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Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join this Yoga Alliance-registered program, which includes a transformational and therapeutic approach to yoga. Soma Yoga Institute's non-dogmatic approach explores yoga philosophy as a practice of radical self-love, uncovering perspectives that encourage body positivity, unconditional acceptance, personal empowerment, and true mind-body-spirit health and wellness.

Meet the instructors

Liz & Peggy
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Highlights

  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Train with highly experienced (25 years +) yoga teachers and C-IAYT yoga therapists
  • Study with one of the top-rated schools on Yoga Alliance
  • Learn to teach from the “eyes of love” and help the world heal
  • Beach meditations and yoga practices with daily afternoon breaks to rest or swim
  • Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations
  • Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way
  • 17 nights accommodation and three delicious healthy meals per day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


18 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$ 75 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$ 100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Salvatierra, a private eco-resort in Costa Rica, is a nature lover's paradise. It is simply a spectacular venue for yoga teacher training. Surrounded by natural beauty, it offers two yoga studios, a deck with unparalleled views, and a lovely indoor space with wood floors and windows on all sides.

There are two pools on the property, oceanside cabinas, a magical beach for morning yoga, and delicious, healthy food.

The retreat itself is located on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and has been identified as one of the five blue zones on the planet. Costa Rica offers endless adventures, beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and opportunities for wildly wonderful experiences.

This magical property recently changed ownership and changed its name from Zen Spirit to Salvatierra. The name Salvatierra is both a reminder for all to do what they can to save this beloved Mother Earth and an invitation to step into a place of refuge and reconnect with their truest, most blissful nature.

Program

Certification

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

Please note: This teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) and graduates are eligible to register with Y.A. as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200).

The therapeutic perspective and curricular components of this program are based on the instructors' registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from their status as an E-RYT 500 with the Y.A. Registry as the Y.A. Registry does not certify therapists, solely yoga teachers.

Quick view

  • Yoga style: Mindful Vinyasa yoga, Hatha, and Restorative through a therapeutic lens
  • Pose study with adaptations for all bodies (includes standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and supine)
  • Alignment: Biomechanically sound and anatomy-informed alignment
  • Skill level: All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome. Some come to deepen their practice and others to learn to teach.
  • Class demographics: Ages 17 to 70, diversity welcome. Soma Yoga Institute class sizes are typically between 18 to 24 students with two experienced instructors.
  • Certification: Soma Yoga Institute 200 certification, Yoga Alliance RYT-200 upon successful completion
  • Instructors: Train with C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists and E-RYT 500 master teachers with 25+ years experience.
  • Learn to teach with safety, skill, and confidence.

You will explore Vinyasa flow, Hatha, and Restorative yoga through an anatomy-informed alignment system. You will learn modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors and those with injuries.

Soma Yoga Institute's therapeutic perspective explores yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, personal empowerment, and total well being. They combine modern day biomechanics and research-driven science with ancient teachings.

You will leave with an understanding of anatomy, alignment, and modifications to keep your body safe for a lifetime of practice. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels of Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, and senior, gentle, and Restorative yoga.

What you'll learn in the Costa Rica yoga teacher training

This teacher training offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for holistic health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Soma Yoga Institute's curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based Vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha yoga, and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.

The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, yoga anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear, anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in yoga poses.

Students will get to explore yoga's ancient knowledge and concepts from yogic philosophy including Ayurveda, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and well-being.

The physical practice emphasis includes Hatha and Vinyasa yoga offered through a lens of biomechanically sound and anatomy-informed alignment. Expect both mindful Vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. You will practice physical postures from all categories of poses, including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated, and prone.

Variations for all levels of practitioners will be provided in yoga practice, as all abilities and all bodies are welcome to attend. Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students will be exposed to frameworks that inspire each yoga teacher to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity, and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.

Graduates of this program will feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels of Vinyasa flow yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative.

Curriculum highlights:

  • Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance
  • A solid foundation in classical Hatha yoga - including alignment-based Vinyasa flow and Restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework
  • An anatomy and biomechanically-informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe
  • Variations and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, trauma-sensitive, and those with injuries
  • Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population.
  • Explore breathwork, mantra, and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life.
  • Gain insights into your (true) nature through the ancient wisdom of yoga and its philosophy.
  • Business of yoga training module - develop your vision and create a successful future
  • Share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way.
  • Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment.
  • Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Oceanside morning meditation sessions, pranayama, and gentle movement
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Techniques, pose study, or teaching methodology
  • 10:00 Yoga practice - active practice includes alignment-based mindful Vinyasa flow and Hatha
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Sequencing, yoga anatomy, practice teaching
  • 15:00 Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or yoga Nidra
  • 16:00 Afternoon break to rest, swim, or take in the amazing sunsets of Costa Rica
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening session - yoga philosophy and group discussion

Instructors

Liz Heffernan

Peggy Profant

Location

Located away from the popular hustle and bustle of tourist beaches, Salvatierra guarantees their guests a true retreat experience for living the yogic lifestyle and the possibility of immersing in unspoiled oceanside beauty.

There are no hotels or facilities other than private residences on Costa de Oro beach and the premise is set on a wonderful long flat gold sandy beach interrupted by river estuaries. You can enjoy world-class surfing as well as kayaking and bird watching in the mangrove, horseback riding and hiking to waterfalls, stargazing into the dark sky, and much more.

In short, it is a nature lover's paradise and the perfect location for a deep immersion into yoga away from the distractions of your busy world.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wave boarding
  • Zip lining

General

  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

At Salvatierra in Costa Rica, the cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced and organic when possible. Most meals include fresh tropical fruits and vegetables that are organically produced on the Salvatierra farm.

When purchasing outside of the estate, the chefs always privilege local organic products. Therefore, by buying locally, Salvatierra is helping the local Costa Rican community.

Vegetarian meals, vegan options, gluten-free alternatives, and seafood options are provided to all students and included in the price of tuition. Students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let Soma Yoga Institute know in advance as they will do their best to accommodate them.

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
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • 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)

On your off time or for day off, adventures you can enjoy include swimming in the warm Pacific Ocean, world-class surfing, beginner surf lessons, kayaking, bird watching, horseback riding, and hiking to waterfalls, stargazing into the dark sky, and much more. In short, it is a nature lover's paradise.

What's included

  • Certificate of completion
  • Yoga teacher training tuition
  • Instruction from world class C-IAYT yoga therapists / E-RYT 500 instructors with over 25 years of experience
  • A comprehensive 250-page yoga teacher training manual
  • Business of yoga curriculum to help you design the teaching career of your dreams
  • 6-month access to Soma Yoga Institute's 200-hour online yoga teacher training content, an essential resource to support you as you move out into the world of teaching yoga
  • As needed mentoring after the program ends
  • Daily room cleaning, as needed towel changes, and weekly sheet changes
  • 1 load of laundry per week washed and dried for you
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious and healthy meals per day prepared for you with love
  • Afternoon smoothies and snacks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Spa treatments
  • Excursions
  • Discounted shuttle service from the airport
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport on the group shuttle is provided for a reduced fee (specified times only).

From Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR)

Arrange to fly to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the airport at 15:30 on arrival day and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 09:00 on departure day. The shuttle from Liberia to Salvatierra Retreat takes approximately three hours. The group shuttle charge is 75 USD per person each way.

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Arrange to fly to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the Adventure Inn (15 minutes from the airport) in San Jose at 10:00 on arrival day and returns departing Salvatierra Retreat at 07:00 on departure day for flights leaving after 15:00. Shuttle from San Jose to Salvatierra Retreat takes approximately five hours. The group shuttle charge is 100 USD per person each way.

The Adventure Inn is a great place for the first night with free airport shuttles if you are a guest and a large breakfast included in the price. You may book a room directly with them. The shuttle will depart directly from this hotel and on the return take you directly to the SJO airport.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$ 75 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría 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 30 days before arrival.
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