“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
— Kahlil Gibran

Aum Dearest Family,

Just as the ocean turns over new tides, a new moon represents the closing of one cycle to make room for another. As we shift from one phase to the next, new endeavors come to fruition. This is a time of healing, reflection, connection, and self-inquiry.

How have your grown in just this year, and further, in your lifetime? What dreams are you nourishing and actively exploring? As our feet are the connection to our physical bodies as well that of our beloved Mother Earth, we call you in to connect and embrace her gift of steadiness. Whether you are mindfully walking barefoot on the beach or through a rock-filled hike in the cool mountains, Pisces energy dominates our feet source and longs for this body to the earth connection. At this time, we are being asked to open a portal into ourselves to honor our divine light filled existence.

Call in what you desire to feel and embrace the powerful healing that will come as a direct revelation to your universal intentions. Accept what is, forgive what was, and be grateful for all that has been and will be.

Let us trust in knowing our feet will keep us grounded to the Earth as we move with the flow of this new tide, allowing harmony and peace to rule whichever direction we are called towards.

We support you and Honor your journey home and invite you to allow the lessons of healing to unfold.

Blessed be,
Your SYI Family

300 Hour Advanced Training at Sacha Munay July 1st-25th in Peru!

Ayurveda – Shamanism – Yoga Nidra – Transformation

Ayurveda is beyond beginning and ending. A science of eternal healing, it is compared to a vast ocean, and diving in and studying Ayurveda is like swimming across this ocean. A true teacher can teach one how to swim, but the swimming is up to the student, it is a lifelong journey.

Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. We can say that Yoga is the mastery of the mind, and Ayurveda is the healing of the body. It is imperative to include the two in this journey toward Self Realization.

Learn About Our 300 hour Program 

Register for our 300 Hour YTT in Peru July 1-25  or Bali February 1-25  and receive a Sacred Intention’s Ayurveda Lifestyle Workbook & Card Deck, created by our beloved Lead Trainer and Facilitator, Anita Sundaram.



Meet our Beloved SYI Facilitator, Maha Devi

 What makes you unique as a yoga teacher and facilitator?

I feel very Taoist in my approach to yoga; which can at times,  like a paradox. It’s interesting, being a shaman and a yogi… from New York City that also teaches Hip-Hop yoga. There is a big transition, mentally and energetically that happens when you regularly shift from living in high rise apartments in the Big Apple to permaculture farms and eco-chic retreats in the majesty of nature. Looking deeper into it, a shaman is frequently described as a “walker between worlds” and yoga means to “yoke, to bring together”. Taoism is about walking the middle path, of moderation and understanding. It’s all part of the Divine process. I consider myself a student of the Universe and genuinely here to learn. My paradigm as a teacher is a commitment to excellence through the constant integration of past experience and learning new things. I have experienced many spectrums of life’s offerings, which I hope makes me a really well- rounded person who is genuinely empathetic to human experience as it manifests, while adding a depth of alternative perspective.

How has the path of Yoga and Shamanism changed your life?

The study and practice of yoga and shamanism have provided me with tools to ultimately deepen connection… connection to what I have always known to be real- the magic of life, and its infinite possibilities. They have connected me with my “Self”, the heart and soul of this being that I am, the truth behind the details of form. They have connected me to a lineage of power and integrity, to all of the grace of the masters and teachers who have channeled and passed down these traditions. In a often lonely and fast-paced place like New York City, I am connected with a beautiful community of like-minded people who are interested in consciousness and how to make the world a better place. Ultimately, they have connected me to my dharma, my work in this world- promoting and sharing these teachings with present and future yoga teachers and shamans. I am humbled and grateful.

What do you love about advanced teacher trainings?

Well…. I just LOVE yoga. I love doing yoga, talking about yoga asana, sharing yogic wisdom, living a yogic lifestyle, eating a yogic diet; and the advanced trainings are generally filled with people who do, too! One of my deepest soul- nourishing pastimes is being in like-minded community.  Each student brings a beautifully individualized background; from how they study and practice; to how they teach and live their yoga with their communities back home. There is a beautiful synergy that forms within the group where multiple perspectives and expressions arise around a given topic, and we are all expanded. Facilitating for students who are already teachers is a humbling challenge, and I feel blessed to help these amazing individuals discover their gifts and identities as teachers, strengthen their understanding of the work they are meant to do and sharing new tools to add to their repertoire, especially going deep into Yoga Nidra.

What has helped you improve your classes since you first started teaching?

My greatest improvements come from constant learning and self-reflection. What helped me immensely at the very beginning of my yoga teaching career was my mentor, Loren Bassett, who helped me to create my own sequence, practice adjustments, and step into the teacher role. I needed a lot of help; and she guided me in a really beautiful way. It was SO hard for me to get the hang of guiding asana, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a facilitator; because I understated the challenges that come with being a new teacher. Always being a student myself, I stay aware and respectful of the learning curve. Ultimately, practice prompts progress, in any discipline and one of my favorite things to tell myself and others is, “In order to be good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it first.”  At this point in my yoga teaching, the evolution of my classes is inspired by practicing with other super skilled and creative teachers, taking yoga courses in person and online, going deep in my spiritual practice, and always seeking fun new tools to share.

To study with Maha Devi, join SYI in Peru this July 1st-25th or next February 1st-25th 2019! For more information or to connect with Maha Devi, visit her website at or on IG @maha.deviii

As part of our 300 Hour course curriculum, Maha Devi will be guiding us through
Yoga Nidra, The Art of Conscious Relaxation!
If you are interested in learning more about this practice,

Maha Devi’s Book ‘Guiding Yoga Nidra’ is available for purchase.

Buy Book


Sending love from our Costa Rica 200 Hour Training! Who wants to meet us in the Jungle on an 80-acre magical Permaculture Oasis for our next teacher training at Punta Mona this July??#puravida #puntamona



Check out one of Mama Keri’s favorite Costa Rican delights!


1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
4 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
1 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla extract
1 cup  pineapple
pinch salt

Mix and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes,
preferably in the refrigerator overnight.



1 cooked beet
1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup maple syrup or coconut sugar
BLEND and layer with chia pudding


Benefits of Warrior Chia:
Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium.
A 28-gram, or 1-ounce, serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein.
Mixed with water, they can replace an egg in vegan cooking.
Chia is an appetite suppressant.
Chia seeds can be eaten cooked or raw, but they should be added to another food or soaked before eating

Come join us in July for more of this yumminess in Punta Mona!

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Sacred Locations


~ BALI ~
May 4 – May 24, 2018 Kura Kura Yoga Retreat – SOLD OUT
June 10 – June 30, 2018 Pondok Pitaya
Aug 24 – Sept 13, 2018 Pondok Pitaya
Oct 9 – Oct 29, 2018 Kura Kura Yoga Retreat
January 9- 29, 2019 Kura Kura Yoga Retreat
Feb 1 – Feb 26, 2019 *300 hour Kura Kura Yoga Retreat

July 8 – 28, 2018 Punta Mona

Apr 1 – Apr 21, 2018 MYF
Jun 24 – July 14, 2018 MYF
Nov 4 – Nov 24, 2018 MYF
Dic 1-21, 2018 MYF

~ PERU ~
Apr 25 – May 15, 2018 Sacha Munay
Jun 10 – Jun 30, 2018 Sacha Munay
Jul 1 – Jul 26, 2018 *300 hour Sacha Munay
Sept 2 – Sept 22, 2018 Sacha Munay
Dec 1 – Dec 21, 2018 Sacha Munay

Are you an Alumni of SYI and wanting to connect and build with your community?  We’d love to share your journey and connect you to our growing family!

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