75 hour Yoga Teacher Training

Bali 75hr

December 9-19, 2018

Ancient Teachings, Modern Approach.

Overview

The Sacred Fig Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings are intensive, modular program designed to elevate + inform the next generation of leaders in the yoga community.  Our advanced 300 hour programming is divided into 75 hour modules. Piece together any four modules, on your schedule, anywhere around the world, for the full 300 hour program. Each 75 hour module has a unique focus, led by experts in their respective fields.

The theme of this 75 hour, 11 day module is Biomechanics meets Energetics For this training we’re thrilled to welcome back Rebecca Ketchum, as well as author + biomechanics expert Jules Mitchell as guest faculty.

We firmly believe that the strongest attribute any yoga teacher possesses is themselves.  Learning refined alignment + biomechanics is a given on our trainings, but we don’t stop there – be prepared to explore things like personal development, confidence, and speech.  Our 300 hour programs are registered with The Yoga Alliance, but they’re so much more than that.  In fact, our advanced trainings are some of the most comprehensive available today.  Our graduates now teach at studios, retreats & trainings 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 connection + community.  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.

*Space for this advanced training is limited. – we encourage those interested to sign up early.

About Bali 75hr

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 Program takes place just outside the small artistic community of Ubud, which rests on the gentle slopes leading up to the volcano. Ubud is considered the cultural heart of Bali, layered with thousands of temples, coconut trees, and rice terraces in every direction.

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 of their feet.

Bali is just south of the equator, so it’s reliably hot & sunny. It’s tropical and wet. The largest (and still quite active) volcano, is considered by Balinese to be the center of the universe.

The Retreat Center

Blue Karma is a stunning boutique resort located about 10 minutes outside the town of Ubud. We've led past trainings at Blue Karma, and we're thrilled to come back. Surrounded by rice fields & fireflies, the lush property includes a massive swimming pool tapering off into the rice terraces, a gorgeous bamboo yoga shala, restaurant, a dozen villas, and the property is interspersed with open-air 'bale' bungalows complete with day beds & pillows, ideal for an afternoon nap or quiet conversation. Expect lovely touches like turmeric tonic at sunrise, herb-infused waters by the pool in the afternoon, and turn-down service for your room each evening.

The yoga shala (pictured here), is a sacred space, and a stunning piece of architecture. Gorgeous bamboo pillars spiral up to a intricate thatched roof, and the entire space is shaded. The shala is complete with all the props you'll need - of course if you feel more comfortable with your own mat, bring it along! This is where we start our day, each morning at sunrise.

Each spacious villa accommodates two people very comfortably, and features two twin beds with fine linens, rain showers, air-conditioning, unique artwork, a small refrigerator, and all the amenities to brew coffee or herbal tea in the comfort of your own villa. Some villas feature a private deck or verandah, some have outdoor showers, while others are two-floors. A limited amount of single occupancy rooms are available at an additional cost of US $1200.

Meals are served family-style in the open-air restaurant. All meals are vegetarian and thoughtfully prepared. Purified spring water is always available, and french-press coffee (yes, coffee) & herbal teas are prepared for us three times per day. Fresh almond, cashew, and coconut milks are available. The retreat property is thoughtful with accommodating dietary restrictions.

curriculum

Yoga Technique, Training & Practice

20 hours

Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra, Kriya & Chanting

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This is the largest portion of the curriculum, including Katonah pranayama techniques, sunrise meditation, and daily morning asana. The daily Asana portion is typically a 90 minute alignment-based Vinyasa class.

Teaching Methodology

20 hours

The Sacred Fig Principles of Teaching & Personal Development

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The Sacred Fig Teaching Methodology is unique in it's approach. We look at demoing, assisting, and cueing with a fresh lens of intentionality. We'll cover voice, rhythm, tone, and pace - and how confidence and group dynamics filter in. The Sacred Fig advanced programs are specifically geared to provide the tools to reveal a more authentic + empowered voice.

Biomechanics meets Energetics

15 hours

Biomechanics meets Energetics

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The way we teach modern postural yoga is rapidly evolving. Stay current with continuing education informed by sports science and biomechanics research. Sacred Fig faculty Jules Mitchell blends sharp intuition with scientifically supported concepts to foster deeper insight into the poses and why we teach them.

Practicum

10 hours

Practice Teaching, Feedback & Dropping The Comfort Zone

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Using accelerated learning techniques, trainees will practice teaching in various scenarios. 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.

Daily Schedule

This 11 day program covers 75 hours of advanced yoga teacher training. Piece together any four of The Sacred Fig's advanced 75 hour modules (from anywhere in the world) to get the full 300 hour advanced program with The Yoga Alliance. Below is a typical schedule, which tends to vary slightly once we get going, according to the specific needs & pace of each individual group.

6:30am - 7:15am

Katonah Pranayama + Meditation.
We gather together each sunrise and whip things up with a Katonah-style pranayama, led by Anton Brandt.

7:30am - 9am

Sweat.
Thoughtful + intelligent alignment-based vinyasa, led by various Sacred Fig faculty. After practice, there's just enough time to enjoy a fresh young coconut water, shower, or dip in the pool before breakfast.

9am - 10am

Nourish.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast of living foods. Expect eggs, avocados, tropical fruits, yogurts, homemade granola, turmeric tonics, homemade jams, hearty breads. All meals are vegetarian, and there's options for everyone. Food is most often organic & local. french-press coffee & herbal teas are available.

10:30am - 1pm

Morning Session.
Topics vary each day - from biomechanics, alignment, and adjustments.

1pm - 2pm

Nourish.
Nutritious vegetarian lunch.

2pm - 3:30pm

Integrate.
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 $20 per hour.

3:30pm - 6:30pm

Afternoon Session.
The afternoon session is hands-on. Topics include teacher breakout sessions, energetics of the body & movement, alignment of key poses, and physical adjustments.

7pm - 8pm

Nourish.
Delicious vegetarian dinner.

9pm

Take Rest.

faculty

Anton Brandt

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...

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Jules Mitchell

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a San Francisco based yoga teacher, educator, and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with...

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Rebecca Ketchum

Rebecca has been teaching movement & body awareness in the form of dance, meditation, and yoga for over 15 years. Drawn to yoga's non-competitive and healing nature, Rebecca asks her students and trainees to use yoga as a practice of...

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Testimonials

  • 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!!

    Sam, Cape Town South Africa

  • Chelsey, San Francisco

  • 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.

    Karissa, Australia

  • 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!

    Tiera, Canada

  • 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 Yoga Sleuth - YogaCityNYC

  • 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!

    Scott Blanchard - Registered Nurse, Calgary, Canada

  • 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.

    Julie Pradier - Luxury Brand Marketing, Paris.

prerequisites

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. The three articles below are required reading. Please have them finished before you arrive, as well as write a one-page commentary on the article that left the deepest impression on you. Trainees do not need to print the articles or the written summary. Please email the finished commentary (attached as a word .doc, in an email, with the subject line: YTT report, trainee name) to [email protected] prior to the start of the training.

  • Reflections on Extreme Practice + Injury in Asana.
    Read it here.

  • Join Hyper-mobility Syndrome: Yoga’s Enigmatic Epidemic?
    Read it here.

  • 8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters.
    Read it here.

Upon arrival, trainees will also receive additional course materials.

The following books are not required. 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:

  • Rising Strong, by Brené Brown. (Dives into vulnerability, shame, and worthiness)

  • A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle. (If you haven’t read any Tolle yet, drop everything and start here)
    Buy it here:amazon

  • Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar (This serves more like an asana reference manual, not really one to read cover to cover)

  • Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy. Gregor Maehle. (Excellent if you don’t have an Ashtanga practice and are looking for a starting-off point)

  • 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? A quick read.)

  • Four Chapters on Freedom (A great, albeit serious commentary on The Yoga Sutras. This is just one, there’s a lot out there)

  • Yoga Mala. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (If you’re interested in Ashtanga Vinyasa)

  • Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & Soul. Sharon Gannon & David Life

  • Anatomy of Movement. Blandine Calais-Germain . (An anatomy classic)

Investment

what you get

  • A luxurious shared double villa with private bath + AC, for the duration of the course
  • 3 nutritious vegetarian meals per day, for the duration of the course, including purified water, freshly brewed coffees and herbal teas
  • Access to all retreat facilities, including wifi throughout, the lounge and restaurant & infinity pool
  • Tuition for 75 hours of Yoga Alliance education
  • The Sacred Fig Reader, covering a rigorous curriculum based on accelerated learning principles
  • Discounted access to online training materials with Jules Mitchell
  • 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

All inclusive of the above:

USD $2300 (Application received with USD $500 deposit by anytime prior to the start of the training)

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