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The Lakshmi Rising Yoga Teacher Training program is unique, transformative, and highly regarded worldwide. Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and ritual for optimal health and personal growth. Their revitalizing approach develops mindful self-awakening and cultivates strength and flexibility on all levels through the practice of yoga. This 200-hour yoga teacher training is where it all begins. This course offers a robust introduction to the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Flow method in an intensive, transformational environment. This 14-day immersion intensive will be followed by supplemental online coursework that can be completed within one year.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers yoga retreat and yoga teacher training center in Costa Rica can accommodate up to 16 individuals. They offer two types of eco-chic accommodations: jungle lofts and studio houses. Each type has its own unique qualities, size, bed options, and layout. All houses are set among picturesque tropical gardens with observation decks, hammocks, and wonderful jungle vistas. They are powered by the high-tech solar power system, have green lighting, spectacular outdoor solar hot water showers with garden views, ceiling fans, and screened-in walls giving you an up-close and intimate experience with nature.
Students who complete their training (+ additional online component) are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)
This 200-hour yoga teacher training intensive immersion gives you two weeks to focus on your yoga practice with other curious, interesting people from around the world. It’s a time for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, cultivating true health and happiness and making new friends.
Investing in a yoga teacher training certification program is a life-enriching experience even if you have no intention of teaching. This training program is open to people at all levels of experience and the organizers can’t wait to share this unique program with you!
Explore a unique yoga teacher training empowerment program curriculum; Lakshi Rising wants to spark your curiosity and interest! This 14-day immersion intensive will be followed by supplemental on-line course work which can be completed within the year. It is Yoga Alliance verified and approved.
Learning objective: During our opening circle, we discuss the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. We also go over the course requirements.
Learning objective: Students collectively define both yoga and wellness. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya and kleshas are introduced. Wellness is collectively defined. Connections are drawn between yoga and wellness.
Learning objective: These 2-hour daily modules are designed to stretch, tone and heal the body. Lakshmi Rising specialty yoga master classes not only move the body but also stir the heart and mind. They weave classical yogic concepts with modern anatomical intelligence, an inspiration for self-observation and spiritual wisdom.
Learning objective: Students will actively practice Loving Kindness, Japa, Trataka, Japa Mala, Mindfulness, Sound Healing, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, and Nyasm styles of meditation daily to directly experience the benefits and also the challenges. Students will have the opportunity to note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 14 days in a row.
Learning objective: In this 1-hour daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the proceeding morning practice. The morning yoga classes are based upon the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa method of building a sequence around a cohesive theme and variations on that theme (physically and oftentimes mentally, emotionally and spiritually).
In each of these breakdown sessions, an asana (the peak pose of the day) is explained in detail including benefits and effects, modifications and variations, anatomical alignment details, and contraindications.
The entire master class is collectively discussed and written down. This will provide students with a library of intentional and versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes once they begin teaching.
This session also serves as a Q&A about any part of the morning practice so that students gain experiential perspective about designing and teaching a yoga class and also for clarification about any of the class elements.
Learning objective: Basic concepts specific to Hatha Vinyasa yoga in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya are defined, as well as elements unique to Lakshmi Rising. This gives students a map to follow regarding what to include in their future classes and why.
Concepts such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements) and connecting vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored.
Learning objective: Students will gain a solid understanding of how to sequence a vinyasa class using the Lakshmi Rising method. Concepts such as theme and variation in asana, peak pose, vinyasa krama, connecting vinyasa, music, philosophical themes, and timing are covered. Students work in small groups to design a class and receive feedback.
Learning objective: This module includes Krishmacharya’s and Patanjali’s definition of asana, students working together in partners or small groups to perform a postural analysis, and an overview of common alignment mistakes.
Learning objective: Different categories of asana are defined. Regions of the body are identified, muscles, bones, nerves, organs and connective tissues are explained in relation to different types of postures and positions. Cautions and contraindications, range of motion, as well as general benefits of posture groupings are explained.
Learning objective: Different asanas are explained and demonstrated. The anatomy of each asana is discussed, as well as variations, modifications, benefits, contraindications, and hands-on assists, adjustments, and enhancements. Students will work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching the asana and mini-sequences.
Learning objective: Ethical, energetic and anatomical aspects of touching yoga students are discussed. Options for student and teacher safety are explored. Similarities and differences between adjusting, assisting and enhancing asana are considered. Contraindications are explained. Verbal and energetic assists are also explained.
Learning objective: Students are given a list of asana (yoga poses) that are a part of the LR curriculum. With a partner or small group, students will photographically document their understanding of these poses on both the first and last days of the training program. This will illustrate their growth and transformation during the yoga teacher certification course, and also their understanding of the physical and energetic alignment of each asana.
Learning objective: Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, mula, uddiyana, jalandhara and maha bandhas. We discuss benefits, contraindications, physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self practice.
Learning objective: Students will discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise. The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his students will be discussed, as well as other popular styles of yoga.
Learning objective: This is an introduction to yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just the physical postures.
Learning objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.
Learning objective: Students will explore one of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Yama. The first of these ethical observances is ahimsa, non-harming of self and others. You apply this principle to your yogic lifestyle by adhering to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 14 days.
Mealtimes are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating, they are also a time to educate students about plant-based nutrition and to offer a first-hand experience of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle in harmony with Ayurvedic principles.
Learning objective: Pranayama as one of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs is defined and discussed. The anatomy of the respiratory system is explained. Concepts such as: sama vritti (even breath), visama vritti (uneven breath), kumbaka (breath retention), and vayu (wind) are defined. Benefits and contraindications are also explained.
Learning objective: Meditation as one of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs is defined and discussed. Modern research and classical perspectives are included in the discussion, in addition to the benefits and physiological process. Different styles and approaches are explained.
Learning objective: Nyasm, Loving Kindness, Japa, Japa Mala, Mindfulness, Sound Healing, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, and Trataka are explained in-depth so that each student will have clear instruction on how to practice each of these techniques, and also the benefits, variations and contraindications for each.
Learning objective: Students learn about the benefits of silence by refraining from speech and technology during silent breakfasts and Saturday mornings.
Learning Objective: Students practice meditation in motion, ritual, and a new way of experiencing asana, to break habits and patterns that block their flow of awareness.
Learning objective: Different chants are explained and practiced to expose students to this ancient form of Yoga.
Learning objective: This discussion is designed to spark insight into what we believe and why. Students are invited to identify patterns in themselves, their relationships and in society that can be shifted through diligent self-study (svadhyaya) and through the practice of Yoga.
Learning objective: The concept of lineage is defined. Students will reflect upon their own lineage and identify their strengthens and weaknesses as a teacher. We discuss what it means to be a teacher, Yoga teacher, educator, guide and leader.
Learning objective: In two quizzes, at the beginning of weeks two and three, students will have 30 minutes to take each quiz and then 30 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses.
Learning objective: Students will get a recap and summary of course content by watching a documentary and several short videos on YouTube.
Learning objective: Students will learn multiple perspectives on the general course content by reading the course manual and text books in addition to dedicating 5+ hours to prep and planning time for a final student practicum; 1+ hour prep, planning, design and creation of sacred space altar and dinner blessing; and 1 hour of karma yoga during the training in-person.
Learning objective: Students will continue the 90 minute morning practice for 7 more days online.
Learning objective: Students will actively practice Loving Kindness, Japa, Trataka, Japa Mala, Mindfulness, Sound Healing, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, and Nyasm styles of meditation daily to directly experience the benefits and also the challenges. Students will have the opportunity to note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row (in person and on-line for 7 days following the intensive).
Learning objective: This module gives students an overview of the energy-body through the lens of yoga.
Learning Objective: Students will be introduced to Ayurveda as a sister science to yoga; yoga being a path to purify the mind and Ayurveda as a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three dosha, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and how to live in harmony with our environment will be given.
Learning objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as the current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.
Learning objectives: Creative and conscious verbal guidance is one key to skillful teaching. In this module, we explore different approaches to public speaking, various approaches to cuing alignment, filler words and creative use of verbs and metaphors.
Learning objective: Students will learn how and why to register with Yoga Alliance. You discuss teaching options and possibilities, how to find teaching opportunities and what to expect, continuing education, mentorship and higher level training, hosting and attending workshops, retreats and special events, marketing alliances, social media, and how to write a bio, resume and mission statement.
Learning objective: Watch the playlist of selected shorts on Lakshmi Rising's YouTube channel for inside into yoga from many different perspectives.
Learning objective: The final project will be to share a 30-minute video on Google Drive, IGTV or YouTube. It can be shared publicly or just with the group. The group is encouraged to watch and offer feedback. Lakshmi Rising rising faculty will provide feedback.
Below is a sample schedule that will give you a great idea of what your three weeks will look like while enjoying your training.
Liz is a licensed and board-certified doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine, a national certification commission for acupuncture and oriental medicine diplomate in Chinese herbal medicine, a holistic skincare therapist, a natural beauty expert, and a yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Her dynamic Vinyasa yoga classes are a fusion of fluid movement, flexibility, core strengthening, and balance, where you will find rhythm and awareness, breath and calm, ritual, integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She teaches with the intention of spreading love, health, and beauty.
This teacher training takes place at the Sanctuary of Two rivers in Costa Rica.
The energy and intention of a place has a strong effect on one's experience, for better or for worse. For this reason, the organizer has chosen a sacred and magical location to host their offerings. The sanctuary will become a character in the story of your journey, choose your own adventure wisely.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is a 40-acre magical private rental property in the jungle exclusively for amazing yoga retreats, yoga teacher training, or any group gathering of up to 16 people interested in health and wellness. The Sanctuary is one of a select few retreat centers in the world that was specifically designed and built by veteran yogis whose sole intention was to create a first-class retreat center to commune with nature, practice yoga, contemplate, meditate, detox, and become balanced through health and wellness yoga retreat vacations.
This 100% off-the-grid solar-powered facility with luxury-deluxe-modern accommodations, extensive spa menu, and Gaia gourmet organic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine is the ideal location to become a certified yoga instructor.
Imagine rising with the sun and the howls of Howler Monkeys, not hearing any urban nor suburban noises, all the while infusing yoga, meditation, wellness, and spiritual healing, with wildlife and bird watching. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers will rejuvenate your body, tidy up your mind, and boost your spirit. The Sanctuary is located between two beautiful rivers just one kilometer from the Pacific Ocean.
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Nutrition is more than just feeding the physical body. Food is essential on so many levels and that’s why Lakshmi Rising has chosen Gaia Gourmet Cuisine to cater all of the international retreats and yoga teacher training. This incredible cuisine nourishes every aspect of your being - supporting, nourishing, and cleansing your body, mind and spirit along your journey.
The talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable Gaia gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the world’s greatest cuisines. The healthy organic food is artistically crafted to please all of the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs, and spices. They procure and serve all organic produce from local family farms. The meals are well balanced and prepared with love. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.
It’s important that you are well-fed and completely nourished from the inside out when you join this training. With a vegetarian-based menu (and vegan and gluten-free options available), you will be provided plenty of protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens. They only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever-expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, the freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to your dining experience. Overall, this will produce a more lively healthy body and mind and is the most environmentally friendly diet.
They always do their best to accommodate food allergies. They can omit certain items from dishes, such as cheese, dairy, and nuts. They cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free or nut-free environment. Persons with serious food allergies such as Celiac's disease or those on a 100% raw food diet should not attend a retreat. The organizer must know of all serious food issues at least three weeks prior to arrival. Bring an open mind and allow your taste buds to savor this unique culinary adventure!
You have two optional group excursions as a part of your adventure. On the first Saturday of your training, you have the opportunity to visit beautiful Santa Teresa where you can take a surf lesson, check out some super bohemian boutiques for bikinis, unique jewelry and sundresses, enjoy a tropical superfood smoothie and chill on the expansive beach. Or you can visit Montezuma. Here, you can explore the famous Montezuma Waterfall, shop, surf, have lunch like a local and enjoy the beautiful beach. These excursions incur an additional cost.
Group beach excursion to Santa Teresa costs 20 USD for round trip group transportation; extra cash for lunch and shopping is required.
Group beach excursion to Montezuma costs 10 USD for group transportation; extra cash for an optional surf lesson, lunch, shopping is required.
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From there, it is recommended to take a short flight from San Jose into Tambor. The domestic airlines are Sansa, Aerobell, and Costa Rica Green Airways. Because of flight schedules, it may be necessary to stay Saturday night near the airport in San Jose and fly to Tambor on Sunday. It is a beautiful 20-minute flight followed by a 40-minute taxi ride. Book this ticket ahead of time as they tend to fill up. There is a 2.25 USD airport tax to be paid upon disembarking the small plane. Be ready with exact change for that.
There are other less direct and less expensive routes to take that require more research, time, and coordination. The organizer arranges a shuttle from Montezuma to The Sanctuary on Sunday at around noon (5 USD per person). They will also arrange ground transportation from wherever you are on Sunday.
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