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33 Days 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala

  • Mahadevi Ashram, Tzununa, San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, 07016, Guatemala

Overview

Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala

Kaivalya Yoga School at Mahadevi Ashram offers a proper education in the theory and practice of the ancient system of yoga, its various parts, and how it all fits together. Let Kaivalya Yoga School take you on a transformative journey through the mysteries of authentic spirituality correlated to Western science and thinking, offering comprehensive explanations and pedagogically sound techniques while giving personal guidance and support on your path towards excellence on all levels.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • 200 contact hours of instruction and guided practice
  • Professional course manual and curriculum
  • 32 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 25.

  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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There are limited beds at the ashram, so book early to secure your spot. 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 they 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. There are not however many mosquitos at all and there are no dangerous insects or other animals around.

Many other yoga teacher training courses offer quicker programs (over three or even two weeks) with less actual contact hours in the classroom, requiring students to complete many hours by themselves afterwards to reach the 200 hours required for certification. This Kaivalya Yoga School course features over 200 contact hours, ensuring that you will be adequately prepared to guide future students confidently and successfully.

Curriculum

Yoga practices - 100 hours

  • Asana (posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Kriya (purification techniques)
  • Chanting and mantra (the yoga of sound)
  • Tantra (no nudity)
  • 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, etc

Philosophy, lifestyle and ethics - 30 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 - 20 hours

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

Retreat - 36 hours

  • Taking experience to deeper stages of internalization
  • Cultivating stillness and observing how peace and happiness are your natural state underneath and beyond the usual business of the mind
  • Developing authenticity of what you are teaching

Class schedule

The course consists of five blocks of five days with one day off in between, class times are 07:00 until 13:00 and 15:30 until 18:30, followed by a 4 day silent meditation retreat to integrate the teachings more deeply.

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Morning chanting and guided Advaita meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Introduction of new techniques in theory and practice
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Hatha yoga class
  • 11:45 - 13:00 Discourse on aspects of yoga, anatomy, and methodology
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch and study break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Hatha yoga classes and practicums
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Teachings on philosophy, scripture, ethics, etc

Chanting and meditation

Every morning you will start the day with a guided session of chanting and meditation to explore your true self with ever-growing awareness and love.

Hatha yoga

You will have two sessions of Hatha yoga each day, one in the morning, suited to wake up and energize body and mind, and one in the afternoon to build your sensitivity and radiance.

Lectures

In every morning and evening session, there will be lectures on the different aspects, stages, and practices of yoga and related spiritual traditions and how to teach them successfully and inspiringly.

Certification

The teacher training is registered with Yoga Alliance USA as RYT-200. In order to receive the yoga instructor certificate they require successful completion of the whole course (with at least 95% attendance) and passing of the final exam. After they issue your certificate you are entitled to apply with Yoga Alliance to be added to their directory (their fee applies).

  • Arjuna Dharma Das

    Arjuna has been studying and practicing eastern spiritual traditions in India, Thailand, and Europe for over fifteen 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 Devi

    Since her childhood, Arpita lived in the reality of complete wonderment of the universe and life itself. 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. Through Jnana yoga (union through wisdom) and Bhakti yoga (union through devotion), she finds truth in all and aspires to empathically share it with those who know how to listen.

Mahadevi Ashram is a lush jungly garden overlooking incredible crater lake Atitlan. They are located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, three kilometers outside of San Marcos La Laguna, the 'yoga capital of Central America'. The ashram features two yoga halls, several bamboo cabins with dorms and private rooms, a yurt, and the main lounge and kitchen building, all right next to a lovely and clear mountain creek.

Activities
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping nearby
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Shop nearby

You will be provided with delicious vegetarian meals on all course days.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

There is a wood-fired stone-built sauna on site available for your use.

  • 32 nights accommodation
  • 200 hours of instruction and guided practice
  • Course manual and supplemental materials
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Written material covering and related to the curriculum

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). From there, you may take the shared shuttle right outside the arrivals gate to Antigua (10 USD), a lovely colonial town 45 minutes away. From here, either on the same day or later, take another shuttle directly to Panajachel. They leave frequently and cost around 10 USD. Take the public boat across the lake to Tzununa.

  • Review by Silvia from Lasi

    "I was most inspired to choose Kaivalya Yoga School for my 200-hour yoga teacher training. So many yoga schools are not serious and don't teach you anything, but here I've really learnt a lot of cool stuff, and built a strong foundation."

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  • Review by Sejr from Denmark

    "I've never been so deep in meditation."

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  • Review by Caroline from Oregon, USA

    "I've been in yoga for over twenty years and Arjuna has managed to give me a whole new perspective of what yoga can be and should be for modern spiritual practitioners. His wealth of knowledge across the board is remarkable and makes for sound advice and solid results of transformation. He offered something for everyone and eloquently conveyed even challenging concepts in a playful and inspiring way."

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  • Review by Viktor from Hungary

    "Yoga and meditation was fantastic! The classes were so inspiring and made a great impact."

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  • Review by John and his wife from Ontario, Canada

    "Something I had never experienced before. 'Wow' is the only word that seems appropriate but not enough to explain what I had experienced. My experience at Kaivalya changed my life spiritually and how I perceive the world."

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  • Review by Ezzie G. from Australia

    "Bliss. I think my favorite part (above and beyond the warm reception, cozy rooms, and killer setting) was the beautiful heartfelt quotes, pictures, and personal memoirs scattered around the place, gorgeous. Also having the yoga and meditation on your doorstep was brilliant!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Brisbane, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I feel as though I have a lot to say about this place so please bear with me. From the moment I arrived at Kaivalya and I was greeted by Arpita's warm smile I knew this was a place of love and light.I studied the level one month long intensive yoga course here from January to February 2015. My yoga knowledge was half a dozen Bikram classes attended before this. I knew nothing of the style they taught or the course outlines. A month on, I feel like my yoga has progressed levels far beyond my own expectations."

    "I now have a daily practice and routine I can follow confidently on my own. I was made to realize my yoga practice extends far beyond my rubber mat too.The way the course is taught helps you understand the full aspects of yoga and how it can be implemented through all aspects of life. If you wear pink outlined 199 USD Lorna Jane Yoga Pants with the matching top, just want a toned six pack, or only want to be able to do a perfect headstand for your FB profile pic, then this might get lost on you. Yoga isn't just a way to get flexible and fit."

    "The course is taught from a traditional yoga view. The asanas are all given in their Hindi names, chanting of mantras is a daily practice, they focus on meditation just as much as the yoga, and the daily discourses cover as much as one can possibly learn in a month about the origins, history, and limbs of yoga. All of this was new to me. As for the facilities, everything is perfect. You are overlooking the most beautiful lake in the world (according to myself and Mr. Huxley), and the San Marcos community is equally delightful and filled with many other warriors of light. It is also very reasonably priced. If you want to practice meditation and yoga in "quiet and perfect" surroundings, you will have to pay for it and you will struggle to replicate those conditions when you return home. I found that once I was able to focus on blocking off the external distractions, I had a better knowledge on how to block off the far more distracting noises than a noisy tuk tuk; the internal dialogue of a busy mind."

    "I would recommend this course to everyone. Arjuna is a humble, fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable teacher. Joe (the karma yogi) is well on his way to becoming a great teacher too. Arpita's meditation classes are straight from the heart.Together along with the Kaivalya's community (Salumatu, Paul, Roxy, Nelly, and all the others) make for a beautiful place to learn yoga and more about yourself. It was an unforgettable experience. I hope to return one day, but if I don't, I will continue to share with those around me the love that they filled my heart with. Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhanvantu."

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  • Review by Flynn from Missoula, Montana
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing experience at Kaivalya. The accommodations are simple, functional, and comfortable. As a long-term traveller, I appreciate places where I can settle in and feel "at home" rather than feeling like a guest. The facilities reflect the reality of living in Guatemala - barking dogs, loud music, lush greenery, and an intimate family vibe. I found all of these things to enhance my experience. Learning to tune out the distractions strengthened my meditation practice, and I felt supported by the community of students and teachers. I wouldn't recommend this place for a luxury yoga retreat. "

    "The focus is on spiritual practice and self-exploration. I connected deeply to the sincerity and authenticity of the yoga being taught here. I came to the month-long course without big expectations, but my experience was nothing short of transformative. The meditations and classes are structured so that both beginners and advanced students benefit from the teachings. This place seems to have a bit of magic surrounding it. I can't wait to see how the school evolves when it moves to its new (larger, quieter) location in Tzununa!"

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  • Review by Joanie and Nick from USA
    10 out of 10

    "It was definitely different than any yoga I had ever done before as it focused much more on the spiritual being than the physical. I was amazed that with daily meditation and practice during the one-month course, how many changes I found occurring within my mind. My heart felt more open everyday allowing me to let go of a lot of past hurt and begin to open up to finding forgiveness. As an artist I also found a spark of creativity so large that the hardest part about meditation was trying to quiet all of the new ideas that were suddenly coming to mind. As a couple we also participated in the Tantric yoga workshop and found great benefit from it. We left that day feeling closer to one another than ever and with great tips on how to sustain our already loving relationship."

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  • Review by Lincoln from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga classes are some of the most authentic, deep, and comprehensive that I've taken anywhere (and I am a yoga teacher)!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Montana
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing experience at Kaivalya. The accommodations are simple, functional, and comfortable. As a long-term traveler, I appreciate places where I can settle in and feel "at home" rather than feeling like a guest. The facilities reflect the reality of living in Guatemala - barking dogs, loud music, lush greenery, and an intimate family vibe. I found all of these things to enhance my experience. Learning to tune out the distractions strengthened my meditation practice, and I felt supported by the community of students and teachers. I wouldn't recommend this place for a luxury yoga retreat. The focus is on spiritual practice and self-exploration. I connected deeply to the sincerity and authenticity of the yoga being taught here. I came to the month-long course without big expectations, but my experience was nothing short of transformative. The meditations and classes are structured so that both beginners and advanced students benefit from the teachings. This place seems to have a bit of magic surrounding it. I can't wait to see how the school evolves when it moves to its new (larger, quieter) location in Tzununa!"

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  • Review by Lorraine Smith
    10 out of 10

    "Kaivalya Yoga School is one of the best places I have ever had the honor of studying at. The teachers are very knowledgeable and I have left the course feeling fully confident in my ability to teach yoga to others. The location at Mahadevi Ashram is the most beautiful, supportive, and loving environments I have encountered.I highly recommend this school and ashram to anyone who is committed to their journey in yoga, self inquiry, and spiritual awakening. I cannot wait to go back and take another retreat!"

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  • Review by Anastasia Gheyssen from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Arjuna cares about each of his students and dedicates himself to their evolution. He is an extremely patient teacher and you will never find a more optimistic cheerleader when you're having a tough time."

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  • Review by Anthony from North Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Spending the last six weeks at Kaivalya has been the single most transformative experience of my life, and I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for the warm and vibrant community that makes it far more than just a yoga school. I've been lucky enough to have been able to travel extensively through Central America and Southeast Asia / India, and have participated in a number of spiritual courses along the way. I can honestly say that Kaivalya distinguishes itself from everything I've experienced beforehand, and I could not speak more highly of it. From the stunning views of Lake Atitlan and its volcanoes, to the superb teachings and deeply transformative practices, to the delicious and festive meals, staying at Kaivalya brings a state of serenity and depth that lends itself beautifully to the cultivation of stillness and meditative silence, the flourishing of creativity and authentic expression, and the strengthening of heart-centered living and loving relationships."

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  • Review by David from New Zeland

    "This course completely changed my life."

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  • Review by Carla Malek from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This silent meditation retreat encouraged me to experience and release some of my fears and discomfort, relax into simply being, and to consider the question, "Who am I?" I found inspiration, new levels of softness and peace, a budding connection to the transcendent self, and a blossoming wonderment for the beauty of life. I truly feel that these realizations were made possible by Arpi, Emma, Arjuna, the retreat they facilitated, and the setting."

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  • Review by Christy from Colorado, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My only warning, be careful you may never want to leave this wonderful jungle sanctuary."

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  • Review by Roxy from Quebec City, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Kayvalia is a great place to practice yoga and meditation and I am so grateful for everything I learned during my one month course. Sejourning through Central America with a good friend of mine, everyone on our path were recommending us to head to San Marcos. We couldn't ignore all those San Marcos messages coming our way so we decided to go and spend what was going to be two weeks around lake Atitlan. I have been looking a bit online before hand to see where I could go to practice Yoga and fell on the Kayvalia Yoga Ashram page. I couldn't get hold of them so me and Veronique showed up to the school on a Monday just before Kirtan. I will always remember Arjuna's face when he saw us arriving with our enormous backpacks saying that the Ashram was full but that we were welcome to go in the backyard tent and to join for Kirtan in a couple minutes. What we did."

    "Kirtan simply changed my life and I was convinced right this day that I was going to attempt the one month course at this place. For me it was a life changing experience and I am so grateful for everything I was taught. It is exactly the kind of teaching I was seeking. I am actually manifesting everything that I can so I can save enough money to attempt the yoga teacher training next March."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I checked this place out for their lunch. "

    "They have a different lunch offer every day, though you don't really have any list to choose from. Whatever they make, that is it. "

    "You need to book your space no later than 9:00 am (we booked a day in advance) and it costs Q30 per person."

    "Food was delicious and abundant. Atmosphere was nice, relaxing and welcoming (considering we were the only ones eating there that weren't staying at the Ashram)."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tallinn, Estonia
    10 out of 10

    "I booked one month intensive yoga course already in December and was lucky to get a room in this lovely ashram. Located on the hill this place has a nice view to the lake. Rooms are simple and kitchen has everything for cooking. There is also internet access in retreat what makes difference especially if you stay for a long time. "

    "Yoga classes and meditation were amazing. It also included theoretical lessons. Definitely this is the place to be inspired and find happiness in every thing and every day. Highly recommended. Amazing experience which brought a lot of positive energy into my life."

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  • Review by Lisette from Utrecht, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Booked the one month course in advance, but never expected anything like this! We learned yoga in such a holistic way that captured everything! I am very grateful for all the lessons, the background and the new and inspired me I got back from it! Staying in the ashram and doing the classes and all the extra activities made it a wonderful experience altogether."

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  • Review by Paul from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Having just finished the 30 day yoga course at Kaivalya I can fully reccomend it! For me the combination of meditative asanas, meditation (with helpful guidance), lectures and chanting meant that this was a hugely fulfilling and rewarding month, along with being the holistic experience of yoga that I had always hoped I would find! "

    "Also on a practical note, the daily timings of the course (9 to 11.30 / 3.30 to 5) means its easy to attend everything whilst still experiencing everything San Marcos has to offer!"

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  • Review by Amferny from Asheville, North Carolina
    10 out of 10

    "Spending the last 6 weeks at kaivalya has been the single most transformative experience of my life, and I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for the warm and vibrant community that makes it far more than just a yoga school. Ive been lucky enough to have been able to travel extensively through central america and southeast asia/india, and have participated in a number of spiritual courses along the way. I can honestly say that kaivalya distinguishes itself from everything I've experienced beforehand, and I could not speak more highly of it."

    "From the stunning views of lake atitlan and its volcanoes, to the superb teachings and deeply transformative practices, to the delicious and festive meals that I was able to collaborate with other attendees in the making of, staying at kaivalya brings a state of serenity and depth that lends itself beautifully to the cultivation of stillness and meditative silence, the flourishing of creativity and authentic expression, and the strengthening of heart-centered living and loving relationships. "

    "If/when I return to Guatemala, I know exactly where i'll be heading."

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  • Review by Nicholas from Erie, Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "After traveling for a long period of time, Kaivalya was just what we needed. Our room was secluded from the rest of the hostel and had a beautiful view. The kitchen was small but had everything we needed. It was never too crowded either as not too many people stay there at a time so it was a great place to cook and enjoy some really healthy meals. The only real negative we found was the bed wasn't very comfortable. We are kind of picky when it comes to that though as one of us struggles with back problems. The environment and lovely people helped make up for it though."

    "We had decided to travel to find what we were truly passionate about and one of those things that revealed itself to me along the road was the love I have for yoga. When we found this affordable one month course I was thrilled and it quickly became the thing I was looking forward to most on our trip. It was definitely different than any yoga I had ever done before as it focused much more on the spiritual being than the physical. I was amazed that with daily meditation and practice during the one month course, how many changes I found occurring within my mind. My heart felt more open everyday allowing me to let go of a lot of past hurt and begin to open up to finding forgiveness. As an artist I also found a spark of creativity so large that the hardest part about meditation, was trying to quiet all of the new ideas that were suddenly coming to mind. As a couple we also participated in the Tantric Yoga workshop and found great benefit from it. We left that day feeling closer to one another than ever and with great tips on how to sustain our already loving relationship."

    "Our time at Kaivalya was a life changing experience and we know that we will return someday soon. We can honestly say that it helped point us in the direction of where we can truly find our bliss in life."

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  • Review by Rmarkel from Whitehorse, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I participated in the 30 day Hridaya yoga course at Kaivalya in December. I had practiced other types of yoga before, but never Hridaya. I learned much more about yoga than I had at studios back home which mostly focus on asanas; here we learned about the eight limbs of yoga, the chakras associated with specific asanas and had a daily meditation practice. "

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    "This style of yoga is not for people who are interested in fast moving work-out style yoga classes."

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    "Arjuna and Arpita are inspiring people who truly live the lifestyle that they teach. I really enjoyed the yoga course and four day silent meditation retreat."

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  • Review by Cemille from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "My intention was to stay for one week to relax, unwind and reconnect after three months on the road. However the universe had other plans instore for me! I ended up staying for the one month intensive retreat, and in doing so deepened my meditation and yoga practice. "

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    "First and foremost my experience was enhanced by Arjuna and Arpita's ability to convey, these ancient spiritual teachings with such clarity and wisdom. They are both such a wonderful example of oneness, their love and devotion to help others develop is so tangible and all encompassing. I could not have asked for better teachers and welcoming hosts. "

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    "Thank you for making my stay so magical and memorable."

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  • Review by Julia from Munich, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "We had a wonderful time at Kaivalya Yoga School in December 2013. Arpita and Arjuna are lovely hosts and good teachers. We took the one month yoga intensive course and enjoyed it a lot. We both found this is a great value and would highly reconmend this course for people, such as ourselves, looking to cultivate awareness in the teachings of yoga. Its not your average fitness-yoga stuff though we found our flexibility and strenth have both increased. Beside that its set in a beautiful little garden space and has a nice, well equiped kitchen. The upstairs rooms have nice views and some more privacy. They also offer very reasonable monthly rates."

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Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

Kaivalya Yoga School offers YTTs and intensive courses, meditation retreats, weekly kirtans, and various workshops. They operate an ashram in Guatemala and also give courses in India.

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33 days / 32 nights

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Friday April 7, 2017
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