200 Hours Ashtanga and Vinyasa Teacher Training in Guatemala (March 2018)
- Doron Yoga & Zen Center
- Tzununá, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Mar 4 - 24, 2018 (21 days)
- From $2,477 to $3,897
Are you interested in deepening your yoga practice and/or becoming a yoga teacher? Join the Doron Yoga & Zen Center's 200hr Teacher Training Course at Lake Atitlan in Tzununa, Guatemala! The curriculum includes asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, Ayurveda, food/nutrition, the yoga lifestyle, and more. Yoga Alliance RYT eligibility. Starting from $2,477 all-inclusive!
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga embodied within the Doron Yoga Building Blocks
In-depth asana teachings with emphasis on alignment, anatomy, and hands-on assists
Non-dogmatic approach to yoga philosophy
Chakras, naulis, kriyas, bandhas
Flexitarian approach including Ayurveda, nutrition/healthy eating, and the yoga lifestyle
Teaching techniques, ethics, and yoga as a business
200 hour Yoga Alliance Register Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification
Swimming, hiking, kayaking, and other nearby activities
Daily brunch, snack, and dinner with non-alcoholic beverages
Living by the beautiful lake Atitlan and the surrounding villages
21 nights accommodation
The curriculum is based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya, particularly from the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition along with selected wisdom from a variety of yoga and Buddhist traditions. These include alignment from Iyengar and western physics, kundalini pranayama and Bhakti chanting, as well as Zen and Ayurveda (learn how to balance yourself and others with food, nutrition, yoga and lifestyle).
First of all, we will establish very strong foundations, and build on top of that. It will all be super clear, and easy to remember (using fun teaching systems).
We learn the ashtanga primary series, but more than that we learn a sustainable vinyasa system. The program includes a very well structure for building a sequence (based on the first 2 series of ashtanga and more). There are 19 building blocks, that each one may have a variety of poses to choose from. This means you get a basic structure that keeps the class balanced and healthy, but with flexibility to change and vary according to levels or just for fun. It is very much balanced between a strong yang practice (movement but with mind focus and breath), along with some stillness, of deep stretching.
This schedule is given as a guide to help you to envisage your time with us. In practice it will vary according to the focus of the week, to accommodate specific teachings, and to adapt to the best interests of the course:
06:00 – 07:15 Pranayama and meditation
07:15 – 07:30 Break
07:30 – 10:00 Asana technique practice
10:00 – 12:00 Brunch
12:30 – 14:30 Philosophy, anatomy or asana focus (depending on the week)
14:30 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 18:30 Asana clinic, guest teaching or anatomy (depending on the week)
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:00 Evening program (2-3 times per week as needed).
Sundays are free.
Organized excursions are not a part of this training; however, Sundays are free days and Lake Atitlan offers a plethora of different activities, including but not limited to swimming, kayaking, and hiking. A day trip can be taken by boat or tuk-tuk to the nearby villages for sightseeing and shopping.
Located a short walk from Lake Atitlan in the small Mayan village of Tzununa, Guatemala, the Doron Yoga & Zen Center’s grounds naturally grow coffee, banana, avocado (yum, guacamole!), and other trees. Near to the small Tzununa River – the river of hummingbirds and water - that flows through the property are herb and vegetable gardens, a large chicken coop, plenty of grounds for the dog and cats to play, and a fire pit to enjoy on chilly evenings. The yoga shala (practice space) and all other buildings at the Center are built for comfort and safety while being ecological. Unlike many ashrams we did not cut corners, and invested in good quality earthen construction and facilities. All buildings have stone foundations reaching deep into the earth for increased stability. The cane, cyprus, pine and rocks used in the construction are locally sourced, where local community workers built each house with care. Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, garden, and design functionality of the Center.
The rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) in Tzununa are simple but beautiful; rustic, yet charming. Located up the hill from Lake Atitlan, coffee, banana and other trees and lush vegetation abound on the DYZC’s grounds.
All DYZC accommodations are brand new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological . The base for all rooms is a stone wall, made of stones from our land held strongly together with concrete. The other walls are from wood, or at times bricks when we seek to have better sound insulation between rooms. Our showers have hot water, and we have western toilettes (eco treatment). Our water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property.
The dormitory sleeps 7 people and shares the bathroom area (3 western-style toilets, 2 showers, and 2 sinks) with 16 people.
We tried to give you a local experience, using local fabrics, building with natural materials, eco-friendly materials and following permaculture principles. However, we made sure you will feel at home, and hope you will love this unique experience as much as we love creating it.
Casa Feliz & Lotus (shared bathroom):
Shared rooms (5-6 persons): $2,477
Shared rooms (2 persons): $2,997
Private rooms (1 person): $3,597
Shared room (2): $3,297
Private room (1): $3,897
Swimming in the lake, 10 min walk from the DYZC
Waterfall, 30 min walk
Cafes, restaurants, shopping in neighboring towns, a short boat ride away
Spa treatments can be arranged at the student’s expense
Two buffet-style meals will be served each day – a mix of international, Guatemalan and Doron’s special healthy, yummy and Mediterranean touch made from fresh local produce, organic when available. Each meal is substantial, varied and nourishing, to energize you through your practices without leaving you feeling too heavy. All food at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center is prepared as healthily and nutritiously as possible under the guidance of the DYZC's Founder and Director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant. To the greatest extent possible, food is organic and locally sourced, including from the DYZC's own blossoming gardens.
Please let the DYZC know if you have any food allergies or special dietary restrictions. And if possible carry any food that may be specific to your requirement.
Things to Do:
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 20-40 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.
On 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 & 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.
What is Included?
All-inclusive rates include:
21 nights shared accommodation per person
2 daily nutritious home-cooked vegetarian meals and a snack with water, herbal tea, and coffee
All instructions and program
Extensive 300 page manual written by Doron Hanoch, your TTC teacher
200 hour RYT certification upon successful completion of the course
What is Not Included?
Of the required reading, only the Doron Yoga Manual is included in the program fee. All other books on the required and recommended reading lists must be purchased separately.
Transportation between the international airport in Guatemala City and the Doron Yoga & Zen Center in Tzununa in Lake Atitlan is not included. Additionally, any extra snacks, beverages, excursions, and/or spa treatments are at the student's expense.
Know Before You Go:
Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travellers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala, which can be quite challenging when embarking on a TTC. Bring some grapefruit seed extract, daily maintenance of 7-8 drops in water or juice or any other supplement that suits.
There are no ATMs or currency exchange facilities in Tzununa. It is advisable to carry with you sufficient cash or plan to travel by boat to Panajachel or San Pedro for an ATM or bank. Guatemala is a cash friendly economy.
How to get there:
Be sure to arrive in Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before noon on the first day of the course. We 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.
Check with us, many times there are spaces for you to stay in the Doron Yoga and Zen Center (for additional fee) a few days before so you can actually get acclimated and be fresh for the beginning of the course. If you are arriving early and staying elsewhere (in Antigua or around Lake Atitlan), check if your hotel has a pick-up service.
Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, so you can take a tuk-tuk from the dock (5 minutes), cost 5Q – less than $1.
Please be sure to cover all fees your bank charges for the payment.