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Intensive Mexico Yoga Teacher Training

This intensive yoga training is designed for teachers looking to deepen their practices as well as recharge and relax. This will focus on building a stronger foundation while helping practices move toward more advanced expressions of asana and meditation techniques. Classes will range in style from Ashtanga Vinyasa to Yin, with special workshops to break down inversions, backbends, hip opening, as well as how to teach these poses to your students in an accessible way.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 inversion workshops
  • 2 daily yoga practices from Vinyasa to Yin
  • Daily meditation and lectures on yoga theory
  • Special workshops on backbends, hip opening, and more
  • 100-hour Yoga Alliance certification
  • Daily brunch and 10 dinners
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Yoga styles

14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Casa Om has 10 beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious and well-equipped yoga room, swimming pool, a rooftop dining area, and two kitchens. Bedrooms can set for either single or double occupancy, and have either a private bathroom or a bathroom shared between two rooms. Casa Om also has a new dorm that sleeps up to six people in bunk beds.

The rooms at Casa Om are comfortable and beautifully designed with air conditioning and fans. Drinking water and Wi-Fi are provided. Casa Om sleeps 24 and is across the street from the beach.


Puerto Morelos is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Catch a boat out to the reef and snorkel for hours or just hang out on the calm beach and relax until your heart is content.


The deck across the street is a public space. Casa Om is at the quiet end of town and usually this space is nice for a morning class overlooking the ocean as the sun rises. Watch the waves crash on the coral reef in the distance or take this entrance to walk on the beach.

Dining area

The dining area sits up to 16 people. It's a nice space to have an air conditioned dinner, meeting, or to play games.

Fish pond

If you want to watch the turtles or fish, as you dip your toes, the pond is your place. There is a small outdoor kitchen in the far corner as well.

Meeting spaces

Casa Om offers a number of nice spaces for groups to gather.


The palapa is great for dining, discussions, outdoor yoga, and meditation.

Yoga room

The yoga room is great for yoga as well as meeting space and use of a projector. Groups use it for watching movies, massage, and discussions.


The pool is a great space to cool off, hang out, or have a small group discussion by the pool.

Irene Pappas Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico Schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival at the airport
  • 17:00 Welcome and Yin or Yang class
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 2

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Primary series
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Free time for beach or journaling
  • 15:30 Inversion workshop taught by Daniel Rāma
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 06:45 Sunrise meditation on the beach
  • 07:30 Rocket yoga practice
  • 09:30 Brunch
  • 10:30 Free time and photography
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Active meditation

Day 4

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Ashtanga practice
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Backbending workshop
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Vinyasa class
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 13:00 Optional Cenote trip or open practice in the afternoon followed by dinner on your own in town

Day 6

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Ashtanga and inversion practice
  • 11:00 Brunch followed by photography session
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Yoga Nidra

Day 7

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Slow flow
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 14:00 Hip workshop followed by free time and dinner on your own

Day 8

  • 08:30 Meditation and pranayama
  • 09:00 Vinyasa practice
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 14:00 Discussion: Anatomy and the role it plays in your practice
  • 15:00 Open practice
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 9

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Ashtanga practice
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Discussion on the beach
  • 15:00 Teaching tricky poses or partner stretching
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 10

  • 06:30 Meditation on the beach
  • 07:15 Rocket and animal movement
  • 09:00 Brunch followed by optional day trip to Tulum or open practice and dinner on your own
  • 20:00 Meditation and evening practice

Day 11

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Surprise class
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 16:00 Inversion workshop 2 taught by Daniel Rāma
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening meditation and journaling

Day 12

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Ashtanga practice
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 13:00 Discussion on the beach - how to teach workshops
  • 15:00 Strength and flexibility drills
  • 18:00 Dinner

Day 13

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Vinyasa practice
  • 11:00 Brunch followed by beach playtime and discussion on moving forward
  • 16:45 Transformational breath workshop
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 14

  • 08:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:30 Playful practice
  • 10:30 Brunch

Active meditation

This class will focus on meditation while holding Yin or Restorative yoga postures. This style is nice for those that struggle to sit still during meditation, giving your mind something else to focus on.

Ashtanga and inversion practice

You will warm up with sun salutations and the standing Ashtanga series before moving into an inversion practice with drills based on your specific goals.

Ashtanga practice

This class will be a mix of the first half of primary and the first half of the second series. In the next Ashtanga practice, you will revisit primary series, potentially adding on some of second series, too.

Backbending workshop

In this workshop, Irene will share her tips and tricks for safely deepening back flexibility through strength. You will work on foundational poses such as upward facing dog as well as more advanced variations like scorpion.

Hip workshop

This workshop will focus on building strength and fire in the hips and then working toward deep hip opening like leg behind the head, middle split, and lotus variations.

Inversion workshop

This workshop will focus on the foundations of a strong and flexible inversion practice. You will learn many drills both on and off the wall to advance your practice and help you become more confident teaching inversions to your students. You will also spend time looking at different body types and how to fine tune your teaching depending on the needs of your students.

Inversion workshop 2

In this workshop, you will revisit the foundational elements and drills while exploring new variations and techniques. Expect to receive homework for when you go back home.

Open practice

Practice whatever you would like with Irene’s guidance and assistance. If you’re not sure what to practice, don’t worry, she will give you drills to work on :)

Photography session

You will cover the basics of capturing beautiful yoga poses, both in terms of asana and how to use a camera. Photos will also be captured by a professional photographer.

Playful practice

Enjoy your practice with a light heart in this playful Vinyasa flow to combine all of Irene’s favorite elements into one class.

Primary series

This class will closely resemble the Ashtanga primary series, with a few added poses and transitions thrown in.

Rocket and animal movement

This class will begin with the Rocket yoga sequence before moving into animal movement drills as inspired by Ido Portal. These drills are a fun way to build strength and awareness for inversions and general joint mobility.

Rocket yoga class

This class mixes elements of the different Ashtanga series into one fun and playful Vinyasa class.

Slow flow

This class will be a bit slower paced, leading up to a more challenging flow.

Strength and flexibility drills

This practice will have important pieces for you to carry with you in your own personal practice as well as when you teach workshops.

Teaching tricky poses or partner stretching

This workshop will be focused on both how to practice tricky poses as well as how to teach them to your students in a safe and accessible way. You will also go over advanced partner stretching that Irene has learned from circus performers and contortionists.

Transformational breath workshop

In this workshop, you will use a powerful breath technique to access deeper layers of meditation. It is recommended to fast after brunch to get the most out it.

Vinyasa class

This class will blend several styles of Vinyasa yoga into one fun and creative flow.

Vinyasa practice

This class will be a mix of various different styles of Vinyasa yoga, finishing with longer holds working toward deeper flexibility and mindfulness. The next class will continue to build on the previous practices you have done, building toward deeper expressions of poses and more advanced variations. There will be an option for photos and videos after class.

Yin or Yang class

This class will begin with pranayama and meditation before moving into a Vinyasa flow. It will finish with longer holds of hip and hamstring opening stretches.


Daniel Rama
Daniel Rāma's journey into yoga began with a powerlifting accident that would change his life forever. Breaking seven structurally-significant bones and tearing through connective tissues in his left foot, surgery was not an option. When told by doctors, "You will never run again", Rāma - a health, wellness, and fitness student - was devastated.
Irene Pappas
Irene began practicing in 2012 and immediately knew she had found her path. When she did her first 200 hour teacher training, she did not intend to teach right away, but she soon realized that sharing yoga with others was her purpose. Irene is passionate about her practice. She practices both Ashtanga and Rocket yoga, as she enjoys both a traditional practice as well as a spontaneous one. Not only does she practice yoga but she studies with hand balancers, circus performers, and contortionists to expand her own knowledge and explore the capabilities of her body.

Retreat location

The yoga training will be held at Casa Om, which is located in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

Nearby places

  • Cancún International Airport (CUN), 16 miles (27 kilometers)
  • Playa Del Carmen, 20 miles



  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Whale watching


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio


  • Meeting room
  • Free Wi-Fi


Daily brunch and ten dinners are included in the price. Casa Om run a full gourmet vegetarian kitchen. It offers extensive Mexican, Thai, New American, and Lebanese food options. All dishes are prepared with a healthy yogic lifestyle in mind. It offers gluten-free and vegan options as well. When you visit, you can have all your meals at Casa Om or customize it so you can explore restaurants in the area as well.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Yogic
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)

Puerto Morelos is a small village situated 20 miles between Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. It offers world class infrastructure in a small town setting. It means you get the best of both worlds. There are so many fun things to do in and around Casa Om.

Last year, Casa Om offered Bikram yoga, snorkeling, sweat lodges, hands on corrections workshops, a photo yoga posture class, a special Ashtanga class in Playa Del Carmen, a Kundalini class, a shopping trip, visits to zip lines over cenotes, Mayan ruins, classes on the beach, cooking classes, massage treatments with a Mayan healer, and a movie night.

Spa treatments

Spa treatments are available by appointment. Casa Om’s therapists offer breath work therapy, Polynesian massage, or reconnective healing to relax you during your stay.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga practices ranging from Vinyasa to Yin
  • 2 inversion workshops taught by Daniel Rāma
  • 10 dinners
  • 100-hour Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Daily brunch
  • Daily meditation and lectures on yoga theory, social media, photography, and more
  • Laundry, yoga mats, and towels
  • Transportation to and from Cancún International Airport (CUN)
  • Special workshops on backbends, hip opening, and more

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Cancún International Airport (CUN). Transfers from and to this airport are included in the price. Irene Pappas will pick you up at the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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