Maya Tulum teacher training

January 28-February 4th, 2017

Please check back in the fall for 2018 dates

The Setting
Maya Tulum is a beautiful and peaceful beach resort on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. (Fly into Cancun, a 1.5 hour taxi ride away.) You will stay in comfortable “palapas” and enjoy three vegetarian meals per day. The ocean and nearby “cenotes” are safe for swimming and snorkeling, and the archeological ruins of Tulum and Coba are nearby.


The Training
This one week intensive training will consist of three daily classes, including an early morning practice session. The prerequisite for the course is a basic knowledge of, and reasonable proficiency at, the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga.

The course is designed to give participants a comprehensive experience of the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. There are two basic methods for transmitting this teaching. One is the “Mysore style” method in which students in the class work independently at their own level of proficiency with hands on assistance from one or more teachers. The second method of teaching involves guiding the students through the practice by counting the vinyasa in the traditional Sanskrit. In this course we will have an opportunity to experience these two types of teaching. Particular emphasis will be given to practical “hands on” experience. The course is appropriate for those who are interested in teaching, those who are currently teaching, as well as students of ashtanga yoga who are interested in deepening their knowledge of their own practice.

Areas of Focus
– Teaching with Your Hands
We will learn how to see asanas diagnostically and make anatomically safe, accurate and effective adjustments
– Teaching with Your Voice
We will focus on learning how to conduct a class with proper pacing, pronunciation, synchronization of breath and movement, and an economical way of verbally correcting poses based on what is observed.
We will also explore basic aspects of yoga philosophy, pranayama and mantra.

The Schedule
This schedule will be in effect Sunday through Friday. Please arrange to arrive any time on Saturday, January 28th and depart on the following Saturday, February 4th. There will be no classes scheduled on Saturdays.
Morning practice: 7:00 – 9:00
Breakfast: 9:00 – 10:30
Training Session: 10:30 – 1:30
Lunch and Free Time: 1:30 – 5:00
Training Session: 5:00 – 7:00
Dinner: 7:30 – 9:00

Rates and Details

Garden View Palapa: $2090 double occupancy – $3185 single occupancy
Ocean View Deluxe Palapa: $2160 double occupancy – $3255 single occupancy
Ocean View Super Deluxe Palapa: $ 2285 double occupancy – $3500 single occupancy
Beachfront Deluxe Palapa: $2335 double occupancy – $3605 single occupancy
Beachfront Super Deluxe Palapa: $2455 double occupancy – $3800 single occupancy


Garden View Palapas have private bathrooms. Ocean View Palapas, Beachfront Palapas, and Suites have private bathrooms and ocean views. Price is per person and includes all yoga classes, meals, and taxes. Gratuities are not included. Maya Tulum ( offers a variety of spa treatments for an extra charge. $350 holds your space, $300 of which is refundable by November 15th, when all funds are due. No refunds thereafter.




Thirty-five years ago I was visiting Mysore for the first time. I arrived in early January when the weather was still relatively cool, but with the arrival of February it began to get quite warm, and by the beginning of March the heat was becoming nearly unbearable. I was staying... [...]