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Pura Vida Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

This yoga teacher training offers a unique opportunity to explore the ancient yogic wisdom while restoring harmony and balance into your daily existence. You will not only bring home your own 200-hour certification but also fully immerse in a spiritual experience through various ceremonies as well as Kirtan. Based on Pura Vida (pure life) values held in Costa Rica's lifestyle, this yoga teacher training will surely lead you to a wonderful experience that your mind, body, and spirit need.

Meet the instructors

Lacey Hickox & Darin Jay
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  • Daily yoga and meditation session
  • Yoga sutras, yoga anatomy, and spiritual lesson
  • Kirtan session and Temescal (sweat lodge ceremony)
  • Earth medicine, sacred ceremony, and purification practices
  • The art of teaching / touch and alignment sessions
  • Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher certification
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 20 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

During this yoga teacher training, you will be staying at The Indigo Yoga Resort in Costa Rica. Costa Rica offers a variety of wonderful landscapes and microclimates and it's a home to a rich variety of flora, fauna, and diverse wildlife including spider monkeys, the quetzal bird, and the three-toed sloth.

The Indigo Yoga Resort is a boutique hotel in Malpais catering to yoga, surfing, and healthy living. It offers contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambiance and culture.

All of the rooms at the resort are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hot water and “open-sky” showers, hammocks, and in-room safe box. During this yoga teacher training, various accommodations are available including tents (bring your own tent), a dormitory (up to 10 people), apartments with en-suite bathrooms for triple occupancy or double occupancy, double rooms (deluxe), and single rooms (deluxe).


This yoga teacher training blends traditional yogic teachings with spirituality and earth medicine to provide a holistic, synergistic, and applicable approach to living this practice. This program is designed for those souls with an interest in yoga, spirituality, as well as meditation, and an interest in deepening that connection to live your life with intention and more fully aligned with your truth.

This yoga teacher training also offers an opportunity for self-growth, personal development, and transformation while providing the tools necessary to develop your own personal practice or to step into your calling as teacher and guide. You will explore yoga history and philosophy, anatomy, alignment, yogic diet, Ayurveda, healing arts, and more while tapping into the expansiveness of this practice. The experience will be richly informative, empowering, and inspiring.

With highly experienced facilitators and an integrative approach, this program is designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of yoga and to help transform all aspects of your life. Sacred Paths Yoga will surely guide you to become empowered practitioners and to step into your own voice as teachers. Awaken to your heart’s calling as you embark upon this sacred path.

Sacred Paths Yoga builds a solid foundation for you as the students to then expand upon as they find their voices as teachers or in their own personal practice. They emphasize an embodied understanding of poses and alignment, intelligent sequencing, and transitions while embracing grace, ease, and fluidity. With this deeper awareness and understanding of the body, you can come into full alignment with mind, body, spirit, and your life’s purpose.

The style of yoga shared at Sacred Paths Yoga is a mindful Vinyasa flow based practice that allows one to find connection and embark upon an insightful journey within. You link breath and movement to emphasize meditation and stillness in motion. This practice becomes a sacred prayer to your body, to access the stillness of the mind, and to connect with spirit. The experience is deeply intentional as you honor yogic philosophy and invite your soul to look inward and find peace with what is present.

The sequence is rooted in traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa practices but has evolved to meet the needs of the modern student. The program offers a holistic and well-rounded approach, balancing the Yin and Yang, the passive and active, the lunar and solar, as well as the feminine and masculine energies to leave one feeling centered and harmonious. Not only does this practice offer physical benefits but also it works on the energetic and spiritual form, tapping into the wisdom of ancient yogic teachings while connecting to the earth medicine and exploring the elements as a path to transformation and union with all that is.

In this yoga teacher training program, you will meet and exceed the requirements of Yoga Alliance for anatomy, techniques, philosophy, lifestyle, ethics, teaching methodology and practicum, and beyond while creating a container for self-inquiry and personal growth. While honoring the traditional forms of this practice, you explore the expansive nature of yoga and spirituality in all forms. Whether it is your intention to step into your calling as a yoga teacher or to learn the foundations of yoga and deepen your practice, this program will be equally informative and transformative.

You will view yoga as a spiritual practice, as a path to self-realization, union, bliss, conscious connection, deepened awareness and mindful living. Throughout this process, you will explore different paths to union including movement, song, dance, chanting, ceremony, and more. In this journey, you will embody yogic living, fully immersing yourselves in the experience of living and breathing this practice on and off your mat with a beloved community as the unwavering support system. This path asks for dedication, discipline, and courage to look deep within to uncover your truth and your own authentic connection. Without your daily distractions, habits, and patterns, a new way of perceiving the world is revealed.

On this training, you will work in a 4-day cycle with 1 day off in between. Upon completion of the coursework, peer teaching, and evaluation, you will also receive a certification of completion which will then enable you to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). Generally, this teacher training program will allow you to:

  • Explore traditional yogic teachings, earth medicine, and spirituality in a process of self-inquiry and personal growth
  • Learn to teach the Sacred flow Vinyasa sequence as well as receive guidance on creating and teaching your own unique sequences
  • Explore traditional Hatha, Restorative, Yin, and Prenatal yoga
  • Experience yogic living to deepen your personal practice and commitment to this path
  • Practice daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Experience spiritual immersion
  • Explore the art of teaching, touch, and alignment to gain knowledge, insight, and clarity
  • Practice Kirtan, chanting, and medicine songs from around the world as you got to experience Bhakti bliss
  • Enjoy nightly evening gatherings, Satsang, to reflect on the day’s journey and insights
  • Experience various ceremonies including full and new moon ceremonies, fire ceremony, water blessing ceremony, earth gratitude ceremony, puja (Hindi offering), cacao ceremony, and so on
  • Study yoga anatomy and its physiology as well as applicable techniques to incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
  • Study yoga sutras and its philosophy
  • Explore Chakras, Bandhas, and energetic anatomy
  • Study Ayurveda and experiencing the yogic diet
  • Practice advanced pranayama
  • Learn Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
  • Practice how to integrate yoga into your daily life through spiritual lessons and art of living discussion
  • Learn the art of yoga marketing and exploring your vision for bringing this practice into your community
  • Discuss ethics for yoga teachers and student-teacher relationships
  • Explore other healing modalities and expand your skill set as healer and guide

Daily schedule sample

  • 06:00-09:00 Meditation, pranayama, and asana yoga session
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast and surfing session
  • 10:00-11:00 Spiritual lesson and daily intention session
  • 11:00-12:00 Yoga sutras or yoga anatomy session
  • 12:00-13:00 Special topic session
  • 13:00-15:00 Lunch and afternoon break
  • 15:00-18:00 The art of teaching (art of touch) and alignment session
  • 18:00-19:00 Dinner
  • 19:00-20:00 Satsang session (sacred circle)
  • 20:00-21:00 Dream Time session


Lacey Hickox Lehman

Darin Jay Lehman


This yoga teacher training will take place at The Indigo Yoga Resort in Malpais, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. A quarter of the land is made up of national parks and protected jungle, the largest in the world as a percentage of the country's territory.

The Indigo Yoga Resort is just a few steps away from the Pacific Ocean and provides everything one needs in seeking relaxation and comfort. Situated in a biodiversity hotspot, the resort is totally perfect for the nature enthusiast.

This beautiful resort is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of attractive tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the Howler and Capuchin monkeys hanging in the trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds.

Since this yoga teacher training will be located near the ocean, you can enjoy various beach activities such as surfing. The Malpais and Santa Teresa surfing zone is situated on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and known for its consistent waves. The average swell running in the 3-5 foot range breaking over beautiful sand beaches.

Playa Carmen, 2 kilometers from The Indigo Yoga Resort, will be your main surfing spots. Depending on your needs and abilities, you will also have opportunities to go to the surf breaks at Banana Beach, Santa Teresa, and Playa Hermosa. There is also an opportunity to experience stand up paddle boarding (SUP) right in Malpais.

Nearby places

  • Playa Carmen, 2 kilometers
  • Cruce, Santa Teresa, 2 kilometers


During this yoga teacher training, you will enjoy daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals are prepared lovingly with the freshest local organic ingredients.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
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)

  • Beach cruiser biking (8 USD for 24-hour rental and 48 USD for a week)
  • Day trips to Cabuya
  • Horseback riding
  • Raw food preparation course
  • Snorkeling
  • SUP tours
  • Surfing
  • Visits to butterfly gardens, beaches, and tide pools
  • Waterfall tours
  • Zip-lining tours

Spa treatments

You can pamper yourself with massages, spa treatments, or crystal healing therapies available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training curriculum
  • A certification of 200-hour completion
  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and asana session
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily yoga class
  • Various ceremonies in the program

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Ground transfers to the resort
  • Optional activities such as surfing and zip lining
  • Required texts

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight and arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From the airport, you can continue your half-day trip to Mal Pais or Santa Teresa by bus or shuttle. Besides bus, you can also continue your trip by airplane and arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU).

Arrival by bus

Every day at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., there is a public bus from Downtown San Jose (the bus station is called “7-10”) to Santa Teresa and it costs 15 USD. This is a direct bus (it gets on the ferry with you and then you reboard the bus after the ferry ride) and will arrive at the Cruce in Santa Teresa at 12 p.m. or 8.30 p.m. From there, you will need to get a taxi to Indigo Yoga Resort which is 2 kilometers south of the Cruce.

Arrival by taxi

Upon arrival at the Cruce in Santa Teresa, you can travel by taxi to Indigo Yoga Resort, which is 2 kilometers south of the Cruce.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Pay in full 30 - 60 days prior to arrival date and get an early bird discount of 100 USD and 200 USD for payment made 60 days or more.

Wednesday August 21, 2024
(21 days / 20 nights)

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