200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training.

Project Description

Yoga Alliance Certified – In conjunction with Kawai Purapura

18 Days Intensive 2020

Cycle of 18 continuous days of instruction, in which the 200 hours are completed. This training is particularly designed for people that would like a full-on, non-stop training immersion experience. The balance of the training hours are made up in home practice and homework submissions in the 4 weeks after the course.

4 – 21 January 2020 (course starts on 3 Jan at 5pm)

Course Content

In the training & while completing the homework component our students experience the effects of the classical Hatha yoga system, while being inspired to integrate practices from all branches of yoga such as Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga into everyday life. We draw on the wisdom, knowledge & resources from the Satyananda Yoga Tradition which the Bihar School of Yoga is part of. Tasters of Ashtanga yoga, Yin yoga & Vinyasa enrich the training experience & help deepen the understanding of what Classical Hatha is & how it is related to modern brands of yoga.

Your learning will include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Spinal awareness and practices for spinal health
  • Finding the ground; yielding, gravity, breath
  • Alignment principles
  • Pranayama
  • Mantra and meditation
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology
  • Teaching skills, communication skills, holding space, finding your voice
  • Building a home practice
  • Yoga applications; yoga in prisons, palliative care and other specialized applications
  • Paths to freedom; Bhakti, Karma, Jnana and Raja yoga practices

The training consists of both, a residential and a home practice component to further develop your knowledge and understanding as a teacher. The homework component focuses on building a steady home practice, incorporating the different aspects that were addressed during the training. The homework is submitted in writing & focuses on the self-guided yoga practice during the week & additional readings. The homework submissions take about 20 hours in total (5 hours/week). Together with the 180 hours residential training, this leads up to the 200 hours certification. Please note that the home practice component is an essential part of the training and that timely submissions are expected. Late home practice submissions incur a penalty of $30 administration and marking fee per piece. Any extension for home practice submission due to exceptional circumstances needs to be applied for in writing.

Upon completion of the training and homework component participants will receive a Yoga Alliance U.S. certification by the end of the course.


Why Classical Hatha yoga? – Modern yoga brands & traditional branches

Most yoga brands and schools teach a very limited version of hatha yoga. This is a shame because hatha yoga is a brilliant holistic system of self-care, both physical and mental. Hatha yoga correctly understood and taught, is good for us individually and as a society. Vinyasa, yin, power, hot and other asana-based yoga brands are modern forms of hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga, not a brand It’s the all-encompassing system of body-based practices used to balance the energies in order to harmonise the mind. In the final analysis, yoga is always about the mind. Reduce it to an exercise session, and the yoga disappears.

From a secret practice to a global revolution

The classical period for hatha yoga was the Middle Ages, from around AD 700 – 1000. Hatha yoga existed before then. It was in medieval times, however, that the hatha yoga sects flourished and the greatest of the hatha yoga gurus systematized the practices and recorded their systems in texts such as Hath Yoga Pradipika. Each of these texts opened with an acknowledgment of the yogis and gurus who came before them. Each text also justified its existence by saying that hatha yoga was needed to help people accomplish raja yoga – meaning the psychological branch of yoga, chiefly concerned with perfecting mind-management.

Most importantly, hatha yoga was understood as a system for the management of prana, the subtle energy that is key to yoga. Hatha yoga, according to the classical Sanskrit texts, was to practice as preparation for raja yoga. During the classical period, such practice was largely restricted to dedicated groups whose life pursuit was self-realization.

In the twentieth century, the age of mass communication and globalization the yogis decided to share their knowledge. For example, Swami Satyananda Saraswati stated that his mission was to, spread yoga from shore to shore and from door to door.“ The guru-disciple principle was fundamental to the mission. To accomplish this mission the various yogis worked with the classical system to make it appropriate and accessible to everyday people in the modern world. Big-name hatha yoga brands from the first wave include Sivananda Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Satyananda Yoga, also called Bihar Yoga.

Excerpt from the article by Helen Cushing, Classical Hatha Yoga in the Modern Age –

All our training is certified with Yoga Alliance U.S. & registered with Yoga Australia / Yoga New Zealand.

Application Requirements

  • 1 year or more regular yoga practice: min. 4 times a week, asana / pranayama / meditation practice at home and / or in studio
  • Motivation to evolve and deepen your knowledge
  • Commitment to learning with a high level of self-discipline required for home study and home practice component
  • Ability to read, speak and understand English proficiently
  • Deposit of NZ$ 500.00 once application has been approved
  • Homework & attendance policy:

    • Home work needs to be submitted in a timely manner; 4 home practice submissions are set during / after the training. Any extension for home
      practice submission due to exceptional circumstances needs to be applied for in writing.
    • If home work is not submitted in time a penalty of $30 / piece occurs for additional admin and marking fees.
    • Attendance on the training is mandatory for the certification.
    • If extenuating circumstances require that parts of the training are missed the course coordinator needs to be informed as soon as possible.
    • Prices

      Early Bird NZ$ 3’200 – save NZ$ 500*

      Full price NZ$ 3’700

      *Price includes NZ$500.00 non-refundable deposit.

      Price covers course tuition fee & course material (core text book, student manual, neti pot). Accommodation & catering is not included. Please visit our Accommodation and Catering pages for more information.

      Course material

      We will provide you with a student manual. Additional learning material will be shared via dropbox. We work with the following two core text books:

      Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Yoga Publications Trust

      Surya Namaskara – A Technique of Solar Vitalization Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Yoga Publications Trust

      Courses in 2020 will have these text books included in the welcome package.


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