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28 Days 200-Hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training in Uvita, Costa Rica

Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Costa Rica

In this program, Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala will offer you opportunities to make discoveries through self-inquiry and experimentation in connecting to mind, body, and spirit. This yoga teacher training requires your attention, focus, practice, inquiry, and objectivity. You will teach each other, as well as have the opportunity to teach a public class at Bienestar. So step away from the world, take time for yourself, and blossom into your own true nature.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Private yoga therapy session
  • Daily asana and meditation practice
  • Long break for studying, siesta, or play time in the heat of the midday
  • Daily breakfasts and lunches
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Yoga styles

24 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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The River House is nestled in a very private tropical garden located only five minutes away from downtown Uvita, the national park, and beach of Ballena as well as Playa Hermosa. The houses sit right next to the Higueron River, which allows for perfect wildlife watching right from the leisure of the deck.

Each house offers three bedrooms and each house features a 35-square meters pool with a big outside recreational area to relax or just enjoy nature. Maid service as provide twice a week. A guard lives nearby on premises to ensure your 24 hour security.

The yoga classes will be held along side the pool in the palapa. You can pick your breakfast from the own exotic fruit featuring banana, mango, lemon, orange, avocado, and guava trees. Whether you like watching toucans, parrots or monkeys straight from the comfort of the hammock.

At dry season, you can also hike up the river or down to the ocean.

Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Program

Everyday, you will have asana practice and meditation for two hours, a breakfast break, and then another two hour class before breaking over lunch. After that, you will have a long afternoon session. The studio is fully equipped, no need to bring any yoga gear with you. You will be breaking each day before sunset, so that you can take a swim, and enjoy the beauty of the Uvita sunsets. A couple of nights a week, you will have a reading assignment, or a practicum to work on. Sundays are free days to rest, play, or explore.


  • Everything asana - Self-exploration, alignment, function, and form, cueing for safe and stable movement
  • Mind- body connection - Movement inquiry, somatic learning, psychological stress, and the physical body
  • Asana sequencing - Designing classes at different energetic levels, skill levels, and creating graceful transitions
  • Pranayama
  • Mudras and mantras
  • The bhandas
  • Chanting
  • Yoga Nidra and the body scan
  • Meditation
  • Chair yoga
  • Creating a self guided personal practice
  • How to make individual modification specific to a client

Teaching Methodology

  • Being true to your self, authenticity, creating trust
  • Modeling and language to support, motivate, and encourage
  • Professional organizations and their benefits, creating professional community to support your professional practice and growth
  • Discuss and practice of an individuals physical assessment
  • Distinguishing a student’s level of experience, and setting appropriate pace and skill level
  • Knowing the different lineages of yoga, in practice and philosophy

Anatomy and physiology

  • To learn basic human anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and central nervous systems of the body
  • To learn the basis of the subtle body, and it’s energy systems including the Koshas and the Chakras
  • To provide a basic introduction to Ayurveda
  • To introduce proprioception and somatic therapies

Philosophy, ethics, and lifestyle

  • To create a understanding of the personal growth, and transformation available through a commitment to yoga
  • Teaching as both an art and a responsibility
  • To understand the ethics of teaching
  • To realize there is a limited scope to your practice as a professional teacher
  • To examine the origin’s and history of yoga
  • To take a brief look at the differences with in yogic practices / styles taught to date
  • To look at the Yama’s and Niyama’s, and understand their place in your lifestyle, in the classroom, and in the practice of the students

Practicum - three exercises

  • The practicum goals are designed to establish a firm knowledge of individual postures
  • To learn constructive demonstration, and verbal cues that communicates proper alignment understand concepts of teaching versus leading
  • To develop awareness of individuals working within a group setting
  • To build a safe common sense class with in a time frame
  • To understand transitions
  • Teaching individual asana
  • Plan a eight week beginners program
  • Design a Vinyasa flow class for students with varying yoga experience


Lura Shopteau
Founder Lura Shopteau has been registered as an ERYT500 since 2004 and is the only certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) living in Costa Rica at this time. Lura's dedication​ ​to yoga and wellbeing have been the focus of her path for the last 17 years studying with teachers in the U.S., Costa Rica and India. She has deep experience in patient work teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (meditation), working as a counselor and yoga therapist with chronically ill and terminally ill clients. After 12 years of working in Integrative Medicine, she returned to live in Costa Rica full time.

Retreat location

Uvita is a small village on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is the center of a unique area called Costa Ballena and the home of Marina Ballena National Park. Bienestar is located on a hilltop looking at the sea with the sweet smells of tropical flowers in bloom, enjoy the gentle and constant breeze, while we practice yoga and meditation, mindfulness and serenity, and at times, crazy joy and a lot of laughter.

Nearby places

  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 4 hours
  • Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP) - 1 hour

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching
  • Zip lining


  • Kitchen


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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On each class day, you will be served with a local organic whole foods breakfast including yogurt, granola, and a selection of fruit each morning. Feel free to make a smoothy or juice. Lunch is a large fresh locally grown organic salad to eat there or to take out. Vegetarian or Vegan. A selection of tea's and herbal waters, pipa's (coconut water) are available all day. Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala is always prepared to accommodate any food sensitivities, allergies, or dietary needs

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Seafood
  • 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)

Wildlife hikes or a wildlife sanctuary visit

Horseback riding

Snorkeling and Scuba tours

Surfing lessons

Whale and dolphin watching

Zip lining


Myofascial release therapy

Osteopathy and acupuncture sessions

Enjoy the natural beauty of the area, the sea, the waterfalls, the jungle. Relax.

Spa treatments

Massage, Myofascial release (MFR) therapy, Osteopathy, and Acupuncture sessions can all be arranged during your training. As well as facials, or waxing

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 200-hours of accredited study and Yoga Alliance professional certification
  • Airport transfers
  • Bienestar yoga teacher training manual
  • Breakfasts, lunches, beverages, and snacks
  • Ongoing professional mentoring from Lura Shopteau after successful completion of the training
  • Yoga books for studies
  • Yoga Shala
  • Cabinas with Private bedroom
  • Mini- kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Laundry service
  • Outdoor living and kitchen
  • Close proximity to the beach

What's not included

  • Additional local transportation
  • Airfare to Costa Rica
  • Dinner or meals on days off
  • Excursion fees on days off
  • National park entrance fees
  • Trip insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Fly to the San Jose International airport (SJO) and we will pick you with a shuttle service. We will send you the 2 daily pick up time before you arrange your flight so you arrive with a realistic and comfortable time frame to pass thru immigration.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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