Yoga Teacher Training in West Wales
In 2016, we will be runnning two 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training courses in West Wales at Yoga Satsanga Ashram, starting in April and October, both certified by Yoga Alliance UK or British Wheel of Yoga.
Both the courses includes 10 weekends and 1 long residential weekend at Yoga Satsanga Ashram. You will learn a step by step approach of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga. A series of postures every month, a series of pranayama, relaxation techniques, and theory including yoga philosophy and its applications, anatomy physiology and psychology.
Yoga Teacher Training In Bristol
We are also running a 200hrs Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training Course in Bristol. This course has similar structure and we meet with our students at one of the venues (contact for more details) in Bristol. Our next Yoga Teacher training in Bristol will be starting end of July. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this group of intensive yoga teacher training in Bristol.
Yoga Teacher Training – The Teachings
a) What is Yoga?
Yoga is a way of life, a way of integrating your whole nature, so that all aspects of your life work in harmony, one with another. Yoga is the science of achieving stillness of body, mind, and emotions. Yoga is union of thought, word and deed.
Yoga is the science of the whole man. When your mind, emotions and body work harmoniously together with the real Self within, then Yoga can be said to exist. Yoga is not a religion in the strictest sense, rather, it is the unifying principle behind all religions and philosophies. All religions and philosophies believe and accept “Oneness” and Yoga is that oneness.
Yoga is a wholistic attitude toward living a unitive life. Yoga is highly spiritual, for the aim is a very personal, individual discovery of the Self’s true nature through conscious realization of that independent, self-existing, self-originating, effulgent divinity which cores both the centre of man and the Universe in which he lives.
According to Maharishi Patanjali, who first codified the Yoga Sutras more than 2,500 years ago, the definition of Yoga is “Cessation of the whirlpools of the mind”. Maharishi Patanjali is considered the Father of Yoga because he systematized and codified the knowledge in the form of a manuscript called the Yoga Sutras or aphorisms of Patanajali. The method he described is called Ashtanga Yoga or the 8-fold path to self-realization, which is the ultimate aim of yoga.
The eight aspects of Yoga according to Maharashi Patanjali are:
(1) Yama (Moral restraint)
(2) Niyama (Ethical observances)
(3) Asana (Body Posture)
(4) Pranayama (Breath control)
(5) Pratyahara (Sense withdrawal)
(6) Dharana (Concentration)
(7) Dhyana (Meditation)
(8) Samadhi (Liberation)
Often the ignorant and uninformed start on their spiritual path at steps six or seven, and more than often wonder why no lasting results are obtained. It is important that the aspirant begins at step one, with a firm foundation of philosophical clarity and good character, and proceed from there.
b) Benefits of Yoga
It is quite natural for anybody who takes up the study of Yoga for the first time, to ask himself, “What can Yoga do for me?” The answer is “everything your heart desires”. It gives what you seek, provided you work for it. If you want improved health, a complete control over mind and body, Yoga can give it to you. If you want to rejuvenate your body, increase your vitality and energies, this science will do it for you.
Yoga brings in perfection, peace, and lasting happiness. You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of Yoga. Yoga brings your emotions under control. It increases your power of concentration. Yoga discipline gives pose and tranquility and miraculously rebuilds one’s life. The Yoga way of life deepens man’s understanding and enables him to know God and his relationship with HIM.
Yoga transmutes animal nature into divine nature and raised man to the pinnacle of divine glory and splendour. The Yoga way of life deepens man’s understanding and enables him to know God and his relationship with HIM.
Yoga leads from ignorance to wisdom, from darkness to light, from weakness to strength, from disharmony to harmony, from hatred to love, from want to fullness, from limitation to infinitude, from diversity to unity, from imperfection to perfection, and finally from consciousness of death to immortality.
Yoga Means Union, although many people think this term refers to union between body and mind or body, mind and spirit, the traditional acceptance is union between the Jivatman (individual soul) and Paramatman (Supreme soul), that is between one’s individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness. Therefore Yoga refers to a certain state of consciousness as well as to methods that help one reach that goal or state of union.
Therefore, the ultimate aim of Yoga, is union with God, union with our creator, union of our soul with the soul of God. Jesus Christ said: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things shall be given unto you.” (Mathew 6:33).
c) Yoga in Modern Times
Life today is full of stress and strain, of tension and nervous irritability, of passion and hurry. If man puts into practice a few of the elementary principles of Yoga, he would be far better equipped to cope with his complex existence.
Yoga has gained popularity worldwide. Scientists and medical researchers have proved the medical benefits of yoga and its gentle exercises and breath control have proved to be helpful in the treatment of lifestyle conditions including stress, obesity, diabetes and depression.
Anxiety and fear are said to be the source of modern tension, killing millions yearly through various stress disorders. The need of the hour is to step back, relax, and let Yoga become a way of life.
2) The Ashram
An ashram is a home with a Guru present for direct personal tuition and spiritual counseling,while offering either a meeting space or accommodation for its visitors that are suitable for individual yoga practices and meditation practices any time of day or night. Without having to worry about food, logistics, room service and facility maintenance, an ashram is where Guru is ! True Guru can be anywhere and every where wherever God is – also in your heart right now !!
a) Its Aim
The Ashram is dedicated to propagate the ancient Indian Science and Art of Yoga, in a modern scientific way. This system of teaching is a combination of modern scientific inquiry and information with ancient wisdom.
b) The Structure
We teach Yoga by using step-by-step method giving our students a structure for a new yogic life-style.
We have implemented the concept of the Guru Kula to instruct our students. Guru Kula literally means the “womb of the Guru”. The student is nourished spiritually within the protective ambience of the Guru’s presence, until he is strong enough to stand on his own two feet in the world.
Yoga is knowledge, but it is more in the doing, in the action. We encourage the students to let Yoga become a way of life, through a new attitude using Yoga philosophy and psychology and a change in personal hygiene and diet patterns. In this way, knowledge could set them free from the bad habits and the conditioning of their earlier lives.
Yoga, which means union, has been practiced in India as a way of life for centuries. In the ancient times, all sacred teachings were first passed orally from generation to generation. Only later in history, was it written down. The Yogic tradition is basically an oral tradition. This is best described in these words: “From the mouth of the Guru to the ear of the Chela (Student)”.
Life in the “Guru Kula” in India has always been disciplined, simple and natural with an austere dignity. The student, called a “Chela”, was expected to possess many qualities, including discipline, sensual control, purity of body, mind and emotions, willingness to learn, humility, intelligence and respect for the teachings and the teacher. The Guru Kula was also the home of the Guru and the teachings were taught in an intimate, family relationship. In such a setting, the Guru could closely observe the student and understand his weaknesses and his strengths.