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Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

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Embark on a transformational journey and embrace all aspects of your unique and authentic self. You will transform through self-observation and self-inquiry, and feel supported in your process through professional group and individual therapy. Advance your understanding of what makes you unique and genuine as a teacher and find your voice, and also develop and expand your sequencing and teaching skills to craft and teach an intelligent and insightful yoga class for diverse audiences. Go deep inside, find clarity, and feel inspired, ready, and empowered to be of service and inspire others.

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Ana
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Highlights

  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • The 300-hour program
  • Yoga teacher training manual course, PDF files for the required courses, videos, and others
  • Use of all yoga props (mats, blocks, and straps)
  • One guided hike around Tiskita Biological Reserve
  • Shuttle service from Golfito - Tiskita - Golfito
  • 3 daily healthy meals during training days (only breakfast on days off)
  • 35 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


36 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
08:00

Tiskita Lodge

The 15 little houses surround the lodge and are nestled in the jungle allowing the guests to experience the robust amount of wildlife all from the comfort of your front porch hammock. The guests constantly report spotting titi and capuchin monkeys, agoutis, coatis, macaws, toucans, and so many more.

There will be no need to hike into the jungle because staying at Tiskita means that you are already there.

The Cabins

The cabins are spread out around the lodge and landscaped to ensure privacy. Tiskita’s small number of cabins also helps to ensure privacy.

Each cabin is surrounded by trees that attract birds, butterflies, monkeys, and other wildlife, making the cabins’ decks often one of the best spots to relax and watch the wildlife go by.

The Rooms

The rooms are either in single, double, or triple occupancy. The cabins were built using precious woods like Mahogany, Purpleheart, and Rosewood. The wood was collected over the years mostly from trees that fell down in Tiskita. All cabins are only a few minutes walk away from the lodge, the rainforest, and the beach.

Includes:

  • A beautiful and quiet yoga shala immersed in the Costa Rican jungle and at Tiskita with a view of the Pacific Ocean
  • Tiskita has a swimming pool, a small library, and other facilities. When you lounge by the swimming pool, birds, monkeys, sloths, and the resident iguanas are usually around
  • Healthy food offered by the restaurant
  • A waterfall in both lodges and freshwater pools are located nearby the lodge, it also offers trails and a private biological reserve and the organic orchard also starts at the lodge
  • Coffee, tea, tropical fruit juice, and filtered water are available at the lodge throughout the day and free of charge
  • You will be within walking distance of the most famous Pavones beach
  • Nature walks, bird watching, snorkeling boat trips available, horseback riding tours, surfing, night nature tours, beach and water activities
  • There is no music at the lodges, the only sounds are the nearby nature, ocean, and the wildlife

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

You will have the opportunity to develop a practical project geared toward your future classes, workshops, retreats, or others. You will be sharing your creative ideas in order to put them into action.

During the length of the three modules you will have the opportunity to work specifically with a topic of your choice of interest and passion, then develop it further and apply all the teachings you are learning into concrete form.

Some examples of projects are creating a retreat, a workshop, planning for your own yoga studio, the logistics of being a traveling yogi, yoga projects based on specific audiences such as women, men, and children, yoga for injuries, sports, healing, and more

During module 3 you will have to present your project or class to all students and to the teachers, which applies specifically to the teachings studied during the training. If you are unsure of your project idea, Pranaluz will support you in this journey and help you find some inspiration to connect you with your passions and what you love most doing, that place where you feel you could be good and of service to others. In the meantime, if you have a general idea, a theme, or a topic of inspiration, just let it sit with you now, and don’t worry about it, Pranaluz will work with it during the training.

Please note that the final presentation is a requisite for graduation on Module 3 and for the 300-hour certification. No music class, massage, dance class, nor audio only or videos are allowed. Your leadership and presentation requirements need to involve you personally teaching it

Why choose Pranaluz for your 300-hour teacher training:

1. Embark on a Transformational Journey

  • Embrace all aspects of your unique and authentic self
  • Transform through self-observation and self-inquiry
  • Feel supported in your process through professional group and individual therapy
  • Go deep inside, find clarity, feel inspired, ready, and empowered to be of service and inspire others

2. Deepen and Develop Your Practice

  • Advance your yoga and teaching skills by expanding your knowledge about anatomy, asana biomechanics, and teaching for diverse audiences
  • Develop your practice and teaching of meditation and pranayama (the neuroscience of breath)
  • Deepen your understanding of yogic science and history through in-depth philosophy, mythology, and comparative studies, and learn tools to incorporate them into your daily life and teachings

3. Become an Outstanding Yoga Teacher

  • Advance your understanding of what makes you unique and genuine as a teacher and find your voice
  • Develop and expand your sequencing and teaching skills to craft and teach an intelligent and insightful yoga class for diverse audiences
  • Acquire new tools to hold compassionate space and support your students on their yoga journey

This course is good for:

  • For 200-hour certified teachers who want to take their education to the next level
  • Only 200-hour graduate teachers are accepted. If it is your first training then please check the 200-hour programs
  • A basic level of experience in meditation is recommended
  • The three 100-house modules combine together as 300 hours making you eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500
  • Students with injuries and health issues are encouraged to attend the course as all of the teachers are therapists and will focus on Yoga Therapeutics and Injuries
  • The asana focus is based on traditional Hatha yoga, (sun / moon) and Vinyasa
  • Pranaluz offers additional focus to the science of yoga by offering contemplative studies in Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Eastern philosophies, and a strong focus on the spiritual aspects of the science of yoga.

What You Will Learn

  • Highly qualified, mature, and experienced teachers (E-RYT 500 trained) with more than 15 years of experience
  • Inspired By traditional Hatha yoga and Vinyasa
  • Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and contemplative studies of Eastern philosophies
  • Teaching skills to address various audiences (prenatal, postnatal, children, teens, yoga for injuries, and more)
  • Anatomy and Mind-Body techniques and introduction to Thai massage
  • Asana Adjustments and Applied Modifications
  • The science behind pranayama techniques for Hatha yoga
  • The science of Ayurveda
  • Focus on deep inner work (personal and group therapy led by professional)
  • Strong focus on meditation practice and teachings
  • 1 silence day of meditation practice
  • Yoga Nidra teachings and practice
  • Bhakti yoga and mantra chanting
  • Creative arts and music workshops
  • Advanced career project through business and marketing workshops
  • Yoga Ethics and the Art of Teaching
  • Enjoy, expand, and awaken your artistic side through chant, dance, feeling, moving, and paint
  • Engage in lasting and deep connections with other teachers and develop further your yoga career
  • Learn in-depth business and marketing skills to support expanding your Yoga career, creating retreats, and workshops, and feel empowered and inspired
  • Time off for surfing, hiking, and exploring nature

Course Curriculum

1. SAT Module 1: Advanced Yoga Skills

  • What is yoga?
  • Advanced yoga history
  • In-depth Patanjali's Ashtanga: The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • Philosophy: The Four Paths of Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga Biomechanics for Yang / Sun / Fire Practices
  • Hatha Yoga Biomechanics for Yin / Restorative Practices
  • Art of sequencing for Yin and Yang
  • Prana, Nadis, Yogic Breathing, and pranayama techniques for Yin and Yang
  • Asana adjustments, modifications, and adequate use of props
  • Asana principles
  • Ancient Yogic Philosophy
  • Daily meditation techniques
  • Daily pranayama techniques
  • Daily asana practice (Yin and / or Yang)
  • Mantra and kirtan
  • Anatomy and physiology

2. CITT Modle 2: Self Inquiry

  • The path back to self: Advaita Vedanta teachings
  • Introduction to Buddhist teachings
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Meditation theory and practices based on Tibetan Buddhist techniques and Zen Buddhism
  • Neuroscience and the Lymbic System
  • Yoga Nidra training and how to teach and practice
  • Mindfulness teachings and practices
  • The multidimensional layers of self (Koshas, Vayus, and Chakras)
  • Advanced anatomy and physiology
  • Self-inquiry and inner work led by a professional therapist
  • Shiva / Shakti principle
  • Online therapy with a professional therapist
  • Daily meditation techniques
  • Daily pranayama techniques
  • Daily asana practice (Yin and / or Yang)
  • Mantra and kirtan

3. Ananda Module 3: Mind, Body, and Bliss

  • Yoga for children and sequencing
  • Yoga for teens and sequencing
  • Yoga for prenatal and postnatal and sequencing
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Marketing and business
  • Advanced anatomy and physiology
  • The science and ancient teachings of Ayurveda
  • Advanced asana workshop
  • Theory and application on Bandhas / FCT workshop
  • Asana adjustments for injuries
  • Daily meditation techniques
  • Daily pranayama techniques
  • Daily asana practice (Yin and / or Yang)
  • Mantra and kirtan
  • Graduation project and practice teaching

Required Reading Material

  • 1. Cutting through spiritual materialism - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Required)
  • 2. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika - Swami Muktibodhananda (Suggested)
  • 3. Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians - Tom Myers (Suggested)
  • 4. Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom - Rick Hanson (PDF will be provided)
  • 5. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: Students and Practitioners - H. David Coulter
  • 6. Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha - Satyananda Saraswati (PDF will be provided)
  • 7. Dreams of Awakening - Charlie Morley (PDF will be provided)

Ethical Code of Conduct:

1. Continuous Communication

  • I will communicate with my teachers, at any time but especially if I feel unwell or get injured during the course
  • I will abstain from gossip or slander to the best of my abilities

2. Learning

  • It is my responsibility to ask the teachers for assistance if I do not understand any particular concept or technique taught during the training
  • If English is not my first language, it is my responsibility to translate it into my own language

3. Drugs and Others

  • I understand that the use of drugs or alcohol is not permitted on-site in the room accommodations and in the yoga shala
  • Pranaluz reserves the right to expel any intoxicated and / or violent student from the training course if necessary without a refund
  • Smoking is allowed during the course, but only in the designated area within the facilities, yet it is recommended to abstain from it

4. Sexual Misconduct

  • It is recommended to avoid sexual relations during the training, especially between students as it often leads to disturbance and a less conductive atmosphere for learning

Attendance

As yoga teachers and professionals, Pranaluz expects you to sign up for this training course willingly wanting to learn and explore diverse yoga teachings in a group setting. If for some reason you prefer to skip class or choose not to attend, it will be your sole responsibility to catch up on any missing material.

Please have in mind that if you are missing out, coming in late, or skipping classes often, this not only will affect your own learning process but also that of the rest of the group, essentially disturbing the whole group dynamics.

Therefore, Pranaluz encourages you to attend all sessions unless physically ill or undergoing some major issue which you should share with either faculty or the psychologist.

Free Time and Days Off

During your free time, you can use the swimming pool, the trails, and all common areas at your convenience. You are also invited to visit surrounding areas and beaches or you can also plan tours.

The yoga shala can also be used. Please take into consideration that only breakfast is included during your days off, which will allow you to explore new places, beaches, restaurants, and more.

Solo Day Retreat

This will be a day of reflection and meditation, without any speech, eye contact, reading, writing, or communication on social media. Buddhist Noble Silence rules will be followed. These will be thoroughly explained during the training.

The solo silent day is an invitation for you to bring awareness inside, to directly practice some of the teachings studied throughout the course.

You will practice either walking or sitting meditation during parts of the day. Some of the solo day retreats will happen within the venue but Pranaluz will also endeavor to bring you to a forest on a mountain, weather permitting, during the remainder of the day.

Pranaluz will provide you with all details during the course. There is no need to worry about this beautiful experience as of now.

Smartphones and Laptop Rules

Pranaluz encourages you to refrain from using your phone / laptop during class time, and being mindful and open to receiving the teachings with full awareness.

You are more than welcome to use your phone and any devices during your time off from class.

Typical Schedule

The schedule may slightly vary. You have 3 full days off, plus an additional time off some mornings or afternoons, and according to the tides, there will be a chance to be able to enjoy surfing.

Graduation requirements include evaluation, graduation project presentation, and mandatory silent day.

  • 06:30 to 08:30 Asana practice: Meditation, pranayama, or chanting
  • 08:30 to 10:00 Delicious breakfast time
  • 10:00 to 13:00 Lecture 1 (asana practice and workshop time)
  • 13:00 to 14:30 Delicious lunch
  • 14:30 to 17:30 Lecture 2: Practical or theoretical / tea and snack break
  • 17:30 to 19:30 Free time and dinner
  • 19:30 to 20:30 Some evenings only (kirtan, meditation, Yoga Nidra, movie, workshop, or activity)

Included excursions

1 guided walk is included for the group with a naturalist guide

Instructors

Ana Lucia Farina

Location

Punta Banco, Puntarenas

This program will take place in Punta Banco in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica.

The venue is the best-kept secret in Costa Rica, which is an ecolodge that offers you the opportunity to experience a pristine tropical forest in 800 acres of private biological reserve. Its location is as remote as can be, nestled on the southwest coast of Costa Rica.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Library

Food

The kitchen staff will prepare both traditional Costa Rican and Western dishes.

The organic orchard has many trails to explore. The mix of fruit trees, shrubs, and rainforest attracts all kinds of wildlife making it difficult to get to the sweetest fruit first.

The collection has many well-known types of tropical fruit, including mango, starfruit, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, banana, guava, grapefruit, sweet lemon, lime, and oranges. Less widely known types of tropical fruit are, for example, jackfruit, mangosteen, and South American sapote.

Days Off

Only breakfast is included during the days off so that you can also explore the area around and some of the restaurants nearby. It is also possible to purchase meals at the hotel for those days.

Other Dietary Requirements

Vegetarian diets or other special dietary requirements are easily accommodated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Nearby Restaurants

Only breakfast is included during the days off so that you can also explore the area around and some of the restaurants nearby. It is also possible to purchase meals at the hotel for those days.

Optional activities:

During your stay in Tiskita, there will be one day off you will visit Punta Banco beach which is 5 to 10-minute walking distance from your room. You can hike, and horseback ride, and there are snorkeling tours and much more available at an additional cost.

These are activities that can be booked during your stay:

1. Horseback Riding at Tiskita

  • Local guide: 40 USD per person

The typical ride is around 3-4 hours - duration depends on what guests would like. The usual trip is up through the forest to a lookout spot overlooking the Osa Peninsula and the Golfo Dulce as well as Tiskita's forest. Back through the forest (a different route) and ending at the beach.

Depending on tides, the beach route is done before/after heading into the forest. There are longer rides available for those with more experience.

2. Biking

Punta Banco (a nearby town) offers bike rental if available. Usually, guests will go to Pavones (6 kilometers) but it is possible to go all the way to Pilon (12 kilometers) and to the end of the road on the other side.

No guide is provided or really needed.

3. Surfing

Pavones is the 3rd longest left break in the world and great for anything from beginners to experts. Surfing lessons and board rentals are available.

Please take note that you may need to put down a credit card deposit to rent a board. Discounted prices are offered for extended-length rentals.

4. Night walks

Jungle hike at night with a naturalist guide giving a whole different experience in the rainforest. This may cost from 25 to 50 USD per person.

You will need to check with the lodge as per guide availability.

5. Snorkeling Boat Trip in Golfo Dulce

Depart is 06:30 and return to Pavones by 15:30 (depending on the wind). The boat ride is about 1.5 hours into the Golf, stopping in diverse spots to dive and swim to catch the right tides at reefs and look for dolphins. Lunch is included at Dolphin Quest.

The rate is usually between 75 USD to 90 USD per person. The rates are based on a set number of passengers.

6. Boat / fishing tour

One of the local fishermen takes out groups of up to 6 people for half a day on his panga fishing boat. Anything you catch you can cook for dinner.

This costs 300 USD for half a day for the whole boat. The same tour can be taken as a whale / dolphin watching boat tour heading into the Golfo Dulce or towards Punta Burica and Panama.

What's included

  • Certificate of completion OR Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • All classes, lectures, and workshops
  • Yoga teacher training manual course, PDF files for the required courses, videos, and various other materials
  • Therapy session / support from the psychologist during the self-inquiry days
  • Professional and experienced local and international teachers.
  • 1 silent solo day retreat to put into practice the mind meditation techniques
  • Use of all yoga props (mats, blocks, and straps available)
  • 1-1 meetings and support from your lead teacher
  • A beautiful welcome gift package that you will receive upon arrival
  • Graduation ceremony
  • Kirtan nights, special events or movie nights, special workshop nights, and surprise guest teachers
  • One guided hike around Tiskita Biological Reserve
  • Shuttle service from Golfito - Tiskita - Golfito
  • Arrival dinner and departure breakfast
  • Free coffee, tea, and fruit juices are available throughout the day
  • 3 meals per day (only breakfast during days off)
  • 35 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from the airport to San José, bus / rent a car /taxi to Golfito
  • Any additional meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Personal and visa expenses
  • COVID test (required for departure)
  • Medical and travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Other suggested books and reading materials recommended
  • Any additional healing treatments, massages, psychological support, or transportation
  • Additional nights
  • Meals during the arrival day and days off

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Pranaluz Conscious Living recommends arriving the night before and staying in San José downtown in order to be able to depart early morning to Tiskita Lodge.

Your training organizer can obtain your bus tickets in advance (not included in the price) for you, and deliver them to the hotel the evening before.

Arrival by shuttle

Transportation by shuttle is included on November 12th from the pick-up bus point in Golfito to Tiskita Lodge, and from Tiskita Lodge to Golfito bus station.

This will be coordinated with clients arriving by airplane and by bus. If you arrive on another date or time, you must cover the shuttle costs or take a public bus. The same applies for the departure on December 17th.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday November 10, 2024
Departure: Sunday December 15, 2024

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