Aruba Bound with Yoga Shanti

Colleen Saidman Yee works with a student. Courtesy photo

Summer hasn’t even started, but Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee are already thinking about — and planning — their next retreat.

This fall, the power couple will host Yoga Shanti’s first 200-hour intensive teacher training on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, where they will spend 24 days under the sun and swimming in the sea when they are not in yoga study, asana practice, social adventure or quiet time at Costa Esmeralda.

“The Yoga Shanti 200-Hour Intensive Teacher Training program is designed to immerse you into the study of yoga, enriching and strengthening your personal practice, and preparing you to teach a set of safe Shanti-style sequences in a range of categories,” according to the Sag Harbor-based studio. “The group will be intimate, allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship, and we will guide you on establishing a strong foundation for a lifelong study of yoga.”

The curriculum will include cultivating a daily home practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation, as well as sequencing, seeing and understanding bodies teaching skills, manual adjusting, and assisting, anatomy, philosophy, and chanting.

This fall, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee will host Yoga Shanti’s first 200-hour intensive teacher training on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

Students will arrive by Monday, September 16, and the first gathering as a group will be morning asana practice the following day. Graduation will be held on Thursday, October 10, with departure after breakfast on Friday, October 11. There will be four full days off within the duration of the training, specific days pending.

There are no prerequisites in terms of asana practice or yogic philosophy to participate in this training, but students are expected to have maintained a regular yoga practice in the four months immediately prior to when the training begins.

Costs range from $5,500 to $7,250, which includes full tuition, three daily meals and snacks, plus breakfast on Sundays, and accommodations. Registration requires a $500 non-refundable deposit and completion of an online form.

“Costa Esmeralda is a family-owned oasis, embraced by the Caribbean winds and warmed by the gentle sun, and out of the hurricane belt,” according to a press release. “Accommodations are modern and comfortable, consisting of beautiful private studios or shared rooms in houses or apartments — all situated within the property gardens, decorated with palm trees and lush vegetation.”

Full balance payment is due no later than July 15, and a $250 discount is available for students who pay in full within 10 days of receiving their official acceptance email. For registration after July 15, full payment is due immediately.

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