Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Guatemala.
Come and join this Yoga Teacher Training held at School Yoga Institute home, the Mystical Yoga Farm, on the magical Lake Atitlan in the Highlands of Guatemala! The yoga farm is a serene landscape, surrounded by volcanoes, lush greenery and healing waters. You are invited to step into the quiet stillness of mother nature, allowing her to nourish you and guide you back to the home in your heart. School Yoga Institute teaches faculty with great experience and expertise in all areas of the program. In this Yoga Teacher Training, you will learn the art of teaching, yoga sutras, yoga anatomy, and many more. You will be served vegetarian food, all prepared with love.
School Yoga Institute is an extended family of yoga teachers and practitioners who have deeply experienced the beauty and ancient wisdom of yoga and who feel inspired to share that wisdom with others. Within the context of SYI yoga teacher training courses (YTTCs), they share their understanding of the ancient teachings, through the yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, Upanishads, Tantric yoga, Mayan prophecies, Greek mythology, and Lao Tzus Tao Te Ching, as well as modern spiritual teachings of Eckhart Tolle, the Dalai Lama, and others. Most importantly, they share their understanding of how to integrate these concepts into our daily practice in the form of health, healing, and transformation.
The Mystical Yoga Farm is a very unique place that offers a special opportunity to live on the land and with nature, as you take rest from your everyday life and immerse yourself in the practice of yoga. The Mystical Yoga Farm is home.
The Mystical Yoga Farm is a self-directed spiritual community that is focused on self-sustainability, growing fresh organic food, growing healthy yogis, teachers and healing practitioners. The desire is to heal the earth and its inhabitants through connection with nature and Spirit, the source of all of creation.
The Yoga Farm is a secluded, private property only accessible by boat. It sits at the base of a volcano and is surrounded by magical forests and healing waters. We are an Eco-Rustico Retreat Center that is off the grid; utilizing filtered water, composting toilets, solar hot water, and solar electricity.
They have a variety of sleeping accommodations, including four newly built private rooms, two private cabins on the upper land, two private waterside cabins in the lower land, two open shared dormitory cabins, one large attic dormitory, camping options, and a floating boat house.
They share meals in the Rancho and practice in a new-built Yoga Shala with breath-taking views of the Lake on which we live and the volcanoes across the water. Meditation occurs on the dock as we watch the sunrise over the volcano.
This place is a rare gem, a peaceful oasis like nothing experienced before; perfect for the inward journey you seek to embark on. As well as being the perfect location for contemplation during your teacher training, the farm shares its beauty in many ways during your free time: from gardening and coffee picking, to swimming in the cool waters of the lake and sauna in our traditional wood-fired temascal, from feeding the chickens and stirring the compost, to volcano hikes and local village trips.
Whether you prefer adventure or simply relaxing in a hammock with a book from their spectacular conscious library, the Mystical Yoga Farm is the perfect location to let go of all of your daily responsibilities.
During the training we wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of this magical setting. Guided group meditation starts at 06.00. Meditation is followed immediately by asana (yoga posture) practice. It includes pranayama, asana, and relaxation.
In the afternoon we have our Art-of-Teaching workshop. They also have lectures, discussions, and activities that cover yoga philosophy, yoga theory, yogic living, yoga diet, yoga anatomy, and yogic healing. They end the day with after dinner Satsang (wise gathering) to contemplate and reflect on their sadhana (spiritual practice) of the day.
They teach Sadhana yoga - the yoga of spiritual practice, teaching both Hatha and Vinyasa flows. School Yoga Institute honors all traditions of yoga and has incorporated into the 200-hour teacher training program two foundational sequences that will allow students to develop any style of class they desire to teach. The two sequences they teach are a Vinyasa flow and Hatha flow based primarily on the Ashtanga and Sivananda sequences respectively.
The approach is contemporary and eclectic. They bring to life the ancient teachings of yoga through daily practice and practical application into our lives. During the 200-hour teacher training program you will:
Learn to teach two sequences: Vinyasa and Hatha flows
Practice pranayama daily
Understand many different meditation techniques
Learn the yoga anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers
Do in depth study of selected yoga sutras
Gain an understanding of the history of yoga
Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
Be introduced to the business of yoga
Improve your personal yoga practice
Learn the art of teaching workshops
Do regular peer-teaching starting from day one
Be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Jed Pennell began his physical yoga practices in 1999 under the tutelage of Sujita Sklenar at Oregon State University. Here, he found a path for the radical transformation of the body and a portal to the infinite spirit. He enjoys self-inquiry, nature, surfing, art, laughter, breath, movement, sadhana, Hatha and Nada yoga. His classes often infuse laughter, play, shamanic wisdom, yogic philosophy and sutras into organic flow based movements of the spine, body, and breath.
Anita’s life mission is living and cultivating a life of balance in serving others. She was born in Mysore, India, and presently learns to play the harmonium to weave in the essence of sound with yoga. To experience her classes is to immerse oneself in the nourishing elixir of life and taste the magic of self-transformation. Anita’s passion for Ayurveda and yoga weaves an alchemical blend - a trinity of yoga, breath, and sound melting into beauty, rasa, and stillness. Her foundation began in the Iyengar tradition and has been layered with the wisdom of Ayurveda.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (School Yoga Institute)
Inka is serving her life purpose of sharing love and light through yoga. Vinyasa Flow is her soul practice and Inka’s flows are strong and creative. She enjoys guiding people on a journey through Yin yoga allowing the yogis to get deeper into their being and finding the connection on a soul level through Restorative asana practice. Inka completed her RYT 200 in Shanghai, China (Body & Soul Yoga) and RYT 500 in Peru with School Yoga Institute. She is a world traveler having practiced, retreated, and workshopped all over the world, which has inspired and influenced greatly her teaching style.
Yoga Alliance RYT 300
Krystalyn ERYT 300hr, holds two life coaching certifications based on sattvic and esoteric principals. She has passionately lived and throughly investigated postural alignment, body mechanics, yoga therapeutics and internal martial arts for over a decade, In a search to uncover her own body’s unwinding process. The roots of her journey begun with a search for more holistic solutions to the suffering of physical and mental pain, that which we all seem to experience at some point in our lives.
The Mystical Yoga Farm is located on Lake Atitlan, near Santiago. In this serene landscape, surrounded by volcanoes, lush greenery and healing waters, we live together in community, sharing all aspects of daily life as we incorporate the wisdom of yoga into each step.
All of the food is vegetarian and prepared with loving hands. Their humble vegetable garden nourishes them as often as possible while the rest of our food comes from the local farmers of our neighboring villages. They share two main meals per day, with a light snack at lunch time.
Enjoy the breath-taking views of the Lake and the volcanoes across the water
Feed the chickens and stir the compost
Sauna in our traditional wood-fired temascal
Simply relaxing in a hammock with a book from their spectacular conscious library
Swim in the cool waters of the lake
Volcano hikes and local village trips
La Aurora International Airport
Transfer not provided
Fly into the airport in Guatemala City (airport code GUA).
From the airport, you can go directly to Pana and take a boat to the Farm, or you can spend the night in Antigua and travel to Pana the next day.
If your flight arrives before 13.00, you have a good chance of making it to the Farm in one day. You can book a direct shuttle from the airport to Pana. It is about a 3.5-hour drive.
Setting up a transfer from the airport to Antigua is easy. You can email your hotel to set it up, or you can email a shuttle company directly. The cost from the airport to Antigua is 10 USD.
You can typically schedule these shuttles at any tour agency or even at the hostel you are staying at.
From Antigua to Pana there is a shuttle at 8.00, 12.30, and 16.00. It is about a 3.5-hour shuttle ride. The price is typically 8 USD (60Q).For people who are staying at the International Mochilero, walk across the street to the Casa Amarilla (yellow house) and get a shuttle to Lake Atitlan for Q60 or 8 USD. We took this shuttle and it was fine.
One thing we heard is that people should not go through the Plus Travel Agency for shuttles, especially to Atitlan. There is a road that is washed out so you have to take a detour and need a good reliable 4wd vehicle.
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