The Ashiyana Yoga School has been running trainings since 2010. With hundreds of graduates from all across the world, we are globally recognised for our unique approach to both Yoga and its teaching.
More than just a training, for many, our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is a profound and life-changing experience - 4 intensive weeks, held in the loving embrace of our incredible teaching team and the magical surroundings.
Upcoming Yoga Teacher Training in Brazil
200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training - 2 to 30 August 2019
Our course covers the four principle paths of yoga – Hatha (Raja), Jnana, Bhakti, and Karma.
We place great importance on creating a loving, nurturing and safe space for a class. The sequence that we use as a framework, covers breath awareness and techniques (Pranayama), warming up the body (Pawanmuktasana), seed sun salutations, appropriate sequencing of postures, and then relaxation (Savasana) and meditation.
Whether you become a teacher or not, our intention is to inspire you to be authentically you – clear, confident, loving, and flowing with life. For those who want to teach, we wish to create self-empowered teachers, who teach intuitively rather than following our, or someone else’s, ideas.
Ultimately, the mat is just your laboratory, we will encourage you to explore Yoga in the context of all areas of your life, both as a process of self-healing, and also to empower you to be responsible for your own equanimity and joy. From here, you are able to teach what you love, and therefore 'become the teaching', rather than merely teach a class.
Example of daily schedule
|07:30 – 10:00||Meditation and Asana class|
|10:00 – 11:00||Breakfast|
|11:00 – 14:00||Asana lab, Philosphy, Anatomy, etc.|
|14:00 – 14:30||Class review|
|14:30 – 15:30||Lunch|
|15:30 – 17:00||Relaxation and private study time|
|17:00 – 19:00||Teaching to Teach, Anatomy, other lectures|
|19:00 – 20:00||Dinner|
|20:00 – 21:00||Chanting, Reflections, Sharing, Music, Rituals, etc.|
|21:00||Silence until 11:00 the next morning|
Açai, samba and capoeira
Most of you have perhaps not yet visited this magical corner of the globe - a corner which occupies half of the continent of South America! In our view, Brazil is the new centre of the spiritual world, with a cultural heritage steeped in shamanic practices and teachings.
In fact, seekers from all over the world are more likely to Google ‘Shaman’, than they are ‘Guru’ these days, and the multi-various medicines, and associated rituals and ceremonies, of the Amazon basin are spreading world-wide.
Brazil has so much to offer - unmatched biodiversity, delicious, varied cuisine, an incredible climate, and unrivalled friendliness. This is all before we even mention Samba, Capoeira and Carnival!
A trip to Rio, Bahia, Alto Paraíso and of course the Amazon, should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Why Alto Paraíso?
Waterfalls, crystals and araras
There are so many unique aspects to 'High Paradise', perhaps the most notable being the over 400 incredible waterfalls and the crystalline bedrock.
If you’ve never sun-bathed on a sandy ‘beach’ by a waterfall, you really have a treat in store. One of the most sought out of these is the 'Loquinhas waterfall’, which is located at the top of our valley, 1km away. It’s not the size that impresses, as it’s small in stature, but the multiple levels and swimming holes that make for an incredibly refreshing and unique trek.
Alto Paraíso has a wonderful micro-climate characterised by a hot, dry season, and a glorious ‘rain-cum-shine’ wet season. Our training runs towards the end of the dry season, so you need to drink plenty of water and enjoy regular dips in the two rivers running through the land!
Much of the land around Alto Paraíso is downtrodden pastureland where cows lazily graze. However, Ashiyana’s retreat land has been free from grazing for over 15 years, and the ancient forest has been allowed to regenerate itself. There are innumerable forms of flora and fauna that make this one of the most diverse areas on the planet.
There is a palpable stillness and silence that prevails on the land. What occassionally punctuates the emptiness, are the araras (giant parrots) and toucans that are wonderfully vocal at times, as well as the occasional howl of a wolf.
Additional information about Ashiyana Brazil
Excursions in Alto Paraíso take on a whole new meaning, as even though the place is largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, multiple forms of adventure activity are close at hand – white water rafting, zip lining, canyonning, trekking, waterfall sightseeing, cycling, horse-riding, to name but a few.
Alto Paraíso is at the entrance to the Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, resplendent with 200 million year old rock formations, crystaline bedrock and drop-dead gorgeous vistas!
Our teacher training in Goa has put us on the map worldwide, and one of the most frequent comments, aside from the compassionate and nurturing vibe, is the delicious food. We might even have surpassed ourselves here at Ashiyana Brazil, in terms of yumminess, healthiness and variety!
It would be hard to pick any one single item, like our infamous chocolate balls in Goa, but the ‘açai’ (which is like a blend of the most delicious ice cream and sorbet to be found on Planet Earth), and the ‘pao de queijo’ (cheesy balls made from mandioca flour), would definitely be right up there in the pantheon of ‘healthy-delicious’!
Ashiyana is divided between the reteat land, and a reclaimed pastureland that is now the site of our Eco Village project. It is here that we are creating a bio-forestry project (already well under way), a lake, a café, social projects, and plots of land that we are selling to friends who wish to be part of our extended community, committed to sustainability and wellbeing.
As well as growing as much of our own food as possible, this project supports welcome social initiatives (e.g. supporting those who have become addicted to drink and drugs), and offers our guests an adjoining area in which to relax and snack healthfully.
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