Calling international yogis to connect to Cuban culture and your yoga in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Caribbean. Deepen your practice by diving into the physical and energetic elements of yoga, gain an international community & learn the art and science of teaching. Undergoing this journey of inner alchemy involves sifting through the soil of our soul to mine the wisdom of our bodies, strengthening and stretching our hearts, our minds as well as our bodies and preparing to offer the transformative gift of yoga to the world. The world needs your unique light to shine.
Module I: Inner Alchemy Retreat
All Yogis are welcome for this week of cultural immersion, international community and adventure!
June 16- June 22 2019
Module II: The Alchemy of Teaching Yoga
In Module II we’ll deeply refine our yoga & meditation practice while intricatly studying the tools of the trade
June 23- July 13 2019
Module Two Content
In addition to deepening our understanding and experience of the content in Module One:
Daily teaching practice & constructive feedback
How to create sacred, transformative space using the five elements
Eastern & Western Anatomy of the human body
Safe hands on adjustments & assists that empower; practice giving & receiving adjustments
The art of healthy, clear communication, reading body language & creating inclusive learning environments
How to work with beginners, injuries, pregnancy and more
Sequencing anatomically based, progress-oriented classes
Honoring, nurturing, protecting & cultivating your inner teacher
Creating class themes that connect your human experience to spiritual wisdom
Final practicum includes teaching a full class and outlining a workshop unique to your own life experience, offering & practice
Module One Content
Daily sadhana (sacred practice) including asana, meditation, mantra & pranayama
Panchabhuta: how to use the elements of earth, air, fire, water & space to balance your emotional, physical and energetic body
Anatomical foundations of Alignment in Asana
How to incorporate Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, into your lifestyle
Intro to subtle anatomy: chakras, nadis, and koshas
Philosophy of yoga & other mystical traditions
Myths of Indian Gods & Goddesses and connections to Afro Caribbean Patakis
Using props to support & deepen your practice
Restorative Yoga & Partner Yoga
The global history of yoga and the potential of yoga as social justice
The art & science of mudra, mantra, bandha & chanting
Of all the places on the globe to study inner alchemy, the culture, beaches and waterfalls of Trinidad de Cuba, may be the best. Cuban culture embodies a deep resilience, a unique path to affirming humanity and remaining open-hearted in the face of change by transforming challenge into laughter like lead into gold. There is so much to learn on and off the mat.
Understanding how to balance the elements of our physical and emotional bodies is the foundation of inner alchemy. We look to the balance of nature as a teacher. Trinidad offers a direct experience of the nourishing qualities of earth, air fire, water and space. Let yourself be held and inspired by the grounding island warmth of the sand under foot, the rhythmic flow of the shimmering clear ocean complementing the fiery hips and drums of a spicy dance culture, the expansive, dream-like sky luminously crowning green windswept jungles. Hike to waterfalls to practice meditation, dance to salsa as a means of exploring healthy anatomical movement in your hips and explore the meaning not only of Indian philosophy and mythology but of Cuban myth, culture, social justice movements and spiritual practices.
A portion of your tuition is dedicated to the Las Aguas Fund, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of local cultural and wellness practices for current and future generations in Cuba.
Inspiration from Cuba & Alchemy Yoga Retreats
Module I: Inner Alchemy Retreat
$1,919 before 12/31/18; $2,399 after
Full program (200 Training Hours): $5,289 before 12/31/18; $5,700 after
Includes accommodations, 8 hours of daily practice, learning and adventures, breakfast & snacks. Does not include lunch, dinner or plane fare.
Please inquire about payment plans, partial diversity scholarship & social media/marketing scholarships
Requirements to Apply for Month Long Teacher Training:
An open mind & 100% commitment to personal growth
One year minimum yoga practice
A regular home asana or meditation practice (if you don’t have one, start one now)
Receive the highest quality of soulful, creative, hands-on instruction from Shoshanna Marks, ERYT500, YACPT & Hayley Ebersole, ERYT200 & CMT. Learn more about the unique gifts & skills they are offering on the Alchemy Yoga School Page. We are honored to have José Rubio, one of Cuba's foremost yoga teachers, as guest faculty. His teaching is full of precision and poetry and grounded in almost two decades of teaching and training yoga teachers.
Accommodations and cultural visa is offered by Cuba Wellness Adventures. Daily breakfast and a snack is included in the course cost and additional meals and snacks will be purchased independently. We provide ample guidance, support and cultural context for your stay so you feel comfortable and that your needs are met.
Private Inn's (casa particulares) in Trinidad de Cuba are a colorful, unique and beautiful way to explore this UNESCO World Heritage city's renowned architecture.
While we will make every effort to secure single occupancy lodging on a first come first serve basis, if you prefer guaranteed single occupancy please add $290 to your Module I price or $790 to the price for the full program. Hotel options available upon request.
Become an International Ambassador of Peace
Borders are tools of separation. Like our individual ego identities, they may serve a specific purpose. As we begin to access more and more freedom and power through regular practice, we come to understand ourselves in a larger context, as intimately interconnected with other people, not just people who look or talk like us, but all beings. Studying yoga in the hot seat of historical movements for global social and economic justice opens our eyes to questioning our role as international citizens spreading peace from the inside out by using our body as a laboratory to understand the universal human journey.
Send us a note to let us know you’re interested! We’ll keep you updated about the training and you’ll get a $50 discount on any future Alchemy Yoga Trainings.