide humanity towards awakening."

Teacher Training Open Day

Teacher Training Open Day

Explore our Delight Yoga Teacher Training program with our Open Day guided by Satya Katiza & Kevin Sahaj in Delight Yoga Weteringschans, Amsterdam. The best way to learn is to experience. Delight Yoga Teacher Trainings provide a solid foundation for those who are seeking to explore the true gifts of yoga and share it with others. Meet our primary teachers Satya Katiza & Kevin Sahaj and practice under their guidance.

200-hour Basic Teacher Training

200-hour Basic Teacher Training

The 200-hour Basic Teacher Training focuses on the physical aspects of yoga and is therefore also called 'The Body'. It consists of a 60-hour training in Amsterdam, a 10-day retreat in Northern Portugal in July and one final 50-hour training in Amsterdam. During this transformative training, for 4 months you will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what it is like to live and practice full-time. The training program is based on Hatha yoga practices according to the lineage of Krishnamacharya and includes many other aspects of yoga, such as Ayurveda. It is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour program.

300-hour Advanced Teacher Training

300-hour Advanced Teacher Training

The 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training inspires and guides students in their further development as practitioners and teachers. Satya and Sahaj offer the Sva Dharma teachings in a retreat format during The Heart Retreat and The Mind Retreat. In these very special trainings, the focus lies on the innermost purpose of yoga: to realize our true nature as awakened beings. During The Heart Retreat, devotional practices and the energetic system are explored in full. The Mind Retreat is the most subtle of all training elements as it covers the realm of our mental activities. The full Advanced Studies program has a flexible modular schedule, offering other relevant subjects such as Ayurveda, Healing, Vinyasa Krama and Yoga Nidra in 50-hour intensive modules. All elements of the Advanced Studies are scheduled every year. The full training is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 300-hour program.

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Continuing Education

Besides the Sva Dharma path, Delight Academy offers a wide range of training for yoga teachers (partly eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Points - YACEP), for experienced Yoga, Ayurveda and Pranayama practitioners wanting to deepen their own practice, as well as for yoga teachers who wish to specialize in a certain style.

50-hour Yoga & Healing

50-hour Yoga & Healing

Starting
14 Nov 2022 08:30
Location
Prinseneiland, Amsterdam

Join us for the Yoga & Healing 50-hour training with Kevin Sahaj at Delight Yoga in Amsterdam from 14 - 20 November 2022. Sahaja Healing Yoga is a series of practices synthesized from Tibetan Yoga, Chinese Qi Gong, Hatha Yoga, Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda. It will be a journey of awakening and a deepening our awareness of ourselves on an experiential level.

50-hour Foundation on Ayurveda

50-hour Foundation on Ayurveda

Starting
03 Dec 2022 08:30
Location
Weteringschans, Amsterdam

In this 50-hour program for everyone with a profound interest in Ayurveda, you will receive a solid foundation on the pillars of Ayurveda and guidelines for applying these principles in your own life. The training is guided by Victoria Raven Hyndman at Delight Yoga Amsterdam starting on 3 December 2022.

100-hour Yin Yoga Training

100-hour Yin Yoga Training

Starting
10 Apr 2023 15:30
Location
D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal

We are excited to announce our new Yin Yoga Teacher Training. This 100-hour teacher training will be guided by Marcel van de Vis Heil, Joe Barnett and Esther Ekhart at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center in the beautifully green region of Northern Portugal on 10-20 April 2023. This training is registered with Yoga Alliance as 100 YACEP points.

100-hour The Body Retreat

100-hour The Body Retreat

Starting
08 Jul 2023 14:00
Location
D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal

This is a very unique opportunity for dedicated yoga practitioners looking for further guidance and inspiration in their practice: a 10-day retreat guided by Satya Katiza and Kevin Sahaj from 8 - 17 July 2023 in Portugal. The Body Retreat is for anyone who wants to deepen their practice and discover what it means to live a yogic life of awakening. The program included different practices like Asana (Hatha, Vinyasa), Pranayama, Kriyas, Mantra, Meditation, yogic philosophy and Ayurveda. Through the deep immersion in the teachings of Satya & Sahaj, you will come out as a different person, with a clearer understanding of yourself, your practice and your dharma.

100-hour The Heart Retreat

100-hour The Heart Retreat

Starting
20 Jul 2023 14:00
Location
D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal

We hereby present you with a very unique opportunity for dedicated yoga practitioners looking for further guidance and inspiration in their practice: a 10-day retreat guided by Satya Katiza and Kevin Sahaj at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center in the beautifully green region of Northern Portugal on 20 - 29 July 2023. In The Heart retreat, you will have the opportunity to deepen into the yoga that is most suited to your individual needs and will give you the foundational ground, connection, and steadiness to become a living yogi or yogini.

100-hour The Mind Retreat

100-hour The Mind Retreat

Starting
01 Aug 2023 14:00
Location
D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center, Portugal

The Mind Retreat is a silent 10-day retreat guided by Satya Katiza and Kevin Sahaj at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center in the beautifully green region of Northern Portugal on 1 - 10 August 2023. where we will investigate the Mind as true scientists within our own laboratory. The philosophical ground of practice will be based on non-dual practices, Buddhism, and Tantra. In The Mind retreat, you will have the opportunity to deepen into the yoga that is most suited to your individual needs and will give you the foundational ground, connection, and steadiness to become a living yogi or yogini.

Vinyasa Krama: the Craft of Flow
50-hour Vinyasa Yoga Training for Teachers

50-hour Vinyasa Yoga Training for Teachers

Starting
25 Sep 2023 07:30
Location
Weteringschans, Amsterdam

In this 50-hour training for yoga teachers, you will deepen your knowledge of Vinyasa and Vinyasa Krama while exploring the Craft of Flow. The training will be guided by Moena de Jong and Fleur van Zonneveld at Delight Yoga in Amsterdam.

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Why a Delight Yoga Teacher Training?

Delight Yoga offers authentic and profound trainings in the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. Our highly experienced team of teachers is committed to providing you with an open and inspiring education, allowing you to uncover your own potential. We believe that a student of yoga should personally experience the process of yoga, its richness and its multiple dimensions personally, before becoming a teacher for other students. It is from the own experience that a yogi can become a guide to other people. We guide you in this process with a focus on honesty to yourself, respect for your own capabilities and boundaries, with humour and lightness but also with passion from our deep commitment to improve the world that we are inhabiting.

Our programs have already been running for many years under the guidance of Satya Katiza and Kevin Sahaj, as well as a handpicked team of experienced yoga practitioners. Satya has played a pivotal role in spreading the yoga teachings in the Netherlands since the late ‘90s. She has started offering yoga teacher training programs in 2000 and has since then continued to offer her programs in various formats according to the evolving needs of the students. Satya has been directing the Delight Yoga Teacher Training programs since 2012 and is now teaching together with her partner Sahaj.

Whereas Delight Yoga offers trainings in a variety of yoga styles, we stay true to the lineages of our own teachers and guide you in finding the path that works best for you personally. Asana (the physical postures) is where we start, but from the very beginning we bring the more subtle aspects of yoga and meditation into the trainings.

You have been practising yoga for a while and directly experience its benefits. Now you want to understand yoga better and share its gifts with others. This is what we often see happening to students after a few months or years. An interest arises in participating in a Yoga Teacher Training. Our students start wondering: What it is that makes yoga so special?

A Yoga Teacher Training is for anyone who wants to:

  • Establish your own practice at your own pace for your own needs, wherever you like
  • Better understand your energy body and learn how yoga can recharge your batteries
  • Learn more about the philosophical background of this ancient system
  • Learn how to share yoga with other people
  • Dive into a transformative process that will equip you with the tools to change your life
  • Find support and guidance in how to live and teach in our times

And if the answer is yes - are you ready to commit?

Embarking on a teacher training requires your full commitment
Towards yourself and towards your practice. The practice has a physical component to it, but it mainly involves an inner process of getting to know ourselves inside out, thoroughly, developing our capacity to embrace every aspect of the self - the ones we like as much as the ones we don’t like. Practice requires time and patience. We recommend you be established in your own yoga practice first, before stepping into a teacher training program.

What is your motivation to join a teacher training?
While it is possible to make a living as a ‘yoga professional’, the motivation to join this program should be broader than wanting a career change. Becoming a yoga teacher is not something that comes with a certificate, but through years of dedicated studies, practice and guidance.
Drop your plans, and commit sincerely to the path of yoga. The rest will unfold naturally, in its own time. Teaching yoga rests upon a sense of duty and responsibility to share your inner calling with others.

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FAQ

How experienced do I need to be to join your trainings?
That totally depends on which training you want to follow. For the Basic Teacher Training, at least one year of regular practice is recommended. If you wish to join the Advanced Teacher Training (300 hours), you should have already completed a 200-hours teacher training (not necessarily with Delight Yoga), but you can also follow only some elements individually. Our retreats and 50-hour teacher trainings are open to both dedicated yoga practitioners and yoga teachers; each training will state clearly what the specific requirements are.

When can I start?
The Basic Teacher Training takes place once a year from May - August The Advanced Teacher Training you can join anytime with whatever module or retreat you want to start with, although we recommend to finish it with The Mind retreat.

How do I prepare for your trainings?
Any recommended preparation for each training is mentioned under the specific course. Please also make sure to read through the section ‘Why a Teacher Training’.

Will I be able to teach after the Basic Teacher Training?
That depends on yourself. In principle yes, you will be provided with the necessary teaching skills to teach a basic yoga class for beginners. From our point of view, you can awaken the teacher inside yourself by sharing honestly from your own experience. You can only teach where you are at yourself, what you have fully integrated into your own regular practice. Sometimes even experienced students, realising the vastness of the ocean of yoga while following one of our trainings, decide to continue their own practice and training further before actually starting to teach. Other practitioners start teaching even before they have any formal 200-hours training.

I want to follow a training just for myself and not necessarily become a yoga teacher. Can I join your programs also?
Yes, definitely. Actually, our training programs can be considered as 'live trainings' or 'yogic' trainings, so not only about learning how to teach yoga. Our programs are mainly about deepening your own yogic process and development, about establishing a steady practice that supports your lifestyle. From there, you can share authentically if you wish. Of course, you do get the skills to do so by following our programs. But this is really only a part of what you will take with you.

What is the retreat location for the Basic and the Advanced Teacher Training?
The first two weeks of the Basic Teacher Training, as well as The Heart Retreat and The Mind Retreat which are part of the Advanced Studies, take place at D'Alijo Yoga Retreats Center in Portugal (1 hour from Porto). 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 rebuilt 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. The center offers a heated swimming pool, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave and the surroundings invite to tranquil walks.

I have a special diet. Can the retreat center accommodate my dietary needs?
Yes, our retreat centers are selected with utmost care and they are able to accommodate a large number of dietary needs. All food is vegetarian. In case of (severe) allergies, please make sure to inform us in time so we can discuss the possibilities in advance with the retreat locations.

What do I need to bring to the training?
One week in advance of the training or retreat, you will receive specific information on what to bring. Yoga mats and props are always available on location.

Are your trainings certified by Yoga Alliance?
Yes, the Basic Teacher Training is certified by Yoga Alliance, so after completing it you can register as 'Registered Yoga Teacher 200' (RYT200)
The Advanced Teacher Training is certified by Yoga Alliance, so after completing it you can register as 'Registered Yoga Teacher 500', assuming you have also followed a certified 200-hours training before (RYT500). Some of our 50-hour/100-hour programs count as YACEP points (Continuing Education Points) for yoga teachers. You can find this information in the respective program descriptions. However we believe that while an accreditation is important for many, the own experience is at least as important as the certification.

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Contact

Need some guidance? Feel free to contact us and we will help you to make the right choice. If you have any questions please get in touch with us by academy@delightyoga.nl.

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