Brahmaloka Yoga School
Brahmaloka Yoga, developed by Maya Devi Georg & Chris Kiran Aarya is a deliberate form of yoga asana that is deeply meditative and precise. In Brahmaloka Yoga each movement and posture is unpackaged in a sequential manner to help prepare students for the next level of practice, rapidly developing the body and mind to go beyond preconceived limitations and attain a true yoga practice. Brahmaloka Flow is a slow, powerful, and precise form of vinyasa yoga that builds mental, physical, and emotional strength and flexibility while finding and exploring the edges of our abilities and beliefs.
Brahmaloka Yoga 240 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
What Makes Brahmaloka Yoga different?
Brahmaloka Yoga YTT is a thorough and comprehensive training program that exceeds the minimum standards set by Yoga Alliance.
The course is rigorous and includes in depth study of:
Pranayama & Meditation
Teaching Techniques and Hands-On Adjustments
Vinyasa Yoga & How to Create your own Flows
Anatomy & Physiology
Yoga History and Philosophy
The Business of Yoga
Our graduates are confident and competent to teach safe and transformative yoga classes to all levels of students.
This training is demanding and our standards are high. In addition to attending no less than 220 contact hours, quizzes, exams, and written papers will be assigned, as well as practical exams. Graduation occurs only upon passing the entire course and being ready to teach.
Attendance in the Brahmaloka Yoga TT course is by invitation only and the instructors (Maya Devi Georg and Chris Kiran Aarya) must be familiar with the students and their practice. Students will have practiced yoga for over two years, complete the application form and interview, and have the written recommendation of at least two teachers. We understand that getting letters of recommendation may be difficult for some (especially expats abroad) so if this is the case for you, you can interview and practice with us instead to fulfill this application requirement.
Will I be ready to teach when I graduate?
Yes! Teachers will be ready to teach in their own voice upon completion of the course because they will both competent and confident in a style they are comfortable with. While this course will primarily focus on Vinyasa & Kailash Ananada Yoga, our goal is to help you find your own style by finding your own voice.
Many other trainings merely certify their graduates to teach one or two yoga sequences, but Brahmaloka Yoga TT prepares participants to create their own sequences. This is accomplished by helping trainees fundamentally understanding yoga asanas as they apply to physical anatomy, subtle energetics, as well as the underlying methodology applied to a variety of Hatha Yoga lineages.
Graduates will be able to teach yoga asana classes, as well as pranayama, meditation, and specialty classes to nearly all populations.
Why is this training in English?
Teaching in English (as well as your own native tongue) will provide a teacher with far more opportunities to teach! If you dream of leading retreats, traveling for workshops, or getting corporate clients, the ability to teach in English will make those goals possible.
Also, most texts relating to yoga have been translated from Sanskrit to English. Knowing these texts will give you, your own practice and teaching, a deeper level of understanding of yoga practice and philosophy. Of course, you could just learn Sanskrit instead, but that is a lifetime practice as deep as yoga!
Will I be eligible to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance when I graduate?
Yes, Brahmaloka Yoga School is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance and our standards exceed the minimum hours required by the Yoga Alliance. All graduates are eligible to become RYTs.
What is the format of the course?
Brahmaloka Yoga TT is offered either in the 12 month format (1-2weekends per month for 12 months of attendance for practical course work) or in two immersive sessions of 2 weeks each. You can expect to begin practice teaching almost immediately during the training. This will help you to gain the confidence as well as experience to teach informative, engaging, and transformative classes!
In addition one hour per week (in person or via Skype) is required for philosophy lectures and discussions. We place a heavy emphasis on Yoga philosophy. Yoga is a practice, but we must understand the underlying principles and ideas so that we can honor and accurately teach the tradition.
When and Where Does It Begin?
Brahmaloka Yoga’s 2023 YTT begins summer 2023.
Will there be a training manual?
No. While we have over 40 years combined experience, we know we cannot improve upon the classic texts.
What Are The Required Books For The Course?
The Matrix of Yoga by Georg and Brenda Feuerstein
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodananda
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Translated by Edwin Bryant
Yogayajnavalka Samhita, Translated by TKV Desikachar
The Bhagavad Gita
Upanisads, Patrick Olivelle
Yoga Anatomy 3D, Volumes 1 and 2, Ray Long.
Additional Optional reading:
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, David Swenson.
Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound, David Frawley
Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques, Mark Stephens.
Kundalini, Lilian Silburn
Yoga Sequencing, Mark Stephens
The Yoga Tradition – Georg Feuerstein
How Can I Apply?
Send an email with your name, address, and telephone number to email@example.com and the application form and further details will be emailed to you.
Maya Devi Georg. E-RYT-500, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP.
Maya Devi Georg is a native New Yorker based in Greece and California. She was lucky to have studied extensively with Swami Bua, Swami Jnanand, and Dharma Mittra, as well as having been initiated into many practices by Yogi Gupta (Swami Kailashananda).
Taking the many teachings she received from her teachers she developed, with her partner Chris Kiran Aarya, Brahmaloka Yoga – a deliberate form of yoga asana that is deeply meditative and precise. In Brahmaloka Yoga each movement and posture is unpackaged in a sequential manner to help prepare students for the next level of practice, rapidly developing the body and mind to go beyond preconceived limitations and attain a true yoga practice.
Teaching since 2002, she has taught throughout North America and Europe in universities and elementary schools, synagogues and community centers, studios, gyms, and conference rooms. She has taught adults, children, seniors, and expectant mother, as well as professional athletes, dancers, and gymnasts, that were recovering from injuries. She has been assisting in teacher trainings since 2004, and began conducting her own trainings in 2009. She continues to teach with her partner all over Europe and the United States.
Chris Kiran Aarya, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Chris is a writer and yoga teacher based in Greece and California. Seeking transformation through spiritual sadhana and the integrity of daily living are what Chris most values on their journey as a teacher and student. Together with Maya Devi Georg, they direct the Brahmaloka Yoga School. A dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher (who first learned from their mother at the age of seven), Chris combines three decades of practice along with over two decades of group fitness and outdoor leadership experience into their teaching and they enjoy helping students break through to new levels of ability and self-belief. Chris’ signature style is a slow vinyasa-based mix infused with humor, kick-your-asana power flow sequences.
Chris trained with Doug Swenson and his multi-faceted vinyasa style of yoga; Sadhana Yoga Chi and their teachers and influences also include Yogini Shambhavi, David Swenson, and Tias Little.
They have taught workshops, teacher trainings, and yoga festivals around the US and Europe and does karma yoga service to assist refugees arriving into Greece. A former warrior, journalist, and mountain guide, Chris is also an Iraq War veteran who teaches yoga to active duty military and veterans. They has written for or appeared in Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, Origin Magazine, YogaWorld (Greece) Elephant Journal, Joga ABC (Poland), Brahmaloka or Bust, YogaNova (France), Flow Yoga Magazine, LA Yoga, Integral Yoga Magazine, Yoga Journal Online, Europe’s World, Al Jazeera, Kathimerini (Greece), The Independent (Ireland), Politico, Guildhall (Ukraine), Liberal (Greece), and Freedom Gazette (India) and their work has been translated into German, Greek, French, Italian, Polish and Spanish. You can find Chris online at www.brahmalokaorbust.com