Residential Yoga Teacher Training Course
Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat

200hr Yoga Alliance Registered Certification in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga

June 1-30, 2024
Utuado, Puerto Rico

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life.
Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived.
Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been;
yoga cares about the person you are becoming.
Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose,
and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”

-Aadil Palkhivala, Fire of Love

About the Course

This course is a comprehensive study and practice of Yoga. It has been designed to encourage a profound experience of Yoga. 

The inspiration and focus of the training will be based on alignment and vinyasa Yoga

As a part of the course electives you will be trained in the science of restorative Yoga and Ayurveda. 

You will be inspired to create a lifestyle of holism and awareness. 

Expect to mindfully, intelligently, and progressively practice postures and techniques that will give you meaningful insight into the human mind and body connection.

You will learn to cultivate discipline and commitment into your own practice and nourish those principles in the lives of those around you, as well. As a group we will encourage an uplifting and respectful learning environment. 

You will receive resources and support to engage with the course requirements in a progressive and effective way. 

On completion of the course you will be qualified to teach the fundamentals of Yoga.


This is an overview of our curriculum.  To know more about the specific content to be covered please contact us

– Fundamentals of Alignment 

– Yoga Philosophy 

– Historical & Cultural Perspectives of Yoga

– Anatomy & Physiology 

– Variations & Modifications

– Teaching Methodology 

– Principles of Vinyasa

– Ethics & Professionalism in Yoga

– Use of props for posture enhancement 

– Principles of Ayurveda for Nutrition & Lifestyle 

– Meditation 

– Restorative practices

– Pranayama (breath expansion practices) 

– Energetic Anatomy: Chakras & Nadis 

– Cyclical Balance & Hormonal Health

– Accessibility & Inclusivity in Yoga


– To expand our understanding of Yoga and meditation for personal & social wellness 

– To explore the potential of our bodies and minds. 

– To further dedicate ourselves to living a healthy and holistic lifestyle. 

– To grow mindfully and professionally in the field of yoga teaching

– To inspire others to be more aware of their health and spirituality. 

– To create connections and community with people from different walks of life, finding a common thread through yoga.


– To experience the holistic integration of yoga & mindfulness with ayurvedic nutrition & lifestyle

– To explore the fundamentals of yoga theory, methodology, anatomy, philosophy, and more. 

 To learn a functional and remedial approach to postural alignment and restoration for mobility, stability, and balance. 

– To discover and embrace the potential to create inclusive teaching environments. 



June 1st: Arrival, 3pm Check-in, Dinner & Opening Ceremony 

29th of June: Closing Ceremony 

30sth of June: Breakfast, 11am Check-out 

We will study and practice 6 days a week for 4 weeks.


Daily Schedule 

The schedule is designed to provide an intensive, experiential exploration of yoga philosophy, practice, and teaching techniques. Given Yoga Alliance requirements, all students are required to attend all sessions, without exception. 

A typical daily schedule is as follows: 

6:00–8:00 am Sadhana Morning yoga practice is your opportunity to go within and have a personal experience while gaining familiarity with the fundamental practices. 

8:00–9:00 am Breakfast

9:00–- 12:30 pm Program Session

12:30 pm–2:30pm Lunch 

2:30–6:00 pm Program Session 

6:00–7:00 pm Dinner 9pm -9am Quiet Hours; Noble Silence

Program sessions include training in techniques for postures and pranayama; teaching methodology for leading a class; exposure to yogic philosophy; instruction in anatomy and physiology; ayurvedic lifestyle , practices to support your emerging skills as a teacher, and more. 

 * please note: this is a sample schedule, any changes will be communicated in advance.

"My essence is wordless."
~Thích Nhât Hanh


Diego Baldi 

Born and raised in South Africa into a mix of African, Italian, and Southeast Asian family. Diego is the founder and lead teacher of Inner Wellness Studio, a Yoga & holistic wellness school specializing in Yoga practices and teacher training.

Diego’s first encounter with Yoga practices was at 13 years of age when he began to integrate his love for dance with conscious movements. Since then he has continued to advance both as a learner and a teacher.

He has completed Yoga teacher training programs and continued education in India & South Africa including Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga
and Meditation.

“My experience as a Yoga teacher over the years has empowered me to integrate with the healing potential of Yoga at multiple levels. Yoga has cultivated a more conscious and compassionate way of life within me. It is my intention to promote the holistic practice of Yoga as a lifestyle, to maintain health and balance and promote optimum wellness.”

Diego draws from his background in holistic health coaching and integrative nutrition to encourage a comprehensive and sustainable lifestyle approach.


Certification in Iyengar Yoga with the Iyengar Yoga Institute in South Africa

Certification in Kundalini Yoga with Pritam Hari Kaur Khalsa & Har Bhajan in South Africa

200hr Certification in Vinyasa Yoga with Shades of Yoga in South Africa

300hr Certification in Vinyasa Yoga with the Kailash Tribal School of Yoga in Dharamshala, India

Art of Living Certification in South Africa

Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach Certification

Maria Victoria la Tanamá 

Born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico into a multi-generational boricua family. Tanamá is an educator dedicated to supporting others in achieving their intentions for health and wellness. 

She initiated her formal studies of Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh Yog Peeth, northern India, where she completed her first 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. From there her passion for natural healing led her south to Kerala where she gained profound insights into the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. She went on to travel to South Africa where she completed an additional 500-hours of training focusing on alignment based vinyasa, restoratives, and the ayurvedic integration of yoga. She is also certified to teach yoga for pregnancy and children.

María Victoria draws from her academic background in research, education, and social sciences to help create a supportive and engaging learning environment for all. Her personal experience recovering from chronic pain and developing menstrual cycle awareness inspire a compassionate and holistic approach to wellness & recovery.

For the last 5 years she has been co-creating an leading Yoga Teacher Training courses in South Africa and Puerto Rico.


Masters in Education from National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois

Masters Studies in Race, Ethnicity & Gender from the University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelors in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga with Rishikesh Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India

200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Alignment Based Vinyasa & Restorative Yoga with Inner Wellness Studio in Durban, South Africa

300hr Yoga Teacher Training in Yoga & Ayurveda with Inner Wellness Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa

Registered Pregnancy Yoga Teacher with Mamata Yoga

Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with YogaEd

Ayurvedic Consultant Certification with Dr. David Frawley

The Venue

Set in a stunning valley on 105 lush tropical acres, Casa Grande Mountain Retreat is an oasis of peace and tranquility. 

The former coffee plantation, now exquisitely landscaped, has 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside with a beautiful river as the lower border. Follow the hiking trails up the mountain and down the waterfall.

 Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, private porch and hammock. 

A salt-water swimming pool is cradled beneath a green mountain vista.

Our restaurant is completely plant-based and we source most of our ingredients from local farmers and our own land as much as possible. 

“El Templo,” where most of the yoga training will take place, is a spacious, fully equipped studio surrounded by windows and mountain views.

The Lifestyle

Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga – they are meant to be complimentary. The course is designed to align with ayurvedic principles of daily routine, practices, and nutrition. As part of the course you will learn more about how to identify and manage your unique constitution on a day to day basis.

Our restaurant will nourish you with well balanced, nourishing plant-based meals, teas, juices, and snacks. You will be grounded and replenished throughout the day, supporting your practice and learning.


Your investment

Regular: $5,995 | Early Bird: $5,495
to qualify for early bird pricing payment of deposit must be completed by December 31, 2023
Inclusive of:

Private accommodation 

En-suite bathroom, private balcony with hammock 

Daily meals 

3 Ayurvedic inspired vegan meals + snacks & refreshments 

Yoga training manual 

Theory & practice 

Certificate of completion*
Registered with Yoga Alliance


A deposit of $1,000 is required to reserve your space.**

Flexible payment options available.

*upon completion of all required hours and assignments

** deposit is non-refundable


Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply

1. Complete the online application form.

2. Schedule a phone call with the course teachers to go over your application.

3. One your application is accepted you can make your deposit and secure your space.

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