Yogini Tantrika TTC for Women
17th February – 18th March 2020, Rishikesh, India
A 200hr Yoga Alliance certified Traditional Yoga & Tantra Teacher Training for Women
This teacher training is guided by Guruji Rajkumar Baswar and his wife Dipti. With guest teachers Ra Lalita Dasi and Angela Perez.
This is an authentic teacher training for women to learn how to teach Tantra/Hatha Yoga. You will also study Pranayama and Traditional Tantric practices of India. This course is internationally certified by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour training. As a way of bringing us more into the heart, we will regularly share devotional singing, women’s sacred dance and Hridaya meditation. This course is for those women who are looking for an authentic Yogini Sadhana immersion.
Our Women’s only Yoga teacher training course creates a unique experience to explore the beauty of the unfolding divine feminine.
During this training you will learn how to practice and teach Hatha Yoga. This style suits many students as it is a yin and yang style of practice. We also hold asanas for longer periods to experience a deeper energetic activation and opening of the body.
The theory aspect of the course includes anatomy and Yogic philosophy and also many beautiful subjects such as sacred sexuality, yoga for children, women’s holistic health and creating sacred space. We also explore together ancient Hindu texts of the Goddess from the Devi Gita, the epic Bhagavad Gita and we also study the Ribhu Gita which is an ancient scripture related to Shiva. The sacred texts are integrated throughout the course.
Another unique aspect to this course is the Traditional Tantric practices that are offered to support you in your own spiritual development. This includes creating living Yantras (sacred mandalas), and by chanting a specific Mantra in the presence of the Yantra we authentically practice Tantra. Another important aspect of the Tantric tradition is the use of fire ceremony, this will be a integral part of the course.
This unique training also offers Hridaya Meditation practices, Kriyas, Pranayama, Kirtan, Sacred Dance & Women’s ritual.
As the course unfolds we study the Ten Great Wisdom Goddesses (The Das Maha Vidyas) from the Tantric tradition. We explore these aspects of the divine feminine in a very practical way through devotional singing, discussions, meditations and even in some of the Yoga classes. Yogini Tantrika also offers a special dance called the Dance of the Maha Vidyas, which is reviewed to be a transformational session of dance.
“This TTC not only has awesome teachers, dancing, yoga, singing, tantra, rituals… there is a magical energy that is created for you to evolve. For me it was a life changing expereince. A celebration of life on all levels.”
Tatiana Swope, Russia
6.30 am – Pranayama
7.00 am – Yoga & Hridaya Meditation
9.30 am – Breakfast
10.30 am – Yoga & Tantra Philosophy
12.30 pm – Ganga Ritual
1.00 pm – Lunch & Rejuvenate
3.30 pm – Teaching Methodology
5.30 pm – Tea Break
6.00 pm – Tantric practices, Bhajans or Conscious Dance
7.00 pm – Dinner
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.
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.
The practice of yoga asana brings profound and innumerable benefits to the physical body however the ultimate aim of all the asanas is to help us sit comfortably in meditation. Each day of the course we will enjoy the opportunity to practice and study asana with this goal in mind; and as we move through the postures we can naturally feel the quietening of the mind and deeper states of peace arise. We will learn how to move our own body in a way that is safe and healthy for the joints, soft tissues and bones and will experience how this strengthens and creates more space and openness within the body and energy system. Once we understand this in our own being we are then able to truly support our students’ alignment and yoga practice. This class will also look at the energetic flow within the asanas and how to maximise and stabilize this.
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 given and can be practiced each day in the presence of Yantras (mandalas) which will be created during 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.
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.
We will teach ancient yogic practices used to promote a healthy body and energetic system such as nauli kriya for intestinal support and neti for clearing the sinus passages. Furthermore we will offer detoxifying practices such as oil pulling, salt rubbing and tongue scraping for healthy gums as well as other tips and techniques.
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.
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.
A mantra is the sound form a particular energy; specific sounds, words or phrases are repeated. By practising the repetition of mantra either by verblising the sound internally or externally we commune with and invoke the beneficial energies specific to the mantra. Mantra is an important tool used in many spiritual practices and can even be combined with the practice of yoga asana.
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.
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
- Sacred Dance
- Partner Yoga
- Children’s Yoga
- A weekly sharing circle
The Satya Loka TTC is a deep journey into self discovery, transformation and awakening. Satya Loka is not only a yoga teacher training school, it is a direct gateway to the deepest part of your being. There are no words to express how grateful I am.Isabelle Lemyre
Please thank yourselves for creating this unique TTC where everything has been thought to nourish our true heart, inner goddess, to reveal the treasures from within and allow us just to BE with sincerity. You are amazing goddesses and beautiful examples of how to be natural. Your honest hearts helped me to open mine while feeling safe. Now I have to enjoy this tasty delight!Elodie Geles