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30 Days 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Ecuador

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


Yoga Teacher Training Ecuador

The Living in the Self 300-hour yoga teacher training is intended for 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
  • 50% discount on private Ayurvedic consultation with Tiffany
  • Assist and practice teaching in yoga classes
  • Private consultation with main teachers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 29 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

  • 30 days with instruction
  • English
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During this course, you will be staying at Cancion del Corazon, an educational retreat center.

This retreat will take place in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

  • 29 nights accommodation
  • 50% discount for private Ayurvedic consultations with Tiffany
  • All yoga teacher training courses
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Private consultations with the main teachers to set and clarify goals
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion

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
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Yoga
  • 17:00 Satsang, kirtan, teaching methodology, philosophy, or Sanskrit class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Meditation

Arrival by airplane

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

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Living in the Self, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Tiffany Nicholson-Smith

    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

    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.

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation

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)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Hiking nearby
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Tour assistance
  • Review by A student
    10 out of 10

    "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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30 days / 29 nights


Arrival: Monday May 1, 2017
Departure: Tuesday May 30, 2017

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 300 USD per person. To benefit, book or reserve before December 31, 2016.

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