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2 Week Deepening in Yoga Teacher Training and Spiritual Practice

Nearly 20 years of teaching yoga and 10 years focusing on teacher trainings. I have decided to create this unique two week condensed programme. This programme is for aspiring yoga teachers, whether you want to teach friends and family, or your larger community. It is also for those who already have a professional practice in wellness, fitness or complementary therapies and wish to add yoga to the services they offer. It is also for the seeker and lifelong learner who wishes to deepen their yoga practice both ancient and modern practices and further expand the consciousness and experience of spirituality with ritual, shamanism and sound healing

"Magic !"
An unforgettable retreat masterfully performed by Sunshine Ross who instilled in me the values of yoga in a gentle and at the same time designated way. A group on a human scale which allowed us to get to know each other more personally. Everything was perfect, the rhythm of the weeks, the class, the material supports, the quality of Sunshine's teachings and above all her kindness, her professionalism and her passion for teaching yoga which inspired us a lot. It went too fast! I recommend ths training with eyes closed.

- Clarisse D.

"Human Training"
This training has given me so much more than I expected! Magical encounters, interesting and captivating lessons. I'm going home with a desire to continue learning and sharing even stronger! THANK YOU 🙏

- Geraldine T.

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Programme Details

Day 1 Monday  - arrival day, welcome and orientation 17h-18h

Day 2 Tuesday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Hatha- Vinyasa Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Past Future Renewal Ritual Ceremony

11:30 - 13:00

Pranayama Session

Learning the Pranayama Techniques: 

a. Diaphragmatic breathing

b. Full Yogic Breathing 

c. Alternate Nostril Breathing (anuloma viloma pranayama)

d. Ujayyi Pranayama e. Kapalabhati pranayama 

f. Square breathing (samavritti pranayama) 

g. Bhramaree breathing 

Practice Teaching the pranayama techniques

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 The Subtle Bodies, the energy system and chakras 

16:00 -17:00 Energetic Healing and Sound Healing - deep release of blockages from the pĥysical body, mental body, spiritual body, astral body, karmic body, vibrational body and energetic body.

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 3 Wednesday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Vinyasa Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Pranayama Session

11:30 - 13:00 Tracing the roots of yoga. 

Forms of yoga and styles of yoga

Sequencing yoga styles

Creating your own yoga class

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00  A Closer Look at Ancient Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga vs. Modern Postural Yoga

16:00 -17:00 Shamanic Journey to meet your power animal and circle sharing

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 4 Thursday- 

8:00 - 9:30 Ashtanga Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Workshop Healing Trauma sitting in the Body

11:30 - 13:00 Yoga Postures Asana Workshop

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 Yoga Postures Asana Workshop Practice

16:00 -17:00 Guided Meditation and Healing with trees and Gaia, circle sharing

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 5 Friday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Kundalini Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Awakening the Chakras and Nadis: Meditation and Sound Healing

11:30 - 13:00 Yoga Anatomy: Understanding anatomic limitations, factors of flexibility and body types, biomechanics, creating a safe class and avoiding injury.

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 Yoga Anatomy: Understanding yoga and the Nervous System and Digestive System

16:00 -17:00 Shamanic Journey and Energetic Healing on the Vital Web and Physical Body

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 6 Saturday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Hatha Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Pranayama : Intention and Surrender, aligning with divine source

11:30 - 13:00 Yoga Teaching: Essentials of Teaching Methodology, Communication and Professionalism

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 17:00 Big Review Q and A

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 7 Sunday Day Off, Guided Tour of Lautrec during the summer


Day 8 Monday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Hatha-Vinyasa Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Pranayama, Energetic Healing Tune-up

11:30 - 13:00 The Power of Meditation and Consciousness: Meditation Techniques

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 Who Am I? Yoga, Maya, Atman Brahman

16:00 - 17:00  Oneness and One Heart, Energy Healing with Sound

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 9 Tuesday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Vinyasa Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation, Chakra Clearing and Balancing

11:30 - 13:00 Step by Step Sun Salutation and Vinyasa Workshop

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 Sun Salutation and Vinyasa Practice

16:00 - 17:00  Shamanic Journey: Portal to the Mountain meeting your upper world guide

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 10 Wednesday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Ashtanga Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 The Power of Sound: Chanting Workshop

11:30 - 13:00 Immortal Soul, Karma and Conditioning

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00 Immortal Soul, Karma and Conditioning Continued

16:00 - 17:00  Karmic Clearing

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 11 Thursday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Hatha Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Healing : Vibrational Body and Relationship Compassion

11:30 - 13:00 Learning Through the Classic Books on Yoga 

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 16:00  Wisdom Through Sanskrit

16:00 - 17:00   Jewel Healing of Your Biggest Issue

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 12 Friday - 

8:00 - 9:30 Kundalini Class

9:30 - 10:30 Breakfast break

10:30 - 11:30 Meditation and Pranayama

11:30 - 13:00 Review and Q and A

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 - 17:00 Class creation project 

17:00 - 18:00 gentle yoga

18:30 19:30 dinner


Day 13 Saturday - 

Exams- detailed schedule to be announced


Day 14 Sunday - 

Exams- detailed schedule to be announced


Day 14 Monday - Departure Day

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 energy healing, sound healing and shamanism  at the Chateau de Montcuquet for the personal development of yoga practitioners and future yoga teachers.

You can join Sunshine's private healing channel on What's App for free and paid healings here

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

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Méthode Ross 

Om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhisvaha 

(Go, go beyond go ever beyond into enlightenment) The Heart Sutra

Part of yoga practice is the practice of postures but that is not all yoga is. Some of the most highly realized yogis put very little emphasis on posture.

 Yoga poses are for moving the energy of the body. It  is about opening spaces in your body and letting stuck energy in the form of emotions, thoughts, even disease to flow through. Asana is used primarily for removing energy blockages and letting the energy flow through the nadis and chakras.  Pranayama or breathing techniques help you manage energy and state of mind.


Yoga is not acrobatics or gymnastics or a performance. It is sometimes a dance but it’s a dance of life, you let the energy move you. Sometimes you hold the poses to go deeper into the soul. Once you get to know the soul deeply, you let go of it completely, then you arrive at yoga.


“The stopping of the thoughts in the mind is yoga.” Yoga Sutra, Patanjali first chapter second verse. Meditation is raja yoga. Raja means “king” which represents that it is the highest form of yoga. Meditation begins with awareness of the body (sensations), awareness of the mind, your thoughts and feelings then your energy. But meditation is not simply mindfulness practice or relaxation or hypnosis or trance.


First recognize you have a body but you are not your body, you have thoughts but you are not your thoughts, you have feelings but you are not your feelings. Then meditation becomes a tool for you to discover who you really are. This is not creating a new identity or a new story but the opposite. It is the falling away of identities and letting go of the story. You are a divine magical creation. 

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Méthode Ross

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

Shamanic Journey  & Sound Healing

As part of your own personal and spiritual evolution, we will be offering shamanic journeying and sound therapy. Shamanic journeying is a special guided experience that takes you deeper into your own soul and strengthens your centredness to earth. Sound therapy provides a healing and nurturing experience for the body, mind and soul.

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


The Essentials

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Awake Space yoga teacher training

  • please note arrival day and departure day are written as first and last dates

  • July 1 - 15 (english)

  • July 29 - Aug 12  (english)

  • Aug 19 - Sept 2 (english)

  • Oct 7-21 (english)

  • Oct 28-Nov 11 (french)

  • Nov 18- Dec 2 (french)

Investment : 

Awake Space yoga teacher training

Single Room shared bathroom Є2,999 

Double Room shared bathroom Є2,499

Triple Room shared bathroom Є1799

*** includes course fees, materials, accommodation and three meals a day. Please contact us ahead of time if you have special dietary requirements 

** promotions do not apply to single room pricing

Getting Here

We are able to pick you up from Castres Train station. Don't hesitate to coordinate your arrival with us.


Castres Mazamet airport(DCM) - Paris

Our nearest airport is conveniently 20 minutes away by car - Castres Mazamet, daily flights from Paris Orly typically leave and return 3 times per day.


Toulouse Blagnac airport(TLS)

Located just over 1 hour from the Chateau is Toulouse Blagnac airport 

Direct flights from these UK airports - London Heathrow/Gatwick/Stansted, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh

Many other cities have direct flights including - Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon, Frankfurt and Brussels


Carcassonne airport (CCF)

This nearby airport is just under 1hr 20minutes from the chateau by road, regular direct flights from London Stansted, Manchester, Brussels, Dublin, and Porto on budget airlines make this a great option.



The best way to arrive by train is from Toulouse Matabiau train station. A bus leaves the airport every 20 mins (9.00 euro) it takes around 30 minutes to the train station.

Regular trains depart to Castres from fares as low as 10.00 euro one way and takes between 1hr - 1.30hr.

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Please complete the Є100 registration fee and complete the form here

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