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Experience-Oriented YTT in Ecuador

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

Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is preparing for you a very special yoga teacher training. You will dance all the elements to connect deeply to mother earth, to create and root your vision for 2022. All of the training are certified by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International. Techniques from tantra, yoga, mantras, dance, and meditation will support you to create a space where your new vision will grow. Allow yourself to drift away in the breeze, in the sand in the cozy beach village Ayampe. There, diving deeper into the flow of a joyful transformation, through meditation, yoga, shamanic journey, music, and dance will create a space to “go in”, “re-visit”, and “process” the passing year. This is time to harvest and reap the abundance of this fortifying life. Nestled on the edge of the ocean, you will feel the transformative power of this magnificent place.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • Learn to teach an intuitive, restorative, and deeply meditative yoga practice
  • Become a holistic yoga teacher by also experiencing Shamanism, Tantra, art, and dance
  • Discover your personal light and shadows through a range of experience-based art forms
  • Experience South America's culture and its similarities with the ancient Indian teachings
  • Special program on the Ocean spot of Ayampe
  • Discover the importance of the ritual
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


21 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: 7-25 participants
Airport transfer available:
Eloy Alfaro International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

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

On-site, there are 6 beachfront cabins with private bath, hot water, fan, Wi-Fi, and access to a communal kitchen.

There are also several apartments on site with and without ocean views that have double beds, kitchens, wifi, private bath, hot water, and access to laundry services.

Program

Certifications

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

Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from everyday tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without their usual responsibilities and the busyness of daily life. A close, and energetic group environment is created to enable students to share their experience and learning process and thus collectively deepen their understanding of the yoga practice.

The main practices

Kaula Tantra yoga

  • Asanas
  • Pranayama
  • Mudras
  • Mantras
  • Different morning meditations

With the rising popularity of yoga in the recent past many different styles and teachings have established themselves. So what does the Kaula Tantra yoga practice offer you?

The sequence taught at Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism comes straight from an ancient lineage and is based on the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha. They work with asanas, bandhas, pranayama, mudras and mantras. Different from other practices, this series is practiced in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without the pressure of competing or ‘performing perfectly’.

Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism facilitators approach students as whole human beings and discourage ‘isolating’ or forcing muscles. Their priority is to hold a space of acceptance and love, with only little guidance where necessary. Over time students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the Divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and thus balances every area of life, including sexuality.

Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact. In the advanced stages, deeper pranayama practice, bandhas, and mantra practices are incorporated into culture Kundalini energy.

Shamanism

As you will be living in Ecuador with a huge indigenous population, students also have the opportunity to learn about Andean culture, its cosmovision, and its similarities with eastern culture. During the course, shamanistic energy concepts are explored together with the Tibetan tantric tradition. There are parallels in how these two different traditions understand energy, astrology, subtle anatomy, and physiology. Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is very proud to work together with different wonderful shamans from Ecuador.

Intuitive anatomy and physiology

You will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice in these classes. You will develop a connection with your inner body intelligence, learn how to read it better, and act according to its current needs. It’s about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with the messages you perceive from your body in each moment.

Durga’s Tiger Dance

Durga’s Tiger Dance is a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles. It is yet another form through which students deepen their creativity and relaxation in body movement. The training also involves voice work and mantra chanting.

Applied tantric wisdom

These classes are a powerful opportunity of self-discovery. As the course is based on the experience you will create active and participative classes where you will work on some of the main aspects of Tantra. Furthermore, there will be a focus on working on specific chakras.

Between ritual and play

These classes are energetic training that combines improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical/rhythm work, meditation and practical shamanism, among other things. This work is a fusion of tools and experiences that can be used in art and life. Get in touch with your inner child and intuition, develop the right side of the brain and lateral thinking, release patterns and blockings, open your ears and eyes to the present moment and to others, work in a group in more effective and loving ways, and increase your creativity and artistic skills by looking at things in a completely new perspective. This workshop is part of the choreography of the course even if it is an extra activity and it doesn't have extra costs

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is part of the learning process of community life. We help each other to maintain common spaces and materials, we take care of the “Pachamama”. Through karma yoga, we keep in contact with the earth and its fruits as we contribute to the well-being and learning of the group.

Example daily schedule

  • Morning meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Yoga practice or practical leaning
  • Lunch break
  • Afternoon session of theory, practical learning or yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Night class (only two or three times a week)

Instructors

Catherine Ayer Gresham

Marcelino Peralta

Jhocelyn Escobar

Nicole Bravo

Retreat location

The accommodation will be in Otra Ola Lodge an idyllic setting that both enjoys and respects the vast ocean and the lush environment in the southern coastal area of Ecuador.

There will be beachfront yoga classes. The yoga lessons take place in a serene grass-roofed yoga studio located in Ayampe, Ecuador. From your mat, you can hear the sound of the birds and the waves breaking on the shore just a short distance away.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served vegetarian meals in form of a little buffet that always includes a fresh row salad, main dish, cooked vegetables, dessert. In the case of specific intollerancies, it is possible to ask for a special menu for 6 USD more per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 21 nights accommodation in a double or triple room
  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • Teacher training course with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International certification
  • Course manual and notes
  • Laundry of towels and sheets
  • 2 healing traditional ceremonies
  • Tea and water

What's not included

  • Transport from/to the airport
  • Your personal laundry
  • Medicinal plant ceremony purposed as an extra
  • Snacks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Eloy Alfaro International Airport Airport transfer available: Eloy Alfaro International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 7 participants

Availability

Arrival: Monday December 13, 2021
Departure: Monday January 3, 2022

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