Deconstruct and understand the physical postures though practice while cultivating somatic intelligence through interoception and proprioception. You will learn functional anatomy and physiology. The physical and subtle/energy body will be taught from both eastern and western perspectives so that you can explore the relationship between consciousness, emotions and the body. The various yogic maps of the subtle energy body will be covered in detail. These include: the chakras, the koshas, the bandhas, the vayus and mudras. We will compare the contemporary knowledge of neuro-science with esoteric theory.
We will explore various breathing techniques, as well as Pranayama, which involves breath retention techniques. We will clarify about when and how to practice and teach them, and equally important, when not to use them.
Study various approaches to meditation including traditional practices from Yoga-Tantra, Buddhist methods, and more contemporary ‘Mindfulness’. We will examine more traditional approaches in the light of recent research in neuroscience.
Deepen your practice and understanding of why and how to effectively work with sound and vibration through mantra and chanting.
We will provide opportunities for you to inquire into your own unique conditioning – physically, mentally and emotionally. Through embodied awareness, group work, sharing circles, and individual feedback, along with your own reflections. These experiences can help you to become more aware of how you habitually respond and relate to the world and people around you. The increased awareness you will find through the practices taught on this course can enable you to transform what is unhelpful, find healing, increase your vitality, and find more ease in your life.
We will study, compare and contrast Sutra and Tantra. This involves study of yoga texts, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra (VBT). We will compare and contrast these teachings with relevant contemporary and western philosophy. We will also look at the history of yoga, the role of men and women in Yoga historically, and consider the evolution of yoga in modern western culture.
Yogasara teacher training courses are rooted in Tantric philosophy. We will demystify the teachings of Tantra so that they can be translated into contemporary life with authenticity. We will engage in tantric meditation, body-work and cultivate intimacy with ourselves and each other. We will work within healthy boundaries whilst encouraging loving connection. Tantra acknowledges sexual energy as a powerful force for awakening. We will NOT be engaging in sexual practices as part of this training! We will clarify the difference between authentic Tantra, rooted in sacred texts such as the VBT, & ‘Neo-Tantra’ which focuses mostly on sexual energy/practice. We will teach you the links between Tantra and Shamanism, and explore prayer and ritual including dance and voice work with guest teachers.