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

Bhakti Intensive 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? Surrounded by volcanoes on a crater lake that is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, this "love, evolve, awaken" YTT combines a proper education in the original path of Hatha yoga with a special four-day Bhakti intensive to open the heart and relax into pure love.

Retreat highlights

  • 200-hour yoga teacher training program
  • Four days of special Bhakti intensive module
  • Professional course manual & academic-level curriculum
  • Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Daily vegalicious meals
  • 33 nights' lodging
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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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 it's 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 Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training Program

Instead of the rushed and superficial approach that is common among three-week yoga teacher trainings, 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 Bhakti module covering ancient and modern practices of devotional yoga as the effortless method of opening the heart center for genuine transformation. Four uplifting days of kirtan, mantra shastra, puja, and the mythology of yoga.

Class schedule

The course consists of five blocks with 1.5 days off in between. Class times are 07:00 to 13:30 and 15.30 to 18:30 including the four-day Bhakti module in the middle of the course. There are also three-hour Cacao Kirtan Satsang every weekend that will be part of the course.


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 a passing of the final exam.


Yoga practices - 100 hours

  • Asana (posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing technics)
  • Kriya (purification technics)
  • 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, 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: kirtan, mantric sciences, puja, mythology
  • How to embody authentic spirituality while embracing every moment of life in the world
  • Developing authenticity of what you are teaching

Included excursions

You will get the excursion to visit Hummingbird Waterfall.

Retreat location

Mahadevi Ashram is a lush jungle 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 quality-built of natural materials and features two yoga halls, several bamboo cabins with dorms, 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.

Unique features


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


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


  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Mosquito net
  • Room cleaning


The ashram kitchen provides delicious vegetarian meals on all course days. Tropical fruits, local ingredients, and wholesome recipes supportive for spiritual practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
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)

Kaivalya Yoga School encourages focusing on the training while it goes on, there are however one and a half days per week available to go explore the area. Kaivalya Yoga School recommends you to do 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, ziplining, paragliding, beautiful colonial towns, a hot water fall, caves, and the unique geological phenomenon of Semuc Champey. You can also visit San Pedro volcano across the lake, Mayan markets, and villages around the lake. You could easily spend three months in Guatemala without getting bored or breaking the bank.

What's included

  • 4-day special Bhakti intensive module
  • 33 nights accommodation
  • 200 hours of instruction and guided practice
  • Free 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 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday November 10, 2018
Departure: Thursday December 13, 2018

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