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18 Days 200-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Zen Spirit Yoga Resort 600 mts al sur de la entrada, Playa Costa de Oro, Provincia de Guanacaste, San Fransisco de Coyote, Bejuco, Nandayuré, Costa Rica

200-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Join this Yoga Alliance registered program which includes Vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, and the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health. This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. 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, senior, gentle, and Restorative yoga.

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Highlights

  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Oceanside Beach Meditation
  • Ayurveda, philosophy and Chakra study
  • Anatomy informed alignment principles, pranayama, meditation
  • Eligibility to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 upon completion
  • Vinyasa flow, restorative and alignment based Hatha yoga asana practices
  • A supportive community in which to study, thrive and grow
  • Group shuttle from airport for reduced rate
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 17 nights' accommodation

Styles


18 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 24
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$65 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$65 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Zen Spirit is a magical place that blends the rustic charm of nature with newly constructed modern amenities. The resort is just remote enough to transport you to a place where you can truly disconnect and immerse yourself in an environment of tranquil serenity for full relaxation and to reconnect with your inner spirit. Your only distractions become the cacophony of birds, frogs and crickets and the sounds of the crashing pulsing surf that both hypnotizes you to sleep and wakes you in synchronicity with the sunrise. Zen Spirit’s mission is to provide guests with a comfortable, peaceful environment, to experience healthy, sustainable living.

Program

This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. The 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, 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 principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in yoga poses.

Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali, and the chakra system as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing. The asana emphasis includes both level one and two alignments based Vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations.

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity, and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative.

The Costa Rica program is scheduled as an intensive program. While the program days are full, the activities of the day are kept diverse and active. The days really are a wonderful mix of digesting concepts intellectually, applying the concepts experientially, and diving into the practices of yoga.

Care is taken within the program schedule to ensure that students have a healthy experience both physically and mentally. They promise not to keep you sedentary for too long. There are physical activity and deep relaxation built into the program every day.

Daily schedule

Arrival day

  • 14:00 Check-in
  • 18:00 Group dinner
  • 19:15 Evening program

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 Meditation, pranayama, and gentle movement
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Yoga asana practice plus techniques or teaching methodology
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or yoga Nidra. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics, anatomy, and physiology, practice teaching
  • 16:00 Afternoon break
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 18:30 Evening session

Departure day

  • 06:00 Morning practice
  • 07:45 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Check-out

Please note that there will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore, rest, or catch up on your studies.

Instructors

  • August 4, 2019: Faculty, Liz Heffernan, Peggy Profant
  • December 1, 2019: Faculty, Liz Heffernan, Peggy Profant
  • January 5, 2020: Faculty, Liz Heffernan, Alison Scola
  • February 12, 2020: Peggy Profant, Sam Akers
  • August 5, 2020: Liz Heffernan, TBD
  • December 1, 2020: Peggy Profant, Sam Akers

Included excursions

There will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore the local area.

Instructors

Liz Heffernan

Peggy Profant

Samantha Akers

Alison Scola

Location

Zen Spirit is located about 14 km south of Punta Islita airport in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. It has been identified has one of the five blue zones on the planet. They are near Cabo Blanco National Park, Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve, Caletas Ario wildlife refuge. Therefore, while visiting the tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered tropical dry forest inhabitants, for example the black howler monkey, the white headed capuchin, tropical deer, macaws, eagles as well as sea turtles.

Located at the margin of the more popular hustle and bustle tourist beaches, Zen Spirit guarantees their guests a true retreat experience and the possibility to reconnect with their inner self. For instance, there are no hotels or facilities other than private residences on Costa de Oro beach. Because 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, star gazing into the dark sky and much more. In short, it is a nature lovers paradise.

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 Zen Spirit, the cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced, and organic when possible. Most of the fruits and vegetables are organically produced on the Zen Spirit’s farm. When purchasing outside of the estate, the chefs always privilege local organic products.

For instance, the chicken are raised naturally and the fish is provided by local fishermen. Therefore, by buying locally Zen Spirit is helping the community. In brief, it is a true farm to table experience. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives are offered and students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let us know in advance as well will do our best to accommodate them.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
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)

The beach at Playa Coyote offers swimming, surfing, and other water sport activities. Alternatively, there are horseback rides on the beach, mountain bike rentals, forest hikes, and wildlife watching. Walking along the beach or in the forest, you are likely to see howler and white-faced monkeys, iguanas, snakes, vultures, pelicans, and maybe even anteaters or a wild boar. Flamingos and frigate are often seen around the estuary, and at the rocky Punta Coyote there are several bat colony caves to explore.

On the southern side of Punta Coyote lies Playa Caletas, where you can see as many as 50 species of bird in a single day. Playa Caletas is also home to an important marine turtle rehabilitation area. Since 2002, the Costa Rican conservation organization, PRETOMA, has monitored and protected the Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Pacific Green turtles. Its project is run in collaboration with the local community and international volunteers, who monitor nesting activities, operate 'hatcheries' to safeguard the eggs, and help ensure the turtle babies make it safely to sea.

Relatively close by, just beyond the pretty beach resorts of Santa Teresa and Malpais, there are other important conservation projects. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve was Costa Rica's first National Park and reserve encompasses 1,272 hectares of primary and secondary moist tropical forest and 1700 hectares of surrounding ocean. It is home to hundreds of plant, animal, and bird species.

Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge is a new reserve, created around the limits of Cabo Blanco Park. It stretches to the southeast, towards the town of Paquera. On-going projects at the refuge include: the creation of a community Wildlife Refuge, extensive reforestation projects, a wildlife hospital, and an endangered species re-introduction program, for species such as the Scarlet Macaw, Great Green Macaw, Three-Toed Sloth, Spider Monkey, and Baird's Tapir. It is possible to visit the project from the small town of Cabuya, a gateway to both Reserves.

Possibilities for your day off include a range of hands on eco adventures including: zip lining adventures, one to one surf lessons, kayak adventures in the mangrove, turtle nesting tours, a hike to the waterfalls, butterfly farm tour, visit to the tourist towns of Santa Teresa and Malpais, visit to the nature reserves, and many other wonderful opportunities.

Spa services are available on site for an additional fee.

Spa treatments

Wonderful healing massages are available at an additional cost

What's included

  • 3 daily healthy and delicious meals
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher training instruction
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200 upon completion
  • Group transportation from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) on scheduled shuttle for a reduced rate (there is a small fee for this)
  • Use of the hotel facilities
  • Comprehensive 200 page yoga teacher training manual
  • Day off to explore surrounding area

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • A reduced fee offered for a group shuttle to the retreat from the major airports SJO or LIR
  • Spa treatments
  • Excursions

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 Quirós International Airport (LIR)

Arrange to fly into the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the airport at 3:30 p.m. on January 5 and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 2:30 p.m. on January 22. Shuttle from Liberia to Zen Spirit takes approximately 3 hours. The group shuttle charge is 65 USD per person each way.

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Arrange to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the Adventure Inn (near the airport) in San Jose at 6:30 a.m. on January 5 and returns departing Zen Spirit at 5:30 a.m. on January 22.

Students are encouraged to arrive at least one day prior and may book flights departing Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) after 3:30 p.m. on January 22. If you prefer to be picked up from the airport directly, we will be arranging for your pickup at 6 a.m. exactly on January 5.

The group shuttle to Zen Spirit takes a minimum of 5 hours each way. The group shuttle charge is 65 USD per person each way. Optional Housing in San Jose on January 4. For your convenience, we have arranged single and shared room options at the Adventure Inn on the night of January 4.

The Adventure Inn is a great place for the first night with free airport shuttles and a large breakfast included in the price, a pool and clean rooms. In each room, you will have your own bed and be paired with roommates who are part of our yoga teacher training. The shuttle will depart directly from this hotel. Single room is 99 USD, double room 61 USD, triple room 48 USD, and a quad room at 41 USD.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$65 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$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

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