200-Hour Sacred Earth YTT Curriculum


techniques, training, and practice

  • This includes analytical training and guided practice in asana, pranayama, kriyas (purification), chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. Daily yoga and meditation practice.
  • Introduction to prenatal yoga.


teaching methodology

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations
  • Trauma sensitivity training and teaching one on one sessions
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and adjusting
  • Qualities of a teacher & teaching styles
  • Form, method of teaching, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and 2 kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Learning to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga: each class having either a very mindful, flowing sequence, or dynamic, depending on your nature as a yoga teacher, and the students present in any given class
  • Teaching methodology, including modifications for age and common injuries/conditions, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching/learning, the use of voice, prenatal modifications, etc.
  • The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories
  • Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
  • The student learning process, learning styles based on doshas
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)


anatomy & physiology

  • Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, fascial chains theory, etc.)
  • Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, 5 pranas, koshas, etc.)
  • Anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.)


yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

  • The study of yoga philosophies and introduction to traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)
  • Self-reflection, independent study
  • Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
  • Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet



  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching



  • Complete Atitlan Organics Introduction to Permaculture Course
  • Permaculture ethics and principles and their application to farming and lifestyle
  • Gardening, including garden design, garden bed preparation, and planting
  • Landscape design via Permaculture Zones
  • Earthworks, including swales and contours
  • Water systems, including catchment, banana circles, and swales
  • Animal husbandry, including chicken and goat care

admissions criteria

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in our training.
  • Physical, mental, and emotional preparedness: Our certification program is offered in a 4week intensive format. To be admitted, you must be ready to fully participate in all aspects of the training. Participants must be able to support the group learning process, be on time and be prepared to engage in all of the classes.
  • Yoga experience: At a minimum you must have been practicing regularly for one year. Any pre-reading and homework required must be completed prior to the commencement of the training. There is a total of 10 hours of homework which includes reading the books on the reading list and assignments. You must be prepared to complete all requirements to the director’s satisfaction to receive your certificate for the entire training. This certificate can then be submitted to Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teacher designation.

By registering for this course, we understand that you have read and complied with the above criteria


course leaders

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Julia forest

founder & director, awakened spirit yoga

Julia Forest is an international yoga teacher, women’s health advocate, writer and closet artist who is passionate about health, environmentalism and yoga. She feels most at home wherever she rolls out her mat and finds inner peace and connection from a daily meditation practice. She created the Yoga Leadership and Permaculture Program, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities.

With more than a decade of teaching experience, Julia believes that yoga comes alive when practiced in every moment. She shares wholeheartedly the many blessings that yoga has brought to her life. Her passion for yoga, social change, connection and community has lead her to share holistic yoga teachings in many countries around the globe.

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kristine vanderplas

program developer & social permaculture leader

Kristine is inspired by the healing power of nature, the beauty in the world around us and the immense wisdom held in our bodies. Her life journey has taken her around the world, driven by the curiosity of human interactions and the eco-systems in which humanity thrives. She is a facilitator of movement, meditation and transformative experiences. Her yoga practice is informed by a deep listening to the body – accessing the wisdom held within to contribute to growth and healing. She is captivated by the potential of nature to heal and spends a great deal of time in the wilderness and working with La Vie de la Rose Flower Essences. Kristine is the co-creator of Temple23, a spiritual healing and events center in Toronto, and has has recently moved on to pursue her wanderlust and desire to live in deeper connection to nature. For over 10 years, Kristine has contributed to global community development projects with a focus on youth. She has supported the strategic planning and implementation of several large international projects and continues to explore the intersection of creativity and sustainable change – searching for the most effective approaches for healing ourselves, our communities and this beautiful planet we call home.

Lila li

retreat facilitator & program director

Lila Li is a travelling yoga teacher, life coach and sound healer who is a leading activist for women’s empowerment and well-being. Following her vision for planetary wellness, she’s dedicated the past 12 years to living in communities around the world while studying ancient traditions and regenerative living. Through embodied learning Lila has witnessed the impact of positive action and engaged activism for global change.

On her path of self-transformation, Lila has immersed herself in working closely with the cacao plant, a heart opening medicine that she integrates into her daily practice and shares in sound and movement ceremonies. In retreats and offerings, Lila weaves together a unique combination of healing modalities, drawing on her passion for yoga and sacred sound as a spiritual path.

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rachelle harvey

creative director & facilitator

Rachelle is a lifelong student of movement and music, having explored it’s many forms since childhood. A yogi at heart, she pursued a holistic life in alignment with her passions of art, sustainability, and community empowerment after many years working in the corporate fields of design and marketing.

Through deep listening practices, she encourages students to discover the voice of their inner wisdom and to embody yoga from the inside out as a path of transformation and healing. As an artist, facilitator, and deeply creative person, she strives to make the teachings of yoga accessible to everyone by helping others tap into their unique expression and lead a heart-centred life.

A budding herbalist, Rachelle is deeply passionate about the healing properties of plants, and our collective responsibility to restore the earth to it’s original magic. She merges her passions of mantra, movement and medicine, often working with the plant ally cacao to serve spirit in and out of ceremonial spaces.

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shad qudsi

founder and permaninja, atitlan organics

Shad Qudsi has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 8 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad originally set out to study mathematics and work in big business, but long ago had a change of heart. He can now be found dancing in his garden in Tzununa. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Human resiliency cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a gentle loving caress.