GypSea Yoga School offers global 200 and 300-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training & continuing ed courses, a percentage of all profits is donated to local kids.
Yoga Retreats (6)
Courtney is an ex-gymnast, spinally fused, 17-year yogi, Ashtangi, trained in India, with a gypSEA soul whose practice draws from ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa. Her heart-centered approach evokes an understanding of interconnectedness through a focus on self-love, nature, and Seva (service). The intention being for her students to discover the light within that ignites their path to inner peace, the connection which opens the heart to universal love.
Being a natural intuitive most of her life, Monica started her studies with natural, holistic, and healing therapies in 2010. She began the journey for her own passionate search in finding awareness and love for herself. It was serendipitous and came to her in a part of her life when she needed it to show up the most. She had been sick with no explanation from doctors, woke up from a routine ENT procedure, and had no use of her left arm. Then she lost her father to ALS. Becoming her own self-love warrior is the most rewarding journey she has ever been on.
Experienced Doctor of Chiropractic in the management of injuries, soft tissue rehabilitation & subluxation correction. B.S. in Exercise Physiology & Human Biology, California State University, Fullerton 1988. Doctorate of Chiropractic, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic 1991. Chiropractic Sports Physician Certification 1997. Certified Wellness Practitioner, 2006; helping patients toward a healthier life by removing nerve interference to the spinal system, balancing nutritional deficiencies & hormonal imbalances, eliminating emotional stress patterns and helping patients detoxify their bodies.
As a professional Yoga Instructor it is my pleasure and honor to be a part of your inward journey. I am sincerely passionate about my own practice, and truly believe that consistency and patience lay the foundation for a healthy yoga journey. My goal as an instructor is to guide you safely through physical practice, open connections between your body and mind, and inspire deeper awareness within so that you can more deeply admire all that surrounds you. Thank you for being here with me.
Christian Ruiz Dorantes
Christian grew up in Reus, near Barcelona. He lived in Germany for a while before moving back to Spain. He met Vimal Sharma, the disciple of Swami Veda Baratha, in 2017 and learned yoga from him. He took inspirations from Writers and thinkers like Jiddu Krishnamurti, Swami Rama, Helena Blavatsky, Emilio Carrillo, Annie Besant, I. K. Taimni. From there he gradually opens up that space of love, union, and service.
Cassidy Ellice, E-RYT 200 and RYT 500, is a long-term Sierra Nevada habitant; growing up in this area created an inseparable bond between her and nature. This connection with the natural world inspired her to live a life where she facilitates inner and outer exploration of one's true nature while immersed in nature. Cassidy completed her 200 YTT in 2018 with GypSea, her 300 YTT with Balanced Rock and currently owns and operates a small business called Yogasemite. Her intention throughout all of her programming and teaching is to hold loving space for you to dive deep into yoga & yourself.
Anja Marina Habegger
from Canada, October 2021
"Absolutely amazing and wonderful, highly recommended!"
I loved everything about this experience, from the amazing vegan food to doing yoga and meditation in the jungle every morning, surrounded by nature, deepening my healing journey and learning so much about the philosophy of yoga and also about myself. I can really recommend this course, the teachers were all absolutely amazing and brought beautiful energies and knowledge and each of them had their own style which was very inspiring. The accommodation was very lovely, welcoming and well located, the food was fantastic, traditional Costa Rican and everything vegan. The program of the course is very well structured and we learnt so much in these 200 hours and I feel ready to teach yoga classes now.
It was a wonderful experience and I am very grateful for it.
from Finland, August 2021
"It was a nice experience overall. "
The area was very beautiful. The sea was not far away and waterfalls were near.
People were friendly.
The days were well organized.
from United States, June 2021
Wow. What a life-changing, love-filled YTT. I am so glad I chose this training. Courtney, along with two other facilitators, brought the magic and created the best space for our group to learn. From breaking down the asanas to diving deep into philosophy, this curriculum was well-rounded and heightened with the incorporation of art and playful activities, bringing out the inner child. I will most definitely be returning for 300 hour training when I get the opportunity!
from Germany, June 2021
I did not only learn Yoga Asanas, I learned so much for life! Courtney and her Team of extremely professional teachers have so much passion for sharing their knowledge with the students. The energy at the Bosquecito, where we stay, eat and train just add up to this unique experience.
from Mexico, May 2021
"Phenomenal experience "
Wow! Such an amazing experience, full of growth and learning.
from United States, May 2019
"Great experience and education"
I loved that each of the three yoga teachers brought their own unique style. They each had different specialties and it was the perfect combination for a well-rounded experience. Also, the teachers were very supportive!!
from Denmark, February 2019
"Excellent training "
Can highly recommend this training, it was a great experience all in all. Instructors were very kind and knowledgeable, they make you feel comfortable and at home in what is a very intense couple of weeks both physically and emotionally.
It was definitely more intense and tough than I imagined, prepare to have only very little free time as nights and a good part of the weekend will be spent on homework, I don’t think this can be any different with 200 hr in three weeks but just prepare mentally for this.
Would def recommend this training, schedule is varied with various field trips included and the food is excellent.
from Great Britain, February 2019
"A life experience "
The humanity. The energy and chemistry of The group. The passion for yoga. The quality of the content of the course. The environment. The experience, expertise, intuition and inspiration of the leaders.
from United States, June 2021
from United States, May 2021
My mom and I came both came already certified as yoga teachers but wanting a retreat where we could do lots of yoga and learn and this was the perfect trip for that. Courtney and the other instructors were so helpful and warm and welcomed us into the teacher training going on with open arms. This training was more meditation, philosophy and alignment focused than the training I had received and so it was the perfect rounding out of my yoga education. I really feel like this was where I was meant to be both personally and as a yogi. It also helped that it was in the most beautiful place in the world with delicious food and incredible people. I cannot recommend it enough.