For over 30 years students from all over the world have taken part in Integral Yoga Teacher Training Programs, part of the Basic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. This summer, the Integral Yoga training will be offered at Shanti Om in St. Johns.
Integral Yoga is a complete science that cultivates and maintains the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual. The non-competitive approach and meditative exploration of the Integral Yoga practices create an in-drawn awareness that allows each student to reconnect with deeper and more subtle aspects of being.
Founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev), one of the most revered Yoga masters of our time, Integral Yoga is a complete Yoga that integrates all aspects of life and maintains our natural condition of an easeful body, peaceful mind and useful life. It encompasses the whole person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Integral Yoga includes the physical postures, breathing practices (Pranayama), relaxation techniques (Yoga Nidra), selfless service (Karma Yoga), devotion and prayer (Bhakti Yoga), meditation techniques (Raja Yoga), mantra repetition (Japa Yoga), and Self-inquiry (Jnana Yoga).
Swami Divyananda Ma, the director of the Integral Yoga Institute in Coimbatore, India, will lead this training alongside Tilak Pyle and Shanti Om’s Bhakti Foster-Purvine. Tilak teaches yoga in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and leads national workshops and international retreats. He holds degrees in Religious Studies, Literature & Religion, and has studied Sanskrit at the American Sanskrit Institute.
This comprehensive certification program provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, an appreciation for nurturing a personal practice and the skills to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher. The Integral Yoga training process fosters the teacher’s sensitivities to help create a safe environment for their students that allows them to realize their potential, gain self respect and learn to be of greater service to others.
The 200-hour course begins June 15th. More information and registration
After my first Integral Yoga class in the mid 90’s, I knew right away that I was hooked.
Since then, her love and passion for yoga has continued to deepen and mature. She is a graduate in Integral Yoga through the Satchidananda Ashram and has spent a lot of time in India practicing, teaching, and learning Yoga traditions. Bhakti has led retreats to India, Costa Rica and Guatemala but India remains her favorite as it is the birth place to yoga and she loves to bring that spirit back to Shanti Om Yoga.
Making the World a Better Place
Bhakti is passionate about supporting the orphanage, Families for Children, near Coimbatore, India where she does service work and also brings back beautiful bags for yoga mats made by the women’s coop out of recycled materials. She sells these at Shanti Om and uses the funds to help support the orphanage. In addition, she founded and teaches at her own yoga studio for over 6 years, Shanti Om Yoga in St Johns.
Yoga Teacher Training
Bhakti never felt like she wanted to offer a yoga teacher training but while in India her teacher, Swami Divyananda, suggested that an Integral Yoga training would be of good service to the Shanti Om Community. After she offered to come co-teach, Bhakti decided that Integral Yoga is exactly what Portland needs. It is an old lineage and a traditional practice that incorporates not only the physical aspects of yoga but more focus on meditation and philosophy. This particular training has been taught for over 50 years!
Bhakti is also a Certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor at the 500 hour level and is working towards Practitioner at the 1600 hour level. She incorporates Ayurveda into her own life practices as well as her yoga classes. Ayurveda consultations and treatments are available at the Shanti Annex.