SUPERSOUL 300-hour Advanced Yoga Training
Bhakti Yoga
CULTURAL IMMERSION

with RAGHUNATH
SPECIAL GUEST RADHANATH SWAMI
& special guest teachers

India, January 4 - 27, 2018


In this unprecedented teacher training meant for advanced students, 200-hour certified teachers, and those who are in love with yoga lifestyle and Bhakti yoga, you will study the deeper facets of yoga culture --
topics which are rarely taught in the west.


This is a Cultural Immersion Bhakti Training -- a residential program in India for 3 consecutive weeks. 

This course has been designed as a yoga culture University -- where you will have the opportunity to study all things related to yogic culture with the intention of incorporating them into a personal and teaching practice.

Raghunath and your consummately qualified presenters are all educated in Bhakti Yoga as taught within the centuries-old Vaisnava lineage. Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love & devotion, teaches that yoga is more than a physical practice and instead, is rooted in an entire culture. This culture is based in self-transformation -- turning all that you do away from selfish interest and towards a joyous spiritual offering.  This is the first time such a training for yogis has been offered as an all-inclusive course, presenting the cornerstone cultural elements which will enrich your teaching offering as well as your own life.

This program is open to advanced students, 200-hour certified teachers, and those who are in love with yoga lifestyle and Bhakti yoga. This course will qualify those with 200-hour certification for 500-hour accreditation with Yoga Alliance with additional course work before the training begins as well as a seva project.


Course Contents
 

DAILY YOGIC PRACTICES & ESTABLISHING SADHANA

As lead teacher, Raghunath will deliver his signature classes that have made him one of the top 100 yoga teachers in North America. He will present pranayama, meditation, japa (chanting on mala beads), advanced asana, sequencing & assists. He also enthusiastically teaches dharma which he has studied extensively from the Indian epics Mahabharata, Ramayana, & Bhagavat Purana, which tell the stories of gods, goddesses and avatars of prehistoric India.

Raghunath will also introduce you to people he considers his teachers in the following topics:

AYURVEDIC COOKING 

You will learn the fundamentals of spicing for health, digestion, and to balance dosas. How to cook as an offering and as a mediation as it's done in temples. Meals that are practical, healthy  & simple. The student will learn the philosophy behind ayurvedic meditational cooking, and will hands-on prepare cook, offer and finally enjoy the fruits of their labor.

CLASSICAL MUSIC TRAINING

You will learn how to lead kirtan, play harmonium scales & chords, mantras, ragas (melodies) and songs. You will also learn how to play cartals (hand cymbals), which are used to keep beat and accompany and/or lead kirtan.

AYURVEDA FOR YOGA TEACHERS

We will cover an Introduction to Ayurveda, which includes 5 element theory, an intro to Samkhya philosophy, how to recognize elements and doshas in food, people, and places, and how to use the language of Ayurveda to harmoniously function in your surroundings. Yoga for your doshas, how to bring balance to the doshas through your yoga practice and learn how to design a class to balance the doshas. Overview of the gunas and the vayus, achieving sattva and experience specific kriyas. Ayurvedic home practice / self care: abhyanaga, medicated ghees, herbal teas, food plans for the three doshas and home practices to bring balance to yourself and your students.

YOGA THERAPEAUTIC TOUCH 

These modules will involve acupressure, marma points, Ayurvedic body assessment & partner therapeutics. This is hands-on, body to body transformation, fantastic to use on your students, friends or yourself.

SACRED LITERATURE

The Bhagavad Gita is meant to be studied in tradition by teachers living the life outlined in the Gita. This is rare in the west. We are offering an in depth Study of Bhagavad Gita as well as memorization of sanskrit and English slokas (verses).


Your Presenters
 

RAGHUNATH
Lead Instructor

Raghunath has been transforming people's life since he was a teenager, when he got into yoga and clean healthy living from a young age. He was the lead singer and songwriter of two internationally-acclaimed bands that toured the world in the punk/hardcore music community. Although the music was abrasive, it was filled with positive uplifting and spiritual lyrics that transformed tens of thousands of fans' lives espousing vegetarianism, karma, positive mental attitude and a drug-free life. Considered a teacher's teacher, Raghunath is a gifted speaker and educator of self-transformation & spirituality. He travels internationally, leads teacher trainings, annual sold-out pilgrimages to India, and has been living the life of a yogi for 28 years. At 22 he went to India and lived in a Krishna Bhakti ashram as a monk. He studied deeply sacred literature, music, cooking and deeper facets of yogic culture. Presently, he's married with 5 children and is co-creating Supersoul Farm, an educational center in Canaan NY, with his wife Brij Cappo.

 

RADHANATH SWAMI
Spiritual Guide & Dharma Lectures

Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths.

 


KAUSTUBHA DAS
Sacred Texts & Philosophy

Kaustubha Das serves as Senior Educator & Creative Director of The Bhakti Center. Between the ages of 21 and 34 he lived as a Hindu monk, traveling and studying in ashrams in India and America. He teaches bhakti-yoga philosophy and meditation, which he has practiced for over twenty-five years in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Kaustubha Das was initiated as a Vaishnava brahmana (teacher/priest) in 1990. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Broome Street Temple.

 

VASU
Ayurveda

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Since birth, Vasu was raised in the foundational principles of Bhakti yoga through the teachings of HH A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In his late 20’s, Vasu’s spiritual practice coalesced with his interests in mind-body wellness paving the path towards Ayurveda. In 2011, Vasu began practicing Ayurveda and Marma therapy under the guidance of Dr. Madhusudan Ray and earned a degree as an Ayurvedic Practitioner under the guidance of Dr. Paul Dugliss.

Today, as the Founder of Veda Holistic Health, Vasu’s work integrates the ancient practice of Bhakti yoga, the science of Ayurveda and Marma therapy to address the challenges of modern living including personalized nutrition, mindful de-stressors and other therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). He believes Ayurveda is the missing link to western medicine providing individualized wellness with time-tested preventative applications. Vasu enjoys traveling around the US and overseas giving inspirational talks in Ayurveda, leading modules in yoga teacher trainings, sharing the sacred heart path of Bhakti yoga kirtan and leading transformational retreats.

 

JANESWAR DAS
Kirtan & Music Teacher

Janeswar grew up singing and playing kirtan. He is a master at leading kirtan and a gifted teacher.

 

MADHURI PURA DAS
Kirtan & Music Teacher

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Born and raised in a household of avid Kirtan singers and musicians, Madhu (Mādhurī Pūra Dāsa) is a monk who has dedicated his life to sharing bhakti yoga. Madhu studied traditional Vedic instruments as a child under his father and later studied both Indian and western classical music in depth. His style of music is a blend of modern influences with the ancient art of kirtan, creating a unique sound. Madhu travels internationally and hosts mantra meditation workshops, enlivening and energizing communities with his music. The driving force behind his enthusiasm for what he does is the desire to have kirtan appreciated by all types of people.


Mādhurī Pūra Dāsa offers Kirtan music training lessons for learning how to lead and participate in Kirtan, vocal and instrument training, and the history and philosophy of Kirtan for beginner,  intermediate and advanced level. One will learn the mood, mechanics and methodologies of ancient devotional chanting and how to integrate it into ones daily life for divine connection.

 

MATT WORLEY
Therapeutic Touch & Partner Therapeutics

Matt Worley is an RYT500 (with Yoga Alliance), Level 2 AcroYoga teacher (with AcroYoga.org) and a SUPYoga Teacher Trainer (with ASI). He has trained with Raghunath, Power Living, AcroYoga.org, Aura Wellness & Fiona Leard. He is expert at yoga therapeutics, hands on assists, partner yoga therapy, acupressure and marma therapy. He continues his yoga journey learning from world-renowned yoga teachers including Les Leventhal, Tiffany Cruickshank, Simon Park and Simon Borg-Olivier. He resides in Melbourne Australia.

 

RADHA VALLABHA
Ayurvedic Cooking

Radha Vallabha is an Indian born and has been a monk disciple of Radhanath Swami for the last 16 years.  As Radhanath Swami's personal cook, he is expert at incorporating Ayurvedic principles for health, digestive strength, viewing cooking as a meditational offering while teaching it as such.

 

ALEXANDRA MOGA
Training Facilitator & Yoga Teacher

Alexandra began practicing Sahaja yoga Kundalini meditation at the age of 7 under the guidance of her aunt and has been practicing yoga in many forms since. In 2010, she completed the New York Yoga Society’s teacher training at Ananda Ashram under the tutelage of Ashtanga-master David Hollander.  In 2012, she traveled to India and studied at the Mayapur Institute where the Bhakti Yoga path was revealed to her, adding a new facet of understanding to her practice and teaching. Alexandra’s classes are influenced by Ashtanga yoga’s physicality with a constant eye towards the other 7 limbs, which she considers indispensable to a complete yoga practice. Currently, Alexandra serves as part of the core development team at Supersoul Yoga & Supersoul Farm, an educational non-profit and retreat center in upstate New York. She bows to the many teachers who have guided her ever-closer to understanding yoga, the divine, and how to be of service; namely: her mother and aunt, Raghunath, Dhanurdhara Swami, His Holiness Radhanath Swami, and His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.


Daily Schedule

*subject to slight modifications

5:30-6am Dharma, Chanting, Pranayama, Japa
7-8:30am Asana Practice
8:30-9:30am Breakfast
10-1:30am Morning Session(s)
1:30-2:30 Lunch
3-5pm Afternoon Session(s)
6-7:30 Satsang
7:30 Dinner

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Facilities & Tuition

We will stay at the award-winning Govardhan Eco Village, a 70-acre sustainable farming community and retreat center on the foothills of the Sahyadhri Mountains, 108km north of Mumbai, created and directed by the monk disciples of Radhanath Swami.

When you visit GEV, you will experience a community that is a successful fusion between ancient Vedic wisdom and modern science.

The focus at GEV is learning how to live in harmony with the environment, developing a ‘spiritual ecology’ that can bring about tangible, positive changes within ourselves – and how we interact with the planet.

The GEV community is comprised of monks (in the Krishna Bhakti tradition) and residents who have created a sustainable center to host yoga and wellness retreats as well as seminars. This cutting-edge, environmentally savvy village implements green technologies like permaculture farming, water harvesting, cob buildings, rammed earth buildings, gray water treatment, solar power and bio-fuel energy systems. Ours hosts provide all the accommodations, beddings and meals prepared with vegan and gluten free options -- and cooked with love.


Testimonials

I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to have been a part of this 300-hour program. This program helped me grow not only as a yoga practitioner and teacher, but as a person. This is a transformational experience that deepened my understanding of the yoga principals and helped engrain in me the teachings so I am able to incorporate them into my daily life. This program goes far beyond the text and asks you to look inside yourself. In a community we share universal truths that help lift each other up. Raghu, our fearless leader is genuine, kind, and has a breadth of understanding of of the ancient stories that he shares in such away that the these stories become part of you, not to mention can lead an ecstatic kirtan. Has a way of attracting a powerful and knowledgable team and students. The days are long and inspiring. From before the sun rises to long after the sun sets (and if you are lucky you will watch the moon rise) you are surrounded by passionate and compassionate teachers and fellow students. I could go on about the beautiful and peaceful setting of the Eco Village, that helpful and devoted staff, the friendly and lovable cows...This is a heart-filling experience that is unlike any other. I will be forever grateful for it.
— Anne P., Yoga Teacher, Boston
This experience was transformational. It is difficult for me to condense it into words.
It was such a privilege to spend a whole month immersed in bhakti culture with an abundance of highly respected teachers.
It felt like a spiritual calibration of sorts. I returned home with a great big wide open heart, not to mention more clarity, focus, and strength. It was quite literally life-changing and the lessons learnt resonated so strongly that I carry them with me throughout daily life.
I can’t imagine a more perfect setting. The eco-village facilities are more than adequate and the gardens provide a spectacular backdrop.
The training itself was challenging (all facets - asana and otherwise) but accessible for various levels of experience. I felt well supported, particularly when grappling with some of the philosophy. The teachers were always generous with their time and energy, sharing wisdom from a place of authenticity and compassion.
I would recommend this course without hesitation to anyone who is interested in further exploring bhakti.
— Sarah, Melbourne, Australia
No better teacher, no better place.

The 300 hour advanced teacher training with Raghunath not only upgraded my yoga practice, it upgraded my life. Each morning, my heart awoke with bliss for the morning satsang full of sacred sounds. I’m forever grateful to have received such divine teachings from the best spiritual teachers of our time in the holiest of places. I hope to continue this inspiration onto my students.
— Laura R., Teacher, Columbia
Doing my teacher training with Raghu was unforgettable! Not only did I learn a great deal about asana, but also so much about the other aspects of yoga! Truly an awesome and life changing experience!
— Dustin Horan, owner of Dead Presidents Lounge Tattoos, Albany, NY
The Supersoul 300 hour teacher training doesn’t teach you what yoga is, it teaches you how to become yoga. Many times I’ll think about how I debated doing this teacher training and now I realize how lucky I am to have taken it. As a beginner yoga teacher, people along the way tried to explain to me what yoga is. Raghunath was there for us 24/7 including answering to our texts at 2am. He slowly went from being a teacher to becoming our family and our guide. This teacher training gave me the tools I needed to become better me.
— Mattan Sharvit, Yoga Teacher, New York / Israel
 

Tuition Investment

The investment for this course is $4,950 USD* with a $500 non-refundable down payment to hold your spot if received by October 30. 
*Early discount ends October 30, 2017. To qualify, full payment must be received before the early discount end date.
Tuition is $5,300 USD if received by December 31.

Tuition includes: 
- Airport pick up  (plus bus ride to Eco Village) from Mumbai International Airport (BOM) (students must arrive on appropriate days for us to cover your fare, otherwise a taxi can be arranged for approx 65 USD)
- Accommodations at Govardhan Eco Village, in dorm-style single private rooms and shared cottages; simple, natural, green accommodations. 
- 3 Vegetarian/Vegan meals per day/ fresh fruit, tea (please specify any dietary restrictions)
- Supersoul Yoga 300-hour module study guide/note book
- Lap pool on Eco Village grounds
- AC bus back to Mumbai the day of the flower festival*
- Wifi is included, but limited to select areas of the retreat center
- Supersoul Certification (Yoga Alliance 300-hr Certification can only be rewarded to those students who have already completed their 200-hr training with a YA registered school.)

Does NOT include
- Spa treatments; an Ayurvedic spa is on the premises with services for an additional (reasonable) cost
- Laundry services
- Your flight r/t to Mumbai (BOM)
- Books (list provided upon registration)
- Hotel in Mumbai the night of the 28th after the flower festival (we can help book if needed)

*The Flower Festival is an incredible yearly festival taking place at the Mumbai Radha Gopinath temple. A bus will be provided to Mumbai the day of the flower festival but students are responsible for their car to the airport (which can be booked through the ecovillage). 


Behavior During the Training 

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We treat this training as if we're living in a traditional ashram or on a pilgrimage and we are also respectful for the culture and the village lifestyle in rural India. For the 3 weeks we ask the students to abstain from meat, fish or eggs, intoxicants or smoking, sexual promiscuity.

We also ask people refrain from gossip, and reckless criticism and fault-finding. 

 

Payment Options

All credit card payments subject to 3.5% fee

Or pay by check (no fee). Checks can be made out to Supersoul and mailed to:
365 Schillings Crossing Road
East Chatham, NY 12060

 

Questions? Email Alexandra at ytt@supersoulcollective.com


Refund Policy

Deposits are only refunded if your application is not accepted. Otherwise, deposit/application fee is non-refundable. 

In cases where a student has paid tuition and cannot attend, full tuition minus your deposit/application fee is refundable up to 1 month prior to the start of the training.
75 % of tuition minus your deposit/application fee is refundable in the final month prior to the start of the training.
Once the training starts, tuition is non-refundable.