Wake up! That's the message of the yoga teacher. Wake up to who we really are. We wake ourselves up first, we see the magnificence in those who come to us and we encourage them realize their true self.
I've dedicated my life to awakening. Awareness of our incredible potential for happiness, and the knowledge that we are naturally encoded with everything we need to actualize it, has led me on amazing journeys in the fields of health and consciousness. Yoga is an integral component of my explorations and continues to delight me as vehicle for guiding others.
Yoga has remained a steady friend and tool, and my education has gone far beyond asana. Using ancient scripture and philosophy in a contemporary context we employ the best tools possible to experience the essence of yoga.
Together we create the ultimate Yogic environment for learning and transformation: a community of unique individuals from around the World that supports one another in being who we can be. Every component and
detail is top caliber, including the expertise of exceptional guest faculty, the natural beauty and heart of Bali, the abundant, simple luxury of Anahata Villas, the healthiest, tastiest organic living food nutrition, and so much more.
The Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training is suitable for any level of experience. Whether you are already teaching, about to begin or are newly acquainted with the benefits of yoga, waking up to who you really are not only frees you to live the life you always knew was possible, it also frees others. Just by being you. Deepening your skills, understanding, confidence and presence in this 'level one' teacher training enables you to reach people more effectively through your authentic experience of yoga. It provides you with a comprehensive yoga education and exceeds the requirements for Yoga Alliance's 200-hour certification. You will dive deeply into extraordinary living, yoga and teaching.
Warning: though there is no prerequisite of yoga experience - as the state of Yoga is available to us all now – an attitude of genuine desire to immerse yourself in this intensive program, and to experiment with the area beyond your comfort zone, is absolutely necessary. In other words, if you’re only interested in the certification - or if you’re unwilling to venture out of your comfort zone, don’t want to challenge yourself, do want to disrupt others or detract from the group’s momentum - this training is not for you.
Further warning: it is probable that after this training your life will not be the same. Seen from new heights, previous terrain may look or feel completely different. The Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training is ideal for those who wish to create something new, to fly higher.
“Daniel is a caring and dedicated yogi who has experienced the fullness of the teachings and brings that fullness to all those with whom he shares.” David Life, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga, author, master teacher.
About Vibrant Living Yoga
As the saying goes 'the truth cannot be said.' It can, however, be heard. It's inherent in each of us. It's who we are. The essence of yoga is remembering who we are.
We create conditions where the truth might be heard through challenging asana (posture), vinyasa (breath and movement), spiritual insight, pranayama (breath exercise), meditation, music, and humor.
Vibrant Living Yoga guides you to experience yourself free of false limitations and the Training empowers you to assist others. Drawing on my extensive yoga practice and training (with dozens of modern masters), you will dive deeply into a spectrum of today's yogic styles, including Jivamukti, Iyengar, Astanga and more. Discover how you share yoga by learning what's come before you.
Teaching Methodology – 45 hours
Vibrant Living Yoga teaching method, adjustments and assists for Surya Namaskar, standing poses, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, balances and Savasana. Teaching privately and special needs including kids classes and pregnancy modifications.
Anatomy and Physiology – 20 hours
Basics of skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular anatomy, injury and recovery, esoteric anatomy including chakras, nadis, prana, and bandha, anatomy of adjustments.
Yogic Scripture, Philosophy, Ethics, & Lifestyle - 43 hours
Basic yoga philosophy, Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Advaita Vedanta/non-dualism, living in the now moment, Gunas, Awareness, Enlightenment, 3 kinds of teachers and students, the pitfalls and ethics of being a yoga teacher.
Group Practicum and Presentation Skills – 16 hours
Includes student teaching as well as observing and assisting in classes taught by others. Class transcriptions focusing on sequencing, theme, and music; teaching in small and large group setting to hone your skills. Yogic languaging skills and elocution. Neuro-Linguistic Programming for yoga teachers.
Sample Daily Schedule
This intensive course is four weeks total; each week includes four full days, two half-days, and one day off. The following is the basic schedule which varies slightly as benefits the group.
Most evenings - Satsang and special activities
(guest lecture, film, kirtan)
Your training includes exceptional experts in the following fields: Iyengar yoga, Astanga Vinyasa yoga, Yogic Anatomy, chanting, Vedas and kirtan. Please check back often for updates.
Edward Clark is the creator of Tripsichore, the London-based yoga performance group that has delighted audiences around the world. He began studying yoga in 1979. Notable among his teachers are Narayani and Giris Rabinovitch, and he also admires Ashtanga vinyasa, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Viniyoga practices. The Tripsichore group has practiced daily for the past 14 years, devising and refining its techniques for asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, and dhyana. Edward fuses his keen artistic vision with a deep understanding of the essential pursuit of yoga practice. His classes are entertaining, demanding, and exhilarating.
Wah! combines reggae, Hindu chanting and pop to create a unique mix of spiritual world music. Concerts include chanting, storytelling and songs in English; the atmosphere is festive and jubilant. Described by NY Spirit Magazine, "WAH! injects something a little trippier to create a mellow groove that's luscious and highly addictive."
Wah! has ten solo albums to date including Unplugged, Jai Jai Jai, Opium, and Savasana. According to Music Design magazine, Wah!'s Opium, ".is a feel-good, pop-oriented album that strikes a balance between the spirituality of her Hindu chant work and the trendy, melody-driven nature of modern pop/jazz music." Wah! tours extensively, performing at yoga centers, festivals, conferences and pop venues. She has headlined the LEAF Festival in Asheville, NC and The UK Yoga Show in London, England. www.wahmusic.com
Dr. Gabriel Cousens
Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), Diplomate American Board of Holistic Medicine, Diplomate Ayurveda, a physician of the soul, teaches and lives the sevenfold peace. To the process of awakening and healing, Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), weaves a background as a holistic physician, medical researcher, world-recognized live-food nutritionist, psychiatrist, family therapist, homeopath, acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner, expert on green juice spiritual fasting and detoxification fasting, ecological leader, Reiki master, internationally celebrated spiritual teacher, author, lecturer, culture-bridger, world peaceworker, to give a unique holistic approach to nurturing the hungry soul.
A honoree for lifetime achievement by the World Organization of Natural Medicine, Dr. Cousens has published research in leading scientific journals and authored many books, including Spiritual Nutrition: Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini, Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine; Conscious Eating, and more. An ordained Essene teacher since 1984, founder of the Essene Order of Light, in 1993, Gabriel founded the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in 1994 in Patagonia, AZ. It is a unique center whose mission it is to help individuals and the planet transform and heal physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, making the transition from a culture of death and war to a Culture of Life and Liberation.
Dave Stringer has been profiled in Time, Billboard, In Style, and Yoga Journal as a leader of the new American kirtan movement. Kirtan is a form of mantra chanting that has become popular as a participatory live music experience at hundreds of yoga studios worldwide. Dave's sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sound of American gospel, jazz and funk.
Initially trained as a visual artist and jazz musician, Dave first started chanting mantras when a film-editing project brought him to the ashram of Swami Muktananda in India. After the film project ended, he remained in India to teach school in a rural village, and continued his studies of the traditions of yoga under the guidance of Swami Chidvilasananda. He began teaching meditation to prison inmates and leading kirtan at yoga studios across America in the mid 1990's.
Dave and his band tour tirelessly, performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. An articulate public speaker, he probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor. His work constructs a modern, participatory theatrical art form out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.
Native of Switzerland, Emil has lived in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying first Chinese Classics, Taoism in Taiwan and then Sanskrit and Indian Thought on the Subcontinent. Making Nepal his home in 1980, he co-founded Machan Wildlife Resort, a safari lodge in the jungles of South Nepal, and continued to study and retreat through East Asia, India and Nepal.
Emil, deeply passionate about philosophy and especially its application in Yoga, practices and teaches Hatha-Yoga, using a method of merging physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation with discussions on liberating knowledge, to deepen a Yoga practice beyond the mere physical experience.
The many years of residency in Nepal and India have allowed Emil exceptional insight into the depth of Indian Civilization and its underlying currents.
Among his mentors and lineages from which he's distilled his method, through years of self-practice and experimentation: Prânâyâma and Kriyâ-Yoga in the tradition of the Bihar School; Iyengar, Ashtanga, and various Vinyasa asana styles; Professor Saraswati Prasad Ghimire; and much more (see Emil's 'With Gratitude' page).
Emil presently instructs teacher training programs in Australia, India, and Europe while the lands of India, Nepal and Bali remain his home.
Chris combines his long-standing passion for yoga with a professional interest in health and healing, into a hands-on, explorations of anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers.
An experienced yoga teacher himself, Chris is continually exploring further aspects of the mind-body-spirit connection to present to his students in a dynamic, fun and easily digestible format. In addition to his naturopathic practice specializing in soft tissue positioning and alignment in Australia, he has been sharing nationally and internationally with yoga teacher trainees on yoga and movement related anatomy and physiology since 2000. For more about Chris Kummer, please visit www.kindayoga.com
Alastair Prentice is a certified New Code NLP Trainer, Master Hypnotherapist and an NLP Coach specializing in training in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Ericksonian Hypnosis, and solution-focused coaching. He has trained extensively with some of the foremost therapists in the world of NLP, Brief Therapy and Hypnosis including NLP co-founder Dr John Grinder and Stephen Gilligan Ph.D.
Alastair presents workshops and teaches on courses for a wide range of people, from clinical therapists and business-coaches to those in professional sports, business-management and on Yoga Teacher Training courses. This training allows anyone to tap their own personal genius, to explicate the patterns that create performance excellence, and finally to transfer these models into other fields, for example coaching, therapy, teaching or business.
These dynamic seminars are an intense experiential examination of what mythologist Joseph Campbell called the "hero's journey", wherein a person responds to the call to live a life that is transformational to the consciousness of self and community. They incorporate NLP, Ericksonian hypnosis, hatha-vinyasa yoga and Aikido, all with the intention of responding to a call to awaken into full human consciousness through the practice of self awareness and sponsorship of life.
A life-long obsession with sound has guided Alanna in the direction of music and vibration. Through the teachings of yoga, she has found a home for her spirit within the pulsations of the heart.
Her foremost teachers are Sharon Gannon and David Life, the creators of Jivamukti Yoga, and through their grace, she also found Manorama, a Sanskrit teacher who has graced Alanna with a deeper knowledge of how sound profoundly affects us on an energetic and cellular level. Her practice has also been heavily infused with the love-filled influence of Shri Dharma Mittra, a teacher who revealed the true devotional nature of asana practice. These profound teachings have liberated Alanna, and through that freedom, she offers teachings worldwide to students of yoga, exclusively in the Jivamukti tradition. As an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Instructor, she fills her classes with Nada (sound), Bhakti (devotion) and Shraddha (faith). Her classes feature an unyielding spirit for bringing yoga off the mat and into the world. Her face forward, charismatic style is the perfect platform for classes that are masterful, artistic, and always feature an element of mystery.
While on her world tour, she has led kirtans (devotional singing concerts) and performed with Dave Stringer, who has been a musical inspiration for Alanna. Recently, while in Sydney, Australia, Alanna found herself in the midst of a tidal wave of opportunity, and through riding that wave, she had the opportunity to write, create and produce her newest album, Shine.
Elaina Love is a professional Raw Food Chef, Instructor, Restaurant Consultant and Lifestyle Counselor whose unique style of creating the best raw food cuisine ever has her highly sought after. She travels worldwide to bring raw, living foods to Spas, Exotic Retreats, Festivals and Individuals. Elaina is the Owner & Director of Pure Joy Foods.com, which features recipes, supplements and kitchen & health equipment. She is the author of Elaina's Pure Joy Kitchen recipe book and the creator of The Amazing Nut Milk Bag. Elaina has been an Instructor at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute for six years where she teaches specialty classes on an ongoing basis.
With a passion for sharing knowledge attained through her years of experience, Elaina has counseled people throughout the country to bring about positive changes in their lives. Her teaching and support empowers people to lose weight and gain energy and health by making positive lifestyle choices and incorporating more living, raw food into their diet. She is well known for making phenomenal food that leaves people wondering how they can feel so satisfied yet so energized. For more about Elaina Love, please visit www.purejoylivingfoods.com
David Garrigues is a Seattle native who studied psychology and Native American studies at Evergreen College. As an avid skateboarder, David developed a love of flow and concentration before stepping foot onto a yoga mat. In 1991 he began his study of yoga with Marie Svoboda and also developed an interest in Iyengar style yoga. Since that time has studied with Aadil Palkivala from Yoga Centers. In 1994, David made his first trip to Mysore India to study Ashtanga yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and now travels regularly to visit and practice with his teacher and to also further his studies of classical Indian music.
In 1997, David was honored to receive a rare teaching certificate, certifying him to teach Ashtanga yoga as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2001, he completed a teacher training with Richard Freeman. He has studied Sanskrit at the American Sanskrit Institute as well as in India.
David holds workshops on breath and bandhas, beginning and intermediate Ashtanga, and introductory teacher trainings at AYS and throughout the US. His teaching style is both challenging and supportive, and his deep knowledge and love of culture, history, and language provides his students with a rich and traditional, yet diverse yoga experience that is hard to come by. His love of music has found its inspiration in kirtans, which he now holds regularly at AYS and during his travels throughout the US.
Simon was first introduced to yoga at age six learning breath retentions
from his father, then the main bandhas from Basil Brown (an Olympic
athlete). At age 17, a Tibetan Lama introduced Simon to the philosophy of
yoga. In 1980, Simon started the physical practice of hatha yoga eventually
learning with BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabahi Jois and TKV Desikachar. Simon
commenced teaching in 1982.
Simon met his main teacher Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) in 1985. Then
in 1988, Simon met physiotherapist yoga teacher Bianca Machliss. Together
Simon and Bianca have developed the unique Yoga Synergy system.
Synergy-style yoga is intelligently designed in accordance with the
principles of applied anatomy and physiology, but it can also be very
dynamic and fluid. Since 1995 Simon has been teaching courses in the Applied
Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga throughout the world. Simon is co-author of
OApplied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga, which is the main text book for a
course he developed and lectures in at RMIT University (Melbourne).
The island of the gods, Bali and her people is a culture Yoga International magazine describes as ‘living yoga.' Spirituality, harmony with nature, peacefulness - these elements embody the Balinese way of life. Ubud, an artist's Mecca, is the cultural heart of Bali. Embedded in rice terraces, temples and powerful energy, at a slight elevation so cooler than the nearby coastal heat, Ubud's climate has turned it into the perfect yogic destination.
Anahata Villas and Spa Resort is a luxurious retreat for mind, body and soul, located minutes from Ubud, perched amidst luscious tropical forests overlooking the Petanu River. Anahata, the Sanskrit word for the heart chakra, love, compassion and harmony, elegantly combines modern design, traditional Balinese architecture and tropical paradise. Each villas houses three distinct bedrooms, a communal living area and private plunge pool facing scenic natural vistas.
Please see www.AnahataResort.com
About Gourmet Living Foods
I choose living food to enhance my life. For most of us, what we eat affects how we feel. Happily I've discovered that the healthiest food is also the best tasting. I eat the best food ever – yummy, vibrant, rejuvenating – just in case we are what we eat .
Fresh daily coconuts, tropical fruits, organic salads and raw chocolate is the ideal nourishment for the yogic lifestyle. Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training is happy to present you a month of Gourmet, high vibration Living Food. (Delicious cooked vegetarian food will also be available, at student’s expense).
Please click here to learn about the benefits of raw food.
What some Graduates say
about their experience:
"The Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training has changed my life. The experience opened my eyes to the treasures in the world of yoga. Daniel takes you on a journey of self discovery through nourishing gourmet raw food, challenging your body in asana practice, meditation, studying ancient texts, listening to modern philosophers and building a personal practice. Guest faculty brought a depth of knowledge to the training with an incredibly high level of expertise. This is a teacher training for current teachers or people new to the path of yoga. A bonus is the magical setting of mystical Bali. I will be back for future courses." -Janet Carscadden, physical therapist, Burlington, VT.
"If you want to strengthen your spiritual, physical, and philosophical yoga practice you can attend any teacher training. The Radiantly Alive yoga teacher training is just different: it is a process that you cannot believe or understand until you live it and be with it. You will have your own unique experience and it will
change the way you stereotype yourself and everything around you. Beware: If you LOVE your life the way it is, and do NOT want it to change (i.e. get better) stay away." -Rebecca Hillary, science teacher/yoga teacher, Philadelphia, PA.
"You are extraordinary! If you want to become aware of it, this is what you can do: Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training.' Calling it a yoga teacher training wasn't really fair. It's been an education into all of life. For years I've been traveling around the world searching for something - finally now in Bali, with this 'training' I've found what I've been looking for - I've come home. Words may not have the power to express my gratitude, but nevertheless receive many thanks for what you have created for us."- Markus Gmachl, tour guide, Morocco.
“Sitting at my desk on a dull English winter day idly googling 'yoga' and 'running away from my 40th birthday' yielded some unexpected results. Four months later I emerged blinking with jetlag into the Balinese sunlight. Be prepared to physically and emotionally let go of a large quantity of toxins past. Expect to share the airy open yoga studio, set level with the swaying treetops, with butterflies, dragonflies and joyful cartwheeling swifts. Expect to be shocked at your potential. Absolutely demand to be shaken into radiant life by some of the best teachers on the planet. And fully anticipate being spat back out into your old world to find that nothing is quite the same.
I dragged my sorry carapace of misery from events of the past few years with me to Bali. And somewhere in a star-splashed night I shook it off. I danced with abandon, I laughed long and loud from the depths of my belly, I rejoiced in my own silence, listening and learning. I rediscovered my body and my creativity, I allowed my vulnerability and my tears a voice and accepted all the comfort offered, I looked without shyness into beautiful eyes and faces.oh yes, and somewhere along the line I did some yoga too and found out I could be a yoga teacher.
This stuff works. Although it couldn't stop time, I am thrilled to report that I am now 40, fabulous, and free.”
- Jay Kipling, UK - writer, animal welfare campaigner, PR company director.
What Faculty say about their experience:
“The Radiantly Alive Teacher Training Program is unquestionably one of the most intriguing and comprehensive courses with which I've had the pleasure to be associated. It is rare for a Teacher Training to successfully endeavour to cover so many aspects of yoga training. However, the Radiantly Alive people address meditation, pranayama, philosophy and nutrition as seriously as they do asana. All these subjects are delivered by teachers who are top notch in both skill and reputation. Indeed, it is as stimulating for the teachers to be exchanging ideas with each other as it is for the students on the receiving end of the instruction. The effectiveness of the training is further enhanced by the beauty and seclusion of the venue. It is hard to imagine how this singular training could be bettered, but, as the organizers are dedicated to constant improvement, I'm sure they'll find a way.” -Edward Clark, founder of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre, London
“I had a fabulous experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s a brilliant idea for students to be introduced to numerous paths of yoga over the month. I predict it will keep growing over the years and I hope to be continually involved – I will recommend it whenever I get the chance.” - David Williams, first non-Indian to learn entire Ashtanga from Pattabhi Jois, Maui, HI.
“Daniel Aaron is the most professional, organized and conscientious person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. His yoga teacher training is a huge gift to anyone who gets to be involved. Daniel is an amazing teacher, and his classes are the best I've ever taken. He is exceptionally thorough, present, available and grounded, which proves his teachings are coming from a deep, centered source. From the beginning to the end of the workshop he brings a passion, vibrancy and true commitment to helping his students to have a transformational experience. This is truly groundbreaking, expansion based work and I am honored and blessed to be a part of such a revolutionary project.” -Elaina Love, author, chef, teacher, restaurateur, San Francisco, CA
“I teach in many programs and trainings around the world. What’s happening here is very special. The combination of elements that Daniel’s put together, from the beauty of the nature here and the villas, the food, you all living together, it’s powerful. I seldom see a group so present and focused as this. You should consider yourselves very lucky.” -Govinda Kai, advanced Astanga yoga teacher, Tokyo, Japan
Would you like to speak with someone who completed the Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training? We’re happy to send you a list of email address and phone numbers of graduates around the world who will share with you about their experience.
Prerequisite Reading and Reports
English language proficiency. Minimum score 500 on Toeic (comprehension of English materials).
Reading and Reports
Read the three books listed below prior to the training and write your response on (a) your personal impression of each, (b) the most valuable component for you and (c) an elaboration on how this material could be useful for a yoga teacher. Send reports (300 words each book report, Microsoft Word document) to firstname.lastname@example.org .
1. Jivamukti Yoga, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
2. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, by T. K. V. Desikachar
3. Loving What Is, by Byron Katie
4. Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda
5. Diet for a New America, by John Robbins
6. The Sunfood Diet Success System or Eating for Beauty, by David Wolfe
7. Power versus Force, by David Hawkins
8. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, by Erich Schiffmann
9. Hathayogapradipika, The Bihar School of Yoga
10. Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar
11. Textbook of Yoga Psychology, R. Mishra, Brahmananda Sarasvati
12. other versions of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
Fees (in US Dollar) are all inclusive of tuition for Vibrant Living Yoga 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training, luxurious accommodations at Anahata Villas and Resort and all gourmet, organic, nutritious meals. (Does not include travel to and from Bali, to Anahata Resort and Villas and optional activities).
$5100 Villa Room
Superior first floor room with private bathroom (Optional single occupancy supplement $2500)
$5900 Luxury Room
Top floor master room Top floor master room with private bathroom
(Optional single occupancy supplement $2500)
Registration 2008 - Spaces Full
Please enquire for 2009 - we will be accepting new applications soon.
Upon returning your completed application, and payment, your space for the training will be reserved and you will receive an information packet.
Book evaluations, are due by May 12, 2008.
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Limited scholarship funds are available for students with financial needs. If you wish to apply for financial aid, please send us a letter describing your current work and living arrangements, financial constraints and your request (installments, financial aid, exchange etc.).
Travel and Visa Information
Bali’s International Airport is located in Denpasar. Airport transfer between Ngurah Rai International, Bali's major airport in Denpasar, and Anahata Resort will be provided.
Indonesia has recently introduced new regulations with regard to visas, limiting tourist visas to 30 days. A visa fee is payable upon entry to Bali for most countries, however make your own inquiries about the visa requirements applicable to your nationality, as some passports are not permitted a visa on entry and must be organized at your embassy prior to coming. For information about visas, please see Bali Spirit's Travel and Visa Information Section or contact your embassy.
Please check your passport expiration date as you must have six months validity remaining on your passport from the date of your return from Bali.
If you have any questions related to visas or assistance in finding economical air travel, please contact us via phone or email.