Raghav-ji comes from a family lineage steeped in the Vedantic tradition - a background which has guided him & shaped his spiritual pursuits. He is committed to leading a life dedicated to self-enquiry (Atma-vichara) along the lines of Yoga and...
Ancient Teachings, Modern Approach.
The Sacred Fig 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training is a highly-intensive program designed to educate & inspire the next generation of world-class yoga leaders. We firmly believe that the strongest attribute any yoga teacher possesses is themselves. And so we emphasize things like personal development, confidence, and speech (and we’ll bust some myths about alignment, too). Our rigorous program is approved by the Yoga Alliance, but it’s so much more than that. In fact, it’s one of the most comprehensive available today. Our teacher trainings attract students of all levels, from literally all around the globe. The Sacred Fig Yoga Teacher Trainings produce confident, knowledgeable, articulate, and empowered yoga teachers. Period.
At the core of the The Sacred Fig philosophy is a profound sense of connection. Not only do our thoughts affect us in tangible ways, but we also have the extraordinary capacity to affect those around us, and the environment we live in. And so as yoga practitioners and teachers, we strive for the extraordinary, so that we may serve as a beacon of possibility for those around us. We see the divine in everything around us, but we also know that it lies within us. So before trying to shape & control everything outside of us, we first look deep within, and do the work ourselves.
We don’t provide answers (and we’re wary of any teacher or school who claims that they do). Instead, we welcome & provide different viewpoints, we stir lively discourse. We set the circumstances to challenge notions about what yoga is, what it might feel like or look like, and why we practice. We create an accelerated learning environment, where trainees gain the confidence to discover their own “truths” about yoga, about their bodies and their practice. There’s no memorization, no mimicry, and no script. From this place, trainees find their authentic voice… sharing their knowledge & their practice naturally. Join us.
Bali has a certain magic to it. Somewhere between the stunning rice terraces and ridiculous surf… the daily offerings that mystically appear throughout the day, and the ever abundant tropical fruits & flowers.
Our Yoga Teacher Training takes place in the undiscovered northwest coast of Bali. It's far from the traffic + overdevelopment of the rest of Bali. Here in Pemuteran, life slows down. In the distance, you can see Java's majestic Ijen Volcano, rising over Menjangan Island. The Bali Sea ripples calmly against volcanic sand. Sinuous ribbons of green unfold, speckled with temples, coconut trees, and rice terraces in every direction. From our property, hike in the jungle for an hour, and end up at a small secret waterfall, perfect for a cold plunge.
Waking up with the sun, meditating, & practicing yoga seem to come naturally here. Bali is the only island in Indonesia (out of tens of thousands) that’s Hindu, and their culture has a uniqueness all of it’s own. From the temple offerings, to the sound of the gamelan, and that sweet smile that the Balinese so readily share, Bali tends to sweep most off their feet.
Bali is just south of the equator, so it’s reliably hot & sunny. It’s tropical and wet. The largest (and still active) volcano, is considered by Balinese to be the center of the universe.
Our property is a 3.5 hour drive from Bali's airport. The day before training starts, and on the morning of the start of training, we will arrange for a few vans from the airport and surrounding area, to pick up trainees and drive them to our property. One van costs US $60, and trainees will split the cost of the van among themselves.
The Retreat Center
Our training is held at a stunning private estate on Bali's Northwest coast. We have exclusive access to a handful of private villas, clustered together, each with their own private pool and chic living spaces. We're just a few minutes drive from the calm ocean. Surrounded by jungle & fireflies, the lush property includes a handful of swimming pools tapering off into the jungle and ocean in the distance. Expect lovely touches like turmeric tonic at breakfast, and turn-down service for your room each evening.
The yoga shala (pictured here), is our sacred space. The shala has sweeping views of the mountains and sea in the distance. The entire space is shaded, with gorgeous reclaimed wood floors, fans, a sound system, and all the props you would expect from a modern yoga studio. With our updated covid precautions, we kindly ask that you bring your own yoga mat. This is where we start our day, each morning at sunrise.
Each villa is unique, with it's own charm. Some villas are two stories, others feature a rooftop terrace. Some have swinging day beds, others have hammocks. Each villa has it's own private pool, a fabulous lounge area, and a modern kitchen with full size refrigerator, and all the amenities to brew coffee or tea in the comfort of your own villa. You can opt for a single, double, or triple room. All rooms feature fine linens, AC and rain showers. Some rooms feature an outdoor shower. Please note that all villas are unique, and all rooms + beds are unique! If you are looking for corporate resort experience, like a JW Mariott, this is not the training for you. If you are looking for understated luxury and barefoot adventure, then this is the program for you! For more photos + details on the room specifics, click here.
We fly in our favorite chef for this program. Meals are served family-style in the open-air restaurant. You'll have three meals per day. Meals are mostly vegetarian and always thoughtfully prepared. Purified spring water is always available, and strong Bali coffee (yes, coffee) & teas are available for you to self-prepare throughout the day. A lot of the menu is vegan, with non-vegan options (like eggs, cheese, and dairy milk) often offered on the side. Our chef is thoughtful with accommodating dietary restrictions such as gluten free.
Please note that our villas are in the jungle, and while all the bedrooms are fully enclosed, many of the villas have outdoor living space + bathrooms. That means that on any given day, you can expect new friends like geckos, bats, chickens, kitties, flies, mosquitos, dogs, cicadas & even cows. If you aren't familiar with any of these creatures, we invite you to broaden your perspective and get to know your new neighbors.
This is the largest portion of the curriculum, including sunrise Satsang, followed by daily Asana practice. Early morning Satsang will always include a form of meditation, and will also often include various traditional yoga techniques, such as Mantra, Kriya (cleansing techniques) and Pranayama (breathwork). The daily Asana practice is 90 minutes of rigorous, intentional, breath-based vinyasa.
The Sacred Fig Teaching Methodology is unique in it's approach. Yes, demonstrating, assisting, and adjusting students is certainly covered. But we also weave in confidence building, & group dynamics. Finally, we'll cover voice, rhythm, tone, and pace. The Sacred Fig Education is specifically geared to direct trainees to discover their authentic voice.
The Sacred Fig anatomical education is far from a traditional anatomy snooze-fest. You'll learn about ground-breaking anatomical research in a real-life setting. Our anatomy curriculum has been carefully crafted by Jules Mitchell, a thought leader in the biomechanics space. We cover both the human physical anatomy (skeletal, muscular, respiratory, & cardiovascular systems) as well as energetic anatomy (prana, chakras, nadis, bandhas). There is a specific emphasis on biomechanics as well as understanding fascia & it's role in shaping our bodies. All the anatomical principles learned in the training are applicable to yoga asana practice in a real-life setting, in terms of healthy & sustainable movement patterns, benefits, and contraindications.
The Sacred Fig has a non-traditional approach to Yoga Philosophy. Expect a healthy dialogue on key concepts from The Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, but that's just the start. As one could dedicate years to yoga philosophy, we hone-in on key traditional philosophical concepts, such as Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism). We will also explore present-moment awareness techniques, and mindfulness practice as it relates to a yoga teacher.
Using accelerated learning techniques, trainees will practice teaching in a variety of settings & scenarios (including small & large groups, and plenty of surprise scenarios). We utilize technology, for example, via video feedback, as another layer to the learning process. The Sacred Fig Practicum is regarded at the forefront of Yoga education, using a thoroughly considered approach to teaching that greatly expands the potential and speed in which one learns.
6:30am - 7:15am
Satsang means to gather in the company of those seeking the highest truth. And so together, each morning we will meditate, practice pranayama, and chant mantra. Satsang practices will vary day to day.
7:30am - 9:15am
Rigorous, intentional, breath-based vinyasa, led by The Sacred Fig senior faculty. After practice, there's just enough time to enjoy a fresh young coconut water, shower, or dip in the pool before breakfast.
9:15am - 10:15am
Enjoy a healthy breakfast of living foods. Expect eggs, avocados, tropical fruits, yogurts, homemade granola, turmeric tonic, homemade jam, homemade bread. Most meals are vegetarian, and there's options for everyone. Food is most often organic & local. Bali coffee & teas are available.
10:30am - 1pm
The morning session tends to be the most "traditional" in terms of yoga education - the core elements. Topics vary each week, from yoga philosophy as it's relevant today, to anatomy of the body, and how it relates to asana practice.
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Nutritious vegetarian lunch.
2pm - 3:30pm
Use this time to study, or enjoy a nap by the pool. This is also a great opportunity to enjoy a massage at the spa - priced reasonably at only US $15 per hour.
3:30pm - 6:15pm
The afternoon session is hands-on. Topics include teacher breakout sessions, energetics of the body & movement, alignment of key poses, and physical adjustments.
6:45pm - 7:45pm
Delicious vegetarian dinner.
8pm - 9pm
Evening sessions are specifically geared to be more experiential, spontaneous & appropriate for the hour. Everything from film screenings, to dance parties, and embodied leadership night sessions. Some evenings will not have required sessions, while others may run slightly longer than the scheduled time.
Dr. Sharada has dedicated her life to the study of Holistic Medicine. After graduating as a medical doctor in the Indian systems of Medicine, she did her post-grad in Physiology and went on to teach aspiring doctors in medical school for eight years....
Tony is a firm believer in the transformational power of yoga. At 16 he moved to New York on his own to pursue a career in acting. This led him to work in fashion, create a successful all natural skincare line,...
Matt is a people consultant and CEO at The Corker Co. He uses his extensive knowledge of people development theories to create custom leadership and coaching programs so that groups and individuals experience their true potential and create businesses and lives...
When not standing on his hands, most of Anton’s adult life has been spent travelling the world, with the common thread linking his varied life experience being a search for the extraordinary. From founding a sustainable footwear brand, to working...
Using a non-dogmatic approach, Grace views the physical practice of yoga as gateway, not an end in itself. For her, the practice of yoga asana teaches us to not only broaden the breath, but also to expand stillness within ourselves....
The Sacred Fig teacher training exceeded all of my expectations! From the world class faculty to the property grounds & shala, and the amazing morning asana. I could stay here for another 5 months, and I'm already thinking about doing their 500 hours!!
This is SO much more than just a yoga teacher training. Prepare to be inspired. Prepare to be challenged. Prepare to explore & learn... This is a transformative journey that has changed my life and allowed me to better understand & accept myself, all while receiving some of the best vinyasa classes of my life, by some of the most amazing people I've had the pleasure of meeting.
Anton has thought of every last detail, allowing for a smooth, challenging, & rewarding yoga teacher training. I was blown away by what I received from this course. I had the space & encouragement to engage in powerful & meaningful self-study. He brought in knowledgable, inspiring & engaging teachers who are experts in their respective fields, and learning from them was unique & fun... I feel like I'll retain the information long after I leave the course. I'm confident with what I've learned, and how I've transformed! I had expectations for this training and I will honestly say they were vastly exceeded! I'm smiling as I write this. Thank you Anton for your attention to detail in every aspect of this course!
I find that when you meet a spirit with an exceptionally radiant, guiding light, you feel the desire to surround yourself with their presence. And if you’re fortunate enough to find this light source, it’s a gift. Anton Brandt, founder of The Sacred Fig, has a sparkle that exudes from an authentic place of ease and happiness deep within.
The first time I unrolled my mat in Anton's class I was swept up in his joy and love of yoga... in a word, it's infectious! He brings an authenticity to his teaching which allows you, as a student, to connect with him immediately. I was able to open up to possibility and explore my practice in a playful, inspiring and safe environment. In Anton's classes, he effortlessly strikes an often difficult balance between spirituality and a physically-challenging practice... something that so many yogis are looking for and so many instructors miss the mark on. If he's teaching, I'm there!
Anton's teaching is grounded in a genuine sense of generosity. It goes far beyond clear guidance in your practice, positive encouragement, and intuitive adjustments. More than just a teacher, Anton is a gifted and considerate host, who creates a welcoming environment where his students can deepen their practice, feeling at once pushed and supported. His joyful spirit leads you along for the ride. He generously shares his feelings & experiences, and orchestrates the flow of the class graciously, often with a beautiful selection of musique. Thank you Anton for your time, your smile, your guidance and your precious advice.
A positive attitude. We’re serious! A sense of openness & a desire to learn are truly the most important things you can bring to this training.
At least one year of consistent yoga asana practice (2-3 times per week), and a basic understanding of vinyasa yoga.
Trainees are required to take 5 vinyasa classes (from 5 different teachers), and 5 non- vinyasa classes (such as Kundalini, Iyengar, Yin, etc) prior to the training, and take notes on these classes. Include in your notes what you loved about the class & teacher, what you didn’t like, their musical choices, how the teacher entered the room & engaged students prior to class, sequencing, adjustments, language, how the teacher moved about the room, did they demo, how your body felt during & after, and anything else that struck you. Please bring these notes with you to training.
A basic familiarity of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Primary Series. You don’t need to memorize the entire sequence, just be familiar with it. This is not an Ashtanga training; however, understanding of Ashtanga will create a strong foundation for you to build on. Download a free primary series chart online, or any Ashtanga book will include a chart of the sequence. If you live in an area where “led” Ashtanga classes are offered, take at least 5 classes prior to training. If you live in an area where ‘led’ Ashtanga classes are not offered, watch the sequence taught online, and practice along at least 5 times. Write down your experience with these classes – including how the sequence felt in your body, the flow of the sequence, which poses challenged you, and any other feedback. Bring these notes to training – we will collect them upon arrival.
Ability to communicate in English.
Like all great things in life, the more you put into this training, the more you’ll get from it. That starts before you arrive. Below is a list of required reading, as well as a list of optional recommended reading. Trainees are asked to read the following books prior to arrival at the training, and write a one-page commentary on the first three books listed below. No book report is required for the Yoga Anatomy book. Please realize this is not “traditional” reading material for most people, and some of the books might take quite some time to digest. Please email finished commentaries (all attached as word docs or google docs, in one email, with the subject line: YTT book reports, trainee name) to [email protected] prior to the start of the training. Books are purchased at the trainee’s expense, and can be picked up at a local bookstore or on Amazon.
A New Earth. Eckhart Tolle
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Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. T.K.V. Desikachar
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Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
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Yoga Anatomy, 2 nd Edition. Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
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Bringing any of these books to the training is entirely optional. Upon arrival, students will receive The Sacred Fig Reader, which will serve as the master course curriculum & guide.
They’re quite varied in subject matter – so you can choose areas of your particular interest. Again, these are recommended, but not required, and listed in no particular order:
Reflections on the Art of Living. A Joseph Campbell Companion. (Take what you like out of his ideas ~ he has some really great ones! ~ and leave the rest. This book used to be required reading on our trainings, but due to some of his dated language around gender, we’ve made his work suggested, not required.)
Rising Strong, by Brené Brown. (Dives into vulnerability, shame, and worthiness)
Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. Mark Singleton (demystifies where the yoga postures came from, and how old they actually are)
Mastery, The Keys to Success & Long-Term Fulfillment. George Leonard (Attain a higher level of excellence in your daily life. Who doesn’t want that?)
The Science of Yoga: The Risks and The Rewards. William Broad. (a lead science writer for The New York Times – and lifelong yoga practitioner – examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex, weight loss and healing.)
Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar (This serves more like an asana reference manual, not really one to read cover to cover)
Four Chapters on Freedom (A great commentary on The Yoga Sutras. This is just one, there’s a lot out there)
what you get
- Accomodations in a luxurious villa with a pool, kitchen, lounge, AC and wifi, for the duration of the course
- 3 nutritious vegetarian meals per day, for the duration of the course, including purified water, coffee and tea
- Access to all villa facilities, including wifi throughout, multiple lounges, infinity pools, spa, and yoga shala
- Tuition for 200+ hours of Yoga Alliance education
- The Sacred Fig Reader, covering a rigorous + thoughtful curriculum based on accelerated learning principles
- One-on-one + group personal development sessions with a renowned performance coach
- Access to online training materials
- World renowned faculty - all experts in their respective fields
- Access to The Sacred Fig global community of yogis
- Support & mentorship from The Sacred Fig faculty, including post-training guidance
- Recognition as a graduate from The Sacred Fig Yoga Education Program
- Surprises along the way :)
All inclusive of the above:
USD $4800 (Small single bed or bunk bed in shared triple room. Full payment must be made by Dec 1, 2020. )
USD $5200 (Large bed in shared triple room. Full payment must be made by Dec 1, 2020. )
USD $5700 (Small single bed in shared double room. Full payment must be made by Dec 1, 2020. )
USD $6200 (Large bed in shared double room. Full payment must be made by Dec 1, 2020. )
USD $6700 (Private single room w/ shared bathroom. Full payment must be made by Dec 1, 2020. )
USD $7400 (Private single room w/ private bathroom. Full payment must be made by Dec 1, 2020. )
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