Teacher Training Programme
The Living Yoga Method™
Teacher Training Programme: Level 1
~ Master the Method ~ Embody the Wisdom ~ Share the Teachings
September 2020 – May 2021
This 200-hour Living Yoga Teacher Training Programme, accredited by the Independent Yoga Network, offers a comprehensive, in-depth immersion in the five life transforming components of the Living Yoga Method. The programme is open to all sincere Living Yogi’s who desire to dive deeper into the ancient technology and philosophical underpinnings of the Living Yoga Method, whilst simultaneously developing the skills to confidently and effectively guide others along its life changing path.
The Living Yoga Method is the distilled essence of decades of yogic practice and exploration by its founder Steve Harrison. The method comprises of the most select and effective tools for self-transformation drawn from the ancient tradition of Hatha Yoga, delivered in an innovative and modern context. The power of the method lies in its simplicity, supreme efficiency and accessibility, enabling any practitioner with a little self-commitment, to systematically take back control of their body, breath and mind and reclaim their power.
The Course Objective
The course is designed to offer you a deep, thorough and rounded yogic education that will enable you to master the Level 1 Living Yoga Method, embody its wisdom and teachings, confidently conduct an 8-week Living Yoga Beginners Programme and effectively teach a Level 1 Living Yoga Session.
Training to be a Living Yoga Teacher
The Living Yoga Method consists of 5 components; Breath Training, Posture Training, Digestion Training, Cold Training and Mind-Set Training. As a Trainee Living Yoga Teacher you will receive rigorous training in the practice, theory and background philosophy of all 5 components. Remember, as Living Yoga Teachers we can only share what we ourselves have experienced and we can only inspire others to do what we ourselves have done.
BREATH TRAINING In this component you will undertake an in-depth exploration of the two ‘master breaths’ of the Living Yoga Method: Double Breathing and Ujjayi Breathing. You will learn the most effective means to guide practitioners in the practice of these two breathing techniques and how to refine the practices in order to gain the maximum benefit. You will also become familiar with the extraordinary effects these two master breaths can have on our internal chemistry and how they can be used to reset the mind and create a positive state-change.
POSTURE TRAINING With the help of Steve’s special ‘Posture Clinics’ you will learn how to dismantle and rebuild each of the 25 postures of the Living Yoga Method. Together we will explore the mechanics, alignments, pulse actions, variations and adaptions of each posture along with their physical, energetic and mental effects, enabling you and your potential students to gain maximum nourishment from all of the asanas. Along with the Posture Clinics, you will also unlock the energetic intelligence behind the specific sequencing of asanas.
DIGESTION TRAINING In this component you will learn the ancient yogic method for activating inner fire, through the progressive practices of Uddhiyana Bandha, Agni Sara and Nauli. By the completion of the training programme you will feel confident, competent and well informed to deliver a short workshop on the practice and theory of these amazing techniques so as to further inspire yourself and others to take on these digestion-boosting techniques.
COLD TRAINING In this important aspect of the Living Yoga Method you will explore a step-by-step, progressive approach to cold training that is both safe and sustainable. We will look into the latest scientific evidence verifying the extraordinary healing and strengthening effects of this revolutionary component of the Living Yoga Method. Together we will also make good use of the ‘Fire & Ice’ facilities at the Yoga Sanctuary to delve into the more advanced aspects of ‘Cold Training’.
MIND-SET TRAINING This final component of the training is wide reaching, and in many ways specific and unique to the Living Yoga Method. In Living Yoga it’s not just ‘what’ we do, but ‘how’ we do it that is of greatest importance. Liberating ourselves from the tyranny of our own egos is key and for this we have four extraordinary principles unique to the Living Yoga Method that inform everything we do in the practice: Sukha (ease), Spanda (pulse), Lila (play) and Poorna (Fulfilment), combined with the ‘6 Keys To Success’ and a generally life-positive outlook. This mind-set training allows us to gradually transcend the limitations of our psychology and gain greater and greater mastery over our minds. If you have ever wondered what makes Living Yoga feel so special, but not quite been able to figure out why, it is probably this component. Throughout the training programme you will learn to infuse your own and other’s practice with certain life enhancing ideas that more effectively allow the practice to take you out of your head and bring you back to your heart.
As well as mastering the method of Living Yoga, a Living Yoga Teacher must also be fluent and well versed in the ancient philosophical framework of yoga, which serves to underpin the method itself. Together we will engage in a profound study of yoga’s wisdom tradition, which has been handed down from teacher to student for millennia. Our studies and discussions will include the yogic theories of: Pancha Kosha (the 5 bodies); Pancha Bhuta (the 5 elements); Pancha Marga (the 5 paths of yoga); Pancha Vayu (the 5 inner winds); Tri Nadi (the 3 energy channels); Shat Chakra (the 6 chakras); Ashtanga Yoga (the 8 limbs of yoga); Yama & Niyama (the 10 precepts). In true Living Yoga style, all of these profound topics will be explored in a modern context, which makes them relevant and approachable for the yogic practitioner of today.
Passion, commitment and a love of the practice are the key requirements. We tend to be our own worst critics, so remember your practice does not need to be ‘perfect’ in order to join the Teacher Training Programme, but it does need to be consistent and you will need to know the Level 1 Living Yoga practice by heart before you begin the course and be confident in the 6-6 rhythm Ujjayi. The programme is designed as an alchemical process that will not only transform you into a teacher but also into a yogi. For this alchemy to occur it is necessary to bring a great deal of purity to our body and minds. For this reason each participant will be required to adopt a prana-positive vegetarian diet and an alcohol and drug free lifestyle for the first 6 months of the programme. After which, with your system purified, you will be able to discern your own personal requirements in order to maintain inner health and well-being.
Please take time to honestly reflect on your capacity to fulfil these requirements before making your application.
The Living Yoga Teacher Training Programme is 9 months in duration, consists of 9 modules and includes 9 gatherings at the Yoga Sanctuary. Each module has a specific home sadhana for you to practice and is supported by an online study resource (LYMO). For the duration of the course you are also required to continue with your weekly Living Yoga sessions with a qualified Living Yoga teacher.
Please note it is essential to attend all of the training sessions without exception, to attain The Living Yoga Teacher Training Certification.
Opening Non-residential Retreat Weekend (New Venue: Wildwood, Hamble):
| Friday 18th September 2020 |
| Saturday 19th September 2020 |
8am - 4pm
| Sunday 20th September 2020|
Seven Saturdays 8:00am - 4:00pm (New Venue: Wildwood, Hamble):
| Saturday 17th October 2020 || Saturday 20th February 2021 |
| Saturday 14th November 2020 || Saturday 20th March 2021 |
| Saturday 12th December 2020 || Saturday 17th April 2021 |
| Saturday 9th January 2021 |
Closing 4-Day Non-residential Retreat (New Venue: Wildwood, Hamble):
| Thursday 13th May 2021|
8am - 6pm
| Friday 14th May 2021|
| Saturday 15th May 2021 |
8am - 6pm
| Sunday 16th May 2021|
Programme Fee: £1,950 (+ £200 venue cost)
A deposit of £600 is required to secure your place on the programme, followed by 3 installments of £450 due on 1st September 2020, 1st December 2020, 1st March 2021.
Due to the change of venue, there is an additional cost of £200, payable in instalments over the course duration.
To apply for your place on the Programme please email us with a brief outline of your motivations for joining the Living Yoga Teacher Training Programme.