Welcome Packet - Mexico

200 hr Yoga Teacher Training!


Operations Contact Information:

Kula Collective
Operations Director: Johana Stark
Website: www.thekulacollective.com
Email: info@thekulacollective.com

200hr YTT Required Books & Readings:

  • (200hr) The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope -This is required pre-reading, you do not need to bring it with you although it is also a useful reference for the course content, but please read it before the program begins.

  • (200hr) Yoga Sutras - any translation is fine, we recommend the commentary by Chip Hartranft or Nischala Joy Devi. Please bring a copy with you to the course.

  • (200hr) Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (second edition). The first five chapters are required pre-reading for the course. You can either leave it at home after that or bring it with you for reference during the course.

  • Course Books: Yoga Teacher Training Manual: The Kula Collective Manuals are included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.

200hr Homework & Certification Requirements:

We reserve the right to certify only students who pass the practicum for safe teaching, and demonstrate an ability to facilitate and communicate effectively with a group in a class setting. In the case that you do not receive the certificate directly, we offer a coaching program to help students achieve certification. More details on our Homework & Certification Requirements page. 


We will assign various reading assignments from the manual throughout the course.

You will also be asked to answer some questions for reflection at the end of each of the three cycles, ideally the first session on the last day of each cycle. This helps you and the facilitators know whether you are spending enough time reviewing the concepts learned in the course, or whether you need to increase the intensity of your study and class participation.


During each day’s Art of Teaching class time, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching their peers each pose or mini sequence in the class. This will progress towards ‘Group Teaching’ in the Review time each day - teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole class, to help you find your voice and prepare you for the two practicums.

We will have two individual teaching practicums of 75-90 minute classes:

  1. The Kula Basic Flow will be taught to a peer.

  2. Your Unique Creative Sequence you will develop will be taught to a peer.

Dietary Restrictions:

Please let us know us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do best to accommodate.


If you don’t already have a regular practice, please take some time prior to the beginning of the training to start practicing yoga and meditation 3-5 times per week if possible.  This will help your body and mind more quickly adapt to the schedule once we begin the course. Please review the Kula Basic Flow.

Stay Healthy:

We recommend you begin the process of preparing your body by eating fresh foods that are organic and alkaline-forming such as fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients.  You may also want to begin limiting your consumption of meat, dairy products, salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine in the months leading up to the training. Drink water as often as possible and begin to listen to and notice any changes in your body’s responses to this purification process.  As we are cleansing the body from the inside out, you may also want to consider the effects of cleansing from the outside-in. This is a perfect opportunity to look at the products you are using on your skin, hair and scalp to determine the safety or toxicity of them.

A helpful website you can consult for products (such as sunscreen or bug spray) that you may be packing for this trip, is http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  The cleansing and fasting is not a required part of this training.  It is only offered as an additional way in which you can create more space for more light in your life and in your practice.  If you are taking medication or have any personal or physical conditions that may be a contraindication to cleansing, please let us know.

Packing List:

Please refer to the Location section of the Kula Website to know what to bring specifically to your particular location.

  1. A neti pot and a tongue scraper are encouraged to be used as a part of the course curriculum. You can purchase both of these on your own at any health food store or on Amazon.  

  2. We encourage daily journaling before, during and after the training. Please bring a journal, as well as any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.

  3. Please bring with you any sacred objects you work with such as crystals, tarot cards, mala, stones etc.

Health Questionnaire and Liability Form

This form must be filled out prior to the course.

Please join the Kula Community Page:

This group is for all Kula alumni of all programs. This is a good place to share thoughts and ideas, questions and revelations, poetry, art, music... or if you're on the road and looking for a place to stay, your Kula has got your back, just ask.

Venue Contact Info:

Retreat Center: Present Moment Retreat

Website: www.presentmomentretreat.com

Location: Troncones, Mexico

Phone: 916-580-3418 (US # forwards to Present Moment in Mexico)

Phone: 011 52 755 103 0011 (Mexico #)

Primary Contact: Tom Morisette (Owner)

Email: tom@presentmomentretreat.com

Flight Recommendations:

You should fly into Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport (code ZIH). It is a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport to Present Moment Retreat. The first day of training begins with an optional gentle yoga class at 4:00pm. We will meet for dinner and opening circle at 6:00pm. The last day of training concludes with a morning yoga class followed by a final breakfast together. Checkout is at 11:00am. Please allow time to leave Present Moment 2 hours before your flight. Please contact Present Moment (pmretreat@gmail.com) with your flight information and they will help coordinate ride shares in taxis from the airport.

Arrival Instructions:

Once you have booked your flight, please send your flight information to Present Moment as they will be arranging your transportation from the airport to the retreat center. You can email the office at pm.retreat@gmail.com. A one-way taxi ride is about $65. The taxi drivers at the airport are all registered and they know the location of Present Moment in Troncones.

Book Extra Days If Desired:

Present Moment offers a special rate for Yoga Teacher Training students who would like to extend their stay at the beginning or end of their trip. For rates and reservations, contact tom@presentmomentretreat.com. 


Four-star hotel with complete facilities including laundry, internet and water available at all times.

What to Bring: 

  • Lightweight loose clothing (long sleeves and pants recommended for bugs and to protect you from the sun)
  • One white outfit
  • Bathing suit
  • Yoga mat
  • Head torch
  • Natural bug repellent and natural sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes & Flip flops/sandals
  • Thermos or thermal mug
  • Biodegradable body products (bug repellent & sunscreen), natural washing detergent
  • Required texts (above)
  • Notebook & writing materials
  • Activated charcoal
  • Cloth bag
  • Arnica & tea tree oil
  • Tongue scraper.
  • Your passport and passport copy

Please also bring a journal and any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.. You also may want to consider taking and bringing Probiotics to prime your digestive flora with some probiotics before you leave for Mexico and tuck some away in your luggage to have with you while you travel.

Immigration and Visas:

Your Mexican Tourist Visa will be given to you at immigration once you've arrived in Mexico at no cost.


According to the Center for Disease Control.here are no required or recommended vaccinations for the part of Mexico where the training is held.


The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).

1 USD = 18.28 MXN

1 CAN = 14.29 MXN

1 AUD = 14.04 MXN