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200 hour Aruna Yoga Teacher Training
Aruna yoga is a yoga practice which encompasses all forms of yoga, including hatha, vinyasa and Kundalini inspired practices and technologies. It is a practice based on being present on all levels: to what is here and to be still with what arises. No matter what that is. It teaches to welcome the present moment and suspend judgment. It offers a way of stilling the fluctuation of the mind through becoming a witness or observer.
It is born of the transmutational potency of the sacred Mountain Arunachala in Tiruvanamallai in India. Aruna Yoga is premised on the teachings of self enquiry born of Arunachala itself, and espoused by Ramana Maharshi. Its premise is Advaita Vedanta, or the philosophy of there being only one reality, this that may be called Truth, God, Divinity, Creation, OM, nature. All the rest is illusion or separation from this one. Our aim is to realign with this One which is our real identity as Truth or Sat Nam (Sat = Truth, Nam = Identity).
There is no need to be flexible or even physically able to practice to do Aruna Yoga. Its aim is to open up to emotional blocks that are released using the technology of the various lineages of yoga, pranayama and meditation. Of course if practiced vigilantly it has a strong physical asana (posture) practice with a palpable flavour of Kundalini Yoga. Yet it is a bodiless yoga too and even just being present in sessions, without participating in the physical activity will open you up to its healing capacity.
Aruna Yoga is a healing practice which aim is to awaken the practitioner to their true nature, to the freedom, peace and truth that is within us all! From this space of the Infinite Self, all healing, transformation and awakening is available. The practice cultivates this inner connection. Music, sound, emotional catharsis are part of its characteristics. We use yoga asana (posture), pranayama (breathing exercises), concentration and meditation to still the mind. We interweave the singular enquiry of ‘Who am I?’ to dissolve identification and separation from our true nature as freedom. In answering the question of self enquiry we self realize the state of sat nam.
Aruna Yoga is a hybrid of diverse yogic lineage, echoing a language of Truth, one that speaks through the instrument of the form, into the pervasiveness of the formless. This training is intended to help develop your personal practice of yoga and leads to self awareness and personal transformation. It is also an accredited Yoga Alliance Teacher Training for those who wish to become yoga teachers, to share the technologies of yoga and meditation and is intended as a tool for healing. It may be incorporated into your existing healing therapies or simply used for personal transformation and awakening.
Join me on this divine experiment through yoga into Yoga (which means union). May Aruna Yoga yoke together the shards of separation into an envelopment into this that is One. One consciousness, One Union, the ‘I am’ that speaks soundlessly and remains untouched. The invitation is to really meet the Self, and to abide here as it. From this space, the miraculous is accessible, peace is here, now.
About the training
Although it is a Yoga Teacher Training, it goes way beyond that and is designed to cultivate deep, personal emotional and spiritual work. It is more of a life training than a yoga training although its language of expression is indeed yoga! It really is about self enquiry and using the tools of yoga to really be applied as a living, working, breathing embodied experience of the Self. The vision of Aruna is far reaching. It is an offering of natural, accessible healing and medicine of the body, mind and soul to all. This work is envisioned to spread throughout the world and in all walks of life, at home, in hospitals, in schools, politics and the corporate realm. Wherever needed, these tools are here to be made accessible for all without exception! Already Aruna is planned to be offered in various seva (selfless service) projects starting in Israel and South Africa. We invite you to join Nicki in spreading these teachings and learning how to use, adopt and share them is the greatest way to do so. We put on our oxygen masks first and then we can serve all around us!
What to expect
During the programme, we will go through a profound, personal process that will guide you deeper into the Self, with an aim to free you from your limiting ideas, liberate blocked emotions and release any aspect that is somehow keeping you small. We will learn about yoga, experience the Self through the medium of yoga, philosophy, yoga psychology, postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), yogic seals (mudra), energy locks (Bandha), healing techniques and various meditations. The training will equip you with the yogic knowledge to teach yoga, or give Aruna Yoga healings, and mainly apply the teachings to your life so you can live from a more conscious place, where freedom and joy becomes your daily reality.
This Teacher Training consists of 20 days of attendance, spread over one year. We will meet five times over the course of the programme, for four-day weekends (Thursdays until and including Sundays). You need to be present all of these days to receive a certificate.
The following topics will be covered over the duration of the course:
- What is Yoga? Insights into the philosophy of yoga
- What is Aruna Yoga and the Aruna Yoga Sutras
- The energetics of Yoga and Yoga psychology, chakras, physical and energetical anatomy
- Movement, posture and sacred geometry of the body
- Vayus, Pranayama and the breath into stillness
- Healing modalities within Aruna Yoga
- Developing a personal sadhana
- Teaching methodology and teaching a class and/or working with private clients
- Theoretical test
During the training you are expected to journal and to cultivate your intention. As a large part of the training is about cultivating a personal practice, you will choose and commit to a meditation practice. You’ll receive details about the journalling and meditation during the first weekend.
Dates 2018/2019 training:
Thursday 23 - Friday 24 - Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 August 2018
Thursday 11 - Friday 12 - Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 October 2018
Thursday 17 - Friday 18 - Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 January 2019
Thursday 28 - Friday 29 - Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 March 2019
Thursday 23 - Friday 24 - Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 May 2019 (only open to participants doing the full training)
Dates 2019/2020 training:
Thursday 7, Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November 2019
Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 January 2020
Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March 2020
Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 June 2020
Thursday 10, Friday 11, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September 2020 (only open to participants doing the full training)
Make up days to be planned in.
Time: 9.00 - 17.00
Cost: The total costs for this training are 3000 euros (so 150 euros per day) for the 2019/2020 training. This includes a manual, vegetarian/vegan soup for lunch and tea & water during the training days.
If you just want to be there on certain days, for the deepening of your own practice, that's possible too. Single days are also 150 euros per day, including soup and tea, not including the manual.
If you pay the whole amount in advance, you'll get a discount of 10%. In this case, the total costs are 2700 euros.
With a background as a both a lawyer and an academic, Nicki’s discovery of yoga was epiphanic. She moved from South Africa where she was born and raised, to Antwerp, Belgium at a moment where the local practice of yoga was in its infancy. Her life’s path shifted profoundly as Nicki began to explore yoga through intense practice and theoretical study. Her passion for the practice of yoga grew exponentially and led to the creation of Yoga Form (now Radiant Light Yoga), a yoga centre and community that encompassed various forms of yoga. Yoga Form was the first to offer Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in Antwerp. She now lives in Israel where she teaches regular Yoga and Meditation locally and internationally.
Nicki has been fortunate to learn and practice under various teachers and masters and continues to draw her inspiration from diverse yogic schools and traditions. Nicki is also deeply immersed in Journey work as initiated and guided by Brandon Bays. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) of the Yoga Alliance and a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher through Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) as well as a prenatal yoga teacher trained in the Khalsa Way. Nicki founded the practice of Aruna Yoga, which incorporates the various lineages of yoga, has a focus on yoga psychology and emotional release and healing.
Dorinda Farver, the founder of Yogasite in Breda, is a native of USA, born and raised in Pennsylvania. With a passion for life and humour she has found both a challenge and wonderful peace from Yoga. Dorinda has lived in NL since 1992 and discovered her love for Yoga in the late 90’s. Specialising in Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga Flow and Ashtanga.
Her first teacher training with Tonnie Goes was followed by many others with David Swenson (Ashtanga) Shiva Rea, Neva Ingalls and Robert Boustany, as well as many other workshops David Williams, Manju Jois and Brian Kest to name a few. Dorinda completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Kundalini Teacher Training with Grumukh, and a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Robert Boustany and Neva Ingalls.
Learning from every experience, growing the most from the things that challenge us and taking with you what touches your heart.
Nicki will be leading the training, Dorinda will be supporting it. The make-up days will be taught by Dorinda.