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This 200-hour yoga teacher training is your opportunity to learn the techniques and methodology for guiding yoga practice with awareness of how to live the yoga philosophy. Through this training you will engage in a physical practice and thought provoking discussions, receive the light to explore your inner being discovering your true self as you bring your awareness to your layers of conditionings and the samskaras. The transformation will leave you energized, confident, and ready to follow your inner calling.
You will stay for 20 nights at one of small jungle lodges with 2 double shared bedrooms facilitated with fresh linens on comfortable beds and fans on each lodge. The lodges have bathrooms and furnished kitchens with terrace looking out into the jungle. %This is a clean and comfortable accommodation where you can enjoy the pure simple life and connect with nature. Here, you will be able to relax in the cool freshness of these comfortable houses in the tropics. A spacious private single room and double room with fan and air conditioner in the main lodge of Kindred Spirits are available at an extra cost. There are two options for different styles of accommodation. %1. Two Caribbean houses on the property, small, cute with two double rooms with bunk beds, shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. Clean, comfortable, situated under the giant trees in the jungle with the vibrant surrounding nature and animals. Horses, cats, dogs, parrots, monkeys, sloths and toucans are regular visitors. You will be able to enjoy the use of the yoga deck, meditation areas, and jungle paths to explore. Only a 30 minute walk down the jungle road to the beaches of Cocles. %2. Two bedroom bungalows with private swimming pool and gardens, rooms have double beds and private bathrooms, with a/c, tv and wifi. A 15-minute walk to the beach and 15 minutes walk to the Kindred Spirits Holistic Wellness Center. Comfortable living in the jungle!
During this yoga teacher training, the schedule will start with an asana practice at 07:00, ending with pranayama and meditation. From 09:15, you will have an hour to eat breakfast and then regroup for a philosophy session. After lunch, you will do a couple of hours of asana techniques, including yoga anatomy, modifications, and variations of asana in your practice. Around 16:00, you will do another asana and meditation practice. You will have your own yoga teaching manual and recommended reading listed on the website. Most evenings you will regroup for satsang, which is a sharing and discourse session. Sometimes, you can choose to watch and discuss the talks of different philosophers and contemporary science and spirituality. During all the course, you are encouraged to do some journaling and homework, it may include your personal writings or you will choose a yama and niyama and you will be asked to contemplate and share life challenges living the yamas and niyamas. The learnings of mantras and chanting, walking meditation, and sanskrit names of the asanas are part of your daily routine. You also will get a day to relax, absorb, and have time for yourself. The three weeks of training is to prepare you for sharing and leading yoga sessions, as well as incorporating the balance of mat yoga into your life and the lives you touch.
After the yoga teacher training, simultaneously, you will be able to take as an extra option the three-day Yoga in Harmony with Horses program. This course is suited for intermediate riders and all experience level yogis. Physical therapists, social workers, and anyone working with at- risk populations will benefit from this course. All students will enhance their understanding and practice of yoga and the unique communication skills learned by interacting with horses will translate to their professional work with their clients at home. Yoga with horses creates true connection and union between the persons and the horses. You will discover how to use stretches to release tension in both you and the horse, as well as different poses and breathing techniques to balance the energy centers. You will be able to study horse herd behavior, anatomy, energy centers, chakras and jin shin jyutsu energy locks, and yoga asana and pranayama especially suited to communicating with horses on a deeper level. This course will be an extra added three days at the end of the toga teacher training course.
Horse treks along the Caribbean beaches
Surfing and surf lessons
Zipling through the jungle canopy
Chocolate Farm Tout
Jaguar Rescue Center
Medicinal Plant Walk
Guided hike in the Reserve of Gandoca
Guided hike in the National Park of Cahuita
Snorkeling off the coral reefs
Turtle nesting & Egg Hatching night tours during Turtle season
Permaculture Farm tour
Irum Naqvi is a certified yoga teacher training.
Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones
Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones is a certified yoga teacher trainer.
The Retreat will be held at Kindred Spirits Well Being Center in Cocles, Costa Rica. Located in the jungle with the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cocles and the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean only 1 and a 1/2 km. away. Nestled on the beautiful coast of Costa Rica on the Caribbean side run by a family, who give their love and care to their gardens and animals that live around. Parrots, chickens, horses, dogs, cats and the visiting monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and agoutis are part of the slow rhythm of life here in this little paradise. A peaceful meditive walk along a winding little road through the jungle and you are on one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches to be found!. Kindred Spirits is a centre for healing inspired by horses, nature and the energy of the jungle. Permaculture gardens for organic vegetables and fruit, our mission to leave as little an imprint on our planet Earth through the use of natural elements, recycling, reusing of waters, making of our own fertilizers and growing organically. Eco- friendly organic gardens, fruit trees, medicinal plants, orchids, and tropical flowers abound in this sanctuary.Terry, owner of the hotel, uses the natural growing medicinal plants around her, to heal her family, guests and animals that are in need.
During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy, organic, and delicious vegetarian meals. Also, extra beverages of organic smoothies, tonics, and herbal teas are offered for an additional cost.
During this retreat you may enjoy a variety of massages and healing therapies for an additional cost. Unique massages are also given on the beach, bringing in the elements of the sea, sand and sun. Local Spa using organic chocolate, coconut and avocado for skin therapies.
Please book your flight to arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
Upon arrival you may connect to Limon Domestic Airport (LIO) and then take a taxi ride to Calle Ole Caribe, Cocles, after Puerto Viejo.
For local bus, take the Manzanillo bus, drop off at Calle Ole Caribe "Los Continentes" or direct bus to Puerto Viejo, they please advise concerning your arrival in Puerto for pick up or a taxi driver. Contact Kindred Spirits directly for more information.
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