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200 Hour Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training for Dancers & Performers

with Guru Suraj & Brigitte Breternitz

We as Dancers, Movers and Performers know about the power of the Love for Movement arts and since we all came to yoga at some point of our life we also know about this magical combination. For us it is just a natural consequence to put these two lineages together and to share it with the world.

Our passionated and experienced Teacher Team is coming together in order to give you the tools to uplift your life as an artist, teacher and human being with the addition of an old ancient knowledge coming from India itself. We put light on Yoga from an artistic angle. We want you to experience how Yoga can support your art and how your art can support Yoga.

Let’s start a life changing journey together and share our passions at an alluring and remote location wich is right in the jungle of North Goa, close to the well known artist town Arambol. We will all share a magical time and space in nature. The “Little House of Arts” where our shala is created with love and especially for Movement, Spirit and Dance. The accommodations are just a minute walk distance in a new built house with western standard.

This training is an opportunity for individuals, dancers, performers and Movement artists to experience an approach to yoga that is both radical and traditional. Here, we create self- empowered teachers who use their creativity, intuition, imagination, curiosity, and discipline to share these sacred traditions with the world.

Since we as your teachers team are passionate dancers and believe in its power, dance in several forms like meditations or physical practices will be a big part of the training added to the Yoga Alliance Content of a regular 200h TTC.

We place a strong emphasis on these various aspects of practice: alignment, meditation, imagery, improvisation, pranayama, and complete somatic involvement especially for practitioners with a background of movement arts in any kind.

We will deepen our studies within the art of listening, movement sequencing, body-reading, exploration of energy pathways, and the art of touch.

Upon completion of this training, you will receive either a Teaching Certificate (200hr Yoga Alliance Certified) or an Attendance Certificate. This decision will be based on your overall attitude and performance throughout the four week training.

Yoga Alliance Certified Trainings

November 4th - December 1st 2019

Who is this Course for?

This 200h Course is made for yogis, dancers, choreographers, acrobats and all kind of physical movement practitioners from martial arts, physical theater, circus and acrobatics .If you are one of those and you have a true desire to know your inner self, you are curious about the ancient knowledge of Yoga and if you love to move in a conscious way this course is for you.

Course Intention

Our focus for this course is rooted in the three main paths of Yoga – Hatha, Raja, Bhakti. Together we will journey through a variety of practices like asana, pranayama and meditation. Here, we teach the balance between discipline and curiosity, while inspiring both strength and creativity in our students. We will set these traditional practices against a diverse backdrop of alternate perspectives of yoga, dance and life itself. Together, we hope to realize a new vision of what yoga means for today’s world and for dancing. 

From the artists perspective: We as the Teachers Team know about the Power of Yoga for performing Artists in any kind. We want to explore Movement in a truthful and conscious way and let it melt with the yogic path. We want you to help to use your full potential, to stay healthy and to pass that knowledge as a teacher. We believe in the Power of the Patanjali Yog Sutras and that this way of living helps you to live a fulfilled and empowering life. 

Our Vision

Our Vision is, to help artists  to benefit from the ancient knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda. We dream about a world where we all share our passion and potential without judgement and competition. We believe that a yogi and a dancer should be capable of looking both inwards and outwards simultaneously. The true essence of yoga can then move beyond the body and initiate a deeper inner journey. Our vision is to inspire students like you to bring yoga into all aspects of your life as an individual artist. We empower you to “become the teaching.” We want to build a bridge between East and West, science and spirituality, practice and teaching and between Yoga and Movement Arts.

Course Content

Vinyasa Flow 

In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate the movements with the breath to flow from one asana to the next. The Asanas are related to the traditional HathaYoga Postures but the flow in-between, “the how to come from one pose to another” is up to the creativity and knowledge of the teacher.

Vinyasa Dance 

Vinyasa Dance is a body and mind practice created by Brigitte Breternitz. It is an infinite liquid fusion of Vinyasa Yoga and Dance, a constant movement of body, mind and soul. The Classes are thought with a special collected mix of music related to the topic of the class. There are free movements in-between creative flows and strongly aligned asanas and dance postures. This Practice helps your movements to be more authentic, fluid and creative.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation. In our Hatha Classes we will put Light on several Asanas and their holistic benefits.

Meditations

Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified. In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens. In our Course you will learn different techniques of meditations as such as dance meditation, breath awareness meditation, body scan meditation, mindfulness meditation … and more.

 
Western & Yogic Anatomy

Basic studies will include muscular-, skeletal- and nervous systems. These concepts will be applied in relation to the yogic asanapractice and different dance and movement techniques. These classes will be led by a guest teacher, an expert in this field who is also a dancer. Our approach is that the students are able to fully understand the principles of movement of the body and how this complex system inside works the best in order to set free their full potential. The Chakra system will be introduced and applied to specific movements such as asanas and movement techniques. Chakra mediations and energetic alignment will be practiced regularly.

 
Philosophy of Yoga

In our philosophy Classes you will learn about the 8 limbs of Patanjali Yoga and we will discuss the yoga Sutras in relation to our life as an Artist or physical practitioner with a passion for movement. We will learn about the ancient knowledge of yoga from different angles and explore how we can use this way of living in our daily lives in the west and east. Specific readings will be assigned and discussed each week. These readings will be selected from a variety of great master’s reflections of yogic living, including the studies of Patanjali’s Yoga sutras.

 
Philosophy of Art

Philosophy of art, the study of the nature of art, including concepts such as interpretation, representation and expression, and form. It is closely related to aesthetics, the philosophical study of beauty and taste. In this classes Mohamed is sharing perspectives and ways to meet art as an artist or as the one being inspired by art. We will discuss and put light especially on the art of movement, music and dance. This very special classes might change your perception and understanding about the art you are committed to.

Kalari Payattu

s the oldest martial in existence. It is also considered to be the deadliest martial art in the world. The oldest reference comes from the Vedas (3000-4000 bce) where also Yoga was mentioned. This ancient technique focuses on energetic footwork and on making the person both physically and mentally strong. It consists of kicking movements and extremely high jumping. Many of the movement units of Kalaripayattu are named after various animals and they clearly imitate animal movements. It seems to confirm the long roots of these traditions, extending back to pre- historical times, when contact with the animal world was intensively close. The training of Kalaripayattu is highly spiritual, creative, rhythmic, physical intense, insiring and its movements have lots of similarities to Modern Dance.

Art of teaching

We believe that the most important aspects of teaching includes:

Truly respecting everyone’s unique individuality, honoring and communicating ancient traditions and empowering authentic expression in all aspects of our lives. In this Classes you will get the tools to teach Yoga and your Movement art in a save and encouraging way, being authentic and as individual as you are yourself. We believe in empowering you to both – learn and teach. During the course we will focus on specific classical Hatha Yoga postures, Vinyasa Flows, sun salutations, and meditations. With a foundation in these understandings, we will then encourage you to be more creative as you explore “your” way of teaching.

Movement Analysis Studies

This program will include additional techniques such as Axis Syllabus and Feldenkrais. These classes will support your understating of the Anatomy of body in motion, as well as the relationship to asanas and several dance techniques.

Sharing Circles and Contemplation time

Within our sharing circles we will learn from each other and support each other at the same time. You will experience an unique unity and team spirit that makes your time at the little house of arts a very special time for your personal journey. We also will give you time and space to be by yourself and to dive deep inwards in order to digest. We will encourage and support you to learn and share in many diverse ways. However, there will also be significant periods of silent reflection time aside from studying. During these times, you will be encouraged to practice silence, solitude, and meditation.

Contact Improvisation

is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form Aikido, Steve developed Contact Improv through explorations with his students and colleagues at the time. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings.

Meet your Facilitators

Guru Suraj (Lead Teacher): Hatha, Philosophy, Movement Analysis Studies, Pranayama, Contact Improvisation

Ancestral yogic traditions have always played an influential role in Guru Suraj’s life. His upbringing revolved around a family history focused on yogic philosophy and ancient wisdom. His father ran a meditation center from their home, which meant that Guru began attending classes at the age of 4. To this day, he honors these sacred practices, but he also seeks outside of his ancestral lineage to the teachings of modern contemporary art, improvisational dance, and somatic exploration.

Guru graduated from The Government College of Fine Arts in Chennai and then continued to receive a master’s degree in Philosophy of Yoga. Years of study in various somatic and artistic teachings have taught Guru to be open and accepting of many other methodologies in addition to his traditional system of practice.

Guru has dedicated his life to being immersed in the diversity of different cultures.

Guru has been involved with our Forgotten Land community since he was 19 years old, and he has organized both art installations and yoga camps around the world. Guru now offers trainings which open the door for traditional Yoga to meet improvised dance and contemporary arts.

In the training which he is offering at Forgotten Land, Guru bridges both the radical and the traditional. He invites us to strengthen our creativity, discipline our curiosity, and learn through sharing.

Brigitte Breternitz ( Lead Teacher): Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Dance, Art of teaching, …

Her Love for Yoga started with being a dancer. She simply wanted to stay flexible, strengthen her body and find a balance to her daily life as a dancer and choreographer. Today, she is practicing daily as her physical and mental key to a peaceful inner state. The Yoga practice helps her to live here now. Yoga became the foundation of her life, her way of living, her way to move, to breathe and to dance. Through Yoga she found a new strength also in her profession as a dancer, Choreographer and dance teacher since she learned how to trust.

Already in the age of 16 Brigitte started teaching dance classes and since then she never stopped sharing as a teacher with joy and passion. As a professional dancer, choreographer, Dance Teacher, founder of a modern Dance Studio and Art Director of a sucsessful Artist Agency in Cologne she was what we could call “big in the business”. But the pressure of this job and private challenges as a single mom forced her to take a look underneath the surface and that was the first step into her fulfilling life combining her two passions Yoga and dance.

Since she knew the magic of this marriage she felt like she has to share her experiences with it.

She participated at her first 200h TTC in Germany at the Yogaloft Cologne led by Sonya Taylor Bach. Since 2015 Brigitte is teaching Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and her Yoga Dance Fusion which she calls Vinyasa Dance.

“In my classes i want to infect my students with my love for yoga and dance and accompany them on their own way. Sharing my passion and personal experiences by teaching the broad variety of possibilities to move, with or without yoga mat is always a deep pleasure for me. Cant wait to meet you and to lead you through a juicy, fluid and joyful practice connected to your breath and heart.” www.brigittebreternitz.com

 
Our Guest Teachers

Elke Waibel Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga Krista Koster Vinyasa Flow, Soundhealings Manjeet Mathur Hatha, Dance Meditations, Philosophy Vashant Ji Kalaripayattu, Classical Indian Dance Atalia Galina Yogic and western Anatomy, Vinyasa Flow Mohamed Alnuma Philosophy of Art, Music

“If you just set people in motion, they’ll heal themselves.”

Gabrielle Roth

Costs & Registration

Cost of the Full Program is: 1350€
This price includes tuition, food, course manual, and complimentary yoga mat.

Cost of Accommodation: 400€ (additional)
This is double bedroom in a private house next to the yoga school.

We request that you make a 25% deposit in order to secure your place in the course.

If you would like to register, please fill out the form below! If you have any questions, you can share them here. Please send your application with a portrait a short description about you and your path to mail@brigittebreternitz.com To make sure that the quality of the training is given for all, we will first have a short interview with you before we can surely save your spot. Also the Training is limited to 15 PAX. And the first 5 Applications will get an 10% early Bird discount. We are very much looking forward to get your interest and will be glad to contact you.