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200 Hour in Cuba


200 Hour in Cuba

June 1 - 30, 2018

Beyond Om Ishta Teacher Training

After teaching in yoga trainings all over the United States, April is extremely honored and so excited to bring you this special opportunity - the first Beyond OM 200 hour destination training… in Cuba at Mhai Yoga! It is sure to be a transforming and unique experience!

April’s style of teaching is like no other. She fuses asana, meditation, philosophy, chanting and wisdom into her classes.  But I think my favorite thing about April is her voice - she delivers a message that teaches us that we are all one and part of a higher connection; our practice on the mat is simply the vehicle to get there.  April’s class is that one class a week that has become part of my regular schedule.  I walk out every time feeling energized, smiling and lifted.
— Dana V.

What this training will offer and why it is unique

ISHTA Teacher Training

This training will be grounded in the Yoga Alliance approved and esteemed Ishta yoga teacher training. The Ishta Teacher Training program provides a comprehensive foundation for all aspects of yoga: a uniquely modern, individualized, and integrated approach to this ancient science. Ishta is a Tantric school rooted in lineage and tradition that offers us ways to bring inspiration into our every day modern life. We will be using the ISHTA 200 TRAINIING MANUAL – which is such an invaluable resource people ask how to purchase it. (You can only acquire it through the training.) It is the training April completed, and the techniques to which April returns on a daily basis for her own practice and teaching. As Senior Ishta Teacher April is honored to be able to offer this.

Curriculum includes:

  • Daily asana and meditation practice
  • In-depth posture labs
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Philosophy/Yogic Texts
  • Pranayama
  • Subtle Body – Chakras, Koshas, Nadis
  • Meditation – special techniques you can use daily and teach
  • Specialty areas, including prenatal yoga and restorative yoga
  • Intro to Ayurveda

Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff + Amy Matthews

For the anatomy component of your training, April is partnering with world-renowned yoga educators and best-selling authors of Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. Using what they learned in their combined (50) years of experience training yoga teachers, they created a unique online + in-person course that is exclusively available through Fundamentals. This is not your average anatomy training. You will have in class/live joining Amy and Leslie at home via your computer for (20) hours of guided lesson content, reflection, personal exploration, and teaching preparation. They will lead you through movement experiments that will help you apply anatomy ideas to your own practice, and give you tools you will be able to access as a teacher. You will have time to soak up the material and try it out it in your own asana practice. This means that each time we come together as a group, you will already have a strong foundation in each unit's content and we will be able to dive even deeper into the material, rather than spend valuable group time on basic concepts and memorization... For many people, anatomy is a challenging part of the training. You’ll have access to these videos with Leslie and Amy for (1) full year.

Intention of BeyondOM

April is dedicated to delving deeper with you and empowering you in your practice, teaching and life... Because of this special format we are going beyond what is YA required. After teaching for over (15) years April wants to share some secrets with you and go deeper into what she believe is important to you as a teacher, your practice and your students. She wants to share with you how she stays inspired and sees what inspires you. Because we are limited to (12) students you will have the individual attention you deserve. Teaching is April's passion and she am committed to you in this process… and when we return home!

We will explore:

  • Finding your voice and honing language through practice teaching
  • Honoring tradition and making it accessible in the modern day world and in yoga classes
  • Empowering your students through language, energetic assists, and inclusion
  • Class themes
  • The importance of creativity and intuition - how to find it and apply it
  • Ritual and creating a home practice when we leave
  • The business of yoga today
  • Taking it off the mat: Seva, serving your community

About Mhai Yoga in Playas del Este

Mhai Yoga's property consists of beautiful, secluded villas situated steps from the beach east of Havana. Surrounded by lush, tropical gardens native to the land, Mhai Yoga offers spacious accommodations. All rooms include air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The villas are partially sustained with solar panels, as all water is naturally heated.

You will have time to explore Havana, take advantage of organized excursions to interact with Cuban people and immerse yourself in Cuban culture. You can practice mediation at sunrise on the beach and our surroundings are sure to inspire you. We learn about the history of yoga in Cuba as well! The possibilities are many...

Some options we are also planning:

  • A day trip to explore Havana
  • Excursion to Vinales to explore this beautiful side of Cuba and also to practice teach in the magical surroundings
  • Workshop with Cuban Yoga Master Eduardo Pimentel
I just want to say a big THANK YOU for a fabulous week in Cuba. I had few expectations coming in, but feel radically transformed on so many levels after the experience. My idea of what I want out of my practice has changed and grown. It was one of the most special weeks I have ever had in my life and would eagerly join you again. 
— Kristin H.

Training Includes

  • Over (200) contact hours of training
  • Invaluable ISHTA Training Manual in PDF form
  • Fundamentals tools and members-only website access for full year
  • Extra BeyondOM training materials in PDF form
  • (30) night accommodations during the month of June
  • Beach and pool access
  • Yoga desk and other beautiful spaces to study inside and out
  • (3) organic meals per day, vegetarian option available
  • Spacious rooms that include air conditioning, daily housekeeping service, and en suite-bathroom. The villas are partially sustained with solar panels, as all water is naturally heated
  • Time for relaxing, personal reflection, reading, journaling, enjoying the sun, and swimming
  • Towels, linens, and toiletries provided and changed
  • Internet cards*

*(1) Internet card per guest for (1) hour. More hours at additional cost.

**Not Included is travel insurance, airfare, transport to and from airport, off-site excursions, extra workshops and activities, and alcohol.

Sample Daily Schedule

Please note our schedule will differ day to day and week to week to allow for excursions, journaling and also some reflective time. You will practice most days. There will be at least (1) day off a week. Some days will be shorter and most likely no longer than below.

6:00 - 8:00 | Morning yoga and meditation

8:00 - 9:00 | Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 | Lecture + Discussion

11:00 - 1:00 | Posture Lab

1:00 - 3:00 | Lunch

3:00 - 5:00 | Sutra Study

5:00 - 6:00 | Evening yoga + Teaching lab

7:00 | Dinner

Registration & Refund Policy

Early bird pricing until October 1, 2017:

Triple Room (Can match roommates) : $3900

Double Room (Can match roommates): $4200

After October 1, 2017:

Triple Room (Can match roommates) : $4250

Double Room (Can match roommates): $4550

A non-refundable deposit $500 alongside the registration form reserved space. Second payment of $2000 due October 1, 2017. Final payment due February 1, 2018. No refunds will be given after February 1, 2018.