200 hr SchoolYoga Institute Yoga Teacher Training,
Sacred Valley, Peru February 2nd to 22nd, 2014
Place: The Andes of South America
This training will be held at Mandala Yoga Retreat Center (see http://www.yogamandalasacredvalley.com/ for more info.), near Arin, a small village near Calca in the middle of the Incas Sacred Valley. Here you will see the native cultures (Quechua speaking) working the land as they have for centuries, with love and simplicity. The center is eco-friendly, made from local materials, and spacious—providing you with personal privacy and solitude ideal for your own spiritual growth.
Who: 15 people maximum, for those who are called to become a yoga teacher
and experience healing medicine of the Andes and Amazon.
Facilitators: Ganapati (Jed Pennell) and assistant SYI facilitator(s), Chuy (Amazon Shaman, artisan), selected ayhuascero & wachumeros (non SYI ceremonies, optional participation), Vedantin (virtual presence/ skype sessions)
- Daily meditation, yoga, spiritual lessons
- Becoming a certified yoga teacher! (Yoga Alliance approved)
- 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…
- Visiting sacred ruins (Incan and pre)
- Temescal (sacred sweat lodge ceremony)
- Initiation as a Mesa carrier (cloth and lineage stone provided)
- OPTIONAL: Machu Picchu excursion
Tuition & Payment
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- Tuition: $2,400
- Food and lodging: $1300 will cover the food and lodging. * (3 meals a day, except the first and last days, simple vegetarian, lots of local, organic produce)
- Sign up with a $350 deposit (Full payment is due 90 days before the start of the program.)
- Please see our Reservation and Cancellation Policy
Required Texts for the Peru Yoga Certification
- SchoolYoga Institute Yoga Teacher Training Manual
- Yoga Sutra by Dennis Hill
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Alliance is a global registering body for yoga schools and yoga teachers. This training exceeds the standards set out by Yoga Alliance and you will be able to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) after the training. SchoolYoga Institute has been offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training courses since 2002.
This Yoga Teacher Training Course (AYTTC) will be held in a small intimate
study environment where we will experience and learn from the gift and wisdom
of those who have channeled and inspired to share the connection and creative
energy of the universe, led by Jed along with other connected souls and local
shamans, in the mystical sacred valley, Peru.
Our epic journey will take us to experience the magic of
Peru’s sacred valley, where we will be inspired by the majestic snow capped Andean mountains and the ancient Quechua/Inka temples and ruins. We will be blessed to learn from indigenous shamans in ceremony, restoring balance (Iyini) and giving thanks. Included in the course (with your tuition) will be many ceremonies: letting go, manifestation, mantra initiation, mesa ceremonies, fire ceremonies, coca leaf reading, despacho, offerings for harmony and healthful journeys, etc… An additional, optional journey to the legendary Machu Picchu is another of the many highlights.i
We call this unique program, the mythical yoga teacher training. In addition to
our standard course offerings (2 yoga class sequences, yoga sutras, anatomy
& physiology, art of teaching, working with the medicine wheel, nightly sadhana/
kirtan, etc…) we will dive deep into our mystical consciousness, developing our
practice from the soul level to bring forth each individual’s unique gifts. We 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
also be silence and fasting personal retreat days allowing for a deep integration
of course offerings.
There are many great wisdom teachers who will join us for this special course,
including lead facilitator, Jed, his assistant facilitator(s), energy of Vedantin and
Gabriella, and local Shamans and healing practitioner. They will share their insights and medicine, in fire ceremony, Coca leaf readings, energetic healings, connection to sacred temples and ancient sites.
The most important aspect of this training is for each of you to connect the
wisdom and guru inside you through deepened self-practice and inquiry. The
community we are creating together helps facilitate our channeling to the creative
self, the universal wisdom.
The Soul of SYI
SchoolYoga Institute is a family where we come together to share the beauty
and ancient tradition of yoga. We sincerely value the wisdom that yoga tradition
has to offer us and at the same time try to facilitate the integration of the wisdom
into our everyday life so the ancient teachings becomes alive, personal expressions of the art of living. The yoga tradition derives from the mystical Hindu tradition but we assimilate the spiritual traditions of the world into our teaching and practice. We see the oneness in all and the unity in diversity…
Style of Yoga
Sadhana Yoga is the foundational style of the SchoolYoga Institute and the
primary focus of yoga teacher training. Sadhana Yoga is the yoga of spiritual practice. Even though it is derived from different yoga traditions, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sivananda, Kundalini, Iyengar, Raja, etc… it goes beyond the forms and traditions into the formless. It focuses on the essence of the yoga traditions as an instrument to reveal the truth of our existence: spiritual beings!
Sadhana Yoga has three levels: foundation, modification, and integration.. The first level of practice is the foundation and it has a routine of fundamental postures linked with transition breath and sequences. The second level is the modification. Based on the first level postures and the sequence, students start modifying the existing postures to more difficult or easier
levels. The third level is the integration. Students start integrating the learned
routines with personal practice. So the personal practice and teaching become
meaningful to his or her understanding of yoga. So there is no longer a form of
Yoga from SchoolYoga Institute but the true connection and self-understanding
to yoga. It becomes a spiritual practice for each student….
Travel to Peru
How to Get to Yoga Training Site in Peru:
Fly to Lima then Cuzco, Peru. From Cuzco, we will all meet up and travel together to the training site!
Try websites such as:
BookingBuddy: this site has many onlinebooking companies so you can compare price. http://www.bookingbuddy.com
Taca Airline: this is the airline company from Central America. It has very comfortable
seats and service (much better than American Airlines). Make sure to call your credit
card company before booking online otherwise your credit card company might refuse
the payment because the company is out of country. www.taca.com
- From Lima to Cusco, there are also cheaper airlines such as Starperu.com and Peruvian.pe/en
You can access ATMs in Cuzco or Calca, Peru. If you have American cash (dollars) it is best to exchange in Cuzco at a bank where you will get the best exchange rate. Make sure to contact your bank before you leave your country regarding your travel dates so you can access money from your bank. We recommend against travelers checks, as they are not accepted everywhere. Approximate Exchange rates $1 = 2.79 Soles (Peru) As a last resort you can wire money to Cusco,Western Union Peru, Cusco Calle Maruri 310 Telefono 24-4972.