28 Days 250-Hour Classical Tantric Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Yoga Teacher Training Ecuador

Welcome! Come join one of the most beautiful, pristine locations on the planet and immerse yourself in the gift of the Vedas! This training is intended as a holistic experience, inviting you into an ashram-like communal environment. Participants feel especially nourished during this training due to the commitment to intimate group learning (maximum 12 students), as well as the focus upon the classical understanding and practice of Tantric Hatha yoga.

Unlike any other yoga teacher training in the world, there will be a five days period of silent retreat, with a great focus on meditation and self-inquiry. This is further enhanced by the deeply healing, nurturing environment of this lush valley, as well as the delicious food which is all grown organic on-site.

Meet the instructors

Tiffany, Kristof, & Ram
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  • Kirtan and Vedic chanting
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Learn to apply yoga to special populations
  • Rarely found classical Tantric Hatha yoga teachings
  • Yoga philosophy, teaching methodologies, and anatomy classes
  • Daily organic and grown on-site breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Pristine and quiet setting in the Valley of Vilcabamba
  • 26 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
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  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be staying at Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center, a distinctive facility whose design and purpose combines beauty, function, and conscious living. Canción del Corazón translates to “song of the heart”, as our quest for human evolution arises from listening and expressing our heart's calling.

We have cultivated this 3 acre property to be a living demonstration of “Eternaculture”, which is the weaving together of permaculture principles with abiding spiritual awareness and wholistic wellness lifestyle. Among the principles embedded in its philosophy are “my life is my spiritual practice” , and “I am in interdependence with both the natural world and the spiritual realms”.

The centre is entering its seventh year of development; and your stay here will give you an opportunity to experience the harmony and delight of living within a thriving permaculture system, and experience the harmony of sustainabe living with solar energy systems, rain water catchment, wastewater bioremediation, garden to table meals, and pristine Andean mountain air and water.


This 250-hour yoga teacher training is a training for those with an existing practice and love for yoga or anyone who has already completed their 200-hour RYS training and is looking to enhance and build upon their previous knowledge and teaching practice.

During the training, you will be provided with the tools and inspiration to incorporate the physical, psychological, spiritual and mystical aspects of yoga into your modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: awakening. This is the training for anyone who is yearning to gain a further depth of understanding into the vast, sacred wisdom of yoga and to amplify their capacity to best share and inspire others on this beautiful path. You will explore an expansive array of potent tools, all taught with the main intention to inspire you to experience and teach yoga and meditation as the truly personal, transformational, and awakening gift that it is.

This 250 hour training will be a comprehensive journey, deepening your existing knowledge, introducing advanced practices and emphasizing greatly upon the esoteric offerings of the yogic path and lifestyle. This advanced training attracts serious yoga teachers who intend to be heartfelt, committed, insightful, informed and confident in their teaching, with the ability to incorporate asanas, pranayama, mindfulness, meditation, Ayurveda, chanting, tantra and scriptural study into a deep practice leading to liberation.

Together, you will be constantly working to unravel each of your gifts and abilities, empowering you to realize and cultivate your most authentic way of living and sharing these teachings. In this training more focus will be placed upon the subtler practices of meditation, pranayama and concentration, as well as a large amount of time devoted to teaching yoga to specific demographics/populations, Ayurveda, and aligning practices for individual, restorative, and curative needs. The course will bring together a perfect blend of theory, history, practice and embodied exercise to truly allow each participant to feel embedded in the teachings and confident in sharing them with others. It is Living in the Self's hope that each participant, by delving deeply into the classical wisdom and spiritual intention that is at the heart of yoga, will be inspired to discover their own fullness of potentiality and to enliven that in the people around them.

Course curriculum

Hatha and Laya yoga

In this course, you will have an in-depth study, practice, and exploration of the tradition of classical Hatha and Laya yoga, including:

  • Asana: discover the profound wisdom of posture as a practice for deepening relaxation, awareness, dissolution, and meditation
  • Ayurveda: understanding the Doshas, gunas, dinacharya, therapeutic yoga practices, basic herbs, and beyond
  • Bandhas and mudras: classical locks and gestures to free and amplify prana
  • Concentration: specific techniques, such as trataka and visualizations, will be practiced to develop focus and awareness
  • Meditation: daily practice and instruction, as well as instruction on how to guide others, with special emphasis on Atma Vichara or self-enquiry meditation
  • Pranayama: continue to discover the power of breath practices to channel, purify, and increase prana
  • Vedic chanting: discover the immense power of classical Vedic chanting and how to integrate sacred mantra into your classes and practice
  • Yoga for specific populations: learn to share yoga to various populations, such as kids yoga, family yoga, partner yoga, pre and postnatal yoga, yoga for men, yoga for an aging population, and yoga for trauma and addiction

Yoga philosophy

A comprehensive series of lectures exploring the yogic understanding of life, consciousness, and existence, including:

  • Hatha yoga pradipika, Gheranda samhita, and Shiva samhita
  • Patanjali’s yoga sutras
  • Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

Teaching methodologies

  • Coaching and mentoring with love
  • Creating sacred space inside and out
  • Deep listening and empathy
  • Ethical marketing
  • Finding your authentic voice
  • Karma yoga and consecration
  • Presence, poise, and projection
  • Satsang and the art of speaking
  • The art of alignment and adjustment


  • Functional anatomy and physiology classes
  • Subtle anatomy: prana, chakras, nadis, granthis, Kundalini, Pancha Maya Kosha


  • Each student will assist and adjust in at least two classes with a head teacher
  • Practice teaching three classes to the fellow participants, including instructing proper performance of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and giving an inspiring lecture

Other teachings

  • Balancing and applying Yin and Yang yoga approaches such as Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, and Kundalini
  • Diet: guidance on holistic or yogic nutrition, mindful eating, and cooking
  • Healing and purification: alternative therapies, fasting, and cleansing
  • Kirtan: sharing of devotional song, chanting, and musical celebration
  • Kriya yoga: the yoga of purification of the physical, energetic, and mental bodies
  • Living a Sattvic lifestyle: guidance on how to align one’s lifestyle to bring purity, wholenes, and positivism
  • Mindfulness and micro-practices to enhance the capacity of making yoga an integrated, daily awareness path
  • Nada yoga: the yoga of sacred sound, rhythm, and mantra
  • Nidra yoga: the yoga of sleep, dreams, and the power of deep relaxation
  • Quizzes and homework
  • Sanskrit language immersion: you will learn to recite, read, and write Devanagari
  • Tantra yoga: discovering the sacredness inherent in every aspect of life

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 Yoga Sadhana
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Satsang, teaching methodology, philosophy, or Sanskrit class
  • 12:00 Integration time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Yoga Sadhana
  • 17:00 Satsang, kirtan, teaching methodology, philosophy, or Sanskrit class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Meditation


Tiffany Nicholson-Smith
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.
Kristof Wittstock
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 Theravada tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric yoga, meditation, and Buddhism.
Ram Vakkalanka
Ram Vakkalanka grew up in India immersed in music, Vedic tradition, the Sanskrit language, and a yogic way of life. Today, he is a teacher, yoga philosopher, meditation instructor, Sanskrit expert, sitar performer, and a kirtan singer. He brings his expertise and gifts to the world through retreats, public speaking, performances, webinars, one-on-one sessions, and recorded media. He travels around Canada, USA, the UK, India, and Thailand spreading his teachings.

Retreat location

Vilcabamba is considered a jewel in the crown of the Southern Andean mountain range of Ecuador, about 5° south of the equator. The climate is commonly referred to as “eternal spring”, with both a dry and wet season, though temperatures are always moderate. Long known also as the “Valley of Longevity”, and the “playground of the Incas”, where Incan royalty would go for rejuvenating retreats. This theme carries forward to present times, as it's healthy environment energetically supports self development and spiritual awakening. The Vilcabamba town center is only a 20 minute walk or $2 taxi, and is a social center for many travelers. One can find international cuisine along with local fare, and local markets of tropical fruits and vegetables. Vilcabamba is nestled on the edge of Podocarpus National Park, where stunning vistas, wilderness hiking and horseback trail riding adventures await.


Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the total cost of this course.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 13% Harmonized Sales Tax
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • All yoga teacher training courses
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Opportunity for private Ayurvedic consultations with Tiffany
  • Private consultations with the main teachers to set and clarify goals
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ciudad de Catamayo Airport (LOH).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Thursday January 3, 2019
Departure: Wednesday January 30, 2019

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