Yoga Teacher Training in Dominican Republic
Qi-Yo multi-yoga offers a retreat program that immerses participants in the different types of yoga heritage and esoteric traditions from around the world. This is a light filled and inspirational opportunity for aspiring teachers and students of yoga. The Qi-Yo multi system approach unites the best of the yoga traditions from the east and the west. Providing an in-depth study of the yoga within the context of the global esoteric heritage, helping students understand the role of spirituality in a constantly fluctuating world.
Qi-Yo 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program
Qi-Yo offers a mental and physical approach that aims to instill a life-improving practice to unify the basic traditions of human knowledge, for the benefit of the practitioners and of all mankind.
This system helps people find a connection to the global esoteric heritage from ancient times to present day, Chinese and Indian yogic systems, as well as a synthesis of other methods to help you elevate your consciousness. This program is not suitable for absolute beginners. A basic knowledge on yoga asana in required.
The mission is to provide yoga teachers with the foundation to teach from the heart, with precision, compassion and honesty, while honoring your own personal voice and style. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise your awareness and experience your light. Classes will be taught by Swami Agung, Qi-Yo certified advanced training teachers. Special classes will also be offered in Ayurveda and anatomy.
Certification and credits
Upon successful completion of the course students receive the certificate of the International Multiversal Yoga Society, entitled teacher of yoga. This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the International Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register. Course graduates can earn university credits toward graduate degrees from I AM Education Open multiversity.
Throughout the wonderful journey of Qi-Yo yoga retreat, you will have daily Qi-Yo yoga and qi-gong classes. Qi-Yo multi-yoga is the first system to unite qi-gong, Tai, and Balinese practices with traditional vedantic .The system came to life in the early 1990s and in January 2013, after years of perfecting it, it received acknowledgement of being the first system of its kind. The Yoga Federation, Assist World Records Foundation, and the city Mayor came together in Pondicherry, India to give it a public recognition. Qi-Yo multi-yoga is also the first system that offers Theosophical philosophy in a wide spectrum of different world yoga sources, spiritual practices, holistic methods, and esoteric teachings.
Conceived by Swami Agung in 1996, regardless of age or physical condition, practitioners enhance overall health, reduce stress, gain flexibility and focus on their life purpose. A regular Qi-Yo routine combines breath-extension with asana routines, as well as meditation, energy enhancement, cleansing visualization, and chanting techniques, to promote total wellbeing, mental clarity, and inner peace. We teach classes, workshops, and teacher-training programs, lead esoteric journeys around the world, and create holistic centers worldwide. Qi-gong, chi kung, or chi is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.
With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”. Typically, a qi-gong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body. Qi-gong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is ess, and awaken one’s “true nature”.
Qi-gong, the Chinese, and Indonesian traditions of yoga
- Philosophy, techniques, and practice of qi-gong in China
- Balinese traditions, shamanic rituals, and tribal customs in the Indonesian qi-gong heritage
- Techniques for psycho-physical defense
- Cultivating Chi energy. In traditional Chinese culture, qì (also chi or ch’i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as “life energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of “qi” is “breath”, “air”, or “gas”. Concepts similar to qi can be found in many cultures, for example, prana and cit in Hindu religion, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, ruah in Hebrew culture, and vital energy in western philosophy.
- Drawing parallels between qi-gong and Vedanta.
Ancient Indian yoga and the Vedas
- The yogic tradition and the 8th limb approach of realization.
- The eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga are: Yama – code of conduct, self-restraint; Niyama – religious observances, commitments to practice, such as study and devotion; Āsana – integration of mind and body through physical activity; pranayama – regulation of breath leading to integration of mind and body; pratyahara – abstraction of the senses, withdrawal of the senses of perception from their objects; dharana – concentration, one-pointedness of mind; dhyana – meditation (quiet activity that leads to Samadhi); Samadhi – the quiet state of blissful awareness, super conscious state. Attained when yogi constantly sees Parramatta in his (jivaatma) heart.
- Yoga types: Hatha, Raja, Jnana, Vidya, Bhakti, Kriya, Laya, nada, Marga, Kundalini, etc
Contemporary yoga styles
Practical training, consisting of asanas, pranayama, chanting, kriyas, meditation, mantras, and other techniques.
Practical training in the Qi-Yo Multi Yoga System
- The qi-gong and asana sequence, Qi-Yo mantras, Qi-Yo healing and energy defense techniques, and vibrational therapy
Universal vibrational healing
Learning to work with Tibetan singing bowls and other instruments.
- Pedagogical principles
- Designing group or private classes
- Observation, assisting/correcting, instruction
- The qualities of a teacher, the student’s learning process
- The business aspects of teaching yoga
Anatomy and physiology
- The study and application of human anatomy & physiology in yoga practice
World esoteric heritage
- Introduction to theosophy. Theosophy refers to systems of esoteric philosophy concerning to, or investigation seeking direct knowledge of, presumed mysteries of being and nature, particularly concerning to the nature of divinity. Theosophy is considered as a part of the broader field of esotericism, referring to hidden knowledge or wisdom that offers the individual enlightenment and salvation. The word esoteric dates back to the 2nd century CE. The theosophist seeks to understand the mysteries of the universe and the bonds that unite the universe, humanity, and the divine. The goal of theosophy is to explore the origin of divinity, humanity, and the world. From investigation of those topics theosophists try to discover a coherent description of the purpose and origin of the universe.
- Western esoteric traditions.
Yoga and health and nutrition
- Introduction to the yogic diet
- Indonesian, Chinese, and Hindu therapy
Cities of the future
- Integral yoga. In the teachings of Sri Aurobindo, integral yoga (or Purna yoga, Sanskrit for full or complete yoga, sometimes also called supramental yoga) refers to the process of the union of all the parts of one’s being with the divine, and the transmutation of all of their jarring elements into a harmonious state of higher divine consciousness and existence. Sri Aurobindo’s integral yoga should not be confused with a trademark “Integral Yoga” of Swami Satchidananda. Sri Aurobindo defined integral yoga in the early 1900s as “a path of integral seeking of the divine by which all that we are is in the end liberated out of the ignorance and its undivine formations into a truth beyond the mind, a truth not only of highest spiritual status but of a dynamic spiritual self-manifestation in the universe.” He describes the nature and practice of integral yoga in his opus-The Synthesis of Yoga. As the title of that work indicates, his integral yoga is a yoga of synthesis, intended to harmonize the paths of Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita. It can also be considered a synthesis between Vedanta and Tantra, and even between eastern and western approaches to spirituality.
- The mission of Auroville. As stated by Mirra Alfassa, the founder of Auroville, “Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics, and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity”.
05.30 : Wake up
06.00 : Meditation, chanting, vipassana, qigong, pranayama
07.30 : Asana and pranayama class
09.30 : Light breakfast (optional) or break time
10.00 : Qi Yo sadhana class
12.00 : Lunch break
14.00 : Philosophy and lectures
16.00 : Asana and pranayama (teaching)
18.30 : Dinner
20.00 : Satsang (optional attendance)
Many excursions will be optionally offered to beautiful places in Dominican Republic. Your weekends are free so you will have plenty of opportunities to explore this beautiful country!
Certification and Credits
Upon successful completion of the course students receive the Certificate of the International Multiversal Yoga Society, entitled Teacher of Yoga.
This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the International Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
Course graduates can earn university credits toward graduate degrees from I AM Education Open Multiversity.
As part of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has the North Atlantic Ocean lying to its north and the Caribbean Sea to its south. It is situated on the island of Hispaniola and occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island while Haiti occupies the western third.
For the adventure tourist this Caribbean country offers a diverse countryside comprising tropical rainforests, arid desert expanses, alpine ranges and steamy mangrove swamps. It is a playground for trekkers, mountain-bike enthusiasts and water-sport junkies.
The northern and eastern coasts are dotted with many luxurious resorts however the Dominican Republic has much more to offer than this. There is the wonderful Caribbean music and dance, exotic foods and drink, and the remarkable colonial architecture found in the capital Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial. There are also sugar plantations, small quaint villages and wonderful mountain retreats to explore and enjoy in Jarabacoa and Constanza. If you’re looking for a hassle free holiday that’s big on relaxation then the Dominican Republic is the place to be!
Things To Do
Students are also offered special programs such as film screening, local excursions, concerts, visitations to other local communities.
Macrobiotic, vegan, or vegetarian food options daily for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is free choice. All meals will be prepared with fresh and organic locally grown products. Students and teachers will prepare their meals together.
- Watsu water therapy
- 1 free oval yoga mat
- 1 logo t-shirt (male or female)
- 1 month accommodations
- Daily breakfast and lunch
- Daily Qi-Yo multiversal yoga training
- Certification by the International Yoga Alliance (upon successful completion of course)
- Transportation to and from Punta Cana Airport
What’s not included
- Dinner is optional and is not included in the price
Know before you go
Punta Cana International Airport.
Punta Cana International Airport.
Transfer from and to Airport.
A minimum of 7 attendees is required for the TTC to be realized. You will receive an official confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org when enough students have enrolled.
Please do not purchase your airfare before you have received such confirmation e-mail. If you have any questions, Contact Us.
A deposit of 1000 USD is required by January 1st, 2015. Qi-Yo also offers different payment plans to accommodate everyone who would like to attend the training.
Once deposit is submitted, participants can cancel, and are not committed to partake, but the deposit will be retained.
Accepted payment methods
Bank wire transfer, Cheque, Credit card, Paypal
Optional Reading List:
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
Jnagna Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
The anatomy of Movement by Calais-Germain
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: Manual for students, teachers and practitioners by David Coulter
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Comments on Bhagavatgita
Isis Unveiled by HPV
Mind, Its Mysteries and Control by Swami Sivananda
Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo
Agni Yoga by Roerich
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
These books are available for purchase at our online bookstore.
casual comfortable clothes, OVAL yoga mat, meditation cushion, meditation shawl, toiletries, notebooks, pens, slip-on sandals, clothing for warm days and cool mornings/evenings, rain gear, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, water bottle, sunscreen, beach towel and bathing suit.
Plan Your Stay:
Please plan to arrive at least one day prior to the beginning of the course and depart at least one day after its completion.