Ashtanga Yoga is based on the principle of parampara, which is knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. It is a commitment from the student and the teacher, over an extended period of time. We are interested in helping students deepen their own understanding of the practice, of yoga theory and philosophy and to assist us in assisting other students with their practice in the shala
- Two years daily Ashtanga (Mysore) practice (a consistent practice for two or more years, must have completed the full primary series including drop backs. If you don't have catching experience, we will introduce it to you)
- At least one year of practice with Mark (3-4 times a week for 12 months)
- A commitment to assist in the shala 3 times a week for a minimum of 6 months
- A commitment to continued practice 6 days a week while assisting (online or at the shala)
- Additional financial commitment of €250 per month on top of monthly shala fees
- It would be great if you have completed an RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at a respectable institution
This is a 6 month program and it can be quite heavy, please make sure you are fully prepared to make this commitment. You will be expected to keep up with a 6 days a week practice and assisting 3 times a week after your practice or during the Ashtanga Full Led class. You will also teach a weekly class, so you will cover Mark's Full Led class from time to time. We will teach you what we can in 6 months, if you feel you need or want more help you can extend your program for another 6 months. As you progress in your practice (second series) and studies you may want or need to reapply for the apprenticeship again. You can extend your training as often as you like and you can also quit at anytime, we also reserve the right to stop the apprenticeship at any time should we feel that you're killing yourself! Remember to eat well, drink plenty of water and to sleep well (minimum 8 hours every night) If you can't take care of yourself and maintain your practice we will have to stop and take a step back.
* Assisting in the shala
During the 08.00 – 09.45 or 08.45 – 10.00 shifts. Learn how to adjust the asanas of the primary series, perhaps also intermediate series (depends on where you are in your practice)
* Weekly meetings
You will meet with your teacher every week for a discussion session and study. Your progress will be reviewed, you’ll receive feedback and you will discuss the different topics you are working on. This is a great time to ask questions - remember no discussions in the Mysore room (have a notebook and pen handy to write down your questions, save them for your weekly meetings. Be patient, not everything has to be asked immediately, maybe the answer will come to you in the meantime, either way don’t hesitate to ask whatever you like during your meetings)
* Personal study
Your teacher will assign you practical, reading and writing homework based on yoga theory and philosophy, incl. anatomy and physiology. This is all up to you and what you feel you can handle, in your first meeting you'll discuss what you want out of the program, based on that and also how much time you are willing to spend on it, Mark will put together a reading list and assignments. You will receive some general notes to prepare you for a simple self-check test
* Practice teaching
During your 6 month apprenticeship you will cover the full primary series led class, with the full Sanskrit count. Mark will observe some of your classes and will give you feedback and suggestions to improve your skills
An additional €250 to be paid on top of your monthly shala fee's, this will be arranged automatically through Eversports
The total 6 month program costs €1,500
- No refund or credits should you choose to quit
- You will not be expected to pay the full course fee should you choose to quit; you will be charged by one month should you choose to quit. If we choose to end the apprenticeship then you will not be charged by one month
Recommended Reading List
To prepare for the apprenticeship we recommend you get started with a couple of books:
• Yoga Mala by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
• Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
• Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy by Gregor Maehle
• The Heart of Yoga by T. K. V. Desikachar
• Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley
• Basic understanding of the human body (anatomy and physiology):
* This is not a teacher training program *
We can work with a maximum of 2 students at a time.
If you meet the above requirements and this is of interest to you, please contact us for more information.
We can begin after lockdown and after the covid rules have eased up!