Part 1: Prana & Pranayama
This 60-hour certification course offers an in-depth look at prana and pranayama. It is an immersion into the application and practice of the sacred science of the breath. Participants will learn the correct use of pranayama, and its potential for increasing vitality and longevity, to calm and focus the mind, cleanse physical, emotional and mental disturbances and above all, to connect one to their spiritual heart. They will explore the experiences delivered through certain breathing techniques and learn how to integrate them into their own practice and life and how to safely share these practices with their students.
Part 2: Meditation & the Mind
This 60-hour certification offers an in-depth look at the yogic model of the mind and the practice and application of meditation. It explores different forms of meditation that establish a relationship to the mind and ways to experience the Radiant Self. Participants will explore the experience delivered through certain meditation techniques and learn how to share these practices with their students.
Our Advanced Training modules can be adapted to your needs and time frame. Take them to simply deepen your practice, or as Continuing Education Credits or work towards your 300- HR certificate as intensely or as gradually (up to 3 years) as it suits your schedule and skills.
Those seeking a 300 hr Yoga Alliance registered certification must have a 200-hour certificate with RBY or any other registered school and are required to take all 5 modules. There is no time limit. Once all modules are completed you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-500 level.
These 60-hour modules are open to all yoga students who are interested in further study even if they don’t intend to complete a 300-hour certification (3 years of practice required).
Prana & Pranayama
Ancient sages have long known that the breath is the link that connects the mind body and spirit and that its power cannot be underestimated. In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali the practice of pranayama is said to dissolve the veils that cover our inner light. It is the secret power within yoga and yet is so often misunderstood and under-utilized by modern practitioners.
Yogis understand prana as the vehicle or the medium of consciousness. Without prana consciousness would be unable to express itself. There is prana everywhere; it permeates every subtlety of the living Universe. All movement requires prana, and through it, one becomes aware of new dimensions of existence.
Pran is life force, ayaama means stretching, extending, restraining, expansion. Thus pranayama is a practice designed to extend and overcome one’s normal limitations, it is used to change old patterns, cultivate vitality and balance the mind.
Prana & Pranayama Course Goals
- To deepen your practice of pranayama
- Explore the science of Prana Vidya
- Identify and understand the correct application of pranayama, including working with bhandas, mudras and mantra
- Experience a variety of different practices and their aims
- Build a ‘tool-box’ of pranayama techniques
- Understand the systematic application of pranayama to dissolve old patterns and reveal our inner light
- Apply these principles of prana and pranayama in our own practice and teaching
Themes Covered in Prana & Pranayama
- Overview of yogic subtle anatomy
- Prana: the secret power of the universe
- The five sub pranas and endless forms most beautiful
- Practices to sensitize one to the flow of prana
- Prana and the play of the gunas
- The purpose, benefits and core components of pranayama
- Asana, pranayama, bhanda and mudra – the ultimate combination
- Specialty blends – incorporating mudra and mantra
- The connection between mind and breath as discussed in the scriptures
- Kriyas to enhance purification of the nadis and awakening of consciousness
- Detailed Pranayama Techniques and durations
- Prana and Kundalini
- Kumbhaka – correct practices to create state and system change.
- Pranic healing practices
- Incorporating optimal pranayama techniques into your classes
- The practice of pranayama as a road to true freedom and liberation
Meditation & the Mind
“By conquering your mind you can conquer the world.”
– Guru Nanak
Meditation is the royal road to understanding your mind and cycles of thinking. Through the practices of meditation we develop an ability to concentrate and penetrate beneath the surface thoughts into greater states of awareness and bliss. The true aim of meditation practices is to induce the spontaneous state of meditation. As a practice, meditation can be used to train the mind, to allow neutrality in the face of any circumstances, and to attain certain states of consciousness.
Meditation has been practiced in many sacred traditions, but also it has become very rooted and proven in secular applications without the necessity of one particular philosophy or religion. All meditation traditions seek to help students know their innermost nature.
Meditation carries different meaning in different contexts. In classical and Kundalini yoga, meditation is a process that brings us into relationship with ourselves, and helps us to build a bridge between the outer and inner worlds. The true fruits of life begin to ripen when we learn to be still, when we gain control of our thoughts, sensations, emotions, and urges. We learn to cultivate our discriminative power that enables us to navigate both our inner and outer world with skill and grace.
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, meditation is described as the controlling of the thought waves of mind in order to sit established in our own ‘self essence.’ This self-essence is often referred to as our spiritual heart, or center of oneness. It is here we recognize what the Vedic Sages called ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ which translates as ‘The Ultimate Reality is you’, or ‘thou art thou’.
Meditation & the Mind Course Goals
- Deepen your practice of meditation
- Understand the structure of meditation and the mind
- Understand your own mental intrigues and develop your capacity to be neutral and one-pointed
- Explore practices to awaken your power of discernment, your spiritual heart and intuitive mind
- Experience a variety of meditations and discover their purpose
- Apply these ideas and principles of mediation in our own practice, life and teaching.
How to Enroll
Price includes tuition and manual. Accommodations and meals are available at the Mount Madonna Center starting at $1212. Travel costs are not included.
Sign up early to reserve your space. This training will fill up fast.
After you pay, you will receive a link to the teacher training application form. You must complete this form to be accepted into the training. If for some reason Kia does not approve your application, you will receive a refund.
Do I have to be a teacher to attend these training modules?
No, you do not have to be a teacher. Everyone is welcome. These modules are designed to deepen your experience of yoga as a practitioner, to develop your radiance and presence as a human being, and to provide more tools for sharing the practice with others.
There will be suggested reading for each program that will support the material covered.
Can I apply a 200-Hr from another school of yoga?
We will accept all applicants of registered Yoga Alliance 200-Hr trainings. We carefully select our teachers in training so that they are prepared for the curriculum. Depending on the nature of the yoga school you attended you may be given extra study to do in order to be up to speed with the material covered in these modules.
What are the prerequisites for attending this training?
If you are doing this to deepen your understanding and practice of yoga you must have a regular asana practice, a thirst to know more, and a commitment to do the work entailed. If you are doing this as a 300-hr certification you need to hold a 200-hr certificate.
If I have no intention of teaching, how will I benefit?
Any serious practitioner of yoga can benefit immensely from taking these modules. They offer a deeper look at the subtle and transformational practices of yoga like pranayama, meditation, kriya, kundalini, lifestyle and leadership choices. You will develop the capacity and commitment to integrate these teachings into your own practice and life. You will have an opportunity to connect to yourself at a deeper level, to evaluate what is important to you, to build your radiance and projection through embodying the practices, and develop your ability to positively impact others.
How will I know if I am accepted into the program?
Within two weeks of filling out your application you will hear back from us.
How long will it take to complete the RBY 300-Hr modules?
You can complete the program at your own pace and based on your particular interests. The modules are offered in various locations every 12-18 months. It is recommended that you space them out to allow for full integration of the materials covered.
Lodging is available at Mount Madonna Center starting at $1212 for 12 days.
Mount Madonna Center offers a beautiful, warm natural setting for group workshops and retreats. The 355 acres of redwood groves, hiking trails, and meadows are infused with a sense of peace, spaciousness, and heartfelt service. This setting also includes a Vedic temple offering ceremonies of light each morning and evening.
The community staff and the serene landscape provide a nourishing backdrop to support and inspire your group as you delve into your retreat or program offerings.
Guest Rooms: Single, Double, or Dorm
Hotel-style rooms (without phones or TVs) with 1, 2, or more twin beds. Some include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to shared (private while in use) bathrooms and showers down the hall.
Situated in an oak grove, the Oaks Cabins each house 2 people and have electricity and heat, but no plumbing. A separate bathhouse with private flush toilets and shower rooms is nearby. Cabins are a 10-minute walk up the hill from the main Conference Center.