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Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala

Do you want to advance your yoga practice and deepen your knowledge of advanced asanas? Want to learn the flexitarian approach to the yoga lifestyle, guide classes with more confidence, and understand the business of yoga? Join Doron Yoga for this 300-hour yoga teacher training at Doron Yoga and Zen Center in Tzununa, Guatemala.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • 19 days of practice
  • Pranayama and meditation lessons
  • Ayurveda and The Yoga Lifestyle sessions
  • History, philosophy, and anatomy
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


19 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hebrew, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

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

The rooms at the Doron Yoga and Zen Center (DYZC) in Tzununa are simple but beautiful, rustic, yet charming. Located up the hill from Lake Atitlan, coffee, banana, and other trees and lush vegetation abound on the DYZC’s grounds. All DYZC accommodations are brand new and built for comfort and safety while being ecological. The base for all rooms is a stone wall made of stones from the land held strongly together with concrete.

The other walls are from wood, or at times bricks to have better sound insulation between rooms. The showers have hot water and there are Western toilets (eco treatment). The water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property. DYZC will give you a local experience, using local fabrics, building with natural materials, eco-friendly materials, and following permaculture principles.

However, DYZC made sure you will feel at home and hope you will love this unique experience as much as Doron Yoga loves creating it. There are two types of accommodation. Casa Feliz is equipped with a shared bathroom and Casa Lotus with a private bathroom. Please note there are two cute cats and a lovely puppy in the DYZC center.

Program

Certification

Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

About the course

The Doron Yoga™ Ashtanga Vinyasa 300-hour yoga teacher training program is a life-changing, growth, and transformational opportunity. The program is a special opportunity for 200-hour graduates who are looking to dive even deeper into both the physical and philosophical teachings of yoga and Buddhist traditions. As always, this training will rely on Doron’s no-nonsense, non-dogmatic approach to yogic philosophy. Brought forward with humor, dedication, and support in facing the challenges in your practice as well as your life.

Participants will gain a new perspective on their practice, and learn to become more confident teachers. Doron’s trainings are known for being more thorough than many of the other training courses being offered today. His passion for his teachings, attention to detail, and noteworthy accolades make him an incredibly qualified and hands-on instructor. Those of you who have already joined for programs here at the center will know the amount of love and time Doron devotes to creating an incomparable in-depth experience for his students.

Doron brings over 25 years of experience in the yoga and spiritual world. He has spent long periods in India studying all layers of yoga, long periods at Zen Centers, studied with a great deal of the leading masters, is the author of The Yoga Lifestyle, and founder of the Doron Yoga & Zen Center. He shares his varied wisdom of yoga, life, and business in practical ways that respect tradition but recognize the times you live in now and your specific necessities.

Beyond a teacher training in Guatemala, this is a personal journey for anyone engaging in a process of personal inquiry - a time for increasing self-awareness and deepening your relationship with your practice, and living a healthy lifestyle, supported by a group of like-minded individuals. For those of you teaching, Doron Yoga's approach recognizes that being able to inspire others with the practice comes from the passion you truly hold for it, the depth of your understanding of it, and your ability to communicate it to your students.

This course cultivates these skills to help prepare you to contribute to the yoga community through your teaching and practice. This program will include time spent at The Doron Yoga and Zen Center. A home away from home for many students, you will be able to enjoy a stunning natural setting as the backdrop to your yoga explorations. Life here moves in accordance with the principles that Doron describes in The Yoga Lifestyle. You will try to uphold a harmonious relationship with both nature and the surrounding community.

Pre-requisites

  • 200-hour yoga teacher certification from a credible source
  • Minimum of two years of practice
  • Read "The Yoga Lifestyle" by Doron Hanoch
  • Have an open mind and heart

If you are interested in completing a 200-hour teacher training with Doron Yoga prior to this advanced training. This program is open to both graduates of Doron’s trainings and those who did their certification elsewhere.

Practical wisdom that makes this program unique

  • Deepen and expand your understating of yoga as a whole
  • Fine-tune your understanding of asanas including their alignment, intention, modifications, and energetic alignments
  • Learn how to build a workshop or plan a retreat, including all business layers
  • Develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of yoga as a way of life using elements from Doron’s book “The Yoga Lifestyle”
  • Learn how to modify classes for specific injuries or needs
  • Gain extensive teaching experience through being an apprentice, mentoring, and teaching practice
  • Master the Doron yoga building blocks so that you can sequence a class easily, and modify effortlessly as needed
  • Expand your ability to sequence for specific themes
  • Learn how the principal teachings of Buddhism relate to the principal teachings of the yoga tradition
  • Understand better the practical anatomy of poses, and how to use this for better hands-on adjustments
  • Learn about teaching in a variety of settings - yoga studios, gyms, corporates, and private students
  • Learn about the business of yoga. Basic website guidelines, social media, and best practices to run a successful yoga teacher business
  • Learn the true meaning of yoga, beyond styles and brands. What is it all about?
  • Learn how to practice and teach advanced backbends such as dropbacks, scorpions, king pigeons, and more
  • Learn how to adapt on the spot to a variety of unexpected situations that happen during classes
  • Learn about the four stages of life and the four aims of life and these can apply to you today
  • Learn how to balance flexibility and stability in the spine in every category of yoga posture
  • Understand the fine details of energy work and how to use it in your daily life
  • Learn how to clearly explain poses to students. from breaking it down to putting it back together so it works for all levels of students
  • Learn the subtle elements of the primary and second series of Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • Enliven your spiritual practice and become an example for others to follow
  • Refine your practice, and learn to flow with zen mindfulness and grace
  • Zen, dualism versus non-duality? Can they coexist?

Curriculum

This 200-hour course will be conducted at the center. Since the Doron Yoga 200-hour is in-depth and intense, you get a second chance to digest, ask questions, observe the ways of teaching, and assist the students under Doron’s guidance. Your final 100 hours are to be completed remotely as a self-study. This will allow you to connect with other teachers and reflect on your personal relationship to teaching and your practice. The breakdown of the final 100 hours is as follows:

  • Practice hours: 20 classes (30 to 40 hours)
  • Mentored teaching: You are required to be teaching your own classes. In doing so, you will be mentored through weekly exchanges with Doron and faculty, via in-person conversations, Skype, or email exchanges regarding any questions or issues that may come up in your teaching.
  • Apprenticing: Observing and assisting classes, Doron, or other approved teachers including a review with the teacher
  • Thesis - In-depth study: The advanced yoga teacher training Guatemala program offers you an opportunity to go deeper are really master an area of yoga that is especially interesting for you as a teacher. You will choose a topic for research, in-depth study, and thesis. Doron and faculty will help you design a format that will work for you. This may include readings, elective workshops, self-study, study groups, and writing.

In addition to daily instruction in meditation, pranayama, yoga, and philosophy, you will be able to enjoy playful activities at the center and around the surrounding lake. At the center, they offer fire nights, massages, Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremonies, and weekly Zen Dances. On your free days, immerse yourself in local Maya culture, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, or wake up early to hike a volcano.

Asana technique and teaching methods

You will cover all major poses taught in yoga classes, their alignment principles, correct breathing, drishti and transitioning, as well as, modifications, adjustments, physical risks, emotional and energetic effects, counter poses, and assists. You will cover the warm ups, sun salutations, standing poses, balancing poses, core strengthening, arm balancing, hip openers, backbends, forward folds, inversions, twists, and savasana.

Practical yoga history and philosophy

Learn the first two chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in-depth. You will cover the spiritual psychology as well as the layers of samadhi. You will look at the different types of yoga that the Bhagavad Gita teaches, as well as how to use them in classes and life. You will look at the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, touch on Jnana yoga, practice Bhakti yoga, and look at the four noble truths of Buddhism. You will discuss and practice Zen and how to bring it into your practice and life.

Practical yoga anatomy

Learn the correct and safe alignment for the all the main poses. Understand the spine movements in a variety of poses, the importance of the hips and how they affect the rest of the body, the functioning of the entire core area, and the relationship between the different body parts. Understand improved alignment for a sustainable practice.

Advanced class planning and sequencing

Learn to sequence for different level classes, from beginners to advanced. Learn to create classes according to the season, the environment, the audience, and the intention. Refine time management.

Pranayama, practice, and teaching

Dive deeper into the practice of pranayama. Learn the basics of breathing practices for yourself as well as how to teach them to others. Learn to create full pranayama practices and how to sequence them for different levels.

Subtle energy and anatomy

Understand the chakras and their practical implementations as tools for assessing your body and mind. Go deeper into the subtleties of your body, and how it relates to outer energies. Understand the koshas, chakras, nadis, vayus, and gunas.

Meditation practices

Learn advanced meditation practices and investigate how to create quicker results. Explore solutions for the citta vrtti, learn how to deal with resistance, and Zen versus yoga versus Tibetan.

Ayurveda and the yoga lifestyle

Yoga beyond the mat. Learn how to set practical systems in order to keep the practice alive. Learn about tongue scraping and oil pulling and about the use of neti pot. Refine your knowledge of yourself, your body, and your mind using the Ayurvedic health system. Learn how to use this system to work with other friends and family. Create systems for them and understand how to offer them diet and lifestyle improvements.

Ethics and relating to students

Yoga ethics goes beyond sexual conduct. There are implications to how you speak to students, how to sell your classes, and how to use language and touch. Establishing priorities and boundaries. Understand your dharma and set new standards for you as a teacher.

Observation and critical thinking

Observe classes as well as other teachers in the program and learn to understand both the students as well as the teachers. Learn observation techniques in order to read bodies and know how to adjust and modify accordingly.

Demonstration and proper language

Learn how to demonstrate correctly, how to explain and teach poses while demonstrating, and how to choose the right language to make it crystal clear to the student how to achieve what you are explaining. Learn how to incorporate humor in class and do it in a non-offensive way. It is an art to explain poses in a way that the student actually gets it, and this may be one of the greatest secrets (after sequencing, humor, and hands-on) why students will follow you.

Hands-on assists and verbal cues

Learn precise hand on assists, when to use them and how. Learn a variety of verbal cues, how and when to use them, and how to combine them with hands-on assists.

Teaching practice

You are already probably teaching classes. Now you will get to share your experience teaching and get direct mentoring to understand the little differences that make or break a class. Get insight on how to improve your classes, use better language, or demonstration.

The business of yoga

You are a teacher and you need to make a living. Learn how to teach privates, how to plan and lead a retreat or a workshop, how to get classes, and how to manage online media, from websites to YouTube.

Optional topics for your thesis

Philosophy and history

Buddhist philosophy, koans, meditations and practices, The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Tantra philosophy as it was in the east and west. Hatha yoga origins and development.

Advanced anatomy and physiology

Anatomy of the spine and shoulder girdle, anatomy of the pelvic girdle. Anatomy and physiology of respiration. Subtle anatomy (koshas, prana, nadis, chakras), and how they apply to a yoga class. Pranayama the practice and teaching.

Specialized teaching

Pre- and postnatal teachings, teaching seniors, privates, and understanding how to approach special needs of students. Teaching yoga to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression.

The art of sequencing

Traditional energetics of sequencing, including koshas, nadis, chakras, doshas, seasons. Specific sequencing for peak asanas, workshops, themes, and specific groups of students, privates, and different energetic effects. Sequencing for your dosha and Yin yoga classes.

Chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques

Bhakti yoga, tradition, and today. Meditation practices in specific traditions, techniques, and solutions for specific issues. Kriyas and other Hatha yoga practices.

Instructors

Doron Hanoch

Retreat location

Located a short walk from Lake Atitlan in the small Mayan village of Tzununa, Guatemala, the Doron Yoga and Zen Center’s grounds naturally grow coffee, banana, avocado, and other trees. Near to the small Tzununa River - the river of hummingbirds and water - that flows through the property are herb and vegetable gardens, a large chicken coop, plenty of grounds for the dog and cats to play, and a fire pit to enjoy on chilly evenings. The yoga shala (practice space) and all other buildings at the center are built for comfort and safety while being ecological.

Unlike many ashrams, the center does not cut corners and invests in good quality earthen construction and facilities. All buildings have stone foundations reaching deep into the earth for increased stability. The cane, cypress, pine, and rocks used in the construction are locally sourced, where local community workers built each house with care. Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, and design functionality of the center.

Unique features

Activities

  • Temazcal

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served three delicious vegetarian (vegan option) meals, unlimited herbal tea, and filtered water daily included in the price. The menu is a mix of international, Guatemalan, and Doron’s special healthy, yummy, and the Mediterranean touch made from fresh local produce, organic when available. Each meal is substantial, varied, and nourishing, to energize you through your practices without leaving you feeling too heavy.

All food at the Doron Yoga and Zen Center is prepared as healthily and nutritiously as possible under the guidance of the DYZC's founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant. To the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, including from the center's own blossoming gardens. Please let Doron Yoga know if you have any food allergies or special dietary restrictions. If possible, carry any food that may be specific to your dietary requirement.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

The DYZC is located in Tzununa, which is surrounded by hills on Lake Atitlan with great views of the volcanoes on the other side of the lake. Hiking, swimming, and kayaking opportunities can be found around the village, 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, the closest town over, can also be reached by foot along a dirt road. There, trainees can relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants or partake in an array of healing offerings, including shamanism, cacao ceremonies, Reiki, massage, 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. At either end of your training, the nearby cities of Antigua and Quetzaltenango (commonly known as Xela) are only a few hours away and worth the visit. If you are interested in a massage, the Doron Yoga and Zen Center can arrange for a masseuse to come to the DYZC. Tibetan singing bowl chakra and physical balancing treatments and massages are available at the DYZC. All treatment costs will be at the student's expense.

What's included

  • All instructions and program
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily nutritious vegetarian meals
  • Snacks, water, herbal tea, and coffee
  • 300-hour certification upon successful completion of the course
  • Extensive 300-page manual written by Doron Hanoch

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfer
  • All books on required and recommended readings
  • Excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverage
  • Spa treatments
  • Visa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before noon on the first day of the course, as Doron Yoga can then arrange an optional (additional fee) group shuttle to leave the airport at noon. The shuttle arrives at Panajachel, followed by a boat ride to Tzununa. Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, you can take a five-minute tuk-tuk ride from the dock that costs less than 1 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday January 9, 2022
Departure: Saturday January 29, 2022

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