Our Yoga Alliance Certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training offers an authentic, powerful and sustainable way for you to ignite your life’s purpose and meaning. Join us on this journey to deepen your yoga practice, connect to your unique teaching voice and experience true inner transformation of the body, mind and heart.



Deepen your yoga practice and embark on a transformational journey to discover how embodying holistic and sustainable practices can radically shift the way you live and engage in the world.

Learn the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness in this unique program combining ancient yogic wisdom and the intelligence of nature. Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community with intention, confidence and an expanded perspective. Awaken your potential!

october 26 – november 23, 2019
November 1 – 28, 2020


yoga + Leadership + earth care


• Yogis interested in deepening their practice
• Changemakers, innovators, activists and teachers
• Counselors and human rights workers
• Yoga teachers seeking to deepen their facilitation and community building skills
• Practitioners interested in new tools and approaches to designing and creating change

goals of this Course

• Enhance your understanding of the foundational aspects of this ancient practice through asana, pranayama, meditation, kriyas, philosophy, anatomy, a healthy lifestyle and Ayurveda
• Build your personal practice and gather concrete tools to embody the wisdom of The 4 Paths of Yoga, mindfulness, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Learn the fundamentals of alignment, intelligent sequencing, theme weaving and adaptations for diverse populations
• Find your voice and unique expression as an empowered yoga teacher
• Apply all that you have learned to live in alignment with your life’s calling and embody your true purpose

alignment + anatomy

• Gain knowledge in anatomy and physiology relating to the physical/mental benefits of yoga
• Learn form, benefits and precautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
• Gain a greater understanding of the neurological, emotional, and physical effects of yoga
• Deepen experiential knowledge of the breath and its effect on the physical nervous system, our psychology and our spiritual selves
• Understanding of subtle anatomy and alignment guidelines for injury prevention to advance your yoga practice

the art of teaching

• Learn the art of sequencing
• Explore various teaching methodologies, including modifications for age, focus and common injuries/conditions
• Become skilled at creating various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga
• Gain experience through a teaching practicum and receive feedback in a supportive environment

leadership + self-empowerment

• Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community
• Release self-limiting beliefs and step into your power as a leader!
• Connect to your inner teacher and learn how to leverage your skills and strengths with your unique purpose
• Better understand how to design and manage a project in alignment with your values, skills, passion and leadership style

philosophy + the yogic path

• Discover the subtle energy of yogic anatomy and how the chakras work
• Explore Ashtanga philosophy (the Eight-fold path)
• Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Learn about Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet

service + community

• Address issues of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and safety in a variety of contexts
• Learn how to nurture compassionate relationships, healthy families and a peaceful, sustainable world
• Discover the benefits and challenges of introducing yoga and mindfulness practices to diverse communities
• Learn and experience participation-based tools that support community impact projects through hands-on teaching
• Engage with the community that our work supports by participating in local social empowerment projects, addressing ecological and malnutrition concerns in the local Mayan community

earth care

• Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
• Connect with nature to inform your journey
• Learn the foundational principles of permaculture
• Learn practical tools and apply sustainable project design to support a local community project
• Co-create a community-lead reforestation project with the local Mayan community

in this course you will

• Receive an internationally recognized certification in yoga teaching and leadership
• Open and close your journey with a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
• Learn the fundamentals of our holistic and interdisciplinary approach to yoga
• Visit successful permaculture projects and learn from local wisdom keepers
• Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to create sustainable change
• Nourish your mind, body and spirit through daily yoga, meditation and living in harmony with the earth
• Return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded community and heartfelt inspiration

what’s unique about our approach

With deep roots in Northern India, our approach blends traditional Hatha, Vinyasa and the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga to support individuals in leading joyful, empowered lives. Our alignment-based system incorporates mindfulness and traditional yogic wisdom with a modern understanding of the body. We believe yoga is for all people and create safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments for you to discover your own potential. Our curriculum is developed around the three pillars of Mind, Body & Earth, believing that they are essential, interconnected aspects of the yogic path.




sample daily flow

6am Meditation
6:30am Yoga & Movement practice
8am Breakfast
9am Yoga Philosophy
10:45am Yoga Lab, Anatomy or Methodology
12:15pm Lunch
2pm Yoga Philosophy or Permaculture
4:15pm Yoga Lab, Therapeutics or Methodology
7:15pm Dinner
8pm Evening activity (meditation, circle, movie or reflection)*
*3 times per week

*In the third week, we will spend half days participating in a permaculture service project in the community.


• In-depth training 6 days a week
• 1 day each week of unscheduled time to study and explore
• 4 weeks of accommodations at Atitlán Organics' Bambu Guest House (community living focused on harmonious relationships with the planet)
• 3 delicious, organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals per day
• Illustrated Yoga Teacher Training Manual
• Daily yoga, meditation & philosophy classes
• Permaculture immersion and community-led service project
• Leadership + life-design module
• Field trips to local permaculture projects
• Mayan Fire Ceremony, Cacao & Sound Ceremony
• 200 hour Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT)*
*received upon successful completion of the program

Click here to view the full program curriculum

Awakened Spirit Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) adhering to the strict guidelines of the Yoga Alliance. Intimate classes allow our dedicated team of teachers to provide personal attention, expert guidance and personal feedback to students throughout our trainings.

Training Faculty

Julia Forest : E-RYT Lead Yoga Facilitator
Kristine Vanderplas : Yoga + Leadership
Rachelle Harvey : Yoga + Programming Assistant
Shad Qudsi : Permaculture Ninja


upcoming Sacred earth teacher trainings

october 26 – november 23, 2019

Atitlán Organics Bambu Eco Guest House
Tzununá, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

November 1 – November 28, 2020

Atitlán Organics Bambu Eco Guest House
Tzununá, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala



Curious whether this program is right for you? Book a time to chat with our team by clicking the button below and we'll speak with you over the phone, WhatsApp or Skype!



WhaT YOu'll love about LAKE ATITLáN

In Tz'utujil (one of the local Mayan dialects) there is no word which equates to ‘leaving’ – that is to say, visitors to Lake Atitlán are always returning home and we certainly feel that way each time we are greeted by the warm eyes and kind hearts of this community. With a rich, colourful and resilient history woven into the tapestry of everyday life (not to mention the amazing tapestries of daily dress) we are honoured to be welcomed into the village of Tzununá to share 4 weeks together, living respectfully among this community, the local traditions, and wisdom kept here. The lake herself is the subject of much folklore with alluring blue waters and mystical origins, calling many to the healing shores of this ancient volcanic crater.

Our Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training takes place at the stunning Bambu Guest House, a brand new, eco-friendly building designed in accordance with sustainable principles, proving that natural building can be luxurious.

Wake up here to an awe inspiring sunrise over Lake Atitlán, as the sleepy Mayan village below comes to life. Enjoy the natural vegetation and lush surrounds from the yoga platform before nourishing your body with local, organic, vegetarian fare prepared with produce from the Atitlán Organics farm (a 5-minute stroll away). The farm-to-table restaurant is run by three young, local, aspiring chefs named Antonio, Maricela, and Petrona who are as amazing as they are passionate about what they create and we love being guests at their dinner table!

With several accommodation options each equipped with a bathroom, balcony, comfy beds, super hot water, wifi, and amazing views of Lake Atitlán, it’s easy to settle into this dreamy landscape. Access to the lake is a 10-minute walk from Bambu, and the neighbouring town and eclectic travel hub of San Marcos is a 5-minute boat ride from there or 15-minute tuk-tuk (rickshaw).




This year is an exciting one for us! 100% of the profits from your tuition will support the launch of a food sovereignty and climate change resilience project in Tzununa. We are working in collaboration with Wellkind and Atitlan Organics to implement appropriate grass roots solutions that respond to the needs of the community, are self sustaining, and require minimal resource input in order to improve wellbeing among the indigenous population. Using the lens of permaculture and regeneration, program activities are led by youth from the community and will result in improved nutrition and local economic development for families and farmers, and ecological restoration and diversification for the Lake Atitlan region. During your training with us you will have an opportunity to contribute to our collective vision for a kinder, more well and equitable world. Your participation in this project is one of the ways we hope to create a net positive impact through responsible tourism on the village and surrounding areas.

tuition + accomodation:

$2500 + ($1095-1295) USD

Includes: 4-week YTT course including all classes, workshops, field trips, training manual, and choice of room & board.
Does not include: Airfare, required reading texts.

registration process

step 1: fill out the registration form

step 2: secure your booking

Once your deposit has been made we will notify you by email that your place in the course is secure. Deposit is non-refundable upon acceptance in the program. Contact us for Bank Transfer or PayPal information if you would prefer.


step 3: pay for room & board

Upon successful registration in this program you will be contacted by Shad from Bambu Guest House to reserve your choice of accommodation. Accommodation options include room and board (3 organic vegetarian meals per day), with shared and dorm lodging ranging from $1095–$1295 USD.



Use Crowdfunding to Engage Your Community!

Participants are encouraged to crowdfund for their tuition. This is an opportunity to engage your community with your journey from the very beginning and bring awareness to the projects that you will design and support during the training. There is also the option to raise funds beyond your tuition to use toward a passion project of your own design, or a community project that you choose to become more involved with during the training.

Crowdfunding gives your community an exciting way to invest in viable solutions that have an impact. If you are interested in crowdfunding, reach out for access to resources to support your crowdfunding campaign!


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What OUR Students Are Saying


The wonderful facilitators here have given us such a great framework for understanding ourselves better, understanding our behaviours, and how those ripple out into the world and into our connections with others. This is the best investment I’ve ever made in myself and I couldn’t recommend the experience more to anyone else. My biggest advice is go for it! 


Understanding the deeper yogic philosophy, the deeper meaning of the posters, and how to build my own personal practice has been a great learning opportunity. If you are looking to grow, you’re looking to learn, and you’re looking to deepen your practice and connection with the earth, this is the place to come.


Being in YTT for a month has made me realize that’s just scratching the surface of the journey. Rather than it being the end of a journey this is the start of a whole new thing, and I think it’s going to be really really life changing. For me, this experience has been the best thing ever.