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Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala

Awaken your potential; live your yoga! Journey with Awakened Spirit Yoga to one of the most beautiful places on earth, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Deepen your yoga practice and embark on a transformational journey to discover how embodying holistic and sustainable practices can radically shift the way you live and engage in the world. Learn the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness in this unique program combining ancient yogic wisdom and the intelligence of nature. Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community. Intimate classes allow the dedicated team of teachers to provide personal attention, expert guidance, and personal feedback to students throughout their training.

Meet the instructors

Julia
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Highlights

  • Eligibility to register for Yoga Alliance certification
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and living in harmony with the earth
  • Open and close your journey with a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • Learn the fundamentals of our holistic and interdisciplinary approach to yoga
  • Visit regenerative permaculture projects and learn from local wisdom keepers
  • Daily farm to table organic vegetarian meals
  • 26 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


26 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room
  • Outdoor shower

This Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training takes place at the stunning Bambu Guest House, a brand new, eco-friendly building designed in accordance with sustainable principles, proving that natural building can be luxurious.

Wake up here to an awe inspiring sunrise over Lake Atitlán, as the sleepy Mayan village below comes to life. Enjoy the natural vegetation and lush surrounds from the yoga platform before nourishing your body with local, organic, vegetarian fare prepared with produce from the Atitlán Organics farm (a five-minute stroll away). The farm-to-table restaurant is run by three young, local, aspiring chefs named Antonio, Maricela, and Petrona who are as amazing as they are passionate about what they create and we love being guests at their dinner table!

With several accommodation options each equipped with a bathroom, balcony, comfy beds, super hot water, wifi, and amazing views of Lake Atitlán, it’s easy to settle into this dreamy landscape. Access to the lake is a 10-minute walk from Bambu, and the neighboring town and eclectic travel hub of San Marcos is a five-minute boat ride from there or 15-minute tuk-tuk (rickshaw).

Program

Pre-requisites

Awakened Spirit Yoga recommends a minimum of one year of regular practice before beginning any YTT program.

Certification

Students who successfully complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Yoga + leadership + earth care

This training is recommended for:

  • Yogis interested in deepening their practice
  • Changemakers, innovators, activists, and teachers
  • Counselors and human rights workers
  • Yoga teachers seeking to deepen their facilitation and community building skills
  • Practitioners interested in new tools and approaches to designing and creating change

Goals of this course

  • Enhance your understanding of the foundational aspects of this ancient practice through asana, pranayama, meditation, kriyas, philosophy, anatomy, a healthy lifestyle, and Ayurveda
  • Build your personal practice and gather concrete tools to embody the wisdom of The 4 Paths of Yoga, mindfulness, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Learn the fundamentals of alignment, intelligent sequencing, theme weaving, and adaptations for diverse populations
  • Find your voice and unique expression as an empowered yoga teacher
  • Apply all that you have learned to live in alignment with your life’s calling and embody your true purpose

Alignment + anatomy

  • Gain knowledge in anatomy and physiology relating to the physical/mental benefits of yoga
  • Learn the forms, benefits, and precautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Gain a greater understanding of the neurological, emotional, and physical effects of yoga
  • Deepen experiential knowledge of the breath and its effect on the physical nervous system, the psychology, and spiritual selves
  • Understanding of subtle anatomy and alignment guidelines for injury prevention to advance your yoga practice

The art of teaching

  • Learn the art of sequencing
  • Explore various teaching methodologies, including modifications for age, focus, and common injuries / conditions
  • Become skilled at creating various class-styles: beginner, intermediate, and an introduction to prenatal yoga
  • Gain experience through a teaching practicum and receive feedback in a supportive environment

Leadership and self-empowerment

  • Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community
  • Release self-limiting beliefs and step into your power as a leader!
  • Connect to your inner teacher and learn how to leverage your skills and strengths with your unique purpose
  • Better understand how to design and manage a project in alignment with your values, skills, passion, and leadership style

Philosophy and the yogic path

  • Discover the subtle energy of yogic anatomy and how the chakras work
  • Explore Ashtanga philosophy (the Eight-fold path)
  • Study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Learn about Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet

Service and the community

  • Address issues of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and safety in a variety of contexts
  • Learn how to nurture compassionate relationships, healthy families, and a peaceful, sustainable world
  • Discover the benefits and challenges of introducing yoga and mindfulness practices to diverse communities
  • Learn and experience participation-based tools that support community impact projects through hands-on teaching
  • Engage with the community that our work supports by participating in local social empowerment projects, addressing ecological and malnutrition concerns in the local Mayan community

Earth care

  • Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
  • Connect with nature to inform your journey
  • Learn the foundational principles of permaculture
  • Learn practical tools and apply sustainable project design to support a local community project
  • Co-create a community-lead reforestation project with the local Mayan community

In this course, you will:

  • Receive an internationally recognized certification in yoga teaching and leadership
  • Open and close your journey with a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • Learn the fundamentals of our holistic and interdisciplinary approach to yoga
  • Visit successful permaculture projects and learn from local wisdom keepers
  • Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to create sustainable change
  • Nourish your mind, body, and spirit through daily yoga, meditation, and living in harmony with the earth
  • Return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded community, and heartfelt inspiration

What's unique about this approach

With deep roots in Northern India, Awakened Spirit Yoga's approach blends traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, and the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga to support individuals in leading joyful, empowered lives.

Awakened Spirit Yoga's alignment-based system incorporates mindfulness and traditional yogic wisdom with a modern understanding of the body. Awakened Spirit Yoga believes yoga is for all people and creates safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments for you to discover your own potential. The curriculum is developed around the three pillars of mind, body, and earth, believing that they are essential, interconnected aspects of the yogic path.

Sample schedule

  • 06:00 Meditation
  • 06:30 Yoga and movement practice
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 10:45 Yoga lab, anatomy, or teaching methodology
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 14:00 Yoga philosophy or permaculture
  • 16:15 Yoga lab, therapeutics, or teaching methodology
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening activity (meditation, circle, ceremony, movie or reflection) - 3 times per week

Included excursions

Day trips to Mayan regenerative communities, local permaculture organizations, and organic farms are included.

Instructors

Julia Forest

Retreat location

In Tz'utujil (one of the local Mayan dialects) there is no word which equates to ‘leaving’ – that is to say, visitors to Lake Atitlán are always returning home and we certainly feel that way each time they are greeted by the warm eyes and kind hearts of this community.

With a rich, colorful and resilient history woven into the tapestry of everyday life (not to mention the amazing tapestries of daily dress) the Awakened Spirit Yoga team is honored to be welcomed into the village of Tzununá to share four weeks together, living respectfully among this community, the local traditions, and wisdom kept here. The lake herself is the subject of much folklore with alluring blue waters and mystical origins, calling many to the healing shores of this ancient volcanic crater.

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming

General

  • Balcony
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Three delicious, nourishing, organic, and locally sourced vegetarian meals a day plus snacks will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • In-depth training 6 days a week
  • Daily yoga, meditation and philosophy classes
  • 1 day each week of unscheduled time to study and explore
  • 26 nights accommodations at Atitlán Organics' Bambu Guest House (community living focused on harmonious relationships with the planet)
  • 3 delicious, organic farm-to-table vegetarian meals per day
  • Permaculture immersion and community-led service project
  • Leadership + life-design module
  • Field trips to local permaculture projects
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony, Cacao Ceremony
  • Illustrated Yoga Teacher Training Manual
  • 200-hour Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT)
  • Eligibility to register for Yoga Alliance certification upon successful completion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Required reading texts

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Arrive by flying into Guatemala City airport, then take a private or public shuttle to Lake Atitlan. Please send an inquiry to Awakened Spirit Yoga for further details, or if you would like them to help arrange your transport from Guatemala City or Antigua to the Lake.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday October 25, 2022
Departure: Sunday November 20, 2022

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