Yoga Alliance Mt Blanc Chamonix
June 8th - June 15th
Mt Blanc Chamonix, Yoga Alliance

Fully Yoga Alliance accredited (200hr RYT)

Almost everybody sits on the mat on day one of their yoga teacher training and questions whether or not they have it in them to become teachers. This is part of the journey to becoming a good yoga teacher.

“What has struck me most profoundly during past yoga teacher training courses is my students’ ability and willingness for complete transformation. I watch people blossom before my eyes.”

You will inhabit a space that you previously thought impossible and you will learn to draw on incredible reserves of resilience in order to keep growing, keep learning and keep striving to do the very best you can.

What I tell my students on day one is that that completing this course is actually just the beginning. Yes, you can go out and teach yoga, but what you really have at the end of your course is a license to begin the journey to becoming a true teacher.

It takes courage and dedication to choose to change your life and it takes hard work and experience to become an accomplished teacher. The time spent on this yoga teacher training course encourages people to find their own voice, to learn and make mistakes in a safe environment.

Paying a fee does not guarantee a pass, you are expected to work hard, to study and most importantly to improve.



Yoga Alliance Mt Blanc Chamonix

My teaching philosophy:

  • What makes a good teacher?
  • How can we respond to students with empathy, whilst still protecting ourselves?
  • Holding the space
  • Making everybody feel welcome/ being inclusive
  • Teaching from the heart
  • Authenticity
  • Finding our voice
  • Honouring the body
  • Staying calm
You will begin your teaching practice from week 1. The aim of this course is to provide a safe environment for students to grow at your own pace. Until the final assessment, teaching practice will not be judged or marked, although feedback will be given.
The aim is not to be a perfect teacher from day one-but to have the space and encouragement to find your own voice and teaching style. There will be a final, practical assessment in week 4
There will be twice daily meditation sessions during the course. We will begin with sitting for around 10 minutes morning and evening and by the end of the course students will be able to sit for 30 minutes straight.
We will explore different techniques in meditation so that you are able to find a technique that best works for you.
Pranayama sessions will be every morning after practice. We will go through a number of different breathing techniques so that by the end of the course you will be able to choreograph your own self practice and teach basic Pranayama to students.
A yoga practice is about so much more than just the poses. Hands on adjustments can allow a student to feel both safe and supported. The relationship between student and teacher requires trust, empathy and mutual respect.
Through daily workshops incorporating hands on adjusts, other kinds of touch and how to adjust a student verbally, we will empower you to deal with any real life class situation that arises.

Yoga teaches us to be inclusive. With yoga growing in popularity all the time, we are starting to see a bigger variation in the level of students knowledge, body types, injuries and specialty yoga - such as yoga for pregnancy.

We will explore the ways in which we can teach an open level class, learning to manage a group of students with different body types and different levels of yoga experience. 

Sarah Kekus is the founder of The Health Architect, a highly successful UK based yoga studio in Cumbria. Having trained under many of the world’s most well known yoga teachers, Sarah has focused her own practice and teaching on the powerful flow of Ashtanga yoga.
Sarah’s approach to wellness and health encompasses what we put into our bodies as well as how we move them. She is also a highly qualified nutritional therapist, specialising in rebalancing general health and hormone health through nutrition.
Sarah will be joining us in Chamonix for one of our workshops.

Mariza Yoga teacher training camps run twice a year in Chamonix, France. Our beautiful Alpine yoga studio is located in the Les Pellerins area of town, about 10 minutes’ walk to the centre.

Koby Boley - Acro Yoga workshop says...'I am an American yoga, acroyoga, meditation and laughter yoga teacher, nature lover, sports enthusiast, writer and travel junkie who has held nearly every role in the yoga world from student to teacher and studio cleaner to festival organiser.

My history with yoga and meditation is a humble one, but one that has centered around the Bodhisattva vow. In all interactions I work to honor this commitment with the goal of helping others to remove the obscurations blocking their realization of the infinite joy, perfection and equanimity that resides within them and around all of us. The idea is that the world, life and ourselves are already perfect we just need to reprogram our mind and eliminate the layers of ideas, identities, stories and preconceptions that block us from seeing this.

My approach to yoga is holistic, touching all 8 branches, as well as incorporating my background in buddhist meditation and psychology and mixing in a heaping dose of my relaxed personality and love of laughter. 
The teacher training is a one month residential course and you will stay in shared accommodation near the studio, with your fellow students. If you are local to Chamonix or prefer to organise your own accommodation, a ‘course only’ package is available.
For overseas students, the nearest airport is Geneva (Switzerland). From here, it’s a 1 hour drive to Chamonix. There are many transfer companies running shared minibuses from the airport to Chamonix; we recommend Mountain Drop-offs
Your day begins with a short early morning practice to welcome in the day and warm up your body from sleep. Tea and breakfast is shared with your fellow students before the day’s learning begins.
Each day is structured similarly. The mornings are spent focusing on ‘book learning’ – whether that’s the history and philosophy of yoga or human anatomy. After lunch, we work on our physical practice and teaching skills.
Our guest teachers run their workshops each Friday, giving everyone a change of voice and something new and exciting to focus on to end the week. Workshops include everything from accro yoga to hands on massage therapy.
All meals are shared with your fellow students and we take it in turns to shop and cook for the group, taking into consideration dietary requirements and healthy eating. Teas, fruit and snacks are on hand throughout the day for you to help yourself.
The ground floor of the yoga studio offers spacious cooking, dining and relaxing facilities where you can unwind and connect with your fellow students. The upstairs room, with its huge glass windows is our beautiful yoga space.
With enchanting views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, it’s the perfect place to learn, so outside of ‘classes’ we keep this space for quiet practice and studying. The room is available to students to use any time.
Weekends are free time, which you can spend exploring Chamonix, enjoying your own practice at a leisurely pace and revising the previous week’s work.
  Transformative, Intimate

TT with Mariza is not only about learning Asana and how to teach yoga, it is far beyond that  - for me it was an initiation to learning to live my yoga. Mariza is incredibly patient and compassionate which makes you feel secure and safe in challenging situations and gives you space to grow and learn at your own pace.

I think I chose this retreat mainly for the view of the mountains and just crossed my fingers that the rest would be just as amazing - and it was! Mariza is a really inspiring, down to earth, kind and funny person and a great teacher.. Every posture was explained clearly, and in a way that made sense according to the bodys anatomy, with modifications and demonstrations if needed, and she always made us feel safe and encouraged. We slowly started teaching since the first week, which was really great practice. The workshops on Friday were all amazing, fun and very helpful. Everything about this teacher training was great and I think it is a life-changing experience even when the changes integrate slowly. I am very happy and grateful I got to share it with such inspiring people.
  Deeply fulfilling
After years of injury, I found my body opening up and found with it ways of opening my head as well. The philosophical side of yoga had areas I found interesting from an academic point of view initially, but the way that Mariza drew these subjects back to anatomy, to the science of breathing and the various biological systems of the brain and body, I found absolutely fascinating.
  An experience I will never forget

Mariza's online YTT, gave us a sense of community and support. Although through a screen we managed to create a family, of like minded people who share a passion for yoga. Mariza's in depth and excellent way with words helped guide us through the asanas and grasp a deep understanding of the importance of safety, finding aligment within ourselves and how to portray this to our students.

But even more importantly, how to be kind to ourselves, and listen to our bodies and at the same time creating a safe space for us to be vulnerable and trust. I had initially wanted to do YTT in November but with Covid-craziness forcing us to slow down and stop, this experience gave me freedom, where I'd otherwise of felt trapped and out of control. It's an experience I'll never forget.

The scariest things in life are usually the hardest things to do, yet are the most rewarding. If you're thinking of the idea of online YTT, stop thinking and put your trust in mariza, it's an experience you won't forget.

  I highly recommend this course.
I was a little skeptical about how much I would get out of a TT course via a 'video call' only format but this course has exceeded all my expectations!  Mariza teaches clearly and carefully, and effortlessly balances demonstration and practice of poses with a more structured sitting down class approach.  In the two weeks of the online course we have covered yoga poses, anatomy, the breath, yoga philosophy, teaching practice and multiple other subjects and I feel well-equipped to start teaching over the summer months despite not having had any onsite training.  Mariza delivered the entire course smiling and encouraging us along the way, and was completely unfazed by having to adapt her teaching methods to the online space. 

The online TT course allowed me to fulfil my dream of becoming a yoga teacher whilst also looking after my 2 small children at home.  For anyone who needs a more flexible course structure than the classic 3 weeks onsite intensive course this works very well! I highly recommend this course.
  Space to learn, grow, reflect

Mariza is an inspiring teacher. She eloquently combines yoga philosophy and practice with scientific explorations of anatomy and physiology. I found Yoga Teacher Training to be far more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined. In learning with Mariza, I not only deepened my practice, awareness, and mindfulness but also found a deeper sense of self. Additionally, Mariza was able to magically transform this course to be conducted via Zoom. She is incredibly kind and patient and ensures everyone is learning even with this new online environment. She built a community for aspiring yoga teachers Zooming-in from across the world. I feel very grateful and excited to know that I've accomplished one of my personal goals during this challenging time. YTT provides the space to learn, grow, and reflect.

Thank you Mariza!