Teacher Transformation Course


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi

Be the transformation you wish to see in the world and in your students.


For the third year in a row studio BiNDU will present a five-part 200 hr. RYT course for the yoga student now wishing to become a teacher of the ancient transformative science of Yoga. 
This course is known for the way it shifts the "teacher training" paradigm.

Instead of simply giving technical knowledge to learn and practice,
our vision is for a more cohesive approach to the presentation of the material so that
the different aspects of

a typical training: asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, etc.
actually interweave in a way that you will clearly understand the connectivity that runs through
the entire Yoga universe/practice as a whole.

You will also receive methods and teachings that will allow you to transform
that knowledge into an authentic living expression of your daily life.

By doing this you will truly begin to teach as a teacher and not an instructor.
In addition, the teachings will all coalesce around creating an authentic and
powerful householder practice rooted in the teachings of Shaiva Tantra.


Principles of Learning

Adhikara / Studentship

Asana / Haṭha Yoga

Pranayama & Shatkarma

Mudra & Bandha

Meditation & Mantra

Systems of Body

Anatomy & Physiology (physical and energetic body)

Prevention & Treatment of Common Injuries

Vinyasa Krama / Sequencing

Observation & Communication

Use of Voice

Verbal & Physical Adjustments

How to Demonstrate a Pose


Teaching Styles

Yoga Philosophy

Sadhana as Life Practice

Samkalpa: Intention 

Seva: Teaching as Service



Business of Yoga

Taught by 

Mark Shveima


E-RYT 500 w/21 yrs. practice & 18 yrs. teaching

Shaiva Tantra practitioner & teacher

Authorized Teacher of Neelakantha Meditation

For detailed information about the course content, please go here.

Mark entered the arena of Yoga in tandem with martial arts, at the tail end of a career as a heavy metal vocalist.
From his beginning studies in Philadelphia he moved to San Francisco. There he spent six years diving deep into practice and study, guided by a succession of intelligent, gifted teachers in a variety of styles and his own daily study and practice. This led to his entry into an initiatory study of non-dual Shaiva Tantra, Indian philosophy and meditation with Paul Muller-Ortega in 2007. Since then, Mark has been devoted to an ongoing meditation practice and scriptural study. Mark offers meditation and Indian philosophy courses in Japan.

In 2008 he made a Hanuman leap to Kyoto, Japan, where he is the co-owner and Yoga Director of studio BiNDU, nestled in the quiet back streets of a cultural center of Kyoto.

In his 20 years investigating the myriad practices and teachings of Yoga, his practice and teaching have become an ever-evolving organic expression of his heart intention to assist people in re-discovering ease in their body, stillness in their mind and the inherent creative power and beauty of the awakened heart.

For Mark, Yoga is Life, and Life is both an experiential practice and a practice of relationship. It is through our experiences that we have the moment to moment opportunity to improve our relationship to ourselves, our environment and others. Through that growth, without effort we begin to experience ourselves as more grounded, spacious and at home in our own precious Life.

Course Dates


Each part runs Saturday thru Tuesday

Part 1
June 2nd-5th 

Part 2
August 25th-28th 

Part 3
October 20th-23rd 

Part 4
December 15th-18th 


Part 5
February 9th-12th 

Part 6
April 27th-30th 

Each day is 9:00-17:30, morning and afternoon sessions, with lunch in between and a break or two in each session.


Member ¥430,000 

Non- Member ¥440,000  
includes membership fee of 10,000yen

* Payment plan is available.

Space is limited to 14 people.

If this Teacher Transformation Course resonates with your intentions for teaching, please feel free to register now by contacting Mark at

Course Information Sessions

MAR. 12th・19th SAT 11:30-13:00
         15th・22nd TUE 11:00-12:30

These are free sessions to meet Mark, ask questions and hear more detail about the contents and intentions of the course.To register, please contact us at
 76-11 Tenno-cho Okazaki, Sakyo-ku Kyoto 606-8335


tel. (+81) 080.5373.8136


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