Yoga And/or Meditation Lessons

Yoga And/or Meditation Lessons

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Ernesto began his yoga practice in his native Cuba, and taught there from 1993 through February 2017, when he relocated to Miami. He earned a Yoga and Vedanta Teaching Certification at the International Yoga and Vedanta Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas in 1998. He also completed the Teacher Training Course at the Cuban Association of Yoga in 2000, both recognized by Yoga Alliance. Ernesto has been trained by International Yoga Teachers: He studied Ayurveda with Vamadeva Sastri (David Frawley); Ashtanga with Chuck Miller & Maty Ezraty and with Larry Schultz; Kundalini with Krishna Kaur Khalsa; and various other studies with Rodney Yee, Mary Paffard, Jason Crandell, Baxter Bell, M.D. & Tias Little. He is an Ayurvedic counselor, trained in Mind-Body Medicine with Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. Ernesto's classes are a joyous combination of Ashtanga and Sivananda Yoga. As a yoga teacher, Ernesto imbues his classes with age-old practices; he uses traditional sanskrit names for poses, and puts emphasis on Vedanta Philosophy and Vedanta meditation. He currently teaches at Dharma Yoga Studio in Coconut Groves

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Although this town is brimming with talented yogis and teachers of Cuban descent, Ernesto is a rare example of a yogi who studied, practiced and taught in Cuba before moving to Miami. Very few have submitted to the extraordinary trainings he has undergone, not just in physical asana, but also in philosophy, meditation, pranayama, ancient texts, vedic chanting and more.  And it's highly unlikely that any other person in this hemisphere has humbly sat for 16 (YES sixteen!) 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreats, as he has (so far).  In addition to luring visitors with its famous nightlife, shimmering coastlines, and rolling hills and rivers, Cuba has also attracted many luminary teachers of yoga, ayurveda and philosophy. Because of them, Ernesto was inspired to pursue yoga as a lifestyle and career. Cuban society is unique in that the 50+year lack of certain amenities and distractions has created a population with unparalleled attention span, and lots of free time on their hands... Before he left Cuba, Ernesto taught a class that met every Sunday, on the basketball court of a former convent. Not only is it hard to imagine nuns shooting hoops, but it's hard to fathom that people paid about 50 cents a class. "On Sundays I would teach a four-hour class: one hour of meditation, one and half hours of asana, a half-hour of breathing and one hour on the Sutras or the Upanishads, but the students wanted more!" he says.  In the neighborhood of El Vedado, he led an ashtanga vinyasa class three times a week in the evenings, where about 15 students would spread out on the marble floors of a primary school.  They came with lots of energy, but very few yoga mats. "¡Traían de todo, o nada!" he laughs as he fondly recalls that students would bring whatever they had to practice on-- mostly towels, swaths of carpet, comforters or burlap sacks.  Ernesto packs a lot of learning into his classes, and offers multiple layers of expertise on the vast subject of yoga.  If you're ready to learn traditional teachings from a tropical master, he's your guy.  Ernesto is a gem in this field, not to mention on our schedule...  now you can check him out twice a week!

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  • Celita Rodríguez de Cardenas

    My mother and i,, we have been practiced yoga with him for 10years,,he is a very good teacher,, and a good person.

  • Ivan Carreira

    Ernesto Carulla loves Yoga, is a teacher dedicated to continuous practice, knowing how to transmit his knowledge and experiences with his students.

  • Mo Curtin

    Ernesto is passionate about yoga, is enthusiastic and most of all extremely knowledgeable. He constructs his classes to include breathing excersices, asanas, and spirituallity as it should be. Challenging classes and spot on help with postures. He is wonderful energy to be around!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Teacher's Training Course at the Internatioinal Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Academy, 1998, Nassau, Bahamas.

Ayurveda and Consciousness with Vamadeva Shastri -David Frawley- Bahamas, 1998

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Intensive with Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, 1999, Havana

Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Intensive with Larry Schultz, 1999, Havana.

Teacher's Training Course at the Cuban Association of Yoga, 2000, Havana, Cuba.

Kundalini Yoga with Krishna Khaur Kalsa, 1999, 2000, Havana.

Workshops with Rodney Yee, Jason Crandell, Mary Paffard, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Tias Little, ...

Journey into Healing - Ayurveda with Deepak Chopra

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Private lessons

lessons      price             save

drop in       $ 65.00       -----

 4              $ 300.00       $ 100.00

 8              $ 560.00       $ 240.00

12             $ 780.00       $ 420.00

Introductory lesson: $ 50.00 

Semi private lessons (2 to 5 persons)

persons     price             each one      save e/o

2              $ 150.00       $ 75.00          $ 25.00

3              $ 210.00       $ 70.00          $ 30.00

4              $ 260.00       $ 65.00          $ 35.00

5              $ 300.00       $ 60.00          $ 40.00

How did you get started teaching?

I began practicing yoga in 1990.

In 1993, my teacher asked me to teach one of his classes. Since then, I was hooked...

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a lot of types of students, from young, strong, and flexible dancers in Rakatan, to musicians, athletes, painters, housewifes, seniors,...

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have been teaching yoga at Dharma Yoga Studio in Coconut Groves since February 2017.

I have taught classes in Dharma for trainees in the teacher's training course: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Ayurveda, pranayama,...

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Trust yourself; be aware of your breath; be aware of your physical sensations; take the ambition out of the practice; smile; enjoy your practice; don't go beyond your limits; respect your body; practice, practice, practice...