Karuna Yoga Journeys

Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training 

Dakar – Senegal

Karuna (करुणां – Karuṇā) Yoga Journeys is very happy to announce its 5th 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, a unique and purposeful Yoga Alliance Registered Program in Dakar, Senegal.

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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 is broken into 2 parts. Part 1 begins on the 13th April 2019 and ends on 22nd April 2019. Part 2 will be from 1st to 7th June 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. Homework, study material and online classes/support/discussions will take place over May.


This course is non residential. Please let us know if you would like to book accommodation close by.



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.



  • 07:00 – 08:30 Meditation, pranayama, and Vinyasa yoga class
  • 08:30 – 09:30 Vegan friendly breakfast
  • 09:30 – 11:30 Lecture/techniques
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Lecture
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 – Lecture/Techniques
  • 16:00 – 17:00 lecture
  • 17:00 – 17:30 Afternoon tea
  • 17:30 – 19:00 Vinyasa or Yin practice



  • 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 workshops
  • Meditation and pranayama session each day
  • Tuition fee
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Course materials
  • Pre-course and post course support
  • Online lessons, distant learning and support


What’s not included

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

Training Investment

Total price: USD 3300

This price includes an online anatomy training and early bird discount of USD 108 for first 8 people who pay.

Amount payable for first 8 students: USD 3117
Amount payable after 8 students: USD 3225

Please purchase the anatomy course here: https://www.yoganatomy.com/yoga-anatomy-courses/online-yoga-anatomy-teacher-training-course-200/

Refund Policy

– Up till 13th Feb we offer 60% refund of total amount paid.

– Up till 13th March we offer 30% of amount paid.

– After March 13th, no refunds.

Recommended 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

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