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17 Day 200-Hour Soya Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico

  • Villa Xochipilli, Calle Hildalgo #85, Colonia Villa Obregon, 48980 Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico


200-Hour Mexico Yoga Teacher Training

Come and experience 17 blissful days of living your yoga in this beautiful, warm, and sunny location. This yoga teacher training immersion is perfect for students who are looking for an opportunity to spend time completely immersed in a traditional yoga lifestyle. Various teachings on Hatha yoga, philosophy, meditation, mantra, pranayama, and anatomy are all part of the comprehensive curriculum. Upon completion, graduates may to register with Yoga Alliance with the RYT 200 credential.


  • Daily philosophy sessions
  • Daily yoga sessions in various styles
  • 2 daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Learning Sanskrit pronunciation and understanding chakras
  • Designing a series of six yoga lesson plans
  • Written and practical examinations
  • Daily lunches and four dinners
  • 16 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 16 days with instruction
  • English
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Villa Xochipilli, Melaque, Mexico

The bungalows in Villa Xochipilli include a bedroom with two full size beds, a full bathroom with hot shower, a living area with a day bed for a third person, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a dining area.

Four bungalows are in one building, two are on the second floor, and two are on the bottom floor. The upstairs bungalows open up into balconies overlooking magnificent views of lush tropical gardens, the “Laguna del Tule,” and the quiet grounds of Villa Xochipilli. The two bottom bungalows open directly into the exotic gardens, bringing you one step closer to nature.

The kitchen has a refrigerator, a counter top stove, and is fully equipped with plates and pans. All the water is chlorinated, and separate bottled drinking water is provided. The sitting area and the dining room connect to the balcony.

There is a hand wash laundry area as well as a local laundry service available. There is hot water, cable TV, and ceiling fans in every room. One of the bungalows has air conditioning, but the constant fresh breeze from the nearby lagoon makes its use virtually unnecessary. Towels and bed sheets are changed once a week.

Daily sessions include detailed instruction and practice in various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Flow and Yin. Morning and evening meditation, chanting, pranayama, along with group reviews and discussions will shed light on the written assignments in philosophy. Students will design a series of six yoga lesson plans: a very detailed assignment covering pranayama, meditation techniques and the benefits, precautions and modifications for asanas. Furthermore, students will practice and develop their teaching skills throughout the entire program. Upon completion there will be a written exam and a practical exam and graduates will be eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance with the RYT200® credential.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00-08:30 Meditation, pranayama, japa, mantra, and asana
  • 08:30-09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00-11:00 Philosophy
  • 11:00-12:30 Asana lab part 1
  • 12:30-14:30 Lunch and break
  • 14:30-16:30 Asana lab part 2
  • 16:30-17:30 Study and erite-ups
  • 17:30-19:00 Asana class
  • 19:00-19:45 Pranayama, meditation, arati

200-hour SOYA and chinook course curriculum

  • Asanas: benefits, precautions, and modifications
  • Basic pranayama
  • Creating lesson plans
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Kriyas and their practice
  • Meditation
  • Posture sequencing
  • Sanskrit pronunciation
  • Studies in the Bhagavad Gita
  • Teaching practicum
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Understanding chakras


The curricula meets the international training standards, and it is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance (YA) and have equivalency with the International Yoga Teachers’ Association (IYTA). Yoga Alliance credentials are the premier form of recognition for yoga teachers, which helps ensure that yoga students can find knowledgeable instruction and training programs.

All students who complete this training are eligible to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with a 200-hour designation. These credentials, in conjunction with certification through SOYA Yoga / Chinook, will help you take advantage of emerging professional opportunities.

There is a half day and full day off in the program.Training on days four and nine will end at 13:00.

Textbooks and a manual will be sent to you upon registration.

Upon completion, there is a written exam and practical exam. Graduates are eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200.

Prior to the training, students must complete several philosophy and anatomy assignments.

Carla Wainwright

Carla started practicing yoga in 1995, her original motivation was to touch her toes. Eighteen years later, she can touch her toes, and along the way she discovered that her talent and passion have become helping others nourish their unique journey toward self-discovery.

Her practice and teaching meld both classical and contemporary approaches to the practice with a particular focus on the mayakoshas as a means to merge with the essential self. She loves to work with women to help release their inner Shakti.

Carla is a doctor of homeopathy and creatively integrates the principles of yoga and homeopathy to help unlock a student’s deepest potential within. She has studied with Mugs McConnell, Shirley Daventry French, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Dana Flynn, Minke de Vos, Geeta Iyengar, and many other wonderful teachers.

Carla is a founding owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, British Columbia, as well as a member of Yoga Alliance (ERYT500), and a certified international teacher of yoga (IYTA). She has led numerous retreats internationally and is part of the Primary Faculty of the SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Jeff Lutes

What began in 1999 as a way to help Jeff cope with chronic back problems became a practice in learning about himself and the world around him. As an enthusiastic teacher of Hatha and Restorative yoga, Jeff brings many inspirations to the mat from those who have influenced him - Erich Schiffmann, Richard Miller, Robert Thurman, Annie Carpenter, Michael Stone, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan to name a few.

His Hatha yoga classes are characteristically infused with a little Vinyasa, Power yoga, the yoke, and good times thrown in.

He has completed a teacher training with one of his mentors, Erich Schiffmann, as well as received his 500-hour SOYA designation through SOYA's Teacher Training Program.

He says that the more he practices the more he feels that yoga is an opportunity to connect with the profound power of nature that is continually seen and experienced all around and with the intimate space where that power exists within. Jeff is a co-owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, British Columbia, and a lead trainer for the SOYA YTT programs in Mexico.

You will be living and practicing at the gorgeous Villa Xochipilli in Melaque, Mexico. There are single and shared accommodations available and fresh, delicious authentic Mexican lunches will be served every full training day. Several dinners will also be served and on other nights, students will have a chance to cook at the Villa or explore some of the wonderful and inexpensive restaurants in Melaque.

Students from all corners of the world are invited to join on this spiritual adventure.

Nearby places

  • Barra de Navidad - 8 minutes by bus
  • Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta - 4 hours by bus
  • Melaque - 5 minutes by bus
  • Swimming nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Fresh, delicious, and authentic Mexican lunches will be served every full training day, as well as several dinners. On other nights, students will have a chance to explore some of the wonderful and inexpensive restaurants in Melaque, or cook at the villa.

Note that you will be responsible for breakfast, snacks, and dinners on most days.

  • Dream or read in the hammocks nestled among the palms
  • Observe the tropical birds and fantastic wildlife
  • Relax in the pool and enjoying the landscape
  • Swim at the nearby beach
  • Walk to downtown Melaque and explore its wonderful restaurants
  • 4 dinners
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily group discussions
  • Daily meditation, chanting, and pranayama sessions
  • Daily yoga sessions in various styles
  • Designing a series of six yoga lesson plans
  • Learning Sanskrit pronunciation and understand chakras
  • Lunches on every full training day
  • Textbooks and a manual
  • All breakfasts
  • Most of the dinners
  • Snacks
  • The lunches on days ending at 13:00

Arrival by airplane

Flights should be booked into Playa de Oro International Airport (ZLO) in Manzanillo, as this is the closest airport. You can also fly to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta, but will need to take you four hours by bus south to get to Melaque.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Carla Wainwright Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I had never attended a yoga retreat before and had no idea what to expect (gong bath?? really, what was I getting myself into??). The week in Sayulita with Carla and the rest of the group turned out to be a great balance of yoga practice and fun in the sun. Lots of laughs! I am so glad I took a leap of faith and attended this retreat. It was exactly what my body and soul needed."

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  • Review by Kelly M.
    10 out of 10

    "I think yoga is the ultimate answer to everything. You are cultivating that in the world. It is not just a yoga teacher that you are, it is way more than that. The workshops, the retreats, the studio, the teachers you have created, the pay it forward affect. It is all you Carla, you are putting huge tools of self-awareness and self-care into the world. Thanks again Carla, you are a gem in this life, a true light guiding us all to our best version of ourselves and for that I am very very grateful!"

    Carla Wainwright Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Beryl Nesbit
    10 out of 10

    "I have been taking classes with Carla for over 10 years and I consider it an absolute blessing that I have had the opportunity to take classes, workshops, and retreats with Carla. No matter how I feel when I get there, I always feel rejuvenated when I leave. My days are always better for spending time with Carla."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "Greeting each day with a morning class at the open studio space in Sayulita was a delightful and uplifting experience. I looked forward to every day. Carla is a thoughtful instructor with great attention to detail."

    Carla Wainwright Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Susan from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "This experience was my first yoga retreat and I was worried that I would possibly get bored of the yoga, or worse, not be able to keep up. Both of these worries were completely unfounded and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The yoga was really wonderful, and the off time was a lot of fun as well. I would absolutely do another yoga retreat with Carla - all the details were taken care of, it was easy to relax and just enjoy."

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Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Carla Wainwright offers yoga retreats to help you find true pleasure in yoga practice and use that power to heal, transform, and awaken to a life of freedom.

from US$3,379

17 days / 16 nights


Arrival: Friday November 18, 2016
Departure: Sunday December 4, 2016

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 300 CAD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before August 18, 2016.

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