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The Epic Academy: 32 Day 200-Hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

YTT + Conscious Business Academy + Shamanic Ceremonies

Heal, awaken and reconnect to your source. Step into and embody your power fully. Let go of all thats no longer serving your mind, body and spirit, while building a freedom based conscious business and lifestyle. Learn to lead from your heart, live on purpose, and serve others.

This small group, hands-on, personalized program is designed for the passionate yogi who is eager to learn in-depth philosophy, sequencing, hands on adjustments, anatomy, and cueing. The Epic Academy includes a large section devoted to conscious business building and website design. Their mission is to help you build the most solid foundation to launch your grandest vision.

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Amber, Aly, Daniel, & 1 More…
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  • 4 hrs of Personal Sales Training
  • Design & Build a Beautiful Modern Website
  • 32 hrs Sales & Marketing Business Training
  • 6 hrs of Personal Website & Business Coaching
  • 200 Hr Vinyasa Yoga Alliance Teacher Training
  • 2 Shamanic Plant Medicine Ceremonies
  • Organic Gourmet Raw & Vegan Meals
  • 3 hrs Holistic Nutrition Workshops

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Types of Rooms Available:

  • One Shared Studio with Twin Bed and Shared Bath (2 available)
  • One Semi Private Bedroom with Queen Bed and Shared Bath (4 available)
  • One Standard Bedroom with Queen Bed and Shared Bath (2 available)
  • One Master Bedroom with Queen Bed and Private Bath (1 available)


In this ground breaking 32-day program, Epic Living Retreats will fuse the Epic Academy business curriculum with a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification program. In their signature academy, they will empower and assist you to develop your brand, find your voice, and also design and build your website. You will be immersed in Epic Living Retreats' advertising, social media marketing, blogging, copy writing, and sales techniques.


  • A consistent yoga practice for the last two years (three times per week)
  • A strong passion and drive to become an entrepreneur
  • Tech savvy with social media experience
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • A "can-do" attitude with ability to problem solve

Vinyasa yoga teacher training outline

Techniques and practice (100 hours)

Explore a vast array of asana styles and theoretical elements by using Hatha as the foundation. Morning practice is an intensive two hour Vinyasa flow. While the afternoon is a gentle two hour Hatha with deep focus on alignment, pranayama, and meditation. Remaining time will be spent on lectures covering topics of the day.

Teaching methodology (25 hours)

You will learn all aspects of teaching including how to plan classes, choreograph sequences, demonstrate postures, execute physical adjustments, use voice, and verbal cues (English and Sanskrit). You will also practice and learn how to hold space for a variety of different emotions, physical injuries, and limitations. The use props and postures modification are also extensively covered. The importance of observation will be emphasized since it is the foundation of excellent teaching.

Anatomy and physiology (20 hours)

Dive deep into the physical (muscles, bones, fascia, etc.) and energetic (chakras, nadis, etc.) anatomy of the human form. You will be taught all body systems (e.g. nervous system, muscular system, endocrine, etc.), human kinetics, and how all of these relate to yoga practice. Anatomy provides a comprehensive blueprint for all postures while clarifying the effects of pranayama and meditation within the body.

Philosophy and ethics (30 hours)

Epic Living Retreats will review topics within Hindu mythology and the traditional teachings from the ancient scriptures of the yoga sutras, Hatha yoga pradipika, and the bhagavad gita. Looking into these Vedic scriptures will give you insight on how much more there is to your yoga practice than the physical body. By learning the eight-limb path and applying it throughout your life you will be more confident incorporating it into your classes without overwhelming your students. Two hours will be spent on the ethics of the teacher-student relationship and how important this is when giving physical adjustments.

Practicum (10 hours)

You will practice your teaching to the group and develop your voice and style. Sometimes the scariest part of being a new teacher is getting up in front of people. The more you practice within a supportive group the more your confidence grows. This is a chance to receive and give feedback as well as observe others teach. Electives are interspersed throughout the month and include kids, Ashtanga, and pre-natal yoga practices. Basic Ayurvedic principles and variations for advanced postures are also covered.

Conscious business academy and website build

What ever your dream will require a website and key business techniques. This 32-hour academy preps you with all of the marketing and sales techniques necessary to launch a thriving business on the ground and online.

You will learn how to design and build your own website on the robust and renowned WordPress platform to showcase your talent and mission to attract students. No coding will be required. It's incredibly important that you know how to function your own website without the need of a developer or designer. Having complete control over your website is critical to saving money and expanding your brand rapidly. Below is the short list of what you'll know how to do by the end the month working one on one and in small groups with Amber and Daniel.

Pilates mat and myofascial release workshop

Every Saturday morning, you can enjoy in-depth 90-minute Pilates mat and myofascial release workshops designed to take your personal practice and teaching to the next level. These 6 hours will be counted as part of your total elective hours. Amber will show you how to weave these two extremely powerful techniques into your yoga offerings.

Learn the seven guiding Pilates principles and how you can easily apply them to enhance all of your favorite activities. Flow through beginning-advanced mat sequences with Amber and learn how to move from your center with proper alignment, ease, and grace. Pilates is a rigorous and precise method created to uniformly balance and build long lean bodies.

Dive into the intricacies of myofascial release with tennis balls and foam rollers. Amber will teach you how to roll out the most tense places in your deepest connective tissue from head to toe. By releasing the fascia and blasting through energy blockages you can unlock a new level of mobility.

This technique and skill set is invaluable for pain management, injury prevention, increasing mobility, and improving performance on every level. Imagine a full body deep tissue massage you can give yourself and teach your students how to do for themselves.

Stand up paddle board yoga and Pilates intensive

Take all of your yoga and Pilates skills to the gorgeous 85 degree Pacific Ocean. In this two and a half hour intensive, you'll flow through a dynamic Pilates-Vinyasa fusion class on a stand up paddle board with Amber. You will launch from one of the most mesmerizing peaceful coves and paddle out beside the little islands for class.

Practicing on a wiggling board adds a major stability challenge to your asana. Falling in the warm water is part of the fun and learning. Learn how to stroke with the paddle properly and safely with your core for speedy and efficient traveling. Amber will lead and show you how to enter the waves and read the water currents for the safest and most fun experience.

Shamanic twist

Sacred plant medicines and Temazcal sweat lodges have been used by shamans world wide for thousands of years to heal, awaken, and elevate consciousness. The plant that you will mediate in sacred ceremony with is known as a the mother of all master plants. It comes from the depths of the Amazon rain forest and has been used extensively to elicit spiritual revelations, heal past traumas, and reverse addictive behaviors.

One ceremony of sipping this mystical and potent brew has been described as 10 years of meditation compressed into one night. It is also the deepest physical and emotional cleanse of your life. Two ceremonies in a row is ideal because it allows the medicine to heal deeper. This experience sparks the beginning of a powerful spiritual journey to the center of your heart and the depths of the cosmos.

There is no better way to enhance the celebration of your graduation from training than with a traditional Native American crow sweat lodge and back to back plant medicine ceremonies September 8 through the morning of September 11 at Posada Natura Retreat Center.

Epic Living Retreats works with the highest integrity and most experienced shaman in the region. Creating the safest space for your spiritual unfolding and evolution is their top priority. Epic Living Retreats has led over a dozen groups to The Temple of Light in the last year alone with outstanding results.

Weekday schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Two-hour Vinyasa practice
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Organic breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Morning lecture
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Organic lunch
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Afternoon lecture
  • 14:15 - 14:30 Break
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Afternoon Hatha or alignment, adjustments, and posture clinics
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Organic dinner followed by rest and reflect

Saturday schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:00 Pilates mat or myofascial release workshop
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Organic breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Social media marketing and website building
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Organic lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Sales training followed by an organic dinner

Sunday schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Organic breakfast
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Organic lunch
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Organic dinner


Amber Zuckswert
Amber is an international Pilates and Vinyasa yoga instructor, professional contemporary dancer, and holistic nutritionist. She specializes in crafting personal lifestyle design programs and retreats, featuring international renowned experts for stressed and over-worked individuals who are eager to radically increase their health and happiness forever.
Aly Nind
Aly is certified with over 900-hours in Hatha, Ashtanga, and Sattva yoga along with another 2200-hours in massage therapy. Over the last several years, she has lead annual retreats in Costa Rica and Peru. Her passion for sharing the power of yoga lead her to create her own teacher training program. She is the lead educator for the yoga teacher training portion of this program from Monday through Friday.
Daniel Finnerty
Daniel is a "sales jedi" who roams the world fighting evil, engaging in high adventure and teaching his system, "Sales for Introverts & LightWorkers", to conscious business entrepreneurs. He developed his sales systems over 17 successful years at the highest levels of the health and wellness industry.
Johanna Thorn
Author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book “Live Vibrantly! 10 Steps to Maintain Youthfulness, Increase Energy and Restore Your Health” is fiercely committed to guiding people in taking ownership of their health giving them freedom to live life beyond the ordinary; full of energy, free from fear of aging or disease. Her path to becoming a Restorative Eco Chef and Wellness Coach became clear after having restored her own health from one debilating health issue after another including an auto-immune disease.

Retreat location

Villa Manuel & The Loft is nestled in the rainforest within 5 mins walk to all shops, restaurants, and activities within the heart of Manuel Antonio. This spacious modern jungle mansion is a 20 min walk or 10 min bus ride to main beach with the fastest wifi in town and a huge yoga deck. Choose a spacious shared or private room. All rooms are equipped with air conditioners. All linens are provided with cleaning service twice per week. Washer and dryer are free and on site.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Enjoy delicious raw and vegan superfood cuisine prepared and served by Johanna Thorn. Plant based nutrition, especially during such vigorous training, is key to boosting the quality of your experience. We only use the highest quality, locally grown, certified organic produce and super foods to create scrumptious dishes. Johanna soaks and sprouts all nuts, seeds, and legumes for her dishes and specializes in fermented foods.

Sip on green juice, fresh coconut water, superfood smoothies, herbal teas, and savory soups. Munch rainbow salads, wraps, pasta, pizza and even desserts like cheesecake and pie. Your taste buds will enjoy the food as much as your belly. All meals are crafted with proper food combining guidelines and fermented foods to aide digestion, cleanse, and boost your immunity. You won’t know what to do with all of your new energy. Johanna Thorn, our fabulous holistic nutritionist and chef all month will also be offering two workshops during the training.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
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)






White Water Rafting





Spa treatments

They have two massage therapists and chiropractor on call for all students for an additional fee.

What's included

  • 2 hr SUP Yoga & Pilates Intensive
  • 2 Shamanic Plant Medicine Ceremonies
  • 3 hrs Holistic Nutrition Workshops
  • 4 hrs of Personal Sales Training
  • 6 hrs of Personal Website & Business Coaching
  • 6 hrs Pilates Mat & Myofascial Release
  • 32 hrs Sales & Marketing Business Training
  • 200 Hr Vinyasa Yoga Alliance Teacher Training
  • Design & Build a Beautiful Modern Website
  • Organic Gourmet Raw & Vegan Meals
  • Shared or Private Accommodation
  • Traditional Temazcal Sweat Lodge
  • Transport to and from Manuel Antonio

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transport costs while staying in Manuel Antonio

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to land at Juan SantaMaria International Airport (SJO) by noon the day before your training begins. Ground shuttle to and from SJO is included in your package.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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