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DSC02752 - Version 4Lily Catarina Hilderand Lacayo

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

SENIOR ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER

ANATOMY 

PHYSIOLOGY

AYURVEDA

NUTRITION

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Catarina is a registered E-RYT with Yoga Alliance US and SYT teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance UK. Together with Edwin she is the creator of Ashtanga Yoga Nicaragua, a fusion of yoga teacher trainings and Seva projects with the mission to help conserve and restore the natural eco system in the region of El Ostional. “Choosing a conscious yogic lifestyle, aligning your mind, body and heart lifts your spirit high and enables you to access your full potential as an awaken human being. Bringing your yoga passion off the mat will help you serve globally .” Catarina´s life mission is to share the love of the yoga practice, inspire and support people who are ready to grow and transform. She loves to blend the ancient teaching and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Holistic Health to support and encourage people in this process. She is a senior yoga teacher, a student of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga and a Dr of Naprapathy (spinal specialist) with 5 years academical studies and 10 years clinical experience. She is also a certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Catarina teaches in Swedish, English and Spanish. She has been practicing and teaching for more than 10 years and she was studying with Larry Schultz during many years when Edwin and Catarina cofounded It’s Yoga Stockholm in Sweden. She has also studied with David Kyle, Reed Taylor, Kino McGregor, Peter Sanson, Ron Reid, Marla Meenakshi Joy and with Sharath and Saraswati Jois in Mysore India.

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IMG_0412 2Edwin Rene Gallo Lacayo

MANAGER

SENIOR ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER

YOGA PHLOSOPHY

YOGA HISTORY

BUSINESS AND MARKETING

 

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Edwin is a E-RYT with Yoga Alliance US and SYT teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance UK. He has been teaching yoga since 2006. Together with Catarina he is the owner of It’s Yoga Nica and the creator of Ashtanga Yoga Nicaragua a pay-it-forward Seva passion project. Edwin is a passionate senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher who loves to practice and teach the Rocket series. He has studied  yoga philosophy and he holds a degree in restaurants and cooking – which of course makes him an excellent cook for healthy food. Edwin teaches in Swedish, Spanish and English. He trained directly with Larry Schultz from 2005 – 2009 and partnered with Larry in opening It’s Yoga Stockholm during the same years.

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Katie Lee 

RYT – 200

ROCKET YOGA – 60

KINESIOLOGY

REIKI CHAKRA HEALING

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Recently graduated from “It’s Yoga Nica” in July 2014. “I fell in love with Nicaragua, the It’s Yoga Philosophy, and the Yoga Rancho family.” Originally from Waterloo Ontario, Canada she attended Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in global studies. She has done some work in a physiotherapy clinic as well as personal training. She has been practicing and have had a love for yoga for many years. Experiencing how the body breathes, flows and connects with the universe inspired my to further my life on my spiritual journey. I am a Reiki practitioner and enjoy energy healing, experiencing the magic of nature, and traveling the world. This crazy adventure we call life has brought me to places I thought only existed in my dreams. I have had the opportunity to travel around the world, meet many, many amazing people and have experienced the absolute beauty of the universe. Through these experiences and my own personal practice I have learned the importance of love, presence, and compassion in yoga as well as in life. I try to incorporate these values into everything I do especially in my teaching philosophy. Just as Larry envisioned it is my hope to share the love of the practice with people from all walks of life from around the world. As a yoga teacher I wish to bring out the best version of my students as possible. I do this by guiding them with the utmost love, presence and compassion allowing them to heal, grow, and nurture their souls as their hearts shine bright.

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RYT – 200

ROCKET YOGA – 60

KINESIOLOGY

REIKI CHAKRA HEALING

 

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Martial artist turned Yogi from Kitchener Ontario, Canada. “I received my yoga certification from “It’s Yoga Nica” in July 2014. I spent four months teaching in Canada both privately and studio classes before rejoining “It’s Yoga Nica” for the Rocket Yoga certification Course. Before my time as a yoga teacher I was a personal trainer in Canada, Kung Fu artist, as well as a student. I graduted with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology from WIlfrid Laurier University. After receiving my Yoga Alliance certification I had the opportunity to be trained in Reiki Chakra Healing. Now I feel so fortunate and humble to be able to assist in training yoga teachers from around the world at “It’s Yoga Nica”. Peace&Love

amber geanAmber Gean

ROCKET YOGA HEAD TEACHER

SENIOR ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER

 

 

 

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We are proud to have Amber Gean from Yoga ah! Cincinnati in our faculty as our senior teacher for the Rocket training. She has studied Ashtanga with Tim Miller, Lino Miele and Chuck and Maty Miller but she credits Larry Schultz with being her most influential teacher. She trained with him at It’s Yoga San Francisco in Spring 2000 where she earned her 200 RYT and was introduced to the Rocket and from that point the Rocket yoga sequencing has been her main practice and teaching.  She brings over 15 years of experience to her classes and teacher training’s and she is also a studio owner, a writer, a mother and an artist.

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RYT – 200 

ROCKET YOGA – 60

ASSISTING ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINER

SEVA PROJECT COORDINATOR

 

 

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“I was introduced to yoga in college but I was in and out without knowing how the practice would eventually change my life. I had not practiced in years until I visited a friend who was teaching in Costa Rica in 2013. At this point I fell in love with Central America and the practice. I was only there for a few days but when I got home I quit my job, sold my car, and booked a teacher training in Nicaragua.

I found It’s Yoga Nicaragua and my teachers Edwin and Catarina Lacayo by simply taking the risk into the unknown. I didn’t care that I had not been studying – I just knew that I wanted to learn more about this amazing practice. This also gave me the opportunity to fall in love with Nicaragua. After completing my 200 hours I did not begin teaching right away, it was more a way for me to learn more about myself and yoga. I began going home to Florida and then finding myself back in Nicaragua until I finally let go of all my belongings and made the permanent move in August of 2015. After having a couple of illnesses (which caused me to lose a little practice) and working to save for the move I was feeling a little out of balance so I decided to retake the training with my gurus so that I could reconnect within my inner light of awareness. So this is the beginning of my journey. I am more than grateful to have such a great connection and opportunity to continue to learn from my teachers. I am finally letting go of all fears and jumping in so that I can continue to grow and strengthen not only my practice but my teaching. This is a new chapter in my life and I am overwhelmed to continue this amazing journey.”

Side notes about me – The fast pace of today’s society and the stresses of everyday life tend to cause us to lose focus on ourselves, happiness and our spiritual practice. If we take the time slow down this life that we have become so attached to and travel to a beautiful place we have more time to focus our attention and deepen our practice.

We all have different ideas of how to go within and deepen this connection to our higher power and yoga is one of the many ways to direct our focus inward on ourselves and our own happiness.

-The experience of yoga teacher training in Ostional Beach Nicaragua was the most amazing of a lifetime. The struggles of everyday life disappear and the enjoyment of the nature and stillness take over the body, mind, and soul which in turn deepens our connection with our higher power.

The beauty and the distance for home allow time to check in with ourselves, our higher power, and our happiness which creates a feeling of inner peace. There are no distractions to cause our minds to become unfocused so it is much easier to sit and meditate on our higher power. The sights, sounds, smells are all on a completely different level because of the true naturally beauty that is all around. And we start to notice how powerful the energy is all around us and we were all created by this higher being.

The expectations and need for approval are lifted, the burden of our busy lives comes to a pause, the mind can calm and spiritual practice deepens. -I feel as though I will always be a student of yoga more than a teacher because I will be learning just as much from students as they will from me. I also know that my Yoga teaching philosophy is still just a rough draft of what it will become throughout my life. As my teaching becomes more confident and unique I will have to revise this philosophy quite often and continue to grow as I experience the gratitude of being a teacher.

I hope that through the years to come I will be able to introduce my students to all the forms of yoga, meditation, and pranayama, allowing them to find their practice and to always explore it, find what works while creating a higher awareness of mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga has helped my trust myself and my journey but most importantly how to love myself. As this happens I have felt peace and balance within me. It continues to remind me to live in the moment. There is always something new to learn and practice and this is the journey.