Our 300 hours Integrative Yoga, Registered Yoga Teacher training (RYT) program will empower you to teach and practice a style of Yoga that is unique, holistic and transformational. Integrative Yoga is a “Philosophy in Form”, which harmonizes the body, mind, breath and emotions through its integration of Qi Gong, Scaravelli Inspired Spinal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pranayama, Yogic Kriyas, Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga Nidra/Deep Relaxation.

•  Scaravelli Inspired Yoga teaches us how to move from the spine with fluidity ease and lightness. When one’s body is aligned with gravity, the breath naturally flows along the spine like a wave, awakening and elongating the spine.
 Yin Yoga teaches us how to surrender and yield to the vast intelligence within. It enhances flexibility, joint mobility and circulation of chi/life force around the body.
•  Yogic Kriyas & Pranayama helps to cleanse, energize, enliven the body and bring clarity to the mind
•  Mindfulness & Meditation empowers us to cultivate equanimity, mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and ourselves with kindness, acceptance and compassion.
•  Yoga Nidra is the experience of a deep state of relaxation which is healing and restorative and in which one is freed of deep rooted tensions in the gross & subtle body
•  Qi gong develops internal heat and concentration and helps to ground and center us.In Integrative yoga you are taught to move from inside out. When your practice comes from a place deep within you, you will experience a kind of bliss that permeates every cell of your body.

Yogshakti is an accredited 300 hours RYS (registered yoga school) with Yoga Alliance, USA. This course will qualify you as a 300 RYT and together with your 200 RYT qualify you as 500 RYT.

The Course will deepen your understanding and give you confidence to lead students in:
•  Scaravelli Inspired Spinal Eclectic Yoga
•  Integrative Yoga Sequences
•  Yin Yoga
•  8 Dynamic Spinal Movements
•  Qi Gong as a dynamic meditation
•  Yoga Nidra
•  4 foundations of Mindfulness
•  Meditation
•  Buteyko Breathing in Asana
•  Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras, Kriyas in Asana
•  Practice of Self Enquiry & Study of Yoga Sutras
•  A Yogic Diet based on Ayurveda
•  Anatomy & Psychology of Chakras


You will learn:
•  Hands-on adjustments
•  Observe students & give verbal & tactile cues
•  Posture Modifications
•  Informed use of props to improve or modify postures
•  Tailoring classes to beginners, pregnant women and special needs

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The 300 hours (RYT) will be held over Two-150 hours modules

Module 1 (150 hours)

Date: 16th to 31st July 2018

Time  Program
7:00am – 10:00am Practice
10:00am – 10:30am Breakfast
10:30am – 2:00pm Practice
2:00pm – 5:00pm Lunch & Break
5:00pm – 7:30pm Practice
7:30pm Dinner & Free time

Module 2 (150 hours)

Date: 2019 (exact date TBA)


Part-Time Option: This course is divided into 2 modules. One is given 2 years to complete it doing either 1 or 2 modules at a time and be eligible for certification.

Room and Board

The center has seven welcoming rooms for teacher and students. Nine additional rooms are located in the village, a short walk from the center. Some of the rooms are suitable for sharing, some have ensuite bathroom and some have shared facilities. Payment for accommodation is settled separately in Euro on site.

All meals are included in the complete course fee and are served at the center in the main dining room or in the garden. Our practice will be supported by healthy and nourishing vegetarian food, lovingly made from the best local and organic produce.

Travel Arrangements and Logistics

Reaching the center is convenient by car or by train. The center is 6km away from Tournus (100km North of Lyon and 350km south of Paris), with access via A6, exit 27. From Paris, there is a high speed train (TGV) to Dijon or Lyon, from where connecting trains to Tournus are available. Alternatively, you may take the high speed train (TGV) to Le Creusot or Macon Loche, where rental cars are available.

Please bring your own yoga mat and a large shawl to cover yourself during Meditation & Yoga Nidra. Bring good walking shoes and clothing suitable for European summer, which might require a wind breaker or a warm layer on cool summer evenings. You might also want to bring with you a notebook and pens to record your progress and thoughts during the retreats.

Integrative Yoga – Module 1 – Course Content

Scaravelli Inspired Spinal Yoga is an integral part of Integrative Yoga. When combined with Qi Gong, it allows us to move from the inside, align ourselves with gravity, and experience fluidity & lightness in our movement. In this module, you will study Qi Gong practices and learn how to combine it with Scaravelli Inspired Yoga and Yin Yoga. You will also study with master teacher Paddy McGrath who will share her ever developing insights and ‘tricks’ to make lighter, easier and more impact on our postures.

Integrative Yoga sequences are short 12 -20 min routines that integrate Qi Gong, Yin Yoga, Scaravelli Inspired Yoga, Pranayama, Kriyas, Bandhas, Mindfulness and Yoga Nidra to create a balanced, effective Yoga session that can lead the student into the state of Yoga. The essence of Pranayama and the Buteyko method of breathing less is the basis of the practice. At the heart of Integrative Yoga is, the philosophy of Non – Duality and the principles of Tao, which are brought to life in the Yoga classes through the experience of *wei wu wei.

* Wei-wu-wei – is an important concept in Taoism that literally means non-action or non-doing. In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu explains that beings that are wholly in harmony with the Tao behave in a completely natural, uncontrived way.

You will learn how to create your own sequences in: •  Hip Opening •  Sun Salutations •  Back bending •  Core Strengthening •  Inversions •  Standing Flow & Standing Balances •  Twists & Forward bends

Patanjali’s Sutra III: 29–– “Concentrated attention on the primordial navel center brings understanding of all bodily systems.”

Moving in Asana from our primordial navel center, also known as the Hara or Dantien, enables us to connect to our natural in dwelling presence. Qi Gong facilitates this connection most effectively. Through the integration of Qi Gong with Scaravelli Inspired Spinal Yoga, we find fluidity, ease, lightness and freedom in our movement, translating into moving meditation.

The Qi Gong is taught in the tradition of Master Yang Mian of Calligraphy yoga. Based on the principles of Tao, it helps us to find balance between doing and being, effort and effortlessness. Best described as ‘effortless effort’ or non-action action or, as it is called in Taoism, Wei-Wu-Wei, this is experienced as stillness in movement.

You will learn: •  Qi Gong practices combined with Integrative Yoga Sequences •  How to teach from Presence & lead students into Presence •  Qi Gong that can be practiced on its own or combined with any Yin or Yang asana •  The 8 Dynamic Spinal Movements based on the Yoga Synergy method of Simon Borg Olivier

‘As tension is released and joints become free new deep muscles awaken, increasingly movement takes place in the spine rather than in the large superficial muscles that are accustomed to working.’ Vanda Scaravelli

Master teacher, Paddy McGrath will skilfully guide you into asanas, particularly backbends so that they become a ‘dance of the spine’. Through Scaravelli Inspired Yoga you will learn how to cultivate a harmonious relationship with gravity, maintain joint freedom and stay spine centered. All the work in the postures comes back to awakening the spine. When the spine is alive and working then the natural intelligence of the body can awaken. In so doing, the body finds its own “natural blueprint’ and through this – joy, freedom & lightness.

This section of the course is centered around ‘the spine’ and ‘clarity’. It will be highly interactive and even theory sessions will be practical in equal measure. Participants will be expected to start adapting and (often creatively) their own interpretation of the principals according to their personal physical limitations and understanding instead of just regurgitating information. They will be guided and helped all the way to find their own wings of physical and mental understanding and gain confidence.

Main topics covered:

  1. Tensegrity, Power and Weightlessness
  2. Support Structure and Movement; Muscle bones, Nerves and Perception
  3. Head and tail relationship; Front spine ligaments etc
  4. Hands and Wrists and Feet and Ankles; Awakening and Discovering
  5. Dealing with injuries
  6. Repattern/Reprogram our Own Movements and Others
  7. The natural state finding true natural
  8. Sound Vibration with visual imagery

Section 1 7:00am – 9:00am : Yoga Sequencing and Personal Practice

Paddy will teach her dancing spine daily practice series involving backbends and inversions and all major groups of asanas. Students will learn to weave their own growing development into the series but on the last day they will be required to demonstrate their personal tailored version. This gives them the freedom to leave out certain parts, change the series duration and focus. They will be asked to explain their choices at the end of the session.

Section 2 9:30am-11:15am : Applied Anatomy

Each session will have a theme but also freedom to evolve as needs be. Students will be writing notes in their paper notebooks but also in the notebooks but also in the ‘notebook of their own bodies!’ (equal parts theory and practise).

Aim: Having cultivated basic teaching skills, you will be able to hone into your clarity and awareness and activate a much deeper, richer understanding of your body and how it moves, learning how to facilitate, repattern and reprogram movement into your body and into that of your students.

Paddy McGrath has taught yoga internationally for over 20 years with deep passion and humour with her ever-evolving quest to “unbutton the spine – so it can dance. She has assimilated decades of studies, initially under “back bend master Venketesh (Mysore India) and senior Iyengar and Ashtanga teachers in both India and Australia. She later trained under Diane long (trained under Vanda Scaravelli), Angela Farmer and John Stirk who had the greatest impact on her teaching.

Pranayama is the doorway to awakening sushumna/the central channel. Breathing less is the aim of all pranayama. We will cover a wide range of breathing practices from the fundamentals of diaphragmatic breathing to advanced pranayama that lead to sushumna awakening.

You will learn: •  Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras, Kriyas that can be integrated into Scaravelli Inspired Spinal Yoga •  How to integrate the principles of the butyeko method into asana

Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep-state of consciousness between waking and sleeping) is an immensely healing & powerful yoga meditation technique instilling deep relaxation.

You will learn: •  How to guide students into states of deep relaxation (long and short durations) •  The fundamentals of systematic relaxation in the tradition of Swami Satyananada Saraswati and that of Swami Rama of the Himalayan tradition

This module will emphasize techniques in asanas through exploring and breaking down postures at depth, ranging from standing postures, backbends, forward bends, inversions and twists.

You will learn: •  Vital tips •  Verbal and tactile cues •  How to provide modifications and adjustments to all levels (including beginners and pregnant women) •  How to use props to improve & modify postures •  How to observe •  The benefits of each posture •  The contraindications •  How to lead students into a safe and effective practice to help build flexibility, balance and strength

Most importantly, you will be given the opportunity to practice teaching.

The philosophy of non-volitional living/ non-dualism brings about the cultivation of an attitude – a state of mind that is balanced under all circumstances. The ultimate aim of Yoga is the cultivation of stillness of mind, for it is through this that one ‘touches’ the true essence of Yoga. The emphasis is in drawing the mind back to its source through practices that involve the gross and subtle body, the breath and prana.

“What is Non-Volitional Living? Simply void your entire mind: this is to have unpolluted wisdom (pure non-objective in-seeing or prajna). Daily go out, stay at home, sit or sleep, but in every word you say be not attached to the things of purposeful activity. Then, whatever you say or wherever you look, all will be unpolluted (undefiled by objects and karma-free).” – Enlightened Sage Huang-po of the T’ang dynasty

That is spontaneous non-volitional living. This is the ultimate aim of Yoga.

In this module we will undertake the study of Self – Enquiry (WHO AM I? ) through the means of: •  sravanna: listening to the teachings •  manana: contemplating the teachings using the instrument of the mind •  niddhidhyasana: meditating on and the experience of one’s true nature i.e. Yoga

Integrative Yoga – Module 2 – Course Content

Module 2 will consolidate the content of Module 1 and emphasize the practice of Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga being an integral part of Integrative Yoga is powerful when combined with:
•  Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
•  Qi Gong
•  Pranayama
•  Yoga Nidra
•  Mindfulness
•  The Science of Meridians & Chakras.

You will learn how to combine Yin yoga with:
•  The science of meridians & chakras
•  Scaravelli inspired spinal yoga
•  Qi Gong
•  The 4 foundations of mindfulness
•  Yoga Nidra
•  Pranayama & the Buteyko method

In this module you will also study at depth:
•  The Anatomy & Psychology of Chakras.
•  How to integrate a Yogic diet into your life and learn how to cook healthful ayurvedic based recipes.
•  Study the sutras and learn how to integrate it into your life & your classes.

We will cover various Yin sessions with the emphasis on Yin with Qi Gong, the science of Meridians, Pranayama and principles of Buteyko method, the four foundations of mindfulness, Scaravelli inspired spinal yoga, and Yoga Nidra. You will learn how to create your own yin sequences with varying themes; how to provide adjustments and modifications for beginners, pregnant women and students with special needs.

Yin Yoga presents the perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness through breath awareness. Yin by nature is about letting go and this includes releasing control on the breath. In deep help Yin postures, allowing your breath to find it’s natural rhythm can enable you to hold postures for longer.

You will learn how to: •  Create Yin Sequences with specific themes •  Modifications and adjustments using props •  Integrate Qi Gong, Science of Meridians & Chakras with Yin •  Integrate principles of pranayama and the Buteyko method with Yin •  Lead students into Mindful Awareness based on the 4 foundations of mindfulness •  Integrate Yin Yoga with Scaravelli Inspired Spinal Yoga

Yin Yoga provides us with the perfect opportunity to ‘rest’ and to ‘Be’. The breath and breath awareness, through pranayama, plays a powerful role in leading one into a state of meditative silence. Pranayama is the doorway to awakening the central channel. Breathing less is the aim of all pranayama. We will cover a wide range of pranayama practices that can be used to deepen a Yin session.

An in-depth study of chakras, working with the subtle energy body and awakening and energising the chakras through mantra, visualisation and asana. You will discover how to build an asana practice with emphasis on chakras and lead students into practices that open and activate each chakra through postures, bioenergetic exercises, breathing practices, mantras, guided meditation, and yoga philosophy.

In meditation, when the thinking mind ‘rests’, the ‘working mind’ awakens. This enables us to connect to our intuition. It is an inner knowing that is beyond the knowledge that we have accumulated from the outside and that is silent and free from all judgment, translating into awareness. We cultivate this state as we move in Integrative yoga. There is a quality of alertness, which accompanies a relaxed body. Presence permeates all action so that it is whole and not fragmented.

You will learn: •  How to guide students into Meditation, both as a dynamic and seated practice •  The preliminary practices leading to mediation

This module will consolidate and round up all the information that was covered from Module 1 & 2.

You will get practice in teaching with: •  Vital tips •  Verbal and tactile cues •  How to provide modifications and adjustments to all levels (including beginners and pregnant women) •  How to use props to improve & modify postures •  How to observe •  The benefits of each posture •  The contraindications •  How to lead students into a safe and effective practice to help build flexibility, balance and strength

We learn that Yoga is a philosophy & a way of life. The sutras lay the foundation for the asana practice and are the road map to self-realization. Through the study of the Sutras we are able to bring life to the practice so that through our dedicated practice we inspire our students to be skilled both – on the mat and off the mat.

You will: •  Study the sutras and learn how to practically apply them in your classes

Our diet is an indispensable part of a Yogic Lifestyle, one that is conducive to breath reduction and stilling the mind. You will learn how to cook wholesome vegetarian recipes that are nutritious, light and easy to digest. You will also learn about food combining, tonics to aid with ailments and gut health. The gut is the gateway to your body and not only significantly influences your physical health, but it has a major impact on your mental health. The stomach or gut is one of the key connections to your brain and emotional health and the health of your immune system.

You will learn how to cook vegetarian food that is satvic or pure in nature, light, easy to digest and nutritionally dense. Using natural, plant based, high fiber ingredients, spices, seeds, nuts, super grains and good fats these will be easy to prepare and delicious!

You will learn: •  Healing tonics to aid ailments & digestion •  Fermenting for probiotics •  Sprouting •  Learn how to cook Ayurveda based recipes


Shilpa Ghatalia

Shilpa Ghatalia has been a life long student of Yoga. In 1997 she became a certified yoga teacher in the Himalayan tradition at Swami Rama’s Institute of Yogic Sciences Honesdale, USA. In 1999 under the tutelage of Swami Veda Bharati she studied the subtleties of Yoga to include Raja Yoga Meditation & Yoga Nidra.

In 2005 she trained under the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Mindfulness Meditation. In 2006 she met her spiritual master Ramesh Balsekar and became a student of Non-dualism/Advaita. In 2007 she went to Mysore, India to study Pranayama and the fundamentals of Ayurveda under Dr Nagaraj. In 2008 she was introduced to the powerful Russian Breathing Technique, the Buteyko Method. Over the years she continued to study different styles of Hatha Yoga such as Iyengar, Anusara and Yin Yoga in her quest to find a system, which led to spontaneous meditation.

In 2008 she went on to study with master teachers *Paddy McGrath and *Diane Long who initiated her into revolutionary practise of *Vanda Scaravelli. This, to her was the ultimate practice that led to lightness, joy and freedom.
In early 2017, she studied Calligraphy Yoga and Qi Gong with the Shaolin *Master Yang Mian. She also did her 300 hours RYT with *Simon Borg Olivier of Yoga Synergy.

Shilpa is the founder of Integrative Yoga which is the synthesis of the teachings of the Himalayan tradition of Swami Rama; the Intuitive Yoga of Spinal freedom of Vanda Scraveli; Taoist Yin Yoga & Qi Gong; the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and the Philoshopy of Advaita Vedanta. The richness of each of these traditions make it complete & unique system of mind-body-spirit health. Shilpa Ghatalia is the founding owner of Yogshakti-www.yogshakti.com. She trains teachers and runs workshops both internationally & locally.

*Vanda Scaraveli: author of the book-Awakening the Spine
*Paddy Mcgrath: www.yogapaddy.com
*Diane Long: www.dianelongyoga.com-Diane studied with Vanda Scraveli for 24 years
*Master Yang Mian: www.calligraphyyoga.com
*Simon Borg Olivier: www.yogasynergy.com

Paddy Mcgrath

Paddy McGrath has taught yoga internationally for over 20 years with deep passion and humor with her ever evolving quest to “unbutton the spine – so it can dance. She has assimilated decades of studies, initially under “back bend master Venketesh (Mysore India) and senior Iyengar and Ashtanga teachers in both India and Australia. She later trained under Diane long (trained under Vanda Scaravelli), Angela Farmer and John Stirk who had the greatest impact on her teaching.