November 15th – December 9th 2016
This 200-hour training will be led by the phenomenal Peter Clifford who has practised yoga for 50 years. It is limited to a small group to ensure personal attention from Peter as well as a private Yoga class and a personal therapy session. Peter will check your postural alignment and suggest a personal yoga program.
This training is Yoga Alliance accredited, allowing you to teach yoga worldwide.
Anahata Yoga offers a unique, powerful and graceful style of hatha yoga asana, known as the Dance of Shiva and Shakti.
This form of yoga asana is a meditative flowing vinyasa asana practice, designed to open the energy channels in the body and invite the energy of Shakti, residing in the base of the body in Muladhara Chakra, to rise through Sushumna and merge with Shiva, residing in Sahasrara Chakra in the crown of the head. We aim to rediscover the realm of pure potential of the inner self and its spiritual essence.
People are an amazing network of cellular intelligence, energy, thought, emotions, electric currents, organ actions, hormones, nervous systems, tissues, blood and lymph flows. All these elements are interwoven, inter-reactive and capable of transformation through this yoga practice. We focus particularly on the internal aspects of yoga: organ cleansing, tissue pumps, nervous systems, circulation of lymph and blood, releasing psychic knots known as granthis from Sushumna Nadi and pranic blockages from the Nadis, and creating hydraulic and pneumatic pressures within the body to create change. All movements are undertaken with inner conscious awareness, promoting a state of integration of the mind and body.
Anahata chakra is the fourth primary chakra located at the heart centre. It represents love, compassion, charity and balance. By opening the heart chakra we are able to act in accordance with our higher selves, following our hearts, from a place of love, compassion, integrity and openness.
The Anahata chakra is the seat of divine love and it is here that emotion is re-channelled into devotion. Vishnu granthi, the second psychic knot along shushumna, representing the bondage of emotional attachment, is located here and when this knot is released one becomes free of all selfishness and egoistic emotional attachment and thereby attains mental and emotional peace and equilibrium.
In 2000, I employed Peter Clifford as a yoga teacher trainer on Yoga Arts’ nine-month, full-time Certificate IV in Yoga Teacher Training. I have known Peter for close to ten years, and for several of these years, he also rented the Yoga Arts studio to teach casual classes. I have always found him reliable and conscientious. Some time ago Peter was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident and from rehabilitating himself through yoga, Peter has had a particular interest in the therapeutic side of Yoga. His knowledge in this field has been a valuable asset to his teachings. In my observation of Peter as a teacher with the teacher trainees and his casual students I have found him to be incredibly knowledgeable, professional, inspiring and respected.‘ – Louisa Sear, Director, Yoga Arts, Byron Bay
The Dance of Shiva and Shakti
The Dance of Shiva and Shakti is a form of hatha yoga. The phrase ‘hatha yoga’ is a combination of three words: ‘ha’ meaning the sun, ‘tha’ meaning the moon, and yoga meaning yoke or union. Thus, the practice of hatha yoga refers to the union of the sun and moon. The sun is the symbol of Shiva who represents conscious awareness and resides in Sahasrara Chakra in the crown of the head. The moon is the symbol of Shakti who represents divine or Kundalini energy and resides in Muladhara Chakra. Kundalini is depicted as a snake coiled three times at the base of the spine. Hatha Yoga can be said to mean the joining together of Shiva, conscious energy, and Shakti, divine energy.
Our intention is to encourage Shakti, the moon, to rise up to the embrace of Shiva, the sun. The metaphor of a lovers’ dance invokes the idea of a creative interplay between conscious awareness and divine energy and reminds us to take a joyous, graceful, playful approach to achieving the state of union that is the ultimate goal of yoga.
Five Element Form
The Five Element Form is part of an ancient Tantric Yoga practice known as Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana element purification practice. This practice was shared with Peter Clifford at the Kamakhya Tantric Temple in Assam in Northern India by his teacher Swami Shankara. Peter is the only known yogi still teaching who was entrusted by his teacher to impart the knowledge to teach the Five Element Form to his own students. The Form is a sequence of flowing movements resembling traditional vinyasa yoga asana and although similar to Tai Chi and Chi Kung, it is a traditional ancient Indian practice. It connects us to the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and akasha. The Form uses breath, creative visualisation and healing colors and sounds in a powerful, transformative physical and spiritual practice that unites the five sheaths (Pancha Koshas). Connecting with the five elements personally reminds us of our relationship to the planet Earth and the entire universe and allows us to draw on the strength of all the elements of the universe in our daily lives.
Benefits of the Form
The Five Element Form is a connecting and empowering practice. Its purpose is to enhance the qualities of health and vitality and to promote your natural abilities to heal and rejuvenate so that you can discover your amazing true potential. Practiced at the beginning of each day, the Five Element Form will:
- Change your mind’s perspective of your daily activities empowering you to actively create situations that enhance the quality of your life
- Physically tone, stretch and strengthen the muscle body
- Enhance personal health and vitality by creating tissue pumps that promote the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids in the organs and tissues of the body
- Increase the volume and quality of the breath which promotes energy and vitality
- Create a calm meditative state that promotes the release of mental stress and anxiety, creating space for reflection, contemplation and creativity.
- Pranayama & Meditation
- Asana Teaching & Self-Practice
- Postural Alignment & Integration
- Bandha within Asana
- Asana Alignment & Integration
- Pancha Kosha Work & Exercises
- Philosophy & 8 Limbs Yoga
- Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
- 5 Element Form
- Yoga Therapy
- Class Structuring
- Meditation Mantra & Yoga Nidra
- The Dance of Shiva & Shakti
The Yoga Pilates Training Academy annually runs a government accredited training held for 7 months of the year. We here at the Academy have had the pleasure of contracting Peter Clifford in the role of tutor for three of our modules in Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, and Yoga for Special Needs over the previous two years. Peter has played an integral part in the development of the curriculum for these modules and the assessment tasks drawing upon his extensive teacher training experience and his practical and theoretical knowledge. Peter displays a professionalism that makes him the ideal role model for our teacher trainers. He has always been punctual and has fulfilled the requirements of the module to the highest standards.Being a well- respected and skilled tutor, Peter brings enthusiasm and clarity to his lectures; he inspires confidence and provides the students with all the necessary skills needed to make the step from teacher trainee to fully fledged teacher. The module evaluation feedback sheets we receive from those training with us each year express how highly they regard Peter as their tutor. We consider ourselves fortunate to have Peter working with us, and as a very reliable, responsible and caring individual we hold him in high esteem and would recommend him for any position he might apply for. – ‘Louise Solomon, Director/Principle, Yoga Pilates Training Academy, Australia
Cost and Booking Information
Starting at (inc. accommodation and 2 healthy meals per day) 3,270 USD (equiv to 4,500 Sing$)
For further information about the course / accommodation or to reserve your place, please contact email@example.com
There are four levels of accommodation to choose from (prices include tuition and 2 meals a day):
Zorba dormitory: 3,270 US$ (equiv to 4,500 Sing$)
Private Thai style bungalow: 3,630 US$ (equiv to 5,000 Sing$)
Private Deluxe Sea View Bungalow: 4,860 US$ (equiv to 6,690 Sing$)
Deluxe AC Garden Suite: 5,130 US$ (equiv to 7,060 Sing$)