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Thank you for your interest in our Basic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (BTT) Program. For more than 30 years, students from all over the world have taken part in Integral Teacher Training programs. This letter contains essential program information, including the curriculum, daily schedule and the application. If, after reading this material, you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact Bhakti Foster at email@example.com
In this training program you will receive a carefully crafted education in the Integral Yoga approach to teaching Hatha Yoga. You will learn how to give clear instructions and list the benefits for each of the core postures, breathing practices, chants and meditation in the classic sequence, and you will learn to lead students through traditional style deep relaxation. You will study and practice the various aspects of Integral Yoga, including meditation, breathing practices, chanting, selfless service, Yoga philosophy and more. When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and experience to stand before a group and teach a class with confidence and ease.
About Integral Yoga®
Integral Yoga is a complete Yoga that integrates all aspects of life and maintains our natural condition of an easeful body, peaceful mind and useful life. It encompasses the whole person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Combining various methods of Yoga, Integral Yoga includes the physical postures, breathing practices (Pranayama), relaxation techniques (Yoga Nidra), selfless service (Karma Yoga), devotion and prayer (Bhakti Yoga), meditation techniques (Raja Yoga), mantra repetition (Japa Yoga), and Self-inquiry (Jnana Yoga). Learn more about Integral Yoga, here.
About Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev)
Integral Yoga was founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev), one of the most revered Yoga masters of our time. Regarded by many as an apostle of peace, Sri Gurudev served as a living example of the teachings of Yoga and its goal of Self- Realization. He founded the worldwide Integral Yoga Institutes and Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, a living Yoga community. Sri Gurudev never limited himself to any one faith, group or country.
Dedicated to the principle that, “Truth is One, Paths are Many”, his teachings bring together people of all backgrounds and beliefs so they can learn to respect all different paths and to realize their common spirit and the universality of their spiritual goals. Sri Gurudev served on the advisory boards of numerous peace and interfaith organizations.
Among the many awards and honors he received are the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Humanitarian Award of the Anti Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Juliet Holister Interfaith Award, and the U Thant Peace Award. He attained Mahasamadhi (an enlightened soul’s exit from the body) in August 2002.
What Makes Integral Yoga® Unique?
Integral Yoga is a complete science that cultivates and maintains the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual. The non-competitive approach and meditative exploration of the Integral Yoga practices create an indrawn awareness that allows each student to reconnect with deeper and more subtle aspects of being.
This comprehensive certification program provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, an appreciation for nurturing a personal practice and the skills to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher. The Integral Yoga training process fosters the teacher’s sensitivities to help create a safe environment for their students that allows them to realize their potential, gain self respect and learn to be of greater service to others.
The Integral Yoga system of Hatha Yoga is utilized by the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and Dr. Dean Ornish in his book, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
You have a wonderful team of experienced instructors:
Swami Divyananda Ma, E-RYT 500
Swami Divyananda has led retreats and taught around the world in the service of the Integral Yoga Institute [IYI]. For ten years she served as director of the IYI in Coimbatore, India. She took monastic vows in 1975 from the great saint and yogi, Sri Swami Satchidananda, and she now lives as an itinerant monk.
Bhakti Foster-Purvine CYI, AWC 500
After Bhakti’s first Integral Yoga class in the mid 90s, she knew right away that she was hooked. Since then, her love and passion for yoga has continued to deepen and mature. Bhakti is a graduate in Integral Yoga through the Satchidananda Ashram. She has studied with a medley of teachers and gives sincere thanks to each of them. She has spent time in India practicing, teaching, and learning Yoga traditions, and has led Yoga Retreats to India, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. In addition, Bhakti founded and taught at her own yoga studio in Staunton, Virginia for over 6 years. She is now the owner of ShantiOm Yoga in the St. Johns neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Bhakti has a passion for Ayurveda medicine and is a Wellness Counselor at the 500-hour level.
The curriculum includes the following:
- Instruction in teaching the Yoga postures, deep relaxation and breathing techniques
- Guidance in your personal Yoga practices
- Monitored teaching practice
- Classes in vegetarian diet
- Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology
- Meditation workshops focusing on a variety of effective meditation techniques
- Instruction and practice in chanting – both for personal practice and teaching
- An in-depth course in Raja Yoga: The philosophy and psychology of Yoga covering such topics as the nature of the mind, the science of meditation, and yogic lifestyle guidelines
- Jnana Yoga: The path of discrimination or self-analysis, inquiry into the nature of the Self, and witnessing the mind
- Bhakti Yoga: The path of devotion, which includes chanting, worship, and self-surrender
- Karma Yoga: The path of dedicated action and selfless service
- How to set up, publicize, and conduct classes
The program begins on Friday, June 15 starting at 6:00pm, and ends after Hatha class, at 7:00pm, on Sunday, June 24th The second session begins September 7 at 6:00pm and ends at the Oregon Retreat on September 19 with graduation.
The daily schedule is very full; it is designed to help you fully realize the benefits of the Yoga practices and to offer you the optimum environment in which to study and learn. Each day begins with meditation at 6:30am, followed by a Hatha Yoga class. During the day, you will have training courses, workshops, practice sessions, a noon meditation and some free time.
This training includes a 4-day retreat at the beautiful Oregon coast which include accommodations, delicious vegetarian meals, mantra initiation, sanskrit name (if desired) and a special graduation ceremony!
Applicants should be regular practitioners of Hatha Yoga for at least 6 months, and preferably for one year. We recommend that all students not trained through Integral Yoga familiarize themselves with the Integral Yoga method of teaching Hatha Yoga by taking at least 10 classes from an IY teacher or using the Integral Yoga Hatha – Full-Length Class (Classic Version MP3)
At the end of the course, graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Hatha Level I.
Integral Yoga is a registered school of the Yoga Alliance, a voluntary alliance of organizations and teachers dedicated to uphold the integrity of Yoga, establish voluntary national standards for Yoga teachers, and provide support for Yoga professionals in the United States. Integral Yoga may award 200 hours towards Yoga Alliance registration with the completion of this course.
Attendance is required for all sessions − from the program orientation on the first day through the coursework on the last day. This includes all morning and afternoon practices of Hatha Yoga and meditation.
Payment plan available. (See details below in registration)
Please direct questions about the course to Bhakti Foster (503) 201-1614 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for your interest in this Integral Yoga Teacher Training Program. The program application follows below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Ever Yours in Yoga,
You may submit an electronic application below, or print this application (PDF) ( to complete and mail and your preferred payment option to the following address:
Shanti Om Yoga
7334 N Chicago Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97203
When your application is received you will be contacted for additional information. Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter with detailed information on the training and payment information.
A $500 deposit is required at the time of application.
Half of tuition ($1475) is due by May 1 and full payment of $2950 must be received by June 1, 2018. Students who choose to register and pay on-line may elect to use a payment plan which enables them to pay on their own schedule with a 5% fee per on-line transaction.
If you cancel 45 days or more prior to the first day of the training, you will receive a refund less $150.
If you cancel between 30 and 45 days prior to the first day, you will receive a refund less $300.
If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the start date, you will receive a refund less $500.
No refunds will be given within 7 days before the program.