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Three-module Advanced Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join Caribe Yoga Academy in the gorgeous South Caribbean for an exploration of artful yoga adjustments and assists, Ayurvedic concepts, and a journey inward to yoga’s quiet practices. Learn how to apply Ayurvedic concepts to your life and your asana practice! Gain confidence in your hands on techniques in order to provide your public and private students with an unforgettable and effective experience on the mat.

Retreat highlights

  • Theory and philosophy sessions
  • Yin and Restorative yoga practices
  • Mantras and asana to match each dosha
  • Yoga Alliance certification after completeing all three modules
  • Reiki level I and Thai massage techniques
  • Ayurveda and cleansing techniques
  • 35 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

33 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Students of the Caribe Yoga Academy will be housed at Cashew Hill, which welcomes families, couples, singles, and people of all ages. Enjoy remarkable mornings and relaxing evenings in the elegant and open jungle cottages. There are many options for nearby activities and entertainment. Cashew Hill is hidden away as a jungle gem, but just a quick walk from Puerto Viejo center.

Sloth cottage

This is a two-storey, one-bedroom, and one-bathroom cottage where you will likely see sloths climbing in the nearby trees. It sleeps one to three persons. The cottage contains a full size bed and an individual bed. The bedroom is located on the main level.

The amenities of the cottage are high speed two megabyte per second Wi-Fi, laundry service, lending library and book swap, and maid service.

Caribe Yoga Academy Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Program

To complete the Yoga Alliance 300 hour certificate, students must complete three of the 100-hour modules. You have five years to complete the program. Below you can check the currently available 100-hour module options:

Yoga's quiet practices: Yin and Restorative

This training is one module of the advanced level certification through the Caribe Yoga Academy. The student must complete three modules to finish their advanced level training. Join us in the gorgeous South Caribbean for a journey inward to yoga’s quiet practices. There will be adequate time for practice, observation, theory and analysis of Yin and Restorative shapes.

In addition, explore important variations in physical anatomy and work with sequencing for quiet styles of asana. You will also dive into the study of subtle aspects of anatomy and the soft art of assisting your students in stillness. Surrender, stretch, open, and turn inward with us in a luscious tropical setting.

  • Returning to surrender
  • Fundamentals of Yin and Restorative yoga
  • Anatomical variations
  • Sequencing for Yin and Restorative yoga
  • Yin versus Restorative yoga
  • Alignment principles
  • Anatomy of muscles and fascia
  • Energy lines in Chinese medicine
  • Assisting the quiet practices

Yoga's sister science: Coupling asana and Ayurveda

This training is one module of the advanced level certification through the Caribe Yoga Academy. The student must complete three modules to finish their advanced level training. Plunge deeper into the basics of Ayurvedic science, and more specifically, how to apply these concepts to asana practice and in becoming a more effective guide and teacher on the mat.

This program invites you to truly live your practice! Learn tools for cultivating a healthy body and mind through the daily practice of an Ayurvedic lifestyle and nutrition, dharma talks, and encouragement to come into rhythm with nature.

  • Connect with the five elements
  • Deepen your understanding of the doshas and the gunas
  • Ayurvedic and anatomic study of the seven dhatus, three wastes, and thirteen channels
  • The role of agni
  • Marmani points
  • Subtle anatomy of the chakras, nadis, and somatic connections to the organs

Yoga Touch: Artful adjustments and assists

This training is one module of the advanced level certification through the Caribe Yoga Academy. The student must complete three modules to finish their advanced level training.Get comfortable and confident with your assists and adjustments!

This course offers plenty of time for hands on exploration as well as guiding you through the ethics of, anatomy of and types of touch. Nothing can make or break a yoga class experience quicker than a teacher’s touch: learn to make yours kind, supportive and confident.

  • Ethics of touch
  • Types of touch
  • When to be hands on and when to be hands off
  • Touch and trauma
  • Intro to trigger points and myofascial release
  • Reiki level I
  • Thai massage level I
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Subtle anatomy and the aura
  • Therapeutic yoga options
  • Yoga with props

The Mahatma within: Mantra, mudra, meditation, and the mind

This training is one module of the advanced level certification through the Caribe Yoga Academy. The student must complete three modules to finish their advanced level training. Explore the power of the mind and how to cultivate the life and practice that best serves you and your students.

It is often said that the best gift you can ever give or receive is true presence; learn how to live more frequently in this one precious present moment. Cultivate gratitude, compassion, joy, and a sense of peacefulness to better serve yourself and others.This module will take place from May 17 to May 29, 2017.

  • Mantra, vibration, bhav, and kirtan
  • Positive communication and commUNITY development
  • Mudra
  • Stillness and surrender
  • Sthira and sukha
  • Body language and asana
  • The anatomy of the brain
  • The nervous system
  • Your brain on yoga: Studies in the science of yoga
  • Meditation techniques
  • The power of silence
  • The bhagavad gita
  • Sanskrit language


Avani Gilbert
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.
Adriana Leiva
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.
Flora Domenis
Flora is a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic therapist, specializing in lifestyle and nutrition. From Geneva to Kerala through Amsterdam, Italy, France, the U.K., and West Africa, fluent in five languages, Flora is a true world citizen. Since the age of 12, she has been blessed with growing up in a yoga conscious environment. Likewise, her education in Ayurveda has been blessed with an array of internationally known teachers such as Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Frawley, Vaidya Robert Svoboda, Dr. Claudia Welch, Vaidya Atreya Smith, Donald Vanhowten, and other renowned doctors from India.

Retreat location

There is no place in the world more flavorful than the southern Caribbean area of Costa Rica. 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, all of which will make this your favorite vacation spot (people often return once they have visited Puerto Viejo).

Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge is located in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. It is an extraordinary sanctuary with glorious tropical gardens full of beautiful plants and tremendous exotic wildlife found nowhere else, and surreal ocean views and breezes.

Costa Rica is known for its unique geography and intense beauty and is extremely diverse in flora and fauna. Cashew Hill is no exception to this diversity, as it is located in one of Costa Rica’s most sundry cantons (counties). The opportunities for new experiences at Cashew Hill are endless and so is the fun!



  • Cycling
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Zip lining


  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Hammock


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served two vegetarian meals per day.

Things to do (optional)

Canopy zip line tour

An excellent unforgettable adventure! 21 platforms, 18 cables, half day of fun for all ages.

Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge

Ride a bike, take the bus, or hire a guide to see the fabulous birds and wildlife.

Jaguar rescue center

Play with baby monkeys, see sloths, and other rescued and rehabilitated wildlife saved by this wonderful organization.

Parque Nacional Cahuita

Just a short bus trip from Cashew Hill you can hike the nature trail and see monkeys (howler and white-faced), sloths, anteaters, turtles, birds, multiple other forest creatures, ferns, bromeliads, huge jungle trees, and the largest living coral reef in Costa Rica. After or during your hike, you can swim at beautiful deserted beaches.

Raft the Pacuare river

Some of the best rafting you can experience.


There are many snorkeling reefs around Puerto Viejo. Some can be reached by bicycle (Punta Uva and Manzanillo). Others by bus (Cahuita). Punta Uva and Salsa Brava are the favorite snorkeling locations. Diving courses and trips are available through multiple dive shops, for all levels. Snorkel gear is available to rent in town.


The best surfing on the Caribbean Coast is at the famous Salsa Brava. This famous surf spot is within walking distance from Cashew Hill, but is for experienced surfers only. There are many other surfing beaches, such as Beach Break at Playa Cocles, within the Puerto Viejo area. Lessons are available for all ages. The waves are generally best from December through March, with a mini-season for surfing in June and July.


Ask about many interesting tours including the indigenous reserve, waterfall, chocolate house, and rafting tours available through various agencies. Cashew Hill has tour books and can make reservations for you.

Spa treatments

You can book the following treatments for an additional price:

  • Cranio sacral
  • Deep tissue
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Soaks and scrubs
  • Trigger point

What's included

  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • 300-hour Yoga Alliance certificate
  • 35 nights accommodation
  • Daily asana practice
  • Daily philosophy and theory time
  • Manual materials and handouts
  • Topics included in the curriculum
  • Use of all equipment

How to get there

Driving direction from San Jose

Head to the Guapiles Highway (HWY 32).

When you reach Limon, turn right on Highway 36.

You’ll pass through the chilly heights of Braulio Carrillo National Park, the steamy lowlands of Guapiles, the Caribbean port town of Limon, and then follow the palm fringed coastal road south.

Arrival by airplane

You can fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. The trip from there to Puerta Viejo will take four hours. Depending on your arrival time, you may want to stay a night in San Jose and get an early start the next day. Please pay attention when choosing flight times as the airport shuttle services use a 12 p.m. cut off time for leaving Puerto Viejo at 6 a.m. and when making a flight in time for your trip home.

Arrival by bus

The local bus is called the MEPE. It costs about 11 USD. You will have to take a taxi to the bus station that can cost 20 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

Shared shuttle service: It is about 59 USD / person. It is an air-conditioned van that holds up to six people. It will pick you up across from the airport or at your hotel and deliver you to Cashew Hill. It only has two pick up times (07:20 or 14:30).

Private shuttle: This shuttle holds up to eight people and costs 230 USD for one to six people. Depending on your party size and what you want for privacy, this can be a great option.

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