26 March - 24 April 2023


Janne Kontala

Janne Kontala


Janne Kontala, E-RYT500, YACEP, PhD in Religious Studies, the author of the books Inner Yoga and a commentary to Yoga-sutra, practices yoga since 1992. His training includes traditional ashram-studies, contemporary applications, as well as academic study of religion. His special interest lies in combining the wisdom of yoga philosophy, the sacred sound of mantras, and the techniques of mental stillness with contemporary physically oriented yoga. Currently, Janne teaches in the Nordic countries and Benelux, educating both practitioners and teachers in the physical, meditational, and philosophical aspects of yoga.

Jan Simak

Jan Simak


Jan Simak (Jananivasa Dasa) is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP). Jan has been practicing Yoga for the last ten years, with a special interest in philosophy and meditation. Being trained in various systems including Sivananda Yoga, Gokul Yoga, and Purna yoga and having spent five years of his life in ashramas around the globe in order to deepen his insights into the true Yoga tradition, he now works full-time as a Yoga Teacher. Originally from Germany, he is currently employed as a senior teacher trainer at the Byron Yoga Center (Australia), presenting a spectrum of topics including asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy. He also offers private classes, runs public studio classes and hosts workshops in various countries. Still continuing to deepen his understanding of the tradition, he regularly travels to Malaysia to practice with and teach for his teacher and guide Jani Jaatinen (Gokulacandra Das)

Emma Slow

Emma Slow


Emma’s yoga path started in 1999 – 2000 with Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Slow yoga has become a daily habit since 2009 when she started practicing it with her teacher Janne Kontala. Emma also studied yoga therapy and has been teaching a wide range of yoga at several locations in Finland and abroad since 2008. Currently, in addition to her weekly lessons and courses, she trains with Janne Kontala slow yoga instructors in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oulu. Key themes in her teaching are anatomy, body function, therapeutic perspective, and increased awareness and safety in practice. Emma is a registered Yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.



Online sessions - March 26 - 30 2023 - Studying with Emma Slow – anatomy and physiology
Onsite training - April 1 - 16 2023 - Training with Janne Kontala and Emma Slow / April 9 (Sunday) – free day
Online sessions - April 18 - 24 2023 - Studying with Jan Simak – asana practice, meditation, and philosophy.
This YTTC 200h is taught by the three experienced teachers: Janne Kontala, as the main trainer, Emma Slow, and Jan Simak. They will offer students decades of vigorous practice, immersion in yoga philosophy, teaching experience, academic training, meditation, and personal development. Because we believe that yoga is much more than purely postural exercise, we fortified our 200h TTC with the 6-week online Introduction to Yoga philosophy course. Studying the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita brings students in touch with sacred knowledge of the sages and unlocks deeper inner wisdom.


  • 07:00 – 09:00 practice
  • 09:15 – 10:00 breakfast
  • 11:00 – 13:00 technique
  • 13:30 – 14:15 lunch
  • 15:30 – 17:30 teaching skills
  • 17:45 – 18:45 philosophy and meditation
  • 19:00 – 19:45 dinner
  • 20:40 – 21:15 kirtan in the temple (optional)


Asanas (Hatha yoga practice)

Intended to take individuals deeper into an exploration of principles of alignment and the basics of foundation, breath and movement

Understanding and practice of yogic breathing

Different aspects of breathing practices: Ujjayi breath; Viloma breath; Kapalabhati. How to bring awareness to feel the breath by observing the rhythm of their inhalation and exhalation.

Meditation and recitation

Various techniques of meditation and preparatory techniques, learning kirtan, or chanting mantras together with others.

Applied anatomy and physiology

Brief lectures on mechanics of joints and movement, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and digestive system. This section also prepares to students to understanding the basic risks involved with practicing during pregnancy. The course will not prepare the students for guiding a pre-natal class.

Body - asana, alignment, and adjustment

Postural alignment and principles of adjustment, modifications for certain conditions

Verbal instruction and demonstration

Students will practice and learn how to use positive language to optimize verbal instruction within a class.

Ethics for yoga teachers

Discussion on the first two fundamental stages of astanga yoga: yamas and niyamas

Teaching practice

Hands-on skills for assisting your students. How to plan a class and approach a teaching situation (sequencing rules, adapting class for different groups, etc.). Each student will teach one session as a lead instructor and will be required to assist when others are teaching

Deepening the regular personal practice

Central principles of effective techniques for personal practice. Developing a strategy to maintain scheduled daily or weekly time for practice.

Yoga philosophy

The philosophical foundation of yoga and the key teachings of the traditional texts: the Bhagavad-gita and Yoga-sutras. How yoga philosophy provides several maps or instruction manuals for improving the quality of life and experience.


The course will prepare students to act in the role of yoga teachers. Students need to demonstrate their skills and competence in the following areas:

  • Assessed through the Yoga Philosophy YACEP Approved online course based on multiple-choice questions.

  • How to do asanas and breathing exercises with proper technique and ability to sustain the effort for the required time.

  • How to introduce an exercise, guide students in a group setting through an exercise, and give personalized instructions.


Yoga Teacher Training Course at Bhaktivedanta College Yoga School can be attended without any special requirements. Some experience in practicing yoga is, of course, needed but beginners are also encouraged to register. Depending on the profile of students, they are split into smaller groups if needed, based on their level of expertise. A small number of participants (maximum 17) guarantees individual attention of trainers and personalized feedback. The package prices also include Yoga Philosophy online course (no separate registration is needed). Price doesn’t include local travel.

Package 1 - Room

2,226Single room with shared bathroom

Package 2 - Studio

2,276Shared studio (kitchen and bathroom)

Package 3 - Apartment

2,346Shared apartment (bedroom, kitchen & dining, bathroom)




Bhaktivedanta College

Petite Somme 10

6940 Septon-Durbuy



Office Phone: +32 (0) 86 32 32 77
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