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Come and join Caribe Yoga Academy in this unique opportunity to earn your yoga teaching certificate in a gorgeous tropical setting immersed in the wild jungles of Caribbean Costa Rica. Explore the ancient practice and the modern science of yoga surrounded by nature. Wake up to the sound of howler monkeys and drift back to sleep with the sound of the sea. This package is the ultimate experience. Taking on yoga teacher training is life-changing, so jump aboard!
You will be accommodated at the Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge in shared jungle cottages that are elegant, cozy, and have an open layout. Each cottage has a kitchenette, sleeping room, living area, bathroom, parking, and security. It is a haven with gorgeous ocean views and open air patios to enjoy remarkable mornings and relaxing evenings in. Here, you will live in close proximity with creatures and sounds of nature while also being close enough to have all amenities within reach.
The Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge is an extraordinary sanctuary that welcomes people of all ages with tropical gardens and exotic wildlife. It is hidden away as a jungle gem, but has many options for nearby activities and entertainment. The retreat center is located close enough to the town center for all conveniences, and yet tucked away enough in a quiet jungle corner to support deep and sacred study.
In this immersion program, you will meet all Yoga Alliance standards and beyond. There will be instruction on methodology and techniques, effective sequencing practices, postural alignment, pranayama, philosophy, sutras, history and lineage, meditation techniques, subtle and gross anatomy, injury prevention, effective modifications and special populations, planning workshops, practice teaching, effective equipment use, hands-on adjustments and assistance, and the business of yoga.
With successful completion of all program requirements and the final exam, you will receive a Yoga Alliance-recognized 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate which qualifies you to lead group asana classes according to the Yoga Alliance standards.
A waterfall hiking excursion is included in the price of this retreat.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Avani Gilbert is the founder and director of CYA programs. She is an E-RYT 500 / YACEP / Reiki Master Teacher, LMT & Clarity Breathwork Practitioner. Avani started exploring yoga as a teenager to counter participation in high school competitive sports. From there, she began a lifelong love, journey, and an endless study. She has participated in yoga teacher training throughout the United States and Costa Rica while accumulating close to 4.000 hours of teaching experience. Avani is the director of the retreat and training center OM at Cashew Hill.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Adriana’s passion for spirituality and body movement started at a young age. At the age of 18, she received her first certification for yoga and massage. The process has not slowed down or stopped since. Adriana is now a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, Yogakids facilitator, and co-founder of the ASOyoga (Costa Rican Yoga Association). She has studied a variety of yogic styles as well as philosophy and Bhakti under Dr. Mark Dycscowksi in India and earned her degree in Physiotherapy.
This retreat will take place in the coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in the province of Limón in southeastern Costa Rica. It is simply known as Puerto Viejo to locals and offers many conveniences as an up-and-coming beach town that was once very off the beaten path. This place is a nature lovers dream. It is takes about four and a half hours by bus or shuttle from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).
Puerto Viejo is a laid back village that moves to a reggae beat. Shirts and shoes are optional at many restaurants. The beaches are never crowded and offer lots of activities including surfing, snorkeling, biking, hiking, gourmet restaurants, wildlife, and friendly people. People often return once they have visited Puerto Viejo. It is a fun and inexpensive place that can easily turn into your favorite vacation spot. Rent a bicycle and see it all. You can also take a bus or hire a guide for great day trips.
Mouth-watering vegetarian breakfast, lunches, and dinners will be served daily during this training. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available by special request. As much of the food as possible is sourced from on-site organic gardens and locally from the community. This is truly a labor of love that can be seen and tasted with each serving, and is often one of the highlights of many tired students' experience.
If you are feeling adventurous, Caribe Yoga Academy can organize a series of excursions and tours for you at an additional cost. Puerto Viejo is full of fun adventures and explorations for your free time. Try a surf class, pop into the spa for a massage or reiki, go horseback riding, hike waterfalls, visit the indigenous reserve or chocolate house, take a bike cruise, spot the local wildlife, or simply beach hop on 14 kilometers of pristine Caribbean beaches on your days off from training.
You can book spa treatments for an additional cost. Ayurvedic, Swedish, Thai, deep tissue, and trigger point massages are offered. Reiki, cranio-sacral, and integrative healing yoga therapies are available. Clarity breathwork and lymph drainage services are also provided.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose.
Puerto Viejo is a four and a half-hour bus or shuttle ride from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From its town center, a taxi can bring you and your luggage three blocks back and up the jungle hill to Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge.
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