This special course provides training in the skills and knowledge necessary to be a qualified yoga instructor. You will experience life as a yogi. The training will place emphasis on personal growth and increased physical stamina, and will provide you with a thorough understanding of yoga asana & philosophy, bhakti, meditation, pranayama and ayurveda
The experience is incredible! It’s like having a community of support around the most important aspects of our life. We laugh and cry, create incredible friendships with the foundation of Yoga holding us; we explore life’s deepest questions with some of the most qualified teachers…. teachers not only with knowledge, but real EXPERIENCE through living the life of Yoga. It’s fun! It’s powerful. It’s transformational. It’s most likely one of the most important investments of your life.
“That is what yoga means – simply to unite. To unite the body with nature – that is Hatha-yoga. To create unity within the mind and the body – that is Pranayama. To create unity with the mind and the atma – that is Jnana. To create unity between the soul and God – that is Bhakti. That is the complete yoga system – unity. And in that unified condition, we can actually express that natural innate love, that we have found in our own life, in everything we do in the world.” Radhanath Swami
A desire to go deeper into the essence of the yogic teachings, lifestyle and practice.
“This training was above and beyond anything I could have imagined from a Yoga Teacher Training. It was actually a course in how to live. It not only taught us how to teach but how to deepen our own practice so that we become what we are teaching. I feel confident and inspired to share Yoga and also have a much deeper understanding of myself and my purpose in the world. The guidance, wisdom, technique, and love that is shared through this course is unmatched. I leave here with open eyes, an open heart, and overflowing with joy.” Danielle S.
“This training was a life changing experience for me. I learned more than merely the correct way of doing yoga postures; I learned the very essence of yoga itself.” Jennifer T
– History and Philosophy of Yoga
– Bhakti Yoga
– Study of the Bhagavad-gita and Yoga Sutras
– Kirtan & Chanting
– Detailed study of asana (postures)
– Art of Sequencing
– Psychology, physiology, and philosophy of the chakra system
– Meditation & Pranayama practices
– Karma & Reincarnation
– Practice teaching
– Business of Yoga
– Yoga Teacher Ethics
– Ayurveda: Yogic Diet and Lifestyle
**Expect homework, personal projects, in-class presentations and karma yoga/ service:)
– The Journey Home- Radhanath Swami (prerequisite reading)
– Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox – Joseph Le Page & Lillian Le Page
– The Dharma Code- Simon Hass
– Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Diet of Enlightenment – Sharon Gannon
– The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Edwin Bryant
– The Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Srila A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami
Dhyana Masla brings the depth of inquisition into her teaching, offering an opportunity for the audience to cultivate intimate relationships with their multi-faceted Humanness while simultaneously taking a step back, a step deeper into the Truth of WHO and WHAT we really are; beyond the stories, the fears, and the limitations. She is the co-founder of Stanton Street Yoga in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as well as co-director of Yoga @ The Bhakti Center. Her teaching style is a unique blend of “challenging yet nourishing” Vinyasa inspired sequencing with fluid movements and powerful breath. After studying Ayurveda extensively with her father in Florida, Dhyana received her degree at Naropa University in Psychology and Traditional Eastern Arts with a focus in Yoga. Born and raised on the path of Bhakti Yoga, she weaves her background of Western Psychology with her experience and knowledge of eastern mysticism to bring a holistic approach to living a balanced and empowered life.
Syama Masla was raised in a family of Bhakti yogis and now serves as the director of Yoga at The Bhakti Center. She teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes as well as 200 hr yoga teacher trainings 3-5x per year. She was given formal initiation in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition by Radhanath Swami in 2014. Syama is a life long vegetarian and lover of animals. In her classes she places a strong emphasis on tapping into the rhythm of breath as it guides movement. With over 1000 hours of certification in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, she keeps the practice rooted in its tradition and uses creative sequencing, inviting her love of dance and rhythm.
Vira is specially trained to offer Ayurveda to the western mind and body, Vira is a fine tuned specialist in assisting the removal of stress from one’s body, mind, and life. Trained in an ancient master disciple lineage from India, Vira has become an expert practitioner in one of the world’s most powerful stress eliminating sciences, Marma Therapy.
Jai Giridhari is married to Syama. Raised in the U.P. of Michigan. It wasn’t until I lived in the U.P. (Utter Pradesh) of India that I understood my calling. A Yoga teacher and a preacher! My whole life I’d been looking for a cause, something to believe in. Years of collegiate sports tuned my body but left my heart feeling empty. Years of Theater Trained my mind, but made me wonder who I really was. Years of Healing Arts stabilized my lifestyle but my heart still yearned for more. So I decided to become a monk!….Enter my trip to The U.P. of India. Staying in the monasteries my heart was satisfied, my mind at peace, my body lost some weight, but my purpose was clear…. Share these wonderful teachings!…Blessed by so many wonderful teachers such as HH Radhanath Swami and a few close mentors, I aspire to live a simple life with high thinking. I’m grateful to share their wisdom in a most accessible way.
Kaustubha Das serves as Senior Educator & Creative Director of The Bhakti Center. Between the ages of 21 and 34 he lived as a Hindu monk, traveling and studying in ashrams in India and America. He teaches bhakti-yoga philosophy and meditation, which he has practiced for over twenty-five years in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Kaustubha Das was initiated as a Vaishnava brahmana (teacher/priest) in 1990. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Broome Street Temple.
Ghanashyam lived in the Bhakti Center as a monk for 13 years, completely dedicated to diving deeply into the teachings and living the Yogic path. He teaches by example and has deep, deep realization of the vedic texts.
Pandit is an author, meditation teacher, inspirational speaker, and lecturer at Columbia University. He has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured on PBS, NPR, NY Times, and writes for the Huffington Post. In his book, Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness and the Divine, Pandit writes about how he learned to deal with and overcome the loss of his family’s multi-million dollar fortunes that left him and his family with next to nothing. These life experiences have given Pandit profound insight into the human experience. Pandit uses his life experience and decades of in-depth studies to assist people in overcoming the various stress factors in their own lives. The medical field now knows that stress leads to anxiety, insomnia, muscle tension, high blood pressure, and anger. Pandit’s unique approach applies Eastern wisdom and meditation techniques to help the audience gain deeper insight into their mind and understand the reasons we becomes stressed, anxious, and angry.