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Take your practice to the next level by immersing yourself in the journey of yoga! Whether you are just beginning your practice or have an advanced practice, desire to teach or simply want to enhance your own personal practice, our trainings will surely create a beautiful shift in your life and expand you beyond measure in self-love, self-awareness, abundance, gratitude, joy and clarity of your vision.
Upon completion, you will become a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance®! During your training, not only will you explore the physical aspects of a yoga practice such as alignment, adjustments, transitions, peak pose sequencing class design & anatomy, but you will also explore the spiritual aspects of yoga and discuss ancient yoga philosophy empowering you to find your own path and truth.
This training is lead by YiA Yoga's founder, Katherine Sophia and is supported by other YiA YOGA trainers & guest teachers. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted.
The luxury Balinese villa awaits you. The beautiful colonial style villa sits amongst the gorgeous rice paddies featuring three private pools, open style French kitchen, an abundance of outdoor terraces, a beautiful garden with a lily pond, and with each villa uniquely furnished with stylish designer furniture and breathtaking art.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.
In this training, you will not only gain a profound understanding of what it means to step into the role and responsibilities of being a qualified yoga asana teacher but also join in an expedition within yourself as YiA Yoga will empower you to define your own personal philosophic ideas, morals, and values that will then guide you to create a more precise and clear vision of the person you desire to be and the potential you hold to create the life you desire. Here, you will experience a life filled with peace, love, compassion, purpose, joy, and passion.
You will start your journey by uniting together as one by sharing your personal "unexpected moments of magic" that you have experienced in your lives with one another. Through this exercise, you will turn a group of strangers into a supportive yoga family and create a strong foundation of unconditional love as well as positive support for personal growth and transformation. Once the foundation has been built, you will move through exploring the eight limbs of yoga and tantric philosophy in great detail.
You will come to a profound understanding of the different yoga paths which will help and support you in connecting to your own personal beliefs, values, and life philosophy. During this phase of exploration, you will hold a space to open communication that will empower you to freely express yourself, your ideas, and your values. Then, together you will learn from one another. YiA Yoga's philosophy and vision as a school are never to "convert" anyone to believe something, rather it is to empower you to gain a sense of personal clarity in your own journey.
YiA Yoga fully supports yogis on all spiritual paths or yogis who may not have a spiritual path. Next, you will move into the physical aspect of yoga. You will explore as well as dissect the anatomy and alignment of the most important postures. You will explore peak pose sequencing, class structure, and give you all the tools necessary to fully prepare you to be the best teacher you can be, coming from your authentic style and voice. You will also cover safe and effective yoga adjustments, discuss the benefits and dangers of yoga, and discuss working with special populations.
Below, you will find the strength and power of the YiA Yoga teacher training design. It possesses the heart and soul of YiA Yoga's vision for their students. YiA Yoga's design is created with you in mind, prioritizing your personal growth, yoga education exploration, and transformation first and foremost. YiA Yoga's training is designed to be intimate and personal in order to fully support individual transformational growth in a safe, calming, and supportive environment.
YiA Yoga will make time for you to express yourself, to share your ideas, visions, goals, and desires. By keeping your training groups small, it will allow for the one-on-one attention and teaching time you deserve to transform you from a student to a teacher. At many yoga teacher training, students leave without even have had the opportunity to teach a complete asana class, but not at YiA. Upon completion of your training, you will feel confident in your ability to guide an inspirational yoga class using your authentic teaching style to empower your students.
The trainers are able to hold sacred space filled with unconditional love, transparency, non-judgment, and open communication yet at the same time, understand their "humanness". United, they build an unbreakable foundation empowering you to feel comfortable within your own skin within the yoga family. Instead of telling you what YiA Yoga thinks you should believe, they will use motivational interviewing techniques and guided exercises to empower you to choose your own path.
YiA Yoga will guide and empower you to teach your authentic voice and style. Although this is alignment-based Vinyasa training, YiA Yoga will encourage students to teach yoga in a way that feels most authentic to their true self. Students leaving YiA Yoga's training have gone on to teach not only Vinyasa, but Yin, Restorative, Power yoga, AcroYoga, Partner yoga, yoga Nidra, yoga for kids, and Thai yoga massage (to name a few). They empower you to shift the way you look at the world and assist you to the best of your ability in putting on a "positive lens". Along with the above foundational support, you will also have access to a plethora of educational resources to enhance your learning including:
This is a true immersion program so please come prepared to go on an inspiring journey and give 100% of yourself for you as well as your yoga family. The classes will run from 07:00 to 19:00. Below is the daily schedule but it is subject to small-time changes based on special classes, guest teachers, and outings. For your first Sunday session, please check in to the villa by 10:00 as you will have a special schedule for the first day but it will finish on time at 19:00.
Because this is an immersion YTT program and your time is precious, YiA Yoga will start to prepare the students prior to arrival by offering a free one-on-one life coaching session with Katherine Sophia, the lead trainer. During this session, she will guide you using motivational interviewing techniques to set your intention for the training and start to support you in exploring your personal philosophy, life vision, and goals.
YiA Yoga also has their students submit useful information that starts the self-study process prior to the start date. This will ensure you to be able to make the most out of your time together and to go as deep as possible in your personal transformation. All the materials are available for you at no additional cost. Please schedule and complete your private one-on-one life coaching session with Katherine Sophia and send YiA Yoga your completed:
Note: Please also make sure that you have read the required readings. The suggested and required reading lists are accessible directly on YiA Yoga's website.
During your YTT course, you will not only be working with learning to let go of thoughts, patterns, and behaviors that are no longer serving you. You will also participate in ancient spiritual rituals and ceremonies to support you in this journey of transformation. These rituals are optional, but if you choose to participate, they can be a powerful cleansing experience. The water temple ceremony will be held on the final day of your training.
There is a total of 13 Balinese ceremonies concerned with life from conception, but not including death. Each has four elements to the rituals which are placation of evil spirits, purification with holy water, wafting of an essence, and prayer. As seen in other world religions where water plays an important and symbolic role in religious ritual, ceremony, and worship, Bali is no exception. Water plays a vital role in Balinese life. The Balinese call their flavor of the Hindu religion as Agama Tirta which means the religion of the holy water.
There is even a hierarchy of water in their language. "Yeh" is everyday water, "Tirta" is holy water, and "Amerta" is the term for water that is said to have powers that can cure the terminally ill. Water represents a circle of life and death in which it symbolizes wholeness and is believed to act as a medium for spiritual regeneration. It is, therefore, intrinsic to every Balinese ceremony. The Balinese believe that Tirta is the doorway to God. All offerings, ceremonies, and persons can be purified by Tirta.
The Balinese Hindus and travelers alike flock to the temple because they believe the springs offer spiritual cleansing and hold magical curative properties. In the inner courtyard of the temple is a large walled off rectangle that houses the spring itself. The water is fed into a series of fountains in which the devout Balinese Hindus will ceremoniously bathe (with the exception of one fountain which is kept for the deceased). Worshipers will first make an offering in the main temple, then proceed to the 15 fountains, and allow it to wash over them several times.
According to Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese entrepreneur who is known for scientifically proving that the molecular structure of water takes on the shape of thoughts, feelings, intentions, and words, he showed that prayer, music, intentions, feelings, and placing words onto containers of water changes it. Love increases water’s stability while fear fractures it. So just imagine the powerful sacred water the Balinese temples hold by constantly being given offerings, prayers, and devotion, then imagine the benefits your bodies can receive from this sacred ritual as you are composed of over 70% water.
It would be a sin to be in Bali and not taking at least one trip to the beach. Together, you will venture to Sanur and bath in the beauty it has to offer, along with an asana practice on the beach.
Katherine Sophia is a passion-driven social entrepreneur on a mission to be of service to the divine light that exists within each and every one of us. She is an international humanitarian, teacher, motivational speaker, spiritual consultant, and aspiring author. Her work has taken her all over the globe and she has been in service in 40 plus countries on five continents. She has provided guidance to thousands of individuals on their journey within using a variety of healing modalities. She works with people of all religions and spiritual belief systems.
YiA Yoga has put a great deal of time and energy in traveling the world and selecting the best energetic bodies or chakras of Mother Earth to host their transformational training and the vibrant island of Bali is most definitely one of them. The energy, culture, resources, and the beauty mother Bali possesses is indescribable, only experiential.
From Ayurvedic consultations and treatments to sound healing, Tantric life coaching, cuddle parties, organic raw food restaurants, sober ecstatic dance parties, amazing breathwork classes, spas galore, flower baths, water and dance rituals, sweat lodges, nature hikes, monkey farms, hot springs, waterfalls, white water rafting, and an abundance of natural healing modalities such as colonic irrigation, liver flushes, acupuncture, and juice fasting to name but a few, below, YiA Yoga has highlighted a few to give you a taste of Bali.
The location of your training is deep in the mountainous center of Bali where a yogi heaven, the picturesque Balinese town of Ubud, lies. It is surrounded by sun-kissed green rolling hills of rice paddies, drizzled with hanging banyan trees, radiant steep ravines, and refreshing flowing rivers. It is filled with history, vibrant energy, and is known as the spiritual as well as the cultural center of Bali. As you walk around the streets, you will be in awe of the Balinese architecture and design that include sculptures of various deities and holy temples that will guide you along the way.
Everywhere you look, there are offerings being placed to send blessings to the people, homes, and business. You too will feel this energy being blessed upon you from the inside out, filling the air with exquisite aromas of flowers and incense to further lure you into her energy, her presence, her aura. And on top of all that, it hosts some of the most inspirational yoga and breathwork teachers YiA Yoga has ever had the honor to worked with.
Along with the spiritual beauty Ubud has to offer, it is also a culinary delight as it is home to a plethora of healthy food restaurants featuring some of the best vegetarian, vegan, and raw food options out there. Ubud has long been known as a mystical place that is rich in healing powers. It was originally founded as a great source of medicinal herbs and plants. People traveled from all over Indonesia to experience the healing powers Ubud holds. Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word "ubad" which translates as medicine. Ubud, since that time, has continued to hold that power and has grown into a full-blown health and wellness mecca, offering services and experiences that go far beyond.
Because Ubud is historically known as a place of healing (both the land and its inhabitants) and now known as the famous final destination of the movie "Eat, Pray, Love", it has truly transformed into the perfect environment to fully support a healthy lifestyle filled with holistic wellness and plenty of love to go around. The creativity of possibilities in Ubud are endless. If you have heard of it (or more likely never dreamed of it), Ubud has it.
These incredible pyramid structures are built to scale with the Great Pyramid of Giza and offer unique, relaxing, and energizing experience for all.
The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal and it is viewed as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center. There are around 700 monkeys, 186 species of trees, and 12.5 hectares of forest. Once you are finished at the park, you can stroll over to Wamm and have a scrumptious meal.
Sanur is a breathtakingly beautiful white sand beach located on the eastern side of the island's isthmus. Sanur is home to some of the most luxurious beachfront hotels, along with an eclectic mix of restaurants, amazing shopping, and an assortment of innovative as well as modern entertainment venues. Known for its laidback atmosphere, Sanur Beach maintains its wealth in arts and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both eras, classic and contemporary.
During this retreat, YiA Yoga's specialized private chefs will offer their yoga family delectable blends of mouthwatering high vibration, healthy, and gourmet Ayurvedic foods. The menu includes a plethora of flavours from all over the world that will fill your body with energy, health, and vibrancy. YiA Yoga's meal plan is able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, and raw foodists. Please contact YiA Yoga for special dietary requirements. The meal plan gives you the best of both worlds.
Not only you will have healthy delicious meals catered to your yoga family on site, but YiA Yoga also gives you the opportunity to taste Ubud and all the culinary delights it has to offer. All meals on the property are included 80% and meals off property are at your own expense 20%.
No trip to Bali is complete without the complete indulgence of submersing yourself into a fragrant flower bath and the possibilities to do so in Bali are endless. Some of the favorites are Bali Botanica Day Spa and Karsa for flower baths.
Balinese massage is a full-body, deep-tissue, holistic treatment that uses a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and "qi" within the body to support overall well-being and deep relaxation. Bali is filled with spa's offering various types of treatments and packages to best suit your budget and desires. Some of the favorites include Radiantly Alive, Yoga Barn, and Taksu Spa.
This colorful fire and trance dance will take your breath away. The costumes are designed with the utmost attention to detail and the dancing and singing journeys you into another realm. It includes a choir of over a hundred men sitting in concentric circles swaying and chanting as the story unfolds.
You may immerse yourself in the ancient art of sound healing and experience a sense of complete tranquility at the Pyramids of Chi Center & Cafe.
You can take a walk through the famous Ubud Traditional Art Market and down Hanuman Street to find handcrafted jewelry, bags, shoes, statues, beautifully flowy dresses and jumpers, yoga gear, hats, and so much more. You can spend 5 USD on an adorable pair of pants or thousands of dollars on designer bags and clothes. There is something for all budgets and tastes.
Positioned at the base of the valley mere meters away from the natural splendor of the river flow, Tjampuhan Spa is dedicated to the therapeutic properties of water. Composed of several semi-open treatment pavilions and an extraordinary hot / cold spring water Jacuzzi created within a mythical stone cavern, the spa has sourced a collection of Balinese healing and beauty treatments to alleviate the stresses of modern living. This tranquil setting evokes inner peace and overall wellness simply by re-introducing the basic attributes of Mother Nature and her bounty of herbal and flower essences.
Ubud Monkey Forest is a beautiful place to go for an afternoon stroll and enjoy the playfulness of these human-like creatures.
The Yoga Barns ecstatic dance party is not to be missed. You can come to let go, release, and allow your body to fill with positive energy. You can also allow yourself to taste the beautiful freedom of movement, dance, breath, and flow. This is a transformational journey with great music. This event is drug and alcohol-free. You can dance alone or flow in a union if you choose so. This experience is also open to all beings. Whether you like to dance or not, this environment supports the movement, stillness, or whatever your body desires. Please note that no cameras or phones are allowed.
Ngurah Rai International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$35 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) and it is located in Denpasar which is around 40 kilometers from Ubud. When booking flights, if you are coming from the USA, there are cheap flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) transferring through China and then on to Bali with China Southern Airlines. For those traveling through Europe, you can check KLM. If you are interested in booking an airport transfer, please contact YiA Yoga and send them your flight details. The cost ranges from 25 to 35 USD depending on the date and time of your arrival.
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