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This retreat is Doron Yoga and Zen Center’s signature program. It is designed to guide you in taking the first steps towards building lasting joy into your everyday life. By taking yogic lessons away from the yoga mat and into the real world, you can learn to approach life in a healthy, holistic manner. The course focuses on practicing four major pillars of a balanced lifestyle - physical yoga, breath and energy, food and nutrition, and training the mind.
From comfortable garden-enclosed shared rooms to airy, lake view suites, the accommodation at Doron Yoga & Zen Center is eco-friendly and designed for utter relaxation.
All accommodations are new, and built for comfort and safety while being ecological. There are two lovely and spacious dormitories, which sleep 5 and 6 people and share the bathroom area.
There are also various private rooms. These rooms have en-suite bathrooms, a deck with hammocks and gorgeous lake view.
Led by the author of The Yoga Lifestyle, Doron Hanoch, you will be encouraged to explore the negative patterns that are holding you back from integrating these healthy habits into your life. In addition to daily pranayama, Zen meditation, and yoga asana practice, the program will include afternoon workshops on specialized topics such as Ayurveda, nutrition, and Zen mindfulness.
Finally give your body and mind the attention they deserve. Spend a week living among the abundant natural beauty of Lake Atitlan, eating homemade vegetarian food, and enjoying the company of a supportive yoga family. This retreat is a perfect way to reset from the stress of your everyday life and provides practical steps to move forward with a new perspective of joy and gratitude.
The Doron yoga method (based in Ashtanga from primary through the third series) mixes Yin and Yang, core work and strengthening, with deep stretching. The class offers a challenge and movements, but the flow is slow, mindful, and focused. You will work hard, and laugh at the same time. There are lots of tips and teachings that will help you advance rapidly.
Doron Yoga is a sustainable yoga system, where safety comes first and foundations of correct alignment specifically for each individual. Then, based on that they build-up to the most advanced practices according to each student’s level and needs.
Your days begin with pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga asana. This practice, which lasts a total of 2.5 hours, is the perfect way to start your day from a place of bliss. The practice is followed by a yummy, nutritious, superfood breakfast. You then get a break to relax, read or go explore. Doron Yoga is happy to help with arranging activities such as stand up paddle, massage, market visits, Volcano hikes, and more.
It is also fun to just sit on your hammock, relax by the river on the property, or chat with new friends. It is also an easy walk to the lake, where you can enjoy swimming or sit on the dock by the water.
This inspiring workshop, which is an opportunity to dive deeper into the practice, gain more knowledge from an expert leader, and have time to ask specific questions.
Learning your body type (dosha) and what it means. How to balance your specific dosha, what are your strengths and where do you tend to slip. This is a very empowering session where you will comprehend how to not only balance your health but even relationships and communication in life.
Morning routine - tongue scraping, oil pulling, nauli, and more. Night routine - intermittent fasting. Sleep habits. Intentions versus resolutions, gratitude meditation.
What to eat and drink according to your body type, using a variety of systems - Ayurveda, raw food, macrobiotics, the flexitarian method, and new diet researches. Understand what are nightshades, should you eat raw food, fermented food, or soy. Which dairy is better? Learn about dairy substitutes, oils that heal, and the most important veggies in your diet.
You will also learn about some basic recipes and many cooking tips that are practical and quick for you to improve your eating habits in an easy way.
Q&A regarding your poses and practice, when to practice, how much to practice, what kind of practice for your dosha, alignment, and some of Doron’s special secrets to make your practice shine.
How does your mind influence your happiness? Tips regarding meditation, walking meditation, improving how your mind functions during the day, and how to use it have a blissful life.
Doron is a certified 550-hour yoga teacher as well as the director of the Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 300) and founder of the Doron Yoga and Zen Center in Guatemala. He is the author of The Yoga Lifestyle (LLewellynn, June 2016). Doron was introduced to yoga and meditation in 1992 while traveling and studying in the Far East for two years. During that time, Doron studied at the Osho Ashram, with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, in Thailand doing Vipassana retreats, and in Japan living and working with a Buddhist priest.
Doron Yoga & Zen Center is an eco-conscious yoga resort located in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Atitlán. The welcoming home is situated in Tzununá (translates to Land of the Hummingbird) which rests amongst the many exceptionally unique villages surrounding the lake. Tzununá is the perfect spot for reconnecting with yourself as it is one of the most quiet villages around, populated mainly by Mayan locals. Amongst the various reasons that make the location special is the Tzununá River that runs through the garden with many meditations spots by it. The yoga shala sits along the Tzununá River, allowing for the sound of water to flow softly and soothingly into our daily practices. Furthermore, you will find at walking distance inspiring projects nearby such as permacultural foundations, academies, herbal apothecaries and farms such as Atitlán Organics to explore. In this relaxing village in the jungle rests a beautiful waterfall with the accompaniment of a small cave that makes meditation and chanting sessions wonderfully inviting.
Additionally, when keen on visiting the neighbor villages, you may relax knowing that you are only one short boat or Tuk-Tuk ride away! The closest villages to Tzununá are; San Marcos La Laguna, an exciting venue for holistic treatments and various spiritual events, and Jaibalito, the mysterious town with gorgeous hikes that is solely accessible by boat.
Three vegetarian/vegan meals will be served each day. They source many of our ingredients from our very own organic gardens and locally source what our permaculture cannot supply.
The food they serve is prepared with love, passion and attention to detail. The menu is created under the guidance of the founder and director, who is also a trained chef and certified nutrition consultant, it is designed to give optimal plant-based nutrition and high energy whilst inspiring a gastronomical journey aimed to nurture body, mind and soul.
You will get great balance of raw food, cooked food (with healthy oils), fermented foods, healthy sauces, home made jams and peanut butter, homemade granola, baked sourdough bread, freshly made tortillas, signature pizza from the clay oven and so much more.
Their goal is simple: To let mother nature’s cuisine shine with all the exciting tastes, textures, vibrant colors and pure flavors.
During your free time, you can enjoy some these activities:
La Aurora International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) or Antigua. Doron Yoga and Zen Center can also arrange a private / shared shuttle for you at an additional cost. Please make sure you land in the morning or early afternoon to get to the center before the sunset.
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