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Imagine relaxing on a white sand beach of a crystal clear lagoon and drinking from a fresh green coconut. Picture yourself hiking through the mountains of the lush Atlantic Rainforest and cooling off in hidden waterfall pools. Envision living the peaceful practice of yoga in a tropical paradise unlike any other.
After several years of practicing and teaching together, master yoga teachers Mimi Ray and Jessica Lee are offering a very special opportunity for yoga practitioners and teachers to deepen their practice in beautiful Brazil. Mimi and Jessica will be hosting an off-the-beaten path yoga adventure and teacher training in the northern region of Rio de Janeiro state.
You will be spending most of the training on a private farm in Sana. The remainder of the trip will be in a pousada near the beach in Arraial do Cabo. Accommodation will be in shared rooms of up to three people, but private rooms are also available upon request at extra cost.
This is much more than your average yoga retreat. You'll stay on a private farm located in a beautiful nature reserve in Brazils atlantic rainforest. In addition to our daily yoga and meditation sessions we will prepare and learn about organic healing foods, chant mantras around campfires, hike through incredible mountain forest trails, and cool off in beautiful waterfalls and ocean lagoons. You will also enjoy guided excursions, massage, delicious vegetarian meals, live music, and other cultural treats.
You will have an opportunity to see Brazil in a way few tourists ever experience. It is also an opportunity to dive deeply into your yoga practice, and experience the yogic lifestyle in a way few practitioners ever do. You will also study the poses in practice, movement and alignment principles, anatomy, philosophy, subtle body anatomy, meditation and the history of yoga. Learn the elements of a good class; develop safe and intelligent sequencing strategies and skills.
Throughout the program, you will have plenty of opportunities to practice teaching, and discover your unique voice as a teacher. This 200-hour yoga teacher training meets and exceeds the curriculum standard of Yoga Alliance in all areas of study.
Beaches of Arrial do Cabo
Mountain rainforests of Sana
You will get the best of Brazilian nature by spending half your trip on the pristine beaches and islands of Arraial do Cabo and the other portion in Sana, a protected nature reserve high up in the mountains of the beautiful Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. Both locations are in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
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You will be served delicious and healthy vegetarian food.
"I had a great time in the retreat! Jessica hosted us with warm and good environment that propitiated a nice bond between us all. We had yoga classes in the morning and by the end of the evening everyday, which was great to start and finish our daytime. Jessica shared with us some of her knowledge and experiences and encouraged us to explore ourselves. The house is placed in a beautiful location in the mountains and has a good weather this time of year. In my case, since I love radical sports, I was thrilled to have the chance to get some adrenaline on waterfalls and repel rides."
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"I attended an 8-day yoga retreat in beautiful Buzios and Lumiar hosted by Jessica. It was one of my best experiences I have ever had. Jessica organized everything and her Ashtanga yoga introduction was really great. I met lovely people in gorgeous settings and lived in their nice pousadas. I very appreciated the personalized touch in the organization of the retreat and it was nice and relaxing. I did not have to worry about anything and letting my yoga teacher take care of me. I am definitely planning to come back and do another retreat with Jessica in the future! All the best and thanks for the great organization."
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"Brazil is spectacular and it is an absolute paradise. I also felt incredibly fortunate to be able to spend time in the rainforest and on the beach. You get the best of both worlds. I felt like I really experienced Brazil the way few tourists get to, it was really helpful to have a Portuguese speaker with us the whole time and a lot of attention was spent making this a truly memorable experience. If you would like to wake up to an amazing sunrise and sounds of nature and birds, hike in the rainforest and swim in spectacular waterfalls, enjoy healthy home-cooked meals, take a tour to the stunning beaches of Buzios, see rainbows and feel the gentle breeze coming through the studios windows during your yoga practice, then this is the retreat for you! I feel totally transformed, everyone deserves to give themselves this amazing gift. Brazil will have a piece of my heart and I hope to return to do another retreat soon!"
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"I was granted the opportunity to participate in a yoga retreat in beautiful Brazil. Sounds like a dream right? Well it was that and so much more. Not only did I get to explore that beautiful country, I was able to expand my yoga practice with people I truly adore and respect. I was challenged physically and mentally. I jumped down a waterfall and hiked to the top of a mountain, things I never thought I could achieve, but I was given a chance. Thanks to Jess and her wonderful team, I was blessed with those experiences and so much more. We ate great food, we laughed, we danced, we prayed, we loved. My retreat was life-changing. Namaste!"
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"Simplemente, perfecto! Lumiar es increíble. Pero quiero destacar a Jessica, que no solo es una excelente profesora, sino como ser humano es maravillosa. También Claudia, la profesora en Buzios, es muy, muy buena. Todo fue impecable: el alojamiento, la comida, el servicio, las excursiones. No tengo nada para decir en contra. Mi calificación es 10. Tengo planeado repetir la experiencia. Muchas gracias por todo!"
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