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Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Costa Rica

by Cris Puscas

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A paradise for nature lovers, Costa Rica boasts year-round balmy weather, amazing sights, sandy beaches, great surfing, thick jungle, and rich wildlife.

Its national slogan of Pura Vida – a mindful way of living – completely aligns with the philosophy of the many yoga teacher training courses in Costa Rica.

This is precisely why an increasing number of yogis make their way here to do their teacher training among hauler monkeys and toucans, striking asanas on the sandy beaches.

But where should you go if you want to practice yoga, find peace, and enjoy some of the best sights in Costa Rica?

The capital of San Jose offers an interesting mix of Spanish colonial architecture, pre-colonial ruins, and modern buildings. It’s a bustling hub complete with impressive gardens, intriguing museums, and a very busy airport (where you’ll most likely land).

Montezuma is a charming town in the south of Nicoya Peninsula, home to probably the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica: Playa Montezuma. Perfect for striking asanas, but also a surfers’ paradise is Playa Grande.

The area around Lake Arenal is one of the most attractive regions in the country. Arenal Volcano National Park is home to amazing biodiversity, stunning views, and patches of jungle. A paradise for nature lovers, it’s also a great destination for yogis.

Traditionally the port town in the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas is a cultural center, as well as a yoga and surf destination. Admire the Spanish colonial buildings, sample the local cuisine, and spend time on the famous Playa Dona Ana.

The jewel of the Guanacaste province, Tamarindo is the perfect choice if you want to add some surfing to your yoga teacher training course. The beaches are perfect for striking asanas, long strolls, and surfing.  

>>Read more: Why Should You Do Your Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica?

With so many great choices, it could be hard to choose just one yoga teacher training course.

That’s why, in this article, we are sharing five great yoga teacher training courses in Costa Rica.

Note: BookYogaTeacherTraining offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.



15 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Human Journey in Playa Negra, Guanacaste

15 day 200 hour ytt in guanacaste

  • Price: from US$2,997 for 15 nights
  • Availability:  June & November 2021
  • Location: Guanacaste
  • Instruction level: All levels


This is a fully integrated yoga teacher training program that uses the unique practices of Ayurveda, yoga, and human potential work.

You will be able to develop the ability to cultivate a deeper awareness of your whole self, greater emotional range, new mindsets, and practices that will lead you into new levels of purpose, practice, and possibility.

You may choose between staying in a jungle cabin, a suite, or various rooms. The retreat center is located in Playa Negra at the heart of Costa Rica's extraordinary northwest Pacific coastline.

The training includes daily yoga sessions, meditation, and asana practices, as well as daily teaching practices and discussions. Your day starts at 6 a.m. with personal practice, followed by breakfast at 6:15 a.m., classes, and practices. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., while dinner is at 6 p.m. There are sessions and discussions, as well as a break between lunch and dinner.

All meals are included and cater to a variety of dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, raw food, and Ayurvedic.

Kindly book your flights into Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). The airport transfer is available for an additional US$100 per person.


21 Day 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certification Intensive Immersion in Montezuma

21 Day 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certification Intensive Immersion in Montezuma

  • Price: from US$3,599 for 20 nights
  • Availability: January, April, May, June, July & November 2022
  • Location: Montezuma
  • Instruction level: All levels

This retreat is the beginning of a life infused with Vinyasa, meditation, mantra, Ayurveda, and dance. It offers the perfect time to develop your unique gifts, nourish your body, mind, and soul, and become a yoga teacher.

You’ll be staying in an eco-accommodation where you may choose between jungle lofts and studio houses. All houses are set among picturesque tropical gardens, with observation decks, hammocks, and spending jungle views.

This 200-hours Yoga Alliance certified teacher training course in Costa Rica gives you three weeks to focus on your yoga practice, learn about the timeless tradition of yoga, cultivate true health and happiness, and make new friends.

On weekdays, there are two training sessions each day, as well as a morning Sahhana (pranayama, asana, and mantra).

On Saturdays, you start the day with self-meditation and journaling, followed by silent yoga practice and silent breakfast. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy excursions with lunch in town.

Likewise, on Sundays, you start the day with self-meditation, followed by morning Sahhana, and breakfast. Then you’ll join a nature ritual. After lunch, you may either attend a training session or watch a yoga film.

The package includes three vegetarian and/or vegan meals each day, as well as snacks and drinks. The meals are designed around the season and feature organic, fresh local ingredients.

Each Saturday you may choose to go on an adventure. Group beach excursions to Sant Terresa and Montezuma are available for an additional fee. You can try surfing, visiting waterfalls, and chill on the beaches.



22 Day Transformational 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast, Puerto Viejo

200 hour YTT in Puerto Viejo

  • Price: from US$2,495 for 21 nights
  • Availability:  May, July, September, and October 2021
  • Location: Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Instruction level: Beginner & intermediate


This unique yoga teacher training, certified by the Yoga Alliance, is designed to help you discover your true self and immerse in a true yoga lifestyle experience.

Begin your path of self-realization through the practice of yoga and acquire the necessary skills to heal and reconnect with your inner self. You will learn to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Shivananda Yoga styles deepening your understanding of yoga and enhancing your professional teaching careers.

The course includes daily pranayama, mantra chanting, and asana practice to help you enrich your practice. Lectures on yoga philosophy, ethics, anatomy, and physiology, as well as teaching methods practices will also be covered in this course.

You will stay in one of the jungle lodges, which have bathrooms and furnished kitchens with a terrace looking out into the jungle. The rooms are equipped with comfortable beds and fans. You’ll need to cater for yourself for most of the meals, as only lunch is included in the package. However, weekly grocery shopping transportation is included as well.

During the teacher training course, you’ll enjoy yoga classes at sunrise and sunset, on the beach. You’ll also get a chance to practice meditation surrounded by nature, giant trees, howler monkeys, and parrots.

Some of the special activities included are mindful meditation along the jungle paths and guided meditation with the retreat’s herd of horses.

The closest airport to the retreat is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the airport transfer is not included. However, you can book a shuttle to drop you off at Hotel Los Continentes in Cocles and you can request pick up from there.


14 Day Lakshmi Rising Intensive 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Montezuma, Puntarenas

intensive 200 hour vinyasa ytt in montezuma

  • Price: from US$3,299 for 13 nights
  • Availability:  Selected days from January to July 2022
  • Location: Montezuma
  • Instruction level: All levels


This is a unique and transformative program that includes fluid and dynamic asana practice, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and rituals for optimal health and personal growth.

The course offers a robust introduction to the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Flow method in an intensive, transformational environment. It will be followed by supplemental on-line course work which can be completed within the year.

Upon completion, you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

You’ll be staying at the Sanctuary of Two Rivers yoga retreat and yoga teacher training center, which can accommodate up to 16 individuals. You may choose between two types of eco-accommodation: jungle lofts and studio houses. All houses are set among picturesque tropical gardens with observation decks, hammocks, and wonderful jungle vistas.

During your stay, you’ll have full access to a 40-acre nature preserve including tropical gardens, jungle trails, waterfalls, and a swimming pool.

From Monday to Friday, your day starts at 6 a.m. with asanas, pranayama, mantra, and discussion. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and includes a discussion of sacred texts or silence.

From 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. lunch break, you’ll be joining training sessions. After the lunch break and the nutrition and natural health discussion, you’ll join another training session (from 4 p.m.). Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

On Saturdays, you’ll start with self-led meditation at 6 a.m., followed by silent yoga practice. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and is followed by lunch in town. You’ll be back at the retreat for dinner.

Sundays are similar, although lunch is served at the retreat and you’ll also join an afternoon training session.

Three meals each day, as well as drinks and snacks, are included in the package. They care for a variety of dietary needs but do make sure to let the organizer know in advance if you have special requirements.

The closest airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the airport transfer is not included.



21 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Playa Guiones, Nosara

200-hour ytt in nosara, costa rica

  • Price: from US$2,950 for 20 nights
  • Availability: November 2021 & January 2022
  • Location: Nosara
  • Instruction level: All levels

Deepen your yoga practice and become a skillful and compassionate yoga teacher equipped to lead others on their journey of yoga and transformation.

This 200-hour program includes daily yoga classes and yogic lifestyle training. The training topics include asana, pranayama, meditation, and sequencing. You’ll also join teaching methodology, anatomy, physiology, yoga philosophy, and yoga lifestyle classes. As part of the program, you’ll practice teaching as the lead instructor, as well as observe others teaching.

Upon completion, you’ll be able to register with Yoga Alliance.

The accommodation is located steps from the Pacific Ocean, in beautiful Nosara. You’ll be within easy walking distance to the beach, pools, shops, markets, and restaurants. The property features a yoga studio with glorious jungle views.

There’s plenty of free time throughout the day to enjoy the beautiful location.

Only one meal is included (lunch) and caters to vegans. You are welcomed to let the organizer know if you have other dietary requirements. For the rest of the meals, the organizer offers a grocery shopping service.

The closest airport is Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) and the transfer is available for an additional payment. You may also fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and the organizer will be happy to arrange the transfer from this airport, too.


Hero photo credit: Soma Yoga Institute​

*All prices are valid at the time of publication and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change without notice.

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