Return to the Source Yoga Satsang's Intensive Program offers yoga practitioners the opportunity for in-depth study in a week-long format while earning credit toward their 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate with our school. Practitioners whose primary focus is on deepening their understanding and practice of Yoga are also most welcome to join our Intensive Program.
The Yoga Body Intensive & The Yoga Mind Intensive
are offered each July in Chiang Mai.
The Yoga Body Intensive
Participants in The Yoga Body will earn 50 hours towards their 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate with RTTSYS.
The Yoga Body study topics include:
- What is Yoga?
- How we breathe
- The Spine - form and function
- Foundations & Alignment Principles: Sun Salutations & Inversions
- Foundations & Alignment Principles: The Major Joint complexes
- Foundations & Alignment Principles: Standing Poses
- The fascial matrix
- The symbology of AUM
- The Koshas - 'layers of experience'
- The Kleshas - 'obstacles to liberation'
- The natural law of Karma
"The Yoga Body & Yoga Mind Intensives that I joined with Return to the source Yoga Satsang in Chiang Mai left me reinvigorated and inspired. Having practiced yoga for some time, the intensive encouraged me to go deeper into asanas and improve my alignment. By exploring both anatomy and prana in theory and practice, I learned to make better use of my body's natural resources and cut down unnecessary and obstructive straining. The interchanging sessions on body and mind allowed me to find more stillness within movement and better integrate my meditation and yoga practice. The strength of Return to the Source Yoga Satsang is the balance they strike between respect for tradition and acknowledgement that there is no yoga without movement and change. Its teachers, Gaelen and Neil, have their feet firmly placed in classical yoga lineages, but do not shy away from creativity and innovation. The occasional freewheeling led to some interesting insights and kept the atmosphere light and playful. "
-Huibert, The Netherlands
-Huibert, The Netherlands
The Yoga Mind Intensive
A survey of modern Yoga will highlight some of the key figures in its rise in popularity over the past century and help put into context the current myriad of interpretations of this ancient form. During The Yoga Mind, our daily asana, pranayama and meditation sessions will provide us with a rich and meaningful way to put theory into practice.
As a consequence of the journey through The Yoga Mind, students will have new reference points for their own practice and a better understanding of how it fits within the larger tradition of Yoga. They will discover new ideas, deepen their understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of the form, and find fresh inspiration for the evolution of their own yoga.
Participants in The Yoga Mind will earn 50 hours towards their 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate with RTTSYS.
The Yoga Mind study topics include:
- An overview of Yoga history
- A comparative study of the different schools of Indian philosophy
- The Upanishads
- The Bhagavad Gita – the 4 paths of Yoga
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – 8 limbs of Yoga
- Pratyahara & the importance of Savasana
- Original Tantra and the emergence of Hatha Yoga
- Prana, nadis & chakras
- Vayus & bandhas
- Contemporary Yoga from 19th century to the present day