Tantric Alchemy Institute 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dave Yoss, Liz Lindh & Naganath
To be a good teacher, we must be sincere practitioners and earnestly work to integrate the lessons of our own spiritual practice into what we wish to teach.
Our goal for the Tantric Alchemy Divine Wisdom 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training is to help our students develop and deepen their personal sadhana. We aim to provide the tools with which our students can access and work with the full scope of what the sacred traditions of Yoga and Tantra have to offer.
Though the traditions are ancient, it is our belief that they enrich and advance the way our students are able to approach teaching in the context of the modern Yoga Studio and classroom.
Tantra is a classical Indian philosophy and practice which is often misunderstood in the West. It is a complete system for liberation which builds upon the idea that everything we experience is infused with the sacred.
One of the origins of the word “Tantra” is the root ‘tan’ which means to expand. The suffix “tra” can be translated as “instrument” or “technology” meaning that Tantra is the technology of expansion. Thus Tantra is not about rejecting the world or withdrawing from it, but expanding our awareness, expanding our sense of self, and expanding our sense of what is possible.
The word Tantra is also said to be derived from the Sanskrit word for “weaving” and so it is a practice of integrating, of weaving together our will, knowledge and actions to experience Life as a divine whole.
Sanskrit words often have quite a few layers of meaning and the word “Tantra” also meant simply a treatise or text on a certain subject. The term came to refer to a philosophy and practice because the texts that were collected to make up its corpus were called “Tantras.”
We use the term Alchemy to indicate that this is a transformative process. We are using the energy of our practice to augment our karmas and transmute our experience of the world, onwards and upwards towards ultimate Peace, Freedom, and Happiness. This is the symbolism behind the alchemical crucible, the heat (tapas) that is applied to the container (body/mind) to refine the substance within (ego), revealing the true Philosopher’s Stone (The Glowing Vibrating Manifestation of Pure Awareness).
In this program, we will deepen our knowledge of Asana, including the more subtle energetic aspects of its practice. We will also focus on classical Yoga practices such as Pranayama breath practices, Mudra, Bandha, Mantra and the power of the Sanskrit language, Meditation, and Ritual.
Yoga was traditionally taught alongside related and complementary disciplines and so we also offer knowledge of subjects that will help our students align their lives: Ayurveda for personal healing, Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) for helping to see our life’s path, and Vaastu for learning how to organize our spaces and homes.
These varied topics fit into an integrated whole that gives us the tools to empower and enchant our own lives.
This training is for those who have already completed a 200 hour level training or by permission from the Director of the program. This advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training will enhance the scope of knowledge for even the most ardent practitioners.
The Tantric Alchemy Institute qualifies graduates to register for a RYT 500 hour Level Yoga Alliance Certification upon completion of this classically scripted curriculum based around the ancient tantric paradigm once found in India.
Tantric Alchemy Advanced 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Students will learn about the
Classic Yogic Sciences of Samkhya (Tantrik Philosophy), Ayurveda (Indian natural medicine), Jyotisha (classical techniques of divination), Vaastu (spatial alignment), Sanskrit, advanced Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Mudra, Bandha, Mantra, Yantra, Meditation & Ritual,
all of which greatly assist the refinement and expansion of consciousness and provide a new level of spiritual awareness, growth and cultivation of one’s personal sadhana.
Become a Yoga Alliance RYT 500 level teacher and deepen your understanding of Asana;
including alignment & anatomy, adjustments & enhancements, variations & modifications, core activating kriyas, subtle energetics, psychological effects, restorative & therapeutic uses
as well as intelligent, innovative & potent class sequencing.
The Tantric Alchemy Institute Divine Wisdom 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program is one of the most unique and transformative systems of yogic development anywhere in the world.
Yoga is one of the six classic darshanas of India. The word darshana means both “point of view” and literally “to see”. All of the darshanas share the purpose of supporting the human endeavour to achieve that progress which leads to liberation.
All of the darshanas are woven from the same fabric to explain the nature of the Universe. Samkhya and Yoga, two of the six, are very closely woven together, and Samkhya also provides the foundation for understanding Ayurveda, Jyotisha, and Vaastu.
Study of Samkhya, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Vaastu, Jyotisha, Dhuni Puja and Viraja Homa will together provide a strong foundation for teachers in comprehending the concepts of classic Yoga Shastra which are so deeply intertwined within these sister subjects and rituals.
These subjects will be integrated into the science of Hatha Yoga which will be explored through asana practice and posture clinics, the art of sequencing and specialized teaching methods, yoga nidra, yoga therapy, the detailed study of pranayama techniques and benefits, meditation, bandhas, mudras, mantra and chanting, western anatomy and anatomy of the energy body.
The Course Curriculum
Asana Analysis for Each Asana in the families of Hatha Vinyasa Flow:
1. Understand the principles of structural alignment; important physical and energetic actions of the front, back, sides, base, upper body and Asana as a fully integrated structural and energetic system.
2. Related Asana – understand, anchor or stabilizing point within the pose.
3. Describe movement of Prana within the Asana in terms of the Pancha Vayus.
4. Understand primary energetic activation of chakra and primary energetic pranic flow along major nadi pathway within each Asana.
5. Describe function of each Asana in terms as related to physical, breath, and mind (Anamaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha).
6. Understand how to manipulate energetic effect of Asana – brimhana, langhana, through integration of pranayama, bandha, mudra, drishti.
7. Understand the benefits and contraindications of each Asana.
8. Understand modifications and adaptations for each asana while maintaining structural and energetic integrity.
Analyze each asana in expanded repertoire. Additionally, understand and explain how each asana becomes more refined and “finely tuned” with consistent practice over time. Describe this evolutionary process.
Deep Exploration of the Bandhas
1. Understand the purpose of mula, uddiyana, jalandhara and maha bandhas in the practice of Asana, pranayama, and meditation.
2. Practice and master correct technique for each bandh.
3. Understand and demonstrate appropriate usage of bandhas in specific Asanas, pranayamas, kriyas and meditations.
4. Understand indications and contraindications for each bandha.
5. Understand interrelationship of Bandhas and granthi.
1. Explore the subtleties of each bandha through consistent personal practice and teaching.
2. Develop mastery of and communicate timing of bandha engagement and release congruent with specific pranayama, asana and kriya sequences.
3. Describe the effects of bandhas in relation to the physical body and subtle energy body using terminology of western anatomy, pancha koshas and nadis.
4. Pranayama Technique.
5. Understand foundations and techniques of pranayama practice: Posture, puraka, rechaka, antara, kumbacha, bhyaya kumbacha.
6. Demonstrate functional understanding of pranayama techniques: Belly breath, ujjayi, kalabhati, bhastrika, nadi shodhona, sitali, sheetkari, bramari, sama vritti, viloma.
7. Understand function and primary energetic activation of each pranayama: Primary energetic pranic flow (physical and energetic Anatomy) for each pranayama.
7. Understand the benefits and contraindications.
8. Understand common breath patterns and holding patterns.
9 Understand practical health and lifestyle benefits for each.
1. Understand that the effects of pranayama become realized with consistent practice over time.
2. Develop a regular discipline of pranayama practice congruent with individual doshas and sadhana.
3. Explore breath ratios as given in Bihar School curriculums and Kundalini pranayamas as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
4. Explore established pranayama techniques such as “9 Tibetan Breaths”, as well as more contemporary practices such as “Breath of Love.”
5. Analyze the mechanical and energetic techniques associated with various pranayama techniques and describe the gross and subtle effects of each.
1. Understand basic principles required in conscious, gradual progression of pranayama practice.
2. Understand of pranayama sequence structures to achieve desired outcomes – Brimhana, langhana, rajasic, sattvic, tamasic
1. Create pranayama sequences appropriate for group class settings.
2. Develop customized optimal pranayama sequence for individual students.
Dhuni Ritual: Mantra and Pranayama Sadhana:
Students will experience classical Yogic ritual to expand their consciousness and deepen their awareness using a specific series of mantras, pranayama and bandhas. This ritual enhances intuition, insight and imagination while incinerating karmas and samskara
An ancient Tantric ritual from the Nath lineage incorporating mantra, pranayama, meditation, Vedic astrology and cross-cultural symbolism.
Meditation practice will be seated or a walking meditation. We will practice japa, trataka and listening to Nature sounds as techniques to focus the mind, harmonize mind and body, and allow students to experience the benefits of meditation first hand
To encourage students to develop their own daily practice and to become proficient at teaching
The Viraja Homa:
A “Homa” is a fire ceremony. The Viraja Homa is a meditative practice where there is no external “fire”, but instead the Yogi takes a meditative journey of transformation and reconstruction. It promotes good health and positive change, as well as preparing the Yogi for some of the deeper processes of meditation and raising Kundalini.
There are more simple and more involved variations that are possible and each will be introduced so that the student has options for their own practice and for teaching this practice to different levels of students. The most complete variation will synthesize the concepts and practices that have been introduced in the study of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and the introduction to Svara.
Be able to effectively practice and teach this powerful meditation.
Gheranda Samhita is a slightly later text that is another famous treatise on Hatha Yoga. We will focus on the Dhyana Chapter of this text, which has a particularly elegant breakdown of the range of different types of meditation that we can employ in our practice. This breakdown is especially useful for the teacher, who may want to use variations on these practices as guided meditations in classes that they teach.
Understand Gheranda’s divisions of the different types of Dhyana, or meditation and be able to apply these concepts to meditations the student can utilize in a Yoga class.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika:
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the most famous texts on the practice of Hatha Yoga. It presents the modern student with many insights into the more timeless aspects of the practice of Hatha Yoga. First, we will read the basic advice that the text presents for those who wish to undertake a Hatha Yoga practice, including the qualities of the Yogi which lead to success in practice. We will then explore the Mudras, practices which work with both mind and body to unlock our inner energy and potential. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika also has an excellent section on meditations on the Nada, or inner sound, which will be reviewed and practiced.
Understand Svatmarama’s advice for those undertaking Yoga practice, learn the theory and practice of the Hatha Yoga “Mudras”, and the practice of “Nada” or the inner sound.
Students will be taught mudras outlined in the Bihar School curriculum (Hasta, Mana, Kaya, and Bandha Mudras) and those taught by Yogi Bhajan within Kundalini kriyas, pranayamas and meditations (Pranam, Buddha, Shuni, and Ravi Mudras; Bear Grip and Venus Lock). We will experience the practical and subtle effects of specific mudras upon the various states of awareness of consciousness.
Students will understand the practical application of Mudra in Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation and how to teach them.
The Fine Art of Intelligent Sequencing:
1. Understand Vinyasa Wave Theory as developed by Shiva Rea.
2. Understand the concept of a Peak Asana or Peak Wave within the flow of the class sequence.
3. Understand the creation of “Mini-Waves Within a Wave” approach to sequencing.
4. Understand rhythms, pulsations, progressions and transitions for related Asanas and Asana families.
5. Understand various themes or sequencing maps in development of a cohesive flow sequence.
6. Compare sequencing approaches of Shiva Rea and Erich Shiffmann.
7. Explore sequencing approaches and emphasis from contemporary Vinyasa Master Teachers.
Continue to expand repertoire of vinyasa sequences through personal practice and exploration, as well as from a variety of master instructors. Explore vinyasa theories, sequencing and practices of viniyoga, restorative yoga, yin, iyengar, bikram, astanga and anusara.
Samkhya philosophy is one of the metaphysical backdrops of the practice of Yoga. The basic premises of this philosophy will be introduced as well as the cosmological principles that are enumerated in it. Then we will delve into how these principles fit into a Yoga practice and how they have been understood and presented in the Yoga Sutras themselves.
Learn the basics premises and components of Samkhya philosophy and understand its application to the practice of Yoga.
Ayurveda for the Yoga Practitioner:
This will be an introduction to the theories and practices of Ayurveda. Beginning with the fundamental concepts of Ayurveda, such as Doshas and Prakriti. It will move on to how we can use this knowledge to live our lives with more balance and insight into our own health. Daily practices for maintaining health and balance will be explained in detail.
Ayurvedic Nutrition will also be discussed, how to use food as medicine to address individual concerns as well as general Ayurvedic tips for crafting healthy and delicious meals. Emphasis will be placed on how this knowledge and these practices can supplement and support the practice of Yoga.
Understand basic concepts of Ayurveda and be able to put them into practice in their own lives as well as their Yoga classes.
Introduction to Jyotish (Vedic Astrology):
Jyotisha, or the Jyotir Vidya, is the Science of Light. More specifically, it demonstrates our interconnectedness within a holistic-cosmic paradigm where the aphorism “As of Above, So Below” is it’s consummate summation. Ancient Yogis studied the night’s sky in such depth and breadth that they intuited the qualities of the planets and luminaries and how they affect our individual karmic patterns which in turn produce calculable probabilities.
Over millennia a plethora of data has been analyzed, codified, quantified and qualified allowing the Jyotishi, one who is possessed by the Jyotir Vidya, to use the individual’s birth chart to map potentialities to assist the individual on making her or his life’s journey that much more efficient, effective and fulfilling.
This classic system of divination emphasizes that at times it’s better to sit and wait or at other moments to strike out quickly, seizing or avoiding certain currents of supportive or obstructing energies in order to make the best use of one’s time/energy during this lifetime and to be as successful as possible with whatever endeavor one sets out to achieve.
In this introduction to Jyotish, our 300 hour yoga Teacher Training students will learn the basics of Jyotish by using their own birth charts as study material and learn how to apply this information to assist themselves and their students on their life’s journey.
Vaastu Vidya is India’s classical Science of Form and Space, or spatial orientation. Through understanding the energies of the four cardinal and four primary inter-cardinal directions, the five MahaBhutas (Great Elements) and the nine Grahas (the Planets), one can arrange any delineated structure to optimize the flow of Prana, or life force, within said structure. Vaastu’s utilization will breathe life into space to get the most positive benefits out of any physical construct.
Students will use their own home, office, or yoga studio as the template for learning about and applying this classic Indian Shastra to increase their spatial awareness resulting in better harmony and efficiency in one’s life and surroundings. Vaastu is a great complimentary science to Jyotisha and Ayurveda.
Understanding of Classical Sanskrit for a dedicated practitioner of Yoga is like a doctor of medicine studying Latin. Familiarity with this ancient language of the sages will enhance ones relationship with the wisdom held in classical texts, the significance of asana names and the deeper meaning of mantra.
This class will review the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation. The practical concerns of pronouncing pose names, terms, and chants will be addressed as well as the deeper esoteric elegance and power of the Sanskrit language. Key vocabulary for Yoga practitioners and teachers will be presented and analyzed, so that the students will understand the mythical significance of these terms. Students will learn to properly recite some of the basic and widely used chants of Yoga.
Manas, Buddhi, Ahamkara and the Cittavrittis:
The role of manas and its functions in ruling and organizing the senses will be presented, the role of Citta and the samskaras relationship to Citta will be placed in the context of Manas and Buddhi. The distinction between that which is knowing and willing and that which is subliminal or Samskara will be demonstrated.
The 5 categories of Cittavrittis will be presented both from the Samkhya and the Yoga Sutras. The source of the mind, Ahamkara will be presented, and its attributes, functions and relationships to the Gunas will be outlined. The complete matrix of Inner Faculties will be presented in reference to their categorization as either Sattva, Raja or Tamas Guna. Yogasutras and other source references will be used to demonstrate the practical application of these Tattvas to the goal of Yoga, and to the tools used by Yoga to achieve the goal.
Students will be able to name the constituent components of the Cittavrittis, and place them in correct relationship with Manas, Buddhi, and Ahamkara, and turn be able to identify appropriate technique and tools from the Yoga Sutras, Sivasvarodaya, and other classic materials to ensure optimal development of Manas and Ahamkara in the pursuit of Yoga. Anticipated techniques include pranayama, asana, tratak, and various meditation forms, including use of mantra, yantra, and general tantra.
Students will understand the distribution of the external and internal faculties amongst the three gunas, and be able to apply these to assessment of both individual students (capacity, barriers, and potential) and to their own predominant strengths and weaknesses as teachers.
Introduction to Svara Yoga:
Svara Yoga is the Yoga of the breath or, more specifically, the Yoga of attending to how the breath flows in the nostrils. By noticing differences in these flows, we can learn to attune ourselves to our physiology and we can also learn how to use our Yoga practice to create shifts in these breath patterns.
Understand the basic concepts of Svara Yoga and its application to the many limbs of Yoga.
Yogic Diet and Healthy Eating Practices:
Students will gain true understanding of nourishment, ahimsa, food energetics and the importance of mindful eating from the perspectives of Yoga, western nutrition science, Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Our lunches and dinners will be an experience in eating as an art form and as a spiritual practice.
I was taught in a Buddhist meditation program that if one can control their mouth, they can control their mind. This topic is a method for students to understand, experience and feel how food effects them on the levels of body, mind and spirit.
The concluding instructional block will use student led projects to plan teaching content, teaching environments and teaching style based on analysis of their own characteristics as analyzed through the lens of Ayurveda and Hasta Samudrika, and their own Janma Kundali.
This will be applied to an hour long class that each student will teach which incorporates advanced topics covered like Ayurveda, Jytoisha and Vaastu. Class time will be used to prepare this project and students will break into pairs and small groups to practice teaching advanced concepts related to asana, pranayama, mudra, bandhas and sequencing will receive feedback on their delivery.
Students will incorporate new found knowledge and integrate all topics covered in the training into their teachings.
Posture Clinic & Practice Teaching:
Students will be teaching Asana, Pranayama and Mantra chanting with partners and in groups, openly giving & receiving feedback.
Each student must create & teach a 2 hour workshop to be critiqued by instructors and peers.
Below is a sample schedule that will give you a great idea of what your weeks will look like while immersed in your training.
5:30 – 9:00am Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama Sadhana
9:00 – 10:00am Organic, gourmet vegetarian breakfast
11:00 – 2:00pm Training Session
2:00 – 3:00pm Organic, gourmet vegetarian lunch
4:00 – 7:00pm Training Session
7:00 – 8:00pm Organic, gourmet vegetarian dinner
The teachers of this 300 hour yoga Teacher Training are not your average yoga teachers by any stretch. Combined they have 60 years + of training and several thousand accredited hours but that barely scratches the surface of their depth and breadth.
Liz is a licensed and board certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a NCCAOM diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a holistic skincare therapist and natural beauty expert, and yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree from the East West College of Natural Medicine.
She is currently the director of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, a unique eco-conscious yoga and wellness retreat and yoga teacher training certification center in Costa Rica. Here she created Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness through which she offers Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training certification programs and other wellness trainings throughout the year.
Dr. Lindh has has treated Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actors and directors, Grammy Award winning musicians, authors, dancers and artists of all sorts to inspire creativity, beauty and focus. She has worked with professional athletes in the field of sports medicine for injury treatment and prevention and enhanced performance.
Her extensive experience in Integrative Medicine includes research and treatment of stroke patients at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, touring with a rock band as their private acupuncturist, presentations on complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Miami, the development and implementation of a therapeutic yoga, meditation and wellness program for cancer survivors through an international non-profit support group, the creation of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum approved by the National Yoga Alliance, and the formulation of her own line of herbal elixirs and beauty products.
Liz’s mission is to promote personal and global healing, to enhance the expansion of love, awareness and consciousness, and to support the wellbeing of all creatures.
Dave Yoss Master Instructor
David Yoss is a graduate of both the Level 1 and 2 Ayurvedic Studies Program from the Ayurvedic Institute as well as their program in Pune, India. Enjoying the study of the different cultures of the world, he graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Anthropology. Currently David teaches both online and on-campus Ayurvedic Nutrition courses as well as Sanskrit at the Institute.
He also teaches Yoga and Meditation at Sani Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico and co-teaches their Teacher Training Program. David loves being able to share his own experience of Ayurveda and show people the amazing abilities of food and proper diet to heal. He is an avid student of Yoga, Tantra, Sanskrit, and Jyotish.
Naganath Founder, Master Instructor
Naganath is the Founder of the Tantric Alchemy Institute. An ardent yogi for the past 22 years, Naga has completed over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea (her Advanced Teacher Training Program), Rod Stryker, and teachers from the Bihar School of Yoga. In 2004, Naga studied Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Academy held at Bastyr University in Washington and began extensive studies in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) with the aid of his close friend and mentor in various occult sciences, Dr. Robert Svoboda.
It was Naga’s devotion and earnestness that propelled and guided him to find a strong karmic resonance in Ancient Tantra, eventually being initiated by Shri Kapilnath into the International Nath Order, a modern Nath Tantric sect established by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath with its roots in the Adi-Nath Sampradaya and Uttara Kaula Sampradayas of which Shri Mahendranath was holder of parampara and Guru. The Guru tradition and initiation of the International Nath Order includes wisdom teachings from Hindu, Soto Zen and Taoist sources plus practices rediscovered by the science and yoga of meditation, contemplation, mantra and ritual.
After managing a well-respected yoga studio in Venice Beach, California, Naga recognized a void in the western yoga scene and was compelled to create a yoga school which incorporates the classic yogic sciences under one umbrella in order to honor and keep the torch of the ancient yogis alight as well as to aid and advance western yoga students in these classic wisdom sciences.
You will be staying in a luxury zen modern Jungle Lofts. Facilities and features include daily house keeping, weekly laundry service, super filtered high vibration pristine mountain spring water for drinking and bathing, full access to the, and concierge services. The tropical modern Zen Jungle Lofts are sensitively green-designed to harmonize within the natural environment, providing a comfortable up-close and very personal experience with nature.
Each of the six jungle lofts places each guest at eye level with the forest canopy and her passing monkeys, singing tropical birds, and scented floral trees. Plenty of room to perch yourself on a hammock at canopy eye level with your favorite book, a pair of binoculars, digital camera, and a glass of fresh mountain spring water.
Screened-in open-faced walls allow for vintage viewing, excellent ventilation, pleasurable sun, and moonlight. Refreshingly cool slate stone supports the ambiance to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Upstairs in the bedroom mezzanine, guest beds have an unencumbered view of the jungle. In the spacious bathroom and private dressing area, there is ample sink shelf space for each guest. Right outside, there is a tropical garden view solar hot water shower with great pressure and wide shower head.
All of these jungle lofts are of a townhouse design with two lofts side-by-side. Each accommodates two individuals with each guest in a single twin bed or combined to form a king bed. Each side of the duplex townhouse includes 17-foot open-faced screened walls, soaring ceilings, slate stone lounge space with two lounge chairs and coffee table, bedroom mezzanine with two twin beds, private dressing room with sink with hot water, private toilet room, garden-view solar hot water shower, hammock, and 625 square feet of living space.
Prices are in US dollars. Your tuition investment for this 300 hour Yoga teacher Training starts at $4600.
* Teacher training and manual with over 290 contact hours
* Double occupancy lodging in a tropical modern zen luxury jungle loft
* Daily house-keeping
* Weekly laundry service
* Three organic gourmet vegetarian meals served to you each day
* Unlimited organic shade-grown Costa Rican coffee, an assortment of teas, fruits and healthy energy bars, super filtered high vibration pristine mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
* Full access to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers 40 acre tropical paradise with swimming pool, waterfalls and rivers, hidden hammocks, gardens, and hiking trails
* Group excursions to Montezuma and Santa Teresa for beach relaxation
* Waterfall Wellness ritual using indigenous flowers, herbs, minerals and oil
* Concierge services and 13% tax
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