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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Panama.
Take your practice to the next level by immersing yourself in the journey of yoga! Whether you are just beginning your practice or have an advanced practice, desire to teach, or simply want to enhance your own personal practice, this training will surely create a beautiful shift in your life and expand you beyond measure in self-love, self-awareness, abundance, gratitude, joy, and clarity of your vision. Upon completion of this course, you will become eligible to register with Yoga Alliance, the world's largest nonprofit yoga organization expanding in over 160 countries. Join YiA Yoga for this truly transforming experience and find yourself in Boquete.
This charming hotel is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens. Each cabaña has three bedrooms, a kitchen, a breakfast bar, a living room, hot water, and Wi-Fi. The accommodation allows you to bring friends and family if you desire. There are hammocks for relaxing and social areas to enjoy the perfect weather of Boquete. The onsite yoga studio is available outside of group session hours. Hail a taxi within minutes to restaurants, shops, and adventures.
Join YiA Yoga to immerse yourself in your true nature of health, joy, love, awareness, and peace amidst the abundant natural beauty of the tropical mountains of Boquete, Panama. YiA Yoga is an Internationally Certified Yoga Alliance® Yoga School offering a unique & authentic yoga teacher training experience. The YTT's are open to yogis & yoginis of all ages, physical levels, and religious, and spiritual paths.
All of YiA Yoga training is open to yogis of all levels as we empower you to work with your current design, its strengths, and weaknesses. If you can breathe, you can join!
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
During the training, not only will you explore the physical aspects of a yoga practice such as alignment, adjustments, transitions, peak pose sequencing class design, and anatomy, but you will also explore the spiritual aspects of yoga and discuss ancient yoga philosophy empowering you to find your own path and truth.
This training is lead by YiA Yoga founder, Katherine Sophia and is supported by other YiA Yoga trainers and guest teachers. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted.
The primary foundation of the course is Vinyasa Flow, but students will be encouraged to create their own unique classes that most support their authentic voice and style. YiA Yoga has produced teachers guiding students through Yin, Ashtanga, Bikram, Restorative, Power, Gentle, AcroYoga, Yoga for Kids, and many more.
YiA Yoga will inspire you to “be the change you wish to see in this world.” During the training, you will have the opportunity to reflect and connect with your highest self, the part of you that knows the sky is the limit, the part of you that sees the beauty within yourself and others, the part of you that makes your dreams, hopes, and visions a reality.
This training is designed to be suitable for people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds. YiA Yoga fully respects and honors individual belief systems. The aim is not to “convert” you into anything. It is rather to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. If you believe in a higher power, this training will connect you more to your own higher power and your highest self. Together, we will practice the power of love and gratitude, which crosses all cultures, religions, and philosophies.
The primary style of yoga you will learn is Vinyasa yoga. It is one of the more creative types of yoga and is a perfect base for all other forms. If you can teach a Vinyasa class, expanding to teaching other forms of yoga is easy. Vinyasa can be soft and gentle or powerful and intense. It is whatever you want it to be. You as a teacher are able to express your creativity through practice and personalize your class to express who you are and what you represent.
Vinyasa is a beautiful dance that comes together through sun salutations. During the training, you will also expand your knowledge of the various forms of yoga by participating in a variety of different styles of classes.
You will explore the relationship between yoga anatomy and physiology that will support you to guide your students in a safe and effective manner and will empower you to create well-rounded and balanced classes using peak pose sequencing. There will be an inside look at a collection of the most important foundational poses that together comprise the full range of the body’s expression to give you a better understanding of the movements involved using full-color, detailed anatomical illustrations.
YiA Yoga believes that one key to being an exceptional yoga teacher is being able to support your students in their practice by taking their postures to their full expression safely. There will be a hands-on approach to teaching you, not only the anatomy of the posture but how to get them into proper alignment using effective adjustment techniques.
You will also develop clear and concise communication skills, learn to fully observe your students in their practice, and communicate what they need to hear in order to deepen their own experience. Lastly, you will discover the beauty and power of body awareness through various meditations, pranayamas, and exercises.
Your ability to create change within yourself and in the world depends upon your courage, commitment, authenticity, and connection. By exploring your strengths and deeply connecting to your highest self, you will empower others to do the same. There is no greater gift you can give than allowing your light to shine as brightly as possible, as it inspires others to do the same.
Each yoga teacher has something exceptional to offer their students. Together, you will tap into examining your personal strengths and using them as a foundation for developing your individual teaching styles allowing you to fully experience the joy, art, and science of being a yoga teacher.
The founder and director of YiA Yoga, Katherine Sophia, credits much of her focus and success - both worldly and in the spiritual realms - to the practice of meditation and visualization using the law of attraction as a strong foundation. During this training, you will have the opportunity to dive into this magnificent, life-impacting, powerful practice with her, and learn how you can incorporate meditation and visualization into your own life assisting you in fulfilling your dreams and desires. And as you develop and expand your personal meditation practice, you will be inspired to guide your students to theirs.
The practice of yoga goes back thousands of years but has only exploded across the world just recently. You will look into the most significant historical yogic texts, giving you a deeper understanding of the foundation of yoga and flow through time to bring you to the present moment of what it means to be a yogi in the 21st century.
Katherine Sophia is a passion-driven social entrepreneur on a mission to be of service to the divine light that exists within each and every one of us. She is an international humanitarian, teacher, motivational speaker, spiritual consultant, and aspiring author. Her work has taken her all over the globe and she has been in service in 40 plus countries on five continents. She has provided guidance to thousands of individuals on their journey within using a variety of healing modalities. She works with people of all religions and spiritual belief systems.
The valley of Boquete is located in the western highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above sea level. Nestled amongst the country's most mountainous regions, this peaceful town is situated between the Caldera River and Baru Volcano. The location of Boquete enjoys a sunny cool mountain climate, comfortable all year round with temperatures ranging between 16 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Surrounded by untouched tropical cloud forests, Boquete is just an hour and a half from unspoiled white sand beaches in the Pacific and four hours from Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean, offering plenty of opportunities to hit the beach during the weekend to enjoy the warmth of the sun and get to do some of the most amazing scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing.
The "Valley of the Flowers and the Eternal Spring", is home to 20,000 people whose cultural roots can be traced to Native Indians, Spaniards, Europeans, and North Americans among other ethnicities.
On the sheer mountains that surround the valley live the Ngöbe Bugles, an indigenous ethnic group who are highly skilled artisans, famous for their colorful chaquiras (beaded necklaces) and "nahuas", traditional dresses.
Meals are not included, but private delivery services are available upon request. Each of the on-site villas has a full-service kitchen and within walking distance of the villas, there are several grocery stores and restaurants.
Many times the students cook and eat together both inside the retreat center and outside in the beautiful town. There are more restaurants per capita in Boquete than anywhere else in Panama! Whatever you crave, they have it!
Whether you desire an evening of fine dining or an inexpensive quick meal you can find restaurants featuring local and international cuisine including Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, American, Chinese, Argentinian, Japanese, and of course delicious Panamanian. It also hosts several adorable coffee and chocolate shops and an abundance of delicious bakeries.
Boquete is considered the ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama, you name it, Boquete has it. For extreme adrenaline junkies, you can go white water river rafting down the Chiriqui Viejo River, go rock climbing in Bajo Mono, fly through the jungle on the zip lines of Palo Alto or go waterfall repelling or cliff jumping at Canjilones Canyon.
For beach enthusiasts, consider a trip to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro to indulge in the relaxing chill Caribbean vibe, hop over to San Blas islands to experience the rich history and culture of the Kuna Indians, or go island hopping from Boca Chica where you can see and experience an abundance of sea life on Isla Coiba.
For coffee lovers, Boquete is home to the most expensive and best coffee in the world and a tour is a must. If you are up for a hike, Boquete has unbelievable trails for hikers of all levels. For a challenging trek and a chance to view both oceans from Panama's highest point, hike and camp to the top of the Baru Volcano, or step into La Amistad National Park and walk the footpath of the Quetzals Trail. The abundance of lush rainforests, animals, and waterfalls will take your breath away.
For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak the day away in the natural hot springs of Caldera or go for a leisurely horseback ride through the rolling mountains with breathtaking views. Or go on a bird-watching tour.
YiA will connect you with your bodywork desires. Transformative self-care is right around the corner in Boquete. The Haven has a modern contemporary spa with relaxation massage, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, lymphatic drainage, facials, and more.
Boquete offers natural-wonder-outdoor-spas from waterfalls to the Caldera Hot Springs, for less than 5 USD. YiA Yoga team also can help you find specialty plant medicines experts.
Enrique Malek International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$45 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Boquete is Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV), which is an hour's flight from Panama City, Panama. Transfer to and from the airport is available upon request for the cost of 45 USD. It is a 45-minute ride to the retreat location.
There are two airlines that fly from Panama City to David, Copa & Air Panama. If you arrive to Panama City at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and are flying to David with Air Panama, you will need to take a taxi to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC), which is around 25- 45 minutes away depending on the time of day and may take additional time if traffic is backed up. If you are flying Copa, you will fly out of the same airport. You should allow at least 3 hours between landing at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and getting to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC) or bus station because of customs, immigration, and the journey within Panama City.
Eight major US cities offer direct, cheap, daily flights to Panama City: Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Orlando. You can also fly directly from Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, and other locations around Europe.
Panama City, Panama, and San Jose, Costa Rica are the same distance from Boquete, so YiA Yoga suggests checking prices for both locations, but be aware that flights to David from San Jose are less frequent and usually route through Panama City. If you plan to take the bus, San Jose could be the cheaper option.
A taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to a hotel in the Panama City center should cost around 25 to 35 USD.
From Panama City or San Jose to Boquete it is approximately six to eight hours by bus or car.
From David to Boquete it is approximately 45 to 60 minutes by bus, taxi, or shuttle.
If you want to take a bus to David from Panama City, you first have to take a taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) or from your hotel in Panama City to Albrook bus terminal.
Busses depart Panama City to David almost every hour, so you do not have to pre-book your journey. The only dates when you will not be able to easily catch a bus is when it is a Panamanian National Holiday. The first bus departs every day at 6:00 a.m. and the last one departs at 3:00 a.m.
You may also rent a car in Panama City and drive to Boquete. This is a good option for those who feel comfortable driving in other countries, but may be overwhelming to drivers who are not familiar with driving in foreign countries.
Budget, Alamo, and Dollar Rent a Car have offices in David.
YiA can arrange private shuttles from your arrival airport in Panama City directly to Boquete for 450 USD. You will walk off the flight and have your very own bi-lingual tour guide waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. No taxis, no airport transfers, no hassles. And, you can make stops along the way whenever you would like! To book a transfer, send an inquiry today.
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