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Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

This is an in-depth 200-hour certified yoga teacher training course in Costa Rican jungle that goes above and beyond what is required to be certified to teach and is created for all those who are interested in changing their lives, in delving deeper into truth, health, and healing. This course is a journey that fuses mind, body, and soul. Come and be inspired!

Meet the instructors

Molly & Stefanie
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Highlights

  • 17 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Sharing circles, chapter works, and asana studies
  • Chanting mantra, alignment, adjustments, and modifications
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Yoga styles


17 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Elysiana Waterfall (or Cascada Elysiana) is an eco-lodge and retreat center in the lush jungle near Dominical, Costa Rica. It offers a wonderfully introspective, remote, and natural experience. Cascada Elysiana eco-lodge is a 28-acre (11 hectares) Finca, located in the valley of San Juan de Dios. On the property, they have hiking trails, rivers, swimming holes, and a 58-meter waterfall.

The healing energy of the land and waterfall, paired with their comfortable yet naturally-built accommodations create a profound immersive experience for those who stay with them. During this course, you can choose to sleep in a dorm, a glamping tent, or a cabin.

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Prana (life-force energy), healing, and spirituality, woven into the course with anatomy, sequence and breath, all in a space that offers the multi-faceted teachings of yoga while honoring and respecting all religious backgrounds and beliefs. Learn how to live fully and artfully in every moment, heal your life and others' lives, let go of attachments and false beliefs, and rise up into your fullest self. True yoga (meaning 'union') teaches you to expand your consciousness and live in a higher vibrational life of beauty, presence, grace, and bliss.

This is truly an opportunity to shake off what you are ready to leave behind in order to transform into the empowered you. Join the amazing team of teachers and healers for adventure, healing, and connection as you complete your 200-hour Yoga Alliance destination yoga teacher training immersion in the beautiful sacred lands of Costa Rica. Go beyond your idea of what yoga is and enter into an immersion program that will shift you, lift you, and guide you to become the person you have always known you could be.

This course is for anyone wanting to learn how to teach yoga in a confident, knowledgeable, and empowered way, as well as for students who would like to simply deepen their yoga practice with hands-on training in adjustments, alignment, sequence-planning, philosophy, and history. This is an in-depth course that goes above and beyond what is required to be certified to teach and is created for all those who are interested in changing their lives and in delving deeper into truth, health, and healing. This course is training that fuses mind, body, and soul.

Full Circle Yoga School teaches in the traditional yogic methodology, which views yoga as a lifestyle, a science, and an art. They combine a detailed and in-depth study of modern asanas (postures) with a rich and colorful history and philosophy, as well as the lifestyle of yoga that offers balance and peace for life off the mat. Students will learn, practice, and teach a wide range of yoga postures, fully grasping sequencing in Hatha and Vinyasa flows.

Highlights

  • You graduate actually teaching a full one-hour class proficiently
  • Daily morning soul rocking 90-minute yoga practice, Hatha or Vinyasa infused with adjustments
  • Daily shifting and lifting meditation for healing, growth, self-discovery, and empowerment
  • Energy healing, crystals, essential oils are woven into each day
  • Chakra balancing-first seven days are infused with yoga, meditation, mantra, and music of day's chakra
  • Chakra cleansing and balancing workshop
  • Sacred music and chanting
  • Meet and greet intention setting ceremony
  • Fire and air letting go circle ceremony
  • Earth and water creation ceremony
  • Practice teaching in lush healing mother nature
  • Live music accompanying some classes and ceremonies
  • Graduation full circle ceremony

What you learn

  • Vedas
  • Upanishads
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Tantra
  • Hatha
  • Seat of the teacher
  • Yoga’s journey to the west
  • Yoga styles
  • Bandhas
  • The five sheaths
  • Prana
  • Nadis
  • Chakras
  • Gunas
  • Doshas
  • Subtle energy
  • Creating space for self-transformation
  • The physical setting
  • Classroom set up and orientation
  • Class levels and prerequisites
  • Class etiquette
  • Waking up the spiritual environment
  • Archetypes and mythology
  • Creating happy space
  • Space for healing
  • Holding integrated space
  • Teaching who is in front of you
  • Voice and language
  • Basic elements of asana practice
  • Instructing asana
  • General principles in physical cues and adjustments
  • Modifications
  • Variations and props
  • Teaching meditation
  • Guided meditation techniques
  • When to meditate
  • Meditating amid flow of body and breath
  • Principles of sequencing
  • Basic arc and structure of class
  • Sequencing within asana families
  • Planning specific classes
  • Chakra model of sequencing
  • Popular Hatha sequences and creating your class
  • New to yoga
  • Working with injuries
  • Working with depression
  • Teaching in alternative settings
  • Working with pregnant students
  • Yoga teacher training and certifications
  • Apprenticing
  • Teaching opportunities and remuneration
  • Business of yoga
  • Cultivating abundance
  • Preserving abundance
  • Regulation of the profession
  • Path of the teacher

Asana labs

  • Warm-ups
  • Sun salutations
  • Standing postures
  • Stabilization postures
  • Hip openers
  • Twists
  • Backbends
  • Lateral bends
  • Forward bends
  • Balancing postures
  • Inversions
  • Chaturanga
  • Arm balances

Styles of yoga

Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. You will also learn elements of Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, and trauma-informed yoga.

Sample daily schedule

  • 0​6:00 - 06:30 Daily meditation
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Daily morning 75-minute yoga practice, Hatha or Vinyasa-infused with Restorative or Yin and adjustments
  • ​08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast break
  • 08:30 - 12:30 Chapter work
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • ​13:30 - 15:30 Pranayama, asana study, cuing, alignment, adjustments, and modifications
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Practice teach at beach or studio weather permitting and at lead facilitators discretion
  • 17:45 Day-end circle gathering with mantra chanting or song
  • 18:00 Dinner break
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Study or ceremony

Books required

Reading materials mandatory to bring to training:​​

  • Teaching Yoga-Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  • Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, 4th Edition
  • The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book (check that you have the right book with cover pictured to right)

Please order these books at least two weeks prior to coming to the training to ensure their arrival as it is essential to the course. Arrive at the training having already read chapter I of the Teaching Yoga Book ready to discuss on day one.

Instructors

Molly Warner

Stefanie Bobinski

Retreat location

The course will take place in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Food

Your meal plan includes a plant-based yogic diet which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plan starts with arrival day dinner and includes breakfast the morning of the final graduation day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Tuition
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

  • Do not trust Waze or Google maps since they may get you stuck in the mud.
  • Do not blindly follow any form of navigation.
  • First, navigate to the very small town of Platanillo, Barú, 15 minutes north of Dominical on Highway 243.
  • Navigate to Cascada Elysiana (5 kilometers down a gravel road from Platanillo).
  • Navigating in two steps avoids any chance of being sent through muddy farm roads.
  • Once you arrive, park at the Cascada Elysiana 'Parqueo'.
  • Follow the signs to hike the last 120-meter yard to reception.
  • Four-wheel drive is not required, however, use caution with cars low to the ground.

Driving directions from Dominical

  • From Route 34, go 12 kilometers northwest on highway 243 towards Platanillo.
  • Turn left onto the gravel road before Platanillo (you will see their sign 'Cascada Elysiana' and a sign for Eco Chontales).
  • Follow their road signs 5 kilometers down the unnamed gravel road to San Juan de Dios.
  • The driveway is on the left.
  • Once you arrive, park in the 'Parqueo' and follow the signs to hike the last 120 meters to reception.

Driving directions from San Isidro / Perez Zeledón

  • From Route 2, go 22 kilometers southwest on route 243 towards Dominical to Platanillo.
  • From Platanillo, turn right onto the gravel road where you see their sign and an Eco Chontales sign.
  • Follow their road signs 5 kilometers down the unnamed gravel road to San Juan de Dios.
  • The driveway is on the left.
  • Once you arrive, park in 'Parqueo' and follow the signs to hike the last 120 meters to reception.

Arrival by bus

From the MUSOC terminal, take the bus to San Isidro de El General in Perez Zeledon (three hours). A bus leaves about every hour and costs around 8 USD. Be sure to have cash as they do not accept cards. From San Isidro MUSOC bus station, walk 550 meters south east to terminal Transportes Blanco. Take the bus for Dominical but exit the bus in Platanillo at the large sign for Eco Chontales (40 minutes). From here, you need to go 5 kilometers down the gravel road to find them on the left.

The last bus to Dominical leaves San Isidro at 4:00 p.m. If you arrive after 4:00 p.m., you can take a pirate taxi to Cascada Elysiana for 15,000 CRC (up to three people). From Platanillo, you can follow their signs and hitchhike the 5 kilometers down the San Juan de Dios road or use a pirate taxi. From San Isidro / Perez Zeledón, take the bus towards Dominical from Terminal Transportes Blanco. Take the bus for Dominical but get off the bus in Platanillo at the large sign for Eco Chontales.

Arrival by shuttle

You can book a shared express shuttle directly from your hotel in San José or from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to the tiny beach town of Dominical for around 50 USD (three and a half hours). Private shuttles are also available. Once in Dominical, you can arrange for a taxi directly to Cascada Elysiana (recommended, 10.000 CRC) or you can follow the directions below to save yourself a few thousand colones.

Arrival by taxi

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), take an Über or pirate taxi (10 USD) or an Official taxi (30 USD) to the MUSOC bus station in San José. Please note Wi-Fi at the airport is fairly reliable and may be sufficient for an Über if you do not have service in Costa Rica. You can book a pirate taxi from Perez Zeledón/San Isidro to Cascada Elysiana at 15.000 CRC.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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