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27 Days 250hr Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Indigo Yoga Resort, Mal Pais, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Complete your hot yoga teacher training in one of the most beautiful places in the world, at the incredible Indigo Yoga Resort in Mal Pais! This teacher training is an ongoing program designed to prepare you the student for a more connected and aware life of contribution, self-growth, and fulfillment. The curriculum and ultimately the classes you will teach are a set of tools for your own self-awakening. Evolation Yoga is committed to supporting this by mentoring you long after your immersion training is complete.

250-Hour Yoga Alliance Hot Yoga Teacher Training

This training offered by Evolation Yoga is focused on teaching the hot yoga primary series, originally defined by Bikram Choudhury. You will explore the essentials of yoga philosophy, anatomy, and mechanics that underpin this sequence - in an inclusive and intimate training environment. You will also deepen your own yoga practice through intimate posture mechanics workshops, a variety of yoga classes, and individual feedback.

Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • One-on-one guidance
  • Teaching clinics and lectures
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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During the training, you will be living in the beautiful Indigo Yoga Resort, which is close to the beach and you will have access to the resorts pool. The beautiful blue, warm water of the Costa Rican Pacific coast is a short walk from where you will stay. It is truly an amazing sight to see.

Curriculum

Yoga history and philosophy

  • Basic history, philosophy, and evolution of yoga
  • Eight kinds of yoga
  • Eight steps of yoga
  • Five steps of Hatha yoga
  • Bhagavad-Gita
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Philosophy and lineage of Paramhansa Yogananda and Bikram Choudhury

Pranayama - breathing

  • The use of breath as a transformative tool for self-awareness
  • Breath control
  • Different breathing techniques
  • Exploration of benefits

The art of teaching

  • How to address a group of students
  • How to use your own body as a teaching tool
  • How to use your voice, volume, tempo, and pacing
  • How to correct postures
  • Choosing the right words
  • Energy, passion, confidence, humor
  • Using your presence and self-awareness as a transformative teaching tool

Asana - posture

  • Knowledge of basic asanas
  • Basic yogic anatomy and physiology
  • Subtle anatomy and chakric system
  • Alignment and how to avoid injuries
  • Medical benefits
  • How to read bodies
  • Balance between body, mind, and breath

Meditation

  • What meditation is, and why it is practiced
  • Variety of meditation techniques and tools
  • Quieting the mind to develop deeper levels of awareness
  • Connecting with nature and the world you live in
  • Connecting with the true self

Sample training schedule

Monday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 11:45 Teaching clinic
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Yoga class
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break / study time
  • 15:00 - 18:30 Posture mechanics
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Group study

Tuesday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Group study
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Class and meditation
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break / study time
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Teaching clinic
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Posture mechanics
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Yoga class
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Lecture: Yoga Sutras

Wednesday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Group study
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Teaching clinic
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Yoga class
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break / study time
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Posture mechanics
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Lecture: Bhagavad Gita
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Group study

Thursday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Group study
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Class and meditation
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break / study time
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Teaching clinic
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Lecture: anatomy
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Yoga class
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Lecture: pranayama

Friday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Group study
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Teaching clinic
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Yin class
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break / study
  • 15:00 - 19:00 Lecture: anatomy
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner

Saturday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Group study
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Sadhana
  • 12:30 - 15:00 Advanced class

Sunday (optional)

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Sadhana (meditation)
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Class
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 - 18:00 Silent adventure
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. It is only a five-hour flight from most parts of the United States and much closer to the east coast than Hawaii is. The location, safety, reputation of its people for warm and generous hospitality, and the beautiful beaches and jungles have made Costa Rica one of the worlds top tourist destinations in recent years.

Indigo Boutique Hotel

This retreat will take place in Indigo Boutique Hotel, a truly unique place located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. They offer contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambience and culture. Indigo is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the howler and capuchin monkeys hang in the trees, as well as a large variety of tropical birds. Indigo is situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast. Indigos concept is inspired by living a healthy and natural lifestyle. They are blessed to be in one of the most wave rich areas in Costa Rica, if not the world.

Activities
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Kayak
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Reiki
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool
  • Zip lining
General
  • Beach
  • Restaurant

All of your food will be prepared by Pedro Izcoatl, who is a well-known raw chef in Costa Rica. As well as being an accomplished yogi, Pedro organizes the food for the annual Envision Festival. You are in good hands and will be nourished by his local organic produce.

  • Bird watching
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Sport fishing
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Surfing trips and surf lessons

Optional tours

  • Cabo Blanco biological reserve
  • Canopy del Pacifico
  • Mal Pais bird watching tour

Esthetics

Healing therapies

Massage therapies

Spa therapies

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Full yoga teacher training program

Driving directions from San Jose

You can drive from San Jose to Puntarenas and take the ferry to Paquera. From there, drive south through Tambor to Cbano. Its another 20-30 minutes to Malpais from Cbano. The total time from San Jose to Mal Pais is around 4-6 hours, depending on how long you have to wait for the ferry in Puntarenas.

Arrival by airplane

If you would like to travel with Evolation Yoga, you should fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and be there before 4 p.m. on Sunday. The last ferry leaves at 8 p.m. and the latest shuttle that can take people to that ferry leaves at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Arrival by bus

If you cannot arrive before 4 p.m. on Sunday, you will have to stay the night in San Jose. Evolation Yoga has arranged a place for people to stay, and there is a bus for 30 USD to Mal Pais at 6 a.m. on Monday morning. For such a lengthy drive, the bus is a comfortable and cheapest way to make the trip.

Distances

  • Cbano - 20 to 30 minutes
  • San Jose - 4 to 6 hours

Verified BookYogaTeacherTraining.com reviews

  • Review by Sylvia from United States

    "Knowledgeable and compassionate trainers and the month-long session was intense -- in a very good way! I was glad to have met and spent time with our particular set of trainers, my fellow trainees and to become part of the Evolation Yoga family."

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  • Review by Keala from United States

    "I know I made the right decision to attend this training (4 week immersion) with Evolation. The staff and trainers are so easy to work with, really make it a point to connect with trainees on an individual and authentic level and they are competent. The registration process is seamless and they stay connected to you even after graduation and beyond. I learned yoga philosophy, anatomy, biomechanics, posture mechanics, and we had teaching clinics each day. I feel as though my teaching has transformed through the experience of teacher training. The days did not seem long; in fact, the training went by in a flash because it was certainly enjoyable. I will be pursuing the 500 hr. path with Evolation!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Poker M. from United States

    "I feel blessed to have Evolation in my life. The instructors are conscientious and encouraging, the hot yoga is rigorous, and the rooms are magical. My favorite instructors so far are Martyntje Kyle, Torrey Trover, and Kelley Jane Paradise, and there are plenty of instructors with whom I haven't yet had the pleasure of practicing A great place to practice Hot yoga (although flow and Yin are also available); if you're not sure if you'll like Hot yoga, I recommend that you try it here, in the big room, overlooking the ocean. Enjoy."

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  • Review by Marion Rogers from United States

    "Never thought I would like yoga. Now me and my husband are addicted. Great studio overlooking ocean and great teachers. I love it all."

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  • Review by Linda R. from United States

    "Evolation Yoga is new to our community and is a great addition. This is one of the nicest yoga studios I have had the pleasure to experience, equally matched with outstanding teachers. If you haven't had a chance to experience this outstanding place, please treat yourself. The ocean view is nice."

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  • Review by Clare D. from United States

    "Evolation is a sleek, modern yoga studio that offers Hot, flow, Yin, and even kids classes. The view of the ocean from the two studio rooms is amazing. My friends and I have taken many classes here. The instructors are top-notch and very helpful during and after classes. I heard that there will be a health-conscious Italian restaurant opening one floor below the studio soon. Another great benefit! Lots of parking in the front and around the block. The owners are great people. Check it out for yourself!"

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  • Review by Julia A. from United States

    "Amazing yoga space! Both studios have huge windows that let in natural light and the far wall looks out into the ocean - -allowing a really calm, bright, and inviting atmosphere. They offer a great variety of classes, both Bikram and Vinyasa, and the teachers are all so dedicated and supportive. The studio also has showers which is a huge plus when trying to fit a yoga class into a busy schedule. I highly recommend this studio!"

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  • Review by Susannah S. from United States

    "I was so excited a new yoga studio was opening close to my home and with classes that actually fit into my (a mom's) schedule. As a yoga teacher myself, I've been sad that the majority of studios in town all have classes at the same times - too early in the morning (before the kids are at school) or at the time when the kids need to be picked up from school. Before they opened, Evolation posted their schedule and I saw that classes would fit well into my schedule and (this is amazing), they offer kids yoga classes that coincide with some of the grown-up yoga classes. I was sold, and signed up for the pre-opening special sight unseen. Usually, things like this don't go my way. Either they're too good to be true, or there is some unseen catch that I missed in my eagerness to support a new business. Let me just say, my luck has changed! Although my practice started with Bikram / Hot yoga many years ago, it has been a long time since I practiced that style of yoga. I'm more of a Vinyasa (flow) girl. But I decided to try out all of the classes, and I've been nothing but thrilled. The Hot 90 class is a Bikram class (with a few minor alterations - a few poses are only done once and the sit-up is different), and it reminds me of all the things I used to like about Bikram (the amazing workout, the detoxification, the ritual of it all), without all the things I never liked about Bikram (teachers who don't offer modifications, smelly carpeted rooms).If I am going to sweat and, well, yes, suffer for 90 minutes, I'm happy to get to do it in a light, airy room with beautiful floors and a view of the ocean across the street. And the teachers are fantastic and supportive and very clear. I feel amazing after every class! Same goes for the warm 60, a watered down Bikram class in a less boiling hot room, where most poses are done once, one is skipped, and a few are done twice. That's the one I go to while my kids have the best time in the kids class in the next room! Seriously, babysitting but so much more and at a great price (20 USD for five classes). My husband even comes with me on Sundays and loves it. A great family activity - who knew? I've also been going to some of the flow classes. Both the regular teachers and the subs have all been really good. The other day, the sub gave one of the best classes I've ever taken. Of course, she was just in from out of town, but I learned that she was in town because she trains Evolation's flow teachers. That means this place can only get better and better. A beautiful addition to our town!"

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  • Review by Bruce from United States

    "At 66 years old and after 36 years of nursing practice, and 13 years of hot yoga practice, I decided to attend TheHotTT's first 500 hour, 2 month residential, yoga teacher training. The experience was transformative in so many ways. The food and lodgings were wonderful. Living and training with a relatively small group of dedicated yogis was very stimulating and enlivening. The curriculum was detailed, well thought out, engaging and delivered by an incredible array of highly skilled and experienced teacher trainers. There was a lot of memorization for the hot yoga dialogues; and, there was so much more. We studied the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita. We had weekend seminars in partner yoga, Kriya yoga, yoga for children. We had extensive posture mechanics trainings and anatomy. I now teach yoga in my home town."

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  • Review by Hadley Carr from Costa Rica

    "I left the Evolation training, confident in my teaching. I learned so much, not only about the 90 minute Hot yoga class, and what words you have to say, but also anatomy, philosophy, meditation, and the most of all, I learned about was myself."

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  • Review by Kahley Cuff from Santa Barbara

    "I am a certified yoga instructor! This has been one of the most incredible journeys of my life and I thank everyone who has been a part of it in any way. It's a dream come true!"

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  • Review by Mary Grace from United States

    "If you're considering teacher training, Evolation will give you more than you could ever expect. I can't thank you enough, for your beautiful teachers and passion for sharing yoga. I'll be back in 2016!"

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