28 Days 200-hour Foundation Yoga Teacher Training in Dominical, Costa Rica

  • Danyasa Yoga Retreat, Dominical, Bahia Ballena, Osa, Puntarenas 60504, Costa Rica

28 Days 200-hour Foundation Yoga Teacher Training in Dominical, Costa Rica

  • Danyasa Yoga Retreat, Dominical, Bahia Ballena, Osa, Puntarenas 60504, Costa Rica

Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Get ready for a transformational and empowering journey that will do more than prepare you to teach yoga - it will change your life. This level one yoga teacher training is already powerful within itself simply with the commitment you make to you and your yoga practice. Combine that with the potency of working with the magic of Cat and the pura vida of Costa Rica. This is the perfect recipe for a transformational journey.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Asana and mantra chanting
  • Sequencing and teaching practice
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Full and new moon ceremonies
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 25 days with instruction
  • English
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Danyasa Eco-Retreat offers private rooms as well as shared triple rooms, in a serene and magical atmosphere. They offer an intimate eco lodge experience with eight rooms in total for rent, constructed from beautifully refurbished (upcycled) cargo containers. All the rooms have real mattresses, top quality sheets and bedding, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, in-room safes, and free filtered water.

What makes the yoga portion of this 200-hour training so potent is the energetic field that is held within the training - especially by Cat Kabira. Cat works in a subtler shamanic way - meaning that she has the gift of seeing deep blockages within the body whether it’s emotional, physical, mental, karmic, or on another energetic level - and can safely and fully hold space for you while you observe and watch it clear and transform.

This training is your opportunity to meet yourself - on every level - so that any old blockage, on any level and in any dimension - can be felt, met, and transformed.

This practice requires courage - taken from the French “coeur” - asking you to come fully with, into, and through your heart. This can be an intense process - this dance with yourself - so do know that your commitment to this program is truly a deeper commitment to levels of yourself you may not have even met yet.

Come ready to work, to practice, to look at yourself, and to be surprised. This program is unlike any other. Drop your expectations but do come with your personal intentions.

Who is this program for?

This program is for anyone who wants to take her or his practice deeper, and/or who’s ready to commit to becoming a teacher. This program is for you if you’re ready to change. This is a level one teacher training course so all of the basics and fundamentals will be coverd as required by Yoga Alliance.

This course is different from other 200-hour training courses as there’s an energetic and shamanic influence held by Cat Kabira. Be willing to meet yourself in a whole new way.

Some students do take this course even if they have already taken a level one training.

Not wanting to teach but wanting an immersion in your practice? Some students show up for that. This is a wonderful opportunity to go inside with some more intensive inner-work. You will still be required to show up for all of the training including the teaching practices. You may end up surprised. Many who show up for the course not intending to teach are now great teachers.

To join this program, you’re required to have at least a one-year practice by the beginning of the teacher training date.

During the course and expectations

Be prepared. This is not a yoga holiday or something you can halfway step into. This program requires your full commitment. Cat Kabira and Yoga Energetics expect your full commitment to the whole program.

You are expected to show up for everything in this training as this all counts as contact hours towards your certification through Yoga Alliance. Any hours missed must be made up with the appropriate instructor and you will be expected to pay the instructor at his or her hourly private rate.

Even if you are taking the training to deepen your practice and are not as concerned about your hours, out of consideration to your fellow practitioners, you are expected to still show up for everything.

As this is a wonderful opportunity to truly immerse yourself in your practice, transformation, and Costa Rica, it is recommended that you make sure you have this time clear so that you can fully commit. You may even want to let friends and family members (and work!) know that you may be less available at this time as you are entering into this training.


The tools you will be working with have the potential for deep transformation and provide a solid base of training, preparation, education, and the necessary fundamentals for teaching asana in both a fiery or Yang style and a more Yin or restorative approach.

The course includes practices in:

  • Meditation practices focusing on the breath and/or sensations
  • Mantra
  • Asana
  • Pranayama practice including khapalbhati, nadi shodhana, brahmari, and bhastrika
  • Basic anatomy for yoga teachers
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Teaching practice for both dynamic classes and Yin classes
  • Sequencing for both more dynamic classes and Yin as well as how to work with multi-level or open classes
  • How to assist (basic alignment of asana, different types or ways to assist)
  • Body reading
  • Working with injuries
  • Private clients or working one-on-one
  • Becoming aware of your voice and how you hold yourself
  • The business of yoga
  • Teaching yoga to kids
  • AcroYoga
  • Introduction to prenatal yoga
  • The importance of holding space
  • Ethics and self-care
  • A brief introduction to craniosacral therapy, listening skills, being the “witness”
  • Introduction to the world of energy (what it is, how to perceive, and how to clear)
  • Full and new moon ceremonies

What is shamanic

As Cat has been working in the shamanic arts for years, she can’t help but have a shamanic attitude in the work that she does. Every training is slightly different as what is truly unique to these trainings is Cat’s ability to listen to the group and offer what is appropriate for everyone at that time.

The true shaman listens. Shamanic transformation is the ability to listen and tune in and connect to the more subtle realms. Cat offers a space where you can enter different dimensions of yourself and this planet, but it’s up to you to be ready and step through.

Shamanism is also about grounding, about choosing to be here on this earth, honoring the elements and all of your brothers and sisters. It starts first with knowing yourself and committing to yourself. Don’t expect someone else to do the work for you. It’s about looking through your own eyes and finding your vision.

The work that Cat offers is both powerful and subtle. It can be profound if you’re ready to listen in a whole new way. What do you set aside when you enter this yoga ceremony? What do you allow yourself to see and feel during? How much do you allow yourself to surrender? And how do you integrate post-ceremony? You are the one weaving your own web.


Most who join on this yoga journey are those who are ready to make a huge change in their lives. You will leave feeling more empowered and lighter, ready to step into what’s true for you. Make sure that you have the time for this. Give yourself sometime after the course, whether it’s a few days or weeks, to integrate and digest this.

After the course, you will have homework to complete your certification. This includes:

  • Three short book reports
  • Fifteen hours of Seva (service) yoga
  • Ten class critiques

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Meditation, pranayama, mantra, and asana
  • 11:00 Philosophy, anatomy, teaching and assisting, and special lectures
  • 14:00 Evening practice, teaching practice, and special lectures

Please note that the schedule may vary. Occasionally, there will be evening practice as well. Sundays are the day of rest and integration. Once accepted to the program, you will receive a more in-depth schedule.

  • Cat Kabira

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Cat has been practicing yoga and meditation since she was 18 years old while studying at Boston University. As Cat has evolved, so has her practice. She’s always been curious and a voracious learner and, as a result, she has studied several traditions with a few masters worldwide: from Hatha, Kundalini, and Vinyasa, to Anusara, Iyengar, Forrest, and Yin. What “hooked” Cat with yoga wasn’t so much the asana poses but the stillness between the poses. That’s when she could feel sensations that were almost magical; her body “spoke” to her while also healing itself.

This retreat will be held in Danyasa Eco-Retreat, nestled at the base of rainforested mountains on the bank of the Baru River in Dominical, Costa Rica.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served daily from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, all meals are the responsibility of each student and are not included in the price.

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • All instructions, manual, and props
  • Daily meals (every Monday to Saturday)
  • Daily meditation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Evening practice and teaching practice
  • Full and new moon ceremonies
  • Philosophy, anatomy, teaching and assisting, and special lectures
  • Pranayama, mantra, and asana in the morning
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Sunday meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You can use shared ride shuttles to get to the retreat venue. Sit back and watch the scenery and leave the driving to the pros. Shared ride shuttles usually leave from the airport and generally cost around 55 USD each way. The shuttles take about three hours.

If you prefer, you can take a private shuttle from the airport or the city that costs 160 USD each way and takes about three hours.

One can also take a 20-minute airplane flight from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP) and then take a taxi or rent a car to drive the remaining 30 minutes south to Dominical.

Arrival by bus

Public buses can take you from downtown San Jose right to the retreat venue doorstep. The buses leave from the TRACOPA bus terminal, and the bus line is called Delio Morales. You will have to buy a ticket to Uvita, but you can get off anywhere.

There are two buses each day. Each bus stops briefly at Orotina and Quepos before arriving at Dominical. The buses leave at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. and take about five hours to get to Dominical.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.


  • Review by Isa Valle Romay from Spain

    "Not only she is outstanding as a teacher and as a therapist, she is gifted with an intuition to find the pearl inside us."

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  • Review by Sirkka Richert

    "Cat Kabira is everything and more you would expect to find in a yoga teacher. Cat has a deeply intuitive skill to empower her students to embrace life in all its form. Her energy is infectious, her knowledge vast, her teaching straight from the heart. Cat’s courses are an experience you can draw from and will serve you as an inspiration for life."

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  • Review by Susan Abbattista from Boston

    "Cat has a natural talent for teaching yoga, and an openness to share that gift. Her classes challenge the body, open the heart, and lift the spirit, all in equal measure. Sequencing is always interesting, fresh, even daring. Cat brings a heartfelt openness to each person’s experience on the mat - that day, that moment - whatever it may be. Cat’s classes are like a doorway to something delicious beyond. And there is no guilt for tasting, sipping, devouring. Each pose, a tasty revelation. Or not. That, Cat would say, is totally up to you."

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  • Review by Mather Eldred from San Francisco

    "I have been a practitioner of yoga for five years. Cat is by far the best teacher that I have encountered. Cat’s instruction inspired me to tap into the power that I did not know I had to heal myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. She has the ability to lovingly bring her students to the edge and expand ones comfort zone in a way that is only positive for the growth of the student. She is knowledgeable, attentive, captivating and inspiring as she leads her students to new and amazing places in their lives"

    "through yoga. I can say with full conviction that I would not be who I am today if Cat had not entered my life when and where she did. She was even the person who directed me to my first yoga teacher training and now to teach in San Francisco Ca. Thank you Cat, meow!"

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  • Review by Deidre Ostrowski

    "I am always impressed with Cat’s intuitive teaching style. I love how she feels her way into and through a practice. As a student it makes each class a truly new experience and because it is different every time it really promotes the act of being present. Her guidance with strengthening and focusing on Uddiyana Bandha has been a key to improving my own practice. I’ve also taken a private lesson with Cat and the personal information I learned in that lesson is invaluable to my mind/body development. I can’t say enough about Cat’s passion, knowledge, and inspirational self and awareness! She’s a gift to the yogis all over the world."

    Cat Kabira Yoga Energetics's website, edited

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Cat runs “Yoga Energetics” which is a yoga teacher training course for students to learn how to become a yoga teacher and/or deepen their practice.

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28 days / 27 nights


Arrival: Sunday October 1, 2017
Departure: Saturday October 28, 2017

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