Yoga Training for Self-realisation
Online/in person yoga training to learn more about self and Self-realisation, in Yoga. I developed this course with modules that allows learners to dip into any one module only, or string the modules together to add up to a comprehensive 200 hour course.
The individual, personal attention mentorship means that a student may begin a module at any time. Where possible students can meet in person, or online, for group interaction.
In this style of yoga we experience self awareness, of (higher) Self, and All That Is. The yogi learns about, and becomes conscious of Being Human, and Universal Being. Yoga is a philosophical system with physical practices, and its holistic purpose is to bring tangible, practical benefits to any practitioner, in every sphere of life. True Human Potential also requires Surrender to Divine Will – and this is how Yoga activates the peace and prosperity that is innate in human beings.
● We learn Hatha Yoga in context of the Vedic and holistic wisdom of the ancient traditions, in the spirit of Swami Sivananda and his Divine Life Society. As reference see the Cape Town Ashram where I studied.
● 4 X 50 hour modules, ideally completed over a 1 – 2 year period.
● This comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training is presented in a traditional oral lineage style, and is not RYT certified, although it necessarily includes much of the standard content of most 200 hour programs.
● All modules are available on a 1-1 or small group tutor basis, in my studio in Cape Town, online (Zoom, Skype), or combinations.
● To manage course feasibility, for me, and the students, requires a flexible, disciplined and innovative attitude to project management 🙂
● You are welcome to contact me for more information.
I use the phrase “yoga training” because the modules are suitable for anyone, with or without teacher aspirations or plans, to deepen their yoga practice, for personal or professional pleasure or measure.
4 X’s 50 Hour Modules
The 200 Hour Course has four modules, each a free-standing entity. All the modules reinforce another, for example the Self-realisation philosophy of Module 1 is applied to all the modules, while the anatomy and healing yoga is in experienced in the practice of asana and meditation. There is always an integration or practical application of teaching of the skills learned. Students who choose to teach what they learned in each module are enabled to do so. Other advantages of a modular learning includes time for ingestion and digestion of the learning, and it does not require a big month chunk out of life.
A timeless system, for our time: The essentials of a simple, holistic yoga will forever remain the bedrock of all spiritual BodyMind traditions and modern human potential self-development. All learning is based in direct perception of practices from mudra to mantra, to understanding chakras and duality, and the non-duality of Self-realisation – Bliss.
● Module 1. Turn on your Bliss with the Yoga of Union
“Advanced Yoga” is about deeper self-knowledge, not about doing more impressive asana. To”realise self” we explore the asana (and other practices), and the reason why we “do yoga”, on a metaphysical level. To keep the knowledge real and practical is as important as to acknowledge the wisdom of the Universal Mind of All That Is. Deep understanding of this (advanced) greater goal of yoga is self-realisation, its bottom-line. How to rewire the bodymind to Overself, Higher Self or Soul (i.e. self to Self), and operate as Universal Being of Bliss, naturally involves a process, a path of personal growth. This module plants the seeds, and provide the means to practice and surrender in Yoga, or surrender and practice, to Yoga. More details.
● Module 2. The Practice of Yoga & The Art of Teaching Yoga
Develop a deep and solid asana and pranayama practice as foundation for meditation. We learn how knowledge of beginner, intermediate and advanced asana practices, in appreciation of a full Hatha Yoga, serve to bring a committed practitice of yoga in line with its goal of self-realisation. To this aim we strengthen our understanding of yogic philosophy, of healing and bliss, in reference to other modules. We learn that all teaching and self practice should come from self-knowledge. The Art of Teaching is understood in self observation and observation of others. Actual teaching skills are workshopped, and the sharing and application of the Yoga Way is motivated and encouraged. More details.
● Module 3. Yogic Anatomy & Physiology
Our yoga practice happens in the body; we live in a constant physicality. To achieve yoga requires a deep understanding of our physiology based lives. All yoga practice relates to anatomy, in the same sense that all yoga practice is also philosophical, all asana is meditation, and so on, for it to “truly be Yoga”.
● Module 4. Healing Yoga
A consolidation of the other 3 modules, from a therapeutic yoga perspective. We cover all Hatha Yoga practices in terms of expanding our potential, as well as remedial or healing yoga as cure or coping mechanism in case of injury, illness and other traumas and abuses. Healing means “to make whole” or complete, and holistic application of all aspects of energetic healing or therapy to physical existence lets us incorporate modalities such as Reiki and Craniosacral therapy as aspects of “energy healing” and physiotherapy. We also look at meditation and spirituality, standalone, as well as in context of physiology, and community, or welfare of society.
Please contact me with your enquiries.
Is this course for me? Considerations your interest and certification
This course is not of the run-of-the-mill mainstream yoga variety, although by no means anti-commercial.
We gain understanding of why and how we practice yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and other practices through experience, informed by theoretical knowledge and philosophical understanding of Being Human, in context of Yoga of Union or self-realisation.
Particpants of receive a certificate of attendance. Read more about the certification and value of certification here.
Module fee: R 4 500 or R 18 000 in total.
A minimum of 10 classes has to be attended during the study period of each module. Classes are charged at the Zoom Online Fee of R 500 Unlimited Month. Please contact me with your enquiries or special requests re. payments.
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updated 14 March 2021.
Dear Johann: You have been my favourite yoga teacher/Swami and spiritual teacher, and your life choices and work ethic is inspiring. Your yoga classes have been the basis for my deepening spiritual understanding and growth as a Yogi, but also as a woman with many aspects… it has given me a space to look at what I really want in my life, while healing my body and mind. This is incredible part of my Yoga journey! Wow!! For any Yogi’s or Lovers of Yoga in Cape Town or travelling to Cape Town, make sure you attend classes with Johann. For anyone looking into Yoga teacher training, you definitely want to contact Johann for more info on his incredible, authentic, spiritual and true Yoga courses! The level of understanding, self realisation and gratitude that comes from this space is beyond what words could describe. Even if you are not wanting to teach Yoga but balance your lifestyle, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your physical body, gain a body-mind connect etc etc. I am humbled and honoured to have been able to complete this course and I will continue to grow, share and expand for myself and my clients.
Candace Kentridge-Britton, teacher, certified with me in 2018.
She has been teaching full-time in U.S. since March 2019.
Here is her Facebook Page.
PS. Candace started in 2020 to co-present the training course with me!
Module 2 – The Art of Teaching helped me focus and create a complete Hatha Yoga sequence and style. Thank you Johann and Candace for taking the time and giving me the space to learn the many aspects of Hatha Yoga and to develop a practice of teaching that is unique to me. I believe this will work well for many in my community when the time comes. As we discussed on course; when the teacher is ready the student will appear, and when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Whether you are looking to become a Hatha teacher or just wanting to dive deeper into the practice of Hatha Yoga, you will not be disappointed. Namaste!
Martin Goldberg works in the fire fighting unit at Tahoe, U.S.
He is a qualified Ashtanga teacher and completed module two in January 2021 to broaden his practice.