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29 Days 300-Hour Immersing Yoga Teacher Training in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jiménez, Golfito, Puntarenas Provine, Costa Rica

Inspiring Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Do you feel called to do something greater? If you yearn to inspire, to make a difference, to lead, that kind of calling, leadership, can be terrifying. In Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa's yoga circles, they don’t often specifically teach and train for leadership, but it’s essential in your journey. This immersion training at the Blue Osa will immerse you in the specific transformational skills and yogic practices you need in order to connect with your higher purpose and offer it to your classes (should you teach), your community, and the world. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa cordially invites you to join them in the next Costa Rica 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training immersion.

Meet the instructors

Yogi & Karina Ayn
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Highlights

  • A foundational personal practice of yoga
  • Lessons by internationally renowned yoga instructor
  • Comprehensive 300-hour yoga teacher training manual
  • Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification upon completion
  • 3 daily delicious plant-based meals
  • 28 nights' accommodation

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Puerto Jiménez Airport (US$29 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Blue Osa Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate and retreat. From the friendly smiles of the staff who knows your name to the way the bread is baked from scratch daily, everything is done mindfully with love. With 13 rooms and a capacity for 38 guests, this intimate beachfront eco-resort offers the ultimate sanctuary if you’re seeking solace from the hectic world. 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. Only 50 meters away from the waves, you can see the private beach while practicing yoga from the elegantly designed second-floor yoga studio. Onsite, there is also a chemical-free lap pool for an afternoon swim.

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa has a saying here in Costa Rica: pura vida. It means full life, and at Blue Osa, they aim to give the guests just that. Each of the rooms and bungalows is uniquely designed to deliver on comfort, convenience, and relaxation. Whether it’s heightened ocean views, a serene garden setting, or a spacious beachfront bungalow, at Blue Osa you’ll find purpose-built, jungle-chic rooms that create the ideal setting for a tranquil, restorative yoga teacher training.

Eco-friendly is not only in design, but Blue Osa also encourages guests to be mindful by implementing a morning silence to a pre-dinner ritual of presenting the food during their freshly prepared organic farm-to-table communal meals. For full relaxation, there is also a full-service spa offering Blue Osa signature facials and body scrubs. Massage practitioners offering therapies such as Thai and deep tissue massage.

A Chinese medicine acupuncturist is also available. Built from the ground up as a sustainable micro-grid that runs mostly on solar power, Blue Osa intends to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. By living in harmony with the environment, guests experience balanced, mindful living. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa's mission is to provide guests with an unforgettable experience that nourishes body, mind, and spirit.

Step into the tranquil oasis that is Blue Osa. Set on a remote beachfront location, this eco-resort houses up to 38 guests in 13 comfortable eco-chic rooms located in three main buildings along with on-site facilities: A column-free 1,350 square foot open-air yoga studio on the second floor of the yoga building overlooks their private beach. There is a full-service eco-spa with two treatment rooms each with a private, zen-like garden, and outdoor shower. The cocina is an open kitchen and dining room. During your stay, Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa provides healthy, mostly plant-based meals that include freshly-caught fish and locally-raised meat and poultry. Coffee, tea, and purified water are available throughout the day. A lounge area near the staff office features complimentary wireless internet access.

There is a chemical-free lap pool with a solar-powered filtration system. 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. An organic garden provides the kitchen with fresh vegetables and herbs. On the property are mango, guanabana, starfruit, citrus, banana, coconut, avocado, papaya trees, and a pineapple patch. Additionally, Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa grows their own spinach, yucca, and other root vegetables. Every day, the farmers bring freshly laid eggs to the cocina.

Program

Certifications

Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Overview

You need to be yoga leaders. You need to be great in this world, and so you need leadership skills. You need to learn them. You need to practice them. You need to embody these skills, and rather than hoping your leadership skills arrive fully formed, you need to seek them out. Grow them. It’s essential in your journey. In class and in your practice, you had those moments: epiphany. Stillness, lightness, energy, vitality, and steadfastness. A shift in perception, awakening. Now you’re open to more.

This program is right for you if:

  • You want to ignite some seriously positive momentum to feel strong, healthy, and grounded in your daily life
  • You want to contribute to the enlightenment and well-being of others
  • You want to learn how to teach yoga safely, knowledgeably, and confidently
  • Develop a rock-solid practice that supports you through life’s ups and downs
  • You want to learn the basic principles, philosophies, and teachings of yoga
  • You want to be taken care of so you can focus on the meaning and purpose of your life
  • You love the idea of supplementing your training experience with relaxing activities like massages, facials, and nature walks

About the 300-hour yoga teacher training program

Your one-month immersion at Blue Osa will take you deep into your own questions and life purpose so that you can offer this same kind of transformational experience to your students, from a place of truth and authenticity, which means you’ll be truly and deeply ready to offer this space to your students and yourself.

Learn and deeply practice the specific leadership techniques you need to grow yourself, your students, and your community.

Be ready to unlock the calling within you and ignite transformation. Your 300-hour yoga teacher training one-month immersion is credentialed with the Yoga Alliance, but its true value in your life is much greater than that. This immersion will help you learn to use yoga to connect with your life’s purpose, change the direction of your life, and manifest immediate results. It will deepen your personal practice, expand your consciousness, and help you unlock the magnificence and potential you possess. Thrive. Flourish. Go where you’re called to go.

The 300-hour yoga teacher training one-month immersion at Blue Osa in Costa Rica is an advanced program for serious students of yoga, teachers, and aspiring teachers. This program is essential for anyone who wants to uncover the source and potential of all that yoga can be for you in your life. This one-month immersion is for those people who are longing to make a difference in this world and want to know how to play life in a bigger way. The 300-hour yoga teacher training at Blue Osa is recognized by Yoga Alliance and comprises three areas of study:

  • The Theory and Practice of Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • The Art of Teaching and Leadership

A key component of this teacher training will be a complete and in-depth study and practice of the power of pranayama. You will practice pranayama for at least two hours every day so that when you leave, you will have authentic, direct experience in this practice and be fully confident in your ability to teach what you have learned. In your 300-hour yoga teacher training immersion, you will:

  • Learn the energetic and deeper sublime effects of asana
  • The science and application of mantra (the transformation science of sound)
  • The Koshas and how they are a gateway to complete fulfillment in life
  • How to access and align your chakras with your greater purpose in life
  • How to sequence and structure transformational 60 and 90-minute classes that will deeply affect the lives of your students
  • Identify your spiritual stance so you can step into it as a source of strength
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify walls and develop strategies to take them down
  • Create a support network and support strategies and have them in place when you leave
  • Complete a physical and spiritual adventure challenge
  • Tap into and nurture your entrepreneurial gifts in order to grow your reach and truly serve your message
  • Yoga Nidra as taught by the Himalayan tradition and western tradition
  • Meditation techniques to calm the mind and awaken your spirit
  • Learn how to conduct and lead fire rituals

Curriculum

  • Techniques training / practice (148 and a half hours)

Each morning as the sun rises, you set out as the students deepening the understanding of the ancient yogic mysteries. You will practice a variety of cleansing kriyas, pranayamas, and bandhas. The other hours will include asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. You will receive precise instruction in how to practice these ancient techniques safely to develop a sustainable practice and analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.

  • Anatomy and physiology (25 hours)

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). You will look at correlations between the energetic body with the physical body. You will also examine the function of the lungs and diaphragm and the dynamics of breathing in relationship to the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

  • Practicum (50 hours)

Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching, and hearing / giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

  • Teaching methodology (70 hours)

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting / correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.

  • Yoga philosophy / lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers (50 hours)

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers.

Total hours: 343 and a half hours.

Reading list

  • The Path of Fire and Light: Volume 1 by Swami Rama
  • AGHORA II: Kundalini (Aghora) (Vol II) by Robert E. Svoboda
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Satyananada Saraswati
  • Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by Dr. David Frawley
  • The Art of Joyful Living by Swami Rama
  • The Radiance Sutras

Your typical day

  • 05:00-07:30 Morning meditation
  • 07:30-08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30-11:00 Practice
  • 11:00-14:00 Lunch and free time
  • 14:00-18:00 Training
  • 18:30-19:30 Dinner

Every sixth day are a free day. Suggested activities include working on personal projects, receiving spa treatments, rainforest walks, and adventure excursions. The above-mentioned schedule is an approximation and is subject to change with variances.

Instructors

Yogi Aaron

Karina Ayn Mirsky

Retreat location

The Osa Peninsula

Blue Osa is located about 8 miles (11 kilometers) south of Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which National Geographic Magazine labeled “the most biologically intense place on Earth”. They are 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.

The Osa Peninsula (where Blue Osa is located) is characterized by warm, breezy days, with highs between 82 to 92 degrees, and lows in the range of 75 to 85 degrees. Please take note, however, that the Osa Peninsula is part of the rainforest, and is surrounded by jungle. Because the Osa Peninsula is blessed with wonderful weather year-round, there really isn’t a “best” time to visit.

Though most guidebooks list the ideal time to travel to Costa Rica as December through May, Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa enjoys a stable climate of 75 to 85 degrees relatively year-round. Of course, don’t try looking for that information via online weather reports. Their private oasis is so off the map, Google has yet to find them. Fun fact: the 19,730 miles (about the size of West Virginia) that make up Costa Rica actually house 20 different climate zones. The bottom line? The time to visit is whenever you want. Take a moment to check out Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa's weekly weather report and see for yourself.

Nearby places

  • Karate - 60 minutes
  • Pan Dulce - 35 minutes
  • Perla de Osa - 60 minutes
  • Playa de Alemania / Germany - 15 minutes
  • Private beach, 50 meters
  • Puerto Jimenez Beach - 40 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa 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 our kitchen. They favor 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. The daytime meals are primarily vegetarian and the evening meals may include meat or fish.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Adventure excursions
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy / zipline tour
  • Chocolate tour
  • Full-day guided excursion to Corcovado National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Mangrove kayak exploration
  • Matapalo half-day hike
  • Rainforest jungle adventure hike
  • Rainforest walks
  • Spa treatments
  • Surfing lessons
  • Tree climbing
  • Turtle release
  • Waterfall rappel
  • Working on personal projects

What's included

  • A foundational personal practice that you will leave with and have the confidence to continue with
  • Lessons led by an internationally renowned yoga instructor
  • Effective sequencing methods that work for building well-rounded classes
  • Opportunities to practice teaching with resort guests and community members
  • Supervised morning Sadhana (yoga) practice, including ancient purification rituals
  • Built-in support network of like-minded individuals and fellow yoga teachers
  • Comprehensive 300-hour yoga teacher training manual
  • Upon completion, you will receive your 300-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 3 delicious, prepared-for-you, plant-based meals each day
  • 28 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Applicable taxes or incidentals
  • Cost of flights, airport shuttles, spa treatments, and laundry service

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from San Jose

The drive from San Jose to Blue Osa is approximately 6 to 8 hours. Set your Google Maps or Waze for Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. Recommended car rental companies: Solid Rent a Car and Toyota. Four-wheel drive is recommended.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Upon your arrival into San Jose at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), you will need to make a connection that will bring you south to the Osa Peninsula. A flight from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) takes approximately 45 minutes.

Isaac, from Wellness Travel Costa Rica, will assist you with Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa's exclusive Sansa flight rates and also the exclusive hotel rates for your first and last night in San Jose. Please make sure you tell them you are coming to Blue Osa. Remember if you arrive early and feel adventurous, Costa Rica has it all! Whether your dream is rappelling down a waterfall or flying over the treetops of a rainforest on a canopy tour, Wellness Travel Costa Rica can ensure that your vacation wishes come true at no additional cost. Alternatively, you can book your flights directly to Costa Rica’s national airline, Sansa Air.

Please email Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa to arrange a Blue Osa shuttle to and from the Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). Include your full name, arrival, and departure times on Sansa. If you are booking the flights with Isaac, he will arrange the shuttles. If you are visiting Blue Osa with a group retreat, give this information to your group leader to schedule with Blue Osa as soon as it’s available.

Once the shuttle request form is received by Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, a shuttle confirmation will be emailed to you. Blue Osa is 20 to 30 minutes from the Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). Their shuttle service is 29 USD each way. The Sansa Airport terminal is about 100 meters (literally) from the international airport. Once you exit from immigration, you take your luggage and walk left. You will exit the terminal onto the main street and then keep walking until you come to the airport.

Arrival by bus

Traveling by bus is recommended only by experienced travelers or if you are adequate in the Spanish language. You can do some additional research on the internet on where the terminal is in San Jose.

Arrival by ferry

There are only a few reasons why you might need to use this option: if there are no flights available between Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) plus Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM), you are arriving from Panama via ground travel (Golfito is a 45-minute drive from the Panamanian border), or you have taken a bus to Golfito. The ferry from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez takes 30 minutes. There is no pre-booking available and it is good to show up 20 to 30 minutes in advance to guarantee a spot on the boar. Someone always sells tickets on the way to the boat. The cost is 6 USD or 3,000 CRC.

Airport: Puerto Jiménez Airport Airport transfer available: Puerto Jiménez Airport (US$29 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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