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

  • Canción del Corazón Eternaculture Center, Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador


Yoga Teacher Training Ecuador

  • 27 days with instruction
  • The Living in the Self Classical 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training is a training for those with a strong background and practice in 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.

    This training will provide you 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, the awakening.


    • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
    • In-depth study of Hatha and Laya yoga
    • Yoga philosophy, teaching methodologies, and anatomy classes
    • Opportunity for private Ayurvedic consultation with Tiffany
    • Assist and practice teaching in yoga classes
    • Private consultation with main teachers
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • 26 nights accommodation

    Skill level

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
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    During this course, you will be staying at Cancion del Corazon, an educational retreat center.

    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 be provided with 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 training also involves a five-day period of silent retreat, with a great focus upon meditation and self-inquiry. This 300-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 or 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. Hopefully, by delving deeply into the classical wisdom and spiritual intention that is at the heart of yoga, you will be inspired to discover your own fullness of potentiality and enliven it in the people around you.

    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
    • 09:30 Breakfast
    • 10:00 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
    • 20:00 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 Theraveda 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.

    • Sarah Dello Sbarba

      Sarah is currently a family medicine doctor and a yoga teacher.

    This retreat will take place in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

    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 requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 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
    • Taxes
    • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
    • Airfare
    • Personal expenses
    • Transportation

    Arrival by airplane

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

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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      Review by Roger Morter from Nicaragua

      Incredible Teaching in a Fantastic Location

      CONS Cons: Larger group occasionally was too much for single bathroom facility.

      PROS Pros: Content of teachings was really comprehensive and included 'tasters' of a large variety of practices and techniques. The centre is set in a beautiful and peaceful lakeside location. Healthy vegan food.

      7.5 Value for money
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      2017-Apr-29 16:22:54

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      Review by Emily Corkery from Canada

      PROS Pros: Beautiful property with a lovely couple that runs it all. Delicious homemade vegan food. Off grid with outdoor shower and compostable toilet.

      10 Value for money
      10 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-15 13:35:37


    • Review by a traveler

      "The yoga teacher training from Living in the Self with Tiffany and Kristof is absolutely unlike any other. It has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done."

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    Peterborough, Canada

    Living in the Self offers retreats, courses, and offerings worldwide, which focus on yoga, meditation, tantra, and Ayurveda.

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    27 days / 26 nights


    Arrival: Tuesday May 1, 2018
    Departure: Sunday May 27, 2018

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