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The Best Guatemala Yoga Retreat Reviewed In 2024

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Guatemala. I lived there for almost a year and completely fell in love with the country. Take a look through my blog and you will understand why. So although doing a yoga retreat Guatemala may not be the obvious choice, trust me when I say you will not regret booking a yoga retreat in Guatemala.

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Why do a Guatemala yoga retreat?

My personal journey with yoga truly blossomed in Guatemala. This enchanting country, with its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty, is where I found a deeper connection to the practice. Prior to experiencing yoga in Guatemala, my focus was primarily on the physical aspects, the Asana. But there’s something incredibly special and spiritual about Guatemala, particularly Lake Atitlan, that opened my eyes to the more profound, spiritual dimensions of yoga. Lake Atitlan and yoga go hand in hand.

The transformative power of Guatemala’s spirituality is most palpable in Lake Atitlan which is why you will find an abundance of Lake Atitlan yoga schools like The Yoga Forest and Doran Yoga. Here, amidst the majestic volcanoes and tranquil waters, yoga transcends mere exercise, becoming a pathway to inner peace and enlightenment.

It’s in this serene setting that most of the country’s yoga retreats are located, offering a diverse array of experiences that range from intensive, skill-building workshops to tranquil, meditative Guatemala retreats. These Guatemala retreats often weave in elements of the local culture, offering a holistic Lake Atitlan yoga experience that’s deeply connected to the spiritual essence of the area.

Antigua Guatemala also holds a special place in the heart of the yoga community. While it’s more renowned for its regular yoga classes than for retreats or teacher training programs, the city’s charming colonial architecture and vibrant streets provide a stimulating backdrop for yoga practice.

Reflecting on my transformative experiences with yoga in Guatemala, I’ve curated a list of top picks for your Lake Atitlan yoga retreat. Each one offers a unique blend of physical wellness, spiritual growth, and cultural immersion, reflective of Guatemala’s extraordinary influence on my yoga journey.

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The Best Guatemala Yoga Retreats Reviewed

14 Day Spanish Immersion and Yoga Retreat at Lake Atitlan

  • Price: From $1,553 USD
  • Number of nights: 13
  • Yoga Style: Hatha
  • Location: Lake Atitlan
The Best Guatemala Yoga Retreat In 2023

Embark on a journey that combines language and wellness at the 14-day Spanish Immersion and Yoga Retreat at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This Guatemala retreat is not just about deepening your yoga practice; it’s an immersive experience that blends the spiritual essence of yoga with the rich vibrancy of Spanish language and Guatemalan culture.

Set in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Atitlan, this retreat epitomizes the tranquility and spiritual depth that make yoga Lake Atitlan experiences so unique. During my stay, I found that the mystical atmosphere of the lake complemented the yoga sessions beautifully, creating an environment conducive to both learning and self-reflection.

This retreat uniquely offers Spanish language lessons, providing an enriching cultural dimension that distinguishes it from other Guatemala spiritual retreats. The blend of language learning with daily yoga practice created a holistic experience, enhancing both my linguistic skills and my physical and spiritual well-being.

The daily yoga sessions, overlooking the serene lake, were rejuvenating. They catered to all levels, making them accessible and beneficial for everyone, regardless of their yoga experience. The skilled instructors emphasized mindfulness and spiritual connection, integral aspects of yoga practice that are sometimes overlooked.

Another aspect that stands out is the engagement with the local community. Learning about Guatemalan traditions and participating in cultural activities added depth to the retreat, making it a truly immersive experience. This interaction not only enriched my understanding of the local culture but also deepened the spiritual aspect of my stay.

In summary, Doron Yoga’s 14-day retreat at Lake Atitlan is a perfect blend of physical, mental, and cultural enrichment. For anyone looking to combine their love for yoga with a desire to learn Spanish and immerse in a new culture, this Guatemala retreat offers an unparalleled experience.

Highlights of this Guatemala Yoga Retreat

  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Detailed afternoon workshops
  • Osho Kundalini and zen meditation
  • Pranayama practices to enrich your energy and life force
  • Yin yoga to deepen flexibility and release emotional tension

6 Day Movement and Spa Retreat: Embodied Radiance in Tzununa, Guatemala

  • Price: From $1,033 USD
  • Number of nights: 5
  • Yoga Style: Hatha
  • Location: Tzununa, Guatemala
The Best Guatemala Yoga Retreat In 2023

Explore a transformative experience with 6 Day Movement and Spa Retreat: Embodied Radiance in Tzununa, Guatemala. This yoga retreat in Guatemala offers a unique blend of rejuvenating yoga practices and luxurious spa treatments, all set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Atitlan.

The retreat focuses on a holistic approach to wellness, combining dynamic movement sessions with relaxing spa experiences. This approach is perfect for those who seek to balance their physical activity with restorative practices. The setting in Tzununa, a tranquil village on the shores of Lake Atitlan, enhances the retreat’s serene atmosphere. I actually lived there up in the mountains for a month and so the village has a special place in my heart. Its location is just next to San Marcos in a small traditional Mayan Village.

The yoga retreat Lake Atitlan offers is not just a physical practice; it’s an opportunity to connect deeply with nature and oneself. Participants at the retreat can enjoy a range of yoga styles, suitable for all levels. The experienced instructors guide each session with a focus on mindful movement, helping attendees to enhance their practice while nurturing their body and spirit. The inclusion of spa treatments adds an element of indulgence, allowing participants to unwind and rejuvenate fully.

The retreat also offers a chance to explore the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan and engage with the local culture. This aspect of the retreat seems to provide a well-rounded experience, combining physical wellness with cultural immersion.

For those seeking a yoga retreat in Guatemala that offers a mix of activity and relaxation, set in a location known for its natural beauty and tranquility, Surya Flow’s retreat in Tzununa seems like an ideal choice. It promises an enriching experience that nurtures both the body and the soul, amidst the breathtaking scenery of Lake Atitlan.

Highlights of this yoga retreat Guatemala

  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Thai Massage
  • Qi Gong / Tai Chi
  • Hike to Waterfalls
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Meals

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Find your Zen

  • Number of nights: 6
  • Yoga Style: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Zen
  • Location: Lake Atitlan
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Image Courtesy of Doron Yoga

Although San Marcos Guatemala yoga studios are the best known, there are some other places close by that offer just as much. Next door to San Marcos is the smaller Mayan village of Tzunana, where I lived for a while. Personally, if you want a more Zen experience Tzunana is a wonderful place to come.

The retreat at Doron yoga is all about mixing yoga asana practice, meditation, and learning Spanish. You will be taken through daily Morning yoga sessions with meditation to get the body moving and mind sharp. Then it’s time for Spanish classes with a fully qualified teacher. Guatemala is the perfect place to learn Spanish, it’s where I learned.

The highlight of this retreat is that you are in a much quieter place, so you can really unplug and disconnect from the outside world spending 6 nights living in a spiritual community.

This is the ideal retreat for anyone who wants to deepen their practice while brushing up on their Spanish.

Highlights of this Guatemala yoga retreat

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation session
  • Spanish classes with a native Spanish speaker and official teacher
  • Time to explore the beauty and culture of Lake Atitlán
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

The Best Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala

There are three great options for Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala, all of them are based in Lake Atitlan at one of the yoga retreat centers there.

21 Day 200-hr Transformational Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

  • Number Of Nights: 20
  • Yoga Style: Ashtanga, Vinyassa, and Yin
  • Location: Lake Atitlan
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This yoga teacher training course in Guatemala is for students of yoga who want a much deeper spiritual training course that goes beyond just asana practice. The YTT 200-hour training course is held at Doron Yoga and Zen Center in Guatemala in a small Mayan Village called Tzununa (just next to San Marcos). I actually lived very close by for some time and it really is the most magical area.

Highlights of this yoga retreat Guatemala

  • Pranayama and Kundalini practices
  • Eligibility for 200-hour RYT certification
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin, and Nidra yoga sessions
  • Extensive 300-page manual written by Doron Hanoch
  • Life-transforming philosophy discussions and hands-on assist workshops
  • 3 daily nutritious home-cooked vegetarian and vegan meals
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Herbal tea and coffee

21 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Santiago Atitlán

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Mystical Yoga Farm is probably one of the best-known yoga teacher training centers in Guatemala. The only downside to training up there is that it is quite far away from everything. But wow what a view you get. I wouldn’t let this put you off too much though as honestly when you are going through your 200 hours in 21 days you really don’t have time for much else!

It’s a great course, in a great location.

Highlights Include

  • The art of teaching and alignment sessions
  • Yoga Sutras, yoga anatomy, and spiritual lessons
  • Guided meditation including pranayama, asana, and relaxation
  • Satsang (community gathering) and Karma yoga sessions
  • Daily vegetarian meals prepared with love
  • 20 nights cozy accommodation

21 Days 200-Hour Earth Medicine Yoga Teacher Training

  • Number Of Nights: 20
  • Yoga Style: Hath, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative
  • Location: Lake Atitlan
21 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Santiago Atitlán

This Guatemala yoga teacher training is all about connecting and learning about the ancient yogic wisdom while restoring harmony and balance into your daily existence. And the Arco Isis Sanctuary really is the perfect location for it.

The idea is that with the wisdom you will find during the course it will open you up to reconnect and find a deeper holistic understanding of how to live by these principles in your daily life.

This yoga teacher training in Guatemala offers a powerful place to study not only yoga, but to also learn about the ancient Mayan culture, and find a deep inner knowing of your heart.

Highlights Include

  • 200-hour course curriculum
  • Anatomy and philosophy class
  • Daily Satsang and spiritual lesson
  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 20 nights accommodation

Yoga Travel Guide Planning

🧘‍♀️ Where can I look for the best Yoga Retreats?

I always use BookYogaRetreats when planning my Yoga Retreats Journey. You can select by region and there are many options whether you want to do it online or not.

🧳 Any recommendations on what I should pack in my Yoga Retreats?

Yes! I have created an idea list of what you should pack when leaving for your Yoga Retreats. You can check the full list here

📚 What books would you recommend to someone who wants to learn more about Yoga?

There are so many books I can recommend for you who’s just starting out or an advanced Yogi. I have the full list for you here.

🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m traveling?

I strongly recommend using Bookaway. You can book almost all transport in the major tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

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Final Thoughts About Doing A Yoga Retreat Guatemala

So that’s it! My top 5 yoga retreats in Guatemala and some great yoga teacher training options. Truth be told, any of these retreats or Guatemala yoga teacher training courses would be amazing, you really can’t go wrong. Take a read through the description and choose the one that resonates most with you if you are struggling to decide.

Thinking of doing your yoga teacher training? Take a read of this first.


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