get your ceremonial cacao blends for daily rituals and moments of nourishment
the art of slowing down and dropping into your body
4.2-26.3.2023 in Zurich city
This Yin Yoga Teacher Training is a deep immersion within a small group. You’ll not only go on extended yin journeys to feel the effects of yin yoga in your own physical, mental, emotional, and energetic body but also learn in various lectures and workshops why and what is happening during a yin yoga class so that you can create safe and sacred spaces yourself for others and/or deepen your personal practice.
A bittersweet medicine as we’ll encounter the ugly and the beauty. Letting go is a necessity to move forward. Opening the heart to the known and unknown will require courage.
To meet oneself - the terror and joy.
This extensive, detail-oriented and intensive Ceremonial Yin Yoga Teacher Training is an invitation to transform and step into our own potential as we connect to our hearts so that we can be of service to humanity.
Sounds all very dramatic but if you take a moment of reflecting upon the way you make choices when feeling relaxed and trusting vs. fearful and stressed, you’ll see that something as simple as yin yoga can change your life. You might wonder why ceremonial. I’m curious about how we can bring more rituals to our lives. How we can do less but a clearer intention and with that it feels more meaningful to ourselves and others.
The main intention of this immersion is to deepen your personal yin yoga practice as well as to provide you with the tools of creating these yin journeys and safe spaces for yourself and others. From practicing proper sequencing and experiencing yin yoga and the yin mindset in your own system, to having time to experiment with teaching yin yoga, reflecting, journaling, meditating, and sharing these transformational experiences and tools within a group of amazing humans.
This training is designed to happen during 5 intensive weekends from January to March with breaks in between. After the first part of the training, you’ll move to the second part, where you’ll start independently creating yin journeys for your friends and strangers and get regular support as you do that. I want you to truly have a container where you’re not left alone after you’ve gotten the foundation to understand yin yoga, its purpose and how to create intentional journeys but also how to guide yourself and others.
I know Aleks almost since I arrived in Switzerland a few years ago. Her safe spaces in ceremonies were like a little oasis in the middle of everyday life to tune in, reconnect with me and integrate things. I discovered with her the medicine of Ceremonial Cacao, and after all these Yin journeys I was delighted to attend her teacher training in Montenegro this summer. Aleks embraces Yin as the handcraft work of an artisan, bringing passion, years of experience, special care for the participants, and curated details to transmit from heart to heart. If you're looking for a teacher training program that will make you feel confident to teach, explore your connection to Yin and encourage you to go out and share as well from the heart to heart, this is it!
This training is a space where you can experiment, ask questions, un-learn, and re-learn as well as understand yourself on a deeper layer. A big part of this training is personal growth, healing, releasing, and transforming. It is not a yoga holiday, it will be intensive and it requires a full commitment during the days of active training, self-study, and practicing teaching. It is at least 160 hours but there are way more in between and the hours a training don’t say as much as constant, committed practice, self-reflection, radical self-honesty, and the intention to keep growing, questioning, and cultivating a beginners mindset with a healthy dose of confidence, self-trust, and groundedness.
What we’ll be studying/practicing
Next to the lecture practices and sitting in the ceremony, you’ll experience experimental workshops, where you’ll learn and unlearn what you know about (yin) yoga.
• Yin Yoga Journeys & Cacao Ceremonies
• 40+ Yin Yoga Asanas in Experimental Workshops
• History of Yin Yoga & Yin Yoga Principles
• Art of Teaching Yin Yoga & Yin Language
• The Art of Creating, Opening, Holding, and Closing Spaces
• Yin Yoga Sequencing based on the Prana Vayus (Yogic Tradition) and Myofascial Meridian Lines (Basics of the Fascia System (Anatomy Trains) / there is no TCM in this training)
• Meditation & Pranayama Techniques from the Hatha Yoga Philosophy
• Mantra, Rituals, Journaling
• Art of Adjustments & Hands-on
• Business Basics & Creating Yin Yoga-related offerings
Training venue, dates and times & how it is built
Yin Yoga Foundation Training at Stamy Yoga Zurich from 8/8:30 am to approx. 5:30/6 pm
1st weekend: 4.-5. February 2023
2nd weekend: 11.-12. February 2023
3rd weekend: 25. - 26. February 2023
- 4th weekend: 11.-12. March 2023
- 5th weekend: 25.-26. March 2023
Independent Practicing Teaching from April to October 2023
5 x 75 minutes calls where you can ask questions, share your teaching experiences and get my feedback/tips on your sequences and any other questions that come up as you teach (will be recorded and we decide the time and days as a group in March 2023)
You’ll be observing and assisting one yin yoga journey by Aleks Nikolic
You’ll practice teaching 20 hours independently and reflect, learn, experiment,
and re-define who you are as a yin yoga teacher
You’ll have one Yin Buddy with whom you’ll exchange, support, and empower during this time
We’ll have a One Day Yin Festival at the end of September/beginning of October 2023 (we will choose this together), where you’ll be teaching with someone else from the training a 90 minutes yin journey as your graduation project, get feedback from Aleks Nikolic, and then we’ll celebrate together the final moments of our teacher training.
Our in-person weekends will happen in Zurich City at the Stamy Yoga Studio close to Sihlcity.
Our online modules will happen on ZOOM.
Calculate each week approx. 1 hs of homework like journaling, reading, preparing classes, practicing teaching poses, watching documentaries, repeating whatever we learned the weekend before, and more.
The training language is English but Aleks also speaks German.
Please let me know your language preference as you register.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The training is limited to 8 people only.
For whom this training is and requirements to participate
You can participate in this training even if you don't plan on becoming a yin yoga teacher but intend to deepen your personal practice and relationship with yourself.
It's recommended that you've participated in at least 1 of my ceremonies/yin classes and/or have a regular (yin) yoga/ritual/movement/self-inquiry practice.
It is recommended to have had at least another yoga or movement background/training completed. Expect that in any case, you’ll learn a lot in this training and will be able to lead yin classes BUT you will still need to educate yourself further to understand and embody these ancient practices.
You can self-regulate. It is important to have the emotional maturity and the capacity to hold space for yourself aka the ability to switch from emotional states to focus and groundedness —> self-regulation. This is a training where we will go deep inwards and things will come up, at the same time, we’re here to educate ourselves about yin yoga, which happens also on an intellectual level.
Anyone that understands that this isn’t a retreat or holiday and we will study, experiment, share and practice during the training weekends.
Anyone that feels currently physically, emotionally, mentally, and energetically stable in life. If you’re on medication or in treatment, please get in touch before applying for this training.
Commitment, dedication & curiosity to do your homework, practice and participate actively in the training as well as take self-responsibility, remember to come back to your own center and take inspired action and care of yourself.
What is included in this training
• 160 hs + of extensive yin yoga training and support by Aleks Nikolic and her assistants
• light snacks, water and tea
• 10% off selected online and offline events by Aleks Nikolic until December 2023
• ceremonial goodie bag
• high quality yoga mats & props in our yoga studio to use during the training
Not included: airfare, taxi transfer to and from the airport, 1:1 private sessions with Aleks, travel/health insurance, recommended/required additional books, any travel costs such as public transport tickets, visas, vaccinations, passports, catering (lunch, coffee, other snacks) and any other drinks.
The focus of this training lies not only in learning the theory but also in experiencing the tools and their effects on your own body, mind, emotions, and energy. Realizing it’s all interconnected - from the way you walk through life to the way you greet someone to the quality of your breath and thoughts.
It’s important for me to not only give you great tools to become great teachers and be of service to your community but also help you clarify your intentions and visions that you’d love to plant and harvest. A big part of it that often lacks in yoga trainings, is the business aspect. How can we do business in alignment with our intention and the yogic teachings instead of slipping into the old, manipulative, and sneaky ways of doing business.
From ethical business choices to pricing, website building, offering creation, and more you’ll be able to not only brainstorm and have support from your buddy, Aleks Nikolic, her assistants, and the whole group but also be able to receive practical tips from Aleks after teaching for over 6 years and building her yoga business and being confronted with many questions. I believe that you don’t have to figure everything out by yourself but that we can share our experiences and create a more ethical and aligned yoga industry.
Application & Payment
How to apply for this training:
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6. In case you don't get accepted to the training, you'll get a full refund of your investment. You'll hear from Aleks within 48hs from Monday to Friday.
Early-Booking-Offering until the End of the Year (27.12.2022)
Pay in full (discounted): CHF 2600.-
Payment Plan: CHF 225.- per month for 12 months
2 Payments: CHF 1325.- x 2
From December 28th, 2022 - January 20th, 2023
Pay in full (discounted): CHF 2800.-
Payment Plan: CHF 240.- per month for 12 months
2 Payments: CHF 1420.- x 2
If you have questions, send an email to email@example.com.
Before booking your spot, read the booking and cancellation policy.
Currently, I'm offering one partial scholarship for anyone having financial hardship but envisions joining in this training. If this is you, please send me a short email explaining why you’d need it and why you’d love to participate in it.
Certification & Final Project
You’ll receive a certification if you participate in the full course by Aleksandra Nikolic Art of Yin (if you get ill, you’ll have to bring an attestation and re-do any modules you miss in a Private 1:1 at extra cost), do all homework, successfully create and teach your final project. If you're not planning on teaching, you don't have to participate in the 2nd part of the teacher training.
It isn’t guaranteed to receive the certificate by all means as teaching yin yoga requires some level of self-responsibility, capacity to hold space, and groundedness.
Our final project is mandatory. If you can’t make it to Zurich, you will have to create an event in your hometown and record it before the graduation in Zurich.
-Is this training Yoga Alliance Certified?
No, but it extends its requirements. With additional trainings, you may apply to be certified by Swiss health insurance.
-For whom is this training? Do I need to have experience?
For anyone who would love to deepen their connection to themselves through yin yoga and other tools that support them in not only getting to know themselves but also seeing clearer through their own ignorance and aiming for higher visions and meaningful actions in life. Maybe you want to, later on, share yin yoga as an instructor or create beautiful experiences for people to slow down and tune it. The most important thing is that you have here 160 hours for yourself to explore, let go and embrace a new direction and journey in your own life.
About Aleks Nikolic and her 7 years of teaching experience
In November 2014 I cried on my bathroom floor, working non-stop as a Community Manager for a big American corporation. I felt exhausted and I simply craved to feel happy. I guess today I’d call it an urge to feel fulfilled as happiness isn’t something we can expect to feel always, yet fulfillment helps us trust in the moments when life feels challenging.
With that decision, I recommitted to my yoga practice and hired a life coach. In February 2015 I went to Brasil for a retreat by myself and made the secret decision to leave Switzerland a year from today for good. I found a 200hs Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in the jungle of Costa Rica that would start in March 2016. Well, the urge became louder and I quit my job earlier, starting my journey with a trip to Italy and the wonderful city of Verona.
I’ve sold all my things and got myself a one-way ticket to Bali where I woke up in October 2015.
What a crazy journey life is. We simply have to make a choice that we are not willing to move anymore in directions that deprive us of feeling aligned and working against ourselves.
Before the teacher training, I started organizing women’s circles and workshops around creativity, journaling, self-expression, vulnerability, and rituals. After that, I started teaching in Mexico in May 2016 first on the beach and then in a local yoga studio. From then on I’ve taught in youth camps, eco-resorts, and urban city yoga studios from Zurich to Prague, Bangkok, and all over the world in Europe, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Central America.
I’ve done over 500 hours of teacher training and immersions in Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, MyoYin and Myofascial Release, Yoga Nidra, Tantric Hatha Yoga and Divine Feminine, Kids Yoga, ThetaHealing, and much more.
From 2018 until today I’m assisting Nik Robson during the Yin Culture Teacher Training and led this summer my first extended Ceremonial Yin Yoga Teacher Training.
In the following articles, blog posts, and podcast episodes you can read more about my journey and if you have more questions about my qualifications, please send me an email:
Terms and Conditions
As you book your spot, you’ll be asked to pay. If your application doesn't get accepted, you'll get the money refunded. This is also the period that you can cancel your registration and receive your deposit back. To be admitted for the special pricing, the money has to arrive on the due date and before the early bird price expires. Please note that CHF 750.- is a non-refundable deposit.
100% of the payments have to be made prior to the training starts unless you've chosen the payment plan. In genuine personal hardship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an individual solution.
You can make your payments via Swiss E-banking for national transfers or via wise.com (we’ll send you the link) for international transfers. Any extra fees have to be paid directly by the participants.
Any other cancellations are applicable as per these regulations:
The participant is responsible to pay cancellation fees as
● Cancel 60 days prior to arrival - 100 percent of the full booking fee is due
to the organizer
● Cancel 80 days prior to arrival - 80 percent of the full booking fee is due to
● Cancel 100 days prior to arrival - 60 percent of the full booking fee is due to
The cancellation policy applies to all reasons for cancellation. The organizer is not responsible for any forces of nature that may cause the participant to cancel. Also, holiday and health insurance are recommended.
If the cancellation occurs due to consequences caused by the infection with the coronavirus COVID-19 or serious sickness, an attestation has to be provided and one can participate in another training. Please note that there are no refunds and there will be a deposit fee to book the spot. In case there is a lockdown, the training will happen online. In case you miss a part, you'll have to book a paid private workshop if you want to receive the certificate. If you feel well, you can join us online in case of an infection.
By paying the deposit, you’re agreeing to the above-stated booking and cancellation policy. An assistant of Aleks Nikolic will take your deposit and give you a recipe for it. Please notice that you’ll be held for any costs or damage you’ve caused during your stay at the yoga studio.
Please note that there are no refunds if you choose to leave the training at any point from to 60 days prior or in between.
You are responsible to have international health and travel insurance.
It’s your responsibility to have all the valid travel documents.
In case the training needs to be canceled by the organizer due to a lack of participants, you’ll be offered an alternative option or receive a full refund.
1 Registration / deposit / final payment
Upon receipt of the registration, the participant will receive a confirmation of registration together with the bank details for paying for the retreat. The place at the retreat is only definitely reserved with a deposit (the exact amount is specified on the relevant website or agreed separately with the provider). This amount can no longer be reimbursed in the event of a cancellation by the participant. The remaining payment must be paid no later than 60 or 30 days before the start of the retreat unless otherwise agreed in writing.
With the deposit, the registration is binding and obligates you to pay the entire amount. Failure to pay does not count as a cancellation. If the number of participants is limited, registrations will be considered in the order in which the deposit was received. The receipt of the transfer counts.
The aforementioned payment deadlines are expiration days. If payment is not made on time, the participant will be in default without a reminder. In this case, the provider is entitled to withdraw from the contract without setting a deadline, to refuse the (retreat) services and to cancel the booking by charging the full cancellation costs. In this case, we expressly reserve the right to make further claims for damages.
The prices for the offers can be seen on the website of the provider. We reserve the right to make individual arrangements, including processing fees and any additional costs outside of the offer (e.g. visa fees, tourism taxes).
Vouchers can be purchased for participation in a riding & yoga retreat or for the use of other services of the provider (riding & yoga vouchers). The vouchers are valid for 5 years from the date of purchase. Cash payment is excluded.
The vouchers are not personal and can be transferred to other people.
The scope of services is determined according to the information communicated in writing by the provider (e.g. by email or written confirmation) and according to the information on the website of the provider. In the event of contradictions, the information communicated individually in writing takes precedence. Special requests by the participant as well as subsequent deviating agreements must be confirmed in writing by the provider.
5 Price changes
The provider reserves the right to change the advertised prices for important reasons and to adjust the costs actually incurred afterwards. This applies in particular to subsequent price increases due to the increase due to transport costs (e.g. fuel surcharges), subsequently introduced levies such as tourism taxes or other taxes, as well as changes in exchange rates or invoice or publication errors.
Price increases can be asserted no later than 21 days before the planned start of the retreat. If the price increase is more than 10% of the offer price, the participant is entitled to withdraw from the contract. In this case, the participant is free to take a substitute trip if possible. Further claims such as claims for damages are excluded.
6 Cancellation by the participant and substitute before departure
The booked offer must be canceled in writing (the date on which the provider receives the written cancellation is decisive).
In the event of a retreat cancellation of a retreat abroad up to 60 days before the start of the trip, the total amount minus the deposit will be repaid. If a retreat in Switzerland is canceled up to 30 days before the start of the journey, the total amount minus the deposit will be repaid. In the event of cancellation at a later point in time, the total costs will not be reimbursed (this also applies in the event of illness, accident, pregnancy, etc.).
In the event of a cancellation, a processing fee of CHF 50 will also be due.
The provider recommends taking out cancellation insurance, which may cover the cancellation costs (see also section 2.9).
The vacated space can be assigned to a replacement person. In this case, a processing fee of CHF 50 will be charged and any rebooking or additional costs will be borne by the participant. The substitute must meet all travel requirements. The participant and the substitute person are jointly liable for payment of the total amount as well as for any additional costs.
7 Program changes
Program changes and changes to individual services (program, accommodation, travel companion, yoga instructor, means of transport, etc.) due to unforeseeable circumstances or security reasons are expressly reserved. In this case, any additional costs are borne by the participants. Reduction and reimbursement claims as well as claims for damages are excluded in this case. No liability is assumed for program changes due to travel delays.
8 Premature termination of the trip by the participant
If the participant breaks off the trip prematurely for any reason, there is no right to a refund of the offer price. Any additional costs are borne by the participant.
9 Travel cancellation by the provider/failure to reach the number of participants
A short-term retreat cancellation due to compelling reasons such as force major, official measures, strikes, etc. is reserved. If the retreat has to be canceled for compelling reasons, the provider will endeavor to offer an equivalent alternative program. If no replacement program can be offered, the provider will reimburse the participant for the payments made for services that have not been used, whereby expenses already made will be deducted. Further claims, in particular claims for damages, are excluded.
A retreat can also be canceled up to 30 days before the start of the journey if the minimum number of participants is not reached. In this case, the amount paid will be fully refunded. Further claims, in particular compensation for damages, cannot be asserted.
10 Arrival & entry formalities abroad
The outward and return journey to the destination is the responsibility of the participants and the costs are not included in the offer. It is up to the participant to arrive on time. No liability is assumed for travel delays and reimbursements for unused services are excluded in this case.
Insurance is the responsibility of the participant in every respect.
When participating in a riding & yoga retreat, the provider recommends clarifying whether riding accidents or accidents with horses are included. Helmets are compulsory for horse riding & yoga retreats.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel/cancellation insurance. The participant should also check and ensure that he / she is adequately protected by his / her health insurance company in the event of illness and accident insurance (also abroad).
The provider cannot be made liable for theft or loss of objects.
12 Personal and health requirements
For (riding &) yoga holidays/retreats, good health and a stable mental state are required. The participant participates independently and undertakes to inform the provider about any physical and/or psychological impairments. Before participating, you may need to seek the advice of a doctor or psychotherapist.
If a participant does not meet the physical or psychological requirements, the provider can exclude the participant from the (on) trip. All associated costs, including early travel home, are borne by the participant. In this case, unused services will not be reimbursed and additional costs must be borne by the participant.
The liability of the provider is limited in any case to double the offer price and only covers the direct damage. The provider only reimburses the failure of agreed services if it was not possible to provide an equivalent replacement service on-site.
The provider is not liable if the non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment of the agreed services can be traced back to the following causes: a) failure of the participant before or during the trip b) unforeseeable or unavoidable omissions by third parties that affect the provision of the agreed service are not involved c) force majeure or an event which the provider or service provider could not foresee or avert despite due care. Claims for damages are excluded in this case.
If problems or complaints arise during a retreat, the participant must immediately contact the tour guide on site. If the issue cannot then be resolved to the satisfaction of the participant, the participant is obliged to contact the provider immediately (by phone or email). In the event of non-compliance with this obligation, later claims are excluded.
If defects cannot then be remedied on-site, the participant must report them to the provider in writing no later than 30 days after the end of the retreat. If the defects are not asserted within this period, all claims are forfeited.
15 Applicable law and place of jurisdiction
Only Swiss law is applicable. Subject to mandatory statutory provisions, the place of jurisdiction is at the registered office of the provider.