Animalia Asana® Specialisation Training is for yoga teachers of any tradition who wish to incorporate the animal element within yoga more distinctly into their knowledge base or teaching. You can do this in an independent fashion, or as part of the growing international Animalia Asana® community with use of the Animalia Asana® name and logo. The latter option would require the donation of 50% of any funds generated to animal charities. You would be part of a healing, fundraising and educational initiative. Whichever route you choose, it is a fantastic opportunity to fill a niche, and to help both human and nonhuman animals. Join us and spread more compassion for animals in society through your love and knowledge of yoga!
The two 2018 face-to-face trainings (in Spain and Scotland) have now taken place!
The online distance one-to-one training – £99 (from anywhere, anytime!) – is still available!
Fantastic for people based further afield, who are short of time or funds, who are confident using the online demonstrations and who already feel well-versed in the animal-named asanas. This is via Skype, email and snail mail (if applicable), and there’ll be greater use/analysis of and reference to the Animalia Asana® online video resources. This can be completed intensively in several hours or, alternatively, less intensively with breaks in between over several weeks – your choice. Scroll down to see what’s included in this one-of-a-kind course!
Interested in the face-to-face group training in 2019?
Get in touch now, so your available dates can be considered in the planning!
Past trainings have been held in the yurt Well-Being Centre in Sussex, at The Big Shed in Highland Perthshire, at The Ecology Centre in Fife, and at SemillaYogaPermaculture in Spain. When possible, we seek out an eco-build of some kind for the setting of the training. The main face-to-face training will likely be held in Scotland near to Fife, in the Summer or Autumn and cost between £125 and £225 (depending on venue and whether residential or not). The training will comprise at least two jam-packed days (maybe three). Scroll down further to see what’s included in this one-of-a-kind course!
View the testimonials. We are also open to invitations if you can gather a group of roughly three or more (depending on location and travel costs)!
The face-to-face trainings take place annually. They are fantastic for people who enjoy intensive group learning, respond most optimally to experiential learning, prefer good old-fashioned face-to-face learning and wish to extend the training into a mini retreat.
fEach training option (i.e., both face-to-face and online) includes the following:
- A recycled-paper printed and fully-referenced catalogue containing
– the 60 (approx.) animal-named asanas with detailed accompanying information on the anatomy and physiology of each
hgposture, the spirituality/mythology/history of each posture and inspiring facts about the animal named in each posture
– the 40 (approx.) animal-named mudras
– general information for use at the start/throughout/end of the class that is not specific to a posture
– a breakdown of the animals associated with the chakras
– an extensive collection of readings and quotes to use in your Animalia Asana® sessions
- A recycled-paper printed and fully-referenced catalogue of supporting documents
- Information about the ahimsa and daana teachings, Animalia Asana’s interpretation of the ahimsa/daana teachings and the background to and evidence of the animal element within yoga
- A discourse on the contentious issues within the animal element of yoga
- An exploration of various teachings and inspiration relevant to human-animal relations in the world today (including from ancient and more modern yogic texts, from the Animalia Asana patrons, from different past and current yoga leaders, from Shamanic interpretations of yoga, from some mythology examples and from modern science)
- Animalia Asana Chanting Cards translated specially for Animalia Asana® (including Sanskrit, transliteration & English) in addition to an online collection of other animal-oriented chants that complement the ethos of Animalia Asana
- Examples of guided animal-themed relaxations and meditations
- Two animal-based mythologies explored in detail
- Ideas on how to create your Animalia Asana classes and workshops and a comprehensive break-down of different approaches to Animalia Asana classes and workshops
- The chance to further fine-tune your physical practice of particular animal-named postures
- Recommendation of key books for your Animalia Asana journey
- Life-long use of the Animalia Asana® name and logo, life-long listing as a certified Animalia Asana® teacher on this website with details of your Animalia Asana activities (including assistance in promoting your events)
- Life-long Supporter membership of Animalia Asana with the opportunity to become a voting member of the management committee if progressing to Associate membership (see our Constitution here)
- Some information, ideas and guidance about (and experience of for the face-to-face option) The Animal Dance (an ecstatic awakening dance focusing on connecting with our animal nature) and on Animalia Asana sessions for kids*
- Exclusive access to the Animalia Asana International Teachers Facebook group/email community for continued support (including from the Founder/Trainer) and regular updates of new Animalia Asana content for your teaching
- … and of course a 50% donation to International Animal Rescue and FIAPO with the remaining 50% of funds being reinvested into the Animalia Asana initiative (no wages taken).
Both training options contain the same content and depth of information; the online distance training option lacks the same extent of practical and experiential elements that the face-to-face group training enables. The timing of the online distance training option can be arranged to suit you and your life optimally. See testimonials here from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 trainings. For both training options, we sign an agreement that includes a commitment by you to give 50% of any funds gained from any of your dedicated Animalia Asana activities to FIAPO and International Animal Rescue (or another animal charity subject to agreement). NB: When just incorporating the animal element within yoga into other general yoga teaching (and not using the Animalia Asana® logo, name or titles) then a donation of funds is not obligatory.
*NB: to easily find an insurer you’ll likely need to have a children’s yoga teacher training certificate to share Animalia Asana in schools or with kids.
One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.
— attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr
= Pashu (nonhuman animal)