What will I learn in this training?
You will learn invaluable life lessons that will shift, not only the way you see yourself, but also the way you see the world around you.
We have seen it happen again and again with our students. It is truly inspiring and incredible to witness.
From a mental and spiritual perspective, we strive to empower you to gain a greater understanding of:
From a physical perspective, we will teach you about:
We are dedicated to taking you beyond the asana and expanding your knowledge of the wholeness of yoga to empower transformation in your own life.
We offer intimate group settings with 10 to 15 people per session to give you the time and attention you deserve. We teach vinyasa but encourage and empower our students to teach a style of yoga that most resonates with them.
Below you will find the strength and power of our teacher training design. It possesses the heart and soul of our vision for our students.
Our design is created with you in mind, prioritizing your personal growth, yoga education exploration and transformation first and foremost.
This course is designed to be intimate and personal in order to fully support individual transformational growth in a safe, calming and supportive environment.
We make time for you: time for you to express yourself, to share your ideas, your visions, your goals, and desires.
By keeping our training groups small, it allows for the one-on-one attention and teaching time you deserve to transform you from a student to a teacher.
At many yoga teacher trainings, students leave without even have had the opportunity to teach a complete asana class, not with us!
Upon completion of our training, you will feel confident in your ability to guide an inspirational yoga class using your authentic teaching style to empower your students.
Our trainers are able to hold sacred space filled with unconditional love, transparency, non-judgment, and open communication, yet at the same time understand their "humanness".
United we build an unbreakable foundation empowering you to feel comfortable within your own skin within our yoga family.
Instead of telling you what we think you should believe, we use motivational interviewing techniques and guided exercises to empower you to choose your own path.
We guide and empower you to teach from your authentic voice and style. Although this is an alignment based vinyasa training, we encourage our students to teach a style of yoga that is most authentic to them.
Students training with us have left teaching, not only vinyasa but Yin, Restorative, Power Yoga, AcroYoga, Partner Yoga, Yoga Nidra, yoga for kids and Thai Yoga Massage (to name a few).
We empower you to shift the way you look at the world and assist you to the best of our ability in putting on a "positive lens".
Along with the above foundational support, you will also have access to a plethora of educational resources to enhance your learning including:
What’s special about the retreat
Every yoga school offers its own style of teaching ancient yoga philosophy.
We strive to empower you to create your own philosophy by using motivational interviewing techniques versus trying to convince or convert you to believe in our philosophy.
We believe in you and your ability to make the right choices for yourself, without judgment.
The true foundation of our teachings is based on values versus a specific religious or spiritual lineage. The heart of our teachings is rooted in compassion, unconditional love, authenticity and surrendering to the divine flow of life.
You can take what you like and leave behind what does not resonate with you.
Panama is the natural bridge that unites the Americas and has the greatest diversity of wildlife in Central America. Much of the land, over 1/3, is covered by national parks with a variety of plants, animals, reptiles, birds, and a wide range of marine life.
Panama offers the complete travel experience with activities, such as zip-lining through the jungle, hot springs, horseback riding, mountain biking, amazing hiking, bird watching, white water rafting, fishing, rock climbing, repelling, surfing, cave exploration, snorkeling, four-wheeling, volcano treks, and much more.
Above all else, the culture of people in Panama will amaze you and show you the kind of love and acceptance that will inspire you for a lifetime. They are the kind of selfless people that you can ask for directions and they will walk you to your location, even if they need to go the other way.
Or the kind of people you meet on the bus and they invite you into their homes to share a meal after an hour of knowing you. The best way to describe them is open-hearted and they will make you not want to leave.
The valley of Boquete is located in the western highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above the sea level.
Nestled amongst the country's most mountainous region, this peaceful town is situated between the Caldera River and Baru Volcano.
Surrounded by untouched tropical cloud forests, Boquete is just an hour and a half from unspoiled white sand beaches in the Pacific and 4 hours from Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean.
There will be plenty of opportunities to hit the beach during the weekend to enjoy the warmth of the sun and get to do some of the most amazing scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing that you can imagine!
Boquete is safe, beautiful, inexpensive, and exciting. It can be easily accessed by 1-hour daily flights from Panama City to David (the country's second largest city), and then a 30-40 minute car or 1-hour bus journey from here.
The "Valley of the Flowers and the Eternal Spring" is home to 20,000 inhabitants whose cultural roots can be traced to Native Indians, Spaniards, Europeans and North Americans among other ethnicities.
Its first settlers came from other areas of Panama, as well as other countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, and North America.
All give shape to the cultural melting pot that Boquete is today. Most farms and houses still have architectural styles that are reminiscent of these other countries.
On the sheer mountains that surround the valley live the Ngöbe Bugles, an indigenous ethnic group who are highly skilled artisans, famous for their colorful chaquiras (beaded necklaces) and "nahuas", traditional dresses.
Boquete is considered the ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama - you name it, Boquete has it.
For extreme adrenaline, white water river rafting in the Chiriqui Viejo. For coffee lovers, coffee tours to coffee plantations and processing farms in Palmira, Palo Alto, and Alto Quiel.
To admire the beauty of the tropical cloud forest, Zip Line Canopy Tours in Palo Alto.
For a challenging trek and a chance to view both oceans from Panama's highest point, hike and camp to the top of the Baru Volcano.
For the most incredible hike, challenge yourself to the Quetzals Trail footpath from Cerro Punta to the entrance of La Amistad National Park.
For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak in the Caldera Hot Springs. For you cowboys, you can go Horseback Riding through Caldera's valleys.
To admire nature's abundance go for a Bird Watching Tour. For extreme sports enthusiasts there is rock climbing and rappelling at Los Ladrillos in Bajo Mono.
During the weekend, boat trips and island hopping tours can be arranged to Bolaños or Gamez Islands in the Gulf of Chiriqui.
Panama's best surfing is just a couple of hours away in the world-famous town of Santa Catalina and the most amazing scuba diving spots are found at Isla Coiba, which is also in Chiriqui's Golf.
The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is only a 20-minute flight away from David and offers a great taste of the Caribbean vibe.
San Miguel Boutique Cabañas
This charming hotel is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens creating a serene natural environment for you to delve into your yoga journey.
Each cabaña has three bedrooms, a kitchen, breakfast bar, living room, hot water, and Wi-Fi.
There are also hammocks to relax in outside with social areas to enjoy the perfect weather of Boquete.
The accommodation allows you to bring friends and family with you on your journey shall you so desire. We also offer an array of other various lodging options to suit your needs.
The retreat will include:
Tantric Water Blessing in Natural Hot Springs
Graduation Beach Trip
*Additional excursions will be offered on our off days at an additional charge shall you choose to participate.
Boquete Activity Guide
Boquete is ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama, you name it, Boquete has it. For extreme adrenaline junkies you can go white water river rafting down the Chiriqui Viejo River, go rock climbing in Bajo Mono, fly through the jungle on the zip lines of Palo Alto or go waterfall repelling or cliff jumping at Canjilones Canyon.
For beach enthusiasts, consider a trip to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro to indulge in the relaxing chill Caribbean vibe, hop over to San Blas islands to experience the rich history & culture of the Kuna Indians, or go island hopping from Boca Chica where you can see and experience an abundance of sea life on Isla Coiba.
For coffee lovers, Boquete is home to the most expensive and best coffee in the world and a tour is a must. If you are up for a hike, Boquete has unbelievable trails for hikers of all levels. For a challenging trek and a chance to view the both oceans from Panama's highest point, hike and camp to the top of the Baru Volcano, or step into La Amistad National Park and walk the footpath of the Quetzals Trail. The abundance of lush rainforest, animals, and waterfalls will take your breath away.
For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak the day away in the natural hot springs of Caldera or go for a leisurely horseback ride through the rolling mountains with breathtaking views or go on a bird watching tour.
Boquete has several groceries, a lovely farmer's market, and a variety of fine dining featuring local and international cuisine.
Please note that meals are not included in the cost of the training. We recommend that students be prepared to bring snacks to all class sessions.
There are more restaurants per capita in Boquete than anywhere else in Panama.
Boquete offers an array of gourmet restaurants offering a wide selection of international dishes including Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, American, Chinese, Argentinian, Japanese, and of course delicious Panamanian.
It also hosts adorable coffee shops and an abundance of delicious bakeries.
Kaytee Hoverson, B.A., MNLM, E-RYT 500
Kaytee Hoverson is a passion driven social entrepreneur & world traveler who has been on the path of yoga & personal development since the young age of fifteen. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Motivational Interviewing and a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Leadership & Management & is an Essential Oil Specialist. She is the founder & leader of Unexpected Moments of Magic Panama, an international volunteer placement organization dedicated to empowering individuals worldwide through the encouragement of self-exploration through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy & yoga as powerful forces for worldwide change. She also owns & operates YiA Yoga Health, Healing & Humanitarian Center. Kaytee’s life motto is “be the change you wish to see in the world” and her goal is to support people in a holistic way to aid in achieving positive change within themselves, while giving back to others. She specializes in teaching Vinyasa Yoga, AcroYoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin/Yang Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Thai Yoga Massage & Yoga for Kids & Families. She is a true believer in spreading gratitude, positive thinking & self-love through her practice. She is an enthusiastic citizen of the world & spiritual adventurer having traveled in over 30 countries.
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