200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training
The one-month Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Sri Lanka will run from the 15th June to 13th July 2014. It will be held at The Secret Garden in Unawatuna, a dedicated yoga centre, located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s most famous and spectacular beach strip, and yet tucked away in a quiet enclave of tropical gardens. It has various chill-out areas, hidden ambalamas (covered garden pavilions) and other lovely secluded spots to relax under. The dome-shaped shala equally inspires dynamic asana-vinyasa practice, as well as silent sadhana. Hence it is the perfect setting for such an intense yoga immersion.
Lara Baumann, founder of Quantum Yoga, and senior teacher Judith Daniel will be running the course, assisted by Quantum Yoga teacher, PT and A&P expert Aya Scrymgeour. There will also be visiting lecturers on various specialized subjects. The friendly and helpful Austrian owner and Sri Lankan staff at the Secret Garden speak English, and are accustomed to catering to the needs of foreign yogis. Many lovely beach bars, restaurants and shops are in walking distance, so there will be absolutely no problem to fill your spare time.
The Teacher Training is suitable for those who want to embark on a career as a yoga teacher, teachers who would like to improve their current skills, as well as yogis who simply would like to deepen their understanding and improve their practice. Trainees often start as students and then decide to dedicate themselves more seriously to the study, investigation and propagation of yoga. Some have had experience elsewhere and have reached a level where they feel ready to consider teaching. Others may have no intention of leaving their current work, but simply want to develop the knowledge and ability to confidently guide others in this rewarding practice.
The Intensive Teacher Training is 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited (see www.yogaalliance.org for more information). It will cover all aspects of Yoga along with detailed instruction in the Quantum Method and how to teach it. Study of Ayurveda, the Science of Life, will result in an understanding of how this informs not only the emphasis in one’s yoga practice, but also effects such life-style choices as food, recreational activities, creams and massage oils, etc. We will explore the roots of the yoga tradition, learning about its history within the socio-cultural context of India from ancient times to the present day, as well as its links to other mystical traditions and its role internationally today. Students will learn about a variety of systems and styles. Using the Quantum Method of Yoga, apprentices will eventually gain the ability to assess what practice is appropriate for themselves and their prospective students and learn how to creatively construct balanced flowing vinyasa yoga sequences. As Quantum advocates vinyasa (breath-synchronised movement) as a primary mode of practice, most asana classes will be of a dynamic nature. Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation practice will also form a daily part of the practice.
There will be a variety of modules covering such themes as Anatomy and Physiology, Adjustments, Therapeutic Yoga, Post and Pre-Natal Yoga, Yoga for Children, Asana names, groupings and sequencing techniques, ancient scriptures such as the Vedas and Upanisads, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Tantra etc. Where applicable out-of-house specialists will run the modules.
Teaching will be both practical and theoretical on a group and individual basis, and there is a requirement for you to spend your own time reading and keeping a yoga diary. We will work to a full and exciting schedule: all teaching and assessment will take place in Unawatuna and you will then have until 15th August 2014 to submit your 2,500 word essay which will complete your training and qualify you for registration.
The course fees quoted below include all teaching and assessment, the essential Quantum Yoga book, accommodation, three healthy and delicious meals a day, transfers, and of course a celebratory end of training event. Prices are quoted in pound sterling, but payment can equally be made in Euro or US dollar (xe.com is good for currency conversion).
Payment options are
- Sharing a Veranda room in the main house. Twin beds, shared bathroom.
£2215 per person
- Sharing a Bungalow with another person (ideal for a couple). 1 large double bed, ensuite bathroom and veranda.
£2465 per person
- Sharing a Bungalow with one other person. Twin beds, ensuite bathroom, veranda.
£2565 per person
- Sharing a Suite with one other person. 2 double beds, ensuite bathroom, and own living area. £2715 per person
- Your own Veranda room in the main house. Single bed, shared bathroom.
- Your own Bungalow. 1 large double bed, ensuite bathroom and veranda.
If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible. We will send you an interview form, which will give you both the opportunity to confirm your suitability for and interest in the program. Spaces are limited to 12 persons max.
Once you have been offered a place we would require 20% payment to hold it; the remainder of the balance will then need to be paid in full six weeks before the start of the course (2nd May 2014) unless otherwise agreed, which would depend on your personal circumstance.
For general site info and photos, please visit www.secretgardenunawatuna.com