The Module 1 training forms the heart of the Bodhiyoga teacher teaching programme and we will establish a steady rhythm of study, classes, practice and rest over the course of the three weeks.
For a fully comprehensive presentation of the teaching programme look at the detailed syllabus link. The Foundation course is designed to establish any serious practitioner and teacher in the Bodhiyoga principles and practices of mindfulness meditation, hatha yoga and study of some key Buddhist teachings.
The course unfolds in three phases.
- The first week, establishing students in their meditation and yoga pracitice,
- Second, we explore the key teachings around mindfulness and
- Third, exploring teachings around lovingkindness.
Sudaka and Sadhita alternate leading the morning sessions, taking students through a variety of posture practice sequences; dividing postures into 11 major groups;
Group 0. Gentle supine floor postures / leg stretches
Group 1. Surya Namaskar - Sun salutations, heat building dynamic sequences
Group 2. Standing postures
Group 3. Forward bends / folds
Group 4. Supine core strengthening,
Group 5. Rotations, twists
Group 6. Back-bends
Group 7. Inversions, shoulder stand and headstand
Group 8. Savasana - relaxation techniques
Group 9. Lateral movements
Group 10. Arm, shoulder and upper body-work
Each week includes a Restorative/Yin/Slow yoga session.
In the second and third week there is directed study and practical application of the key mindfulness and lovingkindness teachings of Buddhism, which underpin the spiritual orientation of Bodhiyoga teacher training. We use "Living with Awareness" and "Living with Kindness" texts by Sangarakshita to draw out these teachings.
Sadhita leads a comprehensive introduction to Anatomy and Physiology useful to yoga practitioners and teachers over six sessions.
Every afternoon, time is dedicated to analyses and teaching methodology of the poses practiced in the morning sequence, giving plenty of opportunity to clarify and begin to master the core postures of the Bodhiyoga repertoire and how to communicate them to others.
The evening sessions are talks of a more inspirational nature exploring meditation, the yoga tradition and yogic lifestyle as well as some Question & Answer periods.
Every afternoon there is a couple hours to take a rest or walk in the local area and take a dip in the nearby river which has a delightful bathing pool. We finish the last evening activity around 21.30 giving plenty of time for you to relax and wind down. Every week we practice a Restorative/Slow yoga sequence adding to the richness of the learning experience as well as resting the body.
We have programmed in two days off over the 3 weeks. These are completely free days with no obligations. Students can take time out from the programme and we organise trips out to nearby villages. Olba is 9 km away walking along the river.
Accomodation and food
All meals will be provided; breakfast, morning tea-break, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal. Food will be lacto-ovo-vegetarian with vegan option. There is a spacious dining area and we will often take dinner "al fresco" as this time of year it is very comfortable to be outside.
Fruit and vegetables are sourced as locally as possible and cooking is all done at home.
Participants help with washing-up dishes and general tidiness of their own quarters, though general cleaning and organising is done by the support team. Washing machines are available for doing laundry.
There are various well furnished double and single rooms. Single occupancy is limited and we will charge a little extra for this. Bathrooms with showers are distributed throughout the premises.
Please let us know what your preferences are early if you wish single occupancy only.
7.30 Meditation & yoga practice
11.30 Classes 1 & 2
17.00 Teaching practice
18.00 Class 3
20.00 Evening meal
21.00 Evening session
Booking and payment
Places are limited to 12 to secure a intimate and effective learning environment and plenty of teacher/student contact.
Cost of the 200 hour Foundation course;
- 2600 euros (standard fee with double occupancy room)
- 2900 euros (single occupancy room)
- 2400 euros (for non-European participants, Americas, Turkey, Asia, Australia e.t.c.)
This includes all tuition, course handbook and materials, accomodation and all meals and snacks.
Also, importantly, we are offering a discount of 200 euros for any participants travelling from outside the European area to help them to cover the cost of travelling from their country. To book click through to the details at the bottom of the Dates and prices page.
- Living with Awareness - Sangarakshita (2004)
- Living with Kindness - Sangarakshita (2004)
- Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology - Eldra Pearl Soloman (2008)
- Science of Breath - Himalayan Institute Press (2007)
- Bodhiyoga teacher training manual Module 1 (provided on the course)