Join Benjamin Sears for the first ever teacher training at his legendary retreat villa, LUXYOGA South of France, as we give the old Ashram idea a serious upgrade. Immerse in a proven, transformational program with the backdrop of breath-taking nature, and the support of Ayurvedic cuisine. Transcend any one style of yoga and learn how the practice fits each body. Develop a personal practice and the ability to teach effectively in your own voice. Become a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher! Maximum 22 students will be accepted. APPLY NOW
Join our team of experts for a Yoga Teacher Training that will empower you to orient yourself on the mat, as a teacher, and in our ever-changing world. The Sacred Geometry bedrock of two proven sequences and a cohesive yet broad curriculum connects to a central paradigm of self-knowledge that will guide you to continue to develop your practice and teaching long after the training is complete. Simply put, you will develop the skills to practice and teach profoundly effective Yoga right away. Beyond learning rules about teaching individual postures in a vacuum, you will emerge from training with the ability to see and shift how energy moves through a person, Intensity, sustainability, tradition and evolution form a practical magic square of mindful development through skillful action. When the system is sound, the challenge reflects potential. YOU are potential!
Notes on the setting – The LUXYOGA villa, South of France
LUXYOGA is the private retreat center opened by Benjamin Sears in 2007 and repeatedly named the world’s Premier Yoga Retreat, featured by Yoga Journal, Vogue, Esquire, and many others. LUX is known for legendary local cuisine, stunning nature, and cozy, personalized luxury service. For full accommodation students, expect the quality that has come to define LUXYOGA in a family style setting with rooms allotted on a first-come, first served basis. Nourishment will take the form of Ayurvedic-paleo gluten-free cuisine and the training will be bolstered by hikes and river swims for an experience of connection and community that would not be possible in any other location. We ask only that you respect this unique space with the heightened awareness of a true yogi.
Villa full accommodation package, shared room: $5950
Villa full accommodation package, private room: $7950
Yogi apartment full accommodation package, private room, villa meals: $5250
Curriculum & lunch – no accommodation/transportation: $3670
Curriculum only – no accommodation/transportation: $3250
NOTE: Only 14 villa spots, 3 apartment spots, and 22 total students will be accepted.
MISSION / DHARMA
Take your hunger to learn something more and turn it into nourishment. Turn it into something you can feel, like your own volume and all of your sides in every posture.
The Benjamin Sears Yoga Mission:
+ to provide you with a broad yet cohesive yoga education that empowers you to transcend brands of yoga and develop a personal practice that will stand the test of time and become a shoulder to lean upon through the peaks and valleys of life. More than learning the sequences, this means a way of seeing and understanding different practices and bodies under whatever circumstances you encounter them.
+ to prepare you to teach and practice 2 proven therapeutic vinyasa sequences right away. Having a scaffold to find your voice is indispensable.
+ to hold space for you to go deep inside yourself; you will immerse in both traditional and modern breath practices, journaling work, and develop new frameworks for self-reflection.
+ to hold space for you to connect with other soulful people. One of the best parts of training is making friends from all over the world and supporting each other.
+ to give you the tools to hold those spaces for yourself as a teacher and a student. See your strength and learn to use it. See your patterns and learn to transcend them.
+ to provide you with a universal paradigm for effective teaching. Communication is crucial. This training will lead to you find your own voice, your own way. Every painting starts with a canvas.
+ to inspire you to continue your research. You'll step out of this feeling strong and motivated.
+ to immerse yourself with great spirit in your training and take your role as a student seriously. The most effective teacher never stops learning.
+ to use your training to create new positive patterns
+ to believe in yourself
+ to refrain from drugs, alcohol, and legal stimulants (caffeine, etc.) throughout the duration of your training
WHAT TO EXPECT
Benjamin Sears Yoga Trainings are immersive experiences for personal transformation that will provide the fundamentals to start teaching Yoga right away. Expect a comprehensive Yoga education as well as training in 2 Benjamin Sears Sacred Geometry Vinyasa sequences, and a fine balance between the traditional aspects of Yoga and the power of evolution and science.
+ Asana (Yoga Postures):
Master the basics to develop a strong practice and guide others – "learn your dog, dude." Know what a shoulder is supposed to do in Chaturanga, why how fold your body affects your knee, and a thousand more such basics that every teacher needs to know. More than learning postures, you will learn how to connect concepts across a practice to maximize healing and minimize injury.
+ Pranayama (Breathing Practices)
A personal Sadhana (practice) makes you powerful. Learn to go inside to come out stronger.
+ Dhyana (Meditation Practices)
+ Kriyas (Yogic Cleansing & Empowerment Practices)
+ Extended morning comprehensive practices
These are the heart of the training. In a small group setting we will use variable techniques to ensure that you understand and the concepts essential to therapeutic and invigorating practice. The sequences will be used as the framework for dissection and expansion of postures and principles, and while you're warm, we'll get you assisting each other as time progresses.
+ 2 Sacred Geometry Vinyasa sequences
+ Nutrition, Ayurveda & Marma Therapy
Nutritional fundamentals via evolved wisdom. Master Marma Ayurveda practitioners Damien Hagglund & Katie Grossman distill the wisdom of the past in a way that is relevant for active people in today's world. Food is your friend, and nourishment is important. This module is truly rare due to the collaboration between Benjamin Sears & Damian Hagglund. Damien, who grew up on an ashram in India but has worked with Westerners for the last decade, brings a unique and balanced perspective to the integration of ancient wisdom and modern science. In addition to Ayurveda-guided nutrition, you will learn pressure points to relieve, for example, back pain and constipation.
+ Functional Anatomy
A two-fold process: the anatomy course you will study online before training and the hands-on work during the immersion.
+ Teaching Methodology:
Simple, effective and honest communication in your real voice. No theatre here, our teaching labs apply just enough pressure to make diamonds. You will be teaching in real time during the training.
How to go deep safely in practice and teaching (Vinyasa Krama), and how to tailor practices for specific needs and therapy.
+ Intro to Handstands & Active Mobility
Learn the intelligent foundations that ensure progress and keep you and your students safe. Everyone has a starting point. An inversion practice can truly be for everyone.
Learn and practice transformative self-reflective writing - Raja Yoga for the modern yogi, or, as one of our students put it: "some powerful sh*%"
+ Philosophy & Tradition
Know the basics and how they resonate in today's world. This is a powerful aspect of this training in particular due to the collaboration between Benjamin Sears & Damian Hagglund. Both are masters at taking complex metaphorical texts and relating them to life in a way that will actually serve your own process and that of your students-to-be.
+ Yoga Business - Guidelines for Growth
+ 7:30-8:15am // Awakening : Pranayama & Meditation
+ 8:30-11am // In-Depth Asana Practice
+ 11:30am-12:30pm // Dinner
+ 1-4pm // Afternoon Education Modules
+ 4:30-6pm // Sacred Geometry Vinyasa Practice / Education Module
+ 6:30-8pm // Dinner
+ 8pm – 9:30 Evening Education Modules
**Evenings : Dependent upon the progress of the group, most evenings will be free time.
** At the midpoint of the training there will be one day of light curriculum, self-care practices, and celebration.
I believe that we learn by practice – whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. Practice counts. I’ve spent most of my life sweating, rolling, stretching, dancing - in some way simply connecting body and mind because this integration is where I feel empowered. I think I can help you feel this. When I discovered yoga in 2002, my practice became a therapeutic refuge from a lifetime of intense training and the injuries that inevitably come from a pursuit that puts performance first and wellness second. I still wouldn’t trade a minute of it. Inspired by the healing and self-reflection of yoga practice, I have found a way to teach dance and movement that is not only accessible to all kinds people but also delivers the same type of profound physical and spiritual therapy as yoga.
I bring the balance of precision and joy from my dance background into yoga and I reveal to my movement students how precise movements are the gateway to freedom. Everyone should be able to discover how practice reveals the unique beauty of the way his or her body moves and the joy of that freedom. I'm honored to teach at LUX – it's a magical place to improve your body's vocabulary.
Born in Bali to an Australian mum and a Swedish dad, Damian is not your average Joey. He grew up in a monastery in India from the time he was 6 years old. He quickly absorbed the culture and became fluent in 5 Indian languages and various tribal traditions. After monastary he spent 10 more years in India seeking to learn ancient wisdoms. When Damian was 19 he met Dr. Madusudan Ray, while on a search for relief from sciatica & IBS. After implementing the warrior system of Ayurveda, Damian was able to heal himself and after much dedication and persistence became Dr. Madhusudan Ray’s first western student. Since leaving his studies in India in 2004, Damian has dedicated his life to serving others by sharing his experience and knowledge of Ayurveda all over the world. Damian has a Bachelor's degree in classical indian music with a concentration in Tabla. He is also a 200 hour RYT Yoga Instructor and Certified Master Personal Trainer and Martial Art Teacher.
Katie Grossman grew up in Westchester, NY, and received her B.A. in Social Work at the University of Vermont. During her yoga teacher training in Burlington, VT, she discovered Ayurveda : an ancient Indian healing science that administers various treatments to restore the body's inherent balance -- and which gets thrown off by diet, stress, environmental factors, and the daily grind of modern life.
In 2010, Katie turned to this alternative method to heal her own life long health struggles -- and fell so in love with the practice, that she decided to dedicate her life to studying with masters in India, then sharing these methodologies with a Western audience. Katie is a Reiki Master, 200hr RYT Yoga Instructor, Marma Therapist, and Ayurvedic Consultant. She continues to study healing modalities to integrate into her practice.
“I’m so inspired, my body feels great, I feel open & light. So many things have shifted. I so appreciate the way the course was put together, the support, the love, the compassion, the knowledge….. I’m blown away how much information I’ve received in two weeks. “ - Roxanne, Pasadena, CA
"I walked in naive, scared, and very uncertain, but hopeful to find something more. Not only did they [Ben & Tatiana] exceed all expectations... they’ve taken it to a deeper level to understand all of the different levels of yoga and all of the things that come with it. The people in this training became like Family. To Ben & Tati, it’s changed me and inspired me and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned." - Kristine, Calgary, Canada
"We came with no expectations….but it’s been amazing. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine we would learn this much, both on a physical and personal level. The way my yoga has developed during these few weeks is amazing, I never thought that could happen. Ben & Tatiana are both beautiful individuals and good role models. It’s been an incredibly healing experience". - Lina & Daniel, Sweden
"In 15 days, not only has my practice become rock solid, but I’m connected to the most profound sense of purpose. I knew there would be no bullshit and there would be a strong foundation but they have above and beyond delivered. I can’t speak highly enough about this experience. It’s been truly life changing. What they’ve given us is our own personal power, and that’s a limitless fountain" - Nilya, NYC
"I was nervous coming into this training and wasn't really sure what to expect. This was my very first YTT. I work in the healing arts, so am constantly surrounded by esoteric healers and have had many “healing” sessions and attended many "healing" retreats. Of my many years in the world of wellness, Ben & Tatiana are by far, without a doubt, the most profound healers I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing space with. Their ability to hold space for transformation and foster growth in each and every individual is incomparable. They are both awe inspiring. This has been a truly life changing two weeks and I can’t wait to share this gift that Ben & Tati have given us!" - Morgan, Miami, FL
"After my son was born, I felt like I gained a new emotion. After Ben's Teacher Training, I feel like an entirely new facet of feels has emerged..." - Michael Manalo, Huntington Beach, CA
How proficient in Yoga do I have to be?
This training is much about learning how to balance sustainability and intensity in a complete practice. Much of the work for some is, ironically, unlearning common mistakes that lead practitioners to practice postures without the details that make them both therapeutic and invigorating. This training will be physically and mentally challenging regardless of your level of experience. You need to show up ready to do to the work. We feel that one of the responsibilities of a teacher is a solid (not necessarily acrobatic) practice.
What/where is LUXYOGA and how do I get there?
LUXYOGA is the legendary South of France private villa retreat opened by Benjamin Sears in 2007. LUX has consistently been named one of the world’s top luxury retreats. The villa is about thirty minutes from Nice, France and the closest airport is Nice (NCE). The stunning nature that surrounds the villa forms the ideal setting for an immersive training, and the curriculum will integrate very special hikes to hidden local treasures with the spiritual practices.
For students booking an on-site accommodation option, shuttles will be provided from Nice Airport on September 6th, the day before training begins. For off-site students, the address of the villa is 695 Chemin Saint Arnoux, Tourrettes Sur Loup, France 06140 and we will see you at the villa at 7AM sharp on September 7th.
What are the accommodations like onsite?
LUXYOGA is a majestic six-room villa with magical views of the Mediterranean coast, a pool, and many cozy-luxury spots to hang out. For this training, LUX will be operating like an upscale ashram - bookings are first-come, first-served. Private and shared rooms are available, and everything is included to set you up for success during your training. Please click this link to view the rooms at the villa:
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The Yogi apartment is a very simple 4-bedroom, 2-toilet, 1-shower lodging right on the picaresque village square of Tourrettes Sur Loup. One staff member and 3 trainees will be able to stay at the apartment. You can walk right out the door into the village, and you will enjoy all of your meals at the villa.
What should I expect?
Expect to emerge with a foundation that will support you in any physical endeavor, the tools for self-practice, the skills to begin teaching right away, and a community that will support you going forward. During the training, it is important that you sign on to the process by connecting with your fellow trainees, learning the material, and that you prioritize getting rest during your time off. Each day you will have one or two physical practices as well as meditation and breathing, teaching practice, and special modules on certain days.
What kind of food will be provided?
If you have selected to stay at the Villa or Yogi apartment, you will be treated to legendary LUXYOGA cuisine; all of which is based upon Ayurvedic principles and is locally sourced. All LUXYOGA meals are entirely gluten-free and essentially paleo and vegan/vegetarian needs are covered. At LUXYOGA, we believe in real food that supports strong practice.
Is there free time?
Every day begins at 7:30AM, includes a significant lunch break, and most days will conclude before 7PM. Your program may include a couple of after-dinner modules, but compared to many other trainings, we prioritize, within reason, the need for good sleep. Please refer to the sample day schedule for more detail.
How many students will be in the training?
There will be a maximum of 23 students at the September training at the LUXYOGA villa. It is indeed a special opportunity to study with master teachers in a smaller-than-usual group.
What kind of certification will I receive?
You will receive a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification if you complete all coursework to the satisfaction of the faculty and submit to YA for your certification. We do not sell certificates, and if certified, you represent Benjamin Sears Yoga. We will make every effort to prepare you to teach and empower you with tools to continue your growth.
What’s the weather like?
September is the perfect time of year in the South of France. Expect to catch some rays during your lunch break, dip in the pool, and enjoy slightly cooler nights and epic sunsets.
What do I need to bring?
Plenty of yoga clothes, shoes or sneakers that you can hike in, bathing suit, and whatever else you would typically need for this type of immersion. We will provide yoga mats, straps, blocks, rolls – all the goods – however, if you prefer a specific type of mat, you should bring your own mat.
What is included in the cost?
For all full accommodation packages, everything from three LUXYOGA chef-prepared meals daily to lodging and arrival and departure shuttles is included.
For all students, the curriculum and yoga props are included in the tuition.
What is your refund policy?
We have a strict no refund policy. No refunds or credits will be issued for any reason.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes - payment can be made in full or in three installments. You will receive detailed instructions if you are accepted into the program.
- How do I apply?
Tuition Investment/ Pricing Breakdown:
Villa full package, shared room: $5950
Villa full package, private room: $7950
Yogi apartment, private room, villa meals: $5250
Very simple accommodations along with a staff member right on the picaresque square of our local village. 4 private bedrooms share 2 toilets and 1 shower.
Training Curriculum only: $3250
Source your own lodging, transportation and meals
Training Curriculum with lunch: $3670
Source your own lodging, transportation and meals — enjoy lunch prepared by the LUXYOGA chef(Includes: All course fees, materials, and daily towels for yoga practice.)
*For questions about pricing and accommodations, please email email@example.com
Application fee (because you are serious about this, and we take your application seriously): $75
All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If you choose to stay offsite, please visit our FAQ section for more info!
Check with your local tax advisor. In most jurisdictions, you can deduct professional yoga training as a business expense which results in a considerably lower course cost. If you need an official tax invoice, just ask. We’re happy to help!
Deposit (to save your place): Depending on which package you choose, one third of your tuition is due for the deposit. (as soon as you are accepted to the program, you will receive a link to pay your deposit)
*Deposit payments are reduced from your tuition bill
No Hidden Fees
Prices are all-inclusive. There are no hidden fees or extras before or after arrival.
Easy Payment Options
You can pay with any major credit card or via bank transfer.
All payments are non-refundable for any reason. Under no circumstance does payment ensure certification. All certifications are merit-based only. We do not sell certifications.
You can opt for a 3-pay option where your total fees are split into 3 payments made in the months leading up to the course (full payment due 1 month prior to course start date).
How much is it worth?
“How much is a good education worth?” How much do you gain by developing a practice that leaves you self-sufficient, able to do yoga anywhere? What is the value of self-knowledge and a drive that keeps you inspired to continue learning?
According to CNN, senior yoga teachers with 7 years of experience, earn an average of $62K/year, and yoga teaching is ranked as the #10 most desirable job in the United States. Many graduates are able to earn back their tuition in three-to-six months of teaching and then have a skill set that serves them for life.