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The Sattva Vinyasa 200-hour certified teacher training provides a solid foundation to teach foundation sattva Vinyasa practice and principles and deepen ones own sadhanda and spiritual practice. This training is for those students or teachers having a desire to dive deeper, learning a sustainable breath centered practice that works in harmony with bodies while concentrating on the higher practices of the vedas to live a more balanced life. On this retreat, you will explore your personal practice on a multi-dimensional level of holistic movement in beautiful Costa Rica.
All ages are welcome as participants.
Ahki retreat is an intimate yet spacious facility. Infused with simple elegance, other two large cabinas, just a short walk down from the main house, offer six, sizable, guest rooms that can accommodate up to three people per room. All rooms have ceiling fans, large windows and doors, as well as plenty of overhead ventilation for optimal airflow. Each room has a private bath with a large unique and luxurious indoor and outdoor shower, and patios and decks that command stellar views of the mountains and valleys.
This retreat will take place in Delicias, in southern Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, at Ahk Resort. Designed specifically for group work, Ahk is an intimate yet spacious facility nestled in 5.5 mountain acres, located near the Pacific coast, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Imbued with lush, green mountainsides, blue ocean waters, plentiful sunshine, and with its accessible location, Ahk is the perfect destination for retreats. What is so unique about Ahk is that it is a truly sacred space, built specifically according to the ancient science of vastu shastra, the yoga of space, invoking peace, wellness and harmony, with the environment as well as within ones self. All the structures are built oriented in conjunction with the nine directions, five elements, the earths vibrational grid, and the planetary energies. All floors, walls, and roofs have been painstakingly measured according to vastu to maximize the flow of positive energy throughout.
The beautiful Ahki Resort will be hosting the 15-day intensive teacher training. Morning sessions begin with invigorating sattva Vinyasa practice, pranayama, and meditation. The days are filled with intensive study of alignment principles, sequencing, Vinyasa krama, adjustments, anatomy and physiology, Ayurveda, and philosophy. Evenings will include lunar practice, self-study, and reflect on the daily work.
Much of the Vinyasa practice in the west is drying and rajasic, over stimulating, to the nervous system, and many times people are learning a style of yoga that has worked well for that instructor. Explore the personal practice of Pranayoga School on a multi-dimensional level of holistic movement. Sattva Vinyasa is a blend of ancient practice, energetic Vinyasa flow, and regenerative Vinyasa krama based on the bio mechanics of movement within yoga therapy.
The middle path, the central channel. The study of Ayurveda is one in keeping the body balanced, and the study of yoga is one of keeping yourselves in harmony with your bodies, breath, relationships, and the world around you. Pranayoga School has joined these sister sciences in their holistic programs so that you may find the integrated approach to healing. They believe that for the whole person to not only survive but to thrive, there needs to be harmonious balance of the three treasures of mind, body, and spirit. Their philosophy is one of wholeness and integration to achieve sustainable results and transformation within.
The daily schedule may be subject to change due to meal times, check in / on. The first and last days will be shorter due to travel.
This yoga teacher training welcomes teachers wanting to learn Sattva Vinyasa teaching method, even with another 200-hour certification, students who have been practicing for a minimum of one year wanting to get certification and students wanting to deepen their practice in a beautiful and structured immersion.
There are some requirements of this 200-hour Sattva Vinyasa certification completion. Following the immersion at Ahki, you will have 30 hours of self-study, daily sadhana practices, online anatomy program and practice resources, teaching practicum, and private sessions to complete. You will also be required to complete elective coursework with Dani or workshops taught by other Sattva Vinyasa certified teachers. This can be fulfilled 2 ways:
The first option is to assist Pranayoga Schools annual Thursday to Sunday retreat at Menla Mountain Institute or Satchidandana Ashram October 6 to9, 2016. In assisting, you will bring together all of the teaching elements of sattva Vinaysa and higher meditation practices, refining your final teaching and receive feedback to hone your skills as a Sattva Vinyasa teacher. This portion is an additional room and board cost.
The second option is 15 hours of electives with Vani or Sattva Vinyasa certified teachers and sending in final teaching sequences via video file.
Ahki provides complimentary Wi-Fi for those who need to stay connected.
All of Ahki's electric consumption is generated using on-site photovoltaic solar panels.
Costa Rica is pretty casual, especially in the beach towns. For your retreat at Ahk, check with your group leader for any specific clothing recommendations. Outside of that, shorts, tees and tank tops, sundresses and sandals are all appropriate for pretty much any occasion.
It is recommended that you bring a brimmed hat, sunscreen, a compact umbrella or rain jacket, a light wrap and a portable flashlight, mosquito repellant and hiking shoes, swimsuit, and sunglasses.
The meals included in the package are vegetarian meals. Ahkis can provide meals with chicken or fish per your advance request for a slight, additional cost.
Shots are not required to enter Costa Rica. However, you will find some health information sources will recommend this.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Pranayoga Scool, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Vani, Danis given name through integral yoga, has practiced yoga since 1995, having studied Integral, Tantric and Ayurveda, yoga therapy, and prana Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Her teaching is an alchemy of eastern philosophy and modern living. Using both life and practice as a way of inspiring self-awakening, love, and devotion.
She is creator of sattva Vinyasa and sattva therapy-regenerative practices. She is a columnist for elephantjournal.com, and founder of Pranayoga Foundation. Dani leads teacher trainings and workshops at conferences and studios around the world as well as offering marriage, birth, and death support.
Ahki Resort will be offering daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yogurt, milk, butter, and breads are always available for those not watching their gluten or dairy intake. In their amply stocked kitchen, their experienced staff cooks solely for the retreat guests, enabling them to take into consideration your individual dietary needs, making the appropriate modifications and adjustments. All meals are served in the lovely open air dining room, with a grand vista of the gardens, pool and mountains, and sea.
Your day begins with a self-serve feast of fresh fruits, homemade, organic yogurt from fresh, local raw milk, locally baked breads, homemade granola, gluten free pancakes as well as gallo pinto, a Costa Rican traditional dish of rice and beans, and fresh local, organic eggs served up in a creative variety. You'll never get bored with your food here there. The healthy and delicious lunches and dinners are served sit-down style and carefully planned to be "climate appropriate". You will never feel weighed down from food too heavy for the Costa Rica climate, but most certainly you will leave the table satiated!
Additional foods such as fish, chicken, and smoothies may be purchased for an additional cost.
In beautiful Costa Rica there are so many to do, discover, and enjoy. On your free time, you can explore the area of Costa Rica and all the nature activities it has to offer. As remote as Ahki location is, it is only minutes away from beaches, kayaking, and horseback riding, fishing excursions, canopy tours, surfing, zip lining, paddle boarding, bird watching, nature hikes, and more. Great shopping and restaurants, too.
An ultralight, flown by an experienced pilot, takes you on an unforgettable tour over ocean, beaches, and jungle. This experience is something not to be missed.
Follow the meandering one lane road through virgin tropical dry forest, and there at the end, you will find Shipwreck Beach, a crescent cove protected by rocky headlands to the north and south and sheltered from the Pacific by numerous coral reefs. The deserted, white sand beach is perfect for swimming, kayaking or exploring the striking tide pools. Balmy breezes rustle coconut palms in harmony with rhythm of the surf. The beach house from there can be rented for a day for an additional cost.
Ahk offers an array of massage and bodywork modalities. Their practitioners are independent professionals from around the globe who have come to Costa Rica specifically to share their healing arts and services.
Whether you are curling up with a book, sharing in a board game, watching a video or enjoying an intimate chat with a new friend, you will no doubt slip into the home-away-from-home vibe. At Ahkis library, there will always be a bowl of fresh fruit and a variety of teas after dinner for your evening enjoyment.
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