“Just teaching is not enough, along with teaching one has to add the components of affection for the students, the ability to understand their needs and the dedication to help them as much as possible. Therefore, teachers should know the needs, aspirations, strengths and limitations of every student, because without really understanding these, it is not possible to teach yoga.

If teachers feel compelled to teach something, then the effect, the benefit or even the mental projection of the teachers, will not be positive and that will affect the students. If the teachers, however enjoy what they are doing and give out positive emanations, then the students will be able to understand and perceive more than the practice. The attitude of the teacher is important.”

Paramahamsa Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Learn from the wellspring of ancient wisdom; delve into the time tested practices of Yoga that have been applied to modern times. Receive a Yoga education that will broaden your horizon and nurture you. Get to know yourself and expand your awareness through holistic Yoga. Use the knowledge you gain to teach and benefit others by guiding them in their Yogic practice.

Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC) 2020-22

Atma Darshan Yogashram is pleased to announce Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC) 2020-22. Adapting to the pandemic situation, the training will be conducted online.

The training program has a holistic perspective of yoga that encompasses Shatkarma, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, along with aspects of Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Tantra, Anatomy, Physiology and Teaching Techniques. The participants get a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. In the process, they experience yoga as a body of living knowledge.

Information session: 23 August 2020, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm online

Last date to submit applications: 30 August 2020

Online interviews for applicants: September 2020

Inauguration ceremony and havan: 26 Oct 2020

Classes commence: November 2020

The brochure and application form for this one-year study program followed by a 100-hour internship, can be downloaded from below link. Additional information about the program will be provided through an information session.


Highlights of the Yoga Teacher Training Course at ADY

● A well designed program to experience Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Workshops and sessions organized with experts in allied health sciences to correlate the benefits and applications of Yoga.

● 12 months (November 2020 - October 2021) : 2 weekends a month (four days) of instruction, theory and practice.

● Practical Training is a mandatory part of the program with hands-on experience and seva for 100 hours, facilitated by highly experienced teachers. The training period will start after October 2021.

● Adapting to the pandemic situation, the program will be conducted online. Students will be sent a link to the class. Classes will not be recorded. So, if students miss a class, they will be required to attend it the next time the course is offered. When the situation improves, students will be required to attend a 2 week residency at Atmadarshan Yogashram, Bangalore, and a 10 day visit to Bihar School of Yoga, Munger.

Approach

The faculty includes teachers who have lived Yoga as a lifestyle under the guidance of the Guru in an ashram environment. These teachers have the ability and experience to convey the wisdom of Yoga in a simple and interesting manner. Students will learn, practice and assimilate various aspects of the art, science and lifestyle that is Yoga.

A brief overview of the curriculum

● The techniques of asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha.

● Shatkarmas – practical, cleansing procedures perfected by BSY.

● The rich history and tradition of Yoga which occupies a unique place in the six ancient Darshanas (philosophies) of India.

● Meditation techniques that address deeper aspects of the human psyche.

● Yogic understanding of the human anatomy, physiology and psychology, with yogic parallels of the panchkoshas, nadis, chakras, shariras.

● Advanced relaxed techniques such as a deep, multi-level Shavasana and various stages of Yoga Nidra as formulated by Swami Satyananda.

● Training to design complete classes for individuals and groups, and introduce various practices in a systematic and thorough manner.

● Talks on Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Tantra.

● Research and presentation on various topics in Yoga.

● A comprehensive reading list of scriptures and reference texts.

How to apply

Email adyogashram@gmail.com for the form.

Timelines

Sunday August 23rd 2020, 4 pm to 6 pm : Online Information session to provide information about the course and answer questions. Register for the information session at this link

Sunday August 30th : Last date to submit the completed application.

September first week : interviews for candidates and intimation to selected candidates

Wednesday September 30th : Last date to pay fees and sign agreement.

Monday October 26th: Inauguration ceremony and havan

November 2020 : classes begin

Eligibility

Must be 18 years or older to apply. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Ability to read Devanagari script is desirable.

Preparation for the course

In order to prepare physically and mentally for the course, students will attend the Basic and Sadhana course conducted online by the ashram. The Basic course is required to be attended for 2 months, and the Sadhana course for 2 months

Residency requirements Usually students attend the weekend sessions in person but the pandemic has required a modification of this requirement. Students will attend the sessions online. When there is an improvement in the situation, the ashram will organize a 2 week residency at Atmadarshan Yogashram, Bangalore and a 10 day visit to the Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, Bihar. During the residency, students will experience an ashram lifestyle and receive instruction in various aspects of Yoga. Experience is the key to deeper levels of understanding.

Dakshina for the Teachers Training Course

There are 3 options for fee payment :

1) One complete payment of Rs 75,000 before the course starts

2) 3 instalments of Rs 26,000 each payable in October 2020, January 2021 and April 2021. Total payable Rs 78,000

3) 8 instalments as follows :

a) Sept/Oct - Rs 40,000

b) monthly instalment from Nov 2020 to Jun 2021 of Rs 5250 each month Total payable Rs 82,000

● The fee includes the dakshina for the Basic and Sadhana course (total 4 months of online Yoga classes), ashram accommodation and meals during the 2 week residency at Atmadarshan Yogashram. It does not include course expenses such as text books or travel related expenses to ADY or Bihar School of Yoga, Munger.

● A limited number of scholarships will be available to ashram sevaks, who have offered seva for atleast a year.

Refund policy

A refund request can be made only within a period of 1 month after starting the course. The request has to be made in writing along with a reasonable explanation for withdrawal from the course. It will be reviewed by the faculty and the decision regarding the refund will be communicated in writing. Any amount refunded will be pro-rated.

Graduation requirements

To receive their certificate of completion, students must complete the following

1. Required attendance of sessions.

2. Completion of assignments in each module.

3. Demonstration proficiency in the assessments.

4. Complete practical training within a year of completion of the theory module.

5. A mandatory ashram residency of 2 weeks and a group visit to the Bihar School of Yoga ashram at Munger as part of the program.

6. Certificate will be awarded from Atmadarshan Yogashram after completion of these requirements, on Saraswati puja day during Sharad Navaratri.