SUPERSOUL INNER AWAKENING:
Learn Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative
Through the Lens of Bhakti Yoga
with RAGHUNATH & CILLA WEISMAN
SPECIAL GUEST RADHANATH SWAMI
India, January 1 - 25, 2020
This is a one-of-a-kind healing and spiritual immersion
in the practice of Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra
lived and taught through the lens of Bhakti Yoga.
Announcing Supersoul Inner Awakening Training -- a residential program in India for 3 consecutive weeks
Learn Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative Through the Lens of Bhakti Yoga
January 2020 at the Govardhan Ecovillage two hours north of Mumbai, India!
The Supersoul Inner Awakening certification was designed for teachers and yoga practitioners who want to focus on the teachings and practices of the slow, healing, and introspective modalities of Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. This 100-hour YA course is open to all practitioners. You are not required to have a 200-hour certification.
In a busy world that tends to focus on “doing” rather than “being”, these slower, gentle, and more introspective practices are essential to maintaining balance. When we don’t have a strong spiritual practice, the hardships, struggles and temporality of life can cause a great deal of confusion and stress. Stress has an extremely negative effect on our health and often leads us to seek external sense gratification as a means of “relaxation” or temporary escape. Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative Yoga all provide us with a self study that allows us to not only relax in a healthy way, but actually provides an opportunity for deep introspection, resulting in a better understanding of the Self and our relationship to everyone and everything around us.
This course combines the rich philosophical teachings of Bhakti Yoga with the practices of Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Each day we will study and practice these three healing modalities, beginning and ending with Satsang and chanting with master teacher, Raghunath.
Restorative Yoga is a form of yoga asana that is more gentle and uses props to support the body on the floor. These gentle supported postures are held longer to allow the muscles to soften through passive stretching. Postures are typically seated, supine or prone and their shape is modified with blocks, blankets, bolsters, and straps to alleviate any muscular effort and ensure complete comfort. This accessible practice is very gentle and soothing to the muscles, nervous system and the mind.
Yin Yoga is a unique style of asana where we are encouraged to find our individual edge of sensation and stay with this edge in stillness for several minutes. It's also accessible and teaches us to be calm, still and introspective. We can use props to support us and sharpen our discernment while choosing a variation that works our individual edge. The practice is different because it targets our connective tissue, and promotes a strengthening and lengthening of this complex network. There are so many physiological benefits, but the beauty of Yin Yoga lies in the subtle practice of self-study, meditation, reflection and application of yoga philosophy. It can be a great tool to allow us to feel better in our bodies but also to experience a connection between mind, body, and spirit. When we overcome the mind we can better connect to our true nature: that part of us that is filled with unconditional love and compassion.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient and accessible guided technique that can lead us toward greater self-awareness and implement positive transformation in our lives. Nidra means “sleep” in sanskrit, so this practice can be considered “yogic sleep”, only we are not really sleeping, but rather reaching a relaxed state of consciousness that is in-between wakefulness and sleep. It is more like conscious sleep, where we use a systematic method to induce physical, mental and emotional relaxation but the Self stays awake and aware. By becoming deeply relaxed and guided through the Koshas (or sheaths of existence), we are able to escape our constantly “thinking” mind, and move closer to our true Self, free of the mind and false ego. In this relaxed state of mind, we plant the seeds of our Sankalpa to implement positive transformation.
All of these practices have a long list of benefits for our body, but more profound is how a regular practice changes the way we think, perceive, and react in this world and beyond. In this course, you’ll be able to experience these healing modalities first hand, deepen your understanding of why we practice them and learn the tools and techniques to share these transformative practices with others. The training is deeply enhanced with the powerful teachings and practice of Bhakti Yoga. When you learn to really embody Bhakti lifestyle, you’ll feel empowered to serve and uplift those around you by adding this wisdom into your classes!
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
How to teach Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga (and the differences)
Posture names, props, and set up
History - where these practices came from and how they became popular
Benefits & purpose of the postures
Contraindications and modifications - knowing when a posture isn’t appropriate and how to accommodate different body types
Common injuries/discomforts and how to help
Anatomy of connective tissue
Qualities of Yin and Yang
Safe and intelligent sequencing of both Yin and Restorative Yoga
Teaching a group class vs a private lesson
Hands on assists
Intro to Marma Therapy - acupressure points you can access on yourself and your students in class
Energetic Anatomy - Koshas, Nadis, Chakras, Prana Vayus
Pranayama - techniques that you can practice before, after and during your classes
Emotional release and Samskara
Intro to Aromatherapy - how to use essential oils in your classes
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
How to write your own Yoga Nidra scripts and present them to your students
Sankalpa - The Power of Intention
Brain wave patterns & Yoga Nidra
Relaxation and the nervous system
Intro to Ayurveda - You’ll learn the basics of Doshas and Gunas in a way that you can apply them to your students
Marketing - workshop ideas and promotion techniques
Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra Teacher
Cilla Weisman is an experienced yoga teacher and lifelong student of the Mind, Body and Soul. She was drawn to the practice at a young age and experienced first-hand the profound healing and transformative affects of Sadhana. She now makes it her life’s work to share the potency of yoga with others.
Cilla received her BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont, became a certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker and completed over 1,000 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. She’s certified and experienced in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Aerial Yoga and Advanced Assists. She’s currently in school studying to become an Ayurvedic practitioner. She believes strongly that as teachers and leaders in the community, we must continually learn and surround ourselves with uplifting people so that we can better serve others. The rich Philosophical teachings of Bhakti allow us to live with Integrity, Compassion, Grace, Humility and Love. Cilla strives to deliver these authentic teachings in her classes and inspire others on their path. She teaches in loving honor and gratitude of her teachers. Cilla and her husband, Noah, founded Sukha Yoga in Burlington, VT, as a way to share the deep, spiritual practices of Bhakti Yoga with their community and promote positive change.
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.
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. 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
5:30-7am Morning Satsang with Raghunath
7-8:30am Group Asana Practice
10-1:30am Morning Session(s)
3-5pm Afternoon Session(s)
6-7:30 Evening Satsang with Raghunath & special guests
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 sustainability 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 $3,500 USD* with a $500 non-refundable down payment to hold your spot if received by May 31.
Tuition is $3,750 USD if received by December 30.
*Early discount ends May 31. To qualify, full payment must be received before May 31, 2019.
Final payment deadline is December 30, 2019.
- 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 100-hr)
Does NOT include:
- 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 25th 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 morning of the flower festival but students are responsible for their car to the airport (which can be booked through Uber, Supersoul, or 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, and 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 should be made out to Supersoul and mailed to:
65 South 11th St, 5H
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Questions? Email Alexandra at email@example.com
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.