The word Yoga means ‘yoke’ or to unite in mind, body, heart, & soul. To walk the path of yoga is to look within and to recognise what is not in union and to take responsibility to action change. In the modern western world there has grown a disconnect in our innate human ability to connect to spirit, we often do not feel we have the necessary practical tools to establish change.
This modern state of disconnect has sought us to look back to the wisdoms of our ancestors and in this way the yogic path meets the ancient wisdom of the Shamanic Yoga Medicine Wheel. This wheel calls in ancient wisdoms of Peruvian Shamanic ancestors to guide our inner journey of healing, spiritual practice, awakening, personal power, transformation and empowerment. We honour the human experience, and discover the ancient guidance that lives within us as a guide to fulfill our greatest purpose.
The School Yoga Institute 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training was built with a strong intention for personal growth, empowerment, and expansion. We provide our students with tools to share the wisdom of yoga with others, but also to look at their own lives from a spiritual perspective. To assist with this journey of deep self reflection, our Mystical 200Hr YTT draw on the ancient wisdom of the Peruvian Shamanic Medicine Wheel.
Each training is arranged in four cycles, following the four cardinal directions (with one day off between each cycle):
Each of the four directions in the shamanic medicine wheel is associated with an animal spirit — The Wind of the South, the Serpent, leads us to shed our shadows and the past. The Wind of the West, the Jaguar, shows us how to face our shadows with courage. The Wind of the North, the Hummingbird, guides us on an epic journey of sweetness and joy. The Wind of the East, the Eagle, teaches us to see the world and what is possible from a newfound perspective.
Let’s explore more how each of these directions guide us and offer us a unique shamanic medicine throughout the training!
For the first cycle of the 200-Hour YTT, we welcome the energy of the South — represented by Amaru. As you arrive at your Yoga Teacher Training, there will likely be a lot of newness — a new community, a new home, new foods, a new schedule, and a new way of life. The wisdom of the Serpent reminds us to, first and foremost, ground down and fully arrive into the present moment. This animal spirit encourages us to shed our layers like the Serpent sheds its skin. Many of us will have things back home that we need to let go of in order to fully arrive and we call on the energy of the serpent to allow us to do so.
For the second cycle of our 200-Hour YTT, we move into the direction of the West. In the process of self contemplation, it is natural that shadows will arise. The Jaguar invites us to turn towards our shadow parts to reclaim, understand and integrate them so we can use them in impactful ways. Our shadows offer priceless gifts — they are dark treasures waiting to be mined.
Healing is based on personal growth, wholeness and integration and as yogis, we strive to unify all parts of ourselves into an integrated Self. The Jaguar energy of the second cycle is that of the mother archetype — the one who provides protection so that we can truly heal and transform.
For the third cycle of our training, we move into the direction of the North. After moving through our shadows with courage and transforming them into light, we are ready to embrace the sweet joy of the Hummingbird. During this cycle, we are living in the heart. We create and express ourselves through music, dance, beauty, and the wonders of the sacred location that surround us — the mountains, flowers, streams, oceans, and forests. The Hummingbird reminds us to to perceive the world as a place of beauty and to embrace the sweetness of the flowers, the earth, and the food that nourishes us.
For the fourth and final cycle of our training, we move to the direction of East. The Eagle gifts us a greater perspective — to be able to zoom out and see all parts of our life journey as essential, even the most challenging.
From this bird’s eye perspective, we are able to tap into the pure possibility that lies ahead. We take flight — mentally, physically, emotionally — and lay the foundation for our lives after the training. The energy of the Eagle guides us to connect to the spirit beyond our body and mind. We are invited to step into our personal power and potential, and no share our gifts far and wide.
The wisdom of the Shamanic Medicine Wheel is always present. It is a spiral with no beginning and no end. There is no final destination rather continual evolution. The Medicine Wheel guides us deeper and deeper to personal growth and a recognition and understanding of ourselves. In recognising where we are we can embrace the wisdoms of our ancient guides to support our journey.
We are so grateful to incorporate the four directions of the ancient wisdom of the Peruvian Shamanic Medicine Wheel into our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. We hope to share this magic with you and see how tuning into these animal guides creates change and transformation in your spiritual practice and in different aspects of life!
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