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Panama Yoga Teacher Training

Whether you are looking to move deeper into your own personal practice or to teach professionally, this 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher training course offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment, everything you need to take your yoga practice to the next level.

Meet the instructors

Katherine & Doris
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Highlights

  • 19 days of practice
  • Daily yoga asana classes
  • Daily wonderful meditation practices
  • Weekly transformational breathwork sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Amazing nature hike and beach trip
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • Pristine surroundings

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Enrique Malek International Airport (US$45 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

On-site lodging is available at the beautiful San Miguel Boutique Cabañas. This charming hotel is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens creating a serene natural environment for you to delve into your yoga journey. Each cabaña has three bedrooms, a kitchen, a breakfast bar, a living room, hot water, and Wi-Fi. There are also hammocks to relax outside with social areas to enjoy the perfect of the weather of Boquete. The accommodation allows you to bring friends and family with you on your journey shall you so desire. YiA Yoga also offers an array of other various lodging options to suit your needs.

Program

Certifications

Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). This training is specifically tailored for those who are aged 50 and over who are looking to connect on a more profound level with the language of their heart, expand their inner truth and strengthen their yoga practice.

This immersion is for those with an interest to teach students of their age bracket and beyond or who simply desire to go deeper in their own journey with yoga. Although this training is specialized in working with senior populations, the graduates of this program will leave empowered to teach not only the mature population, but all ages!

It will also include exposure to a variety of yoga class types including all-level Vinyasa flow, therapeutic yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Yin or Restorative. Later-in-life students come with their own needs, considerations, and expectations. This program will focus on those special needs and considerations ensuring that the daily practices you participate in will lean towards softer, gentler classes. You will also explore yoga philosophy and concepts from a later-in-life student perspective.

The program includes a variety of teaching methods so that you can learn, practice, and embody the material. This includes demonstration, lecture, talking circles, partner practice, group processes, practice-teaching sessions, discussions, and individual work. Process work helps you to connect to your own heart’s wisdom and find your authentic voice as a teacher. Deep connection with the community of trainees and trainers gives you the support you need during and after the training to be successful in establishing yourself as a teacher and throughout your yoga career.

While this is an immersion program, the material will be paced with enough time to process the information, ample free time to absorb the information, as well as time to enjoy a variety of yoga activities that are inspirational, informative and transformational. This training is designed to be suitable for people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds. At YiA Yoga, they fully respect and honor each and every individual’s belief systems. They do not seek to 'convert' you. They seek to inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

If you believe in a higher power, they desire to connect you more to your own higher power and your highest self. Together, you will practice the power of love and gratitude, which cross all cultures, religions, and philosophies. During your time together, you will study:

  • How yoga can have a positive effect on the aging process to improve overall vitality of life
  • Identify your individual musculoskeletal imbalances and learn how to address these imbalances for yourselves and your students
  • Modifications and adjustments appropriate for people with injuries, lack of strength and mobility, and other limitations regardless of age
  • How to teach from your own heart’s wisdom
  • The art of peak pose sequencing and how to effectively and carefully plan and sequence yoga classes for all body types
  • How to incorporate themes and intentions into your teaching and practice
  • How to fine-tune your asana through a deeper understanding of anatomy informed alignment principles
  • Methods to gain insights into your true nature through the ancient wisdom of yoga and its philosophy
  • Transformational connected breathwork, mantra, and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life
  • How to build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment
  • Concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali, and the chakra system as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Meditation and morning reflections
  • 08:30 - 11:00 Morning classroom session
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Asana practice
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Partner practice or individual soul journaling
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Afternoon classroom session
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Posture clinic
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Practice teaching
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Reflection or study hall

Included excursions

Included in the cost of the training include two magical nature excursions, with a plethora of other activities to do at an additional cost.

Hanging bridges nature hike

Take a unique tour of the Boquete Tree Trek Hanging Bridges to enjoy an elevated perspective of the biodiversity of Panama’s tropical cloud forest. A local guide will lead you through a circuit of six suspension bridges covering a 4.5 km route through the treetops of these protected forests. This excursion is accessible for all fitness levels. If the bridges don't appeal to you there several other small trails to explore on the grounds of the property or simple sip a tea while relaxing among the beauty of the green forest surroundings.

Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park beach graduation celebration

Enjoy a private boat trip into the stunning islands in the gulf where you can feel the warm tropical air, sand between your toes on pristine white beaches, swim or snorkel in crystal clear aqua blue waters, and see dolphins, turtles, manta ray and other marine life. Towards the end of the route, you will pause on one of the islands for a marvelous buffet beach picnic lunch.

Instructors

Katherine Sophia

Doris Martinez

Retreat location

Boquete is the heart chakra of Mother Earth. It embraces you with its lush tropical natural beauty, with its mountains, rivers, flowers and rainbows. It is nothing shy of breathtakingly beautiful. It will hold you close to its heart with its calming energy, but beware, you may never want to leave. It has happened to many.

Boquete, many would say, hosts the perfect weather year round with a sunny cool mountain climate with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius or 78 degrees Farenheit

Katherine has traveled the world and never seen anything more beautiful than the natural beauty of Boquete. It is the place she calls home. The place where she feels most safe, most held, most connected, most grounded, and deeply rooted. Her love for it will never waiver.

Boquete is 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 rapelling 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 the 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 rainforest, 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.

Food

Please note that meals are not included in the cost of the training. 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 resort 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 fine dining 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

  • White water rafting
  • Hot springs tour
  • Coffee tour
  • Surfing lessons
  • Boquete honey bees tour
  • Wildlife refuge adventure
  • Rock climbing
  • Volcano tour in 4x4
  • Canyon tour
  • Private yoga sessions and assessments

Spa treatments

Treat your temple with the love and attention it deserves by booking one of many spa treatments available. Seeking a treatment you do not see on the list, contacts YiA Yoga today so they can connect you with what your body is calling for.

  • Ayurvedic holistic health consultation
  • Deep tissue sport massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation massage
  • Thai yoga massage

What's included

  • Internationally recognized certification through Yoga Alliance
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily meditation
  • Weekly connected transformational breathwork sessions
  • Quality training with master level, highly experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate teachers
  • Ayurvedic body type analysis
  • Access to the 16 personalities quiz and enneagram
  • Hanging Bridges Nature Hike
  • Graduation beach trip
  • 19 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional excursions and activities
  • Spa treatments
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport to Boquete is Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV), which is an hour flight from Panama City, Panama. Transfers to and from the airport are 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 and 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 it is suggested that you check 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 Panama City center should cost around 25 to 35 USD.

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 in driving in foreign countries.

Arrival by bus

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 a 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.

Buses 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 everyday at 6 a.m. and the last one departs at 3 a.m.

Arrival by shuttle

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 bilingual 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. Sennd an inquiry for more information.

Airport: Enrique Malek International Airport Airport transfer available: Enrique Malek International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Monday October 4, 2021
Departure: Saturday October 23, 2021

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