Evolutionary & Educational Yoga Experiences 2019

At Yoga Trade, we love learning! We believe that one of the most important pillars for yoga teachers is to embrace the seat of the student as well as the teacher. Continuing Education enables us to learn, grow, and tends the inner fire! Check out these recommended educational yoga experiences in 2019. We wish we had superhuman powers and could attend all of them:)

Starting in January 2019, 300 HOUR ADVANCED YOGA STUDIES in the U.S.A.

with Vira Bhava Yoga

Have you been thinking about doing a 300 hour training but not sure of the right one or unable to take a month off to do so? Vira Bhava Yoga offers powerful and thorough trainings that are held over 5-6 weekends within one year’s time at cities across the states. Trainings starting in Sacramento, CA and Atlanta, GA this upcoming January! In this training you will learn practices and gain tools that you can: take with you for the rest of your life, implement in your day to day, and enhance your practice and purpose in the world.


with Yoga Internships

Comprising eight classes of 2.5 hours, plus free attendance to all our Spanish language asana classes, this language course will prepare you to communicate effectively in Spanish during a yoga class. It is estimated that over 400 million people in the world speak Spanish as a native language, putting it second behind Mandarin and ahead of English in the rankings. It can be a huge competitive advantage to be able to work bilingually. Not only can you cater to the Spanish speaking population in your own country, but you can travel and work in Latin America, where yoga is just beginning to explode, or in Spain – a wildly popular yoga-tourism destination, with many well-established studios. So join us for this fun, interactive and practical course to get you started with your career as a Spanish language Yoga teacher!


with Kia Miller

Step away from life as you know it and join Kia Miller for a special practice driven immersion in the foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace of yoga. This is a unique opportunity to accelerate and stabilize your practice. Access deeper levels of connection and wisdom, facilitated by specific Kundalini kriyas, pranayama, and meditations.

February 21-March 2, 2019, SEVA SAFARI + Y12SR TRAINING in KENYA

with Mary Tilson

“Look Forward, Give Back”. This 10-day journey to Kenya offers personal growth, opening the hearts and minds of participants while creating a sustainable impact on our local community in the process. Plus you will participate in and bring the powerful Y12SR (Yoga for 12 Step Recovery) training to 60 Africa Yoga Project teachers and experience this transformational program alongside them.

Also, check out Mary’s MENTORSHIP program for yoga teachers by clicking HERE


with the Yoga Farm and Friends

Come as a student, leave as an ecological designer! A wonderful complimentary certification for all yoga teachers! We will be leading a small group of permaculture students on a whirlwind of experiential and lecture-based learning. You will take home a solid foundation in permaculture design, the building blocks of a regenerative lifestyle, and a deep appreciation for natural systems. Daily yoga classes. Upon completion of the course, all students will receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design.


with Blue Chitta and Come One Yoga //

Freediving and Yoga! Discover your true potential in this unique 7 days all-inclusive Retreat by the Sea led by Gabrielle GQ & Natalie Rudman. You will be breathing a lot; exploring various pranayama that can be applied both in the practice of Yoga and Freediving, connecting your mind and body through Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flows, eating delicious local vegan/vegetarian food and learn how to explore the ocean on a single breath! Participants will receive their Level 1 Freediving certification thru Apnea Total.

March 22-30, 2019, SACRED EARTH in PERU

with Sarah Kadel

Deep in the Sacred Valley… High up in the Andean Mountains… Journey to the Sacred Inca Valley in Peru. Open up to the magic of the mountains. Walk through the Ancient Forest, feel the vibrations moving through your feet. Open up to the mysterious stories of the Ancient people. Absorb the incredible beauty and healing power of Nature. Restore harmony within yourself and with Mother Earth. Discover a deeper Love for yourself, nature and the divine. Recognize the sound of your heart calling you home to greet your highest self! Remember that everything is Sacred.


with Rochelle Ballard and Yoga Trade

Refine your wave riding skills with former WSL Professional Surfer, Rochelle Ballard (also the founder of Surf Into Yoga) as she takes you through a week of understanding the flow of riding waves, tuning into your body and the parallel life lessons that surfing and yoga can teach us. Co-hosted by the founders of Yoga Trade and the Yoga Farm! Surf playful beach breaks and long left hand point breaks. Practice daily yoga designed for surfers to create strength, flexibility, and restore and regenerate the body and mind. Eat healthy all week, make new friends, and learn about sustainable living as we share living space off the grid in beautiful Southern Costa Rica.



with Yoga Trade and Friends

A unique and special retreat gathering! Join the Yoga Trade family for six days and five nights at Punta Mona, Costa Rica: an off-the-grid botanical center where the rainforest meets the Caribbean sea. A space for Yoga Teachers, Wellness Professionals, Permaculturists, and those with a desire to learn from around the world to come together in an intimate and natural conference setting. Enjoy Movement, Yoga, Nature Connection, Community Building, Continuing Education, Storytelling, Permaculture, Regenerative Design, and Joy. An incredible line up of passionate teachers and magic in this land. Let’s share our wisdom and grow together!


with Anton Brandt

This 75 hour, 8 day module dives deep into The Katonah Method. Katonah incorporates classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being. Learning refined alignment + biomechanics is a given on our trainings, but we don’t stop there – be prepared to explore things like personal development, confidence, and speech. At the core of the The Sacred Fig philosophy is connection + community. Not only do our thoughts affect us in tangible ways, but we also have the extraordinary capacity to affect those around us, and the environment we live in. And so as yoga practitioners and teachers, we strive for the extraordinary, so that we may serve as a beacon of possibility for those around us. We see the divine in everything around us, but we also know that it lies within us. So before trying to shape & control everything outside of us, we first look deep within, and do the work ourselves.

September 7-28, 2019, FOUND EXPERIENCE in BALI

with Jake Paul White and Friends

It’s time to find a better way to live with more balance between work & your wellbeing. In this immersive 21 day experience we will guide you towards being the founder of your own life. If you have a vision for where you want to take your life, we can help you discover the right path. You can become the founder of your chosen life, by enrolling on this immersive 3-week experience, and learning by living the life you want rather than studying it in a book. Our mission is to help you take control of what your lifestyle looks like now, and for the future. We’ll guide you through setting the foundations of your own business, and building it around a lifestyle of wellbeing, community and travel, ultimately leaving you empowered to continue the journey alone.

Do you know of additional evolutionary and educational experiences in 2019, you’d like to recommend to the Yoga Trade community!? Post about them in the comments below!

Wanderlust: Inspiration for Yoga Teachers

One of the worlds largest yoga and lifestyle gatherings returns to the Lake Tahoe area July 19-22, 2018!

Wanderlust Squaw Valley is a high-vibe place to unite with the international yoga community through asana and meditation classes, personal growth workshops, music, and outdoor adventure.

It is important as a yoga teacher to continue to learn, to diversify knowledge, and to stay inspired and curious. Get out of the comfort zone and take classes and workshops that you normally may not. Connect with the intelligence of the granite, the pines, and the fresh mountain air.

Evolve your practice as a teacher and a student.

Some of the teachers and presenters this year include: Elena Brower, Eoin Finn, Shiva Rea, Chelsey Korus, Light Watkins, Noah Levine, Garth Stevenson, and DJ Drez.

A wonderful experience as a YOGA TEACHER as the event is over-flowing with wisdom, creativity and inspiration. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones in this magical setting in the Sierras. Share the spirit of WANDERLUST. See you there!

Article Photos By Pete Longworth for Wanderlust Festival

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It’s All About Balance: Yoga Business

Many full time yoga and wellness professionals support themselves by combining their teaching and healing trades with good business. This can be tricky as the philosophies of yoga and business can sometimes seem to contradict each other. I know a lot of new yoga teachers who teach part time and have other jobs they want to leave but are not ready to commit to jumping into making teaching yoga their only source of income. Also, I have a lot of creative and entrepreneurial minded friends who want to branch out and start their own business and could really benefit from accessible educational groups. It is all about perspective:  Starting a yoga business can be a great life teacher and adventure. Like most things, it’s about balance and how we approach it. The number of yoga and wellness professionals continues to rise and we are beginning to see more creative resources pop up for those in the industry. At times, it can seem overwhelming having a yoga business, but we must remember we don’t need to take on all the responsibility ourselves. Seeking community support, partnering up with people with complimentary skills, and having a passion to continue to learn new thing is key. I recently met Melissa Leger at a yoga training at Yandara in Baja, Mexico. We spent a lot of intimate time together as most people do at yoga intensives and was able to get to know her on a meaningful level as well as learn about exciting projects going on in her life. We share many commonalities in the journey of  finding the balance with yoga and business. Melissa recently launched The Smart Yoga Teacher, a business resource for yoga professionals. Here we learn her story and dive into the benefits of this community resource.

What is your yoga story?

I started yoga in college in about 16 years ago to cross train.  However, it was very much a work out mentality. I did it off and on but it wasn’t until I had a bout of depression where I really understood it was more than just asana. During the depression, I was very aware of it, I tried everything: self help books, astrology, staying busy, meeting new people, hobbies, exercise….but every day I would have the uncontrollable urge to cry and felt incredibly lonely. On another self help kick, I felt like I needed more exercise and bought a Groupon and practiced consistently at a studio for 30 days. I liked the exercise so I kept going and about 3 months in, I noticed a lot of those negative feelings went away. They were and are still there on occasion but without realizing it I learned the tools to witness emotion instead of overcoming them. I then pursued my 200 hour training which had a heavy focus on mindfulness and yoga therapy and in changed both myself and my practice. I completed my 300 hour yoga teacher recently which is a good reminder who we are is always evolving in our practice as we move through life.

Tell us about your passion for business…

Ah, my passion for business. I am a creative person but not in terms of being an artist. I like to think creatively and I love a challenge which works great in business. I love creating something out of nothing and enriching people’s lives. To be honest, I like making money too. Not in a greedy sort of way but I find a lot of ease in not having to think about bills and struggling. For me, it’s a lot more fun and useful to work hard in a way I want to share good things with the world than to have the stress of not knowing if I can pay my bills.


What is the vision at The Smart Yoga Teacher?

Some people are natural mothers, artists, athletes…I’m naturally inclined for business with a background in it and I also enjoy it. However, that’s not the case for a lot of people, in particular, natural healers that tend to come into teaching yoga. I’d like to create an educational resource that has a lot of free ways to learn from people who have “made it” in the yoga industry using the language and values that make sense to us. This doesn’t mean they are millionaires, though that would be nice, but they can support themselves and their families with their yoga career whether it be the main source of income or added to other desirable streams of income. Right now we have the blog which features a lot of tips, templates, and some how to videos from my experience. On the podcast, I interview other yoga pros doing different things in the industry and are supporting themselves. We also have a Facebook group where people can learn from each other. Long term, I’d like to see some offline and online courses but ideally we’re all earning from each other in our language while living yoga.

As a yoga teacher yourself, what resources for yoga teachers do you feel are lacking?

Business for sure. Yoga Alliance only requires 2 hours with a maximum of 5 in yoga teacher teacher trainings. That’s not enough. I have an M.B.A., was in the military, and worked in finance for 8 years and it’s still tough for me. People expect to be able to teach and start a career after yoga teacher training yet they’re very ill prepared for business side. Unless they are an employee, there’s very few full time yoga positions out there. Not only do we have to know about business but entrepreneurship specifically. There’s a technical and a very scary and challenging emotional side that isn’t talked about enough. Adding on to that, I think there’s a lack of community when it comes to business and yoga. Sometime it’s by nature from the individual teacher but also from a fear of competition. There’s competition out there but competition doesn’t have to create fear or a sense of lack. I’d like to see more resources to create community for yoga professionals where everyone’s connecting, sharing, and helping out communities together not separately.

How do you think ‘living yoga’ can improve businesses, organizations, and communities?

This is huge. As yogis, the 8 limbs can really help us with running our businesses ethically yet abundantly. The yamas and niyamas in particular are amazing when it comes to business. They can be our compass when we go through the peaks and valleys of running a business: being happy with wherever we’re at, how to communicate with people, what’s appropriate behavior in the workplace, setting boundaries with ourselves, clients, and employees, creating positive work environments, maintaining balance…I can go on forever.

Any tips on how we can maintain balance between utilizing the internet as a resource and finding presence offline?

Turn off all notifications! Seriously. There’s nothing so important that happens on your phone that can’t wait until you make time for it to be present. I think the internet is a great place to connect but it can also be a place to escape from our communities and relationships around us. Set time aside specifically for business and do the work then enjoy your life. I’ve started turning off my phone or leaving it behind when I’m not working because it’s such a distraction from life.

What do you believe is in store for the yoga industry over the next 10 years?

Business wise, there’s going to be more opportunity and also more competition. Some people fear competition but the people who are successful understand it’s a natural part of business. We’ll see yoga in a lot more places outside of the yoga studio and more teachers. The ones that will do well are the ones that don’t undervalue themselves because they can sustain themselves and continue to become a better teacher. There will be a lot more online learning, just like other industries, but physical classes will be just as in demand for the energy, personal attention, and community.

What is your definition of success?

In business, I would say being able to support ourselves financially and love what we do. In life, understanding ourselves and really owning it.

Anything else you would like to share?

Most people who succeed in business are the ones that failed more often than others. The reason people become successful is because they believe so much in their path that they don’t quit. Take action, keep trying, fail more often, and keep going!
Melissa Leger is the founder of The Smart Yoga Teacher, Ignite Your Bliss, and a yoga instructor. After a career in the Army and finance, she began to feel the pressures of mindlessly achieving more but having a constant feeling of emptiness. Through her yoga practice and eventually her teacher training, she began to feel alive, empowered, and aware. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at Mindful Yoga Academy in Spain, Level I of Blooma’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, and Level I of Yoga Gangsters training working with At Risk Youth, and is completing her 500 hour training at Yandara Institute in Mexico. She also owns Green Locus Yoga in Tampa, Florida which aims to make yoga accessible to the community regardless of age, body type, or ability. She loves cooking meals, traveling, and spending time with her dogs and husband.