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Shivakali Yoga is offering this 200-hour teacher training immersed in the ancient spiritual, philosophical, and meditative traditions of yoga, while maintaining a firm ground in contemporary alignment, creative sequencing, anatomical training, and modern approaches to physical practice. This yoga certification offers you the lived experience of the teachings. In addition to practice and study, you will participate in meditation, ceremony, and council and explore what these practices and teachings mean to you as an individual and to your community as a whole.
Accommodations are rustic but vibrant and full of charm. There is a bathing deck with jacuzzi, steam sauna, outdoor showers and tub, and a 25-foot saltwater pool with sun deck. Surrounding the land are meditation huts, sacred caves, streams, endless rocks to climb and trails to hike, and dozens of quiet places to meditate and turn inward.
This yoga teacher training in California progresses over 18 days by a map of the chakras, starting at the root and ending with the crown. During the root segment, you will ground your intentions for teaching and practice and learn the vast history of yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, yoga sutras, Bhakti traditions, Tantric lineages, and contemporary yoga schools.
In the sacral chakra, you will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, gain an overview of classical Tantra, and practice yoga Nidra. As you progress through the navel chakra, you will explore yoga's connection with power and fire and learn Lakshmi practice and the business of yoga.
You will encounter the path of Bhakti, known as devotional yoga, ceremony, prayer, and healing. Moving upwards into the throat chakra, you will learn about Kashmir Shaivism and the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra and deity practices.
Progressing to the third eye, the training becomes increasingly more subtle, as you encounter an array of yogic meditations, explore yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence. Culminating in the crown, you will receive Kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice.
Each of the 18 days will also include a thorough overview of the anatomy and physiology of yoga asanas or postures, a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of every major and minor pose, workshops on adjustments and alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching.
There will be performances and classes with incredible live musicians and DJ's during the training as well as special guest teachers and food and drink offerings from local artisans. You'll have time to be alone in nature and to reflect, hike, swim, stargaze, and relax in quietude.
Shivakali Yoga teaches an alignment-based Vinyasa flow practice, culminating in restorative postures, meditation, and pranayama. Their practice serves first to awaken the body, break up stuck energy, and then soften the mind and nurture the inner being. Uniting the masculine and feminine aspects of practice, you will find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally.
Serge Bandura has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2001. In classes, he blends his knowledge of traditional yogic practice and philosophy from years living in ashrams and studying with masters, alongside thousands of hours of current training in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin Yoga, Rudra, Kundalini Tantra, and Tibetan Buddhism. A musician, a kirtan player, a ceremonial leader, pujari, and director of both Shivakali Yoga and Light and Space Yoga, Serge is known as a teacher's teacher. He seeks to bring the depth of tradition into the contemporary practice we know as YOGA.
Gloria Marie Baraquio is a yogi and educator from Hawaii. She grew up the youngest of 10 children on the island of Oahu, praying and singing in the Catholic Church. Intrigued with other spiritual traditions from a young age, Gloria explored a multitude of philosophies and religions, connecting deeply with the teachings of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, Baha'i Faith, Tibetan Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, and Krishna Consciousness. She has practiced at temples, ashrams, churches, and healing centers around the world from India to the Islands, and has been teaching yoga and meditation for 15 years.
Amber Lee's lineage is rooted in the Andes, the Hawaiian Islands, in prayer, and in service. Years of study in the healing arts has resulted in a healing practice that is woven with the teachings of acupressure, integrated energy therapy, craniosacral, Esalen massage, and deep bodywork. In addition to her therapeutic practice, Amber works with plants and essential oils as tools for healing, offering essential oil education, consultations, and aromatherapy treatments. Amber also leads educational and ceremonial workshops for women and co-ed groups.
The retreat is located in Campo, California, next to Jacumba hot springs. You will discover the retreat center in a secluded patch of desert mountains, just a three-hour drive from Los Angeles and next to the border of Mexico. Situated in the desert, on 165 acres of private mountainous land, the retreat center sits on an aquifer supplying fresh well-water, and offers gorgeous natural views.
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During this retreat, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will consist of delicious 100% organic vegetarian meals with vegan options, fresh juices, unique desserts, and healthy snacks and teas.
In your free time, you may choose to do activities like hiking, rock climbing, swimming, stargazing, or relaxing in quietude.
Massage and healing sessions are offered by skilled practitioners at an additional cost.
San Diego International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$40 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN).
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