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7 Days 50 Hours Sequencing and Assists Yoga Course in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

The Yoga Forest, San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Continuing Education Yoga Course Guatemala

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.

Meet the instructors

Randi & Kylie
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Highlights

  • Vinyasa and Hatha yoga sessions
  • Thai yoga massage incorporated into the sessions
  • Bandhas, mudras, mantra, meditation, and pranayama
  • Theme-weaving and aromatherapy
  • 3 daily organic, vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Yoga shala

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.

Program

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.

What you will learn about sequencing

  • Anatomical sequencing awareness
  • Creative and well-rounded approach to building classes
  • Variations and modifications
  • Creativity in the classroom
  • Inspire and be inspired
  • New excitement for the practice
  • Ways to accommodate all levels and special populations

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.

What you will learn about alignment and assists

  • Observation
  • Proper alignment of poses
  • Building confidence
  • Thai massage based hands on assists
  • Maintain structural integrity of the pose
  • Pressure
  • When to pull back versus deepen
  • Different styles of hands on assists
  • Spacial awareness
  • Get off your mat
  • Psychology of a student in the classroom
  • How to assist an emotional response to the practice
  • Increased anatomical awareness

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.

Instructors

Randi Schiffman

Kylie Roswell

Retreat location

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.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Rock climbing
  • Sauna
  • Swimming

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lake
  • Yoga shala

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During your stay, you will be provided with three daily organic, vegetarian meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

  • Detox in the forest sauna
  • Enjoy weekly offerings such as community Kirtan, ecstatic dance, and sound ceremony
  • Hike the volcanoes
  • Paddleboarding in the lake
  • Rockclimbing the unique cliffs
  • Treatments and massages
  • Swimming

What's included

  • Tuition
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by shuttle

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday January 17, 2020
Departure: Thursday January 23, 2020

Special discount

The private room applies the “bring a friend” discount, which consists of a special discount of 200 USD per person. Please take notice the early bird discount doesn’t apply to this discount.

Early bird discount

The prices below for individual spots include an early bird discount of 150 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before November 30, 2019.

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