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Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Costa Rica

by Cris Puscas

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A paradise for nature lovers, Costa Rica boasts year-round balmy weather, amazing sights, sandy beaches, great surfing, thick jungle, and rich wildlife.

Its national slogan of Pura Vida – a mindful way of living – completely aligns with the philosophy of the many yoga teacher training courses in Costa Rica.

This is precisely why an increasing number of yogis make their way here to do their teacher training among hauler monkeys and toucans, striking asanas on the sandy beaches.

But where should you go if you want to practice yoga, find peace, and enjoy some of the best sights in Costa Rica?

The capital of San Jose offers an interesting mix of Spanish colonial architecture, pre-colonial ruins, and modern buildings. It’s a bustling hub complete with impressive gardens, intriguing museums, and a very busy airport (where you’ll most likely land).

Montezuma is a charming town in the south of Nicoya Peninsula, home to probably the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica: Playa Montezuma. Perfect for striking asanas, but also a surfers’ paradise is Playa Grande.

The area around Lake Arenal is one of the most attractive regions in the country. Arenal Volcano National Park is home to amazing biodiversity, stunning views, and patches of jungle. A paradise for nature lovers, it’s also a great destination for yogis.

Traditionally the port town in the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas is a cultural center, as well as a yoga and surf destination. Admire the Spanish colonial buildings, sample the local cuisine, and spend time on the famous Playa Dona Ana.

The jewel of the Guanacaste province, Tamarindo is the perfect choice if you want to add some surfing to your yoga teacher training course. The beaches are perfect for striking asanas, long strolls, and surfing.  

>>Read more: Why Should You Do Your Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica?

With so many great choices, it could be hard to choose just one yoga teacher training course.

That’s why, in this article, we are sharing five great yoga teacher training courses in Costa Rica.

Note: BookYogaTeacherTraining offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

 

5 Day 30-Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

30 hour yin yoga TT in puerto viejo

  • Price: from US$750 for 4 nights
  • Availability:  All year round
  • Location: Limón, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Instruction level: All levels

 

This Yin Yoga teacher training course will enable you to create the “yin space” necessary to dive deeper into a place of stillness so that you can enrich and balance your “yang” lifestyle. You will learn how to allow yourself to feel your body and your emotions, as well as to be able to let all sensations and emotions flow and go instead of holding onto them.

This training is suitable for yoga teachers, yoga enthusiasts who want to teach Yin Yoga, and Yin Yoga practitioners of all levels. Only teachers with a 200-hour certification will be able to teach Yin Yoga professionally at the end of this course.

The course is held at Vista Verde Guest House, a rustic Caribbean-style house in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It features a lounge area with hammocks where you can relax and enjoy the Caribbean vibe.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the training and retreat are private, one-to-one, and guests will have their own private room. All rooms are equipped with comfortable orthopedic beds, mosquito nets, and a fan. The bathroom, shower, and kitchen are shared.

During the training, you’ll understand how Yin postures can be beneficial for you and how to teach them effectively to others. You will learn how to sequence and teach your classes.

As the final assessment, there will be a written test and a practical teaching experience, where every student will create his/her own Yin Yoga sequence.

Your day starts at 7:30 a.m. with the morning asana practice. Breakfast – the only meal included in the package – is served at 9 a.m., followed by theory sessions at 10:30 a.m.

The lunch break is from 12:30 p.m. and then you’ll have time for personal studies. From 3:30 p.m. you’ll join a theory session again, followed by the evening asana practice.

The closest airport to the retreat is Limón International Airport (LIO), but the airport transfer is not provided.

 

9 Day 100-hour Immersion Yoga Teacher Training in Uvita, Puntarenas (Module 1 of 2)

100 hour immersion YTT in Uvita, Puntarena

  • Price: from US$1,799 for 8 nights
  • Availability:  Selected days from February to July
  • Location: Uvita, Puntarenas
  • Instruction level: All levels

 

Have you been practicing yoga, but aren’t sure if you want to teach? Or perhaps you need to complete a 200-hour training in 2 trips? Then this is the perfect program for you.

It is geared towards those who want to deepen their yoga practice through anatomy, philosophy, asana alignment, individualized sequencing, and more. And if you decide you want to get certified, you can register for the second module.

The accommodation offers a serene and peaceful home away from home experience. Located right beside a creek and forest, you’ll have the pleasure of being up close to birds, toucans, monkeys, sloths, and iguanas. The rooms are equipped with full bathrooms and windows that open to beautiful jungle scenery.

Your day starts with meditation and pranayama, followed by a yoga class and breakfast. Before the lunch break, there’s a philosophy class, followed by an asana workshop. After lunch, you’ll join an anatomy and teaching methodology class, as well as practice teaching.

The package includes three meals each day, catering for vegetarians. Do let the organizer know if you have other dietary restrictions.

During the retreat, you’ll also join a medicinal plant class and take local trips to waterfalls, the forest, and the beach.

The closest airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the airport transfer is not included.

 

22 Day Transformational 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast, Puerto Viejo

200 hour YTT in Puerto Viejo

  • Price: from US$2,495 for 21 nights
  • Availability:  Selected days from January to July
  • Location: Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Instruction level: Beginner & intermediate

 

This unique yoga teacher training, certified by the Yoga Alliance, is designed to help you discover your true self and immerse in a true yoga lifestyle experience.

Begin your path of self-realization through the practice of yoga and acquire the necessary skills to heal and reconnect with your inner self. You will learn to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Shivananda Yoga styles deepening your understanding of yoga and enhancing your professional teaching careers.

The course includes daily pranayama, mantra chanting, and asana practice to help you enrich your practice. Lectures on yoga philosophy, ethics, anatomy, and physiology, as well as teaching methods practices will also be covered in this course.

You will stay in one of the jungle lodges, which have bathrooms and furnished kitchens with a terrace looking out into the jungle. The rooms are equipped with comfortable beds and fans. You’ll need to cater for yourself for most of the meals, as only lunch is included in the package. However, weekly grocery shopping transportation is included as well.

During the teacher training course, you’ll enjoy yoga classes at sunrise and sunset, on the beach. You’ll also get a chance to practice meditation surrounded by nature, giant trees, howler monkeys, and parrots.

Some of the special activities included are mindful meditation along the jungle paths and guided meditation with the retreat’s herd of horses.

The closest airport to the retreat is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the airport transfer is not included. However, you can book a shuttle to drop you off at Hotel Los Continentes in Cocles and you can request pick up from there.

 

14 Day Lakshmi Rising Intensive 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Montezuma, Puntarenas

intensive 200 hour vinyasa ytt in montezuma

  • Price: from US$3,299 for 13 nights
  • Availability:  Selected days from May to November
  • Location: Montezuma
  • Instruction level: All levels

 

This is a unique and transformative program that includes fluid and dynamic asana practice, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and rituals for optimal health and personal growth.

The course offers a robust introduction to the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Flow method in an intensive, transformational environment. It will be followed by supplemental on-line course work which can be completed within the year.

Upon completion, you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

You’ll be staying at the Sanctuary of Two Rivers yoga retreat and yoga teacher training center, which can accommodate up to 16 individuals. You may choose between two types of eco-accommodation: jungle lofts and studio houses. All houses are set among picturesque tropical gardens with observation decks, hammocks, and wonderful jungle vistas.

During your stay, you’ll have full access to a 40-acre nature preserve including tropical gardens, jungle trails, waterfalls, and a swimming pool.

From Monday to Friday, your day starts at 6 a.m. with asanas, pranayama, mantra, and discussion. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and includes a discussion of sacred texts or silence.

From 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. lunch break, you’ll be joining training sessions. After the lunch break and the nutrition and natural health discussion, you’ll join another training session (from 4 p.m.). Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

On Saturdays, you’ll start with self-led meditation at 6 a.m., followed by silent yoga practice. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and is followed by lunch in town. You’ll be back at the retreat for dinner.

Sundays are similar, although lunch is served at the retreat and you’ll also join an afternoon training session.

Three meals each day, as well as drinks and snacks, are included in the package. They care for a variety of dietary needs but do make sure to let the organizer know in advance if you have special requirements.

The closest airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the airport transfer is not included.

 

15 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Ocean View and Walk to Beach in Nosara, Costa Rica

200 hour YTT in noasar

  • Price: from US$3,997 for 14 nights
  • Availability:  Selected days from March to December
  • Location: Nosara
  • Instruction level: All levels

 

During this training, you’ll receive the guidance you need to live a balanced lifestyle and to create a yoga business and life that you love. Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

Located in stunning Nosara, the setting allows you to reconnect with your natural rhythms, recharge, and feel inspired by the stunning natural beauty.

All rooms come with a private or en-suite bathroom, jungle view, AC, Wifi, and ceiling fan.

During the retreat, you’ll enjoy two daily yoga classes, two daily teaching workshops, and asana guidance. You’ll learn teaching methodology, practice teaching, get a solid anatomy understanding, and you’ll get acquainted with yoga philosophy.

By the end of the retreat, you’ll gain the yoga business skills necessary to teach professionally.

The package includes three delicious vegetarian meals each day. All meals also have vegan and gluten-free options. And if you have other dietary requirements, kindly let the organizer know in advance.

The closest airport to the retreat is Nosara Airport (NOB) and the airport transfer is included. A bit further away is Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) and the transfer is also included. You may also fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) but you’ll have to sort the transfer on your own.

Hero photo credit: Soma Yoga Institute​


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