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USA Yoga Teacher Training

This is a soul-rocking, life-changing opportunity to dig deep, connect, paint, play, laugh, cry, and love. Understand samadhi (universal oneness) and the integration of nature and divinity by learning about local fauna and flora, organic farming, and land conservation. Frolic in the forest, hike a magical peak, paddle majestic lakes, unleash your inner child! Go sky-diving, rock climbing, white water rafting, and explore magnificent waterfalls on your days off!

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  • Techniques, training, and practice sessions
  • Integrated daily asana and meditation practice
  • Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers classes
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour RYT upon completion
  • 3 delicious meals on weekdays from the highly-rated June Bug Cafe
  • Experience Yosemite National Park adventures
  • Enjoy river swim and meditation sessions
  • 17 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

15 days with instruction
Group size: 6-6 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Table tennis
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • ATM / banking
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

The campus, Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is wonderfully described on their website, "Under a grove of oak and pine in our own small valley with a stream, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort offers a magical scene with cabins on stilts dotting the mountainside where walking is part of the experience."

This old camp dates from the 1930s and they now offer private hotel-style rooms in cabins, tent cabins, hostel cabins, house rentals along with group facilities, a health spa, and a highly regarded restaurant. You will encounter backpackers, young families, and outdoor adventurers in this fun place just 27 miles downstream from Yosemite Valley itself.


This training is designed to help you connect with and nurture your inner child through play, adventure, movement, and nature. You will explore ancient teachings with dance, painting, journaling, and Dynamic yoga. Gypsea Yoga School (based in Costa Rica) has partnered with Yogasemite to create a unique and immersive YTT in the magical landscape of Sierra Nevada.

Yogasemite's founder, Cassidy Ellice, graduated from Gypsea Yoga School and works as a lead facilitator for their 200-hour trainings. Cassidy wanted to bring the powerful curriculum and immersion training to the beautiful place she calls home, Yosemite. The 200-hour YTT program is perfect for mountain-loving, free-spirited, down-to-earth, yoga enthusiasts who want to become certified to teach. An intensive course that builds a solid foundation for you to enter into the yoga world and incorporates a deep connection to nature with outdoor adventure.

Embark on an inward journey of self-actualization to find your true purpose through ancient yoga teachings, introspection, and self-love. Learn about samadhi (universal oneness) by connecting deeply with nature, learning about Yosemite, local fauna and flora, and adventure. Go sky-diving, white water rafting (seasonal), hiking, star-gazing, and explore magnificent waterfalls or Giant Sequoias in Yosemite on your days off!

You will honor yoga as a path through which everyone can become their most divine selves. Embarking on this journey means a quest for self-knowledge, love, and freedom. The school is committed to raising the collective consciousness through meditation, breath, movement, and service.


Students who complete this training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

200-hour YTT Yoga Alliance coursework

Your study focus is centered around the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar. Discuss each sutra thoroughly, break down common Hatha and Vinyasa asanas, and work through sequencing and language for teaching classes. You will learn and practice many traditional pranayama and meditation techniques daily, immersed in the serenity of the mountains. The textbooks and coursework fulfill the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour YTT requirements.

Sample daily schedule

  • Morning meditation and pranayama
  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Asana workshop
  • Lunch
  • Anatomy and teaching methodology
  • Practice teaching
  • Satsang
  • Dinner

The physical aspects of this course are based on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika foundation, which branches out into a variety of modern yoga styles. Students are introduced to the following styles:

  • Hatha
  • Hatha Vinyasa
  • Yin
  • Ashtanga
  • Restorative
  • Kundalini
  • Kids yoga
  • Acro yoga
  • Chair yoga
  • Yoga Nidra

Included excursions

  • Eco hikes along Bear Creek (local fauna and flora, geology, geography)
  • Yosemite National Park Yogasemite Experience
  • Two days in Yosemite to explore freely (passes for your two days off)
  • Mountain-top meditation


Cassidy Engfer

Retreat location

The Yosemite Bug Hostel is nestled in the Sierra Foothills, a rustic resort tucked away in the hills, a short drive to the western gateway of Yosemite National Park. Midpines is a rural mountain area located outside the western entrance to Yosemite National Park. It is notable for being in close proximity to the Merced River and was home to many gold miners during the gold rush.

This area possesses great charm in an unspoiled and rugged atmosphere. With oak trees swaying in the wind, providing shady relief from the intense California sun to swimming holes carved in rock, this place is a Wild West dreamscape. Midpines' most appealing attribute is to be close to Yosemite without having to stay in the park itself. Yosemite is one of the nation’s most iconic and breathtaking national parks, home to some of the best rock climbing and hiking in the world!

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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This course includes three vegetarian meals per day (except on weekends). The food is fresh, mainly regionally sourced, sustainable, and organic when possible. The meals are prepared by the chefs and kitchen staff at June Bug Cafe (You can check out their Facebook page to see their ever-changing menus and good reviews). Please plan to purchase your own snacks between meals, as well as meals on your two days off during the training.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Spa treatments
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Sound healing and gong therapy
  • Rock climbing (Weather permitting)
  • White water rafting (Seasonal)
  • Skydiving (Weather permitting)

Spa treatments

The following services are available on-site (not included in package cost):

  • Massage
  • Soaking baths

What's included

  • All yoga philosophy, posture, anatomy, and teaching methodology classes
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Curriculum, including a comprehensive student workbook
  • Local trips to Bear Creek and Yosemite National Park
  • Local fauna and flora tour
  • Guided hiking trip in Yosemite
  • Land conservation education
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious meals from Monday to Friday
  • Access to the day spa with hot tub and dry sauna
  • 2 round trip bus passes to Yosemite National Park for your days off

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights to California, USA
  • Weekend free time excursions
  • Meals on weekends

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
18 days / 17 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants


Arrival: Sunday March 6, 2022
Departure: Wednesday March 23, 2022

Training information

Your instructor Cassidy can answer all your questions about travel, accommodation, and the area. This course is a 2 and a half week intensive. There are two full days off (Sundays) during the course and 15 days of coursework, including homework assignments.

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