Transformation: Unveil the Teacher Within with Samrat Dasgupta (Oct- Dec)
TRANSFORMATION: The aim of this course is to elevate the existing level of one's yoga practice by exploring a completely new juncture and learning the perspective of a teacher's vision – yes, the hidden teacher inside us!
This training is more than merely changing yourself, it is also about embracing newfound knowledge and embedding new habits into your daily lives. This course is designed for aspiring students and teachers who are seeking a path of personal transformation and lifting it to a new level.
This programme has three major pillars, namely – Yoga Philosophy, Asana Practice and Teaching Methodology and Practicum.
Yoga Philosophy is the study of the history, origin, scriptures, science and theory of yoga.
Asana Practice is not only about the physical training and practice of postures but also the study of human anatomy, human physiology, alignment, adjustments, key principles of asana practice and more.
Last but not least, Teaching Methodology and Practicum focuses on the knowledge and techniques required as a yoga teacher when framing and conducting an on-the-mat class as well as when maintaining a long-term off-the-mat student-teacher relationship.
In general, this programme is about learning through practice and strongly adheres to an experiential approach to learning. The programme involves developing discipline through practices and rituals to discover a deeper understanding of who you are to find your dharma (righteous conduct) through yoga and its influence on your spiritual development as a lifetime journey and carrying it towards transforming others’ lives. This programme is demanding, both emotionally and physically. This course is purposely spread over approximately 1.5 months during weekends and holidays, which will give students time to assimilate the information, their weaknesses and strengths, and to adapt to the necessary changes through revisions and embed the newfound knowledge in their daily lives.
At the end of the programme, students will walk away with a strong foundation in the philosophy of yoga, skills in adjusting postures, an ability to articulate instructions clearly, and the confidence to always uplift themselves and inspire others through their knowledge and teachings.
Yoga Alliance Accredited School
Pure Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Our teacher training programmes and teachers are internationally accredited, have exclusive recognition and qualify for the 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification.
Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training programmes in the U.S and globally. Graduates of our programme are automatically eligible to register as a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming a RYT means having a higher profile and gaining international recognition as a yoga teacher, attributes that many hiring studios look for.
We offer this training in an effort to grow our community of committed yoga practitioners, empowering those who demonstrate dedication to a personal practice, by sharing the knowledge, skills and tools we have learned so they too can start teaching yoga.
We intend to guide trainees toward a healthy self-confidence, while at the same time invoking in them a sense of humility and excitement, knowing that they are at the beginning of a long journey
Origin and Ancient Philosophy
‧History and Modern History (Main Yogic Epics, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, etc.)
‧Streams of Yoga (Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, etc.)
‧Yoga Sutras of Patañjali – Important Sutras, their Spiritual Values and Applications in Modern Yogic Science
‧Ashtanga Yoga and its Limbs as per Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
‧Detailed learning of Sanskrit names and their corresponding English names of most of the basic and intermediate level asanas
‧Foundations of each asana and modifications for general students, stiffer students, and students with injuries
‧Modification of asanas for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners
‧Detailed explanation of proper application of muscle groups to reduce effort and maximise efficiency
‧Intelligent way of progression from basics towards intermediate and advanced levels
‧Safe alignment based on functional human anatomy and proper engagement of muscle groups
‧Hands-on adjustments practice for each asana
‧Art of adjustments, contact points of body, amount of pressure to be applied depending on different body types, standing positions during adjustments for minimal personal effort and maximum output from students
‧Dialogues of basic asanas for efficient class instruction and management
‧Discussions and detailed studies of the following principles –
* Duration of stay
* Target Areas of the posture
* Functional Alignment
* Adjustment Techniques while practising and teaching
* Use of props – Blocks, Straps, Bolsters, Blankets, Chairs, Mat and Modern Props (for beginner and intermediate students)
* Physiological benefits
* Precautions to be taken
‧Sculpting a class for students with different needs
‧Crafting the skill of a teacher and realising associated responsibilities and purposes
‧Art of lesson planning and science behind sequencing a group class
‧Theme, Introduction and Closing for professional classes
‧Building confidence in verbal communication skills and body language
‧Demonstrations and explanation as an integral part
‧Ethical Guidelines for Yoga teachers
‧Teaching practice within small groups (from early stage of training to develop confidence and voice)
‧Leading an entire class (optional)
‧Learning to build sequence for self-practice at different stages of personal development
‧Biomechanics, anatomical planes and related joint movements
‧Connective tissues, types and functions
‧Skeletal structures and bones of body
‧Name and functions of different muscles
‧Functional applications of anatomy during asana practice
‧How an understanding of anatomy helps to recruit the proper muscles during asana, minimising efforts
‧Learning muscle locations on our bodies and their range of movement to flourish in advanced level without injuries
Understanding the following 7 systems in our body
Hatha Yoga, Energies and Pranas
‧Pancha Koshas (Sheaths) and Pancha Pranas (Esoteric Energy)
‧Pranayama – its extensive value on Hatha Yoga and different practices
‧Diaphragmatic, Thoracic, Clavicular Breaths
‧Regular Pranayama Practices (Ujjayi, Nadi Sodhana, Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Sheetali, Sheetkari,and their variations)
‧Nadis (Channel through which energy passes)
‧Mudra (Seals or Gestures locking energies)
‧Bandha (Energy Locks)
‧Kundalini and Chakras (Energy Centre through spine)
‧Shatkarma – 6 cleansing techniques and practices
‧Importance of meditation in our life
‧How to meditate – overcoming initial challenges
‧Challenges during meditation
‧Meditation and practices –
*Japa, Ajapa meditation (Chanting on different levels)
*Antar Mouna (Inner Silence)
*Chidakasha Drishti (Inward Gazing)
*Trataka (Point/Candle Gazing)
*Yoga Nidra (Psychic Sleep)
Mantra –The Spiritual Healer
‧OM – The Universal Sound
.Mantras bonding Teacher and Student
‧Mantras related to different Deity
*Students will be given a summary booklet at the end of the course that will help with quick revisions, although we recommend reading the main manual for in-depth studies.
6-9, 13,14,20,21,22,27,28 November
7:00am – 9:00am – Morning Intensives
9:00am – 9:45am – Break
9:45am – 1:15pm – Lecture, Group Work, Discussion
1:15pm – 2:30pm – Break
2:30pm – 3:00pm – Sanskrit Language – Mantra Chanting and Asanas
3:00pm – 6:00pm – Lecture, Group Work, Discussion
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Clearing Doubts / Self-Study/ Discussion / Teaching Practice
The Morning Intensives are the daily asana practice. The intensives run from 7am to 9am daily. They include asana, pranayama and meditation practice. They are an integral part of the programme where techniques are learned and skills are sharpened.
Since this part of the practice is goal-oriented and strategised as per individual body, it is an extremely helpful programme and hence we strongly encourage you to join all 18 days so that we can work on progressions over our asana practices day by day.
This part of the programme is open to students who desire a transformation in their practice but are not participating in the full Teacher Training. Those registered in the Full Teacher Training have this included in the programme.
All hours can be counted towards Yoga Alliance Registration.
Students who are interested in participating should bear in mind that this will be a physically and emotionally demanding programme. It will require a strong commitment and personal sacrifice, as well as the support of the student's primary support network. We emphasise that this programme may not be for everyone.
Interested students must:
• Have a deep desire to learn and personally explore the deeper dimensions of yoga
• Have a minimum 12 months of regular yoga practice
• Be free of major injuries going into the programme
• Have a coachable attitude
• Be fully committed and understand that 100% full attendance is required
• Be willing to forgo most other personal or professional commitments for the duration of the programme
• Submit a brief 250-word essay describing: "Why I want to teach yoga" or if you do not intend to teach: "Why I want to take this training." (this is to be submitted on the online application form).
Samrat's practice began at the age of 7. After his second year of practice, Yoga drove him to continue his inculcation with higher motivational spirit. Samrat holds prestigious yoga titles like Yoga Jyoti, Yoga Saundarya, Yoga King, Yoga Shree, and eventually the acclaimed "Champion of Champions" award in the All-India Yoga Asana competitions in 1999. With years of practice, Samrat gradually realised that yoga is not merely limited to sport or an exercise to strengthen and lengthen – its greatest benefits are cultivating self-discovery and acceptance through its spiritual embrace. It's a science of healing oneself and attaining a state of mindfulness that eventually leads to positive actions and a person’s growth in the ocean of universal energy. Teaching yoga for him is an honour of being able to share the gift of this holistic science with the world.
Samrat started his teaching career in Hong Kong in 2004. He has encountered many other teachers who have ushered him into his role of life with clarity and exposed him to the next level of spiritual development through practice. Samrat conducts teacher trainings, workshops, yoga conferences and retreats globally.
Samrat has devoted his life to the subject of yoga and is best known for his clear, precise and methodical teaching style that fuses the body’s biomechanics with a balance of asana, pranayama and meditation. His tangible knowledge, curiosity and ability to transmit with openness ushers the integration of deeper consciousness to his students. Samrat paves the way for practitioners to nourish their physical and spiritual well-being, which has allowed them to evolve into successful yoga teachers working globally. Samratʼs teaching style is based on functional anatomical alignment and breathe awareness. His belief is a complete practice that constitutes a still mind with clarity and consciousness in actions both inside and outside the yoga studio. His classes are accessible to practitioners of all shapes, ages and interests. Students can expect to explore their strengths, work on focus, and learn to find the hidden bliss that is the true nature of every being.
QUALIFICATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
- Certified Yin Yoga Teacher with Yin Yoga founders – Paul & Suzee Grilley, 2019
- Certified AcroYoga Teacher, Acro Yoga International, 2016
- Certified Yoga Therapist, Living Yoga Therapy, 2016
- Certified Yoga and Ayurveda Specialist, Dancing Shiva, 2016
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Yoga, Tamil Nadu University, 2015
- E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance, 2012
- Certified Teacher (Satyananda Yoga), Bihar School of Yoga, 2009
- Bachelor of Science in Yoga, Indian Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy, 2007
MORNING INTENSIVE PRACTICE
*Online application is NOT required for Morning Intensive sign-up
*Please register at any Hong Kong Pure Yoga Studio
Morning Intensive Practice Drop-in
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This programme requires a minimum of 25 students.
Early-Bird Price: Application sent in on or before 16 October 2021.
Regular Price: Application sent in starting from 17 October 2021.
· No refund or credit will be given for cancellation starting 17 October 2021.
· Valid refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
Healthy-licious juice cleanse offer from nood food
• HK$200 discount on nood food 3-Day juice cleanse for all yoga event registrants on training dates. Ask nood food staff at your event location for details.
• 10% off all nood food items for all yoga event registrants on dates of the training.
Will I be able to teach right after I graduate from this programme?
Yes. All the course materials taught in this course prepare students with all the foundational knowledge and skills needed to become yoga teachers. Some students take it to deepen their own personal practice, kick-start a life transformational experience, while others do it to immediately to start a teaching career. Others who do not want to proceed into teaching immediately would immerse into further trainings. More than half the students from our graduate programmes begin teaching friends, family, moving into part-time teaching in studios and then full-time teaching.
Will I be able to teach at Pure Yoga after graduating from this programme?
Pure Yoga is always open to applications and supports graduates from our programmes. We do have many teachers at Pure Yoga currently that are previous graduates. While we encourage graduates to apply with us, there is never a guarantee of job placement due to availability of openings or space within our studios. However, any graduates that apply with us are kept in our database and are advised if there are openings available.
Will Pure Yoga help with my Yoga Alliance application?
Upon successful graduation of our teacher training programmes, Pure Yoga will send the students a link to where they can apply for the Yoga Alliance certification. Our programmes and our school is Yoga Alliance accredited, meaning that students graduating from our programmes will “automatically” be approved when they apply to Yoga Alliance. From there, students will take their own steps in applying for Yoga Alliance – whether you are applying for 200-hour certification, 500-hour or so forth.
If I miss one day, will I be able to make up for it?
Students undergoing this programme must be fully committed and understand that 100% full attendance is required. They must also be willing to forgo most other personal or professional commitments for the duration of the programme – only with 100% attendance and completion of the course will students receive a certificate and no make-up of work will be given. Should there be any problems with this, students must speak with the faculty prior to the course and only under very special circumstances will it be considered.
Will I receive a certificate after the programme?
Upon successful completion, 100% attendance, and following the code of conduct – students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Pure Yoga for this teacher training programme.
*Please refer here for the full terms & conditions