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This retreat is ideal, but not exclusively intended, for those with a background in yoga and current teachers looking to deepen their self-knowledge, ground themselves in their personal sadhana, and integrate the wisdom of Ayurveda further into their lives and offerings.
The Hermitage offers beautiful and simple cabins for practitioners looking to dive deeper into their own practice in a safe, quiet, and natural environment. The Hermitage, as a practitioners retreat center, offers the perfect environment for the retreat, both with its awe-inspiring landscape and its intention to support those who are giving themselves to reflection and devoted practice. The healing waters of Lago Atitlan are nearby and the whole food meals sourced from their own gardens only contribute further to the nourishment received here. It is a truly welcomed respite.
All cabins have a beautiful view of the surrounding volcanoes and lake, and access to the gardens with a private dock for swimming and the home library of spiritual books.
During this retreat, you will experience a working and approachable synergy between Eastern yoga practices and Western understandings and teaching methodologies. This foundational program is ideal for those with a background in yoga, serious practitioners of yoga, and current teachers looking to broaden their knowledge, enhance their teachings, and integrate more knowledge about Ayurveda.
This course brings together a perfect blend of history, practice, and embodied exercises to truly allow you to feel well-versed in the teachings. By delving deeply into the classical wisdom and spiritual intention that is at the heart of yoga and Ayurveda, you will be inspired to discover your own fullness of potentiality and live from that wholeness.
Ayurveda is often misunderstood and misrepresented as being an Indian system of holistic nutrition. Although Ayurveda absolutely highlights the importance of diet and offers much in the way of nutritional recommendations specific for each unique individual and their needs, its scope is so much wider and broader than this. Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditional medical systems known to the world today.
Original texts date back to beyond the 6th century before Christ and before that Ayurveda was an orally transmitted tradition. Some claim it has existed for almost for 10,000 years. Ayurveda can be translated as: "Ayus", which means “life” and "Veda", which means “science”; “science of life” or more fittingly, “science for life”. Ayurveda understands that each person is unique and as a result, each person's path toward optimal health is unique.
It helps individuals to know what types of lifestyle, food, colors, aromas, sounds, yoga, and touch therapy will create a state of balance and harmony in the body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place. Ayurveda defines physiology in terms of three forces called "doshas". The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha.
Vata governs the physiology of motion in the body, pitta governs the physiology of metabolism, and kapha governs the physiology of structure. Each person has all three of these doshas within. The balance of these three doshas at the moment of conception defines what Ayurveda calls one's constitution or "prakruti".
These doshas also fluctuate in accordance with how you live your life and as they increase or decrease, they cause different conditions like illnesses and disease in both, body and mind. The goal of Ayurveda is to restore the proper balance of these physiological forces. This is accomplished by utilizing the senses properly and living a lifestyle aligned for health and wholeness.
In addition, Ayurveda is one of the most advanced herbal sciences in the world. Herbal medicine plays an important role in Ayurveda. Other tools often used by the Ayurvedic practitioner include yoga, meditation, purification programs (pachakarma), and lifestyle coaching.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Tiffany Nicholson-Smith is a radiant yogini, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and a lover of life, who is known for bringing her clarity, abundant energy, and aspiration for truth into everything she shares and offers. A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric, Hatha, and Kundalini yoga, Advaita Vedanta, spiritual nutrition, Ayurveda, compassionate communication, and sacred sexuality.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Kristof Wittstock is a down-to-earth spirit, who is known for his clear dedication to truth and his humble heart. He has had the opportunity to study for the last 20 years with various teachers and schools, most situated in India, and steeped in the traditional, classical wisdom of Hatha, Laya, Kriya, and Kundalini yoga. Kristof also has a deep respect and love for Buddhism and has retreated extensively in the Theraveda tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric yoga, meditation, and Buddhism.
This retreat will be held at The Hermitage in San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala. The Hermitage is a retreat center set on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. The Hermitage is an off-grid retreat center that supports and maintains permaculture gardens and sustainable living solutions.
During this retreat you will be served three daily delicious vegan meals.