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With the sound of the waves permeating every experience, the luxurious beachside setting and award-winning center of Present Moment Retreat is the perfect environment to let go and unfold. This is a life enhancing, transformative experience that combines the power of the Kula Collective 200-hour YTT with the renewing cleansing programs offered by Present Moment. By releasing in the body, we clear the mind and free the spirit, letting ourselves merge with the beauty of this magical place.
This training is held on the beautiful Pacific Riviera of Mexico, surrounded by epic surf breaks and rugged, sandy beaches. A short stroll away is a cultural gem, the quiet indigenous village of Troncones. With daily, stunning sunsets, calming, open-air spaces and delicious, health-giving cuisine, this is an experience to nourish the whole self.
Present Moment is an award winning, eco-friendly Retreat Center and Boutique Hotel on the beach in Troncones, Mexico, specializing in Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, Dance & Healing Arts. Accommodation is in comfortable, shared cabins with traditional palm-thatch roofs and beautiful, en-suite bathrooms.
Practice yoga in an oceanside, open air platform and cool yourself in the central pool. Renew your spirit while meditating in the spiritual gardens or on the private beach; revive your energy with a sunset walk, and dine on mouthwatering gourmet cuisine.
If you want to explore the area, activities include sunset horseback riding, hikes to waterfalls, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons, and more.
The Kula Collective 200-hour training provides a deep immersion into the practice of yoga - living, learning and embracing all aspects of a yogic lifestyle and deepening the connection to oneself and the earth through the wisdom of shamanic healing practices. These traditions, designed to grant us access to the infinite wisdom we carry within, are smoothly blended together to form a holistic offering rooted in the Indian philosophy of yoga.
Kula Collective's 200hr YTT focuses on the expansion of our own sacred consciousness, so that we can fully embody our practice and radiate the teachings of yoga by united in mind, body and spirit. All of our programs meet Yoga Alliance standards for teaching methodology, anatomy, yogic theory and special education. This course will provide a solid foundation of yoga history, the four traditional paths, 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga, meditation and exploration of asana through our signature Kula Flow and its asana analysis.
After learning the Kula Flow we deepen our understanding of Self through study of yoga philosophy, cleansing, Bhakti Yoga and ceremony. We share creative teaching methodology for designing balanced and holistic classes, using the Kula Signature Sequences as building blocks and providing support for new teachers to creatively sequence their own classes. The course will give multiple opportunities for participants to teach and receive feedback, so that they leave with not only a fully prepared sequence, but multiple shorter sequences and a plethora of inspiration ready to create from the heart.
The Kula Collective 200-hour YTT provides you with concrete tools and clear strategies to live your life with passion and purpose. Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s really worth your time, money and effort to become Yoga Alliance certified as a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT). We understand how you feel; this path is not an easy one, yet we’ve found that even those who have no plans of actually teaching Yoga have come away deeply transformed by this experience, with crystal clarity on steps they can take to manifest their dreams into reality.
Throughout our time together we engage in self-inquiry to clear space for the true teacher within to shine. By releasing the stories and holdings that no longer serve us, we create more space in our bodies and mind to see our gifts, our passions and the essence of who we are as beings on a path to holistic, connected living.
This training will provide a strong foundation in yogic practice and philosophy, and a fresh perspective on life. Its an opportunity to cultivate a practice if you do not have one and to deepen your existing practice if you do. Through the unique experience of uncovering and discovering our true nature, we empower our students to become inspired leaders in their communities and wherever they go in the world. Step away from the rush and come closer to your calling, through connecting to your heart and embracing the oneness within all.
Journey Through the Three Worlds of the Chakana...
Each of our training programs have been carefully designed to incorporate 200 intensive hours, as detailed by the Yoga Alliance, using the Kula Collective signature structure of the Chakana. The Andean Cross allows a transformative journey through the lower, middle and upper worlds of this ancient tradition, allowing us to explore the many levels of our being.
Beginning with the Lower World, we Explore our unconscious and physical abilities and limitations, recognizing and breaking through self-created boundaries and limiting beliefs. By releasing what no longer serves us, we create more space in the body and mind through the cultivation of awareness and the understanding of the roots of yoga, anatomy, foundational practices and selfless service. Throughout this cycle we will practice and learn in depth the poses and sequencing of our Kula Basic Flow, with daily opportunity to teach to peers and receive feedback.
In the Middle World, we Empower discovering more of who we are, through experiencing elemental awareness and self inquiry, allowing us to embody the teachings and live to our full potential. After teaching their first full yoga class, participants dive deeper into the work of Patanjali's Ashtanga (8 limbs) philosophy, applied anatomy, philosophy, pranayama, ayurveda and chakras, deepening understanding of our true nature and evoking a strong love for the self and each other.
From our work in the Lower and Middle worlds, we experience a sense of freedom in the Upper World as we Expand, shifting from gross to more subtle realms of consciousness, letting us step into our radiant power. With topics such as complementary holistic health practices, yoga sutras in depth, and the profession of yoga, we close our training with a clear personal practice and teaching plan, fueled with inspiration to grow our gifts and manifest our dreams into reality.
Typical Kula Day
6:15 - 8:30 AM - Art of Practice
Meditation, Pranayama, and Asana
8:30 - 10:00 AM - Breakfast
10:00 - 1:00 PM - Art of Living/Teaching
Yoga Anatomy, Philosophy, Daily Intentions & Special topics
1:00 - 3:00 PM - Lunch & Self-Study
3:00 - 5:30 PM - Art of Teaching
Kula Flow, Asana Analysis, Adjustments & Creative Sequencing
5:30 - 7:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 PM - Art of Healing
Ceremony, Kirtan or Satsang sacred gathering (*every other evening)
Conscious Exploration Through The Four Arts...
Our curriculum is split into four teaching tracks, woven through each of the three cycles. The Four Arts recognize and develop our studies in yoga in a thoroughly holistic manner, stimulating our students to become inspired, knowledgeable and intuitive teachers, expressing and modelling all aspects of this ancient lifestyle practice.
Art of Practice: Asana, Pranayama and Meditation infused with related themes, creative sequencing and personal practice design
Art of Living: Meditation, Yoga Philosophy of sacred texts and personal exploration and transformational developmental work
Art of Teaching: Theory and Methodology, Pranayama, Adjustments, Alignment, Sequencing, Transitions, Workshopping and Asana Analysis, Anatomy and unique therapeutic focus on various areas of the body
Art of Healing: Sacred Ceremony, Therapeutic Yoga for mental health, Ayurveda, Chakras and Shamanism and other energetic and holistic healing practices
Holly Mech fell in love with yoga because of the sense of connection she felt every time she came to her mat. Yoga helped her live her life in a way that was full and authentic to her true self. She seeks to empower her students to follow their own path and challenge their ideas about what they can and cannot do. Holly began teaching yoga in Chicago in 2011. Her desire to deepen her teaching and personal practice led her to continue her yoga education in California, Bali, Australia, and Guatemala. She now travels around the world teaching yoga and facilitating yoga teacher training. Her classes are creative and dynamic with an emphasis on making yoga accessible to everyone.
Weaving together Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga, Embodiment techniques, and Dance, Mollie's class is a unique creative exploration of the Self through movement and breath. Recently her training has been focused in offering Yoga as a form of therapy to relieve stress, anxiety, and aid in addiction recovery. Her classes explore aspects of embodiment, sound, mindfulness and yogic philosophy to deepen the sense of grounding inside ones Self. Her passion is a practice of coming home to your body, home to the breath, and allowing this to provide an anchor of deep connection with the present moment.
This retreat will take place on a serene beach in Troncones, Mexico, thirty minutes up the coast from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
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After the heavy rains of the summer and autumn seasons, the farmers harvest delicious crops of organic vegetables in a colorful array of tastes and textures. Combining only the freshest of mother nature's natural ingredients, the chefs of Present Moment Retreat's kitchen intertwine the heart and soul of spa cuisine to create dishes that linger both on the palate and on the mind. By using an extraordinary combination of local ingredients, they bring you some of the most complex, tantalizing and memorable cuisine on the coast.
If surfing is not your interest, you might want to take a boogie board out to play in the waves.
The Sierra mountain is enchanted with forests of pine, oak, and aspen, stunning blue skies, meadows, and mesas, your hike can be a gentle or an extreme adventure. Choose to have a local guide lead the way or blaze new trails on your own.
Walk, gallop, and canter along the stunning beaches and beach towns of Troncones, Manzanillo Bay and Majahua. Feel the transformational power as you get up close and personal with nature's positive energy.
Enjoy a relaxing experience paddling through La Boca estuary surrounded by lush vegetation and home to many different species of local wildlife. Local marine biologist Alejandro Rodriguez Pruneda shares his encyclopedia-like knowledge of nature as he guides you through a maze of riverways. Beautiful vacation activity, great for bird watchers.
Troncones is situated between several beautiful snorkeling spots. Troncones point, a short walk away, has a beautiful reef full of sea life. If you want to venture farther, you can go to Manzanillo Bay or Las Gatas, both of which are exceptional spots.
Countless surfers come to Troncones for the classic point breaks. There are amazing waves for both longboarders and shortboarders alike. Excellent conditions for both beginners and experts.
Every afternoon on Troncones beach, dozens of sea turtles are released and you can take part in this amazing experience.
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