Jivamukti Yoga Immersions take you deeper into the study of Jivamukti Yoga as they are part of our continuing education project. The curriculum is derived from the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Course and is taught by Advanced Certified Jivamukti teachers who have been on the faculty of a JYTT and/or a past Immersion.
Who might be interested in taking an immersion?
• Jivamukti Yoga teachers who are looking for a refresher course
•Jivamukti Yoga students who are interested in the JYTT course but want to try a sampling first before committing to a whole month
•Yoga students from other disciplines who are looking to broaden their knowledge and techniques of yoga
•Those who are brand new to yoga
•Those who want more than a yoga vacation
•Those who want to work hard under the guidance of qualified teachers
•Those who are interested in becoming enlightened in this lifetime
Immersions provide a terrific opportunity toawaken or deepen your yoga practice, meet old and new friends, and build a global yoga community. Immersions are suitable for practitioners of all levels and spiritual disciplines.
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Jivamukti Yoga teacher training is the most complete and rigorous training program in Yoga. As pioneers of modern yoga, thousands have become certified in the Jivamukti method, by participating in the month long program which incorporates an in-depth study of classical Yoga postures (asanas), the chanting and study of ancient texts, music and inspiring activism principles. The Jivamukti training will provide you with a blueprint for incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the ultimate goal of the practice: liberation. The principles of Jivamukti Yoga empower individuals of any background, culture, language, age-group or profession to fully awaken and develop compassion towards all living beings and exist in harmony with all life while respecting the precious resources on earth.
The Jivamukti Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training is a month-long residential program held at different locations around the world. This rigorous program taught by Sharon Gannon, David Life and other senior Jivamukti Yoga teachers is considered by many to be the most comprehensive yoga teacher training available. It attracts students from around the world and produces empowered, knowledgeable and confident yoga teachers. Ideal for intermediate and advanced students, the 300-hour training program provides a blueprint for incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual, and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Emphasizing interconnectedness and a non-dualistic view of life, this practice awakens within us a need to protect the planet and all life on Earth. Participants gain the skills to confidently achieve those goals for themselves, as well as the ability to teach others how to live in harmony.
The month-long training program covers yoga philosophy and scriptures, history of yoga, introduction to Sanskrit, introduction to anatomy, practice teaching sessions, study groups, mentor guidance, quizzes, midterm and final tests, and all aspects of Jivamukti Yoga. The training focuses not only on the physical postures, but also on how the postures evolved. We explore yoga’s ancient sacred texts and five-thousand-year-old traditions, as well as the psychotherapeutic benefits that develop with a steady practice and the spiritual power that is set free when energy flows throughout the heart, body and mind. A special segment of the program offered each spring at the Omega Institute also includes full participation in Spring Ecstatic Chant, where we join some of the West’s leading devotional singers in an exploration of transcendent musical prayer (kirtan), yoga, and meditation.
Throughout the month, participants experience:
◦Immersion in daily yoga practice
◦In-depth sessions focused on vinyasa sequencing and alignment, including standing poses, forward bends, twists, back bends, inversions and balances
◦Study of the physical and energetic anatomy of the human body
◦Sanskrit language immersion, where you learn to read, write and recite the Sanskrit alphabet
◦Exploration into major yogic texts, including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
◦Meditation practice twice a day and instruction on how to teach meditation to others
◦Practice teaching and instruction for how to give hands-on assists to students while they are practicing asanas
◦Lessons on how to practice and teach healing, purifying and detoxifying hatha yoga kriyas
◦Exploration of philosophy, ethics, and activism: how to live a more effective, positive and harmonious life
◦Direct experience of the importance of a vegan diet for human health, for sustaining the ecosystem, for reducing violence in the world and as a means to enlightenment
Successful completion of the 300-Hour Training Program certifies the teacher to call their classes Jivamukti Yoga Classes (so long as the classes are taught strictly in accordance with Jivamukti Yoga methods); to advertise and identify themselves as a Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher; and to be listed on the Jivamukti Yoga web site as a current Jivamukti Yoga 300-Hour Certified Teacher.
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After completing the Jivamukti Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training and receiving certification, there is a continuing education program offered in full program Jivamukti Yoga Schools and Centers in the form of an apprenticeship. The Jivamukti Teacher Apprenticeship Program (“JTAP” or “the Apprenticeship”) is a mentored curriculum augmented by mentored teaching, practice, self-study and additional workshops, combining for a total of 500-plus hours of training. When combined with the 300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Program, this program certifies 800 hours of training. The apprentice/mentor system enhances practical teaching skills, directs independent study and integrates an asana and meditation practice schedule that contributes to professional enhancement and the deepening of sadhana. Next to a daily practice, which is required, the largest components of the program are weekly apprenticing in both Open and Basic classes, conferences with the mentor and giving and receiving In-Class Private lessons. The Program also requires satsang attendance and assistance, Sanskrit study and attendance at workshops with Sharon Gannon, David Life and/or certain other senior Jivamukti Yoga teachers. Certification is granted to those individuals who fulfill the JTAP’s requirements to the satisfaction of their mentor, who is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. This program is offered only at full program Jivamukti Yoga Centers worldwide.
Purpose of the JTAP
The purpose of the Apprenticeship is to build professional level teaching skills and to deepen sadhana. The Program seeks to develop Jivamukti Yoga 800-Hour Certified Teachers who:
Integrate daily yoga asana and meditation practice;
Are professional, experienced and confident;
Are building a clear and precise teaching style in alignment with Jivamukti Yoga methods;
Teach from a solid foundation in the Five Tenets of Jivamukti Yoga;
Are knowledgeable about the history, tradition and language of yoga.
300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training certification
Letter of intention from apprentice to mentor
A letter of recommendation from a Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certified Teacher who is an approved mentor at a host Jivamukti Yoga Center and who has agreed to act as the applicant’s mentor
Current professional liability insurance
Payment of fees
Term of Study
Apprentices must complete the program’s curriculum requirements to the satisfaction of their mentors after a minimum of 24 weeks and a maximum of 48 weeks (or for an accelerated program, a minimum of 12 weeks). Apprentices must complete the JTAP within 48 weeks of the date of enrollment.
Successful completion of the JTAP certifies the teacher to call their classes Jivamukti Yoga Classes (so long as the classes are taught strictly in accordance with Jivamukti Yoga methods); to advertise and identify themselves as an 800-Hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher; and to be listed on the Jivamukti Yoga web site as a current Jivamukti Yoga 800-Hour Certified Teacher.
Anyone who has successfully completed the 300-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Program is eligible to take the Advanced Certification Review Board Exam. Successful completion of the Board Exam qualifies one as an “Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher”.
WHY TAKE THE BOARD EXAM:
◦ To be qualified to serve as a mentor at the Jivamukti Yoga 300 Hour Residential Teacher Training
◦ To be qualified to serve as a mentor in the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Apprenticeship Program (also referred to as the 800-Hour Certification Program) offered at all Jivamukti Yoga Schools and Centers
◦ To be qualified to serve on the Advanced Certification Review Board
◦ To be qualified to apply to operate a Jivamukti Yoga Center (subject to all the legal limitations and franchise regulations of Jivamukti Incorporated)
◦ To advertise and list oneself as an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher
Although 800-hour certification (completion of the Jivamukti Teacher Apprenticeship Program) is not required to appear before the Review Board, it is strongly recommended. In addition, it is highly recommended that candidates accumulate at least 2 years of teaching experience and 4 years of asana practice experience before appearing before the Review Board. The Board Exam is carried out at Jivamukti Yoga centers worldwide on an as-needed basis. The Exam covers teaching skills, asana practice skills, yoga philosophy and terms, Sanskrit language, anatomy and other relevant topics through practical, interview and written components.