HATHA YOGA

Postural and energetic clarity

VINYASA YOGA

Movement, flow and ease

MINDFULNESS

Wisdom and compassion

PERSONAL GROWTH

Confidence and purpose

 

ABOUT BODY OF WISDOM

Based in Zürich and Dortmund, the Body of Wisdom teacher training is a unique, holistic and practical course for humans who want to dive deeper into the practice and study of yoga and mindfulness.

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!

LOCATIONS

Más Energy Center, Zürich, Switzerland

Soul Yoga, Dortmund, Germany

Training dates here

GRADUATES

For a list of our graduates, please click here.

 
 

Upcoming Trainings

Body of Wisdom 250hr TT in Dortmund, 2020/21
Sat, Oct 17
Soulyoga Dortmund
Oct 17, 2020, 7:00 AM – Jun 02, 2021, 5:00 PM
Soulyoga Dortmund, Chemnitzer Str. 13, 44139 Dortmund, Germany
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Body of Wisdom 250hr TT in Zürich, 2021
Sat, Jan 23
Más Energy Centre
Jan 23, 2021, 8:00 AM – Aug 18, 2021, 6:00 PM
Más Energy Centre, Wattstrasse 3, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
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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! Thomas also made a video about these questions, you'll find it further down the page.

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

  • Yin 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

  • Understanding the different approaches and skillsets for:

    • group teaching

    • online teaching

    • teaching individuals

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

  • How to bring Yoga more deeply into your everyday life

  • 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)

YOGA ALLIANCE

Please read about our position on Yoga Alliance registration here

 

THOMAS ARTA

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.

RENÉ HUG

Guest teacher - yin yoga

Seit 14 Jahren unterrichtet René Yin-, Restorative- und Yogatherapie in der Schweiz, Deutschland und Italien. Besonders beeinflusst und inspiriert wurdet er durch seine Zeit in Indien, im Ashram «Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga».


Seither führtet sich sein vielseitiger Yoga Weg von Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Qi Gong und Pilates zu meiner heutigen Leidenschaft dem Yin & Yang Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga und der Yogatherapie.

SALVATORE DANIELE

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.

FLORENTINE BRUNNER

Assistant teacher

Florentine is one of Thomas’ teacher training alumni and now teaches yoga and AcroYoga in Zürich. She loves to invite her students on a journey through the fascinating edges of body and mind, balancing movement with stillness, challenge with integration, and creative with traditional. She focuses on clear guidance in practice, while giving space for individual needs. Florentine´s passion for AcroYoga inspires her yoga practice and vice versa. With her tremendous curiosity to keep learning, growing and sharing inspiration, she sees her role as teacher as just another way to be a student.

ALBERT CASALS A.K.A. YOGAFLAKE

Assistant teacher

For Albert, the path is the goal.
He teaches Yoga and Inversions in Zürich. He is passionate about the movement and the body. Transitions and movement-awareness or movement-control, exploring while focusing and breathing are the pillars of his classes, connected to the elements and nature whenever possible and, of course, connected to the sound. His flows are in symbiosis with mixed electronic sounds.
Creativity and an always-learning-process are the key to become a better teacher.

SVEA SAUERBORN

Assistant teacher

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.

 

ONLINE YOGA AND MINDFULNESS

with Thomas Arta

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HATHA-VINYASA YOGA

New content each week on Instagram and Facebook

Classes and mini-workshops blending asana and movement with playful, practical and clear instruction.

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MIDWEEK MINDFULNESS

Every Wednesday at 20:00

via Facebook Live

Bite-sized 20 minute sessions to support or deepen a meditation practice, with essential theory and short guided practices.

 
 

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL?
HÄTTEST DU FRAGEN DAZU?

Please don't be shy, we are friendly. Deutsch geht auch klar!

 

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