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 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.
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.
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:
- 5:00- 545 breakfast
- 6:00- 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.
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.
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.
*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
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:
2, 3 or 4 single beds
linens & towels
Retreat Accommodation Options:
- Single Occupancy $3999 USD (1spot available)
- Double Occupancy $3499 USD
- Triple Occupancy $3349 USD
- Quad Occupancy $3249
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.
Kimberly Waugh, E-RYT 500
Director & Lead Trainer, Radiant Life Yoga School
A passion for: asana practice, yoga classes that are empowering and inspirational, connecting with people, learning more about the yoga tradition, physics, semantics, techie stuff and trying new things.
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.
Potential Guest Teachers
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.