We are the new world of yogis. It’s up to us to determine how yoga unfolds by answering the big question: ‘how does it serve our lives’ and, more importantly, for those of us in a level II training, ‘how does it serve the world?’
Let’s start by retitling this page: Instead of Knowledge versus Action, let’s make it Knowledge and Action. Because they cannot powerfully exist independent of each other.
Part of what makes yoga an incredible aid to our lives, what brings it from philosophy alone, where it could simply idle, or where it could actually distract us and become an avoidance of life, is that it’s got a practical side to it.
As yogis, and especially as teachers, we must keep coming back to the central question: Why do we ‘do’ it, and more importantly, why are we telling other people to ‘do’ it?
While Patanjali yoga was largely focused on the mind and meditation, the structure of the ego and higher self, later yogis emphasised action, eschewing Patanjali’s focus on ethics, behavior and mind in favor of the slightly more tangible physical realm of kriya, mudra, pranayama and asana.
Stephen Covey, modern yogi of business, organizations and effectiveness, said “To know and not do is really not to know.”
We yogis must each contemplate, develop and continually revise our own personal interpretations of the question what is yoga? And, what gives us the authority to ask others to practice yoga, to listen to us?
There is much room for interpretation here. What is indubitable though, is that we have arrived at a time when living true to our own definitions - of yoga, life, truth - is not only part of the definition of integrity, not doing so is simply painful.
This Level II Yoga Teacher Training, Radiantly Alive’s first three week intensive, is custom designed for yogis and teachers who are ready to take their practice and their service to another level. Whether you’ve been practicing for many years or are still new if you're committed to going deeper in your practice, to overhauling and upgrading your teaching and are firmly dedicated to living yoga according to your own definition - this training is for you.
The training relies on the self-examination and work that lies at the practical heart of yoga - what happens when we are on the mat. The proof of our learning takes shape through the grit required to strip away who we have been as a teacher in order to discover who we can be as a leader of bodies and souls in the yoga room and beyond. The magic and power of the training takes flight in the marriage of the philosophic with the solidity of the world.
Svadyaya and tapas are two of Patanjali’s essentials for a reason. From Arjuna to Ghandi, from Vishvamitra to Martin Luther King, from Hanuman to you - myth, story and scripture. Now is the time to write and live the story of who really are and to create the world that can be.
Daniel Aaron - Program Creator, Lead Facilitator
Yoga teacher, writer and human potential coach, Daniel leads trainings, workshops, classes and guides people to live their potential for happiness, health and success. Creator of the world recognized Radiantly Alive Teacher Trainings in 2005, Daniel also founded the Radiantly Alive Yoga studio in Bud, Bali in 2012. His own obsession with leaning and living radiantly brought him to learning from many of the modern masters, traveling the world with enlightened teachers and to delving into radically nutrition and cleansing. Blending what he has learned into a unique system of self-enquiry, movement and breath work, Daniel reaches people with compassion and evokes a space of understanding to inspire people to see their full range of possibilities. An unquenchable motivation to awaken himself and spark enlightenment in others has resulted in a profound awareness of human potential, the obstacles to living awake and a methodology to reaching it. He and his partner Lianne (midwife, writer and teacher) travel and lead together, grow and learn everyday with their three children, and are most delighted and gratified by transformation and presence – in both themselves and those with whom they work.
James Mattingley - Trainings Manager - Senior Trainer
Traveler, martial artist, yogi, movement lover, entrepreneur and public speaking specialist, James has a passion for exploring and creating integrated movement to enhance and improve all areas of life. He currently teaches yoga and coordinates all trainings for Radiantly Alive in Bali. His classes are powerful and evocative with a strong anatomic focus empowering students to explore their connection to the physical, to the mental and most of all, to the breath. James has been particularly inspired by Daniel Aaron (Radiantly Alive Vinyasa), Edward Clark (Tripsichore), Debbie Williamson & Philip Urso (Live Love Teach), Noah Maze (YogaMaze), Karin Gurtner (SLINGS) and many many more.
Edward Clark - Guest Faculty (UK), Tripsichore Yoga
The creator of Tripsichore Yoga, Edward began studying yoga in 1979. Notable among his teachers are Narayani and Giris Rabinovitch, and he also admires Ashtanga vinyasa, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Viniyoga practices. The Tripsichore group has practiced daily for the past 16 years, devising and refining its techniques for asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, and dhyana. Edward fuses his keen artistic vision with a deep understanding of the essential pursuit of yoga practice. His classes are entertaining, demanding, and exhilarating.
Chris Kummer - Guest Faculty, Anatomy
N.D. BHS, Adv.Dip.Nat., Adv.Dip.Herb.Med., Adv.Dip.Nutr., Dip.Hom., Cert.Yoga. Chris is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) who specializes in applied anatomy and physiology of yoga practices.Since 2000 Chris has been teaching yoga and the 'Yoga Anatomy Show' on over 70 accredited Yoga Teacher Trainings in many countries around the world and has conducted numerous workshops on yoga, breath, health and well-being.
Damien De Bastier - Guest Faculty, Ashtanga
Damien de Bastier has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 24 years. It was love at first stretch when he was introduced to the ashtanga practice in 1998, as it combines his inclination for sports, meditation and self-inquiry. Damien studied extensively with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in India and with senior teachers across the world. As an Authorized ashtanga teacher his intention is to preserve the gifts of the ashtanga method as his teachers have transmitted them to him.
As a guide is role is to inspire people to practice and embark on the transforming journey toward themselves. He travels the world teaching and shares his passion for yoga with insight, humor and compassion.
Damien will teach traditional practices as taught to him by his teachers in order to establish a foundation in the ashtanga system, following the breath and understanding the vinyasa method.
Damien will also offer theme based classes to deepen the understanding and experience of the core principles of the practice, namely Ujayii breathing, its application to the pelvic floor (bandhas) and the awakening of internal awareness through the Drishtis.
Nicki Doane - Guest Faculty (US), Vinyasa
Born on the island of Cyprus in 1969 to diplomat parents, Nicki grew up traveling all over the globe. This instilled in her a wanderlust that eventually led her to India to study yoga in 1991. There she met Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), and she immediately knew she had found her teacher.
Nicki is an authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher who began teaching yoga in 1992. Although rooted in Ashtanga Yoga, Nicki’s teaching goes beyond the traditional. Her emphasis is on awareness: creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life. She calls yoga a “life support system,” referring to her firm belief that yoga supports us in all the demands of modern life. Her classes combine meditation, asana, pranayama, philosophy, and poetry.
Nicki’s most influential yoga teachers include: Pattabhi Jois, Eddie Modestini, Gabriella Giubilaro, and Tim Miller. Once, Pattabhi Jois said to her, “You, yoga many lifetimes.” This says it all. She is a dedicated practitioner and a creative, inspired teacher.
Our schedule is a labor of love, and the culmination of a decades obsession with details. During the training there will be set daily parameters, though it will retain some fluidity in order to best cater directly to the needs of the trainees on any given day. Each day will bring asana, exploration and rest, it will start early in the morning, and often go quite late into the night. An example of a Level II schedule looks something like this:
7:30am – 8:00am
Meditation and Pranayama
8:00am – 9:00am
Radiantly Alive Yoga Class
9:00am – 10:00am
10:00am – 1:00pm
Lecture (guest faculty or otherwise), discussion, technique
1:00pm – 2:30pm
2:30 - 5:00pm
Lecture, discussion, practicum, asana
6:30pm – 7:30pm
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Most Evenings: Satsang, special activities, guest lecture, kirtan & more