Samdhana Yoga

Asia, Indonesia

Samdhana Yoga offers retreats, yoga teacher trainings, and workshops designed to take your practice deeper while allowing you skills to teach masterfully.

Testimonials 9

  • Angelic Cheah Singapore

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    I loved the the Yin Yoga Myofascial Release Course in Agadir, Morocco, because Alicia's groups are always so diverse, yet we are all on a journey and have similar life challenges and suffering. I love Alicia's direct, methodical structure and honesty in her teaching while Oliver is gentle, fun-loving and patient. I would most definitely recommend this Yin Yoga Course to students and teachers alike. Morocco is so conducive to practice Yin. Being in such a beautiful place by the ocean and nature induces so much love and gratitude. Anyone who thinks yoga is just about the physical practice will be pleasantly surprised what they will discover about themselves. You will leave the program with gratitude, humility and profound insights of themselves.

  • Vijaya Velagapudi India

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    I did not know what to expect from a teacher training and if it was what I needed. But what I learnt in five weeks is beyond anyones imagination.

    Alicia and Oliver have created a secure environment for those who want to come and learn. The work that they put in everyday inspires us to do the same. The day starts with beautiful meditation practices with the noises of just nature surrounding you. You have classes on anatomy and philosophy that help you go deeper into the practice. The amazing teachings on asana build up your confidence in taking a yoga class.

    Being a yoga teacher is not just about the ability to teach asana. It goes beyond that. This is something that Alicia and Oliver emphasize. The residential format where you are away from ‘modern’ life gives you space to try and incorporate the philosophy of yoga into your daily life. This is not like doing a weekend training; this will change the way you live your life.

    Alicia’s teaching style is energetic, motivated and rigorous! Her passion for yoga comes through everyday. She has put in a lot of work to organize this program and it shows. Her yoga classes make you feel rejuvenated and teach you so much about being a future teacher. She has created a perfect environment of love and discipline. There are the intense days of asana and classes and then she organizes these amazing trips to go hiking and snorkeling. Then there are the movie nights and massages!! You realize how lucky you are to have a teacher like her when you are teaching your first class and can hear her voice guiding you through it!

    I am a doctor who was a little lost as to what to do next when I started this training. But being surrounded by Alicia, Oliver and an inspiring group of women has given me a clear mind and tools to help myself plan my future. You make friends for a lifetime here. I have learnt to see the beauty in other people and learn from them. Those few weeks have helped me conquer my fears and taught me the joy of love and acceptance.

    At the end of it you come out with a new perspective on life, you learn to find peace in the middle of a noisy traffic jam in India and you start seeing beauty in the things around you. If you fall off this new path you can hear Alicia and Oliver’s voice resonating within you to help you get back on it. This course will be one of the best decisions of your life and you will fall in love. In love with yoga, with your teachers, with the others in your group and with yourself.

  • Candice Rubin Australia

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    One of the many reasons as to why I have fallen in love with Alicia and her teacher training is because she as a teacher, mentor and now a true friend taught us with passion, truth, love and depth. It is rare to find someone so authentic and willing to share their true self with a bunch of individuals from all around the world. Alicia is not only real and understanding, but firm and fair. Her depth of knowledge goes beyond the books as it delves into her experiences in life and as a teacher. Alicia is raw and best of all she actually cares. I found myself instantly drawn to her, as there is something about her presence that just simply radiates and encourages you to be your better self (one of the strong philosophy’s of yoga).

    Her teaching style allows you to feel confident and at ease knowing that you will be able to not only know the material, but excel at it. If you had told me before the training that after 4 weeks I would be confident enough to teach a community by the end of it all I would have thought to myself absolutely no way, however her training techniques, confidence in you and guidance helped me to stand up in front of 23 volunteers and teach a part of an asana practice for the very first time.

    Its not about ego or being better then one another, it is about doing the best you can and being ok when you make a mistake. Alicia ingrains this belief and the content into you so it just becomes second nature, I now feel as though I walk, talk, and feel everyday in Tadasana (mountain pose) everywhere I go as best as I can try to create balance within life and myself.

    There was not a day that went by where there wasn’t a surprise waiting for us, or an aha moment as she likes to call them (your moment of oh now I get it), funny outbursts and just a lot of love and fun times. Thank you Alicia for making my yoga teacher training experience everything it could have been and so much more. I feel so lucky to have experienced what was one of the most special, challenging, and mind-blowing journeys.

  • Alina Grecu Romania

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    I liked the Yin yoga and Myofascial release techniques course because I discovered new techniques of relaxation, and we learned a lot about anatomy, fascia, and meridians. It was an intense experience, which helped me to relax, learn and charge my batteries for the whole year. I loved the energizing morning practice and the evening Yin class embraced by the colors of the sunset that made it so magical.The course allowed me to rediscover my femininity, and I learned to enjoy and accept myself in a deeper way, I regained confidence in me and my work and I reconfirmed that I am on a good track.

    Alicia is organized and energetic when she teaches. The structure of her teaching makes complicated material seem so easy. She uses all tools and methods of learning in her teaching (tactile, kinesthetic, visual, auditory) which allows everyone to understand. Oliver's teaching style is playful and he has a good energy and is very relaxed. Everything he says is clear and simple.This course is ideal for those wanting to deepen their understanding of yoga and Myofascial release techniques, but philosophically, you learn a lot about how to live the practice. You learn how to help yourself but also how you can be useful to others.

    Morocco is a beautiful country with very good energy and a pleasant climate. I felt like a princess there, Everyone is very friendly and wiling to help you, to serve you and make you happy. After this experience I declare myself in love with Morocco, I wish some day to return. Alicia and Oliver, thank you for making this happen! I am grateful I met you!

  • Honeybee Carmona Phillipines

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    I am fortunate to have been with the best team and to be mentored by two of the most skilled and talented mentors ever in the yoga circle. I was very impressed and pleased by how the curriculum was put together. Choosing the residential format was the best decision I ever made. The entire program is truly superlative. I was able to understand every body's limitations and why it's always best to practice safely and customize your approach. I learnt that yoga is beyond the physical practice - it's about acceptance-acceptance of who you are and what you are capable of doing. It also enables you to move within your limitations and embrace change.

    The way Alicia teaches guarantees that what you learn on the mat translates to what you can apply off the mat. She explains the concepts and theories in practical terms thoroughly and then she will allow everyone to understand these by doing it ourselves. She has the gift of influencing people without putting in much effort. What sets this training apart is how much of herself she’s given to ensure that our learning goes beyond the asana.I am deeply honored to be her student. The residential format is by far the best way to learn and get trained since your focus is limited to just yourself and yoga. It enables you to further deepen your practice without the hassle of daily commute and other things that will keep you from fully digesting what you learn in class. The residential format also allows you to appreciate your surroundings- the environment and the people you're with.

  • Amelie Kuyliensterna Luxembourg

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    Going to a residential teacher training with Alicia and Oliver was one of the best decisions I ever made. I often weigh my decisions in all directions to make sure I'm making the right decision, but this time, as soon as I read the first email from Alicia, I knew that this was where I should go. A month before applying, teaching yoga was not even something I considered as I was on the other side of the spectrum, I was a financial auditor!

    I could focus 100% on myself without all the "to dos" and without the millions of choices we face everyday, and at the same time I was learning so many new things! I was learning about myself, human anatomy, injury prevention, discovering the subtle body, how to teach yoga, and how to incorporate yoga philosophy into daily life which I am continuously working on so that I can have a clear mind even here in the “real” world.

    Alicia interviews each student before they are accepted, which resulted in an amazing group and I have made new friends for life from all around the world! Alicia and Oliver really put 200% of their energy into the training and were always available to talk, process and they were committed to getting to know each one of us. We spent time together during meals, played and relaxed by the pool and even on the days off they organized activities for us.

    Many thanks to Alicia and Oliver’s dedication to making our trainings so special. Alicia and Oliver are the perfect team and are so inspirational. I am so grateful for this experience and it exceeded any expectations I had. It is thanks to them that I started teaching already in the first week after returning to Luxembourg!

  • Amelie Kuylenstierna Luxembourg

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    I ended up going to Bali and I was surrounded by green rice fields and smiling, friendly villagers. It was the perfect place to spend 5 intense weeks where I could finally breathe deeply. Because of this idyllic location, I could focus 100% on myself without all the "to dos" and without the millions of choices we face everyday, and at the same time as all of this I was learning so many new things! I was learning about myself, human anatomy, injury prevention, discovering the subtle body, how to teach yoga and how to incorporate yoga philosophy into daily life which I am continuously working on so that I can have a clear mind even here in the real world.

  • Clare Van Elewoud Melbourne

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    Teaching training with Alicia was a life changing experience for me. Not only has her teaching improved my physical practice and given me the confidence and tools to teach regular yoga classes, but her teaching also had a profound impact on my life as a whole. She creates a sacred environment and lovingly keeps the space for individuals, allowing them to find their way to their true self. I am eternally grateful to Alicia for everything she provided me. Whether your planning to become a yoga teacher or not, I highly recommend taking her teacher trainings. Your soul will thank you for it.

  • Cat Davis United States

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    As a teacher, Alicia is such a powerhouse! She is nonjudgmental and approached everyone with love, respect, and openness. Furthermore, she is remarkably aware and sensitive towards peoples inherent differences and their unique set of past experiences. She built a loving, safe place for each student to connect to their bodies, minds and souls; I felt encouraged to love and accept myself and to believe in my own inner strength and beauty.

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