The course content of the Yogini Devi teacher training courses are spread over a period of four weeks running from Monday to Saturday. All courses are 200 hour Accredited courses by the Yoga Alliance.
Please find below a typical schedule for the first three weeks of the sacred journey. The last week is enhanced to include student’s practicums, examination and graduation ceremony.
6:30am Kirtan & Puja or Fire Yagna
7 am Tea break!
7:30am Pranayama or Tantric Sadhana
8:30am Yoga Practice
11.30am – Posture Clinic/ Deeper study into the teaching of Asana & Pranayama
– Lunch break –
The afternoon program:
3:30pm -Philosophy or Anatomy
5pm Short Break
5:15pm – Dance, Yoga or Special Activities
8:00pm – Each week we will show an inspirational documentary and sometimes come together for ceremony or Kirtan.
The Pranayama taught on this course comes directly from Sri OP Tiwariji from Kaivalydham Yoga Research Institute in Lonavla, India. This is one of the few remaining authentic lineages of pranayama. His teacher Kuvalyananda is renowned for teaching Mahatma Gandhi and reaching an enlightened state. Much scientific research into this practice has been carried out and many books have been published by scholars in the ashram. Lorraine has a firm grounding in this practice having studied directly with Tiwariji and one of his main disciples Paul Dallaghan for many years. She has completed his first Pranayama Intensive month long course at his centre in India in 2007 and she continues to practice and teach this style of pranayama in her workshops and trainings.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is sometimes seen as a fast paced gymnastic masculine practice. This depends very much upon your attitude. It is an extremely powerful form of asana which at the same time can be a soft and feminine practice when the primary focus is given to the magical combination of deep ujjayi breathing linked with fluid movement. When these are seamlessly united, a graceful moving meditation emerges, transporting the practitioner into the beauty of the present moment. Potent techniques such as bandhas, mudras and drishtis help to draw the student deeper into their internal world by moving and gathering energy and helping to focus the mind. With continued practice, the student not only opens and purifies the physical body but also the more profound levels of their being, ultimately revealing their true nature.
This style of Yoga re unites Traditional Hatha Yoga with the original teachings of energy that can be found in many ancient Yogic Texts. combining this asana practice with vinyasa we open the physical body towards greater flexibility whilst activating and bringing awareness to the energetic flows of energy. This includes the energy we receive from the earth and the cosmos, the yin and yang energies in our own being 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 asanas of any toxins that have been released through certain postures bringing an overall gentle and deepening purification. Using Vinyasa in Tantra Yoga is a choice and some classes can be taught simply with the practice of asana therefore bringing a less dynamic flow and a practice that experiences the stillness of the body.
Sacred dance is a natural expression of our soul. From our deep source of stillness and receptivity women can so easily feel the true bliss of their feminine nature whilst engaged in movement and dance. Dance provides an enjoyable tool to go beyond the mind, and by surrendering to our own natural rhythms we recognise and reveal our inner truth. Sacred Dance has historically been a mystical art and an authentic path to spiritual realisation. There are many forms of Sacred dance originating from diverse spiritual paths including Tribal Dance, Sacred Belly Dance, Five Rhythms, Sufi Whirling, Indian Devotion Dance, Celtic Dance, Chakra and Kundalini Dance. Here in Yogini Devi we explore all these ancient and modern day dances to discover our greater union with the universe. Sacred Dance opens a window for women to explore the profound mystery of our divine feminine energy and to embrace dance as one of the many beautiful tools for unfolding our inner radiance.
Philosophy and Anatomy
The yogic philosophy taught will cover some of the main Yogic scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We also study the Devi Gita which is an ancient Indian text from the Goddess. We will cover the history of yoga and will learn about aspects of Bhakti and Tantra including the Maha Vidyas (Wisdom Goddesses) and Sacred Sexuality. During the course you will also explore the lives of various Mystics, Poets and Sages. There will be many other theoretical teachings offered to ensure you are prepared to teach, including topics such as The Art of Teaching, Yoga Ethics and Business and Creating Sacred Space.
Energetic and physical anatomy will be covered in these classes, to give you a deep understanding of the Chakra System and relevant energetic functions. We will also provide information about nutrition and Holistic living. Kriya techniques for cleansing and purifying the physical and pranic body will also be presented.
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 its 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.