Lake Atitlan Guatemala 200 Hour Earth Medicine Yoga Teacher Training
Our Guatemala Yoga Teacher Training offers the unique opportunity to explore ancient yogic wisdoms while restoring harmony and balance into your daily existence. Our ecologically sustainable, natural sanctuary offers the opportunity to observe prosperous interdependence with the Earth. With this wisdom, we find re-connection and holistic understandings of green principles in daily life as well as how to live life in balance. Tap into a deep sense of connection and find oneness and peace with all that is.
Located in the energy vortex of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, surrounded by three volcanoes, this program offers a powerful place to tap into the wisdom of the land, the ancient Mayan culture and the deep inner knowing of our own hearts. This is the perfect place to open and relax our minds, remember the wisdom of our ancestors, and ignite our hearts in the middle of nature. By living a simple and intentional existence, we experience rest, revitalization and growth of the individual in harmony with the environment. In this program we find a harmonious and symbiotic blend of ancient indigenous wisdom and yogic teachings to guide us on this path.
The energy of Guatemala is one of ancient wisdom, connection and awakening. We invite you to embark upon this powerful journey with us as we explore the mysteries of our own heart, peel away the layers and awaken to our soul’s purpose. Insights, breakthroughs and revelations abound supported by this magical land.
The Sacred Paths 21 day 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs blend traditional yogic teachings and spirituality with earth medicine to provide a holistic, synergistic and applicable approach to living this practice.
This program is designed for those souls with an interest in yoga, spirituality, and meditation and an interest in deepening that connection to live your life with intention and more fully aligned with your truth.
Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training offers an opportunity for self-growth, personal development, and transformation while providing the tools necessary to develop your own personal practice or to step into your calling as teacher and guide.
We will explore yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, alignment, yogic diet, Ayurveda, healing arts and more while tapping into the expansiveness of this practice. The experience will be richly informative, empowering, and inspiring.
Each training is a unique experience depending on the location, the facilitators and the energy of each group. Our core curriculum can be found in all location and throughout all training, the core curriculum is the guiding path to open the space for individual and group growth.
This TTC is a 21-day journey divided into four cycles of 4 days with a day off in between each. Throughout each cycle, we will use one of the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air as our guide and as the foundation of our experience for lessons, insights, ceremony, and healing.
Each cycle we go deeper into our journey of learning and revealing with this potent Earth Medicine.
We start each day with an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that we weave throughout the day’s teachings and live within our own personal practice.
We begin each morning in a beautiful location connecting with nature and ourselves through sunrise meditation, pranayama, and asana practice, honoring silence in this sacred time.
This is followed by a yogic breakfast, nourishing our bodies and spirits with wholesome organic vegetarian food. The experience of the day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes, and dynamic group discussions.
In the morning classes, we explore the fundamentals of yogic living, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras through interactive and comprehensive lectures.
In the afternoon classes, we share the art of teaching and art of touch/alignment in which students practice peer teaching. In the first half of the training, students learn and practice teaching our Sacred Flow sequence.
We also take an in depth look at alignment, adjustments, benefits and contraindication of each pose. In the second half of the training, we will explore other yogic traditions (Hatha, Restorative, Yin), share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing, theme weaving and study advanced poses and techniques.
Students will also create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.
Each evening we close with Satsang, our sacred community gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan, chanting, sacred ceremony or a sharing circle to connect and release the day’s challenges, triumphs, insights and joys.
The day flows within a safe container, held and guided by experienced spaceholders in inspiring locations.
We view yoga as a spiritual practice, as a path to self-realization, union, bliss, conscious connection, deepened awareness and mindful living. Throughout this process, we explore different paths to Union including movement, song, dance, chanting, ceremony and more!
In this journey, we embody yogic living, fully immersing ourselves in the experience of living and breathing this practice on and off our mat with our beloved community as our unwaivering support system.
This path asks for dedication, discipline and courage to look deep within to uncover our truth and our own authentic connection. Without our daily distractions, habits and patterns, a new way of perceiving the world is revealed.
Everyone is accepted, supported and encouraged through their process. Through our community we create a comfortable safe space to facilitate growth and expansion on all levels.
Darin LehmanCore Subject: Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga
Lacey HickoxCore Subject: Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga
Our Guatemala programs are hosted at the Arco Isis Sanctuary a garden sanctuary on the mountainside overlooking San Marcos La Laguna in Lake Atitlan. Arco Isis strives to elevate consciousness and support the local indigenous Mayan community. “Arco Isis” is a creative play on arco iris, the Spanish term for rainbow. Isis is the Ancient Egyptian name of the Divine Mother, bringer of rain, fertility, protection and rebirth. The name invokes the love and resurrection of the Divine Mother to help us transform our consciousness and learn to live in harmony with the Earth and our universe.
- Live close to the Earth and find connection on the physical, mental and spiritual level
- Go deep into your process of self transformation and healing in a safe and supportive environment
- Practice yoga with breathtaking lake and volcano views
- Feed your soul with fresh organic vegetarian meals coming straight from the source
- Experience the medicine of the Earth through living in harmony with nature
- Learn a holistic approach to living as you connect with nature, spirit and your own intuition
- Use Earth Medicine, Ceremony and the wisdom of the indigenous culture to connect and reveal your soul’s journey
- Cacao Ceremony and Temescal (sacred sweat lodge)
- Mayan Fire Ceremony
- Hiking in the surrounding mountains, visit indigenous villages, markets and more!
Sacred Paths Yoga is a registered yoga school (RYS) with Yoga Alliance who has set a widely accepted international standard for Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) programs. These standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a Registered Yoga School that offers a 200-hour program. Topics for a RYS teacher training must be relevant to Yoga Alliance’s five educational categories as defined below. RYSs must provide a minimum number of hours of study in each educational category, and to make up the total 200 required hours (180 minimum contact hours), must also provide additional hours of study relevant to these categories. Here is how Sacred Paths Yoga School has chosen to explore these educational categories in our 200 YTT programs.
The RYS Educational Categories Are:
Techniques, Training And Practice
Contact Hours: 100
In this category we will explore techniques as well as practice and teach: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga practices. We will emphasis both guided practice of the techniques themselves as well as analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.
Asana: Trainees will deepen their knowledge of poses including beginner and more advanced variations. Benefits, risks and contraindications will be explored as well as safe transitions, intelligent sequencing, alignment and hands on assists. The five main categories of poses will be covered including standing/ balancing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions.
Pranayama: Students will practice, experience and learn how to guide several pranayama techniques. They will learn the benefits and effects of such practices as well as how and when to incorporate them into a class. Pranayamas covered in depth will include: abdominal breathing, three-part yogic breath, ujjai pranayama, nadi shodhana, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati.
Kriyas: Yogic cleansing and purification techniques will be taught and practiced in the form of Jal neti, kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak. Trainees will be guided on the benefits and how to incorporate these techniques into their personal practice.
Chanting/ Mantra: We explore mantra as a path to connection, to invoke spirit and to create sacred space. Trainees will experience, practice and learn mantras to share in class such as Om, the Gayatri Mantra, the Bija mantras for chakra clearing and others.
Meditation: Various forms of guided meditation will be shared including breath focus, sensory withdrawal. visualization, mantra, chakra. Emphasis will be on quieting the mind and experiencing divine union on this path of yoga.
Contact Hours: 25
In this category, we will share how to refine and apply your skills as a teacher. We will discuss the principles of demonstrating asanas as well as how to effectively observe, use verbal cues and incorporate hands on assist in a class.
We will explore the use of language and voice: active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns. This category will prepare trainees to be transformational spaceholders.
Topics in this category will include:
Anatomy And Physiology:
Contact Hours: 20
Topics in this category will include anatomical terms and basic overview of the physical body, classes and discussion on the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems as well as how these systems are benefited by yoga. Trainees will gain knowledge of the cardiovascular system and the heart and the digestive system and the yogic diet.
This category will also include subtle energetic anatomy and physiology, including studies on the chakras and nadis. Trainees will be guided in studying both anatomy/ physiology along with its application to the yoga practice including benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle And Ethics For Yoga Teachers
Contact Hours: 40
Our program emphasizes a whole lifestyle approach to yoga as a practice and offers guidance on how to live this practice on and off the mat. In this category, we will cover the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, in particularly Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We will explore this 8-fold path as a means to quieting the mind to reach liberation. This study will include group-work, discussion and application to our practice and daily life. This category will also include the transformational framework in which trainees can practice self-inquiry and develop themselves as embodied practitioners and embodied guides.
Contact Hours: 15
In this category, trainees will actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. They will also observe others teaching, receive and give feedback and assist students while someone else is teaching. Trainees will begin peer teaching from day one as they gradually learn and practice teaching the poses and mini sequences in the Sacred Flow that is practiced in the morning and studied in depth in the Art of Teaching/ Touch classes throughout the first half of the training. They will teach this set 90 minute flow in full to a peer, observed by a facilitator. In the second half of the training, students will create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share a 90 minute class through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.
Typical Daily Schedule
- 06:00 – 09:00am Meditation, Pranayama, Asana
- 09:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
- 10:00 – 11:00am Spiritual Lesson, Daily Intention
- 11:00 – 12:00pm Yoga Sutras / Yoga Anatomy
- 12:00 – 1:00pm Special Topic
- 01:00 – 3:00pm Lunch
- 03:00 – 6:00pm The Art of teaching/ Art of touch
- 06:00 -7:00pm Dinner
- 07:00 – 8:00pm Satsang (Sacred Gathering)
- 08:00 – 9:00pm DreamTime
- Techniques, Training and Practice
- Teaching Methodology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle
- Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
- How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting
- Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
- Teaching styles
- Qualities of a teacher
- The student learning process
- Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)
- Teacher/ Student relationship and teacher ethics
Arco Isis has an ongoing vision to build a more ecologically-sustainable, natural sanctuary. They apply permaculture, alternative energy technology, and ancient Mayan agricultural techniques to achieve these goals. They have designed and implemented several living permaculture projects to energize a model ecosystem that promotes prosperous interdependence with the Earth. Their intention is to reconnect individuals with new holistic understandings of green principles in their own daily life.
At Arco Isis, a sacred and inspiring atmosphere has been created that offers a space to sink in, relax and reconnect with the freedom of inner peace.
- incredible lake and volcano view Yoga Shala
- rustic and natural accommodations
- temescal sweat lodge
- locally and onsite sourced veggies
Food & Accommodation Gallery
Yogic culture and philosophy give great importance to eating healthy energizing meals prepared with intention. Food contains the Prana (energy) that fuels the body and mind. A healthy diet will leave you felling light and energized, ready to immerse in our intensive yogic course. Meals are ovo-lacto vegetarian (most meals are vegan) and will provide a full balance of vitamins, proteins and carbs. Vegan, Gluten-Free and most other food preferences can be prepared on request. Each meal is prepared with loving care with many of the fruits and vegetables grown onsite on the organic farm or.
Arco Isis Sanctuary
Why choose Sacred Paths Yoga
We offer this yoga immersion experience as a means to self-inquiry, transformation and as a path to live our most authentic truth. This is the time to ask yourself your deepest questions, to peel back the layers of conditioning and to reveal your infinite truth. This training offers the time, space and support to examine the way in which we perceive and relate to the word around us. Through daily spiritual lessons, self inquiry, discussions, exercises and study of ancient texts, we uncover our path to self realization. We relate these teachings to the modern day yoga practitioner so that these ancient philosophies are relevant to the world in which we live and we can truly live this practice in every step.