42 Days 300-Hour Tantra Yoga Shamanism Teacher Training in Pichincha, Ecuador

Yoga Teacher Training Ecuador

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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.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Mantra chanting, chakra, and pranayama
  • Physiology, philosophy, and yoga methodology
  • Heyoca, art, and Durga’s Tiger dance
  • Tantric and shamanistic rituals
  • 41 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


41 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 22
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

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.

Program

Certifications

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.

Itinerary

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.

Applied Tantric wisdom

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

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.

Intuitive anatomy and physiology

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

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.

Kundalini yoga

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.

Partner yoga

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

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

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.

Daily schedule

  • Morning meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Morning session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
  • Lunch and afternoon break
  • Afternoon session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Teachings of Tantra philosophy, mantra chanting, dancing or special arts events related to the course material (two to three evenings per week)

Instructors

Daniela de Girolamo
APSE (Shiatsu Massage)
APTN_COFENAT (Ayurvedic Massage)
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.
Nicolas Cambas
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.
Marcela Camacho
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 Villavicencio
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.
Tatiana Davila
Tatiana was born in Ecuador. In 1999, she studied Plastic Arts and at the same time Initiation Psychology based on the teachings of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim. Thanks to this, she empirically experienced art as a therapy. She started doing workshops in which she worked on the human development using art and the play as the main tool. In 2015, she realized a master with IASE of Valencia, Spain in Art Therapy. In 2007, she finished her studies in Humanistic Psychotherapy Gestalt with the IHPG School of México. She has been working as a psychotherapist from 14 years ago.
Rosa Maria Cisneros
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.
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.

Retreat location

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.

Nearby places

  • Quito - 25 minutes
  • Tumbaco, 3 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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

  • Abhyanga and Marmas massage
  • Personalized qigong practices
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxing massage
  • Tantric counseling about love, couple, and sexuality
  • Zen shiatsu treatments

What's included

  • All teacher training courses
  • Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International certification after completion
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Dance, art, and shamanism
  • Mantra chanting, meditation, and pranayama
  • Physiology, philosophy, yoga methodology lessons
  • 41 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Ecuador taxes

What's not included

  • Day trips
  • Extra massage sessions
  • Work with a shaman and medicinal plants
  • Yoga exploration laboratories

How to get there

Driving directions from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • Enter after “Tola Chica” exit (the eighth kilometer).
  • When you get to the bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”, turn left.
  • If you take the wrong exit and you enter from “Tola Chica”, you will find another bridge where you can turn back and follow a lateral street of Ruta Viva until the bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”

Driving directions from Quito

  • Enter in Tumbaco through the Interocenica.
  • You will see Santa Mara supermarket on your right and then follow straight on for about one kilometer more.
  • Turn right in the Guayaquil Street on the opposite site of Gasolinera Primax (gas station) by the Semaforo light.
  • Drive towards the Colegio Pachamama.
  • Cross a bridge over Ruta Viva Highway until you get to a big football field in Rumihuaico area (Comuna Leopoldo Chavez).
  • Go straight up to the hill, after 100 meters, the street makes a Y split.
  • Keep right (the opposite direction from Pachamama) uphill on the newly paved road.
  • Follow one and a half kilometers more or less and on the right side, you see a blue house.
  • Casa Kiliku is directly behind it.
  • Look for the little sign that says Casa Kiliku lote 169.

Driving directions from the Ruta Viva

  • Take the exit after “intervals” just after the eighth kilometer.
  • This entrance does not have a sign since it is located between “intervals” exit and “Tola Chica” exit.
  • It goes up to a bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”.
  • When you arrive up to the bridge, turn right and continue until you reach Rumihuaico football field.
  • Enter in Tumbaco through the Interocenica.
  • You will see Santa Mara supermarket on your right and then follow straight on for about one kilometer more.
  • Turn right in the Guayaquil Street on the opposite site of Gasolinera Primax (gas station) by the Semaforo light.
  • Drive towards the Colegio Pachamama.
  • Cross a bridge over Ruta Viva Highway until you get to a big football field in Rumihuaico area (Comuna Leopoldo Chavez).
  • Go straight up to the hill, after 100 meters, the street makes a Y split.
  • Keep right (the opposite direction from Pachamama) uphill on the newly paved road.
  • Follow one and a half kilometers more or less and on the right side, you see a blue house.
  • Casa Kiliku is directly behind it.
  • Look for the little sign that says Casa Kiliku lote 169.

Arrival by bus

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
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