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6 Day 5 Elements Yin and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training in the Sacred Valley

Samadhi Retreat Center, Huayllabamba, Peru

Peru Yoga Teacher Training

This Yin and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training will focus on hands-on, anatomical, structural, and energetic based practices for the restoration of the body-mind. Blending Buddhist Concepts with the Eight Limbs of yoga, the potent portal of the Sacred Valley will serve as your home for the week. A specific focus on Pratyahara - the Great Withdrawal - will be encouraged by drawing the boundaries around retreat life to train in the principles of stillness, spaciousness, and quietude. Disconnecting from normative social contexts and devices is recommended during our time together to allow the nervous system to enter the deep folds of rich restoration.

Meet the instructors

Kali & Kylie
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  • Yoga classes
  • Embodied element excursion
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of Peru
  • 50 Hour Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Certificate
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Samadhi Retreat Center in either a private room, a shared double room, or a shared triple room.


You will touch on the realms of resetting the nervous system, healing from past traumas, dissolving tensions, increasing musculoskeletal resiliency, strengthening joint stability, and cultivating elasticity in the body-mind. You will use embodied and informed anatomy and alignment, scientific bases for sequencing, and psychological self-inquiry grounded in Buddhist practices.

Your work together as Sangha, spiritual community, will be within the domain of Yin yoga and will contribute to your continuing education as a yoga practitioner, inquisitor, and/or facilitator. Each day will co-mingle a balance of Yang/Vinyasa Flow and Yin/Restorative practices for your own embodied experience, as well as extensive teaching practicums to find your authentic voice as a space holder and mindful movement facilitator.

Noble silence and your daily ritual

Each day will begin with a Noble Silence practice, where you will integrate Vipassana style meditation, Yang Vinyasa, Iyengar, and pranayama to awaken and enrich the inner life. You will remain in silence through breakfast, after which you will break the silence with learning modules crafted to deepen your own relationship to yoga and Chakra theory, asana, and alignment, Buddhist + 8 limb yoga philosophy, meridians, sequencing and adjustments, and more.

After lunch, you will dive into each of the 5 Elements, and embody the practice through guided Yin sequencing of each element. Cooking classes, Yoga Nidras, restorative practices, and teaching practicums will be segmented throughout the evenings. This Yin intensive training is a potent addition to integrating components of Yin and Restorative yoga into your own daily practice and into the yoga studios.

Durga Excursions encourages seasoned yoga facilitators as well as emerging and brand-new students who wish to deepen their own practice or begin teaching and sharing the essential practice of Yin yoga with others. Grounded in the Five Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, each day will be dedicated to a deep exploration of the elements.


Anatomical and physiological principles. Directions of the spine, joint actions. Individual informed architecture: pelvis and femur. Root chakra. Abundant nourishment. Nurturing self. Sustenance and sustainability. Reciprocal inhibition in Yin asana. Digestion and spleen function. The belly brain. Spinal flexion - Forward folds. Balanced give and receive. Hara.


Neuro-immunologic importance of rest. Sleep vs rest. Adaptive and innate immunity. Restorative yoga. Essentiality. Replenishment and kidney function. Creativity. Quietude. Reallocation of internal reserves and resources. Equanimity. Excretion. Psoas and pelvis anatomy. Sacrum, ilium, nutation. Axial rotations - spinal twists. Fear, overwhelm, stress, trauma. Resiliency.


Conscious Communication. Kriyas & Kundalini. Adjustments. Cacao. Expansion. Bhakti: The yoga of devotion. Circulation. Joy, sorrow. Oxygenation and heart function. Authentic Relating, Diads. Shoulder anatomy and therapeutic asanas for the torso. Spinal extension - Backbends. Compassion - Karuna.


Refinement and elimination. Self-doubt and cultivation of confidence. Worth. Grief and mourning. Transition and lung function. Mindfulness seminar. Shamata meditation. Ritualized routine. Teaching practicum.


Visioning. Jewels of awareness. Sequencing. Transform and evolve. Integration. Purification and liver function. Flexibility in physical and mental aptitude. Smoothing the chi body. Detoxification. Breath and lines of energy. Vipassana meditation.

Daily schedule

Please note the schedule may be slightly refined upon arrival.

Day 1 - August 24: Art of Arrival

Please arrive at CUSCO - CUZ Airport before 12:30 p.m. The Shuttle will depart from CUZ Airport to the Samadhi retreat center at 1 p.m. For those already in Cusco, the shuttle will pick up at 1:30 p.m. from San Blas Plaza.

  • 14:00 - 16:00 Arrive. Ground. Settle.
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Dharma & Welcome
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Yin yoga practice

Day 2 - August 25: Earth Element: Abundant Nourishment

  • Mornings in Noble Silence
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Yang Yoga Practice
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Module 1: Principles of Yin Yoga & Chinese Medicine Meridians
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Module 2: Earth Element & Posture Clinics
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Embodied Earth Excursion
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Yin Yoga Practice

Day 3 - August 26: Water Element: Equanimity & Restorative Yoga

  • Mornings in Noble Silence
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Yang Yoga Practice
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Module 1: Principles of Restorative Yoga, Neuro-Immunologic Importance of Rest
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Module 2: Water Element & Posture Clinics. Anatomy & Physiology of the Pelvis.
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Embodied Water Excursion
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Subtle Energetics- Psoas & Restorative Practice

Day 4 - August 27: Fire & Metal Element: Compassion & Devotion

  • Mornings in Noble Silence
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Cacao Ceremony & Bhakti Flow
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Module 1: Art of Adjustments
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Module 2: Fire Element Module. Subtle Energetics & Shoulder Anatomy
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Module 3: Metal Element Module & Posture Clinic.
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Karuna Practice

Day 5 - August 28: Metal Element: Release & Refine

  • Mornings in Noble Silence
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Yang & Pranayam
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Module 1: Teaching Practicum I
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Wood Element Module & Posture Clinic. Breath & Lines of Energy.
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Science of Sequencing & Group Study
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Mindfulness Module: Shammata

Day 6 - August 29: Wood Element: Transform & Evolve

  • Mornings in Noble Silence
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Teaching Practicum II
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Final Ceremony
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Lunch & Farwell

A note on travel: ensure your flight gets in to CUZ before 12:30 p.m. on arrival day. Be sure your flight departs after 4 p.m. on departure day to utilize the shuttle to and from Samadhi Retreat Center.


Kali Basman

Kylie Roswell

Retreat location


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw food
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 50 Hour Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Certificate
  • 5 days Yin Yoga Teacher Training
  • All meals (organic farm to table detox)
  • Shared or private accommodation
  • Daily Yang and Yin practice
  • Yin Yoga certification
  • A focus on Restorative yoga
  • Cacao ceremony
  • 5 elements theory
  • Chinese Meridian Modules
  • Tibetan Buddhist philosophy
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Yoga anatomy
  • Chakra Dhayana
  • Subtle energetics
  • Teaching practicums
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights and shuttles

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). Durga Excursions recommend booking a flight to Lima International Airport and then a separate flight from Lima to Cusco as it's more economical to book separately. Once you send them your flight information, they will arrange a shuttle from the airport to the retreat center. ensure your flight gets into CUZ before 12:30 p.m. on arrival day. Be sure your flight departs after 6 p.m. on departure day to utilize the shuttle to and from Samadhi Retreat Center.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 21% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Tuesday August 24, 2021
Departure: Sunday August 29, 2021

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