Greece TTC Advanced 100hrs

18th July – 31st July 2018

Early bird discount until 28th February 2018

Level 2 Advanced 100hrs teacher training Retreat TTR

This advanced 100 hours teacher training is offered as a continued education for Yoga and Tantra and is education that is acknowledged by Yoga Alliance as YACEP. It is an advanced level of training particularly for teachers  advanced practitioners can also apply.

The training will be hosted on the holy Mountain Olympus, at Pantheon Retreat centre in Northern Greece. and also includes a one day trek and pilgrimage that passes through Meteora, a mystical valley of rising magnificent rocks that have hosted many  Orthodox monasteries for over 1000 years.

The training is held in a retreat centre 800 metres above sea level with a view of sunrise and a breath taking view of the ocean and landscape. The retreat provides organic wholesome meals and beverages and silent periods {mauna} that allow a harmonious and gradual detox for the body and mind.

This retreat is designed to empower you to be able to offer in depth workshops & retreats to others. To support your teaching and enhance your personal classes you will be taught creative and profound themed Tantra Yoga classes, and have the opportunity to hold asanas for long periods of time to really go deep into this Yogic science. You will also be taught how to hold Sacred Dance journeys with varied themes, bhajans & devotional singing & fire ceremony so that you can offer more variety as a retreat facilitator and teacher. We will also support you on a personal level to be able to access your inner strength and confidence. by methods of Self Inquiry and honest and transformative feed back.

The training includes daily sadhana of advanced practices, in Yoga, Kriyas, Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas, and Meditation, and you will be introduced to the principles of Sharable Tantra Yoga, a level 3 Traditional Indian Yoga system. We will also go deeper into the teachings of Hridaya as a heart centred meditation tool and also learning to embody the trust to live with an open heart.

During the two weeks you will participate in Traditional Tantric sadhana, which involves the use of Mantra, the formation of a living Yantra, Fire Yagnas, and inscribing specific Yantras on the body with a potent combination of rare herbs and unique substances, known only in the traditions of Tantra, this gives a deep purification for the nadi and chakra system.

As an additional goodie we invite Maria Mandari to share with you her wealth of knowledge in Astrology so you will learn the basics on how to read astrological charts and how to incorporate this universal wisdom.

We can only accept participants who have completed a 200 hour YTT, or something equivalent to this level of study. Or as noted advanced practitioners can apply. If you have not taken a previous Satya Loka TTC, the process of application will also include a Skype interview. 

 

This Yoga and Tantra teacher training is an invitation to study and embody the deeper aspects of Yoga, to enhance your own practice in the most authentic way so that you truly step into your highest potential as a Yoga teacher. Our teacher trainings courses have developed over the years working with various renowned teachers who are dedicated to their practice and service in the field of Yoga & Spirituality.

The main style of yoga combines traditional Hatha Yoga with Vinyasa and teaches various ways to hold a Yoga class including a variety of energetic themes related to the Chakra system and the deeper philosophy of the Tantric system including the Maha Vidyas. This style suits many students as it is a yin and yang practice that teaches sun salutations, and a more dynamic yang standing sequence, in the yin element of this style asanas are held for longer periods, and bandhas, breath and mudras are applied to bring depth to the practice. We also study anatomy and integrate these teachings in respect to the alignment and adjustments for asanas. We offer specific teachings of alignment and adjusting for students that encourage a safe practice with modifications and advanced poses.

This course also introduces Traditional Tantric practices of India. This includes fire ceremony, working with the science of Yantras (mandala) and the rare opportunity to externally use Ayurvedic herbs for deep cleaning of the nadis and chakras which can lead to the harmonious arousal of Kundalini, our spiritual life force energy. These teachings are taught in a devotional way to combine the science of Tantra with the Path of the Heart.

 


Daily Schedule
6.00 am – Morning river bathing – optional
6.30 am – Pranayama & Advanced Kundalini practices & Yog Asana
9.15 am – Breakfast
11.15 am – Philosophy – Self Inquiry – Art of Teaching
1.30 pm – Lunch
Beach Visit ( 3 times during retreat )
3.30 pm – Meditation
5.30 pm – Tantric practices, Bhajans, Dance or creative expression
7.00 pm – Dinner

 

 

Hatha Yoga with Tantric Vinyasa

Tantric Vinyasa is based on a Traditional approach to Hatha Yoga and is essentially a combination of Yang (active) and Yin (passive) styles of Yoga. The practice can begin with devotional Sun Salutations or simple warming exercises and leads into a chakra-inspired standing sequence, which can be also be practiced by linking the breath with movement. Later in the practice as we move towards the seated asanas we hold some postures for longer and the approach becomes more meditative and internalised. The internalised practice focuses on holding some asanas for at least two minutes to discover and cultivate the energetic qualities of a posture as well as the physical benefits that occur from a longer and more strengthening hold.

We also encourage moments of stillness and contemplation in between the asanas to allow the body and energy to integrate the effects, this can be described as moments of void in which a meditative state can arise  This can also be experienced during the asana when the asana has become comfortable, steady and the mind is in union with the body, therefore we teach modifications for all the postures so that a comfortable seat can be found by everyone. Our style of Yoga can be adapted to all ages, genders and body types because it is a practice that includes and goes beyond the body.

Combining breath with the Vinyasa movements helps to flush the body of any toxins that have been released, and the combination of postures in the sequence of vinyasa returns the body to a more neutral position. In Tantric vinyasa we naturally open the physical body towards greater flexibility, health and well being and also teach you the energetic principles of the subtle anatomy. By harnessing the energies of nature we direct it to activate the chakras so that we can determine our physical, emotional and mental health. By understanding our body from this Tantric perspective we can learn a holistic approach that promotes an overall spiritual well being.

At Satya Loka we inspire you to find your own style of teaching, you expereince up to three teachers on each training so that you can enjoy to learn different approaches and flavours. So whether you.choose to teach more physically orientated yoga or more in the spirit of Tantra Yoga, applying vinyasa movements or more of a meditative yin style, we will help you to discover where your strengths lie s a teacher.

 

.Traditional Tantric Practices

Tantra is a spiritual path that embraces life in order to awaken consciousness. Within Tantra Yoga various techniques including the use of mantra, yantra, ritual and meditation are used to purify and energise our being bringing a deeper awareness of our spiritual existence. Tantra cultivates a devotional approach to the practice, emphasizing the worship of the Goddess, Shakti and her consort Shiva. As we go deeper into the practice we ultimately experience the divine union of these masculine and feminine attributes.  Mantra is offered and can be practiced each day in the presence of a yantra (mandala) which is created in the first week of the course.

Bhakti Fire Puja

Bhakti Fire Puja is a combination of a Tantric and shamanic fire ceremony. It is a beautiful ceremony of devotion that combines elements of a Tantric Fire Puja with a spontaneous flow of bhajans and prayer.
Traditional Vedic mantras are used that elevate consciousness and bring a deep communion with inner most truth.

We start each morning with this devotional ceremony.

Pranayama

Pranayama can be translated as the expansion and increasing of our vital life force. We absorb Prana (life force) most directly through the breath and through our food. In the pranayama exercises of Hatha Yoga we make use of this by manipulating the breath – breathing into different areas of the body, using specific rhythms and movements. We learn to hold the breath in to energise our system and to increase our capacity to store Prana; we hold the breath out to direct the energy in the subtle body with the ultimate aim of purifying both body and mind.
The rhythmic breathing exercises of the Hatha Yoga tradition are strong practices which bring profound benefits: they purify the nadis (energy channels) of both the physical and subtle anatomy releasing blockages and stress and helping us feel a greater sense of balance and steadiness. Pranayama is an important step on the journey of yoga as it helps expand the individual personal energy into universal energy.

Hridaya Meditation

During the course we practice Hridaya Meditation, a technique which focuses continually upon the Spiritual Heart as a way to reveal deep inner peace and the natural joy that emanates from our natural state. The teachings are a beautiful unity of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism.  Central to the practice is  the self-enquiry, ‘Who am I?’ and continually bringing the awareness back to the spiritual heart, which can be sensed by focusing at the centre of the chest near the physical heart.  We will also have the opportunity to experience Hridaya Hatha Yoga where we aim to remain present and witness our asana practice from beyond the mind, from the stillness that lies at the core of who we really are.

Bhajan

Bhajan {kirtan} is an ancient form of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion. When we chant Kirtan we use special mantras. Mantras are words, phrases, and syllables that are repeated until they become integrated into our consciousness. Many people are discovering this sacred, traditional practice allowing them to access a greater opening of the heart, deep inner peace and connection. When we give ourselves permission to sing and dance freely, releasing and expressing through our voices and bodies, the emotions which are tightly locked in our hearts become free. This takes the practitioner into a blissful state of openness and love and it is in that moment that we remember Kirtan is an offering, a gift to the Divine who has given us everything, and to whom we can give nothing in return but our loving remembrance, our voices and our hearts.

Yantra

The yantra is a geometric, design which can be focused upon as a tool for meditation.  The different geometric patterns symbolically represent different aspects of divinity.  On this teacher training we will create and meditate with a yantra for Shiva made from sprouting wheat grass,, and later we will create three coloured rice yantras of Saraswati {goddess of arts, music and education}, Parvati {Shiva’s wife}, Suriya {the sun}.

Mantra

A mantra is the sound form a particular energy, the Shakti, which is the power of consciousness and the main tool used in many spiritual practices even in the Yoga asana practice itself. By practising the repetition of mantra either by verbalising the sound internally or externally, we commune with beneficial energies specific to the mantra. The Mantras for the Yantras created on this course will be given to students to practice meditating with these different divine energies

By combining the use of the mantra with the Yantra we can experience true Tantra, Union.

Tantric Fire Yagna

A Fire Yagna is a sacred fire ceremony. Offerings of ghee (clarified butter) are thrown on to the fire whilst reciting mantras to honour aspects such as the cardinal directions and particular energies of the Hindu and Yogic traditions that support the success of the ceremony. Special herbs or rice, sugar and sesame seeds are further offered to the fire with a specific mantra depending upon one’s personal sadhana or the group intention.
Fire Yagna is a highly purifying spiritual practice that enables us to commune with different energies of Shakti or Shiva, energies that raise our awareness and consciousness.

 

Group Activities & Meditations

Group activities are an opportunity to deepen the inter relating of the group. As teachers it is also useful to learn various ways to hold space other than a standard Yoga class.

These sessions share group meditations and activities such as

  • Weekly sharing circles
  • Unique rituals and meditations
  • Devotional singing circles
  • Dance & Movement
  • Creative expression

At Satya Loka you find Bhava. This means, devotion, beauty, and love. This training is a powerful yogic transmission given with authentic support.

Apolonia Molina, USA

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There was a wonderful flow and balance, it was much more than I could imagine from a TTC. It was life teaching, a door opened to a new world, to a depth I did not expect to enter in such a short time. A very nice balance between Meditation, Yoga, Dance and Ritual.

Austria TTC, 2016

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