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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Ecuador.
The course at Durga’s Tiger School is more than a yoga teacher training, it is an intense transformational experience.
In the Tantric perspective, we are all related through experience. These experiences in turn help us discover deeper, our true nature. Through this training, you may discover the barriers and blockages, unlock your potential to feel. When we start feeling, we realize everything is sacred, and from here we begin to dance with life.
Balancing Kaula Tantra Yoga practice, Shamanism, Theatre Arts techniques, and dynamic group work; the different aspects of the training help to realize a more profound self-encounter.
You will learn, not only to share the Yoga discipline from the heart but also to work energetically in connection with the others (people, animals, elements, plants, etc). A discovery that you will be able to bring back to your daily life, taking the seeds of what you have learned and watching them flourish.
Saying YES to Durga’s Tiger School is a jump into trusting the flow of existence… are you in?
Casa Kiliku opens its' doors as an ashram where you will live in community, share meals, share spaces, karma yoga, and experience life at this unique ashram.
Every space is unique; the houses are built of materials from the volcano with bricks, adobe and wood. Enjoy time on the expansive terrace and chat with others or find peace in the hammock, reading or quietly meditating while the treetops dance in the wind. It is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve, and so close to the center of Quito.
The Ashram is at peace with its' surroundings; a gathering house were a sustainable approach to living is encouraged. Accommodation will be in double or triple rooms in one of the eclectic houses. Each room is equipped with a bathroom and hot shower. A common kitchen and eating space is located off the terrace where you can share meals and enjoy the view.
Ashrams represent a return to a simpler way of living, sometimes much different from living in a hotel. The space sustains itself, each group comes together in a communal atmosphere; the expectation that everyone will pitch in with whatever needs doing.
Meditations, Chakra work, Bhandas, Pranayama, Kriya Yoga
Heyoca – the shamanic clown, Expressive arts of the being, Shamanic practices, Tantric & Shamanic ritual, Durga’s Tiger Dance, Applied Tantra Philosophy, & Mantra chanting
Kaula Tantra Yoga is a unique sequence that follows a lineage of 5000 years. The series taught at Durga’s Tiger School is delivered directly from the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha at Shri Kali yoga, in India.
This practice works through a deep relaxation where students learn the feeling of flowing into asana without struggle, while each asana is practiced in a slow manner to build patience and awareness of body movement. In this way, each individual finds their unique way of expressing the asana without the pressure of competition or ‘performing perfectly’.
Tantra Yoga 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 reserved guidance when necessary.
This type of yoga is a meditative flow, completed by the practice of bandha holds, pranayama, mantra chanting, and Samadhi, through seated meditation to develop a deeper form of yogic understanding.
During their time at Durga’s Tiger School, students will explore tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and arts.
We will practice specific kriyas and pranayama, in order to feel the chakras and work with their energy.
is a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles. This is another form through which students can explore creativity and relaxation through body movement combined with voice work.
As we are living in Ecuador with a huge American Indian population, students have the opportunity to learn about Andean culture, its Cosmovision, and the similarities with the Tibetan Tantric tradition.
The parallels are slowly unveiled, weaving together both understandings of energy, astrology, subtle anatomy and physiology of the bodies.
is an energetic fusion of techniques such as improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical/rhythm work, meditation, and practical shamanism. Through these exercises, you can integrate the foundations of ART into LIFE.
Some themes we work in are connecting with the inner child, connecting with intuition, developing right brain activity to enhance lateral thinking, releasing old patterns and blockages, opening senses to the present moment and group work that fosters loving, compassionate ways of relating.
With these skills you begin to increase your creativity and may open to a new perspective completely.
These classes are a powerful opportunity for self-discovery through dynamic group and partner work.
Please note there is no nudity or sexual contact.
We come together to open to life; learning to embrace the dual nature of reality, dancing between beauty, chaos, magic, intensity, and intimacy - we begin to make a clear connection between yoga, sacred sexuality, and art.
How can I integrate the liveliness of new experiences into my everyday life and relations?
We will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice in these classes. We will develop a connection with our 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 we perceive from our bodies in each moment.
We will discover the joy and the importance of support and be supported, through this experiencing the delight of giving and receiving. The challenge being, how do you cultivate and care for your sacred space, but also nurture your partner’s needs and desires?
In these classes we will continue to work with the asanas of the Kaula Tantra series; through tantric wisdom approach, we cultivate focus in presence, senses, connection, and body communication. Through these functions, we enter into the dance of Shiva and Shakti.
(select courses will feature Partner Yoga)
Derived from Ayurvedic wisdom this ancient foot massage was used to prepare warriors for battle as well as open the physical and energetic bodies for the Yoga practice.
Working with partners it’s a very effective, meditative and intuitive way to give and receive before the Yoga practice. The massage activates important Marma Points as well as softens the muscles.
is part of the learning process of community life. We help each other to maintain common space, which by focusing energy in the collective, we come together to maintain a high vibrational space. Through karma yoga, we keep in contact with the Earth (PachaMama) and her fruits while we contributing to the well being of the collective environment.
Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from everyday tasks and distractions; allowing them to fully immerse themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery.
An energetic group environment is created, enabling students to share their experience and learning processes; in turn, collectively deepening their understanding of tantra and yogic practices.
We ask that you enter the course with an open mind to EXPERIENCE and allow each encounter to guide you to a deeper understanding of your SELF. The knowledge gained through experience is a core part of the Tantric perspective and for this reason, the course is not entrenched in theory.
Day trips to hot springs, the mountains or to Otavalo Market, etc. Shamanic experiences (power plants, Temazcal, etc) can be explored after the training.
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.
Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1980, Marcela relocated to Ecuador 1989. She has studied acupuncture, healing humanism, and healing-creative theater in the Neijing School of Quito, Ecuador. Marcela explores performance techniques such as physical theater, clown, art comedy, storytelling, stage, and theater of the oppressed. She also applies these techniques in different social scenes, developing each project with individual and group exercises.
Hector graduated in Political Science with a master in Business Administration (MBA). After few years working in what he studied, he decided to change his profile. He started meditating and then practicing yoga in 2004. He practiced and explored deeply different yoga styles, such as Hatha yoga, Vidya or classical yoga, Rocket yoga, Power yoga, Anusara yoga, Dynamic yoga, and Kundalini yoga. He has being giving yoga classes from about 10 years ago. He also practiced different meditation styles, including Osho, Zen, Taoíst, and Vipassana.
Rosa is a sociologist and during different years, she gave private counselings as manager of market research. In 2012, she trained as a Kundalini yoga teacher, and from that moment, she began to go in-depth with themes such as conscious pregnancy, upbringing without attachment, and breastfeeding. Now, she gives yoga classes for pregnant women, people who are trying for a baby, and women who just gave birth. Another one of the themes she works with is the couple and she gives workshops for couples.
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.
Anahi comes from Argentina. She is a dancer and a 500-hours Tantra yoga teacher. She developed different works in traditional dances of South America and music and she gives workshops of her creations. She teaches Kaula tantra yoga, arts, and mantras at the school.
Javier comes from Argentina. He's a musician and a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. After 13 years of travels, he has become a multi-instrumentalist and he uses these tools in his classes. He gives Tantra yoga classes, arts, mantras, sound and senses classes.
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.
We are located in the skirts of Ilalo mountain, above Tumbaco village. Inside the walls of Casa Kiliku you will find an oasis of green and garden away from busy city life. Casa Kiliku is an artist space, each house constructed with eco-techniques, unique to each structure. The goal in building the space was to work with the land and natural desires of the terrain.
We are 10 minutes away from the village and 45 minutes away from the large city of Quito.
You will find the bus conveniently stops at the front door for a quick 15min commute to the village below. There, you have access to groceries, pharmacy, and fresh markets. Alongside the indigenous community, there are a host of international delights on the mountain: the Bio Market (where you can find organic produce, a cup of coffee and vegan treats), Café Arte (coffee, empanadas, fresh bread, and live music), and Villa Ilalo a friendly expat who opens his home (and pizza oven) to the neighborhood each Sunday for a live jam session.
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During this training, you will enjoy three vegetarian and locally sourced meals daily. All meals are prepared with love mixing the Ecuadorian tradition with healthy and conscious recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available. If you have any food allergy or specific dietary need such as vegan or gluten-free, Casa Kiliku can provide a special menu for a supplement of 5 USD per day.
During your free time, you can explore the surrounding mountain side. Enjoy a coffee and a chat at Cafe Arte or catch a concert at night. You may choose to relax in the hammock, take a day trips to hot springs, a hike up the mountain, or a trip to Otavalo Market. The bio mercado is located on the other side of the ravine where you can find organic produce, fresh German bread, and vegan treats. After the course, there may be an opportunity (depending on interest) to work with local shamans and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes.
Many teachers specialize in a variety of healing arts and Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is thus able to offer at an extra cost, including
Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Transfer not provided
From Quito, you need to go to Rio Coca station and take a bus to Tumbaco. You find public buses to Tumbaco until 6:30 p.m. every day, and from the village, you can get to Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism by taxi. You can also ask them for a pick-up taxi which costs 20 USD.
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