Details of our Yoga Training Course

Authentic Yoga in an Open Atmosphere

Yoga for

Transformation and Creativity

200 HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING THAILAND 2017 COURSE DESCRIPTION

Jungleyoga  is a holistic approach to yoga which uses postures, breath-work, philosophy and meditation to create deep and lasting changes to the body, mind and emotions. Yoga Teacher Training Thailand 2017

The focus of our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Thailand  2017 is to develop students into confident and knowledgeable yogis and yoginis. We teach students a wide variety of yogic techniques and practices to help them better understand themselves and to show illustrate how to use yoga to facilitate change within themselves. We believe that it is only through developing a dedicated personal practice that one can share yoga with others, and as such the course is designed to help students build, develop and grow their own practice. We share a unique and effective range of yogic tools which students can continue to develop after the course is over.

Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Thailand course is taught 6 days a week, for 4 weeks. Each day, students will have 7.5 hours contact time with teachers, which will cover meditation, breath-worth, asana, philosophy, anatomy, ritual and teaching practice.

Because every student learns and develops in their own unique way, we encourage people to practice with the techniques that are best suited to their own growth. We don’t want to create “yoga robots”, who just follow blindly without understanding the techniques; rather, we want each student to develop their own personal relationship with yoga and apply their own inner wisdom to the practices.

Each week (and each day) the classes have a different focus, building on what we have learned and practiced previously. Day by day and week by week the course builds in depth and intensity. However, we structure the course so that students feel clear, powerful and healthy by the end, not overworked or exhausted.

Specific Areas of Focus

We work on our postures every day, sometimes twice daily. We generally practice with a ‘Flowing Vinyasa’ type style, but each day is also subtly different. Some days are intense and others more gentle. Students also are asked to guide their own development by practicing at the intensity level that suits them. In this way, students learn how to take care of themselves and listen to their own inner wisdom, instead of just taking orders from a teacher. The activation of inner wisdom is one of the primary goals of our program.

We do gradually develop the more intense postures such as headstand, backbends and arm balances and teach a step by step process so that students can develop postures that may be currently beyond their ability. The step by step method helps people understand the steps necessary to go to the next level. This is useful both for personal practice and for teaching others how to get into poses.

We make sure to practice safely to minimize injuries but also try to get maximum benefit from the practice of asanas by making an effort and working intensely at certain times. Our practice is only easy if you want it to be so. If you wish for challenge and intensity, it is certainly there for you.

Our Teacher Collective

Our core staff consists of 2 main teachers. Randall O’Leary (Director of Jungleyoga) is an ERYT 500 level advanced teacher. He has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Haylee Clare is a deeply knowledgeable and experienced teacher who excels at alignment, adjustments, meditation and energy work.

Our July training features a Yin Yoga Module of 4 days led by Tina Nance, who is a senior teacher at the Yoga Barn, specializing in mindfulness training, Yin and Women’s yoga.

Both our July and August Trainings also features Mai Lai Swan, a dynamic and experienced teacher with a wide repertoire including mantra, kirtan, Embodied Flow yoga and Tantra.

We always have assistants on the course to help you have a better experience on the training and to give you personal attention. See our Teachers Page for more information.

Our Unique Approach to Yoga

There is so much depth to yoga practice and we believe that it is important to explore many different expressions and potentials. After the basic foundations of good posture and steady breathing are established, we take the practice to the next levels of depths and subtlety.

We then explore what we could call ‘energetic yoga’ or Bhava Yoga, the yoga of feeling. We practice creating and maintaining energetic moods while we practice. For example, one of the essential Bhavas to create in yoga is that of steadiness and solidity. So we practice creating stability and heaviness in the body, in the breath and in the mind. We cultivate this feeling during the poses and the practice and establish it within us.

We might do a different Bhava in the practice to cultivate a different energetic reality within us. We might cultivate a feeling of relaxation and softness for example, or one of deep concentration, or of flow, etc. There are many different Bhavas we can explore.

The purpose of these types of practices is to widen our energetic and emotional range. When we have a wide range of expressions in yoga we gain the same in life. We gain the ability to create certain types of feelings and energies when they are needed in life.  It must be felt to be properly understood, but I hope you can understand a little of what we are doing.

Asana: The Physical Practice

Every day in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon, we will cultivate the asana practice. Our general approach is what you might call ‘Slow Flow’ or ‘Breath Based Vinyasa’. The practice has a flow and a rhythm but we take it a little bit slower than many Vinyasa and Power Vinyasa styles because we value the quality of your poses.

When we take things slower, we have time to build up the prana and energy in a pose by working on the alignment, the comfort and above all, the breathing. Throughout many years of teaching, we have discovered that this is a very effective approach for helping students do poses that are healthy for them and safe but also open the door to more difficult poses and more challenging practices.

The main types of poses that we cultivate are: preparation poses, core strengtheners, standing poses, arm balance, inversions such as headstand and handstand, backbends, forward bends, twists and the deeper calming poses.

All students progress in their poses during the trainings, because we prepare with alignment, breath and awareness so that students can go step by step into depth.

Breath, Energetics and Pranayama

Every morning class starts with yogic breathing techniques, because they are the most transformative and essential practices in yoga. The main focus of the breathing practices are the Swara cycles, which are patterns of movement and breath designed to develop conscious breathing and increase the life-force.

These cycles are some of the most powerful ways to develop the rhythmic breathing patterns which are essential for advanced (and all) yoga practices. As the course develops, we also teach the classical pranayama breath patterns such as Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabatti, Viloma and Samavritti.

Our program is unique in that we teach a powerful and simple type of yogic breathing that is useful for both practitioners and essential for teachers. In our experience, there are few more effective methods for breathing that the swara cycles that we practice daily.

Meditation and the Development of the Mind

Meditation is an essential part of a comprehensive yoga practice. The course explores a variety of accessible and powerful meditation techniques to develop inner calm, insight, clarity and wisdom. Many of our meditations are based on the 5 Elements of yoga: Stability, Flow, Intensity, Movement and Emptiness. Other techniques are also utilized such as those based on witnessing, visualization or using sounds such as mantras. Yoga Teacher Training Thailand 2017

Mantra practice is the repetition of specific sounds which help to shape our mind and energy. Mantra practice plays a very powerful role in the training and mantras are taught as chants which encourages a form of energetic meditation. Students will learn various mantras and their meaning in the course and will be taught how to use them in their practices.

Philosophy and Knowledge Yoga

Our ‘philosophy’ lessons are an essential part of the course, because this is the time where we explore the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of yoga practice. We keep the lessons practical and essential so that students can actually use the philosophy and knowledge for both teaching and daily life.

We feel it is important for students to understand how to create yoga postures, breaths and practices and what effects these practices have. In our system, we focus largely on the energetic qualities and effects of the various practices. When a student understands the energetic qualities of a practice, they can use it effectively and intelligently.

The foundations of our philosophy come from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Tantric and Shakta traditions and Jyotish (Vedic astrology). These various systems are synthesized together and taught as what we call ‘practical wisdom’, the intuitive and intelligent wisdom of everyday life.  Yoga Teacher Training Thailand 2017

Anatomy and Physiology

Basic western-style anatomy is taught for understanding the postures and breaths, covering essentials of tissues, bones and organs. We will look at the various systems of the physical body to help us understand how and why the yoga works the way it does and how we can use yoga to address problem areas and to help improve fundamental health and well-being.

We believe that the best way to learn about the yogic body is to practice and know the asanas. As there was no western style anatomy taught in the systems of the ancient yogis we do not find that a detailed understanding of anatomy is critical for our work. Yoga Teacher Training Thailand 2017

Fire Rituals and Puja

One of the most unique and special parts of our training is the fire puja, which we do on the beach in the evening, once a week. It is a simple and beautiful traditional ritual. We chant the mantras that we learned in the classes and focus on the fire as a method of purifying the mind and inducing meditation. The ritual is very transformative but is also fun and light-hearted. This is often students’ favorite part of the course. Yoga Teacher Training Thailand 2017

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