Course content

The course content of the Yogini Devi teacher training courses are spread over a period of four weeks running from Monday to Saturday. All courses are 200 hour Accredited courses by the Yoga Alliance.

Please find below a typical schedule for the first three weeks of the sacred journey. The last week is enhanced to include student’s practicums, examination and graduation ceremony.

 

The morning program:

6:15am Devi Fire Puja

7 am Optional Tantric Meditation Practice or Tea break!

7:30am Pranayama

8:30am Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

10:30am Breakfast

11.30am – Posture Clinic

- Lunch break –

The afternoon program:

3:30pm -Philosophy or Anatomy

5pm Short Break

5:15pm - Sacred Dance or Hridaya Hatha Yoga,

6.30pm- Hridaya Meditation

7:00pm –Dinner

Evening program

8:00pm – Three times a week we will come together in the evening where we will share Kirtan [devotional singing]  or an inspirational documentary.

 

Devi Fire Puja

Puja is a Sanskrit word to describe a ritual act of worship. Devi is a name for The Goddess. Devi Fire Puja is a devotional ceremony that expresses itself through a sacred fire puja that involves chanting the names of Devi, singing devotional songs to the Goddess and making various offerings such as rice, sugar and flowers. We will join together at sunrise each morning in a unified prayer honouring the ten Wisdom Goddesses from the Tantric tradition, recognizing their energies as part of our own divine nature.

 

Pranayama

The Pranayama taught on this course comes directly from Sri OP Tiwariji from Kaivalydham Yoga Research Institute in Lonavla, India. This is one of the few remaining authentic lineages of pranayama. His teacher Kuvalyananda is renowned for teaching Mahatma Gandhi and reaching an enlightened state. Much scientific research into this practice has been carried out and many books have been published by scholars in the ashram. Lorraine has a firm grounding in this practice having studied directly with Tiwariji and one of his main disciples Paul Dallaghan for many years. She has completed his first Pranayama Intensive month long course at his centre in India in 2007 and she continues to practice and teach this style of pranayama in her workshops and trainings.

 

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is sometimes seen as a fast paced gymnastic masculine practice. This depends very much upon your attitude. It is an extremely powerful form of asana which at the same time can be a soft and feminine practice when the primary focus is given to the magical combination of deep ujjayi breathing linked with fluid movement. When these are seamlessly united, a graceful moving meditation emerges, transporting the practitioner into the beauty of the present moment. Potent techniques such as bandhas, mudras and drishtis help to draw the student deeper into their internal world by moving and gathering energy and helping to focus the mind. With continued practice, the student not only opens and purifies the physical body but also the more profound levels of their being, ultimately revealing their true nature.

 

Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation, Yoga  of the Spiritual Heart

Traditional Hatha Yoga blends the use of physical postures with the energetic awareness of the chakra system. Through this style the asanas are held for longer periods of time to activate and enhance these energies within our structure. This allows the deeper aspects of our being to be awakened and induces states of meditation that can raise our consciousness. During the asanas we also aim to remain present and to witness our practice from beyond the mind, from the stillness that lies at the core of who we really are. During the course we practice Hridaya Meditation, focusing continually upon the Spiritual Heart as a way to reveal deep inner peace and the natural joy that eminates from our natural state. Radasi is a level three Shiromani Agama Yoga teacher & a certified Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher

 

Sacred Dance

Sacred dance is a natural expression of our soul. From our deep source of stillness and receptivity women can so easily feel the true bliss of their feminine nature whilst engaged in movement and dance. Dance provides an enjoyable tool to go beyond the mind, and by surrendering to our own natural rhythms we recognise and reveal our inner truth. Sacred Dance has historically been a mystical art and an authentic path to spiritual realisation. There are many forms of Sacred dance originating from diverse spiritual paths including Tribal Dance, Sacred Belly Dance, Five Rhythms, Sufi Whirling, Indian Devotion Dance, Celtic Dance, Chakra and Kundalini Dance. Here in Yogini Devi we explore all these ancient and modern day dances to discover our greater union with the universe. Sacred Dance opens a window for women to explore the profound mystery of our divine feminine energy and to embrace dance as one of the many beautiful tools for unfolding our inner radiance.

 

Philosophy and Anatomy

The yogic philosophy taught will cover some of the main Yogic scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we will study these from a women’s perspective. We will also study the Devi Gita which is an ancient Indian text from the Goddess. We will cover the history of yoga and will learn about aspects of Bhakti and Tantra including the Maha Vidyas (Wisdom Goddesses) and Sacred Sexuality. During the course you will also explore the lives of various Mystics, Poets and Sages. There will be many other theoretical teachings offered to ensure you are prepared to teach, including topics such as The Art of Teaching, Yoga Ethics and Business and Creating Sacred Space.

Energetic and physical anatomy will be covered in these classes, to give you a deep understanding of the Chakra System and relevant energetic functions. We will also provide information about nutrition and Holistic living. Kriya techniques for cleansing and purifying the physical and pranic body will also be presented.

 

Kirtan

Kirtan is an ancient form of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion.  When we chant Kirtan we use special mantras. Mantras are words, phrases, and syllables that are repeated until they become integrated into our consciousness. Many people are discovering this sacred, traditional practice allowing them to access a greater opening of the heart, deep inner peace and connection. When we give ourselves permission to sing and dance freely, releasing and expressing through our voices and bodies, the emotions which are tightly locked in our hearts become free. This takes the practitioner into a blissful state of openness and love and its in that moment that we remember Kirtan is an offering, a gift to the Divine who has given us everything, and to whom we can give nothing in return but our loving remembrance, our voices and our hearts.

 

Traditional Tantric Practices

Tantra is a spiritual path that embraces life in order to awaken consciousness. Within Tantra Yoga various techniques including the use of mantra, yantra, ritual and meditation are used to purify and energise our being bringing a deeper awareness of our spiritual existance.  Tantra cultivates a devotional approach to the practice, emphasizing the worship of the Goddess, Shakti and her consort Shiva. As we go deeper into the practice we ultimately experience the divine union of these masculine and feminine attributes. These practices are optional for women on the course. Mantra is offered and can be practiced each day in the presence of a living yantra which is created in the first week of the course.