"My experience completing the 200 hour level one Yoga Teacher Training at the Clarananda Natural Living Retreat was amazing. We were immersed in nature for the entire experience. Days in the desert were warm and the nights were cool with the moon glistening. I greatly appreciated and benefited from how Valma Shakti designs her Yoga Teacher Training. We had the opportunity to teach multiple times throughout which helped me to become more confident in myself. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I feel blessed to be one of her students. Not only is she a wonderful Yoga Teacher trainer, Valma is a magnificent chef. I will always remember eating our meals under the palapa. We learned all about Ayurvedic nutrition and how to maximize digestion/absorption according to our constitution. Thank you Valma! I would highly recommend staying at the Clarananda Natural Living Retreat to aspiring Yoga Teachers and anyone wanting to experience "glamping" in the desert of Baja Sur, Mexico.
Julia Sherting - Washington, USA
"Valma is an amazing teacher and human being. She is so competent and knowledgeable. The YTT was a full yogic life experience and I have learned so much... more than what I was expecting. The vegan and Ayurvedic food was amazing and in two weeks, we've never had the same meal. I would recommend this training to everybody who wants to become a yoga teacher and/or whoever would like to increase his/her competencies, alignment in postures, understanding of Yoga and its entire entity. What a woonderful experience. It changed my life”
Melanie Roy - Quebec, Canada
What our grads say:
Nancy Lea, Alaska, USA
“This 200 Hr YTT with HERIZEN Tm Yoga for Women was an amazing experience, and, honestly, one of the best gifts I have every given myself. Valma is a gifted trainer and her depth of knowledge and passion for every aspect of Yoga is inspirational. The Yoga Asanas, reading materials, daily meditations, mantras and fresh delicious meals were chosen or created with great care and love. Her unique training style fully prepared me, and gave me the confidence to work within my own physical limitations and needs to teach Yoga. The knowledge, gifts and tools given to me during this training were invaluable, and I continue to use them in every aspect of my life every day.”
"My adventure to Northern India held everything I had dreamed of and more. Valma's knowledge and deep acquaintance with India is truly amazing and enriching. I saw and experienced India with my heart and eyes wide open; the richness of colour, the flow of life, and immersion in the daily spirituality of the people. It is all seen and felt everywhere, whether in the busy street markets, beautiful temples, on the train, along the Ganges, or jostling traffic interspersed with wandering cows and rickshaws. Valma made sure that we experienced many aspects of India, which were in turn truly graced with her yoga sessions and knowledge as an ayurvedic healer. Her attention to detail and ability to balance each day's agenda was remarkable. It was a privilege to meet those friends and families that Valma had established over her years in India and we were so welcomed by them. I feel so blessed to have been able to experience India alongside Valma, an unforgettable, and life changing journey with an authentic, life giving soul."
“The private training I did with Valma Brenton from HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women was intense and life-changing. While fully completing the requirements of the 200hr Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training, Valma was able to tailor the experience to my individual needs and unique situation. Her method of daily practice teaching and feedback was invaluable. She guided me deeper into all aspects of Yoga with ritual, meditation, physical challenge, philosophy, and self-reflection. Being one on one, I felt that Valma was entirely committed to my success and she inspired confidence in myself in every situation. Valma is a wonderful teacher and I highly recommend her for a personalized Yoga Teacher Training!”
Andrea Hunter, Toba Wildernest Lodge, BC, Canada
"If you are looking for a complete yogi experience, Herizen Yoga for Women is the place. It is a unique opportunity to live with nature and fully immerse yourself into a genuine yogi lifestyle! Valma’s program is all encompassing, and her approach to teaching helps everyone master the asanas and leave prepared to teach! The organic, vegetarian menu was outstanding! If you are considering training with Valma, do yourself a favor and take the plunge, it is worth it!!"
Dr. Kimberly Nelson
My experience during the 200 hour HERIZEN™ Yoga Teacher Training / Certification & Self Mastery for Women with Valma Brenton in Baja, Mexico was life changing! Valma's teachings are very authentic and true to Yogic Living. She offers thorough instruction of Yoga Asana sequencing, modifications and safety. The training goes above and beyond the scope of Yoga to incorporate Ayurveda principles, permaculture, daily rituals, mantra, chanting, being mindful, thinking positively, and living life "off the grid"
Melissa Juhasz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
In addition, Clarananda is a very sacred and special place where I truly felt connected to nature with all the beautiful hummingbirds and cardinals. The food at Clarananda is sooo fresh, delicious, Ayurvedic and prepared with love and full of Prana. V alma's Yoga School for Women offers much much more than a certificate...this program offers an authentic way to live a pure Yogic Life. Namaste.
Valma Brenton from HERIZEN Yoga for Women is an incredibly knowledgeable practitioner of Yoga and Ayurveda. Her method allows for students to become confident in their teaching skills, as you start teaching from Day 1. I learned a lot about Yoga, Ayurveda, food combining and general positivity. This experience increased my understanding of and love for Yoga.
Stephanie Ackerman CYT - California, USA
Travelling through the exotic and fascinating country of India with Valma was a life changing and humbling experience! The entire trip was a deeply spiritual journey for me with new and exciting adventures unfolding each day! Valma led us through India with confidence, awareness, experience and incredible knowledge. It was truly an enlightening experience that I would recommend to anyone looking to deepen their own personal practices while experiencing the magnificence of this ancient country! Namaste!
Lois Kerr, Canada
"The Baja Yoga Teacher Training at Clarananda taught by Valma Brenton is truly an exceptional program. The practice of teaching powerful Yoga asanas was addressed in great detail. As well, Valma does an amazing job of incorporating all aspects of a yogic lifestyle into the program outline. There is also a large emphasis on Ayurvedic organic nutrition, permaculture, horticulture, learning to grow food and living mindfully with nature. To me, this was extra special and not easy to find in other programs that I looked at. I most certainly recommend the HERIZEN Yoga for Women Baja Yoga Teacher Training at Clarananda for anyone who is interested in all of this. It is a life changing experience. Namaste!
Brittany Webster, Canmore, Alberta, Canada
"The Baja Yoga Teacher Training and education I received at Clarananda from Valma Brenton was exceptional. It was such a wonderful experience. She taught me proper alignment, safety, modifications and variations of close to fifty Yoga Asanas. I learned an extensive amount of information about Yoga theory, anatomy, meditation, breathing techniques, chanting and mantras. I will take the knowledge that she taught me and use it throughout the rest of my Yoga career. I am very grateful to have been a student of Valma. Namaste!"
It is hard to put into words the impact the Spiritual India - Shakti Yoga Adventure has had - in a positive yet growth provoking way. Valma created an experience of India that was both diverse and contiually surprising - just when I thought I had seen everything something would rock my world. India's culture runs deep and I found it fascinating, and Valma's knowledge thoroughly enhanced my experience bringing many pieces together. If you have never been to India this trip is one I would recommend - safe yet adventureous!
Janice Briggs - Canada
"Valma Brenton is an amazing Goddess. My experience with Valma and the HERIZEN Yoga for Women Yoga Teacher Training / Certification and Self Mastery for Women was transformative, inspiring, empowering and full of powerful wisdom. Every woman should experience a journey into themselves, embracing their energy and feminine spirit. HERIZEN Yoga for Women was my journey and through that journey I found myself.
Angie Williamson - Wisconsin, USA
"I had a wonderful experience at the HERIZEN Van Isle Yoga Teacher Training / Certification & Self Mastery for Women at the Innisfree Farm. A lovely balance of challenge and reward. Valma is an amazing wealth of knowledge and has perfect intuition for timing and tender card of all the students. Fabulously fruitful!
Darlene Armantrout - Eugeon, Oregon, USA
Thank you again for giving me the skills and mostly the encouragement and confidence to put myself out there and go after what I want! I had such a joyous time at Clarananda; waking up to waves and roosters, feeling energized and alive with Jamie's delicious food, and learning more than I thought possible in a short amount of time. Your guidance and support was filled with love, and I could really tell you want us to be happy, abundant and successful in our adventures. I hope to return to your sanctuary in the desert soon, and I will be recommending your courses to anyone that will listen!
Laura Mackinnon - Alberta, Canada
"I recently attended the HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training / Certification and Self Mastery with Valma Brenton in Baja, Mexico. The entire 2 weeks was a life enhancing experience, which contributed to my personal growth on all levels. Valma clearly models the principles of all aspects of Yoga. She is an inspiring, empowering and gifted teacher who graciously imparts her knowledge with passion and grace. Clarananda is a naturally beautiful, peaceful and safe environment to learn in. I returned home in possession of all of the tools required to be a confident, competent and successful Yoga teacher. I am grateful for this amazing experience and for the friendships developed with my fellow Goddess’s. Valma, I appreciate and value your ongoing support, wisdom and guidance, and would highly recommend HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women, to any woman that is ready to embark on this journey to self mastery!"
Lois Kerr, Kelowna, BC, Canada
"The HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women, Baja Yoga Teacher Training experience was one I will always remember. I learned a lot in the 12 and one half- day period. Valma Brenton is an excellent teacher and has a lot of knowledge to share with her students. The organic vegetarian food was delicious and healthy. Clarananda is a beautiful and very safe place to be. I already miss the beautiful sunsets and star filled skies. Thank you Valma for the great experience!"
Sara Brueckner - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women is sooo much more than a yoga teacher training…it was life changing. Valma is pure magic. She has an incredible gift of insight and her offerings are certain to manifest profound personal transformations amongst her students. I graduated from her course with a very clear vision for my path as a yoga teacher and have manifested much success within months….I now have the confidence and faith that I can create the world I choose to live in and with each day, am moving closer to my dreams. Thank you Valma, for your warmth, your wisdom and your ongoing support.
Michelle Gaudry, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
"I was a student of the Nov 2011 200-RYT training program at Clarananda in Baja, Mexico. My experience was definitely a “lifetime highlight.”
Annette de Paz – Oregon, USA
Valma Brenton was an amazing hostess, making us Yoga teacher hopefuls feel comfortable and pampered, even while working through our training
challenges in the natural desert environment near the ocean north of Todos Santos, MX. The accommodations were comfortable, and the food provided was spectacular! Jaimi prepared delicious, healthy, life-giving vegetarian fare that opened my “non-foodie” eyes to new goodness. Valma’s
supplemental Ayurvedic food counsel definitely enhanced a wonderful culinary experience.
I learned so much about all 8 of Patanjali’s limbs of Yoga that I feel I received a very well-rounded look at the different aspects of big-picture Yoga practice, history, and philosophy. Be prepared to move
beyond basic Yoga asana, or Hatha Yoga, a physical practice, and to be introduced to a wider world of Yoga. And be prepared to feel GREAT when you get home!!!
Thank you Valma, Jaimi and to my fellow Students. You all made this an experience of a lifetime! Namaste!"
Valma's offering is SO MUCH MORE than Yoga teacher training. Valma taught very precise alignment, nurtured our confidence and shared everything we would need for teaching our own classes, and in addition, she transported us to India! We not only learned about the philosophy of the roots of the Yogic way, but we also included these accompanying practices into our daily rituals. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to eat in the Ayurvedic manner, Valma spared no expense and trouble in preparing any dish or tea:) Her enthusiasm to impart these principles helped me to not only experiment with my diet but to also stick with it. I came back not only a Yoga teacher, but someone with the tools to live a more balanced lifestyle - Thank you Valma!
Sherry Lavoie - Canada
"This was a true learning experience! I am now a confident, safe and detail-oriented Yoga instructor. This course was jam packed with information and emphasized the right forms of practicum: not only did we learn about Yoga Asana, Pranayama and many other fundamental aspects of Yoga, but we learned to be effective communicators. I am so grateful for this experience because I learned about myself and how I can best change the world."
Jamie Mittleman - Massachusetts, USA
"Valma and the crew at Clarananda is a most positive experience. From the beautiful setting in the desert of Mexico, to the high energies of Clarananda and the value of the HERIZEN Yoga teachings. I will be forever grateful to the beautiful Goddesses that enhanced my experience, to the incredible cuisine that was served on a daily basis, to the teachings of our positive, lovely Yoga teacher Valma Brenton. I feel so fortunate for choosing and attaining this Baja Yoga Teacher Training. If you have the opportunity to go here, you owe it to yourself to make it happen."
Deb Collins-Quinn - Seattle, USA
"The HERIZEN Baja Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico was a wonderful experience. The energy at Clarananda was extremely positive and nurturing and the feelings of support and encouragement I felt there were truly amazing. Valma was great at keeping us on task and making sure that all of us were successful and happy. I learned so much about different aspects of Yoga, communication, nutrition and confidence building techniques that I can bring into my life. The food was fantastic, the setting was beautiful and I was able to meet some amazing women. It is an experience that I will always remember."
Roxanne Baird - Medicine Hat, Alberta
"The HERIZEN Baja Yoga Teacher Training was transformational for me mentally, physically and emotionally. Valma Brenton is a careful thorough Yoga teacher and motivator who recognizes the unique gifts of each of her students, nurtures them and allows them to blossom into their own style of teaching. I feel well prepared after this intense training to share a safe, positive Yoga practice with my students and beyond."
Mary Burrguss - Virgina USA
“One of the very best investments I have ever made in myself. The HERIZEN™ Yoga Teacher training and self-mastery for women was even better than I could ever have imagined. From magical early morning meditation and sun salutation to singing/ chanting the sun down over the Pacific western glow, every moment was full of life and learning in the beautiful natural surroundings of the desert. I am teaching Yoga already, just a week after graduation, and feel more confidence and joy in my heart from this amazing experience. I whole heartedly recommend HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women for anyone seeking deeper self awareness and first class skills in the art of Yoga.”
Jana Gayle - Ontario, Canada
"The HERIZEN Baja Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico has truly been a life altering experience for me. From learning how to properly teach Yoga Asanas, to nutrition, to self confidence, to clarimizing, to learning about deliberate intent, I feel I am bringing so much back to my life, profesisonally AND personally. I can't wait to incorporate everything I have learned with this training into all aspects of my life! Not to mention how proud I am of myself for coming home with my 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Certificate!"
Rhiannon Cosgrave - Parksville, Canada Founder /Owner Synergy Day Spa
"Valma Brenton is a great Yoga teacher. She takes into consideration her students' individual learning styles and needs and adapts her Van Isle Yoga Teacher Training program as she needs to. It is very evident that she wants to see all of her students succeed. She gets her students through the intensive program by keeping them focused, but also knowing when to change gears, allow for break, or get them laughing. Even after the program has ended, she continues to encourage and inspire through emails and she shows genuine concern for her former students' wellbeing and ambitions."
Amy Villneff -Alberta, Canada
"Although I had moments of reservations about the Van Isle Yoga Teacher Training due to what I perceived as possible physical limitations, Valma's teaching created a space where my body could remember it's prior flexibility and strength and my confidence was returned very quickly. Valma has a wonderful way of blending the Yoga of the now and of the ancients in a way where all can benefit and all beliefs and practices are shown as valid which was of enormous benefit to me. Thus she created a safe and sacred place where individuality can be expressed and actualized while having the strength to keep the class on task and developing within the timeline of the course. Valma Brenton is a wonderful teacher who's focus on quality, safety and personal mastery will be of enormous benefit to any future teachers of the Yoga practice! Thank you Valma"
Tara Christensen - Owner / The New Moon Mytaphysical Store, Errington, BC, Canada
"The setting at Clarananda is beautiful and being in nature is a special experience. The Baja Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training program has been challenging and rewarding. The intensity of learning yoga was nicely balanced with personal growth time. I have gained so much more knowledge of yoga and all it's related branches."
Beatrice Winny - Ontario, Canada
"The Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation practices at the Baja Yoga Teacher Training for Women are delightful, intense and life changing. A tremendously valuable experience. For those on the path to self discovery or personal growth you have come to the right place. Clarananda is truly a remarkable setting and the food is amazing!"
Tracy Ernst - Calgary, Alberta
"I came to this Vancouver Island YTT Yoga camp to acheive my 200 Hr Certification and I am very pleased that the curriculum enabled me to do this. Valma Brenton has many skills as a teacher that enable her to connect with students on an individual level which encourages them to excel and succeed. I am appreciative for this opportunity and grateful for the chance to bring Yoga into other peoples lives."
Lyn Henderson - Ontario
"Valma Brenton is an amazing Yoga teacher and afternoon Puja with Joanne has been an exceptional experience. Overall my, HERIZEN™ Vancouver Island Yoga Teacher Training program is one of the best trainings I have ever attended."
Celeste Bradley - New York, USA
"I came to this Vancouver Island YTT Yoga camp training, not really knowing if I would be able to keep up, or if I would be at the required level of fitness. Upon my arrival I was relieved to find that Valma Brenton had a way of making us all feel welcome and taught me to respect myself, my body and to accept me for where I am right now. Throughout the Yoga Teacher training I noticed vast improvements in my practice and I feel that I have learned everything I need to go out into the world and share my love of Yoga with others. A great experience!"
"I highly recommend HERIZEN™ Yoga for Women for their diligence, professionalism, willingness to please, and enthusiasm. The Baja Yoga Teacher Training was of excellent value and provided me with a positive life changing experience. My confidence, knowledge of Yoga, nutrition and happiness has been raised to a higher vibration. It was a loving, caring, and encouraging environment which facilitated growth and development. I look forward to more of what HERIZEN™ and Valma have to offer, and would recommend them highly. I look forward to teaching and applying my new skills to all aspects of my life."
Sheena Adams - British Columbia, Canada
"Para mi una experiencia sensacional, mucho mas de lo que esperaba. 11 dias de aprendiaje integral: yoga, anotomia, psicologia, nutricion y mucho mas, excelente ambiente, comida deliciosa; el lugar paradisiaco y tranquilo para la ocasion.
Mayra I. Torres Torano - Baja, Mexico
Estoy lista para el promixo!!!! Namaste"
"I have grown so much during the HERIZEN™ Baja Yoga Teacher Training. I felt so alive and connected to the world around me. The atmosphere was peaceful and tranquil with some of nature's best surroundings. Each day was filled with laughter, fun and learning. I am so grateful to have had the experience I did with some of the best teachers and friends."
Christine Chever - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
"In December 2006, I attended the HERIZEN™ Baja Yoga Teacher Training for Women in Mexico. The YTT Yoga program has led me to a new awareness of myself. I was delighted to have such a wonderful group of women with which to learn and share. The energy created was about sharing, recognizing, saluting and encompassing what shines beneath. I have come away from this program with a wealth of knowledge not only concerning Ashtanga Yoga, but also blending lifestyle choices and spiritual practices that have enhanced my overall health. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this circle of wellness."
Jen Etty - Duncan, BC, Canada
"I couldn't have found a better location to become a certified Yoga Teacher than in Baja Mexico. All of the HERIZEN Baja Yoga Teacher Training instructors are amazing and extremely inspiring. The unconditional support, guidance, cares, and love from everyone has made this a life changing experience. My body and soul have been enlightened tremendously."
Vivien Leung - Japan
"Inspiring, motivating, powerful, spiritual and supportive, Valma Brenton is a true Goddess. She has exceptional dedication and energy and is one of the few people who can truly demonstrate how one can create wonders in every situation."