Yoga Satsanga Ashram is an authentic, traditional Yoga Centre in West Wales, offering residential yoga teacher training courses: 200hr, 500hr, pregnancy and children’s yoga, alongside classes, retreats and detox programs.
We embrace an eco-friendly ethos, using a Biomass Boiler for heating and solar panels for electricity to keep us warm and run day to day electric appliances.We also grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables. Click here to read more about sustainable energy at Ashram.
We offer residential intensive ashram style yoga teacher training and sadhana opportunities for serious and sincere yoga students, with the next 200hr YTT courses commencing in April and October. Courses are led by ashram, founders, Yogachariya Jnandev and Yogacharini Deepika.
200hrs Yoga Teacher Training Bristol
We started our first Yoga teacher training course in Bristol in 2013, with the next course starting in April 2015. Please contact us for more information and datse and visit Yoga Teacher Training Bristol.
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training
Last year we started a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course certified by Yoga Alliance UK. This course is based on ICYER international yoga teacher training course and all the research done by our yoga teacher at Ananda Ashram as well as our personal experience. The next course will be held in September. Please contact us or click here for more information- Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training, West Wales, UK
500hrs Yoga Teacher Training
Our first 500hr Senior Yoga Teacher training course started in October 2014, certified by Yoga Alliance UK. Spread over 18 months, the course is an intensive learning and training experience for qualified teachers who wish to take their sadhana a step further. Click here for more information.
Children’s Yoga Teacher Training (40hr)
This is a 40hr course designed for kids from 2+yrs. If you are wanting to teach yoga to kids for improving their health and well being this course is for you. The kids yoga teacher training course is for you if you are a school teacher, parent, yoga teacher or have a strong desire to teach yoga to kids. Click on the following link for more details- Kids Yoga Teacher Training, UK
We are now also providing CPD workshops as is compulsory for all yoga alliance, UK registered yoga teachers. We are holding two CPD workshops each month. Please contact us for more information, dates and subjects of upcoming months CPD workshops.
Yoga Retreat Weekends
We hold regular Yoga Retreat weekend, including a long hatha-yoga session, pranayama and relaxation, and an evening satsanga- a discussion on various aspects of yoga in daily life with all vegetarian or vegan meals. Click here for more details on yoga retreats.
Yoga is a way of life
Most importantly though, is our attitude to life, that makes our experience different, or allows us to feel happier in life! Yoga is one of the Indian shat-darshanas, or six ways of viewing the life, therefore each of them is accepted as one of the forms of Hinduism. However, Hinduism, as in many religions in their purest form, i.e. simply the ‘teachings’ is considered a way of life. Likewise yoga is not considered a religion although it sprung out of ancient Hindu culture; this mistake can be easily made. We must realize that the world and its religions today bear little resemblance to those of ancient civilizations such as ‘Bharata’, mother India is rapidly losing all signs of ancient ritualistic and refined lifestyles. Yoga believes in oneness and all concepts of duality are simply a default of our mind, as though a veil conceals reality to us due to our unawakened state. In real yoga life there is no conflict of religion, philosophy or science, because all is accepted as correct to the individuals consciousness level and place in the great chain of their evolution.
It is time for people to rethink their understanding of yoga, its actual meanings and importance to humanity. Accepting yoga merely as the materialistic tool for physical control is only one drop of the ocean, yet we are trying to describe the ocean. Yoga is the science of life. Yoga is the science of spirit; it shows us how we can live! Living as opposed to going through life blindly, repeating patterns, allowing our emotions to control us, ‘being unconscious’ in our behavior. Yoga is aimed to attain self-realization, and conscious evolution of the self. Yoga is the discovering of the relationship to our ‘individual’ soul with the Supreme Soul.
Yoga is highly ethical, as the foundation of yoga life begins with the perfection of five Yamas (control of lower nature). These are simply described : Ahimsa, non-violence; Satya, adherence to the truth; Asteya, non-stealing; Brahmacharya, control of sensuality; Aparigraha, non-greed.
Yoga is also highly intellectual as it gives full play to inquiring the mind. It describes all the obstacles and distractions and gives complete detail to overcome them through the guidance in Pananjali’s Yoga Sutras. The Niyamas (develop our higher nature) are given to deal with the body and mind. These are: Saucha, cleanliness; Santosha, mental serenity; Tapas, discipline and austerities; Swadhyaya, self study; Isvar-prinidhana, surrender to the supreme self.
Yoga is also scientific as is many of its practices, Pranayama’s Mudras, kriyas and prakriyas can be evaluated through scientific experimentation. It has a vast array of techniques and tools each of which will be useful to the yogi or chela at different points in our ever-changing life.
The person of the world lives to learn – the Yogi learns to live! The Yogic path in its true spirited form is not one for the light hearted, truly you come to face to face with yourself and this is the greatest challenge to individuals. It is said it is easier to move a mountain or control the wind than to control our mind – but it is not impossible, and it is inevitable for each and everyone.