Home to volcanoes, rainforests, and ancient Mayan history. Join us at Lake Atitlan located in a spectacular crater created from a collapsed volcano during the Chocoyos Eruption!
This body of water is known to be the most beautiful lake in the world! Surrounded by forests and volcanic views, drop into a deeper level of consciousness in this high vibrational area of the world. Experience the majestic energy of this unique landscape as you practice yoga, disconnect from the outside world and recreate your inner world.
The Mystical Yoga Farm, located near Santiago Atitlan, is unlike any other location we offer. Truly disconnected from the outside world, step into this self-sustainable permaculture farm and learn what it’s like to be one with nature as you connect to the land. The farm is an off-grid spiritual sanctuary focused on healing, transformation, and empowerment! Join us in this unique setting while you gain the knowledge to become a world-recognized Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher!
This Mystical Yoga Teacher Training curriculum is influenced by Peruvian Shamanism, providing students with a unique and spiritually driven course that goes beyond just a certification. Called by the energy of Lake Atitlan, the volcanoes and mountains, spirits, and each other, we invite you to come to evolve on your spiritual and yogic path.
As an organization, we are very selective about the locations where we choose to host our teacher training programs. We believe that the environment in which you learn has the potential to enhance your overall experience. It’s important to be mindful of the impact we have on the places we visit. With that in mind, we always make an effort to collaborate with eco-friendly retreat centers that recognize and prioritize sustainability.
In Guatemala, we have partnered with a sustainable center that works hand in hand with the land. Protecting and preserving our one precious planet.
Nov 1 - 21, 2023
Dec 1 - 21, 2023
April 1 - 21, 2024
June 8 - 28, 2024
Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa flow sequence & Sivananda inspired Hatha flow sequence.
3 high vibrational plant based meals per day
200 Hour world-wide recognized Yoga Alliance certificate.
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~ $ 2400 - Pay in Full (cannot be combined with scholarships or other promotions/discounts)
~ $ 2600 - Payment Plan
~ $ 1300 - Shared Room
~ $ 1500 - Private Room
+ All inclusive 20 nights lodging and 3 delicious Gourmet meals per day. All prices are in USD.
Note: Prices above do not include travel, additional reading materials or extras.
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Schedules may vary
Nov 1 - 21, 2023 with Katie R. & Bri
Dec 1 - 21, 2023 with Anita & Katie R.
April 1 - 21, 2024 with Krystalyn & Bri
June 8 - 28, 2024 with Anita & Katie R.
Guatemala is a beautiful and vibrant country, known for its rich culture, fascinating history and of incredible natural beauty. Guatemala is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including city of Tikal, one of the most important Mayan sites in Central America, and the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, filled with colorful buildings, and stunning architecture.
Our Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training is hosted at Lake Atitlan, a stunning destination, surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous Mayan communities. Lake Atitlan is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and is the perfect destination to enjoy and connect with many yoga enthusiasts from around the world. This lake has become a popular destination for yogis because of their tranquil and calm environment.
Besides the beautiful scenery and the nice, amazing community around the lake, the area is home to many indigenous communities, so you will have the opportunity to learn about their traditions, visit their local markets, and be part of their traditional.
This area offers a wide range of activities, like some hikes to Volcan San Pedro or Volcan Atitlan, and many places to visit, like Santiago Atitlan: Santiago Atitlan, one of the largest indigenous Mayan communities on the lake, San Marcos, a small and tranquil village located on the lake, Panajachel, with a lively market, restaurants, traditional Mayan crafts shops or Santa Cruz, a small village only by boat.
As you can see after reading this, Lake Atitlan offer a mystical and unique experience, where in one place you will find culture, natural beauty, and an authentic yoga experience.
The Mystical Yoga Farm is blessed to be nestled in the forest on the shores of sacred Lake Atitlán, between three magnificent volcanoes. Their peaceful refuge provides a safe container for healing, growth, and empowerment. MYF is an off-grid spiritual sanctuary focused on healing, transformation, and empowerment. Through the practice of yoga, ceremony, and permaculture we co-create a thriving community environment that is in harmony with nature. We strive to regenerate Mother Earth and to inspire the creative life force in all of our guests.
At Lake Atitlan, through transformational experiences, plant-based diet, yoga, and community we co-create a sustainable and regenerative way of living. We strive to have a lasting positive impact on all who come to this sacred land. Our guests leave inspired to spread the love and healing to their local communities, thus co-creating a new way of being... a New Earth! Lastly, by working with our local staff, we support the Tzʼutujil Mayan community by providing education, jobs, resources, and a loving international family.
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What a potent time in the world to feel the call to become a yoga teacher! The journey begins right here and right now - searching the internet for a unique experience that sparks your destiny’s curiosity. The call to break free from the mundane and step into transformation! You are here for a reason.
There’s no question that we offer experiences that gift students with so much more than just a certification. We receive this question all of the time: “What makes your yoga school unique?” We’ve broken it down into 8 Reasons Why School Yoga Institute is Unique.
Our school is deeply influenced by Peruvian Shamanism and the Native American Medicine Wheel. This is a significant reason why many say that SYI is much more than just a yoga teacher training. We provide students with a spiritually driven course that goes far beyond Asana (the physical postures of yoga). Through shamanic medicine wheel and ceremonies, we connect to the shadows of our past to understand how our patterns shape and feed our current state and perspective. We develop powerful inner tools and rewrite the personal narratives that keep us stuck, giving way to a new perspective and lasting change in our lives.
School Yoga Institute started over 18 years ago and has contributed to hundreds of lives being transformed along the way! As a spiritually focused organization, we are built upon a foundation of love, radical self-acceptance, personal growth, and deep connection. Our Alumni family is vast and continues to blossom throughout the world. Once you complete an SYI course, you’re family for life! We feel honored to do this work and continue to be inspired by each student and the uniqueness of their story.
We recognize that yoga should be accessible to every body! Wherever there is inequality, there is work to do. We offer yoga scholarships for all of our yog a teacher training programs and SYI is committed to amplifying and empowering the voices of people of color and folks who identify as BIPOC, LBGTQIA+, and members of marginalized communities.
“We want your voices in our community. We want your radiance in our soul family. We are ready to welcome you just as you are.” - Brooke, Visionary Team
As an organization, we are very selective about the sacred locations we choose to host our YTTs. We are grateful and humbled to hold these courses around the world on many different continents. We want the people who have grown up in these communities to have a chance to experience our programs at a discounted rate, so we offer 50% off for anyone who is from each location. For example, if you are from Central America, you have access to our programs in Guatemala and Costa Rica at a 50% tuition discount!
We truly can’t say enough about our incredible yoga facilitators. Like our course offerings, our facilitators are located all around the globe! Each one of our diverse world-class facilitators has completed a 300hr YTT and offers a plethora of experience and wisdom. We wouldn’t be who we are without them!
We offer continuing education courses both in-person and online! Our programs include Yin Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga. We offer these courses in Portugal, Panama, Spain, and more! We are all students at heart and it’s important that we continue to learn and grow with one another!
What can we say! We love our team and we love what we do! If you have ever sent us an e-mail, requested a phone call, or reached out with questions, chances are you’ve heard back from our co-owner and operator, Keri Pennell!
Keri, and Co-Owner and facilitator Jed Pennell, pour their hearts and souls into this community and deeply care for each student’s journey and experiences. We call Keri our Mystical Mama! A vegan chef, wife, and mother of four, Keri’s leadership is contagious and welcoming! She’s joined by an incredibly supportive team of SYI visionaries!
At School Yoga Institute we are grateful to work with numerous international locations as passionate about sustainability as us. In our travels we make an effort to off-set emissions, during our yoga teacher training we provide students with the knowledge, means and opportunity to delve into self inquiry of the impact of their current lifestyle and an introduction to living more sustainably. Click here and read more about Sustainable Living.
At School Yoga Institute, our Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training offers an extraordinary and soul-nourishing journey that invites participants to connect with nature, culture, and their inner selves. Set in the breathtaking landscapes of Guatemala, this retreat combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with the vibrant energy of this Central American gem.
The Participants engage in daily yoga and meditation activities that promote a closer connection with their bodies, minds, and spirits as they embark on a transforming experience throughout our YTT.
Beyond the mat, our Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training offers opportunities to engage with the local Mayan culture, fostering a deeper appreciation for ancient traditions and wisdom. An enriching and transforming experience is provided by cultural excursions and encounters with the local populations. In addition, the retreat places a focus on sustainable habits and conscious living, inspiring participants to rediscover the earth and have a beneficial influence on the environment and the communities they come into contact with.
Whether participants seek to deepen their yoga practice, gain teaching insights, or simply rejuvenate in a serene environment, our Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training promises a holistic and life-enriching experience. School Yoga Institute's dedication to creating a nurturing and supportive space allows each individual to find their unique path to growth, healing, and spiritual awakening. In the end, our Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training acts as a first step toward a more thoughtful and intentional way of living, both on and off the yoga mat.
With the world's largest rainforest ecosystem, the Amazon Rainforest spans 9 countries and is home to iconic species like the Jaguar, Macaw, Amazon River Dolphin, Black Spider Monkey, and Poison Dart Frog. By holding an estimated 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, its forests play a critical role in the fight against climate change. Unfortunately, due to logging, unsustainable agriculture, and forest fires, it's also a high risk zone for deforestation and degradation.
School Yoga Institute commits to donating one tree for every YTT graduate!
Learn more here about ONE TREE PLANTED
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