21-Day Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Tzununa, Guatemala

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Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners
Daily yoga class
Ayurveda and The Yoga Lifestyle sessions
Daily meals
Pranayama and meditation lessons
History, philosophy, and anatomy
Instruction in English
Max. 16 participants
Organiser also speaks Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish
Do you want to advance your yoga practice and deepen your knowledge of advanced asanas? Want to learn the flexitarian approach to the yoga lifestyle, guide classes with more confidence, and understand the business of yoga? Join Doron Yoga for this 300-hour yoga teacher training at Doron Yoga and Zen Center in Tzununa, Guatemala.
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Program

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

About the course
The Doron Yoga™ Ashtanga Vinyasa 300-hour yoga teacher training program is a life-changing, growth, and transformational opportunity. The program is a special opportunity for 200-hour graduates who are looking to dive even deeper into both the physical and philosophical teachings of yoga and Buddhist traditions. As always, this training will rely on Doron’s no-nonsense, non-dogmatic approach to yogic philosophy. Brought forward with humour, dedication, and support in facing the challenges in your practice as well as your life.

Participants will gain a new perspective on their practice, and learn to become more confident teachers. Doron’s training is known for being more thorough than many of the other training courses being offered today. His passion for his teachings, attention to detail, and noteworthy accolades make him an incredibly qualified and hands-on instructor. Those of you who have already joined programs here at the centre will know the amount of love and time Doron devotes to creating an incomparable in-depth experience for his students.

Doron brings over 25 years of experience in the yoga and spiritual world. He has spent long periods in India studying all layers of yoga, long periods at Zen Centers, studied with a great deal of the leading masters, is the author of The Yoga Lifestyle, and founder of the Doron Yoga & Zen Center. He shares his varied wisdom on yoga, life, and business in practical ways that respect tradition but recognize the times you live in now and your specific necessities.

Beyond a teacher training in Guatemala, this is a personal journey for anyone engaging in a process of personal inquiry - a time for increasing self-awareness and deepening your relationship with your practice and living a healthy lifestyle, supported by a group of like-minded individuals. For those of you teaching, Doron Yoga's approach recognizes that being able to inspire others with the practice comes from the passion you truly hold for it, the depth of your understanding of it, and your ability to communicate it to your students.

This course cultivates these skills to help prepare you to contribute to the yoga community through your teaching and practice. This program will include time spent at The Doron Yoga and Zen Center. A home away from home for many students, you will be able to enjoy a stunning natural setting as the backdrop to your yoga explorations. Life here moves in accordance with the principles that Doron describes in The Yoga Lifestyle. You will try to uphold a harmonious relationship with both nature and the surrounding community.

Pre-requisites
  • 200-hour yoga teacher certification from a credible source
  • Minimum of two years of practice
  • Read "The Yoga Lifestyle" by Doron Hanoch
  • Have an open mind and heart
If you are interested in completing a 200-hour teacher training with Doron Yoga prior to this advanced training. This program is open to both graduates of Doron’s training and those who did their certification elsewhere.

Practical wisdom that makes this program unique
  • Deepen and expand your understating of yoga as a whole
  • Fine-tune your understanding of asanas including their alignment, intention, modifications, and energetic alignments
  • Learn how to build a workshop or plan a retreat, including all business layers
  • Develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of yoga as a way of life using elements from Doron’s book “The Yoga Lifestyle”
  • Learn how to modify classes for specific injuries or needs
  • Gain extensive teaching experience through being an apprentice, mentoring, and teaching practice
  • Master the Doron yoga building blocks so that you can sequence a class easily, and modify effortlessly as needed
  • Expand your ability to sequence for specific themes
  • Learn how the principal teachings of Buddhism relate to the principal teachings of the yoga tradition
  • Understand better the practical anatomy of poses, and how to use this for better hands-on adjustments
  • Learn about teaching in a variety of settings - yoga studios, gyms, corporates, and private students
  • Learn about the business of yoga. Basic website guidelines, social media, and best practices to run a successful yoga teacher business
  • Learn the true meaning of yoga, beyond styles and brands. What is it all about?
  • Learn how to practice and teach advanced backbends such as dropbacks, scorpions, king pigeons, and more
  • Learn how to adapt on the spot to a variety of unexpected situations that happen during classes
  • Learn about the four stages of life and the four aims of life and these can apply to you today
  • Learn how to balance flexibility and stability in the spine in every category of yoga posture
  • Understand the fine details of energy work and how to use it in your daily life
  • Learn how to clearly explain poses to students. from breaking it down to putting it back together so it works for all levels of students
  • Learn the subtle elements of the primary and second series of Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • Enliven your spiritual practice and become an example for others to follow
  • Refine your practice, and learn to flow with zen mindfulness and grace
  • Zen, dualism versus non-duality? Can they coexist?

Curriculum
This 200-hour course will be conducted at the centre. Since the Doron Yoga 200-hour is in-depth and intense, you get a second chance to digest, ask questions, observe the ways of teaching, and assist the students under Doron’s guidance. Your final 100 hours are to be completed remotely as a self-study. This will allow you to connect with other teachers and reflect on your personal relationship to teaching and your practice. The breakdown of the final 100 hours is as follows:

  • Practice hours: 20 classes (30 to 40 hours)
  • Mentored teaching: You are required to be teaching your own classes. In doing so, you will be mentored through weekly exchanges with Doron and faculty, via in-person conversations, Skype, or email exchanges regarding any questions or issues that may come up in your teaching.
  • Apprenticing: Observing and assisting classes, Doron, or other approved teachers including a review with the teacher
  • Thesis - In-depth study: The advanced yoga teacher training Guatemala program offers you an opportunity to go deeper are really master an area of yoga that is especially interesting for you as a teacher. You will choose a topic for research, in-depth study, and thesis. Doron and the faculty will help you design a format that will work for you. This may include readings, elective workshops, self-study, study groups, and writing.
In addition to daily instruction in meditation, pranayama, yoga, and philosophy, you will be able to enjoy playful activities at the centre and around the surrounding lake. At the centre, they offer fire nights, massages, Temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremonies, and weekly Zen Dances. On your free days, immerse yourself in local Maya culture, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, or wake up early to hike a volcano.

Asana technique and teaching methods
You will cover all major poses taught in yoga classes, their alignment principles, correct breathing, drishti and transitioning, as well as, modifications, adjustments, physical risks, emotional and energetic effects, counter poses, and assists. You will cover the warm-ups, sun salutations, standing poses, balancing poses, core strengthening, arm balancing, hip openers, backbends, forward folds, inversions, twists, and savasana.

Practical yoga history and philosophy
Learn the first two chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in-depth. You will cover the spiritual psychology as well as the layers of samadhi. You will look at the different types of yoga that the Bhagavad Gita teaches, as well as how to use them in classes and life. You will look at the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, touch on Jnana yoga, practice Bhakti yoga, and look at the four noble truths of Buddhism. You will discuss and practice Zen and how to bring it into your practice and life.

Practical yoga anatomy
Learn the correct and safe alignment for all the main poses. Understand the spine movements in a variety of poses, the importance of the hips and how they affect the rest of the body, the functioning of the entire core area, and the relationship between the different body parts. Understand improved alignment for a sustainable practice.

Advanced class planning and sequencing
Learn to sequence for different level classes, from beginners to advanced. Learn to create classes according to the season, the environment, the audience, and the intention. Refine time management.

Pranayama, practice, and teaching
Dive deeper into the practice of pranayama. Learn the basics of breathing practices for yourself as well as how to teach them to others. Learn to create full pranayama practices and how to sequence them for different levels.

Subtle energy and anatomy
Understand the chakras and their practical implementations as tools for assessing your body and mind. Go deeper into the subtleties of your body, and how it relates to outer energies. Understand the koshas, chakras, nadis, vayus, and gunas.

Meditation practices
Learn advanced meditation practices and investigate how to create quick results. Explore solutions for the citta vrtti, learn how to deal with resistance, and Zen versus yoga versus Tibetan.

Ayurveda and the yoga lifestyle
Yoga beyond the mat. Learn how to set practical systems in order to keep the practice alive. Learn about tongue scraping and oil pulling and about the use of neti pot. Refine your knowledge of yourself, your body, and your mind using the Ayurvedic health system. Learn how to use this system to work with other friends and family. Create systems for them and understand how to offer them diet and lifestyle improvements.

Ethics and relating to students
Yoga ethics goes beyond sexual conduct. There are implications to how you speak to students, how to sell your classes, and how to use language and touch. Establishing priorities and boundaries. Understand your dharma and set new standards for you as a teacher.

Observation and critical thinking
Observe classes as well as other teachers in the program and learn to understand both the students as well as the teachers. Learn observation techniques in order to read bodies and know how to adjust and modify accordingly.

Demonstration and proper language
Learn how to demonstrate correctly, how to explain and teach poses while demonstrating, and how to choose the right language to make it crystal clear to the student how to achieve what you are explaining. Learn how to incorporate humor in class and do it in a non-offensive way. It is an art to explain poses in a way that the student actually gets it, and this may be one of the greatest secrets (after sequencing, humour, and hands-on) why students will follow you.

Hands-on assists and verbal cues
Learn precise hand assists, when to use them and how. Learn a variety of verbal cues, how and when to use them, and how to combine them with hands-on assistance.

Teaching practice
You are already probably teaching classes. Now you will get to share your experience teaching and get direct mentoring to understand the little differences that make or break a class. Get insight on how to improve your classes, use better language, or demonstration.

The business of yoga
You are a teacher and you need to make a living. Learn how to teach privates, how to plan and lead a retreat or a workshop, how to get classes, and how to manage online media, from websites to YouTube.

Optional topics for your thesis

Philosophy and history
Buddhist philosophy, koans, meditations and practices, The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Tantra philosophy as it was in the east and west. Hatha yoga origins and development.

Advanced anatomy and physiology
Anatomy of the spine and shoulder girdle, anatomy of the pelvic girdle. Anatomy and physiology of respiration. Subtle anatomy (koshas, prana, nadis, chakras), and how they apply to a yoga class. Pranayama is the practice and teaching.

Specialized teaching
Pre- and postnatal teachings, teaching seniors, and privates, and understanding how to approach special needs of students. Teaching yoga to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression.

The art of sequencing
Traditional energetics of sequencing, including koshas, nadis, chakras, doshas, and seasons. Specific sequencing for peak asanas, workshops, themes, and specific groups of students, privates, and different energetic effects. Sequencing for your dosha and Yin yoga classes.

Chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques
Bhakti yoga, tradition, and today. Meditation practices in specific traditions, techniques, and solutions for specific issues. Kriyas and other Hatha yoga practices.

Optional activities
The DYZC is located in Tzununa, which is surrounded by hills on Lake Atitlan with great views of the volcanoes on the other side of the lake. Hiking, swimming, and kayaking opportunities can be found around the village, which also has a dock where local lanchas (boat taxis) stop every 20 to 40 minutes to take you to explore other towns around the lake. San Marcos, the closest town over, can also be reached by foot along a dirt road. There, trainees can relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants or partake in an array of healing offerings, including shamanism, cacao ceremonies, Reiki, massage, and much more.

Among others, San Pedro, a short ride to the other side of the lake, has more of a vibrant backpacker’s vibe and is a little less expensive. At either end of your training, the nearby cities of Antigua and Quetzaltenango (commonly known as Xela) are only a few hours away and worth the visit. If you are interested in a massage, the Doron Yoga and Zen Center can arrange for a masseuse to come to the DYZC. Tibetan singing bowl chakra and physical balancing treatments and massages are available at the DYZC. All treatment costs will be at the student's expense.

Accommodation

Caters for organic and vegetarian diets
Temazcal
Garden
Yoga shala
Laundry
Environmentally friendly
Special menu request
Free Wi-Fi

Check-in

16:00

Check-out

12:00

All of the accommodations are new construction and built with ecological practices in mind. Rustic and charming, rooms have either a jungle, mountains, or lake view; they are decorated with murals, local art, and textiles.

From comfortable garden-enclosed shared rooms to airy, lake view suites, the accommodation here is eco-friendly and designed for utter relaxation. 

The property offers three types of rooms: private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms. All bathrooms have showers with either gas or solar-heated water and western toilets (eco treatment).

Doron Yoga & Zen Center is sustainably-minded, eco-conscious yoga centre where you can enjoy a heavenly lake view setting with comfortable, shaded hammocks, banana trees, the river flowing through the property, and an outdoor café.

Room options
Shared dormitory
Like all the rooms on the property, these rooms feature beautiful custom art and a design that is eco-friendly as well as aesthetic. The interior is a mix of local and Western styles, with traditional bed coverings. These rooms each have 5-6 single beds, individual safes, and comfortable mattresses. They have access to a shared bathroom with two hot-water showers, three toilets, and two sinks.

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Dorm
Shared room | Shared bathroom | $3,697

Food

Three vegetarian meals are served each day. The daily offerings have an international inspiration, mixing traditional Guatemalan fare with Doron’s Mediterranean touch. Meals are made from fresh produce; to the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, sometimes from its own garden. Gluten-free and vegan diets can be accommodated upon request.

Each meal is substantial, varied, and nourishing to energize you through your retreat journey.

The menu at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is designed with the guidance of founder and director, Doron Hanoch, who is also a professionally trained chef and certified nutrition consultant.

Some examples of the offerings include raw, cooked, and fermented foods, healthy sauces and condiments, homemade jams and peanut butter, fresh homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, fresh tortillas, and pizza cooked in either the clay or wood-burning ovens.

Snacks are available throughout the day.

Try the chocolate chip banana muffins, vegan superfood-rich bliss balls (made with local Maya raw cacao), dragon fruit smoothies, vegan black bean brownies, or our homemade kombucha!

The goal is simple: Let mother nature’s cuisine shine with all the exciting tastes, shapes, vibrant colours, and pure flavours. The food Doron Yoga serves is prepared with love, passion, and attention to detail.

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

What's included?

  • All instructions and program
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily nutritious vegetarian meals
  • Water (unlimited), herbal tea (breakfast and dinner), and coffee (with breakfast)
  • 300-hour certification upon successful completion of the course
  • Extensive 300-page manual written by Doron Hanoch

What's not included?

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfer
  • All books on required and recommended readings
  • Excursions
  • Extra snacks and beverage
  • Spa treatments
  • Visa
  • Covid testing

Location

Doron Yoga & Zen Center is nestled in the lush scenery of mountains, volcanos, and majestic Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It’s an ideal location to unplug and enjoy the beauty of the nature and mysticism of ancient Mayan culture which brings peace and softness to the mind and rejuvenating energy to the body.

Nearby Towns

Santa Lucia Utatlan
4 km
San Pedro La Laguna
6 km
San Juan La Laguna
6 km

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before noon on the first day of the course, as Doron Yoga can then arrange an optional (additional fee) group shuttle to leave the airport at noon. The shuttle arrives at Panajachel, followed by a boat ride to Tzununa. Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, you can take a five-minute tuk-tuk ride from the dock that costs less than 1 USD.

Nearest airports
GUA La Aurora International Airport
Transfer not provided
78 km

Instructor

Doron Hanoch
Doron
Doron is a certified 550-hour yoga teacher as well as the director of the Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 300) and the founder of the Doron Yoga and Zen Center in Guatemala. He is the author of The Yoga Lifestyle (LLewellynn, June 2016). Doron was introduced to yoga and meditation in 1992 while travelling and studying in the Far East for two years. During that time, Doron studied at the Osho Ashram, with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, in Thailand doing Vipassana retreats, and in Japan living and working with a Buddhist priest.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 30 days in advance for a 86% 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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