October 13th – November 1st, 2019
Kunga Yoga 3 Week Immersion on the Beaches of the Outer Banks!
FALL 2019 – OCTOBER 13TH – NOVEMBER 1ST
Surround yourself with water. Find your flow. Immerse into a deeper practice.
Dive into 200-hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training on the northern tip of North Carolina’s eastern-most and nationally-acclaimed strand of islands surrounded by history and small town coastal charm. Join Kunga Faculty Leaders Jessica Bichler and Trey Barefoot in this unique opportunity for transformative experiences while you delve deeper into your yoga practice.
Check out our Daily Schedule to the right for a typical day-in-the-life view of our teacher training Monday-Friday!
FALL 2019 Oct. 13 – Nov. 1
On our first evening together we’ll have…
Group Ceremonial Dinner
Partner Thai Massage & Restorative Yoga
*Schedule subject to change. You will receive schedule updates at your opening orientation on Day One.
*The scheduled days off are Saturday October 19th + Sunday October 20th and Saturday October 26th + Sunday October 27th.
About the Program
While you train and earn your 200hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training certificate with us you’ll…
- Develop your personal practice on and off the mat
- Gain tools to serve your community
- Find out how to prevent injuries while gaining flexibility and strength
- Learn from dedicated teachers with decades of experience
- Experience a variety of yoga methodologies within one training
- Create enriching personal relationships for your journey to come!
Students going through the program for personal enrichment will be challenged in a way that is safe, strong, and deeply transformative. Teacher Trainees will learn how to create and offer efficient and effectively sequenced classes using anatomical principles and vinyasa krama theory. You will also receive the Kunga Yoga Teacher Training Manual, a complete 250-page manual with sample class sequences and detailed content guiding you through the entire process for becoming a strong, effective, and impactful teacher.
We’ll also give you time throughout the weekend to spend enjoying the OBX. Saturdays + Sundays–Vacation Days–are a great time to invite your family to join you on the beach!
Click here to view our house, A Great Place, located within walking distance to the beach, Duck Village and the studio.
Lotus + Lentils, a plant-based catering company, will be preparing 3 meals a day on all training days. Each meal will be thoughtfully prepared by Tish Vincent, owner of Lotus + Lentils, and will be a well rounded plant-based (vegan) meal. Tish cooks with passion and heart, mindfully and prayerfully creating each meal. Lotus + Lentils really value a sense of sharing and community around the fun that happens in the kitchen!
For breakfast trainees can expect items such as gluten free avocado toast, smoothies, homemade granola bowls, breakfast casseroles + more! Our lunch menus will include items such as buddha bowls, mediterranean salad bars, tex-mex taco and salad bar, green goddess bowls + more! For dinner, we’ll enjoy meals that will include items such as Kitchari, homemade hearty soups, gluten free vegetable lasagne + more!
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Teacher Training Package Costs
Package Option 1
Quad Room (Shared)
Yoga Getaway + Organic Meal Plan
200hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training
$4,600 Standard Tuition
Package Option 2
Double Room (Shared)
Yoga Getaway + Organic Meal Plan
200hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training
$4,900 Standard Tuition
Package Option 3
Yoga Getaway + Organic Meal Plan
200hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training
$5,200 Standard Tuition
Organic Meal Plan
200hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training
$3,850 Standard Tuition
Save $400! Early bird pricing available through July 12th!
To sign-up please complete the registration form below! We will be in contact with you within 24 hours to complete your registration.
3 Month + 6 Month payment plans are available!
A $25 administrative fee does apply per month during payment plan.
Payment plans must be completed by the end date of the teacher training program.
Please inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 252-564-2219. Thank you!
Kunga Yoga Financial Aid Opportunities
Scholarship Application Due Date: August 30st, 2019 5:00pm
Village Yoga offers financial aid through scholarships and ambassadorships to dedicated students who qualify. To apply for a scholarship or ambassadorship please download and complete the application. Email completed submissions to email@example.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on the due date, which is found on the application.
Scholarships and ambassadorships for Kunga Programs are competitive and we encourage students who are interested to apply as soon as possible. For further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead Presenter, 500ERYT
Kunga Yoga School Manager, Jessica Bichler has a rich yogic history, steeped in a variety of trainings and lineages, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her classes, workshops and teacher trainings. Jess came to yoga in her teens, recognizing it as a path towards staying active and healthy throughout every stage of life and began teaching in 2001. Jess has had the opportunity to study myriad yoga styles, particularly the prominent lines of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara – each complimenting her attention to alignment and core engagement gained as a gymnast – as well as therapeutic and kids yoga. Her formal education and certifications were earned at the Morningside School of Yoga in upstate New York, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, and most recently 200 and 500 hour certifications from the Wilmington Yoga Center. Jess holds a MA in Visual and Cultural Anthropology. Her influential teachers include Michael Smith, Stacey Millner-Collins, Cheryl Crawford, Kristin Cooper and Noelle Cavenaugh. Jessica loves developing a wide variety of classes including everything from gentle and chair yoga, to kids yoga, to advanced practices focusing on arm balances and inversions. Her goal is to lovingly support students down the path of living a yogic lifestyle in all aspects.
Lead Presenter, 200ERYT
Trey is drawn to yoga for it’s fascinating ability to empower the student. He began his path toward healing in a high school gym class and then continued practicing at Seaside Yoga and Wilmington Yoga Center for a few years. After graduating from Seaside Yoga’s teacher training in 2009, he completed a second teacher training at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa in Nosara the following year. Since then, he has taught public classes and led retreats in Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Wilmington. He loves teaching at beach resorts and for the past two years he has taught Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga on the magical haven of Block Island, Rhode Island.
Trey’s focus is on the spiritual and psychosomatic power of yoga. Whether he is teaching gentle Restorative, or Power Flow, he strives to weave simple breathwork techniques, and the theme of unconditional acceptance into each and every class.
His deepest desire is to paint the physical body as a perfect conduit for universal energy, or life force, to move throughout. Trey uses yoga as a reminder that deep beneath the layers of mind, there is an unlimited wellspring of worthiness and passion inside each of us.
Guest Presenter, 500ERYT
Co-Director of Village Yoga, Jessica Moody, began practicing yoga in 2007. Ever since discovering Yoga she has taken her practice around the world and lived seasonally on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In 2013 she co-founded Village Yoga, a social entrepreneurship and yoga studio on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
In 2012 Jess completed Wilmington Yoga Center’s 200-hour Kunga Yoga Lifestyle and Teacher Training with Kristin Cooper and has dedicated herself to teaching ever since.
In the Spring of 2015 Jess completed her 500-hour certification, and a professional mentorship with Kristin Cooper and the Kunga Yoga School. Since 2014 she has guest taught 200-hour training programs and is a certified Kunga Yoga teacher trainer at the professional level. Jess has also taught with non-profits and in retreat settings in Mexico, Costa Rica, and India.
She holds certificates in 5Elements Vinyasa Flow, with advanced studies in Power Vinyasa, Restorative & Senior Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Yoga for PTSD and trauma sensitive populations. Jess would like to recognize her primary teachers Kristin Cooper, Noelle Whittington, and Larry Hobbs. She has also studied with other inspirational teachers such as Kathryn Budig, Michael Johnson, Rolf Gates, Maty Ezraty, and Tiffany Cruikshank.
Within her studio and other public classes Jess strives to create a spiritually and physically progressive, yet fun, yoga practice that challenges her students to unlock their ultimate potentials and strive for their highest selves. Jess’ vision as a yoga teacher is to continue to spread yoga as a path of service, and to inspire students to live with unconditional self love. When she’s not on the mat you can find her in the ocean riding waves, or searching for beach treasures with her dog, Waylon.
Guest Presenter, 500ERYT
Growing up on the Outer Banks, Village Yoga C0-Founder Katie Kennis first discovered yoga in 2003 through the loving guidance of her yogini mother, Maggie. From then on she was hooked. Through a dedicated daily practice and a love of travel, Katie found herself completing a 200-hour Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga certification through School Yoga Institute on the beautiful beach of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua in 2011. Eager to share the benefits cultivated through her self-practice and to dig deeper into all aspects of a yogic lifestyle, she returned to her childhood home on the Outer Banks where in 2013 she co-founded Village Yoga, a social entrepreneurship and yoga studio.
After a sudden loss of Katie’s mother, she soon found the consistent dedication to her practice to be the driving force in her healing process. With a vision to guide others on the path to self-discovery and healing within an all inclusive environment, Katie continues to draw inspiration from the fluidity of the ocean, freedom of her travel adventures, and above all the compassion of her most influential teacher, Mom.
Since the founding of Village Yoga, Katie has completed her 500-hour certification, and a professional mentorship with Kristin Cooper-Gulak and the Kunga Yoga School, during the spring of 2015. Katie is honored to have guest taught in 200-hour teacher training programs and is a certified Kunga Yoga teacher trainer at the professional level. Through her love of travel and service, she has had the opportunity to teach on retreats in Nosara, Costa Rica and and Kerala, India.
Katie has received a 5 Elements Vinyasa Flow certification from Kristin Cooper-Gulak at the Wilmington Yoga Center with additional training in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for PTSD and trauma sensitive populations, Kids Yoga, Yoga for Seniors and more. Katie remains forever grateful to consider Maggie Kennis and Kristin Cooper-Gulak as her primary teachers. She has also studied under such influential teachers as Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Tim Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, Jason Crandell, Rolf Gates, and Maty Ezraty.
Amy M Dougherty is the owner and lead PT of Outer Banks Physical Therapy. She is a 1990 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine, she prides herself on exceptional patient care and her skills are second to none in the area. She has a tremendous working relationship with the local and regional doctors which helps to produce the best outcomes for her patients. Amy has been practicing yoga for years and is a regular student at Village Yoga.
Guest Presenter, 200RYT
Tish Vincent is the Founder and Chief Granola Executive of Lotus & Lentils, a vegan catering, education, consulting, and private cheffing business based in Wilmington, NC. She is also a mother, grandmother, yoga teacher, and runner, with a passion for nature, travel, and connection through meals made with love.
After losing both of her parents to cancer when Tish was in her early twenties, she sought to make lifestyle and dietary changes that would ensure her chances for the healthiest life possible. This journey leads her to veganism and yoga.
Tish is a registered 200 Hour yoga teacher, completing her yoga teacher training in 2015 with Rebecca Niamtu through the Yoga for the Planet school. Her practice and study of the ethical precepts of yoga along with her personal values led her to consider how her lifestyle could have a positive impact on the planet, its people, and the animals. When teaching yoga classes, Tish invites her students to be compassionate to themselves and have fun!
Tish began following a vegan lifestyle in 2007. Her knowledge of food began with years spent in the kitchen with her mother, and over two decades working in restaurants and food service management. These life experiences, combined with Tish’s love for animals and passion for the environment, motivated her to completely change her lifestyle to a cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle.
Her personal values, combined with her years of experience and background in the food industry became the catalyst for Lotus & Lentils.
She prepares exciting and delicious meals made with a focus on local, organic, whole foods. While chopping and cooking, she purposefully infuses every meal with love. Sharing veganism through food, teaching cooking classes, and being a living ambassador of a vegan lifestyle are some of her greatest passions.
For more information on Tish’s services, rates, recipes, and more please contact her at email@example.com
In the event of cancellation, the following policies apply:
60 days or more prior to the training: Your payment can be refunded for a $250 administration fee, or transferred to another Village Yoga training at no cost.
59-31 days prior to the training: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less $50 administration fee) to another Village Yoga training.
30 days or less: Payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less $150 administration fee) to another Village Yoga training.
Withdrawals from active trainings will result in the loss of all fees paid.
About the 200-hr Kunga Yoga Teacher Training
The primary umbrella for Kunga Yoga is Hatha yoga physical practices, with an emphasis on Vinyasa and specialty classes. Instruction is provided in a “big picture” format of Hatha yoga, with a “smaller picture” introduction into the practice of athletic classes such as Vinyasa Flow, Power Flow, and Detox practices, as well as meditation, senior yoga, prenatal, kids, therapeutic restorative and more. Yogic lifestyle, professional ethics, vegan living, anatomy and physiology, assisting and pranayama are covered in detail. For more specialized, in-depth study of these topics, you may continue your advanced studies with our Kunga Yoga 300 Hour Certification Program.
We have consistently evolved, improved and refined each of our trainings, with over one thousand participants in our 200 & 500/300 hr programs since 2003. As a unique, open- style training program, we’ve committed our programs to the “Kunga” vision-offering yoga as service to our local and global communities, learning by teaching and getting our hands dirty!
- Principles of Classic Yoga Asanas Alignment Theory
- Posture – Specific Alignment & benefits
- Biomechanical Press-points
- Adapting postures to the individual
- Usage of props
- Hatha & Vinyasa Practices Overview
- Synthesis & Orthodox Practices: Ashtanga, Kundalini, Kripalu, Therapeutics, Prenatal, & More..
- Krishnamacharya’s Theory of Krama /Sequencing
EASTERN & WESTERN ANATOMY
- Introductory Anatomy as applied to Asana
- Multi-Media Presentations of Anatomy of Postures
- The Physiology of Asana, Breath & Meditation
- Injury Prevention – “Red Flag” warnings
- Advanced Relaxation Techniques
- Prana & the Vayus
- Chakras & Nadis
- The Five Koshas
- Ayurveda Introduction, Doshas
- Mudras, chanting
- Adapting the practice to your lifestyle, needs, body
PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS & LIFESTYLE
- History of Yoga – Classical & Modern; Evolution of Yoga
- Fundamentals of the Yoga Sutras & 8 Limbed Path
- Important teachers and their contributions
- Major modern schools and their approaches
- The Art of Living Yoga – off the mat
- Vegan Lifestyle & Diet with Cooking tips
- Living “Green”
- Teacher/Student Ethics
- Kunga Yoga Volunteering for Special Needs in Communities
- Bhakti Yoga –Kirtan, chanting & drumming
- Gentle assisting & enhancements
- Effective Cueing
- Development of Verbal Skills
- Demonstrating for your class
- Reading group energy and dynamics
- Cultivating confidence
- Planning your own classes
- Practice Teach Sessions & Feedback
- Opportunities to Assist Senior Teachers
BREATHING & MEDITATION PRACTICES
- Basic Anatomy & mechanics of breath
- Pranayama/breathing methodology
- Pranayama techniques in practice
- Meditation & the subtle body
- Guided Visualization as Meditation
- Meditation and the relaxation response
- Overview of benefits of pranayama
- Overview of benefits of meditation
THE BUSINESS OF YOGA
- Gaining experience upon graduation
- Setting fees; understanding the market & your experience level
- Working with private clientele
- Building your resume consciously
- Basic marketing
- Ethics of why you teach & how to integrate into business world
- Yoga Alliance Registry & Continuing Education
Kunga Yoga Trainings are registered as 200hr & 300hr certification with the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance has established widely adopted rigorous standards for education and certification and is the only established national body of standards for yoga teachers & schools. As a Yoga Alliance registrant, you become a part of the global community of over 21,000 Registered Yoga Teachers & Schools. Registrants are recognized internationally for meeting recognized standards of training, experience and ongoing professional development.
Evolving since 2003, the Kunga Yoga 200-hour YLTT meets and exceeds all of Yoga Alliance’s requirements for 200 hour certification. The goal of the WYC Kunga Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program is to provide the fundamental tools that potential teachers need to offer complete, safe, and eclectic hatha yoga classes. Students wishing to become yoga instructors or those just desiring to deepen their understanding of yoga will find this course diverse and comprehensive. All Kunga Yoga Faculty and presenters are Registered Teachers at the 200 & 500hour levels, and/or experienced professionals in their field of study.
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Open Style Yoga + Teaching Methodologies
The emphasis within our school is on very broad Hatha and Vinyasa yoga techniques, asana, pranayama, and philosophy, rather than one particular theory or methodology. The heart of our program is the teaching of yoga as service, and promotes openness to all methods of yoga with no one yoga “style” being taught as dominant. We teach a broad range of approaches, so that all may gain an appreciation of different theories/models. Our 200 & 300 hour trainings provide a unique opportunity to learn both orthodox and synthesis models of teaching from different traditions within one cumulative program that can benefit all shapes, ages, backgrounds of students-from the high powered athlete to the senior student with therapeutic needs.
Teaching Methodologies are covered in depth in our 200 hour programs, including opportunities to “practice teach”, to learn hands on posture assists, and opportunities to assist live classes. Unique, fun experiences of chanting, kirtan, drumming, and creative movement are also a part of the trainings, and when possible we practice outside and on the beach!
Community + Support
The heart of our training program is the development of community within the program itself. We’ve found that the highlight for most of our participants is the feeling of support and connection with others within the program. Our goal has always been to create a lighthearted community that is non-judgmental, where no one feels “intimidated” by yoga, and where people can meet, learn, laugh, and hopefully develop friendships for life. We have taken many steps to create a curriculum and space where students of all walks of life, age and ability can come to study the many facets of yoga. Our graduates often share that the training and community gives them personal fulfillment, fresh perspectives, personal EVOLUTION, and ultimately the drive to serve and support in the healing process for others.
Our community is full of students, teachers, volunteers, & administrative staff all coming together with like goals to create connections and valuable support systems for life. Senior Kunga Yoga Faculty lead and direct the trainings in a non-dogmatic, professional, and light-hearted way. Our curriculum is well-established, unique, and FUN! All bodies, ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and encouraged. We strive to create a friendly, non-intimidating, joyous community within our programs, as we feel that trust and comfort are the essential ingredients for absorption during the learning process.
Your Kunga Service Teaching Project is a valuable learning experience and a part of our outreach program providing yoga to underserved communities. Your Kunga Project may be spent working with local charities, fundraisers and community programs for special needs, such as volunteer teaching for at-risk youth, HIV, and domestic abuse victims. You may also choose to simply offer one-on-one lessons to a family member that needs yoga! All graduates teach 5 free Kunga Yoga classes in their communities.