TANTRA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
EXPERIENCE. EXPAND. TRANSFORM.
200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified
February 1st - 28th South Goa, India
Are you ready to expand your consciousness and bring out your greatest potential? This teacher training is designed to take you deeply into the essence of yoga, while providing the space for personal growth in a supportive loving atmosphere. We will provide you with all the tools to fully embody yoga and its sacred principles, so that teaching becomes a natural evolution.
Our course is an immersion in yoga lifestyle and community that will strengthen you in ways that you never knew possible. The spiritual depth of this course is naturally conducive to self-empowerment and inner transformation. Every student is respected on his / her personal path and encouraged to cultivate their own unique expression.
May the journey begin....
Tantra is the natural evolution of yoga. It is an integral system that consists of 5 Yogas, as originally taught by Lord Shiva, the original Guru of Yoga.
Tan means expansion, tra means freedom. Tantra is the art of being free from all physical, mental and spiritual bondage through the expansion of energy.
Unlike other systems of yoga, Tantra takes a liberal approach of embracing life in all its facets and using life as our ultimate teacher. Through accepting all that is, we find ourselves gradually liberated from all limitations and conditioning, which allows us to step fully into our personal power and the joy of being fully alive. Tantra Yoga emphasizes the development of power latent in the chakras in a systematic manner to heal and balances all aspects of the self - including the physical, emotional, vital, mental, and spiritual bodies. It eventually leads to supreme consciousness, the ultimate aim of human life.
WHAT MAKES OUR TRAINING SPECIAL?
Tantra itself is special, however misunderstood, it is an ancient system of activating the dormant potential inside each and every one of us. This training is not just a yoga teacher training but a life training to give you what you require to blossom fully into who you are meant to become in this lifetime.
Actually what makes our training special is you, each of you are unique and when we come together for this higher purpose a positive energy is created that will shape our course in its own beautiful expression. Sheltered in the tropical paradise of Goa you will find yourself in an expansive environment that encourages you to find your own inner yogi or yogini.
Moving beyond the physical aspect of yoga, however important, we place utmost importance on transmitting authentic yoga in all its fullness and glory, so that you may develop your own inner capacity of truly living in yoga. It is upon this foundation of spiritual strength and wisdom that a genuine yoga teacher may emerge. We aim to provide you with the foundational building blocks needed to teach with confidence and ease as soon as you graduate.
Our school of Tantra Yoga comes out of Shanti Yoga Ashram of Nepal, whose lineage is the combination of Tantra Yoga as taught by Swami Nirajananda, successor of Swami Satyananda of Bihar School of Yoga and Swami Shivalingam of Nepal, also a student of Swami Satyananda, who taught the ancient hidden secrets of Nepalese Tantra to his disciple Yogi Prakash, or Guruji, as he is known, founder of Shanti Yoga Ashram.
Nepal is the land of Tantra, where Shiva himself taught this science to his other half, Parvati. It has been preserved in its pure form from Guru to disciple ever since. It is our intention to transmit this wealth of knowledge, through adapted practices and providing a good structural means for conducive learning and integration.
For the teachers, Gopika and Kamadevi, yoga is the essential core of their lives, an innate expression; which has naturally brought a dedication in serving the awakening of humanity into higher states of consciousness. One of the meanings of Tantra is to weave or to integrate; by infusing their lives with yoga it has developed in them the capacity as adept initiators in guiding you towards oneness of mind body and soul. Their purpose is to help you meet the Guru (divine teacher) within your own self.
Is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher with 12 years teaching experience. She is a Reiki and Intuitive Massage therapist well-versed in Vipassana meditation. Her practice focuses on Kriya Yoga, Kundalini and Tantra as well as methods of bodywork and ecstatic dance. Her creative nature complements her artistic skills (Visual Arts degree at the HEAD Geneva). She regularly provides workshops and retreats in Switzerland, the Middle East, India and Africa. Having previously implemented a Holistic Lifestyle Program at The 5-star Fusion Resort in Vietnam; Kamadevi has a well-versed approach, is open-minded and free-spirited. Her travels and consideration to cultural differences have enabled her to work accordingly within varied contexts, individually and with groups. For complete biography and further information please visit : www.yoginikamadevi.com
"Carla Zürcher, in the spiritual name of Kamadevi that I gave her; is a rare opportunity to discover an excellent Hatha Yoga teacher and a unique Intuitive Massage innovator. Her loving nature will reveal ones highest qualities to be developed within your specific being. She is first of all a young highly gifted Guru, to guide one on the path of Self-Realization, in the most natural way. To be who you really are, simple and powerful."
Sri Oshi Guru Devi (Kamadevi’s Spiritual Mother)
Yogini Gopika, ERYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Tantra Yoga Teacher, is ready to guide you to uncover your own power and unique gifts. With more than 16 years of teaching and coaching experience; she possesses effective methods and tools to help you bring your life into alignment. While living mostly in India, she has developed the intuition and insight necessary to facilitate inner transformation. She has worked side by side with Guru Yogi Prakash to develop Shanti Yoga Ashram in Nepal and has been teaching teacher trainings there for the past few years. It is her greatest joy to share the light and love that yoga has to offer with other spiritual seekers and inspire them toward personal evolution; so they may adopt a yogic lifestyle that is in greater harmony with themselves and the world around them.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Inside of a lush green forest, surrounded by the abundance of Mother Nature and the ocean breeze; we will come together for the experience of a lifetime. Dedicated and disciplined daily practice within the context of a warm loving family of like minded friends with the same aspiration – to learn and embody all the facets of yoga and to evolve into yoga teachers.
The daily schedule will create a structure giving you the space and support to let go of attachments and fears; while surrendering to the process of transformation.
05:30 - wake-up (maintaining silence till breakfast)
06:30 - yoga / meditation (2h hours)
08:30 - breakfast (1h 30min break)
10:00 - lecture (2 hours)
12:30 - lunch (1h 30min break)
14:00 - workshop / teaching practice (2h hours)
16:00 - personal time/ beach time
18:00 - evening program (1 hour)
19:00 - dinner
21:00 - silence, retire to rooms
* Evening program will include watching the sunset on the beach, meditations both indoors and outdoors, silent walks, kirtans and other guided practices based on the curriculum.
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change as the course develops depending on various factors. We will always take your needs into consideration. Please remain open and flexible.
* Sundays will be a free day.
* We encourage time to go to the beach daily and have a swim, as it is just a 5-minute walk from Bhakti Kutir. The salt water acts as a cleanser and purifier and is conducive to the process. Please bring a hat to protect from the sunrays and keep hydrated.
WHAT DO WE TEACH?
Our full-time training stretches over a 4-week period. Teaching hours are Monday to Saturday, 06:30. Days start with meditation and Hatha Yoga practice, followed by breakfast and the morning theory block. The lunch breaks allow for rest and study. The afternoon sessions contain a short workshop followed by a practice session where you get the chance to practice teaching with a partner or in small groups. Your teachers will be available for questions and corrections. The first half of the training builds up a solid foundation of theory and practice, and the second half focuses on the development of teaching skills as well as deepening your spiritual practices. The curriculum of our 1-month intensive course is structured in the following way:
● Week 1: Hatha Yoga
Basic asanas, breathing exercises, meditation, practical philosophy, diet, and introductory teaching practicum.
● Week 2: Astanga Yoga, Ayurveda
Practice of intermediate asanas and pranayama, correction and adjustment training, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhakti Yoga based on Bhagavad Gita, mid-term exam at the end of the week, own teaching of beginner asanas.
● Week 3: Mantra Yoga, Energetic Principles
Advanced practices of purification, Yantra and Mantra, Yoga anatomy, Intuitive Massage.
● Week 4: Kundalini and Shiva Shakti Yoga
Chakra practices, Tantra meditations, final exam, teaching of a final 90-minute yoga class.
Please note that you will receive the full syllabus on the first day of class. Every training course is slightly different as we adjust to the needs and learning level of our students. Tantra is an integrative system, so there will be elements of all the topics throughout the entire course. Please remain flexible.
WHAT DO WE TEACH? TANTRA'S 5 YOGA SYSTEM
Tantra yoga starts with the gross level, the body, and gradually transitions to the subtle level, consciousness. This teaching system offers the evolutionary process from Hatha yoga, meditation through the body, to Astanga yoga, meditation through the mind, to Mantra yoga, meditation through sound, to Kundalini yoga, meditation through the chakras, and ultimately to Shiva-Shakti yoga, meditation through the internal masculine and feminine energies.
Hatha Yoga – The Foundation of Tantra. Classical Hatha Yoga to balance our solar and lunar energies, when the body is balanced in this way the energy can flow properly which is the basis of good health.
Shat Karma – 1st step in Hatha Yoga, internal yogic cleansing to prepare our bodies and minds for the yoga practice to follow, so that when prana does start to flow it will be moving through clear open channels.
Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bhandha
Asana – 36 Classic Hatha Yoga Asanas, Sun Salutations with deeper esoteric meaning while incorporating chakra awareness, How to incorporate breathe, awareness and movement along with enjoyment.
Pranayama – Sensitizing, Vitalizing, Balancing and Tranquilizing. You will learn more than techniques but gain the ability to use your breathe to direct your own pranic flow.
Mudra – Create a flow of prana through different gestures, essential element of tantra yoga.
Bhanda – Learn to lock and release different parts of the body to direct the energy as needed.
Astanga Yoga (Raja Yoga) – 8 Limbs. There are practices in each of these limbs that help one evolve to the next.
Yama and Niyama – Development of personal character by imbibing certain lifestyle regulations for upliftment. Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga are included here
Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion) – Embodying Divine Qualities.
Karma Yoga (Yoga of Selfless Service) – Doing something good for humanity that reaches beyond your own borders.
Asana – Become comfortable in your own skin and still so that the cosmic life-force may flow through you.
Pranayama – Learn to expand the space between the breaths to come fully into present moment awareness, preliminary stages of meditation.
Pratyahara – Can you fully relax and go within? Learn to withdraw your senses and find your true home, inside of you.
Yoga Nidra and other techniques will be practiced regularly
Dharana – Concentration – Esoteric Practices to create the strength and focus necessary for meditation
Dhyayna – Meditation will happen naturally with the preparatory practices we will give you.
Samadhi – Blissful state of Enlightenment – A glimpse will be possible as the soul begins to shine out and feel real peace.
Mantra Yoga – Once the body and mind are balanced we are ready to invoke the divine energy through sound vibration, the most subtle of all manifestations.
AUM Chanting – There are many ways to chant Om to awaken different energy centers and to either elevate or ground.
Kirtan – Singing together chants to invite Cosmic Energies.
Mantra Initiation – You will receive a mantra to connect you with the yoga lineage to chant on your own.
Yantra, Mantra and Tantra – Visualization and Manifestation.
As part of this theme we will incorporate dance and movement throughout the course to fully awaken and unite our bodies and souls.
Kundalini Yoga – The yoga of awakening the sleeping potential of the human being through bringing awareness into each chakra, energy center using a variety of tantra yoga methods. This is an integral practice that will evolve throughout the course. We will also spend time to understand and work with each chakra individually.
Kriya Yoga – Working inside of the asana to circulate prana from one chakra to the next, a process of purification.
Shiva Shakti Yoga – Requiring the use of all the yoga systems learned previously; it is our goal to make you a master of your own body, mind and energy systems. You will learn how to become an embodiment of divinity and to balance your own internal masculine and feminine energies.
Harmonizing sexuality with spirituality to understand sacred sex.
Ritual and Ceremony to celebrate and honor the divine feminine and noble masculine.
Intuitive Massage – a method to connect touch with your intuition. You will be guided and have the chance to practice on each other.
Connecting the three main power centers.
Ayurveda – the art of living in harmony with yourself and the natural world.
Philosophy and Practical Application.
Circardian Rythyms and Natural Cycles.
Self-care and Daily Routine.
Ayurvedic Diet and conscious eating.
Jnana Yoga - the yoga of knowledge and the path of self realization.
Integration of the philosophy of yoga into the experiential or vice versa.
Everyday examples; negative patterns, personal tendencies and hightening self-awareness.
The power of the mind / directing ones perception accordingly.
Self-inquiry, the transmission of Ramana Maharshi works on non-dualism.
Energetic Principles - discovering our intrinsic connection as a micro cosmos in the macro cosmos.
The law of resonance; from the energetic to the tangible and visible.
The Pancha Kosha; 5 energetic layers or sheaths that move from the outermost layer of skin to the deep spiritual core.
The comprehensive curriculum of our Yoga Teacher Training Course encompasses a vast range of inspiring topics.
Tantra Yoga (5 Yoga System – see section, What do we Teach?)
Yoga Nidra combined with Rotation of Awareness, Nyasa
Subconscious re-programming – manifestation of intention
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita
Chakra and energy centered practice
Yoga community and long-term support from your teachers
Teaching Methodology including sequencing, adjusting, teaching standards, classroom management
Yogic Anatomy and Ayurveda
Intuitive Massage (module one) and Conscious Expressive Dance
Energy Work and Pranic Healing
Establishing time for technology detox
Satsang with Guruma....
Mid-term and Final Exam, Practical Exam
The following ingredients support our graduates to become successful Yoga instructors:
Deeply powerful energy based Hatha Yoga
Establishment of a daily meditation practice with various techniques
Theoretical understanding of metaphysics and yogic philosophy
Experience of a yogic lifestyle (nature based, healthy diet)
Physical and energetic comprehension of postures
Effective correction training and supervised teaching experience
Personal guidance and family-like group atmosphere
Tropical Nature and Time for Swimming in Arabian Sea
Requirements to apply for the 200 Hour Teacher Training Course are an existing yoga practice, an open mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a worthy yoga teacher. Applicants with an emerging practice are welcome to apply for our training provided they can display a level of self-discipline during the course as it is physically, mentally and spiritually demanding and also highly rewarding. Whilst students will obtain a certificate at the end of the training this should not be the goal of attending our course. Trainees should wish to deepen their personal practice and immerse themselves fully on the path of yoga whilst aiming to become a professional teacher.
For both beginner and seasoned practitioners, this course will deepen and consolidate your practice and teaching style. We encourage aspiring teachers from all backgrounds to join the course.
Bhakti Kutir is located under a canopy of a two acre coconut grove with twenty two back-to-nature cabanas. No two cabanas are alike. Fashioned from local materials like rice straw, and bamboo, the cabanas are built to include trees, leaves, and to let you see the moon and star-filled skies. The living areas combine a rural feel with a surprising degree of comfort. Each room is equipped with mosquito net already in place. The beds are very comfortable and the rooms are well ventalated but are also equipped with fans.
On the premisise is an Ayurvedic Spa run by Vijay Nambiar, qualified and experienced Ayurvedic doctor of Kerala. His staff is expert in their therapies, which are reasonably priced and accessible throughout the training.
Bhakti Kutir is located in a secluded forest just inside of the small village of Colomb, in between the unspoiled beaches of Palolem and Patnem. Palolem is rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Goa. A natural bay surrounded by high headlands on either side has created a calm, idyllic setting frequented by a cosmopolitan mix of tourists, travellers, local and expats. Patnem is even more quiet and less developed than its neighboring beach, there are many options to accommodate all types of tourist needs. The nearest beach is within 5 minutes walking distance. Scooters can easily be rented for 200 – 300 rupees daily. There is a small but thriving town less than 3 kilometers away where you can buy or do everything that you need during your stay.
Canacona, the name of the entire area is located in South Goa, which is easily accessible to visitors coming from Dabolim, Goa's international airport at Vasco de Gama, and is connect by road and bus with Margo (to the north) and Karwar (to the south). Canacona is also on the Konkan Railway route.
ADDRESS:296, Colomb, Palolem, Canacona, Goa – 403702 India