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15 Days 200-Hour July Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Full Immersion Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join Marianne Wells for an ultimate immersion program where you will learn the foundation for teaching yoga safely, confidently, and knowledgeably. Explore the basic principles of yoga and gain an understanding of the essential elements needed to deepen your inner awareness in your practice of yoga in order to be an authentic guide to others. Marianne’s teachings focuses on helping you uncover how to embody what you teach through a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum.

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Learn teaching methods and styles
  • Discussion on yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfers


14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During the training course, you will be staying in Pranamar Oceanfront Villas, a gorgeous, intimate boutique hotel right on the water with luxury two-story villas built around a free-form saltwater pool and tropical gardens, and elaborate beachfront villas. Picture Balinese architecture with bamboo, hardwoods, stone, water, and plenty of windows and doors to let in fresh sea breezes.

The elegantly designed villas at Pranamar, built with Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo, and plenty of windows and doors, invite you to enjoy nature and ocean views in an intimate setting. Each two-story villa has two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and plenty of decks and terraces.

Luxurious granite stone tubs surrounded by tropical gardens give a unique, exotic touch to the open-air bathrooms. Decorated with imported, hand-crafted Indonesian furniture, and floating around a free-form pool, the villas create a relaxed, romantic atmosphere complemented by their natural surroundings.

All four poolside villas include personal pool entrance, two air-conditioned bedrooms, fans, screens, small bar fridge, garden bathroom with granite stone tub, laptop-size security safes, Wi-Fi, and two king beds or one king and two twins (depending on your preference).

The two oceanfront luxury villas sit directly in front of the beach, offering uninterrupted sunset views. They also include a full kitchen, oversized verandas, and extra spacious rooms.


This 200-hour yoga teacher training is true immersion at its finest. Upon completion of the training, you will earn a 200-hour certificate, will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance, and be able to continue your education with advanced yoga teacher training programs.

Marianne carefully selects her resort partners in Costa Rica to provide comfortable and secure lodging accommodations, delicious, gourmet vegetarian meals, and inspiring study areas - all of which are set in lush, tropical environments. This is the perfect retreat for getting away from the day-to-day worries of life to allow time for self-study and contemplation in an ocean side setting.

Teacher training curriculum

Techniques and practices

  • Explore modifications in asanas to best benefit the practitioner, including the use of props
  • Develop an eye for alignment, mastering how to make verbal cues and safe, and smart hands-on adjustments
  • Master practical systems; pranayama, meditation, chanting, and kriyas
  • Design balanced joyful classes with smart sequencing of postures

Teaching methods and styles

  • Master steady postures through in depth Iyengar yoga study
  • Be skilled in Vinyasa, Ashtanga primary series, Kundalini, Tibetan, Tantra, Restorative yoga
  • Understand yoga for children, for seniors, for pre, and post natal students
  • Develop your own teaching style based on who you are and who you can be

Yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle

  • In depth study of the yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Learn how to apply yoga’s philosophy into your practice and life
  • In depth study of the yamas and niyamas as they apply to your life and your teaching
  • Know how nutrition and lifestyle affect yourself and your students


  • Learn by doing and teach a variety of mini-classes throughout the training with constructive feedback from your peers
  • Learn sequencing and staging of classes
  • Understand how to teach any and all students simultaneously with effective cueing and voice, use of props, alternative poses for the individual

The business of yoga

  • Understand your yoga business from both a local and global perspective
  • Be aware of the legal requirements you are responsible for as well as what yoga studios are responsible for
  • Build your brand through social media and modern marketing methods
  • Build your student following and understanding appropriate boundaries
  • Build community and being connected in life
  • Yoga Alliance and IAYT registry and membership
  • Continuing education and the best self-care for you


Learn about Marianne Wells Yoga School

The first requirement would be to get to know Marianne’s background and her teaching philosophy, explore the difference between yoga vacation and yoga teacher trainings, and read more from Marianne’s past students. It is important that every person who chooses Marianne Wells Yoga School yoga teacher training understands who Marianne is and the why behind what she lives and teaches with her teacher trainings.

Be open-minded

The more expectations and preconceived notions you have about what your yoga teacher training will or should include, the less you focus on the experience you are having. The students who arrive in Costa Rica with a willing heart and the desire to move toward the life of a yogi have the most rewarding experiences.

Arrive healthy and well-rested

Yoga teacher training is not a two week detox, yoga bootcamp, retreat, or vacation. Being a yoga student with Marianne means two weeks of packed days where you must be fully present in body, mind, and spirit. Don’t start your yoga teacher training journey overly fatigued or with a body that is not well-prepared for the long (albeit extremely rewarding!) days.

Coming with a rested body and a focused mind will start you on your path to fulfillment as a yoga teacher. In addition, read as much as you can about yoga philosophy and history, the anatomy of yoga, and the various styles of yoga. Take as many different classes from a variety of instructors in different venues as possible. A broad experience base and an open mind will serve you well in this training course.


Marianne Wells
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga)
Marianne's teaching draws on the traditions of Bhakti, Tantra, Hatha, and Vinyasa to help bring the ancient universal wisdom to modern seekers. Her multidimensional yoga trainings will inspire you to live from your heart, to find your peaceful inner strength, and to see the unity within our diversity.


This yoga teacher training course will take place on the spectacular beach of Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Santa Teresa Beach is custom-built for fun. You have the perfect combination of relaxing beaches, exciting tropical rainforest, and luxurious accommodations and spas. White sand beaches, lush vegetation, and spectacular sunsets set an amazing stage for your getaway.

Playa Santa Teresa is a growing beach town that has recently been discovered as one of Costa Rica's most spectacular beach destinations. Famous for year-round surf and a friendly, chill vibe, this small village attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience adventure and fun in a relaxed, tropical environment.

Nearby places

  • Playa Hermosa - 2 minutes
  • San Jose - 5 hours
  • Tambor Airport (TMU) - 50 minutes



  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Mini bar
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi


You will be served three delicious gourmet meals daily. Imagine sitting under beautiful high bamboo ceilings and gazing out over a serene lagoon pool while enjoying delicious, lovingly prepared food. A dining experience of unforgettable quality, Pranamar's restaurant will most likely linger in your mind long after the course ends.

The restaurant, with spectacular views and an exotic, relaxed atmosphere, not only serves delicious food, but also is committed to creating dishes that nourish the body and enliven the senses.

Pranamar’s restaurant sources the freshest ingredients for the menu with a strong emphasis on using organic and locally produced products whenever possible. The food is simple yet enticing. The resident Costa Rican chef rejoices in using fruits and vegetables as natural as possible, trying to use the least amount of procedures as possible and taking advantage of their natural qualities.

Spa treatments

There are a number of wellness treatments that you can book during your training course for added fees. The treatments include:

Deep tissue massage

This is a therapeutic massage that is strong and concentrated, releasing deeply-held patterns of muscular contraction. Muscles and fascia are opened and lengthened and you will feel a deep level of realignment in your body and mind. The cost of the treatment is 85 USD for 60 minutes and 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Holistic massage

This treatment relieves tension, reduces muscle contraction, and soothes sore muscles by increasing energy flow and range of motion using gentle to medium pressure, many techniques are integrated. You will leave this session feeling nourished, relaxed, and balanced. The cost is 85 USD for 60 minutes and 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Myofascial release

Slow and gentle, this massage has profound effects on your body’s tissues. Fascia is the web of dense tissue that covers all of your muscles and bones. These techniques relieve muscles from the abnormal grip of tight fascia. You will feel a new sense of balance and freedom in your body. The cost ranges from 85 USD for 60 minutes to 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Pregnancy massage

Tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, this massage aims to relax muscle tension, relieves swelling in joints, improves lymphatic and blood circulation, and nurtures the mom and baby. After the first trimester (or during, if preferred), side lying position with special pillows is utilized for ultimate comfort. The cost is 85 USD for 60 minutes to 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Thai massage

Originating in ancient India at the time of the Buddha, Thai massage involves stretching, twisting, and pressing your body into a blissful state while aligning your body’s energy. For this massage, you will wear comfortable clothes and be relaxing on a soft mat on the floor. The cost ranges from 85 USD for 60 minutes to 115 USD for 90 minutes.

What's included

  • 3 delicious gourmet meals daily
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • 200-hours of accredited study and Yoga Alliance professional certification
  • Airport transfers from and to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • Comprehensive Yoga Alliance curriculum
  • Drinking water, coffee, tea, and fresh juices
  • Ongoing professional mentoring from Marianne Wells after successful completion of the studies

What's not included

  • Additional ground transportation
  • Airfares
  • Hotel stay before or following training
  • Spa treatments and massages
  • Travel insurance
  • Yoga books for studies

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

You are advised to arrive in Costa Rica on or before Friday, July 14, 2017 and schedule your departure no earlier than Saturday, July 29, 2017.

It is preferred that you stay at either the Wyndham Herradura or another hotel close to the airport. If you choose not to stay at the Wyndham, arrange to be at the Wyndham Herradura by 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

The group bus will depart the Wyndham Herradura at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and it will depart from Pranamar Oceanfront Villas at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 29th.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 46 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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