Ancient Wisdom 300 HR Yoga Teacher Training
The Yoga Forest
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
November 2nd - December 2nd, 2018
Breathe the clean air
Feed your soul
Let your highest self expand into the magic of Lake Atitlan
Immerse yourself in the magic of the forest, realize your inner stillness and access the wisdom that resides deep in your heart and soul. Feel embraced by incredible natural beauty and the power of the elements, as we uncover the true teacher within.
Our Guatemala 300-hr YTT explores a fusion of the practice and philosophy of the mystical traditions of Yoga, Shamanism, Ancient Wisdom, Tantra and Sound Healing. Step into the ancient Wisdom of Self (Vidya), as we journey through the Shamanic Worlds, experiencing Yoga as union with the Divine.
Come join us and awaken the power of your spirit while living in a conscious living community overlooking the incredible Lake Atitlan, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Majestic mountain scenery and mystical lake serenity create a profound transformative energy deep within the soul. The simple living and permaculture principles of the Yoga Forest complement our studies, as we learn how to take our yoga off the mat and into our lives.
What you’ll love about the Yoga Forest...
The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with everything surrounding us.
In yoga practice, we clear the body and mind making space for wisdom and deeper understanding to flow freely and openly. In making space, we allow ourselves to experience our fullness and connection to everything around us. Yoga is therefore about cultivating flow through the body and mind and opening up to optimal experience - union.
Permaculture follows the same principles. In Permaculture, we are essentially making space for the wisdom of the entire system to fully flow, to become a more open and thriving container for life. Permaculture teaches us to observe the natural environment and work with rather than against the natural order of flow. Thus, in Permaculture we are also cultivating union. Through the Yoga of Permaculture, we are facilitating the experience of Yoga as deep ecology – by allowing the ecosystem, and ourselves within that system, to demonstrate their own evolution.
Immerse yourself in an eco-friendly conscious community for a month of transformation. Enjoy the perfect sub-tropical climate in the western highlands of Guatemala, with stunning views through the Yoga Forest taking in Lake Atitlan and its magnificent volcanoes. Let your body and mind come into a tranquil balance among mystical scenery and powerful energies.
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Highlights of the Ancient Wisdom 300 HR Yoga Teacher Training...
Focus on the expansion of your own sacred consciousness as you dive deep into Shamanic Healing, Holistic Cleansing and Ancient Wisdom.
Co-create holistic classes from a variety of lineages, artistically woven together with themes, intentions, and therapeutically based sequencing, encouraging advanced levels of awareness throughout the program.
Uncover your heart’s true voice through ancient and modern practices of Bhakti (the Yoga of devotion) with ceremonies of sacred song, Kirtan, Bhajan and Mantra practice.
Refresh your understanding of consciousness and meditation in the lessons of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)
Discover the science and philosophy of Nada Yoga —the Yoga of inner and outer Sound, learning how to integrate your unique creative expression into your classes using sound, mantra and mystical poetry.
Hold ceremony in an awe-inspiring and ancient cave-like fire circle, a space kept sacred and used for this purpose for many ages
Explore the beautiful forest gardens, waterfalls and natural abundance
Experience the powerful heart-medicine, cacao, in its home land.
Live in sustainably built eco-cabins and experience conscious off-the-grid living in a Permaculture Food Forest, with delicious vegetarian meals and fresh teas sourced from our own organic gardens and local producers
Help local charitable organizations with their work in our Kula Karma program
Swim, SUP or kayak in the beautiful Lake Atitlan
Shop for beautiful textiles and handicrafts in local indigenous villages
Professional Massage & Wellness Counseling and various therapies available
Meet your Facilitators:
Lead Facilitator: Hayley Saraswatī
Saraswatī embodies the essence of the creative Mother, balancing loving softness with a graceful strength. Her powerful presence inspires and empowers others to step into their full potential, through vibrant authenticity and the awakening to the expansive joy of the heart. Her work brings together the teachings of yoga, non-dualism and earth wisdom, infused with a deep reverence for life.
Guiding people from all over the world to devote time to personal transformation at The Yoga Forest, the Conscious Living Retreat she founded in 2009, Saraswatī wholeheartedly offers herself through the path of devotion; offering kirtan, ceremonies, workshops, retreats and trainings with yoga, breath work, sound healing, singing circles, dance, satsang & sharing circles. Her dedication to creating and holding a safe space allows the veils to fall away, inspiring spontaneous expression and the authentic embodiment of the Truth - all is Love.
Co-Facilitator: Randi Schiffman
Randi is the founder of SuryaFlow: The Art of Sacred Movement, a philosophy that unites ancient practices with breath awareness to bring about joyful living. Randi has the power to make authentic connections with others and is inspired to bring union of mind, body, and heart to all who are ready to heal wholesomely and holistically. She continues to be a witness to her own transformation and is inspired to help facilitate this healing for others. She is playful and light hearted, yet grounded in discipline.
Randi, E-RYT 500 is influenced by many traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative. She has facilitated over 25 International 200/500hr Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2010 and has helped to establish an experiential permaculture and yoga retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Co-Facilitator: J.R. Jayānanda
Australian born J.R. Jayānanda is a student and teacher of sacred arts. Throughout adolescence Jaya was immersed in holistic thought and began teaching Meditation and later Yoga in his early 20’s. He has taught with and lead more than 18 Yoga Teacher Trainings around the world at 200 and advanced 300hr levels. Within these courses maintaining a primary focus on Meditation, practical Eastern psychology and philosophy. He has always incorporated and found profound results with the use of sound and song. From the Yogic traditional paths of Mantra and Kirtan, the call and response style and also meditative recitation of repeating simple and sometimes complex Mantras, Nada Yoga and the deep inquiry of the nature of sound to modern and worldly approaches of transformation and concentration through the voice and instruments to facilitate the opening of the heart and the elevation of the mind.
Certified ERYT-500 studying in depth in India traditional Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Satyananda and Sivanada styles of Yoga to bring about an approach based in tradition yet modern in it’s understanding. From the Philosophies of the scriptures to neuroscience and transpersonal therapy we find just how our practice rooted in this quality of meditation will transform our life.
Foundation of Yoga - Anatomy & Physiology - Ayurveda - Pranayama - Meditation - 8 Limbs of Ashtanga - Asana Analysis & Assisting - creative sequencing - Teaching Methodology - Advanced Pranayama - Cleansing - Philosophy - Shamanism - Chakras - Satsang - Kirtan & Ceremony
Conscious Exploration Through The Four Arts...
Our curriculum is split into four teaching tracks, woven through each of the three cycles. The Four Arts recognize and develop our studies in yoga in a thoroughly holistic manner, stimulating our students to become inspired, knowledgeable and intuitive teachers, expressing and modelling all aspects of this ancient lifestyle practice.
Art of Practice: Asana, Pranayama and Meditation infused with related themes, creative sequencing and personal practice design
Art of Living: Meditation, Yoga Philosophy of sacred texts and personal exploration and transformational developmental work
Art of Teaching: Theory and Methodology, Pranayama, Adjustments, Alignment, Sequencing, Transitions, Workshopping and Asana Analysis, Anatomy and unique therapeutic focus on various areas of the body
Art of Healing: Sacred Ceremony, Therapeutic Yoga for mental health, Ayurveda, Chakras and Shamanism and other energetic and holistic healing practices
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+ Private Room - $1700 USD
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Our intention in all we offer is to create a world wide conscious community of space holders and healers who go on to share their own version of this work with others. We honor our sacred sites and give back to the communities who host us. We celebrate with ceremony and music, honoring the teachers who have come before us, our ancestors, at the same time trusting in the power we all have to heal ourselves and be our own greatest Guru. We invite you to come and be a part of our greater mission and vision of global spiritual awakening... and help us spread the Kula spirit!