Maria Elena Calderon is the founder and owner of OM Healing Center in Cuenca, Ecuador. She fell in love with Hatha yoga in the year 2000. She started with gentle Hatha yoga to help her deal with stress and anxiety. Her frequent practice helped her find harmony in her life. She became more aware of her posture, alignment, body movement and most importantly, her levels of stress and anxiety had diminished. To become an instructor became her next logical step, she decided to complete her 200 RYT teachers training in India. She now lives in Ecuador where she teaches bilingual Hatha Yoga classes.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Ambra Galleotti, Italian by birth and resident in Ecuador for seven years, is a Doctor in Anthropology and Intercultural Communication with years of studies in Italy (University of Turin Studies) and Madrid (Universidad Complutense) on American ancestral cultures. She deals with ancestral and intercultural medicine, distributes products for female harmonization and carries out courses and pieces of textile art.
Renu Chaudhary is the author of Ayurveda to the Rescue: An Ancient Remedy for Modern Ailments. She teaches and practices Ayurveda with a specialty in Ayurvedic nutrition. Renu holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree and is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner CAP, a Registered Naturotherapy Practitioner RNP, as well as a Certified Cupping Therapist CCT.
from Canada, May 2018
"incredible experience with small class sizes"
Marie-Elena runs a beautiful yoga teacher training, bringing together incredible teachers to deliver yoga message. Loved the food, the Ayruveda component, our yoga lead, and just the overall experience. If you are looking for something commercial, crowded, and manufactured, this will not be the right fit for you. This was such a beautiful experience for me, and the others in group, bringing together yoga with a south american flare. I highly recommend this program, and I am so happy I picked coming here. All the teachers just go above and beyond what a typical yoga teacher training offers.
from United States, September 2017
I really appreciate all the staff members at the OM retreat and feel very fortunate for being able to be a part of this training. It was an incredible experience!!
from United States, July 2018
"Exactly what I was looking for"
Many varied healing experiences in one week!
OM Healing Center website
First I want to say, that I think the teacher training was very very good. Well planned, well balanced, really nice with 4 weeks instead of 3, to have time to absorp it all. I loved the daily schedule with so many interesting classes, commited people, you felt at home and safe, and I had a really good time. The place is beautiful and the food is beyond description. I think we got a lot of experiences and value for the price!!! The staff so helpfull and lovely.
Melinda Matulis United States
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YTT Ecuador offers an authentic and special experience. All of the trainers and teachers were knowledgeable, helpful, caring, approachable and passionate about yoga. The owner went out of her way to make the experience one that one would never forget. She hired the best and organized fascinating extra activities to enhance our experience. Our main teacher trainer, Adri Kyser, was incredible and was dedicated to training us how to teach proper alignment and effective sequencing all while connecting our students to a spiritual practice. I was hoping to build confidence in my yoga practice, and not only did I achieve that, I ended up having a life-changing experience that opened my mind, body, and heart. I would definitely recommend this program to somebody who is open to growth.
Millie H Ecuador
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Receiving my YTT with OM Healing Center was beyond my best expectations. I am now teaching yoga at a university in Riobamba and feeling great about it! thanks to the wonderful staff and program they have. I 100% recommend this course because it is tailored to you, to your future yoga students and doesn¨t just focus on the physical aspect of yoga. Which I absolutely LOVED.
Kristine Disney United States
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My 200-hour yoga teacher training with OM Yoga Center was extremely rewarding! Not only did I receive excellent instruction on teaching asanas, I received a well-rounded classical hatha yoga education. The teachers were all excellent, and Maria Elena went out of her way to ensure that each student had a great experience. The schedule was rigorous but manageable, and each weekend we were met with an exciting excursion or activity to "reward" us for all of the hard work during the week. The food was tasty and nutritious, and I greeted each day with eager anticipation of what I was about to learn and experience. And last but not least, the location. Ecuador is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I just don't believe there could have been anything that could improve this experience. I left a different person than I was when I arrived, with friends for life as an added bonus. I highly recommend this school!
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I'm really happy I did my 200h YTT with OM HEALING CENTER. It was such an amazing experience. The program was complete. Amazing teachers, delicious and healthy food, beautiful place in nature. Thai and cranial massage were really helpful, too. I totally recommend this retreat, it will change your life.