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

Nexus Institute, K36-A, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

Costa Rica 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Nexus Institute creates a safe, sacred, and nurturing environment that enables everyone to grow and flourish as a yogi, a yoga teacher, and as a human being. Deepen your personal yoga practice and become a skillful and compassionate yoga teacher equipped to lead others on their own personal journey of yoga and transformation.

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Janel Lynn & Horace
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Receive a comprehensive training manual
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Posture technique training, personal skill-building, and yoga lifestyle training
  • Daily breakfast and welcome and graduation celebration dinners will be provided
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime
  • 24 nights accommodation


25 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$100 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Nexus Institute's private residence is located a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica. The property features an expansive canopy-level 40-person vaulted ceiling yoga studio with teak floors and glorious jungle views. Each floor has a gourmet kitchen. The ground floor yoga library and sitting area open onto a covered porch and lap pool.

Accommodations range from private to shared rooms. You will be within easy walking distance to the beach, tidal pools, shops, markets, and restaurants. Take advantage of the pre-arrival grocery shopping service and find your personal shelf spaces stocked when you arrive. Horace and Janel are present on-site throughout your training.


The curriculum that Nexus Institute follows draws inspiration from modern yoga scholarship and from the lived experience of training participants. They believe that each group comes together to learn from one another and to take place in evolving yoga for their time and circumstances. Each participant is a blessing to the program, contributing their own individual expression and creativity. Nexus graduates are uniquely qualified to share their own personal teaching styles upon graduation through yoga asana classes and their own developed spiritual wisdom.

Because of the unique perspective of each participant, the curriculum continues to evolve in service to the current global community. The school and the world are enriched by the dedicated yoga explorers who they have the honor of hosting at Nexus Institute.

Our curriculum uses a scaffolding approach to assist students in transitioning into the role of teacher. The first week focuses on yoga history, individual postures, modifications, assists, basic breathing technique, and anatomy. Participants have the opportunity to teach one another in pairs, working toward a very short "practice teach" with two to three others. In the second week, they layer in Vinyasa sequencing and "energy anatomy" including bandhas, breathing, and meditation, as well as a slightly longer "practice teach" with two to three others.

The third week focuses on defining and honing one's unique teaching style. Week three culminates in a one hour practice teach to a small group of other participants. The experience ends with a Friday evening graduation celebration. Upon graduation, you are fully authorized to teach Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in the US and in the rest of the world. Nexus Institute is a U.S. Yoga Alliance School, U.S. Yoga Alliance is recognized internationally.

Nexus Institute is committed to providing a safe, sacred, and nurturing environment that allows each participant to cultivate and improve their own yoga and teaching style. Nexus Institute provides an environment that sparks personal growth relative to the self, others, and a higher personal power. In this training, each participant is considered as a blessing to the program; contributing their own unique individual expressions and creativity.

Nexus graduates are uniquely qualified to share their own personal teaching styles upon graduation through yoga asana classes and their own developed spiritual wisdom. Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness is a "Registered Yoga School and Continuing Education Provider" through Yoga Alliance. The three-week training results in certification to teach yoga in North America and around the world. The Nexus 200-hour curriculum includes 180 contact hours and 20 non-contact hours in the following categories:

Techniques, training, and practice

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to pratapana (conditioning), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation and sequencing. These hours are a mix between:

1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques

2) guided practice of the techniques themselves

Teaching methodology

Topics in this category include:

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and correcting
  • Teaching styles
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga

Anatomy and Physiology

Topics in this category include:

  • Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, koshas, etc.).
  • Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

Yoga philosophy/Lifestyle ethics

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:

  • The study of yoga philosophies, traditional texts, and modern yoga scholarship
  • Yoga lifestyle such as diet and interpersonal relationship skills
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher-student relationships and community


Topics in this category include:

  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Objectives of the program

  • Design and lead beginner to intermediate level of Vinyasa flow yoga classes
  • Facilitate safe body alignment through verbal cues and hands-on assists
  • Guide both active and Restorative yoga classes
  • Lead classes in meditation and pranayama

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Morning yoga practice
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Morning session
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Catered lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Afternoon sessions
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Some evening sessions


Janel Lynn Schullo, M.Ed., E-RYT 500

Horace Usry


The teacher training is held at Nexus Institute for Yoga & Wellness in Nosara, Costa Rica. Nosara is a village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. It is a small yet sophisticated beach town surrounded by jungle and wildlife with a peaceful international community and many of the comforts of home. Nosara has been named by National Geographic, Forbes, Conde Nast, and CNN as one of the top yoga and surf destinations in the world.


  • 400 steps to miles of sandy beaches, tide pools, and surf breaks
  • 300 steps to restaurants, organic markets, juice bars, and shops


Orientation will include a full tour of local dining and organic grocery options. Explore local restaurants or build your own tropical meals in two well-equipped kitchens. A light breakfast is included. A daily catered gourmet vegan meal plan is also available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Comprehensive training manual
  • Posture technique training
  • Personal skill-building
  • Yoga lifestyle training
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Opening night welcome dinner
  • Graduation celebration dinner
  • Pre-arrival grocery service

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Option for weekly catered vegan lunch plan with gluten-free alternatives
  • Option for one-day early check-in

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Nexus Institute is located on Playa Guoines in the town of Nosara on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. They are a two-hour drive from Liberia International Airport (LIR) and a four to five-hour drive from the capital city of San Jose (SJO).

Their favorite airport shuttle is Gypsy Cab Nosara. They will be holding a sign with your name on it as you disembark and will deliver you directly to our doorstep. You may also fly from San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR) to Nosara on Nature Air or Sansa. They are glad to arrange airport transfers or help with your travel arrangements.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Wednesday November 10, 2021
Departure: Saturday December 4, 2021

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