200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course - Cork and Galway 2018
Golden Glow Yoga College founder and Director Dr Sri Radha Sharon O’Neill BCL (Yoga Ph.D. Hon) “We have travelled many miles, up and down many a ‘mountain’, to bring real Indian insight, the refinement of yoga, to the bodies and minds of locally trained teachers in Ireland”
My name is Dr Sri Radha Sharon Hon Ph.D. Yoga and I represent Yoga Alliance International in Ireland. I am the founder of the Yoga Teacher Training College in Galway Ireland Golden Glow Yoga College. We primarily teach the YAI 200 hr yoga teacher training course for Yoga Alliance International here in Ireland but we also teach a 300hr Yoga Diploma and a 500hr Senior Yoga Teacher qualification.
I do this work because I love the environment we create and the simplicity of personally knowing every teacher we train. I have found it the most rewarding of practices. It has been my privilege to bring knowledge and enthusiasm to others, whilst keeping it simple by honouring the great masters past and present. We train approx. 40-60 students per annum and people genuinely seem to love their time with us. We have a huge success rate of our trainees actually going on to teach others. Our courses are practical and purposeful and fun.
After qualifying with the American body of Yoga Alliance in 2006, I taught many classes in Cork. I knew there was still so much to learn so I turned to seeking to honour the foundations of the practices by furthering my studies in India. From Pondicherry in South India in 2013 with Yoga Alliance International as I felt I was really in the home of Yoga. Yoga Alliance International and in particular, Swami Vidyanand the Founder of SriMa Transformational Yoga and Yoga Alliance International, took my understanding and training to a whole new level and I have never looked back.
I progressed through a 200hr,300hr and then a 500hr YAI program schedule and finally YAI Yoga Grand Master Yoga Therapy in 2014.The focus was to learn and then help others. I felt it was vitally important to ensure that a grounded holistic approach to asana, as well as yoga history and philosophy would remain as a true part of Irelands yoga teacher training programs for Golden Glow Yoga College.
Rather than only following the primarily American systems of Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance International is a progressive and compassionate body regulated in India and founded by Swami Vidyanand. Its purpose - to help westerners find a happy yoga practice of their own without competition and unnecessary strain; Happy Yoga.
I was awarded a Doctorate (Hon Yoga Ph.D.) in 2017 as an indicator of commitment to my continued studies and the love and respect I show to students. It’s been an honour to take a happy ethos to a deeper peace of understanding and I hope to be of service to my community until my last breath.
We love what we do at Golden glow yoga college and we try to give insight to a range of yoga programs so that students can feel free to explore what feels right for them.
Swami Vidyanand the Founder of Yoga Alliance International is highly respectful of the Kundalini tradition and it is Kundalini Yoga, with Yoga Bhajan, that claimed its place as an authentic jewell in the yogic crown, of the Transformational Yoga we teach. Alongside Tantra and Mantra for many yoga students this simple take on the great Yoga Bhajans work opens new doors for them. These wonderful practices also honoured at Teacher Training Level at Golden Glow Yoga College.
Why choose your 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course at Golden Glow Yoga College
The College has an ethos of acknowledgement, gratitude and acceptance of the beauty of so many yogic teachings and Ayurvedic wisdom and hopes to expand consciousness of these teachings and so many of yogas’ glorious practices. No one style, or brand is allowed to boast “I’m the best, I’m the only road….”. At Golden Glow Yoga College you’d have to admire the dedication to detail and simplicity amongst the complexity of work available to study in particular Swami Viyanand and Yoga Bhajan (below) honour a systematic way to better understanding. In his take on Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, whilst also being devotees of the Sikh faith, helped ensure that deeper insight is available.
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I like to tell my student teachers- It’s Not Better…. Just different. Find your own rhythm. Be your own person. Take what you like and leave the rest….. Not exactly the ethos of any of these systems that will claim so often to be the only way but the way it needs to be in order for us to evolve mindfully. At Golden Glow Yoga College we have space and distance to observe ourselves. And we have found it’s a peaceful road. Sometimes you just have to balance other things in life: the workloads, making a living, supporting families and friends, the children, the elderly parents and that’s ok too. We can’t all go off to the mountains and gaze at our navel for days.
Fat burning promises and injury curing claims saw a surge of Bikram converts around the world and initially in Dublin and then in Cork when the franchise arrived there finally in 2013, the joy it bought to a lot of people’s lives should not be underestimated. Another system, another brand to consider. This system is following the Parmashansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi) household in many ways. A Transcendental Mediation branch in many ways.
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His brother was Bikrams guru who would be less known to us perhaps but was also an outstanding teacher it would seem.
Hot yoga and Power yoga, numerous labels and enticing brands evolved log before and will continue long after the Bikram craze to sweat it out in the sauna setting became the weekly Yoga habit of so manyin the west. All these delicious styles add their weight to the foundation established by the great sage Sri T Krisnmarcharya. His son T.K.V. Desikachar (The Heart of Yoga) and disciples like the extremely popular B.K.S Iyengar/ Shri K Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga Yoga of My Sore have followings on a world -wide scale. Ireland is no exception. Yoga can be found in every town and hamlet.
Classes espousing the virtues of the Sri Sivananda and his disciple Swami Satyananda Saraswati ( below)
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would also have a firm hold on the hearts of many Irish yogis and Golden Glow Yoga College adheres strongly to the principles set out by all these great Masters.
Bikram classes at 40 degrees plus, opened in Dublin in 2003, way ahead of the curve of hot yoga that would eventually wash over the island. I give it space here because so many found it a fantastic starting point for training and Cork was far behind Dublin at that time in Hot Yoga practices and had no idea of the strength of the passion this disciplining, challenging, uplifting and yet tender practice would evoke in time.
The first highly heated, stinking, sweaty, saunas posing as yoga rooms eventually led students once more to see what else the yoga world had to offer and many once more, travelled the roads less travelled. The path of enlightenment called, faiths were challenged and often reinforced and often imbibed with fresh enthusiasm. The populace resort more and more to the healing ways of crystals, singing bowls, drums and tarot cards alongside more traditional Christian faith these days and Saints mingle with Indian and Hopi mystics in the health food shops and markets. I suspect we are all the better for it.
200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course –
The Warriors of Ireland- Yoga Waves
Warriors of the yoga waves live deep in the depths of rural Ireland not just the big cities. West cork has more than its fair share I feel. Yogis like Margaret Hardman and many other amazing practitioners in Munster and Connaught, have aided many students to flourish.
As quiet yogis for many years here they have been singing their song and walking their paths. From the trail blazing Dublin born Yoga advocate Molly Baggot Stack, right out to the Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Retreat Centre in West Cork, Ireland has long had a heart for the yogic spiritual journey.
A country challenged by its own share of outpouring and outcry, child abuse victims, unwed mothers shunned and mass graves overlooked, famine heartaches and slave stories; they are all only a generation or so away. The troubles of the North and the civil war alone could make many a heart bleed. Many souls have sought to embrace their own simple truth of love, tolerance and open mindedness to their fellow man. Trying to stop the cycle of hatred and abuse we see a different island in so many ways. 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement we find many a student coming across the border from Belfast for training in Galway. Yogic spirituality and love has even received the blessing of the Vatican in recent times. Shame can tarnish us all however and Yoga is no exception.
“Bikrams Torture chambers” as he loved to call them, continued to sweep the world as franchises. 2016 saw the divorce of the successful married business couple, his wife filing her suit in the wake of the various allegations and final crippling and bankrupting settlements awarded by the courts to various former employees.
Initial ignorance of the shame, abuse of power and allegations of unfair dismissal and rape charges eventually led many to think twice before they continued to pay their funds weekly to support the organisation.
Funding the personal wealth of ‘the yogic comic’ with his cutting wit and often cruel put downs has begun to be less appealing to many as a result of course. As many shunned the Cahtolic churches in wake of abuse coverups. However just like the church that has at its core many good men and women trying to do good deeds and live good lives. The original 26 posture Beginners Set is still in my view however, good yoga practice and worthy of note and although it has no inversions due to the gruelling temperature, we at Golden Glow yoga College teach many of its nuances to our teachers out of respect to the original concept.
That the focus on Bikram teaching programs for Teachers has become primarily verbal cue based rather than asana demonstration by teachers means the student teachers may not be always be able to do all the poses they teach, well themselves. This is, I guess, also something that takes time to filter into the consciousness of practitioners and we would advise against not aiing to be able to practice what you teach.
‘Do as I say, not as I do’ is not an ideal. It can prove the downfall of us all. Even it seems the once perceived, great man can come crashing down. I can fully understand how it would make sense to aim to talk people through postures for continuity but at GGYC we continue to aim to work hard at asana with all student teachers and help them designing their own classes which honour themselves and their own personalities. We hope to use asana and its discipline to temper the ego rather than inflate it. That’s a work load in itself of course !
Choudhury Bikram, therefore has taught a lot of lessons which may not have been his intention.
Learning “Silence from the talkative” (The Prophet –Kahlil Gibran ) the now fallen light has absconded to his former home of India. The disgraced guru, and in excess of 10-million-dollars bankrupt is only one man however. Although a disappointing time for Yoga, as much in many ways as it was also highlighting circles that for some years were slow to take on such a powerful and wealthy opponent. Accusations of cover up and abuse of power were whispered on the wind long before the court room dramas played out. Hopefully we all learned hard lessons of the risk of the massively inflated ego unchecked and that power over others must be balanced by a duty of care.
Seemingly effortlessly however, yoga managed to reinvent the deeper, primary focus again for the public. Away from the sweaty rhetoric of the Bikram torture, the spirit of mindfulness and ‘present moment’ practices of the Buddhists and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy have led to the current high- flying fashion and we evolve once more we hope.
Many years after the now aged and great Vietnamese Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had penned his famous book The Miracle of Mindfulness, we see Mindfulness and Meditation everywhere. Often, I find Mindfulness is only viewed through either these, or the Stress reduction forerunner Jon Kabatt- Zinn who also bought Mindfulness to the public with Cognitive behaviour reasoning. In real terms these are linked and not so very different in practice as they are high lighting the same source of wisdom. This light is popping up in school curriculums and corporate board rooms everywhere and long may it continue. That there is also Buddhist asana yoga, Christian yoga as well as Hindu and Sikh etc and how these differ from each other, is another interesting popular inquiry I find comes across my desk regularly. GGYC again aims to gives some light to the less obvious and celebrate the similarities and difference.
A wave of enthusiasm for a daily meditation practice, as part of an easy going, urban kind of yoga; not too religious, not too strict, has ebbed and flowed in Ireland for years and the knowledge that yoga is bigger than just one man or school of yoga is not a bad lesson. The community having begun again to settle after Bikram’s dishonour which many practitioners were simply completely unaware of, is indicative of yogas enduring nature i.e. our humanity, our unity and are strength to endure.
Golden Glow Yoga College has a willingness to keep an open mind, give people the Freedom to Choose and we use tried and tested insight in teaching methods for asana. Postures like shoulder stand and headstand and downward facing dogs, arm balances and deeper twists – poses not always incorporate into systems like the original 26 postures and 2 pranayama (breathing exercises) of programs like Bikram Beginners Set are taught. This has set us apart at times and yet we are not purely advocates of a gymnastic practice. We believe asana helps students grow in confidence and creativity. Our programs are available all year round in Ireland and are hopefully set to be part of Irish life for generations to come.
We like our Student teachers to hit their mark, reach a greater understanding of their own practices and have formula and procedures to better aid others to reach their goals. This is old yoga practice and philosophy.
For many students training with Golden Glow Yoga College it is about letting go of old ways or debilitating habits, for others it’s about living a pain free life physically or emotionally. For everyone who studies with us its always life challenging and life changing.
To develop a sharpened alertness and timeless dedication to yoga is one of the many benefits of Yoga Meditation Practices. The timeless wonder of Yoga is heralded in this and by the many practitioners - free-spirited men, woman and children of Ireland today. The threat of something ‘new’ like yoga was often initially greeted with suspicion and mistrust from many a pulpit of old but this attitude although sometimes slow in passing has certainly evolved, largely with the relative open-minded Papacy of latter years. Again, a new era of the churches in Ireland being a brighter light of acceptance of our differences and tolerance of each other seems to be with us. Thank goodness!
Golden Glow Yoga college will hopefully continue to play its part for many years to come here in the shadow of the convent in Spiddal Co Galway and around the world. Our wonderfully generous Connamara nuns in whose garden we are made welcome in the summer sun, always greet our students and their mats with a smile and a wave. I greatly appreciate that tolerance. To me it says it all.
Yoga will certainly help give you a healthier body and mind and if you wish to give it that focus, make you a better Christian or Buddhist or Muslim. Hopefully in many ways it will simply help keep us flexible to be better Humans Being better to ourselves and to others.
You can get in touch with us in Galway or Cork 2018 for your 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Course
or to chat over any area of Yoga Training.
Dr Sri Radha Sharon O’Neill BCL (Hons Ph.D. Yoga) -Golden Glow Yoga College
200hr Yoga Teacher Training Cork Namaste
Its been a wonderful year and we would like to thank St Angelas College and in particular its Vice Principal Edel ODonovan for her support and for the use of their facilities over the last year or so. We have moved our 2017 to the Ambassador Hotel in Cork to better accommodate us all and welcome new Teachers in training joining us in January there this year.
We are delighted to announce a lovely new hall for Wednesday evening classes at the Sports Hall at The Rafeen Golf Club on the Ringaskiddy Road near Carrigaline in Cork. 7pm - 8.30pm Mixed level. Improve on from Beginners. Work at your own pace. Six weeks €75 or pay as you go €15,
A chance to spend three hours on the mat enjoying the mixture of asana, mantra and pranayama that is the unique signature of Transformational Yoga.
10-1pm Saturday 25th June 2016 St Angelas College Patricks Hill Cork. Booking essential. €25 Refundable for those who book for Teachert raining programs,
Its coming .....!
Golden Glow Yoga College, renowned for its personal approach and support of new teachers in Cork is bringing its training program for the 200 hr Hatha Teacher Training, with the Transformational Yoga Edge, to Galway city this winter. Starting October 1st and 2nd 2016 - June 2017.
Come and meet us at the Salthill Hotel on 2nd July 10am - 1pm for a GGYC Introductory Workshop - €25. ( Refundable when you sign up to a Teacher training Course with GGYC )
The opportunity to train with a highly regarded YAI Senior Yoga Instructor, with over 11,000 documented teaching hours is now available in Galway. Interviews for the small number of places left on this course are taking place over the summer months at either the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square or the Salthill Hotel. Salthill, Galway, by appointment. Please download an information pack or let us send you on our full rage of information by completing the Contact us page on this site.
These 11 Weekend programs over 9 months run for no more than 14 students per course and give everybody ample opportunity to stretch the body and mind.
The course is designed to cover the philosophy of the Eight Limbs of Patanjali and the awareness of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. It introduces the student teacher to in depth study of asana and anatomy, pranayama, mudra, simple mantra and bandha. A breakdown of the 7 chakras in relation to the five bodies and the connection to elements and senses is our path. It's a safe, nurturing environment to challenge yourself on many levels. And it's a comprehensive and user friendly program.
If you think you would like to be considered for a place on this course or the sister course running in Cork from September please do Contact us and we'll come straight back to you to arrange a call and book your interview.
This is your time ! Put the smile back into your yoga ! Transform your Yoga with Golden Glow Yoga College today....
When we were young most of us had a ready answer for "What do you want to be when you grow up ? "
These days we are consciously likely to ask "What to you want to DO when you grow up ? " And luckily for us a lot of us get to chose a variety of things to do with our work and free time during our life span.
But a Profession for Life ? Not so fixed anymore.
So if you think you want to train be a Yoga Teacher might i suggest a rephrase 'You want to train to be a really good Yoga Teacher. Beyond the physical but physical none the less."
I know just the place ....
A Rugby Pro, a Nurse, a Racing Driver, Sailor or Surfer.... Everybody regardless of their profession can feel the benefits of Yoga; Accountant, Mother,Judge, jury.
If we are encouraged to take a little time for ourselves and stay with the sensations, the breathing and the stretching we grow. Just being able to hear your own truth gets easier. Hearing your whisper is more natural. Everything flows along better. Less drama. Less stress.
As teachers of Yoga#commonsense, Golden Glow Yoga College goes some way to challenge the labels of "You're off your game "or "It's just for girls " or " It's too gentle" or even " It's Too easy or Too boring !".
Our teachers are encouraged to ask themselves Who is Your Audience ? What is Your Purpose ? And encourage a teacher to create or adjust a program to inspire and challenge. Us taking a yoga program seriously for ourselves in the end helps us get the most out of the rest of our lives too. We grow in our confidence. Our patience. Our kindness. Often to ourselves above all.
"...One hand for helping ourselves and one hand for helping others." Audrey Hepburn
So, we developed the Teacher Training Programs at Golden Glow Yoga College for people just like you and me who are looking to have better balance in their day to day life; but a whole life.
Being on the path to becoming a teacher gives us structure, commitment, discipline. We are needed. We can learn to relax with it. Balance it. Enjoy it.
Accepting its easier for us to find time for ourselves on the mat when we've made a commitment to others may be just the way it is. Not all of us are able to love ourselves enough just to do it for us initailly.
Are we able to be present to step up when needed? Able to sit back down and rest when we need it? It gets easier when we practice.It gets easier to have loving routines in our day to day.
Its hard to learn to balance time for working hard and also playing hard against time with family and friends and 'me time'.
That for a lot of us is about as good as it gets.
Most people who start our yoga training courses do so for themselves really in the end. Not only for others. My job is to help new teachers give themselves permission to do just that. Build on the idea of looking after ourselves. And of course then we are better able to look after others.
When student teachers feel stronger and more 'themselves' it flows from them to be able to give away what they have learned. Share the joy. Spread the love.
"One hand for helping ourselves and one hand for others" Audrey Hepburn is a lifestyle balance I've tried to bring to our training to help those on the yogic path.And i love my job.
We learn that we can relax and 'listen to our whisper' instead of always searching for answers. The Laws for Living help us be the best we can be. But we understand there are many guiding lights if we know what to look for. Its learning it's ok to say "No that's not for me" and learning to take a risk once in a while and blossom,
Loving ourselves enough to take time out to find out 'Who am I ? ' What do I enjoy ? What do i wish to a target this year, month, today? What will i sacrifice ?
What will i gain? What do I want to be when I Grow Up ?
It may all lead to more questions again of course.
Can i allow myself to be the child? Would it be selfish to do this? Is it ok to have fun with this? ' When will i stop?
.......Before i hurt myself ?
These thoughts, our 'truths' come and go. We evolve, we grow , we forget, we stumble, we go around in circles for a while maybe and then refocus again.
We learn to live full and active lives.
Come and be a little more child like for a while. Not too much chanting, dancing and singing... : ). But a little maybe and just enough to nourish the soul, season the dish and settle the minds.Come and have some down time.
Golden Glow Yoga brings a lot of work but a lot of learning. With a few laughs.
And its all about YOU !
Take some time for yourself. Its time to transform. It's time to Grow.
The Golden Glow Yoga College Teacher Training Programs are taking booking for interview now. "Transform your Yoga" with the 200 hr Yoga June Intensive in St Angela College Patricks Hill Cork
7th - 30th June 2016.
200hr Hatha training with the Transformational Yoga Edge Starting in September in Cork and October in Galway. 2016
Call Sri Radha for a chat on 085 7151321 www.goldenglowyoga.ie
The days are lengthening and we are enjoying our classes in Cork and delighted that more classes will be on offer in Galway on Thusday Evenings 7 - 8,30pm soon. We have a smashing couple of Workshops coming up and Teacher training courses are taking bookings now for both Cork and Galway this Autumn 2016. The Transformational Yoga Intensive Teachear Training is on at St Angelas College Cork City in June in Cork too and remember we only take 14 students per course so get booking now if you are thinking of do it. .
Galway is now home for Sri Radha four daysa week but she is in Cork for Monday Tues and Wednesday every week as well as Teacher Training weekends and can be booked for Private sessions in Plunkett Chambers by appointment.
Its going to be a fantastic summer !!
And so it begins... Another year of study with new teachers in training. And it is always a joy to begin a new training and this years work is no exception.
This course is bulit upon and improved every year and is comprehensive and wide in its field. It is designed to create a space of personal development and joyousness around hard work and practice. The work we cover in the first term before the Xmas holidays is very much focused on the Physical Body however we are very much aware that the Emotional Pranic Body, the Mental Body and the Psychic Body of the Wisdom Mind are there always for us as Humans Being and so with a sense our our Spiritual Being, on this course we allow ourselves time to consider these concepts and honour the work of great Masters and Sages as we learn our basics and check our growth.
Examinations for this course are kept to a minimum and we have an assessment weekend prior to graduation. We only have small numbers on courses and do so in particular so to be able to keep close contact with the inquiring minds of student teachers along their path. Progress is divided into both personal and professional development and awareness is gauged by continual assessment and encouragement.
There is a requirement for each student to submit a 3000 word essay of an agreed yoga topic of their choice at the end of the course prior to graduation. This gives the student teacher an opportunity to study in depth, a yogic concept that interests them in particular. However it is not a course of show up and get your cert. It is a requirement that all new teachers can perform, practice and teach a variety of Asana, Pranayama and meditation techniques.
Our task at Golden Glow Yoga College is to help you learn how. : )
We are still doing interview for student teachers wishing to be considered for a place on this years course. Please do contact us directly id you have an interest. Its never too late !