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of Vedic Yoga & Meditation

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

This 500 Hour Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India (7 Weeks)

This course is a combination of our 200 and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses.

Start your transformative experience by gaining an understanding of the ancient Vedic yoga traditions and teachings, so that you can develop and raise your own individual consciousness, and be ready to share this with others.  This course gives you a solid foundation to reinforce your determination for following the yogic path in both practice and teaching.

Its’ true purpose is firstly to consolidate your own personal yoga practice in daily life, since you can only truly share yoga on the basis of your own experience.  The course offers the traditional Vedic and Tantric approaches to the entire spectrum of yogic practices, rather than any specific asana-oriented school of yoga.

It is designed to immerse students in the physical, mental, and spiritual states of yoga, so that they emerge as students and teachers of both a physical practice, and personal wisdom.  It goes beyond learning how to teach others to practice yogic techniques, by preparing students to live their yoga in every moment of every day.  Instead of simply imparting information to students, it teaches you how to help transform their lives.

It draws on both the ancient theory of yoga, and modern knowledge of the body and mind.

  1. No previous experience in yoga is required.
  2. This 500 Hour YTTC course is suitable for anyone who is open-hearted and open-minded, and seeking to develop a foundation in yoga, and then expanding their awareness to a greater depth of their experience of yoga – firstly through their personal practice, and then through the potential of sharing with others.
  3. You need to be aware that this yoga course requires discipline, courage, determination, dedication, and a commitment to both the 7-week training program, and the desire to implement the teachings into your everyday life.
  4. You will not be asked to believe anything, only to consider and participate in all the ancient methods that have been tested through time; but if you expect this to be simply an exercise program which has just changed its name to yoga, then choosing the Vedic Yoga Centre for your studies may not be the right decision for you. Traditionally, the Himalayan teachings developed in a way so that a student’s journey was based on his or her genuine experience rather than just believing what they were told.
  5. You should apply for this 500 Hour YTTC course only if you are ready and willing to experience the teachings as offered in the traditional way, and only if you are seeking to learn about yoga as a holistic science.
  6. You should be genuine in your desire for adapting and adjusting your existing understanding of the yogic journey.

Students of this course will be offered the following topics:  Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics

  1. The philosophy and aim of yoga
  2. The four paths of yoga: karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, raja yoga, and their synthesis
  3. Developing an understanding of the different methods of raja yoga: ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, samyak kriya (a practice of both kundalini and tantric kriyas), mantra yoga
  4. Bringing yoga off the yoga mat and into your day-to-day life
  5. Lifestyle issues: the yogic diet; yogic management for health and wellness; developing an understanding of the practical use of Ayurveda in day-to-day life
  6. Yoga as a path to developing the art of spontaneously flowing with the current of life
  7. Ethics for yoga teachers
  8. Daily evening satsang – ancient wisdom for modern times
  9. A deeper understanding of selected passages from Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and their implications for the present times.
  10. A deeper understanding of the Gheranda Samhita (the major alternative hatha yoga source document to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika). It includes study of shatkarma, asana, mudra, pratyahara, pranayama, dhyana and samadhi according to the personal experience of the sage Gheranda
  11. Various sutras of the Bhagavad Gita which are connected specifically with pranayama, meditation and inner mastery of the Self
  12. How Tantra is the fundamental base for all of our yogic practices
  13. Ethics for yoga teachers
  14. Daily evening satsang – discussions about issues such as: yoga as a holistic science, japa, nada, swara, and different yogic attitudes, tools and practices for day-to-day life

Anatomy & Physiology

  1. Medical anatomy and physiology, expanding on the relevance and application of the different bodily systems to yoga, such as the digestive system, respiratory system, cardio-vascular system, muscular system and endocrine (hormonal) system
  2. A deeper understanding of all the different layers of the yogic anatomy and how they are interrelated with each other, and all of the different practices, e.g. koshas, prana, nadis, chakras and tattwas
  3. Benefits and contra-indications of specific yogic practices
  4. Developing a deeper understanding of the practical use of Ayurveda for day-to-day life
  5. Yogic techniques which help to bring equanimity between the mind, body and spirit

Teaching Methodology

  1. Different methods for teaching asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, samyak kriya, pratyahara and dharana according to the different nature and level of experience of the students
  2. How to prepare a hatha yoga program and samyak kriya program
  3. Principles of a Vedic yoga class
  4. Developing your confidence and trust in delivering your commands
  5. A systematic approach to connecting, inspiring and motivating students
  6. Developing an authentic teaching-style which is in tune with your inner awareness
  7. Carrying the right attitude as a teacher for transmitting your teachings
  8. How to build an appropriate atmosphere to teach classes in different environments to varied groups
  9. Adjusting and assisting with a deeper understanding, and the use of props
  10. How to structure teaching for different levels of students using the different raja yoga techniques and methods which, although they differ in style, all have the same purpose of inner awareness and raising the consciousness
  11. Learning the fundamental principles of developing Vedic yoga sequencing and its holistic approach to attaining stillness
  12. Different ways of practicing samyak kriyas (a practice of both kundalini and tantric kriyas, in which you become aware of your life-force to awaken the inner consciousness) as a means to developing kundalini awareness, and how to integrate these practices with hatha yoga sequencing
  13. Offering a greater variety of practices within each class by incorporating different methods so that students see their yoga as a holistic experience

Techniques, Training & Practice

  1. Asana – foundation classical poses and their alignment, benefits, contra-indications and their sequencing to create a flow – both of the body and the mind
  2. Developing an attitude which gives as much attention to internal alignment as to external alignment
  3. Pranayama – conscious breathing, and systematic training of the breath and mind, and their inter-relatedness
  4. Bandha – preparation and application of the three locks, and their deeper impact on the mind and body for overall health
  5. Mudra – yogic gestures which help one’s inner alignment and grounding of the mind
  6. Yoga nidra – a complete yogic method of relaxation to de-stress both the voluntary and involuntary muscles of the body through systematic training of the mind while completely resting the body
  7. Shatkarma – six yogic cleansing methods to self-detoxify the body and the mind
  8. Samyak kriya – a practice of both kundalini and tantric kriyas (foundation practices in which you become aware of your life-force in order to awaken the inner consciousness)
  9. Understanding the role of samyak kriya practices in purifying the astral body, and balancing the five elements (tattwas)
  10. Mantra – pure sound to shift the awareness to the present moment; its practices and teachings; and how it is connected to nada (sound) and laya (inner rhythm)
  11. Daily practices of Sanskrit mantras and specifically the fundamental mantras which help to develop healing, creativity and inner consciousness
  12. Practicing other advanced mantras which are powerful tools to raise the higher frequency of energy in the different organs and systems of the body for healing
  13. Meditation – initiation to Vedic Dhyana; how it systematically builds a dhyana practice and can lead you to the experience of pure consciousness
  14. Specific yogic practices as described in the Gheranda Samhita
  15. A Conscious Walk – developing an attitude of SEEING (witnessing) the body, breath and mind, and experiencing that you are deeper than this, while taking a walk
  16. Developing the use of sequences to streamline one’s own practice and teach a hatha yoga and samyak kriya class
  17. Discussion topics to aid in the integration of one’s practice with yogic philosophy
  18. Developing the art of integrating your yoga with your life so that your life becomes your sadhana

Practicum

  1. Practice teaching for part of a class and eventually a full class
  2. Teaching with greater understanding due to personal experience, and learning to be grounded and spontaneous during your classes
  3. Developing the art of strengthening your ability to share which comes from accepting yourself where you are in this moment
  4. Learning the art of being fearless while sharing your experiences
  5. Observing, giving and receiving feedback
  6. Journaling of personal experiences, and documenting their effects

Self-study

Self-study time is allocated each day.

  1. Students are encouraged to read and absorb the information from the Teacher Training Manual and other texts as discussed during the classes.
  2. Assignments are to be prepared during self-study time.
  3. Regular self-study should be undertaken with a view to completing a written exam at the end of the course.
  4. Learning to be fearless about the examination is part of your practice – appreciating that the exam is simply a process of acknowledging where your understanding is in this moment, and being genuine to yourself about this. It requires removal of the concepts of failing or passing.
  5. Sharing with others your experiences of seva (karma yoga) during your stay.
  6. After returning home, becoming conscious of developing an attitude of seva (selfless service) towards the people with whom you are living, so that you are practicing your yoga as part of your life.
  7. Evidence of a total of 60 hours of personal practice after the completion of the course to be provided by each student to the Vedic Yoga Centre before final Certification will be awarded.

This schedule is a sample only and is subject to modifications according to circumstances and the understanding of the students.

6:30 am - 7:30 am
 Mantra chanting and meditation
7:30 am - 9:30 am
 Hatha yoga – asana, pranayama, samyak kriya, yoga nidra, meditation
9:30 am - 10:00 am
 Breakfast in silence
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Lecture/discussion 1:  yoga philosophy, lifestyle, ethics, teaching methodologies
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
 Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 Free time – study time, journaling and preparation of assignments
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 Lecture/discussion 2:  anatomy and physiology – medical and yogic, practicum
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
 Practice of hatha yoga and samyak kriya
6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
 Dinner
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 Kirtan / satsang /silent meditation
9:30 pm
 Sleep

Attendance at all classes is compulsory.

Every Sunday will be free between the morning hatha yoga class and the evening kirtan session:  from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

The Vedic Yoga Centre’s 500-hour Teacher Training includes the following:

  1. Certificate of Achievement from the Vedic Yoga Centre, which will qualify you to teach yoga (RYT500) as accredited by Yoga Alliance USA, once you have successfully completed the Course.
  2.  Certification requirements include:
    1. Full attendance in the training intensive
    2. Completion of the required readings and assessments;
    3. Successful completion of examinations and written assignments;
    4. Completion of the post-course requirements.
  3.  Vedic Yoga Centre Manual.
  4.  Accommodation in modern rooms at the Vedic Yoga Centre, each with an attached bathroom. You will have a separate room, either standard or deluxe, according to your request or availability of rooms. 
  5. Three Ayurvedic meals per day.
  6. Use of the Centre’s Wi-Fi.
  7. One free Ayurvedic treatment of your choice.
  8. The opportunity to transform your life and become a part of a Vedic yoga community comprised of students from around the world.
  9. Individual consultation and guidance from teachers to help you customise your practice, find inspiration, and make lifestyle choices which heal and empower you at every level.

The prices do not include airfare, transfers to and from the Centre, tips, any excursions during the course, or personal items.

Upcoming 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training dates

January 15-March 3, 2024

April 1-May 19, 2024


Standard Room:     US$ 3,700

Deluxe Room:         US$ 4,000

A non-refundable deposit of US$ 300 is required to book your spot.

All deposits are non-refundable but can be used at a later date or for another program.  For more information about refunds and cancellation, please follow this link:  https://vedicyogacentre.org/refund-and-cancellation-policy


Arrival for the Course

It will be helpful if you can arrive at least one day before the Course starts to ensure that you have overcome any jetlag from your flight, and you are refreshed for your program.  In any case, all students must be present on the evening before the Course starts.

Registration

Email a copy of your flight details, passport and visa to:  myvedicyoga@gmail.com and complete the Application Form by following the Apply Now link, which includes payment of your deposit.

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