We're so excited to offer our first in house Yogascapes 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Philippines with Shivakali Yoga and lead teacher Gloria Baraquio. Gloria has been leading retreats with us around the world for years, leading teacher trainings with Shivakali in Bali, Hawaii, and California and has partnered with us to create a 200-hour yoga teacher training Yogascapes style. That means an epic destination, delicious healthy food the entire time, amazing accommodation and yoga space, world class teachers, a fun-loving group of students, excursions on the island. And in addition to having a great time, we take the training very seriously. You'll not only walk away with a deeper personal practice and transformational experience but we'll train you to actually be teachers (unlike other trainings). Yes you will of course walk away with a 200-hour yoga alliance certification, but our goal for you is that you walk away more deeply connected to who you are and to your deepest calling in life.
- 22 Nights Accommodation
- 2 Day Trips/Excursions
A yogini from Hawaii, Gloria began her practice in 2003 and after experiencing her ujjayi breath for the first time in a yoga class, she finally understood the importance of breathing and how it could calm, center, and ground her life. She began teaching in 2006 and embarked on a journey through vinyasa, ashtanga, Iyengar, hatha, bhakti, kundalini, somatics, ecstatic dance, Nia, Rolfing, acupuncture, physical theater, and natural foods, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the body, mind, voice, movement, and nutrition. Living both on and off the grid of the Big Island for 7 years was her greatest training in spiritual practice, yoga, natural healing, and community building. She is certified to teach vinyasa and aerial yoga, and she is a Lead Teacher Trainer for Shivakali Yoga.
Serge Bandura has been practicing the Yogic arts of India & Tibet since his youth, and teaching Yoga since 2001. His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula (yogic community), engaging in lengthy daily practice before the hours of dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, Serge blends his knowledge of traditional Yogic practice & philosophy with 1000's of hours of training in Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, Rudra Yoga, Kundalini, Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on South-Asian traditions, a certificate in Yoga Philosophy, a diploma in the study of Yoga & Ayurveda, many teacher training certifications from diverse lineages of practice, an E-RYT 500 designation from the Yoga Alliance, he reads/writes Sanskrit, and is currently enrolled in a Ngakpa (Tibetan Yoga) Seminary program.
Nestled in the jungles of the wave-fringed island that is Siargao, we are given the sacred opportunity to practice deep listening and find deep rest. Preserving as much of the natural landscape, the retreat features large gardens, open spaces and architecture inspired by a combination of traditional and minimalist styles. The dedicated spaces for practice (Durga Temple and Yoga Dojo) and communal areas (Kali Ma Cafe & Restaurant) hold a grandeur that leads the mind towards the infinite. The comfortable and minimalist interior of the accommodation inspire clarity of mind and and the inward turning of one’s awareness.
*something like this:
6:00-7:50 AM // Morning Yoga Sadhana
8:00-9:30 AM // Breakfast Break, Seva
9:30-11:00 AM // Lecture/Discussion 1
11:10 AM-12:30 PM // Lecture/Discussion 2
12:30-3:00 PM // Lunch Break, Bodywork, Seva
3:00-4:30 PM // Posture Clinic
4:40-6:00 PM // Practice Teaching
6:00-7:15 PM // Dinner Break, Seva
7:15-8:30 PM // Evening Program
All food is included at the retreat (and is vegan) except for our excursion days and anyone is of course welcome to eat outside of the retreat. Kali, the life-giving force that gives rise to the animate world is the same energy that drives of transformation and spiritual evolution. The cafe is an homage to the life-giving mother, who has provided us with all that we need to realize our true nature. We create our food the way we envision she would, sourcing produce from our growing vegetable garden and the island’s organic farms. All meals are made with intention, by hand, and from scratch. Nothing from a can or plastic bag. We work with time (e.g organic farming methods, fermentation, etc.), nature, high vibrations, and loving hands.
Part of the Yogascapes ethos is that we experience, enjoy, connect, dive deep in to the place that is holding our experience so beautifully. Siargao is surfers paradise (depending on the waves) and we will have a full day free to explore surf life. We are also going to organize a boat excursion to local islands so you can breathe in the island life in full force!
Mopeds are available to rent and restaurants, bars, beaches, smoothies are all within walking distance.
What is Shivakali Yoga?
We teach an Alignment-Based Vinyasa “flow” practice, culminating in restorative postures, meditation and pranayama. Our practice focuses on presence centered awareness, serving first to awaken the body and break-up stuck energy, and then to soften the mind and nurture our inner being. Uniting the masculine + feminine aspects of practice we find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally.
Learn how to lead this practice at our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training, Philippines.
*THIS 200-HR PROGRAM IS FULLY-ACCREDITED BY THE YOGA ALLIANCE.
Journey Through the Chakras
Our Yoga Teacher Training in the Phillipines moves through a map of the chakras, starting at the root and ending with the crown!
•During the root segment, students will ground their intentions for teaching/practice, and learn the vast history of Yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, Bhakti traditions, Tantric Lineages and contemporary Yoga Schools.
•In the sacral chakra we will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, gain an overview of classical Tantra, and practice Yoga Nidra.
•As we progress through the navel chakra we will explore Yoga's connection with power, fire, and introduce Lakshmi practice & the business of Yoga.
•In the heart we encounter the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga, classical Pranayama (breathing) practices, ceremony, prayer and healing. We will connect in nature, and receive teachings on the heart of Shivakali’s traditional philosophy.
We also share in men's and women's circles as part of our process of uniting energies, where we honor identifying with a group other than your assigned-at-birth gender, exploring either collective as you feel called. These are non-binary groups, with the awareness that yogic philosophy states we all have both the feminine and masculine essence inside us!
•Moving upwards into the throat chakra students will learn about Kashmir Shaivism and the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra & deity practices.
•Progressing to the third eye the training becomes increasingly more subtle, as we encounter an array of Yogic meditations, explore Yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence.
•Culminating in the crown, trainees will receive kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, Yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice.
Who is this for?
This yoga teacher training will include a thorough overview in the anatomy/physiology of Yoga-Asana (postures), a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of major and minor poses, workshops on adjustments/alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching. Not to mention time for students to be present in nature, reflect, swim, stargaze, and relax in quietude.
This training will also include two very special and fun excursions on the island!
For those looking to teach, this Yoga Teacher Training in the Philippines will provide a vast, comprehensive tool-kit for teaching physical postures, alignment, adjustments and sequencing methodologies, as well as pranayama, mantra, meditation, and more. The principles we instruct can be applied to any style of yoga you feel compelled to offer.
For students looking to deepen their understanding, this will be a dynamic expansion of both knowledge and practice. A sincere exploration of what it means to truly practice YOGA.
Surf on Siargao
The island of Siargao is known for surfing and although the best time of year is between July -December for the bigger swells, you can still have some fun learning how to surf on days off or on any breaks.
Grab board for the month and maybe even a scooter too to get around with ease!