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Find your authenticity to teach with
joy and confidence.
Our 200 hours Tantric Yoga Teacher Training is a deep immersion into the Vedic teachings of ancient India applied to everyday modern life. At it’s forefront not only stands the transmission of knowledge, but the reconnection to your inner wisdom. Like birthing a child, we all inherently know how to live from a place of love rather than fear and how to spread peace and harmony. Alas, modern life has led many astraigh.
Our training is about learning through experiencing. From there the best teachers emerge. You will be guided by Dini Martinez who brings twenty years of studying, living and teaching yoga, tantra, ayurveda and other indigenous wisdoms into the space, as well as her passion and dedicated and loving approach to teaching. Dini has been living on a boat with her three children and husband on and off for the past ten years, sailing the world running retreats and teacher training for.
10th September until 1st of October’22 – 21 days, 6 days/week full schedule
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Bocas del Toro is a magical Caribbean island archipelago in Panama, just an hour from the Costa Rican border. In its lush jungles, monkeys and sloths regularly share the tree tops with stunning tropical birds, whilst underwater coral reefs expand like long lost cities, home to jumping dotted manta rays, turtles, lion fish, flying gunards and much more.
Get ready to take deep breaths of unpolluted air, listen to the soothing sound of the waves down the forest path and enjoy the warm embrace of the the tropics. Our laid back jungle retreat centre on car-free Isla Bastimentos is only a few minutes walk from one of Bocas’s most stunning, wild beaches. Yet, the hustle buzzle hippie vibes from downtown are also just a short water taxi ride away.
You can chose from various accommodation options, from luxury suite to private room with shared bathroom. The community space features a bar, pool, fire pit. Our open-air yoga shala adds to the relaxed vibes. In brief, we can’t wait to welcome you to our spirit family. Time to come home!
200 hours Course Content
Yoga History & Philosophy
Not only will we study the history and philosophy of yoga, but we will endeavour to increasingly apply all precepts (yamas and nymasa) of yoga in our daily lives, such as ahimsa (non-violence) and svadyaya (self-study). We will also explore the concepts of dharma and karma, amongst others through ancient yogi texts like the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (see ‘Required books’below).
Ayurveda, Tantra &
Study Ayurveda, Yoga’s medical sister science, as it can change the way one should approach a yoga practice. You will also get exposed to Tantra, yoga’s sensual cousin with different tools of working with kundalini, yet similar aims of spiritual awakening, as well as a first glimpses into Vedic Astrology to recognize planetary influences in yoga and life.
To further your repertoire and deepen your insight into the many facets of yoga, we will explore Vinyasa, Ashtanga as well as Iyengar influences, Hatha, Slow Flow, Yin and Acro, as well as pre- & post-natal yoga. With a solid understanding of the basics, you will be given the tools to develop your own unique style and sequences.
Meditation & Pranayam
Experience and practice a variety of breath and meditation techniques, as well as subtle tools such as Mudras and Bandhas which can assist your practice. Just like muscles need to strengthen to perform certain poses, so the mind needs to practice to find stillness, and the breath expand to find peace in ecstacy and ecstasy in peace.
Just like it is impossible to truly learn a language without understanding its culture, so too it is very helpful to break down the essence of the language from the time and place where yoga emerged from and is still based on.
Anatomy & Physiology
Learn to perform and teach simple to advanced asanas with acuracy and understanding of both basic human anatomical structures, as well as subtle body influences. All most common poses will be broken down, one by one, and specific workshops will guide you deeper into backbends, inversions and even myofascia releases.
Alignment & Adjustment Skills
Adjusting students or yourself is an art of itself. You will have plenty of opportunities to practice and receive both hands-on and verbal feedback on your own technique and others’ and even gain an insight into Reiki which can be a particularly powerful technique in teaching Yin and private classes.
Immerse yourself into the art of teaching, from methodology and intelligent sequencing of a class, over voice projection and reading your students’ needs, to planing and delivering a large variety of classes in an authentic and professional way. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice your teaching skills.
Chakras, Koshas & Cleansing
Experience different layers of energetics and their effects on our body, mind and spirit. Our training includes specific workshops on Chakras (energy wheels that ultimately liberate the kundalini serpent), koshas (layers of the body), meridian systems and their seasonal application, applied cleansing practices and more.
To become an authentic teacher, you need to journey deeper yourself first. As such, plenty of opportunities to grow, to shed layers, to cry and laugh and immerse deeply will be offered, including sharing circles, a solstice ceremony, kirtan and an indigenous rebirthing ceremony.
One Training – Many Styles
OurJungle Retreat Centre by the Beach
Accomodation at Selina Red Frog
Through the mangrove-lined jungles of Isla Bastimentos lies Selina Bocas del Toro Red Frog, just a 10-minute water taxi ride from Bocas’ town. Featuring a palm-tree garden, outdoor pool, restaurant, yoga deck, and cowork area (complete with speedy WiFi!), our remote jungle getaway is the perfect way to disconnect from routine and connect to the outdoors.
Panama is now open! Travel freely and experience events, classes, and trips across all of our destinations with no curfew or travel restrictions.
Stretch into a yoga session on our deck complete with monkey calls and views of palm trees swaying in the breeze. In the mood for action? Join snorkeling lessons, jungle treks, excursions to national parks, and trips to secret beaches run by our team of local guides. Back at Selina, kick back and order a drink at our incredible beach bar embracing crystal clear waters and beautiful white sands. Compared to our other Bocas destination, we’re more down tempo but if you’re looking to party, head to the town center to soak up some reggaeton, soca, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms in the streets of Bocas!
Accomodation at Selina Red Frog
A bed in one of our Community Room offers security, comfort, and the chance to connect with fellow travelers. You’ll receive a twin size bed or bunk bed, an individual storage locker, and access to a shared bathroom.
Similar to a ship or train cabin, this is our most basic private sleeping solution. Compact and modest, the micro room is perfect if you’re looking for a place to retreat, sleep and a small area to store your belongings. The bathroom is shared between up to 4 micro rooms.
A classic stay: affordable, comfortable, and private. Our standard option provides the ideal space to comfortably unwind in total privacy, sleep cozily in a double bed and enjoy your private bathroom. If you are coming with someone wh you would like to share this room with, please get in touch wiht us tfor special deals.
Same as above Standard room but with your own balcony.
Our cozy bungalows are a jungle experience in themselves. With Queen sized bed and private bathroom, you can enjoy the full nature immersion amidst the monkeys, sloths and lush foliage.
Same as above Bungalow, except with a king sized bed instead of a queen sized one.
The next level of comfort for someone who needs a break after the day’s adventures. This large room comes with a private bathroom, king sized bed, sofas, chairs, your own desk, A/C and – depending on the destination – a private balcony to enjoy scenic views. Insulated and sound-proofed walls guarantee a peaceful rest. Designed with a keen eye for detail, the deluxe room is equipped with your comfort as the top priority.
Included in Package Prices
- 200 page YTT Manual
- 21 nights accommodation at Selina Red Frog
- 3 delicious daily vegetarian / vegan meals
- Potable water and herbal tea
- 200 hrs YTT Certificate upon Completion
- Daily meditation sessions, yoga classes and workshops
- Full YTT schedule
- Use of pool and all other hotel facilities
- Water taxi to our retreat centre upon arrival
- Travel Insurance
- Covid Test
- Additional services or excurcions like massages, laundy, surf lessons or island hopping
There is no graduation…
more a rite of passage into the next chapter.
Lead Teacher: Dini Martinez
Dini has been devoted to yoga for almost 20 years. She is an experienced yoga teacher with over 4,000 teaching hours, Reiki practitioner, Ayurvedic consultant, passionate Tantrika, skilled Doula, certified Vedic Astrologer and international retreat leader. Dini speaks seven languages and loves nature and music and can frequently be caught with her guitar, singing and dancing both alone under the shower and on the beach leading ecstatic dance ceremonies for embodied movement enthusiasts from around the globe.
Combining numerous teachings, Dini guides her own style of Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga from a deep place of authenticity. She continuously deepens her own practice through 10-day-silent Vipassana meditation retreats, Yin immersions, Tantric trainings, Shamanic ceremonies, ISTA work, Anatomy workshops, as well as daily rituals on and off the mat.
Through yoga Dini found a home inside which she had never felt growing up across several countries and boarding schools. People around the world – including refugees and prisoners – have been impacted by her vedic teachings which affect the way she cooks, gardens, sails, mothers, relates, loves and lives. She is deeply passionate about sharing these ancient practices, effective tools and her multi-disciplinary skills with her students to tap into their greatest potential and help spread more Light and Love around the world.
When not leading retreats or teacher trainings she lives on a sailing boat with her three young children and Argentinean husband and sails the seven seas.
The secret of mudras explained from both a
Vedic and Aboriginal perspective.
Who is this Training for?
…for you, if you have been practicing yoga for some time – in whatever shape or form – and are not only eager to deepen your practice and understanding of this ancient practice and life philosophy, but also open to shedding everything you thought you know to step into anything you never deemed possible.
You need to be open to cry, willing to laugh and accepting of making mistakes. We need to learn to trust each other and somewhere along this process you will probably form some of the deepest friendships of your life.
If you are ready to embark on a three week immersion of every layer of yourself in order to emerge as the best version of you possible, then we can’t wait to welcome you here!
It is not…
a three week holiday with a bit of yoga added on. The days are full and intense. You will most likely reach the end of your comfort zone and be invited to step beyond – into the transformational field of growth. A teacher is only ever able to take their students as deep as they have dived themselves.
If you are just after a quick and easy 200 hrs yoga teacher trainer certificate, with pure focus on teaching, rather than evolving yourself, then this training is not for you. We firmly believe that teaching is the ultimate seed of a tree that has grown strong roots and beautiful flowers.
“I found immense growth in pranayam/meditation/practice first up in the morning. Especially after the walk up to the lookout on Sunday. Having walked up and not really being aware of anything, but walking back being “mindfull” of the beauty of Mother Earth… felt so truly connected. I feel I’ve dropped deeper in another level of understanding and awareness after this weekend. I feel there is SO much I haven’t uncovered within myself that needs to be released that I have either brushed off or just never addressed… but after the weekend Its become so clear to me to make meditation a priority every day! The calling to connect with oneness, the universe.. has never felt so strong. Growing with sisters, pure goddess energy, amounts to nothing else. Like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Expansion and peace within.”Mariah S., Yoga Teacher, Sydney Australia 2021
Yoga family – community for life.
What to bring?
Comfy clothes, your own mat, block and strap if you have (if not get in touch with us before the training), mosquito spray.
Will I be able to teach after the YTT?
If you attend all classes and workshops, give your best at your practice exams and pass the test in the end, you will receive your teaching certificate and will be able to teach around the world. You will get seeveral opportunities should the first one not work out and personal assistance if needed.
Many trainings, especially online ones, lack the practice hours our training provides. This will not only make you feel like a knowledgable and confident teacher, but also will make teaching safe for your students and a joy for you. There are some money-making associations out there handing out certificate in exchange for $.
For us it’s about the authenticity, safety and teaching, ultimately from a deep level of transformation that has occurred within you. All our past graduates who wanted to teach went straight into several classes a week or more.
Will I need travel insurance?
That’s totally up to you. It is generally recommended to purchase a travel insurance, especially in current times and ideally with a Covid incluse clause.
Are there any vax or testing requirements?
Just like the yogic teachings, we are not in favour of any separation or segreagation. Everyone is welcome on our trainings and retreats, regardless of age, race, shape, vax status, sexual orientation or anything else. We fully support bodily autonomy. The practice of yoga in all its aspects, together with our jungle setting, common-sense hygene practices and delicious vegan/vegetarian diet throughout the program will strengthen your immune system naturally. For Covid regulations to enter Panama, please check the official websites or ask your airline as regulations change constantly.
Can I join this training if I have never done yoga before?
You require 2 years of more or less regular practice lus a committment to practice at least 3 times a week in the 6 weeks leading up to the training.
What substances are not allowed during the training?
We strongly recommend to abstain from alcohol and any other drugs throughout the duration of the training. Even coffee should be reduced to a minimum in order to experience your natural energy household at its purest on this journey to more self-undersatnding. In some tantric practices certain plant medicines have a space which we will discuss. Yet, given it is first and foremost a yoga training, none, except local cacaotaken in ceremony, will be experienced throughout the three weeks. We shall keep this for another rereat perhaps.
What is your payment and cancellation policy?
To secure your sport in the training we need a 20% deposit. The remainder of the training fee is due 60 days prior to the training.
In the case of cancellation before those 60 days prior, you can transfer your deposit to any other training or retreat.
If cancellation occurs between 60 to 30 days prior to the reatreat, we will return your retreat fee minus the refund.
If you cancel within the 30 days leading up to the retreat, 50% of your retreat fee will be refunded.
If you cancel withint ten days of the retreat,we are sorry no refund can be given.