Vikasa Yoga Academy

300H advanced certification yoga teacher training course in Thailand

RYT-500  |  2017  |  Oct 7 – Nov 11
RYT-500  |  2018  |  Sep 30 – Nov 4

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 – The Art of Sequencing (Advanced Yoga Training Module 1 | 100 hours)

 

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 (Advanced Yoga Training Module 2 | 100 hrs)

 

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 (Advanced Yoga Training Module 3 | 100 hrs) 

 

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The aim of all Yogic practices is to awaken the dormant Kundalini power. It is said to be the support of all the Tantra and Yoga practices. When it is awakened – through the grace of a Guru (which can be your own internal Guru, rather than an external teacher, at that point) – all the centers and knots (the different charkas) are pierced through by Prana. When the middle channel (Sushumna) becomes the main pathway for Prana it is said that the mind becomes free from all the connections with its objects of enjoyment which results in complete awareness of the self, or self-realization.

The third session will focus on the processes of attention and concentration to reach the state of meditation and finally of samadhi, the ultimate bliss. A physical, 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 tecniques will be proposed an explored: focusing on the breathe, an object, a mantra or silence students will be gradually able to improve the concentration abilities and to train the mind into stillness. Traditional tecniques and rituals combined with the unique and peculiar experience proposed by the teachers will let the student explore meditation as tought by ancient text to transversal contaminations with other disciplines as proposed by the daoist meditation. To complete the meditative gesture we will propose the practice of mudras, the energetic seals, that stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana in the body.

The final goal of Yoga is therefore not enjoyment of this world or even the world to come but to achieve complete self-realization and karmic freedom. What is to be awakened is the inner receptivity to a life force within. This force is not simply mere association with the senses but an internalized refinement which may bring about an awakening to this mystic power.

  • 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?

    The nature of mind and its functioning

     – The structure of the mind
    – The mind according to Yoga Sutra
    – Meditation in Ancient Text as Patanjali`s Yoga Sutra and Hata Yoga Pradipika

    Managing the Mind to create a Personal Sadhana

     – How to manage the Mind according to Yoga Sutra and Hatah Yoga Pradipka
    – Mahat, The Total Mind
    – The process and the functioning of mind
    – The association with the mind and the Gunas
    – Two ways of managing the mind: Abhyasa and Vairagya
    – Raja Yoga as a complete path to manage the mind

     From Concentration to Meditation

    – Prathyahara
    – Prathyahara techniques
    – Dharana
    – Dharana techniques
    – Dhyana
    – Samadhi

     Mudras and It`s Hidden Mysteries

     – Definition of mudra and there important role in Meditation
    – Mudras From Hatha Yoga pradipika
    – Maha mudra
    – Maha bandha
    – Maha vedha
    – Kechari mudra
    – Uddiyana bandha
    – Mula bandha
    – Jalandhara bandha
    – Viparita karani
    – Vajroli mudra
    – Shakticalana
    – Hasta mudra 

    Meditation and Visualization

    – Inner visualization
    – Chidakasha dharana
    – Trataka and Antar Trataka
    – Theory and Practice

    Meditation and Sound

    – Japa yoga
    – Ajapa japa
    – Nada yoga
    – Antar mouna
    – Practice

     Yoga Nidra

    –  Sleep, dreams and yoga nidra
    –  Yoga nidra and the brain
    –  Stress and relaxation
    –  Outline for the practice
    – General suggestions for the practice 

    Kundalini Kriya

    – Kundalini kriya that induce Prathyahara
    – Viparita Karani mudra
    – Chakranusandhana
    – Nada sanchalana
    – Pawan sanchalan
    Shabda sanchalana
    – Maha mudra
    – Maha bheda mudra
    – Manduki kriya
    – Tadan kriya
    – Kundalini kriya that induce Dharana
    – Naumukhi mudra
    – Shakti chalini
    – Shambavi
    – Amrit pan
    – Chakra bhedan
    – Sushumna darshan
    – Prana ahuti
    – Utthan
    – Svarupa darshan
    Linga sanchalana
    – Kriya that induce Dhyana
    – Dhyana 

    Kundalini Awakening

    – Experiences in meditation:
    – Anahata sounds
    – Lights in meditation
    – Vision of god
    – Feeling of separation from the body
    – Astral journey
    – Materialisation
    – Cosmic consciousness
    – Bliss
    – Mind moves
    – Bhuta ganas
    – Glimpses of the self
    – Jyotirmaya darshan

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.

Jason Milne

Senior Teacher, All Courses

Jason Milne was first introduced to yoga as a way to relieve chronic low-back pain.  After experiencing the tremendous physical benefits of practicing yoga Jason immersed himself in the study and teaching of the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the science of yoga.  He has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and he has been teaching yoga professionally for over ten years. With comprehensive training in various lineages, three 500 hour certifications and dedication to continued study of the subject of yoga, Jason brings his wealth of knowledge in both theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy to this course. Jason is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

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Jason Milne

Senior Teacher, All Courses

Jason Milne was first introduced to yoga as a way to relieve chronic low-back pain.  After experiencing the tremendous physical benefits of practicing yoga Jason immersed himself in the study and teaching of the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the science of yoga.  He has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and he has been teaching yoga professionally for over ten years. With comprehensive training in various lineages, three 500 hour certifications and dedication to continued study of the subject of yoga, Jason brings his wealth of knowledge in both theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy to this course. Jason is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

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Will Lau

Universal Yoga, theory and practice of mandala vinyasa

Will is a duo-lineage holder for two influential yoga systems for modern day yoga practitioners: UNIVERSAL® YOGA 500-hour RYT, graduated from Andrey Lappa and JIVAMUKTI® YOGA Advance Certification graduated from David Life & Sharon Gannon. Will passionately serves yogis especially in Asia where he teaches in Hong Kong, Shanghai China and Taiwan. Will was the Teacher Training Mentor (2010 & 2011) alongside David Life and Sharon Gannon for Jivamukti Yoga 350-hour Training in New York, and Teacher Training facilitator for Universal® Yoga 200-hour TT (2011-2013) alongside Andrey Lappa in PURE YOGA Hong Kong and China. Will also teaches in the Asia Yoga Conference annually since 2011. Famous for his adjustments and sequencing, will hopes to share yoga with all practitioners with unconditional love. Vigorous in his style, tender in his words – Will offers a class that pushes students to their limits, freeing their hearts and ultimately stilling their minds.

Simon Low

Yin Yoga

Simon Low, BWY, SYT & Yoga Alliance US (E-RYT 500) teacher is the Principal of the Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. Simon was a founder and the original director of yoga at London’s Triyoga. Simon’s teachings reflect his ongoing studies in many forms of yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology, macrobiotics and physical therapy.  Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a broad spectrum approach he loosely labels Yin and Yang Yoga, offering fresh vitality to yoga practice, innovative and intelligent asana, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind – the space for peace and tranquility.

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Simon Low

Yin Yoga

Simon Low, BWY, SYT & Yoga Alliance US (E-RYT 500) teacher is the Principal of the Yoga Academy offering foundational and continuing education to yoga teachers and students in the UK and internationally. Simon was a founder and the original director of yoga at London’s Triyoga. Simon’s teachings reflect his ongoing studies in many forms of yoga, traditional Chinese and eastern medicine, Chi Kung, ancient and contemporary healing methodologies, centred-movement, psychology, macrobiotics and physical therapy.  Over the years, Simon has developed a unique and personal teaching style and now practices and teaches a broad spectrum approach he loosely labels Yin and Yang Yoga, offering fresh vitality to yoga practice, innovative and intelligent asana, kindness and respect to the human form, transformative breathing practices, and for the mind – the space for peace and tranquility.

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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

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    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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