Namaste – Welcome to the Akasha Yoga Teacher Training!
Are you ready to dedicate yourself to the evolution of your Yoga practice? Are you looking for a meaningful way of contributing to our society? Then it is time for you to learn the art and science of teaching Yoga. Share what has transformed your own life so much. Pass on to your friends and community the inspiring practices of Yoga.
With Akasha Yoga we offer a space for integral evolution, and invite you to journey with us towards the very roots of classical Yoga. The keys to teaching in an authentic way are: a solid self-practice, a substantial understanding of the basics of Yoga, and the enthusiasm to dedicate ourselves to this precious project. Our vast experience of coaching Yoga teachers enables us to convey effective techniques, which empower aspiring instructors to teach with confidence. The comprehensive curriculum of our 200-hour intensive course meets and exceeds the standards of the renowned international Yoga Alliance. Our Teacher Training is a heartfelt invitation to turn your passion into a meaningful profession.
AT A GLANCE
Dates: 4-week full-time intensive
Jan 11 – Feb 07, 2015 – Thailand
Aug 02 – 29, 2015 – Thailand
Nov 01 – 28, 2015 – Bali
Locations: Koh Phangan Island, Thailand, and Ubud on Bali, Indonesia
Style: Classical Hatha Yoga
Certification: 200-hours Yoga Alliance
Price: 1950 Euros. 1700 Euros early-bird. Includes breakfast, excludes room.
Residential on site option and full board available – spaces are limited.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The cornerstones of our teachings are energy-based classical Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, spiritual heart meditation, and the non-dual wisdom of Advaita Vedanta. We aspire to synchronize mind and heart, to combine rational understanding with deep-going practice, and to develop present moment awareness. Authenticity and inspiration, passion and enthusiasm are our hallmarks.
The syllabus of our Teacher Training encompasses a sequence of 28 classical postures. We balance the yin and yang aspects of Hatha Yoga by combining the traditional static performance of poses with the dynamic flow of the sun salutations. Our practice encourages a refined level of awareness and allows for a harmonious integration of body, mind, and energies. We also incorporate meditation, breathing exercises, and purification techniques to elevate your physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. To support the practice we study yogic philosophy, explore fundamental scriptures, as well as subtle energies and chakras.
WHAT MAKES OUR TRAINING DIFFERENT?
We share the crucial ingredients that will empower you to become a successful Yoga instructor: persevering practice of relevant techniques, an understanding of [their] underlying mechanisms, skillful correction and adjustment, practical comprehension of yogic philosophy, and the development of leadership qualities. Our emphasis on teaching skills is reflected in a high percentage of graduates who actually start teaching right after our training.
Our dedicated team of professional teachers presents the vast subject of Yoga in a coherent structure. This allows beginners and advanced practitioners to obtain a lucid understanding of this fascinating science. We transmit applicable tools that allow you to take the practice off the mat, enabling you to integrate Yoga into your daily life.
We provide the perfect conditions for a holistic evolution of your entire being. The small group size of our course guarantees individual guidance in an intimate, family-like atmosphere. nspiring teachings and intense practice trigger profound development on many levels, making our Yoga Teacher Training a truly transformative experience.
HOW IS THE TRAINING STRUCTURED?
Our full-time training stretches over a 4-week period. Teaching hours are Monday to Saturday, 06:15-19:00. Days usually start with meditation and Hatha Yoga practice, followed by breakfast and the morning theory block. The lunch breaks allow for rest, study, and excursions into the stunning tropical nature. The afternoon sessions contain a second theory block, as well as another practice.
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.
The curriculum of our 1-month intensive course is structured in the following way:
● Week 1: Practice and Theory
Basic asanas, breathing exercises, meditation, practical philosophy, chakras, diet, and first own teaching practicum.
● Week 2: Preparation for Teaching
Practice of advanced asanas and pranayama, correction and adjustment training, scripture study: Bhagavad Gita, and own teaching of a 45-minute Yoga class.
● Week 3: Yoga Physiology
Advanced practices of bandha, purification, Yoga anatomy, Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Massage, and leading of a 90-minute Yoga session.
● Week 4: Yoga Psychology
Advanced practices, scripture study: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, states of consciousness, and teaching of a final 90-minute Yoga class.
Our comprehensive curriculum conveys the essentials of classical Hatha Yoga to aspiring instructors: profound practice, clear understanding of theory, and efficient teaching methodology.
Warming exercises, 28 essential postures, sun salutations, yogic relaxation, breath awareness, spiritual heart meditation, pranayama and bandha practice, introduction to yogic purification, diet, and Ayurveda.
Anatomy of Yoga, subtle energetic structures (seven chakras, nadis, and the five bodies), states of consciousness, scripture study (Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali), Yama and Niyama (modern re-interpretation of the morals and ethics of Yoga), the classical Paths of Yoga (Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, and Raja Yoga).
Holding space: presentation skills, rhetoric, voice training, body language.
The art of touch: correction and adjustment training, introduction to Thai Yoga Massage.
Guided teaching experience: five practicum sessions with peer feedback and systematic evaluation by experienced supervisors.
The course is almost exclusively taught by primary instructors Kirsten Reiss and Burkhard Langemann, who are the founders of the Akasha Yoga Academy. The intense presence of our head teachers and the small group size allow for personalized guidance and individual support.
We translate the profound wisdom of the Yoga tradition into accessible, modern language. We bridgetheory and practice, unite East and West, and integrate ancient insights with scientific facts.
We chose two gorgeous tropical islands in Southeast Asia to provide the perfect surroundings for participants of our Yoga Teacher Training. Koh Phangan, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia are both characterized by lush jungle mountains, waterfalls, and the vast ocean with colorful coral reefs. Both provide a beautiful mixture of warm-hearted locals and a blossoming international Yoga community. Their welcoming cultures and natural beauty combine with the convenience of a well-developed modern infrastructure. Both locations carry a fascinating exotic flavor, and their profoundly spiritual roots still strongly influence their entire societies.
To spend a whole month in such inspiring surroundings is a transformative experience in itself. Stepping out of our common environment can speed up our growth tremendously. We leave our known surroundings and attachments behind, and dare to be open to all possibilities. Together we enter into this safe and free space, in which we are allowed to redefine ourselves.
Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand offers more economical lodging and is therefore the preferred option for people on a lower budget. The island of Bali provides a higher standard and a more comfortable stay.
More details about our venues and accommodation options…
“If someone had told me two months ago that I´d be the person I am today, I wouldn´t have believed them. I´ve shown myself that I can become the person I´ve always wanted to be. I owe so much of this to the both of you. Thank you. Thank you for being who you truly are, doing what you do and practicing what you say. It´s rare and it´s inspirational.” Kaitlin from USA , August, 2013
“The best elements of the TTC were the love within the group and from the teachers, the spiritual topics and meditation, and the view. I am so grateful for this amazing experience. I am honestly speechless and have no words to express the gratitude I have in my heart for the two of you. This TTC was exactly the next step for my spiritual journey and I can feel a newfound momentum. My life will never be the same and this is a beautiful thing. Thank you for helping me grow and dive deeper.” Ashley from USA, August, 2013
PRICES & OFFER
The regular tuition for our certified intensive training is 1950 Euros. We offer an early-bird price of 1700 Euros for bookings made two months or more in advance.
This nice price includes more than 200 contact teaching hours, a 400-page handbook, daily breakfast buffets for the entire month, a Kriya Yoga purification set, and individual guidance in two private coaching sessions. In addition to the official Yoga Alliance Certificate, we do provide a personal letter of recommendation, and give on-going assistance in our long-term support program.
A residential option with on-site lodging can be arranged for a small extra fee. Visit our location section for a presentation of the accommodation in Thailand and Bali.
It is easy to apply for our 4-week Yoga Teacher Training. Simply send us a short message and include a concise description of your previous Yoga experience, and your current motivation for applying to the program. Following your offer of acceptance, we do require a 200 Euro deposit to hold your space in our intensive program. Here is the link to our refund policy.
We strictly limit the number of participants to provide an optimal learning environment for each and every student. Our courses fill up quickly and thus far have booked fully. An early application is strongly recommended to guarantee your spot in our training.
Please feel free to contact us with your questions. We are looking forward to supporting you with our dedicated and responsive service.
If you are highly motivated, but truly cannot afford the tuition, you may apply for one of our work exchange positions. Don’t let money be a reason to stay away from Yoga – get inspired!