The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.
Ashtanga yoga philosophy originates between 200 BCE to 250 CE with the Sage Patañjali. He compiled the existing yoga knowledge of his time and wrote a book called the Yoga Sutras. This book of 196 sutras, or verses, makes up what is commonly called ‘Classical’ or ‘Raja’ (Royal) yoga.
The classical definition of yoga comes from Patanjali: yogaścittavṛittinrodaḥ – yoga is channeling or controlling the fluctuations of the chitta (mind). The mind is the sum total of your: thoughts, desires, senses, emotions, personality, intellect, perception, memory, understanding, recognition, and cognition. It consists of three parts: the sensory mind, ego, and intellect.
It is thought that learning to direct and control the chitta allows you, to see your real nature, your ‘True Self’, and gain direct experience of the "Ultimate Reality". To achieve this objective, Patanjali defined eight practices which are known as the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The term Ashtanga yoga is found in the second chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
In the modern context of Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), the 94-year-old yoga master from Mysore, South India, called the system of postures he learned from his teacher Krishnamacharya "Ashtanga yoga". Pattabhi Jois taught a form of Hatha yoga and believed it was essential for most students to enter the Eight-Limbed- Path through the third limb: asana (postures).
Most forms of ‘flow’ or ‘power’ yoga classes taught in yoga studios and gyms across the world today, trace their roots back to the Ashtanga-Vinyasa-Asana system of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. However, he would say there is much more than just the practice of postures involved in the system of yoga he disseminated. Pattabhi Jois always claimed that the yoga he was teaching was completely in-line with Patañjali’s Ashtanga yoga philosophy.
Whether you set out to understand an aspect of yoga unfamiliar to you or to gain another perspective on a particular topic, continuing to learn is crucial to your success as a teacher and practitioner. The 100-hour course provides the chance to join a residential program while focusing deeply on an individual component of the yogic path. Each of the 11-day courses includes daily subject-specific asana and methodology sessions which will enhance both your teaching and personal practice.
Who can join?
The course welcomes anyone with a sincere desire to learn and grow through the practice of yoga. This training is an opportunity for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, cultivating greater health and happiness, and making new friends
While the 100-hour programs are offered as continuing education for registered yoga teachers, these courses are also perfect for anyone who wants to deepen their personal practice or maybe consider a longer teacher training certification course in the future.
What you will gain from this training
- 100 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (YACEP) hours: Upon graduation from this course, you will be eligible to add 100 hours of YACEP to your Yoga Alliance registration.
- Immersion in a yogic lifestyle: Feel the benefits of consistent asana, meditation, and pranayama practice combined with a healthy sattvic diet in a supportive community environment
- Expanded knowledge, capability, and experience in the course topic: Gain deeper knowledge and practical experience of the subject matter through intensive daily practice and study
During these immersive yoga training experiences you will be living in a peaceful community environment while developing friendships with your fellow trainees. You will engage in a regular daily routine that includes meditation, asana practice sessions, theory classes, practice teaching, self-study, and plenty of free time to enjoy the natural surroundings. Your tuition includes accommodations and meals. You will sleep in a clean, comfortable, and safe room and enjoy three fresh healthy vegetarian meals each day prepared by the kitchen staff.
Sample daily schedule
- 06:30 - 07:30 Meditation / pranayama
- 07:30 - 09:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
- 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00 - 12:00 Theory (anatomy, philosophy, etc)
- 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
- 13:00 - 14:30 Art of teaching (alignment, adjustments, sequencing)
- 14:30 - 16:00 Free time
- 16:00 - 17:30 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
- 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner