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If you are looking for a yoga teacher training, you have landed in the right place. Join Yogi Aaron and Danni Pomplun for an intensive 200 hours yoga teacher training in paradise at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa. This program is designed to be more than simply “learning how to teach yoga.” This is a transformative experience that will change your life. Everything, from the friendly staff to the Zen-like grounds to the farm-to-table meals, has been carefully curated to provide a nurturing yogic experience.
During this training, you will be staying in Blue Osa Beach Resort & Spa with the options of a private room, shared double room, or shared triple room. Blue Osa Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate and retreat. From the friendly smiles of the staff who know your name to the way the bread is baked from scratch daily, everything is done mindfully with love.
Each of the rooms and bungalows is uniquely designed to deliver on comfort, convenience, and relaxation. Whether it is heightened ocean views, a serene garden setting, or a spacious beachfront bungalow, at Blue Osa, you will find purpose-built, jungle-chic rooms that create the ideal setting for a tranquil, restorative yoga teacher training.
With 12 rooms and a capacity for 32 guests, this intimate beachfront eco-resort offers the ultimate sanctuary if you’re seeking solace from the hectic world. Only 50 meters away from the waves, you can see the private beach while practicing yoga from the elegantly designed second-floor yoga studio. Blue Osa does not have air conditioning.
It is a low impact, beachfront eco-hotel, and they work rigorously to reduce the carbon footprint and the impact on the surrounding environment. Thus, each of the room is equipped with a ceiling fan and the architectural design of Blue Osa allows a constant flow of air through screen walls, creating a fresh and breezy environment.
So while it may come as a shock to some that Blue Osa does not have air conditioning, Blue Osa has found that the vast majority of the guests are always quite comfortable. There is also no television and hairdryer due to the fact that Blue Osa is operated by solar power. On-site, there is a chemical-free lap pool with a solar-powered filtration system for an afternoon swim.
An eco-friendly copper-silver ionizing system is used so that algae and other bacteria cannot live in the water. At one end of the pool sits the pool pavilion with comfortable lounge sofas and chairs, perfect for a casual meeting or reading a great book. At the other end of the pool, sits a beautiful Indian style temple with a fire kunda.
This space is perfect for a private yoga practice or meditation. There is also an organic garden that provides the kitchen with fresh vegetables and herbs. On the property, there are mango, guanabana, starfruit, citrus, banana, coconut, avocado, papaya trees, and a pineapple patch. Additionally, Blue Osa Beach Resort & Spa will grow their own spinach, yucca, and other root vegetables.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.
The daily routine of meditation and yoga, combined with being in the tropics and eating fresh food does wonders for the body, mind, and spirit. You will leave this two weeks immersion full of energy and a sense of renewed vision for your life. This two weeks training is suitable for you if you do not have much time and want to be a yoga teacher. It is also meant for those who want to be fully immersed for two weeks in yoga.
Besides that, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle for two weeks and be surrounded by a community of people who are fully invested in you and your well-being, this training is for you. If you find yourself wanting to ignite some seriously positive momentum in your life and contribute to the enlightenment and well-being of others, this training is for you as well.
Among other things, this training is perfect for those who want to learn how to teach yoga safely, knowledgeably, and confidently, learn the basic principles, philosophies, and teachings of yoga while also offering yourself the gift of having everything taken care of so you can focus on your journey. Last but not least, it is perfect for those of you who love the idea of supplementing your training experience with relaxing activities like massages, facials, and nature walks.
In this yoga teacher training, you will have the chance to get away from the turbulence and distractions of your daily life and give yourself the time, space, and focus to deepen your practice, as well as expand your knowledge and accelerate your learning. You will also be able to develop a strong foundation practice in yoga and have a clearer direction of your life path.
Through this program, you will also be able to develop a daily meditation practice, learn how to teach within the limitations of your students, and learn how to teach multilevel classes. Aside from that, you will gain knowledge and know how to teach yoga safely and be fully immersed in an authentic Himalayan yoga tradition and develop a deep appreciation of how rich this yoga tradition is.
You will practice all of these skills directly in classes you lead during your training at the Blue Osa. Leave here taking the next step in your yogic life with greater excellence and with clearer vision and with some great sequences to teach and with which to cultivate a personal asana practice. Total hours of this cost will be 200.5 hours.
Each of the students come with unique goals. Some want to get their yoga certificate to teach yoga. Others want to answer deep and meaningful questions about their life. Still, there are also people who want to live a more meaningful life through yoga. Yogi Aaron’s approach to teaching yoga teachers is based on the principle that wisdom and knowledge are acquired through direct experience.
When you participate in the Blue Osa Prana Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica, you give yourself the gift of space and intention. Blue Osa warmly welcome students of all backgrounds. The only commitment required is that you are willing to show up and fully participate. Even if you are relatively new to yoga, these yoga teacher trainings are an excellent way to learn the art of yoga and cultivate a strong foundation for your life-long practice.
One of the strengths of the approach to yoga is how adaptable it is to the student. No matter where you are, there is a practice for you. Frankly, some of the best teachers are the ones who cannot contort their bodies into pretzel shapes. Their limitations end up being an asset to their students.
Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques and guided practice of the techniques themselves.
Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.
Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.
Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers.
While Hatha yoga is at the core of what you will do, Blue Osa differentiate themselves by offering a holistic approach to yoga that emphasizes function over form. It is believed that yoga should be tailored to the individual and that a good yoga teacher knows how to facilitate a unique practice to meet unique needs. The Blue Osa yoga teacher training methodology has been influenced by multiple traditions, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga.
Yogi Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in India and has been taught directly from the Himalayan tradition. Aaron also has a strong background in yoga therapy and brings in therapeutic elements when appropriate.
The above mentioned schedule is an approximation and is subject to change with variances.
Yogi Aaron is a master teacher and the author of Autobiography of a Naked Yogi. He has been a student of yoga since 1991 and a teacher since 1997, studying with Alan Finger, Bryan Kest, Genny Kapuler, Rod Stryker, Swami Rama, and David Swenson in yoga ashrams and retreat centers around the world. Aaron has made pilgrimages seeking to understand the Vedic tradition and Tantric path and studied closely with numerous spiritual masters during his treks throughout the Himalaya Mountains.
Karina, MA, ERYT is a widely-respected Yoga & Meditation Educator and Self-Development Coach. Karina has been teaching yoga since 1998 and training instructors since 2004. She was one of the first certified teachers of Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga®. She also holds degrees In Business and East-West Psychology. Karina’s decades of work with individuals and groups, as well as her own experiences with injury and illness make her a deeply empathetic guide to others. Karina’s personal story, depth of wisdom, and light-hearted nature have touched thousands of lives.
John Thurman is a Washington, DC-based yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa flow power yoga classes. He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. John believes in encouraging students to find their boundaries and mindfully push their limits. Focusing on breath, posture and gaze, John helps guide students through their practice in a thoughtful manner that helps them grow on their own path. The best students on the mats are those that put forth their best effort each practice.
This training will take place in Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica. Nestled off-the-beaten-path in the virgin Costa Rican rainforest of the Southern Osa Peninsula, guests have an endless selection of quiet places to meditate and reflect. Blue Osa is located about eight miles or 11 kilometers south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, which National Geographic Magazine labeled as “the most biologically intense place on earth.”
Blue Osa is nearest to the border of the world-renowned Corcovado National Park and on the warm shores of the Golfo Dulce. While visiting the tropical eco-resort, you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered rainforest inhabitants, including the red-backed squirrel monkey, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, and maybe even a jaguar. Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus, it borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south.
The Caribbean Sea is to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Costa Rica is slightly north of the equator, therefore, the climate is tropical year round. Costa Rica was and continues to be a pioneer country in eco-tourism, drawing visitors to the extensive national parks and protected areas across the country.
During this retreat, you will be served with daily breakfasts, lunch, and dinner. All vegan meals are plant-based and brought from our farm. Blue Osa believes that nutritious, wholesome food is not only the foundation for a productive life but is also essential for a happy one. Food that nourishes the soul not only needs to be healthy, but it also needs to be tasty and delicious! Blue Osa is devoted to serving the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to the kitchen.
Everyday, the farmers will bring freshly laid eggs to the kitchen. The locally-sourced red snapper and mahi-mahi are freshly-caught by neighboring fishermen. Whether it is pineapple from the Blue Osa property or eggs from the farmers down the road, all produce supports the local economy. Loving hands knead homemade bread, gardeners gather herbs from the greenhouse and knowledgeable chefs create a gourmet menu under the guidance of Chef Marie.
This is truly a farm to table dining experience. As an all-inclusive eco-resort, Blue Osa typically serves three regular meals or four daily meals which consist of two larger, full-course meals and two smaller, snack-like meals. For other retreats, the daytime meals are primarily vegetarian and the evening meals may include meat or fish. Blue Osa favors a buffet style of service, however, it is not an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Meals are proportioned with optimum health in mind. No one leaves Blue Osa hungry, guaranteed. If you have dietary requirements, please let the kitchen know in advance and Blue Osa will do their best to accommodate you. Blue Osa offers vegan and gluten-free alternatives to the majority of the menu. However, Blue Osa do not serve individual meals or kosher meals.
Because of the difficulties in maintaining a minibar service at Blue Osa, they are unable to provide for the consumption of outside food, drinks, or alcohol. The bar is open throughout the day and there is a selection of beer and wine and refreshing specialty drinks. Please remember that Blue Osa is in the jungle and that opened bottles of alcohol and packages of food will attract unwanted visitors to your room such as snakes, ants, and pizotes.
If you still choose to consume privately bought alcohol please do so in the privacy of your room or on the beach. Blue Osa do not allow privately bought alcohol in the dining room or at the pool. Blue Osa thank you for your understanding and compliance. Meals included in your stay are dinner on the day of arrival, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on each full day, and breakfast on the day of departure to coincide with the check-in time of 2 p.m. and check-out time of 10 a.m.
During your free time, you are free to indulge in relaxing activities such as massages, facials, and go on nature walks.
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at San Jose Costa Rica (SJO). Upon your arrival to San Jose at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you will need to make a connection that will bring you south to the Osa Peninsula. From here, please arrange your flight to arrive at Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM).
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