Yoga Retreats

200 Hour Retreat


Overview & Curriculum

This is comprehensive, integrative and a journey of self transformation that will lead you onto the dharmic path of teaching yoga. Our training is registered and approved through Yoga Alliance which covers Yoga teaching techniques, teaching Methodology and Yogic Lifestyle, Philosophy, Anatomy and physiology, and Practice. 

During our 2 week intensive program, trainees will receive 200 hours of yoga training with practical teaching experience beginning in week one. From this list of many things that you will experience we offer an opportunity to explore a vast variety of yoga styles, techniques, proper cueing, public speaking and much more. We believe that learning the different styles of yoga will enhance your skills as a teacher. Our practicums will build your confidence and bring out the power of your authentic voice. We offer nurturing feedback and personalized assistance to support your individual growth as you blossom into a strong, confident and skillful teacher. 

Our training features both powerful, strengthening (energizing, heating) and deeply nurturing (soothing, cooling) forms of yoga asana; they help you stay balanced and energized in your own practice as well as giving you a variety of tools and techniques to offer your future students & clients. We are carriers of the lineage of TKV Desikachar that requires us to adapt Yoga to suit individual needs. All practices incorporate Breath, Movement, Sound, Silence & Stillness.

A typical Yoga class includes chanting, pranayama, kriyas, bandha work, dynamic flowing practice that incorporate sun salutations, heart openers, inversions, strengthening and core work leading into quiet spaces, psoas releases, meditation and deep relaxation. There is an element of self practice each day where we give personal attention, adjustments and assistance to help trainees with their own practice.

Our Yin practice includes gentle pranayama, joint articulation, gentle and simple movements entirely enveloped by the breath as we blend meditation, toning, mantra, pranayama techniques and deep relaxation. This is the Yoga of Intimacy, and the experience is far beyond that of ‘normal’ Yoga.

Yoga Alliance Certification

Once you’ve completed your training you will be eligible to to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 and will have all of the tools, skills and credentials required to begin teaching and inspiring safe and meaningful Yoga classes anywhere in the world.

Additional Course Content

Many hours will be invested in sharing proven, effective techniques that will support both your teaching and your personal evolution such as conscious communication, guided meditation, creative writing, Emotional Freedom Technique, transformative voice work and leadership skills that can bring transformation to all areas of your life. You will gain a well-rounded knowledge of the yogic sciences and a strong foundation on which to instruct your future students. 


Required reading is listed on the Yoga Teacher Training Page. Applications will be considered on their own merit.

Sample Schedule (Subject to change)

07.00 – 10.00 Morning Practice. Meditation, Mantra, Pranayama, Kriya, Bandha, Asana

10.00 – 11.00 Breakfast 

11.00 – 1.00 Lectures, Theory, Methodology

1.00 – 4.00 Lunch, Reading, Homework, Integration

4.00 – 6.30 Afternoon Asana, Teaching Practice, Personal Development

Be prepared to experience the magic of Puerto Rico. We will meet some evenings for yin practice, kirtan, group meals and movies.

Cost is $2,500 Includes Breakfast

Price does not include accommodations, transportation, meals or airfare

300 hour Teacher Training June 7 – June 27, 2019

Essential Yoga School invites you to experience a 300-hour Master Training

into the timeless art and healing of of yoga.

Course Work will Include

This is a 3 week intensive in Therapeutic Yin & Yang Yoga that will facilitate a quantum leap in the development of your skills as a teacher. The training features teachings from Heart of Yoga by Swami Sachitananda, Forrest Yoga, Anusara, Partner Yoga, Arm Balances & Inversions, Art Meditation, Compassionate Communication, EFT, Qi Gong, Philosophy,Klesas,Dance Mandala, Mantra, Kirtan, & Transformative Voice Work.

All transformational practices that will take you beyond your current edge. Nothing in life is one size fits all yoga is no different. We
steer clear of any dogma or system that ask us to fit into it rather than vice versa.

We foster authentic sharing from a place of personal truth.

We work on identifying the autopilot ‘teacher voice’ that can happen in class when we’ve become comfortable as teachers. The ‘teacher voice’ prevents you from being fully present with your students. We have a unique approach to overcoming this common issue that will ensure no ‘teacher voice’ makes it into your classes ever again.

Your teaching practicums begin in Module One and become steadily more challenging and confronting as we move through the program. Expect to take leaps in your skill level and capacity to effectively teach private yoga, specialty classes, workshops, and to host retreats.

We have an approach to therapeutics that encompasses Structural, Functional, Emotional & Spiritual healing and that will enable you
with enough experience to work privately with injured students.

Be prepared to experience the magic of Puerto Rico. We will meet some evenings for yin practice, kirtan, group meals and movies.

Cost is $3,500 Includes Breakfast

Price does not include accommodations, transportation, meals or airfare


40 hour Retreat – Info

Essential Yoga School invites all our Yoga Training students to attend a minimum of three days on retreat with Essential Yoga School Trainers. There are several options to choose from each year; we also offer local and out of state training retreats that can be attended by all schools, all students and share the Essential Yoga School programs with the general public.

Removing ourselves from our “normal” environment, responsibilities with work/family and placing ourselves with other yoga students and teachers provides a special integration of our practice into community life. In these weekends you will have the opportunities to check out and reconnect with yourself as well with your peers.

Traditionally, an “Ashram” was where Yoga aspirants went to study in-depth yoga philosophy as so they could retreat from the everyday distractions to fully focus on the spiritual path. To encourage our participants to take time away from daily life, we offer a schedule that includes daily practice, healthy living and communing with the earth and all her creatures. We include opportunities for meditation in a natural setting, self-study, and seva (volunteer work). At the end of your stay we collectively celebrate as well as reflect on our weekend together. Join us for a life changing experience.

40 – hr yoga Training Retreat Immersions are open to all students of yoga, even those not enrolled in our courses.

Cost is $350 Breakfast included.

Be prepared to experience the magic of Puerto Rico. We will meet some evenings for yin practice, kirtan, group meals and movies.

Price does not include accommodations, transportation, meals or airfare