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Soma Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico

Soma yoga educator training offers a comprehensive foundation in teaching yoga from a Somatic approach. It's a journey into the fascinating world of the human body and movement, weaving together living anatomy, physiology, somatic education, with the traditional practice of yoga.

Meet the instructors

María
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Highlights

  • 200-hour of yoga practice
  • Kiekari welcome kit and a printed manual for reference
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • An opportunity to engage in permaculture work at Kiekari Terra
  • 2 enlightening Temazcal ceremonies
  • Round transportation from Xalapa Bus Central to Kiekari Terra Institute
  • Daily wholesome meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • 23 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


22 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 6-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

At Instituto Kiekari Terra A.C., your stay is an immersion into the heart of the Cloud Forest, where they offer a unique and tranquil living experience that will bring you closer to the natural world. Your exclusive accommodation is a private tent, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable pad, fresh sheets, and a fluffy pillow - all provided by Kiekari Terra.

As you drift off to sleep, the soothing melody of the nearby river will be your lullaby, and each morning, the melodious calls of birds will gently wake you. With no electricity, you'll have the perfect opportunity to reset your circadian rhythms and fully embrace the rhythms of nature.

In the heart of Kiekari Terra, you'll find three charming cats who call the house their home. If you have allergies, please note that the library inside the house may not be suitable for you.

Additionally, their three friendly and peaceful dogs will be your companions during your stay, offering their warm company, albeit with the occasional nighttime bark.

They understand that not everyone is a fan of dogs, so this is something to consider. And, there's a lively rooster that greets the day around 05:30 - 06:00. If you're a very light sleeper, take this into account. This is the authentic ranch experience, and they welcome you to share in their vibrant ecosystem.

At Kiekari Terra, every student takes part in Karma yoga, contributing to the harmonious flow of the retreat. Tasks such as keeping the shala tidy, maintaining the communal area, tending to the chickens, monitoring the dry toilets, and setting up for dinner become shared experiences that enrich your stay.

Their yoga space, the beautiful palapa nestled in the heart of the cloud forest, is a space where nature's inhabitants coexist. Birds and insects share this tranquil sanctuary. If the idea of living in harmony with these natural cohabitants resonates with you, then Kiekari Terra is your ideal retreat.

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Discover the depth of Soma yoga education

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey that will not only enrich your personal practice but also empower you to become a knowledgeable and compassionate yoga educator?

Beyond yoga styles: A deeper connection with the body

Soma yoga is not merely another yoga style; it's a profound way of relating to your body, fostering a heightened awareness of the symbiotic relationships you share, both within yourselves and with the world around you.

This training equips you with a robust toolkit to teach in a way that resonates with you as a yoga and movement educator, as well as with your students.

Guided by three pillars

Kiekari Terra's certification is anchored in three core pillars:

  • Yoga and Somatic education:

They bridge the gap between yoga and Somatic education, enabling teachers to refine their craft and feel empowered in their practice.

  • Yoga philosophy and embodied anti-oppression work:

These teachings offer essential tools for self-discovery, experiencing wholeness, and cultivating freedom in your lives.

  • Permaculture and gut health:

You explore practical wisdom and the theoretical underpinnings of creating a sustainable, life-affirming future, all within a framework of nature-based and dharma-centered learning.

Kiekari Terra's purpose

At the heart of the training is the desire for you to leave with valuable resources, allowing you to feel secure and authentic in sharing your wisdom. This program is not alignment-focused, meaning it doesn't fixate on contorting bodies into postures.

Instead, it empowers individuals to discover their unique sense of alignment, where they experience more space, control, and stability from within, rather than attempting to conform to external postural ideals.

You'll possess the tools to guide your students into this realm of curiosity and exploration within their own bodies, offering knowledge about the body's diverse relationships within its systems.

A holistic journey

This program delves into the living traditions of yoga, exploring how this ancient wisdom remains relevant in this modern world. While you will certainly explore the physical asanas, you'll also gain insight into other layers of your being, including the energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects.

This program is an invitation to dive into the depths of who you are, providing tools for finding greater inner peace, love, and freedom.

What will you learn

Throughout this transformative journey, you will gain knowledge in:

  • Living and experiential anatomy and physiology
  • Embodied breath and cellular respiration
  • Embodied mastery: A journey through presence, listening, speech, and teaching in Soma yoga
  • Embodied touch: A journey into conscious connection
  • Trauma-informed yoga: Navigating transformation through trauma and the body. Nervous system education
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Embodied anti-oppression work
  • Master the art of crafting sequences that nurture well-being, inspire creativity, and cultivate mindful movement.
  • Embodied endocrine glands and the energetic centers: The chakras
  • Somatic awareness: Bridging the body-mind connection
  • Embodied permaculture and sustainable living
  • Nurturing gut health, cultivating Earth health: The holobiont microbiome connection

Living and experiential anatomy and physiology: A journey of self-discovery

Imagine learning about your own body in a way that transforms it from a mechanical structure into a living, breathing, and deeply interconnected system. Living and experiential anatomy and physiology, approached from a Somatic education perspective, offers a truly transformative journey of self-discovery.

It’s an invitation to explore the intricate workings of your body, not as isolated parts, but as a dynamic, integrated whole. In this unique approach to anatomy and physiology, you won’t find dry, memorization-based lectures or charts with disconnected body parts.

Instead, you’ll embark on a journey of embodied learning, where you’ll engage with your own body in a deeply experiential way. You’ll touch, feel, and sense the various systems and structures within you, allowing the knowledge to come alive.

Embodied breath and cellular respiration

Your Somatic exploration of anatomy and physiology of breathing transcends textbook knowledge. It is an immersive experience where you will not only understand but physically sense the breath as it interweaves with your cells. Through Somatic practices, you will touch upon the inner rhythms of breath and cellular respiration, forging a profound connection.

Embodied mastery: A journey through presence, listening, speech, and teaching in Soma yoga

Teaching in Soma yoga is a holistic embodiment of wisdom and knowledge. It’s about guiding others from a place of deep Somatic understanding and presence. You’ll learn to lead with authenticity, holding space for individual exploration, curiosity, and growth. It’s a journey of empowerment, where you become a facilitator of self-discovery for your students.

Embodied touch: A journey into conscious connection

Embodied touch is rooted in the power of presence. You’ll learn how to touch with intention, mindfulness, and deep awareness, creating a sacred space where profound connections can flourish. Through the cultivation of presence, touch becomes a vehicle for understanding, empathy, and healing.

Trauma-informed yoga: Navigating transformation through trauma and the body and nervous system education

Trauma-informed Soma yoga offers an exploration of the intricate connection between trauma and the body. As you deepen your understanding, you’ll cultivate heightened awareness of your nervous system’s role in the healing process, all guided by the profound insights of neurobiology.

Building safe, nurturing environments is an essential aspect of trauma-informed yoga. You’ll master the art of crafting secure containers that allow for profound self-exploration and transformation, utilizing trauma-informed language that aligns with nervous system education.

Yoga philosophy: Awakening the sense of oneness

Yoga philosophy is a guiding light that beckons you to rediscover your true nature as interconnected beings, not fractured by divisions but woven into the rich tapestry of existence.

It extends an invitation to recognize the profound unity that permeates both within and beyond you, transcending the boundaries that often fragment your understanding.

Embodied anti-oppression work: Transforming from within

Embarking on the path of embodied anti-oppression work is more than a mere acknowledgment of societal injustices—it’s a profound journey of inner transformation.

It challenges you to confront the biases, prejudices, and blind spots that reside within you, beckoning you to become conscious of how you may inadvertently perpetuate oppressive structures.

Master the art of crafting sequences that nurture well-being, inspire creativity, and cultivate mindful movement.

In your transformative program, you’ll not just learn but truly master the profound art of crafting sequences that go beyond physical movements. You’ll discover the magic of designing sequences that are a symphony of well-being, a canvas for creativity, and a pathway to mindful movement.

Sequencing isn’t just about following a script; it’s about becoming a choreographer of mindful movement. You’ll explore how to inspire creative thinking and expression through your sequences, empowering your students to connect with their inner self.

Embodied endocrine glands and the energetic centers: The chakras

Kiekari Terra doesn't just teach you about glands; they guide you in truly embodying their wisdom. You’ll learn to connect with these vital components of your endocrine system, tapping into their profound influence on your health and vitality.

Explore the intricate relationship between your glands, chakras, and your mind-body connection. You’ll discover how the energy centers influence your thoughts, emotions, and physical health, opening doors to profound self-awareness.

Somatic awareness: Bridging the body-mind connection

Explore the deep connection between your mind and body through the felt sense. Gain insights into how your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations are interwoven, allowing for transformative self-awareness.

You’ll learn to establish a profound felt sense connection with your body, allowing you to listen and respond to its messages, fostering deep self-awareness and transformation.

Embodied permaculture and sustainable living

Explore the intricate relationship between ecology and embodiment. Gain insights into how your physical practices, lifestyle choices, and ecological awareness intersect, paving the way for a more harmonious existence.

Discover the interconnectedness of yoga and permaculture, recognizing that you are all part of a vast web of existence. Explore how these two disciplines align, offering a holistic approach to caring for the Earth and your body.

Nurturing gut health, cultivating Earth health: The holobiont microbiome connection

Dive into the fascinating realm of the human microbiome. You’ll discover the complex communities of microorganisms that inhabit your body and the profound impact they have on your health, vitality, and overall well-being.

Embrace the concept of holobionts, where humans and the Earth are holistically intertwined ecosystems. Explore how your well-being is inseparably connected to the health of the planet and the intricate balance of microbial life.

Itinerary

This is subject to change.

Arrival day

  • 16:00 - Arrival, pick-up at the bus central
  • 18:00 - 19:00 - Dinner

Daily program

  • 07:00 - 07:30 - Meditation
  • 07:30 - 09:00 - Yoga and movement
  • 09:30 - Breakfast
  • Break
  • 10:30 - 13:30 - Session
  • 13:30 - Lunch
  • Break
  • 16:00 - 19:00 - Session
  • 19:30 - Community dinner

Departure day

  • Breakfast
  • 10:00 - Leave to the bus central (Kiekari Terra is around 1-hour away from the bus central)

Saturdays are days off (this day the meals are not provided, only breakfast).

Instructors

María Kiekari

Location

Nestled deep within the enchanting Cloud Forest in the picturesque town of Xico, Veracruz, lies Instituto Kiekari Terra A.C - your gateway to a transformative educational experience. You'll be invited to embark on a remarkable adventure that brings you closer to nature and closer to your own potential.

At Instituto Kiekari Terra, learning knows no bounds, as the vibrant ecosystem that envelops their center becomes your living textbook. Their unique location offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning amidst the serenity of the great outdoors.

Instituto Kiekari Terra is not just an institution; it's a commitment to a greener, more resilient future. They're an off-the-grid educational center, reducing exposure to electromagnetic waves and fostering an environment where you can truly unplug and unwind.

This is your chance for a rejuvenating digital detox, where you can reconnect with nature, discover yourself, and embrace the simplicity of a life in harmony with the Earth.

Food

At Instituto Kiekari Terra A.C., you'll embark on a culinary journey like no other. Their talented Juanita prepares delectable, wholesome meals that are entirely vegan and vegetarian. With every bite, you'll experience the fusion of flavors that embrace your taste buds, nourishing your body and soul.

On your well-deserved off days (Saturdays), your day will begin with a hearty breakfast. It's a delightful way to kickstart your weekend adventures, energizing you for exploration and relaxation.

For those who treasure their coffee moments, you're in for a treat! Kiekari Terra is conveniently situated near one of Mexico's coffee havens. During your free time, you can venture out to explore this charming town and savor the finest organic coffee, immersing yourself in a world of rich, aromatic bliss.

They understand that a bit of nibbling in between meals can be delightful. That's why they provide a variety of fresh fruits to keep you refreshed and satisfied. If you have any specific snack preferences, you're more than welcome to bring your own. Just remember to maintain the pristine environment of the Cloud Forest by avoiding plastic bags, metallic cans, and other non-environmentally friendly items.

If your dietary requirements include nuts, seeds, or any specific foods you prefer during breaks, they encourage you to bring your own daily snacks to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Your well-being is Kiekari Terra's priority, and they're here to support your unique needs. Indulge in the flavors of nature, recharge with each meal, and experience the joy of nourishing your body in harmony with the Cloud Forest at Instituto Kiekari Terra A.C.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Your time at Instituto KiekariTerra A.C. offers not only profound learning experiences but also a chance to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the local culture.

Saturdays: Your day of exploration

As the weekend dawns at Instituo Kiekari Terra A.C., you’ll be treated to a full day of freedom and adventure. Saturdays are your personal invitation to delve into the surrounding wonders.

Start your day with a visit to the organic market, where nature’s bounty takes center stage. From fresh produce to artisanal crafts, you’ll find an array of treasures to explore and relish. It’s a vibrant opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and embrace sustainable living.

For the coffee connoisseurs among you, the nearest coffee towns beckon. Here, you can indulge in the aromas and flavors of some of Mexico’s finest organic coffee. Take your time, sip slowly, and let the world of coffee unfold before you.

Visit the picturesque town, wander through its charming streets, and lose yourself in the vibrant local markets. Here, you can discover unique crafts, taste local delicacies, and connect with the heart and soul of the region.

Please not that on your day of exploration, afternoon meals, and dinners will not be provided, giving you the chance to explore local cuisine, discover hidden gems, and enjoy culinary experiences of your own choosing. You’ll be greeted with a scrumptious breakfast to start your day on a high note, and the rest of the day is yours to craft as you please.

Spa treatments

At Instituto KiekariTerra, your well-being is paramount. Experience the transformative power of individual Somatic Experiencing Therapy sessions led by Kiekari Terra's experienced practitioner, Maria Kiekari.

This therapy offers a unique opportunity to release trauma, reduce stress, and foster a deeper mind-body connection. It's a journey of self-discovery and healing, tailored to your unique needs.

Indulge in the healing art of Rebozo Massage, a technique expertly delivered by Maria Kiekari. Allow the gentle, rhythmic movements of the rebozo to relax your body, ease tension, and renew your sense of well-being. This ancient practice is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation, providing a unique and soul-soothing experience.

What's included

  • Printed manual for reference
  • Refreshing, clean water, and garden-fresh tea
  • 23 nights of accommodation in a private tent, complete with a tent, mattress, linens, and blankets
  • Wholesome vegan / vegetarian, locally sourced homemade meals
  • Certificate of completion
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • 2 enlightening Temazcal ceremonies
  • A Kiekari welcome kit
  • An opportunity to engage in Permaculture work at Kiekari Terra
  • Round transportation from Xalapa Bus Central to Kiekari Terra Institute

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner on days off (Saturdays)
  • Snacks of your preferences
  • Laundry service

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) or General Heriberto Jara International Airport (VER). You can take a bus from either of the airports to Xalapa Bus Central. Round trip transfers to Kiekari Terra Institute from Xalapa Bus Central Station (and back) on departure day is included in the price of the teacher training.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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This listing has a early bird discount of 7%. You must pay the deposit before 2025-Jan-15 to qualify for this discount.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Friday April 24, 2026
Departure: Saturday May 16, 2026

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