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Take a fulfilling journey on an intensive yoga teacher training with three inspiring teachers that have dedicated their lives to yoga. Learn different teaching perspectives, acquire a broader understanding of yoga, and find the form of yoga that is authentic for you. Learn and practice two of the most demanded styles of yoga, teaching techniques and methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and lifestyle, all surrounded by the beautiful nature of Costa Rica.
During this training, you will stay either in a private or a shared room at the Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center. The resort offers single, double, and triple rooms plus a dorm which is for women only. All the rooms or cabinas are elegantly designed with every detail focusing on protecting the environment.
Most of the rooms have breathtaking ocean views and used non-toxic building materials, organic fabrics, and local artisans to complete the stylish and intimate accommodations. All the rooms have ceiling fans, air conditioning, and wonderful organic cotton or bamboo sheets.
This is a triple room with the most amazing ocean views, great privacy, a large beautiful bathtub, and a sleeping loft. It features one king bed (or two twins) and one twin in loft.
This is a double room that features a garden bathroom, bathtub, and a deck. Is the most popular and romantic cabina at Anamaya, and is usually the first booked. It was actually designed and made in Bali, then disassembled and shipped to Costa Rica.
This is a dorm that features five twin beds, it was the first house build on the Anamaya property, and it’s one of the cutest little houses in Montezuma. It has a huge deck with hammocks, overlooking the gardens and ocean. It has two bathrooms, including a new large outdoor garden bathroom in addition to a bathroom inside.
This is a dorm that features three twin beds (or one king plus one twin bed). Also, it has two lofts, each with a twin bed. The maximum occupancy is five people. There are two showers, two toilets, and three sinks
This is a single deluxe room with one queen bed. A lovely cabina that comes with your own private tower. It offers amazing jungle and ocean views and a unique open-air bathroom.
This triple room offers one king or two twin beds and one queen bed. Anamaya’s new tree house is on a 50 feet tower overlooking everything. This is designed for adventurous souls!
This triple room has one cozy queen size alcove bed, and one king bed that can be converted into two twins. It features a stunning ocean view and a spacious open-air bathroom, and a balcony with hammock.
This double room has a king size bed or two twin beds with an incredible outdoor shower. It’s one of the most popular rooms even though it doesn’t have the ocean view, because you’ll feel as if you’re in the jungle canopy living in a tree house.
This is other double room option. It offers one king or twin beds, a stunning view, and a beautiful balcony with your own hammock.
This is a single deluxe room with one queen size bed, an ocean view, and a beautiful balcony with your own hammock.
This triple room features one king sized bed or two twin beds, and a Balinese day bed. It offers a private deck with a breathtaking view overlooking the ocean.
This training is divided in two phases. During the first half of the training, the classes will be focused on learning and this half of the training will be led by Dr. Michelle Carroll and your primary instructor, Antoine Tinawi. The second half will be focused on the teaching methods and will be led by Pamela Gooria and Antoine Tinawi.
Pamela and Michelle are specialized in different modules of the training giving you a more in-depth understanding of the various dimensions of yoga as well as a unique diversity of perspectives on the practice of yoga.
Contrary to many trainings where students memorize a routine, this training gives you the tools to understand what you are doing, why you are doing it, and to develop your own sequences based on the needs of your students and based on what is authentic to you. The training is in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, the two most in demand styles of yoga, but finding your authentic yoga is at the heart of this program.
By the end of this program, each participant that fulfilled all the requirements will receive a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Antoine’s school Om West. This certificate is recognized internationally by Yoga Alliance. Each day will include time to practice yoga, time to study the theory and philosophy, time to learn the postures and practices, time to practice teaching, and time for self-inquiry. The program is over three weeks with two days off, one mid-way and one on the last day.
During this part of the training, you will learn about alignment, injury prevention, indications and contra-indications, yoga and the anatomical systems, Ayurveda, eastern anatomy like prana, nadis, and chakras.
This part of the training will teach you the yoga scriptures, the yogic diet, history of yoga, Karma yoga, ethics for teachers, and the paths of yoga.
This course is focused on the practice observing, assisting, and teaching of yoga.
In this course, you will learn communication skills, group dynamics, sequencing classes, teaching styles, business aspects, adjusting students, asana modifications, teaching multi-level classes, and the usage of props.
This part of the course is about postures, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, mantras, mudras, bhandas, and other traditional yoga practice.
Rather than proposing a required reading prior to enrollment, it is suggested instead that you practice as much and as often as you can in different studios with different teachers. A 362-page manual for the 200-hour yoga teacher training program will be given to you on the first day of the training.
You are invited to pay closer attention to the things in your life that uplift you and to start the process of detaching yourself from the things that drag you down. By the time you start the training, you should be completely cigarette and drug free.
During the training, you will continue your cleansing by avoiding alcohol as well. You will soon discover that yoga can release some pretty awesome chemicals in your brain, more powerful than any artificial high created by substances!
Antoine owns and runs two successful yoga studios in Montreal, Canada. Having studied yoga for 24 years with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, one of the world’s most renowned masters of yoga, meditation, and spirituality, Antoine has a vast knowledge of yoga that goes far and wide beyond the physical aspects of postures. He is a firm believer that yoga teachers need to have a skillful balance and equal knowledge of both the classical traditional yoga from India as well as the modern one.
Pamela is skilled at bringing out the spiritual and authentic dimensions of yoga into the practice. Her radiance and wisdom are enough to move you and to allow you to connect with yourself on a deeper level. She brings silence and depth to a yoga practice like very few people have ever experienced before. Pamela is a former robotics engineer and has been teaching yoga for over a decade.
Michelle is an athlete who understands the art of asana like very few people do. Having been on the provincial gymnastics team and on the federal diving team, Michelle understands the importance of alignment and of utilizing our body’s potential to its full expression. With a Pd.D. in Pharmacology, Michelle is extremely skilled at explaining yoga anatomy and the physiological effects of the practice.
This training will take place at the Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center in Montezuma, Costa Rica. The resort is truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The resort is next to an epic waterfall, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns, Montezuma.
Montezuma is located in the southern Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean, just 25 minutes from Santa Teresa and Malpais towns. The Nicoya peninsula has been designated one of the world’s Blue zones by author Dan Buettner, one of the five areas in the world where people are known to live the longest and healthiest.
The closest beach is in Montezuma, which is a five minute drive or 20 minute walk. You can also walk to Playa Las Manchas, which is cleaner, and spectacularly beautiful, with the best snorkeling in the area. That’s about seven minutes by car or 30 minutes by foot. Playa Los Cedros, the famous Montezuma Cabuya surf spot, is nine minutes by car. The beaches of Santa Teresa and Malpais are 30 minutes by car. It’s only a five minute drive to Montezuma town and the beaches. The urban town of Cobano is a 20 minutes’ drive from Anamaya.
During this training, you will enjoy three daily organic meals. Anamaya means healthy in Sanskrit, and the restaurant is dedicated to creating the tastiest healthy meals that their genius chefs, staff, and guests can dream up. They have a fixed menu offering different breakfasts, lunches, and dinners each day.
They can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or those who eat fish or chicken, but they do not serve red meat or accommodate a full raw diet. Almost all of the food is local and organic, with more coming directly from Anamaya's own farm, Rancho Delicioso.
Anamaya Resort is dedicated to using organic produce whenever possible, and is constantly seeking out new sources of organic foods in Costa Rica. Some are grown locally and some are brought from other parts of Costa Rica, especially the higher altitudes where foods will grow organically that cannot survive the beach climate. In addition, Anamaya Resort is working on importing some organic dry goods and spices that are unavailable here.
The restaurant and dining experience is unique and a core part of the Anamaya experience. The chefs and kitchen staff prepare the food in the kitchen and then bring all ingredients into the main lodge kitchen where you can watch, learn, and sometimes even participate.
Anamaya Resort takes care to prepare vegetarian dishes separate from fish or chicken dishes to respect vegetarian ideals. Anamaya Resort also knows that there are always guests who cannot keep out of the kitchen, and some will want to help prepare the meals or add to the mix with their own culinary creations.
The fish are caught in the clean waters in front of the peninsula. The chicken is local, as are the organic eggs. Anamaya Resort grows some of its herbs on site, as well as a few veggies.
All of the meals are stocked with superfoods that are known to be the Olympic athletes of the vegetable world for their abundance of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, and other forms of nutrition. Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, and avocados are just a few of the core ingredients that are considered vital to a healthy diet.
Playa Hermosa simply means beautiful beach in Spanish, and it’s the most gorgeous one in the area. This is a broad, flat, white sand beach, with perfect waves and a point break surf spot too. The beach is undeveloped and is picture-perfect with its leaning palms and beach almond trees. Despite its memorable beauty, Playa Hermosa is relatively uncrowded. Because it’s so flat, many of the guests love to take photos of themselves there at sunset, with their reflection in the water or wet sand, and the sunset behind them.
Montezuma’s canopy tour zips right past Anamaya on a series of several steel cables. If you’re into adrenaline and action, this is an activity that you’ll love. Perfectly safe, you will find yourself zooming high above the treetops and river below at high speeds, experiencing life as only birds and arboreal creatures usually do. The tour also includes a stop at the waterfall itself, where you’ll be given time to swim.
In addition to the famous Montezuma falls which are right next to the facility, you can visit another impressive waterfall, which is a 20-minute drive from Anamaya. This amazing waterfall is unmarked and rarely visited by tourists. It consists of a long series of pools that drop one into the other, and one large pool with a rope swing. Known as the Florida Waterfall, it’s also quite a bit easier to walk to, for people who aren’t able to hike all the way down in the canyon to Montezuma falls.
Fishing, boating, scuba, and snorkeling are all staples of the Montezuma experience. A local boat can provide you with an assortment of fun activities in the Costa Rican waters. You may see whales, dolphins, or a sea turtle. The chef will cook any fish you’re able to catch. You can swim with live sharks too.
In this training, you can book a massage or body treatment for an additional cost at the Anamaya Resort spa. The body treatments include deep tissue or therapeutic, facials, organic body polish, relaxing sessions, Reiki treatments, or a cranial sacral therapy. The following massage treatments are available:
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). You can take a direct flight and arrive in Tambor Airport (TMU) in the town of Tambor, which is 30 minutes away from the hotel. Transfer from this airport to Anamaya Resort costs 40 USD for a regular taxi which can accommodate maximum four people, or 10 USD per person for a van which can accommodate five to nine people.
When driving from San Jose to Montezuma or back, you will need to take the ferry (not necessary if you are coming from Tambor Airport (TMU). It takes about one and a half hours. Prices for adult is 810 CRC, for kids is 485 CRC, and for automobiles with driver 11, 400 CRC. The ferries have an air-conditioned passenger deck complete with snack shop and restrooms, as well as a large outside viewing area.
During the green season, May to November, the shuttle departs at 8:00 a.m., so you would need to arrive by 7:00 a.m. to catch the shuttle. Sometimes, it is hard to get in this early, so if there are a few guests arriving in the afternoon by 1:00 p.m., it is possible for the reservations agent to arrange a special shuttle, which would cost 60 USD each if there are enough guests.