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 or master it, 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. Take Tony Lupinacci's modified half primary, on FigFlix 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.
Watch the Ayurveda Snax series on FigFlix. This series is included in your program payment. Once we receive your program deposit, we'll send you a link to access this series.
Watch the Anatomy Snax series on FigFlix. This series is included in your program payment. Once we receive your program deposit, we'll send you a link to access this series.
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 half-page or one page commentary on each 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@example.com prior to the start of the training. Support local bookstores and buy them on bookshop.org.
A New Earth. Eckhart Tolle
Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. T.K.V. Desikachar
Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
No need to bring these books to training with you. Upon arrival, students will receive The Sacred Fig Reader, which will serve as the master course curriculum & guide. Please also buy The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom and bring it with you to training. You don't have to read it before you come, just bring it.
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:
Breath. The New Science of a Lost Art. James Nestor (This should be required reading for anyone who breathes.)
The Meaning of Namaste. (A wonderful article from the editors of Yoga Journal.)
Skill in Action. Michelle Cassandra Johnson. (This is a manual of social justice tools & skills to radicalize your Yoga practice to create a just world.)
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté. (Dives into trauma, illness & healing in a toxic culture. If you're interested in trauma work, we also recommend the classic text by Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score)
Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition. Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews (This is a standard text to introduce yoga teachers to the basics of anatomy.)
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. We also recommend Atlas of the Heart! )
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.)
Luxurious villa with a pool, kitchen, lounge, AC and WiFi, for the duration of the course. Most of the budget options do not have common spaces such as kitchen and lounge - please choose a rooming preference according to your unique needs.
Three incredible vegetarian meals per day, for the duration of the course, including purified drinking water, coffee and tea.
Access to all villa facilities, including WiFi throughout, multiple lounges, infinity pools, spa, and yoga shala.
200+ hours of Yoga Alliance education.
The Sacred Fig Reader, covering a rigorous + thoughtful curriculum based on accelerated learning principles.
Access to online training materials
World renowned faculty - all experts in their 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 :)
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