40 Hour Advanced Teacher Training

Innovation Incubator: New Directions in Teaching Yoga

Teaching Contemporary Yoga: Physical Philosophy and Critical Issues

with Edward Clark & Laurie Greene


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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training

This 6 night course will evaluate the practice and teaching (pedagogy) of Yoga for advanced practitioners and teachers. It is a deep dive into Yoga intended for those who are looking to continue a serious inquiry, conversation, and collaboration about teaching and practicing yoga and a consideration of how to make its future evolution most effective.

This is a “training for the trainer” and is optimal for those that wish to create exceptional and innovative teacher trainings or reinvigorate their own teaching.

This 6 night course is a profound investigation of Yoga intended for experienced teachers who are looking to continue serious inquiry, conversation, and collaboration about teaching and practicing yoga. It aims to encourage exploration for teachers as they fashion their place in the continuing evolution of yoga as a serious endeavor.

Edward and Laurie will utilize their new book Teaching Contemporary Yoga (Routledge 2022) to frame and lead discussion and experimentation. They will cultivate independent critical thinking and imaginative solutions to the problems facing teachers and the possibilities for yoga practice in the world today.

Sustained interest in one’s own teaching can be a challenge since the daily demands leave little room for professional enrichment. This training provides practical solutions to overcoming disillusionment by helping identify a teacher’s unique philosophy and strengths, allowing them to reengage with their enthusiasm for teaching. It is a collaboration between professional teachers who wish to intelligently critique and experiment.

Relevant to any style, orthodoxy, or population, this “incubator” goes beyond instruction in postures or adjustments. It discusses how good teaching requires sound theories, methods, techniques, and practice. It examines how to use experience, creativity, and insight instead of teaching in a formulaic way.

Day #1 : Arrival & settle
Day #2 : The Aesthetics of Beauty and Connoisseurs of Consciousness
Day #3 : Making Ritual and Meaning Making
Day #4 : Why Thinking Matters: Radical versus Critical Acceptance
Day #5 : The Power of Imagination
Day #6 : Merging Theory and Practice
Day #7 : Departure

EDWARD CLARK, Master Yoga Teacher


Edward Clark is a figure acknowledged throughout the world for his work integrating the fields of theatre and yoga. His performing company, Tripsichore, tours regularly throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Edward is also internationally recognised as a teacher of advanced yoga technique and philosophy whose teachings are sought around the globe. He was a regular presenter and workshop leader at Yoga Journal Conferences and continues to be a sought-after teacher on various Teacher Training Programs in the USA, the UK, Europe, Mexico and throughout Asia.

Edward says,”The concept of vinyasa as applied to yoga philosophy could either be considered very ancient or radically new. In either case, vinyasa seems to be one of the great contributions to yoga of this particular generation of yogis. VINYASA in our definition, is the evenly metered flow of movement, breath and thought resulting in a smooth, uninflected state of being. The vinyasa techniques are pursued to bring about clarity and stability to one’s thoughts and actions. Tripsichore endeavours to do this in class and onstage.  Most yoga discipline has worked on refining one’s self in the direction of greater stillness – an absence of movement in the mind and body. Superficially, vinyasa would seem to contradict this. However, the mental focus and physical technique needed to bring about continuous fluid movement can also bring one to a “seat” of great stability and clarity. The stability is not only in the posture, but in the transition between postures – to the point where there is no distinction between movement and stillness.”

laurie greene, PhD, E-RYT, YBR

Dr. Laurie Greene, PhD, ERYT500 has been a yoga teacher, studio owner, and teacher trainer for over 40 years. A PhD in anthropology, Laurie has practiced yoga since age 15, having grown up in a “yoga family”.  Since then, yoga has become her healthy addiction. Always an enthusiastic student, Laurie combines her training in a variety of classical “hatha” traditions and other movement traditions, bringing insights and techniques from all these to her eclectic teaching and practice.  As the owner of Yoga Nine Studios, Laurie has not only offered classes, but a venue where master teachers from around the world gather to offer workshops and trainings.

Laurie has been training teachers since 1992 and began offering advanced trainings with Edward Clark of Tripsichore Yoga in 2008. She approaches advanced training as graduate level education; meant to develop one’s intellectual curiosity with an acknowledgement of the intelligence of each (prospective) teacher and the value of their accumulated experience. Her trainings emphasize the importance of understanding one’s strengths in teaching and the development of each teacher’s unique style.


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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training includes :

6 night accommodations in a private beachfront villa

Yoga classes & sessions as per the itinerary

Breakfast daily plus 3 lunches & 4 dinners at the house

Closing dinner party with bonfire, open margarita bar, salsa music and roasted marshmallows

40 hours (CEU or applied to certification at Yoga Nine or elsewhere with approval)

All hotel taxes & fees


What’s not included :

Staff gratuities (daily cleaning service and servers is greatly appreciated; suggested amount in pesos 1000-2000mxn)
Flights to and from Cancun and airport transfers to El Cuyo (shared and private rides can be organized)
2 lunches on your own
Travel insurance


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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training Itinerary :

Day One :


1pm Optional Group Shuttle meeting at CUN airport
3pm Arrival/Check in
5pm Opening Circle and discussion
7pm Dinner together at Utopia

Day Two :


7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm The Aesthetics of Beauty and Connoisseurs of Consciousness
1:30pm Lunch together at the house
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm The Aesthetics of Beauty and Connoisseurs of Consciousness
7pm Dinner together at Utopia

Day Three  :


7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm Making Ritual and Meaning Making
Lunch on your own
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm Making Ritual and Meaning Making
7pm Dinner together at Utopia

Day Four  :

7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm Why Thinking Matters: Radical versus Critical Acceptance
1:30pm Lunch together at the house
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm Why Thinking Matters: Radical versus Critical Acceptance
Dinner on your own

Day Five  :


7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm The Power of Imagination
Lunch on your own
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
4:00-6:30pm The Power of Imagination
7pm Dinner together at Utopia

Day Six :


7:30am Fruit, tea, coffee, snack
8:00-9:00am  Morning Class
9:15am Breakfast
10:30am-1:00pm Merging Theory and Practice
1:30pm Lunch together at the house
Free time, beach walks, rest, massages
3:30-6pm Merging Theory and Practice
8pm Toes-in-the-sand dinner party with bonfire, salsa music, open margarita bar & roasted marshmallows

Day Seven  :

7-8am Practice
8:15am Breakfast
Departures-Check out 12pm


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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training Requirements :

Serious commitment to teaching and/or practice, and a willingness to change one’s mind based on the results of their experimentation. Must have some experience with teaching, and be interested in questioning all that they believe they already know.

Their text Teaching Contemporary Yoga (Routledge 2022) will be utilized to frame and lead discussion and experimentation. Each participant should have a copy and read its entirety prior to arrival.


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Yucatán Yoga Retreat : Beach, History & Nature

Accommodations :

Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studio : El Cuyo is the 3rd incarnation of a series of retreat houses that we have created to host retreat groups over the years.


The main living area shares a sitting room and a dining area indoors. There are porches both on the front side of the house and the beach side (please stay tuned for the beach terrace photo…I’m waiting for a table to be finished and then we will photograph it!).

Bedrooms are simple and cozy with neutral tones, natural textures from local sources and some with ocean views.
The house has 8 bedrooms (4 privates with a queen bed each and 4 shared with 2 twin beds).

Bathrooms are shared amongst the house. There are three full bathrooms plus a double sink wash area upstairs and an outdoor shower with doors on the beach.


Our yoga studio has ocean views from the second story terrace of the house. Yoga mats and blocks are available.


Follow along with our adventures on Instagram via @utopiayogaelcuyo

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training Pricing :

Shared Double rooms


Interior bedrooms with 2 twin beds and shared bathrooms within steps.

$3,240usd per person

Private Interior rooms

Interior queen bedrooms with shared bathrooms within a few steps.

$3,570usd Private

Private ocean view rooms


Oceanview queen bedrooms with shared bathrooms within a few steps.

$3,660usd Private

Optional Add-ons :

Extra nights at Utopia including breakfast $145usd
75 minute healing massage – $135usd
Bike Rental – $10usd per hour
Airport Transfers to and from CUN including tolls; we pair travelers together to share costs where possible

*You must provide your own bed mate for this option. We can pair roommates together but not people sharing a bed together.

We can pair you with other travelers of your preferred gender looking to share a room. If there is not another guest looking to share your room must be taken as a private.

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Teaching Contemporary Yoga Advanced Training

Reservations :


Deposits of $1,000usd are due to secure your space in the training.

Choose your retreat dates :
Room choice :
Message :

Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. If you’d like us to pair you with a roommate for rooms with shared options we require a written consent with your vaccination status and preference regarding roommate’s status to pair you accordingly. We only pair roommates together, not bedmates. All guests are required to arrive to the retreat with a negative covid test result within 24 hours.

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The balance of your retreat (minus your $1,000usd initial deposit*) is due 90 days prior to arrival. All details for this will be emailed to the group three months before the retreat.

You may pay with a credit card via PayPal, a bank wire transfer, Zelle, or deposit a check into our bank account to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin. We understand how much fees blow…though some of these options do incur a fee that will be passed on to you. Please see the itemized list below.


PayPal = Pay using your credit card. 4% fee is applied.

Bank Wire = Pay online with a wire. Please add $20usd to your total for wire fee.

Zelle or dropping a check into our Chase account = No charge to pay with this method. Daily limits apply with Zelle.

Bitcoin = Modern payment methods in cryptocurrency. Any transaction fees your wallet requires are applied.

Please let us know your preferred method of payment and we will send you the appropriate information right away.



Cancellations made within 90 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable. All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.


The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (Y&AWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. Y&AWW and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. Y&AWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary.

Yoga & Adventures Worldwide, its affiliates, retreat facilitators, hotels, third party vendors, and tour providers, the ownership, or staff, of course, cannot be held responsible for events that are outside of our control. There are no refunds as per our cancellation policies. We highly recommend that all of our guests secure a quality travel insurance that will cover them for ANY event which may cause for a change of travel plans, or for ANY unfortunate event including but of course not limited to:

– Transportation delays, cancellations or changes due to strikes, labor disputes, or lockouts from airlines, boats, ferries or any type of transportation
– Any inconvenience or complication caused by bad weather, storms, and hurricanes : a direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike
– Government/political actions, events or situations; threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.
– Personal health issues or personal situations in general which may affect travel plans
– Any loss, theft or damage of personal items at any stage of your trip
– Any accident causing injury during any stage of your trip
– Travel restrictions or illness associated with COVID-19.

All travelers may join our retreats “at your own risk”, but should continue to take precautions such as wearing masks in public, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently. Testing will be determined by the countries through which the traveler must pass. All testing requirements are at the travelers expense and are not included in our packages. Please stay up to date with current travel related requirements.

We are not able to refund payments or extend credits due to complications in travel, rescheduling or closings due to Covid-19. Please let us know if you have purchased this insurance.

In addition to travel insurance, we require that you are covered with medical insurance while on retreat. Please check your health insurance policy regarding treatment outside your home country in the rare case you would need care while away from home. We recommend and use IMG Travel Medical Insurance to cover us around the globe. Please consult with the agent to make sure the plan you choose covers medical care in the country you are visiting. We will ask for proof of medical insurance prior to the retreat.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a call or to receive further info via email.

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Travel Tips to El Cuyo, Yucatan


Fly into Cancun International airport (CUN). Please note that Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo and El Cuyo is in the state of Yucatan. There is a time difference of 1 hour in the winter months for WINTER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS. Please make sure to double check the time zones well as you plan your travel.

From Cancun Airport to El Cuyo, travel time is approximately 2.5 hours door to door. Our drivers are very safe and reliable and we can arrange transfers from the airport to our beach house if you like. Please send along your full flight details and we will try to pair you with others traveling on a similar schedule to and from the retreat. Pricing depends on how many are in the ride.

Taxis are not allowed to wait outside the Cancun International airport at arrivals so a transfer needs to be arranged for a private car service pick up in advance or there is a local bus that takes you to El Cuyo. For arriving on your own to El Cuyo by bus you’ll need to go from the airport in Cancun to the town of Cancun station and then from there to Colonia Yucatan and then from there, you’d grab a taxi to El Cuyo. To find out more details check out this site.

There are no ATMS in El Cuyo and everything is better paid in cash as most places do not accept credit cards. Please plan to take out cash in Mexican pesos at the airport ATM upon arrival, pre-order currency from your bank back home and bring it with you or exchange your currency at the airport for Mexican pesos. Some places accept credit cards but it’s always a better idea to have cash just in case. That said there is not a lot of shopping in El Cuyo as it is a quiet town with beach and chill. Cash tips for staff are appreciated

Wifi is not the most reliable and does come in and out at times along with the electricity though it is getting better. If it does go out it usually comes back fairly quickly and offers a nice chance to sit back and relax and watch the stars. If you need super reliable internet please let us know to discuss this further. The idea is to unplug and be offline as much as possible.

There are no specialized stores and although there are a few pharmacies in the town if a specific drug is required, you would have to travel by car to the city of Tizimín about an hour away so please plan on bringing everything you might think you will need with you from home.

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