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Sati Yoga breathwork training for teachers

22 August - 29 August

Pranayama practice

Pranayama and mindfulness of breathing for yoga teachers

This seven day training course is designed specifically for yoga teachers who wish to broaden their teaching by offering their students different ways of  practicing with the breath. We will explore the breath in asana (particularly with reference to vinyasa styles), as well as in pranayana and through Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) meditation. 

We will look at ways to help yoga students find and maintain the balance between physical and meditative practices. The basics of classical (eight limbs) yoga, and well as fundamental Buddhist teachings, particularly from the Anapasati Sutta (the main discourse in which the Buddha explains mindfulness of breathing) will support our inquiry.

This course also introduces a unique approach to breathwork, drawing from both the Buddhist perspective exposed in the anapanasati sutta and from classical pranayama. Throughout the course, we will explore how this systematic approach can be used to safely teach breathwork (especially pranayama) to students of all levels.

Formal meditation practice is an important part of the retreat and there will be periods of silence. To truly gain the benefits of being on retreat, we will also ask students to turn off phones and any other electronic devices while staying at the farm.

This unique training will deepen your understanding of yoga. You will discover that mindfulness (sati) is not just a fashionable add-on but a unique capacity of awareness to be diligently cultivated, and you will learn how to creatively integrate it in your yoga classes.

This course is the pranayama and mindfulness of breathing residential module of our 300 hours teacher training programme, It is open to people who already hold a 200 hours teacher certificate. It can be booked on its own, or as part of the whole 300 hours teacher training programme.
For more details please see our Satiyoga Teacher Training page.

Click here to apply for this course.  Note that you must hold a 200 hours yoga teacher certificate (from any school) to apply for this course.
If your application is accepted, we will send you further booking instructions.

Cost of this seven day course is 990 euros.  Normal discounts (returnee, early bird and karma yoga) are available.
Limited number of scholarships are also available: you can click here for our financial aid application form

Cost of this seven day course is 990 euros and includes:

  •     7 nights accommodation (sharing in twin rooms)
  •     All meals (organic vegetarian and delicious!— all vegetables grown on our farm)
  •     40 hours of tuition in yoga and mindfulness (which can be counted toward a 500 or a 1000 hours certificate with the IYN)
First day
17.20  Leave Roonagh pier
around 18.00  Arrive at the farm, settle into accommodation
18.30  Dinner followed by introductory talk
20.00  Evening meditation

Second to sixth day
7.30 – 8.00 Silent Anapanasati sitting
8.00 – 9.00 Pranayama
9.00-13.00 Silent breakfast then karma yoga / free time
10.30 – 13.00 Asana class
13-00 -15.00 Lunch then Karma yoga / free time
15.00 – 15-30 Walking meditation
15-30 = 18.00 Afternoon session: discusssion and breath work
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner, then karma yoga or free time
20.00 – 20.30 Sitting meditation

Last day
7.30 – 8.00 Silent sitting
8.00 – 9.00 Pranayama
9.00  Morning yoga (self practice) then closing circle
11.30  Brunch
12.45  Depart centre for 13.00 ferry
* Time table is subject to change

Teacher Biographies

Christophe Mouze has studied and practiced yoga since 1994. He originally trained as an Iyengar teacher (introductory certificate obtained in 1998), but his practice and teaching have since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, particularly ashtanga vinyasa and the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India), who was his main teacher for a number of years.

His quest for a more balanced practice also led him early on to study the teachings and practices of Buddhism, which he found to complement and enrich his hatha yoga practice. He practices meditation daily and attends retreats in various Buddhist traditions.

Christophe is co-founder  of Macalla Farm (Clare Island Retreat Centre) which has been running yoga and meditation retreats since  2001. He is certified by the Independent Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher and has taught more than 5000 hours.

Pranayama has been an important part of his practice and teaching for many years.  He has developed a unique approach to breathwork, drawing from both pranayama and the mindfulness approach of Buddhism.

Ciara Cullen Macalla Farm co-founder, has been practising yoga since 1995 and has been teaching since 1999. She has completed more than 1000 hours of training in yoga and has taught more than 5000 hours.

Ciara practiced ashtanga vinyasa yoga for over fifteen years studying with a number of leading international teachers. She was also influenced by the Atma Vikasa style of Acharaya Venkatesh (from Mysore, India).

Since 2005 her practice has evolved into a mindful integration of asana, breath work and meditation. She is inspired in her studies by her teacher, Rossella Baroncini, who was a long term student of Vanda Scaravelli. In turn, as her meditation practice became more embodied, she began to explore secular mindfulness. In 2014 she completed a mindfulness teacher training course with Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman of the Mindfulness Institute (UK and US). Recently Ciara has found her ‘home’ in Secular Dharma, a contemporary approach to early Buddhism with its emphasis on ethics and practice, completing a two year intensive course in 2017 with Stephen Batchelor and Bodhi College.

“The Irish Yoga association have been delighted to have Christophe Mouze lead workshops on breath work and pranayama for our teachers and teacher trainees. Christophe willingly shares his deep knowledge to both beginners and more experienced practitioners. His relaxed, gentle style creates a learning environment where students can access deeper insights to the practice.”
Miriam Brady, IYA teacher trainer, Bray, Wicklow.

“This place is the Real Deal. The teachings, intentions and lifestyle on Macalla farm are inspirational . I’ve been instructing and practicing yoga for many years and this is a place I choose to come back to for rejuvenation. I highly recommend it for all levels of practice from absolute beginners to experienced yogis.”
Laragh Cunningham, TheYogaShala, Yoga Teacher and Studio Manager, Galway.

“On a wild and remote island, you may find the tranquillity you seek. At Macalla Farm, the environment that Ciara and Christophe have created is one that inspires the feeling that all is well in the world. I cannot think of a better place to abandon the routine world to immerse oneself in deep learning. It a hub of creative activity, from the excitement of animal care through to devoted yoga practices. Yoga is an all-absorbing holistic experience here. During my visits the intensity of yoga practice was well balanced with the sociable side of the farm, it being possible to join in with a range of farm activities. The farm’s produce is grown, prepared and consumed with a healthy respect for nature. Dietary needs are met with easy compassion. Macalla farm is a special place indeed. Clare island is a joy to visit and Ciara and Christophe can guide you to its many treasures.”
Gemma Galey-Jones, Yoga Teacher, Norfolk, UK

“The depth and integrity and Ciara and Christophe’s practice and teaching has been a great gift in my life over the past number of years.

Like roots of a wise and well-nourished tree, my times at Macalla Farm have imprinted in my life deeply in many rich and positive ways and I say ‘thank you’ every time I roll out my yoga mat!

Ciara and Christophe walk the walk and bring the practice into every aspect of life with such integrity, depth and joy – what a gift to our world and what a gift to anyone who is lucky enough to train with them.”
Fionnuala Gill, Mindfulness Teacher and Yoga practitioner (RYT 200)

“I just did the Yoga and Mindfulness retreat. Wow, it could not have been more perfect. The way Ciara and Christophe blend the Yoga and Mindfulness practice is incredible. They are amazing teachers.”
Kate O’ Shea, yoga and mindfulness teacher

“Ciara and Christophe’s dedication to the practice shines through in their knowledgable and gifted approach to teaching. They encourage self discovery and self acceptance and are genuinely interested in each student’s experience. They guide you to feel, sense and connect to the body, breath and mind on a journey towards wholeness. I appreciate how they weave the philosophical and mindful teachings into their classes in a clear and accessible way. The teachings along with the amazing food and experience of sustainable living is truly unique.”
Deirdre Mullins, Yoga Teacher, SomaYoga, Kildare