Teacher Training FAQ
Our approach is to offer tools and techniques that help you access your own intuition and wisdom. You are taught specific practices and are encouraged to use these practices to explore the deeper levels of your mind. The basic questions are, Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Each person responds individually and shares in small and large groups. There is an emphasis on recording your experience, either through writing or drawing, so that you capture your discoveries and can review and see your own growth. The process of learning is self-directed and experiential, with questions opening up your exploration to gain clarity.
The YDC is a transformative experience that nurtures a greater understanding of yourself and your connection to the Divine.
It is a three-month, seven day a week, full time, residential intensive, totaling 675 hours of class time. The course consists of a series of integrated workshops one to five days in length. Participants are asked to attend all classes and activities and to stay onsite for the three months.
Days begin with morning Hatha at 7 a.m. and end after satsang at 9 p.m. Outside of class time, there are daily assignments as well as time for personal practice and written reflection.
The YDC is open to all levels – from beginners interested in yoga to long time practitioners wanting to go deeper in their practice. We explore many branches of yoga and our focus is on personal reflection.
We do encourage participants to take a shorter course at the Ashram or through a Yasodhara-trained teacher prior to the YDC; this ensures that you understand that the yoga we offer is not just physical asanas but an in-depth self-study.
Please call ahead to discuss your needs. We ask that you are physically able enough to attend daily classes so that you get the most out of your time. Although we do our best to provide assistance to guests with limited mobility, the Ashram is located in a mountainous rural setting that affects accessibility.
The Hatha Yoga we practice is a gentle meditative style suitable for all levels of experience. We ask all participants to listen to their bodies and take responsibility for themselves. Our gentle style includes visualization and relaxation – options that are of benefit to those with physical limitations.
Because you will be deeply involved in a full-time course of intensive study, we do not recommend visitors during this time. However if you do have visitors, they are welcome to stay at the Ashram, attend a course or do Karma Yoga. But they should know that you will be focused on your course.
- Kundalini Yoga for the West by Swami Radha,
- Hatha Yoga the Hidden Language by Swami Radha
- Radha, Diary of a Woman’s Search by Swami Radha
- The Divine Light Invocation by Swami Radha
- Mantras, Words of Power by Swami Radha
- Realities of the Dreaming Mind by Swami Radha
- The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Sivananda
- Carried By a Promise by Swami Radhananda
We have a local medical clinic that is open three days a week with attending physicians, a counselor and a physiotherapist. We recommend having any dental and medical needs taken care of before coming.
The Ashram is 1.5 hours from the nearest hospital, and 3 hours from larger hospitals with specialized services. Because of our isolated rural setting, ambulance services are not always immediately available and at best take 20-30 minutes to arrive. Although we have first aid attendants onsite and a medical clinic nearby (open 3 days/week and without emergency services), our ability to respond to medical emergencies is limited. If you have a serious condition, including severe allergies, a heart condition, or any potentially life-threatening disease, it is essential to check with us prior to registering.
- A laptop computer is handy for submitting daily papers
- Casual winter clothes including warm boots
- Comfortable yoga clothes
- Clothing for satsang and special events
- Medical supplies that you need for the duration of your stay
- A digital recorder can be helpful
- Indoor footwear or slippers
- Alarm clock
- Spring and summer clothes if you plan to stay on
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