Tibetan Monastery, PharpingFor Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our retreat is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
We will stay in the modern and comfortable guest house at the monastery, enjoying the calm of the surroundings and wonderful, plentiful, healthy food. The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and bright rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. The stunning yoga hall overlooks the rice paddies of the Kathmandu Valley, ringed by the Himalayas, which the sun rises over during morning practice. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive. See more events in this venue
Heather Elton and Mahalaya Nepal present Level 1 (200 hour, Yoga Alliance registered) Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
This Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is a high-quality training with excellent teachers - but what really sets it apart is that you will study yoga philosophy ‘in situ,’ on location in Nepal, where ancient yogic traditions are still alive. You will feel supported in your practice by monks, priests and spiritual practitioners, will be living within the grounds of a Tibetan monastery, and have a chance to visit temples, stupas and sacred sites. Our training is designed to take you to the spiritual heart of this holistic practice.
THE COURSE CURRICULUM
This TTC offers a comparative study of contemporary yoga styles – Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga. We will analyse asana in terms of breath and alignment principles (mostly BKS Iyengar style), build movement vocabularies to choreograph and sequence Vinyasa Flow, and learn techniques to breakdown difficult asanas (inversions, arm balances, backbends, etc) to teach ‘workshop style.’
Emil Wendel teaches the physical, respiratory and mental processes of basic pranayama techniques, a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind. Each student will be guided in the practice to understand the nature of the inhale/exhale/retention to find his or her own level of intensity and depth of breath.
Different meditation techniques in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions are taught – Shamatha, Vipassana, Tibetan Loving Kindness and Tonglen meditations, Advaita Vedanta (Self-Inquiry) and Yoga Nidra. You will learn to withdraw the senses (Pratyâhâra) and focus the mind (Dhâranâ) in the Asana and Pranayama practices so that when you sit for meditation it becomes a direct experience. Heather Elton and Emil Wendel are the teachers.
Various teaching methodologies are explored in the afternoon Yoga Clinics. These workshops investigate all aspects of asana including anatomy and alignment techniques, hands-on safe and appropriate adjustments, assisting/correcting, sequencing Vinyasa Flow, as well as how to demonstrate asana and enhance your observation skills and teaching skills.
Students will practice adjusting each other and will have a chance to assist in the morning asana class. We will also examine the full range of asanas (standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, balances and Savasana) as well as different yoga styles (Vinyasa Krama, BKS Iyengar, Jivamukti, Tripsichore) with the aim of learning how to sequence Vinyasa Flow.
The Business of Yoga
As a professional yoga teacher you will need basic skills to run a successful business. Promotional skills and the business aspects of teaching classes, private clients, workshops and yoga retreats will be discussed.
Anatomy & Physiology
You will study Anatomy & Physiology on ‘actual’ bodies; the Biomechanics of Movement concepts on your own body and adjust your practice accordingly to move through strain and prevent injury; develop observation skills to see what is going on in other bodies so you know the appropriate adjustment required; understand why one student may have more difficulty/ease in an asana than someone else; recognize how imbalances in alignment (and attitude) can lead to injury, and learn how to shift that energy to get people out of pain; and get hands-on experience with adjustments.
Yogic Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle for Yoga Teachers
Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts them ‘off the page’, and ‘off the mat,’ so you can integrate them into your teaching and personal practice. Emil Wendel shakes off the dusty manuscripts and brings them to life in an intelligent, entertaining and provocative examination of the origins of Yoga, as seen through the Indian spiritual traditions of Samkhya and Vedanta philosophies, the birth of the renunciate and ascetic traditions of Yoga (Jains, Buddhists and Hatha Yogis), as well as Upanishadic thought and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Heather Elton teaches the Yoga off the Mat section that looks at the practical aspects of yogic philosophy from a psychological point of view to understand the true nature of Self, cut through the illusion of the ego, develop awareness to be at ease in the present moment, and integrate the yoga philosophy into the practice, the teaching and your life. The philosophy is relevant to both the physical experience and the spiritual practice. It is not an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life.
Teaching: Group Practicum and Presentation Skills
Once you have acquired some experience with asana technique, assisting/adjusting and sequencing Vinyasa, we will focus on Practical Teaching skills where you will present this knowledge to your colleagues. You will be asked to demonstrate asana technique and appropriate adjustments, as well as teach a short class of a thematic nature to hone your teaching skills. You’ll work in groups and on your own to create Vinyasa Flow sequences and learn to structure and teach a yoga class.
By the end of the training you will:
- have developed a skilful and varied asana practice;
- understand basic yoga philosophy in a way you can integrate into your teachings;
- understand basic anatomy and alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself;
- have taken steps towards a genuine spiritual practice;
- have had an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to practice and teach yoga;
- be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, and what you want to practice and teach.
Graduates are eligible to register as RYT 200s.
WHY DO THIS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?
Study yoga in Nepal, the land of Living Tantra – philosophy on the road with yogis, Rinpoches, monks, priests, artists and take the practice off your mat into real life. This dogma-free training offers great value: you’ll stay in a modern, safe and comfortable hotel within the grounds of a stunning Tibetan monastery and receive an excellent, high-quality training.
Study with interesting, senior teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations and who will work with you intensively throughout the course to give you personal attention that is sensitive to your needs and ongoing development. This is a transformational training that integrates ancient wisdom with contemporary psychology and anatomical science, in a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives. You’ll experience an authentic process that makes you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga. It will give you the ability to teach from your own experience and practical knowhow that are the stamp of a true teacher – someone who can teach at a more authentic, more intelligent and more intuitive level because they live it.
Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts them ‘off the page’, and ‘off the mat,’ so you can integrate them into your teaching and personal practice. Learn mantras, how to use prayer beads, spin prayer wheels, receive Puja, observe ceremonies, enter a holy place with respect and immerse yourself in living yogic culture in Nepal. The philosophy is relevant to both the physical experience and the spiritual practice. It is not an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life.
- Study traditional Hatha Yoga with BKS Iyengar alignment principles;
- Learn techniques to breakdown difficult asanas (inversions, arm balances, backbends, etc) to teach ‘workshop style’;
- Build movement vocabularies and learn to sequence Vinyasa Flow as a seamless ‘moving meditation’;
- Study biomechanics of movement and get hands-on experience with adjustments and prop usage that is relevant to ‘real bodies';
- Gain experience of practical Teaching: demonstrate and adjust asanas, work in groups and individually to create Vinyasa Flow sequences, structure and teach a yoga class, get feedback from teachers and colleagues, and see yourself in action on video;
- Learn how to teach basic Pranayama and Mediation;
- Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra;
- Understand how to make Yoga your Business
SAMPLE DAILY TIMETABLE
- 6:00 – 7:15: Pranayama and meditation
- 7:30 – 10.00: Asana
- 10:00 – 12:00: Brunch
- 12:00 – 12:30: Short Teaching
- 12:30 – 14:30: Philosophy
- 14:30 – 15:00: Break
- 15:00 – 18:00: Yoga Clinic
- 18:00 – 19:30: Dinner
- 19:30 – 21:00: Evening programme (Films, Satsang, Readings or Yoga Nidra)
Note: This is a sample schedule and will vary according to the specific programme of each day. Sundays are free each week.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Even though advanced asana can be exhilarating and has its purpose, Yoga is not gymnastics. Yoga is an ancient Indian science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us from suffering. While traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Krama in the Krishnamacharya lineage are the main forms of practice, this training offers a comparative study of contemporary Yoga styles, including BKS Iyengar methodology.
Whether we practice Vinyasa or Hatha, it’s necessary to explore the’ inner/outer’ techniques of Vinyasa, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice; learn the principles of subtle alignment, breath/bandhas/dristi, and the methodology that ties poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’. From this perspective, asana is the starting place for a genuine yogic inquiry – a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience and makes its relevant to real life. We believe that the Guru lies within and will do everything in our power to guide you on this transformative journey.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
We'll send you a full info pack with tips on preparing for the TTC, preparing for your stay in Nepal, things to bring, comprehensive reading list, and all you need ready for your course. But please feel welcome to get in touch with any questions you may have in the meantime!
Join the world's only yoga TTC run in collaboration with a Buddhist monastery, to deepen your own practice and to share the Yoga tradition on & off the mat.
Dr. Andrew McGonigle
Based in London, Andrew has been practicing yoga and meditation for 10 years and teaching strong, grounding, alignment-based classes since 2009. Currently he is a senior teacher at TriYoga.
Using his vast experience and anatomical knowledge he has created his own style of therapeutic deep fibre massage.
Andrew combines all of his skills to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses across London and internationally.
His teachers include Hamish Henry, Paul Dallaghan, Eileen Gauthier and Kristin Campbell. See more photos and other events by this presenter