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Costa Rica Ashtanga Yoga Training 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica
May 7-21, 2018

$3,380 USD (tax included)

Ashtanga Yoga Refined: Deepening and Balancing the Energy Body
This yoga 100 Hr teacher training program is an opportunity for you to find the means to master and balance your yoga practice. For practitioners it is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the practice. For teachers, this program can be an add on to your 200 Hr TT and would be considered an elective as part of our 300 Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Downward Dog Yoga Centre.

Who is this for? For any teacher or practitioner who wants to refine their practice, as well as advance in their practice. This training is for you if you have:

- A consistent practice of at least 3 years
- A desire to hone in and refine your teaching skills.
- A wish to learn about living, practicing and teaching the 8-limbed yoga path towards cultivating a centred, grounded and purposeful life.
- An inclination to learn the skills of balancing the nervous system through the practice and teaching of Restorative Yoga.
- An aspiration to bring yoga practice off the mat and awaken the “living yoga” to transform your life.

Program Highlights:

M.A.P. “Mastering the Art of Practice (45 Hr Training )

- Mysore style self-practice. This intensive is for anyone wishing to deepen their practice in a Mysore style setting. You will be learning to develop a self-practice, which creates both discipline, but also endurance, independence and freedom!
- Asana Lab. How to truly deepen and refine your physical and mental awareness around your practice. Some of the Asana Lab topics will be: deep hip-openers and twists, deeper and healthier backbends, stability and strength in arm balances, mastering your inversions, and more!

Transformation Through Restoration (20 Hr Training)

- We will be working with the “moon” or lunar practice of Restorative Yoga to balance the “sun” or solar energies of the vinyasa practice.
- In this intensive, you will learn the art, skill and beauty of the inner self practice of Restorative Yoga. Ways to support the solar practice with moon sequences, Restorative Yoga support at the end of practice, or a stand-alone full Restorative practice and ways to begin integrating and teaching this amazing regenerative and nourishing balancing practice.

This training will take place from May 15 - 29, 2018 in Playa Guiones, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. To sign up or learn more about this training, please visit this website:

*Please note that you must sign up through and not directly through Downward Dog Yoga Centre*


The Art and Soul of Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga

with Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy

Crete, Greece
September 8th – 15th, 2018

Early bird discount - sign up before June 8th and save €100!

Dive into the depth of your yoga practice, and the depth of the Agean Sea, to restore, renew and expand your experience of your inner-most Self and extend summer with the warming touch of the Greek sun.

Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy have been teaching a variety of inspired Ashtanga and Vinyasa based yoga classes and workshops for 30 years, with a global reach over the last 20 years. Ron and Marla lead kirtan (call-and-response chanting) with their band SWAHA and teach yoga and music in a unique combination.

Inspired by Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, (and the vinyasa practice as a whole) they inform the practice with intelligent natural body alignment principles. SWAHA YOGA is designed ultimately to tap the creative spark within, and approach the yoga practice as a whole (8-limbed path).
Daily schedule (subject to change)
This retreat will leave you rejuvenated, deeply relaxed, clear in your purpose, and radiating your inner strength and joy, which is the greatest gift you can give to yourself, your family, and the world at large!
Excluding the day of arrival and departure, the yoga classes will be held as follows:
6:30-8:30am – Meditation, Pranayama, led Vinyasa or Mysore (Self-practice) class
8:30am – Breakfast
11:00am-1:00pm – twice per week Asana Lab
1:00pm – Lunch
Afternoons free for beach, excursions, etc.
7:00pm – Dinner
3 times a week either before or after Dinner: Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Mantra/kirtan, lecture, and discussion
We will have one afternoon free for a larger group excursion.


South Indian Temple Tour: The Yoga of Ritual and Devotion

with Ron Reid, Marla Meenakshi Joy, & Xenia Ananda Shakti
November 8th – 16th, 2018

Our Southern India Temple Tour will ignite the fires of ritual and devotion through yoga, pranayama, meditation, chanting and ritual worship, Ayurvedic massage and treatments while guiding you through famous temples and other sacred sites including Meenakshi Temple, Arunanchala and the ashrams of Ramana Maharsi and Ammachi.
We are so excited and honoured to host you on this very special tour of some ancient sacred sights and temples in Southern India, where the spiritual energy and Shakti of these places infuse our hearts and minds with Divine grace. Hosted by Ananda Shakti (Xenia), Ron Reid, Marla Meenakshi Joy, and our beloved Indian guide Partha Paitandi who is a Brahman priest, we will bring you over 30 years of yoga practice and sadhana to help support and guide your journey of self-discovery.
We will be doing a combination of yoga practice, pranayama, meditation, chanting and ritual worship as we ignite the fires of ritual and devotion within us. There will be time for Ayurvedic massage and treatments (at additional costs) and all of the prices and fees will be laid out for you very clearly as the tour evolves. We will be supporting a small group to go, so if you are interested, then please try and book as soon as you can to reserve your spot for this dive into the ancient heritage of yoga and it’s potent and transformative experiences!
For more information and to book, please visit: