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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 don’t worry, you’ll still learn kick-ass 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 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 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 $2700.
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.
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 repetition and Kriyas (cleansing techniques). The daily Asana portion is typically a rigorous 90 minute Vinyasa Flow.
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 personal development, 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 theories in a real-life setting. 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 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 - 9am
Intelligent, rigorous Yoga Asana, 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
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
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.
1pm - 2pm
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 $20 per hour.
3:30pm - 6:30pm
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 live Kirtan, and sound healing. Some evenings will not have required sessions, while others may run slightly longer than the scheduled time.
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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.
At least a 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. While you are not required to memorize the entire sequence, you should certainly be familiar with it. This is not an Ashtanga training; however, understanding the Ashtanga Vinyasa system 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 a minimum of 5 classes prior to the training. If you live in an area where ‘led’ Ashtanga classes are not offered, watch the sequence taught online, and practice along with the video at least 5 times. Please 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 the training – we will collect them from you upon arrival.
Ability to communicate in English.
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.
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 suggested 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. While specific sections are listed for the Joseph Campbell book, if the reading resonates with you, by all means, read the whole thing! 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, in one email, with the subject line: YTT book reports, trainee name) to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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The Art of Living. A Joseph Campbell companion. Joseph Campbell (pages 7-60, 77-97, 109-126, 181-196, 208-218, 289-292)
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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.
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)
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?)
Four Chapters on Freedom (A great 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)
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 200+ hours of Yoga Alliance education
- The Sacred Fig Reader, covering a rigorous curriculum based on accelerated learning principles
- A private 60 minute personal Ayurvedic consultation + followup
- Individual + group personal development sessions with a 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 $5,770 (Application received with USD $500 deposit by anytime prior to the start of the training)
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