If you are thinking about doing a yoga teacher training abroad you should take a look at Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the perfect location for the peace and tranquility you need when deepening your yoga practice and getting ready to start teaching yoga.
The Ashtanga Yoga Nicaragua training center is located on the Pacific coast near the Costa Rican border. We have easy access both from the airport in Managua and from Liberia in Costa Rica. The center is strategically placed fronting the ocean on a corner of the beautiful Ostional beach. Surrounded by the wilderness gives the place an almost magical feeling with constant closeness and connection to nature.
When we made the choice to build our yoga center on this place we knew it would attract yogis from all over the world open for adventures and new experiences. There are many other beautiful places and many reasons why you should choose to visit Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanos.
Here are 3 reasons why you want to consider Nicaragua for your yoga teacher training location.
I. VIBRANT CULTURE
Nicaragua is said to be one of the poorest countries on the planet which is a truth with modifications. Yes it’s true if you look at the statistics for material wealth but what about other types of wealth? The Nicaraguan degree of happiness seems to rise higher than in most countries. There is a general tranquil, laid-back pace in life that comes only when you live close to the equator.
Most people are very friendly and open towards strangers. Maybe because of the mixed population.
Nicaragua has an interesting blend of cultures. The majority of the population are Meztisos (70%) and the rest are Indigenous tribes, Creoles, Africans and Europeans. Nicaragua means “that which is between water” which means the land that connects the Pacific with the Atlantic Ocean. It is fantastic to have, within the same country, the Caribbean side with crystal clear water for diving and the most beautiful beaches you can imagine and on the Atlantic side you have colonial towns, reefs and a stretch of coast with the best surfing spots you can think of. When you are planning (we wouldn’t say if) your yoga teacher training in Nicaragua you want to set aside time for traveling and exploring the country after or before your program. Here is a list of places you CAN NOT miss and have to visit:
Granada, with colonial-ears architecture and closeness to Lake nicaragua
Selva Negra, located in Mantagalpa, a historical coffee farm and mountain resort.
Vulcano Mombacho, 1344 m and natural reserve.
Ometepe Island, popular destination formed by two vulacanos.
Leon, one of the oldest cities with neo-classical architecture.
Corn Island, Caribbean tropical islands Big Corn and Little Corn.
II. AMAZING WILDLIFE
20% of the land mass in Nicaragua is protected area and the likelihood of spotting rare wild animals is big. Eco tourism is growing fast in Nicaragua and as they are focusing a lot on wildlife, adventures and local culture there are many possibilities for extraordinary experiences for tourists.
A few of the areas to explore to get close to nature and encounter wild animals are: Bosawas in northern Nicaragua, the largest rainforest north of the Amazon. The lake Cocibolca, the largest lake in Central America with it’s islands where Ometepe is the most popular. In Ometepe alone there are many eco lodges owned by local families well worth visiting.
7% of the worlds biodiversity is found in Nicaragua, which is more than all of Europe. One of our favorite animal is the Paslama Sea Turtle that travel each year to our beach in Ostional and nearby La Flor. We also love the Howler Monkey, the Jaguar and the Iguana Verde. In our latest Seva project we are working on a wild life conservation project with the Iguana Verdes.
One of the most precious moments each day for us is the morning yoga practice when we get to enjoy all the tropical birds. A family of parrots in a tree close to the yoga space and sometimes we even get to see the national bird, the Gaurdabarranco and that is a real treat.
III. PRE-COLUMBIAN FOOD
We love our food here in Nicaragua. It’s important for our yoga practitioner to get the proper nourishment through clean and healthy food with nutrients from the rich soil of Nicaragua. There are unlimited possibilities for delicious, healthy eating. Everything grows here and there are no shortage of fruits and vegetables.
A typical Nicaraguan dish is Gallo Pinto consisting of fried rice with onion and sweet pepper, red beans boiled with garlic. They are mixed and fried all together. Most food in Nicaragua is fried and the oil is often used many times over to save money. Unfortunately the people in Nicaragua are generally not educated in the relationship between health and diet and there are accelerating numbers of diet related health issues in the population like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. This is very sad considering the Pre-Columbina diet was a healthy diet with real Maize in the tortillas and dishes made with Cacao.
Ingredients we love to use a lot are Cia, Beans, Avocado, Ginger, Chillipepper, Moriga, Tomatoes and Garlic. We are very inspired by the Pre-Colimbina way of cooking and we are constantly coming up with new ways to use all the riches of nature for the best food experiences that can nourish our yoga bodies and spirits.
We love to see you in our next Yoga teacher training in Nicaragua. Here is an overview on the yoga teacher training program where you can learn:
- what is the 200 hour yoga teacher training program
- who is it for
- what will you get
- the program outline
- certification process and requirements
- study material
- recommended literature