This is a unique and intensely transformative Yoga Therapy Training combining yogic pracices and meditation based therapy. Delivered in modules at Urban OM over 24 months and integrated with two residential retreats held at Baravara, Center for Personal Growth in Dalarna, Sweden. This education is highly experiential where most learning is by practice and by doing. Our faculty are selected and assembled because of their unique skills and expertise.
If you already know that you are curious and want to know more you can apply and book an interview slot, application is non-binding.
We envision a world where people are ‘being human again’. Where deep healing happens from meeting others with compassion. We believe yoga teachers can lead this transformation of ‘re-humanization’ when given the right yoga therapy training and tools.
More than ever we are suffering from ‘urban overload’ – being constantly bombarded by stimuli, toxins and demands on our attention and energy. This can fuel stress, even leading to the feelings of isolation and disconnection. We are fed with ideas of impossible perfection, that we should look, behave and be a certain way. We have an opportunity – one could say and obligation – to question and see through the illusion of all the shoulds and have-to’s, to move past the impossible ideas of perfection.
We experience life through our body – our emotions, memories, traumas, and thoughts are all felt and held in the body. So it is quite logical that when you start connecting to the body, which happens naturally through the practice of yoga, you also begin accessing and addressing some of these experiences again.
Yoga then becomes a natural starting point for deeper healing. Urban OM’s Yoga Therapy Training embraces this natural opening and continues further by safely allowing emotional release and welcoming deep personal insight.
The foundation is Being in the Body, which means to start befriending all the different aspects of being human. We believe that there is no real transformation unless you access both body and feeling. Being in the Body is an antidote to cure the modern phenomena of ‘disembodiment’ caused by urban overload. In our Yoga Therapy Training we emphasize cultivating sensitivity of both the physical as well as the subtle body by training stress reduction and interoceptive awareness. We’ll utilise evidence-based yogic practices which apply the therapeutic qualities of postures, breathing and relaxation, thus allowing the body-mind to strengthen and heal. These practices are inspired mainly from the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage with elements of Tantric and Kundalini Yoga and the bioenergtic methods of Alexander Lowen and Wilhelm Reich.
Being Real then enables development of a sense of self nourishing the connection to truth that can cut through the illusion, dream and deception from the mind. Self-inquiry, or honest introspection, is an ancient practice found in every spiritual tradition. We’ll train our yoga therapists in aspects of humanistic and transpersonal psychology in order to offer trauma-informed counseling sessions and group structures.
Being Together is the final key. Our focus here is how to create safe spaces which merge body and mind, and to explore the magic of letting go into ‘something more’. Active and contemplative meditative practices inspired by the contemporary and ancient esoteric wisdom of Vedanta, Mantra and Osho will help participants transcend the fixation with individual self, ultimately cultivating a deeper sense of inner-connectedness.
MODULE 1: STARTING UP THE PROCESS
WHEN: OCT 18-20 2019
WHO: Isa Khalwati, Neo Moreton & Satyadev Barman
MODULE 2: BREATH & BIOENERGETICS
WHEN: DEC 11-15 2019
WHO: Agni Thalgott & Iskaan Graahl
MODULE 3: AUTHENTIC VOICE
WHEN: JAN 8-12 2020
WHO: Stephanie Heidemann
MODULE 4: EMBODIED ANATOMY
WHEN: APR 15-19 2020
WHO: Giselle Mari
MODULE 5: BEING REAL
WHEN: MAY 27-31 2020
WHO: Isa Khalwati & Neo Moreton
MODULE 6: AYURVEDIC HEALTH
WHEN: AUG 26-30 2020
WHO: Volker Mehl
MODULE 7: BIOENERGETICS 2
WHEN: OCT 21-25 2020
WHO: Agni Thalgott & Iskaan Graahl
MODULE 8: EMBODIED ASANA & TOUCH METHODOLOGY
WHEN: DEC 2-6 2020
WHO: Michael James Wong
MODULE 9: MANTRA AS MEDICINE
WHEN: JAN 20-24 2021
WHO: Anandra George
MODULE 10: YOGA THERAPY PERSONALIZED PROGRAMS
WHEN: MAR 31-APR 4 2021
WHO: Robin Gueth
MODULE 11: COUNSELLING SKILLS
WHEN: APR 28 – MAY 2 2021
WHO: Talib Fisher & Isa Khalwati
MODULE 12: CLINIC
Approx 10-12 h/month (Urban OM or other location of your choice)
WHEN: 23 OCT 2021
WHO: Isa, Neo and Satyadev