That which we are desperately seeking is ever-present, waiting to fully embrace us. Yoga happens when we surrender to this Truth.
ૐ Sacred practices shared on sacred lands – these multidimensional, 200-hour residential yoga teacher training retreats are held in powerful chi fields (aka vortexes), where both Earth and celestial energies combine in unique ways that create an atmosphere for the sangha – community of practitioners – to experience transformation on multiple levels of being.
Whether you intend to teach yoga postures is not important; this 3 week intensive format offers yoga as a way of life for those who are dedicated to self-mastery. Dedication does not depend on physical ability – it relates to your inner drive to be a healthier, happier, more wholesome human being – not simply for yourself, but for the sake of countless others who need your compassionate guidance at this time. Much more than a vacation and a certificate, the intention is to directly align you with your mission (dharma).
Together we will be taking a shamanic journey into the often unexplored realms of consciousness, to support both personal and planetary healing. We will grow as a unified organism, enjoying a safe space to shed self-destructive habits and mental tendencies, replacing them with healthy, yogic lifestyle patterns.
We will practice sustainable asana, along with short, yet consistent meditation sessions, explore multiple energetic healing modalities, take days of rest with excursions into nature, periods of silence, and opportunities to explore the art of fasting – all the while sharing our challenges and triumphs along the path.
Lectures are replaced by direct experience through practice and discussion. Dogma is replaced with universal spiritual laws that are heart-centered. We will be taking a genuine approach to yoga, diving deep for insights that reveal our connection to the Source. You will be challenged to purify your body/mind, expand your awareness, and increase your heart’s capacity to love.
We have all chosen to be guests on Mother Earth during this incredible age of healing and transformation. For those who hear the call, this training will serve as an activation ceremony that will fully awaken the divine healer within. The center itself will serve as the charging station, which will hold safe space during your transformation.
7 – 9:30 am: Sunrise guided meditation/pranayama, guided posture (asana), universal chanting (kirtan) with harmonium
9:30 – 10:15 am: Breakfast
10:15 – 1:00 pm: Discussion, studying poses and teaching techniques
1:00 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Group interactions, practice teaching
3:00 – 10 pm: Dinner/Free time
Every 7th day is a day of rest from the typical routine including optional fasting, periods of silence, and short, but frequent silent meditation sessions while seated, walking, or lying down. These afternoons will be free for nature walks and possible excursions to nearby power spots.
We know it takes time to process and integrate a 21 day intensive training. Once the members of the sangha go their separate ways, oftentimes there can arise doubts and other difficulties as graduates begin to apply their experience to societal life. For this reason, we’ve developed a mentor program that allows you to continue to connect with both your teachers, and one another in multiple ways: options to engage through email and social media groups, interactive chats, and personal phone conversations with your lead instructor(s), all spread out over time help to both solidify positive lifestyle changes, and to ensure a more successful integration into society.
My curious soul and sincere gratitude for the path of yoga has allowed me to find my own rhythm in this flowing world. My offering is to share the understanding of connection among all living beings. I hold profound respect for the unique qualities of each practitioner, allowing the structure of practice to fit the needs of each student in their present state. I feel honored to share this connection of mind, body, breath and spirit. Om shanti~
Since 2007, I have been studying yoga and healing arts intensely with Masters from the East. After a series of life-altering experiences walking among the sadhus in the Himalayas, I returned to the states and spent several years deeply immersed in personal practice. Afterward, I was guided to become a formal teacher and make Eastern wisdom accessible to the modern Western yoga practitioner. My intention is to spread the abundance of healing energy I have received from the practice, in order to create the greatest good for the greatest number of beings. May you be blessed with perfect health, happiness, and harmony!
I consider myself extremely lucky to have learned from extraordinary teachers during the course of 9 years of Zen practice in Japan. Throughout this time I was taught how to pass on the traditions of Zen Yoga, Zen meditation and East Asian energy work practices (Jpn. ‘kiko’). My classes teach students how to settle into the present moment, tuning in to what can release and un-lock in ourselves so that we can relax deeply. I have over 7 years of experience teaching at temples and studios in Japan, London, and the US, and am registered as an E-RYT.
Greetings! I’ve been a longtime student and practitioner of Universal Gnostic Dharma, Ayurveda, Herbalism, Raja-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Vajrayana-Tantra, Mahamudra and Dzogchen, which I teach world wide.
As a lover and player of Sacred Music, I also enjoy participating in the cultivation of Mantric Music/Kirtan for the healing, spiritual development upliftment and empowerment of humanity.
I came to complete a Yoga Teacher Training, and I received a total mind, body, and soul transformation. This training has opened a window to more knowledge, not just for teaching purposes, but into a Yogic lifestyle, spiritual awakening and a whole reset of the mind.
– Irina Pilipenko
Weeks after the training I’m continuing to receive from my 3 week experience…The ability to breath and meditate through questions to arrive at answers that support a rigorously honest approach to life, has been of great service to my path. Yoga is life, and the EPY training helped open doors to a more diverse life experience.
– Elizabeth Kehaulani Christian
This program effectively jump started me on a path towards greater health and well-being, not to mention a deeper more profound inner connection with the divine nature of my higher self. My personal yoga and meditation practice has refined itself immensely since our work together, to the point at which I feel excited to share the fruits of my practice with the world.
– Gabriel Rima
Be careful—this training will transform your life if you let it! The depth of Phoenix’s knowledge and practice of both the yoga philosophy and physical asanas is profound. I loved that there was ample opportunity for group discussion, questions, practice and meditation. I learned so much and truly enjoyed myself through this training.
– Shelley Villalobos
The breadth and depth of information relating to the practice of yoga was immense and insightful…Phoenix knows yoga intimately and I feel extremely fortunate to have studied under him.
– Heidi Zola
I would recommend the Yoga teacher training at EPY without reservation. It’s a comprehensive, well rounded, and transformative program, whether you’re interested in an immersion experience or wish to share Yoga with others.”
– Danni Frans
Phoenix goes far beyond the requirements to ensure that students gain a deep understanding of what goes into teaching yoga. Before going into it, I wasn’t sure if I was physically advanced enough, but I quickly learned that true dedication to the practice is most important.
– Elyse James
The training surpassed my expectations. I’ve not only deepened my yoga practice, but gained the confidence and skill to be a solid teacher. I highly recommend this training to serious students of yoga.
– Soma Liana Bhargo
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Jackie, YTT facilitator: 508.521.0816