MayaYoga Teacher Training 200 hours, 2018
with Maja Zilih
Amazing Yoga Wien
Yoga Alliance International accredited
Start of the next MayaYoga Teacher Training: March 2018
Maja’s teacher training programs are international programs of highest standards, designed to help you become a skillful, confident, intuitive, sensitive and articulate yoga teacher.
You will train to apply the abundant knowledge that you will acquire while expressing yourself clearly and with very explicit instructions. At the same time you will learn to infuse your lessons with inspiring and elevating spiritual themes from the yogic philosophy that you will study, so that in every class you assist your students on a true path of inner transformation.
Studying yoga with Maja means
- being on a path of continuous research and study, ever-expanding your perception and knowledge about the human body-mind, respectful towards the yoga tradition, but always open to exploring the new findings emerging from the field of yoga and other movement modalities, functional exercise and kinesiology.
- cultivating commitment to healing and growth on a physical, intellectual and spiritual level
- continuously improving your teaching skills and capacities
- enhancing your capacity for intuition, sensitivity and awareness of your students' needs, and how you can be of service to their path of progress.
In the 200hr program my primary focus is to create a safe and supportive environment where every student can learn, grow and discover the teacher that they want to become. For me it is essential that we work in a trustworthy and inspiring atmosphere, where students not only learn how to teach yoga, but where we also become more free to share and explore how the teachings of yoga relate to our own inner landscapes. Every weekend we cover such a large amount of material, that if we failed to discover the link between the wisdom of the ancient teachings and our own modern lives, the bulks of information gathered would have been simply overwhelming.
We work in a dynamic and interactive way to encourage the expansion of our potential, yet we also observe and appreciate each person’s individual learning curves, and differences that we all display in the way that this potential will finally be manifested and expressed through each teacher.
More than anything I try to give each student tools and inspiration to Live the path of Yoga. During the course the students dive deeply into the study of yoga and of the Self, having an opportunity to make an important shift towards healthier and more balanced lifestyle. As it is about teaching yoga, the training courses are also about self-discovery, development and transformation."
Whom is the 200hr program for
The 200-hour program is ideal for students who wish to teach yoga, for students who wish to dive deeply into yoga practice and study, as well as for the existing teachers of yoga who wish to experience Maja’s method.
It is for passionate yoga practitioners who wish to engage in a rich and creative learning atmosphere where they will:
- Immerse themselves in all aspects of yoga – asana anatomy and alignment, preparation, modifications and therapeutics, philosophy, meditation, art and skills of teaching yoga, ethics and yoga business and other.
- Learn how to create a class safe for students of all levels, respecting and inviting them to explore their boundaries but at the same time encouraging them to discover and unfold their full potential.
- Discover and learn to trust and to express their unique gifts, their unique voice, and their authenticity as a teacher.
- Learn how to convey the connection between the yoga class and an everyday life, so that students leave the class feeling elevated and inspired
The prerequisites for participation
- A minimum of 1 year of regular and committed yoga practice
- A written application and an interview with Maja
Dates and Times
13 Weekends from March to October 2018 (Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm with 1 hr break)
Areas of Study
- Intensive asana and pranayama practice
- Detailed anatomy and physical alignment in asana, their therapeutic dimension, counter indications, and applications on a variety of body types.
- Common yoga injuries, and how to avoid them. Stabilizing and strengthening exercises as preparation for asana.
- Asana categories, progressive building within each category, and the corresponding preparation for each category both in terms of alignment strategies and in terms of poses.
- Pranayama study (breathing techniques) in great detail. How to help your students experience the connection of body and mind through pranayama.
- Intuitive movement: Helping the students deepen their awareness and sensitivity in movement
- Restorative poses and use of props (blocks, straps, chairs, blankets).
- Introduction to meditation. Homework for establishing daily meditation practice
- History and philosophy of yoga. The relevance of the ancient philosophy texts to our modern times. The Vedas. The Upanishads. The Bhagavad Gita. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Tantras. Basic Sanskrit and names of poses.
- Methodology: Skillfully designing classes that.
a) have a good structure, leading from centering and meditation to warm ups, culmination, grounding and relaxing,
b) Are inspiring and elevating, designed within the spiritual context of yoga and other life-philosophies and
c) Always offer students something to apply in their daily lives.
- The basics of the energy body (chakras, nadis, vayus) that takes the practice even more deeply.
- Methodology of using speech, tone of voice, teaching speed and asana demonstrations in different stages of the class and under different circumstances.
- Class design for beginners, middle level and advanced students. Variations of poses that correspond to the needs of each student, depending on their capacity and experience in yoga. Designing mixed level classes.
- Advanced sequencing. Series and succession of poses that prepare students' body progressively for advanced postures. How to break down complex poses into their key challenging elements
- Lifestyle, ethical principles and code of principles-values for yoga teachers.
- How to start your career as a yoga teacher. Legal and economic issues (trademark, copyright, data protection, rights and liability, discrimination issues, special matters of liability and quality services, market research, marketing and advertising, trends research).
- Practicum and volunteer teaching to a social group in need.
- Studying, recording, homework, written assignments.
Maja is a passionate explorer of yoga as a process of growth. Her ife and teachings are dedicated to connecting with people with devotion and care, while her teaching method combines dynamism with applicable, mindful, and embodied approach to physical movement, respecting the needs of each individual, and inviting them at the same time to unfold their true potential.
She is most interested in ways that physical movement, breath attention, mental observation and yoga philosophy can all be combined to help us navigate through life's challenges more skillfully and more efficiently. She aims at raising an understanding that yoga is here to equip us with strength and strategies that we need in order to unfold the process of healing the relationship with ourselves, with others and with the planet.
Maja's note: The outside world is merely a reflection of our inner state. Increasingly integrating (the seemingly scattered) parts of the self through yoga and other awareness practices, we begin to see the profound connections and interdependence everywhere we look. From the separation dream, we gradually wake up to the fact that our individual spiritual growth is both contributing to, and strongly dependent on the degree of the evolution of the collective. Whether through meditation, mindful asana practice, aware and respectful parenting, acts of self-nurture, being in service to the underprivileged, or through simple random acts of kindness, yoga truly comes alive when the context behind our actions is a desire to contribute to the elevation of the consciousness level of the humanity as a whole.
Martin Kirk, MSBME, BSEE, ERYT-500, is a Biomedical Engineer and certified instructor with a special gift for anatomy and biomechanical therapeutics. His passion for educating others about the body has created worldwide demand for his in-person and online trainings. Martin's accomplishments include successful careers as an engineer in the space and biomedical industries. He is an author of the highly successful book, Hatha Yoga Illustrated. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Jordan and their son, Jonathan.
Andi is cardiologist and emergency physician. He did his training in the Department for Emergency Medicine, AKH Wien, and in the Hanusch Krankenhaus, where he is still working. A two year scientific sabbatical took him to Pittsburgh, where he first practiced Yoga in 2010 at Amazing Yoga Pittsburgh, he took his teacher training there in 2011. Since then he is practicing Yoga and Meditation on a regular base, he is continiously amazed about the power of yoga for his own wellbeing as for health in general. "For me it is no contradiction to be a scientist and go deep into Yoga practice at the same time, because Yoga is an old, precise and complex ancient science. Knowledge of anatomy helps to gain a modern understanding of an old healthy practice. It is my aim to add my medical experience to train new yoga teachers, and teach yoga practitioners interested in using yoga to maintain or restore health." Together with Petra Janata it will be a weekend of anatomy and applied anatomy in asana.
Pay in full: € 3250
Pay in 4 installments: € 3600
€ 900 - by February 20th
€ 900 - by April 5th
€ 900 - by May 5th
€ 900 - by Jun 5th
The price includes all the contact hours, one-on-one mentoring hours, essay assessment, as well as
- the anatomy webinars that one has access to for a lifetime,
- the asana book
- a rich folder with material on all the topics covered
- 50% discount on monthly ticket at Amazing Yoga
- joining the MayaYoga team of teacher graduates, who enjoy various discounts of Maya’s retreats,
workshops and events of continuing yoga education
Additionally, students will need to purchase on their own 4 books, approx. price 20 Euros each.
Up to 2 months before the start, 100% refund
From 2 months to a month before the start 70% refund
From 1 month to 2 weeks before the start 30% refund
After 2 weeks before the start, no refund.
In case of cancellation of the course: 100% refund
1. Video Testimonials 2016-2017
2. Written testimonials
"Maja is a brilliant teacher and a true inspiration, a source of deep knowledge and an example to aspire to. A beautiful balance of body and mind, movement and breath, earth and soul! And together with the rest of the team of exceptional teachers they offer a first-rate and well-rounded program that focuses on all the necessary aspects; the practice of yoga (asanas), philosophy, lesson planning and classroom skills, self-development, anatomy, alignment and how to practice and teach both effectively and safely (extremely important and unfortunately often underestimated and overlooked).
I definitely recommend this teachers training course to anyone who wishes to grow his/her yoga practice and dive into this magical world, even if they are not quite sure if they want to make the leap towards teaching or not. A life-enhancing (if not downright life-changing) experience! Thank you Maja and all you amazing yogis! Love and light to you all!!" - Wanda Pierri, 2014
"I signed up for this teacher training in order to get to know more about the rich tradition of yoga. The environment, the program itself and the teachers' approach all exceeded my expectations. Everyone's offer of knowledge, the educational material we received as well as all the guidance was only the beginning. I continue learning every day through my practice and the tools we were given during the teacher training and through the community of teachers and students. The most important gift of this training is perhaps the confidence and faith in our power.
Teaching comes so early in this training that it leaves no room for doubt. We started teaching from the very first steps of the training which filled me with confidence and put me in the mood for more knowledge and experience. The teacher training is an invaluable experience whichever reasons initially bring you to it." Tina Tsaleza, 2014
"I first went to a training intuitively after years of yoga practice. Today I am grateful to my teachers for the body & soul transformation I went through. I am full of confidence and responsibility around the infinite science called YOGA. I have already started teaching. I wish to other fellows to take this wonderful journey to confidence, empowerment, healing and lastly, joy. I want to thank my experienced teachers for transmitting their knowledge with lovingly and respectfully. These words come out from my soul. I am thankful and grateful now and forever." – Ioanna Loudarou, 2014
"A unique and special experience for your body and mind which fills you with confidence regarding your own possibilities. The teachers were characterized by their responsibility and their special ability to transmit knowledge. A very special journey into the inner world." – Eleni Demeka, 2014
"A yoga teacher training is not only about learning how to teach. Apart from the complete knowledge on the topic, it is an invitation to self-discovery. The training highlights this holistic approach about what is yoga, what is to teach yoga and to practice, not only in a class but in your life as well." - Irida Mathe, 2014
"I don't know how to express the overwhelming gratitude I feel because, except for the basic training I feel that I have received so much "food" for the future!! Everything begins from now on! I feel the yoga center as a true family that embraced me right from the start, which is due to the environment that Maja creates and of course that is transmitted to the rest of the center" - Eleni T.
"A multidimensional, strong and inspiring training in every way!"
"There is an ever-growing feeling that the deeper I go as a student, the more I desire to invite the world to discover their own path of yoga." - Anna P.
"Being at the teacher training program is a very unique experience, more of a life-training. Obligations and demands only help build faith, molding a stronger character. Faith grows stronger in any direction that the student choses" - Yiannis Plitsos
"It doesn't matter whether one wants to teach yoga professionally or not. Whoever loves and enjoys yoga should attend the training to dive deeply into the Indian philosophy and to find answers to life questions. The training elevates the spiritual practice to the highest" - Dimitris T.
What a weekend of training looks like
8:00-10:20 Constructing the class. Two-hour practice with emphasis on back bends
10:20-12:00 Reviewing and discussing the sequencing/theming/emphasis of the class that proceeded. Anatomy relevant to back bends (lower limb rotations, core, ribcage, shoulder and upper arm alignment, neck position, etc). Advantages, counter-indications. How to prepare the students' bodies for back bends. Manual adjustments. Use of props (blocks, blankets, straps). How to teach adequate relaxation and grounding poses after the back bends.
12:00 - 13:00 Break
13:00 - 15:00 Philosophy: The Bhagavad Gita
15:00 - 16:00 Pranayama: Nadi Shodana pranayama with variations for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners
16:00 - 16:30 Closing circle/Meditation/conclusion
Amazing Yoga is located very centrally at the subway station U4 Meidling Hauptstraße and a few minutes walk from U6 station Niederhofstraße, The studio is quietly hidden in a courtyard from the noise of the city. Its unique vide allows for the in-depth exploration of yoga in the Mayayoga teacher trainings. Amazing Yoga training programmes