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21 Day 200-hr Transformational Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Doron Yoga & Zen Center, Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemalan Highlands, Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Sololá Department, Guatemala

Skill-Improving and Empowering Yoga Teacher Training

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Guatemala.

Are you interested in deepening your yoga practice and/or becoming a yoga teacher? Invest in yourself and take charge of your own life! Join the Doron Yoga & Zen Center's 200-hour teacher training course at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Achieve knowledge and tools that will completely shift your way of living, get connections that will stay with you forever and learn how to share the gift of yoga. This may just be the greatest adventure of your life!

Meet the instructors

Doron
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Highlights

  • Pranayama and Kundalini practices
  • Eligibility for 200-hour RYT certification
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin, and Nidra yoga sessions
  • Extensive 300-page manual written by Doron Hanoch
  • Life transforming philosophy discussions and hands-on assist workshops
  • 3 daily nutritious home-cooked vegetarian and vegan meals
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Herbal tea and coffee

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


18 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 22 participants
Airport transfer available:
La Aurora International Airport (US$40 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Temazcal
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

From comfortable garden-enclosed shared rooms to airy, lake view suites, the accommodation at Doron Yoga & Zen Center is eco-friendly and designed for utter relaxation.

All accommodations are new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological. There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep 5 and 6 people and share the bathroom area.

There are also various private rooms. These rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and gorgeous lake view.

Amenities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Permaculture organic garden
  • River with hammocks by it
  • Chill out areas
  • Two yoga shalas with stunning views
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Temazcal (Traditional Mayan sweat lodge) for a fee
  • Snacks, probiotic drinks, books, and gifts for sale
  • Coffee (freshly roasted), homemade Kombucha
  • Locally homemade chocolates
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Yoga lifestyle consultations (fee)
  • Linens and towel
  • Massage rooms and therapists
  • Private Spanish classes
  • Sound healing sessions

Program

The Doron Yoga Teacher Training Program is a life-changing, growth, and transformational opportunity. Doron Yoga is a holistic approach to yoga, and more broadly, to life - blending meditation, pranayama, asana, food, and nutrition, Ayurveda, mind training, philosophy, energy work, and Bhakti for a healthy, well-balanced life. When you grow as an individual, learn about yourself, deepen your practice, and become an example for others, you naturally develop into a great teacher and a better person.

If you want to understand the greater meaning of yoga, not just the asana aspect; understand the yoga lifestyle and learn how to integrate it into your life; explore more elements from other traditions like energy channels, Sanskrit terms, and Yin Yoga, so you have a real good and balanced practice; learn the correct alignment of poses so you improve your practice, keep it sustainable, and know how to teach it to others; understand how to do and teach the more challenging poses; be a teacher that knows how to give awesome hands-on adjustments, which words to use, and how to demonstrate; study with a group of like-minded yogis, and belong to a yoga family that cares, during the training and afterwards, you are looking at the right program. This will be an experience of a lifetime!

Schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Doron yoga / Ashtanga asana practice
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Philosophy, anatomy, ethics, subtle energy, history, etc (depending on the week)
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Break / swim / study / practice
  • 15:30 - 18:30 Asana clinic, anatomy, teaching practice (depending on the week)
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Evening program / quiet / study time

Notes: This schedule is given as a guide to help you to envisage your time with Doron Yoga. In practice, it will vary according to the focus of the week to accommodate specific teachings and to adapt to the best interests of the course. Your Sundays are free.

Instructors

Doron Hanoch

Retreat location

Doron Yoga & Zen Center is an eco-conscious yoga resort located in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Atitlán. The welcoming home is situated in Tzununá (translates to Land of the Hummingbird) which rests amongst the many exceptionally unique villages surrounding the lake. Tzununá is the perfect spot for reconnecting with yourself as it is one of the most quiet villages around, populated mainly by Mayan locals. Amongst the various reasons that make the location special is the Tzununá River that runs through the garden with many meditations spots by it. The yoga shala sits along the Tzununá River, allowing for the sound of water to flow softly and soothingly into our daily practices. Furthermore, you will find at walking distance inspiring projects nearby such as permacultural foundations, academies, herbal apothecaries and farms such as Atitlán Organics to explore. In this relaxing village in the jungle rests a beautiful waterfall with the accompaniment of a small cave that makes meditation and chanting sessions wonderfully inviting.

Additionally, when keen on visiting the neighbor villages, you may relax knowing that you are only one short boat or Tuk-Tuk ride away! The closest villages to Tzununá are; San Marcos La Laguna, an exciting venue for holistic treatments and various spiritual events, and Jaibalito, the mysterious town with gorgeous hikes that is solely accessible by boat.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Temazcal

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • River
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Food

Three vegetarian / vegan meals will be served each day. Doron Yoga source many of their ingredients from their very own organic gardens and locally source what their permaculture cannot supply.

The food they serve is prepared with love, passion, and attention to detail. The menu is created under the guidance of the founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant, it is designed to give optimal plant-based nutrition and high energy whilst inspiring a gastronomical journey aimed to nurture body, mind, and soul.

You will get great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces, home made jams and peanut butter, homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, freshly made tortillas, signature pizza from the clay oven, and so much more.

Their goal is simple: To let mother nature’s cuisine shine with all the exciting tastes, textures, vibrant colors, and pure flavors.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Lake Atitlan offers a plethora of different activities, including but not limited to swimming, kayaking, and hiking. A day trip can be taken by boat or tuk-tuk to the nearby villages for sightseeing and shopping, which also has a dock where local lanchas (boat taxis) stop every 20 to 40 minutes to take you to explore other towns around the lake.

San Marcos is the closest town over and can be reached by boat, tuk-tuk or walking. There, you can relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants or partake in an array of healing offerings, including shamanism, cacao ceremonies, Reiki, and much more. Among others, San Pedro, a short ride to the other side of the lake, has more of a vibrant backpacker’s vibe and is a little less expensive. San Juan offers more hand made stores, beautiful murals, co-ops, and a small village feel.

Spa treatments

During your stay here, you will be able to book exceptional massages with the hand-picked specialists from around Lake Atitlán. Each one of them is highly trained and experienced in several different therapies and able to work with you to provide you a massage that will supplement your yoga practice and help you release more deeply into your body. Enjoy the specialist’s art of bodywork while listening to the calming sounds of the Tzununa River. Give yourself the gift of complete bliss.

What's included

  • Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga sessions embodied within the Doron Yoga
  • Certificate of completion
  • Pranayama and meditation session
  • In-depth asana teachings with emphasis on alignment, anatomy, and hands-on assists
  • Flexitarian approach including Ayurveda, nutrition / healthy eating, and the yoga lifestyle
  • Chakras, naulis, kriyas, and bandhas
  • Business of yoga by a successful yogi with international teaching experience
  • Teaching techniques, ethics, and yoga as a business
  • Intro to traditional Chinese medicine and Yin yoga
  • Non-dogmatic approach to yoga philosophy
  • Extensive 300-page manual written by Doron Hanoch, your training teacher
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Coffee and tea at breakfast and herbal tea at dinner

What's not included

  • All other books on the required and recommended reading lists
  • Any extra snacks, beverages, excursions, and / or spa treatments
  • Transportation between the international airport in Guatemala City and the Doron Yoga & Zen Center
  • Private yoga lessons
  • Private Spanish classes
  • Sound healing sessions

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). From there, it's easiest to take a shuttle to the town of Panajachel, located on Lake Atitlan. Doron yoga can arrange a private or shared shuttle for you. If you'd like to take a shared shuttle, please plan to arrive at the airport before noon, as the last shared shuttles leave the city at 2 p.m.

From Panajachel, you can take the boat (lancha) in the direction of San Marcos to Tzununa, the small village where they are located. It is the stop before San Marcos. The last boat from Panajachel is at 7 p.m. Though there are also private boats available after this time, they would recommend arriving in time for the public boats if possible.

In Tzununa, take a tuk-tuk from the dock to Doron Yoga. There will be tuk-tuk drivers waiting at the dock, and all tuk-tuk drivers in Tzununa know where they are located.

Airport: La Aurora International Airport Airport transfer available: La Aurora International Airport (US$40 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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