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20 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

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!

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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:

Casitas

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.

Introduction

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)

Asana

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.

Pranayama

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.

Mudra

  • 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)

Philosophy

  • 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

Ayurveda

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

Anatomy

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.

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
Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • 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.

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