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Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Whether you are interested in learning to teach yoga or simply deepen your own practice, expand your self-awareness, and transform your life, this yoga teacher training is committed to the personal success of every participant. The participants will be immersed in a program rich in the full spectrum of all that is yoga: vibrant, purposeful, authentic, conscious, joyful, balanced, sacred, spiritual, and transformative.

Meet the instructors

Willis & Deborah
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  • Daily yoga practices
  • Yoga history and philosophy classes
  • Asana studies including proper alignment AP
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon successful completion
  • Daily healthy organic meals
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • All training manuals
  • Airport transfer


15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Iguana Lodge is a cool, contemporary tropical beachfront resort in the remote jungles of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. For years, Iguana Lodge has been providing exceptional accommodations, service, and lifetime memories to thousands of guests from around the world.

Wherever you choose to kick off your flip flops, Iguana Lodge has awesome lodging options. From a romantic getaway, to a family holiday or yoga retreat, Iguana Lodge can cater to your accommodation needs. Solo travelers, honeymooners, and large wedding parties rave about staying at Iguana Lodge too. All accommodations are located on the gorgeous, six mile long deserted sand beach.

Throughout the 15-acre property, enjoy balconies, terraces, palapas, arbors, outdoor garden rooms, and ever present hammocks and deck chairs - all the better to enjoy the view, the wildlife, and your life. Iguana Lodge is about nature and peaceful co-existence. There are neither televisions nor air-conditioning. However, there is an awesome experience in the jungle on the beach.

During the course, you will be staying in a private room.


This training will have you ready to teach in the most popular and in-demand styles of yoga: Vinyasa, Yin, and a bit of Hatha. You will learn to develop your own sequences based on the needs of your students and based on what is authentic to you. You will have the foundation to lead others confidently, knowledgeable, and safely. The styles that will be practiced during the training are Vinyasa (flow), Hatha (traditional), Yin, and yoga Nidra.


  • Study of asana (proper alignment, benefits, modifications, and contra-indications)
  • Principles of anatomy
  • Exploration of pranayama, meditation, bhandas, and mantras
  • Art of sequencing classes
  • Hands-on assists and use of props
  • Inversions and arm balances
  • Chakras, energy healing, and Ayurveda
  • Cultivating your voice
  • Confidence - building through practice teaching
  • Basic overview of yoga for pregnant woman and larger bodies, and yoga for PTSD
  • Yoga history and philosophy
  • Sanskrit and English names of asanas
  • The business of yoga and ethics


To join this course, you need to at least have one to two years of personal yoga practice. Be open-minded. Arrive with a willing heart and desire to move towards a life of a yogi! You must be present in body, mind, and spirit!

Read as much as you can about yoga philosophy, history, and various styles of yoga. Try different classes from a variety of instructors in different venues as possible.


At the end of the course, students that fulfill all the requirements will receive a 200-hour certification of yoga training recognized internationally by the Yoga Alliance.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:00 Mudra mantra, pranayama, and asana practice
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Lecture
  • 13:00 Lunch and break
  • 14:00 Lecture
  • 16:00 Practice
  • 19:00 Dinner


Willis Johnson
An Oklahoma native, Willis has made cities such as New York and Las Vegas his home, performing as a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera and Cirque du Soleil. Through the stressful and sometimes painful life as a dancer, Willis found yoga to be the most beneficial compliment, both mentally and physically, to dance. His relationship with yoga has since deepened throughout his years of practice.
Deborah Krejci
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
After several significant injuries, Debbie turned to yoga and Pilates for rehabilitation. Gaining her ERYT-200 and Advanced RYT-500 signifies Debbie's commitment to yoga. She is also a Yoga Alliance CE provider. Some of her teachers include Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Ellen De Jonge, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Yogi Hari. Debbie's experience, light-hearted approach, and clear instruction enable students of all levels to find ease and joy in their practice of yoga. Debbie also holds certifications in Pilates, personal training, and Thai foot massage. She specializes in a gentle-ish Vinyasa and Yin.


This yoga teacher training is held at the beautiful Iguana Lodge, located in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

The Osa Peninsula is one of the last frontiers, so says National Geographic. It has a world famous jungle, is one of the most bio-diverse locations on earth, and is truly remote. Much of the Osa Peninsula is only accessible by foot, horse, or boat, and is not served by utility companies.

Puerto Jimenez is the gateway to the Osa Peninsula and is easy to get to from San Jose. During the high season, there are eight or more flights a day. The airport is about ten minutes from your lodge.

Puerto Jimenez has several restaurants, bars, simple shops, several bank, two internet cafes, a public library with both English and Spanish books, and the ubiquitous Latin American soccer field, where large flocks of scarlet macaws appear almost every afternoon.

There is a medical clinic, and a couple souvenir shops, as well as a local art gallery, jewelry store, hardware store, discotheque, and several grocery stores.

Nearby places

  • San Jose, 200 miles - 8-hour drive
  • Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) - 10 minutes


Three daily healthy organic meals are included in your package. You may bring some snacks if you think you may want them. The restaurant is open daily for many yummy items.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
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)

Corcovado National Park is nearby! Please plan a few extra days for some fun in the sun!

What's included

  • 3 daily healthy meals
  • 14 night accommodation
  • Eligibility to register for Yoga Alliance certification upon successful completion of the training
  • Manual provided
  • Top-notch YTT 200 and AYTT 300

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Costa Rica departure tax
  • Ground transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Yoga books for studies

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). It is recommended that the arrival at the Iguana Lodge is no later than three p.m. the day the training starts (August 23, 2018 at four p.m.). Making up hours with this tight schedule is almost impossible, so please arrive early. Possibly even arriving a full day early at your own expense. You are advised to spend the night in San Jose and take a domestic flight the next morning to arrive at Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). Transfer from and to this airport is included. A taxi arranged by Iguana Lodge will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

If you prefer to take a public transportation, there is daily bus service leaving from San Jose (Barrio Mexico) to Puerto Jimenez and vice versa. The bus ride takes approximately nine hours from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez and costs approximately eight USD per person each way.

Schedules vary based on seasons. There are generally two bus trips a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 46 days before arrival.
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