Join Kootenay Yoga School in the unmatchable tranquility of the Isla Mujeres. A transformative and immersive experience that is designed to honor the shift you so are seeking.
Picturesque beaches, warm waters, and a colorful community rich with culture. This 200-hour course is designed to inspire, challenge, and encourage internal growth. Join Stephania Spitzer in paradise and experience all that this comprehensive course can offer to you, while on your journey towards deepening your practice
The 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Foundations course is designed to deepen your practice and give you the tools to guide your very own dynamic, original, safe and well-rounded yoga class upon graduation. Practice, Practice, Practice will be the central theme for this 15 day-long training. Daily practice of asanas, pranayama, meditation and by engaging in discussion, debate, and discourses the aim is to go beyond the theoretical and to embody the multidimensional yoga experience. After graduation student/teachers will be teaching from personal experiences rather than a memorized scripted
This program follows the guidelines as required by Yoga Alliance. Here is the breakdown of hours :
Techniques, training, and practice - 100 hours
Teaching and methodology - 25 hours
Anatomy and physiology - 20 hours
Yoga philosophy, ethics, lifestyle - 30 hours
Practicum - 10 hours
The Styles We Will Cover
This program covers many styles and provides a well rounded level of exposure. The program will primarily focus on :
A Typical Day At Kootenay Yoga School
6:00 am - 8:00 am - Morning practice and meditation
8:00 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - 12 pm - Morning classes
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon sessions
4:00pm - 6:00 pm Evening practice and meditation
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Evening discussion
8:30 pm - Lights out
While we aim to maintain a tranquil and healthy environment for our students, there are various risks associated with travel and participation. Risks can include, but are not limited to :
1. Injury in participation - While we guide our students through safe techniques, it is not impossible to suffer an injury while participating in this program. We must insist that students maintain medical insurance adequate for travel and potential out of country medical care.
2. Dehydration - The school will provide unlimited filtered drinking water, and tea. It is important to listen to your body and keep your consumption of fluid up. Students will find they need to drink substantially more water, and often add in electrolytes.
3. Dangers off-site and in transit - Isla Mujeres is known throughout Mexico and the Caribbean as a safe and tranquil location to vacation and explore. With that said, there are dangers in any community. Kootenay Yoga School is not responsible for any accident on or off the school property. We ask that students explore with caution, enjoy the island with a friend or two, and use careful judgement around off-site activities.
4. Covid - Although the island has traditionally had very low cases of covid, there is still the risk of contracting this while in the program or in transit. We insist that students notify us immediately if they have any symptoms of illness. In the case that symptoms align with those of Covid 19, students will be required to take a test and isolate. Kootenay Yoga School is not responsible for costs associated with this, but will assist students in completing the program or making up missed educational hours where possible.
5. Mosquito illness - Isla Mujeres has had cases and seasons where various mosquito illnesses are present. These illnesses can include Zika, Chikungunya, and most commonly Denque Fever. While these illnesses are often not serious, in some cases they are. We ask that students research the risks and speak with their trusted medical professional should they have questions specific to the risk associated with these illnesses. Kootenay Yoga School will maintain a regular spray schedule at the school, and will provide supplementary mosquito repelling products - but in general students are responsible for supplying these things. Kootenay Yoga School is not responsible for medical care ore expenses associated with a mosquito illness. Here are a few excellent sites to learn more about theses risks:
Stephania Spitzer (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) yoga teacher from Mexico City. Passionate about yoga for more than 15 years. She has experienced in her personal life the transformative power of breath, mindfulness, meditation and asana, her beginnings with Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga helped her to make an effective connection with her body.
Stephania is an Experienced Yoga Alliance certified 500h teacher. She completed 200 YTT in Tulum, Mexico where she lived for over a year teaching and hosting retreats and workshops. In 2019 she moved to India to complete 300 YTT and from then on she's been living half-year in India half time in Mexico hosting teacher trainings, retreats and workshops.
Her training includes professional workshops on teaching vinyasa flow and advanced asana, restorative yoga, deeper meditation, subtle body, yoga philosophy, anatomy, the art of sequencing.
She has created unique flowing classes that connect postures with breath and provide dynamism and creativity. Guiding students to reconnect with their body and experience internal and external changes.
Her philosophy when it comes to teaching a yoga class is to forever remain a student. Her goal is to simply be a mediator, to pass along knowledge that she is constantly seeking to absorb. To her, yoga is all about practice; it’s the idea that you can see something that looks impossible and go on a journey to make it possible.