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25 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala

  • The Yoga Forest, Mountain Valley, 330 San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala


Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala

Come join Kula Collective and awaken the power of your spirit while living in a conscious living community overlooking the incredible Lake Atitlan in the western highlands of Guatemala. This training will provide you with a strong foundation in yogic practice and philosophy and a fresh perspective on life. Step away from your life and come closer to your calling through connecting to your heart and embracing the oneness within all paths as the realization of the self.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Teaching methodology and practicums
  • Yoga Alliance syllabus and certification
  • 24 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 23 days with instruction
  • English
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During the training course, you will be accommodated at The Yoga Forest. The retreat center was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly, and in communion with the surroundings.

Terraced into the side of a cliff, The Yoga Forest is a 25-minute hike up into the valley from Lake Atitlán. To escape to the lush tropical food forest, please travel with a backpack, organic soaps, a head torch, and a spirit of adventure.

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán. Treat yourself in the tropical food forest and enjoy amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga and permaculture classes, and friendly community living.

The Yoga Forest has many different accommodations.

Ganesh loft

Ganesh loft is built into the cliff wall. The loft is made with bamboo, cypress, and a palma roof, looking over the lake and volcanoes. It has a low to the ground queen size bed, antique Guatemalan furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles.

Shiva yoga loft

Shiva yoga loft is an open aired bamboo loft in the beautiful yoga shala, next to the waterfall and cliffs. It’s a semi private space with a queen size bed for one or two people.

Cabaña indra

Looking out over Lake Atitlán and its surrounding volcanoes, cabaña indra accommodates up to four people, either in four large single beds or two king-sized beds. Using natural building techniques, it is constructed with a bamboo frame, cypress loft, palma roof, and natural adobe walls. The beds are comfortable, with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Peruvian shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.

Cabaña rama

The first naturally built cabaña at The Yoga Forest, cabaña rama was created using traditional Mayan bahareque building. Local hardwood and weeping bamboo framing are finished with an earthen plaster and earthen floor.

With wonderful views of Lake Atitlán, cabaña rama accommodates up to four people, either in four large single beds or one king size bed and two large singles. The beds are comfortable with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Peruvian shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.

Cabaña Lakshmi

The newest cabaña at The Yoga Forest, cabaña Lakshmi is a cypress lodge perched atop one of one of the highest points of the property. With amazing views of Lake Atitlán, Cabaña Lakshmi consists of two separate floors accommodating two in the lower room and four in the upper room.

The beds are comfortable with warm feather duvets and pillows. The rooms are colorfully decorated with Peruvian shipibo and Indian fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.

This teacher training program is the opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the magic of the forest as you uncover your true teacher, embracing incredible natural beauty and the power of the elements, allowing you to access the deep wisdom within.

This program has been carefully designed to incorporate 200 intensive hours using the Kula Collective signature structure of the Andean cross, allowing a transformative journey through the lower, middle, and upper worlds of the high Andean tradition. Each of the worlds has a different focus - knowledge and wisdom, work and service, and love and beauty.

This course will provide you with a holistic foundation of yoga including a brief introduction to the history and traditional paths and the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga before moving into a focus in anatomy and exploration of asana through the Kula basic flow and its asana analysis.

Once you feel confident with the Kula basic flow, you will begin to deepen your understanding of the self, through study of yoga philosophy, cleansing, and ceremony.

You will learn teaching methodology in order to enable you to create balanced and holistic classes to a variety of levels as you explore the Kula signature sequences and then creatively sequence your own classes.


Kula Collective’s yoga teacher training is a holistic program based on the understanding that to understand yoga you must first understand the self - body, mind, and spirit.

The chakana, or Andean cross, acts as the guide and foundational structure for the course, encompassing a lower world, middle world, and upper world that each focuses on different types of movement, diet, and meditation. The levels allow you to move up through the layers of your self-understanding, to reveal the wise and light-filled beings that you are.

Kula Collective brings to life the ancient teachings of yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in yogic philosophy, and a daily yoga practice called the Kula flow.

Kula flow

The Kula flow is a slow Vinyasa-based sequence with an emphasis on mindfulness, breath, meditation, and alignment.

The Kula flow is has roots in Ashtanga, Sivananda, Kundalini, Hatha, and Iyengar. The intention of the flow is to give you an opportunity to access the stillness of the mind, preparing the body for meditation which is the foundation of yoga.

During this training, you will dive deep into the four traditional paths of yoga.

  • Bhakti or the way of the heart. It’s where you will experience love and devotion through prayer, ceremony, singing, and chanting.
  • Jnana or the way of knowledge. It’s where you will experience self-inquiry through the art of living with intention and contemplation of your very oneness.
  • Karma or the way of action. It’s the selfless service to the one, how you can gracefully and mindfully serve the whole.
  • Raja or the royal path of meditative absorption. It’s where you explore the work of Patanjali's Ashtanga (eight limbs) philosophy.

The Kula flow is a philosophical journey through the eight limbs of yoga inspired by the teachings of the ancient sage Patanjali. Sutra literally means to thread, so you will experience this weaving of these important concepts throughout the class, leaving you with a better sense of yourself.

  • Yamas - social ethics and guidelines (external)
  • Niyamas - observances (internal)
  • Asana - to sit comfortably with the self
  • Pranayama - to let the breath flow with intention and ease
  • Dharana - concentration
  • Dhyana - meditation
  • Samadhi - transcendence

The Kula flow provides an experience to look inward and fulfill your soul’s purpose. It encourages you to find contentment in the present moment. When in the flow, you recognize that there is nowhere you need to be, there is nowhere you need to go.

Everyday, the teachings will flow through four arts:

The art of teaching

At this 200-hour teacher training, the focus is on giving you the best foundational understanding of yoga possible in the time available. In asana, this means the emphasis on the correct alignment, muscular engagement, and breathing.

You will be introduced to Kula flow, a dynamic, slow Vinyasa sequence that is highly adaptable and contains many of the building blocks you will need to make your own sequences. Students in your class will benefit from this extra focus on anatomical alignment within asana, as well as the step-by-step guide to physical and energetic Thai massage-based adjustments.

Through this art of teaching, you will:

  • Learn to teach the signature Kula flow, complete with the full anatomic and energetic cues, physical, verbal and energetic adjustments, and modifications for all levels of practice.
  • Become familiar with the form, teaching methodology, benefits, and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), and kriyas (cleansing techniques).
  • Explore teaching as an art - how to keep the energy flow within a class, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching and learning, how to weave your intention and your unique presence into your class, and how to share yoga off the mat.
  • Learn to create various class-styles, from the beginner, intermediate, to specialized yoga, integrating your own style into tradition techniques.
  • Receive a foundational education in anatomy specific to yoga, including functional alignment, benefits, and contraindications of the practice as well as learning modifications for age and common injuries or conditions.
  • Become familiar with the subtle yogic anatomy and the chakras, as well as the systems of the Peruvian shamanic tradition.
  • Receive a foundation in the history of yoga and the four traditional paths as well as Ashtanga philosophy (the eight-fold path) and related practices and topics to broaden your knowledge and understanding of conscious living.
  • Teach two full classes and many mini-sequences throughout the training and receive loving and specific feedback from the trainers and your peers.

The art of healing

This 200-hour yoga teacher training will give you the opportunity for deep self-healing through personal discovery practices, group exercises, intentional discussion, and sacred ceremony.

The training also offers a wide selection of teachings on complementary health practices, including but not limited to Ayurveda, nutrition, massage, Thai massage, energetic healing, tai chi, chakra cleansing, herbal healing, and the yogic diet.

The art of healing component of the curriculum allows you to reveal your wisest self and to unveil your true calling as a healing practitioner and as sharer of an ancient wellness practice. Through this component, you will:

  • Have the time and space to dive into your own personal healing, guided by experienced facilitators and supported by a safe, energetic container.
  • Be guided through a wheel of transformation as you cycle through the three levels of the Peruvian Chakana.
  • Take part in the sacred ceremony, calling in the energies of the four cardinal directions as you hold full and new moon ceremonies, ceremonies of release and of manifestation, cacao ceremonies, and ceremonies of healing, asking the elements of the earth for support as you transform.
  • Abandon yourself to the healing power of sound, through traditional kirtan circles and native medicine song and ceremony chants from around the world.
  • Become familiar with the subtle yogic anatomy and the chakras as well as the systems of the Peruvian shamanic traditions.
  • Receive the introduction to many different healing modalities and lifestyle practices, including but not limited to Ayurveda, nutrition, massage, Thai massage, energetic healing, tai chi, chakra cleansing, herbal healing, and the yogic diet.
  • Step into your role as a healing practitioner and sharer of this ancient wellness practice.

The art of living

As you come together in the group training, you will explore the art to living well through examining both your own understanding of the art of living and that of the ancient sages.

Through the study of the yoga sutras, modern yoga’s foundational text, as well as the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, you better come to understand the true nature of the self and your place in the world.

Through the discussion of the art of living, you will:

  • Experience the true sense of community. You will be encouraged to share from the heart, experience as a whole, and make new friends with the same passion for truth as you.
  • Become the spiritual being you truly are, through learning how to take your yoga off the mat and into life.
  • Live a spiritual intention every day, weaving your inner practice into your outer world.
  • Explore the key themes for integrating yoga into daily life, experiencing them through practice and self-study and discussing as a group.
  • Study and discuss the yoga sutras of Patanjali, aphorisms giving insight into profound yogic practices and contemplations, as well as their life-transforming benefits.
  • Study the select sections of other great yogic texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads.

The art of practice

This 200-hour yoga teacher training places an emphasis on the experiential face of yoga by living your practice as a group - beginning and ending each day with a form of meditation and daily connection to your asana and pranayama.

Each morning, you will wake in silence to meditate as the sun rises, flowing into your internal experience of pranayama and the Kula flow - the unique sequence. As you continue to expand through your teaching, you creatively work with this flow and feel what it is to open up your boundaries as you are guided into deepening your personal practice through meditation, pranayama, and asana.

You will follow the yogic, vegetarian diet, which purifies your practice from the inside out. You will eat your meals with reverence and you open and close your space with Om, the universal sound. You meditate as you breathe, walk, dance, and laugh your way through your experience and you allow your practice to be a ceremony each time.

Through this art of practicing and embodying yoga, you will:

  • Build your practice with daily meditation, pranayama, and asana in a beautiful location.
  • Cleanse your body as you live the yogic diet, filling your body and soul with the high-prana, Sattvic (pure) food, and observe the space that is created in all aspects of your being as a result.
  • See your poses improve through the one-on-one guidance and hands-on adjustments to help you get the most of your practice.
  • Learn how to deepen your practice through mudras, bandhas, and understanding of yogic anatomy and alignment.
  • Experience a wide selection of meditation and pranayama techniques, both traditional and modern.
  • Learn how to reintegrate your practice into your daily life.
  • Discover the depths that lie within you through your own true connection to spirit.



Asana, pranayama, and kriya techniques will be taught and practiced. You will practice teaching them to your peers. There will be time to develop your own asanas, learn about the benefits, checkpoints, and contraindications, as well as to teach and assist your peers during the group teaching sessions. Group teaching means that you as a group form a circle and each participant demonstrates and teaches one asana while the others either perform the technique or assist their peers.


A variety of asanas will be taught including gentle beginner and intermediate variations. You will be taught how to enter and exit a pose, how to use the breath in the asana, checkpoints for alignment, benefits and contraindications for the asana, and how to assist your students in the pose.

Categories of asana include standing and balancing asanas, forward bends, back bends, side bends, twisting poses, crouching and seated poses, poses on the abdomen, poses on the back, inverted poses, and meditation poses.

You will also learn how to adapt the techniques for specific ages, levels, some ailments, and in the case of pregnancy. You will learn warm-up techniques and relaxation poses including the importance of deep breathing in relaxation to prevent muscle fatigue and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles.


You will learn the form, benefits, and contraindications of the various pranayama techniques, as well as when to incorporate them into the class and how to introduce pranayama techniques.

The techniques include abdominal breathing, the three-part breath, ujjai pranayama, brahmari pranayama, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati pranayama.

You will learn how to perform these pranayamas with the bandhas and with relatively short breath retention (kumbhaka) when appropriate.


In order to perform the retention in breathing techniques, it is necessary to teach and learn mula bandha, jalandhara bandha, and uddiyana bandha. The latter is instrumental to kriyas such as nauli. The purpose of the bandhas will be discussed in its relation to the uniting of prana and apana to channel them into the shushumna nadi.


You will learn types of kriyas, their benefits, primarily for their own practice, and later how to introduce the kriya to a class. The types include jal neti, jal kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak.


In the theory section, the goal and paths of yoga will be discussed, thereby leading to the concept and techniques of meditation. Guided meditation will be explored, including creative visualization, meditation using yantra, mantra, ideation, ishta chakra, and the withdrawal of the senses from external objects. You will be guided in choosing a mantra for meditation.


You will explore the idea of mantra as a mystical energy encased in a sound structure in relation to both saguna (nama) mantras and nirguna mantras such as Om. You will learn to chant and present yogic mantras for the beginning and the ending of yoga classes (such as the shanti mantra or the jyothi mantra). Bija mantras for purifying the chakras will also be explored including the timing and procedure for using these mantras in meditation.

Transformational experiences

During the transformational experiences program, you will delve into the practice of both nama and abstract kirtan, as well as Vedic mantras such as the gayatri mantra, the mahamrityunjaya (healing) mantra, the shanti mantra, the loving-kindness mantra, and the akhanda mantra. Transformational experiences will also include some rituals, sharing, healing circles, and creative movement.

Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

This section will introduce yoga psychology and philosophy through the discussions on Patanjali’s yoga sutras, chapters one and two. The trainers will present sutras and also use pairwork and group work discussions to give you the opportunity to explore how these sutras relate to your practice and how you live your lives.

Patanjali’s eight-fold path is the climax of the chapter two and the trainers will offer concrete examples of how to implement yamas and niyamas in your daily lives. You will have the opportunity to discuss your understanding and experience with these yogic guidelines.

You will also be guided to see the interrelationship of all of the ten principles, as well as the interrelationship of the different paths of yoga. The paths (bhakti, karma, raja, and jnana) will also be introduced in both a philosophical and practical light.


There will be a presentation and comparison of yogic and Ayurvedic concepts of nutrition as well as those of daily cleansing ritual, self-massage, and other practices.


As a natural extension to the ten principles (yamas and niyamas) as well as the discussions on teaching methodology, you will flow into a discussion of professionalism and ethics in the teaching profession in general and the yoga profession in particular.

Kula Collective will present the statement of professional standards and discuss as a group the importance of having and maintaining codes of professional standards.

Teaching methodology

Practical teaching methodology includes how to demonstrate, observe, cue, and assist students. This will be integrated with the techniques class. You will also model the importance of language used to describe entry and maintaining and exiting poses.

The theoretical discussions of methodology (pedagogy) aim to explore how to become a transformational facilitator or a teacher rather than just an instructor. This includes such topics including the art of sequencing, creating a safe space, establishing a student-centered class, managing group dynamics, language and cuing, the ethics of assisting, and creating a yogic environment for learning. You will also discuss qualities that will be instrumental to you as a teacher.

Anatomy and physiology

In the 20 hours of anatomy and physiology class, you will be learning both about the physical system and the subtle body.

In physical anatomy class, you will learn anatomy and how it relates to yoga. The subjects will include the study of the skeleton, muscles and joints, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and the endocrine system, and how they are benefited by yoga.

In the subtle anatomy class, you will explore the yogic teaching regarding the three bodies, the physical body, the astral body, and the causal body, as well as the five corresponding sheaths, and the yogic techniques that purify each sheath.

The concept of nadis and chakras will also be explored. The shape, location, associated glands, and characteristics of each chakra will be explored. This subject will be complemented by the practical meditation sessions and chanting sessions which will explore meditating and chanting to purify the chakras. It will also complement the discussion of the ida, pingala, and shushumna nadis that is intrinsic to any discussion of pranayama and the bandhas.


In the first half of the program, you will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching your peers each pose or mini sequence in the techniques class. This will progress towards teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole group ‘group teaching’.

In the second half of the course, you will each teach two classes to a peer. Each class will be 90 minutes long. You will get 15 minutes of feedback from your peers and from the trainer.

The first round will be a set Kula flow sequence, the second round will be a beginners or intermediate level class where you are required to create and sequence your own class holistically around a theme of your choice.

Training schedule

The program is a 25-day course, using the chakana as the foundational structure. This means the course is separated into lower, middle, and upper worlds. The lower world represents the physical, the middle world reflects the mental and emotional, and the upper world involves the energetic or spiritual realm, leading you on a true journey from the head to the heart. Uncover and let go of the layers and step into a more awakened state of being to sit in the seat of your soul.

You will spend eight days in each world, broken down into two half-cycles of three days, with a half-day on day four to apply these practices to modern day living, and a full day off on day eight to live your spiritual practice.

For full school days you will follow the detailed schedule below. On half days, you will open with a morning's rest, restorative Yin class and a workshop to deepen your understanding of the chakras associated with the world you are working in, with the rest of this day free. You will meet the group for evening gathering every other day.

The training will consist of 25 days, 18 full training days, three half days, and two full days off, plus opening and closing on the first and last days.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 09:00 The art of practice covering meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • 10:00 - 13:00 The art of living and teaching covering yogic philosophy, theory and diet, yogic living, and daily intentions
  • 15:00 - 17:30 The art of teaching covering Kula flow, asana analysis, adjustments, and yoga anatomy
  • 19:00 - 20:30 The art of healing (every other evening) including ceremony, kirtan, or satsang sacred gathering
  • Jessi Luna

    Since a young age, Jessi has studied dance and creative movement. Since her first 200-hour registered yoga teacher training in 2008, Jessi has led retreats and workshops throughout the US, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Costa Rica. She completed her 500-hour registered yoga teacher training hour certification in 2012 and now leads teacher trainings in these places she most enjoys to share.

This teacher training program will be held in a small Mayan village of San Marcos la Laguna, near Lake Atitlan in the western highlands of Guatemala. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility, and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Balcony
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Yoga shala
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During the training course, you will be served three meals per day. The food served during the training course is sourced from the organic gardens and local producers.

  • Enjoy professional massage and wellness counseling
  • Explore the beautiful forest gardens, waterfalls, and natural abundance
  • Join probiotic courses
  • Shop for beautiful textiles and handicrafts in local indigenous villages
  • Swim or kayak in the beautiful Lake Atitlan

There is professional massage, wellness counseling, and various therapies available in The Yoga Forest for an additional cost.

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 24 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily yoga and asana practices
  • Yoga Alliance syllabus and certifications

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by shuttle

Private shuttles are highly recommended and can be arranged for a direct service from Guatemala City to San Marcos La Laguna for a cost of 110 USD.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Kula Collective an inquiry.
  • Review by Jake Ferree

    "I wanted to take the time and share a massive amount of praise for the 300hr training that I just completed in Peru. I know words can never express the amount of gratitude that has filled my heart but I will give it a try. The course was above and beyond all of my expectations. It seemed like every other day the facilitators had another surprise trip and/or present for us. The days were long, waking up at 5:30 a.m. every morning and staying in classes until 9 p.m. every night, although the days were long and jam packed with classes they seemed to still go pretty fast and I found myself completely engaged in all of the lessons. All of the facilitators put their whole heart into their teachings and it was definitely felt and fully received. The connections that I made on this journey and all the self work that I was able to accomplish wile I was there will be something that will forever change me and something I will forever be grateful for. This trip was definitely a life changer and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to enhance their knowledge mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Thank you thank you thank you."

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  • Review by Veronica

    "Hey, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my entire being. My life has been forever changed, for the better, all because Jessi responded to my call and offered me a scholarship. If not for that moment, it may have taken me a lot longer to find the peace and happiness I embody now. I feel eternally grateful, and have an immense amount of love and respect for all of my facilitators: Jiya (Julia), Kali (Jessi), Tarzan (Zach), Anahata (Bonnie), and Madonna (Krystalin) ... your wisdom and passion was incredibly moving and real, and was just what my soul was seeking. Your intentions are so true, and I am honored to have been your student. I in fact, hope to see some of you again when it's time for my 300-hr! Eternal love and light, " website, edited

  • Review by Paula from USA

    "After 27 days away in Mexico I am home. The experience was by far the most beautiful healing I've personally felt in my life. I am a Certified Kula Collective Yoga Teacher! And dam proud to be a part of the kula experience and crew for life! Our instructors CJ Ananda Page and Randi Schiffman brought a love to the experience that I am not even able to put into words. It was very clear that these two women are full of integrity and passion for their dharma. Thank you Kula!! I had the support of many friends and family members. I love you guys. A special thank you to the guy who has always seen the greatness within me. The one who is always there for me. Supporting me in every way possible. This experience would not have been possible without you Wade Martin. He has been busy preparing my studio for my return. How lucky am I right!?It's so amazing. I cannot wait to spread the wisdom and love. Stay tuned for the healing and yoga schedule at Orchid Awakenings studio in Radville!" website, edited

  • Review by Seth Martiniuk

    "I attended the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2015 in Mexico, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience, largely because of the two talented and knowledgeable teachers. CJ Ananda Page brought knowledge, passion to every class and despite the gruelling, all day schedule she maintained a high level of energy and presence throughout! She created a safe learning environment with her calm and compassionate manner, allowing the students to feel as comfortable as possible while learning new skills. Whenever you have a teacher that has the practical knowledge, combined with passion for the subject, you end up having happy, well taught students! I truly feel lucky for all that Ananda brought to the course, her value to our experience cannot be understated.” Thanks so much Kula!"

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  • Review by David May

    "Ananda and Coby both embody the true nature of the yogi and divinity within us all with their light, knowledge, and dedication to growth, whether its their personal evolution or their student's evolution! Not only do I feel prepared to build my business as a yoga instructor and fitness professional after our time together, but I feel prepared to do it with all of me. I feel that I am ready to put myself in everything I do! They each helped me open doors inside of myself so I could grow. I came to our training together at a point in my life where I felt I knew what I was, a spiritual being, but I had no idea who I was, as a yoga teacher or human! It is the very essence of Coby and Anandas nurturing nature and knowledge of yoga that aided my growth as a yogi back into my true self! My roots took hold deeper into my soul and I relearned my true nature. Through listening to each of them, I gained extensive knowledge. Through watching each of them I gained examples of growth. And through all of our learning, I became permanently rooted to each of them. Something deeper than teacher and student. Something deeper than friends. Something deeper than family. Something deeper than these words. We all (the entire group) became one, all thanks to their gracious, nurturing guidance. I feel beyond blessed that my1 path crossed with these two souls!"

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  • Review by Martiniuk

    "I attended the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2015 in Mexico, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience, largely because of the two talented and knowledgeable teachers. CJ Ananda Page brought knowledge, passion to every class and despite the grueling, all day schedule she maintained a high level of energy and presence throughout! She created a safe learning environment with her calm and compassionate manner, allowing the students to feel as comfortable as possible while learning new skills. Whenever you have a teacher that has the practical knowledge, combined with passion for the subject, you end up having happy, well taught students! I truly feel lucky for all that Ananda brought to the course, her value to our experience cannot be understated. Thanks so much Kula!"

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  • Review by Gaia Good

    "I was unbelievably blessed to have Ananda as my teacher and guide during both my 200-hrs in Mexico and 500-hrs in Peru, both were completely life changing experiences. Ananda held a beautiful sacred space as she supported us in our transformation from a place of complete unconditional love. Ananda helped me to understand that I can live my dream and live as the light. The wisdom that was imparted intertwining the shamanic practices of the Americas with the traditional yogic practices of the East was fascinating and creates a holistic way for us to move spiritually forward into our new connected earth. Ananda's teaching clearly comes from a depth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, and was shared humbly, providing an abundance of space for our expansion. Ananda embodies the bliss that can be found in the present moment, representing that our existence is our creation, that what we create comes from what we are, which is love. During the trainings we were gracefully lead to raising our vibration, bringing us into union with the divine. I met soul family and discovered infinite love, I will be eternally grateful! I love you dear soul sister!"

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  • Review by Silvia Gallo

    "It was with much gratitude, love and respect that I thank you for having the courage and enthusiasm to follow your yogic journey. As a result I was honored with a teacher. You are patient, focused, wise and giving. It was inspiring to observe your unwavering commitment to guide 13 women (myself included) through a mind, body, soul journey. You were encouraging, nonjudgmental and demanding when needed (the appropriate amount, of course). You were the wise observer yet you were also a bright light, full of smiles and fun. I know that I will speak to my own students some day of my teacher and they will see admiration and gratitude on my face. I hope our paths cross again. Until then I pull strength daily from remembering your commitment and recalling the courage that not only you displayed but my fellow students that through your guidance and energy are now certified yoga teachers! Yeah!!! Namaste and lets Om it out!:)"

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  • Review by Mikaela Hardwick

    "I completed my 200-hr training with Randi in Guatemala in February 2015. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. It was a life changing experience and I couldnt have done it without Randi. I was very homesick and Randi was so understanding and loving. She is an incredible yogi and always makes you feel like you can do more. I learned so much from her; its hard to do yoga without her! She is still my favorite yoga teacher I have ever had! I would highly recommend taking any class, training, or retreat with Randi. I promise you will not be disappointed! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Hristina Georgieva

    "I left the yoga teacher training with abundance of gratefulness for what I've learnt, and life in general. I wouldn't have achieved such a state if it wasn't for the path that our main facilitator, Jiya, opened for us and guided us through each day. Her teaching style was super fluid, open and deep, it simply felt effortless from her side. I respect and love the endless patience that she showed throughout the training. She was always present, holding the space for us, aware of the material delivery deadlines but also of our progress and our mood thus was able to easily adjust the tempo. Her music passion definitely rubbed off on me, she has an amazing voice :) And overall she has this effortless ability to share with and without words or actions her light and wisdom."

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  • Review by Hana Pepin

    "It is a dedication to asking the questions, Who Am I? What is my purpose? How can I serve? In becoming a part of this world wide Kula family I have been blessed to have such incredible guides on this spiritual path. The community of beings that come together are here to awaken, to create and to heal the self and one another. I have spent the last month in Peru with Coby, Ananda, and Randi as facilitators and my life has shifted. When in their presence I feel a part of something greater, more vibrant and so much more alive. The program offered me space to discover who I truly am, to feel safe and protected while exploring sides of me I was unsure of. The integration of yoga, mantra, ayurveda, shamanism, plant medicine, Andean and native American culture along with many more is brought together so well by this diverse group of light beings. Every moment became a new opportunity to sink into the heart and to lead from this space of greater awareness and peace of mind. When we step into our darkness we become more aware, more mindful and more awake as we enter the light. We become capable of letting go of past beliefs, ideas, habits, and thoughts that no longer serve who we are, in the Now. We are emptied of the old stagnation and become full of spirit. I am grateful for this wonderful experience to have learned such assurance of these things. I have truly received all the wisdom and knowledge I had been seeking and manifesting because of this program with Kula. Many thanks and many more fun times to come! Kula Aho. Namaste."

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  • Review by Elizabeth Cohn-Martin

    "I came into creativity and yoga retreat after a very academically, mentally and emotionally stressful semester in New York City. While I was pretty fatigued and exhausted initially, the transition into the workshop brought a tremendous amount of relief and an influx of joy that I had not felt in a long time. I consider myself quite lucky to have been able to offer myself such a fantastic gift and can fully vouch for the benefits of this experience. This retreat is very special for many reasons. The obvious reason is that it merges creativity development practices with yoga practices. I have yet to find a workshop or retreat like this elsewhere and think that it is powerful to merge these two practices, as the physical practice of yoga enables the mind to become much more malleable and open to creative flows and desires. Being able to use the physical practice in a way that directly supports creative development is super special and really quite useful for the support of all different kinds of creative practices. Zach helps to clarify and direct those creative instincts while Jessi crafts the physical practice as a meditative and spiritual journey that distinctly feeds the creator or artist in each of us."

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  • Review by Jonathan Barcant from USA

    "Filled me with confidence to take my practice into the world. I had the pleasure of being a student to Randi's Thai yoga massage training at the Yoga Forest on beautiful lake Atitlan, in January 2015. Randi's got a fun, kind, loving, and also kind of hilarious energy that is so warm and enjoyable, and I loved getting to spend two weeks with her as a friend, mush-partner, and student her techniques of teaching of Thai massage are very clear, and her touch and demonstrations are great, and give a sweet feel of what Thai massage is all about. I've definitely taken a little bit of her along with me into my own practice wherever I go now, and for anyone thinking of getting a massage or taking a course with Randi, I give my strong recommendation. Enjoy."

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  • Review by Hannah Ornsby from UK

    "I came to the forest for one week as a guest and ended up staying for five. I signed up for the lunar yoga immersion course which ended up being the best decision of my life. Hayley is an incredible teacher with so much wisdom to share. It's a brilliant course with 1 hour meditation and 3 hours yoga a day, alongside a 2 hour wisdom theory class a day, which were so amazing. I learned so much and would recommend anyone interested in yoga, consciousness deepening practice or teacher training to come here. I'll be back for my teacher training for sure. The forest is so beautiful and amazing place to go and visit, the permaculture farm, food, cabanas, yoga platforms, and chill out spots are all amazing. I had the most incredible time and made friends for life. Everyone is super genuine, supporting, and beautiful at the forest. It will always remain as one of the most special experiences of my life."

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  • Review by Dawn Hyde from USA

    "My stay at the yoga forest was nothing short of amazing. My experience in the lunar yoga immersion far surpassed all of my expectations. The land is beautiful. The daily routine at the forest is full of sweet rituals: We would rise early with the sun to practice meditation, and asana. After nourishing meals, there were philosophy and permaculture lectures, and restorative yoga in classes. There were plenty of opportunities to participate in sacred ceremonies which included many offerings, such as fresh flowers, chanting, music, and sharing. After that I would then settle into my tent under the moon and stars. I've never felt so connected to a community, the earth, and myself as I did during that transformational month at the yoga forest. The lunar yoga immersion program was wonderful. Hayley is one of the most incredible yoga philosophy teachers that I've ever had. Her patient guidance on this path will be unforgettable. The wisdom classes that she taught were a true gift, and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to study under her. The program that she has created really allowed me to venture deep within my consciousness. She created a loving and supportive space to help me shed the layers of myself that no longer serve me, and to shine my light brighter. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to reconnect with their hearts, their bodies, and the earth. Thank you."

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