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Earth Medicine Yoga Teacher Training Peru

Located in the heart of Sacred Valley, Peru, this yoga teacher training offers a powerful place to tap into the wisdom of the land, the ancient culture, and the deep inner knowing of your own hearts. Come, join, and bring home your own 200-hour certification!

Meet the instructors

Lacey Hickox, Darin Jay, & Srimati
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Highlights

  • 19 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Yoga Sutras and anatomy lessons
  • Guided meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Art of teaching, alignment, and assist
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


19 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Temazcal
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

Munay Sonqo Retreat and Yoga Center is the premier yoga and transformational retreat center in the Sacred Valley, Peru. Munay Sonqo provides an epic setting to all who are aspiring to spiritual transformation, personal development, and connection to the natural world. Nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees and held by the power of the surrounding mountains, Munay Sonqo offers a place to connect to the incredible depth and beauty that nature offers, supporting your retreats, training, and workshops to be a profoundly nurturing and unforgettable experience.

Munay Sonqo means "loving heart" in Quechua, the language of the Incas and the inhabitants of The Sacred Valley of Peru, where they are located. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley and is built with local and natural materials. Thanks to the staff, the entire center embodies the kindness, love, and wholeness that permeates this magical place. The center consists of three distinct campuses, Munay Sonqo Mesa, Sacha Munay Jardin, and their latest addition the Santuario.

Program

Certification

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

Prerequisites

This 200-hour yoga teacher training program is open to practitioners of all levels and abilities, from beginner to advanced. Sacred Paths Yoga offers modifications and variations of the poses so you can cultivate a practice that fits your needs and so that you can teach classes that are accessible to all populations. They encourage you to establish your own personal yoga practice by attending classes or workshops leading up to the program.

Prior to the training, they recommend that students practice along with their online videos several times per week to prepare the body and mind for the journey ahead. They will break down these sequences in-depth during the course so it is advised to become familiar with them. They invite you to set an intention with an open heart and mind to fully commit to and embrace the yogic lifestyle during your training and beyond, to let go of expectations, and to fully surrender to the experience.

This course is not only developed for those who are called to become yoga teachers, but also for those who have the intention to deepen their own practice and knowledge to become embodied yoga practitioners, to step into a spiritual journey of the soul, and to heal, reveal, and awaken. Sacred Paths is for the spiritual seeker, the worldwide traveler, the inspired, and the adventurous yogi.

About the course

During the program, you will find a harmonious and symbiotic blend of ancient indigenous wisdom and yogic teachings to guide you on this path to the fullest. Each training is a unique experience dependent on the location, the facilitators, and the energy of each group. The Sacred Paths core curriculum can be found in all locations and throughout all training, the core curriculum is the guiding path to open the space for individual and group growth. The Sacred Paths Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training is a 21-day journey divided into four cycles of four days with a day off in between each.

Throughout each cycle, you will use one of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air as your guide and as the foundation of your experience for lessons, insights, ceremony, and healing. Each cycle, you go deeper into your journey of learning and revealing this potent Earth medicine. You start each day with an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that you weave throughout the day’s teachings and live within your own personal practice.

You begin each morning in a beautiful location connecting with nature and yourself through sunrise meditation, pranayama, and asana practice, honoring silence in this sacred time. This is followed by a yogic breakfast, nourishing your bodies and spirits with wholesome organic vegetarian food. The experience of the day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes, and dynamic group discussions.

In the morning classes, you explore the fundamentals of yogic living, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda, and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras through interactive and comprehensive lectures. In the afternoon classes, you share the art of teaching and the art of touch or alignment in which students practice peer teaching. In the first half of the training, students learn and practice teaching your sacred flow sequence.

You also take an in-depth look at the alignment, adjustments, benefits, and contraindication of each pose. In the second half of the training, you will explore other yogic traditions (Hatha, Restorative, Yin), share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing, theme weaving, and study advanced poses and techniques. Students will also create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share through peer teaching, and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.

Each evening, you close with Satsang, your sacred community gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan, chanting, sacred ceremony, or a sharing circle to connect and release the day’s challenges, triumphs, insights, and joys. The day flows within a safe container, held and guided by experienced space holders in inspiring locations. There are a two-hour asana practice in the morning and a two or three-hour asana workshop in the afternoon. The total asana practice each day is four or five hours.

Practice

You view yoga as a spiritual practice, as a path to self-realization, union, bliss, conscious connection, deepened awareness, and mindful living. Throughout this process, you explore different paths to union including movement, song, dance, chanting, ceremony, and more. In this journey, you embody yogic living, fully immersing yourself in the experience of living and breathing this practice on and off your mat with your beloved community as your unwavering support system.

This path asks for dedication, discipline, and courage to look deep within to uncover your truth and your own authentic connection. Without your daily distractions, habits, and patterns, a new way of perceiving the world is revealed. Everyone is accepted, supported, and encouraged through their process. Through your community, you create a comfortable safe space to facilitate growth and expansion on all levels.

Core curriculum

With highly experienced facilitators and an integrative approach, the training is designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of yoga and to help transform all aspects of your life. Sacred Paths Yoga teacher training program guides students to become empowered practitioners and to step into their own voice as teachers. During the course, you will

  • Explore traditional yogic teachings, Earth medicine, and spirituality in a process of self-inquiry and personal growth
  • Learn to teach your Sacred Flow Vinyasa sequence as well as receive guidance on creating and teaching your own unique sequences
  • Explore traditional Hatha, Restorative, Yin, and Prenatal yoga
  • Experience the yogic living, deepen your personal practice, and commitment to this path
  • Practice daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Experience a spiritual immersion
  • Explore the art of teaching, touch, and alignment to gain knowledge, insight, and clarity
  • Practice Kirtan, chanting, and medicine songs from around the world as you experience Bhakti bliss
  • Nightly evening gatherings, Satsang, to reflect on the day’s journey and insights
  • Experience ceremony, including full and new moon ceremonies, fire ceremony, water blessing ceremony, earth gratitude ceremony, Puja (Hindi offering), cacao ceremony, and more
  • Study yoga anatomy and physiology and applicable techniques to incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
  • Study Yoga Sutras and philosophy
  • Explore Chakras, Bandhas, and energetic anatomy
  • Study Ayurveda and experience the yogic diet
  • Practice advanced pranayama
  • Learn Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
  • Practice how to integrate yoga into your daily life through spiritual lessons and art of living discussion
  • Learn the art of yoga marketing and explore your vision for bringing this practice into your community

Syllabus

1. Techniques, training, and practice (contact hours: 100)

In this category, you will explore techniques as well as practice and teach: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga practices. You will emphasize both guided practice of the techniques themselves as well as analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.

a. Asana

Trainees will deepen their knowledge of poses including beginner and more advanced variations. Benefits, risks, and contraindications will be explored as well as safe transitions, intelligent sequencing, alignment, and hands-on assists. The five main categories of poses will be covered including standing/ balancing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions.

b. Pranayama

Students will practice, experience, and learn how to guide several pranayama techniques. They will learn the benefits and effects of such practices as well as how and when to incorporate them into a class. Pranayamas covered in depth will include abdominal breathing, three-part yogic breath, ujjayi pranayama, Nadi shodhana, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati.

c. Kriyas

Yogic cleansing and purification techniques will be taught and practiced in the form of Jal neti, kapalabhati, Agni Sara, and tratak. Trainees will be guided on the benefits and how to incorporate these techniques into their personal practice.

d. Chanting or mantra

You explore mantra as a path to connection, invoke the spirit, and create sacred space. Trainees will experience, practice, and learn mantras to share in class such as Om, the Gayatri Mantra, the Bija mantras for chakra clearing, and others.

e. Meditation

Various forms of guided meditation will be shared including breath focus, sensory withdrawal. visualization, mantra, and chakra. Emphasis will be on quieting the mind and experiencing divine union on this path of yoga.

2. Teaching methodology (contact hours: 25)

In this category, you will share how to refine and apply your skills as a teacher. You will discuss the principles of demonstrating asanas as well as how to effectively observe, use verbal cues, and incorporate hands-on assistance in a class. You will explore the use of language and voice: active versus passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns. This category will prepare trainees to be transformational space holders. Topics in this category will include:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
  • Teacher or student relationship and teacher ethics

3. Anatomy and physiology (contact hours: 20)

Topics in this category will include anatomical terms and basic overview of the physical body, classes, and discussion on the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems as well as how these systems are benefited by yoga. Trainees will gain knowledge of the cardiovascular system and the heart and the digestive system and the yogic diet.

This category will also include subtle energetic anatomy and physiology, including studies on the chakras and nadis. Trainees will be guided in studying both anatomy and physiology along with its application to the yoga practice including benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.

4. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers (contact hours: 40)

The program emphasizes a whole lifestyle approach to yoga as a practice and offers guidance on how to live this practice on and off the mat. In this category, you will cover the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, particularly Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. You will explore this eight-fold path as a means to quiet the mind to reach liberation. This study will include group work, discussion, and application to your practice and daily life. This category will also include the transformational framework in which trainees can practice self-inquiry and develop themselves as embodied practitioners and embodied guides.

5. Practicum (contact hours: 15)

In this category, trainees will actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. They will also observe others teaching, receive and give feedback, and assist students while someone else is teaching. Trainees will begin peer teaching from day one as they gradually learn and practice teaching the poses and mini sequences in the Sacred Flow that is practiced in the morning and studied in depth in the art of teaching or touch classes throughout the first half of the training.

They will teach this set 90-minute flow in full to a peer, observed by a facilitator. In the second half of the training, students will create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share a 90-minute class through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.

Reading list

Required reading for the course

  • Sacred Paths Yoga School Teacher Training Manual by Dedicated Yogi’s
  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Suggested pre-course reading

  • Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

General reading recommendations

  • Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
  • Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers by Alberto Villoldo
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 09:00 Meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Spiritual lesson and daily intention
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Yoga sutras or yoga anatomy session
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Special topic
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Art of teaching, alignment, and assist
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sacred circle
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dream time

Every fifth day is a day off.

Instructors

Lacey Hickox Lehman

Darin Jay Lehman

Srimati Hughes

Retreat location

The course will take place in Calca, Calca Province, Peru. The Sacred Valley is a majestic spot in the Andes Mountains close to Cusco and home of the twelve revered mountains known as “Apus” - Mountain Spirits who are said to intercede on behalf of people in protection and guidance.

Those who come to the center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with them for traditional earth-honoring and gratitude ceremonies called Despacho. Munay Sonqo is located in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas about one and a half from the city of Cusco. They can assist you to arrange transport to Munay Sonqo with their local drivers.

Distances

  • Cusco city - 1.5 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Temazcal

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this yoga teacher training, you will enjoy daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the price. Peru has some of the most amazing food in the world. The meals at Munay Sonqo are incredibly varied and carefully curated for groups. Head Chef Martin has years of experience working with yoga and plant medicine groups.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Plant medicine ceremonies
  • Sauna, plant baths, and massage treatments
  • Trips to Machu Picchu
  • Visits to sacred sites

What's included

  • Tuition
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Certificate of completion

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Optional sacred plant medicine ceremonies offered with Ayahuasca and San Pedro (on days off)
  • Required texts
  • Transfers from and to Sach'a Munay
  • Transfers to Cusco

How to get there

Driving directions from Cusco

  • Take the route to the Valle Sagrado.
  • Take the road passing Pisac, Coya, Lamay, Calca, and Urcos until arriving at the primero paradero Arin which is just past the iglesia evangélica de Arin to your left.
  • Take the road and turn slightly left to enter the Plaza (you will see the church).
  • As you enter the plaza, take the road that travels up and to the right.
  • Continue and take the first left.
  • Follow this road past the cemetery and continue.
  • You will arrive at a ’T’ intersection which is the location of the Santuario campus.
  • Stick to the right and follow the road up about 100 meters.
  • You will arrive at the two wooden gates of Sacha Munay.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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: Saturday October 1, 2022
Departure: Saturday October 22, 2022

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