“ALCHEMY OF BEING”
200-hour teacher training in Sri Lanka
with Nina Vukas, Jasna Perin & guest teachers
December 28th 2019. - January 18th 2020.
This is the third edition of our Spanda Vinyasa Yoga School 200-hour teacher training and it is a special one as we have decided to go back to our paradise island earlier than usual, and start a New Year together on the journey of transformation, connection and love.
For our 200 hour trainees, the first week's format will be that of a retreat where you will be able to acclimatise, practice every morning and get used to the flows and daily practice, while still having time to relax and before we go into two weeks of full day teacher training.
Join us on this celebration of life, yoga, love and new beginnings!
This 200-hour programme is designed with you in mind. We know time is precious and taking almost a month away from family and work is a luxury for most. This is why our 200-hour Yoga Alliance verified programme is divided into four modules, first one being an online part of the training which you can do on your own pace and time, within the two months before the training. Online training will cover some long lectures and basics we will dig deeper into during the 2nd and 3rd module, and it will prepare you for the rich curriculum and the intensity of an intensive teacher training.
Second part of the training is our first week in Sri Lanka where we meet for “Closer to LOVE” yoga retreat and to celebrate New Year together. This week is designed as a lighter week - you will need to attend morning practice and will have a few assignments and lectures in the afternoon, but it will mostly be about your personal practice and enough free time to acclimatise, explore and enjoy.
Next two weeks we will dive deep into the teacher training and study of anatomy, biomechanics, fundamental teachings of Integral Vinyasa yoga, sequencing, assisting, subtle anatomy, Ayurveda, Elemental Vinyasa as well practice teaching.
Core teachings of Spanda Vinyasa yoga school are rooted in Integral Vinyasa method which stems from Hatha yoga teachings, classical yoga philosophy, Tantric teachings, Ayurveda's understanding of nature and the five elements, as well as today’s understanding of anatomy and movement biomechanics. The method follows the traditional teaching of Vinyasa Krama, a system of progressions chosen to serve the gentle unfolding and integration of our body/mind, and expands from there. Learn teaching tools like proper alignment, creative yet intelligent method of sequencing, hands-on adjustments and assists, modifications and adaptations, pranayama, mantra, mudra, yoga nidra and learn how to use those tools to create safe, meaningful, mindful yoga practice. Our goal is to create a safe and open environment, offer clear instruction and help you every step of the way.
What can you expect
Intensive teacher training is, well, - intensive on all levels. Your body will get tired as well as your mind, you will get emotional. There will also be so many happy moments, moments of revelation and connection, AHA! moments. You will make forever friends. You will feel supported on every level and every step of the way and will always have space to speak your mind and heart.
Because of the intensity of training, we have created an online programme with the intention to prepare you for the training itself; there will be practice videos and alignment-based videos, lectures on anatomy and biomechanics, lectures, reading and essays on yoga history, philosophy and tradition, as well as Ayurveda, Yoga's sister science. Once we meet, you will feel much more confident in your body and will already have some basic knowledge.
Once you arrive to Sri Lanka we start the training on a lighter note - with our "Closer to Love" New Year's retreat. Morning practice will prepare you for the weeks ahead, as well as a few PM lectures on alignment and some fun learning experiences - we'll have yoga movie nights and a quiz night. You will also have plenty of time to relax, go for a massage, surf or beach.
The first week of training we will go into the fundamentals of Integral Vinyasa method as well as of anatomy and biomechanics, asana alignment, basic adjustments and the art of sequencing. In the second part of the training, we will dive deeper into the subtle anatomy, learn about Ayurveda, the five Elements and about Elemental Vinyasa principles, or how to sequence according to the laws of mama Nature. You will not get a set sequence, but rather a set structure and many tools to create your own sequences depending on your group and the environment.
1st module: online training
Online anatomy course
Yoga history and tradition
Introduction to Ayurveda
Introduction to subtle body anatomy
Reading and homework
Your online training journey will be supported with all the materials and with faculty members every step of the way.
2nd module: CLOSER TO LOVE - New Year’s retreat on Sri Lanka
(Dec 28th - Jan 4th 2020.)
Morning Integral Vinyasa practice with Nina or Jasna
Two afternoon meditation sessions with Nina and Jasna
Three afternoon alignment workshops / lectures
Movie and quiz nights
+ Free time to explore, surf, relax, celebrate and prep for weeks ahead
3rd module: Fundamental teachings of Integral Vinyasa yoga
This module is dedicated to setting solid foundations and acquiring substantial knowledge on which we can build upon, like anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, or how to apply anatomy and biomechanics in yoga. We dive deep into learning about asana alignment and individual adaptation, how to avoid and work with common yoga injuries. We learn about safe adjustments, and unravel the method of Integral Vinyasa - from the principles and foundations to the sequencing of themed classes as well as beginners classes and dive into teaching methodology and take our first teaching steps.
Applied anatomy and biomechanics
Asana alignment and adaptation
Five principles of Integral Vinyasa
Five foundations of Integral Vinyasa
Building a class with a theme
4th module: Integral Vinyasa - Elemental flow
In this module, we move from the physical in order to explore the deeper, more advanced level of yogic practice, teaching and sequencing. We will slowly start to move deeper into the subtle as well explore yoga through the teachings of Ayurveda, yoga's sister science. Apart from learning different Namaskars and Elemental sequences, we will learn how and when to use them taking into consideration the laws of Nature - from the time of the day to the moon phase, season, personal constitution, cycle etc. In this way, we focus on promoting balance and healing on and off the mat. In this part we cover more teaching methodology, teaching practice and ethics and business of teaching yoga.
Yoga and Ayurvedic principles - flowing with nature
Five Elements and their relationship with body / mind
Integral Vinyasa - Bhumi (Earth) flow
Integral Vinyasa - Agni (Fire) flow
Integral Vinyasa - Vayu (Air) flow
Integral Vinyasa - Jala (Water) flow
Teaching methodology continued
Teaching and assisting practicum
Ethics and business of teaching yoga
We require a minimum of one year continuous and dedicated yoga practice which, if necessary, your teacher or teachers can vouch for as well as your commitment to putting in the time and work for the online/distant learning module.
We know that each person is different, and believe no one better can decide if this programme is for you but - you. Having said this we would like to stress out that this is a rich and intensive programme, both for your body and your mind. Some time off will be scheduled, but it will depend on how fast we move on with the programme.
To get your diploma you will be required to attend all the hours, pass both written and teaching exam.
This year we’re going back to the Sri Lankan jungle and have chosen for you a beautiful spacious villa in Ahangama. The villa is only a 10-minute walk from Kabalana beach but tucked away enough to allow for peace and quiet.
Ahangama is located about a three hour car ride from the airport or with a train from Colombo Fort station.
We will send you more info about the location before the training.
tuition, manual, online training and materials
21 night accommodation
breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegan / vegetarian)
Double deluxe en suite room : 3200 euro
Triple deluxe en suite room: 3000 euro
Non - residential (tuition only): 2000 euro
Double deluxe en suite room: 3400 euro
Triple deluxe en suite room: 3200 euro
Non - residential (tuition only): 2200 euro
Accommodation is based on two or three sharing. Sorry, no single rooms available in the villa. Please email us for possible arrangement of single accommodation in near by hotel. 700 euro non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.
* Early bird full tuition is due before September 1st 2019.
** Late bird full tuition is due before November 30th.
“Very professional and knowledgeable. Every bit of information, explanation made sense.Incredible link between theory and practice. Intensive study to gain broad perspectives on what constitutes yoga and life. On the personal note: You immediately, from the moment you enter shala become part of a group, feeling welcomed and appreciated as individual, as person, as friend. And all that thanks to Nina Vukas and her assistant Jasna. Thank you both for all the support and make me fall in love with Yoga again!” - Katja Gorjup, Sri Lanka TTC 2019.
”It was a fantastic journey - both learning about the foundations of yoga, principles and techniques as well as for yourself and peers around. Hugely memorable.” - Eliza Lees, Sri Lanka TTC 2019.
”This course was even better than I thought it would be. It took me deeper into the practice of yoga and gave me all the tools I need to begin teaching. Nina's presence, her enthusiasm and genuine passion really brought the best out of every student. I learnt so much, from yogic tradition and history to anatomy and how to put together a class. I couldn't recommend this course enough.” Catriona Smith, Sri Lanka TTC 2019.