Yoga Therapy Training
A unique, intensive course where you will learn the essential foundations of Yoga Therapy from international teachers, according to the system of the renowned SVYASA Institute in Karnataka (South India). This famous Yoga Therapy institute has been conducting yoga and yoga therapy studies for 25 years. Thanks to it’s structure, the course is suitable for students from all over the country and international students.
We are happy to have international top-teachers teaching this training. To make this possible the format of the Yoga Therapy training includes modules of different lengths: 2-5 days. Some modules take place during the week, others in the weekend. In the beginning the training will take place Live Online via zoom. As soon as possible we will switch to live, in person teachings.
Start in May 2020
Start: 29 May 2020
Duration: 15 months
Time: 9.15 – 16.45
Modules: 8 Modules in Rotterdam & 1 week in Bad Meinberg (Germany)
Information event – Free & Online
23 April – 16.00-17.00 Online with Harilal & Meera
29 May – 2 June
7 August – 9 August
31 August – 1 September
4 November – 5 November
6 Februari – 7 Februari
16 April – 18 April
19 June – 23 June
23 July – 25 July
22 August – 29 August (Bad Meinberg / Germany)
We are collaborating with Yoga Vidya Speyer (Germany). If you have to miss a date, we offer the possibility to catch up at the Therapy Training in Speyer.
Yoga can be used to stay healthy, happy and balanced. When the balance shifts, yoga also has a proven therapeutic effect. Research shows that yoga can play an important role in the treatment of various diseases related to trauma, stress and addiction. If you are a Yoga Teacher and if you would like to help people with ailments competently and purposefully, in private or group sessions, then this training is for you!
You will learn the basic concept of Yoga Therapy with the following main content:
- Model of the Panchakosha Tattwa, the 5 sheaths from the Taitariya Upanishad
- Aadhi – Stress and its management
- Aadhija vyadhi (psychosomatic complaints)
- Vedic Psychology (structure of the mind & the relationship between mind and body)
- The application of yoga therapy as described in the Yoga Vashishita, a classic scripture of yoga.
- Pathology from the Yogic point of view
- Therapy techniques: Yoga-physiotherapy, respiratory movements, Asanas, Pranayamas, Shat kriyas, cyclical relaxation, the technique of directing Prana (Energy), counseling, meditation techniques etc.
- Exercises and techniques of Yoga Therapy that can successfully be used for: psychosomatic complaints, asthma, allergies, back pain, knee pain, headache, migraine, arthritis, anxiety, depression, muscular dystrophy
- You will learn to perform a consultation purposefully and which exercises you should use for specific cases. You will learn how to teach the exercise to the participant/patient and how to give her/him valuable advice on prevention as well as dealing with the disease and tips for improvement of the condition.
The aim is to enable the patient to practice these exercises regularly at home. Thereafter, once the ailment is under control, the patient can again practice regular yoga to improve the quality of life and maintain good health.
Topics and structure of the training
During the 15 months of the Yoga Therapy Training all topics will be first studied in theory, then practiced and taught practically, then transmitted to others in a setting of a consultation. The following structure will be approximately followed.
- Basics of yoga philosophy, Indian scriptures and Philosophy systems. Basics of teaching Yoga Therapy.
- Practical learning and teaching of diverse techniques for different problems and diseases. The intensive Yoga Therapy Training includes an in-depth studying and understanding of the following techniques: respiratory motion, specific Yoga Therapy techniques, Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas (yogic purification techniques), Cyclic relaxation, PCT = Prana Chanalizing technique, Prana directing techniques, various meditation techniques and much more.
- You will practice what you have learned by practicing consultations, diagnosing and coaching on each other, practicing treatments in couples or small groups.
The lessons are based on the traditional Indian Gurukula system and the traditional Vedic scriptures with a focus on transmitting the holistic yoga wisdom.
Exam & Certification
Exam & Certification
The training concludes with a written exam, a festive graduation evening, a solemn handover of the certificate and the granting of the spiritual blessing.
After passing the exam and completing the attendance, you will receive the “Yoga Therapist / BYAT” certificate from the German Yoga and Ayurveda Therapist Association (BYAT). The certification consists of 305 units (45 min.) or 228 hours.
So far there is no Dutch standarts for Yoga Therapy Training programs. The Dutch association has just been founded but is not yet active.
We offer 4 different prices depending on the choice of accommodation during the intensive week in Germany. The dormitory counts 6-12 beds. The single room has its own bathroom. You may pay the total amount or in three installments.
- Option 1:
Payment of total amount at the end of May 2020
€ 2.376 | dormitory or tent
€ 2.496 | 4-bedroom
€ 2.616 | 2-bedroom
€ 2.748 | single room
- Option 2:
Payment in 3 installments at the end of May 2020 / Oct 2020 / March 2021.
Regular price +3%.
€ 816 | dormitory or tent
€ 857 | 4-bedroom
€ 898 | 2-bedroom
€ 943 | single room
The fee includes:
- All Yoga Therapy Training course lessons
- Extensive Yoga Therapy Training Manual
- Accommodation and organic, vegetarian/vegan meals during the intensive week in Germany
- Practical and theoretical exam
- Certificate when completed the training
*The course fees are tax deductible in the Netherlands. You can declare the full study costs including the extra costs of books at the the tax authority. For more information on the requirements contact the Belastingdienst or Tax authority of your country.
- Travel expenses to Germany, Bad Meinberg, approximately €50,-
- Accommodation in Rotterdam is NOT included in the training fee. We can assist you in finding an affordable place.
- €75 | Early Bird before 10th of May 2020
- €175 | before 20th of May 2020
Including a personal intake conversation with Yoga Vidya Rotterdam & Harilal & Meera Karanath via phone/ zoom.
Conditions & Requirements
- Due to the measures to combat the Corona virus, the training will take place Online via Zoom. As soon as Harilal & Meera are allowed to travel to Europe, the the training classes will be given in person at the studio of Yoga Vidya Rotterdam.
- Certified Yoga Teachers with a Yoga Teacher Training of a minimum of 200 hours may apply for this Yoga Therapy Training.
- A long lasting personal Yoga practice is required.
- Yoga teaching experience is required.
- Kriyas are practiced – therefore, this training is not suitable for people with serious ailments nor for pregnant women.
- Regular participation in the training lessons and the desire to develop yourself are assumed.
- During the training modules and the intensive week, you have to abstain from using drugs, alcohol, tobacco, meat and fish. Also during the rest of the training we advise you to keep up a pure Yogic lifestyle.
- The training will be given entirely in English and the literature is in English too. It is therefore necessary that you are familiar with the English language.
- Prerequisite for admission to the exam is a full attendance of the 25 training days and the intensive week.
If you have a serious ailment and you are not sure if the training is right for you, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Harilal directly on email@example.com in case you have doubts if the training is suitable for you.
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Learn from International Teachers
Harilal Karanath – main teacher
Harilalji is director of Arsha Yoga in Gurukulam / Kerala, India with the goal of teaching traditional Indian knowledge and social work. He comes from a traditional family from Kerala, India. As the youngest of six children, he was born in traditional Indian surroundings and grew up with Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga. His parents were teachers, followers of Gandhi; they followed the teachings of Ahimsa (not hurting) and Satya (truthfulness). 16 years ago, he started practicing yoga and therefore lives strictly vegetarian, is non-smoker and does not drink alcohol. He studied economics at a university in Thrissur for five years before starting work in advertising and marketing in India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2000, he gave up this work to devote himself entirely to yoga as his way of life. He then completed his yoga teacher training and continuing education as a yoga teacher at the Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala, and was awarded the title Yoga Acharya. He then lived and taught yoga for one and a half years at Sivananda Ashram in both Kerala and the Himalayas. In his work, he quickly recognizes the weak and strong areas in the physiology of his students and gives them individually different asanas or variations. He says, “Samatwam Yoga Uchhayate”: Preserve equanimity in the mind in all life situations. That’s yoga.
He became curious about Western culture, as it was the background of most of his students in India, and first came to the West in the spring of 2002, where he led some yoga workshops in southern Germany and since then has visited Europe every summer. The encounter with German culture in everyday life gave him an understanding of the Western in comparison to the Indian culture, which is reflected in his lessons with Western students.
Acharya Harilalji has completed a full-time graduate degree in yoga therapy with honors (Yoga Therapy at Prasanthi Kutir in Bangalore). The topic of the diploma thesis was “Integrated Yogatherapy for Asthma, Hay Fever, Arthritis, Back Pain, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Hypertension, Anxiety & Depression and Obesity”.
He is currently the director of Arsha Yoga Gurukulam, an ashram in Kerala, southern India, and a tutor at the Nagelil Ayurveda Medical College, Idukki District, Kerala. His teaching method is based on the traditional Indian Gurukula system. Therefore, he focuses more on experiencing the wisdom of yoga than on pure knowledge transfer.
Marie Meera Karanath – main teacher
Marie Meera Karanath was born in the Czech Republic. During her studies as a translator at the University of Mainz, she completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Vidya Speyer in 2006.Later she devoted herself to the yoga therapy study.
In 2009 she went to India with her husband Harilalji, where they founded the yoga center Arsha Yoga. She lives mostly in India and travels to Europe every summer. She has a daughter, Gayatri.
In her lessons, Meera places much more emphasis on intensity in the experience than intensity in the effort. Her goal is to teach yoga in its many aspects so that each person can find their starting point and grow independently from there. Her main inspirations are encounters with wise people from Swamis through her grandmother to the “ego-sinker” – her daughter.
Linda Chitrani Hartenberg – anatomy teacher
Linda Chitrani Hartenberg has been working as a radiology laboratory technician from the age of 18. She has been looking at the inside of the human body for many years and her excitement for the functionality of the human body started there.
At some point curiosity has come to her about the other, less visible side of the human body, as the energetic and mental body. She discovered the power of movement as an aid to change the mental state of people during teaching Pilates. Later she followed a Yin Yoga teacher training and the 500h Yoga Vidya Teacher Training and began to teach yoga classes. She discovered that much more positive effect on body and mind was achievable by performing Yoga asanas (yoga postures) with conscious breathing and concentration. She believes that Yoga is super healthy and works perfect as preventive medical care & stress management.
Her teachings are lively & inspiring. She loves to make complex anatomy understandable and fun for everyone!
Information & Sign up
Please email Rama Shakti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 06 25 100 420 for more information or to discuss your personal situation. You are also welcome to visit our centre for classes at any time.
Sign up is possible before 1st of May 2020.
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