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Alchemy of Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-study through self-exploration. Consider this the ultimate alchemist adventure! A hero’s journey that will both challenge and encourage you to embrace your potential and awaken your inner power. This training will transform your doubts and ignite your passion for life. Upon completion, you will be prepared to design and confidently lead intelligent alignment driven Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative classes, all with your own signature style.
During this yoga teacher training, you will stay at Villa Tanah Shanti. Each double and triple room allows you to experience the stunning natural beauty of Bali combined with chic and modern design. Sit and relax on your private deck, admire the view of the surrounding rice fields, and feel the freshness of the breeze. Handpicked furniture, fine cotton sheets, and authentic Balinese touches are combined with European styling. Every detail has been thought of to maximize your comfort and relaxation.
Upon completion of this program, you will receive a Yoga Alliance accredited 200-Hour RYT Alchemy of Yoga teacher training certification.
Alchemy Tours' vision for you is “Authenticity and joyful self-confidence in living your dharma!”. Their teacher training tribe, or Kula, is defined as “a community of the heart.” Within this safe, nurturing environment, Alchemy Tours can delve into the deepest study of who you are so you can live your happiness in a big way. Their kula is comprised of seekers, adventurers, lovers of love, rebel yoga spirits, stretchy-minded, soulful, and sensitive.
During this training, you will enjoy supporting one another, laughter, organic food, dancing in the moonlight, lounging in a hot tub under the stars, playing in the water, silent meditation hikes, taking naps, and enthusiastic conversation about elevating the world.
If you feel this vibe, join Alchemy Tours' tribe!
Alchemy of Yoga’s mission to teach peace is rooted in the idea that yoga creates a kinder and more gentle world. The reverberations of the practice are not only felt by the self and those around you but extend beyond on a universal plane. They are searching for soul brothers and sisters who are seeking a deep dive into the center of their heart, emerging as happiness ambassadors ready to effectively inspire others!
Silvia Mordini, Emily Perry, and the Alchemy of Yoga team are devoted to offering you an atmosphere in which freedom of expression, fun, creativity, and passion for life are totally encouraged! This program covers the foundations of the eight-limbed path of yoga and believes in yoga as a life-long truthful celebration of yourself and the world.
Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals makes the decision to gather together for two-hundred hours with the purpose of uplifting their lives and expanding consciousness into radical authenticity. Experience the Alchemy of the five elements, the four directions, and the chakra system as an inner and outer map of transformation. These are archetypal and energetic maps that are as metaphorical as they are very real and embodied.
Everything you see, taste, touch, feel, and do can be interpreted through the gateway of the elements, directions, and chakras. You will learn how to tap into these sacred relationships and align yourself with their alchemy in order to gain insight into healing your psyche, emotions, and well-being. As an alchemist yogi, your laboratory is your mat and the ingredients are your body, poses, breath, thoughts, and the mixing of it all together will change your life.
The Alchemy of Yoga program is about wholeness, health, and vital living. It is about a life inspired by body, mind, and spirit. Through movement, meditation, discussion, and journaling, you will explore the vast resources related to how to live an inspired life by focusing on the last three Niyamas or personal practices that comprise the alchemy of yoga. These are necessary for bringing about real, lasting change, and cultivating inner happiness and spiritual bliss.
In completing Alchemy of Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, you will be empowered to:
Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for:
Free mornings, afternoons, evenings, and entire days off are built into the schedule to allow time for rest, relaxation, self-study, reflection, and play! A detailed schedule will be provided upon registration.
Enjoy the tour agenda to visit Goa Gajah (elephant temple), UNESCO World Heritage rice field hike, water temple purification ceremony, Monkey Forest, Sanur Beach, and watch Kecak dance performances.
There will be a cacao ceremony to open up your heart chakras, for love is the strongest healing power and if your heart chakra is open, then you are assured a profoundly healing experience. Sound healing will accompany the ceremony to harmonize the group vibration and to synchronize your energy with the earth.
Goa Gajah Elephant Cave is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometers out of central Ubud. The 11th-century cave used by monks and was named for the statue of Ganesh found inside. A few minutes drive from Goa Gajah is Tampak Siring, a holy spring temple known as Pura Tirta Empul. Goa Gajah dates back to the 11th century, built as a spiritual place for meditation.
The main grounds are down a flight of steps from the roadside and parking area, which is lined with various art and souvenir shops and refreshment kiosks. Upon reaching the base you will come across a large wantilan meeting hall and an assortment of large old stone carvings, some restored to their former full glory. The pool, excavated in 1954, features five out of supposedly seven statues depicting Hindu angels holding vases that act as waterspouts.
Various structures reveal Hindu influences dating back to the 10th century, and some relics feature elements of Buddhism dating even earlier to the 8th century. The cave is shallow; inside are three stone idols each wrapped in red, yellow and black cloths. Black soot lines the cave’s walls as result from the current-day incense burning. Several indentations show where meditating priests once sat. The northern side of the complex is dominantly Buddhist while south across the river it’s mostly Shivaite.
At the southern end are beautiful rice fields and small streams that lead to the Petanu River - another natural site entwined in local legends. Goa Gajah was built on a hillside and as two small streams met here forming a campuhan or river junction, the site was considered sacred and was built for hermetic meditation and prayers.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal is dedicated to educating people about the importance of conserving cultural resources. The monkeys within the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Padangtegal are commonly called long-tailed macaques. Their scientific name is Macaca fascicuiaris. Macaques are found throughout Southeast Asia and many species of macaques live successfully in areas that are heavily utilized by humans like they do in Monkey Forest.
Interestingly, within long-tailed macaque societies, females are typically born into and remain with a single troop for life. In contrast, adult males may migrate between troops. Currently, there are approximately 600 Balinese long-tailed macaques that inhabit the Sacred Monkey Forest.
The cultural importance: Jai Hanuman Monkeys can be the embodiment of both positive and negative forces. The dual nature of monkeys is especially reflected in the Ramayana (the most important epic Indian poem). Within the Ramayana, Sita (the beloved bride of Rama) is abducted by Rawana (an evil king). Rama (an incarnation of Dewa Wisnu) calls upon Sugriwa (king of the monkeys) and Hanuman (Sugriwa’s General) to help him retrieve Sita.
However, within the Ramayana, there are also antagonist monkeys like Subali that attempt to assist Rawana. In the end, Hanuman, along with his monkey army, defeats Rawana’s evil forces and helps Rama to retrieve Sita. The temple inside Monkey Forest represents a sacred Balinese Hindu site.
In trying to understand Balinese Hinduism, it is important to keep in mind that Balinese Hinduism is unlike Hinduism practiced in other parts of the world today. Balinese Hinduism combines aspects of animism, ancestor worship, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
Some of the first evidence of extensive human inhabitation on Bali dates back to approximately 2,500 B.C. The religion of the Bali Aga (original Balinese) centered around both animism and ancestor worship. Ancestor worship represents the belief that prosperity is associated with a relationship that exists between the living and the dead (prosperity is something that can only be achieved through intense worship and obtainment of blessings from ancestors).
Animism represents the belief that inanimate objects and other elements of the natural landscape can possess souls which can help as well as hinder human efforts on Earth. A Balinese temple is more than just a collection of pagodas and pavilions. The area enclosed by temple walls and the forest area surrounding it is sacred. These temples and the forest are essential for renewing contact with the spiritual world.
The activities associated with these areas are essential in maintaining harmony between humans, nature, and the cosmos. Not only are ancestral spirits and gods given offerings and prayers, but also the spirits of trees and statues in the Monkey Forest are given offerings and prayers by the Pemangku and local villagers.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, in conjunction with Udayana Univeristy in Denpasar have identified 115 separate species of trees. Some of these trees are considered holy and are used in various Balinese spiritual practices. Examples include the Majegan, which is used exclusively for the building of shrines; or the Berigin, whose leaves are used in cremation ceremonies.
Of special significance is the Pule Bandak, a tree that embodies the spirit of the forest, and is used in the making of powerful masks. These masks are only used inside the temple, and the trees are not killed to make them. An auspicious day is chosen and the priest asks permission of the tree spirit to cut a small piece of its wood. The spirit thus remains embodied in the mask.
This combination trip includes Monkey Forest, where you will feed the monkeys, visit the temple, feel the vibration of the trees. It will be a wonderful photo taking opportunity. On that day, you will be asked that you remove your sunglasses or anything that can be taken by a monkey. Wear a closed purse or bag and know that if you carry bananas the monkeys will find them.
Next, you’ll walk to a traditional local market and have lunch at the famous Clear Café. Clear Café’s philosophy is “eat the food you wish to be”. In the spirit of this idea, they have created a must-see sanctuary where everyone can enjoy organic, delicious, pure, and natural food while experiencing the magical and nurturing ways of Clear’s pure Balinese team.
Come on in, choose your favorite table / sofa, and hang out as long as you like. At Clear they are quite known for their music so please enjoy the tunes. Clear Café has over 6000 hand-picked songs (on rotation) that you will love. The music is a little bit of all your favorites. Clear Café uses all natural ingredients from local Balinese farmers.
At Clear, they believe that energy can be transferred through food, so it’s very important to them how their chef’s and kitchen staff are feeling. That is why they pride themselves on laughing, playing, and having a good time while preparing your food, so that it may be charged with life. Clear drinks / foods are so diverse that you may never get bored. At least they hope not.
Healing, love, and transformation. This experience provides a healing ritual and understanding to the magical mysteries of Balinese spirituality. Water is believed by the Balinese to be one of the key forces of life. For this unique spiritual experience, it is established a collaboration with a Holy Water Temple located in the outskirts of Ubud, that carries a mystifying and ancient energy.
Upon arrival, you will be provided with a ceremonial sarong and a space to change your clothes at a nearby venue. After, you will be escorted for a guided tour of the beautiful peace and quiet of this ancient site prior to the ceremony, where you will learn the history that is held on these sacred grounds. After your tour of the temple, the ceremony will be conducted by a Mangku (Balinese priest).
While sitting in meditation, the priest will prepare some holy water in a vase with flowers and incense while chanting mantras in ancient Sanskrit. Following the mantras, you will be invited to receive a holy water cleansing as this blessed water is sprinkled over your head.
You will then be guided into the sacred water pools where several Koi fish swim and live. Once you are emerged in the sacred pools, it will be requested that you bow down before each spring, putting your head under the stream of water.
First, you will wash the holy water on your face as the symbol of physical purification, then over your fontanel (crown of the head) as the purification of the tirtha. After, you will also consume the water three times as a symbol of spiritual purification. This will create a full sensation of the body receiving a holy bathing.
After the ceremony, you will be invited to change your clothing where a healthy, high vibe lunch will be served. After lunch, you will have a closing ceremony in the yoga studio including meditation, group sharing, journaling, and mantra. Afterwards, you will have free time to either enjoy the swimming pool, spa, or visit the traditional town.
Experience the impressive traditional Bali Kecak and fire dance inspired by the epic of Ramayana. Learn about the history and culture of the island through dance performance. Normally music plays a vital role to accompany the dancers' movements. But in the Kecak dance, the music generated is from a combination of sounds by the 50-100 or more men sounding like “cak.”
They sit in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops. A person will act as a leader who gives the tone early, someone else acting as a suppressor in charge of high or low tone, someone else acting as a solo singer, and someone else will act as the mastermind behind all of that to deliver the story.
The story is a fragment from the Ramayana, the Hindu epic which finds its expression in many forms, not only in dance but also in painting and carving. Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasarata as a result of trickery by Rama’s stepmother. The story begins with the arrival of Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana in the forest of Dandaka.
The trio has been observed by the demon Rahwana, king of Alengka, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his prime minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest and when the Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer leaving his brother Laksamana behind with strict instruction to protect Sita.
When Sita thinks she hears a cry for help from Rama, she forces Laksamana to go after Rama by accusing him of cowardice, and he goes off to help Rama with great reluctance after drawing a magic circle on the ground and telling Sita she should not under any circumstance step outside the circle.
Sita, left alone in the forest becomes an easy prey to the trickery of Rahwana who has disguised himself has an old priest and begs Sita for some food as he is cold and hungry. Sita falls for his trick, she steps outside the circle to give the old priest some food and Rahwana grabs her and takes her to his palace. Once back in his palace in Alengka, Rahwana tries everything he can to seduce Sita without any luck.
In the palace of Alengka, Sita pours out her heart about her cruel fate to Rahwana’s niece Trijata, when Hanoman appears telling her that he is Rama’s envoy and proving it by showing her Rama’s ring. Sita gives Hanoman a hairpin to show she is still alive and send him back to Rama with a message to come to her rescue.
In the meantime, Rama and Laksamana, accompanied by Tualen, are wandering in the forest looking for Sita when Meganada, Rahwana’s son, appears and engages Rama and Laksamana in battle. Meganada uses his magic powers and shoots an arrow which magically turns in to a dragon, overpowering Rama and Laksamana, who are trussed up in ropes.
The bird Garuda, king of all the birds, a good friend of King Dasarata, has observed trouble Rama is in from high up in the sky and comes to the rescue freeing the brothers from the ropes. Rama and Laksamana continue on their way to rescue Sita and are joined by Sugriwa, king of the monkeys, and his monkey army.
This fragment of the Ramayana comes to an end with the battle between Sugriwa, and his monkey army, and Meganada, and his demon army, which ends with the defeat of Meganada.
Silvia Mordini is a writer, happiness coach, and internationally recognized yoga presenter. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage, and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on.
This yoga teacher training will take place in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Daily breakfast and tea time snacks are included in the price. Daily breakfast is offered between 07:00 to 10:00 and tea time snacks from 15:00 to 17:00. Vegan meals are offered in buffet-style. Three healthful, delicious meals per day will be served, with vegan and gluten-free options including purified water, freshly brewed coffees, teas, and tropical fruits provided through the day.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, (DPS). Make sure to have all travel arrangement to the airport and transfer to the retreat location.
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