This program will challenge you beyond your comfort zone and will guide you to grow on your path and build your best yoga practice. You won't only see a difference in your body, but also in your mind and spirit. Your experience with Yoga Teacher Academy will go far beyond teacher training. This is a training that will change your life. We bond, we make friendships for life, we lift each other up, we dance, we laugh, we cry. Life is now. Press Play.
Richard Henry Dana Jr. called Dana Point, “the most romantic spot in California”. From Doheny State Beach to Dana Point Harbor to the cliffs of the Headlands Conservation Trail, this beach town is full of stunning views and treasures that are sure to make for great memories for your Yoga Teacher Training.
Dana Point is known as the Whale Capital of the West, you’re just about guaranteed to see blowhole bursts dotting the horizon throughout the season. The Beach Boys famously serenaded the scene in our town, as visitors have enjoyed sport fishing, sailing, watersports, and more, for decades. Along with the surf, take in the turf of the town, on Pacific Coast Highway and Baby Beach just a stroll away.
Without a doubt, Dana Point glows year around. Come flow with 11Exhale in Orange County California's Dana Point.
*Dana Point Harbor, .1 Mile
*Doheny State Beach, .7 Miles
*Dana Point Farmers Market, .7 Miles
*Dana Point Lantern District, 1.2 Miles
*1000 Steps Beach, 4.3 Miles
*Victoria Beach, 6.2 Miles
*Fashion Island, 16 Miles
*Disneyland, 34.2 Miles
*San Diego International Airport, 64.7
*Los Angeles International Airport, 62.6 Miles
*John Wayne Airport, 27.5 Miles
When staying with Yoga Teacher Academy in Dana Point you'll enjoy a beachfront hotel for your SoCal Yoga Teacher Training. The recommended stay is with Dana Point Marina Inn.
Few destinations offer the waterfront experience and service excellence that you will find here at the Dana Point Marina Inn. As a guest, you’ll enjoy rooms featuring private balconies overlooking the pool and harbor. All guest rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge, flat-screen television, ironing board, air-conditioning, workspace, and in-room coffee makers. Complimentary amenities include Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast each morning.
At the hotel, you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing stay. Lounge and study by the heated outdoor pool and spa overlooking the marina. Take in the sunrise from your private balcony, with a fresh cup herbal, or take in the sunset sipping on a kombucha.
Take a stroll each day to training at the 11Exhale studio just a short 15-minute walk away.
Yoga Teacher Academy can assist you with finding additional accommodations or if you are a local resident and do not require accommodations reach out to Yoga Teacher Academy with your request.
Come with friends, family, or solo - you’ll leave with a whole new yoga family!
-Driving directions from Los Angeles
Take the I-5 South to exit 79/CA-1
Once you’re off the freeway, you’ll find yourself almost immediately at Doheny State Beach. Seriously, the ocean is right there when you get off of the exit.
-Driving directions from San Diego
Take the I-5 North for 61 miles to exit 79/CA-1 towards the Pacific Coast Highway. Boom! You’re in Dana Point.
-Arrival by airplane
With the recent upgrades to Dana Point’s nearest airport, John Wayne Airport (SNA), and five other airports within 100 miles of Dana Point, it’s never been easier to fly to Southern California. From John Wayne Airport, it’s a nearly traffic-free, 25-minute drive down CA-73 to Dana Point. Most rental car companies tie the license plates to a toll transponder, making it seamless for you to get from the airport to the ocean. No searching for spare change to pay a toll!
Nearby airports include:
John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
I-5 is the primary north-south route through Orange County and passes through the eastern portion of the city, making getting to Dana Point by car a breeze. State Route 1 begins in Dana Point and continues northwest through the city to other coastal Orange County towns and attractions. Those who prefer to travel by train or bus will be happy to hear that both Amtrak and Metrolink service nearby San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. From there, you can Uber or take the Dana Point Trolley into town.
Yoga Teacher Academy believes that food has the potential to heal and balance the energy systems within the body. Although meals are not included in the training, attendees will have access to local gourmet raw, vegan, and vegetarian meal options. Yoga Teacher Academy encourages you to nourish yourself according to your unique bio-individuality, which results in miracles within your body. Please note that this is an alcohol and substance-free retreat.
At Yoga Teacher Academy , they are all about adventure and experience! When available, you will enjoy the following excursions together:
A morning at the Chopra Center with meditation and yoga
Plenty of beach excursions
Many others depending on availability. In the past, Yoga Teacher Academy has done full moon ceremonies, cacao ceremonies, ecstatic dance, drumming circles, or learned how to puja at a local temple
-Dana Point Beaches
Dana Point beaches are among the most beautiful in Southern California. Stretching for nearly seven miles, visitors can find the perfect beach for surfing, paddleboarding, family time, sunbathing, volleyball, or an evening bonfire. Dana Point beaches remain the centerpiece of life in this Orange County town, whether it’s spending the day in the waves or watching the sunset.
-Paddleboarding in Dana Point
Stand-up paddleboarding, sometimes called SUP or simply paddleboarding, combines the art of balance with the sheer bliss of gliding atop the water. Standing on top of what is essentially a large surfboard, paddleboarders use a long paddle to propel themselves through the water. In Dana Point, paddleboarding gives you a chance to get a work out on vacation while exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Southern California coastline.
-Surfing at Doheny State Beach
Located right off of the Pacific Coast Highway, Doheny State Beach is iconic for being the best place to learn how to surf in California. The friendly waves welcome visitors to experience California surf culture and hang loose.
-Dana Point Shopping
From upscale to unique, casual to beach chic, Dana Point features some of the best shopping in Orange County. Dana Point isn’t a mall crawl. Dana Point’s downtown features local artists and shops, while our neighboring town of San Clemente hosts an impressive outlet mall. Dana Point is a stylish blend of independent specialty shops, unique stores, and upscale boutiques.
%Dana Point Harbor showcases unique seaside shops at Dana Wharf, Mariner’s Village, and Mariner’s Alley. Located adjacent to the beach, Monarch Bay Plaza has a rich history of style and features upscale fashion boutiques, health and beauty services, fine furniture, and specialty stores. And don’t forget the legendary surf and board shops.
-Popular Dana Point Spas
One visit to Dana Point spas and your stress simply washes away with every inhale of the cleansing and calming ocean air. With its picturesque setting and incredible luxury resorts, Dana Point spas pamper you with some of the most relaxing and rejuvenating treatments in Orange County.
From romantic spa experiences for couples to individual total body wellness, the award-winning spas of Dana Point nourish your mind and soul with a blend of sun, sea, and soothing natural treatments. Enter the best Dana Point spas and let tranquility take its course.
-The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott
The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott is a magnificent 14,000 square-foot facility on the scenic bluffs of Dana Point, boasting a Vichy Shower, whirlpool, steam, and a variety of sauna rooms, Swiss showers, and private lockers. The adjacent 2,500 square foot Fitness Center is fully equipped with treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes, and flat-screen TVs.
This Dana Point spa customizes treatments and therapies that replenish the body and inspire the mind, while the idyllic surroundings and warm, gracious service will soothe the spirit. Their seasonal specials and packages bring remarkable savings on massages, skincare, and other services. You’ll want to take The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott home with you, and that’s easy to do with lotions and more from their Signature Orange line.
-The Miraval Spa at Monarch Beach Resort
Globally recognized for its “Life in Balance” philosophy, The Miraval Spa at Monarch Beach Resort offers an array of innovative programs, treatments and wellness activities. Choose from more than 70 signature treatments developed at the spa’s flagship location in Tucson, Arizona. Each one is designed to awaken the senses, create balance, and promote a sense of well-being. You will also discover an entirely new catalog of services created specifically for Monarch Beach Resort, featuring California-inspired ingredients like crystal salt stones, algae, and marine mud.
When you book at this Dana Point spa, you’ll have the run of Miraval’s luxurious amenities such as the eucalyptus-infused steam room, whirlpool furnished with a cascading waterfall, relaxing lounges with complimentary herbal tea and an aromatherapy sauna.
-The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Spa
Whether you’re visiting for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, classes, or any combination of services, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Spa offers unparalleled attention in your Dana Point spa experience. This Dana Point spa uses elements of the ocean to restore balance and offers a comprehensive wellness journey designed to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Spa treatments, from massages to skin therapies, incorporate sea salt, algae, minerals, and water to leave guests feeling renewed.
The spa’s fitness center, with dramatic sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, is furnished with top-of-the-line resistance and weight-training equipment, personal training and yoga, and pilates classes. There’s no better compliment to the beautiful Southern California sunshine than the tranquility of a relaxing day at a Dana Point spa. When you’re planning your activities, be sure to include some time for soothing inactivity, too.
We are one of the few yoga teacher trainings in the world that offer 3 styles of yoga traditions in one training. These three yoga traditions (Vinyasa-Yin-Hatha) are 98% time offered individually. We focus on developing well-balanced yoga teachers that are compensated more for being able to teach three traditions.
It's the equivalent of being paid more for being bilingual or trilingual, this is NOT an ordinary yoga teacher training. We believe in developing strong yoga teachers who can build a solid foundation around their yoga career, not from theory but lead by one of the strongest in the yoga business industry: Yoga Marketer.
These two combinations hands down triples the value of your yoga teacher training, you're future yoga career relies on your choice to make the right yoga teacher training decision.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.
Instructions on this are at the end of your training. Once registered, anyone can look up your certification and know you are certified and have met all requirements to teach safe yoga and guide your classes.
This 200 Hour Training that follows Yoga Alliance standards is 16 days. It is suggested to arrive a day early to get settled in and depart the day after graduation. Students can expect to have a deep understanding of yoga and a full range of yogic knowledge: posture (asana), breathing (pranayama), philosophy, and applications in daily living.
The class size is limited, so every student receives personalized attention and has direct contact with their instructor. One factor that separates Yoga Teacher Academy from other teacher trainings is their teacher development module.
Most trainings offered only teach you how to instruct classes using their model, and that’s how most instructors fail. Yoga Teacher Academy has formulated the practice of finding your teaching voice and style, these two are a major key in your yoga teaching.
You will be helped in finding a teaching style that you build upon and find your voice teaching flow. In addition, you will learn how to lead a safe and well-balanced class.
There will be three yoga traditions covered in this training; Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa.
-Modules 1 -
The language of yoga: Verbal communication is an essential skill for yoga instructors. Yoga has a language all of its own. An in-depth exploration of Sanskrit and the use of language in a yoga class will be covered.
-Module 2 -
Chakra subtle body anatomy: 11Exhale's advanced studies include a journey through the chakra system and how this interplays into your yoga practice and beyond.
-Module 3 -
Physical body anatomy: Learn not only the mechanics of moving safely through asana (the physical part of your practice) but also how to guide others safely too. With the proper understanding of anatomy and movement students and teachers can enjoy a lifelong practice.
-Module 4 -
Pranayama: Breath is essential to life and to yoga. Lead instructor Julianne Arce is passionate about teaching advanced pranayama. Topics include breathing technics and pranavayus. In this module, you will dive in to create a lasting change by removing what no longer serves you.
-Module 5 -
Hands-on adjustments: As the culture continues to disconnect by virtually connecting more, people are left craving human interaction. The hands-on adjustments module covers how to assist students in safe alignment through asana, getting students deeper through adjustments, and how to create comfort for students as they journey through their practice.
-Module 6 -
The business of yoga: With the right mentors and knowledge it's easier to follow your passion in the yoga industry. Topics include social media strategy, industry trends, and how to get started.
-Module 7 -
Finding your voice: Understanding your own practice is not enough to safely guide others through yoga. Public speaking is the number one fear of people. You will be guided to find your voice so that you can authentically lead others through yoga. You will not learn and memorize a script but will have a full understanding and functional knowledge of how to communicate using your own voice.
-Module 8 -
Yoga philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle: Move beyond the physical practice of yoga and dive deeper into yoga philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle. One component of this module is an in-depth review of the yoga sutras and how they apply to modern culture.
-Day of arrival
Arrival and opening ceremony
Registration check-in 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (No early arrivals)
Event start time: 6 p.m. (This means you have found your comfy spot and are ready to dive in)
-Day of departure
The Latest time of departure is the final day at 10 a.m. You are welcome to leave anytime after the closing ceremony the previous night. The closing ceremony ends at 6 p.m.
Yoga Teacher Academy wants you to feel at ease and settled in. If you need anything please let them know.