October 30 – December 12, 2014 (arrival in Delhi evening of Oct. 29)
October 29 – December 11, 2015 (Arrival in Delhi evening of Oct. 28)
This 300-hour certification course (which gives a graduate a total of 500-hours of training in combination with their previous YTT 200) is intended only for graduates of a Yoga Alliance recognized 200-hour teacher training program or equivalent. The course offers yoga teachers of all traditions a unique opportunity for professional development and profound personal growth in the land of yoga’s origin, and in Rishikesh, the city of yoga!
The YTT 300 group will explore the transformative power of diverse aspects of the yoga tradition both theoretically and experientially, and share reflections and personal experiences in a supportive community of yogis and teachers. The course offers the following elements: Techniques, Teaching Methodology, Philosophy-Lifestyle-Ethics, Anatomy (physical and subtle), and a Teaching Practicum.
Every morning trainees will practice the transformative arts of satkarma (purification), mantra and meditation, exploring various different techniques and observing their effects. Following the meditation, we will practice asana and pranayama in various class-styles in the Akhanda approach.
The Techniques segments of the YTT are designed to help trainees learn to work with students in advanced asana and pranayama, as well as to better teach diverse student bodies using props and focused assists. Contact Hours: 117
In Teaching Methodology, trainees will explore the art of sequencing, language use, creating a transformational space, as well as creating Intermediate/Advanced, Gentle/Restorative and Prenatal classes according to the Akhanda approach (Note: the course is not a complete therapeutic training in Restorative or Prenatal Yoga). One of the highlights of the YTT 500 is learning to teach two unique and profound class-styles designed by Yogi Vishvketu: Hatha-Raja and Classical Kundalini. Contact Hours: 27.5
• Hatha-Raja (a unique meditative flow practiced with the sonorous Brahmaree pranayama);
• Classical Kundalini (an uplifting sequence that integrates postures, oscillating movements, Tantric Bija mantras, pranayama and chakra meditation);
• Intermediate/Advanced Akhanda Yoga® (a flowing sequence of asanas with long holding designed to encourage working through resistance, releasing outmoded patterns, and moving towards a profound sense of balance);
• Gentle/Restorative Yoga (gentle and supported yoga practices for those suffering from deep stress or physical/emotional injury); and
• Prenatal Yoga (asana, pranayama, meditations and their modifications specifically tailored to the pregnant woman’s needs and experience).
During the Teaching Practicum, each participant will co-teach three 1.5-hour classes in two or three of the above styles, and will receive feedback from the trainers and their peers. Contact Hours: 58
This course also includes:
Anatomy: In-depth teachings on anatomy as it relates to yoga and to restorative yoga; Contact Hours: 12
Subtle Anatomy: Contemplations on the five koshas and seven chakras including explorations of and their mystical symbolism, including journaling and drawing. Discussions on the nadi system and Kundalini energy; Contact Hours: 10
Philosophy-Lifestyle-Ethics: Teachings and discussions of yoga philosophy through history with reference to the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and mystics of the common era. We will explore how the yoga teachings can influence how we perceive and experience our daily lives. This will include Ayurvedic principles, and an understanding of how to determine which yoga practices will be balancing to our constitution. We will also explore the ethics of the yoga teaching profession. Contact Hours: 45
One of the many benefits of studying in the ashram is to be a part of traditional ashram programs, such as the twice weekly evening program we call Transformational Experiences. This program will include kiirtan (devotional singing), mantra (Vedic and Upanishadic chanting), group sharing, full moon and healing circles, and other rituals.
The course will also include sessions on learning to facilitate Transformational Experiences and group work in the retreat and workshop setting. The business of yoga sessions will explore how to plan for and lead successful retreats, and workshops, to give experienced teachers the confidence and tools to begin offering yoga in these contexts.
Yogic Lifestyle Coaching: We have added a week to our YTT 300 for the integration of the teachings in Ayurveda and Yogic lifestyle and wellness techniques, and so that trainees can practice their application in the one-to-one and small group settings. During this week, Somatic Counsellor and Senior Yoga Teacher Robin Campbell (Prem Sagar) will offer sessions in how to set up and facilitate Yoga Lifestyle Coaching sessions and to manage the one-on-one lifestyle coaching relationship. The week will also include daily one-to-one practicum sessions. Contact Hours: 20
What to Expect from Yoga Lifestyle Coaching? (Click To Learn More…) – An Akhanda Yoga Lifestyle Coach is an experienced Yoga teacher and graduate of the 500-hour Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training course. This course enhances teachers’ skills in teaching diverse yoga practices, such as asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, mantra/sounding, visualization and meditation. It also explores the Ayurvedic and Yogic vision of holistic health, the healing relationship between teachers and clients, and practice in coaching clients one-on-one and in small groups.
Teachers: All courses are taught by Yogi Vishvketu, one other senior teacher and a YTT assistant.
$3750 (Canadian dollars) for courses during 2014
$4000 (Canadian dollars) for courses during 2015
Includes 300-hour certification course, manual, one white Yoga Family t-shirt, semi-private room at the ashram, 3 vegetarian meals per day, 2 Sunday excursions, evening music/discussion programs, and airport pick-up/transit to the ashram from Delhi. Students make their own way back to Delhi or on to further travel after the course. The ashram office can assist with transit plans and there are many travel agencies in Rishikesh.
Travel Arrangements: Please do not book your flight until your application has been approved. This should take only a few days after we receive your application. We do airport pickups on Wednesday, transit to the Ashram on Thursday and have orientation and jet lag days on the weekend. Arrival in Delhi at Indira Gandhi International Airport should be Wednesday afternoon or evening. Please note that if the flight arrives after midnight, that will be dated Thursday on the ticket. If you plan to fly from Delhi fairly shortly after the course ends, please do not book a flight leaving Delhi before Saturday evening. Most students stay until check-out, which is Sunday at noon, and hire cars to take them directly from the ashram to the airport for a Sunday late-evening departure. If you have time, it is a wonderful opportunity to integrate all of the teachings and experiences you have had during the course by staying on at or nearby the ashram for 3-4 days or more. Please only plan to stay longer at the ashram itself if you intend to continue with the Ashram classes and lifestyle. If you plan to stay Sunday night and onwards at or nearby the ashram, this can usually be arranged during the training, or in advance by contacting the ashram office at email@example.com. The rates are about $15 a day for the shared room, meals and 2 yoga classes a day.
Airport Pickup and Transport: Participants wishing airport pickup will be met at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Airport, and will be taken to a hotel in Delhi near the airport to sleep. The next morning we will depart at 6AM by private coach bus for Rishikesh and the ashram. Friday – Sunday will be for orientation and jet lag days. The course formally begins on Monday.
To apply: The pre-requisite for taking this course is a 200-hour teacher training certificate. To apply, please:
• Click Here. We recommend you apply 4-6 months in advance to ensure a spot, and to allow time for readings, assignments and other preparations. Additionally please scan and email a copy of your 200-hour teacher training certificate to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address inquiries to email@example.com.
• Once your application is received, you may be contacted by phone for a short interview.
• If your application is successful, you will then need to finalize it. You will receive an online credit card payment link by email for the CDN$500 deposit (personal cheque are ok if in Canada, made payable to World Conscious Yoga Family Inc. and mailed to World Conscious Yoga Family ℅ Chetana Panwar 19 Woburn Ave., Toronto, ON, M5M 1K5). Please note that the final payment is due one month prior to departure (please see our refund policy).
Before the course: Before the course, there are two assignments and reading that you will need to complete. You will receive the assignment questions and the reading list after registration, so please don’t leave the application process until the last minute. The readings and assignments will ensure that all applicants from various 200-hour programs have the necessary background knowledge to get the most out of the 500-hour course. The deadline for submitting these assignments is the same as for payment of the final fees, one month prior to departure.
For those considering staying at the ashram or in Rishikesh after the training and interested in Reiki coruses, we highly recommend Rishikesh Reiki Master Shanti ji. She offers Reiki 1, 2 and Master’s attunements courses weekly and is a strong, steady channel for the flow of Reiki energy.
For information and dates, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and allow for 1 week to receive a reply prior to departure.