34 Days 250-Hour Authentic Yoga Teacher Training with Permaculture Module in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Authentic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala

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? This "love, evolve, awaken" yoga teacher training combines a proper education in the original path of Hatha yoga with a special 4-day permaculture intensive to get a foundation in sustainability and balanced coexistence in nature and garden environments.

Retreat highlights

  • 4-day permaculture intensive module
  • 250 contact hours of instruction and guided practice
  • Professional course manual and academic-level curriculum
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • 33 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Free airport pickup

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

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 we are 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.

Kaivalya Yoga School

Instead of the rushed and superficial approach that is common among shorter yoga teacher training, 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 4-day Permaculture module with no extra cost, covering ancient and modern practices of taking care of the land and growing food sustainably.

Curriculum

Yoga practices: 100 hours

  • Asana (posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Kriya (purification techniques)
  • Chanting and mantra (the yoga of sound)
  • Meditation

Teaching methodology: 25 hours

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting, and instruction
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities to be developed as a yoga teacher
  • The students' process of learning business aspects of teaching yoga

Yoga anatomy and Ayurveda: 20 hours

  • Physical human anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.)
  • Anatomy of the subtle bodies: chakras, nadis, etc.
  • Application of anatomic principles to the yoga practice benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, and etc.

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics: 20 hours

  • Meaning and value of Patanjali's yoga sutras
  • Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Historical evolution of yoga
  • The yoga lifestyle in modern society
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Practicum - 30 hours

  • Teaching practice
  • Observing others teaching
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Assisting the teachers in the daily practice class

Bhakti module: 30 hours

  • Explore the weaving of Tantric practices of devotion
  • Four immersive days of theory and practice
  • How to embody authentic spirituality while embracing life in the world
  • Developing authenticity of what you are teaching

Class schedule

The course consists of five blocks with two days off in between. The class times are 07:00 to 13:00 and 15:30 to 18:30 including the 4-day Bhakti module in the middle of the course. There are also three hours of Cacao Kirtan Satsang every weekend that will be part of the course.

Certification

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 the passing of the final exam.

Included excursions

You will enjoy an excursion to nearby Hummingbird Waterfall.

Instructors

Arjuna Dharma Das
Arjuna has been studying and practicing eastern spiritual traditions in India, Thailand, and Europe for over 15 years. He started his path and deep soul journey in his early twenties when he discovered Theravada Buddhism and Vipassana meditation along with Sivananda yoga. Apart from practicing Hatha yoga and meditation, he is a fiery bhakta, immersed in devotional songs and chants most of the time. He aspires to bring awareness and love into every breath. From the heart, he would like to offer his deepest gratitude to all his beloved teachers across the world.
Arpita Kshama Devi
Arpita (MA Eastern Studies) is a dakini with many facets. Sometimes scholar, sometimes worshipper she combines wisdom traditions with devotional practices into One. In her late teenage years, she started a formal practice of yoga as a student in the Satyananda tradition, which inspired her with its traditional approach to the ancient science and wisdom of yoga. Her passion is to teach by example, to open her Heart to every moment and let it pass right through her until there is nothing left but Everything.

Retreat location

Mahadevi Ashram is a lush jungly 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 solidly-built of natural materials and features two yoga halls, several bamboo cabins with dorms and 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. This retreat is surrounded by volcanoes on a crater lake that is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Unique features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Shopping
  • Stargazing
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
  • Paragliding

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance

Food

The ashram kitchen provides delicious vegetarian meals on all course days. Tropical fruits, local ingredients, wholesome Ayurvedic recipes supportive for spiritual practice. Students write home about it all the time.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Mahadevi Ashram encourages focusing on the training while it goes on, there are however 1.5 days per week available to go explore the area. Kaivalya Yoga School recommends doing 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, zip-lining, paragliding, beautiful colonial towns, a hot water fall, caves and the unique geological phenomenon of Semuc Champey. You could easily spend three months in Guatemala without getting bored or breaking the bank. You can also visit San Pedro volcano across the lake.

Massage treatments

There is a wood-fired, stone-built sauna on site and various massage therapists that can be booked locally at affordable rates.

What's included

  • 4-day special Permaculture Intensive Module
  • 33 nights accommodation
  • 250 hours of instruction and guided practice
  • Free airport pickup from La Aurora International Airport (GUA) at 12:30 on the first day
  • Professional course manual and supplemental materials
  • Steam room
  • Vegalicious sattvic meals
  • Waterfall trip
  • Weekly extra-curricular events including the most famous Ceremonial Cacao Kirtan on the lake
  • Wi-Fi

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday January 12, 2019
Departure: Thursday February 14, 2019

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