Journey through the five elements


'The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step'
- Lao Tzu

Have you been thinking of making a change to the way you live? Have you felt a shift in your consciousness and want to explore this in the company of like minded individuals?

At Viva, we believe in the power of community, the power of yoga and the power of positive intention. Our classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings are all based on the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and aether), which are both within us and all around us.

Come on a journey with us – explore how the elements interact, how to balance them out both within yourself and others, and how they can be made to flow. Come join the circle.

Come join our teacher training from May 2024 – March 2025

Felsformationen in den North Coyote Buttes, Teil der Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Dieser Bereich ist auch bekannt als The Wave.

Module 1


May 3rd – May 5th & June 14th – June 16th = 40 hours

Earth represents our foundation. Introduction and explanation of the Earth Element and its importance. What is Yoga?

  • Tree of Life explaining the History & Timeline of Yoga
  • Intro to Yoga Sutras
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Anatomy- integral, language, bones, joints, feet, legs,
  • Muladhara Root Chakra
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Module 2


July 14th-16th & September 6th-8th = 40 hours

Water represents movement, cleansing, emotions & letting go. Introduction and explanation of the Water Element & its importance.

  • What is the Subtle Body
  • The Nervous System
  • Emotions
  • Trauma
  • Kriyas
  • The Koshas
  • Anatomy- pelvis, hip, psoas, connective tissue
  • Swadhishthana Chakra
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Module 3


Oct. 3rd – 6th & Nov. 15th – 17th = 40 hours

Fire represents life, transformation & digestion. Introduction and explanation of the fire element and its importance. What is Agni?

  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Nutrition
  • Bandhas
  • Will power- I am
  • Lifestyle
  • Anatomy (6 hours) spine, navel, core, muscle tissue
  • Manipura Chakra
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Module 4


Dec. 6th-8th & Jan. 17th-19th = 40 hours

Air represents movement, strength and the breath of life. Introduction to the Air Element and its importance. What is Pranayama? What is your hearts deepest desire?

  • Intro to Pranayama
  • Vayus
  • Mantra
  • How to create a heartfelt and safe space
  • Authenticity, finding your voice
  • Anatomy (6 hours) shoulder, heart, lungs, diaphragm & cardiovascular system
  • Anahata Chakra
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Module 5


Oct. 3rd – 6th & Nov. 15th – 17th = 40 hours

Aether represents space, sound and infinity. Introduction to the Ether Element and its importance. What is Meditation? How does the mind work?

  • Intro to Meditation
  • How to incorporate sound
  • Business, Professional essentials
  • Projections into the future
  • Practicum/Test
  • Anatomy (6 hours) viscera, injuries, intro Prenatal Yoga
  • Vishuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara Chakra

What Is Included?

  • 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification
  • Teacher Training Manual & Asana Manual
  • Bilingual (English & German)
  • Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays on Module training weekends
  • 4 Yoga classes at VIVA per week during the Training Period
  • Mentoring during the Training
  • Breath-work session
  • Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Cacao Ceremony
  • Digital Library of recorded lectures and classes
  • Teach Donation Based Classes at VIVA
  • Tea and Water
  • All props
  • Showers, shower gel and towels

What Is not Included?

  • 3 Day Graduation Retreat near Berlin (optional overnight stay) price will vary
  • Lunch and drinks at VIVA
  • Extra classes & workshops

Sample Schedule

Fridays 5 pm – 9 pm (4 hours)

  • Check-in & Review
  • Guest Teachers
  • Practice Yoga

Saturdays & Sundays (8 hours each day)

  • 7:30-9:00 am Meditation, Pranayama, Asana Practice
  • 9:00-10:00 am Breakfast
  • 10:00-12:00 pm First Lecture
  • 12:00-14:00 pm Second Lecture
  • 14:00-15:30 pm Lunch Break
  • 15:30-18:00 pm Asana Lab


Payment Plan 200 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING 2024-2025

Paid in Full

no plan
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6 month

instalment plan
  • 5% fee applies
  • 400€ deposit

12 month

instalment plan
  • 10% fee applies
  • 400€ deposit

18 month

instalment plan
  • 15% fee applies
  • 400€ deposit
Panch Nichan (2)

Vanessa Munoz-Pretzell

I am a Desert Rose because my home is the High Desert of Texas and New Mexico where the Desert Rose, whose flowers I love, is widespread. Like the Desert Rose, I feel most comfortable in nature where there are high temperatures and lots of sunshine. Oh and I love the song Desert Rose by Sting. I have been a Nomad and a Free Spirit all my life. Yoga is much more than a hobby to me: it is my lifeblood. When my father, a Kundalini Teacher, introduced me to Yoga in my early Twenties, I was a lost soul. The minute I discovered Yoga I knew that I was found. Not a day went by when I didn´t hear the mat calling to me. In October 2012 I decided to turn my passion into my profession and became an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher with Anamaya in Costa Rica, under the supervision of Paula Tursi from Reflections Yoga in New York. I immediately started teaching at Case de Yoga in El Paso, Texas and have never looked back. I have continued to expand my knowledge and thirst for growth or “picking at the wound” as some call it, becoming E-RYT 500 certified Teacher with School Yoga Institute (SIY) on Bali in 2019, a Kundalini (KRI 300) teacher in 2020 with Panch Nishan in Berlin, an Ayurveda Wellness Coach with Katie Silcox´s Shakti School and Yin Yoga Teacher (Soma Chandra, Persia Juliet) in 2021, a Crystal Bowl Facilitator with Irina Stern´s Sound Alchemy in 2022 as well as a Breathwork Facilitator in Portugal in 2023 (Mela Mariposa). I am also a Teacher Trainer with SYI, to whom I am grateful for continuing to ask me to facilitate teacher trainings around the world. I now channel my passion for Yoga into passing on my knowledge and experience to others, utilising a broad set of influences and knowledge acquired over time, including TCM, Ayurveda, Shamanism, Breathwork, Meditation and Sound Healing. My teaching style if a reflection of me, a melting pot of influences and inspirations from around the world. Viva Studio is my anchor, the flower on which I rest. It is home to me, for as long as it nourishes me. It is my compass, the place to which I always return, no matter how far or how long I travel. The city of Berlin and this world we live in desperately needs Yoga – to bring balance, harmony and union to the human race and this planet.


Caro is a physiotherapist and Kundalini yoga teacher. She works as a guest teacher, specialized in eastern & western anatomy, alignment & asana in different Teacher Trainings since 2015. As a physical therapist and bodyworker the alignment of the individuals body structure is in her main interest, in order to allow the energy to move more freely.


Misa was born in Belgrade in a family of athletes that dedicated most of their life to sports. Prolific in sport from his early days, he explored martial arts and acrobatics. Falling in love with Yoga happened while studying sports on the faculty of sport and physical education.


Uta Scharf has been studying yoga and yoga philosophy since 2000. She began her practice at Astanga Yoga New York and went to Mysore, India to study with Sri Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath. In 2006 she started studying yoga and the great yoga classics under Geshe Michael Roach and was trained to teach the ancient Lady Niguma Yoga series along with the corresponding yoga philosophy. In 2008 Uta started practicing with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York and was eventually certified as a teacher in his ‘Life of a Yogi’ tradition. Uta has been teaching these different yoga styles to various on- and offline communities and always combines a joyful outer practice with deep inner body knowledge to help trigger profound change in the body and the mind.



Marie is bilingual (half American/ half German) and can teach in both languages. She just got back from 6 months in Carbondale, CO where she taught at both True Nature and Kulayoga. She brings with her several teacher trainings (2008-2018), yoga therapeutics, Yinyoga tt (2012) and yoga nidra tt (2017), AYS (Ayurveda Yoga Specialist 2020) meditation tt (2020-2022 Himalyan Institute, Homesdale, PA)

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