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You have arrived here for a reason. Something inside is asking to awaken. Now is the time to develop your unique gifts; nourish your body, mind and soul, and be a force for positive change in the world through yoga. Say yes! Yes to learning, practicing, sharing, finding your edge, going beyond it, and inspiring others to join you on this magical path. Claim your spot on this powerful journey. This is the beginning of your adventure of life infused with Vinyasa, meditation, mantra, ritual, Ayurveda, and dance, the Lakshmi Rising Yoga Teacher Training program is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world.
Your yoga (or culinary) experience will be intense, but Château de Rhodes is filled with 18th and 19th-century antiques, and Persian rugs, the château will create incredible memories for all who stay here.
There are two very large reception rooms, chateau dining room, library, billiard room, games rooms, terrace dining-room for thirty plus, cinema room, original chateau kitchen, plus a fully equipped professional kitchen.
There are outside dining tables and chairs for 30+ and sunbeds, shades, etc. Around the pool and terrace. The grounds are encircled by a tranquil walking path and are accentuated by both a river and a stream. There are many ancient trees in the well-tended landscape.
From the terrace, one can hear the soft flowing arise river which meanders through the château’s park. From the sparkling swimming pool are dramatic views of the Pyrenees. Tennis buffs will be thrilled with the hard tennis court.
An antique snooker / pool table is available indoors, plus a further games room and exercise room which will definitely appeal to the younger set. Just a five-minute drive away is a challenging eighteen-hole golf course.
Lakshmi Rising Vinyasa yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and ritual for health and awakening.
This approach is a revitalizing laboratory for uniquely experiencing and expressing self while mindfully honoring whatever exists in each present moment. This practice cultivates mental, physical, and spiritual strength and flexibility so that you are able to recognize and transform habits, patterns, and conditionings that cause suffering in any way.
You will use the mat as a metaphor to understand where you are stuck so that you can eliminate that which does not enhance the unfoldment of your individual and collective evolution.
This 200-hour yoga teacher training intensive immersions in France gives you three weeks to focus on your yoga practice with other curious, interesting people from around the world.
It’s a time for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, cultivating true health and happiness and making new friends. Investing in a yoga teacher training certification program is a life-enriching experience even if you have no intention of teaching.
This training program is open to people at all levels of experience and the organizers can’t wait to share this unique program with you! Below is a sample schedule that will give you a great idea of what your three weeks will look like while enjoying your training.
Please note the YTT schedule is very full and does not leave much unstructured time to explore on your own. Please come a few days early or plan a few days after the program to do that.
Lakshmi Rising 200 Hour YTT Curriculum
The entire master class is collectively discussed and written down. This will provide students with a library of intentional and versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes once they begin teaching.
This session also serves as a Q&A about any part of the morning practice so that students gain experiential perspective about designing and teaching a yoga class and also for clarification about any of the class elements.
The concepts such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements) and connecting vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored.
The books (e-books are fine) to purchase and bring with you are:
Liz is a licensed and board-certified doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine, a national certification commission for acupuncture and oriental medicine diplomate in Chinese herbal medicine, a holistic skincare therapist, a natural beauty expert, and a yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Her dynamic Vinyasa yoga classes are a fusion of fluid movement, flexibility, core strengthening, and balance, where you will find rhythm and awareness, breath and calm, ritual, integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She teaches with the intention of spreading love, health, and beauty.
Get ready to experience the beauty of the South of France as you embark on your Yoga Teacher Training journey. The grand 18th-century château is situated in a newly designated natural park at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, just three kilometers from the village of La Bastide De Serou.
The Department of Ariege nestles in the central Pyrenees, next to Andorra, its highest peaks visible from Toulouse. It is one of the most unspoiled regions of France, whose inhabitants have held fast to their traditions.
The countryside is wild but easily accessible. Top grade trout streams rush down forested mountainsides into rivers where kayakers paddle. Waymarked walking trails lead to 3000 meters peaks where isards (chamois), marmots and even bears roam. Cyclists can take in a stage of the Tour de France, mountain bike down tracks, or gently pedal in the valleys.
Numerous species of butterflies, orchids, and raptors thrive here thanks to the endurance of ancient farming practices such as the transhumance, when cows, sheep, and Mérens horses are led up to the high summer pastures.
Its many prehistoric caves, Cathar chateaux, and WWII escape routes over the mountains are a testament to the ways Ariège has served as a place of refuge and resistance throughout history.
Ariège is a walker’s paradise, laced with hundreds of kilometers of waymarked paths for all abilities, from unpaved tracks through rolling countryside to blazed footpaths used by mountain inhabitants for centuries to high-altitude transpyrenean hiking trails that extend from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
A variant of the Way of Saint James skirts along the foothills to join up with the main trail at St Jean Pied de Port. Trails from France to Spain through the high mountains were used over the centuries by smugglers, Cathars fleeing persecution, downed WWII Allied pilots and refugees, and now are named for them: the Chemin des Bonshommes, the Chemin de la Liberté.
Optional excursions include a visit to gorgeous Toulouse, known as “The Pink City” for its signature rosy stone, and home to the best wine bar in the world; and a delectable lunch and wine tasting from our friends at La Mas de Mon Pere.
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Nutrition is more than just feeding the physical body. Food is essential on so many levels and that’s why Lakshmi Rising has chosen Gaia Gourmet Cuisine to cater all of the international retreats and yoga teacher trainings. This incredible cuisine nourishes every aspect of your being - supporting, nourishing, and cleansing your body, mind and spirit along your journey.
The talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable Gaia gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the world’s greatest cuisines. The healthy organic food is artistically crafted to please all of the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs, and spices.
They procure and serve all organic produce from local family farms. The meals are well balanced and prepared with love. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.
It’s important that you are well-fed and completely nourished from the inside out when you join this training. With a vegetarian-based menu (and vegan and gluten-free options available), you will be provided plenty of protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. %They only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever-expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, the freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to your dining experience. Overall, this will produce a more lively healthy body and mind and is the most environmentally friendly diet.
They always do their best to accommodate food allergies. They can omit certain items from dishes, such as cheese, dairy, and nuts. They cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free or nut-free environment. Persons with serious food allergies such as Celiac's disease or those on a 100% raw food diet should not attend a retreat.
The organizer must know of all serious food issues at least three weeks prior to arrival. Bring an open mind and allow your taste buds to savor this unique culinary adventure!
As a part of your personal growth and wellness element of the training, Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness has some delightful cultural excursions planned for you!
You have the honor to visit a winemaker domain. Far from any notion of productivity or virtuosity, the approach of the domain is part of respect for nature and the vine. Closest to the very nature of what has made the profession of winemaker over the past centuries, this family winemaker does not use herbicides, not to make “green harvests” or to mechanically weed, these choices allow it to predict an evolution towards organic and natural wines in the medium term. These choices are accompanied by a requirement of constant quality at each stage of the winemaking because if the manner is important, all these efforts would be useless if the taste and qualities of the different wines produced were not the appointments. We will have the great opportunity to have a wine tasting with different varieties of wine flowing by vegetarian snacks on the property.
Its citadel, known as the Cité de Carcassonne, is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Roman period and restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Consequently, Carcassonne relies heavily on tourism but also counts manufacturing and winemaking as some of its other key economic sectors.
Transfer not provided
There will be a group meeting point and time at the Foix train station and Lakshmi will provide transportation to the chateau from there. If you cannot make it to this meeting point and time they can help you get to the chateau based on your schedule but at your own cost.
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