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13 Day 200hr 'Accessible' Yoga Teacher Training with Focus on Teaching Beginners in Costa Rica

Malayka Retreat Center, Playa Bejuco, Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Learn to Teach Yoga to Every Body

Join Crystal Gray, international yoga teacher, retreat leader, and bestselling author, in this 13-day yoga teacher training in beautiful Costa Rica. Crystal has been to Costa Rica many times and once she discovered this exclusive retreat center, she knew it was the perfect place to lead retreats and her yoga teacher training. This training will also have an emphasis on teaching yoga to people of different ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities, which will set you apart from so many other teachers. A lot of the people that take her training don't consider themselves the 'typical' yogi. They may be a little curvier, older, less flexible than those yogis you see on social media. She will teach you how to use this to your advantage instead of seeing it as a disadvantage because it will actually really help you get students.

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  • Daily yoga teacher training and meditation sessions
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Gain a deep understanding of how to sequence, plan, and teach classes
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how to teach students with varying abilities
  • Daily trip to local beach and trip to Samara
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals included on-site
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


13 days with instruction
Group size: 9-20 participants
Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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You will be accommodated in Hilton Garden Inn on the first night (not included in the price) and Malayka Retreat Center.

Malayka Retreat Center

You will be accommodated in apartments and bungalows. There are three pools to choose from but the most beautiful is up at the highest villa and has a beautiful view of the ocean! Open for all to use.

Apartments 1 and 2

The apartments have two bedrooms, one with two single beds and the other one with one double bed. The apartments have a living room and a common area/pool for two apartments.

  • Room 1 - 1 double bed (single occupancy or couple)
  • Room 2 - 2 single beds (double occupancy)
  • One private bathroom in each house


All rooms in the bungalows are similar to each other.

Bungalow 1

  • Room 1 and 2 - 1 single bed (single occupancy)
  • Room 3 - 1 double bed and one single bed (double occupancy)
  • Room 4 - 1 double bed (single occupancy or couple)
  • Each room has a shared bathroom with 1-2 other people

Bungalow 2

  • Room 1 and 2 - 2 single beds (double occupancy)
  • Each has its own bathroom


In this yoga teacher training, you'll gain amazing confidence, become part of a tribe, and learn the skills you need to teach inspiring yoga classes to all types of students and that leave will them feeling great.

You'll learn how to cue effectively, modify poses, sequence and plan classes, talk about proper alignment, and find your niche.

Yoga is for everyone and everybody.

You don't need to be stick thin, young, or flexible to do or teach yoga. Crystal is on a mission to guide new yoga teachers, just like you, so the power of yoga reaches everyone.

Not only will you learn how to be a unique and highly knowledgeable yoga teacher, but you'll also discover so much about yourself and your practice. You'll grow in ways you didn't know was possible! Crystal will show you how to become the woman you were born to be.

If you've been searching for something to change your life, this is it. Your future awaits in Costa Rica.


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


Each day you'll enjoy a nice, long morning yoga practice designed to help you feel the benefits of yoga in your own body so you can more deeply help your students. Delicious, nourishing food will be served throughout the day to keep you at optimal wellness for learning and practicing. After breakfast, you'll dive into the manual then get into a few poses each day which you'll then start practicing teaching right away to build confidence and find your voice.

After lunch, the heat is in full effect. Take this time to take a dip in the pool, hang out in the treehouse shala, or take a nap. Follow that up with some coffee then digging into your assigned reading homework in the comfort of your own air-conditioned room or by the pool.

After working hard all day, you'll head down to the beach. There's nothing better than finishing off the day with warm waves running over your tired body! It really washes away any stress from the day. Head back to the retreat center, shower up and it's time for a beautiful dinner followed by finishing up some homework either solo or with a group. You'll be sure to sleep well after that!

In this training, you'll get way more than you ever thought possible. You'll not only learn so much more about your personal practice and how to teach yoga extremely well, but you'll also uncover a lot of what is holding you back from really stepping into your full potential. This is an investment in you and your growth, not just a certificate.

The main style of yoga that will be taught is vinyasa yoga with special attention for teaching beginning students. Gentle and hatha yoga will also be taught.

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga has many benefits. The major one is that it gives the body and mind an opportunity to completely relax. This is important as you are always going, going, going - spending a lot of your time in 'fight or flight' mode. When your bodies have the chance to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, it can heal. Restorative yoga is an amazing class on its own or a great way to end a more physical practice.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Meditation and asana practice
  • 07:30 Sequencing
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Manual
  • 11:30 Pose breakdown and practice teaching
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Self-study
  • 15:30 Restorative yoga
  • 16:30 Beach
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Self-study

Difficulty levels

All levels welcome. You do not need to be able to do advanced poses to be in this training. You must have a willingness to learn the course material.

Included excursions

Trip to Samara

Together, the group will take off for an afternoon of exploration in a local town. Try out the local cuisine, shop, or stroll on the beach!

  • Choice of activity in Samara such as zip-lining, horseback riding, or just shopping at the local pop-ups
  • *Daily trip to the beach (10-minute drive)

It's almost like your own secluded beach with very few people and beautiful location and sunsets!


Crystal Gray


Set in the jungle, Malayka Retreat Center looks over the ocean. You get the best of both worlds here! Listen to the howler monkeys during morning yoga and meditation then explore the beach during the daily trip to the beach to end the day. Secluded but not isolated, you'll feel just far enough away from it all at the stunning location. The group will take one afternoon to explore the nearby hidden gem of a town, Samara, where you'll dine and have time to shop for souvenirs and presents.



  • Kayaking
  • Zip lining


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Hammock
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


All meals are mainly vegetarian with gluten free options. They are all made from whole foods, not processed. If you need meat or eggs, they can be added some in the menu. Please contact Yoga Goddess Academy for arrangements. It's no problem. Water on the property is safe to drink and plentiful. The group will stop at a grocery store on the way to the retreat center where you can purchase extra snacks if needed though it's not necessary. You will be well fed!

  • 05:30 Fruit and coffee
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Fruit and coffee
  • 19:00 Dinner and dessert

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

Due to the nature of this program, there isn't a lot of free, unscheduled time for off-site excursions though some are built in and included in the price.

What's included

  • Daily yoga teacher training
  • Accommodation at Malayka Retreat Center
  • Ground transportation to Hilton Garden Inn from the airport
  • Ground transportation to Malayka Retreat Center from Hilton Garden Inn
  • Ground transportation for all activities off-site
  • Ground transportation to the airport for return flight
  • All meals on the property (3 per day plus fresh fruit and coffee)
  • Towels
  • Daily trips to the beach
  • Laundry services
  • All classes
  • PDF of manual
  • Trip to Samara
  • Waterfall hke
  • Dependable Wi-Fi
  • Maid service
  • Swimming pools
  • Air conditioning
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance
  • 12 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • First night's stay at the Hilton Garden Inn near Liberia airport
  • Any expenses incurred during the first night's stay

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Yoga Goddess Academy highly suggests that you reserve a room at the LIR Hilton Garden Inn for the night before the training begins. You will fly into Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), then catch a free shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn.

The team usually meet up that evening near the pool for a casual "meet and greet". Next, we'll meet in the hotel lobby at 9 a.m. on the first day of the training. We will then head to the retreat center on the free shuttle.

Book a flight for after 1 pm on the last day of the training.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 30 days before arrival.

Value for money
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14 days / 13 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 9 participants


Arrival: Sunday June 13, 2021
Departure: Saturday June 26, 2021

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