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Awaken The Inner Teacher

Shakti Shala + Asta Yoga Ashtanga Immersion:200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Antigua, Guatemala

February 26th - March 25th, 2023

Overview

Shakti Shala and AstaYoga are joining to offer a Yoga Alliance registered teacher training based on the principles of Ashtanga Yoga. Our purpose is to facilitate an awakening of the Inner Teacher- the clear, quiet voice that is ever-present behind the incessant, distracted chatter of the inner critic. Reliance upon this Inner Teacher as a source of guidance and wisdom is the aim of this practice, and Ashtanga Yoga comprises the system of techniques that reveals the voice of this guide.

Using the Primary Series of Ashtanga as our basis, students will gain a foundational training in vinyasa yoga. While our training covers a broad array of topics including philosophy, anatomy, history and Ayurveda, we emphasize the practical aspects of a committed yoga practice. We provide you with a simple system that you can use anytime and share with anyone for a happier, healthier existence. You will benefit from small class sizes and even smaller egos in our program. You will be integrated into our community and will witness how the practice shapes peoples' lives when practiced with dedication, consistency, and intention. Our approach emphasizes the practice, your personal relationship to it and an experience of how one’s personal practice influences every aspect of our lives. You can be yourself for a month, release what doesn't serve you and learn to relax, breathe and go with the flow. What do you think you need that you don't have? What do you want that you think you can't get? These are questions we'll explore as we witness the role that a yoga practice plays in changing the stories that we tell ourselves. Following a program laid out by our teacher Larry Schultz, we are, as Larry would often say, committed to "making the world less miserable, one breath at a time."

Course Outline

Based on the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Intensive study and practice of Asanas (postures)

  • History and Evolution of Yoga

  • Yoga philosophy

  • Sanskrit names of yoga postures

  • Assisting, modifying, & adjusting postures

  • Breath, Bandha, & Drishti (Tristana method)

  • Anatomy

  • Ayurveda

  • Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Meditation

  • The business of teaching yoga

  • Teaching methodology and effective communication

  • Observation of yoga classes

  • Practice teaching and assisting

Program Details

28-Day Program in the heart of Antigua, Guatemala
  • We will meet 6 days a week from Sunday through Friday at Shakti Shala, and students will take a morning and evening practice with 3-4 hours of classroom time in between. Students will have Saturdays off, except for the closing session on the final day.

  • We will provide you with the training manuals, included in the price of tuition. You will need to bring a journal, a yoga mat and additional books which will be recommended prior to the training, but are not required.

  • Your attendance is critical, and a regular practice of at least six sessions a week throughout the training is essential. You will keep a daily journal and complete assignments from the training manual. There will be several short quizzes and a written final exam. You will also lead a one-on-one yoga session with a beginner.

  • Successful completion of the program will fulfill the requirements for the Yoga Alliance RYT 200 credential. Participants will receive a certificate which can be registered with YA.

Payment Options

  • The full tuition for the training is $2200. Early bird pricing is set at $2000 before 12/15. Tuition covers your training, your classes leading up to and through the training, and the training manuals. Recommended books can be purchased but are not included. We do offer a limited number of scholarships, along with payment plans.

  • $500 deposit to reserve your spot

  • Payment is available through Venmo, Paypal, local bank transfer, or cash

  • Full payment is due 2 weeks before training begins. 100% refund if canceled by January 15th. 50% if canceled later than January 15th

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Location

Shakti Shala was born out of a desire to create a home for yoga in Antigua, Guatemala, where people from near and far could explore and expand in their yoga practice. Our studio is rooted in the Ashtanga lineage, which is reflected in our Mysore program, Ashtanga, Rocket & vinyasa classes, but we also offer gentle classes such as mellow and candlelit vinyasa.  Join our community, come discover this beautiful town, and practice with us.

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. The city’s cobbled 9×9 block streets are slow paced, easy-to-navigate with cafes, farm-to-table restaurants, artisan markets, and historical sites located throughout. It’s renowned for its colorful Spanish colonial buildings, this beautiful and magical city has almost five hundred years of history, with a privileged all-year-long climate. If you visit Guatemala during February and March for our training, you can expect warm, dry days, with little to no rainfall. Temperatures average in the high 70s during this time.

Next steps:

Please email us at shaktishalaantigua@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining us the training. We will be back in touch shortly with more details and the course application.