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Transpersonal Yoga Teacher Training

Transpersonal Yoga brings together vast pools of knowledge from the wisdom and scientific traditions; incorporating what continues to be current and discarding what has naturally expired.  The uniqueness in our program, lies in the understanding that the body plays a vital role in the process of individuation. Furthermore, the program has been designed to deliver the theoretical aspects through the practical.  Which enables the students to comprehend the intellectual material through the lens of the body before seeking to understand with the mind. 

We use techniques from the Yogic and Earth-based traditions, fused with the use of ritual and ceremony to deliver experiences that the students undergo for the purpose of self-awareness, process of healing, integration and completion. We deliberately accompany our students on a journey of individuation, that enables them to effectively support others who are also walking towards wholeness.  The process requires that we integrate life’s learning and realise self as un-separate to the rest of reality, the cosmos and the universe.

Permission from the elders has been given to share any of the First Nation concepts or songs that are offered on the course. 

Transpersonal Yoga 300 Program

The program is born out of a clear vision for the future generations and the evolution of Earth. It has been curated to follow the cycle of life from birth to death.  It delves deeply into the potential for transformation through innovative applications of somatic practices, yoga asana, breathwork, journeying, relaxation techniques and sacred sounds. The subject matters are multi-layered, in general, the body-mind work is augmented by psychotherapeutic, physiological, energetic theory, particle physics or sacred teaching from a wealth of traditions. 

The five-part training experience builds consecutively upon each focus to meet the person where they are and evolve as they grow.  Participants leave the training with a deeper comprehension of human dynamics and the confidence to work with individuals and groups. Included in the material is embodied Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga, embodied Yin Yoga, Laya Yoga, spontaneous movement, sacred songs, breathwork, meditation, use of ritual for self-care and one:one work, creation of ceremony in groups, poetry, art, process work, therapeutic integration, and assessment tools. We also have a workshop on the use of hypnotherapy as a pose to Yoga Nidra and one on trauma-informed yoga.

Learning Outcomes
  • Seeing the body as the manifest representation of the physiological, emotional and Spiritual worlds, from inner to the outer reality.
  • Learning to support transformative processes through embodied movement, yoga asana, breathwork, meditation, journeying, Yoga Nidra, sacred ritual and ceremonial work.
  • Sequencing to support self-awareness, healing process, integration and completion.
  • Working with the expression of lifeforce in the body to release somatically held tension, re-pattern the system, and move towards personal sovereignty.
  • Exploring the different methodologies that are required for working with groups and individuals.
  • Personal growth through conscious participation in challenging situations that may arise throughout a course.
  • Being witnesses for each other as individual processes unfold.
  • Imparting safety, kindness, and personal insight through the teachings of life
  • Deepening the ethics of practice as informed by Transpersonal Yoga’s principles using self-reflection, internal processing, somatic exploration, and deep meditation.
  • Shadow work as a foundation for anyone who wishes to hold safe spaces.
  • Understanding field dynamics, looking at transference and countertransference of energy in groups and 1:1 setting.
  • Curating courses and capturing the creative essence that wishes to express itself uniquely through each individual.
  • Language skills that promote clear, uplifting, and embodied direction that supports the growth of others.
  • Practicing facilitation skills for holding and sourcing space.
What It Gives

Our students leave this training with a clearer comprehension of themselves as co-evolving humans—evolving alongside this Earth and all other beings. Therefore, the training course is suitable for people who wish to undergo a profound self-integration process.

All students will leave understanding how these multidimensional practices are effective to lead groups or individuals towards an embodied sense of the greater self. The training instils responsible teaching and includes developing compassion, sensitivity, and confidence to create safety for all students.

Dates are soon to be announced for a 2022-23 cohort. Please contact register your interest at the bottom of the page.

The Flow of the Course

Transpersonal Yoga invites the participant to consciously claim their highest potential through experiential processes that journey through the cycle of life.  There are five parts to the training; each corresponds to one of the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has a specifically themed journey that maintains the integrity of the section. We deliver the subject matters through psychological and somatic processes that guide the participant into an embodied sense of self.  The program provides the major topics of the course manual through lectures, discussions, group work, dyads and triads.  Some topics are covered in online seminars and material between teaching times.   

We purposefully guide participants on a path that leads to an awareness of self, undefined by conditioned limitations to support working with others who wish to access their potential. We delve into a philosophical dialogue that encourages connections between the energetic and the biochemical levels of the human being.  We explore how the psychological, physiological, neurophysiological, and subtle energetic systems influence the whole person.  Discussing the body-mind-energy-spirit complex in health and distress, we share methodologies that support balance and wholeness.

Practices

  • Somatic practices that journey through the unborn, newborn, and infant stages of life.
  • Yoga Nidra and journeying to support the unborn and newborn consciousness.
  • Embodied Kundalini Yoga asana and movements.
  • The use of spontaneous movement to promote individuality, embodiment and grounding.

Sounds

  • Creative movement with sound and mantra
  • The use of sacred sounds from the Lakota First Nation people of the Americas, Sanskrit mantra and the Shabd Guru (kundalini yoga mantra).

Integrative Sciences

  • Basics of Embryology for knowledge and to justify the validity of the meridian theory.
  • Exploring the collaborative nature of the body with basic cell biology and morphology.
  • Discovering the cells of the nervous system.
  • Understanding Bottom-up and Top-down processes through the peripheral nervous system.
  • Connecting to the spine as the central highway.
  • Appreciating the importance of connective tissue (including fascia) regarding autobiographical somatic memory.
  • Understanding the human system through the pañcha koshas of Vedanta.
  • Tracking the meridians of the kidney, urinary tract, and bladder.

Therapeutic Skills

  • The healing power of attunement.
  • Creating a safe container to hold a class or session.
  • Giving clear instructions.
  • Using authentic language skills.
  • Introduction to the five stages of listening.
  • Discuss dissociation
  • Shadow work and introduction to integration skills.
  • Use of Yoga Nidra.

Spirit of Pilamaya

  • Ethical code of Pilamaya
  • The Seven Sacred Values of the White Buffalo Calf Woman as a foundation for our ethical code.
  • Yamas and niyamas as practical tools that support our ethics.
  • Yogic diet and food prep to live in good health.
  • Constellation practice to integrate aspects of self.

Practices

  • Somatic exploration of Hatha flow yoga to explore the toddler through adolescent life stages.
  • Using finely tuning movement to promote neuroplasticity.
  • Physical and emotional grounding that supports neural regulation.
  • Embodied practices to influence networks that connect to emotional wellbeing.
  • Trauma-informed teaching approach as our foundation.
  • Introduction to working with anxiety and depression.
  • Tankrik Meditations to connect to the inner world.
  • Deep Relaxation Practices influenced by hypnotherapy.

Sound

  • Journey through the consciousness of the heartbeat with a drum.
  • Sanskrit Mantra
  • Mantra from Kundalini Yoga.

Integrative Sciences

  • Exploring the developmental milestones of complex movement patterns in the early years.
  • Understanding the role of movement for re-patterning postural and emotional habits.
  • Introduction to the cerebellum and the pathways that support emotional and physical balance.
  • The role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and homeostasis.
  • Neurobiology of the stress response.
  • The long-term effects of the fight-or-flight-or-freeze response.
  • Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and promoting coherence between systems.
  • Introduction to neuroplasticity.
  • Tracking the meridians of the liver and the gallbladder.
  • The Energy Body in the pañcha koshas

Therapeutic Skills

  • Breath and movement to promote vagal tone and HRV with mind and body practices.
  • Grounding and regulatory techniques.
  • Intelligent sequencing to promote neuroplasticity, physical and emotional balance.
  • Working with the challenges of adolescence.
  • Trauma-informed methodology.
  • Use of mudra for stress regulation.
  • Comparison of Hypnotherapy and Yoga Nidra for relaxation and stress relief.
  • Motivational techniques for goal setting (vision building)

Spirit of Pilamaya

  • Qualities of fierce devotion and inner strength
  • Connecting to Shri Hanuman (the Monkey God)

 

 

Practices

  • Somatically exploring transformative movement and yoga practices that support the adolescent to adult stages of life.
  • Kundalini Rebirthing Kriyas.
  • Embodied approach to the Hot Yoga Series
  • Meditations with a candle flame (Tratakum).
  • Basics of ritual for self-care and in therapeutic settings.
  • Mudras in movement and mediation.
  • Quantum Light Breath (BreathWork).

Sound

  • Using the voice to unblock stagnant energy
  • Use of sound and mudras

Integrative Sciences

  • The mechanisms of the circulatory system.
  • Potential benefits of yoga, movement and breath for circulatory health.
  • The electromagnetic energy of the heart.
  • History of Agni as a deity and spiritual intercessor.
  • Agni and ama as two opposing energy forces.
  • Tracking the meridians of the small intestine and the heart.

Therapeutic Skills

  • The process of initiation as a therapeutic tool.
  • Introduction to creating ritual
  • Use of ritual in therapy or group work.
  • Use of voice and sound for groups and one:one setting

Spirit of Pilamaya

  • Understating Agni Yoga
  • Connecting to the Spiritual Sun
  • Creating personal fire rituals
  • Initiation processes

Practices

  • Somatic practices that support the adult stages of life.
  • Deepening into the physical and travelling to the subtle body.
  • Tāntrik meditations to experience Self through sound, visualisation, and breath.
  • Storytelling and movement—weaving the story through movement practices
  • Storytelling as a therapeutic tool to foster healing for individuals, groups and communities.

Sound

  • Learning songs for healing the other, the collective, and ourselves.
  • Working with drums and other sounds to support our journeys.
  • Freeing the sounds within ourselves.

Integrative Science

  • The role of Mirror Neurons in developing movement patterns, intuition and empathy.
  • Making sense of our personal and collective reality through Interoceptive and Exteroceptive processing.
  • The seven major chakras as a framework to work with psychological, emotional, and physical aspects of ourselves, the other, and the collective.
  • The major energy channels concerning solar and lunar energy and our natural rhythms.
  • The basics of atomic entanglement.
  • Field Theory
  • Micheal Washburn’s the Dynamic Ground.
  • Transpersonal Yoga’s FieldWork.
  • Tracking the meridians of the stomach and the spleen.
  • Use of Mudras

Therapeutic Skills

  • Collaborative facilitation structures to deepen the awareness of energetic holding.
  • Partner facilitation, holding safe space for others as they journey into unconscious states.
  • Field Work and facilitation: living and breathing with the Field as we facilitate.
  • Using a model of the seven major chakras as a diagnostical tool.
  • Planning individual or group sessions around the chakra framework.

Spirit of Pilamaya

  • The similarities between mystical stories that birth traditions and their deeper meaning.
  • The creation story of Hatha Yoga and similarities in other wisdom traditions.

 

Practices

  • Exploring elderdom and preparing for death through Embodied Yin Yoga.
  • Further exploration of the subtle bodies in movement and stillness.
  • Letting go of all form to dance with the living Field.
  • Exploring closing and completion through movement, meditation, ceremony, and journeys.
  • Group co-creative ceremony
  • Delivery of themed sessions that may include movement but is not limited to it.
  • Group facilitation

Sound

  • Sharing songs for ceremony and celebration
  • Sounds that the group have offered to each other
  • Integrative Sciences
  • The respiratory system, oxygen saturation and the effect of mind-body practices.
  • The lymphatic system and impact of movement on it.
  • Tracking the meridians of the large intestine and the lungs
  • Therapeutic Skills
  • Sequencing for restoration
  • Use of ceremony in groups and one:one setting
  • Deep practices for spiritual development
  • Sitting with the dying process
  • Holding the process for each other
  • Contracting with the other
  • Preparing for endings

Spirit of Pilamaya

  • Co-creating a graduation ceremony for honouring and closing.
  • Connecting to the allies in the Field who wish to support the completion of this cycle.

“We believe in the inherent goodness of humans. We believe in the power of transformation, and we have comprehended the freedom that arises as a result of taking personal responsibility for our lives and our being. Pilamaya invites you to sit with us when you are ready for an experience of your true nature.”

Shaura Hall

Course Curator

Training Methodology

The programme has specific content to be delivered on or between the teaching times. We recognise that each group has unique needs, and therefore there is an organic element to the course.  Students are invited to come with a willingness to participate and learn from the group dynamics.  We will model the ethos of Transpersonal Yoga throughout the course.  The cohort will hone their observation skills and pick up any subjects that are woven through the content.

Participants will explore the material and what arises in small groups, triads, online, and self-practice. Through their own experiences, they become proficient in curating sessions to work with the innate intelligence of potential students and clients. By learning to listen carefully to the body, the emotions, the mind, and the Field, the co-creative dance between people becomes possible. 

 

Assessment Process

We continually assess the progress and process of each student as an individual participant, as a group member, and as a soul on a learning journey with Pilamaya.

The weekends and the residential have significant periods of time for students to work alone, in pairs, triads, and small groups for self-directed learning. As part of the assessment strategy, participants will deliver practices to each other, give feedback to group members, self-reflect, and complete a self-assessment form online. The online form records all of the assessment criteria for the course; it also allows the student to observe their Pilamaya journey from start to finish.

We offer two student-review sessions over the duration of the course: one at the six-month mark and one at 12 months. Such sessions are opportunities for the student and tutor to explore what is present for them at the time. Sessions will include conversations around course work and personal development.

Each module requires the student to complete:

  1. Two assignments that are no less than 500 and no more than 700 words.
  2. Two practices that show that the student has understood the focus material.
  3. Home practice.
  4. Home learning material where appropriate.
  5. Include the material in their current teaching practice and reflect upon the outcome.
  6. Self-reflection and processing of what arises.

By the end of the course students will have the confidence to curate transformational journeys that are client appropriate.  They will transmit the frequency of Pilamaya in their own unique way. 

Students will also regularly deliver and give feedback to each other regarding the following:

  1. Movement practices,
  2. Short meditation, and
  3. Yoga Nidras.

We feel that lifelong learning experiences must be imprinted into our hearts. Because we know that this integration comes at different times and in individual ways, we do not grade students as such, rather, we have a level of competence that we expect will be reached by the participants.

If we feel that you need extra support in relation to teaching, we will offer solutions such as contact with one of the team outside of the course hours. Any time for extra tuition or processing work is classed beyond the course fee and would involve additional costs.

Students are required to attend all weekends and the residential. We can allow students to miss one weekend if circumstances arise that are outside of their control but the work must be caught up on. Any further absences require the student/s to make up time with a tutor.

Student Liability

Once admitted onto the course, each student is liable for the full training fee; there is no obligation on the part of Shaura Hall under the trading name of The Yogologist or Pilamaya to refund monies if a student decides not to complete the training.

In the unfortunate event that a student becomes ill during the course, we will do our utmost to support the student to complete the course but we cannot refund any of the course fee.

Should the student have the good fortune to become pregnant, we will support the process but we cannot refund any of the course fee.

Please exercise due diligence and digest the material above fully to decide whether this course is for you. If this course calls to you, then come with an open heart. 

Investment

The full Investment for this training is £3750  a non-refundable deposit of £1000 is required when booking.The deposit will be taken once the student has been accepted onto the course, at this point the student becomes liable for the training.This price includes all of your training and accommodation on the 5 night residential. 

  • The Early Bird rate of £3500 finishes 3 months before the courses commences.

Pilamaya employs a probationary period to allow itself and the participants the opportunity to ascertain whether the 300-hour course is a good fit for them at that time. This period extends to the end of the first weekend of EMERGE and gives both the cohort and the Pilamaya team time to assess the relationship between the process and the group. 

  • For seven days after the first weekend the participant can request to leave the course for any reason at all. 
  • For seven days after the first weekend, Pilamaya can also request that a participant leave the program and apply again at another time. 
  • In both cases Pilamaya will refund all monies that have been paid minus the pro rata costs of the venue and teaching time. 
  • This only applies to people who have signed up fro the full course. It is not applicable to those who have decided to take the journey module by module.

Following receipt of a deposit, the full balance is due prior to the commencement of training. However, we do understand that this is a serious investment and are happy to discuss payment plans that can extend after the first weekend on the proviso that a contract is signed between the student and Pilamaya to confirm student liability for the full fee.

We have made every effort to make this course financially accessible both in our pricing and payment structure. In line with the ethos of Pilamaya we operate a 100% transparency policy, this means that we do not enter into special payment deals.

Professional Certification and GDPR

Upon completion students will be qualified as a 3000hr yoga teacher accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Pilamaya Training takes your data protection seriously.  We are a member of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and process your data in accordance with GDPR requirements. 

“I did not just learn how to be a yoga teacher, I learnt what steps to take to become an improved version of myself”

Muna Mcadie

Graduate 2016

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