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30 Days 300-hour Shiksha Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

San Antonio de Escazu, Costa Rica

300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Live the yogic lifestyle while you delve deeper into your understanding of the yoga foundational teachings found in the Bhagavad Gita and the Sutras of Patanjali and Sage Thiramoolar. This advanced 300-hour YTT will help you gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to use a holistic yoga practice in varied health and wellness venues, teaching opportunities and for your own personal practice. The unique program offers equine therapy to all students to help them stay centered and grounded throughout their experience. This program is for students who have prior yoga teacher training experience. The course is registered with Yoga Alliance as the advanced 300 hours of yoga teacher training and students are asked to confirm their 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training as part of their application to attend this course. Upon completion, students are eligible to register as 500-hour yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance.

Meet the instructors

Corinne Rosita
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Highlights

  • Daily study of the Bhagavad Gita and the Sutras
  • Studies of yoga anatomy and the energetic body
  • Daily equine therapy to stay centered and grounded
  • Excursions into the mountains for yoga and meditation sessions
  • Mantra japa and music, and the fine arts and sacred geometric art
  • Opportunity to sample traditional music, food, and parades
  • Organic and vegetarian meals
  • 29 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


26 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

The first student apartment accommodates up to five students. Double and triple room sharing in the ample bedrooms. Beds are all twin size. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with reliable water and hot water supply. The bathrooms are modern with tile, granite, and modern fixtures.

There is a combined sitting room/dining room with tropical hardwood furniture and comfy sofas. The extensive reference library is housed here and available to all students. A full-sized kitchen adjoins the sitting room where the chef prepares the shared meals. The apartment also offers a tea-kettle, coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave and toaster for students to use in between meal times. Students are asked to wash their own dishes and clean the kitchen after their personal use.

All rooms have views of the gardens and or the mountains and central valley. There is a large viewing balcony upstairs, a sunbathing balcony, and another outdoor eating area next to the apartment. The yoga studio is upstairs and directly accessible from the inside staircase.

Included in the accommodation is once a week maid service of the bathrooms and library/dining room area. Students are required to keep their sleeping places tidy on their own. Sheets and towels are changed every seven days. Also included are one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one pillow and pillowcase, and one bath towel, hand towel, washcloth to each student; and one warm blanket to each bed. If you require additional items, please bring your own supplies.

Laundry service of personal clothing is offered every 10 days. The service only accepts clothing items that can be put in a washing machine and drier. Hand washing is the responsibility of the student. The service will accept 3 kilos of clothes per student every 10 days and cannot accept more clothing due to the limitations of the washer and drier. Please respect these guidelines.

The second student apartment has two bedrooms with private attached bathrooms and features one queen bed in each bedroom. Both rooms have views of the valley and the mountains and access to an outdoor terrace. These are private rooms and will be available once the other student apartment is full, with a supplemental charge of 800 USD per person. If you would like to share the queen bed with a friend that is acceptable and you will not be charged the supplemental rate.

Program

What will you learn and experience in this course?

From literature

You will gain a better understanding of the storyline and characters of the Bhagavad Gita. The symbolism found in the Bhagavad Gita will be discussed and your understanding of the universal message of the Gita will be explored.

The group will explore the four Paths of Yoga, Karma, Jnana, Raja, and Bhakti, as presented throughout the Bhagavad Gita. You will discover how these paths relate to your own personal yoga practice and to your teaching philosophy.

You will delve into the Sutras of Patanjali and learn how to use them to better enhance your own personal understanding of yoga and your own personal practice. Also discussed is how to incorporate the Sutras into your teaching style as you share yoga with others.

As you delve more deeply into the wellness and health aspects of a yoga practice, you will explore how the Sutras guide you to a more perfect understanding of how a yoga practice influences the harmony and union of the mind, body, and spirit.

From mantra japa and music

You will learn and experience the healing properties of mantra japa and learn how sound vibrational theory affects the mind, body, and spirit.

From studies of yoga anatomy and the energetic body

You will explore the energetic body through the study of Ayurveda principles of prakriti, koshas, vayus, chakras, nadis, bandhas, science of mudras, and prana and through the Eastern philosophy on Meridians and energy pathways.

You will learn and experience how an asana practice guides you to greater sensitivity in identifying what is a stretch, what is muscular versus joint discomfort, what is a strengthening and what is a balancing activity. How the breath enhances the mind-body connection.

From the fine arts and sacred geometric art

You will learn and experience the transformational powers of the fine arts in your yoga practice as you explore mandalas and yantra art. You will learn how to incorporate these arts into your personal practice and share with others in your professional teaching path.

From academic exploration of teaching methodology

You will learn how to design and develop, implement and evaluate private and group yoga sessions for schools, corporations, other groups and vario­­­­us populations. You will learn how to design and write a yoga therapy case study paper.

Required reading and books to purchase prior to arrival

  • Bhagavad Gita (read once through to be familiar with this work of literature, even if you do not fully understand all of it)
  • Sutras of Patanjali (read once through to be familiar with this work of literature, even if you do not fully understand all of it)
  • Yoga Horse Connection by Corinne Rosita Aulakh (read once through to be familiar with this book and message as we will be interacting with the horses during the course.)
  • The Subtle Body Coloring Book by Cyndi Dale: The Subtle Body is an encyclopedia of your energetic anatomy for part of the course. However, this is a large and heavy book. Students are not required to purchase this book, just the coloring book supplement.

The 300-hour manual for this course will be made available to you digitally, as will other supplemental handouts, either before the start of the course or as needed throughout the course.

Successful graduates

  • Will have attended all the lectures and sessions
  • Completed all assignments
  • Completed all practicals
  • Attended karma service project
  • Taught one pranayama and mantra 60-minute class
  • Taught one 90-minute asana class
  • Lead one mediation class
  • Completed final written exam consisting of two projects:

a. A group project to design a yoga curriculum for a targeted population of their choice, i.e., 4 months elementary after-school yoga program.

b. An individual project to design a workshop or retreat yoga curriculum.

Yoga Path followed during this training is a theoretical and practical mixture of Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Sivananda styles.

Description of typical itinerary

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Mantra japa and pranayama practice
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Personal time, morning tea or coffee
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Asana and meditation practice
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Light breakfast, fruit, fresh juice, hot beverage, hot cereal or eggs
  • 11:00 - 13:30 Lecture
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Substantial lunch, including a vegetarian protein source, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Lecture
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Afternoon tea, usually accompanied by homemade cookies or bread
  • 17:30 - 19:30 Yoga practice
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Light dinner, usually soups and salads
  • 20:30 - 22:00 Self-study

Students have one day a week scheduled for rest. These days will vary depending on local Costa Rican holidays and cultural events so that students may experience them. On the day of rest students will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner offered at the usual timings.

Below is a partial list of some of the yoga therapy topics explored in the course.

Yoga Therapy - Conditions to explore:

  • Heart and circulation
  • High blood pressure
  • Blocked arteries
  • Respiratory system
  • Asthma
  • Digestive system
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Urinary system
  • Incontinence
  • Hormonal system
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Low immune system
  • Muscular-skeletal system
  • Low back pain
  • Middle back pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Cervical osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Skin
  • Acne, anxiety contributing to the condition
  • Psoriasis: stress and hormonal changes contributing to condition
  • Nervous system
  • Headache and eye strain
  • Sciatica
  • Mind and emotions
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Women’s health
  • Menstruation: discomfort and pain
  • Menopause
  • Men’s health
  • Prostate

Here is a more descriptive picture of the 300YTT curriculum. This does not reflect the full program rather it gives you a better idea of the “flavor” of the program you will experience.

300 YTT Experiential activities

  • Daily Pranayama and mantra sessions
  • Vedic chanting
  • Purusha mantra chanting of full body
  • Daily yoga asana sessions
  • Identify and design personal asana therapeutic session
  • Traditional sun salutation with specific mantra according to each pose
  • Therapeutic pavanamuktasana series, there are three series
  • Daily Sanskrit mantra and writing, personal to each student
  • Daily equine therapy
  • Nonviolent communication exercises written and oral, individual and in groups
  • Art therapy sessions with yantras and mantras

300 YTT Group discussions

Sutras of Patanjali

Bhagavad Gita

Yoga ethics and philosophical topics

“Many a philosophical debate arrives at the bottom line, are we naturally the way we are or is it nurtured? Are we all pure in heart, but blinded by the impurities of the world? Are we all enlightened souls who have simply succumbed to illusion? ( from the Brahmakumaris web site)

  • You have the opportunity to sub a class in a style that is very different from yours. Further, you don’t think much of this style. Should you take this opportunity? If you do, how do you approach the class and students? What thoughts, emotions, and behaviors do you need to bring special awareness to? By Kelly Mc Gonigal, Ph.d.
  • Transitions of Truth, web lecture by Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
  • Tantra Goddesses
  • Principles of Ayurveda for the mind
  • Use of the Logic Plan in designing and implementing a yoga program
  • Particular yoga therapies recommended by BKS Iyengar
  • Understanding structural yoga therapy by Mukunda Stiles
  • The divine vibrations of the Sanskrit alphabet

Instructors

Corinne Rosita Aulakh

Location

Yoga with a View is a private mountain yoga studio and school campus tucked away in the mountains of Escazu. The gardens cover 2.5 acres of lush plantings and private meditation corners. A small river borders the east side and the lights of San Jose, the capital city, shine brightly at night to the south.

The yoga studio is located in the small town of Escazu, south of Restaurant Tiquicia and near Calle Dos Cercas to the east. San Antonio de Escazu is known by the indigenous as Itakazu or the resting rock. It is here that shamans from both coasts of Costa Rica meet to share news and ideas.

The studio is surrounded by rural agriculture and pasture lands where you may be able to see and hear the famous wooden ox-carts of Costa Rica on the local roads, the Costa Rican green frog, plenty of songbirds and predatory birds, green parrots, oropendulems, and blue mot mots.

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Stargazing

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

All meals are provided for during the course. The chef lives on the property and is well versed in the nutritional properties of mostly organically sourced vegetables and fruits.

In the past, students who have entered the course as meat eaters, leave the course and are now confirmed vegetarians or vegans as a result of the tasty meals the chef prepares.

Students do have access to the kitchen 24 hours a day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

On their free time, students may want to explore the natural wonders and activities of Costa Rica:

  • Poas Volcano
  • Turriala Volcano
  • San Jose city center
  • Saturday markets
  • Zip-lines
  • Horse treks
  • Thermal waters
  • Local festivals

What's included

  • Successful graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as 500-hour-RYT
  • All instruction
  • Daily equine therapy sessions
  • 29 nights accommodation in double or triple rooms
  • All vegetarian meals, access to fully equipped kitchen
  • Available 24 hours to students is the full yoga reference library
  • Bonus practice with Aerial yoga silks
  • Welcome gift
  • Limited laundry services
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Insurance, travel nor liability
  • Travel, ground or air

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

In San Antonio de Escazu, the retreat place is 50 meters south of the Restaurant Tiquicia and 350 east on Calle Dos Cercas, the fourth gate on the right. In Spanish: San Antonio de Escazu, 50 metres al sur del restaurante Tiquicia y 350 metres al este en Calle dos Cercas, quatro porton a mano derecha. You can arrive easily by taxi from the airport or local bus terminal.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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