20 Days 200hr Multi-style Transformational Yoga Teacher Training in Boquete, Panama

Event Highlights

  • - Daily yoga classes
  • - Daily guided meditation
  • - Connected breathwork sessions
  • - Internationally Registered Yoga Alliance® 200 & 300 Hour School
  • - Waterfall hike, natural hot springs, and water blessing ceremony
  • - Yoga Island graduation ceremony
  • - YiA Yoga teacher training manual

Schedule

The classes will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 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.

Daily schedule

07:00-08:00 Morning review
08:00-10:00 Morning classroom session
10:00-12:15 Morning practice: asana, meditation, pranayama
12:15-13:45 Lunch and study hall
13:45-15:00 Posture clinic: Yoga anatomy, alignment, adjustments, and transitions
15:00-16:00 Class design and practice teaching
16:00-17:30 Break
17:30-19:00 Evening session

About This Event

Yoga Teacher Training in Panama

Join YiA Yoga to immerse yourself in your true nature of health, joy, love, awareness and peace amidst the abundant natural beauty of the tropical mountains of Panama. YiA Yoga is an Internationally Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga School offering a unique and authentic yoga teacher training experience. Their YTT's are open to yogis of all ages, physical levels and religious and spiritual paths. As the Bhagavad Gita says: Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

Certifications

Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Program

Take your practice to the next level by immersing yourself in the exploration of yoga. Whether you are just beginning your practice or have an advanced practice, this training will surely create a beautiful shift in your life and expand you beyond measure on your journey with yoga. Upon completion, you will become an internationally recognized registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, the world's largest non-profit yoga certification and training organization expanding over 160 countries.

This training includes:

Direct teaching experience

500-hour master level lead trainer

YiA YOGA training manual

Daily yoga classes and meditations

Nature excursions and ceremonies

Yoga Alliance international teaching certificate

What will you experience during the training:

Personal growth

YiA Yoga will inspire you to “be the change you wish to see in this world.” During the training, you will have the opportunity to reflect and connect with your highest self, the part of you that knows the sky is the limit, the part of you that sees the beauty within yourself and others, the part of you that makes your dreams, hopes, and visions a reality.

Spiritual connection

This training is designed to be suitable for people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds. YiA Yoga fully respects and honors individual belief systems. The aim is not to “convert” you into anything. It is rather to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. If you believe in a higher power, this training will connect you more to your own higher power and your highest self. Together, we will practice the power of love and gratitude, which cross all cultures, religions, and philosophies.

Creativity through Vinyasa

The primary style of yoga you will learn is Vinyasa yoga. It is one of the more creative types of yoga and is a perfect base for all other forms. If you can teach a Vinyasa class, expanding to teaching other forms of yoga is easy. Vinyasa can be soft and gentle or powerful and intense. It is whatever you want it to be. You as a teacher are able to express your creativity through the practice and personalize your class to express who you are and what you represent. Vinyasa is a beautiful dance that comes together through sun salutations. During the training, you will also expand your knowledge of the various forms of yoga by participating in a variety of different styles of classes.

Yoga anatomy and physiology

You will explore the relationship between yoga anatomy and physiology that will support you to guide your students in a safe and effective manner and will empower you to create well-rounded and balanced classes using peak pose sequencing. There will be an inside look on a collection of the most important foundational poses that together comprise the full range of the body’s expression to give you a better understanding of the movements involved using full-color, detailed anatomical illustrations.

Yoga adjustments

YiA Yoga believes that one key to being an exceptional yoga teacher is being able to support your students in their practice by taking their postures to their full expression safely. There will be a hands-on approach to teaching you, not only the anatomy of the posture but how to get them into proper alignment using effective adjustment techniques. You will also develop clear and concise communication skills, learn to fully observe your students in their practice, and communicate what they need to hear in order to deepen their own experience. Lastly, you will discover the beauty and power of body awareness through various meditations, pranayamas and exercises.

Build on your strengths at a teacher

Your ability to create change within yourself and in the world depends upon your courage, commitment, authenticity, and connection. By exploring your strengths and deeply connecting to your highest self, you will empower others to do the same. There is no greater gift you can give than allowing your light to shine as brightly as possible, as it inspires others to do the same. Each yoga teacher has something exceptional to offer their students. Together, you will tap into examining your personal strengths and using them as a foundation for developing our individual teaching styles allowing you to fully experience the joy, art, and science of being a yoga teacher.

Leadership

Your ability to create change within yourself and in the world depends upon your courage, commitment, authenticity, and connection. By discovering your strengths and staying connected to your highest self, you will empower others to do the same. There is no greater gift than allowing your light to shine as brightly as possible, as it inspires others to do the same.

Meditation

The founder and director of YiA Yoga, Kaytee Hoverson, credits much of her focus and success - both worldly and in the spiritual realms - to the practice of meditation and visualization using the law of attraction as a strong foundation. During this training, you will have the opportunity to dive into this magnificent, life-impacting, powerful practice with her, and learn how you can incorporate meditation and visualization into your own life assisting you in fulfilling your dreams and desires.

As you develop and expand your personal meditation practice, you will be inspired to guide your students to theirs.

Yoga philosophy

The practice of yoga goes back thousands of years but has only exploded across the world just recently. You will look into the most significant historical yogic texts, giving you a deeper understanding of the foundation of yoga and flow through time to bring you to the present moment of what is means to be a yogi in the 21st century.

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. (Bhagavad Gita)

What's Included

  • Internationally Recognized Yoga Alliance® Certification
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Connected breathwork sessions
  • Waterfall hike
  • Yoga Island graduation ceremony
  • YiA Yoga teacher training manual
  • Natural hot springs water blessing ceremony
  • 19 nights accommodation

What's Not Included

- Airfare
- Airport transfer (available at an additional cost)
- Travel insurance
- Meals
- Spa treatments
- Additional excursions and activities

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. YiA Yoga’s studio is located in downtown Boquete in the Plaza Los Establos shopping center on Calle 5A Sur.

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).
Nearby places

Bocas del Toro - 4 hours
David, 38 kilometers
Pacific - 1 hour and 30 minutes

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.

We offer 3 different on-site lodging options: For the most economical option pick a shared twin/double room in a shared villa. If you are looking for more privacy, stay at a private room in a shared villa or book the whole villa for yourself.

Each villa 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.

Amenities

  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Ayurvedic

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.

Each of the on-site villas have a full service kitchen and within walking distance of the villas there are several grocery stores and restaurants. Many times the students cook and eat together both inside the resort and outside in the beautiful town. There are more restaurants per capita in Boquete than anywhere else in Panama! Whatever you crave, they have it!

Whether you desire an evening of fine dining or an inexpensive quick meal you can find fine dining featuring local and international cuisine including: Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, American, Chinese, Argentinian, Japanese, and of course delicious Panamanian. It also hosts several adorable coffee and chocolate shops and an abundance of delicious bakeries.

Directions

Arriving by Plane

The closest airport to Boquete is Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV), which is an hour flight from Panama City, Panama. Transfer to and from the airport are available upon request for the cost of $45. It is a 45 minute ride to the retreat location.

There are two airlines that fly from Panama City to David, Copa & Air Panama. If you arrive to Panama City at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and are flying to David with Air Panama, you will need to take a taxi to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC), which is around 25- 45 minutes away depending on the time of day and may take additional time if traffic is backed up. If you are flying Copa, you will fly out of the same airport. You should allow at least 3 hours between landing at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and getting to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC) or bus station because of customs, immigration, and the journey within Panama City.

Eight major US cities offer direct, cheap, daily flights to Panama City: Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Orlando. You can also fly directly from Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, and other locations around Europe.

Panama City, Panama and San Jose, Costa Rica are the same distance from Boquete, so we suggest to check prices for both locations, but be aware that flights to David from San Jose are less frequent and usually route through Panama City. If you plan to take the bus, San Jose could be the cheaper option.

A taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to a hotel in Panama City center should cost around 25 to 35 USD.

Arriving by Bus

From Panama City or San Jose to Boquete it is approximately six to eight hours by bus or car.

From David to Boquete it is approximately 45 to 60 minutes by bus, taxi, or a shuttle.

f 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.

Busses depart Panama City to David almost every hour, so you do not have to pre-book your journey. 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.

Arriving by Car or Private Shuttle

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 drivers who are not familiar in driving in foreign countries.

Budget, Alamo and Dollar Rent a Car have offices in David.

YiA can arrange private shuttles from your arrival airport in Panama City directly to Boquete for 450 USD. You will walk off the flight and have your very own bi-lingual tour guide 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, contact us today.

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 upon arrival.
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