Over the course of 18 days together, we will establish a rigorous daily asana practice, dive into yogic scripture, self-study, and surrender to our higher Selves as we watch all that is coming.
We will be nestled amidst Europe’s highest Alps, in the Chamonix valley, surrounded by pine forests and stunning views of the Mont Blanc mountain range. Gazing at these mountains stills the mind. Our hope is that this sacred environment will support your journey inward. By being close to nature, we remember who we truly are.
In the spirit of ahimsa, we are happy to say that LAAIC TT will be a fully vegan retreat training. We will live, eat and sleep in four beautiful chalets that are interconnected—which will create a community atmosphere while still holding space for privacy for each of us. There are spa facilities at the chalet where we can heal our bodies with sauna, steam, jacuzzi, and a heated pool.
The teacher training will take place in a large hall 2 minutes walk (next to a river) from your chalet. All yoga equipment is provided.
The LAAIC Teacher Training is a Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour program. Upon completion, you will be eligible to register as an RYT and secure your personal yoga teaching international insurance.
This retreat includes:
- LAAIC 200-hour TT
- LAAIC Training Manual
- 18 day / 17 night accommodation in a wonderful Alpine chalet
- Healthy and delicious organic vegan lunch and dinner, daily
- Fresh fruit, snacks, tea & coffee
- Unlimited access to the spa facilities at the chalet (swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam)
- Transfers to and from Geneva airport
- Optional guided mountain walking
- Daily Hatha Vinyasa yoga practice—drawing teachings from Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram Choudhury, Pattabhi Jois, Dharma Mittra and B. K. S. Iyengar
- Daily chanting from Sadhana Pada Yoga Sutra
- Introduction to pranayama, bandha and mudra practices
- Introduction to study of yogic scripture—focus on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
- Introduction to seated meditation
- Talia’s Method to Backbending & Flexibility
- Foundations of Ayurveda
- Ahimsa—exploring a vegan lifestyle
- Study of chakra system
- Yoga history and philosophy
- The art of sequencing a class
- Sanskrit and English names of postures
- Principles of anatomy and physiology
- Understanding of adjustments, alignment and use of props
- Practice teaching and receiving feedback
- Professionalism & ethics
- Social media—the business of yoga
The accommodation for this teacher training is a unique hamlet of luxury Alpine chalets in the heart of Argentiere, in the Chamonix valley, France.
Newly awarded an official 5-star rating, each chalet has a different design offering both sumptuous comfort and ultimate convenience even for the most discerning traveller. Facing south towards Mont Blanc these inter-connected chalets offer incredible views and luxury chalet accommodation with access to wonderful spa facilities.
Jacuzzis, heated swimming pool, sauna, hammam, fitness suite, cinema room, relaxation area, massage room, library, games room, wine cellar, ski room with heated boot warmers.
During your retreat, there will be an excellent full-time chef, chalet host and chauffeur providing catering, cleaning, driving and 24hr assistance.
The quality of the food on our retreats is very important to us. You will enjoy delicious, healthy, nutritional vegan meals carefully chosen by our chef to complement this teacher training retreat perfectly. We use organic and local produce wherever possible.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
TALIA SUTRA (E-RYT 200) has been practicing movement, dance, yoga, meditation and veganism since childhood. She sees nothing as external to her studies and has learned impeccable skill and technique from masters in the world of ballet and art alike. Talia has studied and practiced many forms of yoga including Bikram, Dharma, Ashtanga and various forms of vinyasa. She has combined years of experience into her own unique blend of seamless vinyasas and intense hatha stillness. Her classes clarify, deepen and unveil the joy of being present and alive in our body. She offers a deep understanding of traditional asanas and specializes in both the theory and practice of backbending postures, for which she has created a method which has transformed the practice of thousands worldwide. Talia believes that all life is interconnected and that we must all strive to free ourselves and by extension our world from all suffering through living an awakened, compassionate life one breath, one step at a time.
TONY LUPINACCI E-RYT 500
YOGA + MEDITATION TEACHER
I began my practice over a decade ago in an attempt to metabolize deep grief and to understand the human condition through my own. After countless hours of practice + self study I began to shed the protective layers of my personality. I found myself thinking less and feeling more. I know now that our true nature is to love and to move from a space of open hearted compassion. I aim to get students back to this simple truth.
In my classes, elements of Ashtanga, Kundalini Gosh + Katonah Yoga are woven together to create a rigorous inward exploration of the self. I also use vedic meditation, mantra and kriya as tools to reach higher states of consciousness through the physical form.
My goal is for practitioners to leave with a stronger connection to themselves and to all sentient beings.
Experience guided walks through the stunning French Alps.
You will have the option to join us on a couple of gentle half day hikes, that will last 2 – 3 hours with plenty of rest time to take in the incredible views. Our qualified and experienced walking guide and nature expert, carefully chooses trails to suit the abilities of our clients. Making sure no-one is left behind, while imparting knowledge on the local wildlife and beautiful fauna.
Hikes are optional.
WHAT TO BRING
Chamonix Mont Blanc is the most beautiful Alpine region in Europe and as with all mountain regions, the weather is unpredictable. It can be extremely hot on sunny days and occasionally very cold even in summer, so it’s always a good idea to check the weather report right before you travel.
We recommend bringing hiking boots or sensible outdoor footwear, sunglasses, sun cream, a bathing suit (for the spa facilities), a waterproof coat, a hat and warm layers. Don’t panic if you come unprepared or forget anything, there are plenty of shops in town.
We provide all yoga equipment (mats, blocks, bricks, straps, bolsters, eye pillows and blankets). At the chalet we provide towels and bathrobes so no need to bring your own.