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Marianne Wells Yoga School is the longest continually operating yoga school in Costa Rica. Rated a top 5 destination yoga training in the world, with over 2,500 students teaching in over 60 countries around the world. This yoga teacher training gives you the proper foundation for teaching yoga safely, confidently, and with knowledge. You’ll learn the basic principles of yoga, and will 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 focus on helping her students uncover how to embody what they teach through a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum yoga teacher training.
You will be staying at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. The resort is a Balinese-inspired accommodation and grounds, redefine comfort and luxury when it comes to yoga, Pilates, fitness, and surf retreats, making Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort the finest vacation yoga facility in Costa Rica. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel that you have landed somewhere special. They have a variety of rooms to accommodate every yogi, traveler, and surfer. If you’re traveling alone or with a partner, consider one of their private bungalows, where you can view the jungle from your own balcony and refresh yourself in your private open-air shower. The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort was designed to flow with the nature that surrounds them. You can begin your day with a cool-down in your outdoor shower or a dip in the salt-water infinity pool at sunrise. Soothing fountains and waterfalls guide you through the local fauna on your way to your bungalow. Your accommodation is complete with air conditioning, ceiling fans, in-room safes, and study area. Two-bed bungalows have a private balcony and en suite bathroom. All bungalows have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and modern amenities abound. Security staff is available 24 hours a day and housekeeping staff will keep your room looking as beautiful as the first day you arrive.
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. Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
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.
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.
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.
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'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 diversity.
Nosara is located in the beautiful province of Guanacaste, in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Nicoya is considered one of the Blue Zones areas, where cultures have evolved to prolong the longevity of human life. Life expectancies of Nicoya residents easily surpass 100 years of age with a population far older than the rest of the country.
A water source enriched with calcium and magnesium, diets composed of naturally harvested foods, and a strong sense of community are a few of the secrets residents of Nicoya follow to live a pure, happy, and long life. Despite having one of the last locations with unpaved roads in the country, Nosara’s wonderful lack of development directly on the beach makes it special.
Known as one of the most sophisticated beach towns in Costa Rica, this small but special town has a lot to offer. Travelers from all over the world enjoy the pristine beaches that surround it. This area has a huge passion for the protection of the national parks system, which makes the place unique for its hundreds of acres of protected forest.
The community is exceptional and united. The local citizens work really hard keeping the beaches clean. There is also a big drive for ecotourism, sustainability, and recycling like no other town in the country. This sets the perfect example of a planned developed community. The natural beauty, the way of life, and vibe became a dream come true for hundreds of families that chose to live a tranquil and relaxed life.
Parents have the opportunity to immerse their children in a more organic way of living in nature. Showing respect and loving nature becomes one of the most important parts of life. Being woken up by monkeys; eating healthy and real food, playing outside, enjoying wonderful bilingual private school options, and learning to respect different cultures, the children grow up with a real sense of life.
Nosara offers all modern amenities like high-speed internet, cable or satellite TV, stocked grocery stores with plenty of imported items, and amazing restaurants with a diversity of international cuisine. The official town is located six kilometers inland from the beach.
Daily gourmet vegetarian meals, drinking water, coffee, tea, and fresh juices are included in the price. Secluded within the natural ambiance of the jungle, Bodhi Tree Yoga resort strives to use natural, fresh ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle. By gathering ingredients harvested from nature, stimulating individual wellbeing on a ground level can allow one's health to blossom.
With regular abdominal cupping, there is an increase in digestive secretions that enhances peristaltic movement. Cupping will improve appetite, digestion, bile flow and metabolism, aid in the treatment of distension and acidity, help with conception, relieve constipation, and promote regularity of the bowels.
Many clients experience expelling an excess amount of waste shortly after treatments and also a significant increase of eliminations throughout their day. A single session is 80 USD, 10 sessions are priced at 580 USD and 20 sessions is 1000 USD.
A cleansing full body coconut oil massage that improves the overall well-being of a person. It helps to eliminate toxins, stress, and tension. Balances the nervous system and boosts immunity, calms the mind, cleanses the lymphatic system and promotes relaxation. Long deep strokes are applied to release blockages or stagnation, in combination with fluid movement to move the energy.
The intention is to bring the body, mind, and soul back into it’s “natural rhythm”. This session is priced at 80 USD for one hour massage and 120 USD for one and a half hour massage.
Avocado stimulates collagen formation and helps fight the general signs of aging. Yogurt will soften the skin, remove skin debris, and also fights acne. You will leave your facial feeling youthful and with a soft glow.
The ocean and sandy breezes can quickly dry out your skin. Using a paste made from bananas and honey, this facial promises to leave your skin hydrated and refreshed.
Using cucumber and aloe, both very powerful hydrating agents, this facial will address any dehydration issues you may have. Containing vitamins B and C, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and renewed.
All facial are priced at 80 USD for one-hour facial session.
Indulge in their signature spa Bodhi treatments. First, you will receive an exfoliation to slough off the old. A tonic is applied to cleanse with a light massage. Then you are layered on with various types of body masks - such as cucumber, aloe, coconut oil, coffee, and even chocolate depending on the specific treatment you choose.
After the body mask is applied, you are cocooned by local banana leaves. Get wrapped up and relax for about 20 minutes to keep the body and skin warm. Once the body wrap is removed, the mask is washed off leaving your skin oh-so-soft and refreshed. This treatment is priced at 130 USD for one and a half hour session.
This therapy applies deeper pressure and is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). This massage cost 80 USD for a one-hour massage and 120 USD for one and a half hour massage.
A Japanese technique for detoxification, stress reduction, relaxation and to move the “stuck” energy in the body. The energy that is “stuck” is what creates disease, stress, tension, and disharmony. Jikiden Reiki is administered through hands-on touch to create an experience to nurture, nourish and connect body, mind, and soul. The intention is to bring everything back into alignment. This session is priced at 80 USD for a one-hour session and 120 USD for one and a half hour session.
Combining these two treatments into one session is a really beautiful, grounding, detoxifying, and nourishing experience. Brining you back into your “natural rhythm” or alignment so you can move through life with ease, clarity, and peace. This session is priced at 80 USD for a one-hour session and 120 USD for one and a half hour session.
This treatment consists of specific brush like strokes to encourage circulation of the lymph tissues in your body. Your therapist will gently press and move her hands in directional movements to reduce inflammation and promote self-healing. This massage cost 80 USD for one-hour treatment and 120 USD for one and a half hour treatment.
Pranassage is a private session of yoga offering hands-on assisting, pressure, and support to deepen the effects of the yoga postures. Sessions can involve either active or passive movement determined by the client's intention, resulting in a deep state of relaxed awareness. This session is available at 90 USD for a one-hour session and 120 USD for one and a half hour session.
Take the time to recover from the stresses of daily life. When you experience a relaxation massage, expect a treatment that involves long smooth gliding strokes that are rhythmic and flowing. This massage cost 80 USD for a one-hour massage and 120 USD for one and a half hour massage.
A more active and energizing therapy, a Thai massage promises to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are used during this unique treatment. This massage is available at 130 USD for one and a half hours.
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). Arrive in Liberia at least by the Friday prior to training start date. Group bus will depart from Liberia at 9 a.m., traveling to Nosara. The meeting point will be at Hilton Garden Inn. Group ground transportation is included in your cost, provided you are available at bus departure times early in the morning. If you are traveling on your own, please plan to arrive at Nosara by 1 p.m.
Alternatively, you can fly to Juan Santamaria Airport located in San Jose, Costa Rica, one day before the course starts, and spend the night there. If you fly to San Jose, you will need to fly with Sansa Airlines or other local air operators to Nosara Airport (NOB) in the morning, and take a taxi to Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. These additional travel expenses are an additional cost for you.
Your departure flight from Liberia (LIR) airport should be no earlier than 12:30 p.m. on departure day to allow for transit time and pre-boarding check-in requirements. Alternatively, upon your departure, you can book a taxi to Nosara Airport (NOB) and take a morning flight to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The flight will take around 30 minutes and you can catch the mid-day flights out of Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).
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