Ready for a whole new world of inspiration? A good month of a family atmosphere and culinary scrumptiousness while immersing yourself in the teachings and mysteries of authentic Tantric Hatha Yoga? Surrounded by volcanoes on a crater lake that is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, this "love, evolve, awaken" YTT combines a proper education in the original path of Hatha yoga with a special four-day Bhakti intensive to open the heart and relax into pure love.
There are limited beds at the ashram, so book early to secure your spot (and the best rate). The rooms are private singles and doubles as well as four-bed dorms. There are hammocks and communal areas available to all. Please note that it's located in a tropical traditional Mayan village in the third world, which also means that noise and other occasional inconveniences cannot be completely avoided. However, there are not many mosquitos at all and there are no dangerous diseases, insects, or other animals around.
Instead of the rushed and superficial approach that is common among three-week yoga teacher trainings, Kaivalya Yoga School takes the time to skillfully lead you to become a confident, courageous, and inspiring instructor of the science of consciousness that yoga is.
This course features over 200 contact hours, ensuring that you will be adequately prepared to guide future students confidently and successfully. This particular course includes a Bhakti module covering ancient and modern practices of devotional yoga as the effortless method of opening the heart center for genuine transformation. Four uplifting days of kirtan, mantra shastra, puja, and the mythology of yoga.
The course consists of five blocks with 1.5 days off in between. Class times are 07:00 to 13:30 and 15.30 to 18:30 including the four-day Bhakti module in the middle of the course. There are also three-hour Cacao Kirtan Satsang every weekend that will be part of the course.
This teacher training is registered with the International Yoga Alliance as RYT-200, graduates are entitled to teach anywhere in the world. In order to receive the yoga instructor certificate, they require successful completion of the whole course (with at least 95% attendance), holding of an acceptable practicum class and a passing of the final exam.
You will get the excursion to visit Hummingbird Waterfall.
Mahadevi Ashram is a lush jungle garden overlooking incredible crater lake Atitlan. It is located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, just outside of San Marcos La Laguna, the 'yoga capital of Central America'. The ashram is quality-built of natural materials and features two yoga halls, several bamboo cabins with dorms, private rooms and yurts, the main lounge and kitchen building, a stone-built, wood-fired steam room right next to a lovely and clear mountain creek with dipping pools, and permaculture gardens to contribute to our scrumptious meals.
The ashram kitchen provides delicious vegetarian meals on all course days. Tropical fruits, local ingredients, and wholesome recipes supportive for spiritual practice.
Kaivalya Yoga School encourages focusing on the training while it goes on, there are however one and a half days per week available to go explore the area. Kaivalya Yoga School recommends you to do more exploration before or after the training as there are tons of amazing experiences to be had here: Mayan pyramids, traditional villages and markets, kayaking, scuba diving, standup-paddleboarding, ziplining, paragliding, beautiful colonial towns, a hot water fall, caves, and the unique geological phenomenon of Semuc Champey. You can also visit San Pedro volcano across the lake, Mayan markets, and villages around the lake. You could easily spend three months in Guatemala without getting bored or breaking the bank.
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Transfer from the airport is included. Kaivalya Yoga School will pick you up from the airport.
The closest airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA). From there, you can make use of Kaivalya Yoga School private shuttle at 12:30 on the first day.
If this time will not suit you, you can safely take the shared shuttle right outside the arrivals gate to Antigua (10 USD), a lovely colonial town 45 minutes away. From there, either on the same day or later, take another shuttle directly to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. They leave four times per day and cost around 10 USD. From 'Pana', take the public boat across the lake to Tzununa and a tuctuc to the ashram.
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