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21 Days 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

This yoga instructor certification program draws from many traditions and emphasizes more than the physical practice of yoga. You will explore, and experience classical Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, the importance of ritual, the magic of mantra, philosophy from the yoga sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha yoga Pradipika, awareness of the subtle energies within and around you, and a deep connection to nature. Investing in this yoga teacher training certification program is a life enriching experience.

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  • Daily yoga practices
  • 2 daily training sessions
  • Daily morning meditation sessions
  • Group excursion to Santa Teresa or Montezuma
  • 3 daily gourmet organic meals
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Jungle wellness ritual


21 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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The Sanctuary at Two Rivers yoga retreat and yoga teacher training center in Costa Rica can accommodate up to 16 individuals. It offers two types of eco-chic accommodations: jungle lofts and studio houses. Each type has its own unique qualities, size, bed options, and layout. All houses are set amongst picturesque tropical gardens with observation decks, hammocks and wonderful jungle vistas. They are powered by high-tech solar power system, have green lighting, spectacular outdoor solar hot water showers with garden views, ceiling fans, and screened in walls giving you an up-close and intimate experience with nature.

You will be staying in the jungle lofts. The lofts are sensitively green-designed to harmonize within the natural environment, providing a comfortable up-close and very personal experience with nature. Each of the six jungle lofts at The Sanctuary places each guest at eye level with the forest canopy and her passing monkeys, singing tropical birds, and scented floral trees. Plenty of room to perch yourself on a hammock at canopy eye level with your favorite book, a pair of binoculars, digital camera and a glass of fresh mountain spring water. Screened-in open-faced walls allow for vintage viewing, excellent ventilation, and pleasurable sun and moonlight. Refreshingly cool slate stone supports the ambiance to relax, recharge, and reconnect.

Upstairs in the bedroom mezzanine, guest beds have an unencumbered view to the jungle. In the spacious bathroom, and private dressing area there is ample sink shelf space for each guest. And right outside is a tropical garden view solar hot water shower with great pressure, and wide showerhead. All of these jungle lofts are of a townhouse design with two lofts side-by-side. Each accommodates two individuals; each guest in a single twin bed, or combined to form a king bed.


Your asana practice will be Hatha Vinyasa, meaning the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement. You will gain an understanding of proper alignment for over 108 asana, sun salutations for all levels, creative and smart sequencing, core based strength exercises, enhancing postures with hands-on adjustments, how to incorporate music into a class, how to use props, and how to work with special populations. The program is created on a three week schedule to allow for some unstructured free time over the weekends so you can explore the nearby beaches, waterfalls, and hiking trails; or simply relax in a hammock or by the pool while catching up on reading and writing.

Sample day

Monday to Friday

  • 06:00 Morning sadhana: yoga, meditation, pranayama and discussion of the practice
  • 09:00 Organic breakfast
  • 11:00 Training session
  • 14:00 Organic lunch
  • 16:00 Training session
  • 19:00 Organic dinner

Techniques and training

  • Sadhana, includes meditation, pranayama, yoga, Bhakti dance and dhuni
  • Posture clinic, break down of each asana and how to teach it
  • Asana families
  • Sequencing, intelligent and creative
  • Pranayama, benefits, contraindications and teaching techniques
  • Mantra and chanting

Teaching methodology

  • Effective assisting, enhancing the asana
  • Dynamic use of language
  • Intention setting and themes
  • Music
  • Voice as an instrument, tone and tempo
  • Yoga in the world today, styles and lineage
  • Qualities of a good teacher
  • Business of yoga, marketing and social media
  • Options for certified yoga instructors

Anatomy and physiology

  • Physical body
  • Subtle body including chakra system, nadis, koshas, granthis
  • Getting out of the head and into the body, awakening intuition, thinking versus sensing

Philosophy, lifestyle and ethics

  • Patanjali
  • Eight limbs of yoga
  • Yamas and niyamas
  • Yoga sutras
  • Yoga versus Hinduism
  • Art of ritual
  • Dhuni fire ceremony
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and the five elements
  • The three gunas
  • Five rhythms
  • Karma yoga, being of service, giving back, and making the world a better place
  • Yoga Alliance code of ethics


  • Posture clinic and practice teaching- students will be teaching asana, pranayama, and chanting with partners and in groups, openly giving and receiving feedback
  • Each student must create and teach a 30 minute class to be critiqued by instructors and peers

Required text books

  • Teaching yoga by Mark Stephens
  • Yoga anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (second edition)
  • The heart of yoga by TKV Desikachar
  • The yoga sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda

Included excursions

Two group excursions for relaxation to Montezuma or Santa Teresa, charming Costa Rican beach towns are included in the price of this retreat.


Liz Lindh


This wildlife and yoga retreat sanctuary is perched 1000 yards slightly above the Pacific Ocean in Cabuya at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, which is one of only five Blue Zones in the entire world by having a large concentration of centenarians living in the area.

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers gets its name from the centers land beginning at the junction of two rivers. In ancient India this was called a Sangama. This point is revered as an auspicious place to build temples and ashrams because of the positive energy that literally flows over, around, and through this matrix of topography. Furthermore, set amongst hundreds of uninhabited tropical-dry forest acres, their privately secluded property of forty acres encloses manicured tropical gardens and Jurassic jungle, making it ideal for both inner and outer exploration. Thats nearly three acres of Earth per guest to enjoy, enliven and enlighten.

The guests will be introduced to the bountiful gifts of Mother Nature from the moment of their arrival as they walk from the car park for 15 minutes over jungle and river paths to reach the grounds of The Sanctuary. Nestled between two rivers with waterfalls that flow year round, their private park is home to countless species of flora and fauna; including exotic mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians that are common to Central America. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers yoga retreat and yoga teacher training center's fortunate geography allows for a mild, nearly mosquito-free climate with cool refreshing breezes cascading throughout the rolling grounds, making one's stay remarkably comfortable even when beach temperatures are soaring.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 30 minutes walk
  • Cabo Blanco National Nature Preserve - 2 miles


Artistic, gourmet vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free cuisine comprises one of the pillars that supports, nourishes, detoxes, and cleanses you. A talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable tropical fusion vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the worlds greatest cuisines. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs and spices.

The chef supplies each meal's protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers only uses whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, The Sanctuary at Two Rivers freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to the dining experience. Overall, this type of dining experience will not only produce a more lively and healthy body and mind but is also the most environmentally friendly. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers meals are well balanced and prepared with love and they procure and serve all organic produce from local Costa Rican family farms. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)


One of the most economical and rewarding excursions is a walk from The Sanctuary to where the river meets the sea. Once there, you can swim in the estuary or start combing the beach for exotic seeds, shells and wood pieces. Take an occasional dip or float in the ocean to cool off then casually make your way back to plunge the fresh waterfalls.

Cabo Blanco National Park

The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve was the first National Park to be established in Costa Rica. You can see hundreds of plant species, all kinds of wildlife, including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, anteaters and the long-tailed coati.

Local art and artisans

The neighboring town, Montezuma, boasts an artisan lined street set in a cozy cove in front of the Pacific Ocean. This is a great 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. excursion. You can get a fresh tropical juice, smoothie, ice cream, gelato, pizza, and more while you shop for gifts for you and your loved ones.

Local dining

  • If your group is interested in foregoing one The Sanctuarys exquisite dining experiences there are several options to choose from in Montezuma

Local river hiking

Without leaving your amazing nature reserve, there are several rivers with hidden swimming holes and secluded spectacular waterfalls for you to explore. You can hike up river for 45 minutes to discover a magical lagoon or hike down stream for 30 minutes to the Rio Lajas estuary, and rocky shore. The rivers change with the seasons, so whenever you visit there will be new surprises, and natural delights for you.

Surfboard rentals and surfing instruction

  • Montezuma has a surf shop with several surfboard and boogie board rental places. Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, or Santa Teresa has an abundance of options.

Surfing, body surfing, and beachcombing

Costa Rica is known as one of the world's premier surfing destinations. There are several good surfing spots very close to The Sanctuary. It is best to arrange boards to be delivered and picked up at your surfing spot. You can walk five minutes across the street of the front gate to the Rio Lajas break and also continue down the beach 15 minutes to the Los Cedros break. A 15-minute taxi ride will get you to the Montezuma breaks near Playa Grande and 30 minutes to Play Carmen, MalPais, and St. Teresa.

Tortuga Island boat trip, snorkeling, and barbecue lunch

This full-day excursion starts with a panga boat ride from the beach in Montezuma up the Nicoya Bay where you will view the beautiful coastline from the sea. You might see some whales and dolphins along the way. Once at Tortuga Island you will enjoy incredible snorkeling in the blue Pacific Ocean, followed by a very tasty barbecue lunch. Enjoy the white sand beach were you can play volleyball, sun tan, or just relax.

Waterfall wellness ritual

It is a sanctuary experience consisting of a two-hour empowering adventure right on the property. Includes a full body cleansing, and exfoliating treatment using indigenous fruits, flowers, oils and herbs, a guided river hike, meditation, waterfall plunge, and healing abhyanga (self massage with jungle flower infused fresh-pressed coconut oil). This fun and unique ritual is designed to assist in the growth, and transformation process that naturally happens while on this retreat by cultivating clarity, intention, release, creativity, and friendship.

Waterfall zip-line canopy tours

The zip-line excursion in Montezuma consists of a series of nine cables and 13 platforms that are suspended high above the forest floor. While zipping through the canopy you will see a number of plants and animals unique to Costa Rica, possibly including howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, iguanas, and much more. During the tour you will stop at the famous Montezuma waterfalls where you can take pictures and go for a swim or swing from a rope, and jump into the deep pools carved by the cascading waters.

Spa treatments

A jungle wellness ritual is included in the price of this retreat. It is treatment using indigenous flowers, herbs, minerals and oils.

Other wellness services at The Sanctuary of Two Rivers spa are available, and are the perfect body-mind-soul compliment to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. Whether you are looking for deep relaxation, decadent pampering, or therapeutic healing work, they will customize the ideal treatment plan for you.


Beauty ritual and acupuncture

Healthy lifestyle and Holistic nutrition coaching

Head, neck, and shoulders massage

Sanctuary beauty ritual

Therapeutic massage

What's included

  • 3 gourmet organic plant-based meals every day
  • 5 times filtered high vibration pristine mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Daily house keeping
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Endless amounts of hiking and swimming in the waterfalls and along the rivers
  • Group excursion to Santa Teresa, a charming Costa Rican beach town
  • Jungle alchemy dance experience
  • Jungle wellness ritual
  • Over 217 contact classroom hours
  • Retreat taxes
  • Round-trip transportation to Montezuma or Santa Teresa
  • Training manual
  • Unlimited self-serve Costa Rican coffee, an assortment of teas, organic granola bars and fruits to snack on
  • Weekly laundry service

What's not included

  • Airport fees in Costa Rica or your departing country
  • Optional excursions: zip-lining, surfing lessons, snorkeling
  • Required textbooks and supplies (notebook, pen, etc.)
  • Retreat staff gratuity (10 USD per night)
  • Roundtrip airfare from departing country to and from Costa Rica
  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers
  • Travel insurance, if desired
  • Yoga Alliance membership fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers local airstrip in Tambor, Costa Rica is only a quick 25-minute flight from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). All guests must arrive at The Sanctuary no later than 4:00 pm on arrival day; please schedule your travel accordingly.

Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is the most convenient airport to The Sanctuary. Frequent international flights are available at this modern airport. For your travel, plan at least two hours between local air and international travel.

Two local airlines offer scheduled flights and charter services to Tambor airstrip. The flight time is 25 minutes. Check for flights on either Sansa Airlines which is a five-minute walk from the exit of the International Airport or Nature Air which now departs from inside the International Airport terminal but you must clear Immigration and Customs first and then re-enter the building upstairs and check-in at their counter. Please allow at least one and a half hours from your international arrival time in order to clear Immigration and Customs and to check-in for the domestic flight.

Arrival by taxi / ferry

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers | Liz Lindh can pre-arrange land transportation (additional cost) from San Jose directly to The Sanctuary via roads and a ferry that crosses Nicoya Bay to the Nicoya Peninsula. This might be economical for a large group and is approximately 5 hours.

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 60 days before arrival.
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