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Karuna Yoga Teacher Training 2018

21 days, 200 hour yoga teacher training programme. 

Location Lamu, Kenya, East Africa

Yoga Alliance registered

Karuna (करुणां - Karuṇā) Yoga school is very happy to announce its 2nd 200 hours yoga teacher training on Shela Beach Lamu. This is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified training in the art of yoga and creative sequencing.

This yoga teacher training will allow you to integrate the ancient wisdom of yoga into a modern day, creative, accessible practice. It will take you on a journey of self love, self discovery and transformation. You will deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga and emerge with a stronger, truer understanding of who you really are. This training is so much more then just learning yoga poses and being able to teach asana. Yes you will learn alignment, intelligent sequencing, anatomy, how to cue etc but more then that you will embrace the responsibility of leading others into a healthier more whole way of life. 

The world needs more good yoga. We strongly believe the work we do is some of THE MOST valuable, important work on the planet. We are changing lives. And, we are changing the world.

" In separateness lies the world's great misery,

in compassion lies the world's true strength.”


The course begins on the 20th of March and ends on the 10th of April. 85% attendance in all the classes in mandatory to pass this course. It is an intensive course with almost 10 hours of study, mediation and practice every day of the week. Sundays will be given off to study or enjoy the beach and close by town

200 Hour Yoga TTC Program Details (in accordance with Yoga Alliance)​

1. Techniques/Training

  • Bandhas – lecture & practice: Moola Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, Jalandhara Bandha, Maha Bandha (Theory)

  • Pranayama – lecture & practical training

  • Mudra basic– meaning and practice

  • Meditation techniques

  • Mantras and chanting 

  • 5 Elements yin introduction, meridian based lectures and practice

  • Introduction to Ayurveda and the doshas

  • Ethics of being a teacher

  • Sanskrit revision of pronunciation

  • Traits and characteristics of a good teacher

2. Practice :


  • Sun Salutations- Hatha, Classical and Ashtanga variations

  • How to start a class/ Read the room

  • List of basic asanas

  • Asana practice presenting various styles (guided and analytical training every day)

  • Vinyasa Flow

  • Smooth restorative

  • Yin yoga Immersion according to the % Elements and the corresponding meridians.

  • Hatha yoga

  • Entering and leaving an asana

  • Modifications for beginners and students with injuries and different abilities/limitations

  • Creative, intelligent sequencing

  • Guided asanas practice & analytical training focused on following groups of asanas:

  • Standing asanas, Forward bends, Back bends, Twists, Balances, Inversions, Hip openers, Finishing sequence & relaxing asana


3. Teaching Methodology :

  • Art of teaching: teacher’s qualities , intention & attitude, teaching styles, observation, giving instructions, feedback, sequencing, class management & class routine, principles of demonstration – theory and practice (“mirror” versus “real”, how to demonstrate, how not to demonstrate, practice in groups and feedback)

  • Tasks of Yoga Teacher

  • Themes and intentions based sequences

  • Anatomy of alignment – theory and practice

  • Safety of Yoga

  • Modes of adjustment – verbal, hands-on, props, partners

  • “Art of touch” – physical adjustment – rules and principles

  • Partner Yoga practice


4. Business of Yoga:

  • Setting up a yoga business

  • Start & development – practical tips

  • Marketing strategies

  • Public Relations / Advertising

  • Business & ethics

  • Community service/Seva

  • Practical workshop: Communication and building conscious interactions


5. Anatomy & Physiology :

  • General movement and body terminology

  • Systems of the human body – their meaning and functions

  • Nervous, Skeletal and Muscular systems and their co-relations in context of yoga practice

  • Respiration and breath

  • Body’s main limitations: compression – tension – proportion – orientation and their meaning in asana practice

  • Yoga and health – benefits and contraindications of asanas; basic elements of yoga therapy

  • Yogic Anatomy: 5 Koshas, 3 layers, Energy channels & Chakra theory

  • Ayurveda – introduction


6. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers:​

  • Historical and cultural background of Yoga

  • Definition and interpretation of yoga

  • 4 paths of yoga 

  • Yoga philosophy in the contemporary/modern lifestyle

  • OM/ AUM and its meaning (Basic chants)

  • Patanjali Yoga Sutras and their interpretations (selection)

  • 8 limbs of yoga and their meaning in the contemporary World

  • Ethics and values for yoga teachers

  • The Responsibility of being a Yoga Teacher

  • Community Service/Seva/Social Responsibility 

7. Practicum 

  • Practice of teaching under teacher’s observation 

  • In pairs, in small groups and in a large group

  • Practical exam of teaching

  • Feedback

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