Please note that Shuttles will run to Coco Loco Resort from Managua International Airport
on October 1st and shuttles will depart Coco Loco the morning of October 29th.
The Early Bird Pricing has been extended until August 31, 2015.
There are a few spaces available in the Beach Cabanas.
This training will include a seva (volunteer service) opportunity with the
Waves of Hope community development program!
To learn more about their programs, visit Waves-of-Hope.org
Through the daily practice of yoga, with a strong focus on foundational 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 in which each student is given personal guidance so that they can expand their yoga practice and develop teaching skills that they can utilized in any 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.
What You Can Look Forward to During the Yoga Teacher Training Program
Have fun learning about how the body works through experiential anatomy exercises. Informed by a fuller understanding of bio-mechanics and therapeutic 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 asanas 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. Design classes that address physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.
- 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.
- How to demonstrate yoga postures and clearly present your teaching points.
- Safe assists, adjustments and spotting techniques that will help people feel more stability and freedom in their yoga postures.
- How to work towards teaching off the mat so that you can better serve your students.
- The business of yoga including: marketing, website support and networking, optimizing opportunities as a yoga teacher.
There will be, on average, 7.5 hours of course work each day with a day off for the horseback excursion and the possibility of another time period off for an additional excursion.
Please keep in mind that this is an “intensive” retreat and that there are 200 hours of training and study to complete.
Approximate daily schedule:
- 6:00-7:45 breakfast
- 8:00- 10:30 morning practice
- 10:30-11:30 snack and self- study (reading assignment/ journal questions)
- 11:30-1:30 class session
- 1:30 – 2:30 lunch
- 2:30-4:30 class session
- Dinner is available by order between 6-7:30pm each evening
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.
The Flow of the Course Material
There are 5 training categories to be covered:
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
- Technique, Training and Practice
- Teaching Methodology
- 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 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 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.
The additional course topics will be presented during the class sessions approximately in the following time line:
- Week 1: The first several days will focus on yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics.
- Week 2: Technique Training
- Week 3: Anatomy, physiology, therapeutics
- Week 4: Teaching Methods
** Kimberly will be teaching the 200 course hours. Additional asana practices 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 led classes, private sessions are available.
Reading and Written Assignments
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!
Waves of Hope and “Seva” or selfless service hours
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 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.
*Course books and materials are not included in the 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.
- mat, block, strap and tennis ball
- large beach towel
- 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
- pants for horseback riding
- 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
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)
Each cabana features:
1 double & 2 single beds
linens & towels
Early Bird: $3250 USD (before July 1, 2015)
Normal: $3500 USD (after July 1, 2015)
Beach House (only 4 spots available)
Early Bird: $3450 USD (before July 1, 2015)
Normal: $3700 USD (after July 1, 2015)
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.
- Surf un-crowded waves. (Several breaks good for beginners or surf The Booms with the pros).
- Surf Lessons with surf pro Holly Beck (if is she is around).
- Kayak through the nearby estuary.
- Sunset horseback riding on the beach.
- Tour a national preserve on horseback
Gourmet Meals at Local Restaurants Al Cielo and Punta Aposentillo
- Massage $20/hour. These ladies are great!
*Additional excursions can be planned to accommodate the program participants’ interest.
Previous questions from an interested student:
What are your values on doing the course?
What is important to you about what we learn and practice?
What can you tell me apart from what is written on the internet home page? Anything? Any hint? Any randomness? I have been researching yoga schools for a while now, its not easy if you don’t know the people.
Hi ♥. It is really lovely to be able to have this conversation with you. I enjoy connecting with people….each person has so much to offer. I appreciate that you are inquisitive, sensitive, and practicing discerning what is best for you.
Each training I re-evaluate what I am doing and why. Interesting, my reasons tend to shift as my perception changes and my awareness grows.
I have been going to Nicaragua for four years now. April 2015 will be the 8th training course. This program started as a vision….a dream….a goal. I wanted to help my husband bring income in to help our young family. And at the same time I wanted to bring us closer to a way of living that is in line with our life purpose.
The practice of yoga is so big and very much a part of my life. Inseparable really….the philosophies and techniques are all ways that help give me context for things that happen in my life and tools to navigate my way through the world.
I like going to El Coco Loco for a a few very specific reasons:
1. The owners are genuinely caring and magnanimous people. They also had a dream, a vision of doing what they love and living their lives in a way that creates interdependence.
2. They run a business to support their families and at the same time have created a community development program that provides jobs, medical care and education to people that live in complete poverty. For the first time there is a whole new generation of children that have the opportunity to consider that they have choices and a future with possibilities. They are empowering and inspiring people and giving them the skills necessary for a better and brighter future.
3. The Coco Loco owners really care about the success of the teacher training program. They practice yoga themselves and have respect and appreciation for the practice. They want each person to have a great experience and they help me in every way that they can.
4. I have created very sweet relationships with some of the local families there. A few ladies care for my children, as if they were their own, while I am working. The local children are wonderful and my children have established a few very good friendships. Caring for my children is the only work opportunity that these women have. So, I bring much needed income to their families. In October I was able to purchase chickens and feed as well as 400 pounds of beans and rice to help them to eat until my return in April. So, I care deeply for them and I want to help them as much as possible. They are good people.
I value yoga classes that help people to feel better.
Better = more peaceful, centered, relaxed, less stress, able to breathe, empowered, capable, able to meet life’s challenges, stronger, softer, balanced, able to be in the moment, more present, connected to a sense of purpose or meaning in their life, vital, artistic, creative, open, refreshed, inspired, rejuvenated, trusting in themselves, intuitive…… the list goes on.
It is most important to me that you learn to listen to your own inner teacher, to move with your breath and with awareness and respect for the interweaving of your mind, body and spirit. I want you to have the freedom to experiment and to innovate the practices of yoga and use the techniques to practice in a way that is healing, nurturing and supportive.
And then as a teacher, to teach from this direct experience with love and kindness. Each student is encouraged to practice in a sustainable way and given personal alignment instructions to modify asanas to suit their needs.
Asana practices are designed to provide a supportive atmosphere where people gain insights from their personal experience of the yoga practice and develop a true wisdom that they can share with their own students.
It is my goal to bring a more in depth and balanced understanding of the spiritual purpose and practices of yoga and their potential for relevance and application in the modern western lifestyle.
It is my hope that all teachers hold a sense of appreciation, respect and accountability for the role of the yoga teacher and to teach authentically in a way that serves the teacher, strengthens the student teacher connection and attracts more people to the practice.
I want the future yoga teachers to be able to:
Create powerful and effective yoga posture sequences that build progressively to assist in the evolution of asanas and are designed to give students an opportunity to expand and feel successful.
Teach with confidence and meet the varied needs of students in an “all levels class”.
Through a fuller understanding of the body and how to teach and strengthen healthy movement patterns I want teachers to be able to provide quality yoga classes that are safe, effective and empowering on all levels.
I promote respect and appreciation for all body types and skill levels and provide students with the teaching tools to teach asana in a way that is designed to meet the needs of their future students.
I want you to be able to provide more than a physical experience in your classes. I teach advanced themeing techniques so that a feeling, intention, philosophy or yoga ethic and be interwoven throughout the practice so that people are uplifted and inspired to extend their yoga practice off the mat and into their daily life.
Yes, it is an adventure. You do not know me and I am not famous or well known. I am just a regular person following the quiet voice in my heart that is guiding me through life.
Indonesia and the Himalayas both sound wonderful. I want to go! I know that there are many great teachers and programs out there and I trust that you will find the right place and timing that is good for you.
Kimberly Waugh, E-RYT 500
Director & Lead Trainer, Radiant Life Yoga School
A passion for: asana practice, dynamic yoga classes that are empowering and inspirational, connecting with people, learning more about the yoga tradition and trying new things.
For more information about the yoga teacher training program and to reserve your place in the training please contact Kimberly at RadiantLifeYogaSchool@gmail.com