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Inspiring Yoga Teacher Training France

If you want to learn more about yoga, this yoga teacher training is the best place for you. In this yoga teacher training, you can participate at your level and there is plenty of room for personal variations and modifications. You will learn your study of the Bhagavad Gita, the jewel of the Vedas. In this ancient scripture, the mythical story of the essential wisdom of life is offered in a very accessible way. Since the second half of the book offers different topics than the first half, it is very well possible to start with this module, without having attended module 3. Book and improve your skills with this yoga teacher training in France!

Meet the instructors

Elleke
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Solid and intensive meditation practices
  • Partial certificate upon completion acknowledged by IYF
  • Learn philosophy teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Engage in evening shiva asana sessions
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 10 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

 

Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Library

You will be accommodated at La Borde Blanque’s spacious and most charming private or double rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms. The garden surrounding the house has big shady trees and a wide lawn, leading to the lake. The private lakeside consists of comfortable grass and is surrounded by trees, offering complete privacy. The water is clean and pure and delightful to swim in. For all retreats, in spring, summer, or autumn season, La Borde Blanque also has two beautiful camping sites available, with outdoor bathroom facilities, with a discount of 25% on the normal price.

 

Program

Certification

The module of this training is a part of 500-hour yoga teacher training.

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive an 80-hour yoga federation partial certificate affiliated with IYF, EYA, and AFY. Registration with IYF, EYA, and AFY meets the identified standard set by the organization.

Raja Yoga Teacher Training

Our International Raja Yoga Teacher Training, acknowledged by the International Yoga Federation, honorary member of the European Union of Yoga Associations and the Association Française de Yoga, consists of 5 modules, in the form of 11 days yoga and meditation intensive retreats. The whole Teacher Training course can be completed by a concluding interview and a certificate.

The 5 different modules are being offered over a period of 2 and a half year and can be taken in any order. Each module can be concluded with a partial certificate (each certification is 80 hours). During the intensive, we build practice programme to take home. And in between the modules, there is the possibility to contact the teacher. You can attend the 5 different modules in your own rhythm and timespan. In yoga, there is no time.

Raja yoga

We are a Raja Yoga School. Raja Yoga is one of the oldest and most complete forms of yoga, where the asanas (physical practices) are considered to be a preparation for meditation. Thus Raja Yoga includes Hatha Yoga and all modern styles. Meditation training is central to Raja Yoga, which is a training of the mind, nowadays called “mindfulness”. Classic meditation training, however, goes beyond mindfulness, leading to higher states of consciousness. The philosophy we discuss is supportive of our meditation training.

On-going topics in all modules:

Yoga asanas and relaxation

We offer various modern styles of hatha yoga, our approach is a mindful way of practicing yoga. This means a quiet, attentive and meditative approach. Remaining in an asana can sometimes be intense and powerful. Yet we will also introduce dynamic flow series and be mindful in action! Everyone can participate at his or her level and there is plenty of room for personal variations and modifications.

Pranayama

Breath and energy practices to learn how to work and play with physical breath, subtle pranic flow, and mental energy.

Pratyahara and Concentration and Meditation

To withdraw the senses and the attention within towards focus and meditation, in gradual steps and using different techniques, we’ll explore higher realms of consciousness under professional and experienced guidance.

Philosophy

In each module, we study a different theme of classical yoga philosophy:

Module 1: September 22 – October 2, 2018: Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This module offers a wonderful introduction to and deepening of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and thus to the essence of classical yoga philosophy. In this 11-day Intensive Retreat, we discuss Chapter I and II of the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”, a comprehensive study and practical application of the 8 steps of yoga and meditation.

We’ll discuss the ethics of life:

  • The different stages of higher
  • consciousness
  • Different meditation techniques
  • Useful expressions of love
  • The philosophy of the causes of suffering
  • Living and integrating yoga into our every day
  • How you live like a yogi?
  • How to apply your yoga principles and practice in your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module, you needs to have completed the two yoga and meditation basic modules or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading chapters one and two of “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”.

Literature

  • “Yoga Sutras of Pantañjali” by Dr. I.K. Taimni
  • “Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • “Light On Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by B.K.S. Iyengar, London: Thorsons, 1993
  • “Meditation and Imagination” by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK

Module 2: September 21 – October 1, 2019: Continuation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This module offers a wonderful deepening of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as well as Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is very well possible to start with this module, without having attended module 1, for we’ll address different themes. We’ll start at the end of chapter 2, recapitulating the 8 steps of yoga and meditation, studying in a parallel way the text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which will be offered as a reader during this module.

Then we’ll move towards chapter 3 and 4 of the Yoga Sutras, discussing the different stages of higher consciousness and the practical application in different techniques, leading to new dimensions of awareness and perception.

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module, you needs to have completed the two yoga and meditation basic modules or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” and “Hatha Yoga Pradipika Swami Svatmarama”.

Literature

  • “Yoga Sutras of Pantañjali” by Dr. I.K. Taimni
  • “Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • “Light On Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by B.K.S. Iyengar, London: Thorsons, 1993
  • “Meditation and Imagination” by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK
  • “Hatha Yoga Pradipila Swami Svatmarama”

Module 3: March 16 – 26, 2019: Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is considered the jewel of the Vedas, the oldest scripts known. In this ancient mythical story, essential wisdom of life is offered, in a very accessible way. Themes to be addressed are:

  • Central questions of life
  • Finding your purpose in life
  • The nature of detachment
  • The nature of the soul
  • Bhakti, Jnana, Karma and Raja Yoga
  • Acting in wisdom
  • Meditation as a way of Life
  • How to integrate yoga into your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module, you need to have completed the two yoga and meditation basic modules or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading the chapters 1 to 9 of the Bhagavad Gita.

Literature

  • The DRU Bhagavad Gita by Mansukh Patel, Life Foundation
  • “Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • “Light On Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by B.K.S. Iyengar, London: Thorsons, 1993
  • “Meditation and Imagination” by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK
  • “Meditation on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Elleke van Kraalingen

Module 4: July 6 – 16, 2019: Continuation of the Bhagavad Gita

In this module, we continue our study of the Bhagavad Gita, the jewel of the Vedas, the oldest scripts known. In this ancient mythical story essential wisdom of life is offered in a very accessible way. Since the second half of the book offers different topics than the first half, it is very well possible to start with this module, without having attended module 3.

As an introduction, we start with a recapitulation of the first chapters of the book. Themes to be addressed are:

  • Who or what is God?: an abstract god, a personal god, universal energy, love?
  • The veil of illusion – Dedication, joy, and discipline
  • The relationship between body, consciousness, and soul
  • The nature of Nature – Jñāna, Karma and Rāja Yoga Acting in wisdom
  • Meditation as a way of Life, How to integrate yoga into your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module, you need to have completed the two yoga and meditation basic modules or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading the chapters 1 to 18 of the Bhagavad Gita.

Literature

  • The DRU Bhagavad Gita by Mansukh Patel, Life Foundation
  • “Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • “Light On Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • “Meditation and Imagination” by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK
  • “Meditation on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Elleke van Kraalingen

Module 5: 2020: Science of the Soul

This module offers a deepening perspective on the subtle anatomy of the human being and the cosmos along with the study of the profound book, ‘Science of the Soul’ by Swami Yogeshvarananda Sarasvati. We’ll discuss different dimensions and bodies along with different states of consciousness. Along with the subtle anatomy, we’ll pay extra attention to didactics, how to structure yoga sessions for yourself as well as for others and different groups.

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module, you need to have completed the two yoga and meditation basic modules or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading “Science of Soul’, by Swami Yogeshvarananda Sarasvati.

Literature

  • “Yoga Sutras of Pantañjali” by Dr. I.K. Taimni
  • “Yoga Dipika by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • “Light On Life” by B.K.S. Iyengar, Emmaus, USA, 2005
  • “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by B.K.S. Iyengar, London: Thorsons, 1993
  • “Meditation and Imagination” by Elleke van Kraalingen, O-Books, 2011, UK
  • “Meditation on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Elleke van Kraalingen
  • “Science of the Soul” by Swami Yogeshvarananda Sarasvati

Programme

This 11-day retreat consists of 18 sessions of 3 hours, alternated with free afternoons in a rhythm adapted to the season. This leaves time and space for recreation and relaxation in and around the beautiful surroundings of La Borde Blanque.

Sample schedule

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 08:30 Asana
  • 09:45 Meditation
  • 10:30 Breakfast in silence
  • 11:00 Sharing and philosophy
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • Afternoons free
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Asana
  • 20:45 Meditation
  • 21:30 Closing

 

Instructors

11 Days Continuation of the Bhagavad Gita 80-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Mirepoix, France 1

Elleke Van Kraalingen

 

Location

This training will take place in Midi-Pyrenees, France. The area has a long and moving history. Amongst other things, you will find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites. Apart from that, the Celts also left their traces, as well as the Romans with their thermal baths.

La Borde Blanque is an authentic French country estate situated on the crest of a hill with a magnificent view over the Pyrenees and surrounding countryside. The location offers various opportunities to be together as well as to withdraw for some private space, both indoors and outdoors.

It has a private lakeside beach on the beautiful Lac de Montbel and is on the other sides defined by forest and the river Hers.

The property has a natural spring and bathes in the peace and serenity of the French countryside. You’ll find them on the border of the Aude and Ariège departments.

Nearby places

  • Carcassonne – 50 minutes

 

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

General

  • Garden
  • Lake
  • River
  • Terrace

Services

  • Library

 

Food

Three daily vegetarian meals will be served for you. You will also be served coffee, unlimited herbal teas, snacks, and fruits. La Borde Blanque serves organic foods as much as possible and a major part of the meals is vegan. The cooks are specialized in all healthy diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

 

Things to do (optional)

The unique environment of Borde Blanque offers a wide range of activities. During your free time, you can taste the culture of France during a visit to colorful local markets like on Sunday in Esperanza, Monday in Mirepoix, and Friday in Lavelanet and Foix, make beautiful walks or horseback along the rivers, through the hills, forests, and mountains with stunning views.

La Borde Blanque is directly situated on the lakeside with its private beach. In addition to swimming on the beach, on the other side of the lake, one can go like sailing, surfing, canoeing, and water biking in the nearby area. The area has a long and moving history. You can also visit Cathar castles or the mysterious chateaus where the Celts and Romans left their traces. You will also find prehistoric caves with carvings and stalactites and stalagmites.

 

What’s included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali teachings
  • 80-hour Yoga Federation partial certificate
  • Deepening of different styles of asanas
  • High standard application of yoga principles and practices
  • Insight and guidance
  • Intensive different lines of meditation
  • Shakti asanas such as Ashtanga, Kriya, and Vinyasa yoga
  • Shiva asanas like Yin yoga
  • Themed Hatha yoga pradipika discussions
  • Full training program
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Coffee, unlimited herbal tea, and snacks
  • 10 nights’ accommodation

 

What’s not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare

 

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Toulouse

  • Follow the A61, A66 to Pamiers (direction Foix, Andorra) and turn to Mirepoix.
  • Turn right to Lavelanet at the second roundabout in Mirepoix. In Aigue Vives, you turn left to Leran.
  • Turn right to Montbel in Leran. When you follow this road, you can turn right to St Colombe. At this point, you can enter also the entrance of La Borde Blanque.

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11 Days Continuation of the Bhagavad Gita 80-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Mirepoix, France

Organized by La Borde Blanque


La Borde Blanque is an authentic French manor offering yoga and meditation retreats, Raja yoga teacher courses, and an international esoteric healing course.
Midi-Pyrenees, France
Spoken languages: Dutch, French, English

 

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