Join us for this totally unique yoga teacher training, exploring the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Vajra Yoga traditions in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla—a Medicine Buddha land.
This will be an intensive immersion designed for students and teachers of Indian and Tibetan yogas wishing to take their practice and teaching to a deeper level. A principal of the approach is to move the context of the yogas into the domain of the mahasiddhas—their trans-denominational Indic spiritual sciences (adhyatmavidya–nangi rigpa).
This is a rare opportunity to study intimately and extensively, in the context of a yoga training, with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman—Vajracharya in the lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, world renowned scholar & authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Science, Indic spirituality, and world philosophy. He will elucidate the Buddha’s teachings and offer inner scientific, philosophical, and spiritual inspiration for our yoga practices.
Michele Loew—in the Hatha yoga lineage of Krishnamacharya and Richard Freeman and also Kalachakra and Tibetan Trulkhor yoga practitioner—has trained thousands of yoga teachers in her long-established Yoga Alliance certification courses and will utilize the deep investigation of yoga from a classical lineage perspective to build an intelligent foundation that can be applied to any style of yoga. The yoga practices will be built mindfully and progressively from the ground up with deep attention to physical and subtle body alignment.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
(In-Person) Daily practice of yoga asana (harmonizing Hatha, Vajrayana, Kalachakra, and Tibetan Trulkhor yogas), meditation, pranayama, chanting, instruction, contemplation, discussion, and yoga nidra will be offered to create a deeply transformational journey of self-discovery.
(Online Only) 3 live streams a week from 11:00am - 1:30pm Eastern time, featuring a combination of lessons from Professor Thurman, Michele Loew.
(Online Only) Live streams will be re-watchable same day on our Teachable Platform with self-study guides, simple testing and supportive learning tools, making it possible for those in any time zone, or with previous commitments, to watch at leisure.
- We will also gain a strong foundation in yoga teaching methodology, practicum, & technique as well as applied anatomy and physiology that will empower those aiming to teach yoga in a universalist and science-based setting to do so with confidence and poise.
- The course is for those who wish to advance their knowledge and experience of yoga, whether they choose to teach or not. All serious students welcome to participate.
- This course includes study and contemplation of traditional texts and practices from Indian and Tibetan traditions, including but not limited to:
The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and selected Pali Suttas, such as the Samaññaphala
The Mahasatipatthana, and the Aggañña Suttas
The Yoga Vasishta and the Vimalakirti and Flower Ornament Sutras
The Bhagavad Gita and the Lalitavistara Sutra
- Shankaracharya’s Yogataravali and Shantideva’s Bodhisattvas Career
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Mañjushri-nama-samgiti
- The Tibetan Book of the Dead
- Various works by Jey Tsong Khapa and the Dalai Lama on Deity Yoga and on the Inner Science of the Esoteric Community and the Kalachakra.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (IN-PERSON)
6:30 – 7am: Meditation
7 – 9am: Pranayama & Asana Practice
9 – 10am: Breakfast
10:30am – 12:30pm: Asana Technique, Assists, Applied Anatomy & Physiology
12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch
2:00 – 4pm: Free Time, Self Study
4pm – 6pm: Chanting, Meditation, Philosophy
6:00 – 7pm: Dinner
7:30 – 9:00pm: Philosophy discussion, Yoga Nidra, Restorative or Yin sessions
This intensive-studies program is taught in three 10-day 100 hr. immersions. For those seeking a 300 hr. certification, all 3 modules must be completed. Each 10-day immersion is a unique and complete course, so they do not need to be taken in order. Course completion could take place the following year or two. Students wishing to just take one or two of the modules are welcome to do s
Online Only Course:
This online intensive-studies program is taught three days a week in 100 hr. module immersions. For those seeking a 300 hr. certification, all 3 modules must be completed. Students wishing to just take one or two of the modules are welcome to do so.