A certified Tantric Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training for men & women.
A Sacred journey into the energetic world of Asana, Pranayama & the Traditional Tantric practices of India. 200 hr Yoga Alliance
This course combines the traditions of Advaita Vedanta,Tantra & Bhakti Yoga
1st-28th Feb 2015, Goa, India
April/May 2015, Himalayas, India- (A Sacred Feminine TTC for Women)
13th Sept-10th Oct 2015, Alpen Retreat, Austria
The course in Goa is taught by Radasi and Rory Tollen. The courses in the Himalayas and Austria are taught by Radasi and Michelle Levi. All the courses are supported by Guest Teachers
The trainings in Goa and Austria will be for both Men & Women giving the opportunity to open this sacred journey of Yoga and Traditional Tantra to everyone.
The training in the Himalayas, India will be a Yogini Devi Women’s only TTC creating this unique experience to explore the beauty of the unfolding divine feminine within us in the original home of Yoga. During this TTC there will be more exploration of Sacred Dance, Ritual and Women’s practices.
The Teacher Trainings open up a whole world of the understanding and the experiencing of life through Energy -Shakti & Consciosuness -Shiva. The main style of yoga which is taught is Hatha Yoga in the form of Tantric Vinyasa, this combines Vinyasa movements with Traditonal Hatha Yoga. This style suits many students as it is a practice of holding asanas for longer periods to experience a deeper energetic activation and opening of the body, whilst keeping a purifying vinyasa flow in between asanas.
During all courses you will be introduced into Traditional Tantric practices of India and taught specific ways of Tantric sadhana. 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 . These teachings are taught in a devotional way to combine the science of Tantra with the Path of the Heart. The course is a Sacred journey into the ancient arts of Yoga, and is supported by a living Tantric Master, Guru Ji Raj Kumar, who will be present for 2-3 days on the India trainings and students can choose if they would also like to receive initiation into a specific mantra to suit their individual evolutionary path.
During the training we will also experience other practices to help us to move deeper into the unfolding of our own consciousness. These practices include cleansing Kriyas, Pranayama, devotional singing of Kirtan & Bhajan and you will also experience a daily meditation practice called Hridaya Yoga, a meditation practice based on the teachings of the Spiritual Heart from Advaita Vedanta.
The courses include weekly sessions of dance to help open and explore through movement and music. We also share group activities and special meditations. The theory aspect of the course is offered by the main teachers and invited guest teachers who specialize in particular areas that compliment the uniqueness of these trainings. The theory elements cover many topics always including Sacred Sexuality, Yogic Philosophy and Ancient Scriptures such as the Ribhu Gita, the Devi Gita, Ayurveda, Anatomy and many other specialised areas depending on the guest teachers attending the course
Hatha Yoga – A Tantric Vinyasa
This style is a way of opening the physical body towards greater flexibility and also opening the energetic flows of energy. These include the energy we receive from the earth and the cosmos, and also the arousal of the chakra system that governs and determines our physical, emotional and mental health. By understanding our body from this Tantric perspective we can learn how to develop and maintain good health and an overall awareness of spiritual well being. When we combine Vinyasa movements with the asana we naturally counter balance any intense stretch that the body may experience and therefore reduce the risk of injury for ourselves and students. The Vinyasa practice helps to flush the body between the asanas of any toxins that have been released through the postures bringing an overall gentle and deepening purification. Using Vinyasa is a choice and some classes can be taught only with the practice of asana therefore bringing a less dynamic flow, this allows the teacher to be in the moment and feel what students need at that particular time.
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, the ability to be at peace in meditation and life in genral helps us to realise our True Nature and experience peace in everyday life. 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 truely support our students alignment and yoga practice. This class will also look at the energetic flow within the asanas and how to maximise and stablelise 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. These practices are optional for women on the course. Mantra is offered and can be practiced each day in the presence of a yantra which is created in the first week of the course.
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 mantra either by verblising the sound internally or externally we commune with beneficial energies specific to the mantra.
The yantra is a geometrical design on which various mantras are inscribed to initiate the yantra so that it becomes a living form of the specific energy of the yantra, this is often a particular aspect of the Goddess, such as Tara or Saraswate, 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. Particular offerings of ghee (clarified butter) are offered with specific mantras to honour aspects such as the cardinal directions of the fire. Special herbs or rice, sugar and sesame seeds are further offered to the fire with a specific mantra depending upon ones 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.
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.
Ayurveda is the sister science of Hatha Yoga and offers a profound system of self-healing. In the TTC we will draw on the Ayurvedic teachings offering ways to eat and cook that maximise our intake and absorption of Prana.
Cleansing Kriyas & Purification
We teach ancient yogic practices used to promote a healthy body and energetic system such as nauli kriya for intestinal support, oil pulling and salt rubbing for healthy gums and many more tips and techniques
On the TTC in the Himalayas and in Austria, Michelle will teach a system of Kriyas (cleansing practices) that work through all the organs of the body and their corresponding chakras. Beginning at Ajna chakra (the Third Eye centre) we cleanse the sinuses and then move systematically down bringing the cleansing into the voice box, bronchial tubes, lungs, digestive organs etc finishing the sequence at Mooladhara chakra (the Root centre). Once learnt, the system can easily be incorporated into one’s daily morning practice as a way of cleansing and settling in to the body in preparation for the day. Michelle was taught the system by Duncan Hulin of the Devon School of Yoga who studied in depth with his teacher Dr. B. P Pillai (Institue of Yogic Culture, Trivandrum,. Kerala). The lineage behind Dr Pillai is Swami Sivananda Paramahasma (Siddha Samaj, Kerala) who was a disciple of Bhagawan Nityananda (Siddha Yoga, Ganesh Puri Ashram).
During the course we practice Hridaya Meditation, focusing 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 Shivism, These various techniques suit different people so a blend of simple breath awareness, visualisation and the simplicity of stillness support students in different ways. We will also have the opportunity to experience Hridaya Hatha Yoga where we aim to remain present and witness our practice from beyond the mind, from the stillness that lies at the core of who we really are. This is supported by asking the question Who am I and continually bringing the awareness back to the spiritual heart.
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.
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
- Contact dance
- Ecstatic/Kundalini Dance
- Five Rhythms
- Acro Yoga
- Walking meditation
- Group Transfigurations
- Angel walk
- Full and dark moon ceremony
- Toning and the use of sound expression in Yoga, & Dance