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Taking a break from the innumerable and constant responsibilities of your lives to become saturated in the yogic study is the best way to absorb and integrate the immense volume of content that this effective course is offering. According to Academy For Yoga Science, the intensive and immersive study in yoga is of greatest value when looking to deepen your understanding and knowledge in a science as vast as yoga. Come and enjoy the retreat by yourself!
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During the training, you will stay in Caoba Biological Reserve. It is located 10 kilometers away from Santa Marta, with eight kilometers of dirt road. As they are in the mountains, they do not have an address as such, but there is only one road leading to them. In Caoba, they have different options of accommodation for you to choose from, including bungalow, tree house, the house in the forest, and dorm.
Bungalows are built on original Tayrona terraces and are perfect for one person or a couple. One of the greatest features of staying in the bungalow is being surrounded by nature, giving you the freedom to experience peace and relaxation with all of the commodities that one may need. The double bed is 160-by-200 square centimeters. Bungalows have a private bathroom including towels, seating area, an oscillating fan, a fridge, and a coffee maker.
This shared dormitory is located right next to the restaurant and common area. With a maximum of four beds, it is the right number of beds for a shared dormitory and perfect also for a group of friends or family. This bed has a shared bathroom outside.
The newest addition to the accommodation list is the house in the forest. The room has been built facing the forest and river, which gives you the sensation of being in the forest and right next to the water. It is decorated with a hummingbird theme and thus also called the hummingbird house. The bed can be split, which makes it ideal for a couple or for travelers.
The house has a private terrace with hammock, seating area, a fridge, water, coffee maker, and a bathroom with shower.
The highlight of the accommodations is the tree house, which is built on a mango tree and is very welcoming during the mango season. It is located next to the river and the reptile's enclosure with a balcony overlooking the river and forest. The bathroom is on the ground floor. It accommodates three to four people and is ideal for a family.
In this house, there are one double and one single bed. Caoba Biological Reserve can add an extra bed for a fourth person. It also has a private bathroom including towels, seating area, balcony with hammock, ventilator, and mosquito net.
This offering is so much more than your average Central America yoga retreat. Academy For Yoga Science has partnered with Caoba Biological Reserva to offer the 'Revolutions: Foundations of Hatha and Vinyasa - yogic lifestyle and teacher training' course in the seclusion of the jungles of Colombia. Located 10 kilometers from the Caribbean coastal town of Santa Marta, Caoba's magical eco reserve is truly a unique opportunity to recharge your energies and connect in the womb of Mother Earth herself.
This 30-hectare reserve literally vibrates with life in every direction. You will rise in the morning to a brilliant display of the most lavish palate of every color imaginable or fall asleep to nature's orchestra as the jungles come alive at night. You will spend your personal time sitting quietly in the labyrinth of medicinal plants, observing the abundant diversity of wildlife, and swimming in the clean and refreshing river that runs through the reserve.
Your free days will be spent visiting the neighboring cocoa plantation for making and tasting pure organic chocolate, hiking and swimming the pristine beaches of Tayrona National Park, and relaxing in the hammock with only your thoughts and an inspirational book. You will feel free of the distractions of mundane life and resort towns and destinations.
The course content is based on the 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved program of Academy For Yoga Science. The Academy for Yoga Science’s 200-hour revolutions: foundations of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher training program is a profound opportunity for serious students and potential teachers to enhance and deepen their understanding and practice in the yoga sciences.
A proper understanding of the tools and techniques that this subtle science offers has the power to support you and your community in the healing of your hearts and minds, and the shifts in consciousness that will lead you towards the state of expanded awareness, inner joy, and peace that is your birthright. This is truly the science of human consciousness itself.
The integrity of yoga is in danger of being lost in the circus of commercialism, social media, and the agenda of the corporate spa yoga studio. The commercial yoga machine and the major studio yoga chains are simply not able to offer the quality and subtlety of training that is needed, and unfortunately, new yoga teachers are emerging from their programs with not much more than the skill set of fitness instructors and choreographers.
Well intentioned, but with a lack of understanding of the technology of yoga; how the yogic tools and techniques relate to and the effect the structureless structure of your consciousness and of the innate therapeutic value of functional biomechanics in the context of the yoga postures’ relationship to the modern western body.
The true therapeutic value of yoga is then lost and worse the potential for physical injury and emotional stagnation increases dramatically. Perhaps, more importantly, the expansion of consciousness that is the fruit of yoga practice is delayed or completely restricted.
Your methods are born of over a decade of study, practice, and many thousands of hours teaching and observing many thousands of different bodies and personalities. What you saw is that much of the old ways of approaching, practicing, and teaching this science were just simply not working for the people in your studios. Like any applicable and valuable science, things have to evolve.
The science of yoga had to grow with the people and the culture. You are not interested in staying stuck in in the ways of the old. You are not interested in offering you another yoga training program that blindly adheres to the dogma of past yoga schools, systems, and ideologies that are imprinted by obsolete understanding and often contain a cultural or religious agenda that is no longer applicable to who you are.
The program is enriched through a guided and progressive experiential understanding of the non-dual dual traditions of the east. Through continued research and constant refinement, you are able to integrate into methods a contemporary understanding of the sports sciences, kinesiology, and the ideas and methods of classic Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and critical alignment yoga and therapy.
The result is an experience that will truly ask you to look at yourself and the yogic way of life through a completely fresh lens. Together, you will pull this science apart and peer in with the critical minds, you are meant to observe with always ready to question everything. You will graduate equipped with a high quality of understanding of the technology of yoga and able to begin to safely guide others.
Academy For Yoga Science wants you to be more than just another Vinyasa teacher. They want you to be the revolutionary you were meant to be. You will learn:
Daily schedule from Monday to Saturday is listed below. Sunday's will be free for your personal time and will be concluded with a fire ceremony and meditation in the authentic Korgui native hut.
During the course, you will take part in school organized day trips to various attractions in Colombia.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Beginning his study in the spiritual traditions of the east 12 years ago, Aaron's interest was in the philosophy and the meditation techniques of various Buddhist traditions, evolving into an interest and continued study in the Tantric techniques of Hatha yoga and Kriya. He has studied with and inevitably influenced by teachers of various yogic traditions and schools of practice including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bihar, and the non-dual ideas of Tantric Buddhism and the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shivaism. Aaron is also a certified critical alignment yoga therapist.
The teacher training course will take place in Santa Marta, Colombia.
Three daily delicious meals are included in the prices. In Caoba, the restaurant specializes in balanced food. They also offer natural teas prepared with herbs from Caoba, especially recommended to recharge energies and treat physical pain. They have a set menu, therefore, it is very important for them to know in advance if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.
This small town along the beach is starting to gain more and more attention from tourists. It has the same coastline as Palomino, but is slightly quieter and has comparatively fewer accommodations. It is located before Palomino, direction Santa Marta to Riohacha. From here, people do small trips to Quebrada Valencia or long ones to Ciudad Perdida. The town is located close to the mouth of Buritaca River in the Caribbean sea.
Cabo San Juan de Guia is the most visited place in the Tayrona Park due to its tranquil waters and landscape. Most of the beaches in the park are not suited for swimming due to the strong currents. A passport is required in order to enter the park.
This city was discovered in 1972 by 'guaqueros' or Colombian treasure hunters and the archeological reconstruction was completed between the years 1976 and 1982. The Arhuacos, Koguis, and Wiwas believed it was the heart of a network of villages of the Tayronas. The Lost City consists of a series of 169 terraces, a net of tiled roads, and small circular plazas. Entrance is only possible by climbing around 1200 stone steps through the jungle.
Minca started as a small charming coffee town and has developed into a big tourist destination without compromising on its charm. People love coming here because of the cool temperature (niche change to the Santa Marta heat), for trekking, mountain biking, bird watching, organic coffee, and to simply relax. Many expats have found their way here and started small restaurants and accommodation businesses.
The charm of Minca is in the landscape, therefore you can stay a few meters above Minca, if possible. The best days to be in Minca are during the week in order to avoid the tourism from Santa Marta on the weekends. There are some of many things to see such as Finca La Victoria organic coffee farm, Pozo Azul small trek to a natural pool in the river, or Cerro Kennedy, which needs to hire a transport or do a very long trekking. The view from here is amazing.
The archaeological discoveries in Neguanje gave the name to an entire era in the pre-Colombian history of the Tayrona natives. In fact, the surrounding hills were used for centuries by the Tayrona to bury their dead, thus turning it into a holy field, full of tombs, myths, and mystery. In more than 40 years, the news of the indigenous guacas loaded with gold and ceramics had spread all over the country.
A large tributary of 'guaqueros' or treasure hunters came to excavate the land and to plunder the vast majority of the indigenous tombs. A few others were excavated in the name of science. The sea has an exceptional diversity of fish, algae, and reefs. To enter the park, you must take your passport with you.
Palomino, in the past couple of years, has become a great tourist destination thanks to its laid back vibe at the beach. Here, visitors can find different types of accommodations, from low budget to luxury resorts, with an option to be on a beach or forest location.
There is something here for every taste and preference. You can enjoy the beach, yoga, hikes, and tubing, which can take two to four hours down the Palomino River. In January, Palomino has the Jaguar Festival with local bands and stalls, where people sell local food and handicrafts.
The Parque Tayrona is a protected area in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. It covers approximately 30 square kilometers of maritime area and approximately 150 square kilometers of land. The Tayrona park was also an area where the Tayronas used to live and therefore is a very sacred place for the indigenous tribes. Also during some times in the year, they come to the park to perform their rituals.
Due to their rituals and ceremonies, the Tayrona Park closes for a period of one month in each year. As this month can change, the closing time can be announced approximately one month in advance. This is beneficial in order to give the park and its natural space some time and peace after being visited by many tourists.
Pueblito Chairama is a former Tayrona town from more than 600 years ago. This is a small version of the Lost City and perfect for travelers who are looking for historical sightseeing in a short period of time and do not want to spend too much in order to see the Lost City. The hike to Pueblito from the entrance of the Tayrona Park can take around two hours and from Pueblito to Cabo San Juan de Guia, beach in Parque Tayrona, it can take around one to two hours.
It all depends on the pace of the hike. The best course is to start the journey as early as possible, as a part of the trek is in the jungle and the possibility of seeing monkeys is higher. Nowadays, there are Kogui families living in and around Pueblito giving this a more authentic experience.
Quebrada Valencia is located one hour and 30 minutes away from Santa Marta by bus. All the bus drivers know where it is located. From the entrance, you have to walk 20 to 30 minutes through the forest. It is recommended that you be there at 8 a.m. to avoid the crowd and have the possibility to enjoy the view and a swim. If you are a good hiker and have confidence walking on the rocks, you can walk another 10 minutes up on the rocks to get to nicer spots.
Please book your flight to arrive at Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Academy For Yoga Science will pick you up from the airport.
From Santa Marta, you can take the bus to Bonda and tell the driver to drop you off at the police station. Bus cost is 1400 COP. Here, you need to take another service, the moto-taxi.
From the police station, you need to pick a moto taxi and tell the driver to drive you to Caoba. The moto taxi will cost you around 12000 COP to Caoba. All the drivers are used to this type of road and to transport tourists. If the road is in a bad shape or the river too big, it might happen, that the driver can only drop you off at the river. From here, you cross the river and walk straight for 15 minutes.
It is not recommended to take a very young driver. If you wish, call Academy For Yoga Science and they will give you the phone number of one of the drivers they drive with. If you are coming from the central bus station, you can take a taxi that drops you off at the gas station in Mamatoco or the car exit of Buenavista. The buses to Bonda stop here. But you can also take it straight to the police station in Bonda. If you arrive at the police station during lunch time, the possibilities of finding a driver are less.
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