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20 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Samasati, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica


200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Join Hari-Om Yoga School in this enriching yoga teacher training. Giving its students a solid foundation for teaching yoga and stimulating participants to find their own personal path among the different and numerous approaches and techniques that exist in the world of yoga are the very aims of this 200 hours Hari-Om yoga teacher training. Come and immerse yourself in knowledge and feel a true immersion at it's finest!


  • 5 hours of lecture everyday
  • 2 hours of practice sessions, twice daily
  • Courses on asana, pranayama, and anatomy
  • Certificate of attendance recognized by the Yoga Alliance
  • Daily wholesome vegetarian meals
  • 19 nights cozy accommodation
  • Training manuals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 19 days with instruction
  • English
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Hari-om Yoga School carefully selects the venue for its trainings to ensure comfortable and secure lodging, delicious vegetarian, and organic meals, inspiring and lush environment for your study.

Samasati Nature Retreat's facilities include a large hot tub overlooking the ocean where you can watch the toucans flying through the trees below, a spa where a wide variety of massage sessions are offered, and many trails where you can experience the forest and its magic. Each room has a safe deposit box, fan, emergency light, as well as other amenities. You will be able to stay in:


Ten Caribbean style cottages are nestled within lovely tropical gardens. Built with wood reclaimed from the area, all have spacious verandas overlooking the rainforest or the Caribbean sea. Some have an additional bedroom in a lofted area above the main floor. The Casitas can accommodate two to four people. Beds are either king size, double, or single size. Linens and towels are provided, along with a room safe, fan (additional fans available upon request), and laundry service at additional cost.

Guest House

The Guest House is set in the rainforest a short walk away from the restaurant and reception comprised of five adjoining private rooms with two shared bathrooms (one for men and another for women). Choose from rooms with either two single beds or one double bed. The Guest House is a great option for solo travelers, groups of friends, or couples looking for cozy and inexpensive accommodations. Linens and towels are provided, along with a room safe, fan (additional fans available upon request), and laundry service at additional cost.


Hari-Om yoga teacher trainings are always intense and challenging. They integrate tools and techniques from other traditions and practices such as muay thai, zen, taoism, ecstatic dance, and dynamic meditation because yoga is a dynamic path to a deeper and integral comprehension, and many people are past the point of being satisfied with simple explanations as “what degree the ankle should be placed” or “how high the arm should be raised” in an asana.

Yoga is not a dogmatic practice and when it becomes fanatical, can only add ignorance to ignorance. In this training there are at least four hours a day of powerful practice and a strong commitment is required from the students who decide to join and immerse themselves in the practice.

If observing your perceived limits and challenging them beyond what you thought possible in a conscious way, strengthening your body and inner body, and staying consistent on a path toward power is what you're searching for, then then you are invited to join. Leaving your comfort zone and transmuting it into your practice is Hari-Om's aim and forte.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Practice
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:15 Lecture
  • 12:15 - 14:45 Lunch and break
  • 14:45 - 16:45 Lecture
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Practice
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Evening lecture (twice in the program)


Principles and importance of alignment:

  • Basic asanas: Tadasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Neutral standing asanas and standing asanas with external rotation: Virabhadrasana II, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Vrkasana, Virabhadrasana III, Ardha Chandrasana, Utthita hasta Padangusthasana, Garudasana
  • Forward bending asanas: Uttanasana, Parsvottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Upavista Konasana, Dandasana, Navasana, Pashimottanasana, Adho Mukha Virasana, Pavanmuktasana
  • Seated asanas with external rotation: Janu Sirshasana, Baddha Konasana, Gomukhasana, Brahmasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana
  • Asanas with backward extension: Alanasana, Virabhadrasana I, Utkatasana, Bhujangasana, Salambasana, Setu Banda Sarvangasana, Urdhva Mukha *Svanasana, Purvottanasana, Dhanurasana
  • Asanas executed in Vinyasa: Marjariasana, Ardha Chatarnga Dandasana, Chataranga Dandasana, different versions of Surya Namaskar
  • Inverted asanas: Viparita Karani mudra, Sirshasana , Sarvangasana, Halasana
  • Laying-down and twisting asanas: Parivritta Parsvakonasana, Jathara Parivartanasana, Parivritta trikonasana, Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Mtsyendrasana, Savasana

Every asana will be examined through these aspects:

  • Alignment points
  • Most common errors
  • Possible variations that simplify or intensify the asana
  • Physical benefits
  • Contraindications
  • Effects on the mind and spirit
  • Effects on the Chakras
  • Effects on the Doshas

Explanations will be given on the internal logic of the positions and possible variations will be expounded upon that can modify or substitute the asana while leaving its structure intact.


During the 200 hours of the teacher training program organized by Hari-Om, pranayama plays an important role. The concept of prana is explained by describing the five main types of prana (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana), and what pranayama, the bandhas, and the breath cycle mean.

The program is divided into three units, including a practical part in which the participants are guided to experiment the different pranayama techniques, and a theoretical part where the techniques are explained together, with the effects, benefits, and how they work by an anatomic and physiological point of view.

As for the asanas, pranayama techniques will be explained by studying:

  • Various approaches and teaching methods
  • Physical benefits
  • Contraindications
  • Effects of the mind and the spirit
  • Effects on the Chakras
  • Effects on the Doshas

Pranayama 1

Prana (the five main types: Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana), pranayama, bandhas, and the breath cycle. After an initial practical approach where the teacher will lead the participants to practice some simple pranayama techniques, the first unit focuses on the concepts of pranayama and prana.

Pranayama 2

Nadi Sodhana, Ujjay, Anuloma, Viloma, Sitali, and Sitkari. The second unit dives further into the analysis and explanation of other techniques, always through a practical part first to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Pranayama 3

Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Agni Sari, Samavritti, and Asamavritti pranayama. The third unit is part of the second year program. First, there will be a review of the program of the first year to refresh and then to aid in explaining more complex and advanced techniques, always through a practical part first, to experiment, and a second theoretical part to understand what happens in the physical and energetic bodies.

Dharana (meditation techniques)

You will look at the the practice of meditation, its meaning, and the effects of meditation techniques as seen from scientific and physiological perspectives.

Students will practice and learn to teach meditation techniques utilizing breath, mantra, yantra, concentration on the Chakras, and the principal Nadis (Ida, Pingala, Shushmna, Arohan, Awarohan).

The majority of the meditation techniques that will be taught in the course of three years of study will have their origin in Tantra, Kriya, and Raja yoga.


  • Introduction to mudras and their various meanings
  • Mudra e Prana
  • The five mudra groups (hasta, mana, kaya, bandha, adhara)
  • Experience and use of mudra belonging to the five different groups accompanied by theoretical explanations of their meaning, benefits, and eventual contraindications

Mantra, Yantra e Mandala

  • Mantra as the power of sound and shape, their meaning and how they effect the subtle energy
  • Mantras: how they work; how they are to be used;how they influence karma
  • Seed mantras
  • Kirtan practice
  • Introduction to Nada yoga, the yoga of sound

Subtle physiology

  • The three bodies (sharira)
  • The five sheaths (kosha)
  • The seven progressive chakras
  • Kundalini: progress by way of kundalini and shakti, techniques, and methods for reawakening kundalini, obstacles in its ascent
  • The subtle channels (nadi) and the prana blocks (granthi)


  • What is Yoga? Yogic lifestyle
  • Analysis of different Yoga systems and information on their origins
  • Introduction to Samkhya: purusha and prakriti, evolution and involution, and the path of liberation
  • Ashtanga: the eight stages of yoga
  • Readings and commentary on abstracts of Patanjali's "Yoga Sutra"
  • Karma yoga: the path of action
  • Bhakti yoga: the path of devotion
  • Jnana yoga: the path of knowledge
  • Introduction to tantra, tantra and sexuality, the divinities and their nature

Further Techniques

  • Vinyasa
  • Introduction to the principles behind the various asana sequences
  • Introduction to yoga therapy
  • Introduction to yoga for expecting mothers
  • The art of teaching: student and teaching approaches, ethics, yoga as job, organization suggestions


During your 200 hours you will learn the basic information about Ayurveda, how it is connected to yoga, and how to apply it in light of modern life, the daily routine and diet. Lecture curriculum:

Ayurveda I, cosmology and society

  • Vedic visions of human beings and existence. Realization of the four goals: Dharma, Kama, Artha, and Moksha. Visions of human beings as part of the universe and with this realization finding harmony and balance with the universe
  • Five kosha. Concept of well-being through the five koshas
  • Three Gunas. The attributes of the mind
  • Habits and lifestyles according to Ayurveda (the three doshas)

Ayurveda II, clean diet and respect of the environment

  • Concepts of Ahimsa (non-violence) in Ayurveda and yoga, expressed through diet and lifestyle
  • Why be vegetarian?
  • Why be vegan?
  • How to make ethical and responsible choices using the principles of Ayurveda and yoga as guidance


In the course of the four weeks of your yoga teacher training, the multiple aspects of anatomy and physiology are treated throughout a detailed program, starting from the simple cells form and function to the most complex and vital processes of the human body.

The program emphasizes the study of the muscular bundles, the behavior in relation to the static and dynamic phases, and the various typologies of reaction to stimuli.

The referring textbooks will be completed by handbooks that will help the student to deepen their knowledge of the joints and their functions, with the specific purpose of expanding the capacity of the future teacher in the prevention of possible injuries.

During the four weeks of the teacher training you will also study the physiological and biomechanical processes activated by the practice of the asanas, pranayama, and dharana.

Anatomy 1

Subjects treated:

  • Cartesians plans, cell, agonism and antagonism of muscles
  • Definition of anatomy, cells and tissues, skeleton, muscular system
  • Gravitational and antigravity muscles bundles

Anatomy 2

Subjects treated:

  • Nervous system, sensory organs
  • The shoulder, the elbow, the hip

Anatomy 3

Subjects treated:

  • Endocrine system, digestive system, respiratory system
  • The knee, the ankle, the foot, six asanas (biomechanics)

Anatomy 4

Subjects treated:

  • Circulatory system, excretory system, reproductive system
  • 12 asanas (biomechanics)

Yoga therapy

  • The concept of health in Western and Eastern traditions.
  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga therapy.
  • Yoga therapy in its spiritual aspects.
  • One example of therapeutic program with asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation, and yoga Nidra.

Marco Mandrino

Marco is an E-RYT 500 registered yoga teacher, with a certification of experienced teacher by Yoga Alliance, Coni, MSP, and CSEN. He studied and experimented different approaches to yoga and spirituality. Through the Hari-Om Yoga School teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats he teaches in Italy, Australia, India, Costa Rica, and United States, Marco promotes an integral spiritual practice without boundaries of style and tradition.

Marco is the founder of Hari Yoga, a non-dogmatic, inter-spiritual, intense yet light approach with no center or goal rather than sustain the individual to fully live the wonderful simplicity of daily life. He collaborates with different yoga magazines and is the author of several publications and a book.

Founder of the Hari-Om Yoga School, he is also the coordinator of the registered yoga teacher trainings which release an internationally recognized certification.

Massimo Monti

Since an early age, Massimo felt attracted and influenced by the vision and teaching of mystics, masters, and yogis like Rumi, J.Krishnamurti, G.I. Gurdjieff, R. Tagore, and P. Yogananda, among others, which shaped the spiritual path to follow.

Extensive travels throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, North Africa as well as the Americas, Australia, and Europe brought him in contact with different spiritual paths widening the spectrum of ways in the quest of human consciousness growth.

Inspired by gifted teachers like Glenn Black, among others, in the last 17 years he ventured into the journey of the practice and study of Hatha yoga, experiencing different styles like Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Yin, and attending classes, retreats and teacher trainings in Costa Rica, U.S., Italy and Australia, where he got certified in the oldest school of Byron Bay, under the guidance of John Ogilvie, promoter of Purna yoga, which represents a holistic approach to yoga, integrating the postures, philosophy, pranayama, meditation, discipline, and code of ethics.

Massimo Monti is currently the coordinator of the residential courses in Costa Rica where he lives and holds workshops and teaches private and public daily classes at the Samasati Nature Retreat, combining a wide repertoire of asanas and sequencing with pranayama, meditations, talks, and fun.

Jun Lee

Jun began her search sparked initially through her role serving as a nurse in Philadelphia. Moved by the motivation to impact the world in a positive way, love for the intelligence in the body and connecting with people it went from idealized service to being disillusioned with the conventional health system and the system in general. %On the path of discovery, it led to a journey toward meditation, self-healing, yoga, questioning self-mastery, and the mystery of the unknown. Voraciously reading as much as possible, it eventually led to a move West to San Francisco in search of beauty and truth. This led to further travels in Costa Rica and later on to Italy where she received her RYT-500 with Hari-Om.

Striving to bring lightness, laughter, and wild discipline to her classes, she honors the eternal lessons of her teachers but is allergic to dogma, thrives on riddles, and believes that being alive on the rough green and brown earth is the highest honor and privilege.

She looks at life as an invitation for everyone to work wonders and perform miracles that aren't possible in nirvana, the promised land, or any afterlife. The sweet stuff that quenches all of our longings is not far away in some other time and place, philosophy or person. Its right here and right now.

Samasati Nature Retreat will be your base camp for this teacher training. Nestled in the South-Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica, it is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a truly forest-yogi experience and for whoever wants to deepen the practice and knowledge of yoga in a pristine and unspoiled natural environment.

Far away from urban gyms and hectic city life, amongst ancient trees, colorful tropical birds, and kaleidoscopic butterflies, it becomes easy and effortless to think ecologically, to nourish harmony with all living creatures and to reclaim your universal and cosmic connection that is the true essence of yoga.

Nearby places

  • Cahuita - 8 miles
  • Puerto Viejo - 8 miles
  • San Jose - 130 miles
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance nearby

Delicious vegetarian and organic daily meals will be provided throughout the training. Meals at Samasati are served buffet style and the food is vegetarian. They use organic locally grown products as much as possible. Fruits come from Samasati's land and the chocolate comes from nearby cacao plantations. You will be amazed of how tasty and varied vegetarian food can be!

Bird watching

This tour takes place in the Kekoldi Indian Reserve, an ideal place to watch a variety of birds in different habitats. During the course of the tour you will get to stop at a research center tower, which is designed for observing migratory birds. This place is considered the most important in the world for birds of prey.

Duration is approximately three hours and the cost is 49 USD per person.

Cahuita National Park hiking

Cahuita allows for easy access to breaktaking flora, fauna, beaches, and natural beauty! It is a small village located 16 kilometers north of Puerto Viejo famous for its beaches, most of which are within the National Park. This combination of idyllic white sand, coral reefs and coastal vegetation provides an opportunity to observe tropical species such as monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs, and butterflies.

Terraventuras transportation will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Cahuita where your guide will be waiting. The knowledgeable guide will accompany you down the trails of the National Park revealing and educating on its various ecosystems and species. Halfway through you’ll stop at Punta Cahuita to rest and enjoy refreshments. At the end of the walk you’ll have time to swim at Cahuita beach before being transported back to the hotel.

Duration is approximately four hours and the cost is 45 USD per person.

Horseback riding on the beach

Experience for yourself riding out of the forest feeling the cool sea breeze on you as you see the clear blue ocean with white capped waves crashing on the clean sandy beaches as the sun shines to brighten an incredible day of riding. The rides start at Playa Chiquita de Talamanca going north to Puerto Viejo or south to Manzanillo. You can also get rides to local restaurants, weddings, birthdays special events, and requests.

Duration is approximately two and a half hours and the cost is 60 USD per person.

Indigenous reserve of Talamanca

Get picked up at the hotel and join the group heading to the Bribri reservation, the country’s largest indigenous community and head of the canton of Talamanca where you’ll visit the Indian communities of Volio, Watsi, and Santa Fe. The tour begins with a visit to Awa, Bribri for shaman, who will receive the group at his ranch with his family. There the family will share some of their customs and the history of Bribris.

Then you’ll walk to a sacred place on the mountain, where the Bribri have built a replica of holy Talamanca site where they believe God created the Bribri and other humans. The Awa will explain how they believe creation took place and demonstrate a few rituals. You will also have time to see the indigenous handicrafts before continuing your visit.

The tour continues with a visit to a Bribri family where five generations live under one roof. This will be direct contact with the lifestyle of these people, you’ll learn about their houses, how they cook, what plants they use for healing various diseases, how they produce chocolate and a myriad of details about the Bribri lifestyle. %Of course you’ll get to taste the homemade chocolate with different aromas and flavors and will be served a typical Bribri lunch. Also included, you’ll have the opportunity to grind chocolate and discover the secrets of this ancient process.

After the family visit the group gets to visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area, the Volio waterfall, the highest in the area at 35 meters tall. After freshening up in the pools it’s time to start the journey back to the hotel.

Duration is approximately eight hours and the cost is 80 USD per person.

Jungle adventure

An excursion full of emotion that allows you to experience several adrenaline packed activities all in one day in a stunningly lush setting. The tour begins when Terraventura picks you up at the hotel and takes you on a 30 minute drive to Coal River to meet your guide for basic explanations about safety. When ready the team will use a drop cable and a hammock bridge to access the river. The group traverses the river surrounded by beautiful landscape, rappelling and jumping pools along the way, there’s also time to swim in the natural pools.

The largest decline will be at the end, down a waterfall of about 20 meters. After this the group leaves the river and enters into the primary forest for the next adventure: climbing a 16 meter high tree. Using harnesses you’ll make your way to the very top where a platform with delicious boxed lunches await. After lunch it’s time to leave the platform and start the canopy tour.

There you’ll enjoy high flying adrenaline charged activities like the Tarzan swing and multiple zip lines through the rainforest canopy. This is an adventure you will remember for a lifetime!

Duration is approximately six hours and the cost is 95 USD per person.

Samasati nature trek to Cascade Falls

A primal journey within the Samasati reserve. Within this living sanctuary one can encounter exotic animals like monkeys and sloths, observe some of the 400 bird species in the area, marvel at the hundreds of brightly colored or bizarre insects, and butterflies and learn about the intelligent life living in harmony. The trek winds down at Samasati’s very own mini waterfall and dipping pool!

Duration is approximately one hour and the cost is 25 USD per person.

Samasati offers relief and rejuvenation with treatments rooted in nature by capturing the healing powers of plants and preserving village remedies. Choosing all-natural super food ingredients from the Caribbean, they use flowers, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, and fruits of indigenous, naturally cultivated plants. The products are then artfully combined to provide a wide range of authentic beauty and wellness rituals.

Their menu is served by highly sought after international guest therapists and gifted local practitioners. These experts combine local plants and fruits to provide nutrient-rich living food for your skin. Cucumbers are sliced to create hydrating eye masks, local salt crystals are blended with virgin coconut oil for body scrubs, local cacao is grated, Aloe Vera is squeezed, juices are pressed, and raw chocolate warmed for deeply nourishing body masks.

  • 19 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Tea, coffee, and purified water
  • Tuition for the yoga teacher training
  • Professional certificate of attendance (recognized by the Yoga Alliance)
  • Airfare
  • Bottled beverages
  • Extra activities
  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation to and from Samasati

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to Samasati is San Jose International Airport (SJC). It will take you around four hours to reach Samasati from the airport.

If your flight lands after 1.00 p.m., you should spend the night in San Jose and catch, the following morning, a semi-private minivan (Interbus) which leaves the city at 8.00 a.m. The cost is 52 USD.

If your flight lands before 1.00 p.m., you can book a private taxi that can pick you up at the airport and take you directly to Samasati. The cost is around 190 USD for a minivan (up to 6 people).

Arrival by bus

Direct public buses run daily from San Jose city to Puerto Viejo. Samasati can arrange for you to be picked up at the airport by a taxi and taken to the public bus station. The total cost is approximately 40 USD.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Hari-Om Yoga School an inquiry.
  • Review by Mila
    10 out of 10

    "Hari – Om yoga teacher training has been a success! The teaching skills of teachers during these two years has allowed me to better understand some aspects of my studies and gave good suggestions for personal discover. The philosophy and purpose of this experiential training made me understand what kind of approach I want to give to my teaching. A special thanks to Marco Mandrino that with its peculiarities has been able to be a super teacher urging everyone to the tenacity, determination and courage with a pinch of irony and collective joy. As a researcher and experimenter I can say it was the beginning of a nice trip that will continue because irresistible!"

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  • Review by Mauro
    10 out of 10

    "The choice to start a yoga teacher training with Hari-Om was one of the best I've ever done. The open and non-dogmatic approach, the interconnection with other disciplines and with martial arts is what enriches you more and allows to evolve. It leaves you a lot and continuous inputs so that you can continue to deepen your personal research. The path is transformative and as the training progresses ideas are clearer and you feel more “rich”. The teachers I have met and known transmit this approach and you discover they are true masters as well as friends. The classmates are special people, they accept you without judgment as you express your true nature freely. The mental and physical effort is important, but all the love and dedication are just a small part of what you have back. You will never lose it."

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  • Review by Trisha
    10 out of 10

    "The Hari-Om yoga teacher training lived up to my expectations. The teachers are very competent, always available and ready to teach with a smile. Not just a school, but rather a way of life. Namastè."

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  • Review by Jamie
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed Hari Om Yoga School at Samasati. I thought that Max and June were the perfect balance of instructors to teach us yoga teachers in training. Jun's sensitivity and knowledge about anatomy mixed with Max's life experience, intense practice, and spirituality was just what I was looking for in a yoga school."

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  • Review by Emanuela
    10 out of 10

    "The course was a beautiful personal journey. Very nice relationship that has been created with the teachers. After only a few hours, it seems we have known each other for a very long time. Although the practice is pretty tough, it never ends with at least a good laugh. Perhaps to defuse the effort but all the wonderful teachers have been able to bring out the best in each of us. All our materials and theoretical have been taught in a nice and effective way. Obviously, given the short time available, each topic was introduced and we were given all the tools to be able to deepen the study individually. Now the first part has been accomplished, it is to us to continue our studies at home and continue the daily practice, the only way to really bring yoga within us."

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  • Review by Arianna
    10 out of 10

    "It is not really the classic dogmatic and serious yoga school. Hari-Om is something very different and strong that deals with professionalism, experience and wisdom the issues of Yoga, without taking itself too seriously! It is exactly what I was looking for as it brought me inside Yoga deeply, emotionally, energetically."

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  • Review by Penelope
    10 out of 10

    "A fantastic experience that takes you out of your comfort zone to start an unforgettable experience. The course encompasses yoga to 360 degrees without losing anything, and adding some extras. The teacher training retreat is a totally unique experience, hard but unique."

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  • Review by Ted
    10 out of 10

    "I'm very glad I took this important path with Hari - Om; It is exactly what I expected, maybe even better. Apart the pure technical matters and style, what struck me most was the feeling to be part of a family, the humility, and extraordinary capacity of each teacher to share a small part of one's own path. No dogma, only the desire to grow and enrich each other. Absolutely special."

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  • Review by Carlee from Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Recently I attended Hari-Om's 200 hours YTT held at Samasati Nature Retreat in Costa Rica. I'm not sure that any review I provide will do this experience justice. It was incredible, life-changing, challenging and amazing. It was so much more than I had hoped for!I felt that the curriculum was very well rounded, and presented in a very non-biased, non-dogmatic, open minded manner. Learning everything about yoga would take a lifetime, but the 200 hours covered a great deal, and introduced us to the main topics in the world of yoga. I think it's kind of a case of 'the more you know, the less you know'. My horizons were broadened, and it created a hunger for more knowledge. Max and Jun were the perfect team as teachers, both bringing something very special to each class. I went to the training hoping to come out of it as a yoga teacher. I left as a better human being who can teach yoga! The location for this training could not be better. Samasati is a very special place. The staff are wonderful, the food was delicious (especially breakfast!) and the view was breathtaking. I looked into many YTT's before choosing Hari-Om, and feel so very grateful for the choice I made. I look forward to doing my 300 hours YTT with Hari-Om in the future. All I can really say is thank you, my life is forever changed for the better after this experience!" website, edited

  • Review by Mark
    10 out of 10

    "I am very open to learning new things and this course did not disappointed me. I would recommend this course for anyone wishing to grow and become a better person."

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  • Review by Marjo M, Costa Rica
    10 out of 10

    "I had the privilege of staying in Samasati on October 19th to 22nd. I was looking for a place to disconnect, re-energize and do yoga. My experience was everything and more! I am pretty demanding when it comes to yoga classes, being a teacher myself and conscious of my personal needs, and Stephanies classes where everything I wanted and more! She can deliver a journey of self-exploration and self-realization with each class she gives, even its not always pretty what a student finds in her personal exploration through yoga. Yoga in its best is transformative, and thank god there is a teacher like Stephanie who dedicates her live to transform peoples lives. She allows her genuine self to be present every time she teaches. Her classes are alwats challenging, whether they are more active, Vinyasa yoga or passive, Yin yoga. When student is open the magic of yoga happens."

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  • Review by Katrina Hache
    10 out of 10

    "I have been practicing mainly at home since the YTT trying to develop and grow more on what I learned while at Samasati. Today was one of the times that I decided to go to a class at my regular studio. The teacher hadn't seen me since I came back. After class she put her hand on my shoulder and said how she noticed that my practice has changed so much since the last time she taught me. That I'm much more forgiving of myself. Its one thing to feel a change within yourself, but when someone on the outside notices something like that, its hard to explain, but it just feels incredible. I just wanted to share this experience because of all of you (at the teacher training) that I was able to let go of a lot that was holding me back from being truly happy with myself. Thank you all for being supportive, understanding, and loving."

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  • Review by Zach Cuaresma
    10 out of 10

    "I was reflecting on the past three weeks about our yoga teacher training and I cannot begin to express how full my heart is right now! I am beyond grateful for this whole experience. Some incredible people there. I love my 12 new sisters. I learned a lot about myself and about the practice of yoga and I only want to continue to study. This is the start of something wonderful!"

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  • Review by Courtney from Washington, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing time at the Hari-Om yoga teacher training in March 2015. Upon going into the training I knew I was entering a transformative path and that I would have great new views upon exiting the program. Of course, so much more happened within the three week span. In a program like this you learn so much about yourself and about life. It's an opportunity to try new things and get to know yourself better. Then along with it you meet amazing, new, perhaps life-long friends, and new ways to share the beauty of this world with every one around you. I thought that the training was excellent, all the teachers are amazing and have their own experience to bring to the program. It is an intense 200-hour course, in the jungle, so remember that when you sign-up. For me the seclusion was exactly what I wanted and needed, and I don't think I've ever felt so blissed out. I will for sure remember my 200-hour YTT experience with Hari-Om at the Samasati Nature Retreat in Costa Rica for the rest of my life." website, edited

  • Review by Carolyn Stevens
    10 out of 10

    "I had the most extraordinary journey. From the yoga teaching, to the animals in the rainforest and the delicious vegetarian foood. It has forced me to consider the choices I was making prior to my YTT. It is a life changing positive experience that will deepen your own practice and point you in the right direction if someday you would like to teach. All the instructors were fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very approachable. If you have the opportunity I would suggest this to anyone even if you don't want to teach there are some great tools to help your own practice! I loved it! I would not change a thing."

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  • Review by Calin N.
    10 out of 10

    "With all the multiple challenges I faced throughout the training compared to other students (new to vegetarian diet, suddenly no wine allowed for me after work, haha, strict discipline, exhausting practice)I left with the overall feeling of clearly meeting my objective and of a work very well done.I was impressed by the vast experience, in depth knowledge of yoga and teaching skills of the instructors, I liked the special approach to teaching by using an invigorating blend of hard work, attention to detail and recurrent episodes of fun and jokes to make everything feel lighter, more human, to make students love yoga more than they used to do and for me it worked and I think that is the secret and the big science.I left the training feeling a better yogi, and aside from the insights received re the asanas technicalities and many other details and knowledge required of a yoga teacher and which surely will still require continuos study, self work and effort to improve and consolidate, I left feeling more in touch with the inner realms, with myself, perhaps a better person, with a better will, more clearly defined personal priorities and certainly better equipped to live a more yoga type of life, to be able to take care of myself, body, soul, spirit and emotion. And why not, who knows, perhaps one day, in my turn, to also be able to help others start to love or get closer to yoga, get closer to themselves."

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  • Review by Angelika Scott
    10 out of 10

    "For me, the teacher training with Hari-Om exceeded my expectations. Since I taught yoga before Yoga Alliance spread its wings in the yoga world, I was a bit skeptical about 'new age yoga', the 200-hour thing, the 500-hour thing, knowing that studying yoga is a never ending endeavor and one does not become a teacher just like that. I have been trained in a three year apprentice ship, with hundreds of hours, still ongoing seminars every year, where meditation and union with the Divine is the goal. I found your training to be not only enjoyable and beneficial, but loved the fact that there was always the referral to meditation as the real thing, as well as providing a good introduction to yoga philosophy. It was rich, interesting, and stimulating. I feel a renewed enthusiasm for my teaching and the desire to expand and grow, which I had lost."

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  • Review by Sally Knopp
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful experience, with wonderful people! The 500-hour program was extremely personally challenging, both physically and mentally but I knew that it was where I was meant to be. In the end, I'm so glad that I was there. You can't help but grow body, mind, and spirit."

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  • Review by Marcella
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga and more! I left my island to go to learn how to be a "good" yoga teacher, and yes, I took home a certificate. I can be a yoga teacher now. For what concerns being a "good" teacher, my path has just started. I can definitely count on myself as much as I know I can count on all of those who taught me in these 21 days what is yoga not only through the practice. So I thank myself as I want to learn more and more, but I want to thank those who with the sweat of the practice made us overcome our fears.Thank you to those who nurtured our souls during the lessons and lectures even during the ones after lunch when digestion puts you in the rest mode. Thank you to those who with love (great ingredient) cooked for us amazing food nurturing our bodies. Thank you to those who took care of our common spaces every day with a smile. Thank you to those who stated this "journey" with me, my companions for sharing me a part of them. I believe I can really say that you made me experience yoga in my life. Thank you from the deepest of my heart."

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  • Review by Raffaella
    9 out of 10

    "I came with an open heart but hazy intention. I found a teacher and a staff who could respectfully observe my soul and consolidate my intention. So it grew and finally became part of me. Hari Om is a great school that can show you the way without imposing its. I'll see you soon guys to keep walking on this path."

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  • Review by Sara
    9 out of 10

    "A part of my heart is still there, where the time stopped for 21 days. It wasn't only a teacher training course, it was more than that. A big family, new faces, moments of happiness, and sometimes a tear. It will be with me forever and when I close my eyes I will be there again with you all."

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