500 hour Hatha Yoga Method Teacher Training

Krishnamacharya, Hatha Yoga, Meditation

Kookaburra Yoga

Kookaburra Yoga

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DATe

12 Jun 2021

11 Jun 2022

Duration

12 months

COST

$4900

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$200 earlybird discount if paid by 1st May. Payment plans available.

The Hatha Yoga Method
Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training 

11 June 2021 - 12 June 2022

Introduction

The Haṭha Yoga Method™ is a potent integration of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and yogic living. It is the synthesis of a combined 60 years yogic study, practice and teaching experience developed by Kookaburra Yoga founders and directors Mandy BeckerKnox and Robert Becker who have enduring links with modern yogic masters and mystics.

The Hatha Yoga Method combines the best of the wisdom traditions of yoga with modern mindfulness, yogic psychology, Ayurveda, yogic diet, connection to nature, and asana biomechanics. Combined this is powerfully transformative and healing on every level, and translates into accessible and uplifting classes you'll be empowered to teach and share.

This 12 month program is designed to take you on an educational and experiential journey through the yogic traditions from ancient to modern-day.

The training takes place at Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre in the Perth hills, Western Australia and is led by Mandy BeckerKnox and Robert Becker. The centre is beautiful and spacious in the heart of nature. Surrounded by trees and extensive food gardens you'll be introduced to a yogic way of life, living and learning harmoniously, close to nature.

Over 12 months there are 7 weekend workshops, a 6 day retreat, weekly online studio/zoom classes (led by students), a 30 hour online intensive in yoga anatomy and physiology; reading and written assignments to complete at home; 3 formal curriculum-based mentoring sessions and support in establishing and developing your own yoga and meditation practice. There are approximately 500 hours of training and study, well in excess of the 350 hours required to register with Yoga Australia as a Level 1 teacher on graduation.

By incorporating traditional, esoteric and practical, modern approaches you'll learn to become a well-rounded, joyful practitioner of yoga and meditation, a master of your mind and emotions, and to teach and share with a diverse audience with integrity, intelligence and ease.

You'll graduate with the knowledge, confidence, resources and practical skills to teach the Hatha Yoga Method beginners programs which include the Absolute Beginners Yoga Course and the Introduction to Meditation Course, and develop your own unique style of delivery to teach classes to students in your own community.

On completion you'll be well versed in the wisdom traditions of yoga, and an adept practitioner of meditation, pranayama and asana. You'll graduate from this training an assured, confident teacher capable of supporting and inspiring others.

The training is led by Mandy and Robert. Mandy is a registered senior teacher with Yoga Australia. The Hatha Yoga Method teacher training is [to be] registered with Yoga Australia and you’ll meet the requirement to register as a Level 1 Yoga Teacher (350+ hours of training delivered over 12 months). This helps you gain insurance, industry credibility and employability, and ongoing professional development opportunities and support. You can be confident this training meets the educational and ethical standards of Yoga Australia and will position you as a well rounded industry professional.



Who this training for

The Hatha Yoga Method Training is for anyone with an interesting in developing their yogic knowledge as a practitioner first, and then applying this knowledge as a professional yoga and mediation teacher or within any area or field of work. 

This training is suitable for anyone who has at least 12 months experience attending yoga classes or practicing themselves. It is also suitable for anyone who has already completed a 200 hour teacher training and wishes to build on what they may have learnt previously, and may be added to training hours to become eligible to become a level 2 teacher (500 hours training/5 years teaching experience).



What you gain

  • Real skills Practical skills and knowledge for your own personal development to positively transform your inner and outer world and to draw upon throughout your life.

  • Wisdom An embodied and applied understanding of the full spectrum of yoga practices: asana, pranayama, meditation, mantras and more.

  • Confidence Firm foundation of knowledge and skills to confidently teach and share yoga and meditation to people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

  • Leadership The natural authority and leadership which comes from an in-depth education and applied. experience

  • Support The resources and support to immediately teach the Hatha Yoga Method Beginners Courses which include Absolute Beginners Yoga and An Introduction to Meditation.

  • Community You'll make new friends and a caring, supportive network to support your yoga journey forwards.

  • Qualification You will receive a teaching certificate enabling you to teach yoga and meditation anywhere in the world, and gain industry standard insurance.

  • Credibility On graduation you will be eligible to register as a Level 1 Teacher with Yoga Australia. After an additional 150 hours of post-graduate training and 5 years of teaching experience you can progress to Level 2.



Highlights

  • Study locally and directly with senior teachers with a combined 60 years experience.

    500 hours of learning, most of which is with your senior teachers over 12 months.

    peaceful learning environment - a stunning studio in natural bush setting in the Perth hills.

  • An opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skillset, and practically integrate the teachings into your own practice.

  • Connect with a community of sincere yoga practitioners and teachers.​​

  • Unique in-depth program structure comprised of:7 monthly weekend workshops supported by online learning platform.

  • Online option. Modules 1-6 and 9 are live-streamed and recorded for those who can't attend in person due to distance, illness, or in the event of Covid related lockdowns or restrictions.

  • A 6 day retreat at Kookaburra Creek comprised of Modules 7 and 8. The retreat is your opportunity to experience the joy of learning in sangha (community), experiencing a yogic lifestyle, daily routine and diet.

  • Module 10 - engaging and interactive online anatomy with Leslie Kamikoff.

  • Learn to teach live. Weekly Wednesday evening student-led supervised classes delivered in-studio at Kookaburra Creek, and live-streamed.

  • 3 x personalised coaching/mentoring sessions.



Program Structure

Weekend Workshops

The Hatha Yoga Method Teacher Training is comprised of 10 modules, seven of which are delivered over two days on the weekends at Kookaburra Yoga in Bedfordale. There is the option of attending these live from your home if you live remotely or are unwell. Attending all modules (either in-studio or by Zoom) is required to graduate. 

Each module contains four x 4 hour sessions which each include theory, facilitated discussion, guided practice and a practical workshop to apply the knowledge. This includes practice and workshopping of the asana, pranayama, meditation, relaxation methods, and yogic practices linked to the session theme.

Each month there is set reading to be completed prior to the weekend and then following an online quiz and assignment/s to complete at home to explore the themes and source texts more deeply. No need to worry if you don’t consider yourself a writer or an artist, support is given to help develop these skills which is an important part of becoming a discerning, critical thinker and articulate, confident communicator.

Residential Retreat

Modules seven and eight are part of a residential teacher training retreat to be held at Kookaburra Creek. In-person attendance at the residential retreat is required to graduate. You may stay onsite in shared accommodation (limited to 10 places) or camping onsite with all meals provided. If you prefer you can attend the retreat daily staying offsite in your own accommodation. Please note the program commences from 6.30am each morning and concludes at 7pm, except for the first and last day. There is some rest time during the day.

Graduation and Dinner

Graduation Ceremony, with certificates issued, Sharing, Havan Fire Ceremony and Dinner.

Anatomy Online

Module 10 is the more technical Yoga Anatomy portion of the training. For this we have partnered with Leslie Kaminoff, a leading author and educator in this field who delivers an engaging, interactive, insightful and relevant program in yoga anatomy. At the commencement of the training you will be given access to yogaanatomy.net where you will study applied yoga anatomy and physiology with Leslie Kaminoff as it relates to yoga asanas and pranayama. The online program equals 30 hours and is to be completed within the first 5 months of the training.

Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have already done a comparable course of 30 hours or more in yoga anatomy and physiology on a previous training course, you can apply for exemption from this component of the training. You must submit in writing details and evidence of the qualifications, and complete an online exam to demonstrate competence.

Supervised Teaching

7pm-8pm Wednesday evenings. Compulsory to attend instudio or online from home. Each week a trainee student will design and teach a supervised class at the studio and online via zoom for fellow teacher trainees. You’ll learn to market and promote your class online and gain studio experience teaching to students in person and online.

Mentoring

During the final three months of the training you will have monthly 1.5 hour coaching sessions with either Robert or Mandy. These sessions are to help support and guide your development as a yoga practitioner and teacher, to help identify and overcome any obstacles on the path, and to help you embody, embrace and evolve into the beautiful, wise and wonderful person and teacher you wish to be.

Reading & Assignments

Every month there is reading to do at home and assignments to complete. These vary each month and may include short essays, writing a story/parable, designing classes, drawing infographics and writing a business plan. Support and guidance is given to help structure and craft these. The time commitment is approximately 20 hours per month.



Topics 

The program content is delivered in 10 sequential modules which each integrate theory and practice. You’ll learn the asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras and mantras relevant to each topic, building on knowledge, technique, practice and teaching methods over 12 months.

Module 1
The World of Yoga: Introduction & Overview
Opening the door to a new way of being

Session 1:  Yoga. through the ages: from ancient to modern, east to west
Session 2: Laying a foundation: yamas and niyamas
Session 3: Asana: from the ashrams and ascetic traditions to modern wellness.
Session 4: Yoga masters, mystics, their lineages and methods

Module 2
Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind

Session 1: Anatomy and Asanas: from the ashrams and ascetic traditions to modern movement
Session 2: The Taitatreya Upanishad: Koshas: the multi- dimensional self
Session 3: Concept of the Subtle Body - from body, mind to soul
Session 4: Prakriti, Purusha, the Mahabhutas and the Gunas. Understanding the self from the perspective of Sankhya, Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras

Module 3
The Yoga of Krishnamacharya. Personalising and Teaching Yoga

Session 1: Applied anatomy and physiology for formulating an asana and pranayama practice
Session 2: Yoga for Everybody: beginners or advanced, yoga through the stages of life. How to structure classes accordingly.
Session 3: Applied ethics: use of language, cues, props and adjustments to help support, heal, and not cause harm.
Session 4: Empowerd Communciation and Trauma Aware Teaching Methods

Module 4
Yoga of the Mind

Session 1: The higher limbs of yoga. Learning to chant the Yoga Sutras.
Session 2: Sankalpa, Beliefs, biases and overcoming conditioning (Yoga and NLP)
Session 3: The kleishas, and overcoming obstacles and the path to happiness. (kriya yoga)
Session 4: The nervous system, vagus nerve; and the body-mind-divine continuum. 

Module 5
The Subtle Self. Within, beyond and becoming.

Session 1: The Subtle Body: Chakras, Nadis, and Essential Life Force
Session 2: Pranayama: the sacred breath. Prana vayus and managing your life force
Session 3:  Yoga, Pranayama and Sound 
Session 4: Laya Yoga: chakras, mantra, and sound

Module 6 
Buddhi Mind. Wisdom, Creativity and Flow.

Session 1: Western and yogic pscyhology. The concept of consciousness in the east and west.
Session 2: Accessing creative inspiration: Vijnanamaya Kosha and the Buddhi Mind.
Session 3: Jnana Yoga: Who Am I? The yoga of self enquiry
Session 4: The Mandukya Upanishad: states of consciousness and the meditation journey.

Module 7
Personal & Professional Transformation.
Residential Retreat

Session 1: yogic sadhana: your personal practice
Session 2:  becoming wise: applying yogic knowledge to transform your mind, body, heart
Session 3: sharing your light: communicating and presenting 
Session 4: the yogic visionary: applying yogic knowledge to your life and work

Module 8
Yogic Living
Residential Retreat

Session 1: the authentic teacher: living what you teach 
Session 2:  the ethics of food and the yogic diet
Session 3: dinacharya: designing your daily life
Session 4: ishvara pranidhana: in harmony with nature, in service to the world

Module 9
Into the World

Session 1: The business of yoga. How to be a success in any field. Processes, procedures, finance, accountability.
Session 2: the Karma Yogi: path of the peaceful warrior. Karma, Dharma and making a difference. The Jnana Yogi: embodying wisdom, becoming wise.
Session 3: the Raja Yogi: the high road to peace. The Bhakti Yogi. Mantra, Music, Love for the Divine.
Session 4: Being you in a crowded world. Marketing methods. Ethical and influential.

Module 10
Anatomy Fundamentals with Leslie Kaminoff

10 units to complete online through yoga anatomy.net in webinar and online classes format. Your login details will be sent once the training commences.

Weekly Supervised Classes

Trainee teacher: design and teach a 60 minute class at Kookaburra Yoga studio and online via zoom for fellow teacher trainees. Remote learning students can teach from home. Other trainees: weekly attendance compulsory either instudio or online

Graduation Day & Dinner

Session 1: Final Words & Reflections
Session 2: Graduation Ceremony
Havan Fire Ceremony
Dinner



The trainers, lineage, venue

Hatha Yoga Method founders and teachers

Robert Becker

Robert was initiated into yoga in Cape Town, South Africa by his Guru Swami Venkatesananda of the Sivananda lineage at the age of 20. He has dedicated his life to teaching and sharing traditional yoga and built and founded Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre in 1998. Robert has a Masters degree in Social Work and works professionally in the field. He is known for the depth of his yogic and vedantic knowledge, his astute wisdom, gentle guidance and sense of fun.

Robert has been practising and teaching yoga for over 36 years in South Africa, Mauritius, India and Australia. Robert was initiated into yoga and meditation at the age of 20 by his Diksha Guru HH Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj of the Sivananda tradition, Rishikesh and was given the spiritual name Narayan. Robert spent many years practising intensively living in ashrams and travelling in India before settling into family life.

In the 1990s Robert built the Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre in honour of his Guru which he co-directs with Mandy, with whom he shares the spiritual journey.  The centre has been blessed by some great souls (Mahatmas) over the past twenty years. Sri Swami Ramakrishna of the Amritanandamayi Mission has visited a number of times, Sri Somanatha Maharishi of Hyderabad introduced the centre to Mano Yoga.

Robert teaches a dynamic style of Integral Hatha Yoga based on the tradition of Patanjali's Raja Yoga. Asanas and Pranayama are used to guide aspirants seeking a deeper experience of meditation.

Robert has a Masters degree in Psychiatric Social Work and is a skillful life coach and group facilitator. He worked professionally in the field before integrating his professional expertise with yogic life, and strives to integrate a working life in the world with a love of yoga and meditation and the responsibilities of being a householder, husband and father. This is the challenge many face today, spiritualising day to day life.

Mandy BeckerKnox

Mandy is a Senior Yoga teacher registered with Yoga Australia and the lead trainer. She was initiated into yoga at the age of 20 and has practiced and taught since then. She has studied with renowned masters, and spent a lifetime learning, integrating and sharing. She is a natural leader and in her professional life was an Editor, Designer and recently CEO of a healthcare not-for-profit organisation. Mandy is deeply committed to creating safe and sacred spaces for participants to experience the wonders of yoga - both at Kookaburra and on retreats around the world.

Mandy has studied and practiced yoga since 1990 when she was twenty years old in both India and Australia. She has taught yoga for over twenty years in Perth, India, and on international retreats.

Over this time she has had the great privilege of travelling to India many times for extended periods studying directly with teachers and masters of yoga. Mandy's primary influences and long-term mentors are A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan of the Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda, Chennai. Mandy continues to study closely with the Mohans. In addition to this Mandy has studied yoga with:

  • Senior teachers of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai

  • Swami Maharshi Somanatha of Somanatha Kshetram, Hyderabad

  • Swami Krishnananda of the Sivananda tradition, Divine Life Society, Rishikesh 

When young, Mandy was a resident in the following ashrams and spiritual centres:

  • Ananda Marga, Bihar

  • Divine Life Society (Sivananda Yoga), Rishikesh

  • Anandamayi Ma Ashram, Haridwar

Mandy is certified (by Svastha Yoga) to teach Hatha Yoga, has also studied Ayurveda at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine. Mandy has undertaken additional teacher training in Yin Yoga and is certified (by Jo Phee) to teach Yin.  

Mandy considers being still in nature to be the greatest of all spiritual teachers, and seeks out inspiration through immersions in the sublime landscapes of this wondrous planet.

Mandy’s yoga journey has been an integration of these teachings over time and deep personal experience. Her teaching style is practical, relevant and spiritual - with an emphasis on a safe and meaningful practice which leads students towards health of the body and peace of mind. The breath is fundamental to Hatha Yoga and is emphasised in Mandy's classes for the healing benefit dedicated breathing practices bring.

Mandy has developed comprehensive courses, programs, manuals and teacher trainings for all levels of students and is particularly focussed on nurturing absolute beginners - ensuring those new to yoga receive a comprehensive introduction to the often misrepresented teachings of yoga.

Professionally, Mandy has a BA in English, is a qualified Graphic Designer with a career spanning decades in evolving roles which included working as a writer, editor, graphic designer, publishing and mass communications specialist, communications manager, and most recently as Chief Executive Officer of a health organisation for 5 years. Mandy is an inspiring, highly regarded leader. She brings together her creativity, love of organising, and passion for yoga to create and deliver Kookaburra's yoga, retreat and teacher training programs.

Mandy’s personal practice and the integration of the wisdom teachings of yoga inform every aspect of her life, and have been a guiding influence through the challenges and joys of raising a family and professional life.

Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre

The training and retreat takes place at Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre which is a purpose-built yoga studio located in  Bedfordale, in the hills of Perth, 40 minutes from the CBD and Fremantle on 10 acres of natural bushland. The building is made from natural wood and glass according to Vastu Shastra design principles and is a space dedicated to yoga, meditation and healing. Robert and Mandy own and direct the centre.

Kookaburra Yoga

Kookaburra Yoga's integrated system of Hatha and Raja Yoga ensures the practices are holistic and beneficial on every level of being. Kookaburra Yoga's classes at Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre and on our retreat programs are informed by both the traditional teachings and modern approaches ensuring they are relevant, accessible and safe for all levels of practitioners. Hatha Yoga classes are often the starting point for many people who may eventually enquire into the more meaningful and spiritual paths of yoga. 

About A.G. Mohan, Indra Mohan and Svastha Yoga

Both Mandy and Robert are certified by Svastha Yoga to teach the Hatha Yoga of Krishnamacharya and have special permission from A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan to teach and share all they have learnt from these master teachers over fourteen years.

The greatest influence on yoga in modern times was undoubtedly the legendary 20th century yogi, Sri T. Krishnamacharya – a master of yoga, scholar of all Indian philosophies and a healer of repute. Krishnamacharya is widely considered the 'father' of modern yoga, having taught the world's most influential teachers and shaping yoga as we know it today.

A. G. Mohan is one of the senior and highly regarded most yoga masters alive now, and a direct link to the authentic yoga traditions. A. G. Mohan continues to study, practice, and teach. He was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years from 1971 to 1989. With his wife, Indra, he originated the Svastha organisation in Chennai, India. Svastha has an international presence with programs around the world, and is an authoritative and accessible source of authentic yoga and Ayurveda. They offer training on yoga, yoga therapy. mindfulness, mind and body well-being, and related areas, combining the best of ancient wisdom and  modern science.

Indra Mohan has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than three decades. She is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya. Known for her serene demeanour, she is a source of support and wisdom to her many personal students.

A.G. Mohan is the lead author of several books by the Mohan family, some of which are used as essential and recommended reading on this yoga teaching training program and other programs around the world.



Key Dates & Costs

Info Session 

Learn more, meet the trainers. Morning Tea. Instudio & online. 10.30am Sat 1st May. Book Now

Weekend Modules

Saturdays 10am-6pm [WAST]
& Sundays 8am-4pm
instudio or online
Module 1: 12,13 June 2021
Module 2: 10, 11 July 2021
Module 3: 7, 8 August 2021
Module 4: 4, 5 Sept 2021
Module 5: 2, 3 Oct 2021
Module 6: 6, 7 Nov 2021
Module 9: 7, 8 May 2022.  Module 10: online, self-paced. Complete by 6th Nov

6 Day Retreat

Modules 7 & 8: 2-7 Dec 2021
5pm Thurs - 2pm Tuesday

Weekly supervised classes

led by trainees  1 Sept 2021 - 1 April 2022  Wednesday evenings 7pm-8pm. Teacher instudio, students instudio or via zoom

Private Mentoring Sessions

instudio & online. 1.5 hours per weekend:
11,12,13 Feb 2022
11, 12, 13 March 2022
8, 9, 10 April 2022

Graduation Day & Dinner

11 June 2022 Saturday 1pm-8pm

Cost

• $4900 total tuition fee
• $500 non-refundable deposit payable on application
• Pay by 10 May for early-bird discount $200. 6, 9 or 12 month payment plans available (additional $100).

Retreat Accommodation & Meals Options 
+$600 Stay onsite in shared room & all meals (15 meals)
+$450 Camp onsite & all meals
+S300 Stay offsite & all meals
+$100 Stay offsite & lunch only (5 meals)
+$0 Stay offsite, bring own food

Yoga Anatomy Online Module 10  Recognition of prior learning in this category (RPL) is acceptable. Evidence of qualification and passing online exam required for approval. If approved $200 will be deducted from fees.

Inclusions

• 7 Weekend Workshops
• 6 Day Retreat (see separate accommodation/food costs)
• Weekly Wednesday evening trainee led classes from 1 Sept
​• 3 private coaching sessions
• Online Yoga Anatomy 30 Hour Program with Leslie Kaminoff
• Course Manual, Access to Online Learning Platform
​• Welcome gift: Meditation Mala Beads and book by A.G. Mohan


Apply

Pre-requisites

12 months yoga experience is required to participate in this training program. This can be through attending classes in person or online, learning from a teacher or through books and other resources.

This is an inclusive training program and we welcome applications from anyone who has a strong interest in furthering their yogic knowledge, applying this knowledge in their life and work, or becoming a yoga or meditation teacher. Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre has wheelchair and disability access. There are two subsidised places offered on this training program. You can apply for these through the Scholarship Program as part of the application process.

Application Process

To apply for a position in the Hatha Yoga Method Teacher Training Program complete the application form at https://www.kookaburrayoga.com/yoga-meditation-teacher-training.html

There is a $500 non refundable application fee/deposit. Once accepted into the training you will be invoiced for the balance, and can choose to pay upfront to receive a $200 discount, or will have the option of paying over a 6, 9 or 12 month period.

Scholarship

We believe yoga is relevant and should be accessible for all. We are offering two scholarships (to the value of $3,900 of the course fee. A balance of $1000 + any retreat costs payable over 12 months. This includes a $500 deposit/application fee).To qualify you will be a long term and sincere student of yoga and have need of financial assistance to attend this training. Scholarships awarded on the 1st May. A $500 application fee applies. If you are not nominated as a scholarship recipient and choose not to proceed with training this fee will be returned to you. You can apply for a scholarship as part of the application process.

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