WildYoga Ayurveda Intensive
About This Event
This 4-Day intensive is part of Balanced Rock's unique WildYoga Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Program, which integrates a focus on asana practice, meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, yoga philosophy, and anatomy with the opportunity for deep connection to the natural world. Offered in the stunning, sacred landscapes in and around Yosemite National Park, this program invites us to deepen our understanding of yoga and ecology.
A key aspect that differentiates WildYoga is the deep integration of the natural world with our yoga practice. The uniqueness of these teachings is not only doing yoga in a beautiful outdoor location, it is doing our practice with the wild world, integrating the flow of the Merced River, or the stability of El Capitan’s granite into our experience. Indeed the wild world will be much more than a backdrop to our journey, it will be a living part of our practice! We will also integrate connection with the natural world during our indoor sessions so you can practice and teach in any environment.
Each weekend or segment is designed to stand alone, or the entire course can be taken to become a Yoga Alliance-Certified 200-hour RYT. The Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive offers 35 hrs of continuing education credits when taken on its own.
Our talented core group of teachers will be joined by special guests to create a unique and powerful training. Each training is authentic and tempered to the needs of the students. Tuition assistance is available for this and all multi-day Balanced Rock courses. Please note that food and accommodation is not included in tuition price. Class sizes will be small with abundant instructor attention available for each student.
Aspiring and seasoned teachers, all yoga practitioners, and outdoor enthusiasts new to yoga are welcome! This course is perfect for those simply wanting to deepen their personal yoga study, continue their education as a yoga instructor, or seek a new perspective on yoga from the natural world.
Payment & Pre-requisites
Course tuition is $3,000 for full program ($2,800 if purchased by August 2, 2019)
Stand-alone weekends: $375 ($350 if purchased by August 2, 2019)
Yoga & Ayurveda Intensive: $595 ($545 if purchased by Nov 2, 2019)
Payment plans are available for a small additional admin fee. Space is limited. Advance course registration required. Full payment or an initial deposit of $350 will reserve your spot on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise negotiated, full payment is due before the course begins. Please email (contact info blocked) or call (contact info blocked) before making an initial deposit to ascertain space availability. At least one year of regular yoga practice is recommended as a pre-requisite for stand-alone modules.
Excellent instruction from experienced certified trainers, an instruction manual, continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance, and the opportunity to spend time in stunning locations with wonderful company.
Transportation to and from your hometown to Yosemite, park entrance fees, accommodations, food, required reading, and personal items.
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Venue HighlightsOur staff and instructors are a fun group of inspired mountain adventurers who have honed their skills living and loving life in connection with wilderness. Accomplished musicians, artists, naturalists, yogis, healers, chefs, and free-spirits Balanced Rock instructors have a knack for making people feel super safe and comfortable in the mountains. We strive to help people feel capable and competent in their own selves in the wilderness through our competent, attentive guidance.
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
DirectionsEach course explores a different region of the Park. With our staff of resident Yosemite experts, we specialize in visiting less crowded, yet stunningly beautiful corners of the Park. We have decades of collective experience in exploring Yosemite National Park, and have a wide range of hidden sanctuaries, secluded lakes, outdoor granite-slab yoga “studios”, and comfortable campsites in our routes and itineraries. If you want to also see some of the more popular icons and destinations, there is ample time at the beginning and end of each course.
Once you complete your registration for a course, we will send you detailed directions and a map to the meeting place for your course. This will usually be a campground inside the park boundary on the Tioga Pass Road.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Ruth Alana Smiley November 16, 2019
Heather has a way of bringing the outside inside, and helping to connect people to nature right from the start of her yoga class. A wonderful way to stir a pot of something delicious! Jambalaya has always been amazing, but it keeps getting better
Kristin Huss August 16, 2019
This trip couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I was finally able to quiet my heavily distracted and fast paced mind with the guided meditations and yoga poses taught by Jana. She meets you at your level and provides you with a variety of meditation styles to take home and practice whenever you like. Patrick prepared the best meals for the group and even snuck in a sweet dessert once in awhile. Overall, this retreat was much needed and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. The connections that were made on this trip will stay with me for a lifetime and I look forward to my next trip with them.
Endria Richardson August 05, 2019
I've been backpacking and climbing for over nine years, and this was one of the most special, healing, and joyous backpacking trips I've ever been on. I really loved spending time in the mountains with women of color--sharing space to talk about our experiences, joys, and pains in the outdoors, and cultivating the healing that comes with being heard and seen (and from plunges in freezing alpine lakes). Thank you to the trip leaders, Grace and Miho, for holding such beautiful space, and to Balanced Rock for providing this magical and necessary space!
Andrea Gallego Jacobo July 30, 2019
My yoga and backpacking retreat, couldn't have gone any better, this was a life changing experience were reconnecting to nature and spirit was the key, the instructors (Breezy and JP) are absolutely exceptional yoga instructors, they care tons about the welfare of the group, the food was super healthy and convenient, meditations were beyond my expectations, the place was fantastic and the instructors were super knowledge of our surrounding environment. ***** 5 stars Highly Recommended :)!!!!!
Jessie Copeland June 05, 2019
I attended the Writing from the Heart retreat. From the moment I stepped into the campsite, I felt loved, welcomed, and safe. Our yoga practices were centering and our writing time helped me to reignite my love of writing. Heather Sullivan was an amazing leader. I am so thankful for my time in Yosemite. The peace and rest I found there are truly indescribable.