IKYU is a well-being center and an institute for higher studies of yoga, meditation, and related disciplines that also offers yoga retreats for you.

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Instructors (6)

Carlos Alberto Holguin

Sandra Benaim

Liceth Quintero Fernandez

Simon Roa

Luz Stella Echeverry

Lina del Mar Marín

Reviews (31)

Simone Parianos

from Australia, January 2019

"Phenomenal experience that habours unimaginable self growth"

I liked the way the course was taught, it was different to all the yoga I had practised and the retreats I had previously been to. At first I was a little skeptical but by the end I noticed amazing shifts in my own body and consciousness that I had never achieved before this course.

This retreat has also given me the skills to share what I have learnt as a instructor and I can confidently say I will continue my learning and practising in connection with the Ishka Center and their amazing team there.

Thanks to everyone involved during that beautiful 3 week experience ♡

Marissa Aurora

from Costa Rica, December 2018

"Wonderful, unique, experience"

I really enjoyed how the schedule of the training was catered to the interests and abilities of the students. The focus on integration of all aspects of yoga (breath, meditation, energy movement, philosophy and asanas) into practice was especially valuable and something other classes i have taken did not include (having focused mostly or entirely on asanas). The food also exceeded my expectations with a good variety of whole-food dishes and included salads almost every day. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, a very valuable growing experience for me as an individual and as a yoga practitioner.


from Colombia, December 2018

"Not as advertised"

The Feldenchrist method, though rather dull to do, was effective. We learnt how to fall from inversions without fear which was useful and learnt exercises to increase flexibility on our joints and also about the fractal system of our skeleton. The volunteer's sessions were really well thought out and enjoyable. The salsa class and other workshops from outside teachers were a welcome break. The studio and yoga space is nice, the garden and trees are beautiful. There was a strong emphasis on meditation and we practised that quite a lot.

Eline Freim

from Colombia, October 2018

"Life changing experience "

This yoga teacher training teaches you a profound and spiritual approach to yoga, and takes you back to the true meaning of yoga. The philosophy and yoga style is unique and very interesting!

During the course you get to know yourself and your body in a completely new way; and it will benefit you for the rest of your life.

The instructors are all truly amazing and welcoming, and the atmosphere was incredible. I loved every single day, and can highly recommend this course.

Laura Dublino Belles

from United States, October 2018

"Fantastic experience"

I loved the learning experience, the quality of the topics discussed, the way space is held for you personal development, the focus on philosophy and the essence of the yoga practice, the respect level between companions and teachers, the challenge of detachment, the raising of consciousness, the care of the staff. Wonderful!

Victor Hjalmar

from Sweden, October 2018

Amazing place. Amazing energies. Amazing teachers! Thank you!

Jonathon Hood

from United States, July 2018

"For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience "

Ishka is a beautiful place filled with beautiful. The experience was unique, and and fun.

Miriam Eriksen

from Norway, July 2018

"A life changing experience"

I found a completly new way to look at yoga. This course is amazing. The teachers are wonderful and the atmosphere is marvelous. For those who are interested in doing a course I really encourage them to do so. This course allows you to deepen your knowledge in a profound way. And I can really feel the improvements from just 21 days. So it will be awesome to continue my self practice to integrate all I have learned during this course.

Noémi Fülöp

from Hungary, May 2018

"My exciting 22 days in Ishka Yoga Instructor Course, in Cali"

I liked Carlos since the first day to be honest, he was straight and exact most of the time. I loved the complexitiy of the course and that all very well built up exercises, asanas whatever we call them. Simón, Mariana, Samuel, Lizeth and the cooking ladies - they all did a great job, thanks a bunch for all of them :) I enjoyed so much the inipi ceremony and thanks God i had some great mates from the class, i am so grateful to be there and have so much great memories forever :) Muchas gracias por todos and spread love, big hugs : Noémi Budapest

Richard Guilbaud

from Haiti, May 2018

"thank you ISHKA for giving me all these tools!!"

i liked the method

Anna Van Schaardenburgh

from Costa Rica, May 2018

"Very interesting"

That the training is authentic and not just classical or modern yoga. I learned a lot of new things and I'm happy to learn that yoga is not about tension and pushing yourself, but about relaxation.


from Costa Rica, January 2019

"Recommend if you don’t expect anything."

Coming to Ishka, for me, was less about being able to teach Yoga afterwards. Wich of course is a nice side effect and also very useful. But the actual reason I chose to go there was for learning about myself, my mind and my body. And that’s what I definitely did.

The 3 weeks where pretty intense. Not only challenging in a physical way but also challenging for the mind. Which for me was a great experience. We really got deep into meditation and movement. We got to know and understand the roots of Yoga.

In the lessons we learned a lot about the anatomical part specifically of the different movements and also the importance of the breath. We moved in ways I didn’t even know my body was able to, nor did such movements ever cross my mind :D We had really interesting Workshops with Doctors, Professors and Specialists. The synesthesia lesson was one of my favorite experiences. We learned about Ayurveda. Also the daily food was nourishing and gave me good energy.

All in all it wasn’t what I expected. Guess because I wasn’t expecting anything but a better connection to myself. And that’s what I found and I’m grateful for it. Big thank you for this experience and to everyone who made it possible.

And hey also I’m able to officially teach Yoga now. Which as I said wasn’t the actual reason I signed up for this, but Yoga calms my life and gives me balance which I would be happy to share with the world.

Muchísimas Gracias Ishka!


from Germany, December 2018

"Überlegt es Euch ganz genau"

Die Menschen, die dort arbeiten sind herzlich und haben immer ein Lächeln auf den Lippen. Viele Teilnehmer aus den vorherigen Kursen kommen zu Besuch oder gar für länger zurück, unterstützen, kochen und helfen, wo sie können. Die Feldenkreismethode ist super! Ich hätte gern mehr davon gehabt. Innerhalb weniger Tage erreichte ich eine Flexibilität, die ich vorher nicht erwartet hatte. Es gab auf jeden Fall merkliche Fortschritte für jeden in der Gruppe. Es wurde viel Wert darauf gelegt, die verschiedenen Übungen nur so weit auszuführen, wie es für uns persönlich ohne Schmerzen möglich war. Während der Übungen sollten wir möglichst die Augen schließen - so wurde uns von einem Vergleich mit anderes Kursteilnehmern abgeraten, schließlich ginge es beim Yoga mit Nichten darum, gut auszusehen. Es wurde viel gelacht, wofür mitunter auch die Spanisch - Englisch Übersetzungen von Simon verantwortlich waren. Er ist super und immer fröhlich.


from Ecuador, November 2018

"Gracias totales"

La enseñanza, la comida y la buena vibra de la gente y el lugar :)

Gonzalo Barros

from Uruguay, October 2018

"Un proceso interior maravilloso"

Ambiente muy amoroso, donde reina la paz, buena energia, amor y compasion. Una experiencia maravillosa de mucho crecimiento y aprendizaje


from United States, October 2018

"Una experiencia increíble, los elijo una y otra vez "

Me gustó todo lo que compartimos en los 21 días, desde el gran aprendizaje que nos brindó Carlos, hasta el hambiente familiar que se vive cada día, es una experiencia increíble, donde los elijo una y otra vez.

Si vas en busca de trabajar tu cuerpo físico con yoga, estás en el lugar equivocado, aquí vas aprender más que eso, conocer tu cuerpo por completo, tanto externo cómo interno, sentarte a meditar y sea algo que lo disfrutes a pleno y al salir de ahí, los vas a seguir haciendo porque te das cuenta que es tan bien para ti, que no vas a dejar un día de meditar y hacer yoga.

Hay que vivir esta experiencia porque es única y te va servir para toda tu vida, seas o no profesor, sino para tu vida misma.

Corey Tschudin

from Costa Rica, October 2018

"Probably the on of the Best Yoga teachment in the World "

Alles und mehr .... super kann ich jedem empfehlen

Tanja Neuhofer

from Spain, October 2018

"Eine lebensverändernde Erfahrung"

Ich habe soviel gelernt und erfahren über mich und meinen Körper, Geist und Seele. Carlos trägt soviel Wissen in sich und hat eine einzigartige Weise dies zu vermitteln. Simon ist ein hervorragender Übersetzer und hat immer ein Lächeln auf den Lippen. Es war eine wunderbare Erfahrung und hat mein Leben verändert. Tausend Dank, ihr leistet tolle Arbeit mit ganz viel Herz.

Lucie Traineau

from United States, October 2018

"Un maravilloso desarrollo personal a través del arte YOGA"

Este retiro es una maravilla. El lugar es lleno de amor. La comida es rica y variada y muy equilibrada, el lugar es hermoso con un jardín tropical propicio para meditar, el dormitorio es cómodo, y el équipo es increíble y muy muy profesional. El precio es muy acesible y así lo quieren manejar: dar la posibilidad a todos de elevar sur conciencia. Este retiro es mucho mas que una introducción par ser profesor de yoga sino un viaje interior acompañado con mucha dulcura y pedagogia hasta reencontrarse a si-mismo😍 Muchisimas gracias.

Toni Hohmann

from Ecuador, October 2018


Der Aufbau des Kurses war so ausgelegt, dass wirklich jeder sensationelle fortschritte gemacht hat und wir gelernt haben unseren Körper in Positionen zu bringen, ohne unsere Nerven und Muskeln zu verletzen. Es ist eben kein Ashtanga viniasa yoga Kurs! sondern eine Ausbildung basierend auf die mikro biomechanik des Körpers. Angelehnt an feldenkreis und Maya yoga. Carlos hat uns viel über die lernfähigkeit des Körpers bzw. unseres Nervensystems gelehrt. Ein weiterer wichtiger Part ist pranajama. Ohne diese praktik ist klassisches yoga schlecht vorstellbar. Und letztendlich, warum wir asanas und pranajama betreiben, dass Meditieren und das verbinden unserer chakras.

Cristina Monroy

from Colombia, October 2018

"Experiencia Maravillosa"

El contenido del curso excelente muy completo, donde integran cuerpo y mente mediante practicas y herramientas para interiorizar y expandir conciencia y hacen que vivas una experiencia de yoga real centrada en los diferentes tipos de respiración y con una técnica única de movimiento basada en la Cultura Ancestral Maya. El instructor Carlos Holguin Sacerdote Maya es un Maestro que te iniciará en un camino espiritual donde potenciarás todo lo que eres y se te ha olvidado.

Cornelia Schwab

from Peru, July 2018

"More than worth it ;)"

Really Nice atmosphère, very friendly People a great Garden and healthy yummy Food :) also it’s about Yoga, Not Religion which is why it was so good! I enjoyed it all a lot!

Reyes Escriva

from Spain, July 2018

Ha sido una experiencia maravillosa. He aprendido mucho del yoga y meditacion y sobre todo estar conmigo misma. Es un tipo de yoga mas mental que fisico. Me ha encantado el lugar y las instalaciones. Los instructores estan muy preparados y son muy amables. El desayuno es buenisimo y la cocinera cocina con mucho amor y todo esta riquisimo. Una experiencia para aconsejar. Me he sentido como en casa y espero volver algun dia😍😍😍

Mariana Bueno Noya

from Mexico, July 2018

"una experiencia mas alla de mis expectativas"

Cuando me dirigia hacia Cali, no sabia lo que me esperaba pero si que tenia total apertura y disposición. Me encontré con un hermoso proceso, justo lo que deseaba mi corazón. He aprendido muchísimo de Carlos y cada una de las personas que hicieron parte de mi instructorado. El ha desarrollado una manera de transmitir el yoga desde sus fundamentos originales y genera un acercamiento e interiorizacion del yoga de manera profunda.He conectado con el yoga y sobre todo la meditación de una manera que no conocía pero que a la vez se sentía autentica, profunda, coherente, familiar. Lo recomiendo muchísimo sobre todo si estas buscando algo real.

Esther Paricio

from Peru, July 2018

Me gusto el entorno naturaleza, el equipo de trabajo, la metodologia de aprendizaje yoga, feldenkrais, la calidad humana, para mi fue un crecimiento personal en mi camino muy acertado

Juan Sacristan

from Canada, April 2018

El programa pretente un proceso espiritual de las personas que participan, no solo formacion.

Louis-andré Fortin

from Canada, March 2019

"The teacher were just amazing."

The teachers were nothing short of amazing.

Adonis Bunghis

from United States, February 2019

"All in one"

ISHKA is a nice retreat where people can enjoy yoga, salsa and at the same time learning Spanish. I had excellent teachers and trainers: Lina and Simon. They did their best in sharing their knowledge and experience. They embody all qualities that a teacher should have: talent, humor, patience, empowerment and perpetually appreciating and encouraging. I recommend them full heartedly. Spanish classes, salsa and yoga was awesome. Garden is beautiful and the yoga cats funny.


from Colombia, February 2019

"Great Spanish, yoga and salsa retreat in the making!"

I loved the Spanish lessons. I thought it was a good routine of starting the day off with 2 hours of Spanish then returning to it later on in the afternoon. The overall vibe and energy of the location was beautiful, so close to the city but was a peaceful getaway that allowed us to focus on all the information we were given. Simon and Lina (Spanish and yoga professors) were amazing. They completely made this retreat as great as it was. They were nothing but positive, understanding and caring. Truly two beautiful human beings!

Testimonials (4)

Elina Lehr Israel

IKYU website

For me Ishka center was completely above expectations.

I couldn't ask for a better place.

This course was much more than just a physical training it was an experience of self discovery and self creation of peace.

From the depth of my heart I recommend you to do this yoga course.

beautiful place for you to go deep in yoga practice and in yourself.

If you let go and allow yourself to dance you will find new colors!

I learnt a lot on how to develop my own flow of movement and on dettachment.

I discovered a completely new approach and altitude towards yoga and life.

Techniques to discover the ability of different parts of the body working together! And understanding that each one is different!

I can keep on for long time but honestly words are not really enough to describe this deep feeling I have inside.

I can say that all the knowledge and wisdom that I was given here will forever accompany me.

Rosa Colombia

IKYU website

In complete gratitude for this time that you have been giving your talents, time, to your students so that each day we become more free, blissful and whole beings. Thank you because your methodology is so free, spontaneous and open, I manage to become a better being each day. Each day is a learning and I continue expanding my being, in complete awareness and I keep learning, I do not finish here, this has just started, so you won’t get a rest from me (hahaha). Thank you very much master, for you a big hug.

Mariana Bolivia

IKYU website

I miss you but I miss you with bliss so it is different. I’m very thankful I already told you but I’m starting to see that all that I learnt and all that you taught me can be lived in any situation I don’t need to be seated meditating or practicing specifically to apply things. My life seems different, my dancing is different, that is what I felt a few days ago and I wanted to share it with you because many things that you have taught me can be applied to my dance, I started to dance Tango again and with a very different approach, from more technical aspects like not contracting my abdomen but on the contrary letting it loose in this way my axe is more stable and to be more aware of my breathing because sometimes I stopped my breathing while dancing and so on, the energy I manage… That is why I’ve been feeling very nice to be able to take with me all this learnings to my dancing that is so important for me and in this same way in many other situations, I observe each situation differently and I observe my emotions differently and it brings me a lot of joy.

Claire Meunier, France

IKYU website

I would definitely recommend the Ishka Kankueb Yoga 3 week instructor training course to anyone who would like to deepen their yoga practice in a more profound and spiritual way. With Ishka Kankueb Yoga you will learn how to associate breathing techniques, visualisation, and movement of energies to better sustain any posture, and as such to better connect with your inner self. Carlos and his team are very knowledgeable and will teach you a lot of tools to be able to create your own yoga practice for yourself and for anyone you would like to share it with.

Thanks a lot guys for your warm welcoming and I wish you the very best for the future.