Join us for the Yoga Program where your practice and life transform forever!
3 WEEK TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA PROGRAM
LEARN YOGA, not just DO YOGA
“TRANSFORM TO ROAR”
“Profoundly Deepen Your Practice”
All levels welcome
Winter Season 2019: 1st-21st of September, October, November and December
Spring Season 2020: 3-23rd of January and 1-21st of February
Winter season 2020: 1st-21st November
We are a Yoga Alliance Registered School and a YACEP (Continued Education Provider)
Our courses count toward Continued Education requirements for Students,
existing Teachers and School owners (to comply with new YA 2021 500hr registration requirements).
Come and learn something extraordinary.
A Fabulous Opportunity
RECOMMENDED AS ONE OF THE BEST FIVE YOGA RETREATS IN CENTRAL AMERICA BY TRIPSAVVY
In this community living retreat space in the Nicaraguan jungle, among waterfalls and rivers, your practice will be transformed forever, no matter what your current style or level!
In this incredible retreat, you will learn the principles of alignment like never before, listen to mind and soul opening lectures on yoga philosophy and other spiritual subjects, and incredible Yogic Practices.
Learn all the things you always wanted to learn and ask all the questions you always wanted to ask about yoga and spirituality.
Join this retreat to learn and to submerge yourself in a world of yoga you always hoped to be true, but never dreamed to be real.
Allow yourself to be transformed. Come and experience an exciting new approach to yoga that will leave you amazed and inspired every day, no matter if you are a beginner or yoga teacher.
Xian teaches an unexpected, brilliant new approach to postures, tweaking the way postures are usually taught in just the slightest way, that will transform your practice forever! During your stay here,
I aim not to teach you just a Yoga class everyday, but I aim to teach you YOGA.
Please know that this is a very carefully designed comprehensive program of learning and experiencing, which has been tried and tested over many years. It is designed to open your Body, Mind, Spirit and energy channels, as well as to release mental, emotional and physical conditioning. Our communal life style, living close to nature, our vegan way of nourishing our body, strictly limited use of electronic devices, and our incredible nature setting, make this a truly unforgettable experience.
Please note, Xian will NOT teach you an exercise class, workout regime or studio yoga class every day. But she will systematically teach you yoga and help you transform your practice beyond what you ever thought possible, no matter if you are a beginner, advanced student or even yoga teacher.
Besides asana, your classes and selected afternoon workshops will also include meditation, bandas, mudras, mantras and Philosophy lectures and stories on interesting topics from Xian’s vast store of yogic knowledge.
Take it to the next level, no matter your age, size, flexibility or level
A structured learning plan with a solid foundation
An inspirational new way of teaching
First Workshop StylePlease note that for the first 10 days you will not receive a traditional yoga class, but we will go step by step through individual postures and principles of alignment, one at a time, workshop style. Xian will explain and demonstrate, then you will experience the difference between how you used to do a posture and the way of XianYoga.
Categories of Spinal MovementFirst we cover the magic of alignment for everyday standing as well as sitting comfortably cross legged. The following principles of spinal movement include: forward bends, side bends, turns and back bends. Within these categories we will cover standing postures, sitting, kneeling as well as lying (front and back).
Alignment and movement principles of PosturesYou will learn the fundamental principles of XianYoga to feel fabulous and open in every single posture. Focusing on alignment and elongation you will be able to take full unrestricted breaths of air. You will understand many little magic tricks that are never taught in yoga classes which will transform your yoga practice forever.
Tiny changes, huge impactSometimes just unlocking the knees of hyper extended legs can banish a life time of lower back pain. Sometimes just ever so slightly rotating the hips just right, can realign your entire body for effortless sitting practice. Sometimes just pushing an arm or leg can transform the entire experience of a posture. Learn back bending without pain, and learn how to make your favorite postures even better!
Thorough and complete instructionsMany students have never been explained a posture or transition, but are often simply trying to copy what the teacher or a yogi in a photo or video looks like or does. Many are unsure of how to do an asana (pose), where to feel the stretch or what the alignment principles behind the movements are, or what to do if discomfort is felt. At AYA, Xian will explain everything you never understood, what you always wanted to know. You will learn more than you ever thought possible.
Full Daily PracticeWith the basics covered, you will then continue with a full daily practice, as well as focusing on many areas by request such as hip-openers, shoulders, inversions, balancing postures, hand balance postures, headstands, handstands, and much more. You will learn how important tiny changes in posture are in terms of your arms, hands, head, rotations, and eyes. You will also learn different pranayama and mudras – how to do them, why and when do to different kinds, why they are so fabulous, and many other exciting practices.
This is just the physical side of the Yoga. Four afternoons a week, Xian will give lectures and talks on Yoga Philosophy, History, how to incorporate Yoga into your every day life, and many other fascinating subjects.
Allow yourself to be inspired to experience Yoga all day long, not just the times on the mat.
Xian’s teachings will forever transform your practice.
If you are a beginner, advanced student or experienced Yoga teacher.
No matter your experience, tradition or style, everybody leaves the Ashram with lots of new knowledge and wonderful unexpected insights.
Every day we offer:
- A 2 hour morning yoga class by Xian, 6 days a week, besides Asana this can include meditation, bandas, kriyas, mantras, lectures…)
- 2 hour morning peer study/review group to further your own personal practice. Twice a week Xian will join this group for question and answers.
- 1/2 hour guided library time
- 1/2 hour each morning and afternoon self-practice
- Afternoons: Four times a week Xian will give a lecture/workshop in the afternoon (below is a list of the inspiring workshops in Xian’s repertoire).
- The other two afternoons every week, we have our wonderful sharing afternoons, where students share skills with each other. You don’t have to be a professional, it’s about sharing anything you love doing. It can be any imaginable thing! It does not have to be Yoga related! Painting? Martial Arts? Music? Spanish? Macrame? Tell a story, discuss something. Be free to share yourself.
Let’s make this space together and share the magic.
We have an endless pool of wonderful things to share…
An idea of a day at the Ahimsa Yoga Ashram
We have one day off a week. We will rest and will not be teaching. Residents can organize sharing events if they wish, go to the beach or other trips.
The school day off is the only day available to explore the beaches or near by towns.
|6:30||Self-practice, following Ashram suggested themes, routines and focus elements|
|7:00-9:00||Yoga with Xian|
(see ‘Food’ in Community and Guidelines for coming for more info)
|Students joint study group, discussing, reviewing the Ashram learning syllabus. Q&A with Xian twice a week|
|12:30-1:00||Open library time, or researching given subjects|
|3:00-5:00||Afternoon workshop/lecture by Xian (4x a week) and group skill/knowledge sharing (2x a week)|
A unique opportunity to really dive deep into the world that is YOGA
Extra workshops by Xian
Xian teaches a certain curriculum of workshops. Once that is completed, students can choose which additional workshops they would like to have during their stay
- Playing with Intuition, manifestation & coincidences (as per www.whyyoudontneedshoes.com)
- Fear Workshop – what is fear, where does it come from, how does it influence us, how can we let go of it?
- Yoga Principles, the way to a happier life, different Yoga systems/styles, 13 ways to enlightenment and much more
- Feeling energies (everybody can feel energies)
- Language/Art of Touch
- Mayan calendar
- Making dreamcatchers
- Carving wooden spoons
- Kirtan/Bhakti Yoga/Singing
- Guitar Playing
- Letting Go of intensive Emotions playfully
- Acroyoga (Xian is a certified teacher)
- Energetic protection (and why you don’t need it)
- Open discussion, death and reincarnation
- Open discussion energies, entities, ghosts, visions
- Art of Communication
- Ayurveda (ancient science of health through food)
- Healing and Reiki
- Laughter Yoga
- Yoga Nidra
- Contact Dance
- Chocolate making
- Relish, jam, chutney making
- Bread baking
- Circus skills, juggling