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21 Day 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Intensive Immersion Retreat in Ariege
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Château de Rhodes, Sous la Route La FR 09240, La Bastide-de-Sérou, France

South of France Yoga Teacher Training

Going deeper with a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training certification is a life-enriching experience and a wise investment! Lakshmi's 300-hour YTT and immersion retreat in the sunny South of France gives you three weeks to focus on deepening your yoga and spiritual practices with other curious, interesting people from around the world. It is a time for you to enjoy life while delving deeper into the timeless tradition of yoga, it is an opportunity to learn new tricks and tips, cultivate true health and happiness, advancing your career options, all while making new like-minded friends!

Meet the instructors

Liz & Chef Naga
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  • Daily morning 2-hour asana practice
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT upon successful completion
  • Over 300 contact hours and you will receive a 425-page Lakshmi Rising YTT manual
  • Unlimited access to the gardens, trails, and swimming pool
  • Fresh fruit for snacking when on-site are provided
  • Unlimited coffee and an assortment of teas daily
  • 3 daily organic gourmet vegetarian meals
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 24 participants
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Your yoga (or culinary) experience will be intense, but Château de Rhodes is filled with 18th and 19th century antiques, and Persian rugs, the château will create incredible memories for all who stay here. There are two very large reception rooms, chateau dining room, library, billiard room, games rooms, terrace dining-room for thirty plus, cinema room, original chateau kitchen, plus a fully equipped professional kitchen.

There are outside dining tables and chairs for 30+ and sun beds, shades, etc. Around the pool and terrace. The grounds are encircled by a tranquil walking path, and are accentuated by both a river and a stream. There are many ancient trees in the well-tended landscape.

From the terrace one can hear the soft flowing arize river which meanders through the château’s park. From the sparkling swimming pool are dramatic views of the Pyrenees. Tennis buffs will be thrilled with the hard tennis court. An antique snooker/ pool table is available indoors, plus a further games room and exercise room which will definitely appeal to the younger set. Just a five-minute drive away is a challenging eighteen-hole golf course.


This advanced yoga instructor certification program draws from many traditions and emphasizes more than the physical practice of yoga. Explore and experience classical Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the importance of ritual, the magic of mantra, philosophy from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, awareness of the subtle energies within and around you, and a deep connection to nature as your teacher.

Your asana practice is Hatha Vinyasa, Vinyasa meaning the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement. You will gain an understanding of proper alignment for over 108 asana, sun salutations for all levels, creative and smart sequencing, core based strength exercises, enhancing postures with hands-on adjustments, how to incorporate music into a class, how to use props, and how to work with special populations.


Lakshmi's intention for this advanced YTT Is to empower teachers and students of Yoga to deepen their understanding of both classical and modern yogic concepts and techniques, to provide tools for teachers to finetune their skills and knowledge, and to broaden their global yoga community.

  • What is Lakshmi Rising? - 3 total hours

Learning objective: During the opening circle, you'll discuss the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions and goal setting among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. You'll also go over the course requirements.

  • What is yoga? What is wellness? - 2 total hours

Learning objective: Students collectively define both yoga and wellness. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya and kleshas are introduced. Wellness is collectively defined. Connections are drawn between yoga and wellness.

  • Daily morning sadhana including asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, and mudra - 34 total hours

Learning objective: These two-hour daily modules are designed to stretch, tone, and heal the body. Lakshmi Rising specialty yoga master classes not only move the body but also stir the heart and mind. They weave classical yogic concepts with modern anatomical intelligence, inspiration for self-observation, and spiritual wisdom.

  • Hanuman Chalisa - 19 total hours

Learning objective: Students will learn this traditional chant to cultivate strength of body and mind, stamina, vibrant health, and to ground excess Vata.

  • Meditation Practicum - 34.5 total hours

Learning objective: Students will actively practice loving kindness, Japa, Trataka, Japa Mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga Nidra, mantra, and Nyasm styles of meditation twice daily to directly experience the benefits and also the challenges. Students will have the opportunity to note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row. Students will be asked to journal after each meditation session to record data, catalog insights, and track progress.

  • Sequencing concepts and techniques - 12.5 total hours (5 anatomy hours; 7.5)

Learning objective: In this one-hour daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the proceeding morning practice. The morning yoga classes are based upon the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa method of building a sequence around a cohesive theme and variations on that theme (physically and oftentimes mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).

In each of these breakdown sessions, an asana (the peak pose of the day) is explained in detail including benefits and effects, modifications and variations, anatomical alignment details, and contraindications. The entire master class is collectively discussed and written down.

This will provide students with a library of intentional and versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes. This session also serves as a Q&A about any part of the morning practice so that students gain an experiential perspective about designing and teaching a yoga class and also for clarification about any of the class elements.

  • Structure of a Vinyasa Class - 2 total hours

Learning Objective: Basic concepts specific to Hatha Vinyasa yoga in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya are defined, as well as elements unique to Lakshmi Rising. This gives students a map to follow regarding what to include in Vinyasa style classes and why. Concepts such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), Vinyasa krama (flows), Kriya (repetitive movements), and connecting Vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored.

  • The art of intelligent sequencing - 5 total hours

Learning objective: Students will gain a solid understanding of how to sequence a Vinyasa class using the Lakshmi Rising method. Concepts such as theme and variation in asana, peak pose, Vinyasa krama, connecting Vinyasa, music, philosophical themes, and timing are covered. Students will design a class using this method and receive feedback.

  • Roots of alignment: Defining asana and intro to yoga anatomy - 2.5 total hours

Learning objective: This module includes Krishmacharya’s and Patanjali’s definition of asana, students working together in partners or small groups to perform a postural analysis, and an overview of common alignment mistakes.

  • Anatomy of asana families - 3 total hours

Learning objective: Different categories of asana are defined. Regions of the body are identified, muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and connective tissues are explained in relation to different types of postures and positions. Cautions and contraindications, range of motion, as well as general benefits of posture groupings, are explained.

  • Asana Lab - 21.5 total hours

Learning objective: Different asana is explained and demonstrated. The anatomy of each asana is discussed, as well as variations, modifications, benefits, contraindications, and hands-on assists, adjustments, and enhancements. Students will work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching the asana, mini-sequences, hands-on techniques, pranayama techniques, and chanting.

Students will be asked to create mini-sequences. Students will be given feedback so that they will understand how to be a more capable teacher.

  • Hands-on Adjustments 101 - 1.5 total hours

Learning objective: Ethical, energetic, and anatomical aspects of touching yoga students are discussed. Options for student and teacher safety are explored. Similarities and differences between adjusting, assisting, and enhancing asana are considered. Contraindications are explained. Verbal and energetic assists are also explained.

  • Art of shape-shifting photo project - 2 total hours

Learning objective: Students are given a list of asana (yoga poses) that are a part of the LR curriculum. With a partner or small group, students will photographically document their understanding of these poses on both the first and last days of the training program. This will illustrate their growth and transformation during the yoga teacher certification course, and also their understanding of the physical and energetic alignment of each asana.

  • Secrets of the Bandhas - 2 total hours

Learning Objective: Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, mula, uddiyana, jalandhara, and maha bandhas. You'll discuss benefits, contraindications, physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching, and self-practice

  • Chakras, nadis, koshas: Energetic anatomy of the human experience - 2.5 total hours

Learning objective: This module gives students an overview of the energy-body through the lens of yoga.

Yoga in the world today: The legacy of Krishnamacharya - 1 total hour

Learning objective: Students will discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise. The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his students will be discussed, as well as other popular styles of yoga.

  • Patanjali and the eight limbs of yoga - 1 total hour

Learning objective: This is an introduction to yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just the physical postures.

  • Yoga sutra discussion: Yama and Niyama - 4 total hours

Learning objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as the current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.

  • Concepts in Ahimsa: Plant-based nutrition for the health of the whole - 38 total hours

Learning objective: Students will explore one of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, Yama. The first of these ethical observances is ahimsa, non-harming of self, and others. You'll apply this principle to your yogic lifestyle by adhering to a Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 21 days. Your meal times are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating; they are also a time to educate students about plant-based nutrition and to offer the first-hand experience of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle in harmony with Ayurvedic principles.

  • Pranayama defined: May the force be with you - 2 total hours

Learning objective: Pranayama as one of Patanjali’s eight limbs is defined and discussed. The anatomy of the respiratory system is explained. Concepts such as sama vritti (even breath), visama vritti (uneven breath), kumbaka (breath retention), and vayu (wind) are defined, benefits, and contraindications are also explained.

  • Meditation defined: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi - 2 total hours

Learning objective: Meditation as one of Patanjali’s eight limbs is defined and discussed. Modern research and classical perspectives are included in the discussion, in addition to the benefits and physiological processes, different styles and approaches are explained.

  • Meditation techniques explained - 7.5 total hours

Learning objective: Nyasm, loving-kindness, Japa, Japa Mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga Nidra, mantra, and Trataka are explained in-depth so that each student will have clear instruction on how to practice each of these techniques, and also the benefits, variations, and contraindications for each.

  • Mauna: Practicing silence - 30 total hours

Learning objective: Students learn about the benefits of silence by refraining from speech and technology during silent breakfasts and Saturday mornings.

  • Sahaja Vinyasa: Lakshmi Rising conscious dance - 2 total hours

Learning objective: Students practice meditation in motion, ritual, and a new way of experiencing asana, to break habits and patterns that block their flow of awareness.

  • Yoga philosophy: Samskara, Karma, Klesha, and Pratyahara - 1 total hour

Learning objective: This discussion is designed to spark insight into what you believe and why. Students are invited to identify patterns in themselves, their relationships, and in society that can be shifted through diligent self-study (svadhyaya) and through the practice of yoga.

  • Yoga Philosophy: Intro to classical tantra, mantra, and ritual - 9 total hours

Learning objective: Students will learn the core principles of what classical tantra is and is not. How to create sacred space, how to work in harmony with the five elements, and how to select specific mantras and energies to align with will all be discussed.

  • Mantra: Tools for the mind - 1 total hour

Learning objective: Different chants are explained, practiced, and recorded to expose students to this ancient form of yoga.

  • Ayurveda - 9 total hours

Learning objective: Students will be introduced to Ayurveda as a sister science to yoga; yoga being a path to purify the mind and Ayurveda as a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three doshas, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and how to live in harmony with your environment will be given.

  • Jyotisha: Vedic astrology - 6 total hours

Learning objective: This module serves as an introduction to the classical science of Vedic Astrology. The relationship of the celestial bodies with each as individuals has a profound impact on who you are, where are strengths and weaknesses lie, and how to take the best course of action to make the most of this human lifetime. Students individual charts will be analyzed to give an overview of general concepts.

  • Vaastu: Creating heaven on earth - 3 total hours

Learning objective: Vaastu is the Vedic science of creating a harmonious environment, similar to the more well-known approach from China, Feng Shui. Parallels will be drawn between vast and both jyotisha and Ayurveda. This is another way to cultivate a yogic lifestyle, by living in harmony with the environment.

  • The business of teaching yoga - 3 total hours

Learning objective: You'll discuss teaching options and possibilities, how to find teaching opportunities and what to expect, continuing education, mentorship, and higher-level training, hosting and attending workshops, retreats, and special events, marketing alliances, social media, and how to write a bio, resume, and mission statement.

  • Evaluating the role of teacher - 5 total hours

Learning objective: The concept of lineage is defined. Students will reflect upon their own lineage and identify their strengthens and weaknesses as a teacher. Discuss what it means to be a teacher, yoga teacher, educator, guide, and leader.

  • Quiz and review - 2 total hours

Learning objective: In two quizzes, at the beginning of weeks two and three, students will have 30 minutes to take each quiz and then 30 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses.

Non-contact hours

  • 40+ hours of course reading prior to or during the training program
  • 5 hours prep and planning time for final student practicum
  • 1-hour prep, planning, design, and creation of sacred space altar
  • 1-hour Karma yoga
  • 2 hours to research and write a 1000-word essay
  • 10+ hours of teaching community classes upon completion of training

Included excursions

As a part of the personal growth and wellness element of the training, Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness has some delightful cultural excursions planned for you!

N°5 Wine Bar

N°5 Wine Bar was voted Best European Wine Bar (2016-2017-2018) and Best Wine Bar in the World (2017 & 2018). Located in Toulouse, it is a place to live a unique sensory and gustatory experience of wine and around wine. The group will meet there the first day, participate in an oenological presentation, wine tasting, as well as a vegetarian platter tasting.

Vineyard Domain Herrebouc

Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness has the honor to visit a Winemaker Domain. Far from any notion of productivity or virtuosity, the approach of the domain is part of respect for nature and the vine.

Closest to the very nature of what has made the profession of winemaker over the past centuries, this family winemaker does not use herbicides, not to make “green harvests” or to mechanically weed. These choices allow it to predict evolution toward organic and natural wines in the medium term.

These choices are accompanied by a requirement of constant quality at each stage of the winemaking because if the manner is important, all these efforts would be useless if the taste and qualities of the different wines produced were not the appointments. You will have the great opportunity to have a wine tasting with 8 different wines flowing by a vegetarian lunch in the property.

Day trip to Toulouse

It’s a free day when you can have the opportunity to discover the Pink City” (La Ville Rose). The never-ending list of culinary specialties, the cool vibe of the people, and the beautiful architecture make this a gorgeous and exciting city. La cité de l’espace, Toulouse is known for being Europe’s space capital so you won’t want to miss the opportunity to conquer space for a day at the Cité de l’Espace.

See the majestic Place du Capitole, it's probably the most photographed attraction in Toulouse. Walk around beautiful gardens. Toulouse is an ideal city for nature lovers. An unexpected heritage, boasting 2,000 years of history, the Ville Rose is home to numerous treasures, major monuments, or little-known gems that can be discovered in the narrow streets and small squares, religious buildings, and a wealth of mansion houses.

Les Thermes de Lunchons

The one and only natural hammam in Europe, a magical place to discover! Take the underground galleries to take a real natural steam bath, where the thermal water, which filters through the walls, creates a soft and humid heat between 38 degrees and 42 degrees Celsius. The Vaporarium is ideal for weight balance, skin cleansing, muscle relaxation, and the elimination of toxins.

Samatan Outdoor Market

You will have the unique opportunity to visit a typical market in the city of Toulouse, seasonal fruits and vegetables, typical products of the country, flowers, clothes. A unique moment for a culture bath. You are invited to come and meet the farmers at their home, on the farm labeled "Welcome to the Farm": they will make you discover their know-how and the variety of services they offer: welcome, entertainment, leisure and activities for your children, meals at a farmhouse, and direct sale of local products. The products sold are varied!


Liz Lindh

Chef Naga


Get ready to experience the beauty of the South of France as you embark on your yoga teacher training journey. The grand 18th-century château is situated in a newly designated natural park at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, just three kilometers from the village of La Bastide De Serou. The Department of Ariege nestles in the central Pyrenees, next to Andorra, its highest peaks visible from Toulouse. It is one of the most unspoiled regions of France, whose inhabitants have held fast to their traditions. The countryside is wild but easily accessible. Top grade trout streams rush down forested mountainsides into rivers where kayakers paddle. Waymarked walking trails lead to 3000 metres peaks where isards (chamois), marmots and even bears roam. Cyclists can take in a stage of the Tour de France, mountain bike down tracks or gently pedal in the valleys.

Numerous species of butterflies, orchids and raptors thrive here thanks to the endurance of ancient farming practices such as the transhumance, when cows, sheep and Mérens horses are led up to the high summer pastures.

Its many prehistoric caves, Cathar chateaux and WWII escape routes over the mountains are testament to the ways Ariège has served as a place of refuge and resistance throughout history.


Ariège is a walker’s paradise, laced with a hundreds of kilometres of waymarked paths for all abilities, from unpaved tracks through rolling countryside to blazed footpaths used by mountain inhabitants for centuries to high-altitude transpyrenean hiking trails that extend from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. A variant of the Way of Saint James skirts along the foothills to join up with the main trail at St Jean Pied de Port. Trails from France to Spain through the high mountains were used over the centuries by smugglers, Cathars fleeing persecution, downed WWII Allied pilots and refugees and now are named for them: the Chemin des Bonshommes, the Chemin de la Liberté.


This intensive immersion yoga teacher training features healthy, organic, farm-to-table, vegetarian Italian dishes catered by Gaia Gourmet. Their delicious farm-to-table Italian inspired menu during the training is lacto-ovo vegetarian. They cannot accommodate any extreme dietary restrictions such as a raw food diet.

The price includes three organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (except during full-day excursions), unlimited self-serve coffee and tea, and organic fresh fruit are available for snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2-hour asana practice each morning (Monday-Friday)
  • Training manual
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day
  • 20 nights lodging in a double occupancy luxury room
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacking
  • Super-filtered high vibration mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Self-serve use of laundry facility
  • Full access to a 15-acre estate including gardens, fruit trees, trails, and swimming pool
  • 13% tax

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Required texts and supplies
  • Optional excursions to ancient towns, vineyards, thermal spas, and more
  • Wellness services or staff gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS). Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness provides transportation to and from the train station upon arrival and departure. They will have a special rendezvous spot in Toulouse at 2:00 p.m. on your arrival day and at 4:00 p.m., you will all ride to the French chateau together. Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. and participants will travel their separate ways from the train station in Toulouse.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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