60 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Nicaragua

"Transform to Roar and Find Your Own Voice" Yoga Teacher Training Nicaragua

Join this teacher training course to learn to teach a simple, logical, yet revolutionary new approach to yoga that tweaks traditional postures in sometimes just the slightest magical way, and transform your students' experience with their bodies, and at the same time, transform the way your students will ever think about yoga. Leave there an experienced teacher, confident, and ready to teach in any kind of environment. Come and find your own voice! Ahimsa Yoga Ashram is a Yoga Alliance YACEP (Continued Education Provider) and their courses can count toward Continued Education requirements.

Meet the instructors

Xian
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Highlights

  • 52 days yoga classes and lectures
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT
  • Bandhas, mudras, pranayamas, and meditation sessions
  • Life changing experience and unsurpassable knowledge of yoga
  • Learn to teach workshops on the principles behind movement and stretching
  • Daily home cooked vegan meals, cold teas, and surprise snacks
  • 59 nights accommodation in a beautiful jungle location
  • Daily communal lifestyle

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


52 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Outdoor shower

You will be staying in your own private jungle cabin, placed in the gorgeous natural setting of the ashram. The cabins are a comfortable size, with a beautiful locally crafted bed, a comfortable mattress, and stunning river views. Comfort, yet close to nature. The ashram is a quiet retreat away from the noise of towns and cars. They have 12 acres of stunning waterfall (the largest in the area with 3 levels) and river land.

They have their own budding vegetable garden and fruit forest, a beautiful log fire circle, many secluded, private shady areas with trees, meditation, practice and relaxation areas by the river. Drinking water comes from a fresh water spring straight out of the rocks on the land. The yoga platform is surrounded by lush greenery and exotic animals.

Program

The program is designed for you to become a HATHA YOGA teacher, although the principles learned here can be applied to any style of Yoga. This will enable you to teach Hatha yoga classes, but also teach style independent private, one on one alignment classes, as well as alignment workshops for everyone!

With thorough guidance and daily preparation, you will teach every day and will, therefore, leave there an experienced teacher, ready and confident to teach! At the XianYoga yoga teacher training course, you will not learn a pre-written script to get students through a class of general movement.

You will learn to teach from your own extensive understanding, experience, practice, and by intrinsically understanding yoga. You will learn to apply all principles yourself, and from that base, you will learn to teach from knowledge and experience, rather than from notes.

At the Xian YTT you will not receive ready-made sequences or templates for how to teach. But you will learn how to make them. You will receive constant personal feedback from Xian and your fellow students. You will learn through lectures and demonstrations, but most of all through practice and repetition, you will learn through listening to yourself and others.

All sharing will turn into teaching, as you learn every day. You will teach classes to other students, who will deliberately do things ‘wrong’ so that you can learn how to adjust, tailor your classes to different levels, and give variations.

You will practice to give talks on various yogic subjects and teach many asana, pranayama, and meditation classes. It’s going to be a lot of work and “putting yourself out there”, but it’s going to be a lot of fun too. The most important thing to know is that nobody can make you into a teacher. Only you can do it. So, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it!

It not about becoming somebody else, but about becoming you and finding your voice, becoming your voice, and then teaching, and sharing what you love.

What you will learn during this teacher training:

  • By giving you the tools, experience, and practice, you will understand the sequencing of asanas for a class. You will be able to put together your own sequences for different lengths, variations to difficult postures or levels and themes, as well as studio yoga.
  • You will be able to teach up to 15-hours of workshop on XianYoga alignment, which you will learn in the first ten days of the intensive immersion training (principles behind standing, sitting, walking, forward bend, side bend, chest openers, turns and combinations).
  • You will be able to teach bandhas, mudras, pranayamas, and meditation.
  • You will be able to teach the yoga principles workshop on philosophy and history.
  • You will experience on your own body what it feels like when your body feels absolutely fabulous, when your body is open, and when your energy channels are open.
  • You will have many hours of personal or individual attention.
  • You will have taught many, many, many classes.
  • You will learn a revolutionary new body alignment method.
  • You will learn how to be a good teacher, from projecting your voice, to holding space, to when to speak and when not to speak, how to teach multiple levels of students in one class, how to weave spiritual themes into your classes, and how to get vast amounts of information into one class without overloading your students.
  • You will learn how to relieve your students' discomfort in sitting postures and many other challenging postures.
  • You will learn to transform your students' yoga practices forever, no matter what their experience level or style is.
  • You will learn what it looks and feels like when your students' bodies and energies are open. This is where the magic of adjustments and variations comes from.
  • You will then learn the magic of adjusting your students, to ensure absolutely no pain, crunching, or discomfort.
  • You will understand how the body works, so that you can apply those principles to any asana (posture) and even asanas not discussed during class.
  • You will understand the art of developing and giving teaching for different kinds of students.
  • You will understand the principles behind the perfect alignment, movement, and stretching.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up. Semi-compulsory waterfall shower
  • 06:30 Self practice
  • 07:00 First class, lecture, and students teaching
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Class, lecture, and students teaching with 30 min. break
  • 12:30 Optional library time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:15 Group subject discussion, reading, review of taught topics for in depth understanding, snacks
  • 16:00 Homework, teaching, and class preparation
  • 17:30 Self-practice, speaking out loud
  • 18:30 Dinner

Instructors

Xian Breckenridge
Xian is an internationally trained and certified Hatha yoga teacher, energy and massage healer, AcroYoga teacher, psychic, acrobat, circus performer, trapeze artist, fire dancer, and author of the book “Why You Don’t Need Shoes.” Her extensive experience of supporting her students’ spiritual development and physical radiance makes her a unique teacher and mentor. Her 20-year yoga practice, which she taught all over the world for over 11 years, focuses strongly on correct alignment principles to open the energetic and spiritual body. Xian teaches with humor, love, insight, and a touch of magic.

Location

This retreat will take place about 5 kilometers outside of San Rafael Del Sur, 15 kilometers from Masachapa and Pochomil beach, Western Central Nicaragua. A tiny local community, Los Chepenos, is only a few minutes away. The nearest town is San Pablo (3.5 kilometers on a beautiful nature packed dirt road, about a 30-minute walk), a tiny local town with a yummy local bakery and a few small pulperias (shops).

San Rafael Del Sur

The next bigger town, San Rafael Del Sur, is another 3 kilometers (5-10 minutes, 10 cordobas / 35cents, by Rickshaw taxi) from San Pablo. San Rafael Del Sur is a small, truly local town, with an abundant market, all facilities and a PALI supermarket.

Masachapa and Pochomil beach

The town of Masachapa and the vastness of Pochomil beach are accessible by bus or taxi from San Rafael Del Sur.

Nearby places

  • Costa Rica border - 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Family bakery -30-minute walk
  • San Rafael Del Sur, 5 kilometers
  • Managua - 2 hours

Food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be delicious, yet simple vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. We bake our own bread, make yummy salads and use whatever we can from our lovely garden. Cold tea, fruit and other little yummy surprises and snacks are also provided.

If you have any special desires for food or other items, you can satisfy them during Saturday visits to the nearby towns and the local bakery. You can also opt to add some items to the Ashram's shopping list if you pay for them. They will head out for shopping twice a week.

Please note: The Ashram cannot accommodate special dietary requirements for this training course.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegan
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)

There are beautiful walks in the surrounding areas that can be enjoyed whenever you have time within the weekly schedule. As the Ashram is very deliberately set in a secluded location and the program is very busy, you will have time to visit San Rafael Del Sur or the beach on Saturdays, the Ashram day off.

Xian is also a professionally trained body piercer (by the internationally renowned Fakir School of Body Piercing In San Francisco, USA). She specializes in ritual piercing and breath control.

On request, horse rides might also be arranged for Saturdays.

What's included

  • 52 days yoga classes
  • 59 nights accommodation
  • Bandhas, mudras, pranayamas, and meditation sessions
  • Certificate of completion
  • Daily communal lifestyle vegan breakfast and dinner
  • Daily home cooked lunch, cold teas, and surprise snacks
  • Internet
  • Life changing experience and unsurpassable knowledge of yoga
  • Workshop on the principles behind movement and stretching

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions
  • Extra foods and snacks
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), Managua

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus from Managua, “Terminal de Buses Inter Urbanos Israel Lewites” to San Rafael Del Sur for around 1-2$, 1hr40min. From San Rafael you can take a Moto Taxi straight to the Ashram for 100c/$4, 30min.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a private taxi from the airport to San Rafael Del Sur, for around $50-60. From San Rafael you can take a Moto Taxi straight to the Ashram for 100c/$4, 30min. Cars will usually not come up to the Ashram as they don’t like driving on dirt roads. (If you choose to take a taxi from the airport, it’s best to walk a short distance out of the airport and get a taxi outside of the Best Western Hotel, as they will offer much better rates.)

The Best Western is also a good place to stay if you arrive late at night. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram will send you the directions once you have confirmed your booking.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Monday July 1, 2019
Departure: Thursday August 29, 2019

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