200 Hour Teacher Training in Belize

A Teacher Training that’s not just for teachers

April 4-25, 2018

Purpose and Tradition

Our goal is to help you find the inner teacher and radiant personality that are uniquely yours. Our course is inspiring, uplifting, fun and follows the true purpose of this heart-opening work – to give you the tools to live your happiest life possible, be of service and help shape a society based in love and compassion.

We are so very proud of our program, now entering its ninth year. It is truly an in-depth master teaching that can transform you and your knowledge of this healing art. Not just about the asanas, we delve into philosophy and spirituality and yoga therapy. Any level can benefit, from gentle to advanced. Based in the tradition of ParaYoga and the teachings of Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, with influences from Mukunda Stiles, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann and more, our training is comprehensive, thorough and of the highest standard.

We offer a smaller, intimate setting, and each candidate receives generous amounts of attention from, and spends valuable time with, the teachers. We would truly love to guide you on a journey of a lifetime.


Yoga Alliance Registered School

Led by René Quenell and Assisted by Lucy Pirner

René Quenell is an E-RYT 500, ParaYoga Certified Level III, IAYT-certified Structural Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, Certified Four Desires Trainer, Director of Certification for Para Yoga, and Owner and Founder of Yoga Madre. With more than 20 years of practice and 16 years of teaching experience, René has a wealth of knowledge to share in the classical yoga tradition, Tantra, Ayurveda, and the healing arts, as well as the business of yoga.

René embodies the teachings of yoga through her dedicated practice and mentorship of countless yoga teachers and practitioners. Skillfully, René guides students beyond the physical and toward deep inner awareness and specializes in advanced practices of meditation, pranayama, and kriya.  She is one of the select few to offer The Parayoga Master Trainings:  Vinyassa Krama, Tantra and The Four Desires.  

As founder of Yoga Madre International, Ren leads retreats and trainings  in Costa Rica, Belize, India, California, and more.  She was initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. She continues to study with him at the Himalayan Institute as well as with her teachers Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Sally Kempton. René also studies at the California College of Ayurveda.  


Lucy Pirner, MS is a Licensed Professional Counselor, E-RYT 500, Parayoga Certified Level I, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, Certified Four Desires Trainer, and Owner and Founder of Red Twig Yoga & Gardens. Lucy has extensive training in both Western and Eastern healing modalities of treating mental health and nurturing spirituality. With more than 16 years of teaching experience, Lucy’s methods are well informed and embodied, allowing space for all to find their teacher/healer within.

In 2016, Lucy was initiated in to the Sri Vidya tradition by her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Empowered by the teachings and a rich community of seekers, she continues her studies with Yogarupa and Tanya Boiganzahn in the Parayoga tradition. She is honored to be part of the Parayoga Ethics Committee, and as a Certified Four Desires Trainer, Lucy deeply enjoys helping others find their Dharma and learn what is limiting their full potential.

Additional Faculty:  Anatomy Specialist Mike Nalick, ATSI

Comprehensive Course Curriculum:

  • – History of Yoga

  • – Yamas & Niyamas

  • – Meditation

  • – Sadhana

  • – Chakras

  • – Asana Sequencing

  • – Yogic Diet & Nutrition

  • – Self Healing

  • – Role of a Teacher

  • – Yoga Philosophy

  • – 8 Limbs of Yoga

  • – Sound & Mantra

  • – Anatomy

  • – Yogic Lifestyle

  • – Art of Relaxation

  • – Different Styles of Yoga

  • – Ethics

Why a Teacher Training? With Yoga Madre?

  • – Master your own practice by learning about your body, alignment and energy.
  • – Spark creativity and discover the unique, radiant you!
  • – Deepen your practice through pranayama, meditation, and yogic principles.
  • – Learn how to teach and pass down this ancient tradition with confidence and grace.
  • – Yoga Madre’s teacher training offers a unique blend of ancient tradition, subtle body energetics, anatomy and classical asana alignment.


Science and Soul Wellness

Mahogany Bay Village

Ambergris Caye, Belize


Please call René at (626) 355-2010 or email at rene@yogamadre.com for accommodation recommendations.


$3,250 ($250 early bird discount if paid before February 4)

$750 deposit (refundable up to 2 months prior to training, then non-refundable)

Please call René at (626) 355-2010 or email at rene@yogamadre.com for details and an application.


9:00am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm. Sundays and 2 afternoons a week off.


This was such an amazing training program! I did a good amount of research on RYS’s in the area, and Yoga Madre had the most extensive program I could find, offering just as much in philosophy as it had to offer in the education of the physical practice.

Brian Levine

The teachings were extremely professional, precise, and covered anatomy, history, philosophy, asana, pranayama, Ayurveda, sequencing, adjustments, and many other topics that made me confident to begin as a teacher. I was amazed by the knowledge and the great ability to pass down the knowledge in a friendly, supportive and small-sized group which allowed for a lot of one on one time with teachers.

Sarah Li


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