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The Heart of Ashtanga for Women


The Heart of Ashtanga for Women
200 Hour YA Certified Yoga Teacher Training
New Zealand ~ Jan 8 - Feb 4 2017

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The Heart of Ashtanga for Women


The Heart of Ashtanga for Women
200 Hour YA Certified Yoga Teacher Training
New Zealand ~ Jan 8 - Feb 4 2017

The Heart of Ashtanga For Women TTC

The Heart of Ashtanga For Women ~ New Zealand is a NEW 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered Woman’s Yoga Teacher Training course which offers you the opportunity to live, breathe and explore the real depths of this graceful practice over a study period of four weeks. The course has a mystical feminine element and a strong focus on the Art Of Teaching. It is beneficial for those really wanting to serve in the world as inspiring teachers. It has a nourishing approach to the practice of Ashtanga that really honors women’s bodies and offers a more feminine approach to philosophy with juicy discussions on ancient texts and mystical poetry.

Bhakti Yoga heart opening practices are key on this training and include a variety of Hridaya meditations, devotional Kirtan, sacred movement, ritual and fire puja. Traditional Tantra brings alive the energy of The Mahavidyas and an understanding of what is sacred sexuality. As well as learning about how to become an inspiring teacher of Yoga, students delve into their own sadhana six days a week. Through this direct experience of the practice, you bear witness to the transformations that occur through yoga, giving rise to a natural inspiration to share this with others.

There will also be a strong segment in Jnana Yoga, or self enquiry to bring about the highest teachings of Yoga. The course is held in the community of B Prior who is a profound master of Non Duality and Tantra. B will offer his wisdom and powerful transmission at different points during the training.

This course really offers students the chance to learn authentic Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as passed down by Sri K Pattabhi Jois with added depth. It will guide students how to journey inwardly from the physical to the energetic and beyond.

About Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a unique style of yoga which incorporates a combination of deep Ujjayi breathing, bandhas and drishtis in every posture and is a key point in transforming the practice from a solely physical one into a profound moving meditation.

In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition there are 6 series of postures – Primary Series, Intermediate Series and Advanced A, B, C and D. During this course, we will be studying a large portion of the Primary series, also known in Sanskrit as Yoga Chikitsa meaning ‘yoga therapy’.

As we journey through the Primary Series and practice the asanas with dedication and focus, both the mind and the body go through an intense purification where the ability to be aware of oneself is strengthened. As the energy is sublimated during the practice, increased awareness or a feeling of devotion (bhavana) is cultivated in the heart and ultimately the student moves from being identified solely with the physical body and mind to the realization that ‘all is one’.

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The Curriculum


 

 

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The Curriculum


 

 

Without bhavana (devotion), practice will not bear the real fruit.
— Sri K Pattabhi Jois

The Curriculum

This course will cover 200+ hours of course instruction and practicum training, including all the necessary components to qualify under International Teaching standards through Yoga Alliance. The course is designed for all levels of physical ability and spiritual maturity.

  • Anatomy and physiology related to Yoga.
  • An introduction to Ayurveda.
  • Chanting, Kirtan and basic Sanskrit.
  • Bhavana and the devotional aspect of practice
  • The art of sensitive touch through adjustment
  • Self Enquiry
  • Non Duality
  • Instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Meditation
  • Study of Tristana (Breath, Bandha, Drishti)
  • Tantric teachings on the Mahavidyas, Subtle Energies and Chakras.
  • Yoga Philosophy & Mystical Poetry
  • The Art of Teaching.
  • Correct alignment and posture
Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.
— Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

It is helpful to have a good basic understanding of Yoga and a regular practice before you sign up for the course. People who are sincere, dedicated and put in the effort to truly embody the practice normally feel inspired and confident to teach on completing the course. However, many people simply use the training as a way of deepening their knowledge, transforming their daily lives, improving their physical limitations or moving into a more healthy and disciplined lifestyle. It is not everyone’s desire or dharma to be a Yoga teacher. All are welcome.

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The Teachers


The Teachers

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The Teachers


The Teachers

Lorraine Taylor

Lorraine has been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth for over a couple of decades. She offers Transformational Yoga Trainings and Retreats around the globe and already has trained many to become successful teachers. She is dedicated to helping people find freedom through Yoga and also specialises in guiding women to embody the practice from their feminine essence. A fully qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa and Tantra Yoga instructor with a multitude of advanced trainings and thousands of teaching hours to her credit, her teaching biography ranges from the Yoga Journal Conference in Moscow to private sessions in her own home.

During the last few years, she has been immersed in Self Enquiry with different masters while exploring her love of Devotional Kirtan from the Bhakti Yoga tradition. She now lives at the Ohinetahi Retreat Centre in New Zealand where she is immersed full time in the living of Truth and self enquiry. She loves to share everything she has understood and integrated in order to help others find more freedom and beauty in their lives.

B Prior

B offers a profoundly unique and enlightening perspective on Life from the smallest matters that shape our personal lives to the biggest universal questions of human existence. His teaching and transmission is the Ultimate Calling to awaken as Awareness-Knowing. With true compassion, humour and uncompromising Truth, B brings the highest teaching straight to our core and into daily life. His call is to profoundly awaken whilst living in the world and his discourses cover all areas of Life – relationships, sexuality, work and creativity, parenting and children, all brought to an awakening heart of Conscious Awareness.

Your Home is your Heart. Discover how deep it goes.
Your Home is your Heart. To where does it lead?
Your Home is your Heart. What would you give for it to manifest?
— B Prior
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Ohinetahi Retreat Centre


The Venue

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Ohinetahi Retreat Centre


The Venue

Ohinetahi Retreat Centre

The course is held at Ohinetahi Retreat Centre, near Christchurch, New Zealand. This is an area steeped in history of the ancient Waitaha and Maori culture. The Dalai Lama has said that one of the nearby sites ‘Castle Hill’ is in fact the spiritual centre of the universe.

Ohinetahi Retreat Centre is nestled in an extinct volcanic basin and the seven peaks of the crater rim are known as the Seven Sisters. Their feminine faces and features can clearly be seen and at Matariki, the Maori New Year, they come into perfect alignment with the Pleiades star system, also known as the Celestial Seven Sisters. Our Retreat Centre sits right under the central peak of the Seven Sisters who represent the Feminine Principle and bring a field of potent energy to support transformation during the course.
 

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The Bay


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The Bay