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All yoga teacher training programs lack a vital piece: the business skill set required to make an abundant and sustainable living in teaching what you love. A love for yoga, self-practice, and a 200-hour certification isn't enough to share this information with others safely and manifest your dreams. Epic Living Retreats believes in spreading light and love to the far reaches of the universe. So make yourself a better teacher and entrepreneur by joining this training!
You can choose a shared or private room. All rooms have powerful fans and two of the master bedrooms are equipped with air conditioners. All linens are provided with cleaning service twice per week. Washer and dryer are free and on site. Reverse osmosis water filtration system is available on site as well. The following types of rooms are available:
In this ground breaking 34-day program, Epic Living Retreats will fuse the Epic Academy business curriculum with a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification program. In their signature academy, they will empower and assist you to develop your brand, find your voice, and also design and build your website. You will be immersed in Epic Living Retreats' advertising, social media marketing, blogging, copy writing, and sales techniques.
Explore a vast array of asana styles and theoretical elements by using Hatha as the foundation. Morning practice is an intensive two hour Vinyasa flow. While the afternoon is a gentle two hour Hatha with deep focus on alignment, pranayama, and meditation. Remaining time will be spent on lectures covering topics of the day.
You will learn all aspects of teaching including how to plan classes, choreograph sequences, demonstrate postures, execute physical adjustments, use voice, and verbal cues (English and Sanskrit). You will also practice and learn how to hold space for a variety of different emotions, physical injuries, and limitations. The use props and postures modification are also extensively covered. The importance of observation will be emphasized since it is the foundation of excellent teaching.
Dive deep into the physical (muscles, bones, fascia, etc.) and energetic (chakras, nadis, etc.) anatomy of the human form. You will be taught all body systems (e.g. nervous system, muscular system, endocrine, etc.), human kinetics, and how all of these relate to yoga practice. Anatomy provides a comprehensive blueprint for all postures while clarifying the effects of pranayama and meditation within the body.
Epic Living Retreats will review topics within Hindu mythology and the traditional teachings from the ancient scriptures of the yoga sutras, Hatha yoga pradipika, and the bhagavad gita. Looking into these Vedic scriptures will give you insight on how much more there is to your yoga practice than the physical body. By learning the eight-limb path and applying it throughout your life you will be more confident incorporating it into your classes without overwhelming your students. Two hours will be spent on the ethics of the teacher-student relationship and how important this is when giving physical adjustments.
You will practice your teaching to the group and develop your voice and style. Sometimes the scariest part of being a new teacher is getting up in front of people. The more you practice within a supportive group the more your confidence grows. This is a chance to receive and give feedback as well as observe others teach. Electives are interspersed throughout the month and include kids, Ashtanga, and pre-natal yoga practices. Basic Ayurvedic principles and variations for advanced postures are also covered.
What ever your dream will require a website and key business techniques. This 32-hour academy preps you with all of the marketing and sales techniques necessary to launch a thriving business on the ground and online.
You will learn how to design and build your own website on the robust and renowned WordPress platform to showcase your talent and mission to attract students. No coding will be required. It's incredibly important that you know how to function your own website without the need of a developer or designer. Having complete control over your website is critical to saving money and expanding your brand rapidly. Below is the short list of what you'll know how to do by the end the month working one on one and in small groups with Amber and Daniel.
Every Saturday morning, you can enjoy in-depth 90-minute Pilates mat and myofascial release workshops designed to take your personal practice and teaching to the next level. These 6 hours will be counted as part of your total elective hours. Amber will show you how to weave these two extremely powerful techniques into your yoga offerings.
Learn the seven guiding Pilates principles and how you can easily apply them to enhance all of your favorite activities. Flow through beginning-advanced mat sequences with Amber and learn how to move from your center with proper alignment, ease, and grace. Pilates is a rigorous and precise method created to uniformly balance and build long lean bodies.
Dive into the intricacies of myofascial release with tennis balls and foam rollers. Amber will teach you how to roll out the most tense places in your deepest connective tissue from head to toe. By releasing the fascia and blasting through energy blockages you can unlock a new level of mobility.
This technique and skill set is invaluable for pain management, injury prevention, increasing mobility, and improving performance on every level. Imagine a full body deep tissue massage you can give yourself and teach your students how to do for themselves.
Take all of your yoga and Pilates skills to the gorgeous 85 degree Pacific Ocean. In this two and a half hour intensive, you'll flow through a dynamic Pilates-Vinyasa fusion class on a stand up paddle board with Amber. You will launch from one of the most mesmerizing peaceful coves and paddle out beside the little islands for class.
Practicing on a wiggling board adds a major stability challenge to your asana. Falling in the warm water is part of the fun and learning. Learn how to stroke with the paddle properly and safely with your core for speedy and efficient traveling. Amber will lead and show you how to enter the waves and read the water currents for the safest and most fun experience.
Sacred plant medicines and Temazcal sweat lodges have been used by shamans world wide for thousands of years to heal, awaken, and elevate consciousness. The plant that you will mediate in sacred ceremony with is known as a the mother of all master plants. It comes from the depths of the Amazon rain forest and has been used extensively to elicit spiritual revelations, heal past traumas, and reverse addictive behaviors.
One ceremony of sipping this mystical and potent brew has been described as 10 years of meditation compressed into one night. It is also the deepest physical and emotional cleanse of your life. Two ceremonies in a row is ideal because it allows the medicine to heal deeper. This experience sparks the beginning of a powerful spiritual journey to the center of your heart and the depths of the cosmos.
There is no better way to enhance the celebration of your graduation from training than with a traditional Native American crow sweat lodge and back to back plant medicine ceremonies September 8 through the morning of September 11 at Posada Natura Retreat Center.
Epic Living Retreats works with the highest integrity and most experienced shaman in the region. Creating the safest space for your spiritual unfolding and evolution is their top priority. Epic Living Retreats has led over a dozen groups to The Temple of Light in the last year alone with outstanding results.
An international Pilates and vinyasa yoga instructor, professional contemporary dancer, and holistic nutritionist. She specializes in crafting personal lifestyle design programs and retreats, featuring international renowned experts for stressed, over-worked individuals who are eager to radically increase their health and happiness forever.
Aly is certified with over 900-hours in Hatha, Ashtanga, and Sattva yoga along with another 2200-hours in massage therapy. Over the last several years, she has lead annual retreats in Costa Rica and Peru. Her passion for sharing the power of yoga lead her to create her own teacher training program. She is the lead educator for the yoga teacher training portion of this program from Monday through Friday.
Daniel is a "sales jedi" who roams the world fighting evil, engaging in high adventure and teaching his system, "Sales for Introverts & LightWorkers", to conscious business entrepreneurs. He developed his sales systems over 17 successful years at the highest levels of the health and wellness industry.
EpicSelf Headquarter is nestled in the rain forest within a five-minute walk to all shops, restaurants, and activities in the heart of Manuel Antonio. The spacious jungle, compound of three Costa Rican style homes, is a 20-minute walk or 10-minutes bus ride to main beach with the fastest Wi-Fi in town and a massive yoga deck.
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Enjoy delicious raw and vegan super-food cuisine which is prepared and served by Epic Living Retreats' two personal chefs, Ronan and Ryan. Plant based nutrition, especially during such vigorous training, is key to boosting the quality of your experience. Epic Living Retreats only uses the highest quality, locally grown, and certified organic produce and super foods to create scrumptious dishes.
You will also be served green juice, fresh coconut water, super-food smoothies, herbal teas, and savory soups, as well as rainbow salads, wraps, pasta, pizza, and even desserts like cheesecake and pie. Your taste buds will enjoy the food as much as your belly. All meals are crafted with proper food combining guidelines and fermented foods to aide digestion, cleanse, and boost your immunity. You won't know what to do with all of your new energy.
Ronan is a highly experienced chef who has worked in every aspect of the restaurant industry for over 20 years. Originally from London, he moved to Costa Rica four years ago to pursue his passions. As an artist, his speciality is beautiful and delicious plant-based cuisine. He sees each plate as a canvas waiting to be created.
Ronan weaves his passion and dedication to a plant-based lifestyle into every dish. He loves teaching how food can be healthy, ethical, scrumptious, feasible, and sustainable. He believes that cooking and preparing food is a practice of ahimsa, the yogic principle of “non-violence”. Ronan is the witty head chef and serves all of the guests with a smile. You can feel his love in every bite.
Ryan, from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a self studied expert on plant based nutrition, detox, and cleansing. He has years of experience as a chef, including one of Costa Rica's leading sustainable, off grid yoga retreats, where he currently produces healing vegan cuisine full time.
Teaching chi gong, traditional Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda influence both his diet and daily work practice. Ryan's passion, combined with inner joy and peace, is magic in the kitchen and his meals. He will assist Ronan throughout the month. The two of them together is pure fun.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Ground transport to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO) is included in your package.