Do you want to step into your fullest power and potential and also learn how to stay there?
Are you ready to find true, natural and lasting flow in your yoga practice and in your life?
Do you want to work directly with the source of Life “prana” and your energy body?
Working with the rhythms of nature in order to remember our own true nature – this immersion provides you with a full integrated approach to yoga energetics.
This extensive Pranayama and Yoga Nidra Yoga Teacher Training Course will allow you to gain a profound understanding of breath work, yoga energetics and deep meditation. Facilitated by Simone MacKay (Somah Journeys) and Randall O’Leary (Swara Yoga Academy).
Renew yourself with the ancient breathwork & meditation techniques of the Yogis and learn to guide others through their transformation and healing. Transform your teaching, your yoga practice and your life by cultivating and embodying energetic cycles and systems of prana (vital energy / life force).
Course objectives: On this course you will learn how to use the power of the breath and deep rest and how to work with your energy body to:
- Clear your mind and sharpen your awareness
- Increase energy, health and mental/emotional/spiritual balance
- Energise / calm your body and mind
- Learn to skillfully, confidently and carefully guide others through pranayama and Yoga Nidra practices
- Understand the therapeutic benefits of pranayama and Yoga Nidra
- Become aware of the deeper layers of the Self
- Connect to your highest truth and potential using Sankalpa / intention setting
Main course areas:
Swara Yoga: contemporary pranayama: This course includes daily dedicated pranayama classes which include our unique Swara Yoga system of rhythmic movement and breath. This practice draws techniques from Classical Pranayama and delivers them in a way which is effortless to practice and highly accessible for students of all levels.
Qualities of Prana: Learn how to use asana and pranayama to affect the quality of energy. Understand when, why and how to stimulate, expand, circulate, calm & ground prana. Learn accessible practices which flavour the energetic experience through the use of the five elements.
Pranic practice: Understand how to approach and teach asana practice which focuses on the cultivation of Prana and expands our capacity to feel the natural and extraordinary movements of Prana within the physical and subtle body.
Yoga Nidra: dive into the application of simple mindfulness techniques as well as exploring yoga philosophy, including discussion and experiencing the Koshas, some neuroscience, in order to offer context and understanding of the yoga nidra practice, including some exploration of the various schools and methods, all the while drawing on shamanic explorations.
Sankalpa: Come to a better understanding of the use of directed attention through developing a Sankalpa (with discussions and exercises on primary and secondary intention setting).
What is Pranayama / Swara Yoga and why it’s so important: Pranayama in Sanskrit literally translates into extension of the prana or breath. Prana means life-force and it is the vital energy or life-force that pervades the body. Prana is the spiritual link between the mind and the consciousness.
Pranayama is one of the most important techniques in yoga practice because it works directly with the source of life: “prana”. Prana is responsible for everything we are, for the maintenance of the body, our enthusiasm and energy for life, the functioning of our minds, emotions and perceptions as well as our spiritual reality. By working with breath, pranayama and Swara Yoga, we can access and influence the very fabric of our beings and consciously refine our own lives.
Our main technique is Swara Yoga, which is a combination of pranayama with asanas, practiced in a flowing, breath based style. Swara Yoga gives every student access to the powerful tools of pranayama without the struggle of long sessions of sitting. For anyone interested in breath, prana or pranayama, this course is essential.
Therapeutic benefits of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra: Pranayama is an art and works wonders in improving the overall health and the function of all the vital organs within the body. With this course you can learn how to work with your own prana to to avoid burn out, calm the nervous system or to energise as and when required.
Deep breathing stimulates the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system – the vagus nerve, which can slow down heart rate, lower blood pressure and calm both body and mind. Pranayama also assists in purifying the blood, reduces anxiety and stress levels, clears negative emotions, repressed anger and helps to prevent disease by removing waste products, blockages and toxins from our system as well as strengthening the immune system.
Similarly, Yoga Nidra allows us to deeply calm the nervous system, aid the natural flow of prana and integrate the healing benefits of the breath practices.
This 10 day course and advanced yoga teacher training provides you with an in-depth immersion in the deeper yogic practice and philosophy, to arrive at the heart of Yoga (where the true magic lies!).
- Daily morning solar/heating pranayama, mantra, meditation and asana practice
- Daily evening/lunar rhythms with restorative and yin yoga practices
- Meditation in motion. Swara Yoga: rhythmic movement with breath. This practice draws techniques from Classical Pranayama and delivers them in a way which is effortless to practice and highly accessible for students of all levels
- Philosophy & application of Pranayama practices & sequences
- Anatomy of Breath & Breath therapeutics facilitated byThe Anatomy School focusing on diaphragm, breath and its correlation to the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous systems
- Mantra as a form of Pranayama
- Chakras, Bandhas & energy locks within the body
- Yoga Nidra philosophy, the neuroscience of deep rest, energetics & facilitation
- Understanding the Koshas (the 5 layers of Self), Witness consciousness (Shakshi)
- Teaching pranayama effectively
- Energy & healing through vibration with Sound Healing
- Deeper explorations of yoga philosophy and cosmology through Yoga Nidra including Yoga Nidra as part of Pantanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga, embodying, Pratyahara (withdrawing the senses), Dharana (improving concentration) and Dhyana yoga (as the meditative heart of yoga).
- Yoga Nidra as a therapeutic tool
- Cultivating energy & transformation with Mantra & Fire Ceremonies
- Yoga energetics
- Instruction by experienced senior Yoga Teachers with over 20 years of yogic practice
Techniques learnt on this course:
- Mula (root), Uddiyana (stomach) and Jalandhara (throat) Bandhas
- Meditation & Yoga Nidra
- 3 part Yogic Breathing
- Ujjayi pranayama
- Bhastrika pranayama
- Kapalabhati pranayama
- Samavritti (even) pranayama
- Viloma pranayama
- Nadi Shodhana pranayama
- Kriya purification, the Vayus & other yogic energy practices
- Sequencing pranayama for desired effect
- Teaching pranayama
- Guiding Yoga Nidra
- Grounding, energising, stabilising techniques for body, mind and energy
- Therapeutic Yoga Nidra practices
- Experience Yoga Nidra as far more than deep relaxation but a way of being born of the heart through the use of intention and a practice that offers tools for deep healing, restoration, integration, dis-identification and self-realisation
In the belief that the world doesn’t need more “yoga teachers” but more Yogis and Yoginis who embody these practices and live yoga rather than performing yoga, this training is open to everyone – teachers, healers, therapists, serious practitioners and dedicated Yoginis and Yogis who share our ethos of doing the heart and soul work for a more balanced world.
Somah Journeys offers a 300 hour advanced Yoga Teacher Training program of your own design. By deepening your practice in 3 specialised areas through our range of 100 hour modules, in collaboration with Tina Nance
Yoga Therapy (TNYT), you can create your own advanced Yoga Alliance approved TTC.
In order to fulfill Yoga Alliance curriculum requirements, please contact us directly to explore what combination of 100hr modules fit together.
This immersion is structured to honour the energetic cycles of nature. We will follow the solar and lunar rhythms of the day, as well embracing monthly, yearly and wider life cycles in order to cultivate our understanding of and be able to work with the natural occurring intelligence of prana (vital energy) and our bodies bio-receptivity of it. You will learn that expansion and contraction of the universe permeates everything, including you – you can even witness it upon the inhale and exhale of your breath.
Our schedule will vary depending on the needs of the group and with some days having additional ceremonies in the evening/day:
Opening circle: We will start the opening ceremony a 3pm on the 17th
06:30 – 0930 Morning pranayama, mantra, meditation and asana practice
11:00 -1300 Workshop
13:00 – 1430 Lunch
14:30 – 18:30 Afternoon session
Closing ceremony: We will close by approx 8pm on the 27th.
DR RACHEL ELLERY
ANATOMY OF BREATH
RAM GIRI BABA