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Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Nicaragua

The program is an all-inclusive, comprehensive training with the purpose to make you a knowledgeable teacher for beginner students. The program focuses on the traditional primary series in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. You will also be introduced to the modified primary series to suit the needs of the beginner students, the mixed level for groups with different skill levels and the creative intermediate series, Rocket, created by Larry Schultz.


  • Daily yoga practices
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Develop a personal teaching philosophy
  • Pranayama, asana practice, and guided meditation
  • Primary and modified primary series of Ashtanga yoga
  • 3 daily meals and 1 non-alcoholic beverages
  • 22 nights accommodation


22 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will stay at Paraiso Beach Hotel, a well-known hotel in Nicaraguan style, which is awarded with the certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. Your accommodation will be in a double occupancy bungalow with double beds, air conditioning, and bathroom. The bungalows are situated about 60 meters form the beach where you will find excellent snorkeling.

It's Yoga Nicaragua Teacher Training Program

Deepen your practice and take the steps towards a yogic lifestyle. It's Yoga Nicaragua strictly follows the recommended standards and guidelines of Yoga Alliance. They are approved to train yoga teachers at level YTT 200. After examination and for those who graduate, with the Yoga Alliance approved system, you will become a confident and effective Ashtanga yoga instructor and you can also attain an international certification.

It's Yoga Nicaragua has been doing Ashtanga yoga teacher training programs for over 15 years and graduated more than 3000 yoga teachers. This Ashtanga teacher training supports students in deepening their understanding and relationship to the practice by studying the basic ingredients: breath, bandhas, and dristi. With revolutionary methods to make the practice accessible and appropriate, their approach is modern, therapeutic, challenging, supportive, and steeped in tradition.

The purpose

The purpose of this YTT program is to provide a supportive environment in which students begin to connect with their inner teacher, internal wisdom, and authentic voice. Through pranayama, asana practice, mind-body, journalism, group conversation, reading, and guided meditation, students will practice the essential process of conscious listening to your own higher self. The YTT is designed to provide participants with a solid foundation of knowledge and information with which you can confidently and effectively facilitate an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class for beginners.

It's Yoga Nicaragua will share their expertise about marketing, pricing, teaching group or private classes, and setting up your own yoga school. They intend to support each student as they develop, deepen, appreciate, and expand their understanding of their true authentic self. Through basic study of philosophy, personal alignment, modifications of classical poses, pranayama practices, and individual instruction, this intimate YTT is sure to be a life-enhancing experience. They look forward to working with you.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:45 Tea
  • 07:00 Morning practice: self-practice or led class, meditation, pranayama, chanting, or kriyas
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Study: asana clinic, group work, or lecture
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Study: group work or lecture
  • 16:30 Evening practice: led class, practicing teaching
  • 18:30 Dinner


History and philosophy of yoga

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga
  • T. Krishnamachayra
  • Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Modern influences

Anatomy and physiology

  • Terminology of anatomy
  • Applied yoga anatomy
  • The nervous system
  • The hormonal system


  • Ujjayi breath - theory and practice
  • Working with breath in Ashtanga sequences


  • Names (Sanskrit and English)
  • Sun salutations (Suryanamaskara) A and B - theory and practice
  • Standing, seated, and finishing asanas of the primary series with a detailed breakdown of the poses
  • Practice and benefits of the asanas
  • Verbal, visual, and hands-on adjustments

Chakras / Naulis / Bandhas

  • Names and functions
  • Locations and importance
  • Nauli and Neti kriya - theory and practice
  • Bandhas - theory and practice

Its Yoga Vinyasa system practicing and teaching the sequences

  • Full primary series
  • Modified primary series
  • Mixed levels routine
  • Modified intermediate series (Rocket II)
  • Minimum daily requirement

Becoming a teacher

  • Principles of teaching
  • Etiquette / responsibility in the classroom
  • Finding your own voice as a teacher
  • Developing a personal teaching philosophy
  • Marketing yourself as a teacher

Breakdown of program hours

  • 115 hours on techniques, training, and practice
  • 33 hours on teaching methodology
  • 20 hours on anatomy and physiology
  • 36 hours on philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
  • 10 hours on teaching, assisting, and observing group classes
  • 6 hours on seva (selfless service)
  • Total: 220 (inclusive home study)


  • Be fully present and participate actively in the training
  • Building an everyday self-practice
  • Practice teaching with other participants in the group
  • Complete all the written assignments
  • Complete the final written assignment
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach a complete modified primary series for beginner students as a final exam

Certification requirements details

Teach a class - you will be assigned to teach a one-on-one beginner class at the school / lodge.

Assist classes - you will be assigned to assist classes being taught by another instructors. You will be required to give physical adjustments and answer questions at the beginning and end of class.

Observe classes - you are required to attend classes taught by other teachers and observe their teaching style.

Complete written assignments.

Personal essay - your own experience of yoga.

Keep a journal / practice log.

Statement of teaching philosophy - compose a short statement of the principles, which you intend to uphold as you teach the Ashtanga yoga system.

Tests - Three short quizzes, which include memorization of all of the Sanskrit names for the asanas and a final written essay test.


Yoga Alliance certification program: this compilation of materials shares the ancient practice of Ashtanga in terms that every yoga enthusiast can learn from, both the basic beginner to the most advanced practitioner.

Recommended literature for the training

  • Ashtanga Yoga Manual by David Swenson
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff


Catarina Lacayo
She is an Ashtanga yoga teacher, certified Hatha yoga teacher, and a doctor of naprapathy (spinal specialist) with 5 years academic studies and 10 years clinical experience. She is also a certified holistic health coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Catarina teaches in Swedish, English, and Spanish. She has been studying with Larry Schultz, David Kyle, Reed Taylor, Kino McGregor, Peter Sanson, Ron Reid, Marla Meenakshi Joy, and she is currently studying with Saraswati Jois in Mysore India.
Edwin Lacayo
Edwin is a passionate Ashtanga yoga teacher who loves to practice and teach the Rocket series. His expertise is philosophy, and he holds a degree in restaurants and cooking, which of course makes him an excellent cook for healthy food. Edwin teaches in Swedish, Spanish, and English. He has been studying with Larry Schultz, David Kyle, and Reed Taylor.


Corn Island is located about 70 kilometers east of the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. It lies in the Caribbean Sea surrounded by beautiful white, sandy beaches and wonderful snorkeling and diving spots with underwater visibility up to 80 feet. If you take a good look on the map, you will find Paraiso Beach Hotel on the south-west side of Corn Island, right on the unspoiled Shipwreck Beach. Corn Island is full with exotic fruit trees, native palms, and surrounded by white sand beaches. As a haven for pirates and buccaneers in the 17th century, there is an untold number of shipwrecks and treasures still lay scattered along the turquoise shores. The islanders, descendant from the original British prospectors and freed slaves, make their living from harvesting lobster and fish from the prolific, offshore fishing banks. Many Miskito Indians from the nearby Miskito Coast as well as Nicaraguans from the mainland have moved to Corn Island in recent years, diversifying the population and languages overheard on the island. However, the laid-back atmosphere and lifestyle seems to overtake anyone who visits Corn Island.



  • Cycling nearby
  • Diving
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf driving range nearby
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


Three delicious, healthy meals each day and one non-alcoholic beverage are included in the price. There is an onsite restaurant that will serve you vegetarian or non-vegetarian meals each day.

Things to do (optional)

Bike rental

If you like to explore the island in an active way, Paraiso has mountain bikes to rent. They provide you with an island map, so you will not get lost. You have to be a bit in shape for this though, it gets humid and hot sometimes.

Diving at Corn Island

Diving at Corn Island is a really special experience. Guided by professional instructors, you are able to see the turquoise waters, the coral reef, blowing rock, and most of the Caribbean underwater species. They offer PADI courses, fun dives, and night dives.

Golf cart island tour

One of the best ways to explore the island is by golf cart. They are open, safe, and easy to drive. Paraiso provides you with an island map, so you will not get lost. The most interesting sites of Corn Island are marked. You can rent a golf cart for a few hours or per day.

Island style fishing

For this trip, you will be taken around the island to fish (trolling and bottom fishing) for many different kinds of (game) fish. During the trip, you can go snorkeling on interesting spots. They will of course bring drinks and ice. If you like, you can bring back your catch to Paraiso, and their chef will turn it into your fresh island style dinner. All is included in this trip.

Relax massage

During the massage, your therapist applies massage oil to your skin to facilitate various massage strokes, including the smooth, gliding strokes called effleurage. Other applied massage moves include kneading, friction, stretching, and tapping.

The massages promotes relaxation, eases muscle tension, and creates other health benefits. The massages are done by highly trained therapists with a valid diploma and outstanding references.

Snorkeling gear rental

Right in front of Paraiso beach are a few sunken ships. Those ships are a safe haven for lots of fish and underwater life. Paraiso will rent you the gear so you can go and explore for yourself. Even beginners will not have any difficulties.

Snorkeling Little Corn

The tour to Little Corn Island takes about 6 hours and it includes all gear, lunch, drinks, and guide / captain. Knee boarding, tubing, or fishing during the trip is free of charge. You get to see Little Corn Island and you will have time to explore it by yourself. You will go snorkeling to their three famous spots where you can see nurse sharks, the reef, and a large variety of reef fish.

Snorkeling tour Corn Island

Snorkeling Corn Island tour includes drinks, snorkeling gear, and lunch. Knee boarding, tubing, or fishing during the trip is free of charge. The tour will take about 2.5 hours and you get to see a real pirate ship, the coral reef, and many of the reef's inhabitants like turtles, spotted eagle rays, snapper, barracuda, and all the common reef fishes.

Tubing and knee boarding

Are you ready to get wet? They will take you for some action at sea. You can go tubing or knee boarding, or both. They will bring some drinks, and show you a large part of the island coast while you are out.

Spa treatments

Massages are available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 3 daily meals and 1 non-alcoholic beverage
  • 22 nights shared accommodation
  • Its Yoga certificate, 200-hour Yoga Alliance accredited
  • Taxi transfer to and from Corn Island Airport (RNI)
  • Training material
  • Tuition fee
  • Two-way transportation flight between Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) and Corn Island Airport (RNI)

What's not included

  • Extra activities are not included in the price.

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Paraiso is located a 5 minutes taxi ride from the island airstrip, so the best way to reach them is to take a flight from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua to arrive at Corn Island Airport (RNI). La Costea offers daily flights from Managua at around 6:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m.

Arrival by boat

Paraiso is also accessible via Bluefields or El Rama by boat. Please contact It's Yoga Nicaragua for more information about the schedules because the schedules are subject to change.


  • Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, 70 kilometers
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