Yoga Teacher Training

Find your authenticity to teach with

joy and confidence.

Overview

Our Training

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 teacher 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 yet loving approach to teaching. Dini lives on a sailing boat with her three children and husband and has travelled the world running retreats and teacher training for many years.

Upcoming Dates

4-25th June’22

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro is a magical Caribbean island archipelago with lushness all around. Get ready to breathe in lush jungle air, listen to the soothing sound of the waves down the drive way and the embrace the warmth of the tropics.

Monkeys and sloths regularly share the tree tops with stunning tropical birds, whilst underwater coral reefs flirt with jumping dotted manta rays and an array of fish better than any aquarium could provie.

Our jungle retreat centre meets treehouse community on the main island, Isla Colon, just on the other side of the bay of Bocas Town’s hustle buzzle hippie vibes. It’s set in the jungle, just a few mintues walk away from two of the islands’ best surf beaches.

You’ll be lodged either in one of the tree cabanas reachable via raised wood pathways through the trees, or the community house right next to the pool. Here, you can afford the privacy of your very own ‘surf shack’ room with ocean breeze, jungle views and a little desk even at a budget. The community space, bar, fire pit and open-air all timber yoga shala all add to the welcoming family like atmosphere at which we can’t wait to welcome you.

Our Syllabus

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 &

Vedic Astrology

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.

Yoga Styles

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.

Sanskrit Basics

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.

Teaching Methodology

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.

Transformational Experiences

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 moon ceremony, kirtan and an indigenous rebirthing ceremony.

One training – many styles: Acro Yoga on the beach.

Essential info

Required books

Our venue In La Selva

Community

La Selva at Nomads Tree Lodge is a community run retreat centre in a jungle setting that attracts not only sloths, monkeys and other tropical animals, but also the best vibes and workshop facilitators. We even have the option to reduce your training fee if you are keen to volunteer here for a month before the training.

Food

Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner are all catered for and included in your training. So is potable water and herbal teas. An ideal yogic diet is completely Ahimsa, meaning violence-free. Because of the remoteness of the islands, it is hard to create a 21 day vegan menu which satisfies all nutrient-requirements which is why, at times, local eggs and occasional dairy additions will also feature in the diet.

Accomodation

Immagine waking up in the morning, and being welcomed by monkey howls, bird chants and a lush green jungle view! That’s La Selva! We have a few accomodation options to meet different budgets and needs. Even the most affordable surf shack option will give you the privacy of a single room with shared bathroom. If you like a little more space or a keen to share a queen bed with a friend or lover, the cabinas might be for you. If you’d like your own bathroom, the Treehouse Suite is yours.

Beaches and Surf

Bocas’ world famous Paunch surf beach is only a few minutes walk away. There’s a warm, shallow spot to dip in just as you walk out of the jungle, down the drive way across the sandy road.

Tuition

Pre-xmas Deal

from $2,810

Regular Fee

from $2,945

January’22 Sale

from $2,860

Volunteering

There are options to further reduce the cost of your training

* If four friends book together you can share the Treehouse Suite with two rooms, one with a queen sized bed, one with two single beds at a reduced price

*You can also apply to volunteer at La Selva for a month before the training to reduce your YTT costs. Please email me for details.

Surf Shak

Enjoy the privacy of your own little room on a budget. Think jungle views, only steps to the pool and newly tiled, rustic bathrooms in the building to share.

These newly refurbished single units are perfect for solo-travelers. They feature a big picture window of the jungle, super fresh & breezy, sound of the waves crashing at night … and super simply furnished – a nice single bed (with great mattress & sheets!), and a desk.

Xmas Sale (before 31/12/21) – $2,860

Jan Sale (before 31/01/22) – $2,910

After January 2022 – $2,990

Jungle Treehouse

You will get to your little treehouse by a series of pathways & rope bridges through the trees. Nestled in the jungle, your little a-frame treehouse Cabina is your own little jungle nest to reset & relax. You’ll share a shower & toilet with one other Cabina.

The Cabina is breezy and open (even though it’s 100% screened and protected from bugs), and you’ll often see monkeys right out your front door!

Listen to the waves crashing at night and the jungle sounds in the morning. Your little Paradise.

Xmas Sale (before 31/12/21) – $3,280 single occupancy or $2,810 pp if shared (please book together)

Jan Sale (before 31/01/22) – $3,330 single occupancy or $2,860 pp if shared (please book together)

After January 2022 – $3,415 single occupancy or $2,945 pp if shared (please book together)

Jungle Treehouse with 1/2 bath

You will get to your cabin by a series of pathways & rope bridges through the trees. Nestled in the jungle, your little a-frame treehouse Cabina is your own little jungle nest to reset & relax. You’ll have your own 1/2 bath (toilet & sink) and a shared shower (with only 1 other cabin).

The Cabina is breezy and open (even though it’s 100% screened and protected from bugs), and you’ll often see monkeys right out your front door!

Xmas Sale (before 31/12/21) – $3,490 single occupancy or $2,915 pp if shared (please book together)

Jan Sale (before 31/01/22) – $3,540 single occupancy or $2,965 pp if shared (please book together)

After January 2022 – $3,625 single occupancy or $3,050 pp if shared (please book together)

Queen Suite I

Treat yourself to the full privacy that this jungle villa with own bathroom provides. Access to your quiet corner is via raised wood pathways through the trees.

A place to retreat to in your off time and sing quietly with the birds while showering. You’ll have your own private bathroom with indoor/ outdoor shower (and hot water).

The Cabina is breezy and open (even though it’s 100% screened and protected from bugs), and you’ll often see monkeys and sloths right out your front door!

Xmas Sale (before 31/12/21) – $4,015 single occupancy or $3,1075 pp if shared (please book together)

Jan Sale (before 31/01/22) – $4,065 single occupancy or $3,225 pp if shared (please book together)

After January 2022 – $4,150 single occupancy or $3,310 pp if shared (please book together)

Queen Suite II

Treat yourself to the full privacy that this jungle villa with own bathroom provides, that’s slightly more spacious than it’s cousin above. Access to your quiet corner is via raised wood pathways through the trees.

A place to retreat to in your off time and sing quietly with the birds while showering. You’ll have your own private bathroom with indoor/ outdoor shower (and hot water).

The Cabina is breezy and open (even though it’s 100% screened and protected from bugs), and you’ll often see monkeys and sloths right out your front door!

Xmas Sale (before 31/12/21) – $4,225 single occupancy or $3,280 pp if shared (please book together)

Jan Sale (before 31/01/22) – $4,275 single occupancy or $3,330 pp if shared (please book together)

After January 2022 – $4,360 single occupancy or $3,415 pp if shared (please book together)

2-Rooms Treehouse Suite

Coming with a bunch of friends? Or simply like more space? Then this jungle house with two rooms and bathroom is for you. One room has a queen bed, the other two single beds.

Xmas Sale (before 31/12/21) – $5,695 single occupancy, $4,015 pp if shared & $3,175 pp if four people share the house (please book together)

Jan Sale (before 31/01/22) – $5,745 single occupancy or $4,065 pp if shared & $3,225 pp if four people share the house (please book together)

After January 2022 – $5,830 single occupancy, $4,150 pp if shared & $3,310 pp if four people share the house (please book together)

Tuition

Included

+ 200 page YTT Manual

+ 21 days accommodation at La Selva Tree Lodge

+ 3 delicious daily vegetarian/vegan meals + potable water & herbal teas

+ 200 hrs YTT certificate

+ daily meditation & yoga classes

+ all workshops & full daily schedule

+ use of pool & all other hotel facilities

Not included

-. air fares

– transport to and from La Selva Tree Lodge

– travel insurance

– additional treatment like massages

Make friends for life.

Example Day

There is no graduation…

more a rite of passage into the next chapter.

Your Teacher

Lead Teacher: Dini Martinez

Dini has been devoted to yoga for almost 20 years. She is an experienced yoga teacher with over 2,000 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.

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The secret of mudras explained from both a

Vedic and Aboriginal perspective.

Who is this Training for?

It is…

…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.

Applied anatomy

Testi-monials

Yoga family – community for life.

FAQ

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.

Indigenous rebirthing and

shamanic closing ceremony.

Are you ready for transformation?