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21 Days 200-Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Florida

Florida Yoga Teacher Training in USA

The journey in life is long. Ayurveda Health Retreat has certification programs to give you the tools to grow in both personal and professional life. The small and intimate school allows you to not only learn to become a yoga teacher but to learn to become your most complete and full self. You will be celebrating each meal, each moment, and each student.

Retreat highlights

  • Learn yoga teacher ethics
  • Daily meditation and pranayama classes
  • Study of the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras
  • Daily yoga practice and its appropriate use of props
  • Learn about yogic diet, lifestyle, and Ayurveda
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles

18 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During this retreat, you will be accommodated in shared or private guest rooms.

Ayurveda Health Retreat Yoga Teacher Training Florida Program

Philosophy and teaching styles

This course includes the study of teachings asana, meditation, pranayama, anatomy, yogic anatomy, yogic history, and philosophy. You will also learn about yogic diet and lifestyle, and Ayurveda. The program includes 200 hours divided into 180 contact hours plus personal study. Ayurveda Health Retreat feels meditation and daily journaling is essential to the training course. In the silence of the self is where you will cultivate your deepest inspiration to teach others.

Daily meditation is a requirement of this 200-hour yoga course. Meditation will teach you to stop identifying with the body. Meditation is one of the five principles of yoga. It is the practice by which there is constant observation of the mind. It requires you to focus your mind at one point and make your mind still in order to perceive the 'self'.

Multiple opportunities to practice teaching will be given. You will have the chance to apply what you have learned and teach group classes at the Ayurveda Health Retreat studio.

200-hour yoga teacher training curriculum

  • Appropriate use of props in practice
  • Assisting and teaching students with physical injuries or limitations
  • Ayurveda
  • UK house retreats
  • Class planning
  • Class sequencing and creating a flow
  • Detailed study of posture and modifications
  • Giving clear and precise instructions through words
  • Hands on assisting and adjustments
  • Hands on teaching
  • History and philosophy of yoga
  • Kirtan and chanting
  • Marketing and business of yoga
  • Meditation
  • Physical effects of yoga on the body
  • Pranayama
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Sanskrit names of each asana
  • Specialized yoga: Kids, Prenatal, Seniors etc.
  • Study of the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras
  • Western anatomy
  • Yoga teacher ethics
  • Yogic and esoteric anatomy
  • Yogic diet and lifestyle


Richard Masla
Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico (Ayurveda Practitioner)
Clayton College (Naturopath)
Richard is the Ayurvedic practitioner who began the Ayurveda Health Retreat in 2001. He has helped thousands of people seeking healthy living with knowledge from the Ayurveda. He began his yoga and Ayurveda studies at age 17 and traveled to India at 21 with his spiritual teacher Swami Prabhupada. He is a dedicated yoga teacher and Ayurvedic educator. He has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and has traveled to India 34 times. In 1994, he graduated Clayton College with a degree of doctor of naturopathy.

Retreat location

Ayurveda Health Retreat is located in the small historic town of Alachua, in north central Florida, United States. The school is surrounded by hiking and biking trails, crystal springs, and many opportunities to find peace and serenity with the earth. Be in nature, make heart to heart connections with community, enjoy pure and whole foods, all which help you embody oneness with the self. Ayurveda Health Retreat are here to provide a nurturing environment and help you embody your most inspired self.

Nearby places

  • Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) - 20 minutes
  • Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) - 120 minutes
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) - 90 minutes



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Health club
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Reiki
  • Swimming nearby


  • Lake nearby
  • River nearby
  • Special menu request


During this retreat, you will be served delicious vegetarian, fresh, and mostly organic meals. Ayurveda Health Retreat is able to serve special diets, gluten free, and vegan meals.

Things to do (optional)

Enjoy the surroundings

In your free time you can take a relaxing stroll down charming Main Street or visit the freshwater springs, parks and rivers nearby. During your free time at the retreat, you may want to take advantage of the abundant out-doors activities available within a fifteen or twenty minute drive. Nothing encourages relaxation and recovery like quality time spent reconnecting with mother earth. There are many clear springs, rivers, and lakes for swimming and canoeing or kayaking, as well as a wide range of walking and hiking trails for any level of expertise. Take a slow amble on a leafy path through O'Leno State Park, climb the stairs down into the Devil's Milhopper sinkhole, tube down the Ichetucknee River, or even bike through the San Felasco Hammock.

Enjoy an optional spa treatment

During your free time, you can reserve an Ayurvedic facial, a Marma treatment, or an Astrology reading at an additional cost.

Guided kayak tour down the Itchetucknee river (four hours)

Allow four hours to enjoy this pristine experience gliding down a crystal clear river. Bird watching, manatee sighting, drinks, and snack are included. There is a two person minimum to enjoy this activity. The price is 65 USD per person

Guided nature trail hike (two hours)

Allow two hours to explore the beauty of San Felasco Park, a 7000 acre nature reserve located only five minutes from the retreat. Drink and snack included. There is a two person minimum to enjoy this activity. The price is 20 USD per person.

Spa treatments

Aromatherapy AromaTouch massage

Using organic essential oils this session incorporates simple massage techniques to create a powerful whole body healing experience. It works to restore homeostasis, and minimize the impact of stress, increase immunity, reduce inflammatory response, and correct autonomic imbalance. Gentle massage is given to the back, neck, and shoulder area with essential oils. One hour of AromaTouch massage is 100 USD.

Aromatherapy consultation

The certified aromatherapist will create a blend of essential oils that will balance your body, mind, and emotions. You will receive a personalized product for your own therapeutic use. 45 minutes cost 100 USD.

Ayurvedic facial

The Ayurvedic facial nourishes and exfoliates the skin with completely natural, chemical, and preservative-free products from Better Botanicals. The relaxing facial massage triggers a balanced lymphatic flow and restores life, vigor and function to the skin. One hour costs 80 USD.

Deep tissue massage

This style of massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and fascia.

It focuses on releasing trigger points located deep within the muscle tissue. One hour costs 80 USD and two hours, 155 USD.

Energy healing session

This session will help you to release old dysfunctional patterns stored deep in the psyche and physical tissues. This is facilitated by Tachyon Crystals and a special healing table. You may expect simply feeling lighter or may have past life memory release. Jvala allows your own energy to lead the healing session. 90 minutes cost 140 USD.

Kati Basti - lumbar sacral rejuvenation

Kati Basti is an effective treatment for relieving lower back pain, stiffness, and other back concerns related to spinal disc problems. Ayurvedic herbal oils are applied to the back and the local Marma points are energized. The treatment costs 80 USD.

Marma therapy massage

Acupressure massage and herbal oils are used to unblock the energy pathways in the body called Marmas. This is a very relaxing and rejuvenating treatment. One hour costs 80 USD.

Melba healing session

Experience three hours of bliss under the special care of Melba. This hands on therapeutic massage will contain many modalities specialized for your special care. Three hours cost 180 USD.

Netra Basti - Eye rejuvenation

During this treatment, organic ghee is gently poured into the eyes and allowed to soak in. This soothing and nourishing procedure is good for rejuvenating dry eyes, relieving tension in the eye muscles, enhancing the natural luster of the eyes and improving clarity of vision. This treatment costs 80 USD.

Private meditation

Learn how to meditate. Simple practices to help you learn to settle you mind into your heart’s awareness. Over the three classes, you will be taught a practice that you can continue on your own. Good for beginners and intermediate meditators. The three private meditation classes may be taken daily or separated by a few days. One session lasts for 45 minutes, and three sessions cost 150 USD.

Private yoga

Spend an hour with one of the experienced yoga teachers who will assist you in creating a practical yoga series for your level and individual needs. One hour costs 100 USD.

Psycho - spiritual counseling, one hour - 140 USD

Richard A Masla or Palika Trudeau, MA (psychology), specialize in helping their clients get to core issues quickly, find ways to release them and then create the life they want. Their extensive training and background in Eastern philosophy, paired with education in modern psychology, gives a unique perspective and approach to human development and life transformation. One hour is 140 USD.

Reiki healing session

Reiki is a simple, non-invasive healing system that works with the higher self of the receiver to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional and psychic body. Some of the benefits are stress reduction and relaxation, which trigger the body’s natural healing abilities. One hour is 80 USD.

Relaxation massage

This gentle massage reverses the effects of negative stress by bringing about the relaxation response. It reduces blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and the level of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in the body. One hour is 80 USD, two hours, 155 USD.

Thai massage

Thai massage is both energizing and relaxing. The therapist uses hands, feet and knees to move you into a series of yoga-like poses. Thai massage improves circulation and increases flexibility and range of motion. Two hours of Thai massage cost 160 USD.

Transformational breathing

Transformation breathing (TB) is a powerful self-healing process using conscious breathing. It clears the subconscious of all types of traumas at the cellular level, thus freeing your life-force and bringing you back in touch with your authentic self. Breath is a metaphor for life; the more openly you breathe, the more alive you will feel. With transformational breathing you will experience greater physical, mental, and spiritual health. Two hours cost 140 USD.

Vedic astrology reading

Vedic astrology, which is deeply embedded in Indian culture, offers you advice and predictions on your health, relationships, spiritual journey, and more. You will learn about the planetary periods and their influence on your life. You will get insights on your current situation and what to expect in the near and distant future. The reading costs 140 USD.

Western astrology reading

Western astrology is more psychologically and therapeutically oriented than the Vedic system. Your chart will help you define your direction in life by looking at your patterns and tendencies and it will better equip you to face life’s challenges. Through the explanation of planetary transits and cycles you will see your life from a new perspective and gain more self-awareness. The reading costs 140 USD.

What's included

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certification (180 contact hours plus personal study)
  • Daily meditation and pranayama classes
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily yoga practice and its appropriate use of props
  • Full curriculum of 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate course
  • History and philosophy of yoga
  • Kirtan and chanting
  • Learn about yogic diet, lifestyle, and Ayurveda
  • Learn yoga teacher ethics
  • Marketing and business of yoga
  • Study of the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Optional spa and other treatments
  • Transportation costs

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You have to book flights to Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) or Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Airport pickup and drop off are available for the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Please understand that all other airports are further away, therefore, transportation from all other airports are the guests responsibility.

Arrival by shuttle

From Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Ayurveda Health Retreat can arrange an airport shuttle for 60 USD roundtrip.


  • Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), 20 minutes
  • Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), 120 minutes
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), 90 minutes

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 29% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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