250/300 hr Tantric Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – Ecuador

About This Event

“The YTT from Living in the Self, with Tiffany and Kristof, is absolutely unlike any other – it has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically rewarding things I have ever done.”

Welcome! Come join us in one of the most beautiful, pristine locations on the planet and immerse yourself into the gift of the Vedas! This training is intended as a holistic experience, inviting you into an ashram-like communal environment. Participants feel especially nourished during this training due to our commitment to intimate group learning (max 12 students), as well as the focus upon the classical understanding and practice of Tantric Hatha Yoga. Unlike any other YTT in the world, there will be a 5-Day period of silent retreat, with a great focus upon meditation and self-enquiry. This is further enhanced by the deeply healing, nurturing environment of this lush valley as well as the delicious food which is all grown organic on-site. 

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The Living in the Self Classical 250/300 hour Yoga Teacher Training is a training for those with an existing practice and love for yoga or anyone who has already completed their 200 hour RYS training and is looking to enhance and build upon their previous knowledge and teaching practice. 

* Those hoping to receive their 300 hr training to become a 500hr RYT will stay for 2 extra training days and have an independent assignment to be completed post-training. 

During the YTT you will be provided with the tools and inspiration to incorporate the physical, psychological, spiritual and mystical aspects of yoga into your modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: awakening. This is the training for anyone who is yearning to gain a further depth of understanding into the vast, sacred wisdom of Yoga and to amplify their capacity to best share and inspire others on this beautiful path. We will explore an expansive array of potent tools, all taught with the main intention to inspire you to experience and teach yoga and meditation as the truly personal, transformational and awakening gift that it is.

This 250/300 hour training will be a comprehensive journey, deepening your existing knowledge, introducing advanced practices and emphasizing greatly upon the esoteric offerings of the yogic path and lifestyle. This advanced training attracts serious yoga teachers who intend to be heartfelt, committed, insightful, informed and confident in their teaching, with the ability to incorporate asanas, pranayama, mindfulness, meditation, Ayurveda, chanting, tantra and scriptural study into a deep practice leading to liberation.

Together, we will be constantly working to unravel each of our gifts and abilities, empowering you to realize and cultivate your most authentic way of living and sharing these teachings. In this training more focus will be placed upon the subtler practices of meditation, pranayama and concentration, as well as a large amount of time devoted to teaching Yoga to specific demographics/populations, Ayurveda, and aligning practices for individual, restorative and curative needs. The course will bring together a perfect blend of theory, history, practice and embodied exercise to truly allow each participant to feel embedded in the teachings and confident in sharing them with others. It is our hope that each participant, by delving deeply into the classical wisdom and spiritual intention that is at the heart of Yoga, will be inspired to discover their own fullness of potentiality and to enliven that in the people around them.

Vilcabamba is considered a jewel in the crown of the Southern Andean mountain range of Ecuador, about 5° south of the equator. The climate is commonly referred to as “eternal spring”, with both a dry and wet season, though temperatures are always moderate. Long known also as the “Valley of Longevity”, and the “playground of the Incas”, where Incan royalty would go for rejuvenating retreats. This theme carries forward to present times, as it’s healthy environment energetically supports self development and spiritual awakening. The Vilcabamba town center is only a 20 minute walk or $2 taxi, and is a social center for many travelers. One can find international cuisine along with local fare, and local markets of tropical fruits and vegetables. Vilcabamba is nestled on the edge of Podocarpus National Park, where stunning vistas, wilderness hiking and horseback trail riding adventures await.

CURRICULUM BREAKDOWN

Classical Hatha & Laya Yoga: An in-depth study, practice and exploration of this tradition:

•   Asana: Discover the profound wisdom of posture as a practice for deepening relaxation, awareness, dissolution and meditation.

•   Bandhas & Mudras: Classical locks and gestures to free and amplify prana

•   Pranayama: Continue to discover the power of breath practices to channel, purify and increase prana

•   Concentration: Specific techniques, such as trataka and visualizations, will be practiced to develop focus and awareness.

•   Meditation: Daily practice & instruction of meditation as well as instruction on how to guide others. A special emphasis will be upon “Atma Vichara” or Self-Enquiry meditation.

•   Yoga for Specific Populations: Learn to share Yoga to various populations: Kids Yoga, Family Yoga, Partner Yoga, Pre & Post Natal Yoga, Yoga for Men, Yoga for an Aging Population, and Yoga for Trauma & Addiction

•   Vedic Chanting: Discover the immense power of classical Vedic chanting and how to integrate sacred mantra into your classes and practice.

•   Ayurveda: Understanding the Doshas, Gunas, Dinacharya, Therapeutic Yoga Practices, Basic Herbs & beyond.

 

Yoga Philosophy: A comprehensive series of lectures exploring the Yogic understanding of Life, Consciousness & Existence.

•   Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

•   Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

•   Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Shiva Samhita

 

Teaching Methodologies:

•  The Art of Alignment & Adjustment

•   Presence, Poise & Projection

•   Satsang & The Art of Speaking

•   Finding your Authentic Voice

•   Creating Sacred Space – inside and out

•   Deep Listening & Empathy

•   Ethical Marketing

•   Karma Yoga & Consecration

•   Coaching & Mentoring with Love

 

Anatomy:

•   Functional Anatomy & Physiology Classes

•   Subtle Anatomy: Prana, Chakras, Nadis, Granthis, Kundalini, Pancha Maya Kosha

 

Practicums:

Each student will:

•   Assist & adjust in at least 2 classes with a head teacher

•   Practice teaching 4 classes to your fellow participants – including instructing proper performance of asanas, pranayama, meditation and giving an inspiring talk.

 

Other Teachings: 

•   Diet: Guidance on holistic/yogic nutrition, mindful eating & cooking

•   Living a Sattvic Lifestyle: Guidance on how to align one’s lifestyle to bring purity, wholeness and positivity

•   Healing & Purification: Alternative Therapies, Fasting & Cleansing

•   Balancing & Applying Yin/Yang Yoga Approaches – Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Kundalini

•   Nidra Yoga: The Yoga of Sleep, Dreams and the Power of Deep Relaxation

•   Nada Yoga: The Yoga of Sacred Sound, Rhythm & Mantra

•   Kriya Yoga: The Yoga of Purification of the physical, energetic and mental bodies

•   Tantra Yoga: Discovering the sacredness inherent in every aspect of life

•   Sanskrit immersion—learn and connect to the origins and beauty of Sanskrit

•   Kirtan: Sharing of devotional song, chanting and musical celebration

•   Mindfulness & Micro-Practices – to enhance the capacity to make Yoga an integrated, daily awareness path.

•   Quizzes & Homework

 

SCHEDULE:

Schedule Breakdown:

6-7 am – Meditation

7-9:30 am – Yoga Sadhana

9:30 am – Breakfast

10:30-12 pm – Satsang Sessions; Teaching Methodology; Philosophy; Sanskrit…etc.

12-1 pm – Integration Time

1 pm – Lunch

4-5:30 pm – Yoga Sadhana

5-6:30 pm – Satsang Sessions; Kirtan; Teaching Methodology; Philosophy; Sanskrit…etc.

6:30 pm – Dinner

8:30-9 pm – Meditation

DETAILS:

Investment:

$3200 CAD – Eco-Chic Triple

$3600 CAD – Eco-Chic Double

$5200 CAD – Eco-Chic Private

 

* Payment plans are also possible

$300 CAD+ for 300 hour option

 

Includes:

250+ hours of training (or 300 if you choose that option – $300 CAD+)

Accommodations & Organic, Whole-Food Meals

Private consultations with the main teachers to set and clarify goals

Opportunity for Private Ayurvedic Consultations with Tiffany

Yoga Alliance certification (200hr for new teachers or 300hr for those with previous training)

LOCATION:

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

 

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FACULTY:

Core Teachers:

Kristof Wittstock

Tiffany Nicholson-Smith

 

Guest Teachers:

Ram Vakkalanka

Brendon Abram

 

 

Reviews  
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  • Jason Webbs   September 04, 2018

      Best Coaches Ever

    We are a Ghost Writing firm and would like to write a book on his story.

  • Annonymous   August 10, 2017

      Not only life changing.. but life saving.

    What can be said? They have shown me how to transform my life. You will learn physical postures, but much more than that, you will discover that wholeness is not only possible, but it is your birthright. Fragmentation, emptiness and darkness are met with love, compassion and the tools to transform them into light. I've said this many times, but it is true that Tiffany and Kristoff have been my guides on a path that has saved my life. In gratitude, Lisa Power

  • Annonymous   August 10, 2017

      SO much more than a YTT!!!

    This is SO much more than a yoga teacher training, words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for this experience. You will not only learn yoga and meditation, but also ALL the tools you need to live a healthful and vibrant life. I 100% recommend this training, it will change your life! Jocelyn Sousa / Boulder

  • Annonymous   August 10, 2017

      Forever changed, eternally grateful <3

    When I signed on for the 200hr YTT with Living in The Self Yoga I had not attended a yoga class full time for years. I had roamed from class to class looking for something I knew should be there. None of them seemed to have that aspect of both the spiritual and physical practice I craved. After attending one Yoga class with Tiffany & Kristof I realized I had finally found it. Their warm loving personalities combined with a vast knowledge of the practice made me begin a journey into my self as a whole. I began to eat better, I slept better, I started meditating on a regular basis and the shifts didn't just happen within me, but also within my social circle and my family. I cannot recommend this program enough to anyone, whether you do this for yourself or to become a teacher, you will leave this program changed for the better of your own being. As busy mother of three children making the time for myself to do this course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am eternally grateful for the gift Tiffany & Kristof of Living in the Self Yoga brought to my life. We are forever changed for the better, more loving, centred, whole and beautiful beings inside & out. Crystal Lee / Peterborough

  • Annonymous   August 10, 2017

      Deep gratitude

    I searched and searched for a 200 ytt that was suitable for me but also coordinated well with family life, business and daily schedules. Nothing seemed to be panning out until i heard through stoney lake wellness of the living in the self 200 yoga teacher training held in lakefield, on. I can truly say that gifts come to us in all different ways, but this was a blessing. Kristof and tiffany offer a lovely style of teaching. Without a doubt, all of their teachings come directly from both of their hearts. this in itself created a wonderful learning experience. Over the last few months i have learned so much about myself, the yogic path, yogic philosophy, asanas, chakras, pranayamas, patanjali's eight limb path, the yogic diet., but one teaching that has really hit home for me is living in the present moment. I feel like this is such an importnant practise and will benefit not only ourselves, but our families, friends and students. Thank you tiffany and kristof for all of your offerings throughout this teacher training it has truly been a wondeful experience. Much gratitude to you both, Jody Harrison / Peterborough

  • Annonymous   August 10, 2017

      Amazing teachers, beautiful experience.

    Tiffany and Kristof are the most humble and dedicated teachers I know; so much so, they probably won't include this in their testimonials, but they should. What drew me, and many others to their work, was their commitment to fostering love, compassion and community through yoga. It has been monumental for my spiritual growth, and I am certain it would aid anyone's physical well-being as much as it would serve one's overall life. The YTT from Living in the Self, with Tiffany and Kristof, is absolutely unlike any other - it has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn't know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. Atia Marie / Toronto

  • Annonymous   August 10, 2017

      Many thanks!

    I just completed the YTT300 in Ecuador & highly recommend Living in the Self. Tiffany & Kristof are warm hearted, extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, organised, professional with an appropriate sense of humour & years of experience teaching & practicing yoga. We did so much on top of the curriculum such as a five day silent retreat, one day fasts, learning Sanskrit, partner yoga & attending kirtans. I've left with so much info to share with my clients in London & with guests on the yoga holidays I am running. Thank you, can't wait to attend another of your courses & pilgrimages. Mary from London www.mjhwellbeing.com Love Mary Hastings / UK

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