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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
Transfer not provided
Eloy Alfaro International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$50 per person
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