Tulum has become one of Mexico’s top destinations for yoga and wellness-minded tourists over the past many years. With no shortage of yoga resorts and retreat centers to sink into in Tulum, yogis make their way to this spiritual Caribbean hub in great numbers. Because of this appeal, it should come as no surprise that countless studios and international teachers base their yoga teacher training programs out of this vibrant Caribbean town. So, if you’re looking for an oceanside retreat in this southern gem of North America, Tulum may rank high on your list. To help you sift through what’s available in 2019 and into 2020, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best yoga teacher trainings this town has to offer.
10 Best Yoga Teacher Trainings in Tulum 2019
Yoga Dicha opened its doors in 2013 and since then has become one of Tulum’s top yoga studios. The Aligned Flow and Embodied Teacher Training immersion is open to students of all ages and abilities. Whether you are interested in a 100-, 200-, 300-, or 500-hour certificate, Yoga Dicha has you covered.
Program: The non-residential immersion program at the studio in Tulum offers an intensive yoga teacher training experience. The training, led by founder Richelle Morgan, Fally Love Weiss, and others, takes places over 21 days and includes Aligned Flow Method manuals, unlimited access to studio classes, a malas and mantras workshop, an off-site study day, and an AF-RYT certificate upon completion.
What We Like: Want to take a yoga class with rescue puppies? Yoga Dicha grants you that opportunity during their ‘Down Dog for the Dogs’ days. Donations support local animal welfare non-profits. Inquire about when this class will be next held.
Cost: The early bird rate for the program is $2499 USD; after that, the standard price is $2699 USD.
Semperviva Yoga is a Canadian-based yoga company that offers both local and destination teacher training programs. In 2019 they are offering an immersion training program with Master Yoga Teacher, Gloria Latham. For those who are Yoga Alliance Registered Teachers, the 35 hours can count towards teaching credits.
Program: This 7-day short training program is held at Shambala Petit Hotel, an oceanfront boutique hotel. The program includes 6 nights of accommodation, two Kundalini Yoga practices daily, a training manual, three daily meals, and a certificate upon completion.
What We Like: The theme of the Tulum program is ‘Crystallize Your Vision,’ honing in on the throat chakra. For those looking to take their dreams to the next level, to clarify their vision and ability to manifest their most authentic desires, this short teacher training program may be the one.
Cost: Pricing for the program ranges from $2195 USD to $2795 USD based on room selection.
Under an hour up the coast from Tulum, Ellen de Jonge Yoga hosts yoga teacher training programs in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Ellen, originally from Amsterdam, moved to Mexico in 2001 where she first came across the life-changing practice of yoga. She teaches the dynamic practice of Vinyasa Flow.
Program: In autumn of 2019, Ellen de Jonge and Alan Montaño are offering a 300-hour Vinyasa Krama teacher training program. The course is Yoga Alliance certified and includes all of the fundamentals of a 300-hour program. Theory lessons are given on weekends and the program runs for two months from start to finish.
What We Like: This program dives into yogic philosophy to a depth beyond what is normally included in 200-hour programs. It explores the Gods and Goddesses, the Bhagavad Gita, Sutras, and more. At the same time, there is a strong focus on physical alignment and anatomy, making this program wonderfully well-rounded.
Cost: This 2019 teacher training course costs $2850 USD. Pay upfront or in parts.
VY Vinyasa Yoga was founded in 2009 and offers both RYS 200 and RYS 300 certifications. Since their beginnings, they have graduated 50 classes of the 200-hour program and seen more than 10 groups complete intensive personal programs for 500-hour certification. The 2019 courses are being held at Pueblito Selva Chemuyil, close to the ocean and natural jungle landscape and 20 minutes from downtown Tulum.
Program: Both the 2019 200-hour and 300-hour programs are intensive and include accommodations. They also include tuition, meals, and transportation to and from the airport. The regular menu includes egg, fish, and poultry, but vegan meals will be made available upon request.
What We Like: The eco-resort Pueblito Selva Chemuyil is down-to-earth and tranquil, tucked away from the hustle of downtown. Enjoy the close proximity of the space to Tulum while also remaining deeply immersed in the nature surrounds of this venue.
Cost: The cost of the 200-hour program starts at $2500 USD. The 300-hour program begins at $3500 USD. Price varies based on accommodation type chosen.
Yoga Navan offers both 100-hour and 200-hour yoga teacher trainings in Tulum and in Oaxaca. Teachings are of both Sivananda Hatha and Vinyasa approaches and the courses are Yoga Alliance registered. Three teachers – Michelle, Olga, and Cordi – are the leads of these programs.
Program: The 21-day 200-hour program includes tuition, accommodation, and a yogic diet. Exact meal inclusions vary, so verify before making your choice of which program and location to sign-up for. Days include pranayama, asana practice, theory, and meditation.
What We Like: The flexibility of this program is ideal for those who are on a time constraint or who would prefer to complete their 200-hour certification in two rounds. Opt for one 21-day session or two 10-day sessions. For the latter, both sessions need to be completed before receiving certification.
Cost: The 2019 200-hour Oaxaca training is $3000 USD. The Tulum training in early 2020 is priced at $3299 USD. For those interested in completing 100 hours to start with, the 2019 fee is $1500 USD.
The 22-day Ancient Hatha and Tibetan Buddhism Yoga Teacher Training course offered by Diamond Heart Yoga is being held at Tulum Wellness Academy. Scott Nanamura, with 20 years of training and experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Tibetan Buddhism, and Yoga philosophy, is the facilitator of the program.
Program: This multi-faceted yoga teacher training program includes accommodation, asana practice, pranayama, meditation, lectures and philosophy classes, certification upon completion, an ecstatic dance workshop, daily meals, group sound healing, and more. Rooms are simple and rustic, offering sea, pool, or jungle views.
What We Like: The location is perfect. Resting ocean-side, Tulum Wellness Academy is 5km from downtown Tulum and just a 10 minute drive from the Mayan ruins. The white sands, sun, and blue waters are the perfect space to chill out between practices and lessons.
Cost: The ‘tuition only’ price is $2690 USD. If you would like to include accommodation in your course package, the total price varies greatly – from $2950 for a single bed in shared room to $5590 USD for a private room with ocean view.
The 200-hour yoga teacher training program with Yoga Medicine is unique in that it consists of two distinct training weeks separated by four months of personal study and homework. Like Happy Jack Yoga, this program is also held at the stunning Maya Tulum Retreat and offers a more convenient approach to receiving certification for those who cannot take off more than a week at a time.
Program: The 200-hour program with Yoga medicine includes all instruction, three meals daily while in Tulum, online lectures, and a comprehensive course manual. The curriculum includes all of the basics of a standard 200-hour course, including anatomy and physiology, alignment, sequencing, Sanskrit, yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation, chakras, Ayurveda, and much more.
What We Like: The structure of this training course is unlike most – and it works. This unique layout offers the benefits of both an intensive program and a longer program that tends to hold more time and space for integration. You can enjoy the full-on teaching style while in Tulum and then hone your knowledge and skills in-between the two weeks with online support.
Cost: Shared room pricing is $4390 USD. Double room packages go for $4790 or $4990 USD (garden and ocean view, respectively), and a single room package costs $5990 USD.
The Aquarian Teacher offers an intensive, multi-location Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course – Tulum included. Taught by Sat Guru Kaur, Mahan Kirn Kaur, Kjord Davis, and Amanbir Singh, this program provides students with a deep understanding of the practices and principles of Kundalini Yoga.
Program: This 220-hour course is spread out in three weeks of training – the first in Los Angeles, the second in Tulum, and the third in New York City. When in Tulum, training will take place at Holistika, one of the Caribbean town’s most alluring retreat centers. Accommodations and flights are not included, though Holistika accommodations can be booked upon securing your place in the program.
What We Like: Given that this program is spread out across three North American cities and towns, it is not your average retreat. The structure makes for a luxurious training course as you’ll experience the diverse and radiant energies of LA, NYC, and Tulum (spread out over the course of six months).
Cost: The training course is priced at $3800 USD. Accommodation is extra.
Amazing Yoga is based out of Pittsburgh, though they offer Level 2 teacher training courses in sunny Tulum. This course is a follow-up to their Level 1 program, helping students to deepen their yoga practice and become knowledgeable teachers. Karen and Sean Conley are the training instructors for the program, both with many years of experience in practice and teaching.
Program: The Level 2 Teacher Training is rooted in Power Vinyasa yoga and includes tuition, seven nights of accommodation, and three buffet meals per day. Accommodation and trainings are at Maya Tulum Resort. Days consist of meditation, asana practice, workshops, and group discussions.
What We Like: The setting of this program is spot-on. Maya Tulum Resort offers both ocean and jungle vibes. It is somewhat secluded from the buzz of Tulum and yet within a short distance to all amenities and attractions.
Cost: The program price starts at $2119 USD for shared accommodation with two others. For a beach front single room, the price is $3768. Various rooms and pricing options exist in-between.
Happy Jack Yoga offers a 100-hour teacher training program in Tulum, Mexico for those looking to dip their toes into teacher training or who wish to add it to their 300-hour curriculum. This is their fifth year offering the program at Maya Tulum Resort, a blissful ocean-front yoga resort offering a tranquil place to call home during your training.
Program: The 100-hour teacher training program takes place over just one week. The program includes 100-hour certification, shared accommodation, vegetarian meals, a Temazcal sweat lodge experience, and a 21-day digital support program to help students integrate what they’ve learned upon returning home. The facilitators are Jack Boken and Hanna von Hafenbrädl.
What We Like: This program offers a chance to add to your yoga training without having to commit multiple weeks or even months away from home. It provides the important hands-on learning in just one week and then supplements these teachings with digital support making it one of the more convenient teacher trainings in Tulum.
Cost: This program costs $3900 USD. Payment plans are available.
So whether you’re in search of an introductory yoga teacher training program or something more advanced or specialized, the wealth of international teachers that Tulum attracts ensures that there is no shortage of diverse teachings to consider here. Determine what type of certification and vibe you are after and then allow your heart guide you to the Tulum yoga teacher training program of your most inspired dreams.
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Andrea has been hosting yoga retreats in various locations worldwide since 2003 and continues to encourage her students to live as the best version of themselves. Yogic living provides the framework for her informative writing, which is chock-full of beneficial tips and tricks.