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Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training in Costa Rica

This highly respected yoga and meditation teacher training is a life-changing immersion on all levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. You will gain all the foundational tools to guide others in yoga and meditation, as well as learn powerful life skills that will empower you in all walks of your life. Luminous Heart Institute's world-renowned team of instructors has over 50 years of yoga and meditation experience. This teaching team is known for creating powerful and transformative learning containers, providing heart-centered mentorship in a safe compassionate space to explore your full potential. Join them to learn in a light, playful, and captivating style that will remind you the most profound things in life are infinitely simple and easy.

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Kadri & Anabel
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  • Daily asana and meditation practice
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance (contingent upon completion)
  • Ayurveda, deities, mantras, Sanskrit, and mystical teachings, and much more
  • Asana lab teaching methodology, and anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics
  • A comprehensive exploration of yoga and meditation philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
  • In-depth hands-on adjustment techniques and Partner yoga work
  • 21 nights with luxury resort accommodations
  • 3 locally sourced gourmet meals daily

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


20 days with instruction
Group size: 18-22 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Aves Resort is a luxurious, sprawling, consciously designed resort, recently built on the hills of Montezuma with views of the Pacific Ocean. Their spacious facilities and accommodations are built to nurture your heart and mind. On the grounds, you can choose to relax in the pools, meditate in the tropical gardens, stroll the trails to the river, or contemplate nature in an exotic, safe, and friendly ambiance.

Along with top-notch training, some of the planet's most beautiful beaches, many activities, and adventures await you. Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into nature's rhythm as Luminous Heart Institute and Aves's experienced and caring staff take care of all the details while nurturing you as you focus all your time and energy on your training and growth.


Daily asana and meditation practice

Each morning session will include a comprehensive guided meditation and full asana class led by the lead Instructors Kadri Kurgun and Anabel Miranda and the teaching team. The practice incorporates principles of alignment, heart themes, specific sequencing techniques, and anatomy teachings into the daily Vinyasa practice. Each day, you will learn and practice different types of meditation, You will also learn meditation philosophy, theory, and postural adjusting.

Intuitive and empathetic observation for skillful posture setting. Students will learn to observe visually and intuitively the energy movement in the physical and energetic body. Learn skillful techniques to correct asana postures by verbal cues, compassionate touch, and/or with proper props.

Asana postural adjusting

Students will learn the energy movement in the physical and energy body during the practice of asanas, how the 7 learning styles and active and passive language applies, as well as studying the proper anatomical alignment principles in yoga asana to help avoid injury, apply proper modifications and keep the physical body safe during Vinyasa practice.

Experiential anatomy

Anatomy will be studied mostly on an experiential level with emphasis on integrating and applying the language of the bones and muscles of the human body and their basic functions to the physical practices of yoga in a fun, lighthearted fashion. You will also explore how energy moves through the body, with the understanding of the chakras, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and how that affects our mind and body.

Yoga asana breakdown

Alignment and modifications of the foundational yoga postures. You will learn basic principles in the Vinyasa teaching method and how to choose specific asanas to maintain alignment and balance. You will literally be looking at the asanas from the foundation up, using the teachings of the universal principles of alignment from the Anusara method.

This section will also have an emphasis on skillful cues, modification usage, safety, and injury prevention. The asana breakdown will also take into consideration all different body types, levels, and experiences.

Hands-on adjusting, assisting, and Partner yoga

This session will be dedicated for the students to find comfort in connecting and supporting other people in a clear and compassionate way. You will concentrate on inversion practice for hands-on adjusting as the foundation to all other adjusting and verbal cueing. You will have exercises such as partner stretching, partner counterbalancing, compassionate communication games, AcroYoga and group exercises, etc. to create and establish a strong foundation for the student to work with sensitivity, comfort, and confidence as it relates to hands-on assisting. You will also learn to understand, identify and know-how to create clear safe boundaries.

Individual teaching style and the business of yoga

This section aims to develop one’s own authentic voice and teaching style. What it means to embody individual voice and style as a yoga teacher, a leader, or an empowered individual. You will also cover the business of yoga and affective marketing and social responsibility.

Ethics and responsible leadership

You will cover common ethical issues that may arise in the yoga community and your responsibilities as teachers and leaders to skillfully handle problematic issues that may commonly arise in a class and the yoga community at large.

Ayurveda, history of yoga, yamas and niyamas

You will look at the basics of Ayurveda: what it means, when, and why it was developed. Each student will identify their personal body constitution. You will discuss diet, sleep habits, and habitual patterns that can either bring one into a more Sattvic state of balance or into a state of greater imbalance. You will go through a very basic timeline on the general history of yoga through to the present day. You will look at some of the most fundamental classical yoga goals and discuss how they might still be relevant to you in our modern times.

Deities, mantras, Sanskrit, and mystical symbolism

A light-hearted study of the understanding the historical meaning and the stories of deities of eastern philosophies and understanding the significance as they may apply to the modern yogi. The students will have to gain a basic understanding of the Sanskrit as a language and its use in yoga today.

Holding space and group energy

This section is about understanding how to hold a safe clear space and manage group dynamics skillfully as a teacher and guide. Explore techniques such as 'radical presence'. You will learn how to process thoughts, feelings, and emotions in real-time as the foundation from where you can hold a safe clear space for small and large groups. Learn how to facilitate through clear and compassionate communication, how to implement the passive and active language, how to transform nervous energy into the clear inspiring language to empower a group, an individual, or both.

Teaching practicum

Students will begin practice teaching early in the training. These practice sessions will be monitored closely in real-time with gentle, supportive, and empowering feedback. They will lead up to planning and teaching a collaborative class. Feedback and evaluation will be given for the final classes taught. The practicum could include, but is not limited to asana, Partner yoga, and meditation, it will be an individual choice closely mentored by the lead teachers based on your unique individual skillset and superpower.

Spirit of understanding direct experience is the most powerful way to learn how to facilitate, this training is developed at the core for the student to find his or her leadership voice, and in this process, it will be acceptable to make mistakes as you explore your individuality as you step into your personal power and leadership voice.

Daily schedule

Monday - Saturday

  • 19:00 - 21:00 Yoga / meditation practice
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 12:00 Program session
  • 12:00 - 14:30 Lunch and midday break
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Program session
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Break
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Sunset meditation
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Program session / closing circle
  • 18:00 - Dinner

Sundays are free personal days.


Kadri Kurgun

Anabel Miranda


This teacher training will be held in Montezuma, Costa Rica. A short walk from the beaches and waterfalls.


Three daily gourmet meals are included. The chefs source the freshest ingredients for their menu with a strong emphasis on using organic and locally sourced products whenever possible. Their belief is that nature knows best.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 21 nights in the luxury accommodations
  • 3 daily gourmet meals
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved program
  • Luminous Heart certificate upon fully completing the course
  • Filtered water, tea, and coffee
  • Special ceremonies, kirtan, and extra activities
  • 3 locally sourced gourmet meals daily
  • Daily asana and meditation practice
  • Methodology, including sequencing, asana lab, and meditation guiding techniques
  • Experiential anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics
  • In-depth hands-on adjustment techniques and partner yoga work
  • A comprehensive exploration of yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
  • Ayurveda, deities, mantras, Sanskrit, and mystical symbolism
  • In-person mentorship and personalized guidance

What's not included

  • Flights and transportation
  • Required books

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Most international flights will be to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). There are two options for transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Montezuma (Aves Resort):

  • Option 1 - Connect to Tambor with one of the small regional airlines, greenair.com or flysansa.com (30-minute flight). Taxi from Tambor to Aves Resort 15 - 50 USD / 25-minute drive. Luminous Heart Institute will arrange ride shares; if you arrive at the same time with other students, you can share the cost.
  • Option 2 - Shuttle http://tropicaltourshuttles.com or http://www.zumatours.net/from-san-jose-airport-shuttles-transfers / directly to Montezuma - approximately 50 / 75 USD one way (6-hour trip).

Other Int. airport worth checking: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). There are two options for transfer from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) to Montezuma (Aves Resort).

  • Option 1 - Connect to Tambor with one of the small regional airlines, greenair.com or flysansa.com (25-minute flight). Taxi from Tambor to Aves Resort 15 - 50 USD / 25-minute drive. Luminous Heart Institute will arrange ride shares; if you arrive at the same time with other students, you can share the cost.
  • Option 2 - Shuttle http://tropicaltourshuttles.com or http://www.zumatours.net/from-liberia-liberia-airport-shuttles-transfers/ will bring you directly to Montezuma - approximately 50 / 75 USD one way (4-hour trip).

NOTE: Shuttle services have specific departure times from both airports. If your arrival doesn't coincide with their schedule, you will either have to hire a private transportation service or spend one night in San Jose by the airport and take the appropriate shuttle the following day - plan your major flights with this in mind.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 18 participants


Arrival: Saturday May 28, 2022
Departure: Saturday June 18, 2022

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