Panama·January - March
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Take your personal yoga practice to the next level in this transformative 200-Hour registered yoga teacher training course in Panama, with expert international instructors. The course offers a balanced, quality curriculum, accredited with the Yoga Alliance, USA, and is intended for yoga aspirants who want to elevate their yoga practice. We are excited to take you to this magical land of diverse rainforest hikes, vibrant food, breathtaking sunsets, world-class surfing, and much much more. Brianna Persall, Yoga Instructor, Well Daily Founder, and Mimi Adeogba, International Yoga Instructor, Founder of Swadhyaya Yoga School, Lifestyle Coach and Podcaster, will be there to lead this transformative experience – one that will guide you to tap into the power of your deepest intuition and embodiment, while soaking up the diversity of Panama. This place is magical, and will be your home for the next 22 days, where we will practice at Bird Island Bungalows, a tranquil haven nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach. It’s easy to see beyond the hype as soon as you arrive and feel the warmth of the coast, the people and the culture. You will spend each day close to the ocean, watching the mesmerizing sunsets, cooling off in the sea and feeling the breeze in your hair. Commit to and explore self-inquiry, discipline and tradition through the union and mastery of breath, meditation and asana.
22 Days at Bird Island Bungalows
2x Daily Yoga Classes
RYT 200 Certificate
Fresh Drinking Water and Herbal Teas
Daily Meditation & Pranayama
3 Delicious & Healthy Meals Daily
Course Materials & Student Playbook
Access to Digital Library
This is perhaps a big, life changing decision and you've probably got some questions. Book a discovery call to meet your instructors, receive answers, and gain clarity about this course and it's suitability for you.
Highly experienced, internationally acclaimed yoga instructors empower you with diverse teaching skills.
Gain practical skills of; social media, branding and marketing to create a purpose driven brand that attracts your ideal client.
Surrender completely to the unassuming tranquillity of Panama.
Plant-based, organic and locally grown to nourish the body, mind and spirit.
Mimi is an e-RYT 500-Hour certified Yoga Alliance, USA, Continuing Education Provider, who loves teaching yoga asana, anatomy and physiology, and lifestyle. She received 200-Hour training in Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow in Guanacaste, Costa Rica; and 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. When in the US, Mimi teaches private, public yoga classes and workshops at studios and corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Little Rock, AR.
Mimi teaches yoga teacher courses in Indonesia, Rishikesh, Italy, France, Mexico, and Costa Rica. As a visiting teacher at Rishikesh Yogpeeth, Rishikesh Yog Sansthan, Adhiroha, YogaMea, and Co. Inspire, she helped develop and enhance the yoga teacher training curriculum for the 200-, 300-, and 500-hour courses. She has been invited to consult on opening yoga teacher training schools in the US, Italy, and Bucharest, Romania. Her love of yoga and traveling inspired her to create destination teacher training courses in 2016 when she co-founded Swadhyaya Yoga School.
In 2020, in response to the global epidemic, Mimi co-created the SYS online (membership-based) yoga teacher training course and began expanding offerings to her students seeking stay-at-home training options.
Mimi is trained in Ayurveda and holds two doctorates in Naturology, D.N., and Ph.D., from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, Birmingham, Alabama. She studied various biological sciences at Yale University, Baylor College of Medicine, and New Mexico State University; and, hosts the podcast “SHIfT HAPPENS on the Path of Yoga.”
Brianna is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 500-Hour certified
yoga instructor and founder of Well Daily. After studying design and marketing at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON and working in the creative marketing industry, Brianna began to face personal health challenges, and it was then that she turned to alternative healing, yoga and holistic nutrition.
Brianna received her 200-Hour training in Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow in Costa Rica, followed by a 300-Hour certification in Rishikesh, India, where she studied integrated Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar. To deepen her knowledge of the body, Brianna earned a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, BC. Brianna takes a hands-on approach to yoga, using her knowledge of anatomy to help students with realignments while offering modifications for all body types and abilities.
Brianna believes that wellness should be accessible and integrated into our everyday lives. As the founder of health and wellness website and online business Well Daily, she offers business coaching, marketing consultations and social media support for companies looking to build conscious, authentic brands. She also teaches corporate yoga classes, private sessions and wellness workshops in Vancouver, BC. Her love for travel and experiencing new places has inspired her to lead yoga teacher trainings and retreats worldwide in the hopes of empowering others to take their health into their own hands.
Deepa Lakhyani received her Masters of Yoga from Uttarkhand University, and prior to that, her post graduate diploma from the prestigious Kaivalyadhama Lonvala, a college of experiential yoga where yoga tradition and yoga science meet. Deeply immersed in yoga tradition throughout her training, she has followed the yoga disciple’s path ever since. After graduating, Deepa immediately began guiding others on their yogic journeys as a teacher at the world renown Rishikesh Yog Peeth, where she teaches yoga asana, yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy and physiology and yoga asana methodology to thousands of students from all over the world who have pilgrimaged to Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga. For the past four years Deepa served as teacher, counselor and mentor to other teaching staff at Rishikesh Yog Peeth, expertly guiding them in how to teach yoga asana and anatomy & physiology to yoga teachers. Because of her dedication and commitment to her personal practice, teaching and mentoring, she is sought after to teach at retreats and yoga schools throughout India and around the world. Deepa is instrumental in curriculum development at Rishikesh Yog Peeth and Swadhyaya Yoga School (SYS), and is a co-founder of SYS. In 2020, in response to the global epidemic, Deepa co-created SYS’s online (membership-based) yoga teacher training course and began expanding offerings to her students seeking stay-at-home yoga training options, and now provides online workshops and training to students around the world.
Bird Island Bungalows
Embrace the vibrancy of the jungle and serenity of the sea at Bird Island Bungalows. A quiet and fresh space surrounded by chic tropical gardens with exuberant vegetation. Each room is curated with care to invoke a peaceful and nourishing time while enjoying the sounds and view of the forest and ocean breezes. Feel inspired during your classes held daily in the open-air shala overlooking the jungle. Delicious and healthy meals are prepared by the culinary expert and award-winning chef to nourish, rejuvenate, and energize your journey.
Spacious and serene shared room for 2 guests. This oceanside suite features a private ensuite bathroom with two sinks, hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi, lounge space, fan and workspace.
Sweet and simple private room with ocean view queen bed. The ensuite private bathroom features a hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi and fan.
Blissful and spacious ocean view suite with queen bed. Private ensuite bathroom with hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi, lounge space, and fan.
Spectacular and secluded ocean view bungalow with queen bed. Take in your lush surroundings from your private terrace and outdoor shower. Private ensuite bathroom with hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi, private terrance, and fan.
06:30 - 07:00 AM: Herbal Tea and Kriyas (cleansing)
07:00 - 09:00 AM: Pranayama, Mantra Chanting and Asana
09:00 - 09:30 AM: BREAKFAST
09:30 - 10:45 AM: Human Anatomy, Physiology & Yoga
10:45 - 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Yoga Philosophy
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: LUNCH
12:45 PM - 01:45 PM: Library Time / Self Study
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM: Discussion, Teaching Methods, Adjustments
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM: Break
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Pranayama and Asana
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM: Meditation
07:00 PM: DINNER
The remainder of your evening can be used for self-study, rest and rejuvenation. On some nights we will be partaking in special ceremonies such as sound baths, Temezcal, cacao and moon ceremonies.
* Schedule may vary slightly
As lifelong students ourselves, we understand the importance of surrounding yourself with impeccable teachers. Come chat with us to get a sense of our teaching background and style to see how it aligns with what you're seeking.
"My 200 hour RYT with Swadhyaya was a positively shifting moment in my life! This rigorous program has provided a wealth of knowledge that encourages me to delve deeper into Yoga. Mimi and Brianna are extremely committed and passionate teachers/healers. Their presence is a walking testament of their practice - exuding peace and warmth. The program is demanding but with constant guidance and encouragement throughout the journey. Teachers are accessible for individual discussions to aid any further specific guidance. The setting is wonderfully integrated with nature allowing one to feel more conscious connections coinciding with the philosophical teachings. The curriculum touches base on the practice holistically - including philosophy, anatomy, methodology, and business. Overall class structure/material chronology is mindfully sequenced to facilitate student’s natural learning progression. Parallel asana/teacher practice aids integration of esoteric materials covered in class. Highly recommend Swadhyaya to anyone looking to exponentially expand their knowledge of Yoga! I look forward to continue my 300 hour RYT journey with them!"
"My month-long 200 hr YTT with Mimi was the best month of my life. She is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and passionate about this. The training was thorough and comprehensive, with a traditional Hatha focus. We learned anatomy, methodology, history, asana, and meditation- practicing asana 4 hours a day. I walked away from this training with a newly lit fire from within and passion for yoga and teaching that continues to grow to this day. Highly recommend!!!!"
"I had the best experience in my life. These journey will stay in my life forever. I enjoyed the place, the training, the food, the attitude - everything. Teachers are professionals and even if you would like to talk with them outside the training schedule - they will always find the time for you. Even now when I finished my studies, I still have a contact with teachers and I can ask advise. I would definitely recommend to do your YTT here. Amazing!"
Students from across the globe unite for this special journey together. Here’s what they shared about their experience:
Well Daily + Swadhyaya Yoga School has designed courses in the most comprehensive and unique way, empowering you to stand apart as an inspired yoga teacher. The path of yoga is steeped in tradition; and, has been evolving and cultivating spiritual awareness and mindfulness practices among spiritual aspirants for millennia.
The 200-hour curriculum establishes the postures for the students and introduces Sanskrit terms for each asana. (Beginner to Intermediate instruction). In addition, students are encouraged to understand and utilize Sanskrit terms (in addition to English terms) when referring to each posture. Prerequisite: Some exposure to yoga through public classes or videos, with a minimum of 2 years of practice. Practice need not be consistent (i.e., 1-3 days a week). No prior teacher training certificate is required.
Yes. You will be qualified to teach beginner to intermediate-level practitioners upon completion of your 200-hour training. You will be qualified to teach all levels of practitioners after your 300- and/or 500-hour registered yoga teacher training course. Your ability to teach will be reinforced by your commitment to your personal practice and continued self-study.
The Yoga Alliance®️ is the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community. Its mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga through various initiatives. Swadhyaya Yoga School is a 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance is a non-profit membership organization representing the interests of the yoga community. To register as a member of the Yoga Alliance, click here to create a profile. Follow the steps provided to complete your registration. You will need to upload your Swadhyaya Yoga School certificate and pay a fee. Check out the fee schedule here.
Note: Yoga Alliance does not certify its members. Their credentialing system is a directory, not to be confused with other types of credentialing systems (such as certifications, accreditations, licensure, etc).
To register as a Yoga Alliance Professional with the Yoga Alliance in the UK, visit their website at http://www.yogaalliance.co.uk.
No. There are classes on Saturdays and you will be immersed in training six days per week. However, students do have the option to relax on Sundays or join fellow classmates and staff on cultural excursions.
A 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training course is a comprehensive program designed to teach future yoga teachers practical hands-on and theoretical aspects of Yogic philosophy and lifestyle in a manner that allows yoga aspirants and instructors alike to elevate their practice and simultaneously conditions them to become knowledgeable, credible, and compassionate teachers. The curriculum is designed to deliver this training during 200 hours of experiential practice, written assignments and discourse.
"RYT 200" is an acronym that stands for Registered Yoga Teacher 200-Hour. "200-Hour" means you have studied and accumulated 200 hours of information and study time. Essentially, it means that the yoga aspirant has spent time actively learning about the principles which form the foundation of yoga: such as the moral and ethical codes, discipline, mindfulness, inner awareness.
Yes. You can join our course if you are completely new to yoga. We do ask, however, that you spend some time studying a little bit about what it is you are getting into. You can do this by reading books, attending yoga classes, or speaking to others who are practicing yoga regularly. Yoga is more than just exercise and being physically fit; it is a way of life. To practice yoga is to practice mindfulness and the purpose of the postures that have been popularized in the West is so that the student can remain in seated meditative postures for longer periods of time. Click here to see a recommended reading list that our highly qualified and skilled yoga practitioners have compiled.
Yes. While your days are relatively full from sunup to sundown, the daily schedule has amply apportioned free time for rest and self-study. Classes are six days a week and Sundays are a rest day, the perfect time to pamper yourself or take in the sights. If you would like some assistance, one of our staff will be happy to make suggestions and assist with arranging activities of your choice.
Yes. Students come to learn with Swadhyaya Yoga School from all over the world from an array of cultures. To date, we have representation from students from over 120 countries around the globe.
Swadhyaya Yoga School advances expression, education, and awareness of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. While the focus will be on these practices, we will also introduce you to Restorative, Yin, and Iyengar yoga, with additional learning about modifications for children and elderly populations.
Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga derived from one of the six schools of Hinduism. It is the science of yoga that purifies the whole physical body by means of shatkarma (six cleansing practices), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), mudra (seals), bandha (locks) and concentration, as a prelude to raja (Kingly) yoga and samadhi (higher state of awareness commonly referred to as “bliss”). All of which are explored during your teacher training program.
Ashtanga Yoga is understood by the yogic scholar as the eight-limbs of Sage Patanjali: yama (moral code), niyama (self-restraints), asana (posture), pranayama (breathing practices), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), samadhi (bliss). Ashtanga Yoga is often confused with the popularized vinyāsa style of yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1948. Both the origin and sequences developed by Jois, as well as Patanjali’s teachings, will be explored during this yoga teacher training course.
In order to adhere to the yogic lifestyle, we abide by a yogic code of conduct which includes eating predominantly vegetarian or vegan (no meat or fish will be served onsite during the course) Consumption of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs, and use of tobacco (vapes, cigarettes, pipes, etc.) are strongly advised against during your course.
Drinking coffee is not recommended and will not be provided for students during your course. It is not conducive to yoga practice and may interfere with the students’ ability to practice asana.
*Available for an additional fee
Final payments are due 30 days before the start date of the training.
If cancellation takes place within 7 days of booking the training, 100% of the paid training price, minus your deposit, is refundable. Cancellation requests must always be submitted in writing.
Cancel Under 60 Days Prior to Course Start Date
If you submit a written cancellation request less than 60 days from the training start date, unfortunately we cannot issue a refund for your deposit or the training itself. However, we can transfer the booking to another training date of equal value, at no extra administrative cost.
Cancel 60-120+ Days Prior to Course Start Date
If you submit a written cancellation request more than 60 days from the training start date, you can be refunded for the cost of the retreat, minus your deposit. However, we can transfer the booking to another training date of equal value, at no extra administrative cost.
We recommend participants purchase travel insurance when making travel plans; and, although health insurance is not a requirement for entry into Panama, it is highly recommended.
Since each country offers different travel insurance plans, we suggest a policy that has both COVID-19 AND trip cancellation language, such as “cancel for any reason.” Terminology such as this will protect against the rare chance of cancellation.
For US-based travelers, reasonably priced travel insurance that complies with Panama regulations can be found with Trawick Travel Insurance. We encourage you to shop around.
Panama is constantly changing their travel regulations. By the time our course begins in January 2022, it is very likely protocols to enter the country will become less stringent.
Panama is currently open to international travelers from all countries. In keeping with maintaining the safety and health of both tourists and locals, however, a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry for non-vaccinated travelers.
Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from or that have transited through High-Risk countries in the last 15 days will be required to quarantine for 72 hours in a hotel — the traveler is responsible for 100% of the cost of the stay.
Travelers arriving from High-Risk countries who can present a complete vaccination scheme, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose, will be exempt from the 72-hour quarantine.
Click the Entry Requirements link to learn more about travel to Panama, including the High-Risk countries list.
Bocas Town, Isla Colon, the location of Bird Island Bungalows, currently has no restrictions because there are almost no cases of COVID-19. Bocas Town is a secluded beach town with a very relaxed and easy-going quality of life. In taxis and public transportation, masks are to be worn.
To comply with sanitary recommendations by the CDC and Ministerio de Salud in Panama, Bird Island Bungalows will supply disinfection liquids for yoga props that align with sustainability practices in operation at the facility, yet which ensure proper disinfection from COVID-19.
Additionally, temperature screenings will be conducted at check-in.
We ask that students honor each other in this space during the first few days of acclimating to our new surroundings and new neighbors and respectfully maintain your distance 6 feet apart from others.
More importantly, we ask that you practice awareness, consideration, and compassion with each other. This includes washing and disinfecting your hands before and after meals, and according to best hygiene practices.