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260-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

6 September – 11 October 2020
Enxara do Bispo, Portugal
(residential and all-inclusive)

In this YTTC we move beyond the very ordinary approach to teaching yoga – likened to an “art of stretching” found everywhere nowadays – and discover what it means to bring a system of transformation and spiritual evolution to others, while deepening your own personal practice until it becomes your life.

Somananda Tantra School offers you the opportunity to learn and discover an unparalleled, comprehensive spiritual system that can take a devotee from A to Z in terms of self-development and higher consciousness.

The original and ancient doctrines of yoga are rigorously upheld in this program and presented in their most unadulterated and purest form. Students will obtain the highest form of spiritual wisdom in the area and realm of yoga, as the ancient masters intended, as well as benefit from an empowerment initiation given by a genuine yogi master.

In this Yoga TTC you can expect to:

  • To be apart of a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program
  • Learn to teach a comprehensive system of 20 powerful Hatha Yoga techniques for physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing
  • Give important lectures about the essential principles of yoga
  • Obtain the highest form of spiritual and practical wisdom in meditative Hatha Yoga
  • Benefit from an empowerment initiation given by a genuine yogi master

This 5-week, 260-hour in-depth program is both extensive and intensive, preparing an individual to become a spiritual guide and to teach Hatha Yoga, a tantric form of yoga, in its most classical and powerful form. From the standpoint of personal growth, participants will develop greatly enhanced self-awareness and encounter their own extraordinary spiritual awakening.

Personal benefits you gain:

  • Refinement and clear self-definition as a spiritual being
  • The ability to create a balanced and meaningful approach to life
  • The development of energetic intelligence and clarity
  • Improved health and physical strength
  • Increased willpower and self-confidence
  • The cultivation of genuine joy and contentment
  • Renewed spiritual inspiration and aspiration

Practical skills you gain:

  • Understanding and applying the teachings of yoga in daily life
  • Evolving into a skilled teacher of authentic yoga
  • Developing your teaching persona
  • Learning to uphold maturity, confidence, and wisdom while teaching
  • Properly executing and teaching powerful Hatha Yoga techniques
  • Giving clear and enthusiastic lectures
  • Motivating individuals on a genuine spiritual path

Teachers of this course

The YTTC is led by head teachers SomanandaLiisa Maimon, Dharmananda and is supported by other team members.

Curriculum of Study

Our unique Yoga Teacher Training Course is divided into three essential modules, each one representing a fundamental aspect of a skilled and qualified yoga teacher. The modules are not separate from one another, but are rather interdependent and interconnected, representing a structure parallel to their ideal integration in a human being.

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Module 1: Theoretical foundations of Yoga

  • What is yoga according to ancient tradition and the original texts
  • Comprehensive study of the chakra science and human aura, and how they relate to yoga
  • The meaning of an asana – how to use yoga positions to deliberately generate desired spiritual and healing effects
  • The polarity of energy
  • Deep exploration of yogic philosophy, including the yamas and niyamas
  • The eight stages of yoga by Patanjali
  • Understanding the various branches of yoga – Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Raja, and others
  • Healing strategies in yoga
  • Macrobiotic diet and yoga
  • Introductory elements of prana, the etheric life force
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Module 2: Practical foundations of Yoga

  • Proficiency in 20 powerful Hatha Yoga asanas – proper execution as well as energetic and healing effects
  • Complete yogic breath and practice of pranayama
  • Mind development including introductory concentration techniques
  • Meditation with music for chakra activation
  • AUM meditation
  • Vital purification and cleansing techniques as defined by the Kriya Yoga methodology
  • The introduction and practice of Nidra Yoga – the yoga of conscious dreams
  • Initiation into Laya Yoga – a powerful tantric form of meditation
  • The practice of surya namaskara – sun salutations – to build up solar energy
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Module 3: Becoming a Yoga teacher

  • Teaching spirituality as a vocation – spiritual, energetic and professional implications and considerations
  • The morals and ethics of a true yoga teacher
  • Development of isvarapranidhana – spiritual aspiration – for teachers
  • Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and its relevance for a yoga teacher
  • How to influentially teach high spiritual truths and give enthusiastic lectures
  • The spiritual imperatives of consecration for a yoga teacher as explained in Karma Yoga
  • Safety considerations and energetic protection methods for teachers
  • The art of conducting appropriate corrections for your students
  • How to handle questions
  • Fundamentals of human anatomy
  • Tools for becoming a successful yoga teacher in modern times and more

Testimonials from Students

Here is your tool kit as a yoga teacher:

  • A professional teaching certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance qualifying you to apply to become an internationally recognized Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
  • Five (5) longer lectures on the foundations of yoga
  • Twenty (20) powerful Hatha Yoga techniques with the ability to give a short lecture on each
  • Two (2) meditation techniques and the ability to teach them to your students

After graduating from this Yoga TTC, you will be certified to teach a holistic 27-class meditative Hatha Yoga program in the format of 1 to 3-hour classes, as well as Hatha Yoga retreats and workshops of up to five days in duration. Prototypical schedules will be provided for you during the YTTC.

Yoga Alliance certified

Somananda Tantra School is a registered school of Yoga Alliance, an internationally recognized, professional membership and trade association representing the yoga community. This authority endorses our Yoga Teacher Training Course, confirming it meets the highest standards of yoga training. Teaching certificates are extended under this authority and students who complete this training – as long as they meet all the necessary criteria of certification and graduation – are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Graduates will have the ability to teach Hatha Yoga worldwide with the support of international recognition in the global teaching community.

Course Structure

The YTTC involves a total of 260 hours of intense theoretical studies and practical training. The course is conducted over a period of five weeks, and culminates with theoretical and practical exams.

Upon the successful completion of the exams, a 260-hour Yoga Teacher Certificate will be issued to graduates by the Somananda Tantra School.

Accommodation and meals will be provided for the full duration of the teacher training course. Residential setup of this teacher training course will foster a harmonious and intimate group atmosphere and will allow each participant to go deeper into personal spiritual transformation.

All course modules will be taught simultaneously, however, the first weeks will be dedicated predominantly to Modules 1 and 2.

Module 3 and practicum training sessions will be focused more on from week 4 onwards.

In practicum training sessions all participants will give lectures and lead practical Hatha Yoga sessions for their peers and supervising teachers, to be followed by feedback and comments on their performance and areas for improvement.

The Yoga TTC will be concluded with final exams, graduation ceremony and empowerment meditation.

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Course Schedule

Weeks 1 to 3

Day 1 (6 September 2020): Arrival and welcome
At 16:00 the group transport bus departs from Lisbon. The exact departure location will be communicated to all participants. We recommend that you arrive to Lisbon at least a couple of hours before this departure time (or why not a day before!). The drive to the venue is estimated to last about 45 minutes. At 19:00 welcome dinner begins at the venue followed by the course introduction at 20:00.

Days 2-22 (7 September – 27 September 2020): Teachings and practice
From the second day onwards we begin with the YTTC teachings. You will be studying and practicing yoga for approximately eight hours daily with various longer and shorter breaks.

Schedule of the first 3 weeks will look like the following:

07:30 Session I: Morning practice
09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Session II: Teachings
12:30 Specific YTTC session
14:00
 Lunch and break
16:30 Session III: Afternoon teachings and practice
20:30 Dinner
21:30 Satsang, spiritual movie, special meditations or sauna
23:00 Lights out!

Sundays are allocated for rest and rejuvenation and are generally free days. Your midterm exam will take place on 26 September.

Weeks 4 and 5

Days 23-35 (27 September – 10 October 2020): Teachings and practice
In Module 3 you will begin to lead practicums and continue your TTC specific teachings. Each YTTC student will lead up to four practicums.

07:00 Morning practice
09:00 Breakfast
10:00 YTTC teachings
12:00 Practicums
14:00
 Lunch and break
16:30 Practicums
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Satsang, spiritual movie, special meditations or sauna
23:00 Lights out!

Sundays are allocated for rest and rejuvenation and are generally free days.

The YTTC final exam will take place on Saturday, 10 October. That same evening we will also hold our final group event.

Sunday, the final day (11 October 2020): We will begin after breakfast at 10:00 with graduation ceremony, empowerment meditation and conclusion. Our last day will conclude by 15:00. Please do not plan your departure from the venue earlier than this!

Exams and Certification

In order to receive the YTTC certificate a participant must successfully pass the theoretical and practical elements of the exams and be present in 95 percent of all mandatory class sessions.

The theoretical element of the course includes two multiple-choice exams: a midterm exam and the final exam.

The practical element includes a general cumulative assessment of all practicums led by the participant during the YTTC plus additional practical assignments given by the head teachers.

A student’s final exam grade must meet or exceed 80 percent in order to receive the Tantra Yoga Teacher Certificate.

Please note that participation in this YTTC alone DOES NOT guarantee certification. You will need to acquire and display all the necessary skills to be eligible for a certificate. Final decisions about certification will be made by YTTC head teacher Somananda.

If a YTTC participant does not pass his or her practicums and/or theoretical exams at the required level, he or she can apply for a certificate at a later time after more personal practice and preparation has been achieved. Please be aware of this before you make your payment!

Language Requirements

Our YTTC is conducted in the English language. During practicums students will need to give lectures and conduct practical sessions in English. Please be sure that your language proficiency is at the necessary level before you apply for the course. Poor English skills may result in the withholding of certification.

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FAQ

Do I need previous Yoga experience to join this course?

No, there is no prerequisite to join our YTTC. Our unique curriculum caters to all levels of students and, in fact, will help you progress spiritually and cultivate a balanced approach to life.

What courses will I be certified to teach upon completion of the YTTC?

After graduating from this Yoga TTC, you will be licensed to teach a holistic 27-class meditative Hatha Yoga program in the format of one- to two-hour classes, as well as Hatha Yoga retreats or workshops of up to five days in duration. Prototypical schedules will be provided for you during the YTTC.

Do I need to be flexible to join this course or become a Yoga teacher?

Traditional Yoga is not defined by physical factors such as flexibility, strength, or endurance. In its purest form it is a comprehensive spiritual system that helps an individual develop on all levels of the being – physically, energetically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. If genuine aspiration, leadership presence, and skillful teaching qualities are present, physical flexibility is inconsequential.

Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the YTTC?

Upon successful completion of this course and passing the required exams, a Yoga Teacher Level 1 Certificate will be issued to you by Somananda Tantra School.

What happens if I do not pass the exam?

If you do not pass the YTTC midterm exam, you will have the opportunity to retake it once in a few days’ time. If you do not pass it the second time, you will need to leave the YTTC and join it again the next time the course is offered (paying a 50% discounted course fee again).

If you do not pass the final exam of the YTTC you may retake the exam at a later date, dependent upon the availability of our head teachers. Until that time a certificate will not be issued to you.

What should I bring with me to this course?

There are indeed some items we recommend that you bring with you; a list will be sent to all participants a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of the program. One of the needed items is a Yoga mat, which can also be used outdoors.

Does this program meet international standards of yoga teacher certification?

Yes, our Yoga Teacher Training Course is recognized and approved by Yoga Alliance – an internationally recognized, professional membership and trade association representing the yoga community. This authority endorses our Teacher Training Course, confirming it meets the highest standards of yoga training. The certificate you receive from Somananda Tantra School upon satisfactory completion of this program, combined with the Yoga Alliance stamp of approval, makes you eligible to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) under Yoga Alliance, which is highly recognized and many times required in the global teaching community.

Application

For the purpose of creating a balanced and harmonious group, this course can be joined by application only. Once you have completed your deposit payment online you will receive a link to a short application form by email.

Upon completing the form your application will be processed and a response will be given within five working days. If an applicant is not approved to join the YTTC, the full deposit payment will be refunded.

This Yoga TTC includes intense study and practice of the yogic teachings. At times the schedule can be very demanding. In addition to the YTTC program hours, you will need to spend a good deal of time preparing for your practicums by memorising teaching mnemonics and studying for and preparing to give lectures and guided Hatha Yoga sessions.

Please realistically evaluate yourself before applying for this program. By your application you indicate that you are ready to meet the demands on your time and energy during this course.

Our YTTC is conducted in the English language. During practicums students will need to give lectures and conduct practical sessions in English. Please be sure that your language proficiency is at the necessary level before you apply for the course. Poor English skills may result in the withholding of certification.

Course Fee

Early-early bird fee: €3150, available if full payment is completed by 6 June 2020
Early bird fee: €3350, available if full payment is completed by 6 August 2020
Regular fee: €3550, in effect beginning 7 August 2020. The course fee must be paid in full by 17 August 2020.

The course fee includes: All course teachings and various supplies, course materials, accommodation on a shared occupancy basis, rejuvenating vegetarian meals three times a day, unlimited filtered drinking water and tea, transport from Lisbon to course venue and back.

The course fee does not include: Flights and other transportation to Portugal, the cost of personal supplies for each participant (e.g. yoga mat, yoga clothes, and other items – a list will be sent prior to the course start date).

To apply for the YTTC a deposit of minimum €650 (Payment 1) is required in order for your application to be reviewed. This amount is included in the prices listed under Course Fees. After you receive confirmation of your acceptance to the course, you may make the remaining tuition payment (Payment 2).

All payments must be made with a debit or credit card below. If you choose to cancel your participation after applying, the deposit payment is non-refundable.

Please read and affirm that you fully understand our Terms of Service and Liability Waiver and Course Participation Agreement before making your payments.

Course Venue

This retreat is taking place in a beautiful countryside location just an hour drive from Lisbon city and Lisbon airport. Quinta da Enxara is a peaceful paradise in the hills close to natural beauty and stunning views. This makes it a perfect getaway place for your spiritual Yoga immersion.

The venue offers a natural swimming pool and wood-heated sauna. Nourishing meals are made of local farm produce.

Accommodation is in lovely comfortable yurts or rooms and in shared occupancy with 2 to 5 people. There is also one dormitory with up to 10 people. Bathrooms are shared (no en suite). Accommodation will generally be allocated based on your sign up date. Couples will have their own private yurt or room. Personal laundry can be done on site free of charge.

Venue

Quinta da Enxara
Estrada Nacional 9-2
Enxara do Bispo, 2665-053 Portugal
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E-mail:
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Tickets

Unlimited available
Payment 1, Deposit (260-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course 6 Sept-11 Oct 2020, Enxara do Bispo, Portugal)650.00
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Payment 2, Early-Early-Bird Ticket (260-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course 6 Sept-11 Oct 2020, Enxara do Bispo, Portugal)2,500.00Available if full payment is made by 6 June 2020 (later €2700).
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