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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.
Yoga Mandala is a small retreat center near the sacred mountain Apu Pitu Siray. A 20-minute walk takes you to a beautiful tall waterfall with a magnificent view of the valley below, as well as a longer hour hike to a series of very large sacred waterfalls. Yoga Mandala's completely rustic infrastructure and atmosphere conceal the functional operations of the site for its guests. The majestic views of The Andes and snow-capped mountains will give you a taste of the Sacred Valley. The rooms are cozy equipped with single, double, and triple beds covered with comfortable feather duvets. Each room has private bathroom with hot water all day.
You will practice yoga in the yoga shala, which comfortably fits 16 students in a circular mandala shape, and is fully enclosed by glass windows, allowing one to take in all the beauty around. There is a ceremonial outdoor fire pit and an adobe-enclosed Temazcal space. Flower baths and Reiki are offered onsite with additional cost; and laundry service is also provided with extra charge. The dining area is a comfortable communal space, cosmically decorated in Shipibo Ayahuasca prints and hand-painted art. The center is the love child of SYI alumni Melinda Melic, who has hand-planted the spectacular landscaping, and is constantly inspired to improve the landscape.
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
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.
Yoga Mandala holds a strong, auspicious energy, with an appreciation for the balance and purity of nature. The grounds are cloaked in flowers and fruit trees, majestic rocks and cliffside ancient burial sites holding space overhead. Gnomes can be felt and seen frolicking down from the mountains. Fresh clear waters rush down from the mountains, channeled into waterways through the property calming, purifying, and irrigating.
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.