HOW MUCH YOGA (ASANA) EXPERIENCE SHOULD I HAVE FOR YOUR COURSES?
While we do not expect great mastery of asana upon arrival, we do require that you have minimum 1 year experience in the different categories of postures: standing, seated, back and forward bends, inversions, twists, restorative with a general understanding of alignment and basic, functional movement. We have made exceptions in the past if we can see that you have adequate kinesthetic awareness and proprioception.
WHAT STYLES HAVE YOU STUDIED AND WHO HAVE YOU STUDIED WITH?
We have a very broad, knowledge base. While the bulk of our training has been Vinyasa Flow (in the Yogaworks Method), Iyengar, Yin, Restorative and Viniyoga, we have studied (collectively over 50 years), with great yoga teachers and masters of various healing arts (Thai Yoga Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Chinese acupuncture) all over the world: Shiva Rea, Maty Ezraty, Eric Schiffman, Chuck Miller, Lisa Walford, Bryan Kest, Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer, Bobbe Norrisse, Margaret Fisher, Olop Arpipi, Rudra Dev, Paul and Suzee Grilley, Rodney Yee, Susannah Bruder, Jin Sung, Leslie Howard, Edward Clark, Nancy Minges, Mantak Chia, Arno L’Hermite, David Lutt, Leonid Soboleff, Gil Hedley, Sue Heitzman, Michael Stone, Gary Kraftsow, Jill Miller, Bob Flaws, Richard Liao and more. Our eclectic style is mindfulness-based asana (both Yin and Yang styles), with Myofascial Release Therapy and infusions of Thai Yoga Massage, Craniosacral Therapy techniques, Chinese medicine and subtle hints of humor and love.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE TRAINING?
In general, our schedule is as follows:
200-Hour Schedule: 6 days on, 1 day off *
10:00-12:15 Asana practice
100-Hour Schedule: 1 day in the middle of the course *
6:30-8:15 Asana (Yang flow), Pranayama and Meditation
12:30-3:30 Break (lunch and free time)
3:30-6:30 Labs and Yin Practice
* Schedule is subject to change
WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO? DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER?
Morocco: Agadir Airport is the closest airport and complimentary transfers are to and from this airport. However, you will be flying to Agadir via Marrakech International Airport, and often it is faster to drive 3 hours from Marrakech than it is to wait for the connecting flight to Agadir. Please note that pick up from Marrakech Airport incurs an extra fee for the 3 hour ride. However, most often this option is cheaper than flying. Please check the rules for your home country regarding visa entry. US passport holders do not need a visa to enter.
Fiji: fly into Nadi International Airport, then Suva Airport and catch the transfer to Leleuvia Island. Please check the rules for your home country regarding visa entry. US passport holders do not need a visa to enter.
Bali: fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar. Please check the rules for your home country regarding visa entry. US passport holders would need to apply for a 2 month visa or can pay $35 US upon entry for a 30-day visa which can be extended one time when you are in Bali.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
For Bali: Bali is close to the equator, so the climate is humid and tropical. During cool season, bring 1-2 light wraps or sweaters, light rain gear for any off time hiking or just to stay dry if it showers. Sundresses covering the shoulders are appreciated.
For Morocco: Days are sunny and warm and nighttime is cool. Jeans and sweaters are appropriate. Climate is very dry so bring a heavy emollient body lotion. While swimwear at the beach or by the pool is permitted, modest casual clothing elsewhere is appreciated.
For Fiji: Beachwear is suitable at all times. However, if unseasonable rain or wind picks up, it is useful to have a sweater, rain jacket and/or windbreaker, umbrella, etc. to keep warm and dry. Check weather reports before coming.
For all trainings, please bring the following:
Required reading books
Breathable yoga clothing that shows the contours of the legs and ankles
Yoga mat (we highly recommend you bring an old mat that you can donate later)
A 9” Gertie ball (an inflatable/deflatable ball with no knobs)
2 soft, but solid rubber balls (the size of tennis balls)
Swim attire (suit, hat, rash guard, etc).
Casual clothing suitable for chosen location (check weather reports prior to travel)
Walking or running shoes, sandals that are easy to take on and off
Small first aid kit (insect repellant, band aids, etc.)
Supplements for your stomach such as probiotics, Grapefruit seed extract
Toiletries- eco-friendly, if possible
A natural loofah (not the plastic kind)
Portable clothesline (Bali and Fiji)
School supplies such as notebook, pens, loose leaf paper
A special journaling book for the journal assignments
USB external hard drive for exchanging pictures, yoga movies, with your peers
Refillable water bottle
Personal snacks like nuts, power bars, etc. Please pack all snack foods in Ziploc bags so as not to attract insects
One small, but special item from home for gift exchange
DO I NEED TO BRING AN ELECTRONIC DEVCE SUCH AS A LAPTOP?
We strongly discourage use of laptops, iPads, or smart phones during our courses. Some locations do not have Wi-fi connection. In humid weather, laptops and smart phones have been known to stop working. All assignments will be handwritten and turned in. Kindles are allowed if you have downloaded any of the required reading books onto Kindle.
WHAT COURSES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR ME AS A BEGINNER?
Any retreat we offer is a great opportunity to have two classes a day in a relaxed, holiday atmosphere. This is where we are most playful and can tend to your needs in a fun, personable way. It is still, however, far different than most retreats as we are drawn to mindfulness practices and dharma talks as a way to understand the deeper threads of yoga. So in that sense we go far deeper into things like yoga psychology. We offer up time for Q and A should you so desire so that you leave feeling like the experience was more personalized, heart felt, and transformative in several ways.
Our teacher trainings require more experience, but we also accept students who solely come to deepen their practice and have no desire to become a teacher.
I HAVE HEARD OF THE 8 LIMBS OF YOGA. WHAT ARE THEY AND WHICH LIMBS DO YOU TEACH?
As set forth by Patanjali, the 8-limbd path aka Ashtanga, is the eight-pronged, Royal path of finding peace, contentment and liberation from suffering. It consists of the following: Yamas (ethics), NIyamas (internal observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath practices), Pratyahara (non-attachment to senses), Dharana (single pointed focus), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (union/bliss). While the average yoga student understands asana to mean yoga, in fact, this is not true. The path of yoga constitutes all limbs, and we enthusiastically teach all of them: from psychology and philosophy discussions on ethics to asanas and breath work to journaling exercises as a form of self-study, to different forms of meditation and focusing techniques. We cover a vast array of techniques at quieting the mind and cultivating a deeper awareness on all levels. Our aim is to teach you not only to be a mindful, intelligent yoga teacher, but also and more importantly, a mindful, intelligent being on the Planet.
I AM STILL RECOVERING FROM A BACK INJURY. WILL I BE OKAY TO TAKE THE COURSE IF I GET MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION?
Please contact us to discuss any medical condition that you feel may affect your training experience. We do not discriminate, yet we also want to determine how appropriate the course is given your condition.
I AM PREGNANT AND STILL WANT TO DO THE COURSE. IS THIS ALLOWED?
Depending on what stage you are in your pregnancy, you can absolutely attend our courses with medical authorization, of course. We have had several pregnant women in our courses and that adds a nice touch to our prenatal class!
I HAVE 6 MONTHS BEFORE COMING TO YOUR TEACHER TRAINING. WHAT CAN I DO TO BEST PREPARE FOR THE EXPERIENCE?
Continue practicing asana, develop a mindfulness-based meditation practice for up to 30 minutes, read the various required books on yoga psychology and philosophy, and begin to journal.
HOW IS A DESTINATION TRAINING DIFFERENT FROM STUDIO TRAINING? HOW WILL I GET MORE OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE?
In a destination training, the experience is often more fruitful:
1) You are immersed 24/7 in the lived practice of yoga: observing how you interact with others, how you deal with conflict resolution, how you respond to an undiluted, concentrated experience by living/eating/sleeping with your peers. Mat practice is but only a part of the practice.
2.) You receive more contact time with your teachers
3.) You get to practice all limbs, all the time
4.) You can leave all your troubles behind. You don’t have to worry about making your own food, paying your bills, getting caught in traffic. All you are required to do is show up and do the work every day, all day long. It’s very conducive for greater focus and deeper introspection.
5.) You get to know your peers in a much more authentic, intimate way. We spend more time discussing philosophical themes regarding real-life challenges and issues. These discussions are interactive, in-depth, more like sharing circles than lectures. And they’re very insightful and healing. You cultivate life long friendships with amazing people from all over the world.
6.) You get to experience a different culture which makes beginner’s mind even more important. We interact with local communities through karma yoga projects, teaching yoga to the locals, and donating our time to worthy causes like beach clean up or teaching to local schools, birthing clinics or orphanages. It is a beautiful and heart felt experience for all.
WHY IS A DESTINATION TRAINING SO MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE AND WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
If our heads are in the books the whole time, why go to a different country to study? We make sure you have opportunities to explore the area in any number of ways: trek through the rice fields, snorkel, swim with manta rays, visit temples and ruins, go river rafting, or take a trip to a desert oasis. Whatever we do, it is always a fun adventure with your peers so that we have some fun time outside the classroom. This is practicing yoga, too!
DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS, WORK EXCHANGE, OR DISCOUNTS ?
Please write to us if you are in financial need. We offer one partial scholarship for our 200-Hour Bali training and one partial scholarship for our 100-Hour Yin Yoga/Myofascial Release course.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
We have strict cancellation policies. Check under each specific course for cancellation dates and penalty fees. Cash refunds are granted if cancellation date is more than three months prior to the start of the course, less penalty fees. If you cancel within three months of the start of the course, NO CASH REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
ARE THERE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE?
ARE THERE ANY JOB PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AFTER COMPLETING YOUR TEACHER TRAINING?
We have often placed our students in temporary teaching positions in Bali, but this is no guarantee. It depends on if there are openings available in the studios that we network with.