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Private Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Rejuvenate your body, mind, and emotion with Chandra Karuna Yoga in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica! This Yin yoga teacher training will enable you to create the “Yin space”, to dive deeper into that place of stillness and equanimity within yourself, so it can enrich and balance your “Yang” lifestyle. The peaceful, compassionate allowing presence that heals all imbalances by just “being with it”. You will learn how to allow yourself to feel your body and your emotions, to reopen shut down senses, and then to be able to let all the sensations and emotions flow and go instead of diving into the story of it and holding onto them.

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  • Yin yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • 2 daily theory sessions
  • The art of teaching sessions
  • Morning and evening asanas practices
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily organic breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$60 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

The course will be held at Caribbean retreats house complex, a beautiful place immersed in the jungle, in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. The house offers one double room, a private fully equipped kitchen, and a modern bathroom with hot water.

The house is newly built and comes with high-speed Wi-Fi. It has also a cozy lounge area, where you can relax while watching the Costa Rican wildlife and enjoy the Caribbean vibe.

The classes are held in a beautiful yoga platform immersed in the green, which is on the main property. The center of Puerto Viejo is about 2 kilometers distance, where you can find plenty of restaurants, shops, and supermarkets. If you are looking for a nice, quiet and affordable place to stay, where you can feel at home and connected with nature, this is definitely the place to be!



The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.


Yin yoga has a deeply healing effect, by bringing the focus more inwards, with appropriate sequences you can rebalance the major imbalances in the body, the emotional blockages, the lack of energy and trust, fears can all be nurtured through a Yin yoga practice. Yin yoga is based on the traditional Chinese medicine, and therefore, intensively works with meridians, targeting the organs and balancing the five Elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. During this training, you will understand how Yin postures can be beneficial for you and how to teach them effectively to others. It’s a process of feeling deeply and re-patterning your system to its optimal potential.

The 30 hours Yin Yoga teacher training is an intensive training course that will give you a proper understanding of practicing and teaching Yin yoga. Yin yoga is rapidly becoming a popular yoga style, perhaps because every day "Yang" lifestyle is so exhausting that you all naturally need to bring your focus more inwards, going more "yinside".

The focus of Yin yoga is on the rejuvenation of the physical and mental body, by maintaining a certain set of asanas for three to five minutes and allowing to apply gentle tension and compression to your tissues. The practice can be an excellent bridge towards meditation or can be a meditation itself. Yin yoga teaches you to be with what is; and when you let go of resistance, sometimes by releasing physical, mental or emotional baggage, your lives become more fluid and easeful.


In this training you will explore:

  • Yin yoga asana practice - how, why and when to practice this style safely and effectively
  • Yin yoga philosophy (Taoist principles, Yin vs Yang)
  • Yoga anatomy (connective tissues, compression vs tension, fascia structure)
  • Introduction to the Chinese meridians and organ health (practice sequences for the kidneys, liver, etc.)
  • Balancing the Yin style with a Yang practice to support structural strength and stability
  • The primary focus of breath in asana: length, depth, and direction (including pranayama practice)
  • Mindfulness in asana and meditation practice
  • The art of teaching and how to sequence a Yin yoga class
  • The use of touch and hands-on adjustments
  • Skillful verbal communication

As the final assessment, there will be a written test and a practical teaching experience, where every student will create his / her own Yin yoga sequence.

Suggested reading

  • Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice by Paul Grilley
  • Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
  • No Time to Lose by Pema Chodron
  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Theories of the Chakras by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama
  • The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar
  • The power of now by Eckhart Tolle

Daily Schedule

  • 07:00-07:30 Morning meditation
  • 07:30-09:00 Morning asana practice
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast time
  • 10:00-12:30 Theory sessions
  • 12:30-15:00 Lunch break and personal studies
  • 15:00-16:30 Theory sessions / the art of teaching
  • 17:00-18:30 Evening asana practice


Daniela Romano

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training course takes place in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. Caribbean retreats offer a stay in a beautiful modern one-bedroom house in the jungle, surrounded by nature, animals, and lots of fruit trees.

It is the perfect place to enjoy the owl monkeys, toucans, and Costa Rica's wildlife, as well as the beautiful Caribbean beaches that are close by.

Connect to nature with the comfort of a spacious equipped house, big kitchen, and living room. The venue is a 10-minute walk from the beach (Cocles beach) and the big supermarket.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, is a small village that celebrates ecotourism, nature, and diversity. There are plenty of things that you can do while staying in Puerto Viejo. You can rent a bicycle for around 6 USD a day and explore the stunning Caribbean beaches, from Cocles to Punta Uva and Manzanillo. You can visit the National Parks of Cahuita and Manzanillo, or enjoy the near waterfalls.

Costa Rica is definitely known for its beautiful nature and wildlife. Close to Puerto Viejo, you can visit the Animal Rescue Centre and the Sloth Sanctuary. If you go to Cahuita National Park you will have the chance to see a lot of animals, including monkeys, snakes, and toucans.


  • Beach - 10 minutes walk
  • Big Supermarket - 10 minutes walk
  • French bakery - 10 minutes walk

Unique features


  • Horse riding


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Daily breakfast is included. For an extra charge, Chandra Karuna Yoga can prepare your meals (lunch and dinners). Usually all meals offered are vegetarian but they can be flexible according to the guests' needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Detox juices

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)

  • Horse riding
  • Chocolate tour

Spa treatments

Massages are available on requests at an extra cost. The price depends on the type of massage chosen.

What's included

  • Eligibility to count the hours as CE for Yoga Alliance upon successful completion of this training
  • Yin yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tuition fees

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Chandra Karuna Yoga can arrange for you a private transportation via shuttle which will cost you 60 USD (one way). In this case, Chandra Karuna Yoga needs to receive a confirmation of a week notice.

Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Jose - Terminal MEPE, and this will cost you approximately 10 USD (one way). Please note that Puerto Viejo is approximately five hours by bus or shuttle from San Jose.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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