Refresher Retreats for Yoga Teachers and Therapists

Despite the best of our intentions, sometimes we lose touch with teaching, our personal practice, and from learning itself. Often, we feel it as a gaping hole — something we can’t quite put our finger on, but we know for sure that something is missing from our experience of life.

We have often heard from you, our alumni, about your desire to come back to the teachings, so as to reinvigorate your own learning and journey on the path of yoga.

It is in response to this strong demand from you that we have lovingly put together this retreat program. The 3-day long in-person workshop is coming up at the end of August in Bengaluru. We look forward to meeting you once again. Please find the full details of the program and the registration link below.

Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama: Principles and Processes for Personalising Yoga Practice  

One of the core principles in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya and Sri TKV Desikachar is application of all aspects of yoga practice to what is appropriate for the individual, based on where one is (Viniyoga) and how this is done through intelligent steps (Vinyasa Krama).  This retreat will focus on exploring these key approaches in Asana and Pranayama along with other tools to design and teach practices that can make one’s journey of yoga interesting, deeply engaging and transformative!

Please register for the retreat here.

What will you learn?

  • Review of basic principles of modification and course planning
  • Observation and modification of asanas to serve specific functions 
  • Designing practices for the individual based on observation
  • Review of principles of Pranayama practice
  • Observing the breath, designing a progressive Pranayama practice for the individual
  • Review of teaching skills and how to support a student’s progression

Who is it for?

  • Yoga teachers actively teaching in this tradition, seeking to refresh one’s learning and teaching skills
  • Yoga therapists learning how to move from Cikitsa Krama to Rakshana krama
  • Teachers & therapists seeking to get back to active teaching practice
  • Past trainees seeking to complete the Yoga Acharya program and start teaching

We will explore these topics through practice, practical exercises, reflective activity and group work. 

Retreat schedule
24 – 27 August 2023

Please reach the venue by 3 pm on 24 August 2023. The retreat begins at 5 pm. 

The schedule from Day 2 is as follows:

6 am: Tea
6.15-6.45 am: Meditation
7 – 8.15 am: Practice
8.15 – 9 am: Breakfast
9 – 9.50 am: Session 1: Overview of the topic of focus
9.50 – 10 am: Break
10 – 10.50 am: Session 2: Theoretical Foundations
10.50 -11.10 am: Tea break
11.10 am – 12 pm: Session 3: Practical Application
12 – 12.30 pm: Practice
12.30 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 2.50 pm: Session 4: Group/reflective activity
2.50 – 3.10 pm: Tea
3.10 – 4 pm: Session 5: Practical application
4 – 4.10 pm: Break
4.10 – 5 pm: Session 6: Review and consolidation
5 – 5.30 pm: Practice
6 – 6.30 pm: Meditation
6.30 – 7 pm: Dinner

For Indian students living in India: Rs 15,000 + 18% GST = Rs 17,700
(Includes course fee + double occupancy stay and food)

For international students: Course fee: 300 USD + 18% GST = 354 USD
Food and stay: 45 USD per day + 18% GST = 53 USD

Twin sharing rooms are available with attached bathrooms. Single occupancy rooms come with shared toilets. 


CREST, Bangalore (Sahaj Marg Ashram)
S. No: 272, Kaggalipura Village, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore – 560082

The ashram is set in sylvan surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It houses simple buildings with an earthly façade amidst the greenery. The ashram provides the ideal setting for attendees to bring their awareness to the body, breath, and mind.  

CREST Bangalore is located off Bangalore-Kanakpura Road (National Highway 209).
“CREST, Bangalore” on Google Maps.

Landmarks: Near Kaggalipura government hospital and Suvarnamukhi.
Distance from railway station: 31 km (1.5 hours)
Distance from airport: 67 km (2 hours)
Cabs can be arranged upon request. 

With our current Acarya trainees at CREST, Bengaluru

Simple, vegetarian food is served at the ashram. 

Register for the retreat here. 

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