RASA Yoga Teacher Training
& Embodied Philosophy Program

october 2015 - may 2016

Video by Lisa Bettencourt

The RASA Yoga Teacher Training & Embodied Philosophy Program is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified exploration into the heart of the yoga asana and philosophical tradition. RASA stands apart from other yoga teacher training programs in providing more contact hours in yoga philosophy than any other teacher training available. True to Five Tattvas' commitment to embodied philosophy for modern living, a key component to this teacher training will be encouraging the integration of yoga philosophical principles into everyday experience. The objective is not to simply become a yoga teacher, but to become a vessel for the teachings of this great, wide-ranging tradition. To be a vessel implies that these principles and concepts have been explored and experimented with on an everyday, embodied level, and as a community of teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore ways to bring these ancient teachings alive in our daily experience. The teachers of this program firmly believe that growth as a yogi is synonymous with your growth as a human being.

Among the many subjects covered are:

  • Asana
  • Sequencing
  • Hands on Adjustments
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Voice and Speech
  • Sanskrit
  • Harmonium Basics
  • Meditation
  • Classical Hatha Yoga Kriyas
  • Pranayama
  • Bandhas
  • Subtle Body and the Chakras
  • Embodied Philosophy Discourses/Satsang
  • Study of Classical Yoga Texts

The majority of the program will be comprised of:

  • Lectures/Discussions on Embodied Yoga Philosophy
  • Group Practicum Sessions
  • Self-Study & Assigned Readings
  • Writing Exercises
  • Regular Meetings with one's assigned Mentor
  • Homework
  • Satsang
  • Class Observe & Assists

To ask specific questions about the training, do not hesitate to send us an email at fivetattvas@gmail.com.


$2950        Full Price
$500          Deposit required to reserve a spot

DATES: October 2015 - May 2016
Select Weekends: October 10-11, November 7-8, December 5-6, January 9-10, February 6-7, March 5-6, April 2-3, 23-24, May 7-8, 21-22
These dates do not include mentor meetings and practice sessions, which will be arranged after commencement of the program.

LOCATION: All classes and practicum take place in the Garment District, New York City.

To confirm your spot in the RASA Teacher Training, make your deposit today by following the prompts below. If you have any questions about the program, please contact fivetattvas@gmail.com.

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After years of a practice that was more focused on the asana part of yoga and its benefits to the fitness of my body, I wanted to start exploring ways to get my mind and soul more connected to what I was doing on the mat. While the RASA teacher training did accomplish that, it also provided me with tools that have helped me beyond the mat and has transformed the way I see the world and relate to people and experiences. It’s a must-do for anyone seeking to add some mental and spiritual depth to their practice
— Patty Laxton
I found the RASA teacher training to be an extraordinary educational experience and personal journey. It’s an excellent basic introduction to the philosophical foundations of yoga. The teachers practice and teach yoga and are well versed in the tenets of the philosophies which they each embody through traditional and eclectic spiritual practices of their own. Through lecture, discussion, exercises, and chanting, academic concepts in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions come alive. The class is thoughtfully constructed and fun. The teachers approach the material with great respect and humor and create a community environment wherein all group members feel comfortable exploring the information together in an intimate setting. The class is thoughtfully constructed and of benefit to beginners and more advanced students and teachers alike.
— Cathey Baier, Acupuncturist & Astrologer
Studying with Jimmy is unlike any training experience out there. Jimmy’s personal yoga is embodied and lived in his daily life, and in this way he is a living example of bhakti. As a student it is profoundly inspiring to not only study the kriya yoga practices from someone with such a rich understanding, but to learn by his example. Jimmy also has a way of making the ancient and mystical relevant and approachable.

Teacher training gave me access to the tools that help keep me curious and open to my own life. In addition to sparking a major interest in understanding yogic texts and living the practices, one of the biggest impacts has been my personal commitment to practicing gratitude. In this way, whether I am teaching a yoga class, having a meal with family, or at my day job, I am reminded that I always have more to give.
— Sophie Honik, Psychotherapist
Teacher Training with Jimmy Nataraj was a life changing experience— and a very unexpected one at that. My yoga practice at that time was very one dimensional with all interest and focus only on asana. I enrolled in TT simply because I wanted “more yoga in my life”; I couldn’t explain it beyond that. I had every intention of just “getting through/suffering through” the philosophy portion of TT. I saw it as a sort of necessary evil to get to what I wanted (asana).

I was so taken by the philosophy portion of teacher training. Almost immediately, the asana took a back burner. The background for why we do what we do on the mat was so fascinating to me. I found familiarity and comfort in chanting and the meditating, even though both things were brand new to me. I found a road and a connection to the divine that I never knew I was lacking or yearning for or searching for. It was like coming home after wandering aimlessly and being wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket.

My practice therefore changed because of this experience. I come to the mat for different reasons now and it is more fulfilling and satisfying. It has brought me a feeling of connection, peace and contentment that I didn’t know existed. My practice is now multidimensional, and I am so grateful.

Jimmy is without a doubt a true yogi. But in a down to earth, real and useful way. He is knowledgeable, accepting, an excellent teacher and clearly has a true passion for yoga and all its teachings. Teacher training, specifically TT with Jimmy, presented new ideas for me and created an open, accepting environment for learning and exploring these new ideas. TT with Jimmy was a true gift from the universe.
— Anna Dee, Nurse Practitioner

The Teachers

Jimmy Nataraj (Program Director)

Where the body goes, the mind will follow. Jimmy's group classes are a rigorous, fluid vinyasa-based class that encourage students to use their yoga practice as a way to create space in their lives for unceasing grace. Every experience can become an opportunity to grow in grace if viewed properly. When we are able to become more present, we start to tap into the limitless qualities of our being (described in yoga philosophy as a state of satchidananda, or Truth-Knowledge-Bliss) and this gives us something invaluable to share with the world around us.

Jimmy has 10 years of teaching experience and has lead retreats, workshops, kirtans, and has directed and been on the faculty of several Yoga Teacher Training Programs throughout the east coast and midwest. A devoted bhakti yogi, Jimmy firmly believes in the purity of the original yogic philosophy and tries to stay true to that in both his classes and his everyday life. His love of teaching is evident in the enthusiastic manner in which he leads his classes. For more about Jimmy Nataraj, check out his website at www.jimmynataraj.com.

Jacob Kyle

Jacob Kyle is an NYC-based yoga teacher, writer and philosophy enthusiast.  He spent many years studying abstract Western ideas and philosophies before recognizing that what he really sought was an embodied philosophy connecting him to his heart and spirit. He holds two Masters degrees in political philosophy and the history of philosophy from the London School of Economics and the New School for Social Research. He is a frequent contributor to Elephant Journal and the creator of Five Tattvas, an organization that seeks to integrate mind, body, and heart through online content, workshops, trainings, and retreats committed to "embodied philosophy" for modern living. jacobkyleyoga.com

Matt Lombardo

Matt Lombardo is a native New Yorker with a lifelong interest in human potential, divinity, art and music. He graduated Jivamukti Teacher Training in 2005. In addition to his full-time teaching, he is a student of Asian Classic Institue and Yoga Studies Institute, and teaches Tibetan Heart Yoga. Matt gives special thanks to Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally for bringing the thrill of homework back into life. Matt’s classes are physically challenging, mentally stimulating, and spiritually effervescent.

Jackie Simon

Jackie Simon and Jimmy Burgio have taught yoga philosophy in several yoga studios on the east-coast and midwest. When she’s not mothering her five children, she spends her free time studying ancient sanskrit texts and learning how to apply this wisdom to her daily life. She holds a masters degree in English Literature from Georgetown University and is well-versed in the study in theology. A true Bhakti Yogi, Jackie Simon fully believes in gaining wisdom as a means to cultivate grace and devotion

Mika Oakes

Mika is a NYS licensed massage therapist and 500 hour registered yoga teacher. She is certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Yoga Alliance (YA), and she is certified in prenatal for both yoga and massage. Mika adheres to the philosophy that wellness is generated from the mind and body experience. She is a firm believer that building a bridge between the two is the most direct pathway to overall well-being.

As a massage therapist, Mika applies both western and eastern techniques that support the individual needs of her clients. Each massage is informed by her intuitive hands on approach, her continuous study of the human body and a personalized treatment plan that considers the physical and emotional components to pain.

Deeply committed to her craft as a yoga practitioner, her goal is to help students build a strong and steady physical and mental foundation, while challenging them to contend with their inner selves. She knows herself that this is where the real hurdles can lie. Mika is inspired by the precision of alignment, intelligent vinyasa flow sequencing and the essence of classical Hatha yoga. She incorporates elements of her own practice into her classes, while adding an eclectic range of music, breath awareness, anatomical alignment and core integration.

While on this transformational quest, Mika has learned a great deal about herself and feels blessed to be a continuous student on this journey. She is eternally grateful for her teachers; Schuyler Grant, Raghunath Cappo, Sri Dharma Mittra and her very first teacher, her Mama. She is beyond humbled to have the opportunity to spread the knowledge and love of yoga to others.

Mika resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Ryan and son Jonah. mikaoakes.com

Patricia Pinto

Patricia has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching and studying yoga full time since 2008. Her multi-disciplinary approach to her classes and studies include Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, and Kundalini traditions.  Patricia hosts Stand Up Paddle yoga at the Rockaways during the Summer and Surf and Yoga retreats throughout the year. thenycyogini.com

Rebekah Nagy

I completed my 200- and 500-hour certifications at Yoga Sutra before it closed in 2011. Said teacher training program extracted itself after closure of the studio, and is now known as The Yoga School NY. I studied under the guidance of Guta Hedewig, Rachel Lynch-John, Jill Camera, Edwin Bryant, Jo Brill, and many other wonderful teachers. There I also had the privilege of assisting Amy Santos in the Mysore Ashtanga classroom, and her breath-based adjustments have informed my sense of touch in the classroom. I thrive when continually in an academic setting, so I currently study anatomy and kinesiology with Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project, Vedic and sutra chanting with Guta Hedewig, and the Sanskrit language with Jo Brill.

By engaging curiously, honestly, and completely with our physical manifestations we can cultivate greater awareness, an increased sense of wellbeing, and an appreciation for the present moment so that we may interact with the world from our hearts. I have been teaching since January of 2010, and feel incredibly blessed to share my experience of yoga with others, especially in the capacity of making a living, because we live in a world that demands so much of our time be spent earning money. I’m amazed at the power of yogic practice to facilitate change in myself and those around me, to nourish deeper, more profound connection to my own self and to others. I am empowered, when at my best, to be my ideal possible self at this moment in time. Yoga practice provides experience beyond the familiar, manifests courage, grace, and stillness. Yoga practice elucidates the beautiful connective plexus that binds us all, the pervasive vibrational ground of love upon which the appearance of the separateness in manifold form rests. rebekahnagy.com

Rachel Durga Page

Rachel began studying Yoga in 2001 after returning from the Peace Corps in Africa. She quickly realized that the practice of meditation and Yoga holds the importance for her that the breath does for her body, and that sharing, teaching, and guiding others in this practice is her life's work. Rachel continues to deepen her own Yoga practice with master teachers in the Integral, Jivamukti and Kundalini traditions and her meditation practice with Theravadan Buddhist teachers in NYC and LA. She is certified in Hatha and Integral Yoga through Yoga Alliance and Thai Massage through ITM in Chiangmai, Thailand. Rachel has been an integral part of teacher trainings at Prana Power Yoga, New York Yoga and Yoga People. She has spent the last seven years of her life living in ashrams in Virginia and NYC. twistedblissyoga.com

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