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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.
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. This particular course includes a Permaculture module held by Atitlan Organics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
You will be provided with delicious vegetarian meals on all course days.
They encourage focusing on the training while it goes on, there are however 1.5 days per week available to go explore the area. They recommend doing more exploration before or after the training as there are tons of amazing experiences to be had here: Mayan pyramids, traditional villages & 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.
There is a wood-fired stone-built sauna on site available for your use.
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.