Present Moment Retreat
Troncones, Guerrero, Mexico
(828) 318-3950
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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Cleansing Retreat

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Come to Present Moment Retreat and take part in our Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training & Cleansing Retreat. This is a life enhancing, transformative experience where you will learn meditation, pranayama, asana, cleansing, shamanic philosophy, application of yogic theory and much more. We believe that the best way to learn Yoga is by living Yoga. Thus, we have developed an experiential curriculum where you will live a yogic life for three weeks while learning the theory behind the practice.

Read a letter from CJ Ananda, the lead facilitator, about What Makes This Training Special. Also, read an articl about Why Yoga Teacher Training can be for Anyone.

This is unique program due to its incredible venue and in its emphasis on shamanic healing and holistic cleansing. The cleansing focuses on all aspects of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) in order to reveal your truest self so that you can step onto the mat as a yoga teacher who guides from the pure essence of your Heart and from your connection to Spirit.  Realize your inner stillness and access the wisdom that resides deep in your heart and soul. Come join us and awaken the power of your spirit while living in an eco-friendly paradise on the coast of Mexico.  If you are ready to sign up... REGISTER NOW

2014 Trainings

May 10th - 30th
October 4th - 24th



Our Yoga Teacher Training is a holistic program; to understand Yoga you must first understand Self... body, mind, and spirit. We use the four directions of the Native American Medicine wheel as a guide and foundational structure for the course. Within each direction we will focus on different types of movment, diet, and meditation.  We bring to life the ancient teachings of Yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in Yogic philosophy, and a daily Yoga practice. The curriculum includes the following:

• Learn to teach two sequences: Vinyasa and Hatha flow
• Practice Pranayama, Kriyas, and Bandhas
• Understand a variety of Meditation Techniques
• Study Yoga Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga teachers
• In depth study of select Yoga Sutras
• Learn the Native American Medicine Wheel
• Take part in Shamanic Ceremonies
• Understand the history of yoga
• Focus on integrating Yoga into your life through daily Spiritual Lessons
• Introduction to The Business of Yoga
• Exposure to Yogic healing arts
• Participate in Art of Teaching Workshops
• Practice peer-teaching starting day one
• Understand Chakras & Energetic Anatomy
• Study Ayurvedic Philosophy & Yogic Diet

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Patanjali compiled the YOGA SUTRAS in India over 2000 years ago.  His teachings provide us with an essential wisdom for the practice of Yoga and Meditation.  If you'd like a FREE copy, CLICK HERE


During the training we wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of a the tropical setting. Guided group meditation starts at 6:30am. Meditation is followed immediately by asana (yoga posture) practice. It includes pranayama, asana, and relaxation.

In the afternoon we have our Art-of-Teaching workshop. We also have lectures, discussions and activities that cover Yoga philosophy, Yoga theory, Yogic living, Yoga diet, Yoga anatomy, and Yogic healing. We end our day with after dinner Satsang (wise gathering) to contemplate and reflect on our sadhana (spiritual practice) of the day.

Sample Schedule

6:30-9:30 Guided Meditation/Pranayama/Asana
9:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-12:00 Ancient Wisdom and Yoga Anatomy
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Healing Arts
2:00-5:00 Art of Teaching and Alignment
5:00-7:00 Dinner and Self Sadhana
7:00-8:30 Ceremony and Satsang (Healing practice, kirtan, and reflection)
8:30-10:00 Quiet Time

About Present Moment

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Present Moment is an eco-friendly Retreat Center and Boutique Hotel on the beach in Troncones, Mexico, specializing in Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, Dance& Healing Arts. Renew your spirit while meditating in our spiritual gardens or on our private beach; revive your energy with an ocean side yoga class, and dine on mouthwatering gourmet cuisine. If you want to explore the area, activities include sunset horseback riding, hikes to waterfalls, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons, and more.

Click on the respective link to learn more about Present Moment's Accomodations, Healing Arts, Classes and Activites.

Check out what our previous guests have said about us on our TripAdvisor page.

Other Highlights


Tuition: $2,400
Room & Food Package: $2,195 (20 nights at Present Moment Retreat in a shared double room)

*If you would like a single room there is an additional charge of $1,295.
*If you are traveling alone and would like a shared double room, we will match you with a roommate.
*Space is limited, so please sign up soon to guarantee your space.

Other Expenses:
Course Manual $50
Airport transfer

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Co-Founder of Present Moment Retreat and ERYT 500 certified, Ananda is a renowned teacher of yoga, dance and meditation. She has combined her joy of these self-healing therapies with her experience as a wellness coach and healing practitioner to create international retreats and trainings. Ananda offers Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Trainings with YogaSchool Institute, giving each person the heartfelt attention and direct facilitation that cultivates an ecstatic, healing and Magical experience.

Integrating her teachings and passions, Ananda has developed The Magnetic Movement, a system of intentional-based healing that draws on the philosophy that we are all a part of this magnetic energy that is driving us towards greater consciousness. By exploring our gifts and expanding our relationship with higher self, we come into alignment with our inner purpose of Awakening. Through our collaborative efforts and unified intentions, we magnify the richness of this life's experience.  (Read more of Ananda's writings on her blog

Ananda currently lives in Troncones, Mexico, the home of Present Moment Retreat, where she holds sacred space for individuals and groups as they journey toward Self Realization and Oneness. She suggests that as we step up to the Essence of who we are within, we are connected to the Wholeness of all that is. Ananda believes that we are each here to expand into the greatness of who we are and to serve all beings in our highest capacity. She is inspired to inspire... and to continue this journey moment to moment, breath to breath.

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Randi Schiffman

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and have been living in Boca Raton, Florida for the majority of my life. Graduated in 2007 from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in both Marketing and Finance. After working in Finance for 2 years, my mind, body, and soul were needed for a change. Feeling overly stressed both mentally and physically, I turned to yoga at my local gym for some sort of relief and healing. My stress decreased tremendously and the feeling i got after the end of a yoga class was indescribable. I took some private lessons from a graduate of School Yoga Institute, and started incorporating it into my weekly schedule. I became intrigued by the sensation and the way the stress just melted away, and wanted to continue practicing äll day, everyday.

In December 2009, my Job allowed me to take some time off and I came out to Guatemala to do my 200 hr teacher training with school yoga Institute. The experience left me forever changed and I just wanted to share the love and light with anyone I could reach. my outlook and perspective on life changed, along with my diet, and relationships with my friends and family. When I got back from teacher training, I immediately jumped into teaching at LA Fitness in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, and Fort Lauderdale while also taking on provate clients and small group classes by appointment. It was one thing to have my life changed by yoga, but a whole other feeling of being able to reach out and change other peoples lives in the process. The gratitude I have gotten from teaching has been indescribable and since my yoga teacher training, I have been practicing daily, teaching and spreading the gift I have been given.

Due to the economic downfall, I found myself with out a job in Finance, and realized I wanted to pursue my path as a yoga Instructor. In June, I led a 5 day yoga workshop in Guatemala with my students from Florida and reconnected with Vedantin while out here. It took me 2 days to realize, and book a one way ticket to come back out to Guatemala and help with the manifestation of the farm, and continue to obtain hours through School Yoga Institute. I have been one of the pioneers of the farm working to get it up and running and the experience has been enlightening thus far.Now, 1000hrs certified with SYI, I am here to share this incredible gift and help others see the light and the beauty of the world. My intention is to not only facilitate trainings at the farm but all over the world spreading the love and the light to all students of SYI. This is bliss.

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Vedantin Ping Luo

Founder and Director of School Yoga Institute, Ed. D, E-RYT, Herbalist, Reiki/Shamanic Mythic, certified Vinyasa Ashtanga yoga teacher by BNS Iyengar and Sivananda certified yoga teacher joins this training several times via Skype. Vedantin wears many hats in his dharmic life. In addition to being an experienced yoga teacher, who has been teaching yoga and training yoga teachers around the world for many, many years, he is also a certified integrative herbalist by School of Integrative Herbology, a master practitioner of Shamanic Reiki energy healing, and a university professor who teaches holistic health. Vedantin has studied extensively with a myriad of gurus from many traditions, including BNS Iyengar, Sri Patabhi Jois, Tim Miller, Berle Bender Birch, and David Swenson. Through years of experience, he has found that a true guru resides right in his heart.

Vedantin has also been studying Shamanic Healing for a long period of time and was fortunate enough to study Ancient medicine intensively with medicine men and women in the high Andes and the Amazon jungle in Peru and Bolivia. He has been blessed and initiated as an earth keeper and medicine shaman by the medicine elders and he continues to embark on the journey of healing as a medicine keeper of the earth.

Vedantin has been taking his journey and pilgrimage externally and internally into the synthesis of many mystical, healing, and yogic paths such as classic yogic, tantric yoga, Patanjili's eight limb yoga, devotional yoga (Bakti Yoga), action yoga (Karma Yoga), and Yogic Living in Theory and Practice (Juana Yoga), and shamanic healing yoga. There are many paths but the essence of all the paths is One: to realize the SELF and to find a state of contentment, happiness, and bliss.

Born and raised in a Buddhist community, the sacred Emei Mountain, in China near Tibet, Vedantin learned Buddhist principles at an early age and integrated them into his lifestyle. Additionally meditation, Tai Chi, Chiqong, and Chinese Martial arts were of his upbringing. He began teaching these principles to others 20 years ago. When Vedantin was first introduced to Yoga, he found it incorporated all aspects of Buddhist principles. Practicing Yoga has been instrumental in his life realization. Vedantin believes that the state of love, life contentment, joy, peace, and bliss cannot be found in the ever changing world but can be found in inner stillness, the true Self. He shares yoga with others with his heart and his love of Yoga.

Vedantin integrates his pedagogical knowledge of modern techniques of teacher training with his knowledge of mythical teaching of Yoga, thereby blending "science" with the art of connecting and sharing. He integrates shamanic healing medicine into his daily self-healing practice and yoga teaching. He primarily practices and teaches Sadhana Vinyasa Yoga (Vinyasa Ashtanga based), Sadhana Hatha Yoga (Sivananda based), and Shamanic Healing Yoga (blending healing power of indigenous medicine wheel with joy of Yoga).

Vedantin is inspired to respond to his inner calling, to share the wisdom and power of Yoga and healing arts with others. He envisions the conception of the University of Healing Arts in the very near future to serve humanity and bridge the gap between "science" and "ancient tradition". His dedication and love for Yoga and Healing Arts would benefit those who are pursuing stillness of mind and body and happiness and contentment in life.

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