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Pure magic, momentous empowerment, deep realization - these are the experiences offered through this training in the highlands of Peru. The Peruvian trainings are a synergistic synchronistic coming together of unique souls, called by the energy of the mountains, spirits, and each other to come together, and co-evolve on the spiritual path. There will be many tears, trials, and layers shed, as well as smiles, revelations, and love experienced by all. In addition to School Yoga Institute's standard course offerings, you will dive into your mystical consciousness, developing your practice from the soul level to bring forth each individual's unique gifts.
Welcome to Munay Sonqo Retreat & Yoga Center! Munay SonqoYoga Retreat Center is located in the Andes of South America in the village of Arin, near the town of Calca in Peru. It’s between the base of the sacred mountains of Pitisuray and Sawasiray, underneath a beautiful waterfall nestled in the sacred valley of the Incas. Here you will see the native cultures (Quechua speaking) working the land as they have for centuries, with love and simplicity.
Munay Sonqo is like a family that likes to practice yoga and live in harmony with nature, welcoming every type of visitor that likes to share their dream. Munay Sonqo has been designed to have the least possible impact on the surroundings eco system, maintaining a virtual nonpolluting operation. The center is eco-friendly providing you with personal privacy and solitude ideal for your own spiritual growth.
Munay Sonqo offers laundry service for 5 USD per load.
Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
This yoga teacher training is a holistic program; to understand yoga, one must first understand their body, mind, and spirit. The four directions of the Native American medicine wheel will be used as a guide and foundational structure for the course. Within each direction, the course will focus on different types of movement, diet, and meditation. SYI brings to life the ancient teachings of yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in yogic philosophy, and a daily yoga practice.
During this yoga teacher training in Peru, you will share the teachings of yoga applied to daily living, connect through provoking cosmic wisdom, and learn shamanic healing practices of the Andes. There will be personal retreat days of silence and fasting, allowing for a deep integration of course offerings. There is a strong Bhakti component in this training, as your guides bring you into the daily experience of bliss, devotion, and self-realization through mantras, songs, and chanting.
Sadhana yoga is the yoga of spiritual practice. Derived from different yoga traditions, such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sivananda, and Iyengar, it is designed beyond form and tradition and aims to encompass the essence of yoga and spirituality as a practice of union.
SYI focuses on the roots of yoga tradition, where yoga is used as an instrument to reveal the truth of our existence as spiritual beings. School Yoga Institute honors all traditions of yoga and shares two foundational sequences at the 200-hour level.
These sequences are the Sadhana Vinyasa flow and Sadhana Hatha flow, based primarily on the Ashtanga and Sivananda sequences respectively, and together, these allow students to develop any style of class they feel called to share.
Experience Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
Explore Chakras, Bandhas, and energetic anatomy in your personal practice and your teaching
Explore the art of teaching through interactive daily workshops and learn through regular peer-teaching starting from day one
Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
Incorporate daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
Learn and integrate holistic health modalities such as massage, energy healing, nutrition, and other forms
Learn the foundation and historical background of yoga philosophy
Learn to teach two sequences: Sadhana Vinyasa and Sadhana Hatha flows, as well as guidance on creating your own unique sequences
Live the yogic lifestyle, improve your personal practice, and develop your Sadhana, your own spiritual practice
Participate in daily Satsang, evening gathering, and learn traditional kirtan chants from India and the rest of the world
Participate in traditional ceremony, including full- and new-moon ceremonies, letting-go ceremony, traditional Andean gratitude ceremony (Despacho), Cacao ceremony, Vedic fire ceremony, and puja (Hindi offering)
Practice advanced pranayama
Receive introduction to conscious business and discuss ways to bring your yoga to the marketplace
Study Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine, and study and live the yogic diet
Study select yoga Sutras in depth
Study yoga anatomy and physiology, and incorporate these principals into your own teaching and practice
Work through the traditional Peruvian shamanic medicine wheel in a process of self-inquiry and personal transformation
Daily yoga, meditation, and spiritual lessons
Ceremonies with Andean shamans (Quero, Ayamara)
Special topics on Ayurveda, kriyas, advanced pranayamas, yogic history / lineages, sacred geometry, Thai massage, non-violent communication, laughter exercises, crop circles, and more.
Initiation as a Mesa carrier
Temazcal (sacred sweat lodge ceremony)
Hiking in the surrounding sacred mountains
Visiting Incan and pre-Incan sacred ruins
Visiting indigenous villages in the Sacred Valley
Inka is serving her life purpose of sharing love and light through yoga. Vinyasa Flow is her soul practice and Inka’s flows are strong and creative. She enjoys guiding people on a journey through Yin yoga allowing the yogis to get deeper into their being and finding the connection on a soul level through Restorative asana practice. Inka completed her RYT 200 in Shanghai, China (Body & Soul Yoga) and RYT 500 in Peru with School Yoga Institute. She is a world traveler having practiced, retreated, and workshopped all over the world, which has inspired and influenced greatly her teaching style.
Her explorations in yoga began in 2000 when she was 17 and seeking a place of spiritual sanctuary. She started with Iyengar yoga - which gave her a very strong foundation in alignment. Soon after, she mostly practiced Anusara and Raja yoga as they satiated a longing for authenticity and depth within a wonderfully challenging physical practice. In 2012 to 2013, she lived and studied in India with her teacher Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
Since her training in Peru, Maha has been Reiki attuned and certified in over 2,000 hours of yoga training. Her unique style of teaching is inspired by the diverse dimensions of yoga she has studied, including Tantric meditation and Yoga Nidra, Thai yoga massage, aromatherapy, sequencing, Prenatal, Restorative, and Yin yoga. Some of her most inspiring teachers with whom she has studied include Sally Kempton, Judith Hanson Lassater, Loren Bassett, Yogi Charu, Philip Askew, Ganapati Jed Pennell, and Kat Fowler.
Krystalyn ERYT 300hr, holds two life coaching certifications based on sattvic and esoteric principals. She has passionately lived and throughly investigated postural alignment, body mechanics, yoga therapeutics and internal martial arts for over a decade, In a search to uncover her own body’s unwinding process. The roots of her journey begun with a search for more holistic solutions to the suffering of physical and mental pain, that which we all seem to experience at some point in our lives.
Zach is a Bay Area-based teacher who leads dynamic and mindful yoga classes. He combines challenging physical postures with eastern wisdom, philosophical lessons, stories of healing, and tips for self-growth, leaving students not just with newfound freedom in their bodies but a renewed perspective on life. He is a certified yoga teacher, Thai massage bodyworker, and sex educator, and he has an MA in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Zach completed his 200-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher training at the School Yoga Institute.
Shortly after Ashley began her personal practice, she knew she wanted to share and hold space for others to unfold in their own personal transformation. Ashley has trained with Frog Lotus Yoga and School Yoga Institute to receive her 500 hour teacher training certification. This path has also led her to become a Reiki level 2 practitioner and trauma-sensitive trained instructor.
The magic of Perus Sacred Valley is unparalleled, a unique opportunity to stay among the Quechua people, near ancient Inca temples, and ruins. This yoga teacher training course will be held in a small, intimate study environment, at the beautiful Yoga Mandala Retreat in Arin, which offers beautiful flower gardens, cleansing waterfalls, delicious vegetarian cuisine, and stunning views of the apus (sacred mountains) and surrounding lands.
This training will be held at the Munay Sonqo Retreat Center in Arin, a small village in the middle of the Incas Sacred Valley, high in the Peruvian Andes, South America. For convenience, you and other participants will have a meeting time and location in Cusco around noon on the first day of the training (this will be emailed one month prior to the training). From Cusco, you will travel together as a group (it is about a 1.5 hour travel time to the site) to Munay Sonqo
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The meals are nourishing simple fair, created with emphasis on local organic ingredients. Breakfast consists of fruit, oatmeal, and bread; occasional eggs or cheese will be offered for non-vegans. Lunch and dinners vary, the constant being creative, inspired deliciousness with excellent green salads and occasional raw deserts. Hot tea from freshly grown onsite mint and munya, as well as chamomile and anis and purified water is always on hand.
Before or after the training, there will be optional sacred plant medicine ceremonies offered with Ayahuasca and San Pedro. Additionally, before and after the training, there will be a few days of visits to sacred sites, such as Machu Picchu, and medicine ceremonies offered.
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