March 30th-April 19th, 2014
Join SchoolYoga Institute at their home, the Mystical Yoga Farm, on the magical Lake Atitlan in the Highlands of Guatemala. In this serene landscape, surrounded by volcano’s, lush greenery and healing waters, we will live together in community, sharing all aspects of daily life while incorporating the wisdom of yoga into each step.
The Mystical Yoga Farm is a very unique place that offers a special opportunity to live on the land and with nature as you take rest from your everyday life and immerse yourself into the practice of yoga. The yoga farm is a secluded, private property only accessible by boat. It sits at the base of a volcano and is surrounded by magical forests and healing waters. We are an Eco-Rustico Retreat Center that is off the grid; utilizing filtered water, composting toilets, solar hot water and solar electricity. All of our food is vegetarian and prepared with loving hands. Our humble vegetable garden nourishes us as often as possible while the rest of our food comes from the local farmers of our neighboring villages. We share two main meals per day, with a light snack at lunch time.
We have a variety of sleeping accommodations ranging from 4 newly built private rooms, 2 cabins in the Upper land, 2 main cabins in the Lower land, shared dormitory, tents, and a floating boat house. We share our meals in the Rancho and have a new built Yoga Shala with breath-taking views of the Lake on which we live. Meditation occurs on the dock as we watch the sunrise over the volcano across the lake. This place is like nothing you have experienced before; perfect for the inward journey you seek to embark on.
There are many great moments to share in on the farm: from gardening and coffee picking, to swimming and sauna, feeding the chickens and stirring the compost, to volcano hikes and local village trips, there is something for everyone to participate in on the free time during the training. The Mystical Yoga Farm is the perfect location to let go of all of your daily responsibilities and step into the quiet stillness of mother nature, allowing her to nourish you, guide you back to the home in your heart.
Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Alliance is a global registering body for yoga schools and yoga teachers. This training exceeds the standards set out by Yoga Alliance and you will be able to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) after the training. SchoolYoga Institute has been offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training courses since 2002.
Yoga Style: Sadhana Yoga
We teach Sadhana Yoga- The Yoga of Spiritual Practice, teaching both Hatha and Vinyasa flows. SchoolYoga Institute honors all traditions of yoga and has incorporated into the 200hr teacher training program two foundational sequences that will allow students to develop any style of class they desire you teach. The two sequences we teach are a Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Flow based primarily off the Ashtanga and Sivananda sequences respectively.
Our approach is contemporary and eclectic. We bring to life the ancient teachings of yoga through daily practice and practical application into our lives. During the 200hr teacher training program you will:
- Learn to teach two sequences: Vinyasa and Hatha flows
- Daily practice of Pranayama
- Understand many different Meditation Techniques
- Yoga Anatomy & Physiology for yoga teachers
- In depth study of select Yoga Sutras
- Understanding of the history of yoga
- Focus on integrating Yoga into your life through daily Spiritual Lessons
- Introduction to The Business of Yoga
- Improved personal yoga practice
- Art of Teaching Workshops
- Regular peer-teaching starting day one.
- You will be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Typical Day During the Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training
During the training we wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of this magical setting. Guided group meditation starts at 6:00am. Meditation is followed immediately by asana (yoga posture) practice. It includes pranayama, asana, and relaxation.
In the afternoon we have our Art-of-Teaching workshop. We also have lectures, discussions and activities that cover Yoga philosophy, Yoga theory, Yogic living, Yoga diet, Yoga anatomy, and Yogic healing. We end our day with after dinner Satsang (wise gathering) to contemplate and reflect on our sadhana (spiritual practice) of the day.
- 6:00-9:00 Guided Meditation/Pranayama/Asana
- 9:00-10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00-12:00 Yoga Sutras/ Yoga Anatomy/Spiritual Lesson
- 12:00-2:00 Snack and Karma Yoga
- 2:00-3:00 Special Topics
- 3:00-6:00 Art of Teaching and Alignment
- 7:00-8:00 Satsang (Community Gathering)
- 8:00-10:00 Quiet Time
Prerequisites for the Guatemala Yoga Instructor Course
Our only requirement is that participants set an intention to devote their time and energy to make the course a success. The course is open to people of all yoga abilities. We have some videos online that we suggest people to practice before attending.
Tuition & Payment
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- Tuition: $2,200.
- Room and Food Package: $900 at Mystical Yoga Farm ($45/day for extra nights)
- Sign up with a $350 deposit (Full payment is due 90 days before the start of the program.)
- Please see our Reservation and Cancellation Policy
Required Texts for the Guatemala Yoga Certification
- SchoolYoga Institute Yoga Teacher Training Manual
- Yoga Sutra by Dennis Hill
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
Travel & Transportation
Our beloved Mystical Yoga Farm is located approximately 3 and a half hours drive from Guatemala City. We have been offering up to 6 teacher training courses each year for 3 years now and have never experienced any difficulties around our students safety in Guatemala. We are very confident that once you arrive here you will feel at home.
SchoolYoga Institute has partnered with G-22, a non-profit organization in Guatemala City, to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation services at a fair price. You can access the group shuttle at a discounted price, or book direct transport for an extra cost.
To learn more about G-22 or book transportation Click Here: http://mysticalyogafarm.com/g-22/
- G-22 Overnight Urban Experience in Guatemala City
- Permaculture Workshops
- Permaculture Day Trip
- JUSTA Day Trip
- Please check out the Mystical Yoga Farm Guest Manual for more details about the farm.