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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Panama.
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 Panama. YiA Yoga is an Internationally Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga School offering a unique and authentic yoga teacher training experience. Their YTT's are open to yogis of all ages, physical levels and religious and spiritual paths. As the Bhagavad Gita says: Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
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, kitchen, breakfast bar, living room, hot water, and Wi-Fi. There are also hammocks to relax in outside with social areas to enjoy the perfect of 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.
Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
Take your practice to the next level by immersing yourself in the exploration of yoga. Whether you are just beginning your practice or have an advanced practice, this training will surely create a beautiful shift in your life and expand you beyond measure on your journey with yoga. Upon completion, you will become an internationally recognized registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, the world's largest non-profit yoga certification and training organization expanding over 160 countries.
This training includes:
Classes are held Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, you will have your group nature outings and Sundays off.
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 cross 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 the 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 on 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 our individual teaching styles allowing you to fully experience the joy, art, and science of being a yoga teacher.
Your ability to create change within yourself and in the world depends upon your courage, commitment, authenticity, and connection. By discovering your strengths and staying connected to your highest self, you will empower others to do the same. There is no greater gift than allowing your light to shine as brightly as possible, as it inspires others to do the same.
The founder and director of YiA Yoga, Kaytee Hoverson, 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.
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 is 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.
YiA Yoga is located in the small mountain town of Boquete, in the Chiriquí province of Panamá, which the westernmost province of the country bordering with Costa Rica. Due to its elevation (approximately 4,000 feet about sea level), Boquete enjoys spring-like temperatures year round, making this area the agricultural breadbasket of the country. YiA Yoga’s studio is located in downtown Boquete in the Plaza Los Establos shopping center on Calle 5A Sur.
Panama is the natural bridge that unites the Americas and has the greatest diversity of wildlife in Central America. Much of the land, over 1/3, is covered by National Parks with a variety of plants, animals, reptiles, birds, and a wide range of marine life.
Panama offers the complete travel experience with activities such as: zip-lining through the jungle, hot springs, horseback riding, mountain biking, amazing hiking, bird watching, white water rafting, fishing, rock climbing, repelling, surfing, cave exploration, snorkeling, four-wheeling, volcano treks and much more.
Above all else, the culture of people in Panama will amaze you and show you the kind of love and acceptance that will inspire you for a lifetime. They are the kind of selfless people that you can ask for directions and they will walk you to your location, even if they need to go the other way. Or the kind of people you meet on the bus and they invite you into their homes to share a meal after an hour of knowing you. The best way to describe them is open-hearted and they will make you not want to leave.
The valley of Boquete is located in the western highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above the sea level. Nestled amongst the country's most mountainous region, this peaceful town is situated between the Caldera River and Baru Volcano.
Surrounded by untouched tropical cloud forests, Boquete is just an hour and a half from unspoiled white sand beaches in the Pacific and 4 hours from Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean, offering yogi's 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 that they could imagine.
Boquete is safe, beautiful, inexpensive, and exciting. It can be easily accessed by 1 hour daily flights from Panama City to David (the country's second largest city), and then a 30-40 minute car or 1 hour bus journey from here.
The "Valley of the Flowers and the Eternal Spring" is home to 20,000 habitants whose cultural roots can be traced to Native Indians, Spaniards, Europeans and North Americans among other ethnicities. Its first settlers came from other areas of Panama, as well as other countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and North America.
All give shape to the cultural melting pot that Boquete is today. Most farms and houses still have architectural styles that are reminiscent of these other countries. 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.
Boquete is considered the ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama, you name it, Boquete has it. For extreme adrenaline, White Water River Rafting in the Chiriqui Viejo. For coffee lovers, Coffee Tours to coffee plantations and processing farms in Palmira, Palo Alto and Alto Quiel.
To admire the beauty of the tropical cloud forest, Zip Line Canopy Tours in Palo Alto. 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. For the most incredible hike, challenge yourself to the Quetzals Trail footpath from Cerro Punta to the entrance of La Amistad National Park.
For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak in the Caldera Hot Springs. For you cowboys, you can go Horseback Riding through Caldera's valleys. To admire nature's abundance go for a Bird Watching Tour. For extreme sports enthusiasts there is Rock Climbing and Rappelling at Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono.
During the weekend, boat trips and island hoping tours can be arranged to Bolaños or Gamez Islands in the Golf of Chiriqui. Panama's best surfing is just a couple of hours away in the world famous town of Santa Catalina and the most amazing scuba diving spots are found at Isla Coiba, which is also in Chiriqui's Golf. The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro is only a 20-minute flight away from David and offers a great taste of the Caribbean vibe.
The location of Boquete enjoys a sunny cool mountain climate, comfortable all year round, considered nearly perfect, with temperatures ranging between 60° to 80° F (16° to 28° C).
Each of the on-site villas have 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.
Boquete is 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 & 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.
Treat your temple with the love and attention it deserves by booking one of our many spa treatments available. Seeking a treatment you do not see on our list, contacts us today so we can connect you with what your body is calling for.
Enrique Malek International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$45 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.
Panama is just a short plane ride away if you are coming from the USA and cheap flights are available on a regular basis. Eight major USA cities offer direct daily flights to Panama City. These are Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Orlando. You can also fly directly from Paris, Madrid, and Amsterdam, as well as other locations around Europe.
Panama City, Panama, and San Jose, Costa Rica are the same distance from Boquete, so it is suggested to check prices for both locations, although flights to David from San Jose are less frequent but if you plan to take the bus, San Jose may be the cheaper option. If you arrive in Panama City the flight to David is around 40 minutes.
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 some drivers. Rental cars are also available in Boquete. Budget has an office in the town center, so that may be the best option.
If you decide to take the bus, it is about seven hours by bus or car. From David to Boquete is it about 45 minutes by bus, taxi, or a shuttle.
The first option is to go from Panama City to David by private shuttle. YiA Yoga can arrange private shuttles from your arrival airport in Panama City directly to Boquete for 450 USD. You will walk off the flight and your very own bi-lingual tour guide will be there 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, email YiA Yoga.
There are two airports in Panama City, Tocumen and Albrook. International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and from Tocumen you can book a flight with Copa Airlines to David. If you fly with Air Panama, you have to go to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC), which is about 45 minutes away depending on the time of day and traffic. You can take a taxi between Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) or spend a night in a hotel in Panama City and then take a taxi next morning to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC).
A taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) or to a hotel in Panama City should cost around 25 to 35 USD.
The last flight to David from Panama City departs around 5:00 p.m., so if you land in Panama City after 2:00 p.m. plan to spend the night in a hotel in Panama City or take a bus to David. The last bus to David leaves Panama City at 3:00 a.m. You should allow at least 2.5 hours between landing at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and getting to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) or bus station because of customs, immigration, and then the journey within Panama City.
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. There, you will be able to catch a bus to David. Busses depart almost every hour so you should not have any problem with the schedule and you do not have to bother with reservations. 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 6:00 a.m. and the last one departs at 3:00 a.m. The bus ticket from Panama to David costs 12.50 or 15 USD per passenger depending if it is an express bus or not. Express buses are the fastest and depart at 3:00 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 a.m. Once you arrive at the bus terminal in David, you can easily take a connecting bus to Boquete for 1.45 USD from the same terminal. The last bus from David to Boquete leaves at 8:45 p.m.
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