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Wake up to the sound of tropical birds and monkeys, the warm forest air on your skin. Purify your system with fresh spring water and nourish deeply on vibrant foods, grown on the land and shaped by Ayurvedic and Mediterranean influences. Vibrant and alive, hot and humid, rushing with an abundance of freshwater and home to a mosaic of new and ancient cultures. You are invited to the jungle home in Belize for a complete immersion into the radical beauty of nature.
Looking for an opportunity to reconnect to the whole? Sattvaland, in the Maya Mountains of Belize, is built on the power of community and the beauty of living a simple, intentional life. Know what it is to live wholly, thriving on the taste of tropical, medicinal foods surrounded by the aliveness of the rainforest. Learn co-dependence by observing the complex interactions of wild growth. Understand yoga by being surrounded in the connectivity of nature, through the simple act of being. This is a unique place and one that has much to teach about the power of community, imagination, equality, and the interconnectedness of all things.
Experience the abundance of life while dancing with the whisper of the jungle trees by moonlight. Draw on the healing effects that such an immersion in nature provides while learning a holistic approach to teaching. Use earth medicine practices, sacred ceremony, and the wisdom of the Andes and the sacred land of Belize to transform your world, understand your soul's journey, and reveal your true connection to self.
You will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) upon completion of this program.
The Kula Collective 200-hour training provides a deep immersion into the practice of yoga - living, learning, and embracing all aspects of a yogic lifestyle and deepening the connection to oneself and the earth through the wisdom of shamanic healing practices. These traditions, designed to grant you access to the infinite wisdom you carry within, are smoothly blended together to form a holistic offering rooted in the Indian philosophy of yoga.
Kula Collective's 200 hour YTT focuses on the expansion of your own sacred consciousness, so that you can fully embody your practice and radiate the teachings of yoga by united in mind, body, and spirit. All of the programs meet Yoga Alliance standards for teaching methodology, anatomy, yogic theory and special education. This course will provide a solid foundation of yoga history, the four traditional paths, 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga, meditation and exploration of asana through the signature Kula Flow and its asana analysis.
After learning the Kula Flow you deepen your understanding of self through study of yoga philosophy, cleansing, Bhakti yoga, and ceremony. They share creative teaching methodology for designing balanced and holistic classes, using the Kula signature sequences as building blocks and providing support for new teachers to creatively sequence their own classes. The course will give multiple opportunities for participants to teach and receive feedback, so that they leave with not only a fully prepared sequence, but multiple shorter sequences and a plethora of inspiration ready to create from the heart.
The Kula Collective 200-hour YTT provides you with concrete tools and clear strategies to live your life with passion and purpose. Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s really worth your time, money, and effort to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT). How you feel is understandable; this path is not an easy one, yet they’ve found that even those who have no plans of actually teaching yoga have come away deeply transformed by this experience, with crystal clarity on steps they can take to manifest their dreams into reality.
Throughout the time together you engage in self-inquiry to clear space for the true teacher within to shine. By releasing the stories and holdings that no longer serve you, you create more space in your bodies and mind to see your gifts, your passions and the essence of who you are as beings on a path to holistic, connected living.
This training will provide a strong foundation in yogic practice and philosophy, and a fresh perspective on life. It is an opportunity to cultivate a practice if you do not have one and to deepen your existing practice if you do. Through the unique experience of uncovering and discovering our true nature, we empower our students to become inspired leaders in their communities and wherever they go in the world. Step away from the rush and come closer to your calling, through connecting to your heart and embracing the oneness within all.
Each of the training programs have been carefully designed to incorporate 200 intensive hours, as detailed by Yoga Alliance, using the Kula Collective signature structure of the Chakana. The Andean Cross allows a transformative journey through the lower, middle, and upper worlds of this ancient tradition, allowing you to explore the many levels of your being.
Beginning with the lower world, you will explore your unconscious and physical abilities and limitations, recognizing and breaking through self-created boundaries and limiting beliefs. By releasing what no longer serves, you create more space in the body and mind through the cultivation of awareness and the understanding of the roots of yoga, anatomy, foundational practices, and selfless service. Throughout this cycle you will practice and learn in depth the poses and sequencing of your Kula Basic Flow, with daily opportunity to teach to peers and receive feedback.
In the middle world, the emphasis is put on discovering more of who you are, through experiencing elemental awareness and self inquiry, allowing you to embody the teachings and live to your full potential. After teaching their first full yoga class, participants dive deeper into the work of Patanjali's Ashtanga (8 limbs) philosophy, applied anatomy, philosophy, pranayama, ayurveda, and chakras, deepening understanding of your true nature and evoking a strong love for the self and each other.
From your work in the lower and middle worlds, you experience a sense of freedom in the upper world as you expand, shifting from gross to more subtle realms of consciousness. With topics such as complementary holistic health practices, yoga sutras in depth, and the profession of yoga, you close your training with a clear personal practice and teaching plan, fueled with inspiration to grow your gifts and manifest your dreams into reality.
The curriculum is split into four teaching tracks, woven through each of the three cycles. The four arts recognize and develop the studies in yoga in a thoroughly holistic manner, stimulating the students to become inspired, knowledgeable, and intuitive teachers, expressing and modelling all aspects of this ancient lifestyle practice.
Asana, pranayama, meditation, and kriya techniques will be taught and practiced. Trainees will then practice teaching them to their peers, both one on one, and in a group setting. There will be time to develop one’s own asanas, learn about anatomical alignment, benefits, checkpoints, and contraindications, as well as to teach and assist peers during group teaching sessions.
A variety of asanas from the following groups of asanas will be taught including gentle beginner and intermediate variations. The trainees will be taught how to enter and exit a pose, how to use the breath in the asana, checkpoints for alignment, benefits and contraindications for the asana, and how to assist students in the pose.
Standing and balancing asanas, forward bends, back bends, side bends, twisting poses, crouching and seated poses, poses on the abdomen, poses on the back, inverted poses and meditation poses. Trainees will also learn how to adapt the techniques for specific ages, levels, some ailments, and in the case of pregnancy. You will learn warm-up techniques and relaxation poses including the importance of deep breathing in relaxation to prevent muscle fatigue and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles.
Teacher trainees will learn the form, benefits, and contraindications of the following pranayama techniques, as well as when to incorporate them into the class and how to introduce pranayama techniques. Abdominal breathing, the three-part breath, ujjai pranayama, brahmari pranayama, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati pranayama. You will learn how to perform these pranayamas with the bandhas and with relatively short breath retention (Kumbhaka) when appropriate.
In order to perform the retention in the above breathing techniques, it is necessary to teach and learn Mula bandha, Jalandhara bandha and Uddiyana bandha, the latter also being instrumental to kriyas such as nauli. The purpose of the bandhas will be discussed in its relation to the uniting of prana and apana to channel them into the shushumna nadi.
Trainees will learn the following kriyas, their benefits, primarily for their own practice, and later how to introduce the kriya to a class: Jal neti, jal kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak.
In the theory section, the goal and paths of yoga will be discussed, thereby leading to the concept and techniques of meditation. Guided meditation will be explored, including creative visualization, meditation using yantra, mantra, ideation, ishta chakra and the withdrawal of the senses from external objects. Students will be guided in choosing a mantra for meditation.
You will explore the idea of mantra as a mystical energy encased in a sound structure in relation to mantras such as Om. Trainees will learn to chant and present yogic mantras for the beginning and / or ending of yoga classes (such as the the Shanti mantra or the Jyothi mantra). Bija mantras for purifying the chakras will also be explored including the timing and procedure for using these mantras in meditation.
The program attributes emphasis to this section, as you believe that Western students of yoga tend to focus more thoroughly on the physical aspects of yoga: alignment, health benefits etc. than on the philosophical base and framework of yoga, including the practice of yoga off the mat. This section will introduce yoga psychology and philosophy through discussions on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, primarily chapters one and two.
Facilitators will present sutras, and also use pairwork and group work discussions to give trainees the opportunity to explore how these sutras relate to their practice, and how they live their lives. Patanjali’s eight-fold path is the climax of chapter two, and the trainers will offer concrete examples of how to implement Yamas and Niyamas in your daily lives. Trainees will have the opportunity to discuss their understanding and experience with these yogic guidelines. They will also be guided to see the interrelationship of all of the ten principles, as well as the interrelationship of the different paths of yoga. The paths (Bhakti, Karma, Raja, and Jnana) will also be introduced in both a philosophical and practical light.
During the transformational experiences evening program, students will delve into the practice of both nama and abstract kirtan, as well as Vedic mantras such as: the Gayatri mantra, the Mahamrityunjaya (healing) mantra, the Shanti mantra, the Loving-kindness mantra, and the Akhanda mantra. Students will experience yoga Nidra and sacred ceremony. Transformational experiences will also include some rituals, group sharing, healing circles, and creative movement.
Yogic and Ayurvedic concepts of nutrition will be presented and compared to you, as well as those of daily cleansing rituals, self massage, and other practices.
As a natural extension to the ten principles (Yamas and Niyamas), as well as the discussions on teaching methodology, you will flow into a discussion of professionalism and ethics in the teaching profession in general and the yoga profession in particular. The organizer will present their statement of professional standards, and discuss as a group the importance of having and maintaining codes of professional standards.
Practical teaching methodology includes how to demonstrate, observe, cue, and assist students. This will be integrated with the techniques class. You will also be thought on the importance of language used to describe entry, maintaining, and exiting poses. For example, in the forward bend, the image of “surrendering the body to the force of gravity” is a useful, and gentle image, as is “inhale release slightly, exhale, and sink into the pose - feel the pulse of the pose”, as opposed to “pull” or “push”- style language.
Theoretical discussions of methodology (pedagogy) aim to explore how to become a transformational facilitator, or teacher rather than just an instructor. This includes such topics as: the art of sequencing, creating a safe space, establishing a student-centered class, managing group dynamics, language and cuing, the ethics of assisting, and creating a yogic environment for learning, (including the dress of the teacher, yogic colours, the direction of the class etc). Trainees will also discuss qualities that will be instrumental to them as teachers.
In the 20 hours of anatomy and physiology class, students will be learning both about the physical system and the subtle body.
This class aims to teach trainees about anatomy and how it relates to yoga. Teachers and students will be guided by resources such as anatomy and asana, and the anatomy of movement. Subjects will include the study of the skeleton, muscles, and joints, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and the endocrine system and how they are benefited by yoga.
Subtle anatomy is the yogic teaching regarding the three bodies, the physical body, the astral body, and the causal body, as well as the five corresponding sheaths, and the yogic techniques that purify each sheath. Further, the concept of nadis, and chakras will be explored. The shape, location, associated glands, and characteristics of each chakra will be explored. This subject will be complemented by the practical meditation sessions and chanting sessions which will explore meditating and chanting to purify the chakras. It will also complement the discussion of the ida, pingala, and shushumna nadis that is intrinsic to any discussion of pranayama and the bandhas.
In the first half of the program, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching peers each pose or mini sequence in the techniques class. This will progress towards teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole group ‘group teaching’. In second half of the course, the trainees will each teach two classes to a peer. Each class will be 90 minutes long. They will then get 15 minutes of feedback from their peers and from the trainer.
The first round will be a set KULA FLOW sequence; the second round will be the unique creative flow: a beginners or intermediate level class where students are required to create and sequence their own class holistically around a theme and peak pose of their choice.
You will be provided with 3 gourmet jungle vegetarian meals per day, mostly organic, and local with many raw food options and local superfoods
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), from where you will need to take a connecting flight to the Dangriga Airport (DGA). The connecting flight may cost 150 BZ / 75 USD depending on the season. Once you land in Dangriga, you will need to take a taxi to Sattva Land, which should cost about 60 BZ / 30 USD and take 45 minutes. You can also opt to take the bus from Dangriga, which should cost about 10 BZ / 5 USD.
You will need a taxi from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) to the Belize City bus terminal where you can catch the Dangriga, Placencia, or Punta Gorda bus. The Belmopan bus works as well. Get off just before Mile 21 after the Middlesex bridge at the Valley Community Sign and use the directions provided above to get to the property. Please take notice you will need to walk about half a mile from the highway (15 minutes). The estimated cost is 60 BZ / 30 USD. The approximate time is 3 hours and walking time from the highway.
From Punta Gorda/Puerto Barrios Border at Guatemala, catch the Belize City (not the express) or Belmopan bus and use the bus directions above. The estimated cost is 15 BZ / 8 USD. The approximate time is 3.5 hours plus the walking time from the highway.
From the Benque Viejio/Melchor border in Guatemala there is no bus service at this border. You will need to take a taxi to the nearby bus terminal in Benque and then catch the Belmopan bus that will stop at the Belmopan station. Here take a connecting bus to either Dangriga, Placencia or Punta Gorda. Use the directions above to get to Sattva Land from the Hummingbird Highway. The estimated cost is 40 BZ / 20 USD and the approximate time is 2 hours plus the walking time from the highway.
The venue is located at Mile 21 Hummingbird Highway, Stann Creek District, Belize. Kula Collective strongly recommends arriving before dark, especially if you are taking public transportation. The estimated cost by taxi varies from 300 to 360 BZ, an equivalent of 150 or 180 USD. The ride will take approximately 2.5 hours.
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