One of the most disputed questions surrounding yoga teacher training courses is not particularly the amount of hours. There are critical voices about the concept of becoming a yoga teacher in 200 hours. But there is more discussion about doing these 200 hours within the setting of an intensive yoga teacher training of one month. There are many yoga schools that offer 200 hours yoga teacher training courses spread out over a period of 2 to 3 years. And there is a growing number of schools and ashrams, that offer a 200 hour intensive yoga teacher training within a period of 4 weeks.

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2500 years ago, the sage Patanjali compiled a book called the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to give an introduction to the practice of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. These eight limbs are referred to as Ashtanga Yoga. In Sanskrit, “asht” literally means eight and “anga” means limbs or parts.

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The Seven Stages of Knowledge are considered one of the main concepts of yoga philosophy. Nowadays yoga is known for it’s physical health benefits. Often when we talk about yoga, what we refer to is solely the physical practice of yoga asanas. And when thinking about the underlying philosophy, one of the first concepts that comes to mind are the energy body and the 7 Chakras.

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When referring to breathing exercises, the term ‘Pranayama’ is often used. However, not all breathing exercises are Pranayama. In fact, most aren’t. The term Pranayama literally means “expansion of life force (prana) and its purpose is to improve the body’s capacity to retain and increase prana in the body.

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We all feel stressed at certain points in our lives. Stress is usually caused by overexertion of our bodies and minds. Often, such an overexertion is caused by simple overthinking and worry.
Another factor that can lead to stress is the constant stimulation of our senses that we are so often exposed to. And whenever our senses are overstimulated, our thoughts are triggered to run wild. As a result, we feel stressed and out of balance.

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In this blog we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the main seven energy centers (chakras). Chakras are the energy centers of the body. They are located in the astral body along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and running upwards to the crown of the head.

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An Ashram is a place for practicing Yoga, Meditation and other spiritual practices to evolve and grow spiritually. Ashrams are typically set outside a village or town in a quiet and peaceful area. They consist of only basic facilities with living quarters, dining hall, Yoga hall, library and gardens.

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With its rising popularity, yoga is gaining new followers. Many join the yoga movement to increase their cardiovascular fitness, but also to increase overall well being. For the fitness freaks among us, yoga might still appear to be too gentle to challenge them. However, it actually depends greatly on the types of yoga that you practice.

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1. Teaching yoga and practicing yoga is completely different
Being an advanced yoga practitioner doesn’t make you an advanced teacher. There is a big difference between knowing something and being able to explain and transfer that knowledge to students. When practicing yoga, you don’t think about small details of how you do your asanas anymore, you just know.

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