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Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join JAI Yoga and Ayurveda for a sojourn for reconnection, rejuvenation, healing, and transformation. Imagine 21 days in beautiful Costa Rica as you are guided into self-retreat, self-mastery, and self-rejuvenation through the practice of yoga and Ayurveda. Awaken your senses to the peace and serenity of pristine sandy beaches, lush jungle, and the warm ocean of beautiful Santa Teresa.

Meet the instructors

Alvaro & Nicole
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  • 19 days of practice
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Meditation and breathwork sessions
  • Anatomy labs, yoga philosophy talks, and special events
  • Ayurveda lectures and practices
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Tranquil surroundings

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

19 days with instruction
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During this course, you will stay in Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat.

Garden view bungalow

Shared studio with two single beds in a garden view bungalow, shared bathroom, sitting room area, mini-fridge, coffee maker, outdoor deck, fans, in-room air-conditioner, and safe.

Oceanview villa

Twin bed in an oceanfront shared villa. Shared full bathroom, a living room area, kitchenette, deck, and balcony. This twin accommodation is in a shared room with another twin bed.

Private king room in a shared ocean villa

Private oceanfront king room in a shared two-story villa. Private bathroom, living room area, kitchenette, deck, and balcony.

Private king room in a poolside shared villa

Private poolside king room in a shared two-story villa. Private bathroom, living room area, kitchenette, deck, and balcony.

Twin poolside shared villa

Twin bed in a poolside shared villa. Shared full bathroom, a living room area, kitchenette, deck, and balcony. This twin accommodation is in a shared room with another twin bed.

Private poolside villa with office

Villa for two people with one bedroom (one king), one office, two full bathrooms, living room area, kitchen, deck, and balcony. Ideal for a couple or two friends.

Private king villa

One king bed, full bathroom, living room area, kitchenette, deck, and balcony.


Return to the elements as you immerse yourself in one of the most revitalizing timeless experiences as you master the art of teaching. ​Experience​ full facilitation and instruction to learn how to master your own voice, guide others in practice, and return to your passion, through the principles and practices of self-healing and self-realization.

Learn to guide a completely holistic and integrative yoga practice including yoga asana, pranayama, kriyas, mudra, mantra, and meditation. Discover how to create yoga classes based on the science of Ayurveda and tailor your classes to the season, the Ayurvedic constitution of each person, their age, and life transitions. As a yoga and Ayurveda instructor you will be able to:

  • Teach holistic classes that include pranayama, mudra meditation, and yoga asana
  • Lead yoga group classes based on the season, the person's Ayurvedic constitution, and the stages of their life
  • Create individualized yoga programs
  • Incorporate and understand how the season and time of day, are important considerations to class design and daily protocols
  • Offer basic Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations to bring balance and harmony to the body, mind, and emotion

This yoga teacher training offers an authentic, integrative, and comprehensive way for you to return to your life's passion and purpose.


  • Cacao ceremony
  • Sound healing ceremony
  • Chakra cleansing practices
  • Prana and breathwork practices
  • Fire ceremony
  • Moon meditation
  • Ocean rituals and earth offerings
  • Elemental asana
  • 21 transformative meditation sessions
  • 21 asana classes
  • 21 pranayama and kriya session
  • Daily lectures and practices

Course curriculum

History and philosophy

  • Ayurveda and yoga the sister-sciences and their relationship to health
  • The four Vedas
  • The Shad Dharshan: understanding the macrocosm and the microcosm
  • The Samkhya philosophy and involution of consciousness: the journey from the Doshas to Samadhi
  • The four ashrams of Vedic life: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha, Sannyasa
  • The goals of human life: Purusartha - Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha
  • The four Karmas: balancing laws of cause and effect - Sanchita, Prarabdha, Kriyamana, and Agami
  • Ashtanga - the eight limbs of yoga and the eight limbs of Ayurveda
  • Practicing the Yamas and Niyamas with the five great elements


  • Introduction to the tri-dosha theory: dosha Prakruti and Vikruti
  • Introduction to the tri-guna theory: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas
  • Dinacharaya and Ritucharaya - daily routines
  • The Indriyas - the senses, the organs of action and cognition
  • Leading and sequencing group classes for the Dosha Prakruti

Food and consciousness

  • Maintaining your inner balance: Healthy food combinations
  • Healing foods: nutrition for the Doshas
  • Nourishing the cycles of time: seasonal nutrition
  • Food and consciousness: Sattva, Rajas, Tamas
  • Lifestyle practices: mindful eating and conscious food preparation
  • Yogic practices to support digestion: Sensory meditation, Metta Bhavana, Kapalabhati, Agni Sara, Surya Bedhana, Nadi


  • Balancing the elements and Doshas with meditation
  • So Hum meditation
  • Mauna, the practice of silence
  • Speaking and the practice of truth (Satya)
  • Walking meditation, sitting meditation, contemplation, mantra meditation, retrogression
  • Svadyaya: self-inquiry with the elements and the tanmatras
  • Loving-kindness, auto-genic practices, visualization, journeys
  • Bhuta Shuddhi - cleansing the elements through meditation
  • The art of facilitating meditation

Sustaining ecology

  • Business, marketing, and ethics
  • The industry: opportunity, challenges, solutions
  • Dharma and Ahimsa: How to establish and create a conscious business environment
  • Living your practice
  • Establishing and sustaining relationships: resources and conscious living
  • Business planning and marketing

Yoga asana

  • Principles of warming up and centering
  • Warm-up postures
  • Over 32 asanas including balancing poses, seated poses, standing poses, forward folding poses, back bending poses, lateral extension poses, twisting poses, and inversions
  • Sun salutation
  • Principles of Vinyasa yoga (breathing, bandha, and Drishti)
  • The Ayurvedic approach to the teaching and practice of yoga
  • Sequencing and leading yoga for Kapha Dosha
  • Sequencing and leading yoga for Pitta Dosha
  • Sequencing and leading yoga for Vata Dosha
  • Sequencing and leading yoga group classes based on the seasons and the Dosha

Holistic care

  • Dinacharaya and Ritucharaya - daily routines and seasonal routines
  • Balancing the Doshas through sensory care
  • Tanmatra Cikitsa: Shabdha, Sparsha, Rupa, Rasa, Gandha (sound, touch, vision, taste, smell)
  • Abhyanga (self-massage)

Pranayama and Kriyas

  • Nadi Shodhan, Kapalbhati, Agni Sara Dhauti
  • Dirga Pranayama, Dirga Rechak, Dirga Purak
  • Brastrika, Brahmari, Ujjayi, Utgeet

Mantra and Mudra

  • Mantra to balance the Doshas
  • Mudras to balance the elements, Vayus, and the Doshas
  • A-kara, U-kara, M-kara
  • Bija mantras and the elements
  • Mantra for each the health of the organs

Subtle anatomy and anatomy

  • The Pancha Kosha, Panch Prana, the Chakras and conditions
  • Kundalini, the Panch Pranas, Marmas, the organs, and the elements
  • Anatomy and physiology: the body's framework, the language of the body, the mains systems of the body
  • Yoga and the movement of the body

Practicum and facilitation skills

  • Formal practice teaching
  • Refining your teaching: languaging, guiding, and transitioning
  • Assisting, supporting, and modifying poses
  • Sequencing, transitioning, and sustaining postures
  • How to consult and support
  • Leading private sessions
  • Theming and cohesion
  • Preparing for the final practicum

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Wake up to morning meditation, yoga asana, and breathwork
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Enjoy a delicious healthy meal, relax, and unwind
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Ayurveda lecture and practices
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Enjoy a delicious lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Asana and anatomy lab
  • 17:00 - 19:30 Enjoy evening meal time
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Yoga philosophy talks and special events

Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change. Your days off during this course are November 7th and 14th.


Alvaro Esteban

Nicole Mahabir

Retreat location

This course will take place in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.

Unique features


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi


During this course, daily breakfast and lunch are available at an additional cost of 1068 USD.

What's included

  • Tuition
  • Related events and experiences
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Manual

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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Arrival: Monday November 1, 2021
Departure: Sunday November 21, 2021

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