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Faculty Teachers 2018 / 2019

Brigitte Longueville

Brigitte Longueville(Netherlands) Director of Solstice Yoga Center. Her teachings focus on the opportunity to "restore" innate capacities to their optimal expression through "relaxation as practice" coupled with traditional yoga practice. Her teachings are a reflection of her long study with international teachers and yogis in the area of "traditional" South India yoga, pranayama, critical alignment, anapana and vipassana meditation. She obtained her teaching certificate after completing a 3-year course at The Bharata Institute of Yoga, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The institute is world renowned for it's work in critical alignment. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and teacher trainer. She has been doing pranayama for 25 years and has been practicing vipassana meditation for over 10 years. An international yoga teacher and member of that community, she teaches workshops around the world including the United States, Netherlands, Belgium, India, Antigua (West Indies) and Mexico.

David McAmmond

David McAmmond(Canada) Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Beginning as a student of Hilda Pezarro in the early 70s, he was soon encouraged to start teaching. Although he worked with many teachers, David feels that he was most influenced by Dr. Bruce and Maureen Carruthers, and Acharya Dr. S.V. Karandikar. In 1995, David traveled to Pune, India, to train under Acharya Dr. S.V. Karandikar, one of the world’s pioneers in Restorative Yoga. This relationship has been maintained for many years with workshops in Canada and India. Over the last 25 years, David has inspired more than 400 yoga teacher trainees through various Teacher Training programs in Canada and Mexico. His daily life is committed to continuing research on yoga therapy, the origins and development of yoga and meditation in order to refine his own practice and teaching. Participating in this training, you will not only have the opportunity to enjoy David’s practical wisdom, unique sense of humor and thought-provoking stories, but also his contagious warmth, enthusiasm and encouragement will bring you great satisfaction. David will cover important restorative techniques, and relevant anatomical knowledge which will greatly enhance your understanding, practice, and teaching. Note! David will only be teaching during the February 2018 course.

Aceneth García

Aceneth García- Started her yoga practice in 1994, studying her first diploma as instructor in Hatha Yoga Solar in 1997. - Certified as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga endorsed by KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) with 200 Hours. - Specialized in prenatal yoga with the program “Conscious Pregnancy” also backed by KRI. - She studied the certification of 200 hours in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga supported by the International Federation of Yoga. - She studied vinyasa and vinyasa karma with the following teachers: David Williams, David Swenson, Lygia Lima and Jivan Vinod. - She has explored the techniques of lyengar with Jñana Dakini and Dharma Priya. - In 2010 she began studying therapeutic yoga and kinesiology with Sonia Fernandez director of the Body Awareness Center in Mexico City (Centro de Concientización Corporal). - She continued her studies in therapeutic techniques with Ivana Sejenovich, Ann Moxel and Rosematy Atri. - She studied anatomy and embodied asana with Amy Mattews. - She completed training as a Samasatti meditation guide with Swami Jivan Vinod. - Finished her Yoga Anatomy studies with Leslie Kaminoff where her interest was aroused in the vision of individualized yoga by TKV Deskachar. - She has trained in restorative alignment and completed the training in therapeutic and restorative yoga with Brigitte Longueville and David McAmmond completing a RYT200. - Currently studies the technique of experiential anatomy of Body Mind Movement with Mark Taylor.

Susanna Borgatti

Susanna Borgatti

(Italy) Susanna's passion for yoga started 17 years ago in San Francisco, California. Her initial interest was her simple desire to increase her flexibility and felt yoga would be a great way to do so. Over the years she has explored many different styles of yoga such as Iyengar and Vinyasa. Her practice in restorative yoga deepened with the help of her teacher Brigitte Longueville. She soon found that it was an incredible tool that could address injuries and chronic pain while calming the mind as well. Her teaching style is accessible, yet informative, and adheres to the general principle that anyone and everyone can benefit from the practice. Susanna's practice is a balance of simple form, fluid movement and exploration of the particular nature of posture in yoga. The understanding of the movement patterns in the body are critical for the meaningful realization of asanas.
Certification: Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Training: With Brigitte Longueville (E500-T500) Restorative/ Multi-Style 300 hours Teacher Training. Completed in December 2008 at the Solstice Yoga Center.

Ana Paula Domínguez

Ana Paula DomínguezDirector and founder of IMY in Mexico City, writer and promoter of well-being in Mexico. Ana Paula is one of the top yogis in Mexico. She is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda and has trained with the top masters in places like India, USA and México. She is the founder and director of The Mexican Institute of Yoga, ambassador for Adidas Mexico and the host of the "Ayurveda and Nutrition" on Utilisima network. As the author of "Yoga for Happiness and Health" and "The Map of Happiness" Ana Paula is a contributor to many newspapers and magazines in Mexico including National Geographic Traveler, Life & Style and Reforma. She has also guided outdoor yoga sessions at special events like Play Yoga Brazil (2006) that was attended by over 1,000 people. She continues her education in Kundalini yoga and is perfecting the healing technique of Sat Nam Rasayan under the guidance of her master Guru Dev Singh Calza.

Víctor Torres

Víctor TorresAfter practicing for more than ten years, Victor felt the need to share what his teachers had taught him. He has practiced Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Krama and Restorative Yoga with Óscar Velázquez, Andrea Borbolla, Amado Cavazos, Jñana Dakini, Jorge Espinosa, among others. He took the teacher training of Maestros de Yoga Espacio, first generation of Mukta Yoga, Vinyasa Krama, LAIYLA Association of Yoga Instructors of Latin America, Vinyasa Yoga and specialized workshops of Iyengar Yoga. He is founder of the first manufacturer of yoga props in Mexico: Zsabot Yoga Props. "Yoga does not ask us to change, it only invites us to be ourselves, to be who you are is fine, you are OK, that is the first step on a long journey to happiness."



Yoga practitioners and teachers who have a strong regular asana practice including standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists, and inversions are welcome to apply. Familiarity with pranayama and mediation is valuable but not essential. While a desire to teach is not necessary to enroll in this course of study, an appreciation of teaching techniques as a tool for deepening one's own practice is key. We limit the number of students in this program each year to give each participant ample opportunity to interact individually with each faculty member as well as create real community among the students themselves.

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Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with emphasis on Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga

February 25 - March 24, 2018 There are 4 or less spaces available
November 05 - December 01, 2018 Inscriptions are now open
February 25 - March 23, 2019 Inscriptions are now open


Begin the adventure of a lifetime when you immerse yourself in the practice, study and teachings of yoga at the Solstice Yoga Center.

This highly acclaimed teacher training is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified course. It brings world-renowned teachers to San Agustinillo with students from around the world. It is designed for those that want to teach with confidence, enhance their teaching or simply deepen their personal practice.

Taught at the Solstice Yoga Center at Las 3 Marías, you will have the opportunity to become absorbed without distraction in a perfect environment of community, study, sanctuary and practice.

Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification - Yoga Alliance

2018 / 2019 Teacher Training Program - Adjusting adho muka svanasanaGraduating students can register as RYT 200 © (Registered Yoga Teachers) with Yoga Alliance, the international certifying yoga authority. Teachers registered with the alliance are authorized to use the initials RYT © after their names.

Brigitte is an E-RYT, E500 T500 (meaning experienced and certified to teach teachers) and Solstice Yoga Center is a RYS200 Yoga Alliance certified school (see for more information).

Past graduates have found the Solstice Teacher Training course to be a great adventure that is life-changing, enlightening and energizing. It is an experience that empowers individuals to find and express their best self and true potential, in both their professional and personal life.

Teaching from the "Heart"

The Solstice Teacher Training emphasizes that in order to teach yoga one must develop a deep personal understanding of yoga.

This is accomplished by providing students with daily instruction and practice in the art and science of yoga designed so that students can have a profound personal experience of the teachings.

where to learn restorative yogaYou will be invited, in Brigitte's terms, to come to see "relaxation as practice." This means the opportunity to stop "trying" to do yoga and therefore becoming tense.

Instead, students learn to calm the body, and then the mind, creating the optimal state to experience and realize the full dynamic energy of an asana.

With this knowledge, teachers can teach not only from the head (as a result of their studies) but also from the heart (as a result of a deeply felt practice).

It is the premise of Solstice Yoga Teaching Training that once a practitioner has realized this profound experience, they then have the insight to share it, and teach it, to others.
The teacher training has a proven track record in delivering this understanding to students coupled with the knowledge base through which to express their experience to others.
As a result graduates go out into the world with complete confidence prepared to teach classes that students will find to be engaging, challenging and energizing.

The Course Work

The heart of the program is daily instruction and practice of meditation, pranayama and asanas. This is complemented with in-depth teaching of ten integral aspects of yoga teaching:

Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle / Ethics
You will have the opportunity to understand the ancient texts, the original teachers, yogic lifestyle choices, and ethical choices and appropriate conduct for yoga teachers.

Asana Practice
The complete spectrum of asanas will be explored in depth, including pose adaptations and the use of props. Both the classically, "held" positions associated with Iyengar yoga will be taught as well as Vinyasa Flow (breath synchronized movement) often associated with Ashtanga yoga.

You will learn the science of breathing: changing the rhythm of the breath, inhalation, retention, and exhalation. Ironically, pranayama is not a breathing exercise, but an exercise of awareness.

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Anatomy / Physiology
You will learn a functional understanding of the key anatomic structures as they relate to Hatha yoga. Knowledge of these structures can be used immediately to optimize practice, overcome blockages, avoid injuries and of course, communicate with your future students.
In physiology we will be focusing on the autonomic nervous system its structure and function. The chronic imbalance of this nervous system is either directly or indirectly responsible for the many stress related diseases burdening us today. Understanding the connection between stress and our nervous system allows us to explore various yoga and related techniques which can be used to restore proper functioning of the mind and body.

Brigitte Longueville teaching anatomy and restorative alignment classes
Brigitte teaching anatomy and restorative alignment 

These cleansing exercises remove toxins from the body. There are six kriyas: Neti (nasal cleansing), Nauli (abdominal churning), Dhauti (upper digestive tract cleansing), Basti (colon cleansing), Kapalabhati (lung and bronchial tube cleansing) and Tratak (steady gazing). From these six kriyas we will only practice Nauli, Kapalabhati, and Tratak.

Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga
"Restorative yoga" is defined as the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate the innate muscular and energetic capacity of the body prior to the practice of asana in order to optimize the practice of yoga. This will be taught using the BackMitra and various pasive positions.

In the Therapeutic yoga part you will learn how to work with students that have physical issues and problems including: back pain, repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel, scoliosis, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, and strain due to bad posture or weight issues. Many people suffer from these issues and desire to practice yoga for relief. You will learn how to give them appropriate guidance and a safe practice.
For many years the therapeutic benefits of yoga have been recognized by a few. More recently, they have become much better known. Today many physicians are encouraging some of their patients to take up yoga for therapeutic reasons.
Unfortunately the healing benefits may be, to a great extent, hit and miss. The reason for these outcomes is that not all types of yoga address all types of problems equally well. What is needed for yoga as therapy to be consistently effective is an individualized approach based on the particular condition of the patient and a thorough understanding of anatomy, pathology and rehabilitation techniques.

Teaching Methodology
You will learn how to plan and sequence a yoga class so that each student will have an optimal experience.

Personal Teaching Experience
Aquiring Teaching Experience You will learn how to teach by teaching classes and observing your fellow teachers as they teach. Each student will teach classes (traditional Hatha and therapeutic yoga) under the guidance of Brigitte. You will work in small groups, prepare classes together, exchange ideas and learn how to teach and assist others as they teach.


The emphasis throughout the training is on hands-on experience and constructive feedback that prepares you to teach with confidence and clarity.

Graduation Policy

Awarding of completion certificates is based on three criteria:
  1. Attendance; To successfully complete the program, a student may not miss more than 5 hours of classroom time.
  2. Completed homework assignments.
  3. Faculty assessment of skills learned.

RYT200 Yoga Alliance - Teacher Training Graduates
Graduation - Autumn 2015 



The teacher training will take place at "Las 3 Marías"; a charming getaway in the beach village San Agustinillo, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Note! Las 3 Marías offers special accommodation rates for the duration of the training.


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Space in this program is limited. We encourage you to apply early!

An impression of our YTT by Maricarmen Chavez.

"The Solstice Yoga Center's teacher training was the best gift I've given myself in years. I came away with enough information to process through the rest of my life. It was a fabulous setting for an extended stay and I look forward to returning one day and studying with Brigitte once again."
-- Penny Gelber, BC, Canada