Authentic Yoga Teacher Training Course
In case you haven’t noticed, yoga, and particularly yoga teacher training courses have become the aerobics of the new millennia. But, there are very few authentic yoga teacher training courses available, and a lot of research is required to find the right one. So, having practiced yoga for many years, I was delighted to learn that Bhaktivedanta College at Radhadesh would be holding its first 200-hour registered Yoga Teacher Training Course in June 2018.
In addition, there was also a 6-week online Yoga Philosophy course where you could delve deeper into the true meaning of yoga and its many benefits. When I signed up for the course in February 2018, I was already a 300-hour RYT and had been teaching for more than 2 years, but the proximity of the course and the curriculum offered were so enticing – there was no choice but to go.
The interest was overwhelming
This was the first time Bhaktivedanta College had held a Yoga Teacher Training Course and the interest was overwhelming. For Krishna devotees, this was the opportunity to learn more about yoga whilst carrying out spiritual duties, and for non-devotees, like me at the time, there was the possibility to immerse completely in a yogic community with no distractions from the outside world.
The course consisted of a daily 7 AM practice, practical yoga teaching skills, and assistance, as well as yogic philosophy, meditation, and reflection. This is not a course for the faint-hearted, there is a lot of work involved, but the benefits far outweigh the time invested.
As a small group of around 20 persons, we were really on an international course; we had yogis from Lithuania, China, the USA, Colombia, etc. Sundays were the weekly ‘day off’ although there was always the optional 7 AM yoga practice. The area around Bhaktivedanta College encompasses beautiful villages like Durbuy, Huy, Marche, etc. and as a group, we made time to socialize together and organize outings or evening walks to some of the nearby villages. It’s very easy to fall in love with this peaceful area of the Belgium Ardennes!
The Yoga Teacher Training Course at Bhaktivedanta College isn’t something superficial to ensure you part of the growing ‘Yoga Trend.’ It is a complete program that will provide you with the foundations for a long and continuous journey into yoga. Embrace the opportunity; I am so glad I did!
Alix Rassel-Burton, student of Yoga Teacher Training Course 2018