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Mexico Yoga Teacher Training Program

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.

Meet the instructors

Ors (Hernán) & Marina
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Highlights

  • Intensive yoga teacher training program
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Asana, theory, and many other special activities held each day
  • Roundtrip airport transfers are included
  • You will have free time for yourself
  • All daily meals will be served
  • 29 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


28 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Cancún International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

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.

Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats

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!

House of the Squirrel and House of the Sereque

These cozy and spacious glamping tents are equipped with a full-size mattress, a night table, a small set of drawers, and a lamp.

House of the Coatis and House of the Foxes

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.

House of the Monkeys

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.

Important note

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.

Program

Certification

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

Overview

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.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Anatomy/Asana alignment/Yoga Philosophy and Ethic/Teaching techniques
  • 10:30 Fruit and tea break
  • 11:00 Asana practice (half of the group)/Teaching practice (half of the group)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Asana alignment/Yoga Philosophy and Ethics/Teaching techniques
  • 16:30 Fruit and tea break
  • 17:00 Asana practice (half of the group)/Teaching practice (half of the group)
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang/Kirtan/Special activities
  • 21:30 Bedtime

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.

Requirement

The only requirement is to have at least 6 months of regular asana practice of any yoga style.

Required reading and study material

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.

Program

Introduction:

  • Evaluation of the program
  • Terms and conditions
  • Schedules and calendar

Conscious consumption/Yogi nutrition

Satya Tantra

Anatomy:

  • The human body arrangement
  • General anatomy of the human body: Colloquial and scientific names
  • Joints and joint movements
  • Vertebral column

What is yoga?

  • Pre-concepts
  • Sanskrit and etymology
  • Yoga as a discipline, art, science, philosophy, and technique

The tragicomedy of yoga:

  • The Harapan Culture
  • Rig Ved
  • Upanishads
  • The relationship of yoga with the Brahmanism and Hinduism
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The birth of Christianism and its impact on yoga
  • Tantra yoga
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • First asanas
  • Swami Vivekananda
  • Kishnamacharya
  • Indra Devi
  • Iyengar
  • Pattabhi Jois
  • Desikachar
  • The light of yoga
  • Yoga in America
  • Yoga Alliance
  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Different yoga styles and yoga teachers

Basic Vinyasa yoga concepts:

  • Ujjayi breath
  • Mula bandha
  • Uddiyana bandha
  • Jalandara bandha
  • Hasta bandha
  • Padda bandha
  • Vinyasa
  • Drishti
  • Intention

Literal translation, historic context analysis, and reinterpretation of Ashtanga yoga:

1. Bahiranga Sadhana (External)

  • Yamas: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Bramacharya, Aparigraha
  • Niyamas: Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Svadhyaya, Isvara Pranidhana asanas

2. Anataranga Sadhana (Internal)

  • Pranayama
  • Pratyahara

3. Anataratma Sadhana (Spiritual)

  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi

Contemporary yogi:

  • Requirements of the yoga student
  • Requirements of a shala
  • Ethic code of a yoga teacher

Teaching a Vinyasa Yoga class:

  • Sun salutations and their different modalities
  • Teacher presence
  • How to install the sacred place
  • Cues to enter and align the postures
  • Cues to prevent injuries
  • Safe and gentle adjustments

The subtle side of yoga:

  • Pranayama practice
  • Meditation practice
  • Sanskrit, mantras, bhijan, kirtan
  • The mala
  • Prana, nadis, and chakras
  • Yoga legends
  • Science and spirituality

Yoga as a profession:

  • What makes you unique as a yoga teacher?
  • Yoga Alliance
  • Code of conduct

Practicing the teachings of asanas:

  • Sun salutations A
  • Sun salutations B
  • Variations for Sun salutations B

Standing sequences with an approach to:

  • Hip flexion (closed and open hips)
  • Column twist
  • External femur rotation
  • Hip extension and chest opening
  • Balance

Seated sequences with an approach to:

  • Hip flexion (closed and open hips)
  • Column twist
  • External femur rotation
  • Hip extension and chest opening
  • CORE work
  • Arm balances
  • Counter poses
  • Inversions
  • Savasana

Meditation, meditation, and more meditation

Instructors

Ors (Hernán) Gutiérrez

Marina Porras

Location

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.

Distances

  • Cancun, 108 kilometers south
  • Cancún International Airport (CUN), 91 kilometers
  • Playa del Carmen, 43 kilometers
  • Tulum, 20 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

What to do in your free time?

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.

Cool off in the natural swimming pool

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.

Observe nature around Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats

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.

Volunteer to help newly-born sea turtles make it safe to the ocean

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.

Discover the Mayan history

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.

Explore the Mayan open cenotes and caves

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.

Swim in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean beaches

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.

Spa treatments

Holistic massage services are available on Sunday or any free time during the week upon request (extra charge).

What's included

  • Daily practices, lessons, and activities
  • Tuition and the VY Vinyasa Yoga Asana manual
  • Certificate of completion and eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Daily homemade meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 1 Manduka PRO yoga mat and Cork yoga block for every student during your stay (You don’t need to bring your own mat and block for your practice at Santosha Sanctuary Yoga & Retreats if you don't want to do so.)
  • Laundry of bed linens once a week

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Laundry service for your clothes and bath towels twice a week (extra charge)
  • Lunch and dinner on free days (Mondays)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cancún International Airport (CUN). Transfers are included, VY Vinyasa Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by car

You need to be at the airport on arrival day to be picked up with the rest of the students.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Please note that the students securing their spaces first will have the opportunity to choose their accommodation first.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Tuesday February 7, 2023
(30 days / 29 nights)

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