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.

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  • Daily yoga practices
  • Private yoga therapy session
  • Daily asana and meditation practice
  • Books, teacher training manual and additional readings provided
  • 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
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaria International Airport
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

The Osa Tropical Institute sits in the forest above the sea. Covering 11 acres of jungle, it features multiple hiking trails, a year-round stream, and easy access to multiple beaches and waterfalls. In the center of the space sits a very larger open air rancho with a commercial centerkitchen attached.

Most of the classes will be held at this space, and you will also have your meals and sometimes enjoy an evening film here. You will have the chance to see monkeys and a variety of birds (toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, etc) throughout the day.

Each building holds six bedrooms, each with an attached private bath. There is an indoor long library with a small separate kitchen. Maid service is provide twice a week.

There are an array of marked hike trails starting from the central space, and you will take excursions to local beaches and, when the tide allows it, you will head to the waterfalls. All day Saturday is off, you can hang around or take the shuttle into town or to a beach or you might even book a special excursion.


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. 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.


  • Yoga asana: theory, practice, sequencing
  • Anatomy, medical and energetic
  • Yoga philosophy, history, and ethics
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Pranayama and the science of breath
  • Mantra, mudra, and chakras
  • Individualizing practice, modifications, and adjustments
  • The art and skills of teaching and the business of yoga


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


Natural, local, seasonal, mostly organic meals, will be served. Breakfast will consist of avocado toast, eggs and kale, gallo pinto, oatmeal, and fresh fruit platters. Lunch will consist of fresh, local, organic salads, tabouli and humus platters, quinoa bowls, and veggie burritos, Dinner will consist of veggie lasagna, Japanese noodle bowls, Mediterranean stew, and fresh local fish and coconut lentils, as well as some build your own taco nights.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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)

Locally, there are a lot of things to chose from on your day off in the area, such as wildlife hikes or a wildlife sanctuary visit, horseback riding, snorkeling and scuba tours, surfing lessons, whale and dolphin watching, zip lining, massage, myofascial release therapy, osteopathy, and acupuncture sessions. Enjoy the natural beauty of the area, the sea, the waterfalls, the jungle and relax.

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 200 hours of accredited study and Yoga Alliance professional certification
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfasts, lunches, beverages, and snacks
  • Books, teacher training manual and additional readings are provided
  • Ongoing professional mentoring from Lura Shopteau after successful completion of the training

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

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 14 days before arrival.

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