Since then I fell head over heels for the yoga at The Practice in Canggu, Bali. So when I found out about the 50hr Yin Teacher Training course they were holding, as well as the 50hr Traditional Tantra Hatha bridging course (for people who didn’t do their 200hr YTT with them, but want to learn the foundations of what they teach)…I knew I had to sign up. Here are my reviews of both:
50hr Yin Teacher Training with Nik Robson
Price: $850 USD
I’ve been to my fair share of yin classes with varying experiences, but when I started attending Nik’s yin classes last year I felt what I could only describe as pure magic. When I saw the training open up I knew I needed to find out what was behind it.
The training started with a half day, which included an opening ceremony and two hour practice. Our first full day was done in complete silence (definitely an experience). As the week went on (and we started speaking again hah) we learned about the pran vayus (different energies within the body), how to sequence a yin class to create specific experiences based on these energies and most importantly, how to create and hold a safe space for people to be free to create the *magic* for themselves.
We’d do yin practices that felt like an hour only to find out we’d stayed for three. Time didn’t exist and our little yin bubble was strong. We went deep and I felt like the course was lead the way Nik’s yin classes were lead: as a safe, strong, nurturing experience that gave us the space to really experience what we were learning and take it on board. There was a lot of trust put in us and the message was clear…it’s our duty to take these learnings, make them our own, and provide our own unique sacred spaces for people to experience yin.
50hr Traditional Tantra Hatha with Octavio Salvado
Price: $650 USD (a steal!)
If you’ve always wanted to take an extended spiritual pilgrimage to India, but haven’t found the time (hah), then this course is definitely for you. Not only is it insanely rich in content, but it also systematically shows you how to apply traditional tantra hatha yoga to your life…and how to reap the benefits.
This course was a whammy. So much information. So little time. We were given the same manual as the 200hr YTT course and I feel like we covered a lot of it. Each day was comprised of a two hour morning vinyasa krama, pranayama and meditation exercise followed by lectures with mini meditations and mantra chants in between. We were living and breathing the teachings being passed down to us. This is not the place to learn how to do your best downward dog (which you know if you’ve ever been to The Practice).
The majority of students were practicing yoga teachers (some even ran their own 200hr trainings) and a few yoga newbies. The yogis who had a fair share of trainings under their belt, all said they’d never found a course like this anywhere else in the world.
Here’s the course curriculum (direct from the site):
- Tantric Philosophy, Cosmology and Methodology.
- Moon, Sun and Fire: The 7 Stage Process to Awakening Kundalini.
- Advanced Sequencing: The Energetics of Asana.
- Mastering The Prana Vayus.
- The Gunas and Their Connection to Emotions and Meditation.
- Kundalini and The Chakras.
- Understanding The Science and Connection Between Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.
- The Science of Sound: Mantra, Vibration, Energy and Frequency.
- Key Tantric Insights Into The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
- Ayurveda and Tantra.
- Yantra Yoga: The Mathematics of Dharma.
- Kriya Meditation: The Ultimate Practice for Modern Yogis.
It was truly fascinating and the response I have to everyone who’s asked me about it is that I feel like I’ve learned all the secrets of the universe…and who doesn’t want to do that?!
It was amazing. Now go meditate!