Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2 & 3 Intensive

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Level 2 & 3 Intensive is a one-month course designed to advance your understanding and experience of yoga. It also qualifies you for Yoga Alliance’s 500-hour certification.

The course comprises two parts – Level 2 and Level 3 – which may be taken separately.

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Level 2 – focuses on the deeper energetic aspects of yoga, including the anatomy of the subtle body (like chakras), but also advanced postures, breathing techniques and teaching methods.

Level 3 –  takes yoga to a whole new level again. In this course students approach the deepest and most profound aspects of yoga as well as specialist and more deeper therapeutic areas of yoga teaching.

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Yoga Alliance Certification

We are fully certified by Yoga Alliance – an international organisation maintaining yoga teaching standards. Level 2 & 3 Intensive will qualify you for 500-hour certification if you already have 200-hour certification.

With Yoga Alliance’s 500-hour certification you will be internationally recognized as a highly qualified yoga teacher. This is a very well respected qualification that shows your dedication and commitment to learning and teaching yoga.

Yoga Alliance is an international education and support organization for yoga. It works in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of yoga, that the teachers of yoga value its history and traditions and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction.

Our course curriculum is designed to meet Yoga Alliance’s 500-hour standard. This standard is met through our Level 1, 2 and 3 training.  Yoga Alliance registration and fees are separate to this course. For full details please visit Yoga Alliance.

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Course Curriculum

The Level 2 & 3 Intensive course curriculum explores a wide range of yogic topics. Since yoga is such a vast subject, we focus on the fundamentals – the most important aspects – to give you the best grounding.

The majority of people who take this course have practical experience with yoga and a basic knowledge of advanced principles. For example, many yoga teachers know about charkas, but may not have any specific in-depth training in this topic. Prior knowledge of advanced yogic principles is always an advantage, but for this course it is not essential. On this course we start from the beginning and investigate topics thoroughly.

We understand that learning styles vary from person to person. So we present lessons in a variety of ways to assist in the learning process. We provide knowledge that is relevant and applicable to your personal and teaching practice. We have been conducting yoga teacher training courses for many years and understand that a systematic, step-by-step approach works best.

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Level 2    (25 October – 12 November 2014)

We focus on stronger postures, the deeper aspects of the philosophy of yoga, and subtle and transformative meditation techniques.

We introduce the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – an ancient text that addresses the essential principles of yoga and the development of the mental and spiritual faculties that lie dormant in most people. This text is considered to be of primary importance in yoga study.

Other topics include advanced practice of yoga techniques:

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Yoga Postures (asana)

-    Hanumanasana (Hanuman’s pose/splits)
–    Chakrasana (wheel pose)
–    Baka Dhyanasana (patient crane pose)
–    Sarvangasana (shoulderstand pose)

Advanced techniques

·    Breath work (pranayama)
·    Energy locks (bandha)
·    Energetic gestures (mudra)
·    Dhara Yogasana (flowing yoga)

Subtle body anatomy

·    Energy centres (charkas)
·    Energy pathways (nadis)
·    Energetic body (koshas)
·    Energetic principles (gunas, tattwas, pranas, vayus)

Yoga Philosophy

·    How to use and apply Ayurveda (Indian natural medicine) within yoga
·    The four main branches of yoga
–    Karma – activity
–    Bhakti – devotion
–    Raja – meditation
–    Jnana – knowledge
·    Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – an ancient treatise on the spiritual journey and the psychology of mind
·    Principles and techniques of Tantra Yoga

Additionally

·    Systematic application of deeper meditation techniques
·    Guided relaxation and advanced aspects (yoga nidra)
·    Cleansing practices (shatkarmas)

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Level 3   (13 – 23 November 2014)

We go deeply into the advanced phases of yoga practice, teaching and meditation. It is the most advanced course taught by Ashram Yoga.

It will prepare you as a teacher for a wide range of teaching roles – including yoga therapy. Yoga therapy is prescribing specific practices for healing and is a particularly rewarding aspect of yoga teaching.

Level 3 includes practices that most people will never experience, even if they spent their whole life going to general yoga classes.  It is not only learning these advanced practices, but how and when to introduce them in a relevant and systematic way.

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Advanced yoga practices include

-    Dwi Hasta Bhujangasana (the leg over arm pose)
–    Koormasana (tortoise pose)
–    Extended Dhara Yogasana & Namaksaras (flowing postures)
·    Pranayama techniques
·    Mudra techniques

Advanced teaching practices

·    How to assess your students physically
·    Teaching for special needs
·    Postures (asana) for therapeutic application
·    The use and practice of mudra (energetic gestures) in yoga teaching
·    Nada Yoga (yoga of sound) in a teaching situation

Advanced meditation techniques

·    Using chakras, their kshetrams (trigger points for chakras) and sounds in yoga nidra  (psychic sleep), and also with yoga postures (asanas).
·    The deeper yoga symbols of the psyche and how to use these in yoga nidra
·    In-depth meditation series
·    Dharana Akasha – study of the main inner spaces of the subtle body

Additionally

·    Kundalini Yoga practices
·    Mantra and Sanskrit chants
·    Havan – fire purification ceremony
·    Samkhya system of manifestation

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Prerequisites

To join this course you need to have completed either Ashram Yoga’s Level 1 teacher training programme or a similar yoga course. While you do not have to be super fit or flexible to join this course, we do expect that you would be comfortable participating in one of Ashram Yoga’s open classes.

Teaching experience, or the desire to teach, is not necessary for this course. Many past participants have taken their course to deepen their own understanding and practice.

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Classes

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

Our sessions 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 which makes learning more fun and helps the learning process. We are aware that each person has a different learning style and so we utilise a range of methods to help you absorb the lessons.

We supply all workbooks and training manuals, although the following textbooks are needed on this course:

  • Four Chapters on Freedom (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) by Swami Satyananda
  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda
  • Yoga and Ayurveda by Dr. David Frawley

Books which are of benefit, although not compulsory include:

  • Meditation from the Tantras by Swami Satyananda
  • Prana, Pranayama, Prana Vidya by Swami Niranjanananda
  • Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda

The above books are available at Ashram Yoga and are not included in the course fee.  As part of your study before commencing the course, we suggest reading through some of the above books. Not as an attempt to completely understand the content, but to start familiarizing yourself with the terms and practices in preparation for your learning.
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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, 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

We 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?

We have course participants 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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“Experience of a lifetime!!! That is how I would express the One Month Intensive 2 Teacher Training. I was the furthest to travel to Ohui, coming from the US. I was picked up at the airport and my adventure began.

I arrived to Ohui late at night and wasn’t able to view the beauty of the property until the next morning. What could be better than studying and living yoga on the Pacific Ocean!

Our teacher training group quickly became the closest of friends and Shanti, Atma and Yogashakti couldn’t have been more welcoming or helpful. The days were filled with peace and activity all at the same time, karma yoga was especially fun.

All in all, the learning and experiences we had were amazing, enlightening and life changing and I have kept up with all the practices and studies since being home.”

– Anandabhakti (course graduate from New Jersey, USA)

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 – a lot 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 the Ohui Retreat Centre. 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

Located on Opoutere Beach (pictured right), the Ohui Retreat Centre is far removed from the noise and distraction of modern living. The air is filled with prana 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 from our Auckland studio to the retreat centre, if need be.

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Your One-Month Stay Includes

  • Airport pick up and transport to and from Auckland and Ohui Retreat
  • 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:………………….Level 2:  25 October -12 November 2014 (19 days)

……………………………Level 3:   13 – 23 November 2014 (11 days)

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

Investment:…………Level 2  NZ$3300. Early bird rate of $3100 if paid in full by 10 September 2014

Investment:………….Level 3   NZ$2800. Early bird rate is $2600 if paid in full by 10 September 2014

……………………………Level 2 & 3  NZ$5500. Early bird rate is $5250 if paid in full by 10 September 2014

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. If paying by direct deposit, please contact us for our bank account details.

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How Do I Register?

To register for Level 2, Level 3 or Level 2 & 3, please fill in this form online.

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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.