17 Days 200-Hour SOYA Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico

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

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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Mexico

  • 17 days with instruction
  • Come and experience living your yoga daily for some blissful days 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 traditional yoga lifestyle. Various styles of Hatha yoga, philosophy, meditation, mantra, pranayama, and anatomy are all part of the comprehensive curriculum. Likewise, upon completion graduates are eligible 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 understand chakras
    • Designing a series of 6 yoga lesson plans
    • Written and practical examinations
    • 16 nights accommodation
    • Daily meals


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    The bungalows in the villa are set up in much the same way - 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 on the second floor, and two 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 garden 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 with separate special bottled drinking water. The sitting area and the dining room connect to the balcony. There is a hand wash laundry area available with local laundry service also available. There is hot water, cable TV, ceiling fans in every room and one bungalow with air conditioning, which is not normally needed because of the villa's location next to the lagoon where there is almost a constant fresh breeze. 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 review and discussion will shed light on the written assignments in philosophy. Students design a series of six yoga lesson plans. This is a very detailed assignment covering benefits, precautions, and modifications for asanas, pranayama, and meditation techniques. Students practice and develop their teaching skills throughout the entire program. Upon completion, there is a written exam and practical exam. Graduates are eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200.

    Sample daily schedule

    • 07:00 Morning kriyas, meditation, and pranayama
    • 08:30 Asana class
    • 10:00 Philosophy session
    • 12:00 Lunch and questions and answers
    • 12:45 Teaching asanas lab and working on lesson planning
    • 17:00 Asana class
    • 18:30 Meditation and pranayama
    • 19:30 Close for dinner

    200-hour SOYA / 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.

    • Carla Wainwright

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yin Yoga)

      Carla is the founding owner of Chinook Yoga in Prince George, British Columbia, and the director within the Primary Faculty of the SOYA yoga teacher training program. She's also E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher with over 17 years of yoga teaching experience in a wide range of styles - from Yin yoga to Prenatal. Carla has been teaching in multiple annual teacher training and international yoga retreats since 2008.

    You will be living and practicing at the gorgeous Villa Xochipilli in Melaque, Mexico. Villa Xochipilli is a private, quiet villa on three and a half acres of land which opened up its guests house four years ago. Villa Xochipilli was designed for vacationers who are looking for relaxation in a tropical off the beaten path setting for bird watchers who are interested in observing tropical birds and its fantastic wild life in the Pacific coastal area of Mexico, as well as for those who enjoy exotic tropical gardens. All five bungalows in the villa are fully and tastefully furnished. The swimming pool area is also landscaped with exotic palms, native trees, and flowering gardens. Throughout Villa Xochipilli, you will find secluded areas to nap, dream, or read in its hanging hammocks nestled among the palms, garden areas for your morning coffee and book, or for your margaritas. The nature-like preserve and the homelike atmosphere that Villa Xochipilli offers makes this your perfect getaway vacation place and bird watchers' paradise.

    Nearby places

    • Barra de Navidad - 8 minutes by bus
    • Melaque - 5 minutes by bus
    • Swimming nearby
    • Swimming pool
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • 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.


    • You will be responsible for breakfast, snacks, and dinners on most days.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Dream or read in the hammocks nestled among the palms
    • Observe the tropical birds and fantastic wildlife
    • Relax in the pool and enjoy the landscape
    • Walk to downtown and explore the wonderful restaurants in Melaque
    • 4 dinners
    • 16 nights accommodation
    • Daily group discussions
    • Daily meditation, chanting, and pranayama sessions
    • Daily yoga sessions in various styles
    • Designing a series of 6 yoga lesson plans
    • Learning Sanskrit pronunciation and understand chakras
    • Lunches on every full training day
    • Textbooks and a manual
    • All breakfasts, snacks, the lunches on days ending at 1 p.m., and most of the dinners are not included in the price.

    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 a 4-hour bus south to Melaque.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Carla Wainwright Yoga an inquiry.


    • Review by C.B.

      "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."

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    • Review by Beth, Evolving

      "Practices were amazing... interwoven with the whole warm, peaceful, tropical environment they were sublime. Lots of new learnings as well as comfortable standbys and interesting challenges. You are such a gifted teacher dear Carla. I couldn't have asked for more in the practices."

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    • Review by Joy

      "I went into the retreat not knowing what to expect and being a little anxious I came out of it a much stronger person both physically and emotionally. A big thank you to Carla for having the vision to bring a group of such dynamic people together in this amazing space."

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    • Review by Terri

      "Having recently moved back to Prince George, I was delighted to learn there was such an amazing yoga community here. The retreat was a great way for me to get to know my fellow yoginis and to restore my spirit so that I can move into the coming winter with the light of the sacred feminine burning brightly. Thank-you thank-you thank-you."

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    • Review by J.M.

      "Carla, you have the gift of sharing your knowledge with love and compassion, and that is why I will continue to practice with you. Thank you!"

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    • Review by a traveler

      "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.

      "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!"

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    • Review by Beryl Nesbit

      "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 Normand

      "The most impressive part of the retreat was Carla. She is sincere, knowledgeable, helpful and inspiring. Her understanding of yoga, her passion for conscious self awareness fills everyone around her with a deep understanding of purpose, awareness and self improvement."

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    • Review by Carol

      "Loved the light and sounds at early morning practice, the waterfall was great, the dinner Thursday was wonderful, and swimming in the warm water was lovely. I met some amazing women on this trip. Carla your practices are always thoughtful and thought provoking, it was great learning about the koshas. Lovely to see the joy people experience."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "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."

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    • Review by Susan from Europe

      "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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