35 Days 300-Hour Ayurvedic and Tantric Yoga Teacher Training in Boquete, Panama

About us

Together with YiA Yoga, you will explore the ancient history and guidance of Tantra philosophy to further empower you on your path of peace, joy, compassion, and surrender. You will also have the opportunity to tap into the energy of sacred sexuality by exploring Brahmacharya and expand the love, acceptance, and proper care of your physical body, your private temple, through the guidance of Ayurvedic practices. 

You will explore various types of meditation, physical alignment of postures, safe adjustment techniques, yoga anatomy, chakras, nadis, and much more. Most importantly, YiA Yoga will hold a sacred space for each one of you as you journey through personal transformation, united as one.

This is an immersion program, so please come prepared to go on an inspiring journey and to give 100 percent of yourself as well as your yoga family. The classes will run from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, along with two weekend days during the month for excursions. Below is the daily schedule, but it is subject to change based on special classes, guest teachers, and outings.


YiA YOGA Modern Tantric Philosophy                                  

Every yoga school offers their own style of teaching ancient yoga philosophy. At YiA YOGA, we strive to empower you to create your own philosophy using motivational interviewing techniques verses trying to convince or convert you to believe in our philosophy. We believe in you and your ability to make the right choices for yourself, without judgement.

The true foundation of our teachings are based on values verses a specific religious or spiritual lineage. The heart of YiA YOGA is rooted in compassion, unconditional love, authenticity and surrendering to the Divine Flow of life.

With that being said, as the Lead Trainer of YiA YOGA, I have developed my own personal philosophy and belief system that I will share with you. You can take what you like and leave behind what does not resonate with you. In my present journey of seeking truth, & the reason I am exploring the Tantric philosophical path is because I see it to be an all encompassing path that is rooted in values I find of great importance, such as forgiveness, non-judgement & unconditional love. I also honor the belief that our body is our temple and a precious gift & that we must treat it as such and enjoy our gift to the fullest.

I believe we are all Gods & Goddesses and hold the essence of the Creator within us. Therefore, I desire to honor the journey of each and every being, on whatever path they may choose to bring them closer to their innate higher selves. 


What will I learn in this training?

This Advanced 300-hour YiA YOGA training program is an eye-opening journey within for truly authentic personal growth. Not only will you gain a profound understanding of what it means to step into the role & responsibilites of being a qualified yoga asana teacher, but it also takes you on a expedition within yourself as we empower you to define your own personal philosophic ideas, morals & values that will then guide you to create a more precise and clear vision of the person you desire to be and the potential you hold to create the life you desire. A life filled with peace, love, compassion, purpose, joy & passion!

During a YiA Yoga Teacher Training you will learn invaluable life lessons that will shift, not only the way you see yourself, but also the way you see the world around you. We have seen it happen again and again with our students. It is truly inspiring & incredible to witness. 

From a mental & spiritual perspective, we strive to empower you to gain a greater understanding of: 

  • Self Love
  • Gratitude
  • Non-judgement
  • To further gain awareness & greater control over your thoughts
  • To surrender what you cannot control
  • To trust in Universe, embracing the philosophy that everything is exactly as it should be
  • To embrace Positive Thinking 
  • To further understand the powerful balance of embracing the Yin & Yang in our lives
  • The gain further knowledge and experience the power of meditation, contemplation & self-inquiry 

From a physical perspective, we will teach you about:

  • Yoga Anatomy
  • Safe & effective yoga adjustments
  • Advanced Sequencing
  • Asana Transitioning
  • Working with special populations
  • Benefits & Dangers of Yoga
  • Ayurvedic Body Types & Ayurvedic Nutrition 
  • Teaching from your authentic voice 
  • Understanding the energetic bodies - chakras, nadis, law of attraction 
Student reflection by Merishka Naidoo: "One of the most profound educational and spiritual journeys I have been on. Kaytee is an excellent mentor and after the course I feel component to teach Yoga. I enjoyed class design and having the opportunity to conduct my own classes as well as meditation. I am a much more compassionate person with a deeper understanding of others. I feel grateful and enriched with vast knowledge and experience, making me a better rounded individual. This Yoga journey changed my outlook on life. I have such a deep understanding of myself, self love and compassion for others. I really feel competent as a teacher and am grateful for the amazing journey. Yia Yoga will always have a special place in my heart. Amazing, enriching, life changing experience that I recommend everyone does once in their lifetime."

Event Highlights

  • Daily asana practice
  • Course materials and YiA shirt included
  • Pre-training reading materials and personality tests
  • International Yoga Alliance certification upon successful course completion
  • Sacred space held for personal transformation
  • Excursions and ceremonies included
  • YiA Yoga teacher training manual
  • 34 nights accommodation

Venue Highlights

YiA Yoga is located in the small mountain town of Boquete, in the Chiriquí province of Panamá, which the westernmost province of the country bordering with Costa Rica. Due to its elevation (approximately 4,000 feet about sea level), Boquete enjoys spring-like temperatures year round, making this area the agricultural breadbasket of the country.

Panama

Panama is the natural bridge that unites the Americas and has the greatest diversity of wildlife in Central America. Much of the land, over 1/3, is covered by National Parks with a variety of plants, animals, reptiles, birds, and a wide range of marine life.

Panama offers the complete travel experience with activities such as: zip-lining through the jungle, hot springs, horseback riding, mountain biking, amazing hiking, bird watching, white water rafting, fishing, rock climbing, repelling, surfing, cave exploration, snorkeling, four-wheeling, volcano treks and much more.

Above all else, the culture of people in Panama will amaze you and show you the kind of love and acceptance that will inspire you for a lifetime. They are the kind of selfless people that you can ask for directions and they will walk you to your location, even if they need to go the other way. Or the kind of people you meet on the bus and they invite you into their homes to share a meal after an hour of knowing you. The best way to describe them is open-hearted and they will make you not want to leave.

Boquete

The valley of Boquete is located in the western highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above the sea level. Nestled amongst the country's most mountainous region, this peaceful town is situated between the Caldera River and Baru Volcano.

Surrounded by untouched tropical cloud forests, Boquete is just an hour and a half from unspoiled white sand beaches in the Pacific and 4 hours from Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean, offering yogi's plenty of opportunities to hit the beach during the weekend to enjoy the warmth of the sun and get to do some of the most amazing scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing that they could imagine.

Boquete is safe, beautiful, inexpensive, and exciting. It can be easily accessed by 1 hour daily flights from Panama City to David (the country's second largest city), and then a 30-40 minute car or 1 hour bus journey from here.

The "Valley of the Flowers and the Eternal Spring" is home to 20,000 habitants whose cultural roots can be traced to Native Indians, Spaniards, Europeans and North Americans among other ethnicities. Its first settlers came from other areas of Panama, as well as other countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and North America.

All give shape to the cultural melting pot that Boquete is today. Most farms and houses still have architectural styles that are reminiscent of these other countries. On the sheer mountains that surround the valley live the Ngöbe Bugles, an indigenous ethnic group who are highly skilled artisans, famous for their colorful chaquiras (beaded necklaces) and "nahuas", traditional dresses.

Boquete is considered the ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama, you name it, Boquete has it. For extreme adrenaline, White Water River Rafting in the Chiriqui Viejo. For coffee lovers, Coffee Tours to coffee plantations and processing farms in Palmira, Palo Alto and Alto Quiel.

To admire the beauty of the tropical cloud forest, Zip Line Canopy Tours in Palo Alto. For a challenging trek and a chance to view both oceans from Panama's highest point, hike and camp to the top of the Baru Volcano. For the most incredible hike, challenge yourself to the Quetzals Trail footpath from Cerro Punta to the entrance of La Amistad National Park.

For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak in the Caldera Hot Springs. For you cowboys, you can go Horseback Riding through Caldera's valleys. To admire nature's abundance go for a Bird Watching Tour. For extreme sports enthusiasts there is Rock Climbing and Rappelling at Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono.

During the weekend, boat trips and island hoping tours can be arranged to Bolaños or Gamez Islands in the Golf of Chiriqui. Panama's best surfing is just a couple of hours away in the world famous town of Santa Catalina and the most amazing scuba diving spots are found at Isla Coiba, which is also in Chiriqui's Golf. The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro is only a 20-minute flight away from David and offers a great taste of the Caribbean vibe.

The location of Boquete enjoys a sunny cool mountain climate, comfortable all year round, considered nearly perfect, with temperatures ranging between 60° to 80° F (16° to 28° C).

Spa treatments

Treat your temple with the love and attention it deserves by booking one of the many spa treatments available. Seeking a treatment you do not see on the list, contacts YiA Yoga so they can connect you with what your body is calling for.

Ayurvedic holistic health consultation
Ayurvedic oil treatment
Deep tissue sport massage
Hot stone massage
Reiki
Relaxation massage
Thai yoga massage

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Schedule

08:00 Morning review
09:00 Morning practice: asana, meditation, pranayama
10:00 Morning classroom session
12:00 Lunch and study hall
13:30 Posture clinic: yoga anatomy, alignment, adjustments, and transitions
15:00 Class design and practice teaching
16:00 Study hall

Menu/Cuisine

Boquete has several groceries, a farmer's market, and variety of fine dining featuring local and international cuisine. Please note that meals are not included in the cost of the training. YiA Yoga recommends that students be prepared to bring snacks to all class sessions.

There are more restaurants per capita in Boquete than anywhere else in Panama. Boquete offers an array of gourmet restaurants offering a wide selection of international dishes including: Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, American, Chinese, Argentinian, Japanese, and of course delicious Panamanian. It also hosts adorable coffee shops and an abundance of delicious bakeries.

Accommodations

San Miguel Boutique Cabañas

On-site lodging is available at the beautiful San Miguel Boutique Cabañas. This charming hotel is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens creating a serene natural environment for you to delve into your yoga journey. Each cabaña has three bedrooms, kitchen, breakfast bar, living room, hot water, and Wi-Fi. There are also hammocks to relax in outside with social areas to enjoy the perfect of weather of Boquete. %The accommodation allows you to bring friends and family with you on your journey shall you so desire. YiA Yoga also offers an array of other various lodging options to suit your needs.

Directions

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.

Panama is just a short plane ride away if you are coming from the USA and cheap flights are available on a regular basis. Eight major USA cities offer direct daily flights to Panama City, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Orlando. You can also fly directly from Paris, Madrid, and Amsterdam and other locations around Europe.

Panama City, Panama, and San Jose, Costa Rica are the same distance from Boquete, so it is suggested to check prices for both locations, although flights to David from San Jose are less frequent but if you plan to take the bus, San Jose may be the cheaper option.

If you arrive in Panama City the flight to David is around 30 minutes.
Arrival by bus

If you decide to take the bus, it is about six to eight hours by bus or car. From David to Boquete is it about 45 to 60 minutes by bus, taxi, or a shuttle.
Option one

Panama City to David by private shuttle. YiA Yoga can arrange private shuttles from your arrival airport in Panama City directly to Boquete for 450 USD. You will walk off the flight and your very own bi-lingual tour guide will be there waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. No taxis, no airport transfers, no hassles. And you can make stops along the way whenever you would like. To book a transfer, email YiA Yoga.
Option two

Panama City to David. You will arrive to Panama at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and to fly from Panama to David you have to go to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC), which is about 45 minutes away depending on the time of day and traffic. You can take a taxi between Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) or spend a night in a hotel in Panama City and then take a taxi next morning to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC).

A taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) or to a hotel in Panama City should cost around 25 to 35 USD. A taxi from your hotel should not charge you more than 5 USD to take you to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) if you are staying within Panama City.

The last flight to David from Panama City departs around 6:00 p.m., so if you land on Panama City after 1:00 p.m. plan to spend the night in a hotel in Panama City or take a bus to David. The last bus to David leaves Panama City at 3:00 a.m. You should allow at least 3 hours between landing at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and getting to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC) or bus station because of customs, immigration, and then the journey within Panama City.
Option three

Panama City to David by bus

If you want to take a bus to David from Panama City, you first have to take a taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) or from your hotel in Panama City to Albrook bus terminal. There, you will be able to catch a bus to David. Busses depart almost every hour so you should not have any problem with the schedule and you do not have to bother with reservations. The only dates when you will not be able to easily catch a bus is when it is a Panamanian National Holiday.

The first bus departs everyday at 6:00 a.m. and the last one departs at 3:00 a.m. The bus ticket from Panama to David costs 12.50 or 15 USD per passenger depending if it is an express bus or not. Express buses are the fastest and depart at 3:00 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 a.m. Once you arrive at the bus terminal in David, you can easily take a connecting bus to Boquete for 1.45 USD from the same terminal. The last bus from David to Boquete leaves at 8:45 p.m.

Panama City to David by rental car

You may also rent a car in Panama City and drive to Boquete. This is a good option for those who feel comfortable driving in other countries, but may be overwhelming to some drivers. Rental cars are also available in Boquete. Budget has an office in the town center, so that may be the best option.

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