Panama·January 8 - March 5 2022
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Dedicate yourself to your practice in this transformative 500-Hour registered yoga teacher training course in Panama, with international yoga instructors Brianna and Mimi. This thorough, yet rigorous course provides the best immersive yogic experience transforming you from beginner stages of practice to an advanced and refined practitioner by merging the 200- and 300-Hour curriculum for your 500-Hour RYT certification. We are excited to take you to this magical land of daily offerings, water temples, incredible food, mystical mountains, vibrant jungles, and much much more. Brianna Persall, Yoga Instructor, Well Daily Founder, and Mimi Adeogba, International Yoga Instructor, 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 sacred Panama. Panama is magical and will be your home for the next 57 days, where we will practice at Bird Island Bungalows, an internationally known and loved retreat destination. It’s easy to see beyond the hype as soon as you arrive and feel the warmth of the island, the people, and the culture. Commit to and explore self-inquiry, discipline, and tradition through the union and mastery of breath, meditation, and asana.
57 Days at Bird Island Bungalows
2x Daily Yoga Asana Classes
Daily Meditation & Pranayama and Mantra Chanting
Course Material & Student Playbook
RYT 500 Certificate (RYT 200 + RYT 300)
3 Delicious & Healthy Meals Daily
Fresh Drinking Water & Herbal Teas
Digital Library Access
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.
Plant-based, organic and locally sourced food to nourish the body, mind and spirit.
Expand, deepen and refine your knowledge of verbal cuing and hands-on adjustments for various populations.
Highly experienced, internationally acclaimed yoga instructors empower you with diverse teaching skills.
Gather, surrender and transform with ancient indigenous practices and rituals.
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. Ensuite private bathroom features 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 terrace, 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
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 500 hr teacher training was hands down the most transformational experience of my life. Mimi and Brianna are overflowing with love and knowledge and I am so grateful to have had them as my teachers. I would give 100 stars if I could. Thank you Swadhyaya Yoga School for creating space for me to experience such immense healing and growth."
What Trista had to say:
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 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. We cover practical hands-on and theoretical aspects of Yogic philosophy and lifestyle. We do this in a manner that allows yoga practitioners to deepen their practice and 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.
No. Students must provide evidence of having attained a 200-hour level training in the form of a teacher training certificate. Yoga is more than just exercise and being physically fit. It is a way of life. Swadhyaya is the fourth Niyama (self-disciplines) of Patanjali's Yog Sutras (Ashtanga Yoga) and means "self-study" or "self-inquiry." It is this mindset we hope to cultivate and observe in our students.
Endeavoring to earn a 300-hour yoga teacher training certificate comes with a responsibility to demonstrate ethical, moral precepts as a role model to future students/teachers, as well as a continual commitment to self-study.
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Yes. While your days are relatively full from sunup to sundown, the daily schedule allows plenty of free time for rest and self-study. Classes are six days a week and Sundays are a rest day, the perfect time to relax or take in the sights of the area. 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 retreat.
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.
7 Days Before Course Start Date
Unfortunately, we cannot issue a refund for your deposit or the training itself, and it's non-transferrable (this includes once the course starts).
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, 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.