The Yoga Barn: Ubud, Bali

2019 Special Immersion: Advanced Training for Teachers

  • October 20th - 28th, 2019

  • Begins 1pm on Sunday 20th, then 9am–5.30pm daily

  • YACEP 60 hours available

"Do not dilute the quality of your yoga to win and keep students. Let them come and go freely and do not oversell with false claims or the emotive suggestion that any person "needs" yoga or anything at all. It is far more satisfying to teach a few sincere friends. The intimacy in teaching is a great pleasure, far more enjoyable than generating money! It is better to go deep with a small number of good people than produce and sell a bland, standardized product that attempts to please many. It is early days of yoga in the West and we are moving on from the misinformation that dominated yoga until recently. You may find that there is a big response as the world realizes what actually is on offer in yoga. To truly care and teach in the traditional way, that helps an individual negotiate his or her peace, is the best thing you can do in this suffering world.” — Mark Whitwell, from Yoga of Heart

Join master teacher Mark Whitwell for this eight and a half-day immersion in the heart of Yoga as passed on from "the teacher of the teachers," Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. This training is for practicing teachers (whether enthusiastically active or disillusioned and lost within the Yoga world) and existing graduates of a Heart of Yoga teacher training.

What is advanced? What does that mean? Mark takes the lead from his teacher T.K.V. Desikachar, who said: “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” This comes through correct engagement of the principles of breath, which makes your Yoga entirely your own: efficient, powerful, safe, and not a struggle to get anywhere, as if you are not somewhere.

Advanced yoga, then, is the ability to practice oneself as direct intimacy with the nurturing power of the cosmos that is our always-present reality, and feel solid and assured within this intimate connection with all. And then to be able to share this technology of connection in non-hierarchical, practical, caring, and effective ways, respecting each person for the unique arising of life that they are.

This training is designed to bring existing teachers together to go deeper into principles of practice, and deeper into how to tailor practice to your students, and how to teach in a natural, relaxed, authentic way without creating the “social dynamic of disempowerment.” We will cover how to survive and stay authentic and not reactive as the west experiments with Yoga as commodity. We become solid in our practice and teaching and then cut through the bullshit like an elegant boat slipping through the water, never looking back.

All body types, ages, cultures, sexual orientations, genders, experience levels and backgrounds are welcome (within above restrictions).

Advanced yoga means making your practice truly pleasurable and transformative, using the principles from the great tradition, and stepping into the mission of sharing this with others. It is easy and it is for everyone. If a person can breathe, they can do yoga.

Content includes:

  • Principles of practice from Krishnamacharya, including asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation, and Vedic chanting

  • How to take the struggle out of yoga for ourselves and our students

  • Understanding the Great Tradition of saints and sages and how yoga fits into our relationship with them

  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

  • Adapting yoga to individual needs (health, age, culture etc)

  • How yoga can flow into our relationships and make them easier, smoother and more caring

  • The art and science of sequencing (vinyasa krama)

  • Energetic anatomy and developing sensitivity to the needs and constitution of students

  • The art of private classes: One-on-one teaching Masterclass

Please note daily lunch is NOT included — however we will have a space where we can all be together and order food or eat a packed lunch during the midday break. and there are many many cheap and delicious options nearby. Ubud is the home of yogic eating!

On application, we will send you some welcome info with recommendations of affordable nearby places for accommodation and meals options.

Limited scholarships are available for indigenous Balinese and those from globally unfairly disadvantaged countries. Please contact programs@heartofyoga.com for further information.

Please note banner image is from a larger teacher training with guests and class size will be smaller.


Price modalities:

  • $1250 Early Booking Price:
    Available up to 2 months prior to the training start date for the program (Ends 20th August)

  • $1400 Standard:
    Due in full two weeks (14 days) prior to training start date for the program (Due by 6 October)

$500 Deposit upon registration secures your spot.
All amounts in US dollars

Full payment due by September 20, 2019.

Price includes:

  • Full tuition — immersive study and practice

  • One-on-one support with assistant teachers if desired

  • Full training manual

  • Membership to Heart of Yoga Teacher’s community group for ongoing support and questions

  • 60 hours YA certification if required

Accommodation and daily meals are NOT included in the price, but there is a wide variety of affordable, beautiful, and delicious options both within and within walking distance of Yoga Barn. 

Payment plans available on enquiry.


Feel free to contact retreat coordinator Jess with questions or registration enquiries:

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About our venue, the stunning Yoga Barn:

As a center dedicated to healing and renewal, The Yoga Barn provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul right in the center of Ubud, Bali. Filled with mossy sculptures and the sound of flowing water, Yoga Barn is such a green, peaceful, and nurturing environment, it is impossible not to relax and feel the wonder of nature all around.

Launched in 2007, The Yoga Barn was created by its founders for the sole purpose of bringing together community and giving back to the island of Bali, The Yoga Barn is open 360 days a year from 7am – 9pm with over 15 classes & workshops a day, and retreats and yoga teacher trainings with visiting faculty on a regular basis.

Located in downtown Ubud, The Yoga Barn provides peaceful respite from the traffic of Ubud’s main streets. Conveniently accessible from two entrances – one entrance is located on Jln Pengosekan, (a short wander down Jln Hanoman past Coco Supermarket) and the second entrance is located on Jln Tebeseya, just outside the Yoga Barn Guest House and includes a parking lot. 

The Yoga Barn includes a 10-room Guest House, a Healing Center with cleansing and colonics, an Ayurvedic Massage & Treatment Center, a branch of the Bali Yoga Shop, and an outdoor amphitheater with a Juice Bar, as well as the garden branch of Ubud’s local restaurant gem, Kafe.