We teach people how to move their bodies so that they feel strong, powerful, graceful and skilled.
We share meditation and mindfulness practices so that each person can gain a sense of being calm yet energized, grounded yet expansive and looking forward to the possibilities before them.
The combined elements of the program yield authentic, creative teachers who are grounded in traditional elements of yoga and educational theory and who can adapt the tradition and practices of yoga to their unique personalities, life experiences and teaching circumstances.
April 22, 2017 arrive in Managua (Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA)
Take a shuttle van out to El Coco Loco located on the north west coast. It is a three hour drive with a ‘pit stop’ half way for the restroom.
El Coco Loco is in a quiet farming region away from the crowded ‘touristy’ spots. It is 1/12 hours away from the colonial city of Leon and about 45 minutes away from Chinandega.
Plan on departing Coco Loco the morning of May 20th.
Your muscles will strain and the stories of your life held within the tension will rise to the surface and bubble out with your sweat…your body will tell you stories and bring old patterns to the surface….from the shadow parts they will move out and become exposed.
The moment of empowerment will come. Your sweat will trickle away the layers that have subdued your power…your own salt will heal old wounds and leave you seasoned, stronger, lighter, more clear from burning out the illusions the old stories told you.
You will rest …recover….and feel more powerful…you will move forward and influence others to do the same.
Are you open to a retreat experience where:
- nature is considered and honored
- water and electricity are conserved
- the days are hot and the showers are cool
- fans are used instead of ac
- mosquito nets cover the beds
- mulch is placed into the composting toilets after each use
- local and seasonal food is prepared thoughtfully
- time “un-plugged” is thoroughly enjoyed (internet dongles and inexpensive cell phones can be purchased at the airport, there is a laptop available in the restaurant area to check in with family members)
The RYT 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program includes:
Transportation to and from the airport
28 nights at El Coco Loco Resort
All meals and non-alcoholic drinks
2, 3 or 4 single beds
linens & towels
Retreat Accommodation Early Registration Pricing Options end January 1, 2017
- Single Occupancy $3999 USD (2 spaces available)
- Double Occupancy $3499 USD
- Triple Occupancy $3349 USD
- Quad Occupancy $3249
Pricing Options after January 1, 2017
- Single $4199 USD
- Double $3699 USD
- Triple $3549 USD
- Quad $$3449
The staff at El Coco Loco are very accommodating and accustomed to meeting the needs of their guests. They are seasoned at preparing allergen free food for guests with special needs and vegetarian options are available at each meal.
When your inner explorer calls there is plenty to do:
Hike a nearby volcano and if you are up for it ….Volcano Boarding to get down fast.
- Tour the colonial city Leon and experience the local culture.
- Surf un-crowded waves. (Several breaks good for beginners or surf The Booms with the pros).
- Surf Lessons with local experts.
Gourmet Meals at Local Restaurants Al Cielo and Punta Aposentillo
- Massage $30/hour. These ladies are great!
*Additional excursions can be planned to accommodate the program participants’ interest.
This training will include a seva (volunteer service) opportunity with the
Waves of Hope community development program!
We are so happy to be partnered up with El Coco Loco’s non-profit, community development initiative Waves of Hope.
15 Volunteer hours are part of the yoga course curriculum and are counted under the hours designated for Philosophy.
We will have a chance to participate in the Kid’s Club activities, English lessons, and whatever current project needs our help.
To learn more about their programs, visit Waves-of-Hope.org
What You Can Look Forward to During the Yoga Teacher Training Retreat
Have fun learning about how the body works through experiential anatomy exercises. Informed by a fuller understanding of bio-mechanics and therapeutic elements of yoga alignment you will refine your own yoga postures and learn how to teach others in a safe and progressive way.
Learn how to use yoga props (blocks, blankets and straps) effectively to enable people to experience the yoga postures in a way that is optimal for them in the moment.
Become skilled at breaking down yoga postures into manageable parts to empower beginners and how to make yoga postures more challenging to serve advanced practitioners.
Create powerful and effective yoga posture sequences that build progressively and assist in the evolution of your students’ practice.
Develop unique and creative yoga classes that are designed to give students an opportunity to grow and measure their success.
Develop theme based classes that connect people with their hearts and integrate yoga philosophies and ethics into the practice. Learn how to inspire people to extend their yoga practice off the mat and into daily life.
From the daily practice of mediation and contemplation exercises you will gain a broader and more enlightened view of your life. Each day is designed to help you to deepen your rapport with yourself and others and to move through the diversity of life with empowered steps.
Other areas of focus:
Learn about the chakra system and our energetic body. Understand more fully the connection between what you think and how you feel. Gain more insight as to why you may behave a certain way. Use guided color imagery techniques to reduce stress and bring a feeling of balance.
Develop observation skills so that you see more clearly what is going on with people physically and emotionally so that you can tailor your verbal adjustment instructions to meet their needs.
Practice safe assists, adjustments and spotting techniques that will help people feel more stability and freedom in their yoga postures.
The business of yoga including: marketing, website and social media support, networking, and how to optimize opportunities as a yoga teacher.
Through the daily practice of yoga, with a strong focus on basic practice skills, and alignment techniques students will gain a broader understanding of how to practice and teach yoga in a sustainable way.
We provide a supportive learning environment and retreat experience in which each student is given personal guidance so that they can expand their yoga practice and develop teaching skills that they can utilized as a teacher in any yoga class style, level or venue.
Lessons are designed to be encouraging and uplifting so that each student can make connections, gain insights into their own experience of the yoga practice and develop a true wisdom that they can later share with their own students.
Retreat Program Hours
There will be, on average, 9.5 hours of course work each day with a day off for an excursion.
Please keep in mind that this is an “intensive” yoga teacher training retreat and that there are 200 hours of study to complete.
Approximate daily schedule:
- 5:30- 7:30 continental breakfast
- 7:30- 9:30 morning practice
- 9:30-10:30 2nd breakfast and self- study (reading assignment/ journal questions)
- 10:30-1:30 class session
- 1:30 – 2:30 lunch
- 2:30-4:30 class session
- 6:30 Dinner
*We do our best to coordinate class times with the kitchen staff so that everyone is well fed and energized. Some days meal times may vary slightly. Everyone does their best to keep a consistent schedule.
*There will be some slight variations to integrate the seva hours, surf lessons and excursions.
During a typical week, we participate in English lessons at the school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Kid’s Club activities are on Tuesday and Thursdays.
The Flow of the Course Material
There are 5 teacher training categories to be covered:
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
Technique, Training and Practice
Anatomy and Physiology
There will be a vinyasa style asana practice each morning. We will go over several variations of Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) and then move through a variety of yoga postures, gradually warming up to more challenging postures then slowing down the pace with some yin style (longer held) sitting postures and eventually end up in a nice savasana.
Most practices will focus on a category of yoga postures and will build progressively up to and down from a pinnacle/peak pose.
- Day 1 forward bends
- Day 2 twists
- Day 3 back bends
- Day 4 forward bends with inversions and arm balances
All postures will be presented in stages to accommodate the range of ability levels.
Please keep in mind, an advanced practice is not required and this is not a yoga competition.
Additional yoga classes are not included in the training program. If you are so inclined to practice we highly recommend a self-led practice. However, if you enjoy additional yoga classes with a teacher, private sessions are available.
There will be daily reading and writing assignments. Many of these assignments will be handed in for review. Some will not. There will also be group work/assignments. It is important that you do your best to complete the assignments in a timely manner! Reading assignments will be assigned before the training start date.
*Course books and materials are not included in the teacher training tuition.
- The Heart of the Yogi by Doug Keller (www.doyoga.com $25 + shipping)
- The Bhagavad Gita translated by Stephen Mitchell (new and used from about $3.50 ↑up)
- The course handbook and a few handouts are sent as pdf’s. Program participants must print these out and bring them to the training.
- yoga mat, block, and tennis ball
- paper and pen for daily writing assignments
- 1 poster board (any color) It is fine if you have to fold it to get it into your luggage.
- 1 glue stick
- small scissors
- 2-3 magazines
- flip flops
- walking shoes
- bug block
- water bottle
- bug bite cream/first aid ointment (El Coco Loco has standard first aid supplies)
- your favorite snack bar or treat, gluten free bread ect…. that you must have
- A tip the staff at the end of the month (this is optional and greatly appreciated).
- open mind and a desire to learn
Kimberly Waugh, E-RYT 500
Director & Lead Trainer, Radiant Life Yoga School
Hatha Vinyasa, Anusara Inspired®
Seasond teacher with 19 years classroom experience. Personal practice in Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara®, Sivananda, Asthanga, Bikram, Yin and Restorative and Fusion yoga styles.
Adventure spirit, youthful, in awe of nature…full of wonder and curiosity. Being taught daily by my four children how to be my best self (we homeschool and are inspired by Rudolph Steiner)…lucky in love = married a real sweetheart. Grateful, hopeful, a practice of looking for the good…seeing more of the big picture with compassion ♥.
Ready to say yes…and then willing to work diligently to make things happen. Often up late at night learning new things…lots of trial and error…..love taking sidetracks to inspiration that is unexpected. Fascinated with physics, all things to do with being human…anatomy, how the body can move, psychology, sociology, language….and good food.
Kimberly teaches in a progressive format where yoga postures are built step by step and grow in complexity towards a challenging or pinnacle posture (asana). She has an inclusive attitude and integrates the use of blocks, belts, straps and blankets to make the postures accessible and to invite challenge.
Classes are structured with creative sequences using layered alignment instructions that sync students with the naturally rhythm of their own breath. Kimberly enjoys blending yoga philosophies with everyday life experiences and weaves the philosophy throughout the class.
Being hit with a ‘spirit spark’ by her first yoga teacher ignited in Kimberly the flame of desire to learn all she could about the practices of yoga. She experienced a natural affinity for the ancient philosophies that are the foundation of the modern approach to yoga and found that there was a deeper aspect to the teachings that brought to surface an inspired love for people and life.
A natural curiosity and eagerness for knowledge led her to seek out trusted and skilled teachers. After completing her first 200 hour teacher training, the craving to learn was even stronger and she went on to study in the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga® in their 500 hour program. As an ardent student, Kimberly listens to the wisdom her own personal practice conveys and continues to seek out teachers with the highest standards and innovative practice and teaching techniques.
Having shared her passion for yoga in a wide variety of venues with a diverse client set since 1999, Kimberly has gained understanding and practical skills to bring yoga alignment techniques, mindfulness methodologies to empower people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Extensive classroom experience with a focus on service led Kimberly in the direction of yoga teacher training program design, curriculum development and technical writing for resource manuals. In addition to empowering local yoga teachers, she is invested in teaching internationally and has hosted educational retreats since 2010 that have a focus on charitable giving through selfless service.
As a professional she has witnessed trends in the yoga industry evolve over the past two decades and now, more than ever, she would like to demonstrate through her teaching the positive influence and layered benefits that the practices of yoga offer while continuing to advance professional standards in the yoga community.
Postural Support, Modifications and Assists
Yoga Posture Sequencing for Maximum Accessibility
Asana Practice Evolution
Potential Guest Teachers
Follow Nikki on IG @nikkibelcher
An eternal student, Nikki’s practices and teachings are constantly changing and evolving. From the impact of the lunar cycle to finding a sense of power, Nikki thoughtfully weaves in themes and intentions into her classes. Her classes are carefully designed to use the anatomical keys of the physical body to unlock the emotional patterns and blocks stored subconsciously. Nikki believes the way one defines their truth is a personal journey. A true nurturer, she brings her students on a complete personal yet collective journey through slow and mindful sequences. She is continually inspired by each connection and experience life has to offer, trusting there is a lesson within all.
From traveling solo, to surfing, to practicing yoga, Nikki supports people in their ability to see their full potential. She also lives and works closely with the local community and non-profit organization, Waves of Hope. Working to improve the quality of life through education, infrastructure and health care, she sees first hand the gratifying impact selfless work has on the local community as well as the travelers.
Christine is completely fabulous. Her classes are ‘creativity in motion’. She combines interesting sequences and thoughtful movements with precise instructions and simple…. yet effective cues that empower and inspire movement from the heart. As an advocate for ethical fashion she leads by example through her initiatives that bring fair trade clothing and home goods to market.
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