A Journey Through the Yoga Traditions
An Advanced Training (300hrs)
with Michael Hamilton
The search for meaning in life has a long and rich tradition in the wisdom traditions coming from the Indian sub-continent. Some of these teachings weave a lively tapestry running through the centuries that speak of a shared vision, where ideas are developed further into newer systems, evolving, staying relevant and speaking of their time. Other voices seem to contradict and react to these teachings and form entirely new systems. In this training we follow these developments from its initial emergence in the Ancient Civilizations of the Near and Far East, through the Vedas, and into the rich interactions between contemporary Hindu and Buddhist Tantric traditions, thereby spanning 3000 years of spiritual tradition and development.
The archetype of the yogi on his or her quest for meaning stands at the center of this training. On our journey we will investigate the practices of the yogis that lead to their realizations and the Yoga Schools that arose from their efforts to teach their realizations to others. The training aims to introduce, develop and integrate all the “limbs” of yoga so that they function as a support for one another. The focus of the training pivots around the idea of a unified vision of practice based on lineage and experience, thereby allowing the teacher the opportunity to share his love of the practice and desire to simplify complex concepts, to weave together ideas, and to bring out the essence of the teachings. To complete the journey we will look at the practice of integrating the teachings in our daily lives.
Our asana investigation will draw inspiration from Krishnamacharya’s lineage ideas of intelligent progression as found in the Ashtanga system popularized by Pattabhi Jois, precise alignment instruction and support postures as developed by BKS Iyengar, and the modification to the individual advocated in yoga therapy. We will work towards the cultivation of internal form as a prelude to a focused and informed practice established by the pillars of enquiry and concentration. This development of concentration and wisdom will also be explored through various forms of meditation practice based on the experience of the teacher.
The course structure consists of nine weekend modules as well as a week long retreat at a retreat center. This week is an integral part of the course and will offer students the chance to, through a teacher’s guidance, ad daily asana, pranayama and meditation to their experience.
The Course outline
The course is constructed around 3 axis, the conceptual foundation, which includes yoga philosophy and theory - the practice foundation, which includes the knowledge pertaining to body practice and meditation - and the teaching methodology foundation, which assists those interested in teaching to help find and develop the base from which their teaching voice arises. The emphasis falls on the first two segments to best provide an opportunity for avid students of yoga to deepen their practice.
• Philosophy and History of Yoga
• Theory of the Subtle Body (Mudras & Bandhas)
• The Language of Yoga (Key Sanskrit Terms)
• Yoga Practice in Daily Life
• Physical Anatomy for Yoga
• Anatomical Language of Yoga
• Alignment Principles
• Asana Development
• Meditation Techniques and Practice
• Breath Work (Pranayama)
• Cleansing Practices (Kriyas)
• The Anatomy of the Subtle Body
• Yoga as Therapy
• Adjusting as Art Form
• Evaluation of Students Practice
• Preventing and Working with Injuries
• Teaching Approaches
November 9-11 Module 1
December 7-9 Module 2
January 18-20 Module 3
February 22-24 Module 4
March 15-17 Module 5
April 5-7 Module 6
May 17-19 Module 7
June 7-9 Module 8
June 28-30 Module 9
July 13-20 Intense Week in Centro d’Ompio, Italy
Schedule of a Module:
Friday morning 09:00 - 11:30
Friday afternoon 13:30 - 17:30
Saturday morning 07:30 - 10:30
Saturday afternoon 13:00 - 17:30
Sunday morning 09:00 - 11:30
Sunday afternoon 13:00 - 16:30
Each Module is a total of 19 hours.
Places: The retreat week will be offered at Centro D’Ompio, Italy. For more info on the Retreat center please visit: https://www.ompio.org/de/
All other sessions will be held at DAS YOGA HAUS in Zürich.
Tuition: The cost for the full 300-hour training amounts to 4900.00 CHF.
A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 CHF will be required upon registration. The course fee includes course materials. Not included are the costs for accommodation and food at the retreat center. They are calculated on types of occupancy and are payable directly to the retreat center before departure.
Prerequisites / Application: This intensive course is intended for established practitioners with at least two years of daily yoga practice and permission from the teacher will be required. Participants who have successfully completed the entire training will get a certificate of completion from Michael Hamilton. To apply for the 300-hour Advanced Training a motivation letter is required.
Participants can sign up once they have been approved by Michael Hamilton.
Please contact Michael for any additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of participants is limited to 20 students. Therefore, early registration is recommended. Application deadline is on 10 August 2018.
Michael was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He started studying martial arts at the age of 6 which led to an interest in eastern philosophy and meditation. He was authorized to teach Ashtanga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore India and currently studies yoga with Richard Freeman and vipassana in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw.
Meditation studies and deep contemplative practice forms the foundation of his teachings on yoga and its integration into our daily lives.
With an eye for detail and alignment he conducts workshops throughout the world emphasizing the internal practice of yoga through mindfulness.
He is grateful for the guidance he received in the dharma from Daido Roshi and Eshin Osho, in Ashtanga yoga from Sharath Jois, Tim Miller, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. In Iyengar yoga from Patricia Walden, Jarvis Chen and Louise Etling, and yoga therapy from Doug Keller.
guest teacher expert for yoga therapy
Michele is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space
in Portland, Oregon. She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr & 500
Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (Anatomy &
physiology and modern kinesiology techniques) with the Eastern tradition of yoga.
She has practiced and taught yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and
Ashtanga traditions as well as the Sri Vidya lineage.
Michele is an avid student of Eastern & Western Philosophy and continues to study with her principal yoga teacher Richard Freeman with whom she has practiced with since 2000. She has been Richard’s assistant in his teacher trainings and workshops, and has a close understanding of his brilliant middle path teaching.
She practices Tibetan Buddhism, and received several Kalachakra initiations with HH The Dalai Lama and practices Vajrayana as guided by her beloved teacher in Buddhism, Dr. Robert Thurman.
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Sascha has been practicing yoga since 2000 and began meditating while traveling in South-East Asia in 2003.
His asana yoga practice is rooted in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition.
He focuses on proper alignment, the subtle energetics of breathing and directing awareness in practice. He is teaching from the heart, gently nudging those, that need some additional tapas, and slowing those down into more detail, that are too enthusiastic.
He has studied in depth with Richard Freeman, Paul Dallaghan, Sri O.P. Tiwari. He has had an intense period of study in Mysore with the late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.