50 HR Sequencing & Assists with a Bhakti Twist in Guatemala

  • Kula Collective Kula Collective
  • San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
  • Jan 17 - 23, 2020 (7 days)

Event Highlights

  • What you will learn about Alignment & Assists:
  • Observation
  • Proper alignment of poses
  • To build confidence
  • Thai Massage based Hands on Assists
  • Maintain structural integrity of the pose
  • Pressure
  • When to pull back versus deepen
  • Different Styles of Hands on assists
  • Spacial Awareness
  • Get off your mat
  • Psychology of a student in the classroom
  • How to assist an emotional response to the practice
  • Increased anatomical awareness

About This Event

Feel empowered after your 200 hour training! We have the proper tools for you to create classes on your own. Our module is intended to provide new and advanced teachers with strategies, inspiration and an intellectual approach to creating well rounded Yoga Classes for your students!

Our 7 day course focuses on the art of sequencing and assists in a Holistic way. Each day we honor the 5 Elements and integrate them into our practice and teachings. The morning module will be a Sequencing workshop full of tools to inspire, create and enhance the yoga flow sequence for healing, connection and transformation. The afternoon module will be an Alignment & Assists workshop to explore the 5 movements of the spine and incorporate Thai Yoga Massage to provide support through our healing touch. We will take our practice to the next level with theme-weaving, bandhas, mudras, aromatherapy, mantra, meditation, and pranayama.

This module will focus on Vinyasa/Hatha sequence structures looking at a peak pose and working backwards to examine the foundation to safely and effectively prepare for it. Together we will shift our perspectives as we study strategies to gain a deeper understanding of how each pose affects the one before it and the one after it.

We will dive into sequencing theory and methods to develop and deliver a holistic experience for your students.

As teachers, it is important we are available to assist our students throughout the class to give them a holistic experience of alignment. That means we need to get off our mat, OBSERVE the room, and make adjustments along the way. We as teachers are the guide and our students come into the class looking for this support. We can offer this alignment in many ways; verbal, demonstration, spiritual and hands on.

Our approach is through healing touch. There are many courses being taught that give little to no attention on hands on assists yet it’s always something Yoga Teachers are inspired to learn.

This Thai Massage influenced hands on approach is designed to bring confidence to the teacher and to help the student deepen their experience in the pose by feeling a direct, firm and hands-on touch.

Each day we will talk about the theory behind assists as well as move through each of the spinal directions and their associated poses moving from common poses to more advanced. We go through an in depth asana analysis on each posture in addition to learning hands on approach to the pose.

Using a hands on approach is an effective way of understanding the alignment of body, mind and spirit. There is a lot of taboo around touch in a classroom, but done in a professional way, this can not be misunderstood. With a teachers pure intention to help guide their students into a deeper experience, there is no reason why we wouldn’t be able to use the modality of a professional and intentional hands on approach.

Plan to step out of the norm and look at new poses, variations, modifications! Find imaginable ways to sequence a class that stirs your soul to create classes as you move forward!


We are the ones you have been waiting for.

What's Included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 50 HR towards your RYT certification
  • 3 daily meals

What's Not Included

Airport transport

Venue Highlights

Location: The Yoga Forest, Lake Atitlan - Guatemala
The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with everything surrounding us.

Immerse yourself in an eco-friendly conscious community for a month of transformation. Enjoy the perfect sub-tropical climate in the western highlands of Guatemala, with stunning views through the Yoga Forest taking in Lake Atitlan and its magnificent volcanoes.

Check out testimonials of The Yoga Forest on TripAdvisor


There are shared and private accommodations available.


Vegetarian, farm-to-table and conscious cuisines!


Directions vary by location.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due 14 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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