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22 Day 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurveda Immersion in Guanacaste, Nicoya Peninsula

LUA Villas, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

This empowering, positively life-changing program allows you to effortlessly dedicate yourself to your Ayurveda yoga lifestyle and truly enjoy the benefits of these consistent practices; while being nourished and supported by experts in the field, a caring community and organic plant-based meals prepared with love by the private chefs. This program is offered in an all-inclusive immersion format of 22 consecutive days, beachside in the lush beauty of Costa Rica.

Meet the instructors

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Jessica, Geha, Mike, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Mentorship and personalized guidance
  • A 1-hour personal Ayurvedic consultation with Jessica
  • Yoga Teacher Training Manual with lots of Ayurveda extras
  • Daily Ayurveda lectures, yoga practices, and meditation sessions
  • 21 nights of all-inclusive completely private luxury beachside accommodation
  • Vegan and Ayurveda cooking classes and recipes to take home
  • 3 organic plant-based meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


22 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Tambor Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala
  • Laundry

There are limited spaces available for this intimate group training and there are only a few bedrooms available as single occupancy (for an additional cost) while the other rooms offer double occupancy and all come with new linens, including towels. Housekeeping service for the rooms and laundry service for the linens is included and a laundry service for personal clothing is offered once per week (or more if needed-at a small additional cost). There are several tranquil areas on site as well as miles of jungle and beach trails for the students to hike, to practice and to enjoy their meditations. All yoga mats, blocks, yoga belts, and cushions for the students are provided.

Program

Certification

Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

About the training

The focus of this training will be how to safely practice and teach Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, meaning the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement, while integrating valuable threads of wisdom from the science of Ayurveda.

You will gain a deep understanding of anatomy- both western and esoteric- proper alignment for asana including sun salutations for all levels, creative and intelligent sequencing including sequencing based on Ayurveda, how to enhance postures with hands-on adjustments, how to incorporate effective mantra, meditation, and pranayama into your class, how to use props, and how to work with special populations-such as injured or prenatal students.

he program is created with a schedule to allow for unstructured free time on Sundays and a little every day so you can rest, explore the nearby beaches (on foot or on a horse), waterfalls and hiking trails, take a surf or paddleboard lesson, receive a massage; or simply relax by the pool or beach while catching up on reading and writing. The course includes karma Seva- service in action to learn more about the Costa Rican culture and it relies heavily on direct experience to help the students understand and convey the theory sustaining yoga philosophy and ethics.

This teacher training program is rich in the wisdom of classical Yoga and Ayurveda and based on the premise of deeper immersion into traditional yoga therapy and Ayurvedic health practices. The integration of Yoga and Ayurveda brings out the complete healing potential of Yoga and the complete spiritual potential of Ayurveda.

In this hands-on training you will focus on the practical application of these ancient traditions as inherent synergistic healing systems. Used together they form an ideal path to total health, wellbeing, and self-realization for body mind and consciousness.

Why choose this program?

Perhaps you don’t plan to teach yoga professionally, that’s OK! This immersive residential program takes you on a journey of Svadhyaya – self-study or discovery. Immerse yourself in this healing and transformative experience, engulfed in the luxury of nature, silence, and space. Allow yourself to receive, to just be in the moment and to be taken care of for three weeks to take true rest and an objective look at your life. They welcome yogis of all ages and levels.

This program is also perfect for certifying experienced and aspiring teachers and students of yoga who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of themselves, yoga, anatomy, and Ayurveda.

Course Curriculum

1. Yoga techniques and practice: understanding the La Vida Veda Ayurveda and Yoga practice

  • Principles of alignment and asana
  • Introduction to pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Introduction to meditation techniques
  • Pratyahara and meditation as healing tools
  • Introduction to Sanskrit terminology

2. Teaching methodology: the basics of yoga instruction

  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, and adjusting
  • Practice of hands-on adjustments and verbal instruction skills
  • Principles of safe and effective sequencing
  • Ayurvedic yoga sequences, and the foundational concepts of the science of Ayurveda. Vata, Pitta and Kapha balancing asana, pranayama and meditation techniques
  • Introduction to therapeutic sequencing; how to encourage the balance of the doshas- the mind-body constitution of the individual and any current constitutional imbalances
  • Discussion on teaching and instruction styles
  • Introduction to the basics of the business of yoga

3. Anatomy and physiology: the physical and energetic bodies

  • Physical anatomy and physiology with Jessica Kruse and doctor of Chiropractic medicine, Mike Textor
  • Introduction to connective tissue and exploration of key muscle groups and bony landmarks
  • Introduction to an Ayurvedic perspective on physical and energetic anatomy and physiology
  • Thorough introduction to the tridosha; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Introduction to the energetic effects of asana and meditation
  • Introduction to bandhas, chakras, gunas, koshas, nadis, vayus
  • Introduction to the marma points of Ayurveda
  • Basic diagnostic skills according to the prakruti/vikruti paradigm of Ayurveda

4. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics: living Yoga

  • Study and discussion of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the 8-limbed path
  • Discussion of The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Discussion of Ayurveda for Self Healing
  • Dinacharya and Rutucharya- the Ayurveda daily routine and seasonal lifestyle
  • Introduction to yogic nutrition, diet and with Ayurveda cooking classes

Required material: Book list

Please purchase the following yoga texts for your teaching training. Please note that the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika have numerous translations; the translation which is used and recommended by Jessica for the teacher training is listed below.

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga (Volume 1), by Ray Long
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by Swami Muktibodhananda
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Swami Satchidananda
  • Light on Pranayama, by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar
  • Ayurveda; The Science of Self Healing, by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • Yoga Teachers’ Toolbox by Joseph Le Page and Lilian Le Page

Supplemental reads:

The following are additional resources which the instructor feels are a complement to your training but are not required for the program.

  • Prakruti, Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • The Anatomy of the Spirit, Dr. Caroline Myss
  • The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Z Guide to Asana, Names, *Sanskrit Terms and Chants, Nicolai Bachman

Example Schedule (Subject to change)

  • 07:00 Morning sadhana: yoga, meditation, pranayama and discussion of the practice
  • 09:15 Organic breakfast
  • 10:00 Training session
  • 13:00 Organic lunch
  • 15:00 Training session
  • 18:30 Organic dinner
  • 19:00 Evening satsang, philosophy, and ethics - sometimes you will just rest.

There is 1 day off each week where you can relax, enjoy and explore nearby beaches and trails. Take surf or paddle boarding lessons, go horseback riding, get a massage or acupuncture, visit waterfalls or ziplines or simply laze by the pool. The host reserves the right to adjust this schedule based on weather and other incidentals.

Instructors

Jessica Kruse - Lead teacher

Geha Gontier - supporting teacher

Mike Textor - supporting teacher

Pedro Prabhu -Head Chef & Vegan Cooking Teacher

Retreat location

During this yoga teacher training, you will stay at your own private beachside villas, located on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. These beautiful peaceful villas offer students accommodation beside a pristine secluded beach in Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa; where you will be nourished with organic local meals created with love by your own private chef.

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Laundry

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
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)

There is 1 day off each week where you can:

  • Relax, enjoy, and explore nearby beaches and trails
  • Take surf or paddle boarding lessons
  • Go horseback riding
  • Get a massage or acupuncture
  • Visit waterfalls or ziplines or simply laze by the pool

What's included

  • 22 days of instruction and 21 nights of all-inclusive completely private luxury beachside accommodation
  • Group ground transportation
  • 3 organic plant-based meals a day
  • Daily Ayurveda lectures, yoga practices, and meditation sessions
  • Vegan and Ayurveda cooking classes and recipes to take home!
  • A 1-hour personal Ayurvedic consultation with Jessica
  • Mentorship and personalized guidance
  • Business of yoga, marketing, and social media skills. Learn how to create seminars and retreats and fill them.
  • A safe, sacred space for you to step into your power as the most authentic and happy version of yourself
  • Fun, grounding and liberating AfroDance Class to “break the ice” at the start of the program
  • An opportunity to live your Ayurveda and yoga, lifestyle and ethics, with professional guidance and support
  • Campfires, singing, dancing, stargazing
  • Yoga teacher training manual with lots of Ayurveda extras

What's not included

  • Private shuttles

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: Tambor Airport Airport transfer included: Tambor Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 24 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday November 1, 2020
Departure: Sunday November 22, 2020

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