£1950.00 per person in a twin share room
Single supplement subject to availability
Half board (with daily breakfast & dinner except the free days when breakfast only is included)
All tuition (200 Hrs)
Manual, Teaching Qualification & Diploma recognised by the Yoga Alliance
Return airport transfers from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
Flights & holiday insurance
Sunra Yoga Teacher Training Course...
Q: What makes our Yoga Teacher Training Course different to other training courses?
A: You will be trained and qualified by the widely respected course director Barbara Gordon within a small group
The course features personalised instruction, many hours of teaching practice & personal development time (group therapy) with a highly qualified and experienced team of instructors.
Yoga Teacher Training Course, Dahab, Red Sea, Egypt
November 23rd - December 14th 2017
(200 hours Yoga Alliance accredited)
Become a Yoga Teacher in the traditional Sivananda system with Sunra's Yoga Alliance accredited 200 hrs training. Three weeks residential course in the beautiful village of Dahab by the Red Sea. The course is open to anyone who wishes to study yoga in depth, whether or not you want to become a teacher and regardless of previous experience. The main requirement is an open heart and a willingness to learn this ancient art. Some people refer to it as “boot camp” which is not far from the truth!
This is not to say that students will not be able to fully enjoy the beautiful locations, but this is in no way shape or form or by any stretch of the imagination “a holiday”. You will live, eat, breathe, dream, think YOGA, which is why, by the end of it, you will have had a life changing experience that can only result in you becoming a “better person” with a realistic experience of yoga life in its entirety.
The course will tell you if you want to teach and most people who have done it go on to do so very successfully. To name but a few, Katy Appleton who was teacher to Gerri Halliwell and Sarah Ferguson, David Olton who specializes in yoga ballet fusion, the late Sue Pendelbury Director of Yoga on a Shoestring, Nell Lindsell of Yoga Bugs, Maria Santangelo and Nigel Guilderson.
Born in Scotland, she began her yoga studies in London and from there went to the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin Canada to study with Swami Vishnudevananda in the Sivananda style of teaching yoga. “Having taught for over 40 years I teach from my experience and understanding of the human body that I have gained over this time. Each person is an individual and this is how I teach. Once I start to work with people I can intuit what each individual needs, everybody is different. When facilitating Teacher Training, there is the opportunity to develop each person as they require with the challenge of getting them where they need to be to become certified.
Originally from USA, Monica is a global yogi who studied & trained in India in 2003. With extensive training and yogic teachings Monica specialises in the Sivananda system, although her classes are enhanced by her years of experience in all things spiritual.
Having lived and worked in Egypt for many years, her love of Sinai & the connection with its natural beauty & energy are deeply inground into her practise, and it is such a pleasure to have her return to Dahab for Teacher Training, to pass on her personal & enlightened teachings.
The course includes extensive study of the asanas (postures), in the Sivananda tradition. Sivananda is a style of Hatha yoga, which is the physical aspect of yoga. You will have two asana classes a day, one for your personal practice and development and one teaching you how to teach. Each asana of the twelve in the Sivananda system will be broken down, dissected and practiced until it becomes an intrinsic part of your psyche.
You will also have a great deal of teaching practice under supervision and by the end of the course you will have taught two full classes. The emphasis of the course is that you have an in depth knowledge of the asanas and how to teach them safely. Most people find the course life changing due to the intensity of it. This is not just about learning yoga but deeply learning about yourself. There is great emphasis on how to teach safely and a great amount of repetition so you fully understand the fundamentals of teaching yoga asanas and to give you plenty of opportunity to ask as many questions as you need.
The course will also include personal development/healing workshops, chanting (the yoga of devotion), anatomy and physiology, applied anatomy & physiology which explains how this relates to the practice of asanas and yoga philosophy. You will also be learning and practicing at length meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises).
There will be at least one day of “Mouna”, which means silence. Often people are afraid of silence, in as much as we can’t sit still for very long, most people are unable to be alone in silence. Usually one creates some sort of distraction, for example, radio, computer, TV, reading, phone etc! Mouna is a traditional yoga practice which enables you to face your inner self, again something people mostly never do. To be a good yoga teacher you have to be able to look at yourself and face your demons.
This is a life long study in itself and we can only give you an overview in the limited time we have. However, again, if you cannot look at yourself and you know nothing about the philosophy, how do you expect to become a teacher? We therefore make sure that you at least have a basic understanding of the underlying nature of the philosophy of yoga, including Vedanta, Gita, Upanishads and Patanjali who wrote the original yoga scriptures.
There is a huge misconception in the West that yoga is just about attaining the body perfect. What use is a perfect body if the mind is polluted? A quote by my revered teacher, Swami Vishnudevananda: “The asanas are the kindergarten of yoga”. This ultimately enables you to be able to sit for very long periods of time without moving, for meditation.
Most people in the West can’t sit still for more than five minutes, let alone still the mind for a split second! The ultimate goal of all yoga practice is meditation, leading to the highest state of consciousness (Samadhi), self knowledge/enlightenment.
The hardest challenge for the Western mind to achieve – as mentioned earlier, is to sit still or be alone in silence. This is why, especially in the West, they turn to alcohol abuse and become addicts of many descriptions. The answer to all human problems can be eliminated through training the mind and mastering meditation, which can also take many many years of practice.
You will be learning and practicing in great detail Pranayama, which is an intrinsic essential component of Hatha yoga. Breath is life, therefore the study of Pranayama gives you more life, better concentration, more energy and can help with sleeplessness. Not only does it feed the brain, every cell and tissue of the body is revitalised and reenergised.
PHASE ONE - DAHAB
The first phase of our TTC will be based in Dahab, following a strict daily schedule starting at 6am and ending towards 9pm. We will break twice during the day for a lovely brunch and vegetarian dinner at the Hotel. This week we will focus on the 12 basic asanas of the Sivananda system.
06.30 am - Meditation & Chanting
08.00 am - Teaching class
10.00 am - Brunch
2.00 pm - Lecture
4.00 pm - Pranayama Asanas - personal practice
6.00 pm - Dinner
8.00 pm - Meditation & Chanting
PHASE TWO - NUWEIBA
We head 70km north of Dahab to Nuweiba, a beach town with stunning beaches and tranquil ambiance, that is just the perfect setting for going deeper into Sivananda practice. The drive will take about 1hr to arrive at our choice of beach camp, with time to adjust before continuing our teacher training course.
This second phase will focus on delving deeper into your personal practice, tapping into your inner teacher. During this time, we ensure that each asana sequence flows from your mind & body in a natural fully understood manner on a theoretical & physical level.
The focus here is on growth and confidence building in preparation for teaching. There will be ample time for questions and individual instruction from both Barbara & Monica, ultimately working to get you to the point where they are satisfied you are ready to teach
PHASE THREE - DAHAB
Back in Dahab, with phase 3 our main emphasis is on developing your personalised teaching style with deep exploration of the science of yoga, not just memorizing postures. Throughout this final week you will be asked to hold your own classes and be given advice & recommendations on any improvements. The training process is designed to gradually work up to this point on a physical and confidence level.
A final exam is scheduled to access your complete understanding of what you have learnt during the course. A graduation ceremony marks the end of the course and your launch into the Yoga Teaching world.
CORAL COAST HOTEL Coral Coast is a 3* Hotel with 30 en suite rooms set on an idyllic beach front location with spectacular sea views. All rooms are air conditioned with private balcony or terrace, fridge & tea & coffee making facilities in room. Our rooftop yoga studio with a spectacular view offers a great ambiance for focus & learning.
NUWEIBA BEACH CAMP | For the middle week of the TTC we travel 70km North of Dahab to the beach village of Nuweiba, with its stunning beaches and tranquil ambiance, the perfect location for going deeper into the Sivananda practice.
Translating as ‘Gold’ in Arabic, Dahab is a place of unique beauty, surrounded by world class coral reefs, beautiful beaches, rugged mountains & the vast desert landscapes. Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, this sleepy town is situated on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Dahab has so much to offer, choose to relax at one the many restaurants & cafe’s on the waters front, dive in the fantastic coral reefs, participate in watersports/activities, explore the surrounding landscapes or join one of the many ‘Wellness’ concepts that are all the rage!
Located just 70km north of Dahab, Nuweiba has the most stunning coastline in Sinai, with numerous camps scattered along the beach Renowned for its basic living, Nuweiba allows for visitors get back to nature and truly experience timeless days.
It couldn’t be easier to get to Dahab wherever you are traveling from. Many European countries offer direct flights into Sharm el Sheikh, just 1hrs drive from Dahab. While it is also possible to enter via Cairo or from Jordan via ferry or overland from Israel via Taba Border. You can check flights here www.skyscanner.net or www.egyptair.com - if you need any assistance when searching please let us know & we will be happy to help.
ARRIVAL IN EGYPT
Our driver will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall with a name sign. Transfer to Dahab (90km app 1.15 mins drive) to arrive at Coral Coast Hotel. During check-in you will be given an orientation of the hotel and your room and advised about the time for our welcome drink on the beach.
"I'd had to wait a while to do a teacher training course and had looked at various, decided to do the Sunra course on the recommendation of a yoga teacher I'd found inspiring. So glad I ended up doing this one in Dahab. The teachers were excellent, inspiring and all encouraged my own self enquiry. The course was tough but so worthwhile, I came away with a qualification to teach, knowing myself a little better and feeling more confident. The small number of students on the course meant we all received individual attention, and a bonus for me was the lovely bond we all created. This is an experience I'll carry with me and will not forget."
"If you are passionate about yoga and you want a course that includes more than the asanas and you are willing to learn, this is the course for you. It's incredibly hard work but you will delve deeply into the philosophy of yoga, meditation and yourself.It is an experience; it is a journey, one that you will feel uplifted and full of achievement at the end. You will learn so much, that you will want to go on to teach other people and with the knowledge, support and self-confidence that the teachers offer you, you will go on to do so.
Amazing, it has changed the way I live my life"
“Thank you for the great learning and amazing experience. The course is an amazing “process” of life and very well organized. Thank you for this beautiful inspiration, you are gorgeous souls! I will continue going on my path, a journey well inspired and will say this NOW!"
"The yoga teacher training course was excellent, so much more than I expected or imagined. I enjoyed every moment- even the tough first days when the intensity shocked me regardless of the pre-warnings of hard work. The standard of teaching was superb; the teachers knowledge is immense and delivered with passion. We all received good attention throughout. I walked home tall and proud and confident in my understanding of yoga with my heart full of love. A truly special moment in my life, one I shall cherish for ever. Thank you and Namaste"
International Student Cost per person: £1950
21 x nights accommodation with half board, vegetarian menu (14 nights Dahab, 7 nights Nuweiba)
Airport Transfers from SSH airport
200hrs TTC with tuition, manual & certification
Half board (Breakfast & dinner except on the two free days when breakfast only is included)
Single Room Supplement - £120 ( 2 weeks in Dahab) £35 7 nights in Nuweiba)
Booking & Payment Confirmation
To confirm your reservation on Yoga Teacher Training Course, please complete our course registration form using the following link and return it. We will then confirm your registration and issue you an invoice with payment details and easy pay options. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required to secure your place on the course and full payment should be made prior to start date.
We will also send you an info pack giving you details of what you need to bring and some general information of the course.
* Please ensure that you have booked your travel arrangements to ensure arrival in Dahab on the 23rd November. You can leave any time after midday 14th December.
* Extra hotel nights, pre or post the Teacher Training Course dates can be arranged, please advise during booking request.