Here at Flying Elephant Yoga, 200hr Basic teacher training program, we value transformation through self-inquiry. Though our teacher training program is designed around a tradition of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, we do not teach one style of yoga. Instead, we choose to learn from benefits of all lineages.
We believe in understanding and familiarizing self on physical, mental, emotional and societal levels so that we can be of benefit to the world around us. We believe that the real practice is off the mat in our family, friends, schools, work, traffic jams and good conversations over coffee, in other words, the real life.
“Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.” ~ Rachel Brathen
That’s why our program is divided into two parts: First half is to learn how to become a student of yoga, then the next half is to learn how to step up to the plate of a yoga teacher. We re-examine first what it means to be a student of yoga, what it means to embody this practice in a way our body, mind and spirit is expressed and trained fully. The latter half uses the first half of our experiences as inspirations to share our love for this ancient practice.
This program gives you tools to be certified as a hatha vinyasa yoga teacher who possesses tools for yin yoga, pre/postnatal yoga, assisting and many more at a level that allows not only your new path as a yoga teacher but also to become a part of efficient social change back home by experiencing one month of unique life here on the island of Pulau Weh. This is a program that supports new yoga teachers before, during and after in the sole purpose of contributing to the world as conscious human beings.
Our 200hr teacher training program is registered with Yoga Alliance.
We only accept 8 students maximum.
You must be at least 18 years of age or must have your parent’s consent.
Minimum 6 months of regular yoga asana (postures) practice (meaning at least twice or more per week) though the program includes emphasis on meditation and yogic philosophy.
Yoga Teacher Training components include:
– Basic applied yoga anatomy
– Practical teaching methods (including modifications for pregnancy and various injuries or conditions)
– Basic yoga assisting
– Basic yogic philosophy
– Yogic understanding of energy
– Daily asana practice
– Hours of practice teaching
– Business of Yoga (from perspectives of teaching South East Asia, North America, and Europe area)
– Practice of touch through anatomy and bodywork
Sample Daily Schedule:
6:00-7:00am Personal Practice (writing, meditation, reading)
7:00-7:30am Guided Meditation
7:30–9:00am Yoga Asana Practice
12:00–15:00pm Lunch Break (swim, nap, take it easy)
30,000,000 rupiah (currently about 2,000euro). It DOES NOT include accommodation, food or transportation.
500 euro non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot in the training.
The final payment is due 30days prior to the training start date
There are many accommodation options available right here on Gapang beach or you can also hire a motorbike and stay nearby. We can help you arrange your rooms.
Indonesian immigration policies have a tendency to change often. Please check with Indonesian embassies in your country for obtaining extendable visitor visas.
Currently (as of May, 2017), you can enter Indonesia from Banda Aceh and apply for a visa extension before you go through customs (cost varies but usually around $35USD), then 14 days before the first month visa expires, you can go to immigration office in Sabang (about 45min motorbike ride from our beach) and process for an extension (there will be a fee once again. It is currently about $30USD) and you can stay for another month.
A little advice on life on the island:
Motorbikes- Highly recommended that you obtain an international driver’s license that would allow you to get a scooter. It’s very easy to get a scooter and easy to learn but even better if you learn it in your own country. If your accommodation is not on Gapang Beach, you will have to get a scooter. Nothing is really far but it’s far enough to walk.
Mosquitoes- Dengue and Malaria have not been an issue on Pulau Weh though we have mosquitos early in the morning and in the evening. You can buy local eucalyptus oil mix (it’s all natural and you can use it on babies) or strong chemical sprays, electric plugs or mosquito repellent coils in multiple shops.
Rainy season- As they say around here, “it’s the months of BERS.” Our rainy season is usually the month of September to the tail end of December but it’s a very tolerable one. Usually sunny during the day and early evening or late night, it pours. It’s a good idea to bring your rain jacket. Locals wear a poncho and those are very handy if you are driving a scooter. No point in bringing umbrellas. Trust us, they do nothing!
Water bottles- Please bring a water bottle. Plastics are one of the biggest problems in Indonesia. Let’s be a solution to this problem.
Sun Screen- Please try to choose a natural sun screen. You will want to go for a swim and much of toxic cream melts in the ocean causing disturbance in the water affecting marine life.