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Learn, experience, embody, and teach Asana, philosophy, yogic practices, workshops, and much more. Take part in a profound program of personal transformation on your journey to leaving here an excellent teacher. Join this 200hr Yoga Alliance registered teacher training to become a fully experienced, skilled teacher, who is comfortable to take on any class with ease and grace by the time you graduate. Hardly any yoga training out there actually has you teach any classes. Often, you leave with a certificate, yet you have never taught a class! Here, you will be teaching every day. You will receive feedback, corrections, suggestions, and you will work on finding your own voice. Come and become a teacher of the quality you might have never met, or you've never dreamed you could ever become yourself. Come and live yoga every day at the Ahimsa Yoga Ashram with a great support structure, highly personalized teachings, and plenty of time to absorb the teachings. You will also receive over 200 extra yoga related study hours (these extra hours are certified but not registerable with Yoga Alliance). Making a total of 400 hours of total yoga immersion. This training is also highly recommended for the Yoga Alliance registered lead teachers and schools that need to upgrade to the 500hr requirements.
You will be staying in your own private jungle cabin, placed in the gorgeous natural setting of the ashram. The cabins are a comfortable size, with a beautiful locally crafted bed, a comfortable mattress, and stunning river views. Comfort, yet close to nature. The ashram is a quiet retreat away from the noise of towns and cars. They have 12 acres of stunning waterfall (the largest in the area with 3 levels) and river land.
They have their own budding vegetable garden and fruit forest, a beautiful log fire circle, many secluded, private shady areas with trees, meditation, practice and relaxation areas by the river. Drinking water comes from a fresh water spring straight out of the rocks on the land. The yoga platform is surrounded by lush greenery and exotic animals.
Then this is the right place for you.
A great Yogi is not necessarily a great teacher. A Yogi with immense knowledge does not make him a great teacher.
Teaching Students is an art form altogether different from just doing Yoga or being knowledgeable in theory.
It requires a completely different skillset to ‘BE’ a teacher.
This Teacher Training focuses on your learning and immediate daily practice of teaching, having learned the ART OF TEACHING.
Yes, you will get all the theory, but with this training, you then practice teaching what you learned every day! Our entire curriculum! Classes, variations, adjustments, philosophy, meditation, pranayama and much much more. You will teach from day one. Slowly building up the techniques and confidence to teach.
A lot of teacher trainings focus on lectures and you practicing Yoga, often producing teachers that are unable to teach a class at all, teach it confidently, or who even hurt their students.
-The Ahimsa Yoga Ashram focuses on you becoming an actual teacher. Able to take on any class, with ease, confidence, and a little magic.
-In the Ahimsa Yoga Ashram TT program everything is practical, there is never any simple downloading of mountains of information and you writing it into your notebook.
The way they teach is different. Students learn and observe the theory, in lectures or workshops. Then review it alone, then discuss it in groups, question it, play with it, practice and experiment with the teachings alone and in groups, prepare to present or teach it, actually present and teach it to a full class. All the time receiving continuous feedback and improvement suggestions, throughout their teaching class and afterward, from the other students and Xian (the founder of the Ashram). If something wasn’t up to scratch, it gets repeated the next day, until the student has found their own voice with clarity, ease, and confidence.
Adjustments and variations are deeply understood and practiced on real students’ bodies and Xian, with real-time feedback. Philosophy is understood by the students, lived in the Ashram, and shared by them in their lectures and weaved in during their practice classes and instantly transferred into real-life application
Yoga anatomy is experienced rather than just seen on a print-out. It is applied and intrinsically understood as students learn to watch bodies and their movements.
Students practice teaching EVERY DAY for 2 months. They will have taught 52 times by the time they left here! And that is our ENTIRE syllabus (please see attached document). They learn and practice teaching ALL of it.
TT students leave here excellent teachers, ready to take on any class with confidence, ease, and grace.
They can make up intelligent sequences on the fly because they understand. They can adjust their sequence and level of teachings on the fly depending on the level of students. They can FEEL how deep an adjustment can/needs to go, which direction the push needs to be in to really connect with the body of their students. They can weave in philosophy, understand how to bring breath into the classes to open the body, and they will be answer pretty much every question a student might have after a class.
The program is designed for you to become a Hatha yoga teacher, although the principles learned can be applied to any style of yoga. This will enable you to teach Hatha yoga classes, but also teach style independent private, one-on-one alignment classes, as well as alignment workshops for everyone.
With thorough guidance and daily preparation, you will teach every day and will, therefore, leave there an experienced teacher, ready and confident to teach. At the Ahimsa Ashram yoga teacher training course, you will not learn a pre-written script to get students through a class of general movement. You will learn to teach from your own extensive understanding, experience, practice, and by intrinsically understanding yoga. You will learn to apply all principles yourself, and from that base, you will learn to teach from knowledge and experience, rather than from notes.
At the Xian YTT you will not receive ready-made sequences or templates for how to teach, but you will learn how to make them. You will receive constant personal feedback from Xian and your fellow students. You will learn through lectures and demonstrations, but most of all through practice and repetition, you will learn through listening to yourself and others.
Through constant personalized feedback and attention to your development, and as you practice and learn every day, your teaching will improve and you will become more confident.
They use many ways to prepare you for any type of class or student out there. For example, you will teach classes to other students, who will deliberately do things ‘wrong’ so that you can learn how to adjust, tailor your classes to different levels, and give variations.
You will practice to give talks on various yogic subjects and teach many asana, pranayama, and meditation classes.
It’s going to be a lot of work and “putting yourself out there”, but it’s going to be a lot of fun too. The most important thing to know is that nobody can make you into a teacher. Only you can do it. So, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
It is not about becoming somebody else, but about becoming you and finding your voice, becoming your voice, and then teaching and sharing what you love.
Additionally to your 200 certified hours, you will have over 200 extra yoga related study hours, making a total of a 400-hour intensive.
Come and find your own voice! Ahimsa Yoga Ashram is a Yoga Alliance YACEP (Continued Education Provider) and their courses can count toward Continued Education requirements.
Come and leave here an excellent teacher. Confident and ready to go with an open heart and a smile on your face.
Xian is an internationally trained and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, AcroYoga teacher, Public Speaker, Reiki Master, psychic, acrobat, circus performer, trapeze artist, clown, fire dancer and Author of the book “Why You Don’t Need Shoes”. Xian’s teachings are soundly based on her extensive study of Yoga, ancient scriptures and techniques as well as countless years of dedicated self study, questioning, experimentation and practical life application. Her teachings encompass a wide range of fascinating and empowering practices, which she shares with directness, love, insight and a touch of magic.
This retreat will take place about 5 kilometers outside of San Rafael Del Sur, 15 kilometers from Masachapa and Pochomil beach, Western Central Nicaragua. A tiny local community, Los Chepenos, is only a few minutes away. The nearest town is San Pablo (3.5 kilometers on a beautiful nature packed dirt road, about a 30-minute walk), a tiny local town with a yummy local bakery and a few small pulperias (shops).
The next bigger town, San Rafael Del Sur, is another 3 kilometers (5-10 minutes, 10 cordobas / 35cents, by Rickshaw taxi) from San Pablo. San Rafael Del Sur is a small, truly local town, with an abundant market, all facilities and a PALI supermarket.
The town of Masachapa and the vastness of Pochomil beach are accessible by bus or taxi from San Rafael Del Sur.
Please note that the retreat is held in a part of Nicaragua far, far away from any political disturbances. It is the job of the embassies and airlines to be over cautious, but they have unfortunately not been reflecting the true situation in the country. It is and has been safe for many months to come and enjoy this beautiful country. Please contact Ahimsa Yoga Ashram for more information if you like.
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Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be delicious, yet simple vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. We bake our own bread, make yummy salads and use whatever we can from our lovely garden. Cold tea, fruit and other little yummy surprises and snacks are also provided.
If you have any special desires for food or other items, you can satisfy them during Saturday visits to the nearby towns and the local bakery. You can also opt to add some items to the Ashram's shopping list if you pay for them. They will head out for shopping twice a week.
Please note: The Ashram cannot accommodate special dietary requirements for this training course.
There are beautiful walks in the surrounding areas that can be enjoyed whenever you have time within the weekly schedule. As the Ashram is very deliberately set in a secluded location and the program is very busy, you will have time to visit San Rafael Del Sur or the beach on Saturdays, the Ashram day off.
Xian is also a professionally trained body piercer (by the internationally renowned Fakir School of Body Piercing In San Francisco, USA). She specializes in ritual piercing and breath control.
On request, horse rides might also be arranged for Saturdays.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), Managua
You can take a bus from Managua, “Terminal de Buses Inter Urbanos Israel Lewites” to San Rafael Del Sur for around 1-2$, 1hr40min. From San Rafael you can take a Moto Taxi straight to the Ashram for 100c/$4, 30min.
You can take a private taxi from the airport to San Rafael Del Sur, for around $50-60. From San Rafael you can take a Moto Taxi straight to the Ashram for 100c/$4, 30min. Cars will usually not come up to the Ashram as they don’t like driving on dirt roads. (If you choose to take a taxi from the airport, it’s best to walk a short distance out of the airport and get a taxi outside of the Best Western Hotel, as they will offer much better rates.)
The Best Western is also a good place to stay if you arrive late at night. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram will send you the directions once you have confirmed your booking.
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