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Ashtanga Yoga Teacher training course

August 2016 in Berlin

Aris Kapetankis (Athens) & Andrea Lutz (Berlin)

These trainings will offer a two weeks “Primary Series” Teachers Training (13 days, 150 TU) and one week “Intermediate Series” Teachers Training (7 days, 80 TU). TU= Teaching Units: 45 min each


Teacher Training „Primary Series“: 7th – 20th August 2016 Teacher Training „Intermediate Series“: 14th – 20th August 2016

In the second week the participants from both trainings will have some joined sessions, which will offer the opportunity to broaden your experience, due working with different people. The students of “Primary” will interact with people who already have completed the training before. The participants of “Intermediate” will have the opportunity to apply the information directly to a wider group of people.

These advanced training courses are offered to all Yoga teachers and Yoga teacher trainees. Long-time practitioners without teaching ambitions are also welcome to participate in order to get a deeper insight into the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

To participate in the Intermediate Series Training the successful completion of the Priamary Series Training with Andrea and Aris is required.

This Training course – due to its structure- will give a unique opportunity to the participants to deepen in their own practice and to support their teaching abilities.

Hospitations in Aris and/ or Andrea´s regular classes in Berlin or Athens will be part of

the training.


7th – 12th August (Primary Level)


09:00 – 09:45 Zazen

10:00 – 12:00 Led Class

13:00 – 17:00 Training Monday to Friday: 06:30 – 07:00 Zazen

07:15 – 09:15 Mysore

10:30 – 13:30 Training

15:00 – 17:00 Theory / Practice Saturday: free

14th – 20th August joined week (Primary and Intermediate Level)


09:00 – 09:45 Zazen (both)

10:00 – 12:00 Led Class (both)

13:00 – 15:00 Practice (both)

15:30 – 17:00 Intermediate Level

Monday to Wednesday:

06:30 – 07:00 Zazen (both)

07:15 – 09:15 Mysore (both)

10:30 – 12:30 Training (both)

14:00 – 16:00 Primary Level

16:00 – 18:00 Intermediate Level

Thursday & Friday:

06:30 – 07:00 Zazen (both)

07:15 – 09:15 Mysore (both)

10:30 – 12:30 Training (both)

14:00 – 17:00 Training (both)


09:00 – 09:45 Zazen

10:00 – 12:00 Mysore

13:00 – 16:00 Test and Graduation (both)

Ashtanga Yoga – a challenging Yoga practice

This training course focuses on teaching traditional Ashtanga Yoga on an individual “one- on-one” basis within a group setting (Mysore style), as well the teaching of “Led classes” for beginners and advanced students.

The aim of these trainings is to be able to offer an Ashtanga Yoga practice that corresponds individually to each student, to ensure that everyone learns Ashtanga Yoga in a safe way, regardless of age and previous knowledge. This way of teaching requires a reliable and sound knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga, human Anatomy and Physiology, verbal and nonverbal guidance and support of students, as well as a profound analysis and understanding of Yoga itself with all it’ s aspects.

The advanced training course focuses on: Yoga practice, Zazen – Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga technique, teaching methods, adjustment training, Alignement, Anatomy, Living Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, basic principles of a healthy and balanced diet, Ashtanga Yoga during pregnancy and after giving birth, the principles of Yin Yoga.

Yoga practice:

  • Bringing forward and supporting your personal practice
  • Practicing the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Practicing the Intermediate (advanced) Series of Ashtanga Yoga (for attendees who meet the requirements),
  • Developing your own “inner teacher”


  • a seated meditation practice that cultivates calmness. Zazen assists and supports the Ashtanga practice by the elevated ability of concentration that it cultivates in the practitioner.

The participation is on your own choice.

Yoga technique:

  • Detailed technique and alignment each Asana.
  • the energetic aspects of the Asana
  • Bandhas, Breath and Drishtis
  • The denominations of the Asanas in Sanskrit and their meaning
  • Adjustment of the practice in cases of pre-existing injuries, especially of the joints and the spine
  • Use of assistive equipment
  • Opening and closing Mantras with detailed translation
  • Yin Yoga

Teaching methods:

  • Adjustments (see below)
  • Verbal corrections
  • Mysore style for beginners and advanced
  • Structure of the Mysore style class
  • Led class in the original count system (Sanskrit)
  • Led class “talk through” Primary Series for Beginners
  • The use of voice and language as teaching tool
  • Hospitation and supervising of the class
  • Feedback on your teaching skills
  • Support of the teacher personality

Adjustment training “the art of touch”:

To give adjustments in a good and safe manner is an art for itself and requires regular practice over many years. Learning how to give safe and helpful adjustments as well as how to “read” the body is an important element of this advanced training course and will be a key area of focus.

  • Technique and practice of different adjustments for each Asana
  • Understanding the “essence of the Asanas” in order to be able to give specific and effective adjustments
  • Recognizing blocked energy and supporting its release
  • Supporting adjustments: Facilitating Asanas through adjustments
  • Correcting adjustments: Enabling the student to perform Asanas in such a way that the energy can flow
  • Intensifying adjustments: Enabling the student to perform Asanas and/or to intensify them
  • Therapeutic adjustments: Giving safe support in cases of pre-existing impairments or injuries


The anatomy class will be related to practice from the outset. The focus will be on the functional aspects of anatomy – not just relating to the locomotor system but to all systems of the body. That allows a better understanding of the movement mechanisms and movement abilities, since structure and function are always interdependent.

The classes will mediate a sense for the functional principles of the entire organism in order to facilitate the development of an overall understanding of the body.

The class will have a theoretical as well as a practical approach, meaning that through feeling out the structures on a living body, a connection to its practical relevance will be established. Hence the anatomy class will present a firm basis of the adjustment training.

  • anatomic fundamentals and details of the bones, muscles and all related tissues
  • Living Anatomy: to explore the Anatomy at different Bodies

Dietetics: Fundamentals of a healthy and balanced diet that supports the practice of Ahtanga Yoga.

Yoga during menstruation, pregnancy and after giving birth:

Fundamentals of adapting the Yoga practice during pregnancy and afterwards. Learning a sequence suitable for the days of menstruation.

Requirements for participation

Primary Series Training:

  • Daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga, full Primary series for at least 2 years.
  • One week training with Aris or Andrea before the training starts (Retreat, Intensive or one week Mysoreclasses in Berlin or Athens)
  • Readiness to read literature beyond the classes
  • Application including a short CV, Yoga experience and a covering letter describing your motivation to take part in this training course

Intermediate Series Training:

  • Daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga,
  • Practice of the Intermediate series for at least 1 year.
  • Readiness to read literature beyond the classes
  • Successful completion of a Primary Series Level Teacher Training with Andrea Lutz and Aris Kapetanakis.

Completion and certificate:

A certificate for the training contents and the participation will be issued after a regular participation and compliance with the requirements specified below.

Requirements for issuing the certificate:

  • Participating in the advanced training course over the whole period.
  • Theoretical and practical determination of whether the contents of the training course can be responsibly put into practice

Cost/Fees: (all the costs including 19% VAT)

  • Primary Series Training: 1700€

500€ with the registration (non refundable) 1200€ before June 15th

1650€ Registration and payment of the full amount before May 1st

The payment includes:

  • Training course (13 days, 150 Teaching Units)
  • Scripts
  • Certificate
  • 5 Hospitations in Aris or Andrea´s classes
  • Intermediate Series Training: 900€ 300€ with the registration

600€ before June 15th

850€ Registration and payment of the full amount before May 1st

The payment includes:

  • Training course (7 days, 80 Teaching Units)
  • Scripts
  • Certificate
  • 5 Hospitations in Aris or Andrea´s classes