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Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico

The GAVY 200-hour 1st series certification is foundational training for serious practitioners and aspiring teachers, based o­n the traditional form of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. The way that GAVY founder, Michael Gannon, learned it during 10 years of visits to India, training with the living Guru, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. But, they take a giant step forward, making this system digestible for the western mind. This GAVY 200 teacher apprenticeship foundation program has graduated over 500 teachers from 40 countries to teach yoga.

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  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • An in-depth training o­n personal practice
  • Extensive clinics of hands o­n adjustment techniques
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Teaching simulations, svadyaya (study of the self)
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written, and practical)
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 10-22 participants
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free Wi-Fi

Kinbe Hotel

Let yourself be seduced by the charm of Hotel Kinbe, an elegant boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen located in the city center and just feet from the beach. Its wonderful location and relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect accommodation for an unforgettable vacation. Come explore the hotel’s impressive waterfall in the pool area and beautiful tropical gardens. Experience a vacation full of pleasant sensations due to our exclusive rooms, a solarium terrace, rooftop terrace with sea views, free Wi-Fi, and transportation service. Enjoy the pleasure of staying in a boutique hotel that is designed so that you fall in love with Playa del Carmen.



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

At Gavy, they know that time o­n the mat is what develops a foundation to effectively share the magic of yoga. And the Ashtanga Vinyasa system is the ideal tool to start developing this deep practical experience. GAVY demonstrates how this is the original Vinyasa system that the yoga world has used to derive so many now popular flowing styles of yoga.

They use this pure, ancient, and proven system to nurture the practice skills necessary to then develop teaching skills. It is being grounded in this structured system first, that allows Apprentices to then find their creative teacher inside as they grow toward becoming a yoga teacher.

The Gavy 200 Ashtanga Foundation Certification is currently offered in an intensive program format.

  • Month-long intensive
  • 21 days straight: 8+ hours per day. Drop your life for 100% focus! Go deep!

All Gavy 200 are pre-approved worldwide at the RYT-200 level by Yoga Alliance. Apprentices completing the Gavy 200 will receive a certificate and letter of completion that they may use to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. This also qualifies Apprentices to apply for the Gavy 500 Advanced Yogi Studies.

Gavy 200 Ashtanga Foundation Certification Content

Training content is organized in modules. If trainees miss a module in o­ne city, they may request an opportunity to make it up in another city at another time, and at an additional cost.

Module 1: Ashtanga made simple: strength and balance

  • Ashtanga made simple (lecture)
  • It’s all about the breath! (lecture)
  • Open lecture/discussion of the 8 limbs of yoga (lecture)
  • Surya namaskara a and b
  • Tristana: breath/vinyasa, bandhas and dristi
  • Class organization y observation
  • Mysore puzzle
  • The 6 fudamental standing asana
  • 2 standing forward bends
  • 4 jumps to the right
  • 2 balancing poses
  • Finishing sequence #1: final seated sequence
  • Creating your personal practice space
  • History of yoga/ashtanga (lecture)
  • Approximations vs variations (lecture)
  • Yogi veggie diet/s (lecture)
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written & practical)

Module 2: connecting to the earth

  • 2 standing flowing poses
  • Standing to flying techniques
  • Seated asana sequence breakdown
  • 2 straight-legged seated forward bends
  • 2 bent knee seated forward bends
  • 3 janu shirsasanas forward bends
  • Activating your core: jump thru, jump back
  • Repetition is the mother of perfection
  • Finishing sequence #2
  • Teaching circles
  • Inversions and agni
  • Nauli kriya
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written, and practical)

Module 3: energy and core development

  • Seated asana sequence breakdown part 2 (up to backbends)
  • 2 marichyasana seated forward bends
  • 2 marichyasana seated twists
  • Navasana
  • Keys to gateway poses
  • Legs behind the head preparation
  • Bujapidasana
  • Kurmasanas
  • Temezcal tapas ceremony
  • Teacher assisting
  • Asana demos experience
  • Energetic anatomy: chakras and energy fields
  • Pranayama lecture & practice
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written & practical)

Module 4: breath, patience, and flexibility

  • Garbha pindasana & kukutasana
  • The konasana sisters
  • The padangusthasana brothers
  • Chakrasana techniques
  • Magic of bandhas
  • The correct vinyasa
  • Mysore style self-practice
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Giving good savasana
  • Full finishing sequence #3
  • Moving into meditation
  • Teach what you master
  • Proficiency exam (verbal, written, and practical)

Module 5: yoga anatomy (weekend)

  • Joint classification and components
  • Connective tissue forms and purpose
  • Muscular, skeletal, and nervous system overview
  • Exploring the leg
  • The knee and lotus
  • Pelvis and hip joint
  • Psoas and spine
  • Discs, their functions, and dysfunctions
  • Integrating psoas into your practice
  • Exploring the shoulder girdle, rotator cuff
  • Movement of the clavicle, scapula, and humerus
  • Diaphragm anatomy and function
  • The psoas and breathing

All programs require/include the GAVY Home Study Course

This is a 6-week course consisting of:

  • Study Guide
  • Awaken Your Life Force and Quiet Your Mind (Michael’s CD)
  • Primary Series Poster
  • Weekly audio files with Michael teaching the basic theory, philosophy, and meditations
  • 8 Limbs of Yoga (Sanskrit and English)
  • Sanskrit (asana names, mantras, numbers, etc..)
  • Dristis, Bandhas, Vinyasa
  • Asana Benefits
  • Guided meditations
  • Pranayama
  • Energetic Anatomy

Apprentices must be grounded in all material BEFORE coming to the program's first module. There are regular proficiency exams (verbal, written & practical) o­n this material throughout the Apprenticeship. The Home Study Course should start at least 6-weeks before the first module. Many students choose to start the Home Study course earlier, giving them more time to prepare and go deeper

All modules also contain in-depth training o­n personal practice, extensive clinics of hands o­n adjustment techniques, verbal guiding/teaching, partner work, and teaching simulations, svadyaya (study of the self) and proficiency exam (verbal, written, and practical)

Philosophical aspects of yoga will be mixed into the context of each module as specific questions arise.

Included excursions

Experience tapas temazcal ceremony and cenote in the jungle.


Michael Gannon


Yogaloft Playa Del Carmen

Yogaloft Playa del Carmen is created to provide world class yoga teachings in the intimate, paradise community in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.

Including Ashtanga yoga, Gannon Power Vinyasa, yoga basics, Vinyasa yoga, and Yin yoga. As well as international teacher training certifications with founder Michael Gannon.

A magical space with students visiting from around the world repeatedly refer to as, "The most beautiful yoga school they have ever seen!"

What's included

  • 200-hour yoga teacher training
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • GAVY home study course
  • Tapas Temazcal Ceremony & Cenote in The Jungle
  • Teaching certificate

What's not included

  • Food and beverages

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
22 days / 21 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants


Arrival: Saturday August 6, 2022
Departure: Saturday August 27, 2022

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