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You will spend 30 days in contact with nature, in touch with your soul, dedicated 100% to the study of Vinyasa yoga, away from any distraction. During this time, you will enjoy five delicious meals per day, all of which are light and balanced, cooked with healthy ingredients, and with lots of love!
Instructions will be offered in English, but there will be a Spanish translator available at all times, and the teaching staff can speak and teach in both English and Spanish.
The sleep accommodations are in reserved spaces for nature conservation, so you can learn to interact with nature responsibly and peacefully, and become more aware of your relationship with Mother Earth.
Situated five kilometers from the village of Chemuyil and nested in the heart of the jungle, Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats is a beautiful space dedicated to hosting yoga and holistic retreats and training programs, created to offer a peaceful experience in the middle of the jungle, co-habiting with nature, respecting and honoring all the jungle inhabitants.
The main concern in Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats is to have a space dedicated to show the world how you can preserve and guard flora and fauna of the region, creating the less impact possible by treating wastes, avoiding disturbance of the environment, and healing the footprint that modern society has done for centuries to Mother Earth.
To preserve nature, Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats operates with solar panels, so although they have enough electrical power for lights and phone and laptop chargers, no hairdryers, hair irons, clothes iron, or any appliances which operate with electric resistance are allowed, since they are not supported by the electrical system.
The water comes from a dwell and all the water and waste are treated in a state-of-the-art water treatment plant, which consists in a composter which collects the organic material from toilets and separates water from solids, drying the solids with wood chips and coconut debris, preventing the creation of methane, and therefore, avoiding unpleasant odors.
The water separated from the solids is directed to the wetland, which uses layers of stones, gravel, clay, sand, wood chips, coconut debris, and beautiful plants to absorb nutrients and fat from soaps to clean the water. At the end of the wetland, there is a beautiful bamboo garden and a little pond where tadpoles and fishes live happy and healthy.
Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats accommodation spaces are five gorgeous glamping tents: House of the Squirrel and House of the Sereque, single occupancy tents with one full-size mattress each, House of the Coatis and House of the Foxes for double occupancy with two twin size mattresses each, and House of the Monkeys, the dorm-style huge glamping tent, which accommodates four people in four sinlge beds. All of the tents are spacious and you are able to stand up.
Walls and ceiling of glamping tents are made of a special exterior fabric called Sunbrella, the leading premium fabric for outdoor furniture, shading, and marine applications. Because of its resistance to stains, mildew, fading, UV, and water, it is used to build boat canvas, upholstery, sling chairs, and more. The walls can be folded to leave only the mosquito net, so the tents are ventilated and fresh.
The beautiful polished cement floors provide coziness and beauty and invite you to walk barefoot, feeling the connection with nature even inside your tent. Pillows and bed linens are provided and bed linens are changed and sent to a local laundry in Chemuyil once a week to contribute with the local community economy. Please don’t forget to bring your own bath towel!
These cozy and spacious glamping tents are equipped with a full-size mattress, a night table, a small set of drawers, and a lamp.
Two beautiful middle-size tents that were thought to be shared by two people, so they have two twin size mattresses, a night table, two small sets of drawers, and a lamp. There is enough space to place your suitcases or backpacks on the polished cement floor.
For those who enjoy the company of others and sharing adventures and stories with them, they designed this dorm-style huge tent, consisting of four single beds that comfortably accommodate four people, four sets of small drawers, and lamps. There is enough space to place your suitcases or backpacks on the polished cement floor.
There is a common bathroom area close to the kitchen/dining area, equipped with three bathrooms, three showers, and four sinks, and there is also a pee-only dry bathroom close to the glamping tents area. The shala is a giant circular glamping tent with walls of mosquito net, which provides a 360-degree view of the beautiful jungle. The heart of the shala is a living huge tree native from the Riviera Maya region, called “zapote”.
This is the tree that was used by the ancient Mayans to make bubble gum and we preserved it to be your guide during your journey and remind you that yoga is about contributing to all living creatures’ wellbeing and happiness. Outside of the shala, there is a cute little space to leave your shoes and your egos outside the shala, to be ready to enjoy our practice.
Please note that for this yoga teacher training, the students securing their spaces first will have the opportunity to choose their accommodation first, and so on.
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
You will practice yoga asanas, learn how to sequence a Vinyasa yoga class from scratch and how to teach a multilevel Vinyasa yoga class safely and professionally; study the yoga lifestyle and take a dive within yourselves through different exercises of introspection. Leave your comfort zone in a safe manner through physical activities and internal work.
In these times when racism, sexism, intolerance, and imaginary divisions between the human races are separating everyone apart, VY Vinyasa Yoga's mission is to do exactly the opposite: promote yoga (union) with bilingual yoga teacher training. The program will be taught in English but you can speak English or Spanish.
There will be a translator available at all times and the teaching staff can speak and teach in both languages. You are encouraged to practice your second language in the daily activities and discussions and, if you feel comfortable enough, to also teach asana in your second language.
No matter in which country of the world you were born and raised; the color of your skin, your religious beliefs, or your social status; the language you speak, your sexual preference, or your political affiliation; if you are a football fan of any team, or not, VY Vinyasa Yoga respects you, they support you, and you are totally welcome. In other words, they already love you and they just want to invite you to love them all.
VY Vinyasa Yoga will be teaching an Intensive VY Vinyasa Yoga 200-hour Bilingual Teacher Training. This program is directed to practitioners who wish to teach yoga classes in both languages, English and Spanish, or to those who would like to live a bilingual and multi-cultural experience. The VYTT200 program gives the yoga student the basis and knowledge necessary to become a yoga teacher and therefore, to be able to teach Vinyasa yoga classes in a safe manner for their students as well as for their personal practice.
In this program, you'll study the modern yogi lifestyle based on the principles of Ashtanga yoga, underlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as self-discovery by using introspection and meditation practices. The VYTT200 is divided into various sections and VY Vinyasa Yoga thinks that all of them are critical for the formation of a good yoga teacher.
As of today, more than 90% of the students that have taken these teacher training have described their experience as enriching, unique, beautiful, unrepeatable, educational, and many more other positive adjectives. In VY Vinyasa Yoga, they are convinced that the experience of this program does not depend 100% on them.
In reality, a genuine potential of this program relies on the teamwork disposition the student has, as well as, the positive, proactive, and optimistic attitude they wish to maintain during the course of the program. This will be what transforms the training into the best life experience of a person and at the same time be able to contribute this energy to the whole group so they can enjoy and make the most out of their experience.
Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays and the rest of the day is free up to 7 p.m. when you will all meet for dinner and Satsang/Kirtan/Special activities.
The only requirement is to have at least 6 months of regular asana practice of any yoga style.
1. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali on any of its versions or translations.
2. Ray Long´s “The Key Muscles of Yoga” and “The Key Poses of Yoga”.
3. Study and learn the names in Sanskrit of the most common yoga asanas.
4. As soon as your space is secured by paying your deposit, the VY Vinyasa Yoga Asana Manual will be sent via e-mail.
Conscious consumption/Yogi nutrition
What is yoga?
The tragicomedy of yoga:
Basic Vinyasa yoga concepts:
Literal translation, historic context analysis, and reinterpretation of Ashtanga yoga:
1. Bahiranga Sadhana (External)
2. Anataranga Sadhana (Internal)
3. Anataratma Sadhana (Spiritual)
Teaching a Vinyasa Yoga class:
The subtle side of yoga:
Yoga as a profession:
Practicing the teachings of asanas:
Standing sequences with an approach to:
Seated sequences with an approach to:
Meditation, meditation, and more meditation
Ors is the director of VY Vinyasa Yoga System which consists of a group of affiliated shalas where the model for the teaching of yoga created by Ors in collaboration with Marina Porras and others teachers, is officially followed. He has given thousands of regular classes, certified hundreds of teachers that have now their own yoga studios, and taught classes, workshops and trainings for students all around Mexico. If you allow him to, Ors will teach you with his particular sense of humor. What really matter is the non-violence with your body, the safety in your practice and in the classes.
Marina discovered yoga in August of 2006 and since then, her life changed forever. At the beginning of 2008, she started a yoga teacher training and in April she started teaching multilevel Vinyasa yoga classes in a gym in her hometown city of Monterrey. She has taken 900 hours of yoga teacher training (three programs of 200 hours and one 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training program, all certified by Yoga Alliance) in different styles of yoga from Vinyasa based in Ashtanga, Mandala, Hatha flow, to Rocket and Vinyasa flow. She is registered in Yoga Alliance as an E- RYT 500.
VY Vinyasa Yoga's 200-hour teacher training intensive program will be held in Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats, located in the Mayan Riviera, only 30 minutes from Tulum downtown. The program is limited to 10 students, in order to be able to provide personal attention and special care for all of the students. The beautiful location where this training will be held is in a warm, humid, and close to the sea area, literally in the middle of the Riviera Maya jungle with easy access from anywhere in the world, stress-free and crime-free.
Delicious homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared with local and fresh products are served daily, and fresh fruit and tea will be served twice per day as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. You will be enjoying a buffet-type healthy menu. The regular menu includes eggs, dairy, poultry, and fish but vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. Special diet restrictions and allergies should be mentioned upon booking.
On-site, a few activities are at your disposal for your free time on Sundays. The environment and the atmosphere of Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats will help you relax and enjoy the peace and beauty of co-living with nature. You can also visit a few places nearby just by taking the van in the town to Chemuyil.
The swimming pool is carved in the rock and is surrounded by a mosquito net, so you can relax and enjoy nature, without the annoying presence of mosquitoes and other flying insects. The pool is cleaned by a natural system that involves plants, fishes, and different types of mineral and organic materials, eliminating the need of the use of chemicals to maintain clean and fresh pool water all the time, without polluting the natural underground water system.
The area surrounding Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats is very safe, so you can walk around, and you're very likely to see some typical fauna of the region, like coatis, sereques, squirrels, grey foxes, a variety of birds and insects, and if you´re lucky, even spider monkeys. Although it is true that jaguars and other big felines live in the jungle, they will not approach areas inhabited by humans since they are really afraid of people.
There have been no attacks by these animals to humans and VY Vinyasa Yoga states doesn´t need to be afraid that this will change. In the jungle, there are also a lot of different types of spiders, a couple of types of scorpions, and a few different types of snakes, but none of them are dangerous or lethal. In case you have an encounter with any of them, stay away from them and they will not harm you at all. Always stay on the paths and roads and it's strongly recommended that you not enter the wild jungle barefoot or wearing sandals.
There are a lot of sea turtle sanctuaries very close to Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats. Akumal is a little town that became very popular for the sea turtles that come and nest on its beaches, and if you are lucky, you might have the opportunity to watch their eggs hatch and help little sea turtles go into deep waters. Akumal is 12 kilometers away from the retreat.
Tulum is a town famous for the Mayan archeological site that dominates the Caribbean Sea. The archeological site is 18 kilometers from Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats and Tulum downtown is 1.5 kilometers ahead.
A variety of open cenotes and caves are very close to Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats and can be visited during your free time on Sundays. VY Vinyasa Yoga can even arrange a tour with the best snorkel, diving, free diving, and apnea instructors in the area.
Just seven kilometers from Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats, you can find Xcacel, which is one of the most beautiful spots of the Mayan Riviera, still protected from mass tourism. Xcacel is a stunning wild place with no shops, no bars, and no restaurants. You can´t even buy a bottle of water! This beach is protected because it became a sanctuary of the sea turtles.
Holistic massage services are available on Sunday or any free time during the week upon request (extra charge).
Cancún International Airport
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cancún International Airport (CUN). Transfers are included, VY Vinyasa Yoga will pick you up from the airport.
You need to be at the airport on arrival day to be picked up with the rest of the students.
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