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13 Feb Learn to Teach Yoga in Spanish

Finding yoga volunteering jobs in Costa Rica is incredibly easy. Many of the locals speak English, and a large majority of the tourists are Americans and Canadians. Teaching yoga an hour or two a day in exchange for accommodation and meals was quite a generous deal. I could’ve stayed there easily for a year or longer if I wanted to, working in the most beautiful spots around the country.
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While that was quite tempting, I felt like I needed to go on with my journey and see the rest of Latin America. So I searched for yoga volunteering jobs when I travelled to other parts of Central and South America. However, many of them required bilingual yoga teachers who spoke in both Spanish and English.
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I was able to order at restaurants and get around in my basic knowledge of the language, but I was quite far from being able to converse and give commands in Spanish. I felt like I had reached a dead end, and was forced to continue my journey the usual backpacker way, staying at hostels and having to pay for every single meal.
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One night after a bonfire in the mountains at La Finca, I stumbled upon a workshop called Spanish Language Immersion for Yogis which was scheduled to start the very next day. I emailed them to inquire and to my surprise, they quickly replied to say that there was a spot available for me. I excitedly packed my bags first thing in the morning and hurried back to Medellín, a city I’ve come to love despite its notorious reputation.
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As I arrived at Flying Tree Yoga, I was greeted by Andrew and Sierra and quickly realized that I had been interested to volunteer at this place ever since I started teaching yoga. Andrew is the course director and Sierra is the founder of Flying Tree Yoga. I clearly remember chatting with Sierra when she had just opened her yoga studio and promised her I’d get there. After over two long years, there I was standing on their front door.
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The course ran Monday through Thursday, about three hours a day from 10 am to 1 pm. We started our mornings with 15 mintues of silent meditation. The lectures were often led by Andrew and Sierra. Alana, a Puerto Rican born yoga teacher frequently helped us perfect our yoga instructions in Spanish. We also had various partner exercises towards the end of each class. Most afternoons, Andrew made himself available in case we needed one-on-one coaching and found that very helpful.
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The first couple of days were spent learning parts of the body, face, hands and feet. Then we quickly moved on to discuss relevant action and reflexive verbs. We added prepositions that might be crucial in our instructions. On the second week, we touched on pranayama, introspective and meditative language as well.
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I was so surprised that within the 3rd day, we were giving actual yoga commands in Spanish. The rest of the days were spent polishing each posture for our chosen sequences. We were also given a chance to teach classes to mixed levels in different locations in the afternoons. The course was clear, concise and really covers everything you need to know to start teaching yoga in Spanish.
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Spanish Immersion for Yogis
Yoga Interns Alexa, Virginie & Sara learning the different parts of the body in Spanish
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Would you like to teach yoga in Spanish? Here are some tips for beginners:

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Keep it simple, don’t use too many instructions.

Use the “nosotros” verb form. Yay, no need to memorize all the conjugation rules yet!

For more challenging poses, make sure the students can see you demonstrate.

Accept your limitations, don’t take it too seriously!

Practice, practice, practice.

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Flying Tree Yoga also offers a Yoga Internship Course for the duration of 4 weeks. It is a unique course that offers new graduates of 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses another stepping stone before they start their journey as a yoga teacher. The course provides them with many opportunities to teach in different settings and interact people from different backgrounds as well as receive valuable feedback from senior instructors and their peers.

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