Anahata Yoga is a premier yoga center based in the heart of the Central district. It is best known for offering the most authentic yoga experience available in Hong Kong, with classes led by Indian instructors hailing from different lineages devoted to the practice and study of yoga.
As a center, Anahata Yoga is fully committed to fostering a community of yoga practitioners who are not only equipped with the skills to perform yoga as a daily activity, but as well as the knowledge to live out yoga as a lifestyle.
We recognize that yoga is a popular pursuit in Hong Kong. People seek it out for its health benefits and often incorporate it into their active lifestyles. However, yoga instruction is not equal among the various yoga centers in Hong Kong. This is where our accredited Teacher Training Courses make all the difference.
Our courses are accredited by, and offered in conjunction with, Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre in India. This is the first time outside of India that such a programme is being offered.
Our classes are designed and taught in the same way as our instructors are taught. Predominantly from India, our instructors are fully learned not only in the practice of their discipline, but also in the history and philosophy behind the practice. The resulting combination of grassroots knowledge both practical and theoretical in our programmes give students more in-depth learning than they may able to find elsewhere in Hong Kong.
Yoga therapy and Ayurveda may be worlds apart, but through this specially-designed course, participants will be given a good introduction to the two sciences as well as a solid foundation on which to build their knowledge. The course is a good starting point for those interested in learning more about these two subjects. Explore the principles of yoga therapy and Ayurveda and their various applications in our daily lives. Understand the body, its functions and how to address common ailments through various yogic practice and Ayurvedic diet principles.
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All YTT students can attend up to 30 Andiappan Yoga classes as part of the teacher training learning. There are also exclusive Andiappan Yoga classes conducted for ongoing YTT students where they get to interact with the teachers and ask questions from the syllabus about their practice and improve on their limitations.
This class will equip students with the knowledge to develop a sequence for self-practice which they can do at home or while traveling. The ability to put together a sequence to meet one's goals while taking into consideration one's limitations will be very important when one start to teach.
Please note classes and schedule may change without prior notice.
About Yoga Therapy
Yoga has always traditionally been taught on an individual level, with tailor-made sessions designed to address unique and specific physical and mental conditions - a practice that cannot be implemented in classes with a large group of students. A therapeutic approach to yoga, thus, is the best way to start with the practice.
The following points fall within the concept of yoga therapy:
- Designing tailor-made yogic practices according to the individual's body type and lifestyle
- Effectively addressing and treating an individual's physical and mental ailments through such tailored practices
- Planning a nutritious yogic and Ayurvedic diet programme, recommending lifestyle changes and treating addictions through yogic mindful living and meditative practices
- Understanding and applying the practices and philosophy of yoga in our daily lives, as well as advocating their benefits to family and friends
- Being in connection with nature's five elements, adopting a healthy and environmentally-conscious lifestyle and truly understanding our responsibility as human beings on all levels and stages
This course is best suited for
- Yoga Instructors
- Holistic Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- Sports Trainers
- Meditation Teachers
- Physio Therapists
- Medical Practitioners
- People with common medical conditions and are interested to learn how to yoga and Ayurveda practices can be applied to various conditions.
- Regular yoga students who would like to learn the two great sister sciences of yoga and Ayurveda.
International Yoga Academy is a registered school with Yoga Alliance and Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre, Chennai, India (www.andiappanyoga.com).
Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training courses around the globe. We offer assistance to students interested in applying for a Yoga Alliance Registration after completing a teacher training course.
About Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre - Chennai, South India is known throughout the world for its contribution to Yogic Science. Founded by Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan in 1950, it is meticulously run by Dr. Asana Andiappan and Trust Members, all of whom have over 50 years of experience in Yogasanas and Naturopathy. It is the only yoga college and research centre recognized by the government as well as two universities in India.
Located in Chennai, South India, the centre runs various yoga programmes as well as free awareness camps that are aided and supported by various government and private organisations. It has been collaborating with various medical universities, hospitals and organisations that run research programmes on yoga and its therapeutic benefits. The centre is also home to the widely read Asana International Yoga Journal (www.asanajournal.com) , which has a readership of 200,000 and growing, in India and around the world.
Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre also has accredited franchisee centres in over 30 countries that run yoga programmes, and teacher training courses.
Anahata Yoga's Module Programme
Busy Hong Kong professionals now have the option of undergoing yoga teacher training at their own pace and in their own schedule. Available for the first time in Hong Kong, Anahata Yoga now applies a modular system to all its yoga teacher training programme. This will allow yoga practitioners with busy schedules to enroll only in one (or more) of the series of classes of their choice - without having to enroll in the teacher training in one go. Students will receive a participation certificate after completing a module. Those who have completed the total number of modules within a two-year period and have successfully completed the practical assessment and assignment may then obtain the 300 Hours Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Certificate, which signifies their completion of the entire course.
Yoga Therapy Intro Module
This module introduces students to the Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic science and its history and philosophy, through an elaborate study of Anatomy and Physiology, Energy Channels, Energy Centres, Natural Therapies and various Ayurvedic diet principles.
In addition, the module also covers the Ayurvedic Diets; methods in diagnosing symptoms of common ailments and their classification by analyzing the Dosha.
Yoga Therapy Practice Module
This module covers the application of yogic practices for various conditions of the neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, hips, hamstrings, knee and ankles. In addition, the modules also cover some psychological disorders such as stress, anxiety, insomnia etc.
Yoga Therapy Teaching Module
This module covers the preparation, teaching methodologies, sequencing methods and how various yoga and Ayurvedic practices are applied in a holistic approach. In addition, this module also covers the details in offering yoga as a rehabilitative therapy.
Yoga therapy and Ayurveda are two great sister sciences that demand decades of study, practice and research to fully understand and apply as holistic therapy. This training serves only as an introductory learning and foundational course for those interested in learning about the healing benefits of these two, great, Indian sciences.
- Study of Anatomy and Physiology.
- Doshas, Pranas, Vayus, Nadis, Chakras, Gunas, Koshas and Their Relationship with the Mind and Body.
- Ayurveda: An Introduction to its History and Philosophy.
- Detailed Study of Tridhosa and its Qualities.
- Various Natural Therapies.
- Ayurvedic methods of studying Dhosa Imbalance.
- Yoga Therapy for Various Common Physiological Conditions (neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, hips, hamstrings, knee and ankles)
- Yoga Therapy for Various Common Psychological disorders. (such as stress, anxiety, insomnia)
- Yoga Therapy Teaching preparation, sequencing methods for various conditions
- Application of Yoga as rehabilitative therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join Anahata Yoga's Teacher Training Course? What is the difference between your training course and the others on offer in the market?
Please read our 10 Reasons to Join Our Teacher Training Course. That aside, there are three main advantages to joining our Teacher Training Courses:
- We are very particular about our teaching method Our training courses are structured in the same way as those offered in India, and our yoga masters teach the classes in the same manner as they have learned in India. Taking part in our teacher training is therefore akin to taking yoga teacher training in India. In most other teacher training courses, students get a limited yoga education that is highly dependent on their teacher's own training and knowledge. What happens is that there is a simple passage of knowledge from the teacher to the students, instead of a dynamic environment wherein students learn concepts and postures in a manner that they will be able to teach again in their own style. Moreover, the traditional core concepts and principles taught in a teacher training are very important in the understanding of yoga philosophy. Such knowledge is impossible to gain simply by reading books. In order to fully grasp the practical and philosophical tenets of yoga, one has to learn it from fully professional, well-trained, and experienced yoga masters who are able to thoroughly explain and demonstrate such concepts and practices.
- Our courses are integrated and inclusive We cover most types of yoga and lineages in our teaching training so that students get a holistic view and understanding of what yoga is, how it was developed over the years, and how it is relevant today. Our courses are designed in such a way that includes as much depth and breadth of yoga history and philosophy as possible and integrates both theoretical and practical aspects of the practice.
- We continue training and helping our students even after they have completed the programme We make sure our students get teaching opportunities at other centres. In fact, other yoga studios in Hong Kong prefer to hire graduates of our teacher training courses because of their knowledge in various types of yoga, routines, and as well as their ability to develop their own sequences and teaching plans. Moreover, at Anahata Yoga, we hire only teachers who have completed our own Yoga Teacher Training Courses.
I am a Yoga Teacher, What is the difference between a regular yoga teacher and a yoga therapist?
Generally, a regular yoga teacher teaches a fixed sequence of poses and breathing techniques to a group of random people that may have various limitations and needs, whereas the yoga therapist is an experienced Yoga Teacher who has studied the application of yoga for various common physical and mental ailments. They have deeper knowledge about not just the general anatomy and physiology but also the diagnosis, symptoms, and stages of various common ailments.
They also know how to apply various practices in yoga as a preventive, restorative, and rehabilitative therapy. Yoga Therapist usually tailor makes yogic practices for each and every individual or occasionally handle small groups for those experiencing similar health issues.
A Yoga Therapist draws from the principles of Yoga and the full range of various Yoga practices, research-based knowledge, and assessment skills and methods to enable the body's natural healing abilities.
I am a complete beginner in yoga, May I still enrol in this course?
This course is not just limited to aspiring yoga teachers but for everyone who would like to learn the healing powers of yoga and Ayurveda.; As this course covers the fundamentals of yoga therapy and its application for various ailments, it is certainly useful any regular yoga practitioner.
Can I enrol in this course even though I'm pregnant?
The 300 Hours Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Certificate Course is a beginner's course and does not involve intensive yoga practice. We exclude the demonstration of asanas to pregnant women, but otherwise, if you are in your earlier stages of pregnancy (and your due date does not fall within the course duration), then yes, you are welcome to join the course. We have had pregnant women take up and successfully complete the course before.
How are the assessments conducted?
Assessments are conducted in two parts, theory and practical. For the theory part, you will be given a topic from the yoga therapy syllabus, where you need to write on that topic and submit it online.
For the practical assessments, we will conduct a teaching practice session by forming a group and the course faculty teachers will assess the teaching methods and give you inputs on what you need to do to improve teaching techniques in the long term. Upon successful completion of both, you will receive the Course Graduation Certificate.
1. Students interested in enrolling in the Teacher Training Certificate Course may do so by filling up the Online Application Form and by accepting the course terms and conditions.
2. Applications will then be assessed by our Programme Directors. Successful applicants will be informed of their admission within two working days of their application.
3. Students can choose to confirm their admission by making secure online payment or may call or visit our studio and speak to one of our membership consultants or faculty members for any questions or concerns that they may have about the course.
4. Your admission is only confirmed when the course fee is fully paid. If for any unavoidable circumstances if you would like to change to the next available course dates you can do so within 7 days from the course fee payment.
5. We strongly advise students to prepare for the course by reading the suggested reading materials. Students may also begin using their group class sessions as part of their physical, mental, and spiritual warm-up and preparation.
To be eligible to enroll in this course, a minimum of three months regular practice is required. However, if you are new to yoga, you can choose a teacher training program starting in three months from now and start to attend the classes regularly.
The Teacher Training will be held at 18/F, Anahata Yoga, One Lyndhurst Tower, No. 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Hong Kong. website: www.anahatayoga.com.hk Ph: +852 2905 1822