Awakening Shakti- First Coming

Yoga Alliance Accredited


Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Every Summer One Month Intensive Course

For the very first time, Yogafirst will be running our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training intensively in the lush natural and spiritually enchanting Bali. Our training concept is unique and Jo (who is relocating to Bali in June 2018) has handpicked the best Ubud has to offer.

Our superb value package includes:
• Single or shared accommodation in Deluxe rooms at beautiful Ananda Cottages nr. Ubud, Bali for 24 nights
• A welcome dinner on 31st August at Moksha Raw Vegan Restaurant
• Daily Healthy, vegetarian breakfast buffet at Ananda Cottages
• Healthy, Delicious Vegetarian Lunch at Paddy Point restaurant
• Yoga Teacher Training to be held at the beautiful Banyan Tree Studio
• Tuition with Yoga Teacher Trainers Jo and Peewee who have graduated over 200+ train-ees
• 2 Cultural/Spiritual excursions with Balinese Priestess Luh Manis
• Course Manual and Certification
• Daily transport from Ananda Cottages to the Banyan tree (approx.1km)
• Transfer to and from the airport
• Local insight and tips from Jo
• Our love, compassion and support on your yoga journey, wherever you are right now

Who are Yogafirst?

Yogafirst has been offering 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs in the Middle East since 2009 and we have trained over 200 teachers in the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain. Our graduates have gone on to successful yoga careers in the UAE and beyond, including the owners of studios in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Now Yogafirst is expanding and offering an intensive course in Bali, Indonesia.

Peewee Sanchez

YOGAFIRST LEAD TRAINER (Director, Yogafirst Sports Services) (ERYT500)

Peewee has been the lead trainer at Yoga First since 2009. Bringing 25+ years of meditation and asana practice to her teaching, her qualities are flexibility of body and mind, clear accessible communication and adapting to the needs of specific individuals and groups. She helps people to understand how yoga works based on her own experience, take their practice deeper, bringing out the best in everyone and providing inspiration for all her students to use their unique talents right away without hesitation. Peewee is well respected as a senior teacher and has had a huge influence on yoga around the Middle East and Asia and by training many of the teachers who work in the region and teaching in a wide variety of gyms and yoga studios bringing yoga to everyone. Peewee is an advanced yoga practitioner and is guided by her intuitive voice and Kundalini energy connection. A devoted student of her guru, Dr. Pradeep Ullal she shares her passion for Himalayan Kriya Yoga. She also trains teachers in Swing Yoga (a style of aerial yoga) and is the mother of change to young and unique adults and several cats.

Jo Arganaraz

Jo is passionate about yoga which has bought huge abundance to her life including 2 (active!) young children. She is committed to her path to help others and inspire them to follow their path to abundance and return to their true self. Coming from a language teaching background, Jo brings an insight into training and learning methodology to ensure courses are dynamic and interactive. Jo’s yoga experience is rooted in her 20 years as an ashtanga student. Jo also offers the restorative and yin element of training to provide the perfect practice balance. Jo teaches prenatal yoga and is the director of a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training held globally and is a conscious birthing advocate. She is also a student of Uma Dismore-Tuli’s Womb Yoga, a tantric approach connecting women to their intuitive flow and inner teacher.

Jo and Peewee are down to earth, compassionate, nurturing and enthusiastic ‘householder’ yoga practitioners who come together as a great team. We have had consistent feedback about the harmony of our partnership as trainers and we believe that this teamwork and spirit of collaboration is at the heart of Yogafirst’s positive ‘can-do’ flexible attitude in all things we do.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Sanna and Skye from The Banyan Tree, Penestanan, Ubud, Bali.
The shala is a sacred space, built next to a Vishnu temple and is a non commercial space for true yoga to be shared. The big ‘Avatar-like’ tree that rises above the shala gives a special presence and hangs its branches right down over the yoga floor. The studio, as most in Bali, offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It is equipped with Yoga props and a bathroom for our use. We will have exclusive use of the space during our sessions allowing us to delve deeply into our yoga practice with peace and serenity. The location is close to Ubud in the village on Penestanan which offers peace and tranquility. Daily Schedule
6.30-9.30am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9.30-11.30am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.30-1.30pm – theory session at the Banyan Tree
1.30-2.30pm lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30pm afternoon session at the Banyan Tree
(Interactive Learning Experiences, Teaching Practice and late afternoon practice including yin and restorative yoga)

Most evenings will be free. Dinner options are vast and we will provide recommendations and advice


We have partnered with the beautiful Ananda Cottages to give you a truly blissful experience.
We have 2 options; single accommodation if you need your space during the training or shared accommodation for those who are considering their budget.

A healthy, delicious breakfast is included (daily) in the dining hall. Ananda Cottages are located in the just outside the village of Penestanan, 25 minutes walk from the village centre of Ubud. Our accommodation includes blissful rural views surrounded by lush, green, fertile rice paddies. In each cottage, the Balinese architecture, and décor, is of hotel standard, while all the modern conveniences expected by the discerning international traveller are here. All rooms are air-conditioned and have exotic garden bathrooms, conveying the essence of the tropics. So, it’s ideal for those used to a good level of comfort. Please expect ghekkos on the walls and understand that the location is tropical. The property has 3 swimming pools and a spa for your rest and relaxation time! Ananda Cottages is a 1km walk to The Banyan Tree, so we will be providing transport as part of your package. It’s around a 20 minute walk if you prefer.

Paddy Point
We will enjoy lunch at Paddy Point – our Balinese friend Neko’s restaurant. The views from the restaurant and ambiance is amazing. Neko’s place is located in the middle of a rice field (hence the name).

Just a few minutes walk from Penestanan and the Banyan Tree, but a beautiful feeling of being in picturesque & peaceful surroundings. Neko used to work in 5 star hotels around Ubud (including the highly regarded Amandari) and brings his years in the trade to his own beautiful business. His food is so delicious, it may be the highlight of your trip. Expect the best Ubud has to offer and an amazing vegetarian feast.

Cultural tour with Luh Manis

Luh Manis will leads us on a cultural and spiritual excursion to the her homeland (Kintamani) and we will watch the majestic sunrise over Mount Batur, participate in a walking mediation in a sacred forest and ritually cleanse in the water temple of Tampaksiring. Manis will introduce us to the traditional and uniquely Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, which translates as ‘three causes of well-being’. It refers to harmony among people, harmony with nature and the environment, and harmony with God. These three principles guide many aspects of Balinese life, from daily rituals to Balinese architecture. Born and raised in Bali, Manis is a trained ‘Jero’ or Balinese priestess, who has responsibility in her local community to lead ceremonies. On becoming a Jero, she found her sensitivity to energy heightened, so turned to yoga and mediation to balance it. We are very lucky to have Manis join us for our Awakening Shakti retreat. Her Shakti is powerful and connected!

Who studies with us and why?

“Everything that comes into our lives, every subtle change, merges out of Shakti, the universal force of creation and transformation”

We treat our trainees as individuals whether you are doing this course for your own personal yoga development or you plan to make yoga teaching a full time career or integrate yoga skills into your current employment. Our courses are for everyone. We have had students of a wide variety of nationalities, ages (from 17 to 60+) of all body types (from slim to voluptuous). We have a ‘you are good enough’ mentality. As a result of our courses, many graduates have chosen to take a new and positive direction in their life with a new outlook on their own abilities.

What is our approach and philosophy?

Our attitude is honest, open, generous, non-invasive and compassionate. We understand that yoga is a process and have both had long and colourful journeys on the path of life and yoga; we are householder yogis with 2 children each. Intensive yoga courses such as this 200 hour course provides an excellent opportunity to discover your true self; a beautiful process of self-enquiry. Our philosophy is that Yogafirst instructors ‘teach with soul’ and inject personal insight and experience into their classes. We also know the importance of excellent communicators and understand and respect different beliefs and points of view. Most importantly, we aim to ensure that Yogafirst Teachers teach with understanding, knowing the science behind the methods of why yoga works and how. We do not tie graduates down to one point of view but empower our trainees with understanding and encourage them to find their own yoga style and practice – to be the best versions of themselves, not to become copies of us.

How Good Does My Asana Practice Have To Be?

We welcome students with a strong yoga asana practice. However, we also believe that 200 hour courses are a foundation in yoga study. If you have a passion for yoga, we do not require you to be able to do a headstand or a full wheel or in fact any posture. The most important thing is that you are sure you have enough interest in yoga to want
to commit to a demanding course in order to develop your yoga practice and share it with others change to who will benefit.

What Kind Of Yoga Do We Teach?

The asana style we teach is dynamic vinyasa flow yoga emphasizing internal awareness as well as external form.
We ensure that you are given a rounded view of yoga asana and also offer insight into the yin practice and restorative yoga to ensure you have plenty of tools to teach a varied student body.
There is also a strong emphasis on subtle energy practices and a lot of time is spent on pranayama and meditation. In 2018, we are also adding a tantric element to our courses to reflect our personal passions. We will be sharing tantric practices from the womb yoga tradition, Kriya yoga and Nada Yoga (the science of sound).

This is a solid, well rounded foundation of yoga which sets you up for finding your own style, deepening your practice and giving you the wings to fly!

How much emphasis is given on teaching methodology and Practice?

We believe that theory is only the starting point of yoga (as Guruji Pattabhi Jois famously put it 99% practice, 1% theory) and ensure that the courses we run are as interactive and practical as possible. None of our courses have more than 20 students. We ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for practice teaching including 2 practical exams with peer and tutor feedback to help you develop as a teacher.

Will I be able to teach after the course?

A small proportion of yoga students will commit to decades of study with a senior teacher (such as an Iyengar or Ashtanga practice) or come with a strong interest in mediation and subtle yoga. However, in the current environment, people come for very physical reasons: body conditioning, detoxification, to loose weight and burn calories; all relating to their bodies and with an ‘instant results’ mentality. The yoga experience in the Modern World is criticized for being inauthentic.

Yogafirst programs are designed to reach people from those initial expectations but still educate and expand their awareness of yoga and its benefits. All of graduates are ready to teach if they wish to, and we believe that although yoga is expanding, the need for well-trained teachers is still very high. With all the problems faced by the modern world we believe this work is critical and that there are so many people out there who need help and safe, effective guidance into yoga. We train teachers to do just that in a clear, non-invasive and tangible way.

Can I certify with Yoga Alliance?

Our course has been approved by Yoga Alliance USA and we abide by their strict quality standards.
Like all 200 hour courses we cover the following:

  • Techniques and Yoga Practice – 60%
  • Alignment & Anatomy – 10%
  • Philosophy and Lifestyle – 15%
  • Teaching Methodology – 10%
  • Practicum/ Teaching Practice – 5%

Yogafirst Syllabus

Modules 1& 2 Foundations of Yoga – Hatha Flow

• Level one sequencing (Standing Poses, Seated Poses, Basic Level Inverts, Simple Arm Balances)
• The History of Yoga and Yoga in the modern world
• Yoga Anatomy and Alignment Principles for all types of movements
• The Anatomy of breathing •Pranayama practice and techniques suitable for everyone •Relaxation Techniques
• How to instruct a yoga class: principles for set up and how to give teaching points
• Practical experience teaching a safe, effective class (gentle or dynamic yoga)
• Subtle Yoga Practices And Sequence Design
• Level Two sequencing (Handstands, Twists, Backbends, Deeper hip Stretches, Arm Balances)
• Yoga Sequencing Theory Toolbox •What is Vinyasa, different types of vinyasa and their application
• Chakras, energy principles and using the chakra system to design a class
• Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – applying the yamas and niyamas
• Chitta Vrtti; studying the fluctuations of the mind
• Pranayama Techniques for energetic classes
• Teaching practice (design and teach your own sequence)
• Teaching methodology to develop your own individual style as a teacher

Yogafirst Syllabus

Module 3: Awakening Shakti

• The history of women in yoga and the politics of yoga in contemporary 21st century
• The goddess in yoga. Exploring the different forms, the seed mantras and meditating on the different aspects of Adi Shakti
• Himalayan Kriya Yoga to reconnect to Goddess energy within the subte body
• Nada Yoga (mantra, chanting & mediation) on different aspects of the goddess
• Empowerment practices from the Osho tradition (active meditation)
• Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan
• Menstruality consciousness (in the tradition of Alexander Pope)
• Womb Yoga (tantric practices to connect to the female body)
• Restorative yoga and Yoga to enter deep states of relaxation
• Pregnancy Yoga basics: the yoga of abundance
• Insight into the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of female lifecycles and how this affects our practice
• Conscious dancing
• Empowering business – marketing, social media & your potential
• Our final assessment (a one hour class design) will ask you to pick up your chosen threads of practice to form and create your own unique mala of ‘Awakening Shakti’.

Training does not include:
• Flights to Bali
• Lunch on Saturdays August 4th, 11th & 18th
• Dinner (meals in Bali are economical starting around 20AED+ for a budget choice. There are several nice places to eat healthy, delicious food near Ananda Cottages and there is the option to eat at the resort.)

What About Further Studies When I have Finished?

We offer 300 hour courses to upgrade to 500 hours (in South India annually during the Summer), prenatal teacher training and swing yoga teacher training.
Testimonials From Our Students:
Training reviews by previous graduates visit our official Yoga Alliance

Deposits and Payments

3,000AED (non refundable) deposit is required to secure your place
The remainder of 10,000AED (shared accommodation)
or 14,000AED (private accommodation) is due by April 30th 2018 for the discounted payment
After 30th April 2018 prices increase to 15,000AED and 19,000AED respectively


Peewee Sanchez:  Instagram: @peeweeyogafirst   Tel:+971503746207
Jo Arganaraz:   Instagram: @returntotheself   Tel:+971558813673