• A Modern Approach to the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga

    60 Hour Yoga Retreat & Teacher Training

    Explore a Healing Yoga Method

    Experience a Different Approach to Teaching

    Learn Unique & Effective Sequencing


    Gain Transformational Results

  • Retreat & Teacher Training Details

    Program Overview

    About this Yoga Method

    This practice is a modern approach to ancient yoga wisdom that takes into account the impact and stresses from our modern lifestyle in order to restore health, vitality and balance. You don't have to be flexible or have any prior yoga experience to participate. The practice is accessible for all ages, abilities, and levels of fitness.


    We dissect and modify classical yoga poses to make them more safe, accessible and as effective as possible. We understand that each person is unique and each body has different needs, so our teachers carefully adapt the poses for each individual.


    The sequences are designed to improve flexibility and mobility using a combination of passive and active movements altered by different angles and directions in various positions. The practice emphasizes achieving balance in all areas, including the balance between mental and physical. Sometimes we relax into static postures for a long period of time, and other times we emphasize improving strength, endurance, and putting the joints through their full range of motion.


    The goal is to “let the practice happen” instead of trying to achieve, control or wonder if you are doing it right. The truth is that you are not really “doing” anything as a force, you are allowing the practice to happen. As a student you are being held and supported in a space of allowance by your teacher so that you can deeply connect to your own inner source of guidance and wisdom.


    It is important to emphasize that our approach to yoga is not seen as a physical activity. All use of movement during yoga practice is a tool to focus and relax the body and mind. When the body relaxes, the mind follows. From a relaxed state of being, we can access the parasympathetic nervous system, which is largely responsible for our ability to “rest and restore” from the stimulus and stress we encounter in our day to day life. The stresses and fears we encounter throughout the course of our life can gradually generate patterns of bodily tension and asymmetries that eventually lead to pain and limited movement. This work corrects those patterns and brings the body back towards its natural state of balance.


    The physical benefits of yoga are usually what initially draws a student into the classroom. But as the student dives deeper into all the various layers of practice, they realize what is most important is to use their yoga practice to reach a place where they consistently feel a sense of inner peace and freedom, a place where their mind’s thinking no longer disturbs their own well-being.

    Who is this retreat & training for?

    This retreat & teacher training is intended for anyone who desires to live a healthier lifestyle or is seeking relief from minor physical discomfort and/or suffering from severe pain.


    You do not have to be a seasoned yoga practitioner nor an aspiring teacher to participate in this event. For those who are not interested in teaching yoga, this is an excellent way to immerse yourself in 8 days of personal practice, study and the direct experience of yoga. For those that already teach yoga, this training will give you the tools and skills to diversify your portfolio and add to or modify your offerings.


    This Teacher Training is 60 contact hours and provides an in-depth exploration of a modern approach to the ancient science of yoga. It is an excellent course for those looking to deepen their yoga practice, explore unique & effective sequencing, meditation, mindfulness, and spiritual inquiry.

    Topics Covered

    • Poses, their variations, and application inside sequences
    • When and how to adapt poses
    • PROPS: how, why and when to use them
    • The importance of silence
    • How to look and what to see as a teacher
    • Class timing, preparation and planning
    • Voice, communication, rhythm and presence
    • Cooling down and warming up a class
    • Daily practice 3x per day and practice teaching
    • Manual with 40 sequences
    • Guided meditation and yoga nidra
    • Connect deeply to the land and the energy of Sedona during guided nature tours

    Daily Schedule

    January 11-18, 2020

    8:30-9:30AM Practice

    9:30-9:45 AM Break

    9:45-11:45 AM Lecture & Discussion

    11:45-12:00PM Break

    12:00-1:00 PM Practice

    1:00-2:30 PM Lunch/Break

    2:30-4:45 PM Outdoor Activity and or Meditation + Yoga Nidra

    4:45-5:00 PM Break

    5:00-6:00PM Practice

    Please note this schedule is subject to slight changes



  • The Benefits

    A Practice that Improves Health & Well-Being

    Improved Mobility

    Freedom of Movement

    It all starts with improving mobility. It's not possible to experience physical and mental well-being if the body is in pain or movement is restricted. In our classes, we use carefully designed sequences that are instructed in an effective and intelligent way. Each student is acknowledged and their restrictions and limitations are respected. This allows for a practice that is safe and supported.

    Mental Clarity

    Freedom of Mind

    When the body relaxes, the mind follows. The practice not only restores balance, health and vitality in the physical body, but also in the mental body. With consistent and regular practice, stress and anxiety is decreased, focus and concentration is improved, and quality of life increases. Physical and mental well-being allows us to live a fulfilling life and connect to our own inner source of guidance and wisdom without necessarily depending on any external source for it. This is what inner freedom is all about.

  • Who We Are

    Meet Your Instructors

    Cris Sprengel

    Curitiba, Brazil

    Cris began practicing yoga in 2002 and in 2005 she was introduced to the Kaiut Yoga School in Curitiba, Brazil. Shortly after she began practicing at the Kaiut Yoga School she was invited to participate in a teacher training program. After she completed her teacher training, she eventually became one of the lead teachers–instructing over 500 students per week for nearly 10 years. She went on to become a facilitator in all Kaiut Yoga teacher trainings held in Curitiba, Brazil. Over the years, her perception of the method was refined, and in 2016 she decided to open her own studio,Yoga Mais (Mais means more in Portuguese). She teaches small, intimate classes which enables her to work in-depth with each individual. In the last 3 years she has continued to refine and develop her new approach, and she has witnessed incredible results in her students. She is thrilled to be able to share her knowledge and expertise during this special retreat and training.

    Katie Harpstrite

    Lawrence, Kansas

    Katie is the owner of VAST Yoga in Lawrence, KS, where she teaches small classes in a beautifully restored one-room schoolhouse. Katie gives her students individualized attention so they feel acknowledged, supported and inspired. Katie is grateful for the path that led her to her love for yoga, and all the teachers and teachings that have given her the capacity to help people of all ages and abilities learn to deeply connect to their bodies in order to feel and live better. She began studying Iyengar Yoga in 2002, and in 2009 started teaching the Iyengar method while working as an attorney. In 2013, she had a large brain tumor removed, quit practicing law, and started seeking more therapeutic yoga methods. In 2014, she trained to teach Kaiut Yoga and began teaching full time. She spent 9 weeks in Brazil in both 2015 and 2017 studying the Kaiut Yoga method with some of the school's most experienced teachers. Since 2017, she has worked with Cris Sprengel to help develop a new, refreshing approach to sequencing and teaching, and she is dedicated to building a community where this work can continue to grow and evolve.

    Ayla Sarnoff

    Boulder, Colorado

    Ayla has been studying and teaching yoga since 2008. She is a 200 HR E-RYT, 300 HR Kaiut Yoga teacher, certified in prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga for cancer survivors. She has always had a natural curiosity about the nature of consciousness and she sees yoga practice as a tool that points us back to our own true nature.

    Our true nature and natural state of being is open to the movement of life, without conflict, division or fear. Ayla believes it is possible for everyone to live from this state. Living life from its natural state is a gradual process–an unwinding of our conditioned mind, and yoga practice, meditation, nature, and yoga nidra are all practical methods for direct experience of the natural state, and the qualities of peace, love, and freedom that are inherent within it. 

    Lynn Yetta Parry

    Sedona, Arizona

    Since she was a young girl, Lynn has had a natural communion with nature, and a deep appreciation for its ability to help the mind find peace and ease. Born in South Africa, she has been blessed to live in places rich in natural beauty and energy, which is largely what drew her to Sedona. She has traveled and lived in several different countries and it is her joy to bring people together of different cultures and world views to reveal the natural connection we all share, and break through the illusions of what we feel separates us. With an honors degree in psychology and many deep explorations into the nature of consciousness itself, Lynn offers a dynamic approach for people who desire to have a meaningful experience while in Sedona. Her natural enthusiasm and childlike nature along with practices such as vipassana meditation, yogic wisdom, trauma counseling, and EFT will help you to access your natural authentic self and deeper states of consciousness.

  • Travel Information

    Getting to Sedona

    Airport & Shuttle Service

    Phoenix International Airport or Flagstaff Airport

    To travel to Sedona from outside Arizona, you would normally fly to Phoenix (PHX) and then drive or take an Airport Shuttle from Phoenix to Sedona (driving time is about two hours by car or two and a half hours by shuttle). There is a shuttle service that leaves the Phoenix Airport for Sedona eight times per day that is usually very efficient and very easy. The shuttle runs from 10 am to 8 pm and picks up passengers both in West Sedona and in the Village of Oak Creek. Call 928-282-2066 for reservations or visit www.arizonashuttle.com for the complete schedule. Note: Flagstaff Airport (FLG) is a smaller airport 1 hour away from Sedona. Typically there are less flight options and this airport tends to be more expensive to fly in and out of but it may be worth checking out.

    Event Location

    Aumbase Sedona

    1225 W State Rte 89A #201, Sedona, AZ 86336


    Parking is available onsite. The studio is located in West Sedona, within walking distance of Whole Foods and several restaurants. If your accommodation is within walking distance of the studio, you may be able to get by without a rental car. If staying further than walking distance from the studio, a rental car is recommended, and will make it much easier to get around the area. Uber in Sedona is very limited and not always reliable.

    Interested in Sharing Accommodation?

    Contact Us!

    Once you have registered, if you would like to share accommodation we are happy to connect you with other event participants. Please contact Ayla so that she can assist you. ayla@movemindful.com

  • Register for 60 HR Transformational Yoga Retreat & Training

  • Tuition $895

  • Refund & Cancellation Policy

    Retreat & Teacher Training

    If you cancel on or before November 15, 2019, a full refund will be issued minus a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel between November 16, 2019 and January 1, 2020, 50% of your payment will be refunded, minus a $50 administrative fee. After January 1, 2020, no refunds will be issued.

  • Contact Us

    Please contact us with any questions