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28 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Don Jon's Lodge & Restaurant, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join this 200-hour progressive teacher training created with a safe and effective structured curriculum. All the students will be encouraged to build upon their unique strengths and find their individual voice as a teacher. This Costa Rica yoga teacher training supports a high standard of teaching and ethics. The in-depth training experience supports the shift towards embracing life with awareness, acceptance of oneself, oneness, and reverence for the earth.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Outside activities on days off
  • Daily theory and practice sessions
  • Yoga philosophy and anatomy teachings
  • Yoga Alliance official certification
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 organic meals per day
  • 27 days with instruction
  • English
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For this training, you will be staying at Don Jons Lodge and Restaurant in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. The lodge is located only 100 meters distance from the white sand beach and within a short walk to super markets, surf shops, international restaurants, and the local night places. All accommodations feature orthopedic mattresses, refrigerators in the rooms, fans or air conditioned, daily cleaning service, and free coffee for guests. The lodge also has a reception office, parking, hammocks, Wi-Fi internet signal, and security guard.

The lodge

  • The lodge is a great surf hostel of two dorms with eight beds each. Each dorm features private bathroom, air conditioned, and a shared kitchen area.

During this teacher training you will have the opportunity to experience a well-balanced program designed by experts which offer the highest quality training possible. The team of yoga and health professionals are among the most experienced and qualified in the world. Together, they boast extremely diverse backgrounds and all share the passion of helping others. The team for this training includes sports medicine doctors, certified nutritionists, holistic health coaches, and yoga teachers from different lineages. The curriculum will enable you to formulate and nurture your own personal teaching style.

This yoga training is comprised with the strengths of various selected yoga lineages including Yin yoga, Vinyasa flow yoga, Hatha yoga, Anusara yoga, and Restorative yoga. Throughout your training you will receive guidance on how to establish yourself as a professional yoga teacher This program will fully prepare you to teach yoga with competence and inspiration the fundaments of yoga philosophy, teaching methods, injury prevention, yoga sequencing, class structure, specific techniques for working with diverse populations, safe alignment in practice, sequencing with specific intention, accessing confidence with your true voice, postural analysis, hands-on assists, teaching methodology, creating a sacred space, and the business of teaching yoga.

This training offers all the necessary tools for you to become an amazing teacher of yoga. In this yoga teacher training, you will fully explore the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated approach to your yoga practice and how to best share it with others. Expand your knowledge and self-confidence. Elevate your understanding of yoga. Develop your observation skills and the art of improving students practices. You will also have the opportunity to relax your thoughts while exploring the beach, swimming in the ocean, taking long walks on the endless coastline, and delving deeply into your inner and outer surroundings.

Sample schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:15 Beach meditation
  • 07:30 - 08:45 Morning practice of yoga flow
  • 09:00 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 09:45 - 12:15 Theory, yoga teacher training practice, question and answer period, and instruction
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Lunch break (an opportunity to process, relax, nap, read, practice,take a walk, have quiet time, surf)
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Student practice, teaching, workshop communication, and presentation skills
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Evening satsang, meditation, music, kirtan, yoga philosophy, and discussion

Curriculum

  • Physical practice
  • Principles of practice
  • Anatomy
  • Applied yogic philosophy
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • History of yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Mantras
  • Yoga lifestyle
  • Yoga teachers code of ethics
  • The business of yoga

Basics of a yoga class

  • Asana flow class, workshops with precise alignment, addressing individual differences, prop use and assisting
  • Sun salutation series
  • Pranayama practices like ujjayi, alternate nostril, breath of fire, and other purification breath techniques
  • Meditation techniques like mindfulness, walking meditation, mantra, concentration, and deep contemplation

Yogic theory and philosophy

  • The yoga sutras, including yamas, niyamas, and other classical texts
  • Anatomy training provided by top professionals
  • Modern yogic psychology and theory development
  • Anatomy and physiology and how they relate to yoga practice
  • Satya, communication skills
  • Meditation in nature

Required texts

  • All You Can, Yoga Essential Teachers Manual
  • Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi
  • The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long
  • Lauren Rudick

    Internationally celebrated instructor Lauren Rudick’s has let her love of yoga takes her around the world. She has studied, taught, and practiced yoga across six continents and over two-dozen countries. She has been teaching and practicing yoga for over a decade, inspiring thousands of others to live passionately with authenticity and joy. Lauren’s world renown yoga retreats have received heaps of international praise and offer her students a chance to join her on exclusive yoga adventures to exotic locations.

  • Nancy Goodfellow

    (Anusara Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)

    Nancy began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition under the guidance of her first teachers, Dominic Corigliano, Tim Miller and Pattabhi Jois. Nancy has completed over 500 hours of Yoga Alliance teacher trainings and began teaching in 1998. Nancy dedicated many years of study to the Anusara method with its amazing principles of alignment, Tantric philosophy and Bhakti filled practice.She completed over 500 hours of certified Anusara teachings and traditional non-dualistic Tantra studies.

  • Mark Diamond M.D.

    Prior to training as a Physician specializing in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in the U.S., Mark grew up in Montreal, Canada and studied Exercise Science and Athletic Training. He subsequently practiced as a personal trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist before heading off to medical school.

  • Tammy Foster

    Tammy travels the world sharing Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She weaves her classes around the daily calendar of the Maya, and sets the tone through the chosen kriyas and meditations with the precision of the most ancient time keeping system. Her classes are eclectic and bohemian in style while at the same time designed to give the student a complete experience of the technology of Kundalini Yoga, as well as an expansive version of the depth of the Mayan Calendar and Western Astrology.

  • Dikla Bitas

    Dikla Bitas is a touch therapist, using foot reading, touch techniques and movement routines in her work. She studied the Spalter method, of foot and body language investigation and touch techniques, in Spalter college in Israel. She practiced in a clinic in Tel Aviv for two years and in 2013 she went to a surfing vacation in Costa Rica, which has become her home ever since. Her biggest passions, beyond nature and surfing is for love, in all of its magnificent forms.

  • Eliza Colebatch

    Eliza is an international physiotherapist, yoga and Pilates teacher and feels blessed to have traveled to all four corners of the globe with her love of healing, movement and travel. Eliza set up a thriving physiotherapy clinic and seasonal yoga school in the snowy Japanese alps and regularly teaches anatomy and physiology at yoga teacher trainings worldwide. Eliza teaches a preventative, healing, and nurturing yet fun style of yoga presented with a combination of intellectual rigor, humor, and demonstration.

This training will be held at Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is located on the Nicoya Peninsula and is a paradise for surfers and beach seekers. Santa Teresa has endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing places to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, this place is serenely stunning. Santa Teresa is a paradise located on what continues to be voted on Trip Advisor, one of the worlds nicest beaches around the world and a melting pot of different cultures from all over the world, each trying to bring their scene to tropical beach paradise. Argentineans, Israelis, Italians, North Americans, Brazilians, Canadians, French, and Dutch, all quickly becoming neighbors and business owners in this slice of Costa Rica.

For the best pacific sunsets go to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, the famous surfer's paradise, where people from around the world gather to challenge Playa Carmen's heart pounding surf breaks and enjoy the beach and night life. Growing rapidly in the last ten years, it not only attracts surfers but party people and investors from around the world. Playa Hermosa, further north is more difficult to get to, and has fewer facilities. Since there are no high-rise buildings at Santa Teresa, the coastline still looks pristine, backed by jungle covered hills and with a long sweep of white sand washed by the pacific surf. Behind the beach forest Santa Teresa's main drag, runs parallel to the coast on a potholed and dusty dirt road.

The last years the village has seen a huge spike in development and constructions now spread up the hills inland from the coast. Many tourists who had just been on a surf vacation in Costa Rica got hooked and made Santa Teresa their new home. The cross-cultural residents created a multitude of new restaurants and hotels in Santa Teresa. The town of Santa Teresa is relaxed and, safe, and easy to get around for all the travelers. Nature, seclusion, an unspoiled sandy beach, and abundant fresh fruits and vegetables create the perfect setting for a world class yoga teacher training.

Nearby places

  • San Jose - 6 hours
  • Tambor - 45 minutes
Activities
  • Fishing nearby
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Night club nearby
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

During this training, you will be served three organic meals per day. All meals are nourishing, delicious, and healthy. For breakfast, you will have the option to choose fruit, granola, and oatmeal. For lunch, there will be two vegetarian options daily, including fresh salads, quinoa, veggies, eggs, and sandwiches. For dinner, a vegetarian buffet including hardy soups, salads, and local and international themed cuisine will be served.

Deep sea fishing

Get the big catch with local fisherman. The Malpais oceans are full of mahi-mahi fish, yellowfin tuna, red snapper, grouper, and seabass. Bring fresh fish to the dinner table from the grand Pacific Ocean.

Horseback riding

  • Enjoy the picturesque sunsets of Santa Teresa beach while riding horseback with a local guide in a two-hour tour.

Malpais canopy

  • Zip across the diverse eco-packed jungles of Malpais, you will see a variety of monkeys, birds, and reptiles.

Other activities

Other activities include kayak, stand up paddle board, surf, visit Moctezuma beaches and waterfalls, all-terrain vehicles rental, visit the tide pools, and visit the Cemetery Island.

Snorkeling in Tortuga Island or Curu wildlife refuge

  • Discover amazing aquatic life in one of Costa Ricas most beautiful island paradises. With a vast diversity of fish and reef illuminating the ocean waters.

Spanish lessons

  • Spanish tutors available to teach you the local language upon request.

Surfing in Santa Teresa beach

  • Take a lesson from a local surf instructor and get stoked learning to ride the waves.
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • 27 nights accommodations
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Complete teacher training with Yoga Alliance certificate

Arrival by airplane

You may book your flight to arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO), then take a short flight to the Tambor Domestic Airport (TMU), and then take a 45 minutes drive to Santa Teresa.

Arrival by shuttle

  • There are shuttle service companies that may transfer you directly from your departure location to the door step of the accommodation.

Arrival by taxi

  • Taxis from Tambor to Santa Teresa are available. The price is about 45 USD.

Distances

  • Coca Cola Bus Station - 6 hours
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Tali Gabai-Maiato

    "For any of you thinking of going, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND this retreat. Santa Teresa was amazing as were the accommodations and of course, Miss Lauren herself. Pure relaxation, fun, and awesome yoga."

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  • Review by Chelsea Norvat

    "I still can't help but be filled with so much gratitude, love, and happiness. Lauren Rudick brought together a new family through her yoga teachings and joyous light and openness as a person. I'm so glad to have met and learned from her. I'm so glad to have learned from every single person I met there. So many laughs and good times. What an amazing week. I'm so grateful to have shared the experience with truly awesome people. I left with a new outlook and feel refreshed and focused on what I want in life. "

    Avigna Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Hylana Almeida

    "This was my paradise on earth for a week. Thanks Lauren Rudick for putting this yoga retreat and additional activities together. Not only did I get to be taught yoga from you personally, but we got to go horse back riding through the jungle and on the beach, drove ATVs to go Zip Lining, then jumped off a waterfall and also got to surf all in one short week. This was an incredible experience that none of us will soon forget."

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  • Review by Grace Cahill from Dublin, Ireland

    "A 6-day yoga retreat with Lauren Rudick - the twinkly eyed Canadian renowned for her practical and light-hearted approach to the discipline promised everything I could of wished for. Meditation, yoga and travel in a city bursting with magic and mystery. There was also a chance of meeting ten other women with the same interests, who like me were on a mission to find more balance in their lives. I had no idea what the journey would entail but this was the challenge. Instinct told me to take a leap of faith. Laurens main goal is to practice love while practicing yoga - something she radiates in every form from the moment she wakes up in the morning and to push your-self without punishing yourself."

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  • Review by Lauren Rubin, USA

    "One of the most incredible weeks of my entire life and it was one of the best decisions Ive ever made when I booked the trip. I loved the sights, the sounds, the smells, the flavors, and the people. Lifelong friendships were almost instantly made in just one, fun-filled, yoga-filled, laughter-filled week. Thank you Lauren Rudick!"

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  • Review by Eduardo Toker , USA

    "Its amazing getting into postures with you. Whereas portraying a posture and doing it is many times frustrating, traveling into it is joyful, and this is how I feel in your classes. Its like I dont care about the final position, without even thinking about it - voila! Im there. Your freedom practicing yoga spreads in the room like tiny particles landing along our bodies"

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