Expertentipp: Dies ist einer der beliebtesten yoga urlaube in Ecuador.
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.
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.
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.
During this training, you will enjoy three daily vegetarian and locally sourced meals. All meals are always prepared with a lot of love mixing the Ecuadorian tradition with healthy and conscious recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available. If you have some allergy or specific need of special menu, Durga's Tiger School can serve vegan or gluten-free menus for a supplement of 5 USD per day.
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.