Nicaragua 200Hr Training


Oct 1-17, 2022

Los Cardones, Nicaragua




17 Days in Nicaragua + 40hrs online (weekends in November)


DATES: Oct 1-17, 2022 + 40hrs online 7am-12pm (PST) Nov 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27
LOCATION: Los Cardones, Nicaragua

ALL interested applicants, please email: or place a non-refundable deposit of $500 to immediately hold your spot.

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO MAKE A $500 DEPOSIT TO HOLD YOUR SPOT (This $500 will go towards your tuition) GO HERE 




This course is designed for new and experienced students who are looking to immerse in the art and teachings of yoga, spiritual modern-day inquiry, tools and scientific exploration. Many students who do this course go on to be teachers, and many do not as it is purely for self-expansion! It is an intensive experience alongside a like-minded rich community of educators and students. This is a 17-day intensive program held on the quiet Pacific shores of Nicaragua at an eco-surf lodge designed for die-hard surfers as well. The remaining 40 hours will be completed online on weekend mornings throughout November. This will not be a relaxing retreat per say, more so a 17-day body, mind and intellectual intensive.

Over 500 students have graduated from the 200hr program alone since 2010, and over a thousand worldwide have completed educational trainings from the McCabe school of yoga in 50, 100 and 300 hour educational courses. It is my pledge to you to make this program one of the best with academic integrity as well as honouring yogic tradition and its nexus with modernity.

The 200 hour is an enriched educational journey with homage to my lineage of teachers from Sri Tiwari Ji, to my King’s College professors of neuroscience. I am currently completing my Masters, so anticipate referencing to the research into the neuroscience (central nervous system science) of yoga and meditation.The Nica immersion includes a three to four hour daily practice – strong hatha/vinyasa based asana, pranayama, meditation, an overview of yoga history, philosophy, Sanskrit/mantras/lore of chanting, meditation will be strong component as well as the neuroscience of mindfulness based stress reduction. There will be practice teaching, posture clinics, in-depth musculoskeletal and visceral anatomy, subtle body anatomy and neuroanatomy (your nervous system).

Pre-requisite readings include:

  • The Bhagavad Gita (Stephen Mitchell)
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (BKS Iyengar)
  • Anatomy of the Spirit (Carolyn Myss)
  • Breath (James Nestor)
  • The Great Work of Your Life (Stephen Cope)
  • The Brains Way of Healing (Norman Doidge)
  • Skill in Action (Michelle Cassandra Johnson)
  • You will also receive a course manual and online material. Each book interweaves the above subjects and will teach you a new language surrounding the heart of yoga. There is also a strong anatomy component to this course. There is pre-arrival homework to some readings.




We will be staying in classic Nica-style cabanas on the wild and quiet oceanfront of Los Cardones, Nicaragua. The cabanas are simple, rustic and steps away from the Pacific. Los Cardones is wild and unscathed by tourism and is a low-impact eco-surf lodge that utilizes environmentally considerate practices, an onsite wellspring for all water and cold showers, low-impact electricity, ceiling fans/lights and compostable bathrooms. It is not a five-star resort but this is what makes it special. This is particularly suitable for adventurers and those of you craving an off-the-beaten path experience where the value of a rich orange sunset supersedes the necessity for air conditioning or high end pricing.

Your onsite-accommodation, training and food is included in the final tuition fee. There is the option to rent a range of bigger homes nearby as well and adding on food and tuition separately. You can arrange this privately with Laure Sitton, owner of Los Cardones at:  – Please email me first to discuss tuition/food payment as well.

Space is limited onsite. The bungalows are smaller simple cabanas or stilted thatched roof ocean view cabanas shared with one other or solo option. Please advise if you are coming with a friend. Single accommodation is limited.


Sample Day:

630-730am: Breakfast, time for early morning surf or sleep-in

730am-1030 a.m: Asana, pranayama and meditation practice. This is also time for integration of previously learned material. This is three hours of empowered asana, pranayama, mantra/chanting and meditation. The style of yoga taught is a strong hatha/vinyasa pulsing between longer held/static and fluid movements (with many influences of teachings including Ashtanga, Anusara, Ana Forrest, Patrick Creelman). It is a challenging and fun practice with the inclusion of traditional practices, breath-work, mantra and cleansing kriyas.

1030am-1230pm: Break, lunch, surf, rest

1230pm-730pm: Group work, theory, philosophy, history, practice teaching, asana clinic (Please note: There will be small breaks during this period to snack, move around, rest). The last hour or so of each afternoon session will also end in restful restorative, teacher-led practice or restful meditation).

730pm: Dinner & free time (you’ll probably pass out by 9pm!)




  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Pranayama (Breath, James Nestor) & Respiratory Sciences
  • Skill in Action: Addressing systemic racism, appropriation and modern day yoga
  • The Mental Health of Yoga + Neuroscience 101
  • Nervous System Anatomy 101
  • Energy Anatomy 101 in contrast to nervous system anatomy (chakras, vayus, nadis, kundalini)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 101 + meditation practices
  • Daily meditation practice
  • The art of teaching: pedagogy, practice teaching
  • Philosophical foundations (above readings: Sutras, Gita) key teachings
  • Mantras – why do them? What is their purpose? Modern day integration
  • Daily asana clinic (breaking down of full spectrum practices) and hands on adjustments
  • Intro to musculoskeletal anatomy & application to yoga
  • Neuroscience of Yoga: Research into the efficacy of meditation, pranayama and ancient teachings
  • There will be a strong science and anatomy component to this course
  • There is more…!

Oct 1-5: Afternoon Sessions: Assigned reading and discussion of Bhagavad Gita, Jnana/Karma/Kriya Yoga, brief history of yoga, posture clinics, intro to art of sequencing, Sanskrit/mantra/chanting/meditation

Oct 6-10: Afternoon Sessions: Assigned reading and discussion of Light on the Yoga Sutras, Yamas/Niyamas/Kleshas/continued posture & teaching clinics, hands on therapeutics and practice teaching

Oct 11-17: Afternoon Sessions: Assigned reading and discussion of Anatomy of the Spirit, Breath, subtle anatomy, chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, continued posture & teaching clinics, final practical exam for those wishing to fulfill full-certification students

Nov 5-27, 40hrs online 7am-12pm (PST) Nov 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27: Anatomy & the Neuroscience of Yoga: Each weekend session will include the following: Intro to musculoskeletal anatomy, neuroscience of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Final written exam.


Please email me at with questions!


There are only seven bungalows and the onsite-student capacity is limited to 14.

Regarding shared bungalows or cabanas. You will be assigned to a room with only one other, unless you are friends with someone in the training, please let me know if you want to share. Space is limited to two people max per bungalow for this training so to ensure you will have ample personal quiet time in each bungalow to study and rest.

The below fees includes three meals a day (healthy, vegetarian mainly & locally grown) shared or solo cabana and the 200 hour educational materials, manual and training. The below does not include pick-up and drop-off fees from the airport (budget around $150-200), cost of additional alcoholic beverages (although drinking of alcohol during training is discouraged) massages ($25), airfare or the cost of your assigned texts.

An initial minimum deposit of $500 is required and can be made via online banking to or this link to hold your spot immediately. Overseas payments can be made via PayPal to this address as well.

Please note, you can pay up to three instalments with an agreed date-payment plan, with all final payments due by Sept 15, 2022. Please note there are strict cancellation policies and absolutely no refunds after Sept 15, 2022. You will be emailed a waiver and cancellation policy with more detail. Please ensure you purchase traveller’s insurance in case of emergencies etc. and health/medical emergency insurance is mandatory for this trip.

Please note that SHARED ACCOMMODATION means with one person only for all cabanas and bungalows.

SHARED BEACH CABANA ACCOMMODATION + FOOD + TUITION FEE $2800 USD (around $3500 CDN + GST 5%) Limited to four cabanas only.

SHARED OCEAN VIEW BUNGALOW ACCOMMODATION + FOOD + TUITION FEE $3300 USD (around $4150 CDN + 5%) Limited to three bungalows only.

SOLO BEACH CABANA ACCOMMODATION + FOOD + TUITION FEE $3500 USD (around $4350 CDN + GST 5%) Limited to four cabanas only.

SOLO OCEAN VIEW BUNGALOW ACCOMMODATION + FOOD + TUITION FEE $4400 USD (around $5500 CDN + 5%) Limited to three bungalows only.

OFF-SITE ACCOMM OPTION, TUITION + FOOD ONLY FEE (if you book a home on your own with Laure’s help off-site) $2900 USD (around $3650 CDN + GST 5%)


Laure will help you with the details on off-site homes. Please note space is limited and these book up fast during the fall season.



The airport you will fly into is in Managua, Nicaragua. We will then arrange a driver to pick you up (and drop you off). Rental cars are discouraged because once you get to Los Cardones you will not go anywhere else (you’ll see) and the roads in are a bit…off the beaten path! We don’t want you getting lost.   (This is my favourite go-to)

Try a Google Search from your location to Managua and you will find competitive flight prices usually.

Many students come from or fly into Costa Rica and get a drive from Guanacaste (LIR) Airport to Los Cardones, Nicaragua to also find cheap flights or if you want an adventure to Costa Rica first. A driver can also be arranged for this drive (I have done it, it is safe and gorgeous and it is only 3-4 hours of driving and around $200 one way depending on your driver).





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