RYS200 Teacher Training
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Rona Ilan, TTC 2018
Joining the TTC with Vicky was in no way planned. It has been a while I was on a quest for meaning in my daily life, also looking to deepen my yoga practice and insights. One night I woke up at around 4am and couldn't go back to sleep. FB was there, letting my know about this Ashtanga TTC I knew nothing about. I left my info in the contact page and went back to sleep. No doubt, this was a life changer.
Practicing Mysore style every day, readjusting my body, mind and soul, learning philosophy and having Vicky there, supporting, challenging and walking this journey with me side by side was, and still is, an amazing process which affects who and how I am for the better, each day.
Travelling with the course and Vicky to Mysore, India, after a couple of months was like going outside of myself just to walk back in through another door. I don't think I could've experience such personal development without this trip. I believe it was the opening act for major life changes that followed, and I came as prepared as I could, with Vicky there every step of the way.
Thank you so much Vicky for being with me on this journey as my teacher! I'm looking forward to see how it will all continue to unfold.
Ariela Dray, TTC 2016
I have fallen in love with yoga quite a while ago and it was only a matter of time until I would take it to the next level and want to spread the love by becoming a teacher.
I am so grateful to have taken that step with Vicky being the main teacher in the 500HR TTC. The TTC and specifically the trip to India, is one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had.
Practicing at sunrise in the shala, philosophy and meditation sessions in the afternoon and maybe just something in the air, all together, allow you to shut the chaos down and really deepen your practice- on and off the mat.
Vicky has years of experience and knowledge but those are only part of what makes her the great teacher that she is.
She is dedicated to her (many) students and has a way of seeing every single one individually, accepts you for you, on a daily basis pushes your limits where exactly needed and makes you show up, not for her,
but for yourself.
Daniel Wolfsdorf, TTC 2017
The TTC with Vicky came into the right moment of my life. I had just returned from my first trip to Mysore, India. Back then, I was motivated and keen to become a serious practitioner, and for that reasons I looked after a TTC which could provide me the meanings I was looking for.
The TTC kept pulling me to continuously study the many different fields and knowledge of Yoga while allowing me to experience the practical side of it. Every morning I was practicing Mysore style and every Friday I was reviewing important concepts behind the practice among other subjects such as anatomy, philosophy and Ayurveda.
The course gave me knowledge, experience, but above all, it gave me friends and the space I needed to find my own truth about Yoga. Ad I thanks Vicky and Lotus for creating this space for the transformation to happen.
I can’t forget to mention the weight that my trip to India had in my decision to walk my Yoga path and to become a Yoga teacher. I believe that anyone which is serious about Yoga should travel to India and explore Yoga in the roots of the land where it was born.
"Science of Yoga"
15 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in GOA
with Vicky & Simone
April 11th - 25th, 2020
“Yoga is a path to positive transformation”
Are you interested in becoming a Yoga Teacher? Or do you want to deepen your practice? This year Simone and I have created a safe environment for you to explore, experience and learn conscious breathing & movement in an atmosphere of openness & fun in Goa, India. Eventually, you will be able to teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method. You will learn to empower yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
Does this sound appealing? Our teaching team combines of 15+ experience years in yoga practices and philosophy, health, pranayama, meditation, science, fitness and body mechanics. Led by Victoria Tomsky and Simone Nitzan who are genuinely dedicated and committed to practice and teaching. Join us this April in Goa for 2 weeks of self-transformation. This will be an outstanding experience of learning, practice and exploration, in one of the most beautiful places you can imagine.
· Offer inspiring and authentic yoga teachings to all students no matter their level of practice.
· To deepen your understanding and experience of yoga, and help you to develop the necessary
skills to be a confident yoga teacher.
· To build a positive learning environment in which you and all students are able to thrive and create
· To give you the skills to be a lifelong learner and practitioner of this practice.
What You’ll Get Out of the Course
· An expansive outlook on life grounded in positivity and light.
· Authentic yoga knowledge on yoga posture, alignment, history, and anatomy.
· The confidence to share your wisdom with others.
· Mindfulness practices to embrace the present moment.
· Lasting friendships with like-minded souls from all over the world.
· The ability to share this practice with others with clarity and confidence.
· The experience of living in nature by the ocean in Goa India.
Asana is a typical starting point in yoga, and what you will primarily teach. As your awareness and understanding deepen in other areas, your asana and how you teach it will develop. The poses have the capacity to open up energy channels, build strength and flexibility, rearrange the nervous system, and detoxify the body’s inner organs.
The course covers traditional Hatha yoga asanas from different traditions. Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered for each pose. You will learn from doing the pose and adjusting students in it, both in group and in private instruction.
The course will alternate between exploring detailed alignment, dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative approaches. The asana teaching will also emphasize and encourage the exploration and growth of your individual practice, as we often will break into guided small groups and offer support for you to work into your edges and your own sticking points.
All types of asana are covered: standing, balancing, forward bends, backward bends, twists, and inversions. Sun salutations are a major component of the practice, and both the vinyasa (jump back) and twelve-point approaches will be studied.
In Patanjali’s eight-limb system (Ashtanga), Pranayama is the fourth limb, after asana. Its importance is acknowledged in many classical texts, though today it is typically misunderstood and taught badly. It is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind. The training in this course is grounded in the classical teaching of Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama. You will learn and practice the preparations for Pranayama together with six of the classical techniques. You will be guided daily and observed carefully as you build a personal practice. Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the inhale, exhale, and retention; the correct performance of each Pranayama; and how to guide someone in basic breathing. You will also study the breath and its mechanisms.
We take a detailed, thorough approach to anatomy and physiology. During the course you will methodically go through the anatomy of the human body as it relates to asanas, vinyasas, and pranayamas. In addition, we will explore at length the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.
Yoga is summed up in the Bhagavad Gita and laid down in the sutras of Patanjali. Understanding these texts will open your practice and give you the basis to teach. Other classical texts, such as the Hatha Pradipika, from which Hatha yoga has grown, the Gheranda Samhita, and the Upanishads will be presented as well. To elucidate the material further, we will also refer to other philosophies, in particular the teachings of Buddha.
This is a practical course, in which you will learn chiefly by doing. The first ten days you will work with your fellow trainees on teaching assignments. The effort of explaining and showing something to someone else serves to embed it into your consciousness. From the eleventh day onward, there will be other (non-trainee) students in class. You will progress from observation to assisting to adjusting to private instruction to group instruction.
As your practice is your foundation, you will practice daily Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. The other elements of the course will gradually be added to your practice. What you build as your practice you will understand and then be able to teach. Your practice will be deepened, cleaned up, and encouraged. What you ultimately practice integrates your personality, develops your mind, and eventually leads to higher states of awareness.
The full schedule will be presented to you at the Meet and Greet on your first day of training. The outline of the schedule is that there are classes throughout the day, starting at 7am and ending at 6pm with breaks in-between. On some evenings there will be meditation/chanting classes. Saturdays are generally rest days or time for study. There is an optional trip to local markets for those interested in seeing more of Goa.
Awareness and understanding of the vital layer of the body can greatly advance your practice. You will study it and then integrate it in to your practice. The identification of energy lines in practice receives a lot of attention, along with chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, to be learnt and understood in the light of the process of yoga.
In the Vedic system virtually all activities commence and conclude with a chant. In addition, one can increase the feeling of devotion (bhakti) through chanting sessions known as kirtans. Beginning with the simple but powerful Om, chants permeate the practice. Usually a yoga class begins with a chant. There are some classic chants you will learn, some standard slokas you will become familiar with, and also a few bhajans you’ll enjoy during our lively kirtans. The differences between all these will be explained.
Diet, Food and Yoga
When it comes to food, much confusion surrounds what, when, and how much. We will focus on this controversial topic from the vantage point of its effect on the body and mind, both in the gross and the subtle. Food is one of the biggest influences on our practice. Eating well is not just a matter of good health; it affects and nurtures the nervous system and mind. With a new understanding of food and its effects, you may be inspired to make positive changes in the way you eat. The food at Samahita Retreat is healthy, nutritious, and tasty. All meals are vegetarian, but fish and eggs will also be served from time to time.
Shatkarma Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices that prepare you for deeper practice. 3 will be practiced and learned.
Concentration and Meditation
These are the sixth and seventh limbs of Ashtanga. Building concentration of mind should be developed in all practices. You will learn how to harness the mind while practicing asana and pranayama. It then will become a direct practice when you sit for meditation. Meditation cannot be “done”; it just happens. But when is that? You will have your own experience.
To help the process along, you will learn meditation techniques, external to internal, which will engage the mind through concentration. Your growth in this area will reveal itself in your practice of the other seven limbs. Progress in Asana and Pranayama is essential, and directly affects concentration. Observing Yama and Niyama (i.e., living yoga) aligns our being, which can then bring about meditation.
Going on to Teach
How to put together a class, what classes to teach, how students will find you, where to teach, and the difference between privates and group classes.
Approximate Daily Schedule*
*class times are subject to change
7:00 - 07:50 Pranayama / Meditation / Chanting practice
8:00- 10.00 Asana practice (led class or self-practice)
10:00 - 12:00 Breakfast & Break Time
12:00 - 14:00 Anatomy /Philosophy lectures workshops
14:00 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 18:00 Asana Workshops / Hands on Assists / Practice Teaching /Restorative/ Yin / Yoga Nidra Practice
18.00-18.30 Free time
18.30 Dinner Time
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