34 Days 250-Hour Authentic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Ayurveda at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala

This training is not for everyone. It's going deep, it's based on the ancient original roots of Yoga. This is not possible in three weeks, we will spend a full five together as a sangha, a spiritual community, guiding you to be ready for the deep end that becoming an authentic & successful yoga instructor is. Mahadevi Ashram offers a proper education in the theory and practice of the age-old system of yoga, its various parts, and how it all fits together.

Let Kaivalya Yoga School take you on a transformative journey through the mysteries of genuine spirituality correlated to Western science and thinking, offering comprehensive explanations and pedagogically sound techniques while giving personal guidance and support on your path towards excellence on all levels.


  • Daily vegalicious meals
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • 4-day special module (Sept: Tantra, Nov: Bhakti, Jan: Permaculture)
  • 200+ contact hours of far-reaching, juicy teachings that keep changing lives
  • Professional course manual and academic-level curriculum
  • Free airport pickup (shared)
  • 33 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 18

Airport transfer included: La Aurora Airport

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  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

There are limited beds at the ashram, so book early to secure your spot (and get the best rate). The rooms are private singles and doubles as well as four-bed bamboo dorms. There are hammocks and communal areas available to all.

Please note that we are located in a tropical traditional Mayan village in the Third World, which also means that occasional inconveniences cannot be completely avoided, but it is generally as safe here as back home, we've been here for five years already. We are also blessed to have not many mosquitos at all and there are no dangerous diseases, insects or other animals around.

Kaivalya Yoga School Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training Program

This training is for those who would like to teach yoga from spiritual experience, going into their own depths, becoming confident, fearless, inspiring in the process. Those who feel an urgent desire to explore the truth of existence by studying and practicing a wide range of knowledge & techniques from ancient wisdom traditions passed down to us through the ages by highly evolved beings for the benefit of all.

Many other yoga teacher training courses offer quicker programs (over three or even two weeks) with less actual contact hours in the classroom, requiring students to complete many hours by themselves to reach the hours required for certification. We encourage you to count the contact hours offered in any YTT.

This course exceeds 200 contact hours, ensuring that you will be adequately prepared to guide future students confidently and successfully. This course includes a special module on Ayurveda, the yogic 'Knowledge of Life', covering age-old methods to stay healthy. It lays out how to live, eat and practice in harmony with our personal constitution, heal body, mind and heart sustainably without the woes of modern medicine including side-effects.


  • Yoga practices - 100 hours
  • Asana (posture)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Kriya (purification techniques)
  • Chanting and mantra (the yoga of sound)
  • Meditation

Teaching Methodology - 25 hours

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting, and instruction
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities to be developed as a yoga teacher
  • The students' process of learning Business aspects of teaching yoga

Yoga anatomy and physiology - 20 hours

  • Physical human anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc)
  • Anatomy of the subtle bodies: chakras, nadis, koshas etc
  • Application of anatomic principles to the yoga practice Benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc

Philosophy, lifestyle and ethics - 30 hours

  • Meaning and value of Patanjali's yoga sutras
  • Essence of the bhagavad gita
  • Historical evolution of yoga
  • The yoga lifestyle in modern society
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Practicum - 20 hours

  • Teaching practice
  • Observing others teaching
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Assisting the teachers in the daily practice class

Special Module - 36 hours

  • Ayurveda in four immersive days of applied theory and practice
  • Doshas, herbs, diet & massage in Ayurveda
  • Special Asana & Pranayama sessions for therapeutic benefits

Class Schedule

The course consists of five blocks with two days off in between. Class times are 7 am to 1 pm and 3.30 to 6.30 pm including the 4-day special module in the middle of the course. Every morning you will start the day with a guided session of chanting and meditation to explore your true self with ever-growing awareness and love.

Hatha yoga: You will have two sessions of Hatha yoga each day, one in the morning, to learn & practice new material, and one in the afternoon to develop your own teaching skills.

Each day there are discourses covering the different aspects, stages, and practices of yoga and related spiritual traditions and how to teach them successfully and inspiringly.

In numerous additional sessions we will fill in the gaps and prepare you for all that awaits when finally being in front of your first real-world class. If you already have teaching experience this will help, but you will find an amazing wealth of new knowledge and insight by diving into the realm of traditional yoga


This teacher training is registered with the international Yoga Alliance as RYT-200, graduates are entitled to teach anywhere in the world. In order to receive the yoga instructor certificate they require successful completion of the whole course (with at least 95% attendance), holding of an acceptable practicum class and passing of the final exam. After we issue your certificate you are entitled to apply with Yoga Alliance to be added to their directory.

Included excursions

Nearby Hummingbird Waterfall

On your own: San Pedro volcano across the lake, Mayan markets & villages around the lake


Arjuna Dharma Das
Arjuna has been studying and practicing eastern spiritual traditions in India, Thailand, and Europe for over 15 years. He started his path and deep soul journey in his early twenties when he discovered Theravada Buddhism and Vipassana meditation along with Sivananda yoga. Apart from practicing Hatha yoga and meditation, he is a fiery bhakta, immersed in devotional songs and chants most of the time. He aspires to bring awareness and love into every breath. From the heart, he would like to offer his deepest gratitude to all his beloved teachers across the world.
Arpita Devi
Since her childhood, Arpita lived in the reality of complete wonderment of the universe and life itself. In her late teenage years, she started a formal practice of yoga as a student in the Satyananda tradition, which inspired her with its traditional approach to the ancient science and wisdom of yoga. Through Jnana yoga (union through wisdom) and Bhakti yoga (union through devotion), she finds truth in all and aspires to empathically share it with those who know how to listen.


Mahadevi Ashram is a lush jungly garden overlooking incredible crater lake Atitlan. It is located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, just outside of San Marcos La Laguna, the 'yoga capital of Central America'. The ashram features quality-built bamboo structures including two yoga halls, several cute cabins with dorms and private rooms, the main lounge and kitchen building, a wood-fired steam room right next to a lovely and clear mountain creek with dipping pools. All you need to be Home - and then quite some.



  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining
  • Paragliding


  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • River
  • Smoke-free property


  • Currency exchange
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market


The Ashram kitchen provides three vegalicious meals on all course days. Tropical fruits, local ingredients, avocados and vegetables from the ashram garden, wholesome recipes supportive for spiritual practice. Students 'write home about it' all the time.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
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)

Mahadevi Ashram encourages focusing on the training while it goes on, there are however 1.5 days per week available to go explore the area. We recommend doing more exploration before or after the training as there are tons of amazing experiences to be had here: Mayan pyramids, traditional villages & markets, kayaking, scuba diving, standup-paddleboarding, zip-lining, paragliding, beautiful colonial towns, a hot water fall, caves and the unique geological phenomenon of Semuc Champey. You could easily spend three months in Guatemala without getting bored or breaking the bank.

Spa treatments

There is a wood-fired, stone-built steam room (sauna) on site.

What's included

  • 4-day special module or retreat
  • 33 nights safe, comfortable ashram accommodation
  • 200+ fabulous hours of instruction & guided practice
  • Free airport pickup (GUA) at 12.30 pm on the first day
  • In short: a life-shifting Transformative Journey of the Heart
  • Loving supportive inspirational community
  • Professional Course Manual and supplemental materials
  • Steam room
  • Vegalicious sattvic meals
  • Waterfall trip
  • Weekly extra-curricular events including the most famous Ceremonial Cacao Kirtan on The Lake
  • Wifi

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is La Aurora International Airport Guatemala City (GUA). From there, you can make use of our private shuttle at 12.30pm on the first day.

If this time will not suit you, you can safely take the shared shuttle right outside the arrivals gate to Antigua (10 USD), a lovely colonial town 45 minutes away. From here, either on the same day or later, take another shuttle directly to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. They leave 4x per day and cost around 10 USD. From 'Pana' take the public boat across the lake to Tzununa and a tuctuc to the ashram.

Airport: La Aurora Airport Airport transfer included: La Aurora Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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You will benefit from a 500 USD Early Bird discount if you secure your spot before April 30, 2018.

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