Teacher Trainings

Teacher Trainings

You want to dive deeper into yoga? You want to inspire more people for yoga and accompany them as a yoga teacher on their spiritual path of development? AIRYOGA is the right partner for this: Since 2005 AIRYOGA is a registered Yoga Alliance School (RYS 200- & 500-hour level) and one of the leading training center for yoga instructors in Switzerland.

Nationally and internationally, AIRYOGA trainings enjoy an excellent reputation. Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and the continuing 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training (ATT+300) educate you comprehensively in the entire spectrum of yoga traditions and certify you according to the globally accepted standards of the American Yoga Alliance®.

AIRYOGA offers also a wide range of more specialized trainings to further develop your personal practice, deepen your knowledge and pass on your know-how in a competent and practical way. Our instructors are yoga teachers of international reputation with specific specialties and many years of experience.
Every year, many future yoga teachers place their trust in us. We thank you for allowing us to accompany you on this important part of your yoga journey.

+300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 2025

+300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 2025 at AIRYOGA

The AIRYOGA ATT+300 in-depth training covers comprehensive study and personal development. It is designed to create a clear path for teachers to elevate themselves to a higher standard of yoga teaching and allow for a steady maturing of the personal practice.

It is AIRYOGA’s mission to facilitate a space for study that produces well-rounded teachers and students of yoga that have unique skills and proficiency in the full spectrum of yoga traditions.

Evolve your practice and transform your teaching with this unique Yoga Alliance® registered Advanced Teacher Training.

Our advanced +300-hour Hatha Yoga training course runs from February to December 2025 and is led by Michael Hamilton.

 

INFORMATION EVENT
The ATT+300 information evening with Michael Hamilton will take place on Friday, August 30th at 6pm at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10, 8005 Zurich.

Please register for the ATT+300 information evening at dagmar@airyoga.com

200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 2024

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2024 at AIRYOGA in Zurich

Starting in fall 2024, AIRYOGA Zurich will be offering a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Michael Hamilton. The training will be taught in line with the tradition of Hatha Yoga and has been accredited by the American Yoga Alliance®.

The course is appropriate for experienced and dedicated students of Yoga who wish to deepen and refine their knowledge. In eight modules, the program provides the foundation required for further study and teaching.

The training covers 185 live classroom hours of 60 minutes each. In addition, students can expect at least 30 hours of online/video review and self-directed study.

THE HERO’S JOURNEY 2024. With Michael Hamilton and Sabine Glück

The Hero’s Journey 2024 – a call to adventure. With Michael Hamilton and Sabine Glück

Archetypal stories of the hero on a journey have been told since ancient times. The tales teach us, that change is possible for everyone. They are about exploring themes and dilemmas that more deeply signify the spiritual challenges we face throughout life. Challenges that are necessary to our own personal development and growth.

In 8 weekend modules from April through December 2024 we embark on an adventure of our body, mind and heart. We explore how we can be guided and grounded in processes of change and growth, drawing from the teachings of Yogic and Buddhist practices and philosophy, complemented with approaches and exercises from western psychology.

How do we embody the essential? How do we recognize and grow beyond an edge that no longer serves us and with that live out more of our innate potential? How do we open up to the silent whispers of our heart?

In this intensive we gift ourselves with time and space to truly connect with our body, mind and heart. Inspired by the practices and teachings of Yoga, Buddhism and Western Psychology we explore and engage on a journey of deeper understanding and self-exploration of our individual path towards a liberated and fulfilled life. The teachings encourage personal reflection, inspire individual practice and offer a safe space in a group to explore and expand.

The AIRYOGA ATT+300 course 2025 will start on Thursday morning of February 16, 2025 and end on Sunday afternoon of December 7, 2025.

7 modules will take place at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich; the 2 intensive weeks will be offered at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl in Trogen/Switzerland.

Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers will lead the ATT +300

  • Michael Hamilton (Director): Asana, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Adjustments, Teaching Methodology
  • Stephen Thomas: Pranayama, Restorative Asana, Mantra
  • Doug Keller: Dynamic Anatomy, Functional Movement Anatomy, Yoga Therapy
  • Manuela Peverelli: Hindrances in Meditation, Developing Awareness, Brahma Viharas, Bhakti Yoga
  • Sabine Glück: Introduction to Meditation in Theory and Practice, Mindfulness as Ressource, Establishing a Self Practice
  • Michele Loew: Yoga Nidra, Dream Yoga, Subtle Body Yoga, Yoga Philosophy
  • Simon Park: Essential Tools for Teaching Vinyasa Yoga, Creative Sequencing, Reading Bodies, Hands-On Assists, Creating Workshops, Thai Yoga Massage, Professional Presentation


The Course Format

The ATT+300 course consists of nine themed modules covering a total of 270 teaching hours of 60 minutes each. In addition, participants dedicate around 50 hours on individual studies, homework and the final assignment. This is written individually and reviewed by Michael Hamilton.

Trainees who have successfully passed the ATT+300 will receive a certificate of completion from AIRYOGA for the 300 hours.


Dates, Teaching Locations and Times

  • Modul 1 (intensive week): February 16 to 22, 2025 at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl, Trogen/Switzerland
  • Modul 2: March 20 to 23, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich
  • Modul 3: May 1 to 4, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich
  • Modul 4: June 12 to 15, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich
  • Modul 5: July 10 to 13, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich
  • Modul 6: September 18 to 21, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich
  • Modul 7 (intensive week): October 8 to 14, 2025 at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl, Trogen/Switzerland
  • Modul 8: November 13 to 16, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich
  • Modul 9: December 4 to 7, 2025 at AIRYOGA, Zurich

Teaching Schedule at AIRYOGA, Zürich

  • Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Friday from 8 am to 12 noon and from 1:30 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturday from 12.45 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday from 12.30 pm to 5.15 pm

Teaching Schedule at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl, Trogen

  • Arrival day: 2 pm to 9 pm (incl. breaks for lunch and dinner)
  • Tag 2 to 5: 7:30 am to 9 pm (incl. breaks for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Departure day: 7 am to 11 am (incl. breakfast break)

Course rate

The rate for the ATT+300 course 2025 is:

  • CHF 5’300.- if you apply prior to October 31, 2024 (Early Bird offer)
  • CHF 5’600.- for applications as of November 1, 2024 (regular price)

On request, it is possible to pay the course rate in installments.
Included in the rate are:

  • Registration fee of CHF 500.-, due upon entry of the application
  • Comprehensive manual

Not included are:

  • Travel, accommodation and meals during the two intensive weeks at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl (approx. CHF 1’450.- to 1’600.-, depending on the room category)
  • Cost for books

Application

To apply for the ATT+300 course 2025 please fill out this form.


Application deadline is on December 15, 2024.
Early registration is recommended.

For all questions on the ATT+300, please contact Dagmar Stuhr: dagmar@airyoga.com

Prerequisites for attending the ATT+300

  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate (registered with Yoga Alliance) – or an equivalent training certificate in a classroom format (no online training)
  • At least 3 years of regular Yoga practice
  • Solid knowledge in both English and German (no translation will be offered)
  • Approval from Michael Hamilton (Director ATT+300) or Stephen Thomas. Applicants who are not regular students with Michael/Stephen will be invited to an interview
  • Good physical and mental health

Further terms

  • Spaces in the course will be allocated ‘first come, first served’ once the application has been reviewed by AIRYOGA (Michael Hamilton/Stephen Thomas) and the full course rate has been paid.
  • The course requires a minimum of 18 participants to take place. It accepts a maximum of 28 participants (plus possibly trainees making up missed hours from the previous ATT+300 course).
  • AIRYOGA reserves the right to offer few additional slots in some modules to interested students who are not enrolled for the ATT+300 course 2025.
  • The training will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher.
  • The teachers are writing their respective manual chapter in the teaching language.
  • In order to graduate, trainees are required to have attended a minimum of 230 classroom hours and passed the final assignment.
  • Graduates of the ATT+300 course 2025 who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training registered with Yoga Alliance are entitled to apply at Yoga Alliance for a 500-hour accreditation (RYT 500).
  • Participants in the ATT+300 will receive a 20% discount on the AIRYOGA 10-, 6- and 12-month passes from the time they pay the full course fee until the end of the training (December 7, 2025).

The Modules of the ATT+300 Course 2025

Module 1 – Course Foundation / Asana, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Adjustments

Sunday, February 16, to Saturday, February 22, 2025 / 47.5 hours
at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl, Lindenbühl 2 in 9043 Trogen/Switzerland
Teacher: Michael Hamilton
Teaching Language: English

This module sets the foundation for this training. Yogis can expect extended practice time with asana, pranayama, kriyas and meditation as well as workshops around the various practices of Yoga. The study of yogic texts will provide a backdrop for individual contemplation. Participants will bond in this retreat format and embark on a transformative journey together.

Topics of this module

  • Refining Asana alignment
  • Reading bodies, exploring modifications and learning adjustments
  • Use of Bandhas in Asana
  • Structural and Applied Anatomy
  • Perspectives on Sequencing
  • Asana as Pranayama Practice
  • Restorative Practices & Yoga Nidra
  • Overview of the Yoga Traditions
  • Study of Yogic Texts
  • Symbolic representation and metaphor in Yoga
  • The Language of Yoga – Understanding Key Sanskrit Terms
  • Calm Abiding meditation (shamatha) and Insight meditation (vipassana)
  • Mantra, Chanting and Devotional Practice

Michael Hamilton is a meditation and yoga practitioner as well as a transpersonal therapist. The discovery of Buddhism in his twenties brought about dramatic life changes resulting in his departure from the west to the east and long years of studies in yoga and Buddhism in Asia. After discovering satipatthana meditation with its direct application of mindfulness to progressive stages of development, he started studies in short- and long-term retreat formats with Sayday U Vivekananda.

His approach combines modern methods developed in psychology with the skillful means developed in ancient Buddhist teachings on wisdom, in order to better facilitate development and healing in individuals and small groups.

He is deeply grateful to all those that have helped and guided him on his path, particularly Daido Roshi for his acts of kindness, Vivekanada and Baddhamanika for their endless patience, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor for their insights into approaching practice, Doug Keller for therapeutic body awareness and Wolfgang Erhard and Lama Lhündrup for awakening the Bodhisattva spirit within. Michael lives with his wife Sabine Glück in Ticino/Switzerland.

Module 2 – Dynamic Anatomy, Functional Movement Anatomy, Yoga Therapy

Thursday, March 20, to Sunday, March 23, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Teacher: Doug Keller
Teaching Language: English

Topics of this module

  • The myofascial lines governing muscles and joints introduced by Tom Myers, as applied to asana enhance the therapeutic value of the practice
  • The logic of sequencing creatively and with focus, as guided by myofascial lines or ‘Sutras’.
  • Principles of joint health, and their impact on working effectively with muscular tightness or weakness
  • Fundamental functional movement patterns which are supported and improved through asana practice
  • Principles of assessment of posture and functional movement patterns, with an eye to understanding chronic pain patterns, and addressing them through principles of practice
  • A wide range of modifications and remedial exercises which improve asana performance and enhance the therapeutic benefits of the practice
  • Principles of breath in asana practice, approaches to improving breath patterns in asana, and their impact upon the nervous system

Doug Keller’s background reflects a lifelong commitment to studying, imbibing and sharing the vast field of knowledge and practice known as yoga. 

After receiving honors and graduate degrees in philosophy from the top Jesuit universities in the United States, Georgetown and Fordham Universities, and teaching philosophy at a college level for several years, he then pursued his ‘post-graduate’ education in the practical experience of yoga at the Siddha Meditation Ashram, Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India, for seven years. He spent a total of 14 years doing service, practicing, training in and teaching yoga in Siddha Meditation Ashrams worldwide, along with studying the philosophical schools of Kashmir Shaivism.

Doug received intensive training in the Iyengar system in New York City, mainly with senior certified Iyengar teacher Kevin Gardiner. He also practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India, and became one of the first certified Anusara Yoga teachers, producing five books on asana principles (Anusara), the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy.

Doug has been teaching full-time for nearly 30 years, offering classes, workshops, and trainings in North America as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has published articles as a regular columnist for the Yoga International Magazine, as well as articles for Yoga Journal. He was also on the faculty of the Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrative Health for three years.

Doug’s popularity as a teacher comes from his ability to deepen people’s experience of yoga through clear, simple and direct instructions that are easy to practice and remember.

Module 3 – Refining Awareness

Thursday, May 1, to Sunday, May 4, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Teachers: Manuela Peverelli and Sabine Glück
Teaching Language: German

Topics of this module

  • Embodied awareness practice in Vinyasa flow
  • Bhakti Yoga (mantras, bhajan)
  • Exploration of different Meditation practices and reflection of personal experiences
  • Model of absolute and relative reality
  • Obstacles on the path (kleshas)
  • Introduction into Buddhist psychology
  • Working with difficult emotions


In 2002, Manuela Peverelli got in touch with Yoga for the first time and was immediately fascinated by the art of embodied presence.

She grew up in Zurich, where she completed her first teacher training in 2008. She then lived in Asia for some years, where she fully dedicated her time to the study of Yoga. In 2012, Zurich became her home base again and she spent the winter months in Asia to deepen her own practice and teach retreats. Silent times in Vipassana and Metta retreats as well as time in Yoga ashrams were equally important to her. 

She recently completed a three-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany. She is still a searcher and continues to be a grateful student. 

Manuela’s teaching is joyful and powerful, and at the same time a journey into non-conceptual and boundless awareness. Since 2020, Manuela lives in the south-west of France, together with her partner Marc and her son Tao. They lead a small retreat center for mindfulness, ecology and spirituality. She is teaching in various Yoga Teacher Trainings in Zurich and offers retreats and workshops in different places in Switzerland and Europe.

Module 4 – Breath, Restorative Yoga, Mantra

Thursday, June 12, to Sunday, June 15, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Lehrer: Stephen Thomas
Teaching Language: English

Topics of this module

  • In-depth technique of the Traditional Pranayama and Kriyas of Hatha Yoga
  • In-depth look at various Meditation techniques related to breathwork
  • In-depth study of Bandha, Kumbhaka, Timing, Ratios
  • review and context of Modern techniques vs. Traditional Yoga Practices
  • Sequencing – how to grow your practice over time, respond to seasons, life, etc
  • Key Restorative Asanas to open Breath Body, influence proper breathing
  • Methods of Merging Asana and Pranayama 
  • Working with common challenges (eg. tightness of breath, imbalances, stress, poor sleep)
  • Working to help with certain conditions (eg. hyper-tension, depression, insomnia)
  • intro to Ayurvedic perspectives relative to breath
  • Pranayama and the Nervous System
  • Pranayama related to Kosha System, Vayus, Nadis
  • Supine Breathwork

Stephen Thomas is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism.

He is also a direct student of  O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India – a master in the science of Pranayama and Ayurveda. He combines that with over 20 years of study in Alignment and Therapeutic-based Asana, Ayurveda, Philosophy.

Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich and his own studio, SVARUPA in Bern. He is a father of two and dedicates his time to family life, writing and researching Yoga. He also works one-on-one with many students and helps to mentor teachers in the community.

Module 5 – Uncovering the Potential of the Heart

Thursday, July 10, to Sunday, July 13, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Teachers: Sabine Glück and Manuela Peverelli
Teaching Language: German

Topics of this module

  • Deepening the meditation practice in movement and sitting
  • (Re)discovering heart qualities – compassion, joy, love, equanimity
  • Further exploration of working with difficult emotions
  • Integrating spiritual practices into daily life
  • Relationship as path of personal and spiritual development
  • Finding words to guide others in meditation and creating a safe space for exploration
  • Bhakti Yoga (mantras, bhajan)


Sabine Glück studied Psychology at the University of Zurich. These years formed the beginning of dedicated exploration of what it means to be an embodied, human being. What possibilities do we have to curate our lifes in ways leading towards true love, freedom and wholeness admits this wonderful and challenging life? Intensive study of Yoga and the Buddhadharma structured her life in the last 15 years. The continuous exploration in daily life as well as intensive retreat times enrich and influence her life in wonderful ways and affirm over and over the intention to dedicate her time to uncover intuitive wisdom and compassion, celebrate the aliveness and gratefully honor each moment.

Sabine offers MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) and meditation courses since 2017 and supports people on their individual path towards embodied awareness and wholesome and joyful curation of their life. A three-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany enriches and influences the way she teaches and supports groups and individuals. 

Sabine lives with her husband Michael Hamilton and their dog Juna in a remote valley in Ticino.

Module 6 – Yoga Nidra, Dream Yoga, Subtle Body Yoga, Philosophy: A journey into your powerful inner resources and lucidity

Thursday, September 18, to Sunday, September 21, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Teacher: Michele Loew
Teaching Language: English

Topics of this module

  • The Science and Teaching Methodology of Yoga Nidra
  • The Key principles used in the 3 major lineages of Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Nidra Templates for Restoration, Transformation, Better Sleep, Healing, and Freedom
  • Working with Sankalpa, the power of intention, to manifest your most heartfelt spiritually guided desires
  • Understanding Prana and the subtle body, The 5 Vayus, 5 Koshas, 5 Skandhas and the Vajra Body
  • The healing effects of yoga nidra on all layers of mind and body 
  • Introducing Sleep and Dream Yoga and comparative Vajrayana Buddhist science

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and practitioner of Hatha and Vajrayana Yogas. Since 1999 she has built community spaces dedicated to the practice of yoga and spirituality. She is the founder of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon, and well as the Vajra Yoga School of Comparative Buddhist & Indic Yoga studies she teaches alongside Robert A.F. Thurman for Tibet House US.

In 2019, Michele began Clearlight Yoga, her school focusing on Yoga Nidra and the Sleep and Dream Yoga practices of the Himalayan masters. She is known as a teacher’s teacher, and her yoga schools have been respected by students worldwide for teaching lineage based yoga focusing on the deeper philosophical and esoteric aspects of the practice, while bringing in cutting edge modern science and kinesiology into the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

She serves on the board of directors of Tibet House US. She leads retreats and workshops internationally with an altruistic intention to serve and inspire all to discover their enlightened nature.

Module 7 – Asana, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Adjustments, Teaching Methodology

Wednesday, October 8, to Tuesday, October 14, 2025 / 47.5 hours
at Seminarhaus Lindenbühl, Lindenbühl 2 in 9043 Trogen/Switzerland
Teacher: Michael Hamilton
Teaching Language: English

This module will have a strong focus on teaching methodology. There will be room for refining your teaching style, finding the cues that best transport your ideas and examining the essence of your teaching message. Further study of yogic texts culminates in a more comprehensive overview of the yoga traditions.

Topics of this module

  • Structuring a Yoga class
  • First-hand experience of teaching small groups
  • Receiving peer feedback on teaching
  • Sharpening the teaching messages
  • Adjustment workshop
  • Refining of hands-on and verbal adjustments
  • Restorative practices
  • The Evolution of the Subtle Body in Hatha & Tantra
  • During this second intensive week, the topics for the final assignment will also be discussed with Michael Hamilton.

Module 8 – Essential Tools for Teaching Vinyasa Yoga, Creative Sequencing, Reading Bodies, Hands-On Assists

Thursday, November 13, to Sunday, November 16, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Teacher: Simon Park
Teaching Language: English

Topics of this module

  • Immersive practice in open Vinyasa format; detailing physical alignment and energetic actions 
  • Creative and adaptive sequencing for practitioners of all levels with Vinyasa Krama
  • Reading Bodies in Asana
  • Cueing 
  • Hands on Assisting 
  • Physical, energetic, and mental principles of asana practice 

Simon Park began his Yoga practice with Shiva Rea at Yoga Works in Santa Monica/California in 1995 in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. His studies in Ashtanga continued with Maty Ezraty and Richard Freeman. Additionally, he is a long-time student of senior Iyengar teacher Joan White and Dharma Mittra (traditional Hatha and Raja Yoga).

Furthermore a deep interest in bodywork, particularly traditional Thai Massage, has informed the way Simon teaches students and teachers.

He is currently based in Munich and leads teacher trainings, workshops and retreats globally. 

Module 9 – Weaving It All Together / Closing

Thursday, December 4, to Sunday, December 7, 2025 / 25 hours
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich
Teachers: Simon Park and Michael Hamilton
Teaching Language: English

Topics of this module with Simon

  • Beyond Yoga Classes: Creating Workshops, Trainings and Retreats
  • Using Asana as a Tool to Assess and Rebalance the Body 
  • Integrating Thai Yoga Massage as a Complement to the Yoga Practice 
  • Presenting Yourself Professionally in the Yoga Community

 Topics of this module with Michael

  • Closing practice
  • Lecture and Review
  • Closing circle


Frequently Asked Questions about ATT+300

Can I complete the training, if either my English and/or my German language skills are not very strong?

Your knowledge of German and English should be so that you are able to follow the teaching sessions in both languages and able to read and understand both German and English texts sufficiently. No translation will be provided.
The final assignment can be written in German or English.

In what cases will the registration fee be refunded?

The registration fee of CHF 500.- will only be refunded

  • if the course does not reach the minimum number of 18 participants
  • if the application is not allowed by AIRYOGA
  • if the application is on the waitlist and cannot succeed

 


What does the final assignment consist of?

During module 7/2nd intensive week, ATT+300 Director Michael Hamilton will announce the topics/questions for your final assignment. You will be asked to investigate these questions and write an essay on your personal research. Michael also determines the extent of the essays as well as the deadline for submission.
Your final assignment will be reviewed by Michael; you will receive his written feedback within 4-6 weeks after submission.

Approved graduates of the ATT+300 will then receive their certificate/diploma.

Can I obtain a certificate of attendance for the attended modules?

You can ask AIRYOGA for a certificate attesting to your attended modules. Time spent on homework, written papers etc. cannot be included in the attestation.

The 200-hour AIRYOGA Teacher Training 2024 will start on Friday morning of October 11th, 2024 and end on Sunday evening of June 1st, 2025.
All classes will be offered at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.

Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers will lead the training

Michael Hamilton (Director): Asana, Anatomy, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy

Stephen Thomas: Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology

Christina Eggenschwiler: Anatomy and Physiology, Prevention

Manuela Peverelli: Meditation, Personal Development, Asana

Sabine Glück: Meditation, Personal Development, Yoga Nidra

Evelyn Hunger: Ayurveda foundations, Ayurveda related Sadhana.

The following subjects and topics form the curriculum

  • Dynamic and restorative Asana (alignment, modifications, use of props, adjustments)
  • Physical and subtle Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pranayama, Kriya, Mudras
  • Mantra
  • Meditation and Personal Development
  • Intro Yoga Nidra
  • History of classic and modern Yoga
  • Intro Yoga Philosophy
  • Ayurveda foundations
  • Teaching methodology and didactics
  • Practicum: Teaching, observing, sequencing and assisting

These are the dates of the modules

  • Module 1 – Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13, 2024
  • Module 2 – Friday, November 22, to Sunday, November 24, 2024
  • Module 3 – Friday, December 13, to Sunday, December 15, 2024
  • Module 4 – Friday,January 10, to Sunday, January 12, 2025
  • Module 5 (intensive week) – Monday, February 17, to Sunday, February 23, 2025
  • Module 6 – Friday, March 14, to Sunday, March 16, 2025
  • Module 7 (Easter) – Thursday, April 17, to Monday, April 21, 2025
  • Module 8 (Pentecost) – Thursday, May 29, to Sunday, June 1, 2025

Class times

Module 1-4, 6:

  • Fridays from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm
  • Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sundays from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • 2 to 2.5 hours lunch break

Module 5 (intensive week):

  • Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: afternoons only
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: full day until 5:45 pm
  • 2 to 2.5 hours lunch break

Module 7 (Easter):

  • Thursday and Saturday: afternoons only
  • Friday, Sunday and Monday: full day from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • 1.5 hours lunch break

Module 8 (Pentecost):

  • Thursday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm
  • Saturday: afternoon only, from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm 1.5 to 2.5 hours lunch break

Course rate

The rate for the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2024 is:

  • CHF 4’450.- for applications prior to March 31, 2024 (Early Bird offer)
  • CHF 4’750.- for applications as of April 1, 2024 (regular price)

The course fee includes all online material and an extensive written course manual.
Not included is the cost for further reading material (recommended books).

For questions and other concerns please contact ausbildungen@airyoga.ch

Application

To apply for the 200-hour Teacher Training 2024 please use this Form (German only).

Closing date is on September 1, 2024.
Given the usually high demand, we recommend that you apply early!

Prerequisites for attending the Yoga Teacher Training

This training is demanding on a physical and psychological level. The schedule requires participants to immerse themselves in yoga. Applicants should be sincerely interested and committed to the study of yoga.

Further requirements:

  • a regular yoga practice of a minimum of two years
  • solid knowledge in both German and English (no translations are offered)
  • good mental and physical health

Karma Yoga spots

AIRYOGA offers two Karma Yoga spots with a 50% discount on the training fee to any participant who is suited to this assignment and who cannot afford this training at full price. Assistance involves approx. 1-2 extra hours of helping out at the studio per training day.
To apply for the Karma Yoga spots please add your letter of motivation to your application form.

Further terms

  • The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
  • AIRYOGA (Michael Hamilton or Stephen Thomas) will decide who is admitted to the course after assessing the application. Candidates that are not already regular students with Michael or Stephen are invited to a test class and a post class interview.
  • The course requires a minimum of 16 participants to take place. It accepts a maximum of 32 participants (plus possibly persons making up missed hours from the previous course). Additional applicants will be put on the wait-list.
  • The training will be taught in English or German, depending on the teacher.
  • The teachers are composing their respective manual chapter in the teaching language.
  • In order to graduate, trainees are required to have attended a minimum of 90% of all classroom hours and passed the written exam as well as a practical exam. Graduates are entitled to register as ‘RYT 200’ with the American Yoga Alliance®.

Biographies of our Teachers

Michael Hamilton (Director):
Asana, Anatomy, Teaching Methodology, Yoga Philosophy

Michael is a meditation and yoga practitioner as well as a transpersonal therapist. The discovery of Buddhism in his twenties brought about dramatic life changes resulting in his departure from the west to the east and long years of studies in yoga and Buddhism in Asia. After discovering satipatthana meditation with its direct application of mindfulness to progressive stages of development, he started studies in short- and long-term retreat formats with Sayday U Vivekananda.

His approach combines modern methods developed in psychology with the skillful means developed in ancient Buddhist teachings on wisdom, in order to better facilitate development and healing in individuals and small groups.

He is deeply grateful to all those that have helped and guided him on his path, particularly Daido Roshi for his acts of kindness, Vivekanada and Baddhamanika for their endless patience, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor for their insights into approaching practice, Doug Keller for therapeutic body awareness and Wolfgang Erhard and Lama Lhündrup for awakening the Bodhisattva spirit within.

Michael lives with his wife Sabine Glück in Ticino, Switzerland.
For more information, please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com

Michael teaches in English.

Stephen Thomas:
Asana, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology

Stephen is an experienced Yoga teacher and practitioner. He leads Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Immersions across Asia and Europe. His teaching is deeply rooted in the traditional Yoga practices of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. His philosophical background is influenced by studies in the Classical systems of Yoga Philosophy as well as Tibetan Buddhism.
Stephen is also a direct student of  O.P. Tiwari of Kaivalyadham, India – a master in the science of Pranayama and Ayurveda. He combines that with over 20 years of study in Alignment and Therapeutic-based Asana, Ayurveda, Philosophy.

Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich and his own studio, SVARUPA in Bern. He is a father of two and dedicates his time to family life, writing and researching Yoga. He also works one-on-one with many students and helps to mentor teachers in the community.
For more information, please see https://svarupa.com

Stephen teaches in English.

Christina Eggenschwiler:
Anatomy, Physiology, Prevention

Christina has a decade of teaching experience. As a lecturer for functional anatomy and physiology she is involved in various teacher training courses in Switzerland and abroad. She gained her professional knowledge during her training as a yoga teacher at Yoga Medicine, at Anatomy Trains in Motion, in spiral dynamics and in various specializations (CAS sports and movement therapy, Pilates, health promotion, injury prevention, pain therapy, etc.). With a Master’s degree in Sports Science she has a comprehensive understanding of movement. She imparts the theory with clarity and many application examples and the practice with exciting self-awareness techniques.
For more information, please see www.the-yugen.com

Christina teaches in German.

Manuela Peverelli:
Meditation, Personal Development, Asana (Sadhana)

In 2002, Manuela got in touch with Yoga for the first time and was immediately fascinated by the art of embodied presence. She grew up in Zurich, where she completed her first teacher training in 2008. She then lived in Asia for some years, where she fully dedicated her time to the study of Yoga. In 2012, Zurich became her home base again and she spent the winter months in Asia to deepen her own practice and teach retreats. Silent times in Vipassana and Metta retreats as well as time in Yoga ashrams were equally important to her.
She recently completed a three-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany. Manuela is still a searcher and continues to be a grateful student. 

Manuela’s teaching is joyful and powerful, and at the same time a journey into non-conceptual and boundless awareness.

Since 2020, Manuela lives in the south-west of France, together with her partner Marc and her son Tao. They lead a small retreat center for mindfulness, ecology and spirituality. She is teaching in various Yoga Teacher Trainings in Zurich and offers retreats and workshops in different places in Switzerland and Europe.
For more information, please visit www.karmacircus.com

Manuela teaches in German.

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Sabine Glück:
Asana (Sadhana), Meditation, Personal Development, Yoga Nidra

Sabine studied Psychology at the University of Zurich. These years formed the beginning of dedicated exploration of what it means to be an embodied, human being. What possibilities do we have to curate our lifes in ways leading towards true love, freedom and wholeness admits this wonderful and challenging life? Intensive study of Yoga and the Buddhadharma structured her life in the last 15 years. The continuous exploration in daily life as well as intensive retreat times enrich and influence her life in wonderful ways and affirm over and over the intention to dedicate her time to uncover intuitive wisdom and compassion, celebrate the aliveness and gratefully honor each moment.

Sabine offers MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) and meditation courses since 2017 and supports people on their individual path towards embodied awareness and wholesome and joyful curation of their life. A three-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany enriches and influences the way she teaches and supports groups and individuals.
Sabine lives with her husband Michael Hamilton and their dog Juna in a remote valley in Ticino.
For more information, please visit www.sabineglueck.com

Sabine teaches in German.

Evelyn Hunger:
Ayurveda Foundations, Ayurveda related Sadhana

On one of her frequent travels to India, Evelyn came into contact first with yoga and then with Ayurveda. She was so fascinated from that point on, that she immersed herself with the philosophical system and its practice. Yoga teacher trainings and retreats with Stephen Thomas as her teacher and mentor for many years, but also inputs from other teachers, as well as her daily personal practice, help Evelyn gain a deeper perspective and understanding, that she constantly integrates in her daily life, which helps her have an honest, empathic and enjoyable relationship with life.

Evelyn trained to become a certified Ayurveda Specialist at the European Academy for Ayurveda, and supplemented her studies with an internship over several months at an Ayurvedic clinic in South India. The knowledge from her profession as an emergency care nurse is an important link to work in a holistic way. In addition, Evelyn is deeply inspired by the Mahamudra practice of Tibetan Buddhism, which shapes her yoga practice and brings her fulfillment and joy in her daily life. Phases of intensive practice are just as important to her as to experience her mind clearly and to open her heart anew in each encounter even in the hectic emergency care routine.
To find out more on Evelyn also see www.yogaayus.ch

Evelyn teaches in German.

The intensive consists of 7 weekend modules in Zurich and a 5-day retreat at beautiful Casa Corvo in Ticino. Each module is dedicated to a specific theme. The weekend modules in Zurich start on Friday evening with an online session guiding you in your home. These evenings are intended to support you in integrating the experiences of your day-to-day life and with that open up the space for refined awareness and sensibility. Saturday and Sunday (and Monday for the Pentecost weekend in May) we meet at the “Kubus25” in Zurich for a long morning sadhana curated around asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation set to the module’s theme. In the afternoons we continue the exploration with input, exercises and discussions.

Dates:

  • Module 1: April 12-14, 2024
  • Module 2 (Pentecost): Mai 17-20, 2024
  • Module 3: June 28-30, 2024
  • Module 4: August 23-25, 2024
  • Module 5: September 13-15, 2024
  • Module 6 (Retreat at Casa Corvo): October 23-27, 2024
  • Module 7: November 15-17, 2024
  • Module 8: December 20-22, 2024

Times and Locations:

Modules 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8:

  • Friday 19.00 – 21.00 online on Zoom
  • Saturday 8.30-12.00 and 13.30-17.00 at “Kubus25” (Neptunstrasse 25, 8032 Zürich)
  • Sunday 8.30-12.00 – 13.00-16.00 at “Kubus25” (Neptunstrasse 25, 8032 Zürich)

Module 2 (Pentecost):

  • Friday 19.00 – 21.00 online on Zoom
  • Saturday 8.30-12.00 and 13.30-17.00 at “Kubus25” (Neptunstrasse 25, 8032 Zürich)
  • Sunday 8.30-12.00 and 13.00-16.00 at “Kubus25” (Neptunstrasse 25, 8032 Zürich)
  • Monday 8.00 – 12.00 at “Kubus25” in Zurich (Neptunstrasse 25, 8032 Zürich)

Module 6 (Retreat at Casa Corvo)

  • Arrival on October 23, 2024 (check-in from 15.00)
  • Departure on October 27, 2024 after brunch (11.00)

Requirements for attending:

  • At least 2 years of regular Yoga practice
  • Familiarity with Yogic and/or Buddhist philosophy acquired e.g. in a Yoga Teacher Training, self-study or similar
  • Physical and mental health
  • English (Sabine can offer German translation)

Cost:

The course rate is CHF 3’650.-

Paymnet as follows:

  • CHF 500.- upon application (reservation fee, non refundable)
  • CHF 3’150.- before March 31, 2024

Included are:

  • Teachings
  • Training Material

Not included are:

  • Cost for board and accommodation in double bed rooms at Casa Corvo (CHF 520.-)
  • Travel cost to Ticino

Application:

For applications, questions and other concerns please email michaelhamiltonyoga@gmail.com

The Modules

Module 1: Foundations in Mind, Heart and Body Yogic Practice

April 12-14, 2024

In this module we will build a foundation from which to explore the practice methods that support participants on their personal path towards a deeper understanding and the cultivation of their inherent heart qualities.
In the theoretical part, we introduce the Buddhist teaching of the Four Noble Truth and the Eightfold Noble Path and discuss its meaning in the context of our modern life.
This module is the starting point of a journey. We get in touch with one another and start growing together as a group which opens up a sacred space arisen out of trust to support each individual on their personal journey.

Module 2 (Pentecost): The forces within us

May 17-20, 2024

This module is dedicated towards clarity of one’s individual motivation and intention for the practice. In contemplation and reflection, we move closer to what truly matters to us and what our heart longs for. We gently touch on individual tendencies and investigate how these shape the ways we look at ourselves and the world around us. Informed by a deeper understanding of the internal forces driving us, we encourage participants to connect to an intuitive and personal approach towards the manifestation of their vision.
To support us in this exploration, we introduce e.g. Kleshas as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as well as three levels of emotional experiences as described in Buddhism.  

Module 3: Playfully approaching the individual practice

June 28-30, 2024

The third module is a playful exposition of and a deeper dive into the different orientations towards Asana, Pranayama/Kriyas, and Meditation in order to connect participants to an experiential understanding of the different approaches. Enriched by theoretical knowledge on Asana sequencing, different aspects of the meditation practice as well as approaches to classical Pranayama practice, this module gives Yogis concrete tools to keep up a purposeful practice at home.
Theoretically we will base this weekend on inspiration from e.g. the Krishnamaycharya traditions (Ashtanga, Iyengar), teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and the three turnings of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana).

Module 4: Awakening to wisdom

August 23-25, 2024

This module is dedicated to the teachings of natural wisdom that reaches beyond a conceptual mind. Letting body, mind and heart be our guides, there is the potential to discover that natural presence is always and already here and profound transformation can occur by resting in just simply being.
The Satipatthana Sutta, Heart Sutra and other Buddhist texts are introduced with the aim to broaden our understanding and encourage the inner exploration.

Module 5: Unleashing inherent heart qualities

September 13-15, 2024

The module’s focus is the traditions emphasizing and the practices cultivating heart qualities such as compassion, patience and kindness. Participants are guided to familiarize themselves with their inner landscape and find ways to move closer to inherent heart qualities that touch their life and the life of the people around them in a beautiful way.

To support us in this module’s dialogue and practice we draw inspiration from texts such as The Way of the Bodhisattva (Shantideva).

Module 6: Retreat at Casa Corvo

October 23-27, 2024

These days are an invitation to unplug, slow down, relax and integrate the practices and experiences of the past months. A long morning practice in silence, the surrounding nature and sharing this experience with a group of likeminded practitioners support us in further cultivating a gentle awareness. There will be enough time for walks, swimming, discovery trips into the surroundings.

Module 7: Working with difficult emotions

November 15-17, 2024

The seventh weekend focuses on working with difficult emotions. The practice offers a safe space to confront us with difficulties and with that, opens up the opportunity to learn and discover skillful means when encountering distress. Methods from Essential Psychotherapy (approach integrating psychotherapeutic work with Buddhist mind training) are introduced, which invite us to embrace healing and stimulate inner maturity through self-exploration.

Module 8: Re/vision

December 20-22, 2024

In this module the participants are encouraged to pause and reflect on the past weeks. How did my individual practice unfold? What creates resonance, what resistance? How do I connect to the motivation that keeps my practice steady? Does the practice lead me closer to my vision and heart wishes? Where do I want to go from here? How can I dedicate my life energy to the wellbeing of me and other beings?

Biographies of the teachers

Michael Hamilton

Growing up in apartheid South Africa led Michael to an early interest in the topic of individual and collective hardship and awakened within him the yearning to address and confront the challenges it brings.
In his youth it spurned him on to political activism and rebellion, sublimated through studies in art and literature, which additionally offered helpful glimpses into the human condition. The discovery of Buddhism in his twenties brought about dramatic life changes resulting in his departure from the west to the east and long years of studies in yoga and Buddhism in Asia. After discovering satipatthana meditation with its direct application of mindfulness to progressive stages of development, he started studies in short- and long-term retreat formats with Sayday U Vivekananda.
Currently Michael is undergoing a 3-year course in essential psychology, which combines skillful methods developed in psychology with the Buddhism teachings on wisdom, in order to better facilitate development and healing in individuals and small groups. He is deeply grateful to all those that have helped and guided him on his path, particularly Daido Roshi for his acts of kindness, Vivekanada and Baddhamanika for their endless patience, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor for their insights into approaching practice, Doug Keller for therapeutic body awareness and Wolfgang Erhard and Lama Lhündrup for awakening the Bodhisattva spirit within.
Michael lives with his wife Sabine Glück in Ticino, Switzerland.
For more information please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com

Sabine Glück

Sabine is a Yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher and is co-directing the Center of Mindfulness in Zurich. She has practiced and studied avidly since 2010. Her love and commitment to spiritual practice influences her life and what she shares as a teacher.

Sabine honors her primary teachers of Hatha and Classical Yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, Michael Hamilton and Doug Keller as well as U Vivekananda and Baddhamanika for their compassionate and wise guidance in meditation practice.
She holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Zurich and is a certified MBSR teacher (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). Currently Sabine is absolving a 3-years training in Essential Psychotherapy, an approach integrating psychotherapeutic methods and Buddhist wisdom. 

Sabine lives in a remote valley in Ticino, Switzerland. She is regularly retreating for longer practice periods.

Locations

The training takes place at following locations:


Kubus 25

Kubus 25 (near Kreuzplatz) hosts different Courses and Trainings, Coaching and Therapeutic offers.

Kubus 25
Neptunstrasse 25
8032 Zürich

www.kubus25.ch

Casa Corva

… an Oasis in Ticino.

Casa Corvo
Ra Strécia 5
6986 Novaggio
Ticino

www.casacorvo.ch