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HATHA YOGA

Postural and energetic clarity

VINYASA YOGA

Movement, flow and ease

MINDFULNESS

Wisdom and compassion

PERSONAL GROWTH

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!

 

TRAINING CURRICULUM

COURSE STRUCTURE

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.

PRE-REQUISITES

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!

LANGUAGE

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

  • Shadow work

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)

 

THOMAS ARTA

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

Assistant teacher

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.

SUZANNE CHAMMAS

Visiting teacher

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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