Taught by Carol Murphy, the Teacher Training course will take you on a journey of transformation on all levels, mind, body and spirit.
Carol Murphy has been training yoga teachers internationally for 11 years and teaching yoga for 22 years. She is a trained neuro-muscular therapist and loves to teach anatomy. Carol holds a masters degree in philosophy and is passionate about teaching yoga philosophy and spirituality.
Over 26 days you will deepen your practice, learn how to teach, relax and enjoy three days’ free time to chill out and integrate the teachings.
On this training you can expect to:
- Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
- Learn how to teach vinyasa and hatha style yoga and creatively weave together vinyasa threads for all levels.
- Develop your individual teaching voice, as an expression of your true self and learn how to teach yoga and share the gifts it has to offer safely and confidently.
- Delve into the depths of subtle anatomy, learn healing meditations, myofascial release and energy balancing work.
- Learn the gift of meditation.
- Study the Yoga Sutras and create deeper spiritual understanding in a life-connecting, non-dogmatic way.
- Learn the fundamentals of ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice.
- Learn about the business side of yoga and how to operate effectively as a teacher.
- You can also expect to work hard with the support of a group that wishes to evolve through the path of yoga like yourself. You will be challenged to journey deeper within, to move beyond your self-limiting beliefs and stories that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. This is a physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderful. Expect to bend, sweat, ache, collapse, stand up, strengthen, open, cry and giggle. Expect also to move deeper into relationship with the core nature of who you are, to connect with your authentic self and to learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place.
DATES & SCHEDULE
This Teacher Training course takes places over 26 days. There are three Saturdays off at the end of each week.
Training will start at 3pm on November 24th.
From November 25th, the daily schedule is a follows :
7.30-9.30am — Meditation, breathwork and asana
9.30-10.30am — Breakfast
10.30-12.00pm — Theory class (anatomy, philosophy etc.)
12.00 – 1.00pm — Meditation, Yin, Pranayama or theory continued from previous class.
1.00 – 2.30pm — Lunch
2.30 – 3.30pm — Theory class (anatomy, philosophy etc)
3.30- 4.00pm — Break- tea, fruit/ cookies
4.00 – 5.30pm — Teaching Methodology class.
5.30 – 6.30pm — Rest, jump in the sea etc.
7.00pm — Dinner
The asana taught on this Teacher Training course is a combination of vinyasa classes and technique-based hatha classes. The vinyasa and hatha classes are complimentary to each other as both are grounded in a synergistic approach to yoga, which expresses a clearly defined methodology. This methodology uses universal principles of alignment and grounds theses principles anatomically so that trainees receive a concrete approach to yoga that is flexible in nature and can be adapted in the teaching of various class styles.
In the vinyasa classes, Carol likes to play with a series of threads that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely and with awareness. In the technique hatha classes, yoga poses are broken down bio-mechanically, taking the yoga anatomy off the page and exploring it in relation to individual bodies. Carol always allows for mixed level in her group by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own level. Carol also teaches yin yoga classes on the training. The yin classes are sometimes grounded in the traditional teachings of TCM meridians and mindfulness but are adapted to weave in philosophical themes and subtle energetics.
Students will learn a clear and concrete methodology grounded in a synergistic approach to yoga. The methodology uses universal principles of alignment and breaks these principles down anatomically, taking them off the page and onto the yoga mat. Students will learn this methodology in relation to teaching beginners, level 1 and 2 yoga asana. For assessment, trainees will create and teach a class to the group. This methodology taught on the training is concrete and defined and yet is flexible in nature, leaving enough room for trainees to adapt it to a style that they believe is an expression of their own unique teaching voice. Teachers are also shown how to dip their teaching into level 3 poses and after graduation teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.
The methodology on the training is grounded in a synergistic approach. Synergy is a term used a lot in yoga anatomy. It expresses the interconnected nature of the body; how muscles work in tandem with each other in movement and how the fascial web connects everything in the body. The anatomy allows students to dive into a deeper relationship with their own bodies on and off the mat. Students find when they know exactly how muscles and fascia work in relation to yoga asana, they find more confidence to diver deeper into their practice. This anatomical focus and explanations of the alignment cues also gives teachers a real confidence in what they are teaching.
This training gives the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, that is concerned with health and well-being. You will learn your dosha (constitution) and your guna (the energetic frame that you embody most) and how they relate to each other. You will also learn how to balance your dossiers and gunas through practices and apply the fundamentals of Ayurveda to your teaching.
PRANIC HEALING ENERGY WORK AND MEDITATIONS
A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body. The following practices may be used- depending on the needs of the group and time.
◦ The 5 sheaths meditation
◦ The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
◦ Kundalini meditations
◦ Witness-based meditations
◦ Heart-based meditations
◦ Dynamic meditations
◦ Kundalini Trance Dance
MYO-FASCIAL RELEASE WORK
Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around our organs, muscles and bones while simultaneously being continuous with the organs, muscles and bones, connecting everything into one whole. Myo-fascial release work releases “adhesions” in the fascia that create lack of mobility and pain.
Fascial experts acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory; believing that fascia holds our tension patterns, trauma and emotions; literally “our issues are in our tissues”. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.
The philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind-body, create resources for people on their life path, create deeper substance in our relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries and help unlock the flow of kundalini (divine evolutionary energy) to connect people with their power, freedom and true nature. The hpilisohy section involves class discussions, sharing circles, empathetic listening and meditation processes where students explore the teachings from the Sutras.
Required Books to Buy :
- The secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi (a book on the Yoga Sutras)
- “Prana, Pranayama “ Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Books to be supplied :
- “The Art of Teacher Training” Manual will be supplied.
- “Synergy – Integrative Yoga anatomy for Yoga Teacher and Trainers” will be supplied.
- Course handouts will also be supplied.
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course will take place at the beautiful, beachfront, eco-friendly Bamboo Yoga Retreat on Patnem beach, Goa. Bamboo has five yoga platforms, three of which have stunning views overlooking the Arabian Sea and the other two with a quieter temple energy looking out on to open green tropic.
This training is a perfect opportunity to learn how to teach yoga in a nurturing, healthy, supportive environment, where you can really unwind deeply as you move deeper into your practice. One of the advantages of training on an intensive retreat as opposed to the longer trainings, is that you can totally immerse yourself in the work involved, with the support of a group, with no interruptions from usual responsibilities;
Bamboo Yoga Retreat can offer you the chance offers you an environment supports healing and rejuvenation. The waves of the ocean will lull you into a peaceful sleep after an active day of Yoga. Each en-suite beach hut at Bamboo Yoga Retreat either has a view of the ocean or is set in their garden. Huts are en-suite with western style toilets and showers.
Bamboo Yoga Retreat is situated just a stone’s throw away from the Arabian shore line at the end of Patnem beach, so you can expect to jump into the sea many times during your day if yoga desire. Patnem is quieter than the beaches up north and yet there are many interesting restaurants, performance evenings and things to do in the area.
On your days off you can take advantage of Ayurvedic Treatments and Massages offerings in the Patnem/Palolem beach area, explore the surrounding beach towns and temples, shop for Indian spices and crafts at the world renowned Anjuna Market, go dolphin watching or just simply lounge on the beach.
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION
Sharing: €2183 including tuition fees plus shared bungalow accommodation
Single: €2676 including tuition fees plus single-occupancy bungalow accommodation
* Prices are for 25 nights’ accommodation and include 3 meals a day.
** Flights and transfers are not included.
The Bamboo beach bungalows on Patnem beach are designed to blend beautifully with the breathtaking natural surroundings. Built on fine white sand using local organic materials the bungalows beach huts are simply stylish, comfortable, private and eco-friendly. Each bungalow has a choice of twin or one double bed with comfortable European style mattresses, good linen and mosquito netting. The rooms are spacious and airy with room to hang your clothes and store your belongings.
Located directly behind the Ocean Shala and beachfront lounge, and just steps from Patnem beach, the boutique bungalows are designed to help you reconnect with nature. Whether watching the eagles soar overhead from the hammock on your balcony, or falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the normal stresses of life melt away and you will feel open to a more profound yoga practice.
The huts are constructed to make use of the natural ventilation from the cooling sea breeze. They also have ceiling fans for more tropical times of year. Attached bathrooms with western style fittings they are open to the sky for a magical experience of showering under the stars. Regular housekeeping is available, with fresh lines on request. The bungalows can be locked when you go out.
You may wish to add an extra night onto your stay, either before or after your training.
The cost of an extra night is 94 euros/109 euros per night for you own bungalow and 69/87 euros per night for a bungalow with shared occupancy. This rate includes two Yoga sessions per day and brunch, early am juice etc. If you choose not to do the classes then a 20% discount is applied. Brunch would still be included. Extra nights are subject to availability and should be booked as soon as possible.
Included in the price of your accommodation is three wonderful vegetarian meals per day.
At Bamboo the restaurant provides healthy locally sourced food, organic wherever possible and prepared by a team of highly trained passionate chefs.
Starting the day with freshly squeezed juice, followed by a big fresh tropical fruit salad. A big brunch is served after the morning yoga session. Homemade yoghurt, local Goa breads, eggs and muesli together with Indian inspired vegetable dishes and salads. Herbal tea and Indian chai. There is a selection of snacks, salads, super juices and smoothies available all day. In the evening the dinner menu changes daily and will include delicious Indian and Asian vegetarian dishes. Fish is also possible to order.
FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS
Flights and transfer costs are not included in your fees. We try to group together as many students as possible to share taxi’s to Bamboo.
The closest airport is Goa’s Dabolim airport, where both international charter and domestic flights operate. Panem beach is around an hour and a half’s drive from the airport.
We can organise single or shared transfers by car to and from the airport. Return transfers around 60 euros for a normal size car, the cost can be shared if you are arriving at the airport around the same time.
Canacona has a train station just 10 minutes away from Patnem by rickshaw, although many faster trains only call at Margao (Madgaon) station, an hour’s drive away. India’s trains are an economical and exciting way of covering longer distances.
Buses navigate India’s rather bumpy roads to Goa from all the major cities, such as Mumbai /Bombay and Bangalore, Chaudi has a bus station, although you may need to get a local bus here from Margao. Make sure you get a sleeper bus for overnight journeys!
On this training you can expect to:
A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body. The following practices may be used- depending on the needs of the group and time.
When considering doing a teacher training, it’s a good idea to hear what other people have to say about it. Here are some testimonials from former students:
I honestly don’t think I could have chosen a better teacher training. Carol’s depth of experience and knowledge across Iyengar, Ashtanga, anatomy and philosophy allows her to give her trainees the strongest of foundations from which to both practice and teach yoga. Her love, passion and respect for the teachings infused every class, and the course content consistently spoke to the heart of the yoga journey and all it can offer. As a result the training transformed my personal practice and I would recommend it to anyone with a thirst to learn more about yoga, to deepen their practice and to work hard! You’ll leave completely inspired and hungry for more.
It was an amazing experience! I was looking for a yoga training which covers in-depth knowledge about the movement of the yoga postures. I’m glad I found the right one! I loved the yoga anatomy of this program. It was like an eye opener! Now I realise how I was practising so many yoga poses in a wrong way and that is why there was so much pain. No one ever told me about it in the yoga studios I have been going to back home in Delhi. The course content is super from all aspects. The Ayurveda and Philosophy sessions were meaningful and beautiful! It all comes from Carol’s life experience and study from so many years. She is a great teacher with great knowledge! I sincerely thanks Carol for putting this all together in this training. Now I have much more knowledge about the yoga postures and can teach safely. I highly recommend this TTC for not only learning how to teach but also for enhancing one’s self-practice and awareness about life in general. Will definitely do the 300 hr TTC after two years!!
Carol delivered everything promised of her 200 hour Vinyasa training, and more! She was supportive, encouraging, kind, intelligent and talented in her work as a teacher — I didn’t have the strongest asana practice when I arrived but the right motivational words from Carol saw me through to the end and I am now a qualified teacher! Carol’s intelligence and sensitivity towards the individual needs of her students is, I believe, what makes her so special. She is highly educated, knowledgeable, and genuinely passionate about what she does. I learned so much in one month and really feel as though the positive lifestyle changes I made over in India will stay with me now that I’m back in the UK — she has inspired me! Cannot recommend the course enough.
The YTT was an experience I will never forget. The course content was very diverse and well balanced. Alignment is key in Carols work, and I am grateful to have built a solid foundation for my teaching journey ahead. Carol is an extremely knowledgeable and inspiring teacher and I really enjoyed studying yoga anatomy, philosophy, Ayurveda and all the other subjects with her. I feel the course has given me a good understanding of teaching yoga, as well as the practical skills and confidence needed to teach a class. Thanks again for the wonderful experience
Carol’s yoga teacher training intensive is just that; intensive. It is also a life changing. Carol has a wealth of knowledge and a deep love for the many and varied facets of yoga. Having spent years obtaining this knowledge, it is clear she has a desire to share it. This makes for fascinating insights into the world of yoga both on a practical level -with detailed anatomy lectures and on a spiritual/emotional level. She offers support but more importantly gives her students the tools to manage for themselves. Her training offers a safe exploration into the world of meditation and spirituality, where people are held and supported appropriately. Carol’s morning classes were dynamic, fun and at times challenging. The flow from movement to movement powered by the breath makes for a beautiful practice. The technical classes were also excellent with clear breakdown of asanas and good instruction, including some helpful tips to master that new pose. I have come away feeling confident in my ability to teach. Feeling rich with the knowledge I have been given and having made some special bonds. My own practice has improved and I have a clear understanding of the areas I need to work on and how and why. Thank you…..
It has been a privilege to train with a teacher of Carol’s caliber. Her dedication, passion and knowledge is incredible. Her ability to ‘get’ where each of her students are in their bodies and how and when they are ready to be pushed to the next stage, to open or strengthen the body more and develop towards the next expression of the pose is more than reassuring, it is impressive. Her creative ability to spontaneously ‘workshop’ a pose that she ferls the class is having difficulty with is inspirational and effective. In her led practice you may suddenly find yourself in a pose that only moments before was unavailable to you! Her ability to relate modern anatomy to the poses really helps students to deepen the expression of a pose safely and effectively both in their own practice and also provides them with the relevant points, via her training manual, to pass on to their own students. Her training aims to equip students with more than just the basics. She passes on her knowledge of the energetics involved in each asana in order that student teachers can then emulate her teaching style, by using the framework she provides, to co-create balanced classes with their own students. Of course, this is equally helpful in developing one’s own home practice. Carol introduces other aspects of yoga and spirituality too – many an interesting and eye -opening discussion has been had in class! I would highly recommend training with Carol, especially if you like training hard!
Be prepared for a life changing experience. My training was a very personal journey which has given me the tools to deal with anything life throws at me and the ability to move chaos into order. It has thought me to observe rather than react in my Asana practice, and to be patient with my body. This course has been a journey of self reflection and discipline where I learned to tackle the body and mind bringing me to a place of stillness. The training had well thought out techniques and alignment principles which has me very confident that I could teach yoga safely. The course is very well structured. The early week intensive training in Spain built immense trust and fantastic relationships within our group which continued and grew throughout the 9 months on our weekend trainings. There was never a sense of competition and the only ego to deal with was your own.Carol is an amazing and well experienced teacher. Her passion, her knowledge, her belief and love for all aspects of yoga is inspiring! She always radiates positive energy, yet is assertive when she needs to be. I appreciate the pressure that was put on me to learn alignment principles in order to modify some of my previous ways of practising to bring me to a safer more aware practice. The 10 day detox was great – it thought me about foods/superfoods which were essential in keeping my dosha in balance thereby grounding and calming me from the inside out. My diet is a lot healthier and more interesting as a result of this course and the nutribullet is now one of my favourite companions. Finally this course is hard work and a big commitment but so enjoyable & interesting with such rewarding returns. Carol is talented, intelligent, grounded, humble and has great wisdom & experiences which she generously imparts. Thank you for sharing some of your expertise with me. Namaste
The thought struck me today to get in touch- just really to express in words a little gratitude (which I do in my mind and sharing with people but thought maybe never directly to you since the course days!) .. Gratitude for the training and the yoga years in Devon Lodge. I feel I may have underestimated what I believe the true value of your work and what I learned from it was to go back to the core principles and teachings. And during the course, from a physio point of view too, I always really loved, trusted and respected the work and way you brought and presented the teachings.
Thanks again for a wonderful month of growth, inspiration and transformation, and all the love and energy that you give to your teaching!
I’ve been thinking to write you an email for ages. Mostly just to tell you how grateful I am that I took your teacher training 2 years ago in Spain. I’ve been teaching ever since.This year I spent almost 2 months in Rishikesh, India where I took my 300hr training. There I realized how strong yoga foundation you have given me comparing to other students. I must say I loved my time spent in India, I learned a lot about myself as a person and I definitely grew as a person but yoga wise – I don’t think I learned as much as I did from your 200hr training. Maybe those were cultural differences and perception of yoga in general. I don’t want to compare anything really, because all knowledge is good but when I’m teaching my classes – I still come back to your teachings Thank you!