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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Costa Rica.
You have arrived here for a reason. Something inside is asking to awaken. Now is the time to develop your unique gifts; to nourish your body, mind and soul and be a force for positive change in the world through yoga. Say yes! Yes to learning, practicing, sharing, finding your edge, going beyond it and inspiring others to join you on this magical path. Claim your spot on this powerful journey. This s the beginning of your adventure of lifetime infused with Vinyasa, meditation, mantra, ritual, Ayurveda, and dance, the Lakshmi rising yoga teacher training program is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world.
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 are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)
Lakshmi rising Vinyasa yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and ritual for health and awakening.
This approach is a revitalizing laboratory for uniquely experiencing and expressing self while mindfully honoring whatever exists in each present moment. This practice cultivates mental, physical, and spiritual strength and flexibility so that you are able to recognize and transform habits, patterns, and conditionings that cause suffering in any way. You will use the mat as a metaphor to understand where you are stuck so that you can eliminate that which does not enhance the unfoldment of your individual and collective evolution.
This 200-hour yoga teacher training intensive immersions in Costa Rica gives you three 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!
Below is a sample schedule that will give you a great idea of what your three weeks will look like while enjoying your training.
Another unique aspect of this training at The Sanctuary are the powerful nature rituals that are scheduled on both Sundays of the program. You will hike in the rivers to secluded waterfalls with intention, connection, and purpose.
Please let the organizer know where you will be on Saturday night so that they can arrange a shuttle for you. At The Sanctuary, they are 1 kilometer up in the jungle so guest arrivals and luggage transport must be organized ahead of time.
They serve a delicious lunch at 2:00 p.m. and their first training session starts at 4:00. This session is a required part of the training so please don’t be late! Plan your departure for the late morning on the final Saturday. The program ends after breakfast and check-out time at The Sanctuary is 10 a.m.
Please note the YTT schedule is very full and does not leave much unstructured time to explore on your own. Please come a few days early or plan a few days after the program to do that.
Lakshmi Rising 200 Hour YTT Curriculum
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.
Concepts such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements) and connecting vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored.
The books (e-books are fine) to purchase and bring with you are:
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 trainings, 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 trainings. 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. 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 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 optional surf lesson, lunch, shopping is required.
The skilled therapist will massage your muscles to address aches and pains and promote deep relaxation and healing.
They use locally made, anti-oxidant rich, fresh pressed organic extra-virgin coconut oil to nourish and pamper you.
Each treatment is specifically designed and intuitively customized to enhance your retreat experience. The cost is 80 USD for 60 minutes and 120 USD for 90 minutes
With over 20 years of experience in the healing arts, Dr. Liz Lindh can customize a treatment to meet your needs, answer questions, and bring balance to your body, mind, and soul. Expect a combo of integrative, functional and evidence based techniques with loving intuition, deep listening and authentic connection. Limited availability. The costs is 100 USD for 60 minutes.
Treat yourself to a relaxing chair or table massage specifically for the shoulders, neck, and scalp. This targeted treatment will relieve tension, promote balance, and feels fantastic! The cost is 25 USD for 15 minutes or 50 USD for 30 minutes.
Take care of those tired tootsies! This pressure point massage of the feet feels heavenly, and the benefits are remarkable! Many different healing traditions agree that there is a map of the entire body on the soles of our feet, our palms and also on our ears.
By massaging specific points, we stimulate a therapeutic effect elsewhere in the body. This treatment promotes circulation of vital energies and removes stagnation in specific areas that cause pain or illness. Wonderful on it’s own or a great add-on to any session! The cost is 25 USD for 15 minutes
and 50 USD for 30 minutes.
This treatment will release what ever may be stuck in your back and shoulders. This potent technique restores health by stimulating circulation and activating immune function. The cost is 50 USD for 30 minutes and 80 USD for 60 minutes (cupping followed by 30 min back, neck, and shoulders massage)
You will begin with a full body exfoliation using your choice of: organic mandarine lemon grown in the orchard blended with extra fine sea salt for uplifting and purifying or shade grown organic Costa Rican coffee blended with locally grown raw, unrefined cane sugar for stimulating and refining.
Both of these elixirs polish the skin, detoxify the body, invigorate the system, and clear negative energy.
After rinsing, your body will be nourished, and smoothed with locally made, fresh pressed organic extra-virgin coconut oil to soften the skin, soothe the muscles and leave you with a head to toe healthy glow. The cost is 100 USD for 60 minutes
and 140 USD for 90 minutes (can add 30 minutes of Reiki or extra massage for a custom 90 minutes treatment).
Gentle yet profound, this non-invasive treatment is focused on enhancing the health of the whole being. The client lays fully clothed on the massage table. Healing energy and intentions are directed towards specific areas on the body to promote the circulation of vibrant life force. This is deeply relaxing and restorative. Wonderful on it’s own or a great add-on to any session! This treatment costs 50 USD for 30 minutes or 80 USD for 60 minutes.
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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