Mystical Morocco 200hr Yoga Teacher Training - 21 days
- Villa Surya
- Paradise Plage, Morocco
- Sep 16, 2017 - Oct 6, 2017 (21 days)
- $3850 - $4850
Exotic. Mystical. Inspiring.
The village where we host our Morocco program is called Imiouaddar by the locals but more commonly known as "Paradise Plage". The name lends itself honestly as this is surely paradise found. A small fisher village directly at the ocean and Anti Atlas Mountain, this is the perfect location for exploring in a safe and peaceful environment. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Morocco are exotic and create the perfect setting to discover new teachings, insights and passions and to reconnect with your sense of Self.
Stimulate your spirit to explore the depths of the unknown as you step out of your comfort zone and into the realm of mystery and enchantment. We will not only explore ancient yogic teachings but also the mystical, spiritual and healing traditions of this land including studies on the ancient sufis. The sufi is one who is a lover of Truth, who by means of love and devotion moves towards the Truth, towards the perfection which all are truly seeking through the many paths of music, dance, poetry and beyond. With the ocean to lend us her strength and power, we set intention to peel away the layers and reveal our truth. This training is sure to leave you feeling empowered on your spiritual quest!
Located right at the famous Paradis Plage, one of the longest and most pristine beaches in the area, surrounded by the stunning Anti Atlas mountains with its protected forest zone, the landscape is majestic and awe-inspiring. Morocco offers an ancient and rich culture that provides a colorful mosaic of spirituality, music, dance, art, food, architecture and language that is unparalleled. This melting pot of culture, language and history has created one of the most authentic, most compelling and most beautiful places in the world. We invite you to connect with the beauty and diversity of Mother Earth and her inhabitants to ignite your inspiration and to awaken to your own authenticity!
Enliven your spirit and awaken to inspiration
Step out of your comfort zone to shift your perspective
Go deep into your process of self transformation as we peel away the layers to reveal your soul’s calling
Learn to teach from a broadened perspective as we connect to ancient practices and experience yogic living
Feel yourself become empowered as you step into your power and truth
Experience the purification and healing power of the ocean
Daily meditation, yoga, spiritual lessons
Music, Dance and Ceremony
Becoming a certified yoga teacher! (Yoga Alliance approved)
Temescal (sacred sweat lodge ceremony)
World class surf breaks
Exotic vegetarian cuisine to ignite your senses
Silent walks through the Anti Atlas mountains or along the beach
Experience Surfing, Horse Riding, Camel riding or SUPing (stand up paddle boarding) to connect with oneness and flow
Optional excursions on days off (Paradise Valley/ Essaouira/ Marrakesh. Agadir Souk)
Villa Surya is a boutique villa that will transport you to another world with its exquisite handmade Arabic and Berber architecture, fragrant flowered gardens, unwinding sun-deck, sunset watch-out, charmful rooms, relaxing hot tub, Sauna and a kitchen full of exotic delights.
Shala is a Sanskrit word for home, the Yoga Shala at Villa Surya was created with this in mind and is exactly how you feel from the moment you step inside. This is a sacred and safe space to heal and transform. Situated on the rooftop of the villa, the Shala benefits from panoramic views of the surroundings, from the rugged mountains at the back to the crashing waves of the ocean to the front, so no matter what posture you find yourself in you will always be greeted with the natural beauty of our Moroccan landscape.
Each room is decorated uniquely in a Moroccan style. The ground is made of the so-called “beldi” (natural) handcrafted stones. The handmade wooden beds are what dreams are made of. The rooms are equipped with different light systems to make for every moment the right atmosphere.
Here you will experience delicious exotic vegetarian cuisine to ignite your senses. The vegetables are delivered from an eco-agricultural place near Sidi-Ifni to ensure healthy nutrition and our fruits come from the local souk in Agadir. Everything is served and prepared with love.
The style of yoga we share at Sacred Paths Yoga is a mindful vinyasa flow based practice that allows one to find connection and embark upon an insightful journey within. We link breath and movement to emphasize meditation and to find stillness in motion. This practice become a sacred prayer to our body, to access the stillness of the mind and to connect with spirit. The experience is deeply intentional as we honor yogic philosophy and invite our soul to look inward and find peace with what is present.
Our sequence is rooted in traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa practices but has evolved to meet the needs of the modern yogi. We offer a holistic and well rounded approach, balancing the Yin and Yang, the passive and active, the lunar and solar, the feminine and masculine energies to leave one feeling centered and harmonious. Not only does this practice offer physical benefits, but it works on the energetic and spiritual forms as well, tapping into the wisdom of ancient yogic teachings while connecting to Earth Medicine and exploring the Elements as a path to transformation and Union with all that is.
We build a solid foundation for our students to then expand upon as they find their voices as teachers or in their own personal practice. We emphasis an embodied understanding of poses and alignment, intelligent sequencing and transitions while embracing grace, ease and fluidity. With this deeper awareness and understanding of the body, we can come into full alignment with mind, body, spirit and our life’s purpose.
In our yoga teacher training programs, we meet and exceed the requirements of Yoga Alliance for anatomy, techniques, philosophy, lifestyle, ethics, teaching methodology and practicum and beyond while creating a container for self inquiry and personal growth. While honoring the traditional forms of this practice, we explore the expansive nature of yoga and spirituality in all forms. Whether it is your intention to step into your calling as a yoga teacher or to learn the foundations of yoga and deepen your practice, this program will be equally informative and transformative.
For many, this becomes a life changing experiencing as we set out to gain more clarity and empowerment on our life’s journey. While the core curriculum unites our offerings, each program is a unique experience of the wisdom and insights revealed from the particular facilitators as well as those souls that have been called to co-create this journey. Likewise, each sacred location offers deep ancient wisdom and cultural tradition that we will thread into the course. We offer deep gratitude for the spirit of the land for safeguarding and protecting these sacred spaces to heal and transform.
We view yoga as a spiritual practice, as a path to self-realization, union, bliss, conscious connection, deepened awareness and mindful living. Throughout this process we explore different paths to Union including movement, song, dance, chanting, ceremony and more! In this journey, we embody yogic living, fully immersing ourselves in the experience of living and breathing this practice on and off our mat with our beloved community as our unwaivering support system. This path asks for dedication, discipline and courage to look deep within to uncover our truth and our own authentic connection. Without our daily distractions, habits and patterns, a new way of perceiving the world is revealed.
Everyone is accepted, supported and encouraged through their process. Through our community we create a comfortable safe space to facilitate growth and expansion on all levels.
With highly experienced facilitators and an integrative approach, our trainings are designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of Yoga and to help transform all aspects of your life. Sacred Paths Yoga Teacher Training Program guides students to become empowered practitioners and to step into their own voice as teachers.
During the 200hr teacher training program you will:
Explore traditional yogic teachings, Earth Medicine and spirituality in a process of self-inquiry and personal growth
Learn to teach our Sacred Flow Vinyasa sequence as well as receive guidance on creating and teaching your own unique sequences
Explore traditional Hatha, Restorative, Yin and Prenatal yoga
Experience yogic living, deepen your personal practice and commitment to this path
Practice daily Meditation, Pranayama and Asana
Experience a Spiritual Immersion
Explore the Art of Teaching, Touch and Alignment to gain knowledge, insight and clarity
Practice Kirtan, chanting and medicine songs from around the world as we experience Bhakti bliss!
Nightly evening gatherings, Satsang, to reflect on the day’s journey and insights
Experience ceremony, including Full and New Moon Ceremonies, Fire Ceremony, Water Blessing Ceremony, Earth Gratitude Ceremony, Puja (Hindi offering), Cacao ceremony and more!
Study Yoga Anatomy & Physiology and applicable techniques to incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
Study Yoga Sutras and philosophy
Explore Chakras, Bandhas & energetic anatomy
Study Ayurveda and experience the Yogic Diet
Practice Advanced Pranayama
Learn Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
Practice how to integrate Yoga into your daily life through Spiritual Lessons and Art of Living discussion
Learn the art of yoga marketing and explore your vision for bringing this practice into your community
Discuss ethics for yoga teachers and student-teacher relationships
Explore other healing modalities and expand your skill set as healer and guide
Upon completion of the coursework, peer teaching and evaluation, participants will receive a certification of completion which will then enable you to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Yoga Alliance® is the largest registering body for yoga teachers, studios and schools within the US and is highly recognized internationally. Yoga Alliance provides a set of educational standards for yoga schools that specify hours of study in certain Educational Categories, to ensure schools provide adequate training to yoga teachers, enabling them to teach safely and competently. We are a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and upon completion of the training you will receive your yoga teacher certification which grants you the opportunity to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered yoga Teacher (RYT). You can publish your online profile in the Yoga Alliance Directory and teach anywhere in the world.
To register with Yoga Alliance and use the title and Registry Mark of Registered Yoga School (RYS®), yoga schools must submit their training syllabus for review and agree to maintain a curriculum that meets Yoga Alliance Standards. Yoga teachers who complete a RYS teacher training are generally eligible to apply to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®).
All of our experienced and knowledgeable facilitators are registered with Yoga Alliance at an RYT-500 or ERYT-500 level, and come from a variety of lineages and traditions to create a holistically synergistic experience.
Some information borrowed from the Yoga Alliance website... www.YogaAlliance.org
This program is open to practitioners of all levels and abilities, from beginner to advanced. We offer modifications and variations of the poses so you can cultivate a practice that fits your needs and so that you can teach classes that are accessible to all populations. We encourage you to establish your own personal yoga practice by attending classes or workshops leading up to the program.
Prior to the training, we recommend that students practice along with our online videos several times per weeks to prepare the body and mind for the journey ahead. We will break down these sequences in depth during the course so it is advised to become familiar with them.
We invite you to set intention, with an open heart and mind, to fully commit to and embrace the yogic lifestyle during your training and beyond, to let go of expectations and to fully surrender to the experience.
This course is not only developed for those who are called to become yoga teachers, but also for those who have intention to deepen their own practice and knowledge, to become embodied yoga practitioners, to step into a spiritual journey of soul and to heal, reveal and awaken.
Typical Daily Schedule
06:00 am - 09:00 am Meditation, Pranayama, Asana
09:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:00 am Spiritual Lesson, Daily Intention
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Yoga Sutras/ Yoga Anatomy
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Special Topic
01:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch
03:00 pm - 6:00 pm The Art of teaching/ Art of touch
06:00 pm -7:00 pm Dinner
07:00 pm - 8:00 pm Satsang (sacred circle)
08:00 pm - 9:00 pm DreamTime
The Sacred Paths Yoga 200hr YTT is a 21 day journey divided into four cycles of 4 days with a day off in between each. Throughout each cycle, we will use one of the four elements Earth, Water, Fire and Air as our guide and as the foundation of our experience for lessons, insights, ceremony and healing. Each cycle we go deeper into our journey of learning and revealing with this potent Earth Medicine.
We start each day with an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that we weave throughout the day’s teachings and live within our own personal practice. We begin each morning in a beautiful location connecting with nature and ourselves through sunrise meditation, pranayama and asana practice, honoring silence in this sacred time. This is followed by a yogic breakfast, nourishing our bodies and spirits with wholesome organic vegetarian food. The experience of the day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes and dynamic group discussions. In the morning classes, we explore the fundamentals of yogic living, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras through interactive and comprehensive lectures. In the afternoon classes, we share Art of Teaching and Art of Touch/ Alignment in which students practice peer teaching. In the first half of the training, students learn and practice teaching our Sacred Flow sequence. We also take an in depth look at alignment, adjustments, benefits and contraindication of each pose. In the second half of the training, we will explore other yogic traditions (Hatha, Restorative, Yin), share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing, theme weaving and study advanced poses and techniques. Students will also create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.
Each evening we close with Satsang, our sacred community gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan, chanting, sacred ceremony or a sharing circle to connect and release the day’s challenges, triumphs, insights and joys.
The day flows within a safe container, held and guided by experienced spaceholders in inspiring locations.
Required Reading for the Course:
Sacred Paths Yoga School Teacher Training Manual by Dedicated Yogi’s
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: by B.K.S. Iyengar
Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
Suggested Pre-Course Reading:
Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
General Reading Recommendations:
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers by Alberto Villoldo
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho