Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center
Chiang Mai, Thailand
September 4th – 29th 2023
This Yoga Alliance, RYS 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training takes place in the stunning yoga retreat center, organic farm and eco resort of Mala Dhara, nestled between jungle, mountains and rice fields 45 minutes outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Certification, training, food, accommodation and teaching materials are all included in the price…. For 4 weeks, we will live and breathe yoga together…. developing ourselves physically and mentally and learning how to teach these transformative techniques to others.
Every morning we will start the day with 3 hours of practice made up of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation – and then move into lectures on a variety of topics ranging from Philosophy to Anatomy to Sequencing and Structuring. In the afternoons we will go deeper into the methodology of the techniques and practice how to teach and better understand them. This is a great opportunity to spend a month with three experienced Teacher Trainers, including both the founding Teachers of Path of Yoga.
At the end of the month you will be a certified Yoga Alliance 200-hour teacher, but more importantly you will have the necessary confidence, knowledge and teaching skills to blossom into a world class Yoga Teacher.
History and Branches of Yoga – An exploration of the classical traditions and their core philosophies, including Hatha, Tantra and Vinyasa Yoga. Learn about where the roots of yoga first took hold and how it has branched into where it is now.
Anatomy and Physiology – The anatomy of movement and study of the key body systems. We explore how the body works and apply this important knowledge in safe and effective practice and teaching.
Key Poses of Yoga – Daily study and practice of postures and their alignment, adjustments, energetic and health benefits, modifications and effective teaching cues.
Understanding the Subtle Body – Prana and the Chakras. Ancient yogis described and revered the anatomy and potency of the energy body, what lay beyond the physical form. There are many layers to understanding and experiencing Prana; this prime life force and how it moves through the Chakras or energetic centers. These teachings are at the very core of what makes yoga such a potent and timeless practice.
The Science of Breath – The breath is our connection to life and the foundation of all classical Hatha Yoga practice. The breath has a profound influence on our nervous system and a deep effect on life quality, both on and off the Yoga mat. Many practices will be offered from basic breath awareness to ‘advanced’ pranayama.
Sequencing & Structuring – You will learn how to use the toolkit offered in the yoga system to create meaningful sequences, a good class is not just anatomically sound but also meaningful on more subtle levels.
Meditation and the Mind – Understanding our own mind and its make up is an important part of being a guide in any practice. The power of meditation is significant. We will study and practice a variety of techniques that are aimed at the development of your own personal meditation practice and being able to hold space when teaching.
Introduction to Ayurveda – A fascinating and practical science of life from ancient India that offers tools to better understand ourselves and others therapeutically through the context of the doshas, gunas and prana.
Effective Teaching skills – The necessary skills to confidently lead a yoga class is obviously an important part of taking a teacher training course. There will be plenty of practice teaching: one on one, in small groups, and in front of the whole class coupled with the art and science of teaching and presenting.
Business and Marketing in Yoga – Yoga has become a bustling market for teachers and students alike, there are a number of ways to you can stand out from the crowd and jump start your teaching career. We’ll show you how.
200 hour Certificate will be awarded on completion of all course requirements. This certificate is all you need to immediately apply for your Yoga Alliance RYT200 Certification, a certification recognized world wide.
A detailed 150+ page Training Manual is included.
TYPICAL DAY SCHEDULE
6.30 AM Morning Practice & Meditation
10.00 AM Healthy Breakfast
10.45 AM Lecture covering syllabus content (as above)
11.45 AM Asana/posture clinic
3.00 PM Lecture covering syllabus content (as above)
4.00 PM Study of key poses & Teaching Practice
5.00 PM Tea Break
5.15PM Study of key poses & Teaching Practice
6.00PM Chanting or special activity (3 nights per week)
6.45PM Dinner & Free Time
Saturday will be our free Day
Founder & Senior Teacher
James was born in London and first discovered yoga in 2003, whilst at Drama School. However, he truly caught the bug a few years later whilst performing in a Shakespeare production which toured India. Sunrise practices overlooking the rooftops of Udaipur with an old yogi called Prakash sealed the deal.
Following a martial-arts incurred neck injury, he was told that surgery was the only option. However he resisted and experienced an amazing recovery through his yoga practice. He soon returned to India to train and embark on his path as a Tantric Yoga Teacher.
For more info, please go to his website yogijames.com
Classes involve a challenging, creative flow with focus on strength, stability and alignment to attain states of union between mind, body and spirit. James has a particular interest in Psycho-spiritual work, and the way that emotions and traumas are stored in the body and how we can release them to promote deeper well being and healing. He also incorporates the more subtle, energetic aspects of Tantra and Hatha Yoga as a route to healing and inner peace.
He has taught all over the world, but loves to return to his hometown of London every summer where he teaches at some of his favourite studios including Triyoga.
Founder & Senior Teacher
Rory; a Scottish Yogi, Yoga Teacher and certified Yoga Therapist has been teaching around the globe since 2007. Rory has become popular for his wide ranging knowledge, charisma, humour and ability to transmit the teachings of Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Yoga therapy, meditation and classical eastern philosophy simply and succinctly.
He has facilitated over 20 Yoga Teacher Trainings and taught on many more for several Yoga schools (senior teacher for Tribe Yoga, Seasonal Yoga and Satyaloka) and due to popular demand has finally decided to team up with James French to offer the cherry picked teachings which can be found on the Path of Yoga teacher trainings.
He has deep gratitude for his main influential teachers over the years namely; Reinhard Gammenthaller (Kundalini Yoga Parampara), Sahajananda (Hridaya Yoga), Sri V Sheshadri (Patanjali Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), Hareesh Wallis (Kashmiri Shaivism) and Leslie Kaminhoff (Breath Academy). With deep gratitude for the many more who have influenced his style both on and off the mat.
He happily continues to spread his experience, knowledge and love of the Yoga system with true passion and as always is excited to share this life empowering knowledge on both our 200 and 300 hour training courses teacher training courses.
Below fees (in euros €) include :
– 26 nights accommodation
– 3 healthy vegetarian meals per day
– Training and Yoga Alliance Accredited Certification
– All tuition, manuals and course materials
– Group day outing
– At least 1 evening around the fire & in our onsite organic steam room!
– A Gift from India!