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Join this teacher training course to learn to teach a simple, logical, yet revolutionary new approach to yoga that tweaks traditional postures in sometimes just the slightest magical way, and transform your students' experience with their bodies, and at the same time, transform the way your students will ever think about yoga. Everything you will learn in this course will be applicable to any style of yoga. Learn to teach from experience and find your own voice!
You will be staying in your own large, private 4 person tent in a beautiful jungle setting. Each tent is covered with a roof for maximum space and comfort. Each tent has a large mattress, sheets and pillows. You can also put up your own tent in your own space, if you prefer. The setup is rustic and simple, which will enable you to learn and to immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle without distractions.
The ashram is a quiet retreat away from noise of towns and cars. They have one acre of land at the end of a long dirt road, with a tiny house and garden, a large open space with a log fire circle, and many secluded, private shady area with trees for the camping spots, meditation, practice and relaxation areas. They also have their own well with drinking water. The yoga platforms are surrounded by lush greenery and exotic animals.
The program is designed for you to become a HATHA YOGA teacher, although the principles learned here 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! At the XianYoga 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.
All sharing will turn into teaching, as you learn every day. 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 not about becoming somebody else, but about becoming you and finding your voice, becoming your voice, and then teaching, and sharing what you love.
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.
This retreat will take place in San Juan Del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua. About ten minutes’ walk away from the Ashram is a tiny local bakery, which bakes and sells fresh bread all day for about 10 NIO. You will smell it on the way up. Another 20 minutes’ walk away is a little family shop which sells chips, cookies, candies, and soft drinks. There are beautiful walks in the surrounding areas and wonderful sunset spots not far from the Ashram. Great beaches are also accessible by taxi. Group taxis from the Ashram can be arranged.
The nearest town, San Juan Del Sur, is four kilometers away. It’s a small surfer beach town with all basic necessities. A supermarket is at the town entrance. There is also a small store in San Juan del Sur’s market with imported products such as couscous and quinoa. To go to San Juan Del Sur, you can walk to town for 15-25 minutes along a beautiful dirt road to the main road. The walk to town from the road takes about 25 minutes. You can also take a taxi to town for 1 USD, or take a bus or 1 USD, or you can hitch-hike.
A bigger town, Rivas, is about one hour by bus, for 1 USD, or 25 minutes by taxi for 2 USD per person. Rivas is a beautiful town with a huge market and all facilities.
You will be a part of a communal lifestyle. Therefore on some nights, students will prepare communal meals together out of a vegan food basket with seasonal fruit, veggies, rice, beans, pasta, oats, spices, oil, and other basics. There will be a schedule each day for cooking, so everybody gets their turn.
Cooking together is fun and helps relax the mind after much learning, and it's exciting to taste all the different ideas and skills people bring to the table. Breakfast and lunch will be delicious vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. Cold tea or other little yummy surprises and snacks are also provided.
The ashram cannot accommodate special dietary requirements for this training course.
As the ashram is in a very secluded location and the program is very busy, you will only have time outside of the ashram on Sundays. During your free time, you can visit the village of San Juan Del Sur, the city of Rivas, or the beaches. There are also beautiful walks in the surrounding areas and wonderful sunset spots not far from the ashram.
Xian can also give you private and personalized versions of most regular workshops, classes, and rituals, as well as body piercing, in which she is professionally trained by the internationally renowned Fakir School of Body Piercing In San Francisco, USA.
Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).
You can take a bus to San Juan Del Sur for around 3 USD.
You can take a shuttle to San Juan Del Sur for about 30 USD.
Take a taxi from San Juan Del Sur to the Ashram for about 7 USD. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram will send you the directions to the ashram once you have confirmed your booking.