The communication practice was an invaluable tool for my personal growth. I felt secure, vulnerable, loved all at once. Being in the presence of like minded people going through similar situations was comforting. This gave us all the opportunity to “put it all out there”, and know all would be well after it was “said and done”.
- What are the facilities like?
In Mexico the facility is comfortable but rustic, emphasizing outdoor living including; a large enclosed yoga pavilion, flush toilets and hot water shower facilities, kitchen and dining area.
Is the water safe for drinking or do we need bottled water?
We supply safe, bottled drinking water (also used for cooking).
What is the weather like?
Here in Mexico we are in the desert so the temperature fluctuates a lot between night and day. For most of the year the temperatures during the day are between 65°F (18°C) and 75°F (23°C.) At night the temperature can drop as low as 50°F (10°C) in the winter. The months of July and October are normally hot and humid around 80°F (26°C.) Rain is very unlikely, but possible.
In Bali, the temperature remains around 85°F (29°C) year round and is humid. The northern part of the island, where the retreat center is, does not receive a lot of rain like other parts of Bali.
In Hawaii the temperature ranges between 68-79°F (20-26°C) with moderate humidity. This comfortable climate is often sunny with small intense bursts of fresh rain.
What to bring?
- Yoga textbooks and asana manual
- A sticky, non-slip yoga mat
- Yoga Belt
- Water bottle
- Travel mug for hot drinks
- Toiletries (feminine hygiene products) and towels (hand towel too)
- Writing materials: lined paper, pens, etc.
- Flashlight or headlamp (necessary)
- Battery operated alarm clock and watch (You will need to carry a watch at all times as there are no bells)
- Extra batteries
- Layers of comfortable clothing (including WARM & COOL clothes regardless of season)
- Comfortable clothes for daily yoga practice and meditation
- Fleece jacket, down vest, sweaters (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
- Long underwear, warm socks (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
- A winter hat (toque) (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
- Shorts, tank tops, swimsuit
- A fun, out on the town, outfit
- Personal comfort items i.e. supplements
- Comfortable shoes for walking, and sandals
- Sun hat
- Light weight long sleeve shirt for protection from sun
- During the last week of training each student will be presenting a half hour class. At that class you might want to have some music to play and a reading as part of the class set up. If you have some inspiring readings and music that you feel would be appropriate, please bring them. We have CD player or you can use your IPOD or MP3 player.
- If you are camping and bringing your own supplies (Mexico only): – Tent. – Sleeping bag – Sleeping mat
What kind of food is available?
We mainly serve vegetarian cuisine. Mostly beans, grains and fresh vegetables. We serve fresh local caught fish twice a week. We serve organic food as much as possible, some from our own garden.
We are able to accommodate allergies to gluten, lactose and nuts. As we are a small facility we are not able to accommodate Paleo, Raw, or other extreme diets. Please consider your dietary needs and contact us if you have a concern.
Some popular dishes are Pad Thai, Vegetable Enchiladas, Sweet and Sour Tofu with Broccoli, Grilled Mahi Mahi (fish) with Herbs, Coconut Curry, Samosas with Cilantro Chutney, House designed Gourmet Pizza, Quinoa Basil Pasta and Lentil Soup.
Herbal Tea, Fresh papaya and banana, organic oatmeal, House roasted granola, hard boiled eggs (served daily).
“Make your own” Tostada buffet (cheese, beans, an assortment of toppings and salsas on baked corn tostadas)
Vegetable curry with organic brown rice and salad
Fresh fruit, tea and water are always available.
What is there to do on our day off? What are options for meals on our day off?
In Mexico, Todos Santos is a beautiful town with good restaurants, shopping and sites to see. We will assist in arranging transportation ($5 per destination) to and from town. If you choose to stay at Yandara no lunch will be provided. We only serve breakfast,fruit, tea and dinner on Sundays.
What about tipping?
Tipping is very common in Mexico. If you would like to leave something for the kitchen and grounds staff, it will be graciously accepted.
In Bali, tipping at the retreat center is expected at the end of your stay.
What are the accommodations like?
Please visit each training page to view photos of the accommodations. They can be found at the bottom of each page.
What is included in the cost?
Tuition, *Standard Accommodations and Food are included. (*Accommodation upgrades are available for an extra charge.)
Not included are airfare, airport transportation to/from Yandara facility, books and laundry.
How do I get to the facilities?
The day before, and the day after the training are the travel days. Please email us to ask which days are travel days if you have any questions.
Baja: We will arrange for your transportation to and from the airport in San Jose del Cabo also called Los Cabos International Airport (airline code SJD.) The cost is $40 each way. One of our staff will meet you at the airport where we will put you into groups so you can share shuttles to Yandara. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes by car to get here from the airport. If are arriving or departing on a day other than the travel days the cost is $120 for a private shuttle. If you are driving please email us for written directions to Yandara.
Hawaii: arrival airport: Hilo(ITO) airport. The yoga teacher training officially starts on the program start date allowing the day before as a travel day. Yandara provides transportation to and from the airport on arrival and departure days for $40 each way. Please contact us for exact information.
Bali: Arrival Airport is Denpasar (DPS). Yandara provides transportation to and from the airport on arrival and departure days for 650.000 IDR (~$55 USD) each way, and can be shared with other students arriving at the same time. Those wishing to arrive in Bali prior early can come to a meeting point on the day before the program starts to be picked up, along with the other students, by our shuttle service. Please contact us for exact information.
How safe is it to Travel to Mexico? / Is it safe there?
Southern Baja is a safe area of Mexico in regards to any kind of violent crime, 80% less violent crime than California. Yandara is even safer, as it is located in a small rural farming community. Petty theft can be a problem everywhere so exercise caution. There is very little crime in our area. We are very far away from the problem areas in Mexico.
Is there any phone and internet access?
When you arrive you are welcome to call home to let your family know you arrived safely. After that there is a phone available for use for .50 cents a minute. While internet is not available for use at Yandara, we provide locations of internet cafes in Todos Santos where you can check your email on your day off. Exceptions can be made if there is sufficient need.
Are there any laundry facilities in Mexico?
We do provide a laundry service once a week. ($8.00 a load, washed, dried and folded.) If you prefer, there is a sink for hand washing on site and we supply laundry soap.
What about swimming, is it safe in Mexico?
If the waves are big, it may not be safe to swim. There is another swimming beach a 20 minute walk away. We will give you safety instructions about swimming when you arrive.
Is there access to electrical outlets in Mexico?
Yes, but we are solar-powered, so electricity is very limited. None of the following items may be used: hair dryer, straightening iron, or computer. Charging small devices is allowed.
What is the vegetation and setting like in Mexico?
Yandara has desert vegetation. From our yoga pavilions and the beach you have phenomenal views of the Pacific Ocean in one direction and mountains in the other. It is one of the best places to view spectacular sunsets every evening!
Are there mosquitoes, scorpions, tarantulas, or rattle snakes in the area?
There are generally not many mosquitoes. Scorpions are sometimes seen. Scorpion stings, which are easily treated with ice, feel a little worse than a bee sting. There are spiders, but no tarantulas. Rattle snakes are passive and generally hibernate during the winter but we recommend being cautious when walking about in the desert. Please use your flashlight when walking at night.
Are there medical services close by in case of emergency in Mexico?
There is a small hospital in Todos Santos serviced 24 hours by a doctor. There is a Red Cross ambulance service in Todos Santos as well. There are additional hospitals 45 minutes away in Cabo San Lucas. These are normally covered by US Travel Insurance plans. Please check you policy before you leave and carry travel medical insurance.
Are there many ocean animals to be seen while I will be in Mexico?
Yes. Here in Baja we have Whales, dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds that can be seen depending on the season.
Do I need to know Spanish in Mexico?
No, however learning a few phrases to be courteous would be helpful.
How do I prepare for a program?
Go to as many yoga classes as you can and begin to create a personal practice of your own at home. Please have a basic understanding of Sun Salutations.
Will I get a workout every day?
There are many hours of Asana practice every day but not always a hard work out since it is a teacher training many of the classes are workshop-style.
What is the daily schedule like?
There are sample daily schedules on each training page.
What is the difference between the 16 day and 26 day programs?
The 16 day session requires a stronger base knowledge of yoga because of the fast pace needed to complete the training in the short amount of time. The teachers in the 16 day session like to include more advanced poses such as inversions, arm balances and how to deepen within each pose.
The teachers in the 26 day session will introduce these advanced poses as well as yin yoga and restorative yoga. In the 26 day session a lot of emphasis goes to learning one set sequence that you will know by heart at the end of the training. Both sessions give you an amazing education and have wonderful teachers.
How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program?
We recommend a minimum of 6 months participating in 3-5 classes a week.