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Yoga Teacher Training

Coming to Paradise for Yoga Teacher Trainings

Villa Sumaya is proud to announce that we will be partnering with highly skilled and inspiring teachers that will lead several yoga teacher training retreats here at Villa Sumaya.  They will be collaborating with us to manifest a space for you to learn, transform, cleanse, strengthen and experience your divine teacher within. Our vision at Villa Sumaya is to nurture and support a platform of sacred space that fosters a training field for instructors to share with and teach other teachers. Our highest aspiration for the students of our teacher trainings is that they may have the yogic knowledge and experiential wisdom to serve the welfare of all beings at their highest potential.

Program Schedule


April 25 – May 3rd  – Will Duprey – Advanced Teacher Training

June 27- July 11 – Michelle Maue – Clayton  Yoga – 200 Hour Training

Dates to be Announced –  Ashley Ludman Yoga as Therapy and Breathwork 120 hour module

Dates to be Announced – Helene Whitfield – Yogacara 200 Hour Training


Course Descriptions and Teacher Bios

April 25 – May, 2015  Will Duprey – 300 RYT Advanced Teacher Training  Fire of                                                                                                          Purification 

NOW you are ready to immerse yourself in the practice of yoga and live in it. As we integrate into the philosophies that enrich our living we begin to observe directly through contact with like-minded practitioners. If one is born with all the tools to obtain a state of yoga then certainly being around others with the same goal allows for certain discovery of that spark within. The Advanced Training will take you deeper into the integration of practice to enrich the living experience. Even though we commonly view Hatha Yoga as being a physical practice involving multiple styles it is a distinct science referred to as Shadanga Yoga. This distinct path focuses particularly on prana and awakening the divine energy.   Essentially we practice a way to develop that burn for living, teaching and creating.

Comprised of three distinct modules – JOURNEY TO SELF, FIRE OF PURIFICATION, and SONG WITHIN – that fulfill 300 hours of Advanced Training and are a registered program with Yoga Alliance.  Fire of Purification or Journey to Self are required before attending Song Within.   Fire of Purification and Journey to Self can be taken in any order. Completion of all three modules acts as a bridge program bringing a 200 RYT to a 500 RYT. Enrollment in each module is limited to offer a better student to teacher ratio and to keep the quality of the program at it’s highest standards. Certification for 500 RYT will be given upon completion of all course requirements. All of Will Duprey Yoga training programs and retreats donate %3 for Change. That’s right! 3% of profits will be made toward efforts in directly helping the local community or a designated organization of change . . . So while you are working within you are financially and spiritually contributing in the world outside.

To learn more about this Advanced Teacher Training and William Duprey –www.willdupreyyoga.com

Teacher Bio:William Duprey teaches Sadhana. He was initiated by Sri Dharma Mittra and studied with him one-to-one until receiving his blessing to teach then began a similar course of study in Siddha Medicine. Will attends to many practices including chanting with Dr. M. A. Jayashree. He integrates his studies of yoga, medicine and mantra with life experience and traditional Hatha Yoga to emphasize a system of personal transformation that encourage students to discover inner awareness and reach new heights. To know Will is to know an uplifting and humorous teacher with an ability to integrate philosophy and subtle energy into classes in a light-hearted loving way. His advanced teacher training programs are based on his own practices, methodology and teachings of his teachers to present a complete holistic system that promotes positive feelings and stability in body, mind and spirit. His teachings of chakra bandha theory, including pranayama, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika are known internationally. The emphasis in all of his work is for the student to develop their own way – their perfect path of yoga. While not teaching, Will is an avid hiker and is fond of beekeeping, waterways and growing food. Will holds an E-RYT 500 and Will Duprey Yoga is an RYS at the 200 and 500 levels

June 27- July 11, 2015  –  Michelle Maue – Clayton Yoga 200hr. YTT

Michelle - Clayton YogaClayton Yoga, established in June, 2003, welcomes all levels and backgrounds to join us in playful yoga where each and every student is encouraged to go at their own pace. Clayton Yoga Teacher Training is the First Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Training School in Missouri. Since 2003 Clayton Yoga has completed 40 Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings and graduated more than 380 students throughout the world. Our Vinyasa Yoga is about both movement AND breath. When we move from our breath, we learn to stay present and calm. We learn to detach and move through our day with greater ease and empowerment.
Clayton Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training course also offers highly profitable and winning marketing training and business tips to attract your own yoga students and build a prospering yoga business. Since 2010, Clayton Yoga Teacher Training offers teacher trainings throughout the world and has graduated over 400 students. The best way to get all the information you need about our yoga teacher training courses is to take advantage of a complimentary consultation with us today! Please visit http://claytonyogainternational.com/call/ to setup your call!
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Yogacara Teacher Training 200 hour

Yogacara, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – 16 Days

We WELCOME you to join our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at the blissful Villa Sumaya.

Helene 2- YogacaraWhether you wish to become a Yoga Teacher or you simply want to develop your own practice, our program, capped at 16 Students, is a program that delves into authentic Yoga Practice. Our program is accredited and certfied through Yoga Alliance, and your certification will be recognized worldwide.
Visit our detailed web-page for the Guatemala Yoga Teacher Programs we offer.
We would be blessed to be alongside you on this journey… wherever the road may lead!

Ashley Ludman – The Yoga as Therapy  Yoga Teacher Training Immersion  

Yoga as Therapy Teacher Training combines transformative and therapeutic asana, healing pranayama, meditation and contemplation, Thai Yoga, Yoga Nidra,Yin Yoga, Clarity Breathwork, and expressive arts to offer the most well rounded approach to using Yoga as a therapeutic tool for life.“Yoga holds that a person’s health condition depends on himself. It lays emphasis on physical, mental and emotional balance and development of a sense of harmony with all of life.” The Yoga Paradigm’s Yoga Teacher Training program is registered through Yoga Alliance, and has been educating students and teachers since 1999. Our programs are comprehensive and intimate, offering you the opportunity to dive deeply into your own practice while learning to share from your own experience.
Through the immersion process, you will not only study with your instructors, but you will live and integrate your personal growth with them close by your side. The sincere focus on personal practice, reflection and life experience is what makes The Yoga Paradigm’s Yoga Teacher Training programs unique. You will be guided into the heart of your being and learn to tap into your personal voice and style. As a developing teacher, be supported as you make your offering of Yoga to the world in your unique way. The Yoga Paradigm is dedicated to support you in the growth of your physical, mental and spiritual yoga practice. The Yoga as Therapy Yoga Teacher Training Immersion is designed to lead you into a deeper source of wisdom, courage and potential within yourself. Through the practice of asana, explore physical, energetic and mental anatomy. Through reflective journaling, expressive arts and group integration,understand the implications of your practice on the mat with your life. Yoga as Therapy Teacher Training combines transformative and therapeutic asana, healing pranayama, meditation and contemplation, Thai Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and expressive arts to offer you the most well rounded approach to using Yoga as a therapeutic tool for life. Upon completion of this program, you will hold the confidence to support your students in a progressive therapeutic practice of healing and discerning wisdom using the tools of a holistic Yoga practice.
General Syllabus:
  • Structural Yoga Practices: All levels
  • Transformational Yoga Practices: All levels
  • Daily Pranayama Practices
  • Daily Meditation Practices
  • Tantric Philosophy, Contemplation and Integration
  • Therapeutic Assisting and Adjustments
  • Clarity Breathwork and Integration
  • Yin Yoga and Energy Line Anatomy
  • Physical and Energetic Anatomy
  • Therapeutic Journaling and Creative Expression
  • Thai Yoga Sequences for Healing
  • Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga Practices and theory
  • Class designs and sequencing for therapeutic conditions

ashathletaapp400X300Cost of Program:

Tuition cost of $1750 if paid in full 90 days prior to start of program.  This is a 2 week module, where you will accumulate 120 hours towards the 180 contact hours required for Yoga Alliance’s 200 hour Registration.

Lodging cost includes 3 vegetarian meals per day.

  • Shared Lodging $1590
  • Private lodging $2010

with Ashley Ludman

Yoga as Therapy: A 120 hour training, registered internationally through the Yoga Alliance as a module of The Yoga Paradigm’s 200/500 hour trainings.

Daily Schedule

630-830am Yoga/pranayama/meditation

830am Breakfast

930-11am Philosophy and Satsang

11-12:30 Transformational Yoga (Intermediate Level)

12:30 Lunch

300-4pm Core Conditioning/Anatomy Integration/ Hands on Assisting

4-6pm Yoga Therapy/Transformational Breathwork

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Thai Yoga Sequences/Integration

Typical Daily Schedule*** Schedule is subject to change.  You will receive a final schedule upon arrival.  

The Curriculum

Transformational and Therapeutic Practices                           Sequencing for Therapeutic Needs

Working with Private Clients                                                        Anatomy of the Physical and Subtle Bodies

Pranayama practices and Clarity Breathwork                          Hands-On Assisting and Anatomy Labs

Thai Yoga and Hands on Intuitive Bodywork                          Tantric Philosophy and Contemplations

Establish a Prosperous Business Practice

 Cost of Program

$1750  Tuition.Lodging and accommodations begin at $1590.  Please email Ashley@seasideyoga.com for an application and info packet.

Register early! Space is limited to 10 students. Because of the advanced nature of this program content, we will only accept 10 students, and ask that you plan ahead in order to complete the pre-training home study packet. Teacher Bio: Ashley Ludman graduated from East Carolina University with an honors degree in Occupational Therapy, and worked with all ages and a diverse range of patients before dedicating her work to preventative health and wellness. A full time Yoga therapist since 2000, Ashley began facilitating teacher training programs in Wilmington, North Carolina, after opening her studio, Seaside Yoga, in 2002. Drawing from her practice of Anusara Yoga, meditation, Energy Therapeutics, and Psychosocial Theory, Ashley has created a uniquely creative and diverse Yoga as Therapy Yoga Teacher Training experience at Villa Sumaya. She now lives in Nosara, Costa Rica, and leads international Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats, and serves as Program Director for the Yoga Prosperity Program while providing business coaching and consultation to groups and private clients.  The Yoga as Therapy 2014 program marks Ashley’s 7th group training at Villa Sumaya.

To learn more about Ashley’s training contact: Ashley@SeasideYoga.com

All teacher training programs held at Villa Sumaya are Yoga Alliance Certified

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