Ahimsa Yoga Ashram

San Rafael Del Sur, Nicaragua

The Ahimsa Yoga Ashram, set in a stunning natural environment, offers powerful teacher trainings and retreats for those students who really wish to learn yoga.

Yoga Retreats 2

21 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat in San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua

Nov | Dec | Jan | Nov | Dec, 2017–2018

Speaks English

from US$900

Excellent 10/10

Based on 2 reviews
from US$900
Price for:

21 days / 20 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 2 reviews

60 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua

February | March | April | July | August

Speaks English

from US$3,500

Excellent 10/10

Based on 2 reviews
from US$3,500
Price for:

60 days / 59 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 2 reviews

Instructors 1

Xian Breckenridge

Xian is an internationally trained and certified Hatha yoga teacher, energy and massage healer, AcroYoga teacher, psychic, acrobat, circus performer, trapeze artist, fire dancer, and author of the book “Why You Don’t Need Shoes.” Her extensive experience of supporting her students’ spiritual development and physical radiance makes her a unique teacher and mentor. Her 20-year yoga practice, which she taught all over the world for over 11 years, focuses strongly on correct alignment principles to open the energetic and spiritual body. Xian teaches with humor, love, insight, and a touch of magic.

Reviews 2

  • Fiona Schleussinger

    BookYogaRetreats

    The rating for the yoga teacher training and overall experience is 10. This is a deeply transformative retreat and Xian is a true spiritual leader. She is not only generous with her knowledge but puts her heart and soul into teaching. If you are prepared to work hard and be transformed, this yoga teacher training is invaluable.

    Kind regards

  • Sarah Deroeck Michigan, USA

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I recently came to Nicaragua for a 21-day intensive retreat at Ahimsa Yoga Ashram. It was a truly life changing trip for me. First of all, being off grid and completely immersed in nature was so healing. I was truly able to connect with myself and made friends who will last a lifetime. Sleeping in a tent in the jungle, listening to all the natural sounds, enabled me to really sleep, returning to my natural rhythm. Eating vegan, which was not the case before, now I am a vegetarian and I feel so great. Daily yoga and meditation were beautiful. Xian has created a healing, uplifting, and welcoming environment for anyone who is not worried about getting a little dirty and seeing a few bugs.

Testimonials 19

  • Cornelia Switzerland

    Workaway website

    I stayed for almost two weeks here and learned a lot from Xian! She has a huge knowledge about yoga, spirituality, nutrition, and all kinds of other stuff, which she happily shares with the volunteers. I was mainly working in the garden but whenever I was tired of something, she gave me something else to do, which I appreciated a lot. You can also always mention your own ideas and be creative. I had an amazing time with Xian and her adorable babies and am very grateful for all the things I learned.

  • Joel Canada

    Workaway website

    Xian came to be an excellent teacher. I learned many things quickly. She keeps a tight ship and needs everyone's helping hand. This gave me a friendly reminder to keep a conscious mind on all my movements and energy that I put into everything. I was taught about many different yoga practices, including alignment issues, building energy by conscious thought and meditation, and balance exercises. Saying grace and an opportunity to express gratefulness before every meal kept me in a good mood and happy thoughts for every moment.

  • Amy Costa Rica

    Workaway website

    An absolutely wonderful experience. From the moment I arrived at Xian's home, I felt comfortable and welcomed. I ended up staying longer than my planned three weeks and I am already planning to return in the fall! There are a daily routine and work schedule, which are shared equally between volunteers. Everybody takes turns cooking, washing up, helping with the beautiful babies, and hosting workshops. I loved changing the workshop theme each day because it creates a very fun and interactive experience. The actual hours vary depending on your skills, your preference, and what really needs to be done. It is simple and goes by relatively quickly. Xian (as a bonus) shares her knowledge of yoga. Alignment, philosophy, experiences, and so much more! My yoga practice has forever changed for the better. Thank you so much for opening your home and your heart with me, Xian. I look forward to keeping in touch with you.

  • Bianca United States

    Workaway website

    We spent an amazing, mind-expanding, and life-changing month at this magical little place Xian has created. I have dreamed of being able to experience life in an intentional community like this one. We learned so much about the yogic principles, meditation, and esoteric goodness. The food was great, work was fulfilling, and her babies are the cutest. Thank you infinitely, Xian, and a shoutout to all the karma yogis who made this experience so memorable!

  • Jonathan Cina Germany

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Facebook page

    What a magical trip. I am so grateful for this mind-changing experience! I thank everyone I met on my travel through Central America. Cheers to all the sublime weirdos for the crazy Envision Festival in Costa Rica! So thankful that energies led my way to the wonderful volcanic island in Nicaragua, where I finally found myself. Thanks to Ghislain Beauchamp, the Carpe Diem eco project, and all the lovely volunteers I met there. I really enjoyed learning how to build a house with nothing more than natural materials on the amazing Isla Los Brasiles. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Xian and her Ahimsa Yoga Ashram, Nicaragua, near San Juan del Sur, for bringing me further than I have been in my whole life so far, all within three weeks. Nice one to Aaron Ledezma and the whole Guácima crew for having me and last but not least, thanks to everyone who shared a part of the way with me.

  • Tony Ireland

    Workaway website

    I have left the ashram only a few days and I already sincerely miss it. What an incredible space. I loved everything about it, including the yoga, the various workshops, the natural building, hanging out with the babies, and the community feeling that Xian has created. Xian's wealth of knowledge is second to none. The three hours of work per day did not feel like work at all. I learned so much within one month. If you like to learn and grow as an individual, then this is a perfect place for you. Xian, keep up the inspirational work!

  • Andrew Pipier United States

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Facebook page

    I stayed with Xian and the twins for the month of February. Within that month, I learned so much about the philosophy and practice of yoga. It is the knowledge that helps and guides me daily in meditation and yoga practice. The twins are adorable and it is impossible not to love them. Xian is a wonderful human that genuinely wants to see you reach new levels and expand yourself. As far as the workday goes, she allows you to add your personal touch to projects that you undertake and is open to ideas for new projects that you may have in mind. It was the highlight of my trip to Central America and I recommend it to anyone that wants to immerse themselves in a learning, loving, and sharing the environment.

  • Vanessa Germany

    Workaway website

    Xian's place is priceless. You will learn much more about yoga than you ever will in ordinary classes! We learned so much about alignment and safe, protective ways to enter postures. The first lesson is just about how to stand properly, the second is how to sit, the third is how to walk, and so on and so forth! At first, I was a little unsure about paying for volunteering and after the second day, I realized that I would actually even like to pay her more because she is giving so much and I was getting so much out of the whole experience! I am very blessed and grateful to have been part of a wonderful group in March and I would recommend this place to everyone! Thank you, Xian, for blowing my mind!

  • Simon Thomson Canada

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Facebook page

    I was looking all over for a genuine yoga experience, one that focused on the philosophy and history of the practice. Through a series of fortunate events, I was led to Xian; in her, I found a very knowledgeable and lovable person. She taught me everything that I needed to know to start my yogic path. With my experience there, I now know it is a path that I want to follow. Ela and Kylan were so much fun to watch in the month that I was there. The workshops allowed all of us volunteers to share our knowledge with everyone else, which has taught me the merit of trading knowledge with everyone that I meet. I was incredibly fortunate to find this little paradise and I know many more people will find their way here for the knowledge that they long for.

  • Luke Loren Australia

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Facebook page

    The experience I had at Xian's was incredible. It was such a great introduction to yoga and meditation. Thank you! It was also wonderful being able to build a compost toilet out of natural and recycled materials. I am very grateful!

  • Jessica Love Sparkle Australia

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Facebook page

    We miss you and the boys, Xian!

  • Cosima Siegling

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram Facebook page

    We stayed for four weeks with Xian and her adorable twins. There were also some other volunteers and we all enjoyed the group energy a lot. We can hardly believe what we have learned in such a short period of time. We not only shared Xian's knowledge about yoga and meditation but also about how to live your life consciously in order to be happy, content, open-minded, self-loving, and aware. We also could improve our skills in gardening, speaking English, cooking, and entertaining babies. We are really grateful for the time we had and we really do know that it is our choice whether to live a happy life or not. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

  • Kennedy Canada

    Workaway website

    I had an amazing time here! Xian is such a lovely and wise person and her babies are the cutest! I only stayed for a week but I learned so so so much; it completely changed my yoga practice. It has such a peaceful atmosphere and an amazing sense of community. I would highly recommend going! Thank you so much, Xian, for opening your home to me. I hope to see you again sometime soon!

  • Anna Sweden

    Workaway website

    During my six weeks here, I have learned a lot, both about yoga, spirituality, myself, and also about living in a community in a third world country, long term traveling, nature, gardening, cooking, nutrition, babies, motherhood, building, painting, and art; by reading, listening, singing, feeling, discussing, paying attention, awareness, mindfulness, silence, breathing, and much more. It feels like this place is a continuous learning space and you can never get too much! I definitely see the world and myself in a completely different way already. If I can incorporate only a couple of all the things I learned in my everyday life, it will definitely change my life forever!

    I think one to two months is a good time for a start, but if you only have a week or so with an opportunity to visit, do it! Xian and her two babies are absolutely adorable people and I felt at home straight away (except it took some days to get used to living in a tent in a jungle). The community is always changing, so there is always something new brought by the people arriving. All people that I have met here are super cool and inspiring! I would super recommend this place and think everyone would benefit from staying here.

  • Alana Australia

    Workaway website

    We had an amazing three weeks with Xian and the babies! We loved the community environment and the location is so beautiful and relaxing. We learned so much during our stay, from cooking to yoga philosophy and how to build mosaic rock floors! We had a fabulous time and were sad to leave this magical place. Thank you so much, Xian!

  • Malinda United States

    Workaway website

    This place is amazing! I was only able to stay here for a week, but I learned a lifetime of knowledge in that time. I wish I had more time to spend here. Xian is an awesome person and knows about so many different topics. The yoga classes in the morning teach you so much! She makes amazing lunches and her afternoon workshops are extremely informative. The volunteer hours are super rewarding because you can physically see how your efforts are helping to improve. Since I was always working on volunteer projects with at least one other person, I bonded with all of my fellow volunteers and had fun doing things like pick-axing, leaf collecting, and sewing. I already have plans to return to do more volunteer work here. I highly recommend taking some time to be a part of this community!

  • Keith Canada

    Workaway website

    This is an incredible space to work in nature, learn yoga, and share and express new ideas. During my time there, I learned to how to care for babies, cook delicious healthy food, respect nature, expand my knowledge of yoga, and breathing exercises. Xian possesses a great deal of wisdom through her knowledge of yoga and experiences traveling all around the planet. If you are open to learning new things, expanding your knowledge, and experiencing deep peace, then this is the place to go. Thank you, Xian, for all of your knowledge. It was truly an unforgettable experience.

  • Manon France

    Workaway website

    We do not know where to begin. Xian is just an amazing girl who lives in an amazing place! We spent three weeks there, which were awesome, and a good time to learn yoga with all the amazing talks about spirituality and life in general. Xian really tries to get you as comfortable as possible. The two babies are very kind and funny! We had a very good time there.

  • Christoph Germany

    Workaway website

    This place was really amazing for me! I stayed here for six weeks and really shared life with amazing people: Xian and Akabal, their really cute babies, and their dog. Even though I was not into yoga at all before I came here, I felt like I was able to learn a lot and really get into using yoga as a way of treating my body and mind because of the good classes I received here and all the knowledge and experience of Xian and Akabal.

    The working hours (only three hours a day) were really not hard and easy going, as Xian and Akabal only told us to work the way we could instead of expecting results. They were thankful for every bit that has been done. I found it very comfortable that they welcomed any personal ideas to make their property a beautiful inspiring place. I was able to work on my own ideas very often.

    They would never run out of work in the garden and around the property. Once, I did not have any personal ideas, so that felt like a perfect working environment for me and often I did not feel like working, but rather do stuff that I would like to do and the three hours flew by without me noticing.

    I also liked that this place is pretty close to San Juan del Sur, so whenever we had a day off, we would be able to go down for a swim in the sea and relax at the beach, go to the local market, enjoy coffee, ice cream, smoothies, empanadas, or really good pizza, and just have a calm day.

    I love that I was able to get to know you guys. You felt like my friends and family very quickly, rather than just being my hosts. You really made me feel at home for a while and I already miss your place! I love all the experiences that I have had with you and all the things I learned from living with you for a while. I am very thankful that I was able to live with such amazing and interesting people and I am proud to call you my friends and family.

    I wish all the best for you guys and I hope all your ideas and projects will work out well and will help to make your place grow in the way you want it. I see a lot of potential in this place!

    Thank you very much for this precious experience!

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