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The Living in the Self Classical 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 this retreat you will be staying at Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Centre, 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 7th 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 training is intended as a holistic experience, inviting you into an ashram-like communal environment. Participants feel especially nourished during this training due to Living in the Self's commitment to intimate group learning (max. 12 students), as well as the focus upon the classical understanding and practice of Tantric Hatha Yoga. Unlike any other YTT in the world, there will be a 5-Day period of silent retreat, with a great focus upon meditation and self-enquiry. 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.
During the YTT 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.
In this course, you will have an in-depth study, practice, and exploration of the tradition of classical Hatha and Laya yoga, including:
A comprehensive series of lectures exploring the yogic understanding of life, consciousness, and existence, including:
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 Theravada tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric yoga, meditation, and Buddhism.
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.
Sarah Dello Sbarba
Sarah is currently a family medicine doctor and a yoga teacher.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ciudad de Catamayo Airport (LOH).
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