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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.


21 Day 200-Hour Pura Vida Yoga Teacher Training in Malpais, Puntarenas

21 Day 200-Hour Pura Vida Yoga Teacher Training in Mal Pais, Puntarenas

  • Price: from US$3,865 for 20 nights
  • Availability: January, March, August & November 2022
  • Location: Malpais, Puntarenas
  • Instruction level: All levels

This yoga teacher training course in Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity to explore ancient yogic wisdom, while restoring harmony and balance into your daily life.

Based on Pura Vida values held in Costa Rica’s lifestyle, this course is going to lead you into a wonderful experience that your mind, body, and soul need. And you’ll also be able to register with Yoga Alliance as a certified teacher.

During this course, you’ll be staying at The Indigo Yoga Resort, a boutique hotel in Malpais, catering to yoga, surfing, and healthy living. It offers contemporary tropical accommodation while embracing the traditional Costa Rican ambiance and culture.

All rooms are equipped with AC, ceiling fans, a private bathroom with hot water and “open-shy” showers, hammocks, and an in-room safe. You may choose to stay in a tent (but you must bring your own), a dormitory, double room, single room, or an apartment.

This program is designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of yoga and to help transform all aspects of your life. You will explore yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, alignment, yogic diet, Ayurveda, healing arts, and more.

You’ll join daily yoga and meditation sessions, as well as various workshops (yoga sutras, yoga anatomy, and spirituality), and attend sacred ceremonies.

Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the package. The meals are prepared with local and organic ingredients.

Kindly book your flight to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From here, you’ll take a bus or shuttle to Malpais or catch an internal flight to Tambor Airport (TMU).



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$3,999 for 20 nights
  • Availability: 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$2,695 for 21 nights
  • Availability: January, March, June, July & September 2022
  • 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.



16 Day 200-Hour Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Uvita

16 Day 200-Hour Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Uvita

  • Price: from US$3,299 for 15 nights
  • Availability: February, March, April & June 2022
  • Location: Uvita
  • Instruction level: Intermediate & Advanced


Whether you are interested in learning to teach yoga or simply deepen your practice, expand your self-awareness, and transform your life, this yoga teacher training in Costa Rica is committed to the personal success of every participant.

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

You’ll be staying at Yoga May, a cool, contemporary tropical boutique resort close to the entrance of the world-famous National Park of Whale's Tail. Throughout the property, enjoy outdoor garden rooms, and ever-present hammocks and deck chairs.

Kindly note that, to join this course, you need to at least have one to two years of personal yoga practice. Read as much as you can about yoga philosophy, history, and various styles of yoga.

Your days start at 5 a.m. with mudra mantra, pranayama, and asana practice. Breakfast break is at 8 a.m. You’ll then join lectures. Lunch break is at 1 p.m. Afterwards, you’ll have personal time to study and take a break from classes. The next lecture is at 2 p.m. and is followed by practice. Dinner break is at 7 p.m.

The lectures include yoga history, philosophy, alignment, anatomy, and physiology classes.

Kindly note that this is a self-catering retreat. Only drinks (water, coffee, and tea) are included in the package. And you’ll enjoy some waterfall excursions included in the price.

Make sure to bring your own mat. Only the manual is provided.

The closest airport to the retreat is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The transfer is not provided but you may take the airport shuttle or the daily bus services from the airport to Utiva.




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: June 19, 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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