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This mystical yoga teacher training curriculum is influenced around Peruvian Shamanism, providing students with a unique and spiritually driven course that goes beyond just a certification. Called by the energy of the Peruvian mountains, spirits, and each other, School Yoga Institute invites you to come evolve on your spiritual and yogic path. Explore your mindful practice and truth amidst the sacred mountains while held by a group of like-minded souls and world class facilitators. Enjoy incredible superfood healthy meals. Rest and rejuvenate your spirit. Travel throughout the sacred valley to ancient sites and healing hot springs. Meditate and practice Mindfulness. Meet llamas. Make friends for life.
Welcome to Munay Sonqo Retreat & Yoga Center! Munay Sonqo Yoga 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 lives 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 surrounding ecosystem, maintaining a virtual non-polluting operation. The center is eco-friendly providing you with personal privacy and solitude ideal for your own spiritual growth.
School Yoga Institute invites you to continue your journey of self-discovery and expansion of consciousness, bringing others with you. Their 300-hour program combines three paths: yoga, Ayurveda, and shamanism.
The path of the Mystical Yogi takes you deep into the roots of yoga, the land of ancient Vedic wisdom, where you engage mind, body, and life forces to discover meaning from the ancient mystic yogis, rishis, and their sacred recordings. This unique path prepares you to claim the healing gifts of the universe, where you learn how to partner up with and tap into the source of creation and where you journey between the worlds through transformation.
You will explore the ancient texts, such as the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, Vedanta, and the Vedas, as well as the poetry of Rumi, the teachings of Tantra yoga, and the Pathless Path of Lao Tzu, using each path as a portals to tap into your own source of creation and expression.
Through personal investigation and experimentation in the vast landscape of the sacred, you will come to experience the wisdom and the truth of these texts through your own personal verification. The ancient discoveries are no longer just in the scriptures, yet they live as wisdom that guides your actions in this world.
This is a personal journey and a collective journey as well as the journey of humanity. You will marvel at the direct connection and direct knowing that bring you insights to live in this very life, to share the gifts with the beloved humanity and sentient beings, and to live in the realm of love, wonder, and mysticism.
Ayurveda is called the mother of all healing. It is a way of life that teaches people how to maintain health, how to live life to their full human and spiritual potential. To live in harmony with nature, after all people are inseparable from Universal Spirit.
Ayurveda is beyond beginning and ending. A science of eternal healing, it is compared to a vast ocean, and diving in and studying Ayurveda is like swimming across this ocean. A true teacher can teach one how to swim, but the swimming is up to the student, it is a lifelong journey.
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means "the science of life." Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the "mother of all healing." It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.
Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle, and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind, and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.
Many factors, both internal and external, act upon people to disturb this balance and are reflected as a change in one’s being. Examples of these emotional and physical stresses include one’s emotional state, diet and food choices, seasons and weather, physical trauma, work and family relationships. Once these factors are understood, one can take appropriate actions to nullify or minimize their effects or eliminate the causes of imbalance and re-establish one’s original constitution.
Balance is the natural order; imbalance is disorder. Health is order; disease is disorder. Within the body there is a constant interaction between order and disorder. When one understands the nature and structure of disorder, one can re-establish order.
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. People can say that yoga is the mastery of the mind, and Ayurveda is the healing of the body. It is imperative to include the two in a journey toward self realization.
Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years. How can you begin to navigate its essence? One day at a time, one minute at a time, it is a lifelong practice. The science of life.
School Yoga Institute’s 300-hour teacher training explores and dives deeper into this practical and magical science. You will dive deep into yoga postures, and pranayama techniques that are aligned with one’s doshic constitution. Yes, one size does not fit all. Ayurvedic Topics include marma therapy, the magic of ghee, working with kitchen spices, daily cleansing of our sense organs, Ayurvedic beauty, Aromatherapy and so much more.
The important point to consider is that Ayurveda is a lifestyle. You will hopefully take away tools for self-transformation.
To guide the process of personal transformation you draw on the ancient wisdom of the East as well as on the Shamanic Medicine Wheel of Peru. The trainings are arranged in four cycles, following the four cardinal directions, asking the guardian spirits to guide a cycle of release, understanding, growth and empowerment. Together you create a space that reveals our wisdom within and accelerates the realization of your life purpose.
During this advanced 25-day training, School Yoga Institute asks participants to embrace all aspects of the yogic lifestyle, such as observing a vegetarian diet, living free from the distractions of other substances, and moving away from the internet and unnecessary communications with the external world. They ask for your dedication, commitment, and surrender, as well as immersion in your spiritual community for the duration of the training.
Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the enlightened perspective and sacred landscape of your training with an open heart - whatever comes will be exactly what you need.
From your unique School Yoga Institute Immersion Program you will experience:
School Yoga Institute currently offers two unique 300-hour programs a year offering a focus of personal spiritual connection as a path to sharing spirituality.
The course is open to people who have earned their 200-hour yoga teacher training certification through School Yoga Institute or other Yoga Alliance-affiliated schools. Set intention, with an open heart and mind, to fully embrace and experience everything during your training and beyond.
Upon completion of the training, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®). School Yoga Institute is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance which is highly recognized internationally.
The 300-hour course is open to people who have earned their RYT-200 through School Yoga Institute or other Yoga Alliance-affiliated schools. This 300-hour training is a beautiful experience that is much more than just gaining your certification.
As well as deepening your knowledge and connection with your self and community, one of the main focuses of the program is an expansion of our own sacred consciousness. The path will ask for self-reflection, growth and discipline.
Individuals who have a long-standing practice of yoga and healing arts (minimum five years) but do not yet have an RYT 200 certification may be subject to exception. Please submit a letter to request an interview with the lead facilitator to review qualifications. This is particularly geared toward those who are interested in deepening their yoga, spiritual, and healing art practice and may be beneficial to those who are not concerned about the RYT hours and certification.
At School Yoga Institute, everyone is wholeheartedly accepted and encouraged. The school creates and holds space where participants feel safe and comfortable. They support the growth and expansion of people’s horizons - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically. As a group, a community, a tribe, and an extended family, you will practice and learn to let go. You allow the world to unfold before you without reaction or judgment.
The school's intention is to guide aspirants through their own healing journey in order to better prepare them for healing others, letting go of anything that holds them back from what their hearts are truly called to. Together you will unveil the essence, learning to taste the sweet nectar of life.
The courses for those who are called to become a yoga teacher and experience healing medicine of the Andes and Amazon are limited to 15 person maximum. It is within this sacred course you will experience daily meditation, yoga, spiritual lessons, Kirtan, temescal, and ceremonies with Andean shamans (Quero, Ayamara).
Every 5th day is an off day. There will be three days off during the training. Beginning on the first full day (the second day of the training) you will have four days "on" followed by one day "off."
The school will make arrangements to make up any missed days during the program. Typically, it is not a problem and you can get everything completed during the course.
There are a few required books for the program.
Bonnie weaves a path of personal transformation in with the teachings of yoga and shamanism, offering healing support on spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental levels. Her steady and calming energy brings a sense of belonging and invites vulnerability as she draws together groups to make lasting positive changes. Her intention is to leave everyone she meets feeling more at home within themselves, connected to the moment, and inspired to live more wholeheartedly.
Anita’s life mission is living and cultivating a life of balance in serving others. She was born in Mysore, India, and presently learns to play the harmonium to weave in the essence of sound with yoga. To experience her classes is to immerse oneself in the nourishing elixir of life and taste the magic of self-transformation. Anita’s passion for Ayurveda and yoga weaves an alchemical blend - a trinity of yoga, breath, and sound melting into beauty, rasa, and stillness. Her foundation began in the Iyengar tradition and has been layered with the wisdom of Ayurveda.
Jeanine was introduced to the healing benefits of yoga in 2006 & decided to become a teacher in 2013. She studied with School Yoga Institute in Savusavu, Fiji for her 200hr teacher training where she fell in love with both traveling and teaching. Jeanine completed her 500hr advanced professional teacher training at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, CA. She's also a Certified Integrative Life Coach and is passionate about Embodied Cognition, Trauma Informed yoga, yoga for anxiety and depression, and yoga for teens.
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 food is vegetarian. If you have certain dietary needs or restrictions, please let the school know in the spreadsheet sent out by your lead teacher or always feel free to contact them and let them know ahead of time (i.e., gluten, dairy, nut preferences sensitivities or allergies). The venue will provide purified water but it is always good to have these on hand when travelling. In general, do not drink tap water in South America without first purifying.
Please note that due to the very full curriculum, those wishing to spend more time connecting with the land, visiting sacred sites (such as Machu Picchu) should plan to have additional days before or after the training to do this! If time is limited, it will be possible to make an early trip to visit Macchu Picchu on a day off if preferred.
School Yoga Institute suggests that you go before or after the training so you do not feel rushed. For those planning to go to Machu Picchu during the training, they suggest that you schedule your trip for your first day off, that way you can go with your yogi friends (otherwise it is good to plan to go to Machu Picchu either before or after the training).
For example, Machu Picchu tickets should be purchased as soon as possible! Train tickets (around 70 USD each way) can be purchased online through Peru Rail. It is recommended that you leave Ollantaytambo for Machu Picchu around 6 or 7 a.m. and return around 5 or 6 p.m. There is also a bus ticket that brings you from the train drop off point in Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu (around 17 USD round trip), but this is purchased onsite the day of your trip.
Please note that during the training there will be optional sacred plant medicine ceremonies offered on your days off with Ayahuasca and San Pedro. These ceremonies are not offered by School Yoga Institute, are optional, and not associated with the course. For more information please contact School Yoga Institute.
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). From Lima, you can book a short flight to Cuzco, Peru. You will meet others in Cuzco so you can go to the venue together.
From Cusco, you can get a colectivo (from Puputi) that goes to Calca. From Calca arrange a taxi to Munay Sonqo (you will pass Urco, three little towns and arrive at Arin, just before Huaran). Go up the dirt road and veer left, soon you will see a small yellow church, make a right at the church, then make a left at the next turn, continue till you pass a cemetery on the left, keep going to the end of the road for Sach’a Munay (on the right). Please note that a high clearance vehicle is recommended for arriving.
It is recommended that you fly in a few days early if possible to acclimatize, although you will not meet School Yoga Institute staff members until noon on the first day of the training. The Sacred Valley is a bit lower in elevation than Cusco so it can also be a good idea to fly to Cusco then go directly to Pisaq for a day or two, then arrive in Cusco to meet the group. It can take up to five days to start to feel fully acclimatized.
On the first day of the training, there will be an optional yoga class from 4 to 5:30 p.m. You will have dinner at 5:30 followed by an opening ceremony. On the last day of the training, you will finish by 10 a.m. (an afternoon flight from Cusco on the last day is possible for those with tight travel schedules).
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