Durga’s Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism offers training courses for yoga teachers that meet YAI and YA standards for 200, 300, and 500 hours.
Yoga Retreats (7)
Daniela was born and raised in Italy. Between 2005 and 2010, she completed her studies as Ayurvedic massagist, Shiatsu operator and facilitator, Qigong master teacher. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniela traveled to India where she practiced Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Neyer Dam. 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 meditation and Tantra yoga. In 2016, she certified herself in Ovarious Breath and 100-hour pregnancy yoga.
Iris Disse is the founder of Durga’s Tiger School. During her yoga teacher training, techniques from yoga, Tantra, shamanism, and art come together and create transformative processes. She is a master yoga teacher and has been teaching for 17 years, talking about topics such as love, spirituality, and sexuality at workshops, festivals, and the Andina University in Quito. Her Durga’s Tiger School is an internationally acclaimed institution for yoga teacher training. She is an author, actress, lecturer, and prize-winning producer of audio plays and documentaries in Europe and Latin America.
Nicholas is an Argentinian artist and experimentalist who works with the investigation of art and therapy, mainly using different aspects of improvisation and experimental languages in theater, clown, dance, music, and shamanism. Nicolas has been investigating and creating over the last 10 years, developing his personal style in performance, stage direction, and pedagogy. He has also explored different body techniques and languages, such as the circus, contemporary dance, instant composition or sound painting, Capoeira, yoga, and fencing, among other things.
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.
Catherine Ayer Gresham
Catherine-Ayer Gresham was brought up in North Carolina, US. She has been practicing yoga for seven years now. She completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training with her teacher Lexi Hawks at Longwave Yoga in 2015. After completing her training, she still felt there was something missing in her practice. She left to travel for the next couple of years where she continued her personal practice as well as teaching along the way. In January 2017, she completed the 500-hour training at Durga’s Tiger School. Bringing her back into her body was a homecoming. She now enjoys the Tantra practice.
Wind Malin Disse was born in Berlin, Germany. From the age of he has been living in Ecuador with exception. Wind's path as an anthropologist, artist, and certified YA and YAI yoga teacher, leads him to be seen as a cultural mediator, a bridge between worlds. He has been teaching the traditional Tantra yoga in many workshops after having completed his 200-hour teacher training in January 2016 and having finished his 500-hour in 2018. From 2009, Wind has been learning about the shamanic tradition of the Cofán-A’i and ended up being accepted as apprentice by the shaman Don Avelino Quenama.
Christoph is a German actor, theatre director, and teacher based since 1984 in Ecuador. His theatre works made him travel through almost all countries of Latinamerica as well as Mexico, attending festivals and directing plays. His works as an actor in film and the internet opened his career to a vast audience in the Spanish speaking world. After workshops in the Theatre Lab of Jerzy Grotowski en Wroclaw/Polonia he studied in the Jacques Lecóq School for mime, movement, and theatre in Paris and attended during 3 years workshops with teachers of the Lee Strasberg School of Acting.
Christian is a Swiss explorer of breath, sound, and movement-based in Ecuador and Switzerland. Christian has studied with various teachers and schools, such as Estera Saraswati and Zenon D. Dorje (House of Tantra), Lorenzo Stiernquist, Kristina Marlen, Elana Andermatt, the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), and Pema Gitama (Wild Tantra) as well as completing 500hr with Iris Disse at Durga's Tiger School. Christian is also a bodyworker, offering relaxation and tantra massages, and he is currently in training to become a BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System practitioner.
I am from Salta, Argentina, I am 36 years old, I am a musician, from 30 years ago, I forged myself as a multi-instrumentalist, nomadic artist, and a tantra yoga teacher. I have traveled to morethan 15 countries throughout the world cultivating and spreading South American popular culture. In the last 6 years I have been working on branches of music and sound related to the experiential, meditative and healing, a medium that takes us within yourself. I am a 200hrs certified yoga teacher and give classes of mantras, kaula tantra yoga, meditation
Carolina, from Ecuador, is a mom and a researcher of life, mind and body through movement. From an early age she began her career with ethnic dances and somatic techniques. She obtained her certifications in Pilates Mat with specialization in post rehabilitation, later she was certified in Myofascial Training, Functional Rehabilitation for Athletes, Pelvic Floor Training and Cupping, sports massage and Ayurveda massage. She is also a certified teacher in Barre Method, Yoga, Kaula Tantra Yoga, Pilates and air Yoga & air Pilates. She is a certified Doula and Ayurveda Coach.
Jhoss is Ecuadorian. She lived in New York for many years where she obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in International Business & Studies as well as in French. Jhoselyn has worked with different NGO’s being part of some projects with Unicef and the United Nations in New York. She did Master’s degree in Rural Development in New Zealand. Here studied Reiki and earn some traditional Maori healing techniques. In early 2021 she became a 500h certified yoga teacher.
Yoguini, dancer, dance choreographer, photographer and political scientist. She was brought up in Ecuador and has also lived many years in the U.S. Today she is based in Quito, where she shares her practice teaching Hatha Radja Yoga, meditation and movement classes. Her work as anthropologist focused on communitarian feminisms, where she worked with women associations from Sarayaku Kichwa Communities and Waorani territories. She has also immersed herself in restaurative yoga and Ayurveda studies. She completed 200hrs TT in Hatha Raja Yoga in 2018 and 200hrs TT in Kaula Tantra Yoga in 2020.
Carmen Iten will be teaching Kaula Tantra yoga and meditation classes. She received her own teacher training at Durga’s Tiger School ® in Ecuador. Experiencing herself a deep transformation she got inspired to bring the training to Switzerland together with Christian. Carmen has a passion for challenging herself and others to move beyond their comfort zone, letting curiosity and love guide the way. She recently co-founded a conscious community near Zürich, integrating personal development into daily co-living.
Felix will guide the shamanism classes in the training. He has been on the shamanic path of “Twisted Hairs” for over 30 years. A path that ties wisdom of many tribes and teachers together into a deep process of personal growth and spiritual awakening. As an experienced sweat lodge facilitator, he follows the tradition of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. He is also a certified teacher of Transfigura-Regeneration-Healing and has received training in Spiritual Sexuality and Aura Perceptional Analysis.
Bettina Steinle -Vossbeck
Two major areas characterize her life: Nature, horses, shamanism and healing are one area the other involves organizing, structuring and management. She's a horse wisperer on one side and worked in Asia and Africa in numerous (development) projects, managed statistics and financial management of a research and consulting company Enthusiastic about yoga, she not only completed the 4-year BDY yoga training but also numerous further yoga trainings. In 2005 she opened her own yoga school and teaches therapeutic yoga, pranayama, meditation and as a master also Reiki.
from Switzerland, September 2021
"FULL FOUR DAY RECHARGE HEALING"
Durga's Tiger's Workshop allowed for my physical/emotional healing required to support personal life stresses in the age of COVID, family abroad issues & challenges, mitigating life as an “Auslander” in der Schweiz; as well to find support & tools that I could take back and incorporate daily to be my best, healthy and fully engaged with my professional self. I found with this Yoga/Medication workshop under the professional, personal & heart-felt care of its highly trained Leaders, Christian & Carmen, EXACTLY what I was searching for – to recover and rediscover my deep and full inner strength and presence. The Durga's Tiger School workshop uses a multifaceted approach that supported my; as well as the other participant's, wellness using tools of Kaula Tantra yoga, breathwork, meditation, evening singing by the fire circles, nature connection – utilizing the amazing beauty of the Jura Region, non-structured movement & dance, various specialized activities/forums to support optimal self-grounding and balance. Lastly the use of the “talking stick”, something new for me, supported shared inner wisdom & courage -- all alternating with the recommended silent and stillness times. Not to forget to mention that the food and/or nutrition provided as part of the course offering is superbly vegan and by the end of my four days my gut was singing too!
I HIGHLY recommend this EXCELLENT Yoga-Meditation-Emotional Healing 4-day workshop. I have resigned up for the next offering!!!
from United States, June 2021
"Life changing, beautiful, and everything you need"
I loved everything about this program! The teachers were so knowledgeable and caring! They made this experience so beautiful and welcoming! The facility was gorgeous living in the Illalo! The food was great and Nancy was adorable! Everything they put together is well curated and meant to have you go deeper!
from Ecuador, March 2021
"An amazing experience for your spiritual path"
I really enjoy the diversities of the program, is more than a basic Yoga Training Teacher...
It's a profound personal development... Everyone must try this opportunity if they want to take responsibility of their life... And be a sovereign human being!
from United States, March 2021
"Life changing retreat! "
The most amazing experience you will ever have in your life! Your life will never be the same after doing this comprehensive training that makes your body hard and your heart soft.
from United States, February 2021
"Well-rounded curriculum "
The variety of knowledge offered at Durgas is unparalleled to other programs I have participated in. Durgas touches on asana practice, incorporates nature, shares philosophy and pranayama practices. Everyday was magic, especially the food and lifestyle at the school. Perfectly intense for those who have been practicing for years and wish to go deeper, and amazing for those looking for a true challenge!
from United States, January 2021
"Incredibly transformative experience "
The program was a full, thoughtful, holistic set of meditation, yoga and shamanism classes, that allowed a deep dive into one's healing path, while also giving the time to ease and relax in the beautiful little surf town of mompiche. The organizers and hosts were absolutely sweet, providing all participants with all the essential needs for a wonderful vacation, the support required for one's inner journey, and good advice for touring the area.
The yoga classes were really unique, including both hata yoga and kaula tantra yoga. The hata was more body challenging while the kaula was soft on the body but more challenging on the mind. They complimented each other perfectly.
The shamanism portion was absolutely transformative for me, it literally opened my heart and soul and allow me to see things in myself I wasn't even aware of.
It included all sorts of ceremonies such as cacao ceremony, tree ceremony, tobacco ceremony and many more, each learned from a different indigenous tradition.
Most classes were practiced at the retreat location on the yoga deck, or the sun deck, surrounded with beautiful garden and jungle views. For a few classes were went to some of the neighboring beaches and practiced in nature- these were the best!
Lastly, the retreat attracted some amazing individuals, like minded people on a deep journey into their souls. The group was a really important component of the success of this experience for me.
from Canada, May 2020
"Deep soulful inner work"
I loved the entire experience and I am so grateful to have had this unique opportunity to grow and blossom from home while this pandemic is preventing us to go anywhere. The choice of course is perfectly and meticulously chosen to make a super rich 100 hours of knowledge. The discovery of Kaula tantra, Kundalini, shamanism, Durga’s tiger dance, Playground theatre and the deepening of Ayurvedic and Chakra knowledge were a great discovery and rediscovery for me. Although I much rather the warmth of real human contact, It is supervising how we can connect so deeply with souls around the glob without even leaving your house. It was a beautiful experience all in all. I can’t thank you all enough. I love you! Namaste.🙏🏼💜✨
from Cyprus, March 2020
"Best 6 weeks of my life "
I have grown like never before. I got to know what I am and I met so many beautiful people here. It's not just a yoga school, it's a school of life. You will not be the same person after you leave.
I learnt that I am so loved and that there are many wonderful and conscious people in the world. I am not alone. I learnt that we are all very similar being who want similar things and have a range of the same fears. Life is beautiful!
The classes are amazing and different each time. You are always being stimulated and invited to dig deeper into who you are and what you want in life. The teachers are ONE OF A KIND. Beautiful souls, who really care about you your wellbeing. You will fit right in, and feel at home. Don't think about it. Just book your spot already.
from United States, January 2020
"Amazing school! Best experience of my life!!"
Every single thing!
This is by far the best yoga school on the planet!
Completely changed my life.
The education of a lifetime!
The best teachers ever!!
Most beautiful school and location.
Everyone at Durga’s is amazingly kind, brilliant, kind and lovely. ,
from United States, August 2019
"Yoga in its Spiritual depth lives here"
I love the yoga!!! It is integrative for working with trauma and blockages, yet is gentle for all audiences. So in love with the tools I’ve been gifted from this place!
from Poland, April 2019
"Fantastic journey to within . "
Made friends for life . With myself too . I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get connected to the amazing life we create
from Romania, April 2019
"A soul rehab. A place for a complete restart! "
I’ve been been there for 500h and already made plans for going back!
The teacher are inspiring people, they easily become your family and by the time your “soul rehab” is over you will find a completely bew person inside yourself!
from United States, December 2018
"Life changing, experience of my soul"
It was a beautiful immersion of Kundalini, Tantra, Sahmanism, and dance. I feel joy, warmth, the connection to my body, all elements, animals, the volcanic land.
Tantra yoga got me in touch with my own body and my own energy on a deeper level.
from Canada, December 2018
"Life Changing "
There are few words that can fully express the magnitude of what I received in my 6 weeks at Durga’s Tiger School ...but the 300 hour Yoga Teacher certificate was only part of it! If you are looking to rediscover yourself in order to live your best life (and offer a part of that new and improved self to your students through your yoga classes), you will not be disappointed here at Durga’s Tiger School!
I will definitely return to complete the 500 hour training!
from Spain, April 2019
"Excellent good experience"
It was a nice experience for me. The teachers are very good. The vegetarian food was very tasty. Thank you Nancy. The courses are well combined, many thanks to Iris. We had a wonderful time ... We were just one big family... :)
Fue una buena experiencia para mí. Los profesores son muy buenos. La comida vegetariana era muy sabrosa. Gracias Nancy Los cursos están bien combinados, muchas gracias a Iris. Tuvimos un tiempo maravilloso allí ... Éramos una gran familia... :)