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Durga’s Tiger School offers yoga teacher training certified by Yoga Alliance International. Learn how to teach an inspiring, intuitive, and deep yoga practice. Learn how to unify body, mind, and spirit through yoga and to integrate its philosophy in your daily life and your relationships. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the incredible culture of South America and find its similarities with the spiritual culture of India.
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Casa Kiliku is a green space created by artists. The Kiliku is a small hawk that lives on the Ilaló volcano. Is a local symbol of freedom, seeing reality from high above. It means that Casa Kiliku helps yogis to distance themselves from everyday life and fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, while enjoying the surrounding green garden with flowers and old trees.
You can stay on the terrace and chat with others, lay in a hammock to read, or meditate among the trees that sway in the wind. Accommodation will be in double and triple rooms. It is possible to book a single room for a supplement.
Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation, so you will flow through the asanas without any difficulty. It will become a kind of deep meditation yoga. This technique will be complemented with the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, Samadhi, sitting meditation, and kriyas.
During the retreat, students will explore the Tantric yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and the arts. Through the teachings of Tantra, they will also learn about the energy exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy in their exploration of yoga.
Through Kundalini, based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, a different approach to energy work was integrated. Students will learn kriyas, pranayama, chakras theory, and will have the opportunity to practice teaching Tantra yoga classes. In addition, they will draft a written assignment.
With Ayurveda massage, you will learn more about your body, psychology, and physiology. To deepen into the creativity of the body, you’ll relax with Durga’s Tiger dance, a kind of movement that Iris Disse developed based on energy work with yoga, and implemented in different dance styles.
As you will be in Ecuador, in touch with a great indigenous people, you will also work with shamanistic energy concepts, linking it with the Tibetan Tantric tradition. There are several similarities with the shamanic visions in the Andes, for example, working with astral energy and subtle aspects of anatomy and psychology. This work will help Western yoga students to become more integrated with the Eastern view.
The shamanic clown is energy work that combines improvisation, clown, dance, music and rhythm, meditation, and practical shamanism, among other things. The result is a fusion of tools and experiences that you can use in art and life, to get more in touch with your inner child and intuition. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in temazcal purification, an ancient ceremony in which you will conceive the purpose of the course and reconnect with nature, spirit, and with yourself.
In the expressive arts of being workshops, students will explore themselves in a process of emotional cleansing, through dance, voice work, body language, clown, and theater techniques. In addition, each student will receive a “limpia”, which is a ritual to clean energy with local medicinal plants, carried out by Fanny, a native of the commune and the mountain Ilaló.
Partner yoga is a mild form of practicing Tantra yoga in a deeper way. Working in pairs means to connect with the other person through all the senses and feeling supported in your practice, opening your heart. Finally, Karma yoga is an important element of learning life in a community, so the group will contribute to keeping common spaces and materials clean, and take care of "Pachamama" (Earth) by clearing the garbage at the mountain.
Daniela de Girolamo
APSE (Shiatsu Massage)
APTN_COFENAT (Ayurvedic Massage)
Daniela was born and raised in Italy. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniela traveled to India, where she practiced Hatha yoga (as yoga vacation) in Sivananda Ashram in Neyyr Dam and experienced a treatment in Parathuvayalil Ayurvedic hospital in Cochin. She arrived in Ecuador in 2013 and started training in Tantra yoga with Iris Disse, while assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School. She is now a master yoga teacher in the school, giving classes in active meditation and Tantra yoga.
Yoga Alliance International (Tantra Yoga)
Iris Disse ist die Gründerin der Durga´s Tiger School. In ihren Yogalehrer Ausbildungen spielen Techniken aus Yoga, Tantra, Schamanismus und Kunst auf eine Art und Weise zusammen, dass transformatorische Prozesse angeregt werden. Sie ist Meister Yogalehrerin und unterrichtet seit 17 Jahren zu den Themen Liebe, Spiritualität und Sexualität in Workshops, auf Festivals und an der Universität Andina in Quito. Ihre Durga´s Tiger School ist ein international anerkannter Ausbildungsort für Yogalehrer Ausbildungen. Sie ist Autorin, Schauspielerin, Dozentin und prämierte Produzentin von Stücken und Dokumentationen in Europa und Lateinamerika.
Nicolas ist ein argentinischer Künstler und Experimentalist, der mit der Entdeckung von Kunst und Therapie arbeitet und dabei verschiedene Aspekte von Improvisation und experimentellen Sprachen in Theater, Clown-Kunst, Tanz, Musik, und Shamanismus verwendet. Nicolas kreiert seit zehn Jahren und hat seinen eigenen Stil in Performance, Bühnenanweisungen, und Pädagogik entwickelt. Er hat auch verschiedene Körpertechniken und -sprachen genauer untersucht, unter anderem im Zirkus, durch zeitgenössischen Tanz, Instanz-Komposition oder Klang-Malerei, Capoeira, Yoga, und Fechten.
Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1980, Marcela relocated to Ecuador 1989. She has studied acupuncture, healing humanism, and healing-creative theater in the Neijing School of Quito, Ecuador. Marcela explores performance techniques such as physical theater, clown, art comedy, storytelling, stage, and theater of the oppressed. She also applies these techniques in different social scenes, developing each project with individual and group exercises.
Fanny comes from one of the native families of the mountain, the Ilaló. Her family has actively supported community life on the mountain through many generations. As part of the shamanism program, Fanny will share a little bit of her knowledge of the traditional medicinal plants that grow on the volcano. Fanny’s knowledge of medicinal plants was handed down to her by her mother and grandmother, as it has been from generation to generation.
Hector graduated in Political Science with a master in Business Administration (MBA). After few years working in what he studied, he decided to change his profile. He started meditating and then practicing yoga in 2004. He practiced and explored deeply different yoga styles, such as Hatha yoga, Vidya or classical yoga, Rocket yoga, Power yoga, Anusara yoga, Dynamic yoga, and Kundalini yoga. He has being giving yoga classes from about 10 years ago. He also practiced different meditation styles, including Osho, Zen, Taoíst, and Vipassana.
Tatiana was born in Ecuador. In 1999, she studied Plastic Arts and at the same time Initiation Psychology based on the teachings of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim. Thanks to this, she empirically experienced art as a therapy. She started doing workshops in which she worked on the human development using art and the play as the main tool. In 2015, she realized a master with IASE of Valencia, Spain in Art Therapy. In 2007, she finished her studies in Humanistic Psychotherapy Gestalt with the IHPG School of México. She has been working as a psychotherapist from 14 years ago.
Rosa Maria Cisneros
Rosa is a Sociologist and during different years, she gave private counselings as manager of market research. In 2012, she trained as a Kundalini yoga teacher, and from that moment, she began to go in-depth with themes such as conscious pregnancy, upbringing without attachment, and breastfeeding. Now, she gives yoga classes for pregnant women, people who are trying for a baby, and women who just gave birth. Another one of the themes she works with is the couple and she gives workshops for couples.
This yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Ecuadorian Andes, close to the capital Quito and the edge of the natural reserve of the Ilaló. There are places nearby where local and international communities blend, such as La Casa de Rafa, the organic market, or CafeArte.
In these places, you can find organic food, German bread, Italian coffee, or spend time chatting and enjoying stories, small plays, or concerts. In Tumbaco, three kilometers away, there are banks, shopping malls, and supermarkets.
On weekends, you can attend yoga exploration laboratories, where you’ll discover new techniques. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to work with shamans and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes, or you can take a trip to the hot springs, mountain, jungle, Otavalo, etc. You can also book treatments of Shiatsu, Ayurveda massage, reflexology, Thai massage, and Bach flower remedies.
At the end of each teacher training, there’s the possibility of participating in a Jungle Yage retreat with José Zambrano, the creator of Mushuk Allpa Tours, which for years has been dedicated to creating sustainable contact with indigenous people, supporting communities with conscientious tourism and cooperation programs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).
The local bus to the village of Tumbaco makes a stop in front of the retreat center. Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is 25 to 35 minutes away, depending on traffic. The city of Quito is one hour away by bus.
The city of Quito is 30 minutes away by taxi. When booking, you can request taxi pick up at the airport for an extra fee of 20 USD.
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