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4 Days 25-Hour SUP Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Florida Yoga Teacher Training

Join Gypsea Yoga in Uvita, home to Marino Ballena National Park, the first marine protected park in Central America! Wildlife abounds in the scenic waters of South Pacific Costa Rica, from numerous tropical birds to dolphins, Sea Turtles and LOTS of whale species! A Florida native with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, over 8 years of experience guiding people , and a certified registered Yoga Teacher Trainer with Yoga Alliance, Courtney Fletcher will lead you through all the coursework so that you can confidently teach yoga on a paddleboard.

Retreat highlights

  • Paddle board yoga classes
  • Learn about hand and body positions
  • Tides, wind speed, and safety teachings
  • Paddle board yoga business strategies
  • Savanasa and meditation practices
  • Paddle board in Looe Key reef
  • 3 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Hospedaje El Bosquecito is situated on a quiet section of the main road of Uvita. Located right beside a small creek and forest, guests have the pleasure of being up close to birds, toucans, monkeys, sloths, and iguanas. The sound of the water brings a tranquil atmosphere. Restaurants, banks, and other services are a short walk away.

Gypsea Yoga Teacher Training in Florida Program

During this course, you will learn the basics of paddle boarding techniques, how to facilitate and teach SUP (Stand Up Paddle) yoga classes, pranayama and asanas for paddle boarding, weather and water safety, and paddle board yoga business application.

You will also learn the correct paddle skills and turns, water safety, modification of yoga poses on the board, and how to teach beginner and advanced students, all while learning to teach paddle board yoga to individuals, couples, and group classes. Before you leave, you will teach your first SUP yoga class.

Day 1 - Learning paddle boarding


  • Equipment and transport
  • Hand positions
  • Body positions
  • strokes

Day 2 - Learn about the weather and safety


  • Maps and marine charts
  • Tides and tide charts
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Safety equipment
  • Shallow water safety
  • Recommended certifications

Day 3 - SUP yoga


  • Benefits of SUP yoga
  • How to modify
  • Basic sequences
  • Savasana
  • Meditation
  • Incorporating your environment
  • Business strategies


Attendants must be able to swim, have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid certification, a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification or being in progress to complete it. The Itinerary will depend on weather and tidal conditions. Registered yoga teachers will be able to add 25 contact hours to their registration with Yoga Alliance.

Included excursions

As part of this course, you'll have the chance to explore South Pacific Costa Rica's nearshore habitats, sandy beaches, and mangrove forests.


Courtney Fletcher
Chennai Yoga Mission International - Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (Hatha Yoga)
Yuva Yoga School Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Tattvaa Yoga School Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Ashtanga Yoga)
An ex-gymnast, spinally fused, 14-year yogi, Ashtangi, trained in India, with a gypSEA soul whose practice draws from Hatha, Kundalini, 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.

Retreat location

Uvita is a small village in southern Costa Rica. It is notable for its location where the mountains most closely reach the Pacific Ocean, it is the closest village to Marino Ballena National Park. This tropical hamlet possesses great charm in an unspoiled and serene atmosphere. With palm trees swaying in the wind, providing shady relief from the intense Pacific sun, there is plenty of outdoor options in this tropical paradise.


For this course, meal plans can be added as necessary.

Things to do (optional)

Horseback riding

Paddle boarding


Surf lessons

Waterfall rapelling

Whale watching

Whitewater rafting

Zip lining

Spa treatments

Add-on massage, Reiki, Aroma Touch

What's included

  • 3-Day 25 hour Program
  • 25 Yoga Alliance approved contact hours
  • Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Certification
  • Gypsea Yoga Paddleboard Yoga Manual

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

How to get there

Arrive by Airplane

Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP) is the closest airport to Uvita. You can also fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and organize a shuttle from there.

Transfer from and to the airport is additional, and available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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