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Costa Rica Mystical Yoga Teacher Training

Come relax and find your higher self with School Yoga Institute at Indigo Yoga Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. Just off of the southernmost tip of Peninsula de Nicoya, School Yoga Institute provides a transformational yoga teacher training experience that weaves together a deep love for surf, sunshine, and yoga. Whether it’s from your hammock, yoga mat, or surfboard, you are invited to join School Yoga Institute in shifting your perspective and heightening your awareness. From the lush tropic ambiance that radiates “Pura Vida” vibes to experiencing some of the best surf spots in the world, Indigo Yoga Resort is the place to come open your heart and experience the simple of joys of being present in the moment.

Meet the instructors

Inka & Ashley
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  • Daily spiritual lessons
  • Learn the art of teaching and touch
  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and asana sessions
  • Classes taught by experienced teachers
  • Daily delicious gourmet meals
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


21 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
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  • Air-conditioned rooms

This training will be held at Indigo Yoga Resort, a truly unique place located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. They offer contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambience and culture. Indigo is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the Howler and Capuchin monkeys hang in our trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds.

They are situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast. Indigo´s concept is inspired by living a healthy and natural lifestyle. They are blessed to be in one of the most "wave rich" areas in Costa Rica if not the world. Pura Vida.

All of their rooms include air-conditioner, ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hot water and “open-sky” showers, hammocks, and a room safe box. With astounding natural beauty, warm water temperatures, and incredible wildlife, this yoga teacher training in Costa Rica is a unique opportunity for those called to both the ancient sacred practices of yoga and the art of surfing.



Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

This mystical yoga teacher training curriculum is influenced around Peruvian Shamanism, providing students with a unique and spiritually driven course that goes beyond just a certification. Called by the energy of the Costa Rican mountains, ocean, spirits, and each other, you are invited to evolve on your spiritual and yogic path.


The course is open to people of all yoga abilities. participants are simply asked to set an intention to devote their time and energy to the process of being present and open to becoming. School Yoga Institute also suggests that you work to establish your own personal yoga practice, through attending classes or workshops, or on your own. Set intention, with an open heart and mind, to fully embrace and experience the yogic lifestyle during your training and beyond.

Required books for the program

Prior to the training, it is recommended that students take a look at the required reading and if possible some of the recommended reading lists as well.

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff: Purchase at Amazon, ibooks, kindle, or your local bookstore.
  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill: Purchase on School Yoga Institute's website, at Amazon or your local bookstore. You can also bring a different version of the Yoga Sutras.

Mystical yoga Style

School Yoga Institute trainings hold a strong intention for personal transformation. In this way, the courses are designed not only to provide students with tools to share the wisdom of yoga with others, yet also to look at their own lives from a spiritual perspective. Each training holds unique energy, created from like-minded souls who join from all over the world.

To guide the process of personal transformation we draw on the ancient wisdom of the East as well as on the Shamanic Medicine Wheel of Peru. School Yoga Institute's yoga teacher training courses are arranged in four cycles, following the four cardinal directions, asking the guardian spirits to guide a cycle of release, understanding, growth, and empowerment. Together, they create a space that reveals the wisdom within and accelerates the realization of life purpose.


Mystical Yoga, or the yoga of spiritual practice, reaches deep into the roots of this ancient way of life, calling on people to reveal the yoga, the union, within everything. School Yoga Institute's 200-hour training embody this approach, opening you up to the wisdom and the teacher that is already within everyone. You will dance, chant, and sing.

You will find community with like-minded people and embrace the stillness within yourself. You call on your intuition for the answers and speak from spirit to spirit. Dive deep into the experience, free from unnecessary distractions and allow your authentic connection to emerge.

Throughout the process of the 200-hour YTT, you have the opportunity to step into your power as yoga teachers who share the mystical dimensions from where you came and to which you will return. The universe is a place of discovery, mystery, and mysticism. You come into this world to unveil your own soul-purpose and to reveal your own gifts, so you can serve the world and advance your own spiritual evolution.

Through School Yoga Institute's yoga practice, your personal spiritual exploration, you will uncover a deeper connection within you. School Yoga Institute sees yoga as a vehicle that carries people to experience and enjoy the pure, true essence of life.

This path will ask for self-reflection, growth, and discipline. These training provide an opportunity to learn under the Gurukula system, living with your teachers, both your external gurus and inner gurus, and immersing yourself in the world of yoga.

A day in the Life

During School Yoga Institute's training, participants are asked to embrace all aspects of the yogic lifestyle, such as observing a vegetarian diet, living free from the distractions of other substances, and moving away from technology and unnecessary communication with the external world. They expect dedication, commitment, and surrender, as well as immersion in their spiritual community for the duration of the training in order to allow the work to be as impactful as possible.

Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the enlightened perspective and sacred landscape of your training with an open heart, whatever comes will be exactly what you need.

Each day carries an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that you will explore throughout the day. The group begins each morning with a sunrise meditation, followed by a 90-minute asana practice and nourishing yogic breakfast. The days are spent learning yogic theory and healing practices through workshops, classes, and group discussions.

During this time you will cover the fundamentals of yogic living, including yogic diet, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda, and the ancient wisdom of the yoga sutras. School Yoga Institute's training also opens up to include other methods of healing, calling on not just the physical and mental elements but also the more subtle forms such as earth medicine, energy healing, and shamanic journeying.

School Yoga Institute shares the art of teaching and art of touch, during which students learn to teach two asana sequences, the Mystical Hatha Flow, a slow meditative Sivananda-based practice, and the Mystical Vinyasa Flow, a more intense, breath-synchronized flow. They also share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing and explore alignment and adjustment of poses in depth. Each evening is closed with Satsang, the evening gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan chanting, or sacred ceremony.

What to expect

From your unique School Yoga Institute immersion program you will experience:

  • Spiritual immersion
  • Daily yoga practice
  • In-depth meditation techniques and practice
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Art of teaching
  • Art of touch
  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology
  • Native American medicine wheel
  • Kriya yogic cleansing
  • Kirtan Bhajan chanting
  • Energetic healing practices
  • Cacao and fire ceremonies
  • Chakras and energy work
  • Communal and sustainable living
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Life-long friendships

Core curriculum

During the 200-hour teacher training program you will:

  • Work through the traditional Peruvian Shamanic medicine wheel in a process of self-inquiry and personal transformation
  • Learn to teach two sequences: Sadhana Vinyasa and Sadhana Hatha flows, as well as guidance on creating your own unique sequences
  • Live the yogic lifestyle, improve your personal practice, and develop your Sadhana, your own spiritual practice
  • Incorporate daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Explore the art of teaching through interactive daily workshops and learn through regular peer-teaching starting day one
  • Participate in daily Satsang, evening gathering, and learn traditional Kirtan chants from India and the rest of the world
  • Participate in a traditional ceremony, including full and new moon ceremonies, letting go ceremony, traditional Andean gratitude ceremony (despacho), and Cacao ceremony
  • Study yoga anatomy and physiology and incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
  • Study select yoga sutras in depth
  • Learn the foundation and historical background of yoga philosophy
  • Explore chakras, bandhas, and energetic anatomy in your personal practice and your teaching
  • Study Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine, and study and live the yogic diet
  • Practice advanced pranayama
  • Experience Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
  • Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
  • Receive an introduction to conscious business and discuss ways to bring your yoga to the marketplace
  • Learn and integrate holistic health modalities such as massage, energy healing, nutrition, and other forms

Mystical Hatha and Vinyasa Flows

By the end of a School Yoga Institute 200-hour yoga teacher training, you will have broken down two yoga sequences. These sequences will prepare you to step into the light as a teacher or as a foundation to deepen your own practice. You will learn an Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa flow sequence and a Sivananda inspired Hatha flow sequence.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 09:00 Guided meditation / pranayama / asana
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and self-sadhana
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Spiritual lesson / intention of the day
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Yoga sutras / yoga anatomy
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Snack and self-sadhana
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Special topics
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Art of teaching and art of touch
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner and self-sadhana
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Satsang (sacred circle)
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Self-sadhana
  • 21:00 Dream time


Inka Tuononen

Ashley Davis


The Mal Pais and Santa Teresa surfing zone are known for its year-round consistent waves. In addition to the yoga training, you will have daily opportunities to learn and deepen your surfing practice. The average swell running in the three to five range breaking over beautiful sand beaches.

Indigo Yoga Resort is a short five-minute walk from some of the most spectacular tide pools in Costa Rica. Each morning you will have shuttles down to the waves. Playa Carmen being just 2 kilometers up the road will be the most common surf spot.


  • Playa Carmen, 2 kilometers



  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe


You will be served delicious gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Depending on participant's needs and abilities, you will have opportunities to go up to the breaks at Banana Beach, Santa Teresa, and Playa Hermosa. As well as experience the wonder of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing) right in Mal Pais. Non-surfing nature lovers or beginner to expert surfers can all equally benefit from this seamless blending of two flow-based spiritual practices.

You can also enjoy other activities:

  • Guided hikes / herb walks
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Spanish lessons
  • Surfing

What's included

  • Tuition fee
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious gourmet meals per day

What's not included

  • Travel
  • Additional reading materials or extras
  • Optional day off activities
  • Required taxes
  • Transportation to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

Every day at 06:00 and 14:00 there is a public bus from Downtown San Jose, the bus station is called “7-10”, it is 15 USD. This bus is direct (gets on the ferry with you and then you re-board the bus after the ferry ride) it will arrive in Santa Teresa at the “Cruce” at 12:00 or 20:30. From there you will need to get a taxi to Indigo Yoga Resort (2 kilometers) south of the Cruce. The buses are very nice.

Arrival by shuttle

You are highly recommended to shuttle to Manuel Antonio the day before your training begins. School Yoga Institute will book your shuttle time once they have your flight information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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