Residential 200 Hour Teacher Training

Time & Location

November 15 – December 12, 2025

Ayampe, Ecuador

About The Event

November 15 – December 12, 2025
Ayampe, Ecuador

Niyama Yoga Shala is an esteemed center of education for Yoga, Ayurveda, Sound Therapy, and Energy Healing has expanded its reach to tropical and pristine Ayampe, Ecuador. Our RESIDENTIAL 200 HOUR THERAPEUTIC YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM offers our clients and community at large the ability to fully immerse oneself in the Art of Self Study at our Ayampe, Ecuador Retreat Center.

During this 28 Day Teacher Training Program you will immerse yourself into the realm of Yoga Therapy under the guidance of Nicole Zornitzer, a Certified E-RYT 2000 Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Counselor, Sound Healer and owner of Niyama Yoga Shalas Worldwide. Couple this with the serenity of experiencing life in a tiny village nestled between the jungle and the sea in comfortable and modern accommodations by Vistamar in Ayampe

This intensive 200 Hour YTT enables trainees the opportunity to become educated in yoga philosophy, asanas, appropriate body alignment, anatomy and explore a more yogic / ayurvedic lifestyle in the magical land of Ayampe, Ecuador. You will enjoy and absorb the tranquility of Ayampe while learning, experiencing, sharing, and challenging yourself as we explore Traditional Therapeutic Yoga. This program is accredited by the International Yoga Alliance and is presented by a team that has a combined experience of over 50 years in the industry.

Your YTT experience will be transformational not only for the invaluable information learned with regards to your yoga practice but also what you will take away from spending time in Vistamar in Ayampe. This little paradise is one of the few places to have resisted the whirlwind feel of modernity. While you enjoy hot water, fast wifi, a/c, competent english speaking staff you will be transported to a space that exists on what feels like the edge of modernism. While Ayampe has a constant flow of international travelers, artists and people who are on the move in life along with diverse fresh cuisine, it still remains a village of 300 full time residents with dirt roads and forests on all sides.

With our program you get:
-Accommodations for 27 Nights
-Breakfast Monday through Friday & Snacks During the Day
-2 Family dinners per Week

What is included Included:
-Jungle hikes
-Tidal pool hike
-Look out hike
-Beach exploration
-Full use of the kitchen
-Concierge and coordination services from transport, to helping guests find the best places to buy food/restaurants and coordinating all other activities, bodyworks, salons or even medical tourism (save a ton on dental work, botox, ect.)
-Plan and offer group excursions.
-Photo pack
-Sound bath
-Training Manual & Access to the Curriculum, Mentorship
-1 Spa Treatment at the Spa
-Laundry Service
-All yoga classes and programs that are part of the training program in the Shala
-Access to the Ayampe gym
-Welcome gift.

What you will learn:
-Yoga Philosophy
-Yoga Asana
-Deep Dive into the Yamas, Niyamas, Koshas, Kleshas
-Specialty Populations
-Ayurveda Introduction
-Yoga Nidra
-Chakra System
-Voice & Authority

Our comprehensive RYT200 training provides a solid foundation of the key concepts and philosophy behind traditional Hatha Yoga and the RYT300 advances one’s scope and ultimately enables one to work 1:1 with clients and specialty populations. Typically, our students decide to further expand their knowledge in our Yin Yoga training and Yoga Nidra training once they experience our offerings.

Exposure to our curriculum, upcoming training dates, presenters, & program details are provided after we meet with prospective students. There is an application process for all interested yogis to complete after the initial introduction. Due to our expansive caliber of trainers and intellectual property, we do reserve our program details for only those seriously considering taking this step on their journey.

At Niyama Yoga Shala we value proper education, commitment to the process, highly motivated people, respect for our leaders and mentors and lineage; therefore, we screen all prospective students to ensure we are a good fit. The journey of Therapeutic Yoga is a lifelong practice and Niyama Yoga Shala prides ourselves in the highest quality of education available.

You can also add:
– Optional lunch and dinner on weekdays.
– Half a dozen optional tour options, including weekly group tours.
– Surfboard, bike, snorkel rent

Optional excursions (with additional cost):
Horseback Excursions – Boat trips & Snorkeling – Scuba Dive – Freedive Course – Whale Watching (Seasonal) – Surf Class + Surf Trips – Fishing – Lava rock explorations – National Parks – Jungle excursions – Trail riding (bikes) – Motorcycle Trips – Parapente (Paraglide) – Guided Hikes – Archaeological Sites – Clay Baths – Cooking Classes – Local Cocktail Tasting Experience – Spanish Classes – Spa treatments at Mauli Spa – Wim Hof Ice Bath


Our Program fee: $3999
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Your Program Director and Lead Trainer is:

Nicole Zornitzer founded Niyama Yoga Studio in 2007 in a small location that was within an existing wellness center. Having over 30 years of experience in the wellness industry & 23 years’ experience in Corporate America working for the largest global cosmetics company in upper management provided her the opportunity to use her talents in an industry that was more meaningful. Nicole’s background, education, and commitment to her clients is paramount to the success of her business and she prides herself in the importance of education, proper training, and surrounding herself with others who have similar values.
In 2019 Nicole opened her first large brick and mortar Yoga Shala and quickly expanded to 3 Yoga Shalas in New Jersey as well as a satellite location in South Florida. In the spirit of evolution and growing with market needs, Nicole has continued to nourish her New Jersey presence while also expanding to a more global market with Niyama Yoga’s Wellness Retreats and expansions throughout the Southeast of the United States. Her vision is always expanding and she prides herself in being first to market on many healing modalities that have only recently gained momentum.
In 2020 Nicole founded Niyama Yoga Retreats, which is an international wellness & adventure retreat business that carefully curates intentionally based travel experiences. She travels the world with many like-minded yogis who have found solace and acceptance and community because of Nicole’s efforts.

Nicole’s certifications include:
E-RYT 2000 Integrative Yoga Therapist, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant C.A.L.C.) receiving a post baccalaureate degree in Ayurvedic Medicine as well as becoming an Integral Sound Therapist, receiving an advanced degree from the International Sound Healing Academy, Level 2 Diploma CPYT (Prenatal Yoga), Radiant Child Children’s Yoga Instructor, Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor, Reiki Energy Healer, Fire Cupping Practitioner, Advanced Yin Yoga Certified, Mindful Barre Fusion Certification, Yoga Alliance accredited leader of teacher training programs that include 200, 300, Yin, & Yoga Nidra.
Nicole also works with many public & private schools (i.e. The Fusion Academy, Livingston N.J. school system, Arc Morris Center for Rehabilitation for Essex, Morris, Sussex Counties, N.J.), & medical institutions across the country offering yoga therapy to children and adults with special needs, injuries or those simply looking to incorporate yoga into the daily school schedule. She has partnered with corporations, community centers, professional football (most notably the New York Jets Football Team) and lacrosse teams to encourage health and wellness while helping in their success to achieve maximum benefits of the practice of yoga and meditation.


RYT 500, Advanced Yin Yoga, Ashtanga, Yoga Nidra Meditation & Restorative Yoga Certifications, Fire Cupping Energy Worker and Reiki Healer, & Lead Teacher Trainer for both RYT 200 & RYT 300
With over 14 years of experience in teaching, Stacy trained under the guidance of Niyama Yoga & Wellness and Yama Therapeutics in 2010 receiving her first RYT 200 certificate. Stacy also graduated in December 2016 from LifePower Yoga Teacher Training which specialized in Power Vinyasa and Ashtanga. In 2020, Stacy received her advanced 50 hour Yin Yoga certificate. Finally, in 2023, Stacy graduated from Niyama Yoga’s 300 hour therapeutic yoga teacher training to become ERYT-500.
Stacy leads a powerful dynamic vinyasa flow, grounding Yin practices and meditations. Stacy was awarded the LifePower Yoga National Yoga Performer Artistry title in 2019, being named the best Yoga teacher in over 150 locations nationally. In addition to leading powerful practices, Stacy works with clients individually to help them reach a state of wellness through asana, reiki, meditation and Fire Cupping.
Stacy enjoys bringing a sweaty, powerful practice to her students while also appreciating the value of the slow surrender of a Yin practice. She lives in nearby Morris Plains with her husband Gustavo and their two dogs, Avila & Murphy.

About our Shala:

Niyama Yoga Shala is proud to partner with Vistamar Resort in Ayampe, Ecuador.
Join us to explore the untouched landscape of Ecuador, experience life changing moments through thoughtful programming, luxuriate in self-care and introspective moments, as well as truly immerse oneself in the dynamic culture of Ecuador, specifically the magical shorefront of Ayampe.
Ayampe, tucked away along the Ecuadorian coastline, beckons as the quintessential escape for those seeking genuine relaxation amidst a tranquil haven. This quaint village, away from the relentless hustle and bustle, seamlessly blends modern comforts with a laid-back charm, offering an experience that transcends the ordinary.

What is not included:
– Airfare
– Transport Fees from/to Vistamar
– Additional Meals (not listed above)
– Additional Excursions
– Alcohol
– Travel insurance

If you are interested in arriving early to settle in or stay additional nights in our slice of paradise, we are happy to accommodate for an additional fee.