Cusco Sacred Valley
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
Pre-Arrival Preparation - In-Peru Training - Post-Departure Reflections
14 DAYS INTENSIVE
YOGA ALLIANCE ACCREDITED
YOUR PATHWAY TO THE YOGIC LIFESTYLE & TEACHING YOGA
Yoga, meditation, detox cleansings..
Join us on a transformative and experiential Tantra Hatha & Vinyasa alignment-based yoga teacher training designed to take you deep within yourself through the alchemical process of yoga. You will learn the authentic daily practices of shatkarma, pranayama, meditation, and asana in order for you to feel the power and energy of the yogic life. The instructor team trains you to go beyond the physical and mental states so that you learn to speak through your consciousness and live life with equanimity. This yoga teacher training comprises a pre-arrival preparation phase where you access our yoga library and video tutorials and complete some study and practice, and in-Peru 2-week intensive training with practice, lectures, experiential excursions and Karma Yog volunteering, and finally a review and reflection section to be completed upon completing the training in Peru. The main goal of this yoga teacher training is to prepare you in the yoga sciences and asana postural practice so that you develop a practical and clear vision for teaching and sharing your love of yoga with the world, and go within to deepen your personal practice and growth.
FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA
• 2 Yoga asana & meditation practices daily
• Daily yogic detox cleansings & pranayama breathing
• Amazonian experiential excursions
• Ayurvedic Self-Care workshops
• Yoga Nidra theory & practice
• Sound Healing with Indian, Tibetan, & Andean instruments
• Cacao and the heart chakra: a workshop and ceremony
• Ayurvedic oil preparation cooking class
• Preventive physiotherapy for yogis workshop
• Yoga philosophy - Study of the Vedic texts
• Anatomy, physiology, & bio-mechanics
• Aqua yoga workshop for balance
• One-on-one mentorship integration sessions each week
• Teaching practicums starting from the second-day
• DIY Shatkarma detox cleansing tools workshops
• DIY Yoga props making workshops
• Fully stocked yoga library
• Complimentary pick up at Tarapoto airport (TPP)
• A 200 hour certificate to register with Yoga Alliance
BACK TO BASICS
Rediscover Your Authentic Self
Through the study of the ancient Vedic texts and an understanding and practice of ancestral yoga - Jnana Yoga or the yoga of study, Karma Yoga or the yoga of selfless service, Raja Yoga or the yoga of meditation, and Bhakti Yoga or the yoga of devotion - we come to realize different truths about the world around us and about our essence nature.
Although learning to teach asana classes is an important part of being a yoga teacher, we strive and hope for you to make a shift in consciousness, perhaps re-assessing old habits or value systems, and live your daily life with more equanimity.
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Gain an understanding of Tantra Hatha & Vinyasa alignment-based yoga, covering traditional asanas, shatkarma, pranayama, meditation, anatomy & bio-mechanics, philosophy, ethics, and the business of yoga.
Develop an ability to plan and guide asana postural practices of various levels across a spectrum from gentle beginner's classes to vigorous flows that are challenging yet accessible.
Become confident in assisting and adjusting students in proper postural alignment with both verbal cueing and hands-on adjustments.
Find your voice and unique personal style as a yoga teacher, and internalize that being a great teacher means being a great student.
Further your own personal asana and off-the-mat yoga practice at home as well as deepen your yogic lifestyle through an understanding and daily application of the ancient yogic texts towards developing equanimity.
Introduction to the 8 limbs of yoga, moral precepts, and Vedanta philosophy
Shatkarma yogic detox cleansings
Breath as bridge: pranayama breathing control
Guided, object-focused, candle, and other meditation techniques
Teach multi-level asana classes with non-competitive pose variations
Guide students into proper alignment with articulate and intelligent cueing
Communication skills for compassion and holding space
Asana labs to refine postural alignment of primary postures
Progressive sequencing teaching methodology
Mobility, flexibility, and deep fascia
The business of yoga - channels, social media
How to find your own unique voice as a Yoga Teacher
This training is designed to activate the inner healer within you and cultivate the wisdom that leads to purpose and passion. Each day is layered with practices focused on setting the bases for a strong foundation in primary asanas, their alignments, modifications, and adjustments; weight distribution and baring, to help you build healthy habits.
Our teachings are based on the ancient Vedic texts of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Mahanirvana Tantra of the Great Liberation to discover both yogic routine and philosophical path to self-inquiry.
Rooted in the belief that every being has a purpose and voice to share, this training inspires your unique gifts to be expressed authentically.
Whether you are beginning your yoga journey or are an advanced practitioner searching to expand our knowledge, this teacher training will deepen your yoga practice, detox your body and mind, and bring you confidence and inspiration to become a joyful and knowledgeable yoga teacher.
FOLLOWING THE YOGA ALLIANCE NEW RYS200 STANDARDS
Techniques, Training, and Practice - 100 hrs
The largest hourly aspect of the training, entailing various practices that will inform your experience and ability to translate practice safely and authentically into teaching. Kriyas, pranayama, meditation, mantra, asana posture labs, etc.
Teaching Skills / Methodology (Professional Essentials) - 50 hrs
Develop the knowledge and confidence to share yoga with others in a way that can transform and impact their lives. You will learn communications skills for compassion, intelligent sequencing and cueing, asana alignment and adjustments, business and legal aspects of teaching yoga, and how to teach from your authentic self creating and leading original classes.
Anatomy, Physiology, and Bio-Mechanics - 30 hrs
Classes will cover both medical anatomy such as bodily systems, muscle groups, and the joints, but also subtle body anatomy like the chakras, nadis, and koshas. This includes the study of the subjects and the application of their principles to yoga practice, such as benefits or contraindications. Some additional topics to be covered include fascia and connective tissue, elasticity and plasticity, and the Golgi Tendon Organ.
Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics, and Lifestyle (Yoga Humanities) - 30 hrs
Through the study of ancient Vedic texts, we will discuss many important points that deal with human existence and how the practice of yoga can help us reach higher states of consciousness and happiness. Classes will cover the ancestral trilogy of yoga, Patanjali's 8-limb path, and the modification of the fluctuations of the mind.
Practicum - 10+ hrs
Constructive feedback about your teaching will be given by both fellow students and trainers to allow you to hear students’ perspectives, improve, and find your unique voice and style as a teacher. Classes will cover practicing teaching as lead instructor, receiving and giving feedback, observing others teaching, and assisting while someone else is teaching.
Tantra yoga originates from a worship of the Hindu deities that represent the dynamic and static principles of the universe: Shakti (dynamic, creative, feminine) and Shiva (static, destructive, masculine). In Tantra yoga, practitioners seek to comprehend the continual play between these principles and study the universe through the human microcosm, focusing on the purification and cultivation of prana to awaken the cosmic energy that is present in the human body and allowing it to ascend through the chakras to resolve duality into unity.
The Tantra yoga component of this training weaves together many practices including Karma, Bhakti, Raja, mantras, chakras and bandha energy locks to develop your bodies’ subtle energies, working to bring the spiritual and material worlds into one. Through the exploration of these energies, your life’s purpose and connection with others can be understood in a new dimension.
Not predominantly sexual but definitely orgasmic, Tantra yoga is about intimacy, which can either mean with a partner physically or by yourself with your own breath, thoughts, and aspirations. Whether practiced alone to get in touch with your own subtle body energies or with a partner to deepen your relationship, Tantra yoga will help you get in tune with your authentic self and break down barriers in a unique and meaningful way.
The Sanskrit word ‘Hatha’ means force and alludes to a system of physical techniques comprised of asanas, pranayama, kriyas, mudras, and meditation. As such, Hatha yoga is actually an umbrella term for most types of yoga teaching physical postures, meaning nearly every yoga style is Hatha yoga. With ‘Ha’ meaning the sun and ‘tha’ the moon, this practice aims to balance these two energies to prepare the body for deeper spiritual practices like meditation. As ancient asanas were not merely postures but instead mudras, they were intended to seal and channel prana within the body.
Hatha yoga asana practice is relatively gentle, slow, and characterized by longer static posture holds than most other styles. In spite of this however, practice can still be physically and mentally challenging. Classes will typically start with a gentle warm-up and then progress to more physically challenging postures.
The Sanskrit word ‘Vinyasa’ translates as “to place in a special way”, and Vinyasa Yog is thus characterized by fluidly stringing asana postures together, with each movement synchronized with the breath. The style is vigorous and movement-intensive based on a continuous flow from one asana to the next, and offers a wide variety of postures which means that, unlike the rigidity of Ashtanga yoga sequences, no two Vinyasa classes are ever alike. Faster-paced than Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga classes involve progressively increasing body heat -and sweat- and building strength. It teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next, both on the mat and in our lives.
During this training, you will learn Vinyasa yoga methods to assess the needs of individual students or groups, and then build a complementary, step by step practice to meet those needs. In addition to the postures you will learn during Hatha yoga classes (many of which transpose into Vinyasa), you will practice Ashtanga sun salutations A & B, plank pose, four-limbed staff pose, cat-cow stretches, side plank, cobra, grasshopper, as well as many other and more advanced asanas such as arm balances, headstands, inversions, and handstands techniques.
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a deceptively simple form of meditation and mind-body therapy through which the practitioner rests in savasana (corpse pose) guided through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self) to reach a deep state of relaxation between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, while maintaining consciousness. As the face relaxes and the jaw softens, you are guided through several stages. You first set an intention for the practice, then focus your awareness on breath, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts, consciously aware, observing, witnessing.
A proven antidote to anxiety, Yoga Nidra produces a sense of joy and well-being, better sleep, and has the potential to heal psychological wounds. It has been used to treat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse patients, and people suffering from stress.
During the practice we aim to restore our body, senses, and mind to their natural function to feel wholeness and tranquility and to become increasingly and systematically aware of our inner world. Practiced regularly, the elements of yoga nidra make up a sophisticated set of tools that can help practitioners navigate some of life's more challenging moments.
We live in a vibratory universe where everything we sense, feel, see and touch is pure energy, or particles of energy vibrating. As such, the basic principle of sound healing is this concept of resonance of vibratory frequencies of objects, which includes human beings. If we are not resonating with some part of ourselves or our surroundings, we become dissonant and without harmony, which can create illness.
Although healing with sound is believed to date back to ancient Greece, recent research has linked music to a number of health benefits, from boosting immune function and lowering stress levels to improving your body’s functions such as blood pressure, and even breathing. Sound is measured in terms of Frequency of Hertz (Hz), and sound therapy is the application of healing frequencies to the physical and subtle energy fields around the body.
During this training, you will take part in sound therapy/healing sessions, witnessing a variety of Indian, Tibetan, and Andean instruments and tools such as tuning forks, singing bowls, ocean drums, rain and thunder-making instruments, koshi bells, hangdrums, native double octave flutes, chanting, and more.
Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic practice of having a daily self-care routine, Dina meaning day, sun, or flow, and Charya meaning practice or conduct. Dinacharya rituals were established to maintain the body in harmony with the natural cycles and rhythms of the day, and emphasize the mornings as your most sacred time, as these hours create the foundation for the rest of your day.
Waking up before the sunrise, conducting a body and mind scan, daily intention setting, brushing your teeth, scraping your tongue, oil pulling, neti, nasya, eye washing, body scrubbing or dry brushing, oleation (Abhanga), bathing, meditating, foot massaging, and scalp oils, are all parts of an Ayurvedic self-care routine for that radiant glow inside and out.
Taking the time to nurture yourself each day really is a meditation on self-love which promotes self-respect. Bring your Ayurvedic self-care routine beyond physical radiance and turn it into a sacred ritual for cultivating true beauty: radiant self-love.
Example Daily Schedule
06:00 - 07:00 Kriyas / Shatkarma detox cleansings, pranayama, & meditation
07:00 - 08:30 Asana postural practice (Vinyasa flow)
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30 Philosophy
10:30 - 11:30 Anatomy, physiology, and bio-mechanics
11:30 - 12:30 Teaching methodology
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Ayurvedic Self-Care
14:30 - 15:30 Asana Labs & Body-Alignment practicum
15:30 - 16:00 Meditation practice
16:00 - 17:30 Asana postural practice (Hatha Yoga)
17:30 - 19:00 Dinner
19:00 - 20:00 Yoga Nidra, Trataka candle meditation, massage for savasana practice
20:00 - 22:30 Practicum preparation, Self-study
Saturdays: Half days + 1-on-1 mentorship integration session calls in the afternoon
Sundays: Individual self-practice + karma yoga volunteering exercise
Your Instructors Sharing their Knowledge
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
One-on-One Mentorship Integration Sessions
Because feedback is essential for growth, as part of your professional development you will receive each week a private mentorship session with an instructor, which will serve both as an opportunity for you to ask questions regarding the training or the avenues available to you as a Yoga Teacher, while the instructor will compassionately share feedback from his or her observations thus far.
The idea is to assist you in your transformational growth as you progress through the training, and that by means of constructive conversation you are assigned clear action items for growth.
Specialized Workshops & Clinics
Themed workshops will cover a wide range of key asanas and body parts, such as standing, balancing, and seated postures, forward bends, back-bends, hip openers, downward-facing dog, chair, the moons, the warriors, hip openers, twists, inversions, headstands, wrists health and conditioning, and core strengthening.
On each of our Yoga Teacher Trainings, Julio Miyasato of Vital TF Physiotherapy presents a "Preventive Physiotherapy for Yogis" workshop where he teaches the fundamentals of human movement health, alignment, range of motion, isometric strength, proprioceptive development, muscle aerobic capacity, contraction speed, and fatigue resistance.
We welcome all dedicated yoga students ready to develop and grow their yoga practice on and off the mat while embracing elements of the yogic lifestyle and striving for equanimity.
Before signing up for our 200 hour Tantra Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, we recommend that you have practiced any yoga style for four to six months in studio classes or self-practice or have a background in another movement discipline. You do not need to know any inversions, arm balances or advanced postures.
More than anything, we ask that you come with an open mind and open heart, receptive to learning new knowledge and with a willingness to be supportive to yourself and others.
A PASSPORT TO TEACH WORLDWIDE
Upon graduation you will receive a 200-hour certificate from Moksha Yoga Amazónica, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS). You will use your certificate to register with Yoga Alliance. This is the standard procedure to become a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your Questions Answered
How proficient in yoga should I be to attend?
We recommend that you have practiced any yoga style for three to six months either in studio classes or equivalent self-practice, have a sports or fitness training, or are accustomed to physical exercise in another discipline. You do not need to know any inversions, arm balances or advanced postures. We are looking for emotionally mature, dedicated practitioners who are committed to learning with an open mind.
What should I expect of this training?
You will be immersed in the studies of detox cleansing practices, pranayama, meditation, yoga asana, philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology and more, while deepening your personal practice. The training will be physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding, bringing challenges but also transformation. We ask that you join with an open mind and open heart.
What if I get sick during the training?
If due to illness or injury you miss a few sessions, we will work with you to ensure that you are still able to receive your certificate. If you get so ill that you are unable to complete the training, you are able to complete your training in the subsequent weeks and months as we will be uploading each class to the virtual classroom.
What if I am uncomfortable trying neti threat (sutra neti) ?
Sutra neti is an amazing cleansing that opens up the nasal passages and makes breathing very smooth for the day. If there is any practice (shatkarma, pranayama, asana or anything at all) that you may feel uncomfortable with, you certainly won't be forced to do it, and you will not be penalized in any way for not practicing it. We suggest you to try everything, but if you have a strong aversion toward something it's your choice to try it or not 🙂
Most students need a few days and attempts to complete sutra neti and introduce it to their practice, and it's quite normal to feel some discomfort with the practice initially.
What if I don't attend all hours?
We cannot guarantee that you will receive your 200HR Yoga Teacher Training certificate if you don't attend all yoga practices and lectures. If you miss a few sessions due to illness or reasonable causes, we will work with you so that you can make up the missed hours. We ask that you commit to attending all lectures, practices, and excursions to fully benefit from all the training and experiences.
How many students will be attending?
Because we want to personally connect with and be accessible to everyone throughout this process, we take a maximum of 30 students on this teacher training.
What type of food will be served?
You will be served three vegetarian meals each day as well as water throughout the training. This includes a buffet-style breakfast and a personal plate for lunch and dinner.
What is included in the cost?
Pricing varies according to the room type you select. Our price includes all yoga classes and lectures, a 200 hour certificate to register with the Yoga Alliance upon completion, accommodation, food and water, airport pick up, all excursions and activities, shatkarma detox tools, and a Moksha Yoga Amazónica tank top.
Can I book the training without food?
All meals are included in the cost of the training for all participants. If you would like to purchase additional snacks or meals other than what is provided, you can do so at the hotel restaurant. You can also purchase additional food at the market and keep it in the mini-fridge in your room.
Can I book the training without lodging?
If you are local to Moyobamba, you may book your training without lodging. Because this yoga teacher training is intensive, and because of the added benefits of its residential nature, we do recommend students to reside with everyone at the hotel.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, we offer payment plans for all our events. Our payment plans are designed to cost you the exact same amount as if you pay the full amount at once with your credit card or via bank wire transfer. We offer our payment plans in-house and allow you full flexibility in payment frequency: simply pay 150$ deposit to reserve your place, then the remaining balance needs to be paid 30 days before the event start date. You make payment whenever is convenient for you. Just send us a message here telling us which training you would like to attend and pay in installments, and we will send you an invoice to pay your deposit.
Can I bring my partner or child along?
You are welcome to bring your child or your partner along with you. However, you must select a private room option if you will be sharing your space with anyone other than training participants.
Do I need a visa for Peru?
US Citizens and EU citizens don’t need a visa to visit Peru. Please check here to see if you need a visa if coming from outside of the US or EU, and also make sure to confirm with your local or regional Peruvian embassy about visa requirements for your specific country. Upon entering Peru, depending on your country of citizenship, you can request up to 183 days in-country from the immigration officer at the airport by saying that you wish to study yoga and travel extensively within Peru. You can find a list of the Peruvian missions abroad here.
What kind of certification will I get?
You will get a 200-hour certification from Moksha Yoga Amazónica, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS). After graduation, you will use your certificate to register with Yoga Alliance. This is the standard procedure to become a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200).
What is the closest airport?
The closest airport is “Guillermo del Castillo” airport (TPP) in the city of Tarapoto. The main airlines serving domestic flights within Peru are: Star Peru, Latam, Sky Airline, and Viva Air. Do check their baggage policies as they tend to have several options. Star Peru for example tends to include luggage in their airfare pricing, while Viva Air make their flights cheaper and sell luggage allowance separately.
What to bring?
Passport; Water bottle; Alarm clock; Comfortable clothes for yoga practice and meditation; Summer clothes for the day, Bathing suit for pool and hot springs, and sweater for evenings; Personal music player if needed to teach your classes. A protector/binder/envelope to carry your certificate back home.
Pricing includes the cost of the 200-hour teacher training with Moksha Yoga Amazonica, immediate access to our pre-training preparation module with readings and DIY yoga props and shatkarma detox tools tutorials, immediate and lifetime access to our yoga library, weekly 1-on-1 mentorship integration sessions with an instructor, and a 200-hour certificate to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200).
This course is for you if you want to:
Come feel the music on this sacred journey into ancient arts and explore the divine intricacies of yoga in its many forms, combining science with the path of the heart and cultivating self-love and happiness in a teacher training deeply devoted to spiritual growth. You will deepen your ability to be centered, present in life, and engaged with the world so that you can better spread mindful movement and inspire wellness through your love of sharing yoga. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our community.