SUPERSOUL 300-hour Advanced Yoga Training
SPECIAL GUEST RADHANATH SWAMI
& special guest teachers
India, January 3 - 26, 2019
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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirtan & Music Teacher
Janeswar grew up singing and playing kirtan. He is a master at leading kirtan and a gifted teacher who has been practicing bhakti from a very young age. His music training took place at the Bhaktivedanta Gurukul (traditional vedic education system) under the well known mridanga (drum) teacher Radha Govinda Pal. Later on, Janeshwar traveled to the holy village of Vrindavan where he took the vows of a monk and did selfless service at the famous 24-hour Kirtan Mandali for several years. Today he travels around India playing for Kirtan Festivals. Under his tutelage, students will learn the best and traditional way of drumming (on the mrdanga clay drum) and will leave with the skills needed to accompany kirtans.
MADHURI PURA DAS
Kirtan & Music Teacher
Born and raised in a household of avid Kirtan singers and musicians, Madhu (Mādhurī Pūra Dāsa) is a meditation coach who has dedicated his life to sharing bhakti yoga. Madhu studied traditional Vedic instruments as a child 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 one's daily life for divine connection.
Vedic Astrology, Palmistry
The study of Oriental Medicine has literally been a trip around the world for me. Upon completing a pre-med program at the University of Illinois, I served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, Southern Africa. I then traveled to India and devoted myself to seminary studies in Vaisnavism and Bhakti-Yoga at the Vrindavana Institute of Higher Education, where I also began to take an interest in Ayurveda-the traditional Indian practice of medicine-and its affiliate limb of astrology, Jyotisha. Post-India, I began my studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and Oregon School of Massage. Committed to deepening and expanding my knowledge of Vedic Astrology, I am presently studying under the world-renowned author and jyotishi, Hart de Fouw, at the Vedic Vidya Institute in San Rafael.
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.
Training Facilitator & Yoga Teacher
Alexandra's yoga journey began in her childhood, when during summer breaks in Romania she would meditate alongside her aunt who taught her practices in forgiveness, focused breathing, and energetic visualization. In her teens she took her first yoga asana class and was hooked, finding the practice perfectly suited her passion for movement and dedication to spirituality. After four years of university in Paris, she returned to New York where she immersed herself in the yogic path with over 1,000 hours of training and teaching various communities since 2010. Alexandra’s classes are dynamic and uplifting, weaving together creative sequencing, intuitive alignment, mind-balancing breath-work, the science of Kundalini, and poetic prompts informed by the Bhakti path to invoke a deep inner connection. She is honored to share and facilitate the experience of Bhakti yoga, a path which she believes offers invaluable remedies for the dis-eases of modern life.
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.
*subject to slight modifications
5:30-6am Dharma, Chanting, Pranayama, Japa
7-8:30am Asana Practice
10-1:30am Morning Session(s)
3-5pm Afternoon Session(s)
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.
The investment for this course is $4,950 USD* with a $500 non-refundable down payment to hold your spot if received by May 31, 2018.
*Early discount ends May 31, 2018. To qualify, full payment must be received before the early discount cutoff date.
Tuition is $5,300 USD if received by December 31.
- 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
- Cost of musical instruments ($350-$475 for harmonium, $75 for clay mrdanga drum, $10 for kartals)
- Spa treatments; an Ayurvedic spa is on the premises with services for an additional cost
- Laundry services
- Your flight r/t to Mumbai (BOM)
- Books (list provided upon registration)
- Hotel in Mumbai the night of the 26th after the flower festival
*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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.