200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Philippines
Experience 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in the Philippines with Bodhi Yoga Center. With the beautiful landscapes of Mindanao as our backdrop, experience an adventurous and holistic approach in learning yoga philosophy, anatomy and teaching methodology. To cement the learning process, live and breathe the teaching lifestyle through practicum and post-training internship opportunities. The experience is a full immersion in fun, excitement and cultivation of yogic values as you engage in learning and socialization with people from different walks of life. As a result, our graduates become compassionate yoga teachers, skilled in passing on wisdom in a safe and sustainable way.
Yoga Alliance Certified
Successful trainees will be certified based on Yoga Alliance standards. Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community whose mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. A certification recognized by Yoga Alliance is also recognized internationally, in most yoga studios around the world.
26-Day Intensive Training
Although a holistic, life-changing experience, this training is not recommended for those who are completely new to yoga. Before embarking on this course, we recommend that our participants have ample of physical and mental preparation. A yoga teacher training is not a vacation, no matter how adventurous and fun it may seem. It’s a cathartic process of learning and unlearning. Most importantly, it is training our mind and body, day-in and day-out, for the intricacies of passing on yogic wisdom from one heart to another.
With students coming from all over the world, our school offers on-site accommodations for those who need them. Taking a yoga teacher training in the Philippines doesn’t have to be so complicated. With Bodhi Yoga Center, students have the option to book private rooms or shared ones as required.
Our new campus is situated in a farm retreat where you can be surrounded by nature all day, only 30 minutes away from General Santos City Proper.
Daily Vegetarian Meals
Nutrition is an integral part of a holistic lifestyle. Food is what keeps us energized throughout the busy training days. Of course, we want to make sure our students are being properly nourished. We prepare daily healthful, vegetarian meals in our kitchen for our students, optimized for physical and spiritual benefits and using locally available ingredients.
Special dietary restrictions for shall be catered to upon request.
Our comprehensive Yoga Anatomy module includes in-depth discussion of kinesiology and physiology to guide our students how to prepare sequences that honor the body’s natural range of motion and healthy biological function. Moreover, we will personally experience the different postural modifications necessary to achieve our optimum alignment in every asana.
Yoga Philosophy traces the roots of what we know today as modern Yoga. Develop a deeper appreciation for centuries of esoteric wisdom passed on by various sages who propounded the discipline of yoga. Learn about the subtle anatomy of our pranic body, our chakras and koshas.
Weekend Exploration and Rest
A yoga teacher training in the Philippines won’t be complete without spending time in our pristine beaches. During this course, our Saturdays will be spent experiencing the culture and landscapes of South Central Mindanao. Whether on the road to the white sand beaches of Sarangani Bay or the enchanting lakes of South Cotabato, be prepared to witness the majestic Mt. Matutum from different angles throughout your stay. Having said that, we still believe that balance is key when we are looking after our holistic health. Therefore, Sundays are for complete rest and rejuvenation.
Meet Your Lead Trainer
Leona Aurora Dinopol
E-RYT 500 & Founder of Bodhi Yoga Center
Leona is the young-at-heart founder of Bodhi Yoga Center. As a teacher, she provides instruction for different variations of Hatha Yoga, such as Classical Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin. She spent a good number of her 20’s exploring holistic health and spirituality through yoga. She founded Bodhi Yoga Center in 2015 as a means of spreading the practice of self-awareness in her hometown of General Santos City, Mindanao.
Leona trained obtained both of her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certification and 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga from the birthplace of yoga itself, the holy city of Rishikesh in Northern India.
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Yoga Teacher Training Course Syllabus
Techniques, Training and Practice
As yoga teachers, it is our duty to teach practices and techniques that we personally know from our own experience. This allows for more meaningful ways to convey instruction and offer personalized adjustments. To cement this experiential learning, our teacher training program offers intensive practice sessions twice a day. We dedicate at least four hours of every training day in developing your practice in:
1.) Hatha Yoga Foundations – a preparatory practice to achieve the higher states of Raja Yoga
Shatkarma – yogic cleansing techniques
Surya Namaskara – salutations to the Sun
Asana – Yoga Postures (with Alignment, Modifications and Adjustments)
Pranayama – breathing techniques to expand one’s vital life force
Meditation – active and passive practices to help connect with one’s inner self
2.) Solar Yoga – active physical practices to tone the entire musculoskeletal system and purify the body of impurities
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – an asana system developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois wherein practitioners are given a series of intense physical postures that they need to practice and perfect
Vinyasa Flow – moving with the breath, Vinyasa Flow is a strong but creative practice. Each class varies depending on the anatomical or esoteric theme for the day
3.) Lunar Yoga – slow, passive practices to restore oneself physically, mentally and spiritually
Restorative Yoga – induces complete rest and relaxation for the body
Yin Yoga – applies healthy stress to connective tissues for a certain period of time
Yoga Nidra – induced meditative sleep to completely relax the mind and body
Yoga Humanities: Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics revisits the ancient roots of modern yoga. Popular yogic texts shall be discussed in context and contrast with the modern world. Lifestyle of yogis and ethics of yoga teachers shall also be discussed in detail. We believe that we can learn from every one, so this module presents our trainees the opportunity to share their thoughts and beliefs in life to foster a healthy and progressive discussion. Under this module, we discuss the following topics:
Introduction and History of Yoga
Definitions of Yoga from different texts
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
This module tackles the structure and function of the human body, particularly the relationship of the breath and the spine in different physical movements. This course distinguishes yoga practice from calisthenics or gymnastics by emphasizing the incorporation of breath, movement and mindfulness. In this module, the relationship of the subtle energies to the physical body shall also be discussed.
1.) Introduction to Yoga Anatomy
The Breathing Process (Respiratory System)
The Musculoskeletal System
The Nervous System
2.) Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Concept of Alignment (finding the center of gravity)
The Biomechanics of Stretching
Tension versus Compression
3.) Yoga Physiology
4.) Psychological Effects of Yoga
5.) The Subtle Body (Eastern Anatomy)
The Five Koshas
The Pranas and Nadis
The Seven Chakras
Teaching Methodology & The Yoga Profession
Teaching Methodology module takes on different elements of teaching such as creating a safe space for self-exploration, crafting sequences of asanas and pranayama practices, cuing students in their process of refinement, offering practical guidance in meditation, and offering examples for extending the practice off the mat. Find a purpose for your yoga practice and define a suitable path for your journey. Identify rewards and anticipate consequences of being a yoga teacher. Develop fundamental entrepreneurial skills to make your yoga career sustainable.
Experience creating and leading your own class as a yoga teacher. Offer Seva (service) to those who have no access to yoga classes otherwise. Observe peers as they teach. Give and receive constructive feedback.
Optional Post-training Internship
As a graduate of Bodhi Yoga Center’s 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program, you may be given the chance to continue learning with Bodhi Yoga Center as an Intern Yoga Teacher. Intern yoga teachers will continuously be mentored by resident yoga teachers. This post-training internship is the perfect opportunity to find your voice and to experience life as a yoga teacher.
We first opened the doors of Bodhi Yoga Center in March 9, 2015, right in the heart of General Santos City. In November 2019, we shall open our new Yoga Teacher Training Campus and Retreat Center in a family-owned farm lot in the Municipality of Alabel, Sarangani Province. Surrounded by lush green nature, our campus is only 30 minutes away from General Santos City commercial center, and 45 minutes from the white sand coastline of Brgy. Gumasa. Transportation to and from the city is available upon request. Students rest and reset on weekends, where they are treated to experience the culture and landscapes of South Cotabato and Sarangani Province.
What our Students Say
What I love about Bodhi Yoga Center are the people! Miss Leona our Teacher is such a caring person and very generous as well as her Family! Its not just the way she shares her knowledge about Yoga to us but it is how she treated us as a FAMILY and not just students. I am so glad I found Bodhi Yoga Center to get my 200hr TTC. To Miss Leona and the rest of your fabulous Staff, please continue sharing your knowledge in yoga! Can’t thank you enough!Odette Lorenzo Mills
Fitness Trainer / 200-hour Bodhi YTT Alum
I am so glad I took my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Bodhi Yoga Center. The lessons were intensive and fun at the same time. Leona and Steph were great teachers. I learned a lot about Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, teaching Methodologies and life not just from Leona and Steph but also from my classmates. Thank you for such a life-changing experience, teachers, classmates and the rest of the Bodhi Yoga Center team.Jannah Abueza
Entrepreneur / 200-hour Bodhi YTT Alum
Dates and Availability
|Course Date||Private Room||Twin Sharing||Dormitory||Course Only|
|November 4 – 29, 2019|
Bodhi GenSan Studio
|Not Available||PHP 55,000|
|January 6 – 31, 2020|
Bodhi Retreats Campus
|April 5 – 30, 2020|
Bodhi Retreats Campus
| July 6 – 31, 2020|
Bodhi Retreats Campus
| October 5 – 30, 2020|
Bodhi Retreats Campus
- Early bird registration deadline is 2 months prior to the start date. All early registrants are entitled to a 15% discount.
- Indicated course fees include tuition fee, accommodations, three daily meals, textbooks and learning materials.
- Vegetarian meals will be served daily. Special dietary restrictions will be catered to upon request.
- We offer shuttle service from General Santos City Airport to Bodhi Yoga Center. Kindly send us your flight details so we can make the necessary arrangements
- Payment Terms: 50% down payment upon acceptance to the course, 50% balance upon arrival.
We understand that taking a month-long absence from the daily routine is not a light decision to make. Should you have any doubts or questions, we’re here for you! Use the form below to reach out to us. If you wish to schedule a call, send us your number and let us know when it would be possible to connect with you!
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