For almost 20 years, School Yoga Institute has been guiding students to realize and step into their own unique practice as teachers, healers, and empowered individuals seeking to create impactful change in their community. We are a spiritually focused organization of facilitators and family who are brought together on a foundation of love, radical self-acceptance, personal growth, and deep connection.
We offer 21-day 200 hour yoga teacher training and multiple continuing education courses that are Yoga Alliance registered in breathtaking & sacred locations, interweaving the worlds of yoga and shamanism.
Far beyond asana or the Yoga Alliance certifications, this is an invitation to explore your mindful practice and truth. Surrounded by the ocean and sacred mountains, you will be held and uplifted by like-minded souls and world class yoga instructors.
Through our Yoga Teacher Training, we invite students to immerse themselves in deep spiritual inquiry while being guided in the ancient shamanic teachings of the medicine wheel.
Our courses incorporate the shamanic medicine wheel — moving through a series of four directions, each providing lessons that allow us to ground, connect, dream and embody our most authentic self. We believe this connection to spirit is what makes our Yoga Teacher Training uniquely profound.
SYI trainings hold a strong intention for personal transformation. In this way, the courses are designed not only to provide students with tools to share the wisdom of yoga with others, but also to look at their own lives from a spiritual perspective. Each training holds unique energy, created from like-minded souls who join from all over the world.
We value intimate trainings with intentionally smaller groups in order to provide more 1:1 time with teachers and a deeper sense of community and connection. To guide the process of personal transformation we draw on the ancient wisdom of the East as well as on the Shamanic Medicine Wheel of Peru.
Our yoga teacher training courses 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 we create a space that reveals our wisdom within and accelerates the realization of our life purpose.
Mystical Yoga, or yoga of spiritual practice, reaches deep into the roots of this ancient way of life, calling on us to reveal the yoga, the union, within everything.
Our 200-hour yoga teacher training embody this approach, opening us up to the wisdom and the teacher that is already within us all. We dance, we chant, we sing. We find community with like-minded people and we embrace the stillness within ourselves. We call on our intuition for the answers and we speak from spirit to spirit. We dive deep into the experience, free from unnecessary distractions and allow our authentic connection to emerge.
Throughout the process of the 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, we have the opportunity to step into our power as yoga teachers who share the mystical dimensions from where we all came and to which we will return.
The universe is a place of discovery, mystery, and mysticism. We come into this world to unveil our own soul-purpose and to reveal our own gifts, so we can serve the world and advance our own spiritual evolution. Through our Yoga practice, our personal spiritual exploration, we uncover a deeper connection within us.
From the ancient wisdom, daily yoga mystical practice, and through our transformative mystical yoga practice, we begin to reveal a greater sense of beauty, love, and freedom. We see yoga as a vehicle that carries us to experience and enjoy the pure, true essence of life.
This path will ask for self-reflection, growth, and discipline. These yoga teacher trainings provide an opportunity to learn under the Gurukula system, living with our teachers – both our external gurus and our inner gurus, and immersing ourselves in the world of yoga.
During our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, we ask participants to embrace all aspects of the yogic lifestyle, such as observing a vegetarian diet, living free from the distractions of other substances (including alcohol and caffeine) and moving away from technology and unnecessary communication with the external world.
We ask for dedication, commitment, and surrender, as well as full immersion in our spiritual community for the duration of the training. In our experience, this commitment and immersion makes the work as impactful and powerful as possible.
We ask students to come with an open heart and mind, ready to see and to receive all that is out there.
Each day carries an intention, a spiritual lesson, that we explore throughout the day. We begin each morning with sunrise meditation, followed by a 90-minute asana practice and nourishing yogic breakfast. The days are spent learning yogic theories and healing practices through workshops, classes and group discussions.
During this time we discuss the fundamentals of yogic living, including yogic diet, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras. Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training also includes other methods of healing, calling on not just the physical and mental elements but also the more subtle forms of healing work such as earth medicines, energy healing and shamanic journeying.
We also share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing and explore alignment and adjustment of poses in depth. Each evening we close with Satsang, our evening gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan chanting or sacred ceremony.
We share the Art of Teaching and Art of Touch, during which students will learn to teach two asana sequences, the Mystical Hatha Flow, a slow, meditative, Sivananda-based practice, and the Mystical Vinyasa Flow, a more intense, breath-synchronized, and fluid flow. Students will explore proper asana alignment and adjustment of poses in depth as well as the key to intelligent sequencing. This forms the solid foundation upon which students can step into their unique teaching ability as a teacher. Each evening we come together with Satsang, an evening gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan chanting or a sacred ceremony.
During the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program you will:
Upon completion of our course, participants who demonstrate our skill competency and complete 200 hours of classwork, will receive a certification for completion of the curriculum. This will enable you to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Schedules will vary from location to location, but typically include the following:
6:00-9:00 – Guided Meditation/Pranayama/Asana
9:00-10:00 – Breakfast and Self Sadhana
10:00-11:00 – Spiritual lesson/Intention of the day
11:00-12:00 – Yoga Sutras/Yoga Anatomy
12:00-2:00 – Snack and Self Sadhana
2:00-3:00 – Special Topics
3:00-6:00 – Art of Teaching and Art of Touch
6:00-7:00 – Dinner and Self Sadhana
7:00-8:00 – Satsang (Sacred Circle)
The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is open to people of all yoga abilities. We simply ask that participants arrive with an open heart and mind, ready to fully commit their energy and focus to being present and embracing this immersive experience. We do encourage students to establish their own personal yoga practice, through attending classes or workshops, or through a personal daily routine prior to the training. Through the training we ask students to embody the elements of a yogic lifestyle that will serve them during the training and beyond.
Upon completion of training, you will receive your RYT 200 yoga teacher certification. We are a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance which is highly recognized internationally.
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