Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Ecuador.
Become a Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor in Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism. You will learn to teach an inspiring, intuitive, and deeply meditative yoga practice, learn how to unify body, mind, and spirit through yoga and how to integrate yogic philosophy into your daily life and your relationships, and engage in a personal and transformative process in a beautiful and intimate learning environment.
During this course, you will stay in Casa Kiliku, a place in the Andes not too far from the city of Quito and just next to the natural reserve of the Ilal Volcano. During the teacher training, Casa Kiliku will be close to tourists and open as an ashram where you share meals, spaces, yoga work, and ashram life experience.
The houses are built of materials from the volcano with bricks or adobe and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others or just lie in the hammock and read or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind. It is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilal and so close to the center of Quito.
This place is made by ecological local materials and a sustainable way of living is promoted. Your accommodation will be in double or triple rooms equipped with a kitchen and a bathroom with the hot shower. You will share meals every day in the communitarian terrace enjoying the view.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International. Registration with these two organizations provides a globally recognized credential.
Living in the ashram enables you to focus intensively on your training, away from everyday tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. You will discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without your usual responsibilities and away from the busyness of daily life. A close and energetic group environment is created to enable you to share your experience and learning process and thus, collectively deepen your understanding of the yoga practice.
This course content is focused on Tantra yoga. Techniques of pranayama are taught in Tantra yoga and Kundalini yoga practices. You will also take part in morning meditations and chakra work through the Kundalini, Tantra yoga, and meditation practice. Other practices will be Heyoca, the shamanic clown, expressive arts of the being, shamanism and cosmovision, Tantric and shamanistic rituals, Durga’s Tiger dance, applied Tantra philosophy, and mantra chanting.
At the end of every training, there is the possibility to participate to a Jungle Yagé trip with Jose Zambrano, the creator of Mushuk Allpa Tours, who spent the last years in creating a sustainable contact with indigenous people and supporting them with conscious tourism and cooperation projects.
The applied Tantric wisdom classes are an opportunity for 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.
Durga’s Tiger dance, a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles, is another form through which you will deepen your creativity and relaxation in the body movement. The training also involves the voice work through mantra chanting.
You are given time for self-study, reflection, and practice teaching Tantra yoga classes with each other. During the course of the month, you will also complete a written project. During theory and practical learning courses, you will experience a deeply personal work, exploring yourselves with applied Tantra philosophy, art, shamanism, and the Durga’s Tiger dance.
As Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is living in Ecuador with a huge indigenous population, you also have the opportunity to learn about the Andean culture, its cosmovision, and its similarities with the 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. This work helps Ecuadorian yoga students integrate more easily with the eastern wisdom.
You will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice in the classes of intuitive anatomy and physiology in which you will develop a connection with your inner body intelligence, learn how to read it better, and act according to its current needs. It is about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with messages you perceive from your bodies in each moment.
Karma yoga is the part of the learning process of community life. Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism helps each other to maintain common spaces and materials. You will take care of the “Pachamama” (Earth). Through Karma yoga, you will keep in contact with the earth and its fruits as you will contribute to the well being and learning of the group.
Through Kundalini yoga, you will deeply explore the pranayama techniques used in Kundalini, Tantra yoga, and the chakras system. You will practice specific Kriyas to feel chakras and work with their energy. Tantra yoga methodology, ayurvedic walking massage, and Partner yoga are also part of the program.
With Partner yoga, you will discover the joy and the importance of support and be supported. The challenge is to take care of the sacred space dancing between you and your partner, and you will experience the joy of giving and receiving. You will practice in silence to not distract the other senses from the flow of the practice and concentration in one-self and also in the other. It is a work of active listening to feel until which point the other can arrive.
In these classes, you will keep on working on many asanas of the Kaula Tantra yoga series, using the approach of Tantric wisdom, in which you will focus in presence, senses, connection, body communication, more than acrobatics. In this way, you will create the dance of Shiva and Shakti.
Shamanic clown is an energetic training that combines improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical or 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.
You will get in touch with your inner child and intuition, develop the right side of the brain and lateral thinking, release patterns and blocking, open your ears and eyes to the present moment and to others, work in group in more effective and loving ways, and increase your creativity and artistic skills by looking at things in a completely new perspective. The clown is an archetype that repeats its presence throughout many cosmovisions in human history from the east to the west, ancient, and contemporary.
The main role of this character is to act in a way that is different to the ordinary and accepted, sometimes precisely the opposite, in order to raise the awareness of ordinary people through play. You cannot play or laugh at the world if you do not start by laughing and playing with yourselves. Clowning involves deep transformation. It is a kind of shamanism of yourselves that will reflect positively on the creation of your lives and relationships.
Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation. You will learn the feeling of flowing into the asanas without the struggle, developing a deep form of yoga and meditation. This technique is completed by the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, sitting meditation, and Kundalini Kriyas. You will explore Tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and arts. Together, you will discover ways in which to implement the yoga experience into everyday life.
Through the Tantra teachings, you will learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.
The yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Andes of Ecuador, close to the capital Quito, and on the edge of a natural reserve. You will be located three kilometers from the village of Tumbaco surrounded by high trees and mountains. The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on the volcano, the Ilal. For them, this is the symbol of freedom and as he is seeing the reality from high above.
It means that this place helps the yoginis to get a distance from their everyday life to fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, enjoying the green garden surrounding with flowers and old trees.
Click to see more vegetarian-friendly Yoga Retreats
During this training, you will enjoy three daily vegetarian and locally sourced meals. All meals are always prepared with a lot of love mixing the Ecuadorian tradition with healthy and conscious recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available. If you have some allergy or specific need of special menu, Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism can serve vegan or gluten-free menus for a supplement of 5 USD per day.
During your free time, you can explore the yoga laboratories where you discover other yoga techniques like Ashtanga, Ashtanga-Vinyasa, and Vinyasa flow, have a coffee and a chat or enjoy storytelling or a concert, relax in the hammock and read, take a day trips to hot springs, the mountains, or to Otavalo Market, visit the surroundings to buy organic food and German bread, or work with a shaman and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes.
The 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
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.
For this organizer you can guarantee your booking through BookYogaRetreats.com. All major credit cards supported.