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Awake Space is about freedom. It is an open space to learn to discover and to transform. We honour the ancient techniques and history of yoga while understanding ourselves to be humans in evolution, changing and growing. 


We are a yoga teacher training school registered with Yoga Alliance since 2015 with more than 400 graduates from Europe and around the world. Founded by Sunshine ROSS who has over 17 years of yoga teaching experience with a specialization in teacher training for the past 7 years. She is a registered senior teacher with Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance is the international association of yoga schools and yoga teachers, setting the standards for learning, teaching and safety in the practice of yoga.

"Magique !"

Une retraite inoubliable menée d'une main de maître par Sunshine Ross qui m'a inculqué les valeurs du yoga d'une manière douce et à la fois rigoureuse. Un groupe à taille humaine qui nous a permis de se connaître plus personnellement les unes et les autres au cours des 3 semaines. Tout était parfait, le rythme des semaines, de la classe, les supports matériel, la qualité des enseignements de Sunshine et surtout sa gentillesse, son professionnalisme et sa passion pour l'enseignement du yoga qui nous aura toutes beaucoup inspiré. C'est passé trop vite ! Je recommande cette formation 200H les yeux fermés.

- Clarisse D.

"Formation humaine "

Cette formation m'a apporté beaucoup plus que je ne l'aurais espéré! Des rencontres magiques, des cours intéressants et captivants. Je rentres chez moi avec une envie de continuer à me former et de partager encore plus forte! MERCI 🙏

- Geraldine T.

"Une excellente formation de haut niveau"

Une formation de haut niveau que je recommande à tout le monde. Les cours permettent de pratiquer plusieurs styles de yoga, les ateliers d'enseignement en petits groupes d'élèves permettent d'approfondir toutes les variations des postures et les cours théoriques d'aller encore plus loin. Sunshine est une excellente enseignante, très pédagogue et à l'écoute. Je me sens tout à fait prête à enseigner à mon tour le yoga !

- Karine C

Sunshine Ross

Fondatrice, Formatrice, Masterclass

Sunshine is a senior yoga teacher, wife, mother and author of The New Yoga Sutra: Divine Grace.

Sunshine began teaching yoga in 2005 and founded the yoga school now called Awake Space in 2015. The yoga school was born in Leith, Scotland, and the following year a residential yoga retreat was opened in southwest France. In 2024, Awake Space will move to its new home Château de Montcuquet in Lautrec, France.

Sunshine first trained in Rishikesh in the traditional style of Hatha Yoga and has since trained in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Ashtanga. Sunshine has also received 8 years of formal training in Buddhism and has completed undergraduate studies in psychology. Sunshine is also a high level practitioner of VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing (Ric Weinmann trademark)

She has traveled extensively with her husband Glen all over the world - Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America as an expatriate. They have two children, Ocean and Sky.

"Teaching is my profession. It's my dharma. I remember coming home from my first day of kindergarten and sitting my grandmother down, pretending she was my student and me pretending to be the teacher and teaching her the vowels and consonants. It's a past life. We have all been many things in our past lives. Somehow, I acquired the skill of teaching. I vaguely remember other past lives as a nun and also as a disabled person. This life, I happen to have a good body for yoga.

I teach the full spectrum of yoga because I honor the fact that we are all at different stages of evolution on the soul journey. We come to yoga for different reasons. Yoga is so broad that you can approach it from many different angles. For me, yoga is primarily a spiritual practice. Ross Method uses hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga and kundalini yoga with different meditation techniques. I use VortexHealing in trainings to help evolve the students' energy system and we will be using Art Therapy at the Chateau de Montcuquet for the personal development of yoga practitioners and future yoga teachers.

If you would like to speak to Sunshine personally, you will need to reserve a time. Please use this link to schedule a call.

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The yoga teacher training provided by Awake Space uses the Ross Method which primarily treats yoga as a spiritual practice and uses a combination of hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga and kundalini to train future yoga teachers. It also uses various relaxation techniques, mantra and  meditation techniques as well as simply meditating with Presence.

Respect and knowledge of ancient traditions combined with modern methods and knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics are very important to the school. Its objective is to train holistic and multidimensional teachers.


Sunshine is a practitioner of VortexHealing®  (Jewel Level) during the yoga retreat you will receive healing, clearing, strengthening and optimising for your physical body, emotional body, mental body, energetic body, etheric body, karmic body, astral body and spiritual body.


VortexHealing®  is designed to evolve your energy system and consciousness. It is a powerful, holistic system of energetic healing from the Merlin lineage that bridges in Divine Energy & Consciousness to transform emotional issues and all aspects of the body's energy system, including the physical body. VortexHealing® releases one layer of egoic identity at a time facilitating awakening.

“VortexHealing®" is a registered service mark of the R. Weinman VH Trust. All rights reserved. Used here with permission. For more information on VortexHealing visit

Disclaimer: VortexHealing® is a complementary energetic healing tool. It is not a replacement for medical treatment. Please consult your physician for medical issues in addition to any complementary healing you receive.

Body Art

Art Therapy

As part of your own personal and spiritual evolution, we will be offering art therapy sessions (starting 2024 at Chateau de Montcuquet). This gives you another avenue of expression that can enable you to release deep and emotional charge without having to use words. Art therapy can help you get in touch with the deepest parts of you for release and to facilitate further freedom. 

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  Formation Intensive  


Week One

First Week of Training : Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics

Key information : What are the factors that affect flexibility? How can we avoid injury during yoga practice? What are the benefits of yoga and meditation on the nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular system and health and fitness in general?


Week Two

Second Week of Training : Teaching Methodology and Creating a Professional Practice

Key information : Keep students safe, learn to modify postures and adapt them to different students; Be able create class sequences; Effectively plan yoga classes for different levels and utilise different styles; Learn how to effectively communicate with potential and existing clients, start and retain a professional practice.


Week Three

Third Week of Training : Yoga History and Philosophy

Key information : What are the main ancient texts of yoga and what do they tell us about yoga? How has the practice of yoga changed through the years? What were the goals of the ancient yogis and how did they live and think differently from the modern practitioner?

What Our Graduates Say

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"I love Sunshine's peaceful presence and energy. She's very knowledgeable about the philosophy, postures, and anatomy of yoga. As a spiritual person, I especially appreciated practicing raja yoga (meditating), the chakras (energy channels), and the pranayamas (breathing exercises) along with the philosophy. I also admire teachers who respect the traditional ways and cultural roots. Thank you Sunshine for your teachings, your energy and your time. And thank you to you and your family for welcoming us in your home."

Chelsea Carter

Coach, Hypnotherapist, Yoga Instructor


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"Awake Space" Yoga Teacher Training, is a comprehensive training for the aspiring yoga teacher and the yoga enthusiast. It is based on anatomy, physiology, philosophy, teaching techniques and methodology.
Yoga Teacher Training is a combined face-to-face and homework course that normally takes place over 3 weeks. 


The retreats and trainings take place in Château de Montcuquet in Lautrec, a beautiful medieval village in the magnificent French countryside. The size of the groups is small for good learning and conviviality. 

Upon successful completion of the course, the certificate you will receive will carry the Yoga Alliance name and brand. You can then register as an RYT200 with Yoga Alliance (Registered Yoga Teacher).


Each day begins with a 90 minute yoga asana class. A different style of yoga is covered each day with a primary focus on the hatha-vinyasa style and a secondary focus on kundalini, ashtanga, hatha and vinyasa. After a morning break, a meditation and pranayama session where different meditation techniques are taught as well as relaxation, visualization, mantra and pranayama techniques. 


Theoretical sessions take up most of the day, followed by practical teaching exercises. The day ends with a gentle yoga practice. There are three review written exams to check your learning and progress. At the end of the three weeks there is a practical teaching exam of 30 minutes of pranayama and meditation and an hour of yoga asana lessons.

**There are different prices advertised on other sites which include accommodation and the prices differ depending on the accommodation type. Please choose to book with us directly and not third party websites

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All retreats are in Biarritz, France except where indicated. Please reserve in advance as there area only 9 places available per training/retreat.

200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training / Formation Prof Yoga

Please choose to book with us directly and not third party websites.



  • March 20-April 9 (1 place left)

  • April 24-May 14 (2 places left)

  • May 29-June 18 (6 places left)

(For Biarritz yoga teacher training - weekends are free except for the last weekend of the course for exams) 

*meals not included in Biarritz trainings


Château de Montcuquet (Soft Opening)

*includes course and all meals, please contact us ahead of time if you have special dietary requirements 

*Є1,999 for course only (for students who have arranged accommodation outside the castle, food is included in the price)  

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Our curriculum comprises both ancient and modern techniques while our approach has always been yoga as a spiritual practice

Be sure to check our Instagram and Facebook and watch our tutorials on our YouTube channel.

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Formation reconnu par l'etat ou international?

Fédération Française de Yoga

Il n'existe pas de fédération sportive de yoga officielle reconnue par l'État. Il existe plusieurs fédérations telles que
La fédération française de yoga
La Fédération Française de Hatha Yoga (FFHY)
N'importe qui peut former une fédération tant qu'ils peuvent s'inscrire ensemble à un groupe d'associations. Ils établissent leurs propres règles et travaillent pour un objectif commun. Et n'importe qui peut former une association tant que vous avez au moins deux personnes qui se réunissent pour le même objectif. Certaines écoles de yoga sont enregistrées en tant que petites entreprises et ne font donc pas partie de fédérations. L'organisation la plus reconnue dans le monde est Yoga Alliance. Awake Space est une école enregistrée de Yoga Alliance depuis 2015 et a été l'une des premières écoles à mettre en œuvre les normes élevées du programme.


Comment devenir prof de yoga certifié ?

De nombreuses écoles de yoga en France et dans le monde ont choisi de s'inscrire auprès de Yoga Alliance car elles établissent les normes mondiales pour l'enseignement et la pratique du yoga. Les normes de Yoga Alliance définissent le cadre éthique et éducatif pour les professeurs et les écoles de yoga afin d'assurer un enseignement de yoga de haute qualité, sûr, accessible et équitable dans les communautés du monde entier. C'est le registre de yoga le plus utilisé et le plus reconnu internationalement.

Quel diplôme pour enseigner le yoga ?

Vous pouvez vous lancer comme professeur de yoga en France en utilisant la filière auto-entrepreneur. Il existe des professions réglementées et non réglementées en France. Enseigner le yoga est une profession non réglementée en France. Il relève davantage du ministère de la culture que du ministère des sports.
Vous n'avez pas besoin de diplôme pour vous inscrire en tant qu'auto-entrepreneur.

En France. Vous pouvez choisir n'importe quelle formation indépendante disponible qui répond le mieux à vos besoins.
Les auto-entrepreneurs sans diplôme sont libres d'exercer des activités libérales non réglementées et les praticiens professionnels se multiplient tels que naturopathes, réflexologues, musicothérapeutes, sophrologues, art-thérapeutes, coachs ou encore consultants en entreprise.

Quelle formation choisir pour devenir professeur de yoga?

Le cours de certificat fondamental selon les normes de Yoga Alliance est une formation de 200 heures. Il peut être présentiel, en ligne ou une combinaison des deux. Une fois la formation terminée avec succès, vous pouvez vous inscrire en tant que RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) auprès de Yoga Alliance. L'école doit être enregistrée en tant que RYS (Registered Yoga School) sous Yoga Alliance et en tant que telle dirigée par un enseignant senior. Les formations plus petites de 100 heures et 50 heures sont des formations continues spécialisées dans certains domaines d'apprentissage ou d'apprentissage de spécialité comme le yin yoga, le kundalini et la formation en anatomie. Il est préférable de les prendre après les 200 heures fondamentales. Vérifiez si le plus petit atelier ou cours que vous avez l'intention de suivre est enregistré en tant que YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program) comme notre yoga formation de 50 heures de méditation et de pranayama yoga.

Comment financer une formation de yoga ?

Comment obtenir des aides financières auprès de pôle emploi, cpf, AGEFICE, DATADOCK , QUALIOPI etc pour financer votre formation ? Malheureusement, les cours Awake Space ne sont pas éligibles au financement gouvernemental. Nous ne nous inscrivons pas en tant que formation professionnelle. Nos cours sont mieux représentés en tant que développement person