Heart Thread Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Costa Rica

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Like a tree with branches and leaves you are connected to something bigger. You can all be individuals, yet still part of the whole. Heart Thread Yoga’s 200-hour yoga alliance certified training is focused on bringing you deeper into your authentic yoga experience. This goes beyond the physical asana practice to exploring the traditional eight limbs of yoga with a modern twist. Influenced by Vinyasa Flow yoga, the roots of Heart Thread Yoga’s training are based in curiosity, compassion, and expansion.

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  • All group activities
  • Intro to the basics of Ayurveda
  • Learn yoga postures and breathwork
  • Learn yogic philosophy and how it applies to the modern lives
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Learn the right teaching methodologies
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Daily homemade meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


21 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaria International Airport
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Tour assistance

During this training, you will be staying at Vida Asana Yoga School in a shared room with maximum of three people.



  • Free choice
  • Inquiry
  • Exploration
  • Intrigue beginner’s mind
  • Quality over quantity
  • Passion non-mechanical
  • Interest
  • Effort and ease


  • Non-judgment
  • Love
  • Surrender
  • Acceptance release
  • Will and surrender
  • Whole-hearted allowing
  • Kindness
  • Assuming the best


  • Growth
  • Empowerment
  • Sensitivity
  • Edge
  • Creating space
  • Presence
  • Attention
  • Witness
  • Proactive vs. Reactive
  • Balance

What will you learn? What are the benefits?

The Tibetan book of living and dying

  • Confidence through practice teaching
  • Teaching methodology, including a discussion panel with successful yoga teachers about teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student learning process, group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • Exploration through the lens of curiosity, compassion, and expansion of the eight limbs of yoga
  • The art and science of sequencing a yoga class
  • Various specific modules including teaching prenatal yoga, Restorative yoga, and yoga for beginners
  • How do your thoughts/words/actions affect your body
  • Intro to the basics of Ayurveda
  • Feel confident teaching and sharing yoga from your unique perspective
  • Experience the growth and depth of your practice over four months, as you expand your understanding of yoga and yourself
  • Yoga postures (asana): supportive alignment, benefits, potential risks, including modifications for various body types, levels, and abilities
  • Yogic breath work (pranayama) and meditation practices to deepen self-knowledge and move toward heightened vitality and health
  • Anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology through both lecture and experiential practice
  • Hands on adjustments - The art of compassionate and supportive touch
  • Conscious communication skills for teaching, as well as living off the mat
  • Energetic anatomy
  • Yogic philosophy and how it applies to the modern lives
  • Co-create a safe circle for sharing and reflection with other yogis
  • Learn valuable skills for better interpersonal communication, coping with stress, speaking to a group, and maintaining a positive outlook
  • A foundation to expand upon with confidence and freedom

This training is about going deeper into your yoga practice, and into your life. It’s about unearthing and developing the tools to live your authentic life. It’s about taking your yoga practice and applying it in the day to day grind.

It’s about finding your voice, practicing clear communication, and becoming a yoga teacher even if you never teach in a class setting, you are still sharing the gift of yoga through your daily interactions with the world.

Application requirements:

  • 500 USD applied towards tuition after acceptance into the training (if you are not accepted into the training at this time, you will receive a full refund)
  • 25 USD application fee (non-refundable)
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Please answer all questions authentically, Vida Asana Yoga Retreat is not looking for the good answer or the one you perceive as “correct” - they want to get to know you!

Program requirements

  • You must have a consistent yoga asana practice for 1.5-2 years
  • If you haven’t practiced with Rachel before, she would like to meet you! If you are able to come to one of her public yoga classes in Ithaca, New York, that would be great. If you’re not in the Ithaca area, let’s set up a face time/skype date
  • You must commit to yourself and the work that you are doing to go deeper into your practice and your life! This means attendance at ALL program sessions, completion of all homework assignments, completion of all tests/quizzes, completion of your final teaching sequence, and more
  • Please talk to Rachel in advance about any scheduling conflicts - accommodations are not guaranteed, and Vida Asana Yoga Retreat also understand that “life happens”

Acceptance and certification

  • Vida Asana Yoga Retreat will let you know within two weeks of your application if you have been accepted into the program
  • After acceptance, Vida Asana Yoga Retreat will work with you to set up your final payment
  • Upon graduation and completion of all the training requirements, you will be a yoga teacher and will receive an official 200-hr Yoga Teacher certificate. You can then register with Yoga Alliance if you would like to


Rachel VerValin
Rachel originally came to the mat in 2002 during her undergrad years at Rochester Institute of Technology because it was an incredible workout. Rachel has a love for travel, and every new place she visits, she tries out the local yoga class. She has practiced with Anusara, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Svaroopa, and Vinyasa teachers all over the country. She created Heart Thread Yoga in May 2014. Rachel has led five successful yoga retreats in Costa Rica and the Finger Lakes Wine region. She is super excited to be sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with her teacher trainees.


Vida Asana is tucked away in the rainforest, less than a mile from the beach, and blends perfectly with the jungle environment of Playa Hermosa. This location allows you to enjoy some wide range of activities and to venture of the property.


  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 90 minutes
  • The beach towns of Jaco and Manuel Antonio, about 90 minutes south of San Jose (SJO) airport


During this training, you will be served three delicious homemade meals daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious homemade meals per day
  • All group activities (hikes, Temascal, ceremonies)
  • All ground transportation to/from group activities (including roundtrip airport shuttle to airport)
  • Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher certification

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Vida Asana Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

The bus which is a great option is very much recommended for you to reach the retreat location. The service costs only about 10 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

The shuttle service available to the retreat location costs for about 35 USD.

Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaria International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 16 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday December 1, 2018
Departure: Saturday December 22, 2018

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