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27 Days 200hr Level 1 Jivani Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

El Sabonero Eco Lodge, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Foundation Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Join Jivani Yoga School in stunning Costa Rica for a jungle immersion on their 200-hour yoga teacher training! This four week residential training is a glorious journey of self discovery and personal growth through learning to teach yoga. Taking place at the breathtaking jungle retreat, El Sabanero Eco Lodge, this training is led by Emma Warmington and supporting teachers. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver

Meet the instructors

Emma, Sophie, & Hannah
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Highlights

  • Certification
  • Jivani yoga foundation teacher training manual
  • Daily practice of asana, pranayama, bandha, and mantra
  • All meals (except Saturdays where we have breakfast only)
  • Swimming pool and fabulous, funny, family hosts
  • Two yoga shalas & ten cute chalets
  • Beautiful garden retreat venue
  • 26 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


27 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 24
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The venue for the training is the beautiful, rustic El Sabanero Eco Lodge near Tamarindo in north western Costa Rica (closest airport Liberia International). In a country of outstanding natural beauty, the lodge is nestled on a hillside overlooking the Cañafistula valley with lush tropical gardens, a large infinity pool gazing over the mountains and heavenly views from all the chalets.

El Sabanero Eco Lodge have multiple practice spaces and a beautiful airy restaurant to enjoy our meals together as well as plenty of hammocks and garden nooks to relax in. This lodge are just 10 minutes drive from 4 nearby beaches and there are endless outdoor adventures on offer from exploring the incredibly diverse wildlife and lush tropical rain forests to surfing, sea-kayaking, turtle nesting, horse-riding and zip-lining through the jungle. Single, twin and triple share chalets are available. All with their own hammocks, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Program

Overview and curriculum

During our 4 week residential program, you will receive 200 hours of intensive training with practical teaching experience beginning in week one. Steadily progressive practicums will build your confidence and help you find your authentic voice. You will receive nurturing feedback and personalised coaching to support your blossoming into a strong, self-assured and skillful teacher.

Awaken, heal, and transform

Awaken to your fullest potential, Heal through self compassion & understanding and Transform into the fearless, purposeful being you are when limiting beliefs are dissolved. This course is a transformational journey of self-discovery, deep connection and authentic sharing. You will be guided and supported in identifying and transcending limiting beliefs, connecting with your personal power and discovering your authentic voice. From this place of radical honesty and vulnerability, you will develop your personal practice, connect deeply with yourself and the group, and develop solid teaching skills.

Course Content

Heart of yoga

The Heart of Yoga lineage of Sri T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar has been passed directly to Emma Warmington from Mark Whitwell over the last 8 years. Experience Yoga as intimacy with yourself and asana, pranayama and meditation as one seamless process. You will learn Krishnamacharya's Principles of Practice to assess your own and your students needs and to adapt Yoga to meet those needs in one-on-one and specialist classes. Breath Initiating Movement is at heart of all practices. This is not 'inhale do this, exhale do this'; this is a powerful means of practicing whist entirely enveloped by the breath. Whether Brahmana (energising, heating), Langhana (soothing, cooling) or blend, of the two, you will learn how to adapt Yoga to suit the needs of the individuals even in a mixed level class.

Pranayama

Without breath, there is no Yoga. With the breath, a world of subtle and not so subtle energies comes alive within us. Asana as moving pranayama, meditation as an exquisite and effortless result, utter intimacy between body and breath. There is nothing like it and if you have not yet experienced a dedicated practice of pranayama, this will be your time to become the scientist, the experiment, the subject matter and the results. Learn techniques to generate and manage your life force energy in entirely new ways. Expect to practice at least an hour of pranayama techniques every day. Only by practising consistently can you begin to authentically experience the effects yourself and be ready to teach others.

Teaching practicums

As always with Jivani Yoga, teaching practicums begin in week one. You will be teaching your peers from the first few days of the training and you will be nurtured, guided & supported with useful feedback, encouragement and leadership skills that will steadily increase your self-confidence and empower you be a great teacher. We have a method, but there is nothing formulaic about the way we train our teachers. Each trainee receives individualized support that is dependent upon their particular needs. Upon graduation, you will be ready to start teaching in your community.

Meditation and mindfulness

During this training, we will practice the art of mindfulness and experience its healing impact on our life. We will explore the relationship between our body, thoughts and emotions and how we can transform negative patterns. We will dive deep into the practice of sitting and walking meditation and applied mindfulness in everyday life. In asana classes you will experience meditation as the gift that arises when Yoga is practiced.

The awakened voice, nada yoga, and kirtan

Find, explore and liberate your authentic voice through voice exercises, toning and singing. Nada Yoga, the Yoga of Sound, invites you to experience your body as an instrument and connect with the physical sensations of sound in your body. Kirtan is the singing of Sanskrit mantras in a call and response style and is a joyous path to pure bliss. We will raise the roof in a weekly kirtan session whilst encouraging those of who hear a quiet whisper about leading a chant to step up. Bring your instruments with you or we'll be your band.

You can sing, by the way. We all can. It is merely the extension of spoken sound through breath. Your soul has its own song and through the voice work sessions, we will begin to unveil this sacred self expression. Can you imagine having full freedom of expression through speaking and singing? What would change in your life if you were deeply connected to your inner voice and able to express your needs and desires clearly? Ask for what you want? Connect and listen deeply to the voice or your intuition? How would your relationships change? Your work life? Home life? Sex life? What if you made decisions based not on 'shoulds' or other people's opinion of you but from a place of deep connection to your inner voice? What would you do and who would you be with this freedom? This is not only possible, it's yours for the taking.

Compassionate communication

Inspired by the work of Marshall Rosenberg, learn about the universal needs that we all share, eg. connection, honesty, peace, meaning, recognition and to be known and understood, how to recognise these needs in ourselves and others and communicate them with compassion. Unfortunately many of us are unable to express our needs in a clear and peaceful way, and we all struggle as a result. We'll practice using the tools together to heighten connection, resolve conflict, increase empathy and create significance in our every day lives.

Circle work

Deep self-enquiry is facilitated individually and through group circles and triads. Active listening and authentic sharing takes place within a supportive environment, creating a healing space of connection and community. Truth speaking and being witnessed in that truth is a powerful medium of transformation. If the idea of this feels you with dread, that is a normal response. If however a quiet part of you knows that your soul is calling for such deep connection, you are in the right place.

Restorative and trauma informed yoga

Poly-Vagal Theory, titration, settling the nervous system, bringing the body towards homeostasis in a gentle and trauma appropriate manner. Restorative yoga for deep rest and relaxtion. Much needed in a world of constant stimulation.

Emotional freedom technique

EFT or tapping is a fantastic tool to assist with expanding the edge of your comfort zone. You will be lead through some group experiences of EFT and supported in continued self practice.

Business of yoga

  • Marketing, Legalities & Ethics of Yoga Teachers, Insights, Inspiration and support in getting you started on the teaching path.

Eligibility

A genuine interest in the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Desikachar & Mark Whitwell and the teachings that have been left out of modern postural yoga. A willingness to set aside previous trainings and patterns acquired from derivatives of Mr Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. They’re not saying forever, but to allow the teachings of this yoga of Intimacy into your system. Their aim is that you 100% understand what this lineage is, and why it’s preservation is important. If you have many years practice in MPY, you will be able to bring the heart of this lineage into your existing practice and add it to your teaching.

Included excursions

A number of different excursions are available in the surrounding area. These include surf lessons, hot springs, and volcano climbing. On previous training, however, many of the students have used their Sundays to relax by the pool or work on their practicums.

Instructors

Emma Warmington

Sophie Johnson

Hannah Armstrong

Retreat location

The venue for this training is El Sabanero Eco Lodge, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot spring

Food

During this training, you will receive three meals per day (excluding Saturday lunch and dinner when the group will often be out on excursions or in the nearby beach town). Breakfast is a buffet style with a choice of tropical fruits, yogurt, granola, typical Central American breakfast of eggs, beans and rice, and toast. Lunch and dinner are always exciting as the Costa Rica chef and his English wife cook up a delicious surprise every day.

All meals can be catered for dietary needs, they are vegetarian with occasional options for meat and can be catered for vegans. The food is as local and fresh with a plethora of fruits and vegetables.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Paleo diet
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

El Sabanero Eco Lodge is just 20 minutes from one of Costa Rica's most popular surf beaches Tamarindo.

There are a variety of options for the Sunday break but many people chose to spend that time relaxing by the pool or working through their practicums. There is also an outstanding masseuse whom you can book massages with throughout the training. It is highly recommended.

What's included

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day Monday to Friday & Sunday
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast only on Saturday
  • Jivani Yoga Teacher Training manual and certificate upon graduation
  • Wi-Fi in the resort’s public areas

What's not included

  • Excursion
  • Flight ticket
  • Meals/snacks other than those mentioned above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR) and transfer from and to the airport cost approximately 50 USD. San Jose International Airport (SJC) is 5 hours away by car and transfers can be arranged for approximately 200 USD for up to 4 people. You can also fly with Nature Air from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Tamarindo for approximately 100 USD. Organizer offer free collection from Tamarindo Airport (TNO).

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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