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Yandara’s Yin and Restorative yoga training is a nine-day elective course of the Yandara Advanced 300-hour YTT program. During these nine nourishing days together, you will explore the practices and principles of Yin and Restorative yoga. You will prioritize the body-mind-spirit connection and the cultivation of a calmer state of being through these daily regenerative and healing yoga practices.
In Mexico, the facilities are rustic and modern, emphasizing comfortable outdoor living. There are three large enclosed yoga pavilions, a gorgeous saltwater pool, canvas glamping cabins for a more luxurious stay, and comfortably furnished tents for the base accommodation option, flush toilets and hot water shower facilities, kitchen, dining, and lounge area. Yandara supplies safe, bottled drinking water (also used for cooking).
Included in the tuition is a comfortable and popular standard furnished tent; they are spacious and have a proper bed (with blankets and bedding provided), bedside drawers, reading lamp, and an electrical outlet. For those wishing to upgrade to a more luxurious option, there are gorgeous canvas cabins, fully equipped with polished concrete floors, rugs, a full-size bed, down comforter, linen bedding, towels, nightstand, woven baskets, a place to hang your clothes, and an electrical outlet.
The staff has refined the process of integrating yoga training within this natural setting being mindful that your environment is integral to your learning process. Away from your hectic everyday life, you’ll discover an inner peace with the mountains at your back and the warmth of the soft sea breeze on your face.
The approach is all about teaching yoga from the heart. This setting and approach helps cultivate a love of yoga, your students, and yourself. Upon completion of this course, students that are already registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level will be credited with 100 hours toward Yandara’s Advanced 300-hour Yoga Alliance certification.
They also welcome dedicated practitioners and yoga teachers to attend this course simply as a yoga retreat to deepen your practice or for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (YACEP) credits.
Yin yoga includes longer held, therapeutic seated, and floor postures, supported by props, to optimize range of motion and energy flow through the joint tissue, while emphasizing hip and lower back health. Yin yoga cultivates inner listening, heightened awareness and intuition, acceptance, and compassion
Restorative yoga focuses on deep relaxation of the nervous system while enhancing your body’s ability to regenerate and restore itself on multiple levels of body, mind, and spirit. These deeply restful poses are completely passive and fully supported by yoga props. Ahhhh!
This training includes Allison Eaton’s new manual, "Yintuition – A Guide to Yin & Restorative Yoga"
A 200-hour YTT certificate from Yandara Yoga or other Yoga Alliance-approved YTT for those who wish to fulfill 100 hours toward their 300-hour certification. Prerequisite of six months of dedicated yoga practice for those who simply want to deepen their practice with this training.
Purchase and read “The Relaxation Response” by Dr. Herbert Benson. Attend 5 Yin or Restorative yoga classes or take 5 online classes.
A journal, pens, a relaxing eye pillow, and two myofascial/ trigger point release balls (any brand, i.e. Kieba Massage Lacrosse Balls or Mandala Yoga Massage balls), your favorite essential oils, poems, and inspirational quotes.
Your day starts as the sun rises with a yoga class to awaken your senses and ready you for the day. After a refreshing shared community breakfast, you'll then move into your technical training where you break down poses together in the natural beauty of one of the three open-air studios.
Next, pause for a delicious group lunch focused on health and nutrition for both the mind and body, followed by an hour break allowing for time to relax on the beach and connect with your fellow students.
After lunch, the focus turns to you as a teacher. They are here to assist absolute beginners in becoming educated and inspiring yoga teachers, as well as to assist seasoned teachers in the deepening and refining of their yoga teaching skills. This part of your day will allow you to become more comfortable in front of a class and take on the role of a confident yoga teacher.
You will become not only more knowledgeable in yoga within this training but also more knowledgeable of yourself as they encourage you to carry what you have learned onward to your own students. This supportive and encouraging environment is built to elevate each and every one of the students to their full potential as yoga teachers.
Every night, they offer community activities that are unique and crafted to keep you entertained, engaged, and enlightened. Enjoy music and dance with the local kirtan band, Jaya, comprised of four fellow yogis. Join in the magical experience of music-chanting meditation or sit back with your fellow students and instructors for an evening of watching educational films on ground-breaking yoga approaches followed by a group discussion.
These evenings are built to encourage the community of students and teachers to connect, have fun, and head to bed with a full heart and soul.
Travel for your yoga teacher training should be booked on the first day of the listed program dates. You will begin regular classes on the following morning. Yandara provides transportation to and from the airport on arrival and departure days for 40 USD each way. Those wishing to arrive in Baja early can return to the airport on the day before the program starts to be picked up, along with the other students, by the shuttle service.
Departure travel should be booked on the last day of the listed training date. Breakfast will be served on the departure day. Please contact us if you aren’t sure when you should travel.
Go to as many yoga classes as you can and begin to create a personal practice at home. Please have a basic understanding of "Sun Salutations". There are many hours of asana practice every day, but not always a hard workout. Since it is teacher training, many of the classes are workshop-style.
If you are used to a vigorous daily workout, they recommend either doing an additional personal practice before the first-morning yoga class or going for a daily jog or walk on the beach.
Allison Eaton is an international teacher of yoga, Reiki, and meditation. She teaches yoga teacher training and Reiki (hands-on healing) certification training worldwide. Her teaching style is supported by extensive background training in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Iyengar, and Bhakti yoga as well as meditation. A healthy balance of Yang Flow yoga and Yin Restorative yoga is a central focus of her training at Yandara. Allison is known to draw the authentic self out of her students, empowering them to practice and teach from the heart.
Since completing her first 200-hour training in 2008, Amber has had the priveledge to learn from and teach with all the amazing instructors at the Yandara yoga Institute. Amber has also received her 500 hour certification as well as a certification in Prenatal Yoga. Forever in love with the flow of the ocean, Amber teaches and practices a fluid Vinyasa style, her students describe her classes as fun and dynamic with a strong emphasis on arriving in the present moment.
The natural setting of the yoga teacher training in Mexico is as much a part of your experience as the yoga instruction itself. This secluded Baja, Mexico location offers stunning beachfront vistas featuring open-air studios to keep you in touch with your surroundings and all the beauty that nature has to share
These comfortable outdoor settings take advantage of the warm temperatures that Mexico offers drawing from its natural beauty, they encourage you to connect with your surroundings while you also connect with those you are on this journey with. Southern Baja is a safe area of Mexico in regards to any kind of violent crime, 80% less violent crime than California.
Yandara is even safer, as it is located in a small rural farming community. Petty theft can be a problem everywhere so exercise caution. There is very little crime in the area. You are very far away from the problem areas in Mexico. Located in Southern Baja, Mexico, about an hour from Cabo San Lucas, your all-inclusive Mexico yoga experience will include:
Drawing upon Mexican heritage, your dining experience will also feature an internationally influenced menu. A menu choice is rarely ever repeated and focuses on fresh, local organic ingredients.
On Sundays, you'll receive either a full or half-day to explore the local culture. You may choose from a variety of local attractions. A few favorites are Todos Santos which is just a short 20-minute drive away, designated as a Pueblo Mexico (“magic town”), this town features art galleries, historic buildings, and the very best in local restaurants. Nearby, you will also find the renowned surfer beach Los Cerritos and the world-famous sandy beaches of Cabo San Lucas.
Enjoy an arid desert climate, where it’s always warm in the sun and cool in the shade. The daytime temperature never drops below the 70s during the day and nights feature cooler temperatures for a restful sleep.
Yandara is located in the Baja California desert, one of the largest and best-preserved deserts in Mexico. The main vegetation is silver-colored shrubs, plump aloe vera, blue agave, thick-stemmed trees, and majestic cacti. The desert is also home to many endemic and endangered species of both plants and animals.
From the yoga pavilions, located a stone’s throw from the beach, you have phenomenal views of the Pacific Ocean in one direction, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range in the other. The beach is one of the best places to view spectacular sunsets every evening!
There are generally not many mosquitoes. Scorpions are sometimes seen. Scorpion stings, which are easily treated with ice, feel a little worse than a bee sting. There are spiders, and, on rare occasions, tarantulas. Tarantulas are harmless to humans. Rattlesnakes are passive and generally hibernate during the winter, but Yandara recommends being cautious when walking about in the desert. Please use your flashlight when walking at night.
There are many ocean animals to be seen while in Mexico. In Baja, there are whales, dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds that can be seen depending on the season. Whale season peaks in the winter months of January through March.
You don't need to know Spanish in Mexico, however, learning a few phrases to be courteous would be helpful.
During this teacher training, you will be served three daily delicious locally-sourced meals. For breakfast, herbal tea, papaya, banana, handmade fresh roasted granola, oatmeal, and boiled eggs will be available. For brunch, delicious vegetarian meals are served buffet-style with eggs and dairy as an option.
For dinner, you will have a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal, which includes dairy and eggs, and will be served buffet style. At Yandara Institute, the meals are prepared with attention, fulfilling the nutritional demands of an intensive yoga program.
Students are always amazed and impressed by the wholesome cuisine created by the Yandara kitchen chefs. Meals are prepared with attention, fulfilling the nutritional demands of an intensive yoga program. The abundant meals are prepared with love and with quality ingredients. Organic when available. Yandara meals are primarily vegetarian, fresh local fish, boiled eggs, and dairy are optional.
The kitchen team works closely with unique dietary needs, allergies, and special diets (gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan) are easily accommodated. Students always enjoy the little extras such as the always full fruit bowl, herbal tea station, drinking water, and special homemade dressings and sauces.
Every meal is a surprise and students always look forward to mealtime! Favorites include Bolo’s Pad Thai, April’s Green Papaya Salad, and stone-ground whole-grain pesto pizza.
In Baja, Yandara cultivates fresh kitchen herbs and vegetables in their own organic garden, where students are always welcome. They have papayas, bananas, oranges, and mangos in their orchard. Special to the Baja training are baked potato days with fresh finely chopped garden herbs (fresh dill, chives, rosemary, basil, and thyme), fresh local Dorado with garden basil pesto, garden beet and chard salad with balsamic dressing, and samosas with garden-fresh parsley/cilantro chutney.
Yandara mainly serves vegetarian cuisine. Mostly beans, grains, and fresh vegetables. They serve fresh local caught fish twice a week. They serve organic food as much as possible. They are able to accommodate allergies to gluten, lactose, and nuts. As they are a small facility, they are not able to accommodate Paleo, raw, or other extreme diets. Please consider your dietary needs if you have a concern.
Some popular dishes are pad thai, vegetable enchiladas, sweet and sour tofu with broccoli, grilled mahi-mahi (fish) with herbs, coconut curry, samosas with cilantro chutney, house-designed gourmet pizza, quinoa, basil pasta, and lentil soup.
“Make your own” Tostada buffet (cheese, beans, an assortment of toppings and salsas on baked corn tostadas)
Fresh fruit, tea, and water are always available.
In Mexico, Todos Santos is a beautiful town with good restaurants, shopping, and sites to see. Yandara will assist in arranging transportation (5 USD per destination) to and from town. If you choose to stay at Yandara, no lunch will be provided. They only serve breakfast, fruit, tea, and dinner on Sundays.
Astrology Consultations are offered daily at the Baja training the fee is 50 USD. A sign-up sheet will be posted upon your arrival to Baja.
The Yandara Boutique features items the staff has brought back from their world travels. You can find clothing from Mexico and Thailand, jewelry from Bali, African organic shea butter, locally grown Mexican organic white sage, and albums by JAYA.
During this training, you may also enjoy sessions with a chiropractor, or relax with a Swedish massage for an additional cost.
Los Cabos International Airport
Transfer not provided
Take a bus from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico, then to La Paz. More detailed travel information will be provided upon registration.
It is a 900-mile drive from San Diego to Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico. More detailed travel information will be provided upon registration.
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