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Feel empowered after your 200-hour yoga teacher training! Kula Collective has the proper tools for you to create classes on your own. This module is intended to provide new and advanced teachers with strategies, inspiration, and an intellectual approach to creating well rounded yoga classes for their students. Join this course and make sure that your yoga classes will be a unique, healing experience for all your students.
The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly, and in communion with everything surrounding you. In yoga practice, you clear the body and mind making space for wisdom and deeper understanding to flow freely and openly. In making space, you allow yourself to experience your fullness and connection to everything around you. Yoga is therefore about cultivating flow through the body and mind and opening up to optimal experience - union.
Immerse yourself in an eco-friendly conscious community for a month of transformation. Enjoy the perfect sub-tropical climate in the western highlands of Guatemala, with stunning views through the Yoga Forest taking in Lake Atitlan and its magnificent volcanoes. Let your body and mind come into a tranquil balance among mystical scenery and powerful energies.
This six-day course focuses on the art of sequencing and assists in a holistic way. Each day you will honor the five elements and integrate them into your practice and teachings. The morning module will be a sequencing workshop full of tools to inspire, create, and enhance the yoga flow sequence for healing, connection, and transformation.
The afternoon module will be an alignment and assists workshop to explore the five movements of the spine and incorporate Thai yoga massage to provide support through healing touch. You will take your practice to the next level with theme-weaving, bandhas, mudras, aromatherapy, mantra, meditation, and pranayama.
This module will focus on Vinyasa / Hatha sequence structures, looking at a peak pose and working backwards to examine the foundation to safely and effectively prepare for it. Together with your teachers, you will shift your perspectives as you study strategies to gain a deeper understanding of how each pose affects the one before it and the one after it.
You will dive into sequencing theory and methods to develop and deliver a holistic experience for your students. Plan to step out of the norm and look at new poses, variations, modifications. Find imaginable ways to sequence a class that stirs your soul to create classes as you move forward.
As teachers, it is important that you are available to assist your students throughout the class to give them a holistic experience of alignment. That means you need to get off your mat, observe the room, and make adjustments along the way. You, as teachers, are the guide and your students come into the class looking for this support. You can offer this alignment in many ways: verbally, demonstrating, spiritually, and hands on.
Kula Collective's approach is through healing touch. There are many courses being taught that give little to no attention on hands on assists, yet it’s always something yoga teachers are inspired to learn. This Thai massage influenced hands on approach is designed to bring confidence to the teacher and to help the student deepen their experience in the pose by feeling a direct, firm, and hands on touch.
Each day, you will talk about the theory behind assists, as well as move through each of the spinal directions and their associated poses, moving from common poses to more advanced ones. You will go through an in depth asana analysis on each posture in addition to learning a hands on approach to the pose.
Using a hands on approach is an effective way of understanding the alignment of the body, mind, and spirit. There are many taboos around touch in a classroom, but done in a professional way, this can not be misunderstood. With a teacher's pure intention to help guide their students into a deeper experience, there is no reason why you wouldn’t be able to use the modality of a professional and intentional hands on approach.
Each day will consist of theory and practice, leaving you with the confidence to move forward and share the teachings of yoga in a more well-rounded, therapeutic, and effective way.
Randi is certified E-RYT 500, influenced by many traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative. She has facilitated over 25 international 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training since 2010, and has helped to establish an experiential permaculture and yoga retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Randi continues to teach and practice wherever she is in the world. She currently offers 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training courses and retreats in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Thailand. She is also a certified Thai masseuse.
Kylie began practicing yoga over 15 years ago while living in Colorado. She is dedicated to cultivating yoga as a tool for students to empower their journey inwards and embrace the present moment. She studied in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh, India, and after training with an Iyengar certified teacher for five months she began stepping into the role of a facilitator. Her instruction includes close attention to proper alignment with props and hands-on adjustments, and deepening the pose in order to reach ‘ah-ha’ moments.
This yoga course will take place at The Yoga Forest. Immerse yourself in an eco-friendly conscious community for seven days of transformation. Enjoy the perfect sub-tropical climate in the western highlands of Guatemala, with stunning views through the Yoga Forest, taking in Lake Atitlan and its magnificent volcanoes.
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During your stay, you will be provided with three daily organic, vegetarian meals.
La Aurora International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora Airport (GUA). From there, please keep in mind that it is still a half day journey to The Yoga Forest, so be sure to arrange a flight to arrive one day prior to the day the training program begins.
You must be in San Marcos la Laguna by 2 p.m. at the latest on the arrival day for an escorted pickup in town (this would mean catching an early 8 a.m. shuttle from Antigua, at the latest). There will be one free escorted pickup arranged for the arrival day from Circles Cafe, at 2 p.m. sharp. Make sure you arrive on time for the pickup.
On departure day, schedule your flight out of Guatemala either in the late afternoon / evening (after 6 p.m.) of the last day of the retreat (private shuttle would be necessary to arrive in time), or stay a day or two extra. You will finish around 10 a.m. on the last day. There are collective shuttles leaving San Marcos each day at 2:30 p.m. for Antigua, arriving around 6 p.m.
You can also spend a nice night or two exploring Antigua and then take a collective shuttle back to the airport for your flight. Private and collective shuttles can be arranged with the Yoga Forest staff a few days prior to departure. There is no need to arrange them in advance.
From Antigua - get an 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. collective shuttle (or 9 -10 a.m. private shuttle) direct to San Marcos la Laguna (100 GTQ), for three and a half to four and a half hours, depending on traffic, roads, and weather. You can also arrive via San Pedro la Laguna if there are no shuttles leaving for San Marcos la Laguna (100 GTQ). If on a San Pedro shuttle service, either get off the shuttle in San Pablo la Laguna and take a tuk-tuk (5 GTQ) to San Marcos la Laguna (the next town over), or go all the way to San Pedro and then take the lancha boat (10 GTQ) to San Marcos.
From Antigua via Panajachel - from Antigua take a morning collective shuttle service (90 GTQ) for approximately two and a half hours to Panajachel. From Pana take a lancha boat (25 GTQ) from the public dock (muelle publico) to cross the lake to San Marcos la Laguna. The lancha leaves every 30 minutes until 7:30 p.m. and usually takes around one hour.
Arriving into San Marcos la Laguna, The Yoga Forest is at a 25 minute hike from the lakefront (15 minutes escorted along the mountain paths to The Yoga Forest from the back of the town). Please find The Yoga Forest meeting point at Circles Cafe, just 30 meters down the path to the lake from the basketball court in the town center before 2 p.m.
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