Yoga Teacher Training

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200 hours - Hatha Yoga with alignment focus

Alignment is everything!

As you can read in this blog post, the fact that I ended up in an Iyengar style TTC, was the result of me going with the flow. With hindsight, I am so grateful to have received such a solid foundation for my yoga education. Even though my own teaching style now is more of a Slow Flow, being able to give my students precise cues throughout my classes is invaluable.

In this way, I am also very happy to teach beginners, as especially for them, having detailed instructions for each asana is so important to gain confidence in the practice.

So what did I experience during my first 200 hours with Yoga Padma in Rishikesh?

  • 3 x daily asana practice: 1.5 hours of Iyengar in the morning, 1 hour Hatha in the afternoon, followed by 1.5 hours Ashtanga practice - 6 days a week for 4 weeks, opening up the body big time. 

  • Pranayama: Chandrabhedan, Suryabhedan, Anulom-Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing), Bhastrika, Ujjayi (Ocean Breath), Sheetali, Sheetkari, Bhramari (Bee Sound) and Kapalbhati (Breath of Fire)

  • Sacred Mantra Chanting:  Ganesha Mantra,  Guru Mantra, Invocation to Patanjali, Gayatri Mantra, Mahamrityunjay Mantra, Shanti Mantras, Ashtanga Mantras

  • Yogic Cleansing with Jalaneti and Rubber-neti

  • Anatomy basics

  • Yoga Philosophy, covering the Yoga Sutras  (one of my favourite parts of the TTC!)

  • Teaching Methodology & Sequencing

Read my full review of this school here.

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300 hours - Kundalini Yoga

Energy is everything!

I guess you could say that my first training was heavily focused on opening the body and understanding the various asanas from an alignment perspective. This second training was all about the energy. A 300 hours deep dive into Kundalini Yoga was promised and after a few initial hurdles, we had the honour to learn Kundalini Kriyas and Meditation from Premvarsha Ji. Meanwhile, Anant Ji with the help of our friend Fred, the bone man, gave us awesome anatomy knowledge, going into much more detail and I feel like this second training has complemented my first 200 hours beautifully.

In detail, we covered:​

  • 2 physical practices per day: Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Kriya

  • Daily Meditation, including: Walking Meditation, Osho Chakra Breathing Meditation, 7 Chakra Meditation, Beej Mantra Meditation, Circle Meditation, No Dimension, Whirling, Gibberish, 

  • Individual Kriyas & Meditation sequences for each of the 7 Chakras

  • Bandhas: Moon bandha, Uddiyan bandha, Jalandhar bandha and Maha bandha/mudra

  • Philosophy of Kundalini yoga and where it comes from

  • Anatomy deep dive, covering all systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, etc.), Chakras and the Nadis

  • Kundalini Teaching Methodology & Sequencing