My Pick of the Best Places for Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico (Updated for 2022)
With over 10,000 kilometres of azure coastlines, warm weather, unique food, stunning historical architecture and a magical, spiritual culture and traditions it’s no wonder Mexico is fast becoming a world-renowned yoga hot spot. The jungles and beaches offer an amazing and diverse range of yoga retreats and, for those who want to go deeper or even change their career, there are also some fabulous schools offering yoga teacher training in Mexico.
Covid Update: Mexico is one of the the few countries that have been open to tourists of all nationalities without testing or quarantines throughout the pandemic. Tourist attractions, beaches, restaurants and yoga centers in Mexico have reopened with extra hygiene and distancing measures against Coronavirus. Things can change quickly though so check the current news for the area you want to visit and don’t travel without insurance that covers Covid. Mine is with SafteyWing.
Reasons to do Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico
Even though India, Bali and Thailand are still the top destinations for an exotic yoga teacher training experience, Mexico also has all the ingredients for a unique and life changing experience – great weather, tropical vibes, stunning locations and a rich, colourful and spiritual history and culture.
Plus, Mexico is a lot closer for North American’s and most nationalities don’t need a visa for stays of up to 180 days giving you plenty of time to travel and explore the incredible sights of this colourful and enigmatic country once your yoga teacher training in Mexico is completed.
People from all walks of life and all levels of experience take yoga teacher training in Mexico – you don’t need to be an expert yogi! Doing a YTT is a transformative experience whether you want a complete career change or even if you just want to deepen your yoga practice, learn about yogic philosophy and anatomy and simply take time out to find out more about yourself.
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Tips for choosing a school for your YTTC
Doing any yoga teacher training course is a big investment of both your finances and time so you need to do the research before you book to make sure that the course and style of yoga taught there is suitable for what you’d want to teach and always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved. I’d also recommend going for the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to relax those sore muscles and absorb all the information you’re learning. Also see here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.
While most schools have a similar curriculum, quality can vary a lot between schools so its important to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Mexico. I find sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really useful as you can read reviews from previous students as well as see photos, information about the instructors and daily schedule and you can book directly through the site.
Yoga teacher training is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually challenging but also very rewarding and could really change your life.
To make it easier to pick your perfect YTTC I did most of the research for you and here are my picks for the 6 best places for yoga teacher training in Mexico.
The Best Places for Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico
On Isla Mujeres, metres from the Caribbean, Kootenay Yoga School welcomes you for a 15 day yoga immersion. With foundations in hatha yoga, your teacher will guide you through a detailed exploration of 45 traditional yoga postures, as well as teachings in the eight limbs of yoga, yoga anatomy, pranayama and meditation.
To prepare you for teaching, you’ll cover sequencing asanas for a class, as well as vinyasa flows, restorative postures, and yoga nidra – giving you a full toolkit of yogic techniques to offer to your students.
To deepen your own journey, you’ll be guided in how to apply yogic practices and principles in daily life. Outside of class time enjoy clifftop walks, paddling in the warm waters, and taking in the stunning sunsets.
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Over 24 days this unique experience prepares you to be a Soma Yoga and Movement Educator. From the perspective of somatics and mobility, you’ll discover how to deepen your own embodied spiritual practice, and how to share this with others. As a trauma-informed training, processes are approached from an angle of anti-oppression and social justice.
Based at a permaculture farm in the middle of Cloud Forest, you’ll be surrounded by mountains and rivers, as you digitally detox and connect with nature’s rhythms. As well as your immersive training, you will experience sweat lodge ceremonies and discover the science of gut health.
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Expect stillness, spiritual journeying, and personal transformation during this three-week yoga teacher training. Hosted at Vida Yoga Center in Oaxaca, your beachfront accommodation is calming and comfortable, surrounded by palm trees.
With a focus on ‘conscious hatha’ yoga, you will explore movement and embodiment, while learning how to offer this to your pupils. Your teachers will also introduce you to restorative yoga, kinesiology, and philosophy, to further deepen your practice. You will also discover several approaches to pranayama and meditation.
Aside from training, you will have the opportunity to discover the local area, join a beach bonfire, or relax with a dip in the pool.
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30 minutes from the spiritual hub of Tulum, La Casa Shambala team welcomes you to Casa Soham, nestled in the Chemuyil jungle. The wellness house lives and breathes community, spirituality, and tranquility. During your 18-day, intensive experience, you will become rooted in the ancient knowledge of hatha yoga. With a syllabus including anatomy, chakras, sanskrit, vinyasa, sequencing, and alignment, you’ll be confident and prepared to share these teachings with your students.
Start blissful days with rooftop meditations, and finish them with beach sunsets. Between classes, enjoy the on-site pool or relax in the garden. Freshly prepared vegan meals ensure you’re energised throughout your stay.
Led by three experienced teachers, the yoga teacher training course at Ananda Healing Center will not only train you to teach yoga, but to also meditate and cleanse your body. You will learn all about asanas, meditation, pranayama and trishtana in a location set in Mexico’s Central Highlands near San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful and well preserved historic towns in Mexico.
At the end of the 32-day program you will leave with a 200-hour Vinyasa YTTC, complete with knowledge about proper alignment, yoga related anatomy, meditation techniques, pranayama and yogic diet. It’s all based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya; known as the father of modern yoga.
Also included is 31 nights of accommodation in a single room of a house, complete with a shared kitchen where you can make all of your meals.
Did you do your yoga teacher training in Mexico?
I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.