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KW Yoga Teacher Training is a yoga school rooted in core values and individuality. They believe that yoga is a different experience for everyone and each person has their own voice. To be a great teacher, you must first work on yourself and discover yourself on a deeper level. This theme of totality and completeness is carried through in the teaching they provide, the respect they have for yoga traditions, and the acceptance of students from all traditions and lineages, all over the world. They pride themselves in delivering exceptional and comprehensive yoga instruction to support you in deepening your practice, as well as setting you up to discover yourself on a deeper level by breaking down your personal core values and mission statement.
Stepping onto the property at Casa Costa Blanca is stepping out of time and into a dream world. This beachfront luxury estate is set in the sand in Hacienda Pinilla’s Las Golondrinas community, facing the mesmerizing waves of the endless Pacific. This newly-renovated vacation rental property can accommodate up to 24 guests in the privacy of the spacious villa and guest house, making it the ideal Costa Rica venue for events and celebrations of all types. Casa Costa Blanca is infused with the energy of the sea. The sweeping panoramic view of Playa Bonita beach reaches to the blue horizon and places a blanket of calm over the home and all of its spaces.
The casa's estate consists of a six-bedroom main house, a one-bedroom private cottage, lush tropical grounds, and a brand new oversized custom infinity pool with a luxury sun terrace, heated Jacuzzi, and shaded barbeque rancho with a dining area. The wide terraces that span the seaward side of Casa Costa Blanca are furnished for lounging and dining, providing plenty of options for the outdoor living that you dream of enjoying on a tropical vacation in Costa Rica. All of Casa Costa Blanca’s common areas and most of its bedrooms overlook the ocean.
In the interior spaces at Casa Costa Blanca are flooded with natural light from the multiple sets of majestic French doors that line the ocean-facing side of the home. This exquisite luxury mansion is fully equipped with the full menu of luxury amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and cable television. Each floor of the two-story mansion is laid out with three bedroom suites, a living area, and a complete gourmet-ready kitchen. A full-time housekeeper and a groundskeeper make your Casa Costa Blanca a truly relaxing dream vacation. The housekeeper also provides daily (except Sundays and holidays) Costa Rican-style breakfast preparation, as long as you provide the ingredients.
Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
KW Yoga Teacher Training’s mission is to bring the highest quality yoga teacher training to students around the world. They believe that the practice of yoga can benefit not only yourself but the world around you, and so they are committed to facilitating and sharing the practice of yoga as a lifestyle.
KW Yoga Teacher Training’s philosophy is that yoga is a lifestyle. It is much more than just exercise or the practice of postures (asana). It is also a mental, emotional, and spiritual practice. They aim to promote yoga in its fullness, focusing on all eight limbs of yoga, meditation, energy work, and more. They teach yoga as a lifestyle, emphasizing the importance of sharing, compassion, contemplation, and gratitude.
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course is based on the eight limbs of yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, and yoga Nidra, and not just on the asana practice. There is a lot of emphasis placed on yamas, niyamas, pranayama, pratyahara, meditation techniques, and mindfulness too. This comprehensive curriculum covers the yoga philosophy based on the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, yogic lifestyle and ethics, yogic diet, anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers and practitioners, among other topics related to the practice of cultivating a balanced life. KW Yoga Teacher Training strongly encourages you to bring your own creativity, intuition, and spiritual experiences into your teaching styles. They don’t follow any religion or schema in their courses.
At the end of the course, you will be ready to practice and to create your own Vinyasa flow and Hatha sequences with various themes. You will also have the benefit of exposure to other styles of asana practice, including Yin yoga and yoga Nidra in order to develop your experience and knowledge of other yoga traditions and styles during the course.
During the course, you will receive a daily workshop focused on alignment and adjustment techniques for the main postures of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, and a few other more advanced postures. These workshops will also include modifications, advance variations, adequate use of props, postures clinics (arm balances, backbends, inversions, among others), and regular hands-on adjustments practice.
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course will help you to deepen your connection with your inner being, your emotions, feelings, and thoughts. This process will enable you to teach from your heart and personal experience rather than just from mouth and memory. This program is a practical training course designed to help you to become a confident and effective Yoga teacher for all level of students. By the end of the course, you will be able to teach mixed-level open yoga class confidently.
Since KW Yoga Teacher Training offers you a practical approach, there will be lots of opportunities for you to teach. From day two, you will start teaching one-on-one and then progress to teaching larger groups towards the end of the course. You will receive feedback from your teachers and your classmates as well, to help you to improve and to find your unique voice and style as a teacher.
You will learn the principles of sequencing in order to create Vinyasa flow sequences based on a chosen theme. There will be lots of guidance on how to improve and enhance your teaching skills and how to plan and structure a class.
The functional anatomy classes ensure an understanding of the key muscles and bones involved in asana practice and their associated health benefits and contraindications. Substantial emphasis is placed on analytic training, muscular and skeletal anatomy, individual limitations and differences. The specially designed practical anatomy classes are the backbone of the alignment classes. You will learn the following in the anatomy classes:
In addition, you will learn about the principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, verbal instructions, teaching styles, the qualities of a teacher, voice projection, floor presence, planning and structuring a class, alignment and hands-on-adjustment, dealing with injuries and safety precautions, business aspects of teaching yoga, ethics, and much more.
You will receive around 14 classes on yoga philosophy. 10 are mandatory and the other four, also known as Satsangs, are optional. Satsangs are open and interactive philosophy classes where you are free to ask questions related to spirituality, meditation, or any other enquiry related to your spiritual quest.
In this class, your teachers will guide you through how to develop your career as a yoga teacher, setting up your own studio, school or retreat center, marketing strategies, advertising and PR, ethics in yoga business, building network with other yoga teachers, schools, studios and retreats, among other topics related.
All KW Yoga Teacher Training manuals are included, but you will need to purchase additional required books. The books total up to about 50 USD.
200-hour required reading:
KW Yoga Teacher Training requires that you have a minimum of six months (and recommends a minimum of one year) of a consistent yoga practice before enrolling in their teacher training program. They want to make sure that trainees have a basic foundation in the primary yoga postures before learning how to teach. Please be aware that each day includes a vigorous two-plus hour of asana class.
This training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It’s also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and discover themselves on a deeper level.
If you have an injury or special condition, KW Yoga Teacher Training recommends that you check with your physician first and must sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the class. With your doctor’s permission and release, minor physical limitations can also serve as helpful demonstrations to learn to work with students with similar limitations.
In order to graduate the program, you must be paid in full and fulfill the following requirements:
Kennedy Wilkinson is based out of Yakima, Washington. Upon completing her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Costa Rica in 2014, she opened the doors of Renú Hot Yoga in February of 2015, where she has been teaching ever since. Her passion for yoga started in 2012, where she attended her first Hot yoga class and fell in love with the practice. Leaving her studies for becoming a personal trainer behind, she dove right into an intensive training to become a certified instructor. Since opening Renú Hot Yoga, she has been leading her own yoga teacher trainings in Yakima.
Hacienda Pinilla is located 15 minutes south of the vibrant town of Tamarindo Beach. The hacienda covers an area of 4,500 acres along three miles of pristine coastline. World-class surf, fascinating tide-pool snorkeling, and endless beach walks wait just outside your door at Casa Costa Blanca. If you’re a golfer, you won’t want to miss Hacienda Pinilla’s amazing 18-hole golf course, and no one will want to miss the Hacienda Pinilla Beach club or the JW Marriott Resort.
Every meal is provided by the private chef.
There is a half-day midway through the training where you will get to go and explore Tamarindo Beach and the surrounding areas.
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$50 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Transfer from this airport is available for 50 USD. Look for flights coming into Liberia around 12 p.m. on the first day (or fly in the day before) and look for flights leaving 2 p.m. or later the last day.
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