300 hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Teacher Training in Guatemala (July 2019) (sold out)
- Doron Yoga & Zen Center
- Tzununá, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Jul 28 - Aug 17, 2019 (21 days)
About This Event
The Doron Yoga ashtanga vinyasa (contact info blocked)) yoga teacher-training program is a life changing, growth and transformational opportunity. The program is a special opportunity for 200-hr 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 humor, 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 trainings are 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 us for programs here at the center 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 of yoga, life and business in practical ways that respect tradition but recognize the times we live in now and their specific necessities.
Beyond a teacher training in Guatemala, this is a personal journey for anyone engaging on a process of personal-enquiry – 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, our 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.
PRE-REQUISITES200-Hour yoga teacher certification from a credible sourceMinimum of 2 years of practiceRead The Yoga Lifestyle by Doron HanochHave an open mind and heart
If you’re interested in completing a 200-hour Teacher Training with us prior to this advanced training, Click Here for more information on our 200-hour program. This program is open to both graduates of Doron’s trainings, and those who did their certification elsewhere.
THREE-WEEK INTENSIVE COURSE INFORMATION
Once a year, we will be offering a three-week intensive course that will include information on all of the topics above. 200 hours of this course will be conducted at the center, under Doron’s direct guidance in all topics from yoga to philosophy. In addition to 90-minutes of pranayama, yoga, and meditation practice in the mornings, you will have additional sessions covering the curriculum above. You’ll be given the opportunity to practice hands-on adjustments with Doron Yoga students, and given plenty of space to bring up your own questions about both practice and philosophy. Sundays are free days, where you’ll have time to study or enjoy the lake.
Your final 100 hours are to be completed 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 – 30-40 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. Includes review with the teacher.Thesis – In Depth Study: The +300/500-hour 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 faculty will help you design a format that will work for you. This may include readings, elective workshops, self-study, study groups and writing.
OPTIONAL TOPICS FOR YOUR THESIS
Philosophy & 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 & 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 the practice and teaching.
Specialized Teaching: Pre- and postnatal teachings, teaching seniors, 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, 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 & 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.
- 300 hr RYT – Yoga Allicance affiliation
- Be able to teach a good quality 60 min and 90 min class
- Master Level 2 sequencing
- Advanced teacher training manual
- 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
- LEARN how the principal teachings of Buddhism relate to the principal teachings of the yoga tradition
- LEARN more about the business of yoga
- LEARN the true meaning of yoga, beyond styles and brands
- LEARN how to practice and teach advanced backbends such as dropbacks, scorpion, king pidgeon and more
- UNDERSTAND better the practical anatomy of poses and how to use this for better hands on adjustments
- UNDERSTAND the fine details of energy work and how to use it in your daily life
- LEARN HOW TO clearly explain poses to all levels of students
- LEARN HOW TO build a workshop or plan a retreat, including all business layers
- ZEN, DUALISM VS. NON-DUALITY? Can they coexist?
Schedule5:00 – 6:15pm Opening Circle (arrival day)
6:00 – 7:00am Meditation and Pranayama
7:00 – 8:45am Doron Yoga asana practice
9:00 – 9:30am Breakfast
10:30 - 12.30am Class: Asana adjustments/Yoga Philosophy/Teaching practice/Anatomy studies
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
3:30 – 6:30pm Class: Asana adjustments/Yoga Philosophy/Teaching practice/Anatomy studies
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:30pm Rest, study and Optional Activities
Asana Technique & Teaching Methods
Practical Yoga History & Philosophy
Practical Yoga Anatomy
Advanced Class Planning & Sequencing
Pranayama, Practice & Teaching
Subtle Energy & Anatomy
Ayurveda & The Yoga Lifestyle
Ethics & Relating to Students
Observation & Critical Thinking
Demonstration and Proper Language
Hands on Assists & Verbal Cues
The Business of Yoga
During your free time, you can enjoy some these activities
Walk / hike around Tzununa, up the mountains or to next-door villages
Sit on a rock in the river and meditate or read a book
Sit by the river, or on a hammock and relax
Swim in the lake or chill out on the dock with awesome views
Hike The San Pedro Volcano (with guide)
Kayak in San Marcos or San Pedro
Stand up paddle, in Panajachel or San Marcos
Waterfall hike (when available)
Get a massage in our “by the river” room
Venture by boat, tuk-tuk, or foot into one of the neighboring towns for some shopping for traditional textiles, paintings and crafts, sight seeing, and a feel for some local Mayan villages
Fire night with Zen talk
Venue HighlightsDoron Yoga & Zen Center is a spiritual eco village, based on permaculture principles with touches of Zen. It manifests the power and energy of the magnificent lake Atitlan. The lake can be majestically viewed from our grounds, with volcanoes and local villages perfectly framing the scene. We are part of the Maya village of Tzununa in Guatemala. Located 7 min walk from the lake. Hammocks hang by the river and gardens, and connecting paths are all paved with local stone.
We may just have one of the most beautiful yoga spaces in the world, consisting of a sprawling cypress floating floor, surrounded by large glass sliding doors, held up by huge bamboo pillars, and featuring jaw-dropping views. High ceilings with extra insulation keep the temperatures perfect year round. It is a temple sitting along the Tzununa River, allowing for the sound of water to flow softly and soothingly into our practice. Unlike many ashrams, they did not cut corners, and you can see the beauty in the details. The place is kept very clean and has a wonderful vibe to it. 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 Buddha café is a wonderful meeting place. It hosts a large deck with a variety of seating options and a gorgeous view of the lake. It serves super nutritious, delicious gourmet, vegetarian food. One of its primary highlights is the great company. Travelers meet to share stories, experiences, a cup of tea, and a hug. It offers a place to rest, connect with new friends, read and have some delicious food.
Permaculture principles are followed to ecologically enhance the quality of the construction, and design functionality of the center. We grow coffee, bananas, avocados, lettuces, beans, yams, radishes, herbs and around 30 other fruits and vegetables (yum, guacamole!).
We have a beautiful fire pit under the grand Jocote tree (which you may want to climb). Additionally, we’ve built a natural, large, ceremonial-grade sauna to help with detoxing and cleansing. We offer massages and can organize tours around the lake for you.
The DYZC was built on a high-frequency vibration land. We are sure you will feel it as you come stay with us. As one guest stated: “center” doesn’t seem to be the most fitting word- maybe something like dream village, or yoga farm, or riverbank Zen oasis
AccommodationsThe rooms at the Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) are simple but beautiful. Rustic, yet charming, many rooms have either a jungle, garden, or lake view.
All DYZC accommodations are new, and are built for comfort and safety while being ecological. Our showers have hot water, and we have western toilets (eco treatment). Our water source is from a spring supplied by the municipality and from river water that runs through the property.
We have 3 private rooms with shared bathrooms. These rooms are unique and have their own painted wall murals, and other special art and decorations. There are 3 toilets, 2 showers and 2 sinks, separate from one another, so there is never wait time.
There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep 5 -6 people and share the bathroom area. They have nice mattresses with traditional Mayan coverings, nightstands, shelves and other storage places. They have a cozy, artsy feeling.
There are also three beautiful log cabin rooms. These rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and chairs, gardens and beautiful lake view. These rooms have skylights and a peaceful, creative energy. Bathrooms have locally sourced slate for the showers, hand carved mirrors, bamboo and wood elements. They feature local hand crafted furniture and orthopedic beds.
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineThree vegetarian meals will be served each day with a mix of international, Guatemalan, and Doron’s special healthy, yummy, and Mediterranean touch. These are made from fresh local produce, organic when available. Gluten free and Vegan diets can be accommodated upon request.
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 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 their own blossoming gardens.
You will get a great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces and condiments, homemade jams and peanut butter, fresh homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, fresh made tortillas on wood oven, pizza from our clay and wood burning pizza oven and so much more.
We offer snacks and drinks for a pick me up or dessert. Try our chocolate chip banana muffins, vegan power super food rich bliss balls (made with local Mayan raw cacao), vegan black bean brownies, or one of our drinks: kombucha or probiotic ginger.
Notes: Be mindful of food and water hygiene, as travelers’ diarrhea is not uncommon in Guatemala. This can be quite challenging when embarking on a yoga program. Bring some grapefruit seed extract and for daily maintenance, add of seven to eight drops in water or juice. Remember to bring along any other supplement that helps soothe your tummy.
DirectionsThe closest airport to the center is La Aurora International Airport, which is located in Guatemala City. The airport code is GUA.
The airport is located 3-5 hours from Lake Atitlan depending on traffic. When planning flights, please be sure to consider this in your plans. It’s safest and easiest to travel around Guatemala and the lake during daytime hours. As such, We recommend booking a flight that lands before noon if possible. This will allow you to arrive with plenty of time to get to the lake and navigate transportation to the center during daylight hours.
Once in Tzununa, locals know DYZC as Casa Doron Yoga, so you can take a tuk-tuk from the dock (5 minutes), cost 5-10Q.
IF YOUR FLIGHT LANDS AFTER 2 PM
If your plane lands in the afternoon, please consider spending a night in Guatemala City and traveling to the center in the morning. Private shuttles can be booked for flights arriving as late as 3pm, but you must also be prepared to pay for a private boat on the lake if you arrive after the public boats stop running.
IF YOUR FLIGHT LANDS AFTER MIDNIGHT
If your flight lands after midnight, we would suggest waiting at the airport until around 5am to begin your journey towards the lake, though private shuttles can be arranged at any time.
The Doron Yoga & Zen Center works with local travel agencies/shuttle companies to help provide you transportation from the airport and to other major centers of tourism in Guatemala. Shuttles run to and from the nearby town of Panajachel, not directly to the center. We offer help with arranging private shuttles, as well as shared shuttles provided by the travel company. The private shuttles are a more direct option. The shared shuttles from the city sometimes also make stops in Antigua, and therefore can take longer to arrive. If not coming from the airport, the shuttles can pick you up from addresses in zones 1, 9, 10 and 13. Please allow at least an hour and fifteen minutes from the time your flight is supposed to land to the time you book your shuttle.
Private shuttles can be arranged at any time, and are a total of $100 USD. The price changes for bigger groups (groups of four or more people). Please inquire about pricing if you have more than three people in your group. If arriving in the evening, please also be prepared to book a private boat from Panajachel.
Shared shuttles leave the airport at 11am and 2pm. Shuttles cost $30 USD per rider. For the 11 am shuttle, your flight must land by 9:45am. For the 2pm shuttle, your flight must land by 12:45pm.