Vajra Yoga Alliance Teacher Training for certification or deepening personal practice
with Michele Loew, Robert Thurman
October 23, 2022 - June 5, 2023 | Online with Optional In-Person Immersions
Join us this Fall for the launch of our 300 hour Vajra Yoga Teacher Training Course.
This course can be taken entirely online, but attending the in-person course immersion events is highly recommended if your intention is to teach yoga or gather greater assistance in your personal practice. For Yoga Alliance certification, it is required that you attend livestream sessions live with cameras on. If you are not taking this course for certification, you can watch the replays any time.
This program has over 300 Hours of teachings divided into 3 terms. There are two 6- day retreat intensives at the start of the course and close, along with weekly livestreams and online material including regular live-stream asana practices and live-stream Q+As & philosophy sessions with the teachers. Michele Loew and Robert Thurman will be teaching new material.
Weekly Zoom Philosophy sessions with on-demand replays with Robert Thurman
Fridays 11-1pm Eastern Standard time
Weekly Zoom Asana/philosophy sessions with on-demand replays with Michele Loew
- Saturdays 10am-12:30pm Eastern Standard time.
OCTOBER 23- 28, Menla Mountain In-person or Livestream
MAY 29-JUNE 5, Menla Mountain Vajra Retreat close.. In-person or Livestream
- 5/29: 7:30-9pm EST
- 5/30: 9:15-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
- 5/31: 9:30-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
- 6/1: 9:30-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
- 6/2: 9:30-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
- 6/3: 9:30-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
- 6/4: 9:30-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
- 6/5: 9:30-noon EST
FALL IN-PERSON IMMERSION SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE:
- Morning Meditation
- Yoga Asana Practice: Emphasis Suryanamaskar/Standing Poses / Forward Folds/ Twists
- Tibetan NeJang Yoga Daily practice and Theory.
- Purification practices & Ngondro, prostrations and sadhana.
- Study & Contemplation of Philosophies of Yoga, Dualist and Non-Dualist. *Yoga Sutras of Patanjali & Sutrayana Teachings of the Buddha. We will study The Yoga Sutras translation by P.P. Gohkale.
- Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yogas
- Teaching Methodology & Practice.
About the Vajra Yoga Online Program
In collaboration with Professor Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman, renowned scholar & practitioner, authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist science, Indic spirituality and world philosophy, the course will provide a foundational understanding of the philosophy and science of the Buddhist contributions to success in yoga practice (such as were available interactively for over a thousand years in India with such texts as Paṭāñjali’s Yoga Sutras) Students can learn during weekdays through select, self-paced, on-demand videos of the unique Vajrayoga Archive of inspiring talks given recently by Dr. Thurman to elucidate the Buddha’s personal instructions interwoven comparatively with the Hindu yogas, as well as new live teachings & Q&As.
Michele Loew will teach supporting asana, meditation, philosophy and guide sadhana both from Vajrayana, Tibetan Yogas, and Hatha Yoga from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, blending the Vinyasa flow, internal form, and intelligent progression found in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, the precise alignment instructions and supported poses of the Iyengar System, and the modifications and therapeutics to the individual that Desikachara and modern therapeutics expanded yoga intelligence on. Interfacing with Hatha Yoga, are the Vajrayana Buddhist yoga practices and their guiding science of mind and body transformation that we feel informed the Hatha Schools of yoga as they were established, and continue to do so today as they evolve further together—the Vajrayana offerings are in the nonsectarian lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, Professor Thurman’s long-time principal teacher, and Michele Loew’s principal teacher since 2014.
Vajra Yoga explores the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Vajra Yoga traditions. If you are looking for a Yoga Teacher Training course that brings in yoga and the meditative sciences from both traditions, this is the course. The journey is deeply educational and spiritually transformational while giving you the practical skills to support other students on their path.
Working with Vajrayana practices and Hatha yoga, we are supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 4th aim in life: to bring back the Indian Inner Sciences, “Adhyatma Vidya” and the teachings of yoga and Buddhism back to India to support human beings’ inner awakening for happiness and freedom.
This course is a deeply contemplative and embodied investigation into the yogas of Vajrayana and Hatha Yoga practices with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman and Michele Loew.