Yoga Immersion Program

Embodied Wisdom - Teacher Training Program

Self-Development * Deepening Your Practice * Sharing What You Love

Inviting you to awaken to the grace and wisdom of your body as a personal mandala that is always available for meditative focus, while giving you the tools to help support others in their functional movement and practice of yoga.

300h Yoga Immersion Program & Teacher Training

This two year program teaches you to unlock your body’s inner guidance – its somatic wisdom – and confidently share the practice of yoga.

You will learn how the human body organizes and expresses movement through perception, looking in depth at the role of the fascial system as the preeminent organ of the mind-body connection. You will also learn how the process of internal perception “interoception” works as the body-mind’s ability to identify, access, understand, and respond appropriately to its internal signals.

Conscious embodiment can help us not only improve our posture and physical movement, but also become more perceptive and compassionate beings.

Offering an experiential understanding of the structural foundation of the human body in motion and in stillness, this program offers self-explorations that allow you to transform your sensory experience, expand your awareness, and make embodiment—your own complex body—the focus of contemplative practice.

This holistic process invites you to reclaim greater sovereignty and gain clearer access to your innate wisdom.  You will gain experiential understanding of the time-proven perspectives and principles that underpin yoga philosophy and support effective, evolving practice.

The classic yoga texts and teachings offer us a reliable map and compass for the adventure of a human life. Through James’ practical and relatable interpretations, you will be able to develop a personal relationship with the beating heart of the yoga tradition and integrate its timeless support and guidance into your daily life.

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One thing that sets apart this Teacher Training Program is the unique expertise and preparation of its facilitators.

About Delara

What sets apart this teacher training program is the expertise of Delara Tiv, an Advanced Rolfing Structural Integration therapist ™ who specialises in the human body and movement education. With a background as a professional dancer and teacher, Delara draws from the inner world of embodied experience to help movement practitioners feel movement from the depth of their being and release their full potential .

Delara brings a unique understanding of the body’s mechanics and the importance of proper alignment. Her experience as a dancer has given her valuable insights into enhancing performance through imagery and effective perception. Delara has had the privilege to tour with the Alvin Ailey Dance company as their Rolfing therapist and Movement educator to help dancers deal with past injuries and enhance their quality of movement. In addition to her work as a therapist, Delara is currently undergoing training to become a faculty member of the European Rolfing® Association, further solidifying her commitment to excellence in her field. She also plays an active role in Rolfing® Education in Europe, assisting in the education and development of future practitioners.

An avid student of yoga for close to 20 years, Delara continues her studies in the darshans of Sāṃkhya, Vedanta, Tantra,  Ayurveda and Vedic Chanting, alongside remaining a committed practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga. Delara’s dedication to her own growth and mastery is evident in her constant devotion to the demanding practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Maintaining the Advance A & B levels exemplifies her unwavering passion and commitment to both her personal practice and what she teaches. By joining this program, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from a highly skilled and devoted teacher who brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and a deep understanding of the human body and movement. Delara’s passion for teaching, combined with her extensive background in dance and therapy, creates a comprehensive and enriching learning environment for aspiring teachers. You can learn more about Delara and her trajectory by clicking here or listening to her interview on  Harmony Slater’s Podcast. 

About James

James Boag is known for his storytelling, his rich kirtans, deep meditations, principle-based approach to āsana and movement, and for his unique capacity to bring the timeless wisdom of the traditional scriptural teachings vividly into the context of our lives today.

Originally from Yorkshire, UK, with a degree in French and Italian, a Master’s Degree in Sanskrit from India, and having lived in several countries including many years in India, James has an exceptional ability to bridge and communicate across cultures, whether he is speaking at a conference in India, working with school or university students in Asia, or communicating the practical essence of yoga to students from parts of the world where the yoga context is not part of their cultural background.

Having begun studying Sanskṛt while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. James then lived in Mysore 2008-12 studying with traditional Sanskṛt paṇḍit-s and completing his Sanskrit MA. All the while, he was also sharing courses on Yoga Sūtra, Bhagavad Gītā and Indian Mythology, working direct from the original texts, and when away from India, sharing integrated yoga retreats, workshops and courses – movement and āsana, meditation and kīrtan, practical philosophy, mythology, storytelling, study of texts and Sanskṛt recitation – around the world.

James’ students appreciate how he makes the ancient teachings highly relatable, inviting us to develop an ongoing, personal relationship with the timeless wisdom of the yoga tradition.

We are especially pleased that he is contributing to this course in multi-lingual Vevey as he is able to do this in French, Italian and Spanish as well as his native English and can mentor students on this course in all these languages.

James’ practice, teaching and study continue to evolve from their roots in the Shankaracaraya Vedic, Kashmiri Shaiva, and Sanskṛt traditions.

Click here to learn more about James and discover the wide range of online courses, talks, immersive workshops, and retreats he offers across Europe.

1st Year Modules Sept 2024 - July 2025:

All weekend Modules are Saturday 8h -15h30, Sunday 9h-14h30     Price: 315 CHF-

Autumn & Spring Philosophy Series with James ( Online or in person in French)
Ten sessions, Monday Evenings 18h30-20h00  
Spring dates to be announced in 2025
Autumn  345 CHF 

  • The Yogic Vision and Understanding of Reality, Consciousness and Nature, Zero, Oneness, Duality and Multiplicity.
  • Guṇa-s, doṣa-s, puruṣārthāḥ – the aims and stages of life
  • The Eight limbs and the nine rasa-s

    + philosophy classes will  be conducted primarily in French with extra support in English where needed. James is experienced working with multi-lingual , international groups.

Whole Life Yoga: Practical Yoga Philosophy 
(James)  
October 5-6  Online/In person    

    • Yoga Sūtra, Bhagavad Gītā and the Sāṅkhya model of reality
    •  The Sāṅkhya-Yoga Map and the practice manual for a human life
    •  Yoga Sūtra and Bhagavad Gītā – Foundations of Yoga Śāstra
    • Yoga: What, When, Where, Who, How and Why?
    • What does yoga really mean? When and where does it happen? Who is it for?

      + philosophy classes will likely be conducted primarily in French with extra support in English where needed. James is experienced working with multi-lingual , international groups

Foundations of  the Vinyasa Method
November 2-3       

  • Bandha – on channeling and working skilfully with our human energy, resources and capacities
  • Dṛṣṭi – Yoga, awareness and perception, cultivating 360 degree equivision
  • Ujjayi – Victory in the context of yoga, working with prāṇa and the gifts of the breath
  • Vinyasa – skilfulness in action, karmasu kauśalam and apprenticeship

Art of Vinyasa 
November 30 – December 1 

  • Understanding  how subtle progressions of movement in each asana is an art in itself.
  •  Exploring how refining these movements brings readiness, poise, beauty, and alignment to your postures.
  •  Learning how deepening our awareness through vinyasa knowledge enhances our practice.
  • learning how viewing the practice as primarily dhyana, meditation, helps us see its true essence.
  • Exploring the subtleties of transitions in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 
  • Traditional Sanskrit count with Delara
  •  Sounds of Sanskṛt with James: learn to pronounce Sanskṛt terminology with clarity, confidence and feeling.

The World of Fascia 
March 1-2    

  • This course is for  any movement practitioner or movement professionals 
  • Connective tissue (the Fasial net) and gravity
  • What is Fascia, role of fascia, fascial dysfunction, fascia behaviour, fascia training.
  • Myo-fascial meridians and movement.
  • Yoga & Fascia, the rebound effect, myo-fascial meridians 
  • 12 fascial movement qualities: tensile strength, muscle collaboration, force transmission, adaptability, multidimensionality, fluidity, glide, elasticity, plasticity, tone regulation, kinaesthesia, imponderability.
  • Myofascial release and yin yoga

Applied Functional Anatomy of the Body – Series 1
March 22-23   

  •  Feet, Ankles, Knees, Legs,
  • The pelvis & the scaro-iliac joint Yoga
  • Anatomy of Stability & Support 
  • Mūla-Bandha, Uddhiyana Bandha 
  • Myo-fascial force transmission in gait dynamics
  • Function of our lower limbs as tools of expression or support in the standing or seated postures
  • Applied Functional Anatomy palpation and practice.
  • Feeling different layers of the body;  the skin, superficial fascia, deep fascia, muscles, ligaments, bones and range of motion.

Applied Functional Anatomy of the Body – Series 2 
 April 5-6       

  • Spine
  • Study of the development of our spinal curves, and their energetic system that is at the core of every yogic technique, from asana, to pranayama to meditation
  • Arms, Shoulder & Neck
  • Function of our upper limbs as tools of expression or support in arm balances
  • Applied Functional Anatomy palpation and practice
    feeling different layers of the body;  the skin, superficial fascia, deep fascia, muscles, ligaments, bones and range of motion.

Precision, Purification, and Pranayama
May 3-4  

  • Anatomy of breathing
  • Nervous system and it’s link to the diaphragm. 
  • The Polyvagal Theory
  • Subtle anatomy of Prana (Vayus)
  • Learn about movement of prana in the body and its role in subtle progress through Prana Vidya
  •  Breathing exercises and retention 
  •  Centralising awareness on breath during practice
  •  Using breath to build strength and stability in asanas and purifying pranic channels
  •  Importance of tapas in practice and purification in all aspects of life
  • Accessing awareness of subtle energy channels through breathing
  • Learn to direct energy using the breath on and off the mat

Perception and Movement
June 14-15

  • Explore the fascinating world of brain perception and its role in our understanding of the human body.
  •  Dive into the structure and functions of the brain, including the different regions involved in perception.
  • Learn about the neural pathways and processes that contribute to our perception of the world around us
  • Examine the relationship between perception and movement, and how the brain coordinates our actions.
  • Explore how the brain interprets sensory information from various body systems, including muscles, joints, and fascia.
  • Learn about the role of proprioception, kinesthesia, and body awareness in movement perception.
  • Gravity and movement
  • Posture as a dynamic process in gravity
  • Experience how a deeper understanding of brain perception enhances your personal movement practice and understanding of other dynamic bodies when teaching.

Introduction to Body Reading
July 12-13

  • Learn the dynamics of posture, breathing, walking
  • Learn to better understand different bodies, their patterns and way of moving, and breathing in gravity. 
  • Learn to read structural or functional inhibitions and how to overcome that limitation through change in perception of movement.
  • Discover how the knowledge of body reading can enhance your understanding of your students’ resources and limitations, enabling you to provide them with the most effective guidance for their practice
  • Explore the importance of posture and dynamic alignment
  • Learn how to use imagery to affect body movement.
  • Gain an understanding of the biomechanics and anatomical principles behind imagery
  • Learn a variety of anatomical imagery exercises to help you fine tune alignments and increase body awareness. 

The Art of Sequencing and Teaching Vinyasa Krama
August 4-17  (2 Weeks Intensive) 75h   2,250 CHF-

8h-10h Workshop style morning Asana class

10h15-11h15 Pranayama Meditation 

12h15-14h In-depth, practical exploration of foundation texts, working from the original Sanskṛt with James, texts provided.

  • Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
  • Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two

14h45- 16h30 How to sequence a Vinyasa class for Beginners to Intermediate.

  • Making a holistic practice keeping the  knowledge of myofascial meridians and perception of movement as central guideline when making a sequence and lesson plan.
  • Learning how to give clear verbal instructions both in French and English that sparks the inner world of imagined experience to help practitioners feel movement from the depth of their being and release their full potential.  
  • Use effective movement imagery to inspire practitioners to move from a place of spaciousness, with a sense of ease, grace, support and stability.

Modules Sept 2025 - July 2026:

Date of the program  will be communicated beginning of year 2025. the program consists of:

30 hours of Fall & Spring weekly Practical Philosophy courses with James  

  • Integrating teachings from Bhagavad Gītā chapters 1-6 and exploring Yoga Sūtra
    chapter Two in-depth. The real nature of the yogic path.
  • Ethics and applying the eight limbs and core yogic principles to all aspects of life,
    teaching and practice.

Practical Philosophy Spring 2025 series

  • Yoga and broader Indic perspectives
  • Veda and Upaniṣad-s
  • Yoga and Tantra.
  • Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā, Mythology and
    Teaching

1 weekend intensive on Yogic Meditation: Chakras & the Subtle Body 

Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole. Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state
 so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. By understanding the chakras and skillfully meditating on them yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centres and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole. Kundalini-raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.

1 Weekend intensive Ayurveda, Sānkhya Philosophy & Yoga 

  • Fundamental principles of Ayurveda
  • Human anatomy as per Ayurveda.
  • Nutrition and treatments to balance the three doshas
  • How to improve your health with Ayurveda
  • You will learn how diet, weather and activities affect the physical and mental health
  • Dosha theory and dosha analysis

2 weekend intensives Therapeutics & Working with Injuries ( Pre-requisits: Anatomy courses)

A course to help you recognise and understand common conditions in the yoga community and practical applications for optimal self healing of these. 

We cover a variety of exercise therapy from myo-fascial release, somatic movement, functional mobilisations, strength and resistance work, stretching and adaptations of and applications to yoga postures.

We will cover all the common pathologies and injuries of the Upper limbs, lower limbs, spine and pelvis. 

Pre-requisite to this course is to have studied the Functional Anatomy courses already with Delara

1 Weekend intensive Hands on Adjustment ( Pre-requisits Anatomy courses)

2 day long silent sitting meditation.

 

2026 – July  Intensive (1 Week)

  • 8h-9h30 Workshop style morning Asana class
  • 9h30 -10:30 Pranayama Meditation 
  • 11h15 -13  In-depth, practical exploration of foundation texts, Working from the original Sanskṛit texts with James. 
  • Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
  • Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two
  • 13h45- 14:45 How to sequence a vinyasa class for more Advanced Postures 
  • 15h- 16h30 Hands on Adjustments Hands-on adjustments and teaching  Level 2.

     

Tuition & Registration

The total cost for complete 300-hour training  is 7500 CHF-, which can be paid in 8 instalments of 940 CHF- . Students who decide to do the whole program are required to fully commit to the payment, even if they decide not to continue, become pregnant, ill, injured, or move away. Students can take up to 3 years to complete the assignments or any missed modules.

Early Bird  6900 CHF-To benefit from the early bird rate, full payment must be received before July 31, 2024.

Priority is given to the practitioners that want to commit to the whole program. If space permits then individual modules will become open for others to attend. 

The price of individual weekend intensives is 315 CHF-  

Please note that Delara will be mainly teaching in English with extra support in French where needed.  Philosophy classes will  be conducted primarily in French with extra support in English where needed. Both teachers are  experienced working with multi-lingual, international groups.

Upon acceptance of your application, a payment will be required to hold your spot.  

The price includes :

What’s not included :

Certification

This training is approved by Yoga Alliance for those interested in completing their 500H teacher training.

200H Requirement: If you are already a 200h Certified teacher you can use this 300h training to become a 500h Certified Yoga Teacher. 

If you do not have a prior 200h training, You can use this Course to become a 200h/300h certified yoga teacher but you will need to take an additional 200h  training to complete 500h. 

Further training at this center will be possible. 

Completion of Assignments: Completion of all assignments and full attendance of all hours is required to obtain a certification of completion. Written assignments can be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Italian.

Missed Modules: In case of emergency or illness, if you miss a module, you can make it up with another intensive in the third year.

Proficient Asana Practice: Students need to embody a refined understanding of the physical practice and maintain a proficient asana practice.

Patience and Diligent Practice: Students need to demonstrate the foundation qualities of yoga practice: diligence, courage, commitment and a spirit of inquiry. You are responsible for your personal practice. This course will empower you with tools to fortify and expand a lifelong, evolving practice.

Adaptation for Individual Needs: As a therapist, I understand that certain postures may not be possible for certain people due to their morphology, age, past injuries, and constitution. Students need to demonstrate understanding of the intention and application of different postures and how to adapt them appropriately to different bodies, including themselves. 

Attendance Requirement: To receive certification and claim that you have been a student and trained as a teacher at Casa Vinyasa, you need to attend a minimum of 10 led Ashtanga classes and 50 Mysore classes within 2 years at our center, in addition to completing the required teacher training hours. Please note that these classes are not included in the tuition price. If you live more than 1 hour away from Vevey, please consult Delara for alternative options.

Assisting Requirement: You need to assist 15 classes, including observing and assisting under my guidance, teaching a beginner the primary series in a Mysore class, etc… This is a mentorship included in your tuition fee.

Teaching Requirement: All students have to teach at least one donation-based vinyasa class in person at the studio. The donation will go to a Humanitarian Organisation of their choice. 

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