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18 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Redwoods, USA

35755 Hauser Bridge Road

USA Yoga Teacher Training

Deepen your personal practice doing a 200-hour teaching training the majestic redwoods of Northern California. You will take a transformative journey connecting with yourself, the teachings, your new yoga family, and nature. This program is comprehensive and intensive but supported by beautiful accommodations, delicious vegetarian meals, powerful transmissions, and loving facilitators.

Meet the instructors

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Gloria, Serge, Pranathi, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training tuition
  • Chance to enjoy the beauty of the redwood forest
  • Daily vegetarian meals and snacks
  • 17 nights accommodation

Styles


17 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 25
Airport transfer available:
Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The accommodations at Ratna Ling Retreat Center allow you to create a retreat experience with relaxed ease and privacy. A collection of private cottages spreads out across the majestic landscape, each providing an inspiring view of the surrounding countryside. Each suite-style cottage is a home unto itself, including a living room, dining area, full bathroom, stocked kitchenette, and outdoor deck. You will discover details that create comfort and allow you to luxuriate in serenity like fine linens, gas-burning woodstoves, quality furnishings, and modern bathrooms with spacious Jacuzzi tubs. Enjoy the paradise of beauty, nature, luxury, and simplicity in this ancient forest complete with modern amenities.

The accommodations are spacious cottages with a deck and expansive views. There are options for a private room or shared cabin. This accommodation is located near Timber Cove, California. You will find the place in a redwood forest near the ocean, with the purest air and quiet you can imagine, in a majestic meditation paradise.

This property has been blessed and empowered with a pure intention to serve all. Inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the retreat center is named Ratna Ling, which literally means “Jewel Place”, a sanctuary for healing, wisdom, and expansion. The elegant cottages and structures have been designed to be in harmony with the trees and nature surrounding them. Enjoy the beauty and sacred design of the timber-frame lodge, yoga studio, and meditation temple. All this with tons of space to wander and roam with the resident deer, turkeys, hares, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Program

Program

This yoga teacher training in the Sonoma Redwoods progresses over 18 days by a map of the chakras, starting at the root and culminating with the crown. During the root segment, you will ground your intentions for teaching or practice, and learn the vast history of yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, Sutra Yoga Patanjali, Bhakti traditions, Tantric lineages, and contemporary yoga schools. In the sacral chakra, you will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, and gain an overview of classical tantra. As you progress through the navel chakra, you will explore yoga’s connection with power, fire, and explore the work ethic and the business of yoga.

In the heart, you will encounter the devotional path of Bhakti yoga, as well as ceremony, prayer, and healing. You will also connect in nature and receive teachings on the heart of the practice. Shivakali Yoga will share in men’s and women’s circles as a step in the process of uniting energies, honor identifying with a group other than your assigned-at-birth gender, and explore the group you feel called to.

Moving upwards into the throat chakra, you will learn about the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra and deity practices. Progressing to the third eye, the training becomes increasingly subtler as you encounter an array of yogic meditations, explore yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence. Culminating in the crown, you will receive Kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice.

For you who are looking to teach, this yoga teacher training in the Sonoma Redwoods will provide a vast, comprehensive tool-kit for teaching physical postures, breathing techniques, alignment, adjustments as well as pranayama, mantra, meditation, and more. The principles can be applied to any style of yoga you feel compelled to offer.

Each of your 18 days will include a thorough overview in the anatomy or physiology of Asana yoga (postures), a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of major and minor poses, workshops on adjustments or alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching. There is also time for you to be alone in nature, to reflect, hike, stargaze, and relax in quietude.

The Style

Shivakali Yoga teaches presence-based Vinyasa, inspired by ancient traditions of meditation, mantra, ritual, and postures, and supported by modern studies of anatomy, physiology, psychology, and metaphysics. The practice of Shivakali Yoga serves first to awaken the body, move blocked energy, and then to soften the mind and nurture our inner being. Uniting the masculine and feminine aspects of practice, find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind or root to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally and freely.

Sample schedule

  • 05:30 - 08:00 Morning yoga sadhana (yoga, meditation, chanting, arati)
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast break / seva
  • 09:30 - 10:45 Class 1 (anatomy, methodology, philosophy)
  • 11:00 - 12:15 Class 2 (anatomy, methodology, philosophy in a discussion based)
  • 12:15 - 14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Posture clinic
  • 16:15 - 17:30 Practice teaching exercises
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Dinner break
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Evening program (Restorative yoga, meditation, song circle, etc.)

Sample schedule (second Sunday)

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Walking meditation
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Heart circle
  • 12:00 - 17:30 Free time
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Meditation and pranayama
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Spiritual film

Instructors

Gloria Baraquio

Serge Berliawsky

Pranathi Reddy

Jonny Karroll

Location

This yoga teacher training will take place at Ratna Ling Retreat Center located in the towering redwoods of coastal Sonoma County in Northern California. It is a spectacular 90-mile drive north of San Francisco, USA. It stands specifically in the area of about 130 acres along a ridge 900 feet above the sea, shielded by forests of redwood, pine and oak trees. To the east, you can see the rolling hills of Sonoma County stretching out for miles. There are hiking trails around the property and it is also just a few minutes drive away from Salt Point State Park, with its 6,000 acres of trails.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Horse riding
  • Enjoying spa and massage treatments
  • Hiking
  • Playing golf
  • Relaxing in Jacuzzi
  • Stargazing
  • Visiting art center
  • Water trekking
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • Restorative yoga, meditation, and song circle sessions
  • Morning yoga sadhana and walking meditation
  • Anatomy, methodology, and philosophy classes
  • Posture clinic, heart circle, and spiritual film
  • A thorough overview of the alignment of yoga-asana
  • A comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology
  • Intensive dissection of major and minor poses
  • Workshops on adjustment
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 17 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Transportation
  • Meals / shopping on field trips
  • Bodywork

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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