Postural and energetic clarity
Movement, flow and ease
Wisdom and compassion
Reflection and learning
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 Journey in three key ideas: subtlety, inclusivity and interdependence
Philosophy as a vehicle for self-understanding
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 and psychology. Known for both his humour and depth as a facilitator, he founded Body of Wisdom to contribute a broader and deeper vision of how yoga can support and enrich us in a complex and fast-changing world.
Svea Sauerborn is a yoga and AcroYoga teacher as well as a psychologist-to-be based in Braunschweig. She guides sustainable and accessible classes at the Yoganest, a studio she co-founded with Christiane Hobusch. 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.
A dancer for many years, Suzanne Chammas slowly changed her path into a dedicated exploration of yoga and then yoga teaching. For fifteen years she has run the studio Yoga-Asana in Kreuzlingen Switzerland. Her fascination for the structures of muscles and bones started with the studies of Spiraldynamik by Christain Larsen in 1996. Since then the body became much more than muscles and bones. The complexity of the different tissues and layers, how unique the micro universe in the macrocosmos is, began as a wonderful journey of discovery. She passionately believes in embodied experience as the foundation of learning.
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