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28 Days 300-Hour Therapeutic Essentials Yoga Teacher Training in Las Peñitas, Nicaragua

Healing Yoga Teacher Training Nicaragua

The word therapy tends to refer to healing. Yoga, as a holistic approach, is also leading your human evolution by elevating the consciousness to oneness as you become aware of your power to heal your life and realize that you create your own reality. At Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua, you share your combined experience and knowledge in physiotherapy as well as yoga therapy for individuals and teachers who want to deepen the knowledge, practice, and teaching.

Highlights

  • 28 days of training sessions
  • 300-hour therapeutic elements training
  • Meditation, pranayama, and general asana practice
  • Course manuals, course tuition, and Kriya kit
  • Access to yoga mats, bolsters, and blankets
  • 300-hour yoga teacher training certificate
  • 27 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

During this teacher training, you will be staying in Las Penitas, Nicaragua. The yoga school is situated directly on the beachfront of Las Peñitas and it is a holistic center where a healthy and conscious lifestyle is promoted. The school offers teacher training courses specialized in therapeutic essentials for people all over the world but also for the local community. The accessibility to education is very important and that is why Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua also gives free activity to the community.

The accommodation features a full kitchen and dining areas, five bedrooms (with a capacity of 16 people but the group will have a maximum of 12 people), and three bathrooms with showers plus one outside. It also comes complete with a swimming pool with fountains, drinking water, 40 feet of beachfront area, fresh water storage tank, sunset view terrace, lounge with hammocks, emergency electric generator, and built-in charcoal grill.

Program

Learning objectives

Since this course is addressed to you who already have a 200-hour certification and health professionals, Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua will only revise the necessary basics and you will go deeper into the relevant knowledge and understanding for yoga specialized in therapeutics elements. In this course, you will learn:

  • The basic physiology of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, stroke, cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, common heart conditions, headaches (tension and migraine), asthma, COPD, PTSD, infertility pre-menstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, and menopause including how they impact a person’s life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
  • How to apply yoga to different musculoskeletal disorders such as different neck and back conditions like hernia, strain or spasm, shoulder pain related to tendinitis, capsulitis, bursitis or impingement, elbow and wrist tendonitis or strain, hip condition like tendinitis, arthritis, hip replacement, muscle strain, knee disorders such as patella-femoral syndrome, tendon and ligament strain, meniscus tear, arthrosis, ankles and feet condition like plantar fasciitis, flat or high arched feet, and ankle sprain
  • How to apply asanas according to the analysis of the structural posture of an individual and how to see its particularities and imbalances
  • How to choose the type of pranayama, energizing and specific exercises, asanas, restorative poses, relaxing techniques, Kriyas, bandhas, basic diet, and meditation techniques for each condition
  • Indication and contraindications
  • To clean and detoxify the body
  • How to take in charge a patient with its history, assess his / her needs (including structural and functional assessment, basic Ayurvedic constitution, and imbalances assessment), and learn how to design individualized yoga sequences and to modify them according to the evolution of the condition of the student. You will have an introduction on how yoga and Ayurveda work together to promote the well-being of body, mind, and spirit and the importance of the power of the mind

Course content

Yoga teaching and philosophy

  • Evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance and application to yoga specialized in therapeutic benefits
  • Ashtanga yoga or the eight limbs of yoga including yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi

Anatomy and physiology

  • Anatomy and physiology such as all major systems of the body and their interrelationships as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing particular health condition including the cardiovascular system, immune system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, urogenital systems, and musculoskeletal system
  • Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga
  • Knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems including symptoms (signs of imbalance), management, illness trajectories, and contraindications as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing the health condition

Yogic anatomy

It covers knowledge on the basic perspectives on health in relation to a specific condition from a yogic and Ayurvedic view including:

  • Concept of nadis (energy channels)
  • Concept of panca maya koshas (energy bodies)
  • Concept of tri-dosha (effect of the elements on the physical body)
  • Concept of five prana vayus (pranic essence of prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana)
  • Concept of granthis (energy blockage)
  • Concept of tri guna (effect of sattva (equilibrium), rajas (activity), tamas (inertia))
  • The seven chakras (function and location)

Psychology and mental health

  • Basic knowledge on common mental health conditions from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions, their signs, and different approaches / interventions possible as a yoga teacher addressing health condition
  • Familiarity with models of human development including developmental stages, lifecycles, and personality, and their importance to medical and psychological health and well-being
  • Familiarity with the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning on mental and medical perspectives of health and healing

Yoga practices

  • Application of yama and niyama
  • Knowledge on the range of yoga practices and their potential therapeutic effects for common conditions
  • Pavanamuktasana series such as anti-rheumatic group, digestive / abdominal group, energy blocks releasing group, and application of these series for common diseases
  • Asana (clinic and practice) such as how to come in and out of the posture, common mistakes, adjustments / assisting into the posture, modifications according to disease, benefits and contraindications for each asana, sequences for particular diseases, and yoga with props
  • Pranayama (regulated breathing exercises)
  • Bandhas (moola bandha, uddiyana bandha, jalendara bandha, and maha bandha)
  • Meditation and relaxation technics such as a quick relaxation technique for 10 to 15 minutes which helps release emotional and mental tensions, deep relaxation technique, yoga Nidra, and introduction to Vipassana meditation
  • Mudras
  • Mantras
  • Kriyas
  • The yogic diet

Providing yoga for health condition / challenges

  • Take a history of the patient and his / her condition(s).
  • Assess the current condition (including an evaluation of the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of well-being).
  • Determinate which aspects of the patient / student’s conditions, goals, and aspirations might be addressed through yoga.
  • How to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of patients, his condition, limitations, possibilities, and goals.
  • How to combine intake, evaluation, observations, and working assessment to develop an appropriate practice or session strategy for individual patients / students as well as group classes, taking into consideration the holistic nature of the individual.
  • Identify priorities and set both long- and short-term goals with the patients / student.
  • Establish an appropriate environment through privacy, confidentiality, and safety.
  • Teach or deliver the appropriate practices for individuals as well as groups (providing instruction, demonstration, and adjustment).
  • Provide supportive strategies for the patients / student to actively participate in his / her practice, such as a means to remember his / her practice (e.g. auditory and visual tools).
  • Provide follow up and re-plan including gathering feedback, re-assessing, and refining the practice as well as to determine short-term and long-term goals and priorities.
  • Address new and changing conditions, goals, aspirations, and priorities of the student / patients and to provide appropriate support.

Case study

Throughout the training, you should work on a case study on a particular disease or group of diseases. You will be asked to research on this disease and to apply what has been learned during the course in order to deliver an adapted program:

  • Proposed asanas sequence (in weeks of progress for a minimum of one to two months)
  • Proposed pranayama practices (in weeks of progress)
  • Proposed mudras (time of practice as well as duration)
  • Proposed bandhas (if applicable to the disease in study)
  • Proposed meditation and relaxation practices
  • Proposed yoga Nidra (especially visualization for the particular disease depending on the doshic imbalance)
  • Proposed Kriyas (if applicable to the case)
  • Proposed lifestyle changes

Teaching practicum

As final teaching practicum, you should be able to deliver a led class of two hours of your authority based on the chosen case study. The led class will encompass all the elements seen during the training such as:

  • Allopathic as well as Ayurvedic nature of the case study
  • Approach through yoga and Ayurvedic practices
  • Sequencing for a particular disease / disorder or group of diseases
  • Flow of the practice and its limitations
  • Contraindications for the given practices
  • Ability to maintain the led class within the designated time
  • Floor management
  • Body language, clarity of voice
  • Ability to be present for the student

Legal, regulatory, and business issues

  • Knowledge of current relevant laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga teacher specialized in therapeutics elements
  • Basic knowledge of business practices relevant to the work of a yoga teacher including record keeping and planning
  • Personal and professional development (knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice and skills, maintenance / development through continuing education, and knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice)

General program

This yoga teacher training includes 28 days of classes in which 7.5 hours per day encompass:

  • General asana practice including bandhas and mudras
  • Theory and practice for specific health conditions
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Anatomy and physiology (focusing on therapeutic elements)
  • Yogic anatomy (in relation to therapeutic essentials)
  • Pranayama (in relation to therapeutic elements)
  • Meditation
  • Assignments
  • Teaching practicums (in relation to therapeutic elements)
  • Karma yoga
  • Kriya kit (neti pot, tong cleanser, eye cleaner)
  • Yogic diet

Evaluation

Different types of evaluations will be taken into account for certification on this program:

  • Teaching practicums as well as final led class
  • Assisting in all classes as well as turning in all assignments / homework
  • Written test and quiz
  • Karma yoga

Daily schedule

  • 06:30-08:30 General practice
  • 08:30-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:15 Theory class 1
  • 11:30-12:45 Theory class 2
  • 12:45-15:30 Lunch and self-studies
  • 15:30-16:30 Theory class 3 / therapeutics elements
  • 16:30-18:30 Practice (according to specific condition)
  • 18:30 Dinner and self-studies

Schedule may differ slightly according to specific need. Some hours of self-studies will be included within the four weeks instead of theory class timing according to special event or group assignment. Upon completion, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for a 300-hour yoga teacher training certificated course.

Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua wants to share the knowledge of yoga therapy and physiotherapy to elevate the consciousness to oneness as you become aware of your power to heal your life and create your own reality. The aim is to reconcile economic activities and social equity, also striving to promote exercise and healthy lifestyle in villages and schools. Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua offers educational programs that will introduce people to yoga and proper nutrition.

Location

This yoga teacher training will take place in Las Peñitas, León, Nicaragua. Buses to Las Penitas or Leon run hourly, stopping next door to the house. Several restaurants and beach bars in Poneloya are a five-to-ten-minute walk or in Las Penitas five to ten minutes by bus from the house.

Nearby places

  • León, 12 miles - 15 minutes
  • Restaurants and beach bars in Poneloya - 5-10 minutes’ walk
  • Restaurants and beach bars in Las Penitas - 5-10 minutes by bus

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Convenience / grocery store

Food

You will have access to a beautiful kitchen where you can cook and you can also take advantage of the restaurants nearby which are a few minutes away with a range of prices of three to 15 USD.

Things to do (optional)

  • Beachcombing
  • Ecotourism
  • Exploring nearby Juan Venado Nature Reserve
  • Horseback riding
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Surfing
  • Walking

What's included

  • 28 days of classes (7.5 hours per day)
  • 300-hour therapeutic elements training
  • Meditation, pranayama, and general asana practice
  • Course tuition and manuals
  • 300-hour yoga teacher training certificate
  • Access to yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, chairs, and blocks
  • Digital books, documents, videos, or MP3
  • 27 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel arrangements
  • Meals
  • Insurance and any other logistics charges
  • Any emergency or hospital related issues you may have

How to get there

Arrival by bus

First, you have to take a taxi from the airport to UCA bus station in Managua (a maximum of 20 USD). Then, take a minibus from UCA station until the bus station (La terminal) in Leon (61 NIO or 2 USD). You can take a taxi from La terminal directly to Las Peñitas that will cost between 10 to 15 USD or take a taxi to Mercadito de Sutiaba. After that, take the bus from Mercadito de Sutiaba. There is only one bus that goes every 45 minutes to Poneloya / Las Peñitas (14 NIO or 0.5 USD). Please ask to get down at Hostel Rigo. The center is next to it!

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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