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22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Join senior teacher Ella Luckett for an experience like no other. The Jai teacher training invites you on a unforgettable, life changing journey where you will discover peace and empowerment along side a special group of people who just may become life-long friends. You will be brought step by step through a process of deepening your understand of your body and mind through the ancient wisdom of yoga delivered in contemporary form. Through this step by step process, you will slowly come into your own confidence, find your inner voice, and your heart in not only teaching, but in all of your lifes endeavors. If youre looking for a life brightening, soul shining experience, Jai is the one for you.


  • Daily Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • Philosophical study of the yoga sutras
  • Daily meditation and pranayama practices
  • Courses on alignment, anatomy, the business of yoga, etc.
  • Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training certification
  • 2 vegetarian meals per day
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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The cottages are "Rustic Chic." Nestled in the jungle, steps from town and the beach, with everything you need in harmony with nature. You can choose from a shared or private room, each cottage has shared kitchenettes, spacious living areas with hammocks, and bathrooms cleaned daily by our staff.

Rooms are shared with no more than 3 people and always of the same gender, and no bunk beds! You get your own individual bed.

Private room options available.

The Jungle cottages are set in the shade of the trees, great for a cool nap between classes.

The Ocean View cottages, are just a touch more lux, with an ocean view deck.

The Jai Yoga teacher training is a Yoga Alliance accredited school, ensuring the highest quality standards in the industry. Graduates are certified at the 200-hour level and recognized internationally as Yoga Alliance registered teachers. Jai Yoga offers a comprehensive education in the physical and the philosophical components of yoga.

Learn the mind and body connection using the yoga sutras and texts from the most well respected teachers past and present. You will dive deep into your own practice to feel and understand how yoga serves your life both on and off the mat.

Through written and experiential learning you will start to understand your own body better, as well as learning the anatomical and functional principles to adapt the yoga practice to a wide variety of students.

You will understand how to protect your students from injury, while offering them the maximum benefit of the postures. You will also begin to understand the chemical reactions that occur within a person that can cause them to experience stress reduction and increased health.


  • Alignment
  • Anatomy
  • Basic beginner classes
  • Basic neuroscience
  • Business of yoga
  • Chanting
  • Hands on assistance
  • Injury prevention
  • Lunar flow
  • Meditation
  • Practice teaching
  • Pranayama
  • Pre-natal modifications
  • Restorative and Yin classes
  • Sanskrit
  • Student psychology
  • Teaching ethics
  • Teaching methodology
  • Vinyasa flow classes
  • Yoga history
  • Yoga sutras

Jai yoga

Jai yoga is a dynamic, breath based, Vinyasa flow coupled with contemplative wisdom from the yoga sutras and many sources of eastern philosophy. Jai yoga has two core principles. The first is energetic alignment which is where alignment comes from within and happens naturally, with single pointed mental focus and abundant and tamed breath. The second is that yoga is truly about relationships. The point of the practice is to bring strength, flexibility, and love to your relationship with yourself, your family, friends, co-workers, and world. This does not mean becoming passively peaceful. It means living positively, truthfully, open, and free.

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Set in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica De Talamanca, amid lush jungle, pristine beaches, and Afro-Caribbean culture. Deep in nature, yet steps to the quaint town, we have the best mix of peace and fun. See the ocean and feel the hilltop breeze as you practice from our expansive yoga shala made of beautifully crafted wood from our local forest. Sleep tucked in to nature with the sounds of the jungle lulling you to sleep. Eat our delicious, nourishing food, some of which is grown right on property, and lovingly made by our two creative, knowledgeable chefs.

Costa Rica is known for its unique geography and intense beauty, and is extremely diverse in flora and fauna. There is no place in the world more flavorful than the southern Caribbean area of Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo is a laid back village that moves to a reggae beat. The beaches are never crowded and offer lots of activities including surfing, snorkeling, biking, hiking, gourmet restaurants, wildlife, and friendly people. The southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a hurricane free zone. When Atlantic hurricanes spiral, the sun shines here. This is an extraordinary sanctuary, with glorious tropical gardens, tremendous exotic wildlife, and surreal ocean views will take your breath away, as you immerse in the experience of yoga and new friends.

  • Cycling nearby
  • Diving nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Canopy zip line tour

An excellent and unforgettable adventure that includes 21 platforms, 18 cables, and half a day of fun for all ages.

Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge

  • Ride a bike, take the bus, or hire a guide to see fabulous birds and wildlife.

Jaguar rescue center tours

  • Play with baby monkeys, see sloths, and other rescued and rehabilitated wildlife saved by this wonderful organization.

Other activities

Other activities to try include open mic nights, visits to organic markets, visit the five beautiful beaches within walking or biking distance, go see a fire dancing show, visit the botanical gardens, and go on a Caribbean chocolate tour.

Parque Nacional Cahuita

Just a short bus trip from Cashew Hill, you can hike the natural trail and see monkeys, sloths, anteaters, turtles, birds, multiple other forest creatures, ferns, bromeliads, huge jungle trees, and the largest living coral reef in Costa Rica. After or during your hike, you can swim at beautiful deserted beaches.

Raft the Pacuare River

This is some of the best rafting you can experience. Combine this with your shuttle to and from San Jose and they will bring you and your luggage right to Cashew Hill or back to San Jose after your exciting day. The cost for is this is 99 USD per person.


There are many snorkeling reefs around Puerto Viejo. Some can be reached by bicycle such as Punta Uva and Manzanillo. Others can be reached by bus such as Cahuita. Punta Uva and Salsa Brava are favorite snorkeling locations for many. Diving courses and trips are available through multiple dive shops for all levels. Snorkel gear is available to rent in town.


The best surfing on the Caribbean coast is at the famous Salsa Brava. This famous surf spot is within walking distance from Cashew Hill, but is for experienced surfers only. There are many other surfing beaches, such as Beach Break at Playa Cocles, within the Puerto Viejo area. Lessons are available for all ages. The waves are generally best from December through March, with a mini-season for surfing in June and July.

  • 2 meals per day
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily yoga teacher training classes
  • Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher certification for those who complete all course work and satisfy the requirements

Driving directions from San Jose

Head to the Guapiles Highway (highway 32).

When you reach Limon, turn right on highway 36.

Youll pass through the chilly heights of Braulio Carrillo National Park, the steamy lowlands of Guapiles, the Caribbean port town of Limon, and then follow the palm fringed coastal road South.

Arrival by bus

  • The local bus is called the MEPE. It costs about 11 USD to Puerto Viejo. You will have to take a taxi to the bus station, which can cost approximately 20 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

The shared shuttle service is about 59 USD per person. It is an air-conditioned van that holds up to six people. It will pick you up across from the airport or at your hotel and deliver you to Cashew Hill. It only has two pick up times, which are 07:20 and 14:30.

You can also take a private shuttle that holds up to eight people and costs 230 USD for one to six people. After six people, there is an additional cost of 10 USD per person. Depending on your party size and what you want for privacy this can be a great option.


  • San Jose - 4 hours
  • San Jose - 4 hours

Verified reviews

  • Review by Daniela Fazekas from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "The Yoga teacher training with Ella was such a gift and I'm thankful that I had the possibility to get taught by her. She is an inspiring person. While she guides you gently through her Yoga style, she offers to share her knowledge and give you all the space you need to grow through your experience as well. Ellas spirit helped me finding the courage to think, feel and see things in a new way. This teacher training gives you the ability to teach after you finish and prepares you for sharing your passion with your students. But more than that, with Ella I started a yoga life offside my mat."

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  • Review by Tessi Preston
    10 out of 10

    "This 200 hour immersion course ignited a passion for learning the philosophy & history of yoga that I never had before."

    "It was the perfect progression of information & asana practice. It was divided up well between class time & practice time. I even found out that I am a visual learner & Ella recognized it early & helped me learn a different way. Trust her process! I left with confidence & knowledge to teach & have been teaching 5-7 classes a week since graduating. My students love the hands on adjustments & always tell me how helpful it is for them. I am loving this new journey!"

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    "Don't pass up this opportunity for quality education, an amazing inward journey, & a chance to meet awesome people. I would repeat this experience a 100 times. Highly recommended!!", edited


  • Review by Tessi Preston

    "This immersion class ignited a passion for learning the philosophy & history of yoga that I never had before. It was the perfect progression of information. It was divided up well between class time & practice time. I even found out that I am a visual learner & Ella recognized it early & helped me learn a different way. Trust her process!"

    "I am teaching yoga, 5 classes a week. I did leave with confidence & knowledge to teach. My students love the hands on adjustments & always tell me how helpful it is for them. I am enjoying this new journey!"

    "Don't pass up this opportunity for quality education, an amazing inward journey, & a chance to meet awesome people. I would repeat this experience a 100 times. Highly recommended!!"

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  • Review by Holly S.

    "Ella has a wealth of knowledge. Her profound connection with yoga is shared in each lecture and class. Meticulous and thorough is an understatement. She's a book I wish I could carry and crack open. Asana, philosophy, meditation, anatomy, alignment, and spirituality l we're all taught with equal measure. I feel fully equipped and I am leaving confident."

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  • Review by Dunia

    "Ella has a great energy and so much sensibility. Tons of experience, that she genuinely is willing to give away. It's such a gift and I thank her for sharing all this practical and hands-on wisdom. Also her joy!"

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  • Review by Sarah S.

    "I feel fully prepared to be a teacher! I am leaving with such an appreciation for life and myself that I couldn't of found anywhere else. I loved the spiritual aspect, as well as how informed we are all about the practice, breath, and the body."

    "Ella is so beautifully human. Often teachers are seen as this unobtainable knower of all but she showed us it's okay to be ourselves. No one is perfect and we all have things going on in our lives but that makes our practice and teaching so much more unique… Ella's love for life, yoga, and those around her is very apparent. I have learned so much more in these three weeks and it excited my passion for life in ways I never knew. "

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  • Review by Charlotte Cooper

    "Utterly exceeded! You are invited to search so much more deeply inside of yourself than I ever could have imagined, and your own inward journey is reflected in the layers of yoga you are practising and learning alongside. You suddenly reach a light bulb moment where everything you have learnt combines into a solid foundation, giving you the confidence and calmness needed to start your onward journey. "

    "Ella is an incredibly intuitive teacher. She is firm but fair, giving the correct balance of education and encouraging self discovery. You can tell she really cares for her students, reading their energy each morning and tailoring the day to their needs. "

    "Post Training: Jai definitely prepared me for classes - some people have been surprised when I say I have only been teaching for a month!"

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  • Review by Anna S,

    "The whole program was amazing. Ella, the sequence, the location, the food etc. ...For me it was the journey to myself in every conceivable way."

    "Ella is an amazing person and I'm so happy that she was my teacher. She was open for everything and everyone, and gave me always the feeling of talking to her about my inner feelings and struggles is very welcome. It was incredible to see how she handle all the different characters and personalities with always a smile on her face. She gave the content of the training a beautiful soul. I love her!"

    "Jai Yoga Arts YTT is the journey of yourself, through yourself, to yourself. Thank you so much. You always will be my teacher Ella."

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  • Review by Colleen F,

    "I was able to find a part of myself that I had lost many years ago, I was able to reconnect with my Spirit... I learned to love and accept myself more fully and to recognize that I am part of something much greater than my mind and body. "

    "I would absolutely recommend the Jai YTT training for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of yoga beyond their physical practice. You don't need to be super flexible or a certain body type- just come as you are and be open- and you will be amazed what will come!"

    "Ella was a lovely teacher! I was touched by her wisdom that was shared with the group and also her insight delivered for each of her students. Ella was an example of a confident, passionate teacher and she inspired me!"

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  • Review by Dana O’Connell

    "Attending the yoga training allowed me flourish as a student of yoga. Having an incredible teacher, assistant and strong group of women to support each other was beyond my expectations."

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  • Review by Hannah T.

    "This is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I was not entirely sure what to expect, but I traveled to Costa Rica and I met this group of complete strangers in exactly the same process as me. I learned how to be a good teacher, but this journey is about so much more than yoga. Ella is a fantastic teacher. I felt wholly supported during every step of the process. Her love of teaching is infectious. Although this is the end of the training, it really feels like the beginning. I was a little intimidated about the idea of being a yoga teacher, but I can confidently say now, that this is exactly who I am and a part of what I have to offer."

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  • Review by Erin B.

    "I never imagined that I could get so much out of 200 hours. It brought light to my life and deepened my practice in a beautiful way. I left each day of training feeling like I was on a path to something amazing."

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  • Review by Erika B.

    "So often we search the outside world for meaning and purpose, but through my yoga training with Ella I was able to find purpose within myself. The yoga training program with Jai was an amazing experience that taught me how to share my love and passion for yoga with each student I teach. I would recommend the Jai Yoga Arts teacher training program to anyone who seeks to share their love for yoga with the world."

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  • Review by Lauren C.

    "Feeling a little lost in the New York lifestyle. Jai's teacher training with Ella Luckett is perfect for anyone looking to find a strong, united connection with oneself and the universe. Ella covers all aspects of a full yoga practice and really brings you back in touch with your true spirit in the process. These 200 hours left me feeling strong and confident in teaching a full yoga class, as well as leading my own home practice. It has opened me up to share my love and creativity, I cannot even imagine not going through with this program! This will bring you light and clarity in your life you will be ready to share."

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  • Review by Cayla B.

    "Through intense immersion, the spirit of yoga grew in every one of us. I could have never expected the transformational process that would ensue. If you want your practice to take on meaning, I would do your teacher training at Jai."

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  • Review by Paul M.

    "Wow, this yoga teacher training at Jai Yoga Arts was absolutely amazing and life-changing. Before the training, I felt like my life had reached this ceiling, I was stagnant. I went into it thinking that I was just going to learn the technical elements of being a yoga instructor, but I have gained such a better understanding of myself through and through. Now, 10 weeks later, I feel so alive, so enlightened, I feel that I now have my wings to fly, that I have my voice to express myself truthfully. I could not thank Ella and the Jai community enough for the space they created."

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  • Review by Claire T.

    "I had only been to Jai Yoga Arts once before entering the teacher training there and I believe that says a lot! From the moment I walked into my first class, I could see that Jai was the personal and intimate setting I had been looking for in a yoga studio. By the time the class was over, I knew that I could feel at home there. The teacher training exceeded my expectations and gave me a far broader knowledge base than I could have hoped for. Ella provided a nurturing atmosphere while pushing me to expand beyond what I felt was my limitations. She encouraged all the trainees to go out in the world and apply that same experience with others. I have completed my training with several new friends, a deeper relation to my practice, and feeling primed for the next phase of my journey! Jai!"

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  • Review by Christina M.

    "It is difficult to explain into words how wonderful my experience was during my teacher training with Ella. I first met Ella a year and a half ago and immediately felt a warm welcoming from her, the teachers, and Jai! She and the studio exude compassion for their students! If it were not for Jai, I would not have felt confident to go through a teacher training. Ella exceeded my expectations as a teacher, she became my mentor!"

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  • Review by Ally P.

    "Going through the yoga teacher training course was a life changer in every aspect. Yoga is everywhere in my life. For me, the practice extends way further than the mat. It has given me a map for living. I have gained a whole new level of self -awareness and am better to all those around me, including myself, because of it. Making the decision to sign up for teacher training felt intimidating, (is my practice good enough? Am I ready?), but Ella’s gentle, warm energy made that decision a no-brainer! Today, I can share my gratitude with an open and full heart for the path I walked down! Ella is truly a remarkable teacher! I am forever grateful."

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  • Review by Frances G.

    "Jai Yoga has brought so much fun and compassion into my heart. Ella is this awesome, elegant lady, and the atmosphere at Jai is really open and loving. And because the program is so small and intimate, I have made some really great friends. I left every class feeling absolutely blissed out. I miss it so much already! I would not trade the experience for anything."

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