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200hrs TTC, Hatha Yoga in Sicily
September 23 @ 8:00 am - October 16 @ 5:00 pm
INSTRUCTOR’S COURSE IN HATHA YOGA – 200 HOURS, RECOGNISED BY YOGA POINT
If you’re interested in teaching yoga or simply deepening your experience, don’t miss your chance to take part in this 200-hour intensive course.
An exhilarating and stimulating experience with friendly people to accompany you on your journey that will help you to discover and rediscover the essence, beauty, and simplicity of life.
If you decide to register for this programme, you’re giving yourself a gift that’s full of surprises, including the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills, guided by experienced teachers and well-developed methodologies.
You’ll be sure to discover energy you never knew you had, renew your wellbeing, free yourself from stress, learn to enjoy the beauty and richness of every day, smile with your heart, and see life from a new point of view, your own!
This course is a chance to get to know yourself more deeply, align your heart with your mind, gain access to your most important inner resources and express them to the benefit of your physical, emotional, and mental wellness in everyday life.
The path proposed brings yoga to Italy with its traditional roots.
The methods and teachings have been developed by the Yogapoint Institute, based in Nashik, India (near Mumbai). Yogapoint has been conducting courses for decades for students from around the world.
Yogajoya is the only organisation in Italy authorised by Yogapoint for training instructors in Hatha yoga.
The course lasts 23 days and consists of 200 hours of training, divided between practical lessons in Hatha yoga, lectures, and self-study.
The primary aim of the course is to teach yoga instructors to transmit and spread yoga, with its multiple benefits, to all categories of people interested in improving their way of life. The course is also valuable for those wishing to deepen their study of yoga, to find a healthy balance, and maximise success in their own relational, working, emotional, and intellectual lives.
It’s important to remember that a good yoga teacher is foremost a balanced and centred person.
This journey is also for you, the future teacher. It is a journey that can help you to centre and balance yourself and prepare to share these concepts with anyone wishing to learn.
Teachings we transmit respect yogic traditions and derive directly from descriptions in the ancient texts, “Yoga Sutra” of Patanjali (Asthanga yoga), and “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”.
The objective is to give you the tools and techniques that make practice most effective, to take away the knowledge to maintain the discipline in its original and traditional meaning, so that you may transmit concepts in their purest form.
The course is aimed at anyone interested in the yoga discipline, in learning new working methods, those who already work in the wellness field, including holistic practitioners, physical education teachers, health and social workers, and anyone who simply desires to take time for themselves to improve their lifestyle.
We give you the tools necessary for use in everyday life, from physical practice to techniques for relaxation and meditation, to a healthy approach to food.
ISTITUTE AND CERTIFICATION
After the course, you’ll receive a diploma of instructor of Hatha yoga from the celebrated Yogapoint Institute and Yogajoya.
The Yogapoint Institute (Yoga Vidya Gurukul) is located in Nashik, Maharashtra, India (the Institute has numerous other satellite campuses in India dedicated to spreading its methodology throughout the country).
The school offers study programmes (including classic yoga instruction, yoga therapy, advanced yoga, pre- and postpartum yoga, yoga for children) that teach yoga in its most traditional form. Programmes are further enhanced by transmitting the elements of a lifestyle in line with the yoga philosophy.
With your certificate, you’ll be able to teach worldwide. New teachers are automatically inducted into the association of Yogapoint teachers, that today counts over 2150 yoga teachers from around the world and 16000 from India. Membership in this association is free.
Yoga Vidya Gurukul was founded in 1978 by Yogacharya Dr. Vishwas Mandlik as a non-profit organisation.
“Our organisation is inspired and guided by the vision of Swami Satyananda of the Yoga Bihar school. We count more than 18000 yoga teachers in India, 4500 in other countries and over 300,000 students worldwide.
The institute is recognised by the YCMOU (an Indian university authority) and by the University of Pune as a research institute in the field of yoga and its applications.
We also conduct courses in yoga therapy together with the University of Sciences and Wellbeing of Maharashtra.
Our college is affiliated with the University of Sanskrit Kavi Kulguru (State university of Maharashtra) and offers diplomas, university degrees and post-graduate education in yoga.”
The institute also has two treatment centres that use yoga and naturopathy as guiding disciplines for patient care.
GENERAL PROGRAMME – 200-HOUR COURSE
Asanas, pranayama, Mudra, Bandhas, Kryas/cleansing techniques, mantra chants, meditation
Basic and preparatory movements
Asanas. The course includes instruction on approximately 90 positions, introduced gradually from the easiest to the most complex.
Pranayama. deep breathing, fast breathing, Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing), Surya Bhedan (right nostril breathing) Bhastrika (bellow’s breathing), Bhramari (humming bee breathing), Ujjayi (psychic / ocean breath), Shitali, Sitkari (cooling breath).
Meditation. Meditation of the chakra, meditation on prana, So-Ham meditation, meditation with mantra, Namaskar meditation, Antar Mouna, yoga nidra.
Cleansing technique. Jalaneti (cleansing of the nose), Kapalbhati (cleansing of frontal lobe), Tratak (cleansing of eyes and mind), Dhouti (cleansing of internal organs).
You will learn to plan lessons effectively, prevent injury or accidents, correct alignment of the body in different postures, assist, encourage, and guide students in their learning and progress during practice.
We’ve made time for hands-on teaching practice so that you can begin to experiment and learn to autonomously manage lessons by the end of the course. This part of the course also includes reflection on ethical and moral guidelines for achieving quality in yoga teaching.
Lessons in Yoga and philosophy
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
Asthanga yoga: Yama,Nyama, Asana, Pranayama Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan and Samadhi,
Hatha Yoga: history, philosophy, asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, cleansing techniques
Traditional yoga types: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Chakra
Anatomy and physiology
General knowledge on principal body systems from anatomical and physiological perspectives; effects of yoga on the organism.
Teaching of yoga practice with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology of the organism.
Benefits of various postures and techniques and precautions for safety and security.
These arguments are introduced during theory lessons and practical sections.
During the course, participants are given guidance on following a lifestyle in line with yogic principals, from a nutrition perspective, as well as from moral-ethical, and relational point of view.
Yoga and special cases
We will dedicate some time to practicing yoga with persons with back problems, obesity, stress, digestive issues, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, yoga during pregnancy, and yoga with children.
Including chants, mantras, names of the Asanas, and other words used in the field of yoga.
Introduction to Ayurveda as a “science of life”, as a traditional Indian concept for leading a healthy life, body biotypologies (Vata, Pita, Kapha), use of herbal medicines.
Exams and evaluation
During the course, we will administer written evaluations on themes treated during class (including anatomy, physiology, philosophy, teaching techniques), and a final practical evaluation that consists of the student planning and leading a lesson.
Students will be adequately prepared for the final evaluation through practice during the course.
5:30 wake up
6:00-6:30 mantra chanting
6:30-9:00 Asana class
9:00-9:45 karma yoga
9:45-10:45 breakfast and free time
10:30-11:30 theory lesson
11:30-12:30 theory lesson
13:30-14:30 study/rest, personal-karma yoga
14:30-15:30 theory lesson/yoga nidra
15:30-16:30 theory lesson
16:30-18:00 yoga class
18:15-19:00 meditation, relaxation, breathing
22.00 lights out … good night!
Lucia D’Angelo is a physical education instructor, massage therapist, and yoga and yoga therapy teacher with over 900 hours of training. She is founder and dedicated teacher at Yogajoya.
DIRECTOR OF THE YOGAPOINT INSTITUTE – GANDHAR MANDLIK
Gandhar is the director of Ashram and its courses and will connect via Skype to deliver live lessons on the essence of the yoga discipline.
For years, Gandhar has been masterfully managing Ashram and has been involved in international collaboration.
Gandhar was raised in a yogic environment. His parents have taught yoga for 40 years.
He has an education in electrical engineering, but yoga has been at the centre of his life since 2000 when he was initiated by Swami Niranjanananda. In 2006 he was initiated in Rishi Sannyasa (the equivalent of the title of Swami).
Gandhar is also specialised in clinical psychology and is particularly interested in all scientific aspects of yogic sciences; yoga for psychological and mental health, mantra, and philosophy of yoga.
SARASWATI – BRONWIN WHITE
“I took up yoga over 20 years ago in South Africa, my birthplace. I studied in Africa and London with a Sri Lankan master, with whom I practised intensively for many years. I went to India for the first time in 2009 and stayed at a yoga Ashram where I experienced a yoga lifestyle. I then moved to a town in southern Italy for work and love. I quickly discovered I was the only yoga-practicing Anglophone in the area.
Over time, people developed a fascination and asked me to begin teaching them yoga. This is how I began teaching – for love, passion, and to satisfy the curiosity of those who wished to learn.
On the recommendation of a friend, I returned to India, and landed at the Yogapoint Institute where I studied. This experience has further enriched my knowledge and my teaching has significantly progressed!
Since then, I’ve returned several times to the Institute and have become an official collaborator.
It is with great pleasure that I share my experience and knowledge of yoga in Italy. I’m looking forward to accompanying you on the journey that awaits you!
SKYPE MEETINGS WITH THE YOGAPOINT TEAM – GANDHAR MANDLIK
Over the duration of the course, we will regularly connect with Yogapoint and participate in lessons directed by Gandhar Mandlik, Kate Mandlik, Guruji, Mrs. Pournima. These classes cover a variety of themes, from philosophy to Swara, and other types of yoga.
These collaborative moments are important occasions that carry plenty of energy and precious teachings that stay close to your heart!
Sankalpasicily is located in an idyll landscape in the Sicilian province of Ragusa.
The Baglio is a traditional rural structure, built with local white stone around an internal courtyard.
Residences are cozy and each house has two to four beds and guests have the possibility of using a small kitchen.
The houses have been carefully thought out to make you feel completely at home.
The Baglio has a large room (the Shala), a converted stable of 80 square meters with a high ceiling where we hold lessons. The room is spacious and fresh in the heat of the day. It has two washrooms and a covered welcoming area outside where you can relax and enjoy meals.
Francesca and Sara are our hosts. They prepare healthy, natural food and are always friendly and available to help make your stay unforgettable.
Nature, tranquillity, and open space characterise Sankalpasicily. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this place!
On your free time, you can tour the surrounding countryside. Only 8 km away is Marina of Ragusa, a locality on the coast with a promenade, shops, restaurants, a crystalline sea, and long beaches of golden sand.
The Cava Randello nature reserve is a quiet place where you can bask in the tranquillity of the beach and breath-taking ocean.
For art and history lovers, a few kilometres from Sankalpa you can find enchanting towns which have conserved their baroque architectural heritage, like Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli.
These are only a few of the limitless possibilities for local rest-day activities.
A wise option is to plan a few extra days following the course to explore this fascinating island, with its unique colours and flavours.
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
At Sankalpasicily, meals are prepared with love! Food, in addition to yoga, is the at the heart of our retreats. Dishes are prepared only with fresh, natural, and local ingredients and are always seasonally inspired. Food is an authentic mix of Sicilian, raw food, vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic cuisine – an exploration of flavours and colours!
FROM THE CATANIA VICENZO BELLINI/FONTANAROSSA AIRPORT
From the E45 highway (Catania-Siracusa), travelling in the direction of Siracusa take the exit for Lentini. From here take the S.S. 194 and continue towards Ragusa on the S.S. 514 and S.S. 115. Take the exit for Marina di Ragusa, S.P. 25.
From Catania, there’s a direct bus for Ragusa circa once every hour. You can find the schedule online at www.etnatrasporti.it
From Ragusa, another bus leaves hourly and stops near Sankalpasicily.