Dear Yoga Student,
We are honored and privileged that you would take the time to explore the Yandara Yoga Institute and know how important it is for you to choose the right school for your teacher training. Taking that next step of becoming a yoga teacher is a serious one and we want to do everything we can to ensure that we are the right fit for you and that you are the right fit for us. The road to deepening ones practice and exploring the mind, body, and soul requires the “right” mentors and teachers and so we feel blessed that you would consider us to participate with you in this relationship.
On this page we outline everything you need to know about us so that you can make an informed decision. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about our trainings…….
Is the Yandara Yoga Institute registered with the Yoga Alliance and are your programs YA accredited?
Yes we are. The Yoga Alliance is a non-profit group that helps support the yoga community by setting certain standards that schools must adhere to be able to offer YA accredited teacher training programs. By training with our Registered Yoga School, you can rest assured that your training will not only meet the highest standards possible, but that you can also become a Registered Yoga Teacher. This means that should you ever decide to teach professionally, almost any studio across the world will be more willing to hire you because of this accreditation.
How long has your school been around?
For the last ten years, Yandara Yoga Institute has created a space for yoga students to:
- Become empowered inspiring yoga teachers.
- Deepen Their Practice
- Create Positive Change Within Themselves
- Learn and Develop Tools For Life
- Empower Them To Make A Positive Impact In Their Community & the World
What do past students have to say about their teacher training experience with your school?
“My experience at Yandara has been very enlightening. I received much more than I bargained for and I have a lot more understanding of yoga as a whole.” – Shannon Brophy co-founder Yoga.com
“The growth I went through at Yandara Yoga School was amazing and I was given the tools to continue to grow as a yoga teacher” Jen Day
“I am forever grateful for the illuminating experiences which have affected my life in such a profound and positive way!” – Shawna
“The staff at Yandara has been helpful and has open hearts and opened minds. The program is complete. My experience at Yandara has been incredible and I will take what I have learned with me into whatever my future holds.” – Jayne
And here are some video testimonials…
And here are some happy smiling faces….
We offer teacher trainings in both Baja California and in Bali.
Our main location is in Baja California where we have created a very sacred space on the beach that is off grid in which for you to truly immerse yourself in the Yogic lifestyle. When yoga fist began in India, students would immerse themselves in daily practice at an ashram. This is what allowed students to truly gain all the teachings yoga has to offer. Our “retreat” is nestled right on the beach away from everything where you will be able to truly explore yourself and absorb the wonderful teachings in a relaxed environment where you are supported by beautiful nature and loving friends.
Here is the coastline in which we reside…
Because we believe that each style of yoga has its own benefits and that each student is drawn to what works for them, we can accommodate almost any style of yoga you are interested in. Our veteran teachers have traveled the world to study with some of the greatest yoga masters and now offer these teachings to our students. Whether you are compelled to study Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Dharma Yoga, etc…we can accommodate the style that fits your needs.
What is the teacher training curriculum like?
The Yandara Yoga Teacher Training program emphasizes the importance of a deep and holistic transformation into our essential loving nature. This approach will prepare you to live an inspired yogic lifestyle and naturally share your gift as a competent instructor. During your training at Yandara we will explore and understand the fundamentals of safe alignment in your practice, sequencing with a specific intention, accessing confidence with your true voice, postural analysis, hands-on assists, teaching methodology, creating sacred space, and the business of teaching yoga. While this training offers all of the necessary tools for you to become an amazing teacher of yoga, it is designed for you to have an experience of how we live and practice the yogic lifestyle – enhancing health and well being for all beings.
Who are the teachers?
Craig is registered with Yoga Alliance with over 5000 hours of yoga practice and teaching. In 1968 Craig trained under Yogi Ananda Bhavanani (a follower of Swami Sivananda) in Vancouver, Canada, and became a certified Sivananda-style yoga instructor. At this same time, he began his 30-year meditation study with both Sant Kirpal Singh, and later with his successor Sant Darshan Singh, he also studied, and became initiated in, Tibetan Buddhism, and furthered his Hatha Yoga studies with Yogi Shaym Acharia. Craig has made five trips to India, studying meditation at Sawan Ashram, Delhi, and Deradhun. For 5 years he was studying Chinese yoga, T’ai Chi and Qi gong and is involved with yoga psychology and deep ecology.
Shane Perkins E-RYT200
Having over one thousand hours of formal teaching, Shane holds an E-RYT registry with Yoga Alliance. Shane has 20 years of meditation and yoga practice experience. His teaching style is Iyengar based Hatha yoga. His studies include Anusara yoga, Kundalini yoga, an intensive with Baba Hari Das of the Mount Madonna Center and with Desakachar in Toronto; four 200- hour teacher trainings at Yandara Yoga Institute, including ones taught by Iyengar teachers Kevin Durkin and Victor Oppenheimer. Shane also spent two years as an apprentice, training in wilderness meditation and Chi gong (Ancient Chinese yoga). This training included numerous solo retreats ranging in length from two to twenty-eight days.
Shane recently spent 6 months in India and Nepal where he attended teachings and went on retreats, undertaking deep and extensive practice in Vipassana, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation.
Allison Eaton E-RYT200
Allison has trained over 500 yogis to become empowered and inspired yoga teachers. Her background resides in Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Chakra Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi. She is a Reiki practitioner with a background in the healing arts. Allison completed her yoga teaching certifications through Shiva Rea (Vinyasa Flow), Peter Sterios (“Principles of Gravity & Grace”), Kevin Durkin (Certified Iyengar Teacher and Yoga Therapist), Victor Oppenheimer (Senior Iyengar Teacher), Corrin Adams (Hatha Yoga) and Yoga Fit (Vinyasa Flow). She is known to draw the authentic Self out of her students, empowering them to practice and teach from their hearts and intuitive guidance.
Here is a recent video from Allison…
What types of students best fit your school?
Our students travel to us from all over the world and are spirits who are interested in exploring life through the sacred art we call yoga. Some are interested in becoming professional teachers while others are students of life looking to deepen their own practice. We look for students who are sincere about their practice, and have a commitment to yoga as a way of transforming peoples lives
Students who tend to come to our school are generally interested in:
- Making a positive difference in the world and their community
- Value the power of relationships and the art of communication
- Personal growth, spirituality, and raising their vibration
- Creating a deeper connection with themselves & life
- Organic and sustainable living
- Connecting with nature
Here are some more photos of recent students….
During our teacher training program you will benefit immensely from the emphasis that is placed on practice teaching time, one to one mentoring, and small class sizes. On a daily basis, right from the start, you will be teaching fellow students and receiving their support and feedback along with the guidance of your instructors. Our training programs allow you to learn a significant amount of information in a short period of time as you are ‘embodying’ the knowledge by putting it into practice each step of the way.
In addition to learning how to teach asana, meditation, philosophy, and pranayama practices you will learn the art of living and teaching from the heart. While at Yandara Yoga Institute you will have the opportunity to deepen your connection with your own inner wisdom and teacher. Various practices and experiences will be made available to you, allowing you to access a place of heart-felt presence. Sharing this radiance and joy with your students is truly a gift that will uplift and inspire them to find the same! We believe this is the true path of a yoga teacher.
Here are some images during class time…
Because of our beautiful location on the beach, we love to play in nature!
Since this is our front and backyard, we like to go on walks and hikes….
- Yoga Alliance approved curriculum
- A cost efficient program without sacrificing quality
- Immersion in the Yogic lifestyle
- A relaxed environment in which you can move at your own pace
- Personal attention assuring you gain the most benefit
- Authentic yogic living on the beach of Mexico or Bali
- Complete seclusion from city distractions
- A spiritual yet modern approach to yoga
- A program that welcomes all types of students
- A dediacted group of teachers who have been living this lifestyle all their lives
- And a big smile and hug!
At the Yandara Yoga Institute, we have created a special family in which any student who is interested in creating real connections can come and join us!
Ready to register for one of our programs?