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Mexico Yoga Teacher Training

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.

Meet the instructors

Allison & Amber
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Learn about Yin yoga postures
  • Learn about mindfulness meditation
  • Learn about intuitive practice and teaching
  • Workshops on Yin yoga anatomy
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
  • Laundry

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.

Program

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

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

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!

Topics explored

  • Yin yoga principles and practice
  • Yin yoga postures and sequencing
  • Yin yoga prop variations
  • Yin yoga anatomy
  • Yin yoga and meridian theory
  • Energy body anatomy - Deepening connection to the vital life force energy (prana), energy centers (chakras), and subtle channels (Nadis/meridians)
  • Yin yoga and mindfulness meditation
  • Introduction to myofascial release technique with the use of yoga tune-up balls
  • Incorporating myofascial release technique into your yin yoga class
  • Restorative yoga principles and practice
  • Restorative yoga postures and sequencing
  • Restorative yoga prop variations
  • The science of stress and the relaxation response
  • Sequencing hybrid classes (I.E. Yin-Yang yoga and Yin-Restorative yoga)
  • Yin and Restorative yoga desserts - Learn how to incorporate energetic hands-on assists, sound healing, mantra, aromatherapy, poetry, inspirational quotes, and live music into your Yin and Restorative yoga classes.

This training includes Allison Eaton’s new manual, "Yintuition – A Guide to Yin & Restorative Yoga"

Program details

  • Prerequisite

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.

  • Preparatory study

Purchase and read “The Relaxation Response” by Dr. Herbert Benson. Attend 5 Yin or Restorative yoga classes or take 5 online classes.

  • Please bring

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.

  • Contact hours: 90 hours
  • Non-contact hours: 10 hours (to be fulfilled by home study)

Sample daily schedule

  • Morning

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.

  • Afternoon

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.

  • Evening

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.

Arrival

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

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.

Preparation

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.

Instructors

Allison Eaton

Amber Young

Retreat location

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:

Cuisine

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.

  • Culture

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.

  • Climate

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.

Vegetation and setting

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!

Mosquitoes, scorpions, tarantulas, or rattlesnakes in the area

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.

Ocean animals

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.

Language

You don't need to know Spanish in Mexico, however, learning a few phrases to be courteous would be helpful.

Food

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.

Sample menu

Breakfast buffet

  • Herbal tea
  • Fresh papaya and banana
  • Organic oatmeal
  • House-roasted granola
  • Hard-boiled eggs (served daily)

Lunch

“Make your own” Tostada buffet (cheese, beans, an assortment of toppings and salsas on baked corn tostadas)

Dinner

  • Vegetable curry with organic brown rice and salad

Fresh fruit, tea, and water are always available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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

  • Divine Love Astrology Consultations with Shiva Das

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.

Reiki sessions (1-hour session: 75 USD)

  • Reiki sessions and healing attunements with Reiki Master, Allison Eaton
  • Reiki and yoga

Massage

  • Swedish massage is available throughout your training.

Yandara boutique

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.

Spa treatments

During this training, you may also enjoy sessions with a chiropractor, or relax with a Swedish massage for an additional cost.

What's included

  • Full course tuition
  • YTT manuals
  • 10 nights accommodation in the standard furnished tents
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and drinks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry
  • 2 textbooks for home study
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

Take a bus from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico, then to La Paz. More detailed travel information will be provided upon registration.

Arrival by car

It is a 900-mile drive from San Diego to Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico. More detailed travel information will be provided upon registration.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 29% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday March 24, 2022
Departure: Sunday April 3, 2022

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