Vikasa Yoga Academy

300H advanced certification yoga teacher training course in Thailand

RYT-300
2019  |  May 10 – Jun 14

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Are you ready to take your practice to the next level?

Do you feel like you need the desire to learn more than just the basics?

Do you need to take some time for yourself?

Then this course is for you…

The Advanced training course takes the yoga teacher or advanced yoga student to the next level and is suitable for both the existing teachers or just serious practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge and strengthen their practice. The six week or 300 hour course consists of three modules, which are 100 hours each, or two weeks in duration and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Trainees can obtain an RYT-500 certification upon successful completion of the course. In order to obtain the RYT-500 certificate, trainees are required to complete all three modules, or five weeks of training.

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Asana – Art of Sequencing

 

In this session, we will deepen the the practice of asanas and shatkarma kriyas, as proposed by the ancient texts of Hatha Yoga Pradipika and practices in the current environment. The training will focus specifically on the proper sequencing of asanas, and achieving a balanced distribution of energy within your physical body as a result of correct sequencing of asanas in your yoga practice.

The result of such balanced energy distribution in your physical body at the end of your yoga practice is a balanced emotional and mental state as well. Trainees are to understand there are no styles in yoga, but only a method, based on universal rules and principles of yoga. The goal of this training is for the trainees to understand such principles and finally be able to evolve into creative vinyasa sequencing that brings yoga on cross mat, drawing mandalas in the three dimensional space with the body, thus achieving the ultimate freedom and balance, which I call – intelligent freestyle.

  • ૐ  Understanding energetic effects of training sequences of asanas.
  • ૐ  How to create multidimensional models of sequences.
  • ૐ  Balancing of the energetic effect on your physical, mental and emotional levels.
  • ૐ  Understanding energetic effects of training sequences of asanas.How to create multidimensional models of sequences.
  • ૐ  Balancing of the energetic effect on your physical, mental and emotional levels.
  • ૐ  Result of your physical effort on your mental and emotional states.
  • ૐ  Introduction to Mandala – Yoga sequencing and methodology, based on Universal principles of yoga.
  • ૐ  Practical demonstration of multi-dimensional models of training sequences.
  • ૐ  Principle of super compensation – understanding and applying it to practice.
  • ૐ  Simplification and modification of standard asanas, working with multi-level groups.
  • ૐ  Training sequence creation, practical examples and student sequence creation.
  • ૐ  Deepening study of varieties of training sequences and practice sub-styles and their combinations:
    – dynamic strengthening
    – static strengthening
    – active stretching
    – passive stretching
    – assisted partner stretching
  • ૐ  Balancing the Ha and Tha aspects in practice. (Yin/Yang, Active/Passive)
  • ૐ  How yoga practice affects different shells of our bodies and perception.
  • ૐ  Principle of time minimization: minimal time – maximum effectiveness.
  • ૐ  Creation of personal programs for your students and individual yoga style development.
  • ૐ  Teaching workshops – how to prepare content and get studios around the world to invite you
  • ૐ  Organizing yoga retreats – how to organize and find new students to join you.
  • ૐ  Using physical adjustments to help students with alignment and progress in asana.
  • ૐ  How to teach a multi-level class, suitable for all levels of students from beginners to advanced.
  • ૐ  Shatkarma kriyas, ancient yogis cleansing and purifying techniques: Dhauti, Neti, Trataka, Nauli, Kapalabhati
  • ૐ  The first chapter (Asana) and parts of second chapter (Pranayama and Shatkarma) of Hatha Yoga Pradipika text, original manual on hatha yoga explored and explained, cross referenced with other ancient haha yoga manuals, such as Gheranda Samhita and Shiva Samhita
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Pranayama – The Energy Body

 

In the second session of the advanced teacher training, we explore the meaning of prana, the lifeforce energy, and how to control and manipulate the prana to preserve it in our life keeping thie energy in balance. From understanding the breathing mechanics, we can experience the main tecniques of pranayama and bandhas as taught by the ancient texts and yogis, preparing the respiratory channels with proper kriyas, training the body to let prana flow in full balance that will still the mind for meditation. This course is based on the second chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika manual, in which we are also reminded that Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are mutually dependent on each other in order to bring about the highest result. No success can be attained in either without the proper practice of both.

The sign of progress in Hatha Yoga is defined as: “When the body becomes lean, the face glows with delight, the inner sound is manifest and the eyes are bright, there is freedom from disease, bindu is under control and the digestive fire is strong, then one should know that the Nadis are purified and success in Hatha Yoga is approaching.”

Great care should therefore be taken when one engages in Pranayama practice. First and foremost a good grounding in the practice of postures is expected. Instruction from a proper teacher is essential to the practice of Pranayama. During the course we will explain how disturbance in the mind may be related to disturbances in the breath and how learning to restrain the latter may bring about greater steadiness of mind. The practice of Pranayama is geared towards purifying the Nadis – all the nerve patterns, so that the Prana can ultimately pass through the central channel of Sushumna, and then awaken the practitioner to his/her true identity – which is beyond name and form.

PRANA

– Prana and pranayama
– Benefits of pranayama
– Guidelines for pranayama
– Prana awakening
– Research on breath and pranayama

PRANA VAYU

  • – Pancha vayu, major and minor
    – How to practice yoga to balance the 5 vayus
    – Secrets of the five prana
    – Practice: developing awareness of pancha prana 

    THE MECHANICS OF BREATHING

    – The physiology and the mechanics of breathing
    – The respiratory structure, three types of breathing
    – Practice: abdominal, thoracic, collarbone breathings, full yogic breathing
    – Nasal function/nostril dominance
    – Breathing habits and patterns
    – Practice: conscious breathing exercises 

    PRANAYAMA IN ANCIENT TEXTS

    – Pranayama in yoga sutra
    – Pranayama in hatha yoga pradipika
    – Pranayama in shiva samhita
    – Pranayama in gheranda samhita
    – Practice: awareness of the subtle breath 

    YOGIC SUBTLE ANATOMY part 1

    – Chakra
    – Group work on chakra

    YOGIC SUBTLE ANATOMY part 2

    – Ha/Tha
    – Nadi
    – Ida pingala sushumna
    – Kundalini awakening
    – Practice: developing awareness of chakra 

    KOSHA

    – 5 kosha theory
    – Practice: developing awareness of pranamaya kosha 

    BANDHAS

    – The concept and the mechanics of locks
    – Physical and pranic effects of bandhas
    – Jalandara bandha
    – Uddiyana bandha
    – Moola bandha
    – Maha bandha
    – Bandhas and pranayama
    – Practice1 : locating mooladhara chakra
    – Practice 2: performing moola bandha, in man and woman 

    PRANAYAMA PRACTICE part 1

    – The pranic body: pranamaya kosha
    – Good rules for pranayama practice
    – Asanas for pranayama
    – Mudras for pranayama
    – Practice: ujjayi
    – Practice: bramharee

    PRANAYAMA PRACTICE part 2

    – Practice: shitali
    – Practice: shitkari
    – Practice: chandra bheda
    – Practice: surya bheda
    – Practice: bhastrika
    – Practice: khapalabhati 

    ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING

    – Khumbaka
    – Practice: anuloma viloma
    – Practice: nadi shodana 

    PRANAYAMA: DAILY PRACTICE AND FUTURE PROGRESSION

    HEALING SOUNDS

    – Mantra
    – Mantra and prana
    – Kirtan and bhajan
    – Singing bowls

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Meditation – The Soul and Spirit

 

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Mindfulness is a type of focused attention that entails simply exploring the quality of one’s awareness. It can be cultivated, and, like a muscle, strengthened with practice. The third session will focus on methods of concentration of attention with the goal of finding inner peace, and experiencing stillness of the mind and various blissful states associated with it. A psychological and philosophical understanding of the mind structure will lead the students to the ability of managing the mind’s activities to attain the state of yoga. Different techniques will be proposed an explored. Students will be gradually able to improve the concentration abilities, improve stress adaptation and to train the mind. We will learn and practice various meditation and concentration techniques throughout the course. Understanding of underlying emotional processes is a big part of this module as well. We will spend time understanding emotions, and learning how to process and facilitate as well.

MEDITATION (WHAT, WHY AND HOW?)

What is meditation really?
Why do we need to practice it
Who needs to practice it?
How can we practice it?

 

CONCENTRATION

Pratyahara – withdrawal of senses
Dharana – concentration of attention
Dhyana – returning of attention to the source of attention
Different methods of trapping attention to achieve meditative state

 

UNDERSTAND AND MASTER YOUR EMOTIONS

Overview on how our emotional world works
How we usually deal with it and the basis for a healthy approach
Protection mechanisms, how we disconnect from our energy and the masks we adopt looking for validation
Authenticity and truthfulness
Healing detrimental patterns in relationships

 

TECHNIQUES

Mindfullness
Visualisation
Concentration
Chanting

Daily schedule will look as follows:

        07:00 – 09:15    Asana and Pranayama practice
        09:30 – 11:30    Healthy brunch buffet at Vikasa Life Café
        13:00 – 14:00    Group Dynamics / Self-study
        14:00 – 16:00    Theory / Methodology
        16:00 – 18:15    Yoga practice
        18:30 – 20:30    Healthy dinner buffet at Vikasa Life Café

1 day off per week (Saturday)

* schedule may vary

Daily schedule will look as follows:

        07:00 – 09:15    Morning practice

        09:30 – 11:30    Healthy brunch buffet

        13:00 – 14:00    Group dynamics / Self-study

        14:00 – 16:00    Theory / Methodology

        16:00 – 18:15    Evening practice

        18:30 – 20:30    Healthy dinner buffet

1 day off per week (Saturday)

* schedule may vary

What will practice be like

There will be two practices per day, obviously with a strong emphasis on asana. You can expect strong practices with lots of new variations both in terms of individual asanas, but more so in terms of sequencing. That does not necessarily mean that you have to be able to do all poses, so do not be discouraged if you can not do some of that advanced poses yet. Not so much explanation of the individual poses will be given, not to distract you from practice, as we are assuming you know your basic alignments and fundamentals of asana from the foundation training. The focus of this training is to understand correct sequencing and effects of sequences on different aspects of your body, and how to correctly distribute the energy within the body through correct asana practice. Practice sessions will vary to introduce and practice different sub-styles of yoga as well, such as yin. Trainees will learn and practice vinyasas to transition to 4 directions, rather than just facing forward on 1 mat. For this two mats will be used in a cross formation. Various levels of vinyasas will be taught to interlink all directions. Various complexity of vinyasas will be introduced, from simple stepping, to transitions through handstands. Students will need to perfect their sequencing abilities and create unique sequences based on the principles of energetic balancing learned in the first part of the course. They will be given all the tools to do it, and also a chance to practice their sequences later in self-practice classes and also in some teaching sessions.

In the practice sessions we will continue strong asana practice, while shifting the focus to more daily pranayama practice. Major pranayama techniques introduced in previous courses will be practiced, however the emphasis will be on self-practice and correct execution of techniques with proper ratios, bandhas and breath retentions. In foundation course and the first 100 hours of advanced course the techniques were introduced, with some practice. During this module the techniques will be practiced more seriously and for longer periods of time. Expect sitting times for pranayama practice to build up to 1 hour per session by the end of the course. Overall practice time can be up to 3 hours per session.

The practice, which starts from the gross with Asanas and Pranayama, now moves to the subtle realm of sealing or locking (Mudra) the energy from within. The ancient text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika states clearly that the main purpose of all the mudras is solely to awaken the Kundalini. Therefore, although we will still practice strong asana, and the pranayama techniques from the previous course, concentration and other mental techniques will be the primary focus of the training, and also we will finally combine all of the elements that we studied previously to achieve mudras. Students need to be familiar with all of the previous elements to be able to follow. Expect asanas be practiced with breath retentions, locks, and mental practices such as internal orbits. This very powerful practice might and will be different from your typical asana practice, and will make it more complete. When the bandhas become strong and one’s energy is no longer dissipated towards external objects, the practice of Bastrkas is said to be the quickest way to awaken this dormant power. Once Kundalinni enters, Prana will follow and success is sure to follow for the Yogi. However, great care must still be taken to avoid a fall from grace. Consistent practice is to be followed until the final goal of Raja Yoga is reached. Expect extended seated meditation sessions, building up to 1 hour or more per session. Overall length of practice sessions will be up to 3 hours per session.

Our vast experience enriches yours

Training will be led by a team of expert teachers, each sharing their knowledge over 5 weeks

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Kosta Miachin

Course director, founder of Vikasa Yoga Academy

Kosta’s journey into yoga has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in Thailand. Kosta has undergone extensive training and was certified with five different schools: Yoga 23, Sivananda Yoga, Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Andiappan Yoga and Universal Yoga and maintains close ties to many other yoga schools around the world. The vision for Vikasa Yoga was born upon realization that the deeper dimension of yoga is a spiritual journey and a conscious evolution of the individual. Seeing this as the ultimate human endeavor, he committed his life to supporting others on this path.

NIKI LUNDBERG

Assistant Teacher

Niki came in contact with yoga during a busy time of her life and fell in love with the way it moved her closer to her inner self. From that day yoga has taken her on a beautiful journey from Sweden in to the world; teaching, running workshops, retreats and trainings in Thailand, India and Australia. Niki is an experienced teacher (E-RYT 500) with a background of traditional Hatha Yoga, Akhanda Yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative Yoga, Tantra and breath work and she finds her inspiration from people, nature and life. Niki loves to be in service and share what she believes can make the world a better place.

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NIKI LUNDBERG

Assistant Teacher

Niki came in contact with yoga during a busy time of her life and fell in love with the way it moved her closer to her inner self. From that day yoga has taken her on a beautiful journey from Sweden in to the world; teaching, running workshops, retreats and trainings in Thailand, India and Australia. Niki is an experienced teacher (E-RYT 500) with a background of traditional Hatha Yoga, Akhanda Yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative Yoga, Tantra and breath work and she finds her inspiration from people, nature and life. Niki loves to be in service and share what she believes can make the world a better place.

Bruno

Bruno

Meditation Teacher

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. As you progress in contemplative practice, you’ll want some expert guidance. Bruno has lived, practiced and taught Meditation for the Buddhist Monastery Wat Ram Poeng Meditation Center in Thailand for 2 years . He lived, studied, practiced and thaught in the Osho International Meditation Center in Puna and India for 7 years. He has facilitated Meditation and self-discovery courses for 17 years in various countries in Asia and Europe and is on a mission to share mindfulness, spirituality and emotional well being with as many people around the world as possible.

Mikey Lazano

Assistant Teacher

Michael Lazano first came to yoga as a means for increasing flexibility, but after discovering how much more there is to yoga, quickly fell in love with the practice, which actually happened on a visit to Vikasa for a yoga holiday; he came back and completed both his 200 and 300 hour Teacher Trainings here, before eventually returning permanently, to live in beautiful Koh Samui and take a place on the Vikasa team. Although Michael only found yoga later on in life, in many ways he was born into the lifestyle, raised as a Vegetarian with a strong spiritual/moral compass, with a philosophy completely aligned with the ancient Yogic texts; he always felt a pull to help and serve the world and all beings in some way or other. Michael feels strongly about promoting choices of happiness, peace and love, along with simply having fun and enjoying this short ride we call life.

Mikey Lazano

Assistant Teacher

Michael Lazano first came to yoga as a means for increasing flexibility, but after discovering how much more there is to yoga, quickly fell in love with the practice, which actually happened on a visit to Vikasa for a yoga holiday; he came back and completed both his 200 and 300 hour Teacher Trainings here, before eventually returning permanently, to live in beautiful Koh Samui and take a place on the Vikasa team. Although Michael only found yoga later on in life, in many ways he was born into the lifestyle, raised as a Vegetarian with a strong spiritual/moral compass, with a philosophy completely aligned with the ancient Yogic texts; he always felt a pull to help and serve the world and all beings in some way or other. Michael feels strongly about promoting choices of happiness, peace and love, along with simply having fun and enjoying this short ride we call life.

Alex

Raja Yoga Teacher

Being in love with meditation and eastern philosophy from the childhood, Alex has been studying and practicing yoga since 2000, constantly aiming to realize its essence beyond the physical. He apprenticed with a yoga master, received spiritual initiation and started to teach classes on bhakti- and raja-yoga in 2006. Being a teacher of ancient lineage, Alex is committed to preserve and share the knowledge of self-realized yogis. The mission of his classes is to explain the essence and hidden power of yoga in a simple digestible manner in order to help students deepen and improve their practice.Alex firmly believes that yoga is to be practiced in our everyday life more than on a mat.

Investment into your future

$5000
Course price including meals (accommodation not included)

Terms and conditions

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ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED

All educational classes, academic fees and learning materials such as workbooks and charts for you to keep

FULL ACCESS

Full access to Vikasa Yoga Retreat facilities such as WIFI, infinity pool, massage spa, chill out lounge and gym

ALL MEALS PROVIDED

A special meal plan designed to maximize your training potential including vegetarian and Thai food options

AIRPORT PICK-UP

Friendly airport pick-up by the Vikasa car from the Koh Samui airport. (Available for any flight time)

GRADUATION

A graduation ceremony and celebration with your classmates, including your RYS Vikasa Yoga certification

CERTIFICATION

Yoga Alliance standard RYS – 500 certificate upon successful completion

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Access to create your own individual yoga franchise using the Vikasa Yoga Method and Vikasa Yoga name

HAPPINESS

Ultimately you will get much more than you paid for. Safe and inspiring environment. New friends for life. Unlimited love and care. Beautiful memories. Things money can’t buy…

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  • REQUIREMENTS / BACKGROUND CHECK.

    The course is recommended for those who have already successfully completed a foundation teacher training course. The completed foundation does not have to be from Vikasa, it can be from another yoga school. On a physical level, ability to sit still comfortably for at least 30 minutes is required. Full padmasana or lotus pose is recommended, and so is headstand, however do not worry if you cannot do them, they might just open up to you during the course. Students should be able to hold chaturanga dandasana for at least 30 seconds (for ladies with support of knees on the floor). Ability to perform the foundation series of Vikasa Yoga.

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RYT-300
2019  |  May 10 – Jun 14

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