Oct
16
to Oct 25

100 hour Advanced Teacher Training - Philosophy | Bess, Tahl and Carlos Pomeda

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This is a 100 hour training over 10 days with Bess, Tahl and guest faculty Carlos Pomeda. This training module will include classes of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra with Bess and Tahl, philosophy lectures with Carlos, and discussion/workshop sessions with Bess and Tahl to process the material. This is the link to sign up to the whole training - if you wish to attend only the lectures with Carlos, please see the separate module enrolment options under our workshop tab.

Module 1: History, Evolution and Methodology of Yoga

We invite you to dive into the secret wisdom of
the ancient yoga texts. This seminar will lead us through the tantalizing history of yoga, exploring its development and the subtleties we can learn and apply to our practice. Answer your questions about the origin and development of yoga, its main schools and teachings, its approaches and the way they inform our current practice. Carlos will lead us through an exploration of the many forms of yoga that have developed throughout history, drawing gems of inspiration and practice that we can immediately apply to our lives. One fruit of the workshop will be a thorough understanding of the differences and peculiarities of the various forms of yoga (Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, etc.), as well as the various contexts in which they arose. But this exploration, while well informed and rigorous, will be far from academic: participants will learn to draw elements from this ancient wisdom of yoga that can enrich their own lives. Perhaps as important, this exploration will not be dry: there is a river of joy that runs through each current of yoga, and this joy is infectious! Take this opportunity to answer your questions about the vast tradition of yoga and its many fruitful practices.

Module 2: Hatha Yoga Pradipika

What is the origin of Hatha Yoga? What is the mysterious Kundalini? How can I experience it and how will that help me in my practice? What is unique about the human body? How can yoga help me to understand my body? Above all, how can these teachings help me to deepen my practice? These are some of the questions that we are going to explore in this seminar. Starting from a Tantric basis, Hatha Yoga represents a radical approach in which the body is not an obstacle for spiritual life, but rather the very vehicle for the refinement of our awareness and the development
of the connection with the world and with our own selves, to the deepest possible level. This seminar offers a fascinating journey through the secret “anatomy” revealed by the Tantric masters and will also unveil several potent exercises to power our daily practice.

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About Carlos Pomeda

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India. During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition . Carlos currently lives in the US, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects. As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.

Schedule

October 16-25, each day: 
8-10.30am asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation with Tahl or Bess
10.30-11.30 break
11.30-2.30 lecture with Carlos
2.30-3 break
3-5 discussion/workshop/practice with Bess or Tahl

Yoga Alliance
This course is part of the Creature Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training pathway. Students will be eligible to receive 100 hours towards their 300 hour certification (100% attendance required, and preparatory work and homework completed), or 100 hours of Continuing Education Units.

Eligibility

If you wish to receive Yoga Alliance hours, students must have completed a recognised 200 hour training. The course is also open to experienced students who have not done a teacher training, but wish to deepen their understanding of yoga in an immersive environment. There will be no practical teaching element to this training.

Required reading (please purchase prior to course, and bring to course):
Peter Connolly, 'A Student's Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga'
'Hatha Yoga Pradipika', Swami Muktibodhananda

Cost: $1750 (10% member discount, 10% early bird until July 31, 20% discount for Creature Yoga 200hr graduates - discounts not cumulative)


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Jan
18
to Jan 22

50 hour Advanced Teacher Training - Touch | Bess, Tahl and Gwyn Williams

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This is a 50 hour training over 5 days with Bess, Tahl and guest faculty Gwyn Williams. This training module will include classes of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra with Bess and Tahl, practical assisting and Zen Thai Shiatsu sessions with Gwyn Williams, and discussion/workshop/prac sessions with Bess and Tahl to process the material. The focus will be on deepening your understanding of and confidence with touch, in the context of assists for yoga asana as well as simple Zenthai Shiatsu bodywork sequences. Leave this training with an increased capacity to be present with students, a better understanding of the human body, and an ability to offer compassionate, helpful assists in your classes. 

About Gwyn

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Gwyn Williams, the founder of Zenthai Shiatsu, lives predominantly in Australia with his wife Gaia and his two sons and one daughter: Jye, Keed and Siahn. He spends approximately 3 months of the year leading retreats in South East Asia, Europe and the U.S. Otherwise he is running more long term courses at his healing centres on the Sunshine Coast, Australia or in a rural village in Bali. The Zenthai centre in Bali is a "giving back Program" where all the courses create an annual salary and livelihood for five local families. When not teaching class, travelling the world or treating clients he is surfing waves, loving his family, running mountains, spending time in Nature, enjoying Yoga and constantly Bowing down to Source.


Schedule
January 18-22, each day:
8-10.30am asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation with Tahl or Bess
10.30-11.30 break
11.30-2.30 workshop with Gwyn
2.30-3 break
3-5 discussion/workshop/practice with Bess and/or Tahl

(Please note these dates and times are CORRECT, the course title at the top only shows the start date, and a random time to make our booking system happy)

Yoga Alliance
This course is part of the Creature Yoga 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training pathway. Students will be eligible to receive 50 hours towards their 300 hour certification (100% attendance required, and preparatory work and homework completed), or 50 hours of Continuing Education Units.

Eligibility
If you wish to receive Yoga Alliance hours, students must have completed a recognised 200 hour training. 

Cost: $895 (10% member discount, 10% early bird until July 31, 20% discount for Creature Yoga 200hr graduates - discounts not cumulative. Creature graduates please contact the studio to activate your discount)

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Oct
29
to Nov 24

Creature Yoga 200hr Teacher Training | Yoga Alliance (International) certified.

FACULTY

Bess Prescott (techniques, philosophy)
Tahl Rinsky (techniques, philosophy)
Carlos Pomeda (philosophy)
Lulu & Mischka (voice)
Dana Diament (anatomy)
Gwyn Williams ( (ZenThai Flow, partner therapeutics))

CONTENT

Techniques: we’ll practice and learn to teach foundational to advanced asana, including modifications, variations and use of props. We’ll look into various theories and principles of alignment to help you find ease in your body, recognize discomfort in a student, and be able to guide students towards safe, easeful, and effective asana. We’ll also experience various techniques for pranayama, mantra and meditation – and how to use those techniques intelligently in your practice and your life.

Philosophy: With guidance from Carlos Pomeda, Bess Prescott and Tahl Rinsky, we will dive deep into the history of the Yoga tradition and some of its key texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. What it meant to be a yogi in the past, and what it means today: how to translate ancient principles into modern day life.

Ethics: what it means to live a “yogic” life, today, according to ancient ethical frameworks, and how those frameworks apply to teaching yoga.

Voice: Lulu and Mischka will guide you in exploring voice opening and projection techniques to build confidence when teaching, reading, chanting and speaking from the heart. We’ll dive into mantra – what is it and how can it be used in class – as well as various deities of the yoga tradition, and the chakra system.

Anatomy: with Dana Diament, senior Yoga Medicine teacher and assistant to Tiffany Cruikshank. Understanding anatomy lays the foundation to teaching yoga in a way that is both safe and suitable for various audiences. Our focus is on functional anatomy and its impact on our movement and alignment in the yoga practice. We’ll also look at how to intelligently sequence from an anatomical perspective. The information will be taught in both lecture and asana format giving you the opportunity to embody the information in various ways.

Practice Teaching: you’ll be supported through regular practice teaching sessions (5-7 weekly) to ensure you complete the training competent and confident in delivering full length yoga classes to all levels of students.

Assessment: at the conclusion of the course you will be required to teach a 15 minute class to fellow students, demonstrating your competence and creativity.


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Jun
17
to Jun 18

The Art Of Assisting

Join Bess Prescott and Tahl Rinsky for a weekend designed to give yoga teachers the tools and confidence to provide basic assists in your yoga classes. Explore the principles of touch, learn how to encourage new students towards safe alignment, and enhance the experience of more advanced students. 

This workshop is open to all 200 hour certified yoga teachers. 

Cost: $95 for the weekend (10% discount for members)

Must attend both days.


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