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Immerse yourself in the exploration of yoga amidst the abundant beauty of the tropical mountains of Panama. Upon completion of this course, you will become a globally recognized registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, the world's largest nonprofit yoga certification and training organization expanding in over 160 countries. Join YiA Yoga for this truly transforming experience and find yourself in Boquete.
YiA Yoga offers personalized assistance in selecting housing accommodations to fit your budget and your lifestyle. The first option is a room in an apartment in downtown Boquete, equipped with kitchen and hot water. Yoga studio, grocery, bank, public transport, and shopping are all within a short walking distance. You can share the room with other teacher training participants depending on availability.
The second option is a room in a luxury apartment on the ground floor of Kaytee's private home in the mountains overlooking Boquete valley. There are a private bed and bath and access to kitchen. This location is about a 15 minute drive outside of Boquete, so you'll either need to rent a car, or plan to share rides with Kaytee.
Take your yoga practice to the next level by immersing yourself in yoga for a month. Whether you are just beginning your practice or have an advanced practice, this training will surely create a beautiful shift in your life and expand you beyond measure in your practice. By joining, you will become a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
During this 200-hour training, you will explore the philosophy and history of yoga, the benefits of the postures and alignment, physiology of yoga, the eight limbs of yoga, meditation, and much more. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with half days Saturdays and Sundays off.
YiA Yoga believe that the heart and soul of the practice of yoga as a whole comes from within. YiA Yoga desire to inspire you to “be the change you wish to see in this world.” During the training, you will have the opportunity to reflect and connect with your highest self, the part of you that knows the sky is the limit, the part of you that sees the beauty within yourself and others, the part of you that makes your dreams, hopes, and visions a reality.
This training is designed to be suitable for people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds. YiA Yoga fully respect and honor individual belief systems. The aim is not to “convert” you into anything. It is rather to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. If you believe in a higher power, this training will connect you more to your own higher power and your highest self. Together, you will practice the power of love and gratitude, which cross all cultures, religions, and philosophies.
The primary type of yoga you will learn is Vinyasa yoga. It is one of the more creative types of yoga and is a perfect base for all other forms. If you can teach a Vinyasa class, expanding to teaching other forms of yoga is easy. Vinyasa can be soft and gentle or powerful and intense. It is whatever you want it to be. You as a teacher are able to express your creativity through the practice and personalize your class to express who you are and what you represent.
It is not a set sequence of poses that you follow every class. It is a beautiful dance that comes together through sun salutations. During the training, you will also expand your knowledge of the various forms of yoga by participating in Hatha, Bikram, Restorative, Partner yoga, Yin yoga, yoga therapeutics, yoga Nidra, Ashtanga, and AcroYoga.
You will explore the relationship between yoga anatomy and physiology that will support you to guide your students in a safe and effective manner and will empower you to create well-rounded and balanced classes using peak pose sequencing. There will be an inside look on a collection of the most important foundational poses that together comprise the full range of the body’s expression to give you a better understanding of the movements involved using full-color, detailed anatomical illustrations.
YiA Yoga believe that one key to being an exceptional yoga teacher is being able to support your students in their practice by taking their postures to their full expression safely. There will be a hands-on approach to teaching you, not only the anatomy of the posture, but how to get them into proper alignment using effective adjustment techniques.
You will also develop clear and concise communication skills, learn to fully observe your students in their practice, and communicate what they need to hear in order to deepen their own experience. Lastly, you will discover the beauty and power of body awareness through various meditations and exercises.
Your ability to create change within yourself and in the world depends upon your courage, commitment, authenticity, and connection. By discovering your strengths and staying connected to your highest self, you will empowers others to do the same. There is no greater gift than allowing your light to shine as brightly as possible, as it inspires others to do the same.
The founder and director of YiA Yoga, Kaytee Hoverson, credits much of her focus and success - both worldly and in the spiritual realms - to the practice of meditation and visualization using the law of attraction as a strong foundation. During this training, you will have the opportunity to dive into this magnificent, life-impacting, powerful practice with her, and learn how you can incorporate meditation and visualization into your own life assisting you in fulfilling your dreams and desires.
As you develop and expand your personal meditation practice, you will be inspired to guide your students to theirs. You will also explore other forms of mediation through several yoga Nidra meditation sessions guided by a variety of specialists.
The practice of yoga goes back thousands of years, but has only exploded across the world just recently. You will look into the most significant historical yogic texts, giving you a deeper understand of the foundation of yoga and flow through time to bring you to the present moment of what is means to be a yogi in the 21st century.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Kaytee Hoverson is a passion-driven social entrepreneur and world traveler who has been on the path of yoga and personal development since the young age of 15. She holds a bachelor degree in human development with a specialization in motivational interviewing, also a master degree in nonprofit leadership and management. She owns and operates YiA Yoga Health, Healing, and Humanitarian Center. Kaytee’s life motto is “be the change you wish to see in the world” and her goal is to support people in a holistic way to aid in achieving positive change within themselves.
YiA Yoga is located in the small mountain town of Boquete, in the Chiriquí province of Panamá, which the westernmost province of the country bordering with Costa Rica. Due to its elevation (approximately 4,000 feet about sea level), Boquete enjoys spring-like temperatures year round, making this area the agricultural breadbasket of the country. YiA Yoga’s studio is located in downtown Boquete in the Plaza Los Establos shopping center on Calle 5A Sur.
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Boquete has several groceries, a farmer's market, and variety of fine dining featuring local and international cuisine. Please note that meals are not included in the cost of the training. YiA Yoga recommends that students be prepared to bring snacks to all class sessions.
Boquete is considered the ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama. For extreme adrenaline, go white water river rafting in the Chiriqui Viejo. For coffee lovers, there are coffee tours to coffee plantations and processing farms in Palmira, Palo Alto, and Alto Quiel. To admire the beauty of the tropical cloud forest, join zip line canopy tours in Palo Alto. For a trek and a chance to view the oceans from Panama's highest point, hike and camp to the top of the Baru Volcano.
For the most incredible hike, challenge yourself to the Quetzals trail footpath from Cerro Punta to the entrance of La Amistad National Park. For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak in the Caldera hot springs. For you cowboys, you can go horseback riding through Caldera's valleys. To admire nature's abundance, go for a bird watching tour. For extreme sports enthusiasts, there is rock climbing and rappelling at Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono.
During the weekend, boat trips and island hoping tours can be arranged to Bolaños or Gamez Islands in the Golf of Chiriqui. Panama's best surfing is just a couple of hours away in the world famous town of Santa Catalina and the most amazing scuba diving spots are found at Isla Coiba, which is also in Chiriqui's Golf. The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is only a 20-minute flight away from David, and offers a great taste of the Caribbean vibe.
YiA Yoga works with various massage therapists and body workers. You can enjoy a variety of treatments available upon request and at additional costs. The treatments include Thai yoga massage, AromaTouch treatment, Ayurvedic oil treatment, Shiatzu, relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, lymphatic drainage massage, and facial massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.
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