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Reserve Your Spot

We invite you to join Shilah Sarkissian and Josh Plotkin for our Embodied Yoga School’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
A teacher training is an opportunity to learn yoga on a deep level. For you. The beautiful result of exploring your relationship with the asana’s (physical poses) along side the other 7 limbs of Yoga, is that you can emerge with the ability to teach others what you have discovered within you. A desire to teach Yoga is not necessary in order to take this in depth Yoga Training, although upon completion you will be a certified Yoga Teacher if you do wish to share you experience with others. Perhaps you want to be a teacher, perhaps you just want to create space and time to truly dive into and explore Yoga; either way, we welcome you to join us.
 Embodied Yoga School was developed by Shilah and Josh and is based on the principles of physical embodiment and self study, and the journey that unfolds as we explore these two things. You will do an in depth study of asana, meditation, philosophy, pranayama and learn about the subtle body energetic elements of the yoga practice. This training will lay the foundational groundwork for teaching classes in multiple public and private environments.
Our Yoga Teacher Training is about deepening your relationship to yourself through the exploration of your own personal practice. Personal inner exploration naturally elicits the transformation that emerges during our training, alongside the practical skill of creating the foundational elements required to safely teach asana and meditation.  We wanted to create something that would allow teachers to feel empowered to lead classes that would support the healing of the physical and subtle body through asana while weaving in the often forgotten or under-taught elements of yoga. We place an emphasis on each persons natural ability to find union between the many aspects of the Self. 
This training will teach you a recipe to create meaningful sequences, instead of a one size fits all sequence to follow; it will teach you how to see a yoga room and better understand what is needed that day.  It will remind you how to feel. It will bring up your own personal healing, and in embracing your own journey you will gain a road map on how to assist others as they embrace theirs. An emphasis is placed on inclusion, honoring the roots of yoga, digging deep into the heart  centered wisdom of the ancient texts, and a remembering of the word yoga, and what it actually means – union, to yolk. 
 Please join us to explore this powerful and ancient modality in a way that allows us to offer up service on our path of Dharma. 
 This teacher training is very different from most trainings out there, and so even if you have taken a 200 hour training already, this training will enrich your foundational experience and help you come into and experience your authentic teaching voice. 
Total investment: $3,300

You can PAY IN FULL now

 and we also offer PAYMENT PLANS

*2 partial scholarships available by application – please send a direct message to info@arcanalife.com for details.   
*We wish to foster a space of inclusion, diversity and reasonable access. If you feel called to this experience, and if you feel that you are a part of an under represented community in yoga that would add diversity into this space of education and learning we would be honored to create space for you, and our training will be enriched by having you.  We will do this by creating reasonable access to this experience, considering whatever that means for you. Please reach out in the contact form if this resonates with you and we will find a way to connect with you. You can also email infor@arcanalife.com. Thank you for considering enriching the program with your presence and voice.
Info Sessions:
Feb 1st 1 – 3pm
 Feb 28th 5:45 – 6:45pm
Course Dates:
March 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th
April 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
May 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 30th, 31st
June 6th, 7th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th
*Saturdays run from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays from 10:15 – 6:15
 
Meet Shilah

Meet Shilah

  • E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 level)
  • 500 Hour YogaWorks Certified
  • YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider – a YA designation that indicates extensive training and teaching experience)
  • Owns Embodied Yoga School, a Yoga Alliance Certified School 
  • Over 5000 hours taught
  • Experience teaching in Resorts, Public School, Studios, and Rehab Centers
  • Reiki Master Teacher
  • Certified Therapeutic Energy Healer and Spiritual Councilor

Ever since as far back as I can remember I have been curious about the meaning of life, of my life. This curiosity combined with a deep sense of connection to the seen and unseen has led me on a serious path of self exploration for the last 15 years; trying to understand the why of it all. Why are we here? How can I be here and be fully present with life?  

There is still a lot of inner terrain for me to explore. What I have found so far is that all the outward looking that I did on my path of seeking, was really mis-guided. The answers were always within, and the true teachers I have come in contact with have showed me how to find the space within, and live from that embodied space as much as possible.

Being a perpetual student has led to gathering some different tools in my belt, and eventually after a lot of time as a student often led to offering what I learned in a teaching role. In 2009 I did my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaWorks, and then followed it up with earning my 500 hour designation in 2012, and I have been leading public classes, workshops and international retreats in the time since. My passion for mindful meditative movement led me to opening and accrediting (through Yoga Alliance) my own Yoga Teacher Training School, in collaboration with some wonderful colleagues.  I am a E-RYT 500 and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). Along this path I became interested in other complimentary healing modalities, like healing the body naturally with plants and herbalism, our own energy, and inner work. Divinely timed, just as my interest was peaking a wonderful teacher came into my life and I began earning my Reiki Master Teacher credentials with her, as well as my Certified Spiritual Healers Credential. A few years ago I started being the teacher for others in the Reiki and Energy Healing realm.

In my free time I love traveling and seeing the world in a new way. I enjoy being active, writing, yoga, creating and spending time with community, going on adventures, reading, resting and playing. I am my happiest when my creative energies are engaged. I am originally from Canada, and now I live in Southern California with my husband Keenan.

Meet Josh

Meet Josh

  • 500 HR YogaWorks Certified
  • Over 5000 hours taught
  • Internship at Pacific Ashtanga.
  • Mysore teacher
  • 30-hr. Adjustment Intensive Training

An Ashtangi at heart, Josh studies many styles of yoga. He believes each discipline rooted in form and functionality offers unique benefits to individual practitioners. Sharing the knowledge he’s accumulated with compassion is at the heart of his teachings.  His classes are focused on combining the principals of breath, gaze and movement to create a practice equal in strength and grace, a moving meditation.

Josh has a dedicated daily Mysore practice. He is also a baker and is constantly trying to meet the demand of his friends, community and students who request his bread in droves each week.  In his free time he enjoys reading, strumming his guitar, exploring nature, getting in the water, surfing and spending time with his partner Kiley in the little beach town of San Clemente, where they live together with their family.