Postural and energetic clarity
Movement, flow and ease
Wisdom and compassion
Confidence and purpose
ABOUT BODY OF WISDOM
The Body of Wisdom yoga and mindfulness teacher training is a unique, holistic and practical course for humans who want to dive deeper into the practice and study of yoga.
Integrating hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga and mindfulness meditation, our 250hr training offers a supportive and progressive approach to practice that embraces both form and freedom, structure and play.
Hatha yoga cultivates postural and energetic clarity. Vinyasa yoga brings movement, flow and ease. Mindfulness is both the ground and the fruit of practice, deepening self-connection and bringing the benefits of yoga into our everyday lives and relationships.
Maybe you're relatively new to yoga and would like to deepen your practice (without teaching in mind). Maybe you're already a teacher and want to go further, integrating new ideas into your classes and workshops. Either way, our course will welcome you as you are, while expanding your horizons and inspiring you in new and exciting ways.
Are you curious? Do you have any questions? Please feel free to get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Deutsch geht auch klar!
The course consists of two 5-day intensive modules with five weekends (Friday – Saturday – Sunday) in between. The course content consists of 180 hours of contact teaching time, extended and deepened by a minimum of 70 hours external studies including (fun!) homework tasks, mindfulness meditations, self-practice, reading and online resources. Many of the training sessions (yoga classes, meditations, talks) are recorded live and uploaded for later reference and home practice.
It is normal to have doubts and insecurities about your readiness for a teacher training! Our prerequisites are simple - a willingness to learn and a desire to explore yoga and mindfulness more deeply. We welcome you even if you are not planning to formally teach after this course. You should ideally have at least a year of yoga practice or other mind-body discipline such as martial arts, dance, etc. If you have any doubts or questions, please get in touch with us for a chat!
In many ways the training is bi-lingual. The main teaching language is English but depending on the group, discussions are often happen in German, and German translations are offered of key ideas, words and concepts. When you teach you are welcome to do so in your native language. Teaching languages that we have had so far on the course include German, Dütsch, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Finnish!
YOGA PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUE (100 HOURS)
Asana (posture) foundations, principles and techniques
Hatha and Vinyasa in theory and practice
Breath, pranayama and bandha
Meditation and the energetic body (subtle body)
Inversions and Feet-Up yoga
AcroYoga and Thai yoga massage
Voice opening and chanting
MINDFULNESS (25 HOURS)
Guided practice, theory and discussion
How to build and sustain a personal meditation practice
How to bring yoga and mindfulness together
Mindfulness and the nervous system
Mindfulness and relationships
Mindfulness and emotion
TEACHING METHODOLOGY (25 HOURS)
Teaching practice, feedback and observation
Voice, language and cueing
Class structure, theming and focus
Use of props (blocks, belts, blankets, Feet-Up)
Trauma sensitivity in yoga and mindfulness
Ethics, authenticity and scope-of-practice
APPLIED YOGA ANATOMY (20 HOURS)
Foundational anatomy and physiology
Hands-on exploration and discussion
Pose breakdowns and analysis
How to use anatomical knowledge for sensitive practice and teaching
Online resources, videos and structured learning
Homework, quizzes and self-study
PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY (10 HOURS)
Traditional and modern perspectives on practice
Philosophy as a tool for yogic depth instead of yogic dogma
The yogic spiral of awakening: subtlety, inclusivity and interdependence
Science and yoga - the meeting of traditions
Nervous system theory and applied neuroplasticity
Group discussion and enquiry
EXTERNAL STUDIES (70 HOURS)
Home yoga practice
Mindfulness in daily life (focused explorations)
Reading and reflection
Journalling and self-enquiry
Attending and analysing yoga classes
Online anatomy resources
Access to the "yogi database" of class recordings, lectures, slides, pose breakdowns and more.
Optional teaching practice (informal or formal)
Founder and lead teacher
Thomas Arta brings together 15 years of teaching experience with a passionate background in yoga, Buddhism, psychology and personal development. He understands yoga as a holistic and profound path of discovery that can include all aspects of our life, and where the learning never ends. Known for both his humour and depth as a facilitator, he founded Body of Wisdom to offer a broader and deeper vision of how yoga can support and transform us in a complex and fast-changing world. In addition to his yoga and mindfulness teaching, he works as a developmental coach and is the founder of Rise.
Svea Sauerborn is a yoga and AcroYoga teacher as well as a psychologist-to-be based in Braunschweig. As a self-proclaimed yoga nerd she enjoys challenging current paradigms in the yoga world and is known for her detail-oriented, yet easygoing teaching style. Her passion is to help people feel more at home in their bodies and give them tools to approach life with steadiness, more ease and clarity.
Guest teacher - philosophy
For Salvatore, ultimate happiness lies in the deep understanding of who we really are and how we connect and interconnect with the world around us. In two words: investigating (our) Nature! Salva's life journey has taken many different paths; even if they might appear divergent, he has found them to be deeply interconnected. Having worked for about ten years as a full time scientist and lecturer he now dedicates more time to studying movement and meditation as well as supporting others on their paths. Merging the many aspects of life and letting them become one! This is one of the ways he understands Yoga.
ROSA MARIA MONTANA
Guest teacher - Shakti Yoga
Yoga kann dir den Weg zu einem persönlichen Wohlgefühl und Selbstheilungskräften zeigen. Dank Yoga weiß ich endlich, was das bedeutet. Mit drei Bandscheibenvorfällen und einer Skoliose habe ich bereits früh in meinem Leben eine kleine Odyssee durch viele Praxen und Fitness-Studios in Deutschland hinter mir.
Was mir jedoch durch die Integration des Yoga in mein gesamtes Leben am wichtigsten scheint: Yoga kann dir helfen, dich zu dehnen, kräftiger zu machen. Es zeigt dir wie perfekt du bist. Vollständig und wunderschön.
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