Retreats

10-DaysYoga & Meditation Intensive Retreat

5 Modules of the International Raja Yoga Teacher Training

(275 hour training, internationally acknowledged by the IYF, EUYA and AFY)

Review: 07.2017

I spent 10 days in La Borde Blanque doing the intensive Raja Yoga training. It truly was an amazing experience.

Elleke is a wonderful, passionate, knowledgable, experienced and compassionate teacher. The house lends itself perfectly and Elleke's family made us feel welcome, and could not do enough to suit all our needs.

The food is all freshly prepared daily with the best ingredients, with no shortage. I have implemented what I have learnt from Elleke into my yoga classes and the feed back from my students is all so positive. I will definitely return next year to further my training. Thank you Elleke, Pieter and your beautiful daughters. Karen :)

 

Our International Raja Yoga Teacher Training, acknowledged by the International Yoga Federation, honorary member of the European Union of Yoga Associations and the Association Française de Yoga, consists of 5 modules, in the form of 10-days Yoga & Meditation Intensive Retreats. The whole Teacher Training course can be completed by a concluding interview and a certificate. The 5 different modules are being offered over a period of 2 and a half year and can be taken in any order. Each module can be concluded with a partial certificate. During the Intensive we build practice programme to take home. And in between the modules there is the possibility to contact the teacher. You can attend the 5 different modules in your own rhythm and timespan. In yoga there is no time.

We look forward to welcome you!

Dates:

17 - 27  March 2018:  Module 2:  Continuation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 
26 mai - 5 June 2018: Extra Module:  Yoga Coaching & Management
14 - 24 July 2018: Module 5:    Sience of the Soul
22 Sept - 2 Okt 2018: Module 1:  Introductie tot de Yoga Sutras van Patanjali
   

Costs: € 1095,-

This includes 7 nights in a double room with bathroom en suite, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, prepared with love and care, coffee, tea and snacks.

*For a single room there is an extra fee of €100,-

Docent: Elleke van Kraalingen 

Programme

This 10-Day retreat consists of 18 sessions of 3 hours, alternated with free afternoons in a rhythm adapted to the season. This leaves time and space for recreation and relaxation in and around the beautiful surroundings of La Borde Blanque.


Raja Yoga

We are a Raja Yoga School. Raja Yoga is one of the oldest and most complete forms of yoga, where the asanas (physical practices) are considered to be a preparation for meditation. Thus Raja Yoga includes Hatha Yoga and all modern styles. Meditation training is central to Raja Yoga, which is a training of the mind, nowadays called: 'mindfulness'. Classic meditation training, however, goes beyond mindfulness, leading to higher states of consciousness.The philosophy we discuss is supportive to our meditation training.

On–going topics in all modules:

Yoga asanas and relaxation

We offer various modern styles of hatha yoga, our approach is a mindful way of practicing yoga. This means, a quiet, attentive and meditative approach. Remaining in an asana can sometimes be intense and powerful. Yet we will also introduce dynamic flow series and be mindful in action! Everyone can participate at his or her level and there is plenty of room for personal variations and modifications

Pranayama

Breath and energy practices. Learningto work and play with the physical breath, subtle prana flows and mental energy.

Pratyahara & Concentration & Meditation

To withdraw the senses and the attention within towards focus and meditation, in gradual steps and using different techniques, we’ll explore higher realms of consciousness under professional and experienced guidance.

Philosophy

In each module we study a different theme of classical yoga philosophy:

Module 1 (55 hours): March 25 - 05 April 2017: Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This module offers a wonderful introduction to and deepening of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and thus to the essence of classical yoga philosophy. In this 10-day Intensive Retreat we discuss Chapter I and II of the 'Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ", a comprehensive study and practical application of the 8 steps of yoga and meditation. We’ll discuss the ethics of life- The different stages of higher consciousness - Different meditation techniques - Useful expressions of love- The philosophy of the causes of suffering - Living and integrating Yoga in our everyday - Hoe you live like a yogi? How do apply your yoga principles and practice in your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module one needs to have completed our 2 Yoga and Meditation Basic Modules, or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and/or meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading chapters 1 and 2 of 'The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'.

Literature

'Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali', Dr I.K. Taimni'

‘Light on Life’, B.K.S. Iyengar,

'Yoga Dipika' B.K.S.Iyengar

‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, B. K. S. Iyengar,

‘Meditation & Imagination, Elleke van Kraalingen, 2011, O-Books, UK.*

* Available at La Borde Blanque


Module 2: (55 hours): spring 2018: Continuation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This module offers a wonderful deepening of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as well as Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is very well possible to start with this module, without having attended module 1, for we’ll address different themes. We’ll start at the end of chapter 2, recapitulating the 8 steps of yoga and meditation, studying in a parallel way the text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which will be offered as a reader during this module. Then we’ll move towards chapter 3 and 4 of the Yoga Sutras, discussing the different stages of higher consciousness and the practical application in different techniques, leading to new dimensions of awareness and perception. Living and integrating Yoga in our everyday - Hoe you live like a yogi? How do apply your yoga principles and practice in your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module one needs to have completed our 2 Yoga and Meditation Basic Modules, or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and/or meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of 'The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'.

Literature

'Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali', Dr I.K. Taimni'

‘Light on Life’, B.K.S. Iyengar,

'Yoga Dipika' B.K.S.Iyengar

‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, B. K. S. Iyengar,

‘Meditation & Imagination, Elleke van Kraalingen, 2011, O-Books, UK.*

“Hatha Yoga Pradipika’ Swami Svatmarama*

* Available at La Borde Blanque


Module 3: 15-25 juli 2017 : Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita


The Bhagavad Gita is considered the jewel of the Vedas, the oldest scripts known. In this ancient mythical story essential wisdom of life is offered, in a very accessible way.

Themes to be addressed are: Central questions of life- Finding your purpose in life - The nature of detachment- The nature of the soul- Bhakti, Jnana, Karma and Raja Yoga – Acting in wisdom – Meditation as a way of Life, How to integrate yoga into your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module one needs to have completed our 2 Yoga and Meditation Basic Modules, or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and/or meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading the chapters 1-9 of the Bhagavad Gita.

Literature:

The DRU Bhagavad Gita, Mansukh Patel, Life Foundation

‘Light on Life’, B.K.S. Iyengar,

'Yoga Dipika' B.K.S.Iyengar

‘Meditation & Imagination, Elleke van Kraalingen, 2011, O-Books, UK.*

* Available at La Borde Blanque


Module 4: 23 Sept-3 Oct 2017: Continuation of the Bhagavad Gita

In this module we continue our study of the Bhagavad Gita, the jewel of the Vedas, the oldest scripts known. In this ancient mythical story essential wisdom of life is offered in a very accessible way.

Since the second half of the book offers different topics than the first half, it is very well possible to start with this module, without having attended module 3. As an introduction we start with a recapitulation of the first chapters of the book.

Themes to be addressed are: Who or what is God?: an abstract god, a personal god, universal energy, love?

- The veil of illusion

- Dedication, joy and discipline

- the relationship between body, consciousness and soul, The nature of Nature

- Jñāna, Karma and Rāja Yoga: Acting in wisdom

- Meditation as a way of Life, How to integrate yoga into your daily life?


Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module one needs to have completed our 2 Yoga and Meditation Basic Modules, or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and/or meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading the chapters 1-18 of the Bhagavad Gita.

Literature:

The DRU Bhagavad Gita, Mansukh Patel, Life Foundation

‘Light on Life’, B.K.S. Iyengar, Rodale, 2005 USA

'Yoga Dipika' B.K.S.Iyengar

‘Meditation & Imagination, Elleke van Kraalingen, 2011, O-Books, UK.*

* Available at La Borde Blanque


Module 5 (55 hours): autumn 2018: Science of the Soul

This module offers a deepening perspective on the subtle anatomy of the human being and the cosmos along the study of the profound book: Science of the Soul’, by Swami Yogeshvarananda Sarasvati.*. We’ll discuss different dimensions and bodies along with different states of consciousness. Along with the subtle anatomy we’ll pay extra attention to didactics, how to structure a yoga sessions for yourself as well as for others and different groups. Living and integrating Yoga in our everyday - Hoe you live like a yogi? How do apply your yoga principles and practice in your daily life?

Participation

In order to participate in this Intensive module one needs to have completed our 2 Yoga and Meditation Basic Modules, or have an equivalent of experience in yoga and/or meditation elsewhere.

Preparation

Preparation for this module consists of reading the reader offered for this module: “Science of the Soul’, by Swami Yogeshvarananda Sarasvati, offered at la Borde Blanque.

Literature

'Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali', Dr I.K. Taimni

‘Light on Life’, B.K.S. Iyengar,

'Yoga Dipika' B.K.S.Iyengar

‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, 1996, B. K. S. Iyengar,

‘Meditation & Imagination, Elleke van Kraalingen, 2011, O-Books, UK.*

“Science of the Soul’, by Swami Yogeshvarananda Sarasvati.*

* Available at La Borde Blanque