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22 Days 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Shela, Kenya

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Kenya

Learn the art of yoga and creative sequencing on this intensive yoga teacher training in Shela, Kenya! This yoga teacher training will allow you to integrate the ancient wisdom of yoga into a modern day, creative, accessible practice. It will take you on a journey of self love, self discovery, and transformation. You will deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga and emerge with a stronger, truer understanding of who you really are.

Retreat highlights

  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • 5 element meridian Yin immersion
  • Meditation and pranayama session each day
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Dhow cruise on Manda Channel
  • 21 nights' accommodation
  • Daily brunch

Yoga styles

19 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Sanskrit, English
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Banana House and Wellness Centre is a boutique hotel in Shela, Lamu Island. It has all the charms of a quietly elegant private home with 16 rooms spread over three houses situated in a magnificent tropical garden. On first floors, the hotel has standard rooms with large king-sized beds and en-suite bathroom.

Banana House and Wellness Centre has three triple rooms, one single bedroom, and one twin bedroom. Every floor has its own dining and sitting area with comfortable daybeds and nice views of the garden and sea. With its remarkable views of the sea and the beautiful gardens, Banana House and Wellness Centre is simple and tastefully furnished in traditional Swahili style. Sitting areas, day beds, and hammocks are located throughout. A swimming pool is situated in an area of the garden abundant with exotic bird life.

Yogauganda Yoga Teacher Training in Kenya Program


Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

This Karuna Yoga Teacher Training Certification is a 21-day curriculum in the art of yoga and creative sequencing. This training is so much more than just learning yoga poses and being able to teach asana. Yes, you will learn alignment, intelligent sequencing, anatomy, how to cue, etc. but more than that, you will embrace the responsibility of leading others into a healthier more whole way of life.

The world needs more good yoga. Yogauganda strongly believes the work they do is some of the most valuable, important work on the planet. They are changing lives. And, they are changing the world.

The course begins on March 20 and ends on April 10. 85% attendance in all the classes is mandatory to pass this course. It is an intensive course with almost ten hours of study, meditation, and practice every day of the week. From Monday to Saturday, classes and activities will start at 06:00 and end at 20:00. Sundays will be given off to study, relax in a hammock, swim in the ocean, self-study, walk or enjoy the beach and closeby town.


Techniques / training

  • Bandhas - lecture and practice: Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, Jalandhara Bandha, Maha Bandha (theory)
  • Pranayama - lecture and practical training: prana and pranic body, abdominal / diaphragmatic breathing, thoracic breathing, yogic breathing, alternate nostril breathing, Sheetali pranayama, Sheetkari pranayama, Bhramari pranayama, Ujjayi pranayama, Bhastrika pranayama, Kapalabhati
  • Mudra basic (meaning and practice)
  • Meditation techniques: silent meditation, dynamic meditations, dance meditation, Kundalini meditation, chakra breathing, silent walking in nature, art meditation, moving meditation, and much more
  • Mantras and chanting (selection)
  • 5 elements Yin
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Ethics of being a teacher
  • Sanskrit revision of pronunciation
  • Traits and characteristics of a good teacher


  • ​Sun Salutations (Hatha, classical, and Ashtanga variations)
  • How to start a class / read the room
  • List of basic asanas
  • Asana practice presenting various styles (guided and analytical training every day)
  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Smooth Restorative
  • Yin yoga immersion according to the elements and the corresponding meridians
  • Hatha yoga
  • Entering and leaving an asana
  • Modifications for beginners and students with injuries and different abilities / limitations
  • Creative, intelligent sequencing
  • Guided asanas practice and analytical training focused on following groups of asanas: standing asanas, forward bends, back bends, twists, balances, inversions, hip openers, finishing sequence, and relaxing asana

Teaching methodology

  • Art of teaching: teacher’s qualities, intention and attitude, teaching styles, observation, giving instructions, feedback, sequencing, class management and class routine, principles of demonstration – theory and practice (“mirror” versus “real”, how to demonstrate, how not to demonstrate, practice in groups and feedback)
  • Tasks of yoga teacher
  • Themes and intentions based sequences
  • Anatomy of alignment (theory and practice)
  • Safety of yoga
  • Modes of adjustment - verbal, hands-on, props, partners
  • “Art of touch” - physical adjustment - rules and principles
  • Partner yoga practice

Business of yoga

  • Setting up a yoga business
  • Start and development (practical tips)
  • Marketing strategies
  • Public relations / advertising
  • Business and ethics
  • Community service (Seva)
  • Practical workshop: communication and building conscious interactions

Anatomy and physiology

  • General movement and body terminology
  • Systems of the human body (their meaning and functions)
  • Nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems and their correlations in context of yoga practice
  • Respiration and breath
  • Body’s main limitations: compression - tension - proportion - orientation and their meaning in asana practice
  • Yoga and health - benefits and contraindications of asanas, basic elements of yoga therapy
  • Yogic anatomy: 5 koshas, 3 layers, energy channels and chakra theory
  • Ayurveda (introduction)

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers

  • Historical and cultural background of yoga
  • Definition and interpretation of yoga
  • 4 paths of yoga
  • Yoga philosophy in the contemporary / modern lifestyle
  • Om / Aum and its meaning (basic chants)
  • Patanjali Yoga Sutras and their interpretations (selection)
  • 8 limbs of yoga and their meaning in the contemporary world
  • Ethics and values for yoga teachers
  • The responsibility of being a yoga teacher
  • Community service / Seva / social responsibility


  • Practice of teaching under teacher’s observation
  • In pairs, in small groups, and in a large group
  • Practical exam of teaching
  • Feedback

Required reading

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Satchidananda
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
  • The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
  • Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  • Prana and Pranayama by Swami Niranjananada Saraswati

Included excursions

You will have a dhow cruise on the Manda Channel during the course.


Leyla Ahmet Meredith
Africa Yoga (Yoga)
With her diploma and certificate in hand, Leyla flew to Ethiopia. She has traveled a lot and had various journeys through Africa before settling in Jinja, Uganda. She became qualified as a yoga teacher in 2008 with Africa Yoga and has been teaching extensively over the world since then. Initially drawn to the dynamic nature of Ashtanga and its power and moving meditation qualities, she has now softened herself and prefers to teach Vinyasa Flow.
Payal Gori
Payal is a biotechnologist turned yoga teacher. Since she was a child, she found herself very curious about the mind, body, and soul connection. Until the age of 23, Payal had a regular yoga practice as a part of her culture, not paying much attention to it. At the age of 24, due to a major shift in her life, she left her job in one of the most competitive environments in the world and took a break. This is when she re-discovered her enthusiasm for yoga. She dedicated the next year deepening her own practice with several teachers in India, and in 2014, she became a full-time yoga teacher.

Retreat location

This teacher training will take place at Banana House and Wellness Centre in Shela, Lamu, Kenya. Although just a few minutes’ stroll to the pure white sands of Shela Beach, the hotel is totally isolated from the world outside the grounds.


Shela is a small village on Lamu island, 45 minutes walk from Lamu Town, situated at the point of the island, where the white sanded beach and the dunes stretch out for a couple of hours undisturbed walking and pure bliss. Shela has 2,000 inhabitants and as a visitor, you are very quickly recognized, welcomed, and made to feel at home and comfortable. Kids are playing freely around, donkeys wander through the small sandy lanes.

Beautifully restored old Swahili mansions and bougainvillea give the whole village a very colorful touch. Life in Shela is very peaceful and calm, where the muezzin rules the rhythm of the day and the locals still take time to discuss the daily life sitting under a huge acacia tree.


The trade winds of the Indian Ocean have been bringing the world to the East African Coast for over a thousand years. In the remote archipelago of Lamu, the local people have a long-established tradition of welcoming travelers. The Lamu Archipelago today remains as mystical, exotic, and serene as ever.

The old stone town is a World Heritage Site, a place where culture, history, and custom are all blended into a truly unique way of life. Lamu is unaffected by the pace of change of the western world, where the wisdom of the past plays a part in the present, and the pace of life is measured by the progress of the graceful dhows that sail among the islands.

Nearby place

  • Lamu Town - 45 minutes' walk

Unique features


  • Boating
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen


  • Tour assistance


During the course, morning refreshments will be available after meditation and pranayama sessions. You will have delicious, mostly organic, and locally sourced hearty brunch after morning practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Snacks

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

  • 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)

  • Beach yoga
  • Exploring the sand dunes
  • Henna tattoo
  • Relaxing with a massage
  • Shopping crafts from local artisans in the community
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunset dhow trip
  • Swimming in Manda Channel
  • Walk to the ancient heritage sites
  • Windsurfing at Peponi

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes and theory workshop
  • Meditation and pranayama session each day
  • Tuition fee
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Course materials
  • Pre-course and post course support
  • 21 nights’ accommodation
  • Boat transfer to Shela
  • Delicious brunch and refreshments

What's not included

  • Extra excursions
  • Books
  • Spa services
  • Air fares
  • Visa
  • Transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Manda Airport (LAU). In order to arrive there, you can fly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). You may need to transfer to Wilson Airport (WIL) in Nairobi.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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