Karuna Yoga Journeys

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Manda Island, Kenya

Karuna (करुणां – Karuṇā) Yoga Journeys is very happy to announce its 4th 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, a unique and purposeful 22 day Yoga Alliance Registered Programme in beautiful East Africa. 

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Designed as a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Training Programme in the Art of Vinyasa yoga and Creative Sequencing,  you will learn how to integrate the movement of the body to the rhythm of the breath with a deep understanding of the physical body, energy body and authentic alignment. You will also have an introduction to Yin Yoga and Trauma sensitivity in yoga.


Our course comprises of asana, pranayama, vinyasa, yin, mantra and karma yoga complimented by individual contemplation, group discussions, systematic methods of concentration, and meditation. Students engage in studies and discussions regarding yogic philosophy, anatomy, physiology and psychology as well as practical teaching methods and professional development.

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The Karuna programme attracts a diverse cohort seeking to explore and deepen their Yoga Practice whilst incorporating Community Impact and Compassion in their approach.

This yoga teacher training will allow you to integrate the ancient wisdom of yoga into a modern day, creative, accessible practice. It will take you on a journey of self love, self discovery and transformation. You will deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga and emerge with a stronger, truer understanding of who you really are.

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This training is so much more then just learning yoga poses and being able to teach asana. Yes you will learn alignment, intelligent sequencing, functional anatomy, how to cue and embrace the responsibility of leading others on this journey but more then that you will practice to unravel the layers of your own mind and heart, to discover your own authentic self. By the end the training you will not only be a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, but you’ll probably be in the best shape of your life; physically, mentally, energetically and biochemically!

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The world needs more good yoga. We strongly believe the work we do is some of THE MOST valuable, important work on the planet. We are changing lives. And, we are changing the world. Impacting the communities we operate in is very close to our heart.

“In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength” – Buddha.

Every YTT we offer a scholarship place to someone we believe will take the TTC and make a difference to the lives of others with it. Sometimes this is a local community member, other times we offer the certification to a person working with trauma or in a refugee camp who would not have been able to afford it.

We also strongly invest in the community we are creating offering ongoing support to our Karuna Yoga Fellows after the training has completed. Whether it’s assisting with retreat planning and marketing, advising with ongoing studies, helping organize service projects in prisons or linking our Fellows around the globe our community are essential for our happiness.

We believe in the transformation that community, yoga and compassion can have in your life and your community. Therefore our mission, to bring community wellbeing through yoga. We hope you will join the journey to explore your path within it!

Time Commitment

The course begins on the 24th February 2019 and ends on 16th March 2019. 85% attendance in all the classes in mandatory to pass this course. It is an intensive course with almost 10 hours of study, mediation and practice every day. Sundays will be given off to self reflect, read, study or enjoy the beach and close by town.


Beach Tower, Manda Island, Lamu, Kenya

Beach Tower house is located on Manda Island, along the coast of the Lamu archipelago, it is one of the most prestigious beach front locations on the Kenyan coast. For centuries, Swahilis from Lamu have been welcoming travellers and traders from Oman and India, their culture is built on this rich and fascinating historical influences.

The Beach Tower offers peace and seclusion in elegant and uncrowded surroundings. It sits in two acres of beachfront grounds filled with neem and acacia trees and enjoys 75 meters of frontage onto the lovely and often deserted beach at Ras Kitau. Sophisticated and uncluttered – it is a lovely place in which to immerse yourself in your practice and study and to kick back and relax.

On the ground floor, there are six double bedrooms, two of which interconnect. All have king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms. All the bedrooms are situated together and separately from the other living areas. All the bedrooms open onto a long sea-facing veranda furnished with built-in baraza seats and safari chairs. In the front, there is a makuti-thatched garden pavilion – which will be one of our yoga shalas it is looking onto the beach.

Another building houses a spacious and beautifully-decorated dining room directly linked to the well-equipped kitchen. The rooftop makes a perfect star gazing deck.

On the beach front of Manda island, Beach Tower overlooks the channel which seperates it from Lamu island. The views of Shela dunes and dhows sailing past while you take your morning coffee is superb. This destination is paradise for guests looking for white sandy beaches, water sports, cultural encounters with Swahili the community and historical visits in Lamu (UNESCO world heritage site).



Leyla, is the co-founder of Karuna Yoga Journeys and Founder of YogaUganda

Leyla is an experienced Vinyasa and Yin Teacher as well as a shiatsu practitioner.

She is also the lead teacher on Yoga Teacher Training Courses and loves to explore the balance between body, mind and spirit.

You can read more about her here.


Payal is the co-founder of Karuna Yoga Journeys and founder of The Enlightened Cat, Uganda. She is a yoga enthusiast and teaches Yogasana, meditation and pranayama. She is a Biotechnologist and loves to travel. She also is the Lead Trainer on Yoga Teacher Training Courses.

She has keen interest in Anatomy, philosophy and safe alignment. Payal believes yoga is not just a physical practice, but a way of life which is accessible to everyone. She is excited to lead this retreat in Juba.

You can read more about her here.

Detailed Programme


Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.



  • 06:00 – 07:30 Meditation, pranayama, and Vinyasa yoga class
  • 07:30 – 09:30 Creative sequencing intelligently
  • 09:30 – 10:30 Prana dense vegan friendly breakfast
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Introduction to yogic philosophy, discussion on concepts of consciousness
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Functional anatomy
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Tantra – subtle energy
  • 17:00 – 17:30 Afternoon tea and vegan cake or fresh from the tree coconuts
  • 17:30 – 19:00 Vinyasa or Yin practice
  • 19:00 – 20:00 Vegetarian evening buffet
  • 20:00 Evening activity



Fresh, healthy, prana dense, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly. Food is very important to us. Most of the ingredients are grown and sourced locally. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner options available close by.



  • Breakfast
  • Lunch



  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices



  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation


What’s included

  • All course lectures and special guest workshops
  • Meditation and pranayama session each day
  • Tuition fee
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Course materials
  • Pre-course and post course support
  • 20 nights’ accommodation


What’s not included

  • Extra excursions
  • Books
  • Spa services
  • Air fares
  • Visa
  • Transfers

Training Investment

Three different packages have been created for participants based on personal preference. All packages include dhow trip, team service trip and optional modules of yin yoga and trauma, as well as YTT Certificate upon completion of 85% participation.

Single accommodation

Breakfast and lunch included – USD$3357 (£2600)

Without accommodation

Breakfast and lunch included – USD$2257 (£1750)

Optional Daily Dinner Option for 3 weeks – USD$110 (£90)

Because Beach Tower is a beautiful traditional Swahili house the rooming is fairly unusual. Each room has a huge double bed that can not be separated into 2 singles. We are therefore offering single accommodation at a fantastic price $3357. If you would like to save money we can offer you a discount if you opt to share a double bed. In this case it is recommended that you and a friend/partner sign up together or you arrive bearing this sleeping arrangement in mind.

Shared accommodation

Big dbl bed, breakfast and lunch included – USD $2957 (£2300)

$2000 or £1550 deposit to secure your spot, full payment to be received 60 days before the training commences.

* Accommodation is on first come first serve basis. Once on site accommodation is full, accommodation of similar standards will be organised on Manda or across the channel on Shela (boat will be arranged if accommodation provided in Shela). Crossing the channel takes a maximum of 10 minutes, shorter than a car/boda ride. Many students prefer to be housed in Shela as the journey to Beach Tower is a meditative experience as you watch the sun rise over the Indian ocean.

Accommodation on Manda Island Options is FULL. Provided accommodation will be on Shela island which is a 7 minute boat ride to Beach Tower. Boats will be arranged by Karuna Yoga in the morning at 5:40 am and evening at 7:15 pm. This boat ride as the sun rises is one of the most spectacular meditative spaces to be in and is usually shorter than an uber or a boda ride to your neighbourhood.

Refund Policy

– Cancellation before 24th October 2018 – 70% of the monies received will be returned.

– Cancellation before 24th November 2018 – 30% of the monies received will be returned.

– Cancellation after 24th December 2018 – No refunds.

Required Reading

• Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Satchidananda

• The key muscles of yoga by Ray Long

• The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar

• Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques Mark Stephens

• Prana and Pranayama By Swami Niranjananada Saraswati

About Yoga Alliance Curriculum

Yoga Alliance is an International Organization for the quality and standardization of individual Yoga teachers and Yoga Schools worldwide. In completing our Yoga Alliance (YA) Accredited program, our students receive an internationally recognized teaching qualification. In accordance with the standards outlined by YA. There are of course several other yoga alliances and organizations around the planet which readily accept our certification.

Our courses cover:

• Techniques Training/Practice: Includes alignment and adjusting asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.

• Teaching Methodology: Comprises the principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning and business aspects of teaching yoga.

• Anatomy and Physiology: Both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, meridians, koshas etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

• Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: An in depth study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers.

• Practicum: Each student must be actively engaged in the process of teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

Registration & Booking

Fully booked – Registration closed!

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