22 Day 200-hour Earth Medicine Yoga Teacher Training

Summary

This Peru Yoga Teacher Training program is held in the Andean village of Arin in the Sacred Valley Peru. The indigenous knowledge and spiritual practices are still found in this special land of the Incan’s. The deep connection that the local Qero’s have with the land and the magical energy of these mountains have continued to draw us back to learn and grow.

The program blends traditional yogic teachings and spirituality with earth medicine to provide a holistic, synergistic and applicable approach to living this practice. This program is designed for those souls with an interest in yoga, spirituality and meditation and an interest in deepening that connection to live your life with intention and more fully aligned with your truth.

This 200hr Yoga Teacher Training offers an opportunity for self growth, personal development and transformation while providing the tools necessary to develop your own personal practice or to step into your calling as teacher and guide.

You will explore yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, alignment, yogic diet, Ayurveda, healing arts and more while tapping into the expansiveness of this practice. The experience will be richly informative, empowering and inspiring.

Each day will start in a beautiful location, connecting with nature and yourself through sunrise meditation, pranayama and asana practice, honoring silence in this sacred time. The experience of the day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes and dynamic group discussions. In the morning classes, you will explore the fundamentals of yogic living, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras through interactive and comprehensive lectures.

In the afternoon classes, you will explore Art of Teaching and Art of Touch/ Alignment in which students practice peer teaching. In the first half of the training, students learn and practice teaching a Sacred Flow sequence. 

You will also take an in depth look at alignment, adjustments, benefits and contraindication of each pose. In the second half of the training, you will explore other yogic traditions (Hatha, Restorative, Yin), share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing, theme weaving and study advanced poses and techniques. Students will also create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.

Each evening will close with Satsang, a sacred community gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan, chanting, sacred ceremony or a sharing circle to connect and release the day’s challenges, triumphs, insights and joys.

You will also experience the medicine of this land through Full and New Moon Ceremonies, Fire Ceremony, Water Blessing Ceremony, Earth Gratitude Ceremony, Puja (Hindi offering), Cacao ceremony and more. These rituals facilitate personal transformation and healing and will leave you feeling cleansed and empowered.


Included in the course is your full training program, three organic vegetarian meals per day and your accommodations.

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Yoga Teacher Training

Sacred Valley, Peru
Yoga Alliance Accredited

Styles

  • Hatha
  • Restorative
  • Vinyasa
  • Yin

Food

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

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Program

HOURS + TOPICS

In this category you will explore techniques as well as practice and teach: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga practices. We will emphasis both guided practice of the techniques themselves as well as analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.

Trainees will deepen their knowledge of poses including beginner and more advanced variations. Benefits, risks and contraindications will be explored as well as safe transitions, intelligent sequencing, alignment and hands on assists. The five main categories of poses will be covered including standing/ balancing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions.

Students will practice, experience and learn how to guide several pranayama techniques. They will learn the benefits and effects of such practices as well as how and when to incorporate them into a class. Pranayamas covered in depth will include: abdominal breathing, three-part yogic breath, ujjai pranayama, nadi shodhana, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati.

Yogic cleansing and purification techniques will be taught and practiced in the form of Jal neti, kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak. Trainees will be guided on the benefits and how to incorporate these techniques into their personal practice.


You will explore mantra as a path to connection, to invoke spirit and to create sacred space. Trainees will experience, practice and learn mantras to share in class such as Om, the Gayatri Mantra, the Bija mantras for chakra clearing and others.

Various forms of guided meditation will be shared including breath focus, sensory withdrawal. visualization, mantra, chakra. Emphasis will be on quieting the mind and experiencing divine union on this path of yoga.



In this category, you will learn how to refine and apply your skills as a teacher. You will discuss the principles of demonstrating asanas as well as how to effectively observe, use verbal cues and incorporate hands on assist in a class. You will explore the use of language and voice: active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns. This category will prepare trainees to be transformational spaceholders.


Topics in this category will include anatomical terms and basic overview of the physical body, classes and discussion on the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems as well as how these systems are benefited by yoga. Trainees will gain knowledge of the cardiovascular system and the heart and the digestive system and the yogic diet. This category will also include subtle energetic anatomy and physiology, including studies on the chakras and nadis. Trainees will be guided in studying both anatomy/ physiology along with its application to the yoga practice including benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.


This program emphasizes a whole lifestyle approach to yoga as a practice and offers guidance on how to live this practice on and off the mat. In this category, we will cover the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, in particularly Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. You will explore this 8-fold path as a means to quieting the mind to reach liberation. This study will include group-work, discussion and application to our practice and daily life. This category will also include the transformational framework in which trainees can practice self-inquiry and develop themselves as embodied practitioners and embodied guides.

In this category, trainees will actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. They will also observe others teaching, receive and give feedback and assist students while someone else is teaching. Trainees will begin peer teaching from day one as they gradually learn and practice teaching the poses and mini sequences in the Sacred Flow that is practiced in the morning and studied in depth in the Art of Teaching/ Touch classes throughout the first half of the training. They will teach this set 90 minute flow in full to a peer, observed by a facilitator. In the second half of the training, students will create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share a 90 minute class through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.

Certification

Upon completion of the coursework, peer teaching and evaluation, participants will receive a certification of completion which will then enable you to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

Schedule

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Meditation, Pranayama, Asana
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Spiritual Lesson, Intention Setting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Yoga Sutras/ Yoga Anatomy
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Special Topic
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lunch and Break
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Art of teaching/ Art of touch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Satsang/ Evening Gathering

Free Time

Students will have 3 full days off during the program, every 5th day. During this time, optional group activities and plant medicine ceremonies may be offered.

Food

For the duration of the course students will be served three delicious vegetarian meals daily, prepared with the abundance and variety of local organic ingredients coming from this fertile land. Peru has a rich culture in native foods and eating as part of a shared community. Expect delicious rice dishes, local vegetable and potato dishes, heart soups, plenty of local fresh fruits as well as herbal teas and juices. The phenomenal Peruvian chef Martin loves to respond and adapt to each unique group’s culinary needs and desires.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Course Material
  • All Meals
  • Mats
  • WiFi Internet
  • Yoga Props
  • Meditation
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • Ayurveda
  • Vegan

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Accommodations

Triple Room at Sach'a Munay Retreat Center

Triple Room

Students are expected stay onsite with the group. The accommodations at Munay Sonqo are curated with local building technique. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with good quality beds and linens.
Twin Share at Sach'a Munay Retreat Center

Twin Share

Rustic, cozy rooms are equipped for single, double and triple occupancy. All beds are lavished with warm, luxurious duvets. Each room has a private bath. The whole site is dedicated to promoting peace and transformation.

Houses have many majestic views of the Andes and the snowcapped mountains of the Sacred Valley. Shared bungalows offer a reflection of the Peruvian culture surrounded by beautiful gardens. ​

Private Room at Sach'a Munay Retreat Center

Private Room

Enjoy a private room and the comfort of tranquillity and space for inner reflection. All beds are lavished with warm, luxurious duvets. Each room has a private bath. The whole site is dedicated to promoting peace, tranquillity and transformation.

Houses have many majestic views of the Andes and the snowcapped mountains of the Sacred Valley.​

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Sacred Valley, Peru

Arin is located within Peru and is nearby to Huarán, Sillacancha and Tancapunco. Arin has an elevation of 2,932 metres and offers breathtaking scenery and a glimpse at real Peruvian culture.  Long the home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages, in recent years The Sacred Valley and near by regions have become a destination in their own right. Star attractions are the markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, but the valley is also packed with other Inca sites. Trekking routes are deservedly gaining in popularity. Adrenaline activities range from rafting to rock climbing.
The Sacred Valley, along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu,formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, it’s an area of fertile farmland and the most important area for maize production in the heartland of the Inca Empire and access through the valley to tropical areas facilitated the import of products such as coca leaf and chile peppers to Cuzco.

Venue   Sach'a Munay Retreat Center
Sach'a Munay Retreat Center, Venue for 22 Day 200-hour Earth Medicine Yoga Teacher Training

Sach’a Munay Retreat & Yoga Center is located near Arin, a small village near Calca in the middle of the Incas Sacred Valley. Sach’a Munay, which translates as "love from the ancient forest" is located at the base of sacred mountains Pitisuray and Sawasiray right underneath a beautiful waterfall. It is in the heart of the Sacred Valley only 1 hour away from Cusco and 2 hours from the majestic archeological site of Machhu Picchu.

The center is eco-friendly, made from local materials, and offers lush flower gardens, fruit trees, hummingbirds, majestic rocks, cleansing waterfalls, hammocks, delicious vegetarian cuisine and stunning views of the apus (sacred mountains) and surrounding lands. Sach’a Munay Retreat & Yoga Center maintains an appreciation for the balance and purity of nature. The space is a secluded oasis and ideal for your own spiritual growth.

Sach’a Munay's shared bungalows offer a reflection of the Peruvian culture surrounded by beautiful gardens. The meals are sourced from locally-grown produce on this abundant land, prepared lovingly with the freshest ingredients. The experience of Sach'a Munay is a connection with nature and the spirit of Peru.

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