Yoga Teacher Training – Level 1 Intensive.

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The Level 1 Intensive is a one-month course designed to make you a competent, confident and qualified yoga teacher. The course is held at Ashram Yoga’s Ohui Retreat and over the period of one month you will develop a firm foundation for personal practice, teaching and further study.

We have been running this yoga teacher training Level 1 course for 17 years and have many more years of experience teaching similar courses. This course is widely recognized for its quality and substance.

We are fully certified by Yoga Alliance – an international organization maintaining yoga teaching standards. This course covers the 200 hours required to become a Registered Yoga Teacher.

Many past participants say that the yoga teacher training course was a turning point in their life – where they learned about themselves, released blockages and acquired the knowledge, experience and skills to share yoga with others. This yoga course may be transformational for you too.

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Yoga Alliance Certification

Ashram Yoga is a registered training school with Yoga Alliance. The Ashram Yoga teacher training programme complies with the National Yoga Alliance Standards for registration and certification.

Your registration with the Yoga Alliance is optional. Ashram Yoga’s Level 1 Intensive includes all the hours you need for 200-hour certification. However, registration and fees for joining the Yoga Alliance are separate from and additional to our course. You can read more about our Yoga Alliance certification options on the Yoga Alliance certification here.
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Course Curriculum

The course curriculum covers the full spectrum of yogic science. We start from the absolute basics which means this course is suitable for everyone – including beginners with no previous yoga experience.

Our course is designed to make you a confident, competent and qualified yoga teacher. During the Level 1 Intensive we assist you to develop your own appreciation of yoga and our style of yoga is directed towards you personal experience and individual needs.

Whether you do this course to become a yoga teacher or just for your own education is your choice. Either way you will gain a comprehensive understanding of yoga.

We cover in the course:

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Asanas:………………………….……………….Yoga postures – moving, holding and corrective for the various bodily systems; e.g. ……………………………………………………….digestive, hormonal, reproductive, etc.

Pranayama:……………………..……………..Yogic breathing techniques to both energize and balance.

Mudra:………………………………………..….Energetic gestures

Mantra:……………………….…….……………Energetic sound patterns

Nidra Vidya:…………………..………………..Systematic yogic relaxation to change habits in the subconscious mind

Meditation:……………………………….…….A systematic approach to release stress and increase the awareness

Shatkarmas:…………………………………….To purify and cleanse the body

Anatomy and physiology:…………..…..Structure and function of the main physical body systems, and the energy systems of ……………………………………………………….. the subtle body. Safety in Yoga.

Therapeutic yoga:……………………….……Elementary yoga for pregnancy, back problems, migraines, breathing needs, etc.

Postural techniques:………………………..Basic techniques for adjustment and alignment of the posture.

Teaching methodology:………………..….To help you plan classes and be an effective teacher

Introduction to Ayurveda:…..……..……Ayurveda is the sister healing science to yoga

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy:……..A brief look at the deep wisdom and tradition of yoga.

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This list of topics may look a bit daunting if you don’t have much experience with yoga. But don’t be put off. We teach in a very practical manner and aim to make these topics easily digestible for you.

Sometimes we hear people say that yoga is too hard for them or that they are too stiff. This is not a problem. We have a motto around here, “slowly, slowly” and we take it seriously.

The course starts right at the beginning and develops step by step which means you will never be thrown in the deep end. Some past participants have had very little experience with yoga, or have not been physically fit, and have managed just fine. On the other hand some participants have taught yoga for 20 years and also get a huge amount of new knowledge and experience.

We find that the real challenge in yoga is self-mastery. Learning to settle into a pose, maintaining awareness of your breath, mind and emotions takes a lot of practice. Real yoga is not accomplished in short time – it is a lifelong journey and its rewards are substantial.

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Classes

C1Workshops and classes are held everyday starting early each morning and continuing in the afternoon. We also have an evening programme including philosophy and kirtan. There are a few periods of time out for personal needs, like going to the local shops, etc.

Our sessions are usually 2 – 3 hours long and include both group and personal work. We conduct them in our covered outdoor classroom (pictured) and also inside the main building and at other locations such as the adjacent beach.

We encourage group participation. This makes learning more fun and helps the learning process. We are aware that each person has a different learning style and so we utilize a range of methods to help you absorb the lessons.

Our classes are taught from the teacher training course book which we have been developing and refining over the last seventeen years. We supply all workbooks and training manuals. Extra textbooks are of benefit, although not compulsory, and are available for purchase at Ashram Yoga.

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Accommodation

Ohui Retreat comprises two main buildings – the first house with dining and bathroom facilities and the second building which includes a yoga room, tea room, more bathroom facilities, laundry and accommodation.

During the Intensive participants share double rooms and bathroom facilities. There is some limited space for single occupancy which is offered on a first-come basis for an additional charge. The accommodation is comfortable, although please be aware we are not a hotel.

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Food

C2We serve two to three cooked meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals are vegetarian. If you have particular dietary needs please let us know in advance.

We understand that easily digestible food – cooked with love – provides the most energy for learning yoga. We provide a high standard of simple, nourishing food.

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Who Participates in the Course?

aadCourse participants come from all over the world – USA, The Netherlands, Japan – and we love this diversity. Yoga is appreciated universally and being able to make new yoga friends is one of the most loved aspects of this course. We find that a strong bond is formed through the shared experience over the month.

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“I found the experience exceeded my expectations.  In addition to being in this beautiful setting and caring and knowledgeable staff members, I was able to develop what will be a lasting personal practice and was well prepared to teach yoga.”
- Rebecca (USA)

“It’s a full on, complete yoga experience.  You learn about everything, not only postures but about chakras, breathing techniques and meditation/relaxation too.”
- Rob (Netherlands)

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Read interviews with past participants.

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About Us

Ashram Yoga had its beginnings in Auckland in 1980. Since then we have taught many thousands of students in classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training courses. Our teacher training programmes have been consistently popular and we have many hundreds of graduates – many of whom are actively teaching today.

Our teachings have their roots with Swami Satyananda Saraswati who taught traditional yoga in the West in the 1960s. Ashram Yoga’s style may be described as classical and integrated yoga. Our approach is to use the complete system of yoga for our whole person and personality; physiological through to psychological aspects; body, energy, emotions and mind.

Our approach is suitable for beginners, seniors, pregnant women and those with injuries. For those looking for advanced practices – you’ll find our yoga both profound and challenging!

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Course Instructors

Swami Shantimurti Saraswati (aka Shanti) has been learning, practicing and teaching yoga and associated subjects for over 35 years. He is widely recognized as an expert in the field of yoga. ERYT-500 Read more

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Atma Okan – a long time teacher and practitioner of yoga. She has taught yoga teacher training programmes for 17 years. Atma is a director of Ashram Yoga and manager of Ohui Retreat. ERYT-500 Read more

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Devananda (aka Dee) – a Level 3 qualified yoga teacher with a number of years experience teaching this course, classes, children’s yoga and Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage. RYT-500 Read more

We also bring in guest tutors to speak on their area of specialty.

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Location

TanyaLocated on Opoutere Beach (pictured), Ohui Retreat is far removed from the noise and distraction of modern living. The air is filled with prana (life-force) and the environment is truly beautiful. Just being in such natural surroundings nurtures the soul.

The nearest town Whangamata (pronounced fong-ah-mah-taa) is about two hours drive from Auckland. We can arrange transport for you from our Auckland studio to the retreat centre, if need be.

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Your One-Month Stay Includes

  • Full room and board at Ohui Retreat
  • Traditional Ashram lifestyle
  • All daily vegetarian meals
  • Tutorage and training manuals
  • Facilities include:
    • Laundry
    • Wireless broadband internet

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Dates and Costs

Dates:…………………..1-28 February 2015

……………………………..1-28 May 2015

Location:……………….Ashram Yoga’s Ohui Retreat, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Investment:……………NZ$4750

Early Bird Rate:……..February Intensive 2015 – $4500 if paid in full by 1 December 2014

………………………………May Intensive 2015 – $4500 if paid in full by 1 March 2015

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A deposit of $500 is required to secure your registration. Full payment is required two weeks before the course starts. The deposit becomes non-refundable 30 days before the course starts. An additional 4% is charged for payments by Paypal or by credit card, except for the $500 deposit. If paying by direct deposit, please contact us for our bank account details.

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How Do I Register?

To register please fill in one of these forms online:


Level 1 Intensive – February 2015

Level 1 Intensive – May 2015

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Frequently Asked Questions

Read the FAQ page with answers to common questions about accommodation, payment, food, daily routine and more.

For further information, or if you would like a course instructor to call you, then please fill in this contact form.