18-Day Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Mexico

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Sapphire waters and lush, tropical jungle merge to create the most idyllic retreat destination for a yoga teacher training course. Here, yogis of all levels can plunge into Hatha, Vinyasa flow and pranayama studies beside the beautiful Bacalar lagoon. But the picturesque setting is just one highlight of this serene getaway. Guests can also expect whimsical wooden cabins and nutritious vegan meals inspired by the Sattva diet. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Full 200 hour course in just 18 days
Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
Amazing location on the Bacalar lagoon
Dedicated, passionate, and experienced instructors
Strong emphasis on yogic philosophy and lifestyle
Delicious vegan meals
To keep up your flexible spirit, La Casa Shambala is touring to bring you their 200 hour teacher training course at the new deep blue destination; they welcome you to Bacalar lagoon, Mexico for an ultimate experience of growth and self-discovery under tropical palms, among the hum of the jungle. Open your heart to this experience!

Accommodation

Caters for gluten-free, organic, lactose-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets
Spa
Garden
Luggage room / storage
Picnic area
Special menu request
Yoga deck
Free parking
Laundry
Tour assistance
Dining area
Lounge
Multilingual staff
Restaurant
Terrace
Yoga shala
Free Wi-Fi
Parking lot
The Bacalar lagoon is known as the "Lake of the Seven Colors" thanks to its multiple shades of blue and green, and it is one of the most beautiful places in the Yucatan Peninsula. In this yoga teacher training course, you can admire the lagoon from your room, and during a break between classes: dive in for a swim and snorkel. In your free time, explore the Cenote Negro and Cenote Esmeralda, or take a trip to Bird Island to observe migratory birds.

The venue
The accommodation will be in wooden cabins with large windows to appreciate the wonderful landscape. The cabins have fans, hammocks (for relaxed rest), 4 beds each with sheets and comfortable pillows. 

The palapas are smaller but have a beautiful view, they are cosier, have 2 beds each, and also have a fan and hammocks to chill out.

Food
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on class days are included in the cost of the course, these will be served in a buffet format. La Casa Shambala is proud to provide a series of delicious vegan recipes prepared with lots of love by our in-house cook. However, if you have personal requirements, they are always open to talking about the menu with the students and improving or changing things if necessary. Meals on days off are at your own expense.

Sattvic food
In Indian yogic culture, you are introduced to the three Gunas; Tamas, Rajas, and Sattva, these represent the three yogic qualities, where Sattva represents purity and pure food; Rajas represents movement and therefore foods that unsettle the mind; Tamas represents static foods that intoxicate the mind and body.

La Casa Shambala chose a Sattvic yogic diet, a diet that shares the qualities of Sattva some of which are “Pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest and wise. A Sattvic diet also exemplifies the yogic precept of “Ahimsa” which carries the principle of not causing harm to any living being, the reason why yogic Sattvic diets are simple and vegetarian. The Sattvic diet you are receiving while training is of vital importance, they maintain simple locally sourced ingredients in very carefully thought out recipes so that you can detoxify the body in a paced manner, and ultimately calm the mind.

 If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

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

If you are considering joining it means you have a longing for deeper, inner discovery. This course is a deep dive into the study of yoga. The program is truly special, not only for its content and practice but also for the loving intention which was put into every detail that surrounds it. La Casa Shambala is a family, and as a family, they have created a story with hundreds of students, volunteers, teachers and employees. This story manifests an experience based on finding a path to help you remember your true essence of empowerment through the practice of yoga in all its forms.

La Casa Shambala hopes to welcome you to their family to join in this story. The goal is that in doing so you reach your highest purpose through the time you spend during this course. This family keeps growing with souls from every corner of the planet in this never-ending adventure called life. And as always, La Casa Shambala strives to offer you the best soil, the best water and the sun.

Nobody knows when the flower will open, but know this! If only one flower opens in the garden of freedom, it will be a party for the whole garden. May you be that flower. May you remember through the powerful path of yoga your true essence.

Syllabus
Asana
  • Two classes per day
  • In-depth study of primary and intermediate asanas, key points of alignment, contraindications, and benefits
  • Pranayama, mantras, and meditation
  • Principles of Vinyasa and Hatha
  • Teaching methodology

Alignment and adjustment
  • Planning and sequencing
  • Breathing and motivating your students
  • Observation and practice teaching – students of all levels
  • Anatomy and physiology

Yoga as medicine
  • Anatomy of yoga, holistic health, and nutrition
  • Chakras, Bandhas, Mudras
  • Alignment and breathing
  • Philosophy of yoga

Chakras, Nadis, Kundalini
  • The eight roads of Ashtanga yoga
  • Classical and contemporary yogic texts (including the Bhagavad Sutras of *Gita and Patanjali Yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
  • Lineages and yoga styles
  • Sanskrit – pronunciation and etymology
  • Business ethics and yoga careers

Launching a career in yoga, business, marketing
  • Planning and retreat workshops

Daily schedule
  • 07:30 Awakening
  • 08:00-08:45 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:45-09:00 Tea break
  • 09:00-10:30 Asana
  • 10:30-11:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30-13:00 Philosophy or anatomy or methodology
  • 13:00-16:00 Lunch and rest
  • 16:00-17:30 Asana
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00-22:00 Self-study and reflection
Please note that this is an example of the daily schedule and is subject to change.

Instructors

Mara Henry
Mara
Mara began her training in Yoga 10 years ago and formally in 2016 completed her 500-hour training as an advanced teacher, graduating from the seventh generation of Andanda Yoga Teacher Course in August 2017. Since then, she is a full teacher at Casa Ananda Yoga Ashram. She has been a support teacher in 4 editions of the Padma Mudra Vinyasa Sadhana program, led by Amorhania, a program that consists of 77 contact hours. She attended Kaula Hatha Yoga training with Melanie Shank from October 2019 to June 2020. She is a practitioner of Vedic Chant since 2017, forming part of the study and practice 

Amorhania Lenero
Amorhania
Amorhania is a dedicated practitioner who has deeply explored Yoga for over 22 years. Known for her way of sharing vibrant and profound classes that are focused on content, technique, and the poetry of movement. She has been fully dedicated to the teaching of yoga since 2005. Besides her own education, Amorhania has taught and graduated 13 generations of teachers in both their 200 and 500-hour courses. The co-founder and director of Casa Ananda Yoga Ashram, Amorhania believes in passing on her knowledge at this beacon of authentic education on the Riviera Maya Mexicana.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 70% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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