Finding your Dharma and Sadhana
with Corinne Rosita Aulakh at Yoga with a View in Costa Rica
Dates: March 1-30 and July 1-30, 2018
Mystical Mountain Retreat at Yoga with a View in San Antonio de Escazu, Costa Rica
I will accommodate other dates for your own group; minimum 4 students.
Varuna Mudra Illumination (aka Healing Ocean)
with Corinne Rosita Aulakh at Carpinteria State Park in Carpinteria, CA
Date: October 1-30, 2018
See separate description of tuition costs and accommodations.
Students must have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at least six months prior to beginning this training. Students are requested to fill out the application form to be considered for this program.
What will you learn and experience in this course?
1. You will gain a better understanding of the story line and characters of the Bhagavad Gita. The symbolism found in the Bhagavad Gita will be discussed and your understanding of the universal message of the Gita will be explored.
2. We will explore the four Paths of Yoga, Karma, Jnana, Raja, and Bhakti, as presented throughout the Bhagavad Gita. You will discover how these paths relate to your own personal yoga practice and to your teaching philosophy.
3. You will delve into the Sutras of Patanjali and learn how to use them to better enhance your own personal understanding of yoga and your own personal practice. We will discuss how to incorporate the Sutras into your teaching style as you share Yoga with others.
4. As we delve more deeply into the wellness and health aspects of a yoga practice we will explore how the Sutras guide us to a more perfect understanding of how a Yoga practice influences the harmony and union of the mind, body and spirit.
From mantra japa and music:
5. You will learn and experience the healing properties of mantra japa and learn how sound vibrational theory affects the mind, body and spirit.
From studies of yoga anatomy and the energetic body:
6. You will explore the energetic body through the study of Ayurveda principles of prakriti, koshas, vayus, chakras, nadis, bandhas, science of mudras, and prana and through the Eastern philosophy on Meridians and energy pathways.
7. You will learn and experience how an asana practice guides you to greater sensitivity in identifying what is a stretch, what is muscular versus joint discomfort, what is a strengthening and what is a balancing activity. How the breath enhances the mind-body connection.
From the fine arts and sacred geometric art:
8. You will learn and experience the transformational powers of the fine arts in your yoga practice as you explore mandalas and yantra art. You will learn how to incorporate these arts into your personal practice and share with others in your professional teaching path.
From academic exploration of teaching methodology:
9. You will learn how to design and develop, implement and evaluate private and group yoga sessions for schools, corporations, other groups and various populations.
10. You will learn how to design and write a yoga therapy case study paper.
Required reading and books to purchase prior to arrival
1. Bhagavad Gita (read once through to be familiar with this work of literature, even if you do not fully understand all of it)
2. Sutras of Patanjali (read once through to be familiar with this work of literature, even if you do not fully understand all of it)
3. Yoga Horse Connection by Corinne Rosita Aulakh (read once through to be familiar with this book and message as we will be interacting with the horses during the course.)
4. The Subtle Body Coloring Book y Cyndi Dale: We will be using her book, The Subtle Body, an encyclopedia of your energetic anatomy for part of the course. However, this is a large and heavy book. Students are not required to purchase this book, just the coloring book supplement.
5. The 300-hour manual for this course will be made available to you digitally, as will other supplemental handouts, either before the start of the course or as needed throughout the course.
Yoga Path followed during this training is a theoretical and practical mixture of Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Sivananda styles.
Description of Yoga Alliance topics to be covered in the course
1. Daily pranayama, mantra chanting, mudra, asana, sacred art, and meditation classes are scheduled into the curriculum to lend support to the theoretical lectures.
2. Meditation classes are scheduled daily.
3. Fifty hours of class time are devoted to the study of the Bhagavad Gita and Thirty hours to the study of the Sutras of Patanjali. (Yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics of a yoga teacher.)
4. Twenty hours are devoted to teaching methodology, curriculum development, and marketing strategies. (Teaching methodology)
5. Hundred hours devoted to Yoga asana sequencing based on physical anatomy and energy pathways. (Techniques, training, and practice)
6. Twenty hours are devoted to anatomy and physiology. (Anatomy and physiology)
7. Forty hours are devoted to Practicums. (Practicums)
8. Twenty hours, non-contact, self-study.
9. Total of 300 hours, contact hours are 280 hours, non-contact hours are 20 hours.
10. Two half-days will be spent in Karma service in the local community. Yoga with a View will donate, on your behalf, $50 per student to the Humanitarian Foundation with whom you will be offering your karma service.
Description of typical itinerary
1. 6:30-7:30am-mantra japa and pranayama practice
2. 7:30-8:00am-personal time, morning tea or coffee
3. 8:00-10:00am-asana and meditation practice
4. 10:00-11:00am-light breakfast, fruit, fresh juice, hot beverage, hot cereal or eggs.
6. 1:30-3pm-substantial lunch, including a vegetarian protein source, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit
8. 5:00-5:30: afternoon tea, usually accompanied by homemade cookies or bread
9. 5:30-7:30pm: yoga practice
10. 7:30-8:30pm: light dinner, usually soups and salads
11. 8:30-10pm: self-study
Students have one day a week scheduled for rest. These days will vary depending on local Costa Rican holidays and cultural events so that students may experience them. On the day of rest students will receive breakfast and dinner offered at the usual timings.
The first student apartment accommodates up to five students. Double and triple room sharing in the ample bedrooms. Beds are all twin size.
• Both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with reliable water and hot water supply. The bathrooms are modern with tile, granite and modern fixtures.
• There is a combined sitting room/dining room with tropical hard wood furniture and comfy sofas. The extensive reference library is housed here and available to all students.
• A full-sized kitchen adjoins the sitting room where our chef prepares the shared meals. We offer a tea-kettle, coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave and toaster for our students to use in between meal times. We ask that students wash their own dishes and clean the kitchen after their personal use.
• All rooms have views of the gardens and or the mountains and central valley.
• There is a large viewing balcony upstairs, a sun bathing balcony, and another outdoor eating area next to the apartment.
• The yoga studio is upstairs and directly accessible from the inside stair case.
• Included in the accommodation is once a week maid service of the bathrooms and library/dining room area. Students are required to keep their sleeping places tidy on their own.
• Sheets and towels are changed every seven (7) days. We offer one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one pillow and pillow case, and one bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth to each student. We offer one warm blanket to each bed. If you require additional items we ask that you bring your own supplies.
• We offer laundry service of personal clothing every 10 days: We only accept clothing items that can be put in a washing machine and drier. Hand washing is the responsibility of the student. We will accept 3 kilos of clothes per student every 10 days. We cannot accept more clothing due to the limitations of our washer and drier. We ask that our students respect these guidelines.
Our second student apartment has two bedrooms with private attached bathrooms and feature one queen bed in each bedroom. Both rooms have views of the valley and the mountains and access to an outdoor terrace. These are private rooms and will be available once the other student apartment is full with a supplemental charge of $800 per person. If you would like to share the queen bed with a friend that is acceptable and you will not be charged the supplemental rate.
Cost per person is $4000. Costs include room, board, all instruction, and are per person. Your karma service donation is included.
This course will be offered for a minimum of four fully paid enrolled students and a maximum of eight fully enrolled students. To reserve your spot $500 is required two months prior to the start date of the program and the entire cost must be paid by the start date of the program. Currency accepted is US dollars. Students can pay remainder in cash upon arrival. The deposit can be deposited into our US bank account.
Our chef is a local Costa Rican well versed in nutrition and local cuisine. She prepares organically sourced, whenever possible, vegetarian meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen is open to students to use whenever our Chef is not in the kitchen working. The water is from our own well and is potable from all taps.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who is the 300-hour training suitable for?
a. This course is for those who want to deepen their understanding of the philosophical foundations of a yoga practice and delve deeper into the practice itself, beyond an asana practice. This advanced 300-hour course is designed for yogis who have already earned their 200-hour RYT designation. It is also expected that students will have, at least, a six-month daily yoga practice, before joining the course. Students are NOT required to be actively teaching yoga at the time of joining our course or planning to be teachers.
2. Do I need my 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification prior to attending the 300 Hour Yoga Training?
a. You need a 200-hour teacher training certification as a prerequisite to the 300- hour training. Please note you do NOT need to be registered with Yoga Alliance to attend this course.
3. Can I register with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level once I complete your 300-hour training?
a. Yes, however you must first have earned your 200-hour training from a Yoga Alliance registered school. Upon successfully completing this advanced 300-hour YTT you are eligible to request to register with Yoga Alliance for their 500-hour RYT designation.
4. What is the registration process?
a. Once you receive your diploma from us for completing the 300-hour course you will submit this to Yoga Alliance. They will contact us for verification. Once we verify the authenticity of your diploma Yoga Alliance will register you with them at the 500-hour-RYT designation. This generally takes a few days.
5. Can I miss any lectures, practices, or practicums in the course?
a. Attendance and completion of all written and practical assignments are mandatory to graduate from this course. Tardiness in arriving for class is also not acceptable. Students are allowed to miss one session without an excuse. Students missing more than one session are asked to produce a medical reason with supporting evidence to corroborate their absence. On a case by case basis the school will decide about the absence.
6. Do I need a visa or passport?
a. We advise all students to check with their country’s requirements as this varies across nations.
7. Do I need any vaccines?
a. We advise all students to check with their country’s requirements.
8. What is the weather and temperature at the Mystical Mountain Retreat at Yoga with a View?
a. From January to mid-April the temperatures in daytime are between 65 and 80 degrees F. We do not experience rain during these months, just lots of sun shine. They are also the months with more windy days and nights. Nights can be cool and a light jacket is required by most people. These are generalities and you can also look up in the internet our yearly weather patterns.
b. In July we experience some rain, usually only in the afternoons. The mornings are clear and sunny. The temperatures vary from 75-85 degrees F.
Costa Rican sights and cultural events during the March and July trainings
1. During the March training San Antonio de Escazu, where we are located, celebrates Dia de Boyero. This is a week-long festival to celebrate the role the iconic ox-carts and oxen teams play in the lives of Costa Ricans and the development of the country. We are right in the middle of this beautiful cultural event and students will have time to view the colorful parade of ox carts and oxen and enjoy the local festival of music and food.
2. July 25th is Guanacaste Day or Nicoya annexation day and is celebrated country wide in Costa Rica. Students will enjoy local and traditional food that day and activities.
3. Nearby sights that students can visit on their day off are
a. Poas Volcano
b. Waterfalls and trails
c. Hot springs and Arenal volcano
d. Guayabo national monument and archeological site
e. Hot springs in Cartago
f. Zip lining
g. Horse back trekking
h. River rafting and river tour
i. Beach trip to Jaco
Yoga with a View will help students coordinate any off site tours with the local touring agencies.
Included in Costs of training:
1. Room and board, can be double or triple sharing, limited private rooms available
2. All meals except lunches on day off
3. Limited laundry service every 10 days
4. Limited maid service once a week
5. All instruction and e-manual and supplemental hand outs
6. Natural horsemanship and equine assisted learning sessions
7. Access to kitchen facilities
8. Free wi-fy as available
9. Free access to extensive yoga reference library
NOT included in Costs of training:
1. Transportation to Costa Rica
2. Transportation within Costa Rica
3. Medical, travel, or other insurance
4. Required books for course
5. Personal hygiene products and medicines
6. Personal food and diet products
Application for 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training
Finding your Dharma and Sadhana with Yoga with a View
4. Do you have a daily yoga pranayama and/or asana and/or mantra japa, and/or meditation practice now?
5. How long have you been practicing?
6. Do you teach yoga?
a. How many hours of teaching have you logged since attaining your 200-RYT registration? Being an active yoga teacher is NOT a prerequisite for the course. We welcome all who want to deepen their understanding of a yoga practice.
7. Kindly share with us your reasoning for wanting to deepen your practice and knowledge by attending this advanced 300-hour level course. One or two paragraphs are appreciated.
*Before arriving please read the Bhagava Gita, the Sutras, and the Yoga Horse Connection. If this is the first time you are reading the Gita and or the Sutras I understand it may be difficult, we are asking you to become familiar with the books even if you do not fully yet understand all of the content.
*Before arriving please engage in one month of a daily yoga pranayama and asana practice, including time for meditation in order to prepare yourself in mind, body and spirit for the course. Also, this will help ensure that as a group our class will be in harmony energetically upon arrival.
*Include a scan of your 200-RYT diploma