RAJA YOGA ACADEMY
Huntington beach, USA
Strictly limited enrollment
Read this - A studio owner's point of view
I have been teaching Bikram Yoga for twelve years, and have been running my studio for ten. Finding quality teachers is, without a doubt, one of the most challenging aspects of directing a studio. The most important attribute I look for in a teacher is respect. Respect for the studio, the practice, and especially for the students in their pursuit to heal both their bodies and minds through yoga.
In the midst of so much upheaval and confusion in our yoga community, I found it more and more difficult to find teachers who fit this criteria. I was wondering how I was ever going to be able to maintain a quality teaching staff. Through a fortunate turn of events, I was able to hire two graduates from the Raja Yoga Academy program just a few months ago. I am extremely pleased with both of the young women, and could not have asked for more quality preparedness in these new teachers.
Their presence in our studio has been extremely positive for both myself and our students, and the feedback from the students has been outstanding. They have clearly been properly prepared by this program, and were both able to teach with confidence from day one. I actually feel a tremendous sense of relief knowing there is this level of training available.
I am confident in the future of my studio, and I believe the best is yet to come for our community. Thank you Craig for coming through with such an outstanding program!
Director - Bikram Yoga Farmington
Raja Yoga Academy offers an innovative curriculum designed to meet the evolving needs of modern yogis. Our comprehensive programs provide you with the essential tools to transform your practice and build a successful career as a professional yoga instructor.
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Raja Yoga Academy training incorporates a highly concentrated field of study designed to yield lasting results. Whether you aspire to teach or simply desire to evolve your practice, we are confident that you will integrate the knowledge and practical experience to assist you in realizing profound and unparalleled transformation.
Our international faculty is chosen from amongst the most experienced, passionate, and capable facilitators within our community. These mentors will empower you to practice and instruct the Traditional Core 26 with precision, efficacy, and awareness.
Acclaimed guest speakers will provide expert instruction in related fields such as nutrition, anatomy, medical science, yoga philosophy, meditation, and vocal training.
Biomechanics of core 26 asana
Pranayama and conscious breathing
Consistency, precision, and intensity
Mindfulness: the practice of presence
Advancing your practice
All yoga is good yoga: exploring established systems
Feedback for personal and professional growth
Asana-specific anatomy and physiology
Vocal training and public speaking
Yoga history and philosophy
Modifications for injury, imbalance, and disease
Demystifying yoga: chakra, bandha, karma, kriya, tapas, yama, niyama, etc.
Yoga astanga- eight limbs
The business of yoga
First aid / cpr / aed *
Traditional core 26 class structure
Understanding the components of conscious connection
Diagnosis and therapy in a healing modality: teaching to heal
The legacy of our lineage
The art of teaching: mechanics, philosophy, and application
Respecting the teacher-student relationship
Transpersonal teaching to evolve intuition
Raja yoga: meditation, mind training, and pattern recognition
The teaching conversation as a framework for effective leadership
Nutrition and hydration
Precision of intent and transitional cohesion
Understand and apply verbal operative command
Ancient practice, modern world
Situational and energetic awareness
Increasing your value in yoga today
Monday | Wednesday | Friday
9:00am yoga class and pranayama / meditation
11:00am relax / recharge / study
12:30pm teaching lab / anatomy
4:30pm relax / recharge
5:00pm yoga class
6:30pm relax / recharge
8:00-11:00pm asana clinic / lecture
Tuesday | Thursday
9:00am yoga class
11:00am relax / recharge / study
12:30pm asana clinic / lecture / meditation
5:00pm relax / recharge
6:30-11.00pm teaching lab / workshop
9:00am yoga class
11:00am relax / recharge / study
12:30pm-4.30pm asana clinic / teaching lab / workshop
Since 2001, Craig Villani has been an inspiring and incredible mentor to me, as well as a dear and trusting friend. After my first interaction with him as leader of my yoga training, I thought, "I want to have what he has!" His ball-point intuition and positive encouragement led me to be the teacher I always aspired to be- always continuing to grow and evolve, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same. Craig finds the gift that each individual innately has and brings it to the surface, allowing each of us to gain a sense of strength and confidence, while remaining humble and teachable. I could not imagine a more viscerally exciting or fulfilling training ground than this one.
Las Vegas, NV
I’ve known Craig Villani since 2003 when he was my Director of Teacher Training at the Bikram Yoga College of India. Over the past thirteen years I have attended several workshops, seminars, and master classes, as well as four teacher development seminars with Craig. As a teacher and studio owner, these experiences have been invaluable to me. I gained the tools I needed to get excited about teaching yoga in an efficient and authentic way. I discovered how to give better corrections and modifications to students, and offered more constructive and positive feedback to my staff.
To know that Craig is now leading his own teacher training gives me hope for the future of hot yoga teachers and the growth of our community. Personally, I would be honored to hire a Raja Yoga Academy graduate to teach at my studio in Washington DC.
Congratulations, Craig- the future looks bright for our community of teachers and studio owners thanks to you!!
Bikram Yoga Tenleytown
There are few among us who have studied with or had more exposure to the great yoga teachers of our age than Craig Villani. Craig designed the world's first and most successful high capacity yoga teacher training program with Bikram Choudhury, and has inspired thousands throughout the years with his unparalleled subject knowledge and highly engaging teaching technique. As a teacher, he has the unique ability to inspire awe while relating complex ideas with clarity and understanding.
After 10 years of directing the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, he’s been traveling the world offering the best seminars, master classes, and teacher development programs available. The news that he is bringing all his experience, knowledge, and wealth of connections into a single teacher training means that there will finally be one in-depth, robust, and universal program to maintain the integrity of our lineage and support the growth of our yoga. The Raja Yoga Academy Teacher Training will stand head and shoulders above the rest by inspiring, educating, and unifying the yoga community.
Training with Craig Villani in 2006 changed my life's purpose. He turned me toward the direction of healing, with yoga as the medium to serve.
His vast knowledge of yoga history, alignment and physical expression combined with the kindness and determination of a great leader makes this the training that will prepare you to achieve your dreams. Craig taught me how to teach from my heart.
Founder/Director, UpRising Yoga
I’ve known Craig Villani since 2010. Since then, I’ve attended many of his retreats, seminars, and master classes. In all honesty, I’ve learned much more from him than from the entire nine weeks spent in Bikram Choudhury’s teacher training program.
As a Medical Doctor and Emergency Physician, I knew from my first interaction with Craig that he’s more than just a Yoga teacher - he’s a true mentor with a magical gift that can transform you as human being. From my medical perspective, Craig teaches with a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and understands how to effectively integrate the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.
He can make a comprehensive diagnosis by realizing your limitations and locating imbalances, and then offers you the proper tools to practice safely and correctly. He focuses on therapeutic integration to help heal the different components of the human body. This makes enormous sense to me as a doctor of western medicine.
I’m honored and excited to be a member of the Academy Faculty and work with this intelligent and incredible teacher. Congratulations Craig, and long life to the Raja Yoga Academy.
Dr. Bouchra Reggad, MD, CCMF, MU
I had the great fortune of attending Bikram Yoga teacher training whilst Craig Villani was Director of Education in Fall, 2003. I was immediately struck by his incredible leadership skills and unique ability to motivate, challenge, and inspire the people around him.
Since then, I have worked closely with Craig and opened three yoga studios in London. I now own and operate Hot Yoga Society (formerly Hot Bikram Yoga) in London Bridge. Together, we have organised posture clinics, master classes, and teacher training workshops for students and instructors throughout the UK and Europe, all led by Craig.
Craig is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. He has a huge depth of knowledge from decades of teaching, and has guided thousands of people towards lasting positive change. However, what I find most compelling is his passion for teaching and expert ability to impart his rather formidable knowledge with both clarity and authenticity.
Craig's strength goes beyond explaining the yoga and its benefits- he understands what it takes to be a great teacher and leads you to discover the same. I feel privileged to be part of Raja Yoga Academy, and excited to bring our first training to London in the very near future.
Upon acceptance into the Core 26 Intensive, you will begin the first phase of our curriculum under the direct guidance of your sponsor and a Yoga Academy facilitator. By the start of the training, you will have already fulfilled a substantial number of required hours. Following graduation, these mentors will continue to support your professional development and increase your value as a certified instructor.
Knowledge is only useful if successfully applied. The Academy Teaching Lab offers a daily immersion in the art of leadership and communication. You will evolve your strengths to develop new skills through progressive feedback and collaboration in actual teaching scenarios.
Through demonstration, analysis, and discussion, we will provide you with a detailed mindbody blueprint to practice and instruct therapeutic hatha yoga asana for the traditional Core 26.
Effective instructors must respond to the unique needs of their students, both individually and collectively. Our innovative approach to experiential learning will enable you to evolve beyond recitation and discover new potentials for connection and communication.
Internationally acclaimed physiotherapist, research scientist, and university lecturer Simon Borg-Olivier instructs our comprehensive Core 26 anatomy course. You will learn posture-specific anatomy and physiology, including how systems, organs, and glands relate to individual asana biomechanics. This practical approach supports the essential integration of diagnosis and therapy within a traditional healing modality.
Yoga is the practice of presence. Traditional hatha yoga utilizes the physical body as a medium to strengthen and transform the human mind. The Raja Yoga Academy will empower you to learn and evolve beyond the scope of a physical practice through mindfulness and meditation. Our curriculum balances the wisdom of an ancient practice with the most impactful discoveries of modern science to unify a deeper understanding of mind, body, and breath.
All Raja Yoga Academy training classes are conducted in leading, contemporary hot yoga schools with cutting-edge climate control, heating, and ventilation to prepare you for real teaching in real environments
RYA level 2 ADVANCED Teacher Training
Six weeks, 500hr, RYA Level 1, Teacher Training
Join a global community of yoga teachers and schools that have already paved your way
Six weeks at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Huntington Beach
Beautiful ocean front accommodations across the street from one of Southern California’s most iconic beaches. Rooms with private balconies available.
Discounted Academy rate exclusive to teacher trainees.
Normal Price $5,400