Imagine waking up each morning in the heart of the Sacred Valley of Peru, nestled at the base of majestic mountains.
Each dawn, the valley's enchanting silence sets the stage for your transformative journey, as you engage in the study and practice of yoga.
Get certified to teach and eligible to register with Yoga Alliance amidst this landscape brimming with sacred mountains, mysticism, and the vibrant culture of Peru.
This teacher training offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for holistic health, self-transformation, and personal transformation.
Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga, and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.
The instruction will cover a wide range of Yoga techniques including yoga postures, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear, anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in Yoga poses.
Students explore yoga's ancient knowledge and concepts from yogic philosophy including Ayurveda, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and well-being.
The physical emphasis includes mindful vinyasa yoga offered through a lens of biomechanically sound and anatomy-informed alignment. Expect both mindful vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Your classes will include physical postures from all categories of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated, and prone.
Variations for all levels of practitioners will be provided, all abilities and ALL bodies are welcome to attend.
Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each practioner to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity, and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.
Graduates of this program feel empowered to instruct a variety of yoga class types, including all levels vinyasa flow yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.
Shy Sayar (ERYT-500, YACEP) is a senior yoga teacher & continuing education provider at the highest level offered by Yoga Alliance. Well into his third decade with yoga, Shy has thousands of hours of experience bringing yoga to students of all levels, helping those with injuries, and training yoga teachers and therapists around the globe. Shy believes in Teaching People – Not Poses, since the practices of yoga are infinitely adaptable to fit the practitioner’s unique needs.
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is an international yoga teacher and Integrative Yoga Therapist. She draws from decades of personal yoga practice, 25 years of teaching and extensive training in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Ashtanga and Anusara. She draws on her in-depth knowledge of anatomy and bio-mechanically safe alignment principles to teach adaptive Yoga for all BODIES as a practice for vibrant health, self-transformation and personal empowerment.
Her personal journey with yoga began as a young teenager when through a random, yet auspicious opportunity she took a Yoga course at a nearby college. Here, in Savasana, she experienced a sense of peace and wellbeing, a feeling that was in profound contrast to her daily expression of herself. It took fifteen years for the seed that was planted then to germinate into a dedicated practice. Now, after 25 years of daily Yoga, Liz is humbly grateful to this life-affirming path that consistently realigns her physical body, thoughts and innermost intentions with more joy and a greater vibrancy
Liz's dynamic teaching style is influenced by many, many wonderful yoga teachers. These include Ashtanga Yoga’s Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff and Bhavani Maki; Anusara Yoga’s Desiree Rumbaugh, Jenny Otto, Noah Maze, and Jim & Ruthie Bernaert; Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph Le Page; and yoga philosophers Ram Das, Douglas Brooks, and Carlos Pomeda.
Liz is known is for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life. She draws on her in-depth knowledge of anatomy and bio-mechanically safe alignment principles to teach adaptive Yoga for all BODIES as a practice for vibrant health, self-transformation and personal empowerment. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing, and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path.
While the ultimate aim of yoga is to reveal the interconnectedness of all beings as the expression of one eternal life, Shy’s teaching refrains from overstating esoterics and focuses instead on bringing about this awakened consciousness by emphasizing the ease of the breath, the integrity of the musculature at work, and the serenity of the mind.
Shy has offered coursework on education and pedagogy, as well as yoga philosophy and classical Indian literature at the University of California, Berkeley. In his yoga teaching, Shy integrates his experience in higher education with skillful attention to different learning styles, making even the most complex teachings approachable to every student. His unique therapeutic method has shown remarkable results in posture correction, pain relief and improved balance, as well as healing emotional trauma and addressing the roots of psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.
Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance
A solid foundation in classical Hatha Yoga – including alignment based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.
An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe
Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries
Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy
Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life
Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population
Business of Yoga & How to Build Your Yoga Community
Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way
Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment
Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate teachers and yoga therapists
Samadhi Yoga Center, located in the Sacred Valley of Peru, provides a unique opportunity to explore a land teeming with sacred ruins, where mysticism intertwines with the vibrant tapestry of Peruvian culture. You will wake up enchanted each morning as you enjoy yoga and meditation at the foothills of majestic peaks, nestled in the Inca's valley.
The surrounding sacred mountains offer dazzling vistas, setting the stage for a transformative journey.
At Samadhi's fully-equipped facilities, designed around the theme of the 7 chakras, you'll discover a beautiful studio providing a breathtaking panorama of the Sacred Valley, dedicated spaces for meditation and art, a versatile multifunction room, and serene spaces. The organic garden invites you to learn about native plants, surrounded by the majestic Andes Mountains. This harmonious blend of modern comforts and natural splendor creates an environment where you can commune with nature while enjoying awe-inspiring views.
During the program we will have an opportunity to engage in ceremonies led by Andean shamans, deepening your connection to the spiritual essence of the region.
Your journey at Samadhi Yoga Center promises not just a physical retreat but a cultural and spiritual odyssey where the beauty of the landscape is complemented by the richness of the indigenous traditions that thrive in this sacred corner of the world.
During your time at the Peru Yoga Teacher Training, you'll have the chance to explore the rich and captivating culture of Peru.
Two days off midway through the program are scheduled for those that want a chance to explore Machu Picchu. Other students plan for time before or after the program to have a bit more time to explore this South American wonder.
Other options for days off include visiting the indigenous villages of the Sacred valley, shopping in local markets, hiking to beautiful waterfalls, exploring sacred ruins, and enjoying the richness of this South American land.
Enjoy three wonderful organic and super nutritous meals each day prepared by the local chef's and made with love. The cuisine at Samadhi is organic and super nutritious, balanced and healthy, prepared by master chefs and food-artists,
Daily Vegan or Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with option to include some fish or chicken meals. Water, coffee, herbal teas & fruits available all day for guests. Explore Peruvian cuisine and experience whole foods deliciously prepared often in ceramic pans using fresh, local organic ingredients.
The Peru yoga teacher training is scheduled as an intensive program. While the program days are full, the activities of the day are kept diverse and active. The days really are a wonderful mix of digesting concepts intellectually, applying the concepts experientially, and diving into the practices of yoga. Care is taken within the program schedule to ensure that students have a healthy experience both physically and mentally. We promise not to keep you sedentary for too long. There is physical activity and deep relaxation built into the program every day. Two days off mid-program provide you with time to explore and adventure to local sacred sites.
Plan to fly into the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Cusco Airport (CUZ), Peru. Taxi to the retreat is approximately $40-$66. We will coordinate shared taxis when possible and help you coordinate your transportation needs. It is not required to get a tourist visa prior to entering Peru for citizens of the United States, Canada, European Union Countries, and Switzerland. Please double check and make sure your Passport is valid six months beyond intended stay and have tickets and documents to show your return flight or onward travel. Also, ensure that you have two free pages in the visa section of your passport to allow for the tourist entry stamp at the airport border.
The all inclusive tuition price includes:
✨Three delicious and healthy meals per day prepared for you with love
✨Daily room cleaning, as needed towel changes, and weekly sheet changes
✨Yoga teacher training tuition
✨Instruction by world class C-IAYT yoga therapists and E-RYT 500 instructors with over 25 years of experience
✨A comprehensive 250 page Yoga Teacher Training Manual
✨Six month access to our 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training content, an essential resource to support you as you move out into the world teaching yoga
✨Business of yoga curriculum to help you design the teaching career of your dreams
✨As needed mentoring after the program ends
Prices vary based on housing choice:
🌈 Triple Suite - Single Bed $3750 All Inclusive Price
🌈 Triple Suite - Full Bed $3797 All Inclusive Price
🌈Double Suite - Full Bed $3997 All Inclusive Price
🌈Single Suite - Queen Bed $4747 All Inclusive Price