Refresher course for yoga teachers and therapists

Bahiranga to Antaranga Yoga Sadhana

Once we have the fundamentals of practice and teaching in place, we are ready to delve into the more subtle aspects of yoga and how to integrate them into daily practice. Thus, we bring the Antaranga into a Bahiranga practice to prepare for deeper engagement. 

Understanding the process and applying it step by step based on one’s understanding of where the student is, is key to a smooth transitioning and progression. Be ready for more silence and deeper self-inquiry as we explore these dimensions together.

Whom is the retreat for?

  • Yoga teachers actively teaching in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya and seeking to refresh one’s learning and teaching skills
  • Yoga therapists learning how to move from Cikitsa Krama to Rakshana krama and ways to integrate Antaranga practices with healing
  • Teachers and therapists who are  considering an active teaching practice
  • Past trainees wanting to complete the Yoga Acharya program and start teaching

We will explore these topics through practice, reflection, and group work. 

What will you learn at the retreat?

  • Subtle tools in Asana practice (Bhavana and Mantra)
  • Yama and Niyama as enablers for cleaning and stabilising the mind
  • Pranayama and Pratyahara practices to prepare for meditation
  • Understanding meditation, principles of practice 
  • Overview of a few important models of meditation from the texts
  • Developing a personal meditation practice to calm the mind, improve attention and self-reflection.

About the teachers

Saraswathi Vasudevan 
Saraswathi began her journey in the path of yoga and healing 25 years ago. She studied and trained under Sri TKV Desikachar for over 17 years. She holds two Masters Degrees (in Nutrition and Psychology) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Yoga. She has served as a yoga teacher, consultant, trainer, and therapist for close to two decades at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai.

In 2010, Saraswathi and her husband Sundar founded YogaVahini, a center for specialised yoga training, therapy, and research. 

Uttara Venugopal
Uttara has studied in most of the traditional yoga schools in India. She has been teaching since 2006 and has found that teaching others has been the best and constant reminder of why she is on this path. She truly believes that the practice of yoga can bring great changes to the individual, to experience life in a deep meaningful way. She cherishes the Krishnamacharya tradition.

Uttara currently leads the training programs for yoga teachers at YogaVahini. 

Retreat schedule
16 – 19 November 2023

The retreat begins at 5 pm on 16 November and ends at 5 pm on 19 November. Please reach the venue by 3 pm on 16 November. 

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 
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 per day

Twin sharing rooms are available with attached bathrooms. Single occupancy rooms are available 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. 

Simple, vegetarian food is served at the ashram. 

Register for the retreat. 

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