PETER KAABERBOL KRISTENSEN
A Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most transformational life experiences a yoga lover can participate in. We’d love to host you here at our Costa Rican paradise while you dive deeper into your yoga practice, become certified to be a teacher, and literally change your life.
Oct 9 – Oct 30, 2021: Three Week YTT
PROGRAM DIRECTOR PETER KAABERBOL
Peter Kaaberbøl Kristensen is the founder of both LagoCph school of yoga in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark and the online Yoga portal Yogidia.com. He’s also an accomplished personal trainer, and the creator of the “X-Pand Me” body stretching system. In addition to yoga, he’s a practitioner of, meditation, and bodywork and for the last fifteen years has devoted his life to training yoga teachers worldwide. Peter has a knack for explaining complex yogic principles in a way that helps his trainees investigate their body’s subtle energies. By bringing his students’ awareness to their inner worlds, he helps them deepen their yogic practice from the inside out. His intensive teacher training programs deepen the trainees’ personal practice and guide their teaching techniques to a place where they can freely impart the body’s inner wisdom to their own students.
Peter began practicing yoga at 18-years old and has studied with a broad range of classical Indian teachers including Akhil Bhattacharya and massage master Rahul Bharti in Nepal. He has practiced extensively in India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Japan, and the United States. His interest in bodywork and movement took him to martial arts, including Aikido and Capoeira, Thai yoga therapy, and Acro yoga.
Peter runs his teacher training programs in Denmark and, in Costa Rica, Italy, Guatemala, and Honduras. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and two daughters.
This training will prepare and certify you to:
- Teach a Vinyasa Yoga class with precise adjustments and intelligent sequence.
- Focus on how to host also in-depth workshops, retreats etc.
- Practice and teach the art of meditation, through studying the nature of the mind.
- Learn about injuries and how to work with yoga therapeutically.
- Give a Thai Yoga Massage as well as use these techniques in Yoga classes or private lessons.
- Understand Anatomy and Physiology, to use for correct alignment for Asanas.
- Understand Bandhas, Granthis and Koshas.
- Use and instruct breathing techniques (Pranayama)
- Study and discuss the Yoga Sutras, Eight Limbs of Patanjali, The power of Now and other spiritual texts.
- Contemplate yourself through a spiritual unity
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM CURRICULUM
ASANAS AND PRANAYAMA
Asanas are defined as positions. Postures were designed to act as stable positions for extended meditation. But more than that, the Asanas open energy channels (chakras) and the physical centers of the body. Asanas purify and strengthen the body and control and focus the mind. Asanas are a classic part of yoga’s eight limbs, which stipulates that asanas should be stable and comfortable, casual and permanent.
The word Pranayama comes from Sanskrit and is usually translated as “breathing technique”. Pranayama originates from the yogic science, which is about checking the “flow” of Prana (life energy). In yoga it’s said that when you control this pranic flow, you control the physical and mental flow of energy in the universe, and on a daily/practical level this controls your bodily systems including respiratory, somatic, internal organs, and the brain.
In Vinyasa yoga, we practice Ujjayi breath, which is an invigorating and soothing tool. Breathing creates heat in the body which has a direct impact on the performance of the different asanas. It’s not the only breathing we use but most often it is called a base breath for other Pranayama exercises.
BANDHAS, GRANTHIS AND KOSHAS
Bandha means keeping or strengthening; bandhas create stihra (stability / support) and allows for freedom of movement. They collect the body’s internal wind / energy and therefore provides a better and stronger flow of energy and body and thereby mind.
Granthis (Dukha – negative space) all obstacles to the free flow of energy is called Granthis. By understanding the nature of these Granthis we can find the optimum potential energy of our body and mind. In other words we will be able to change from Granthis (dukha – negative space) to Sukha (positive space)
Koshas – you can call the various levels that we have in the body… the physical, intellectual, energetic body, etc. These levels are important to be aware of through learning, export and training.
ANATOMY AND ALIGNMENT
Through anatomy we ensure a comprehensive understanding of our students and the body and its movements. We often work with themes or understanding of individual areas. At each training a class follows an anatomical examination. This means that we create insight into positions versus physics / anatomy in motion, both through theory and practice.
The purpose of alignment or adjustment / correction for optimal posture is to get in touch with your inner body. When we have taught for a while we begin to get a better overview of the class and will be aware that not all students have the correct alignment (optimal posture). In this part of the course we focus on the most appropriate ways to move students into their optimum positions.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE
In this part of the course you will learn all the basic elements of massage technique. We review and work with techniques that will enable you to perform a 1½ hour full body massage, which includes muscle massage, yoga features, acupressure, joint manipulation, relaxation exercises and work with energy pathways. You will be given tools to work with the body, both in a complete 90 minute body massage and also with focusing on specific problems. As we are becoming yoga teachers we will bring attention to how to use these techniques when teaching yoga classes both for the corrections of students or as therapeutic tools in one-to-one sessions.
YOGA NIDRA, DEEP RELAXATION & MEDITATION
Yogic sleep or deep relaxation is an essential part of your yoga practice. There are three parts to Proper Relaxation: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. The state of the mind and body is directly connected and if your muscles are relaxed, your mind is also relaxed. If the mind is restless, the body will suffer from this. It is a matter of “letting go” instead of “holding on”. There are many types of meditation, and in the beginning meditation is more correctly referred to as focus or concentration. Meditation is constant observation of the mind, and means that we focus on the mind in order to bring it to “silence” and experience the Self. Through meditation we become aware of the “space” which is independent of the mind and the true being can thereby emerge. Meditation helps us to practice and cultivate being in the moment.
HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
Yoga is considered a divine science of life that came to enlightened wise men in meditation.
Yoga is first mentioned in the two ancient Indian scriptures;
The Vedas and the Upanishads (the later part of the Vedas), and the latter became the platform of yoga teaching and philosophy called Vedanta.
During this training, we will create an overview of the development of yoga as well as get acquainted with Yoga’s 8 limps, a set of ethical rules that are considered an important part of yoga practice.
HOW A 3 WEEK YTT SCHEDULE WORKS
In this yoga teacher training program there will be plenty of exciting experiences and hard work awaiting. You will develop spiritually, physically as well as psychologically. Yoga is a very broad and life-long study, and here we will provide a secure base for those who want to go deeper into themselves through yoga. In this 200-hour yoga teacher training we will cover all the important elements from yoga positions to the anatomy of movement, pranayama to philosophy and more. Below we describe some of the topics the program will cover.
In addition to the scheduled hours of teaching with Peter, all students are expected to read some obligatory texts (about 300 pages including philosophy, manual, anatomy, etc.) Also, students will be asked to do some homework to pass and eventually a final exam paper and a project / karma yoga.
This Yoga Teacher Training will include a total of 160 contact hours with Peter: 8 1/2 hours per day plus 7 evenings of 2 hours and 3 days off.
- 60 hours: Asana Practice and technique
- 35 hours: Teaching method and hands on
- 20 hours: Anatomy and physiology
- 20 hours: Philosophy and spiritual development
- 10 hours: Practicum
- 15 hours: Sequencing
Also included is a one year subscription to Peter’s online studying platform, Yogidia.com to study Classes and Asanas prior to arrival. 10 hours of class/asana practice and study should be spend on sequences given from the teacher upon signing up to Yogidia.com.
Students must furthermore have a minimum of 10 hours of yoga practice before arriving. Contact us for details about how to prove these hours.
Students will be asked to teach (gain experience) and/or study 20 hours (to gain insight and self chosen subject) after end of training to receive their certification. These personalized assignments will be discussed with Peter before being given to the student.
If you are interested in this training, please contact us and we will send you AN APPLICATION. Upon acceptance, we will coordinate to secure your deposit and get you enrolled into the program.
It is expected that you as a student can participate in a coherent yoga class. We have no requirement that the student must have practiced advanced Yoga, be particularly agile, or be able to do a handstand (or the like).
However a sincere interest in learning and understanding the basic principles of a Yoga practice as well as all the surrounding branches of yoga such as breathing, relaxation, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, correction and general body understanding.
During the training, we will go through everything from both gentle to demanding exercises and constructiveness in asanas.
Example of a typical day:
- 7:15am -9:00 am: Morning practice: Asana and Meditation
- 9:00 am -10:00 am: Breakfast
- 9:45 am -1:00 pm: Asana, Anatomy, Alignment, Sequencing, Philosophy, teaching techniques.
- 1:00 pm -2:00 pm: Lunch
- 2:30 pm -5:00 pm: Philosophy, Adjusting, teaching techniques, Inversions, sequencing, yoga massage.
- 5:00 pm: snack
- 5:30 pm -6:30 pm: Yoga Massage, Sequencing, Yoga Business, Asana practice.
- 7pm: dinner
***Note Schedule might be subject to change.