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28 Days 200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Yoga Forrest, Sololá, Guatemala

Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training

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

In yoga philosophy, it is said that God is 'Sat Chit Ananda' (existence consciousness bliss). Paramhansa Yogananda adds that Ananda is different from the temporary joy that comes from sense pleasures such as eating, listening to music, and seeing beautiful things. It is also not a monotonous joy that is always the same. Ananda refers to a joy that 'changes and dances itself in many ways to enthrall your mind and keep your attention occupied and interested forever'. Let us practice finding Ananda in Guatemala.

That being said! Get prepared. Eat well, practice regularly, read, inquire, ask questions, have deep and meaningful conversations, dance, laugh, cry, and feel. Emotion is a beautiful part of the human experience so allow yourself to crack open the walls as you get ready to deep dive into self study through movement, breath and mind. This training is a a fully comprehensive look at the human experience through thought, will power, habits, movement, and fluidity as whole.

Meet the instructors

Echo Giesel & Cole
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Highlights

  • Daily Yin classes
  • 27 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Meditation and asana sessions
  • Alignment workshops, Arm Balance Workshops, Assisting and Adjustment, and Teaching mentorship
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 27 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 24
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Accommodation

​The Yoga Forest is a sacred sanctuary with ancient Mayan altars, and natural springs that have been protected as a Natural Reserve in order to honor the land and the heritage of its people.

Program

This is a time for conscious individuals to come together on a journey of truth, of compassion, of self-inquiry and of selfless service. You will focus on these subjects over the course of the month.

  • Healing modalities
  • Meditation
  • Asana lab
  • Vedanta philosophy
  • Tantra
  • Alignment workshops
  • Yin
  • Subtle energy
  • Myofascial
  • Study of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Moral guidelines of the modern yogi
  • Teaching consciously
  • Ayurveda and the doshas

Echo Flow Yoga wants more than anything for their students to leave this training with open eyes, open hearts, and open minds. Life is much too short to spend any time in the dark. You must awaken to all that is around you. And it is up to you to choose what path you take. You can either fear change, challenge, and risk or you can embrace them fully, and at the same time, fundamentally change your perspective of the world around you as well as your participation with and in it.

Echo Flow Yoga teacher training is based on Hatha, Tantra, meditation, and healing modalities. In order to start out on your individual journey, it is important to heal from past stories that you may be holding onto. Releasing past traumas and fear-based beliefs, you are able to step forward into the light to allow yourself to shine to your fullest potential. This teacher training course is a combination of years of experience, expertise, and thousands of hours of training in various systems concentrated into a one-month long transformational experience.

This yoga training is perfect for dedicated students looking to refine and deepen their practice as well as for certified teachers who have already completed a 200-hour or 500-hour teacher training and are desiring to move their teaching skill set beyond the scope of asana and into the more transformative practices of the ancient and incredible science of yoga. On the other hand, this is an all-level training. If you are brand new to yoga, this comprehensive training is a beautiful foundational platform for you to begin to develop your practice as a practitioner and as a teacher.

This 200-hour training is perfect for you if you are looking to solely deepen your own individual practice and if you are wanting to teach with a sincere and deep understanding of the history and science of yoga. This is also a perfect opportunity for you if you are looking to deepen your relationship with breath (prana), your vital source of energy, and want to get to the root of calming and balancing your nervous system. You will learn to be more honest, open, and clear with yourself and your communication with others.

This training will allow you to let go of disempowering beliefs, fear-based reactivity, ineffective communication, and unhealthy habits with your daily Sadhana (daily practice).

Curriculum

Training is based on tradition and classical Hatha and Tantra yoga and the more modern practice of Yin yoga. At the core of this training, the inspiration is drawn from Vedanta, Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and meditation systems from various concentrations. Modern teaching has been applied to this training, but the ancient science of yoga through classical application will stay intact and sacred to the practice. With proper education, will power and drive students to find that their practices begin on the mat, but does not stay there. The practice is expansive and inclusive of your lives off the mat.

Asana, pranayama, meditation, journaling

You always begin the mornings with personal practice, self-reflection, and meditation. The afternoon practice is a mixture of teaching applications, alignment, anatomy, and Yin.

Warm up

  • Sun salutations with variations
  • Range of yoga asanas depending on the day, climate, group energy
  • Postural alignment
  • Vinyasa Krama
  • Intelligent sequencing
  • Injuries and all levels teaching
  • Deep relaxation techniques
  • Pranayama - basic and intermediate breathing techniques
  • Meditation and journaling

Vedanta and Samkhya philosophy

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - the study of the text and commentary
  • Bhagavad-Gita - the study of the text and commentary
  • Look into Samkhya and Tantric philosophy
  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • Subtle anatomy: Prana, Nadis, Chakras, Bandha
  • The four paths of yoga: Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Jnana
  • Kriyas - the cleansing techniques
  • Nutrition and diet for the yogis
  • Consciously living as a modern yogi

Anatomy

  • Introduction to the main body systems and the effects of asana and pranayama on these systems
  • Focus on skeletal and muscular systems and their functions
  • Therapeutic alignment and body biomechanics
  • Common injuries and how to prevent and address them
  • Creating safe and anatomically beneficial sequences

Teaching methodology

  • Practice of all asana groups and in-depth look at their alignment and biomechanics
  • Learn to instruct asana (postures) with proper alignment and breath techniques
  • Sun salutations
  • Hand on assists
  • Intelligent sequencing
  • Vinyasa Krama
  • Learning to create sequences on the theme, class level, climate, or demographic
  • Creating a Hatha, Vinyasa, Tantra, and Yin class sequence
  • Use of props and asana variations
  • Teaching pranayama and meditation
  • Cultivating tone and voice
  • Confidence-building through practice teaching
  • Learn how to create a safe space for your students
  • Guided relaxation techniques
  • A deeper look into injuries and physical limitations
  • Informed use of props to improve or modify a posture

Above all else, this is training to self-evolution and transformation. You will take time to be with your thoughts, with your mind, with your breath. This intensive can be transformative if you allow yourself the vulnerability to let go, as well as give in to treating yourself with love, connection, clear communication, and forgiveness. This will then naturally unfold in your external life so be ready for positive changes on and off the mat. Your own will power will drive this journey, so allow it to be a powerful one.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Meditation, journaling, Hatha, or Tantra asana practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and quiet time
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Methodology, Gita study, anatomy, or Vedanta philosophy
  • 12:30 - 15:30 Free time to explore the area and relax
  • 15:30 - 19:00 Methodology, asana lab, or YinInfo
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner time
  • 20:00 - 21:00 or 21:30 Satsung, mythology, healing modalities, Nidra, or study night, Night Off

Instructors

Echo Giesel Widmer

Cole Chance

Retreat location

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán. Offering a unique retreat space within a tropical forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, and delicious vegetarian meals.

Connect to Mother Earth and create space for transformation, and self healing. Enjoy your training and the space to learn and study surrounded by natural Temples, as well as regular Kirtan & Song Ceremony, Ecstatic Dance and Sound Healing.

Food

Amazing organic, farm to table, healthy sattvic, Ayurvedic vegetarian and vegan food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

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

What's included

  • 3 meals a day
  • 2 yoga classes a day
  • Alignment workshops
  • Teaching mentorship
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Water on site
  • All props necessary for your asana practice

What's not included

  • Extra activities
  • Extra meals
  • Transport from Airport to Antigua and afterwards to airport. We will transport from Antigua to site and from site to Antigua

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora Airport (GUA). You will then need to get to Antigua. From Antigua we will take group transport to the retreat center.

GPS

14.7312296366, -91.2623331923

Arrival by shuttle

Get to Antigua at least a day early and stay the night - Antigua is the tourist hub of the country and nearly all transportation runs through here. There are shuttles every hour from the airport to Antigua (Q100, 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on traffic).

From Antigua direct, get an 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. collective shuttle (or 9-10m private shuttle) direct to San Marcos la Laguna (Q100), 3.5 to 4.5 hours depending on traffic, roads, and weather). You can also come via San Pedro la Laguna if there are no shuttles leaving for San Marcos la Laguna (Q100), 3.5 to 4 hours). If on a San Pedro shuttle service, either get off the shuttle in San Pablo la Laguna and take a tuk-tuk (Q5) to San Marcos la Laguna (the next town over), or go all the way to San Pedro and then take the ‘lancha’ boat (Q10) to San Marcos.

Arrival by foot

Arriving into San Marcos la Laguna, we are a 25 minute hike from the lakefront (15 minutes escorted along the mountain paths to The Yoga Forest from the back of town. Please find The Yoga Forest Meeting Point at Circles Cafe, just 30 meters down the path to the lake from the basketball court in the town center before 2pm. As there are no streets that lead to The Yoga Forest, this journey must be taken on foot. We do offer a escort service from Circle’s Cafe to The Yoga Forest for your groups convenience upon arrival. Extra trips would require hiking.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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