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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Join Hari-Om Yoga School in this enriching yoga teacher training. Giving its students a solid foundation for teaching Yoga and stimulating participants to find their own personal path among the different and numerous approaches and techniques that exist in the world of Yoga are the very aims of this 200 hours Hari-Om Yoga Teacher Training. The professional Yoga Teacher Trainings are true immersion at their finest.


  • 2 daily yoga practice
  • 5 hours of lecture everyday
  • Courses on asana, pranayama, anatomy
  • Certificate of attendance recognized by the Yoga Alliance
  • Daily wholesome vegetarian meals
  • 20 nights cozy accommodation
  • Training manuals


20 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Hari-om Yoga School carefully selects the venue for its trainings to ensure comfortable and secure lodging, delicious vegetarian and organic meals, inspiring and lush environment for your study.

Samasati Nature Retreat's facilities include a large hot tub overlooking the ocean where you can watch the toucans flying though the trees below, a spa where a wide variety of massage sessions are offered and many trails where you can experience the forest and its magic. Each room has a safe deposit box, fan, emergency light as well as other amenities.


Triple, double and single bungalows are nestled in a lovely tropical garden. All bungalows have one bathroom with hot water and spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the ocean.

Classic Samasati Rooms

Classic Samasati Rooms are located in 2 lodges, the Monkey Lodge and the Namaste House. Each of the four rooms is open onto a spacious veranda with cozy, inviting hammocks. In every house there are 2 bathrooms to share.


Triple and double and single bungalows are nestled in a lovely tropical garden. All bungalows have one bathroom with hot water and spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the ocean.

Guest house

Are located in 2 lodges, the Monkey Lodge and the Namaste House. Each of the four rooms is open onto a spacious veranda with cozy, inviting hammocks. In every house there are 2 bathrooms to share.


The subjects of the course vary from the physical (asana, pranayama, anatomy and alignments) to the more spiritual, subtle and philosophical aspects (meditation, history, philosophy, chakras and Tantra). There are two practices a day of 2 hours each and 5 hours of lecture between morning and afternoon.

Daily schedule

  • 06.00 a.m. - 08.00 a.m.: Practice
  • 08.00 a.m. - 09.00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 09.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.: Lecture
  • 12.30 p.m. - 02.45 p.m.: Lunch and break
  • 02.45 p.m. - 05.15 p.m.: Lecture
  • 05.30 p.m. - 07.30 p.m.: Practice
  • 07.30 p.m. - 09.00 p.m.: Dinner
  • 09.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.: Evening lecture (twice in the program)


Principles and importance of alignment:

Basic asanas: Tadasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana;

Neutral standing asanas and standing asanas with external rotation: Virabhadrasana II, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Vrkasana, Virabhadrasana III, Ardha Chandrasana, Utthita hasta Padangusthasana, Garudasana.

Forward bending asanas: Uttanasana, Parsvottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Upavista Konasana, Dandasana, Navasana, Pashimottanasana, Adho Mukha Virasana, Pavanmuktasana

Seated asanas with external rotation: Janu Sirshasana, Baddha Konasana, Gomukhasana, Brahmasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana.

Asanas with backward extension: Alanasana, Virabhadrasana I, Utkatasana, Bhujangasana, Salambasana, Setu Banda Sarvangasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Purvottanasana, Dhanurasana.

Asanas executed in Vinyasa: Marjariasana, Ardha Chatarnga Dandasana, Chataranga Dandasana, different versions of Surya Namaskar;

Inverted asanas: Viparita Karani mudra, Sirshasana , Sarvangasana, Halasana;

Laying-down and twisting asanas: Parivritta Parsvakonasana, Jathara Parivartanasana, Parivritta trikonasana, Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Mtsyendrasana, Savasana.

Every asana will be examined through these aspects:

Alignment points

Most common errors

Possible variations that simplify or intensify the asana

Physical benefits


Effects on the mind and spirit

Effects on the Chakras

Effects on the Doshas

During the first two years, a single sequence will be taught. Explanations will be given on the internal logic of the positions and possible variations will be expounded upon that can modify or substitute the asana while leaving its structure intact.


During the 200-hour of the teacher training program organized by our school, Pranayama plays an important role.

The concept of Prana is explained by describing the five main types of Prana (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana), and what Pranayama, the bandhas, and the breath cycle mean.

The program is divided into three Units, including a practical part in which the participants are guided to experiment the different Pranayama techniques, and a theoretical part where the techniques are explained together, with the effects, benefits, and how they work by an anatomic and physiological point of view.

As for the asanas, Pranayama techniques will be explained by studying:

Various approaches and teaching methods

Physical benefits


Effects of the mind and the spirit

Effects on the Chakras

Effects on the Doshas

Pranayama 1

Prana - The 5 main types, Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana - Pranayama - Bandhas - the breath cycle. After an initial practical approach where the teacher will lead the participants to practice some simple Pranayama techniques, the First Unit focuses on the concepts of Pranayama and Prana.

Pranayama 2

Nadi Sodhana, Ujjay, Anuloma, Viloma, Sitali and Sitkari. The Second Unit dives further into the analysis and explanation of other techniques, always through a practical part first to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Pranayama 3

Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Agni Sari, Samavritti and Asamavritti Pranayama. The Third Unit is part of the second year program. First, there will be a review of the program of the first year to refresh and then to aid in explaining more complex and advanced techniques, always through a practical part first, to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Dharana (Meditation techniques)

We will look at the the practice of meditation, its meaning, and the effects of meditation techniques as seen from scientific and physiologic perspectives. Students will practice and learn to teach meditation techniues utilizing breath, mantra, yantra, concentration on the Chakras and the principal Nadis (Ida, Pingala, Shushmna, Arohan, Awarohan). The majority of the meditation techniques that will be taught in the course of 3 years of study will have their origin in Tantra, Kriya and Raja Yoga.


  • Introduction to mudras and their various meanings;
  • Mudra e Prana;
  • The 5 mudra groups (hasta, mana, kaya, bandha, adhara);
  • Experience and use of mudra belonging to the five different groups accompanied by theoretical explanations of their meaning, benefits and eventual contraindications.

Mantra, Yantra e Mandala

  • Mantra as the power of sound and shape, their meaning and how they effect the subtle energy;Mantras: How they work; How they are to be used;
  • How they influence karma.
  • Seed mantras.
  • Kirtan practice.
  • Introduction to Nada Yoga, the Yoga of sound.

Subtle physiology

  • The three bodies (sharira).
  • The five sheathes (kosha).
  • The seven progressive chakras.
  • Kundalini: progress by way of kundalini/shakti, techniques and methods for reawakening kundalini, obstacles in its ascent.
  • The subtle channels (nadi) and the prana blocks (granthi).


  • What is Yoga? Yogic lifestyle;
  • Analysis of different Yoga systems and information on their origins.
  • Introduction do Samkhya: purusha/prakriti, evolution/involution, and the path of liberation.
  • Ashtanga: the eight stages of Yoga.
  • Readings and commentary on abstracts of Pantanjali's "Yoga Sutra".
  • Karma Yoga: the path of action.
  • Bhakti Yoga: the path of devotion.
  • Jnana Yoga: the path of knowledge.
  • Introduction to Tantra, Tantra and sexuality, the divinities and their nature.

Further Techniques

  • Vinyasa.
  • Introduction to the principles behind the various asana sequences.
  • Introduction to yoga therapy.
  • Introduction to yoga for expecting mothers.
  • The art of teaching: student and teaching approaches, ethics, Yoga as "job", organization suggestions.


  • What is Ayurveda.
  • The five elements (earth, wind, fire, water, ether).
  • The concept of Dosha (Vata, Pitta e Kapha).
  • The concept of Prakriti and the diagnosis of the Dosha and their imbalances.
  • Ideal daily routine according to Ayurveda: correct diet and yoga practice in relation to Dosha imbalances and personal constitution (Prakriti).
  • Introduction to the concepts of Prana, Ojas and Agni.


In the course of the 4 weeks of 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, the multiple aspects of Anatomy and Physiology are treated throughout a detailed program, starting from the simple cells form and function to the most complex and vital processes of the human body. The program emphasizes the study of the muscular bundles, the behavior in relation to the static and dynamic phases, and the various typologies of reaction to stimuli.

The referring textbooks will be completed by handbooks that will help the student to deepen their knowledge of the joints and their functions, with the specific purpose of expanding the capacity of the future teacher in the prevention of possible injuries.

During the four weeks of the Teacher Training of our Yoga School, will be also treated the physiological and biomechanical processes activated by the practice of the Asanas, Pranayama and Dharana. Details for the classes: With underline - topics discussed in the class; in Italic - subjects to be studied in the books.

Anatomy 1

Subjects treated:

Cartesians plans cell agonism and antagonism of muscles

Definition of anatomy / cells and tissues / skeleton / muscular system

Gravitational and antigravity muscles bundles

Anatomy 2

Subjects treated:

Nervous system / sensory organs

The shoulder the elbow the hip

Anatomy 3

Subjects treated:

Endocrine system digestive system respiratory system

The knee the ankle the foot 6 asanas (biomechanics)

Anatomy 4

Subjects treated:

Circulatory system excretory system reproductive system

12 asanas (biomechanics)

Yoga Therapy

  • The concept of Health in western and eastern traditions.
  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga therapy.
  • Yoga therapy in its spiritual aspects.
  • One example of therapeutic program with asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation and yoga nidra.


Nestled in 250 acres Biological Reserve overlooking the Caribbean, Samasati is 4 miles from the best beaches of Costa Rica. With its wild rainforests and lush landscapes, Costa Ricas Caribbean Coast is a beach and natures lover dream.

Distanced from the rest of the country, this region of Costa Rica is home to some of the most gorgeous coconut-tree-lined beaches in the world and several of the countrys most notable national parks - Braulio Carrillo, Cahuita, Chirrip, Tortuguero, La Amistad, the Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

The virgin natural habitat guarantees a healthy bird population. More than 500 birds species and butterflies can be seen in the primary and secondary rain forest. Tucuxi dolphins swim along these shores, and four species of sea turtles are nesting between the months of March and July on the beaches.

The Indian Reserve in Bribri or the Kekoldi Indian Reservation, is home to indigenous groups like the Bribri, Kekoldi and Cabecar Indians. As you visit the Alta Talamanca, you will find a hidden world of strong and ancient traditions and costumes at least 1,000 years old.

The South Caribbean coastal area is home to the Afro-Caribbean culture - and music! Calypso and reggae sounds are always floating in the air, together with the smell of spicy dishes seasoned with the distinctive aroma of coconut milk. The houses are unique to this area, with their bright, sharply contrasting colors.


  • Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, 4 miles
  • San Jose, 130 miles



  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Snorkeling nearby


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Laundry
  • Shop nearby


Delicious vegetarian and organic daily meals will be provided throughout the training. Meals at Samasati are served buffet style. Food is vegetarian. Fish is always available for an additional cost and is occasionally included in the menu. We use organic locally grown products as much as possible. Fruits come from Samasati's land. Chocolate comes from nearby cacao plantations. You will be amazed of how tasty and varied vegetarian food can be! We serve great vegan and gluten free dishes, wait and see.

What's included

  • Tuition
  • Professional certificate of attendance (recognized by the Yoga Alliance)
  • Training manuals
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 20 nights accommodation

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is San Jose International Airport. From San Jose international airport to Samasati is a 4 hours scenic drive. If your flight lands after 1.00 p.m., we suggest you to spend the night in San Jose and catch the following morning a semi-private minivan (Interbus) which leaves the city at 8.00 a.m. The cost is 45 USD.

If your flight lands before 1.00 p.m., we can book for you a private taxi that can pick you up at the airport and take you directly to Samasati. The cost is 190 USD for a minivan (up to 6 people).

Direct public buses run daily from San Jose city to Puerto Viejo. We can arrange for you to be picked up at the airport by a taxi and taken to the public bus station. The total cost is approximately 40 USD.

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