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Our yoga teacher training (250 hours) is based on the Hatha yoga tradition. Our educational program provides a solid foundation to grow from the outside and is aimed both at students who want to become teachers and dedicated yogis who want to deepen their personal practice and knowledge of yoga. After completing the training, a 250-hour teacher's certificate from Atmajyoti Yoga is obtained that entitles you to be registered with the Yoga Alliance as RYT 200.
Many of the ancient wisdom traditions rest on three pillars of practice. The first part involves a physical practice that purifies, heals and energizes the body through movement. The second part consists of meditative practices for increased focus and concentration, thereby calming the mind and strengthening the capacity for deeper contemplation and exploration. Finally, there is a philosophy, a doctrine that guides the practitioner on the path to increased self-awareness and personal development.
Atmajyoti's teacher training places equal emphasis on all three pillars and thus offers a holistic education in the yoga tradition.
It is a journey that opens us up and immerses us in the discovery of more hidden and subtle levels of ourselves, so that we can live our lives more present and wholeheartedly. Getting to know ourselves in this deeper, more authentic way, helps us make conscious choices and make decisions that are closer to what feels true and genuine. We are multifaceted beings and in order for us to know ourselves on several levels, we need a regular practice. A step-by-step approach that sustains and supports us as we begin our exploration An integral part of the training is our own practice on the mat and how we can skillfully integrate what we learn on the mat to cover our entire lives.
Our mission is to guide our students to gain a deep insight into the wide range of exercises and disciplines in yoga. Developed and practiced over thousands of years, these teachings have gone from teachers to students for generations. The old texts describe how to live in a way that promotes health, wholeness, compassion, harmony, and peace for all living beings. Yoga Sutras, written by Patanjali, about 200 BCE, are considered by many to be the foremost writing on yoga. It is a manual describing the eight branches of yoga on the road to insight. In the West, yoga has been around for over 100 years and all too often only the physical part is emphasized and most people's introduction to yoga is through asanas, the physical positions practiced on the mat. The sutros describe how to walk along the entire yogic path, starting with nonviolence, and how we treat ourselves and others. How we use the body (asanas) and breathing (pranayama) and then meditatively train the mind to deeper insight and understanding.
Our teacher training offers great opportunities to explore and build up experience of the different methods on the Yogian path. This gives each person the skills and insight to find their personal expression for yoga both on and off the mat.
Patanjali defines yoga as soothing of the mind so that we can begin to "see" what is real. Most of us are only aware of ourselves on a superficial level and are often unaware of the patterns that affect our decisions and choices on a daily basis. Research has shown we act automatedly and unconsciously about half of our waking time. Much of what governs our reaction patterns and actions lies on a deeper and more unconscious level. Establishing a regular meditation practice is fundamental to becoming familiar with what limits us in our lives and blocks our potential. Our program will introduce many of the tools and techniques that help develop a meditation routine. Included are the basics of the Buddhist mindfulness tradition such as silence and dharma conversations. With practice, we begin to see that what we do on the carpet, and on the meditation pillow, affects our entire existence and benefits not only ourselves but all the people we meet.
Sangha comes from Buddhist traditions and refers to a group of people who gather to support each other in their practice. Our education places great emphasis on the cohesion of our yoga sangha. Therefore, we limit the number of participants and maintain closeness and continuity between teachers and students throughout the training period. Studies show that the group is an important component of learning. Together we learn from each other, share our knowledge, be inspired and support each other.
Some of the issues we are going to work on:
– What relationship do I have with myself and in the group?
–What do I need to feel comfortable and supported in the group, so that I can explore and grow as an individual and with the group as a whole?
–How can I be in contact with and true to myself while interacting with other individuals?
Tapas is one of the three branches of kriya yoga or yoga of action. It comes from the sanskrit root "crane", and translates as "to heat" or "to burn". Traditionally, it has been aimed at the strict and self-disciplinary exercise of ascetics on the road to self-realization. A softer interpretation is the effort, motivation and discipline that keeps us going through the energetic, bodily and mental process and transformation that yoga entails – removing, "burning away" impurities in the body, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
One of the most natural steps to being more present and attentive in our everyday life is to feel into the body – body awareness. Physical exercise awakens the body by gently increasing mobility and strength. Yoga asanas are grouped into categories of positions. These include: standing, forward bends, back bends, twists, arm balance and inversions.
We will cover all the essential positions and movements and break them down into sequences to understand how they are constructed and what it takes physically and knowledge-wise to practice asanas in each category.
We start with basic positions that are safe and easy to do, we give the body time to become empathetic and aware. Unconscious movements and posture patterns are made aware, and we begin to move and breathe in areas of our bodies that may have been blocked or closed for years. As we become more skilled in the basic principles of each category of positions, we naturally continue to more the more complex, helped by an increased body awareness.
We will learn:
– Movement principles and essential operations
– Adjustment principles that keep the body grounded and safe
– Teaching and how to observe and "see"
– Use aids and modifications and variations for students with specific needs and injuries
Assisting in classes
The use of voice and intelligent and clear language
– How to "take the room" and create trust and respect
– The art of integrating mindfulness, yoga philosophy and inspiring texts into a class
We teach how to build a class in its various components- sequencing. The emphasis is on teaching students the tools they need to explore and experience how yoga feels in their bodies and minds and help them discover and express their unique and personal expression in yoga.
Svadhyaya is the second part of kriya yoga. It translates as "self-study" or self-knowledge and refers to the study of the ancient texts that serve as a practical guide on the path of yoga. The texts we will study are Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. By reading these texts and discussing them in the group, we bring them to life and make them available as aids on our way to deepening our understanding of yoga.
Functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics: All physical forms of yoga require strength, flexibility and balance. Understanding what is happening in the body is a necessary knowledge to keep students safe in their exercise. Knowledge of the structures of the body and movement principles is crucial in order to be able to teach correct alignment and to develop sequences and build up the classes. As teachers, we usually face a wide range of students, from beginners to experienced and variations in ages and abilities. This requires knowledge of how to help each individual student find the simplicity and stability of their practice. Our program includes a solid foundation for getting to know the body's large structures, as well as a functional understanding of how the body moves. Through anatomy labs, we study movement with our own body as well as the anatomical diversity of the group.
The subtle body: In addition to understanding our physical bodies, our training also provides an introduction to the so-called energy body. The old texts speak of an energy body that constantly interacts with strengthens the physical body. In this area we will go through the chakra system, nadis, koshas and even the fascia.
Pranayama: We go through how breathing affects us physically, mentally and how it can lead us deeper into meditation, the history of Pranayama and the classic Pranayama exercises according to The Kaivalyadhama lineage based on the classic Yoga texts mainly Yoga Sutras, Hatha Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita.
Meeting 1: 16-20 August 8:30-16:30
Meeting 2: 15-17 September 8:30-16:30
Meeting 3: 20-22 October 8:30-16:30
Meeting 4: 17-19 November 8:30-16:30
Meeting 5: 8-10 December 8:30-16:30
Meeting 6: 10-14 January 8:30-16:30
Silent Meditation Retreat: 27-28 Jan 9:00-16:00
Meeting 7: 9-11 February 8:30-16:30
Meeting 8: 8-9 March 8:30-16:30
Dates: 16 August 2022 - 9 March 2024
Day: see syllabus
Time: See syllabus
Teachers: Viveka Blom Nygren, Sandra Wijkman Donovan, Elizabeth Welsh, Penny Christo, Hillevi Borga, Åsa Åhman, Leela Sarti
Price: 49 000 kr
5000 SEK in registration fee when you book. Final payment June 9, 2022.
Atmajyoti cooperates with Humanfinans, which offers interest-free financing of this training with partial payment up to 12 months. You can also pay off for a longer period of time against interest. Customary credit assessment. Please contact them via the link above.