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15 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • The Goddess Garden, Apartado 34 7302, Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica

Overview

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

This 200-hour yoga teacher training will give you the proper foundation for teaching yoga safely, confidently, and knowledgeably. You’ll learn the basic principles of yoga and will gain an understanding of the essential elements needed to deepen your inner awareness in your practice of yoga in order to be an authentic guide to others. Marianne’s teachings focuses on helping you uncover how to embody what you teach through a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Learn teaching methods and styles
  • Discussion on yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 14 days with instruction
  • English
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The Goddess Garden is a yoga teacher training center and yoga retreat center and most of all, an intentional place for yoga, meditation, and transformation in Costa Rica. The magic of the Costa Rican rainforest and the dance of the Caribbean Sea make the perfect combination to create this beautiful yoga haven.

The Goddess Garden is surrounded by huge jungle trees, which follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless and in reality, it is a temple. This beautiful setting will invite you to practice yoga and meditation.

The retreat center has two floors, where the view of the rainforest expands to almost 360 degrees. It is designed to give you a wonderful feeling, putting you in touch with nature during your yoga and meditation sessions. During your stay, you will have lodging accommodations of your choice with comfortable and restful rooms, comfortable beds, fans, en suite bathrooms, daily maid service, and linens.

This 200-hour yoga teacher training is true immersion at its finest. Upon completion of the training, you will earn a 200-hour certificate, will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance, and be able to continue your education with advanced yoga teacher training programs.

Marianne carefully selects her resort partners in Costa Rica to provide comfortable and secure lodging accommodations, delicious, gourmet vegetarian meals, and inspiring study areas - all of which are set in lush, tropical environments. This is the perfect retreat for getting away from the day-to-day worries of life to allow time for self-study and contemplation in an ocean side setting.

Teacher training curriculum

Techniques and practices

  • Explore modifications in asanas to best benefit the practitioner, including the use of props
  • Develop an eye for alignment, mastering how to make verbal cues and safe, and smart hands-on adjustments
  • Master practical systems; pranayama, meditation, chanting, and kriyas
  • Design balanced joyful classes with smart sequencing of postures

Teaching methods and styles

  • Master steady postures through in depth Iyengar yoga study
  • Be skilled in Vinyasa, Ashtanga primary series, Kundalini, Tibetan, Tantra, Restorative yoga
  • Understand yoga for children, for seniors, for pre, and post natal students
  • Develop your own teaching style based on who you are and who you can be

Yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle

  • In depth study of the yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Learn how to apply yoga’s philosophy into your practice and life
  • In depth study of the yamas and niyamas as they apply to your life and your teaching
  • Know how nutrition and lifestyle affect yourself and your students

Practicum

  • Learn by doing and teach a variety of mini-classes throughout the training with constructive feedback from your peers
  • Learn sequencing and staging of classes
  • Understand how to teach any and all students simultaneously with effective cueing and voice, use of props, alternative poses for the individual

The business of yoga

  • Understand your yoga business from both a local and global perspective
  • Be aware of the legal requirements you are responsible for as well as what yoga studios are responsible for
  • Build your brand through social media and modern marketing methods
  • Build your student following and understanding appropriate boundaries
  • Build community and being connected in life
  • Yoga Alliance and IAYT registry and membership
  • Continuing education and the best self-care for you

Requirements

Learn about Marianne Wells Yoga School

The first requirement would be to get to know Marianne’s background and her teaching philosophy, explore the difference between yoga vacation and yoga teacher trainings, and read more from Marianne’s past students. It is important that every person who chooses Marianne Wells Yoga School yoga teacher training understands who Marianne is and the why behind what she lives and teaches with her teacher trainings.

Be open-minded

The more expectations and preconceived notions you have about what your yoga teacher training will or should include, the less you focus on the experience you are having. The students who arrive in Costa Rica with a willing heart and the desire to move toward the life of a yogi have the most rewarding experiences.

Arrive healthy and well-rested

Yoga teacher training is not a two week detox, yoga bootcamp, retreat, or vacation. Being a yoga student with Marianne means two weeks of packed days where you must be fully present in body, mind, and spirit. Don’t start your yoga teacher training journey overly fatigued or with a body that is not well-prepared for the long (albeit extremely rewarding!) days.

Coming with a rested body and a focused mind will start you on your path to fulfillment as a yoga teacher. In addition, read as much as you can about yoga philosophy and history, the anatomy of yoga, and the various styles of yoga. Take as many different classes from a variety of instructors in different venues as possible. A broad experience base and an open mind will serve you well in this training course.

  • Marianne Wells

    Marianne's teaching draws on the traditions of Bhakti, Tantra, Hatha, and Vinyasa to help bring the ancient universal wisdom to modern seekers. Her multidimensional yoga trainings will inspire you to live from your heart, to find your peaceful inner strength, and to see the unity within our diversity.

This yoga teacher training will be held in The Goddess Garden in Cahuita, a small town in the south of Costa Rica, 40 kilometers south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction in Cahuita, where you can watch white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, iguanas, and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.

The Goddess Garden is 20 kilometers away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handy crafts, its black beach, or the famous Salsa Brava. At five minutes away, you will find the white beach of Cocles, a surfer paradise. Ten kilometers further south, you will enjoy the beautiful bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breathtaking white beaches.

Nearby places

  • Cocles beach - 5 minutes
  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 4 hours
  • Limón International Airport (LIO) - 45 minutes
  • Puerto Viejo, 20 kilometers
  • Punta Uva, 10 kilometers
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Conference room
  • Wedding

You will be served three delicious vegetarian meals daily. Drinking water, coffee, tea, and fresh juices are also available during your stay.

The Goddess Garden has its own restaurant, located near the conference center where they prepare delicious meals.

  • Book an Ayurvedic treatment
  • Enjoy a massage
  • Relax by the amazing Costarican beaches
  • Swim in a beautifully designed pool

The retreat center offers a variety of massages tailored to your specific needs. These are available at added fees.

You also have the opportunity to enjoy Ayurvedic massages for additional cost.

  • 3 delicious gourmet vegetarian meals daily
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • 200-hours of accredited study and Yoga Alliance professional certification
  • Airport transfers from and to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • Comprehensive Yoga Alliance curriculum
  • Drinking water, coffee, tea, and fresh juices
  • Ongoing professional mentoring from Marianne Wells after successful completion of the studies
  • Additional ground transportation
  • Airfares
  • Spa treatments and massages
  • Travel insurance
  • Yoga books for studies

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

For July retreat, you are advised to travel to San Jose no later than Friday, July 28, 2017, spend the night, and be present for group bus travel to Cahuita early morning on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Pick up locations will be emailed to you upon registration.

Alternatively, you can fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and take a domestic flight via Nature Air to Limón International Airport (LIO) which is only 45 minutes from The Goddess Garden. The Goddess Garden will be happy to arrange your taxi from the airport for an additional fee.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Marianne Wells Yoga School an inquiry.
  • Review by Bonnie Cywinski
    9 out of 10

    "The training I received surpassed my expectations in several ways. Although the correct transitioning into and out of poses, the sequencing of movements and the knowledge of safely aligning anatomy with placement was exceptionally taught and experienced, I was pleasantly surprised by the training of the other limbs of yoga. Breathing, meditation and sutra instruction helped me develop a deeper passion for yoga and gave me the tools to pursue a teaching career grounded in authenticity and mindfulness. The introduction of chakras and Ayurveda provided a breadth and depth of information allowing for future study. Marianne teaches with a compassion that makes me proud to be her student."

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  • Review by Abigail from New York, USA

    "You get one chance to attend your 200-hour teacher training. It's expensive. It requires weeks of time, away from careers and family. You need to make sure you're picking a solid program that you will connect with, that will bring out your inner teacher, give you the confidence to teach others, and most of all, in my opinion, shape you as an ambassador of yoga culture and community. Look no further. Marianne and Ron's teacher training is both classroom and nature-based. I had to cram for anatomy lessons, vibrate for chanting circles, and unleash my inner artist for chakra sessions. The program touches upon every aspect of yoga, beginning, and ending with an emphasis on safety and alignment, but exploring at least six different styles of yoga, daily sutra discussions, and more. Marianne's internationally renowned teaching is well-deserved. It is a pleasure to take her classes and intense to learn how to teach from her. She is so talented. Ron is instrumental to the program. I was impressed most of all with his take on yoga culture, how it has changed, and our roles within it - to learn its history and philosophy, and the importance of living yogic lives both inside and outside of the studio. The Wells yoga school takes full advantage of the jungle and beach surroundings, both encouraging and requiring quiet immersions in nature both solo and with others. It is impossible for one to not feel spiritually shifted after attending this school. I am so grateful I chose correctly for my 200-hour teacher training. Best of luck on your yoga journey, and enjoy this special time!"

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  • Review by Rolando Amorim

    "Simply one of the best experiences I ever had."

    "From the accommodations being humble yet comfortable in the middle of an amazing well-taken care gardens...the pool super refreshing and an amazing healthy food freshly cooked every time, made staying there really easy...An amazing staff at the resort who always went beyond their way to help me with any questions or problems I had."

    "The yoga course itself is almost impossible to describe...one of the things that everyone most experience it to understand it...not only for the physical side of yoga, but intellectual and spiritual...Marianne and Ron are amazing on what they do, loving, caring, and giving us all the knowledge and confidence to practice this amazing craft...with the help of their three teacher assistants, Cortney, Meagan, and Breda...made the whole learning curb really well balanced to capture all we need to know."

    "It is fair to say that the whole experience for me already has put me on a better path in every single angle that I see in my life from now and forward."

    "I am very grateful for the experience I had and I feel like I have made new friends and family forever."

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  • Review by Bre Sanassarian

    "Marianne Wells Yoga School is so much more than a teacher training. Marianne has built a community on love, kindness, and the teachings of really real yoga. On the first day, I learned that everything I thought I knew about yoga was wrong and was quickly taught that the asana's are much more than a pretty picture. Here I made a family that showed me nothing but support, I learned from teachers that gave me wisdom and guidance, and I realized more about myself than I ever thought to be possible. This experience was amazing and I know that I'll be able to use each and every resource that I was given to help spread Marianne's way of #ReallyRealYoga."

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  • Review by Diego and Elena from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Well, we just finished our YTT in Cahuita (Costa Rica) with Marianne Wells. It was our first experience with this typology and we can say it was great!"

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  • Review by Julia from Stockholm, Sweden
    9 out of 10

    "Theory (I would give a 10): Well prepared and easy to read. Some more presentations shall be sent via email, in order for us to concentrate on listening and not writing at the same time. Practice including the possibility to practice yoga as students and possibility to hold sessions as teacher (I would give a 7): For practicing ourselves I would put a 10 as there was a lot of practice, different yoga types, creative and fun, some of them totally new to me. I specially enjoyed the meditation as it was challenging for most of us to meditate for long. For possibilities to hold sessions, I would like to have more, even if it was just a mini session for 10 minutes but daily, starting from day 5 maybe.Professionalism (I would give a 10): Simply very high. I really like how Marianne's worked with us. Proficiency (I would give a 10): Even though it is really hard to evaluate as I only met Marianne during the teacher training, but I liked it very much that she is really very observant of every person, adjusts and spends time finding the best suitable position, no fancy staff, but healthy alignment, and grace in every posture. Education style (I would give a 9): Personally I did not mind many remarks about our behavior and rules. I fully understand that discipline was crucial in a group of over 40 people. I also am used to being in a school with high discipline from my ballet past. However, maybe its worth mentioning that in Europe especially Scandinavians would oppose, because they are not used being told what to do. I think that Marianne was positive, warm-hearted, and had a very nice humor which for me balanced the 'strict talks'. I appreciated hearing many personal stories and examples which Marianne strongly contributed to. Maybe all of this can be solved just by having a slightly smaller group of 30 persons maybe.Training layout/daily schedule (I would give an 8) - It was a tough start with very long hours. Good in a way for us to get accustomed. Later on we had few days with some free time around 5-5.30 p.m. and I would have preferred to have this extra half hour during the lunch break or some times during the day. Arriving from rainy cold Scandinavia with just a few hours of daylight, I starved for the light and sunshine. I went swimming every lunch break to stay awake. Personally that would help me to stay alert and do more yoga even practically in the evening. Venue (I would give a 10): very charming and nice people, fantastic food, good placement in the rooms, good with the absence of all distractions such as TV, bars, night life etc. Transportation (I would give a 10): everything was very smooth. Materials (I would give a 10): There could be just one example of a ready class, but on the other hand this is homework, because we got so much information about how to build sequences! Assistance and support (I would give a 10): It was nice to have Ron and two supporting teachers, always a possibility to ask some extra things. They all are very pleasant and knowledgeable people. I would definitely recommend this training to a friend if I was asked!"

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  • Review by Kiera from Colorado, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Marianne Wells 200-hour yoga teacher training is the real deal. It is what it says, intensive. The day starts at 6 a.m. and finishes at 7 p.m. You will be tired, sore, emotionally drained, and your brain will be on overload with anatomy and the sutras. Suddenly two weeks have flown by and you and your new yogi family will be crying like babies when Ron and Marianne cut the apron strings and send you on your way. This training was amazing. Marianne has studied under Iyengar himself, and passes on the tradition of yoga to us, a tradition that is being lost as yoga trends in gyms and elsewhere throughout the United States, the UK, and Europe. I feel honored I discovered this training. It has transformed me in a way I was not expecting, and I look forward to what this journey will continue to manifest in my life."

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  • Review by Francesca
    10 out of 10

    "Marianne and Ron Wells are wonderful, beautiful people.I wanted to review the school due to my absolute huge gratitude, appreciation and thanks for everything they taught me and brought into my life over the past two weeks in the beautiful rainforest resort of the Godess Garden in Cahuita, Costa Rica, and for providing me with one of the most unique, uplifting and special experiences I know that I will always treasure. There are not even the words with how happy I am that I completed my training with Marianne and Ron, and the experience has set my life up perfectly to honour myself confidently and happily to embrace the yogi lifestyle.I felt such love, trust, belief and understanding from both of them, all qualities that I wish to pursue in my life; and it is truly inspiring to have learnt and got to know them both, amazing how much positivity and acceptance that they both radiate, this also goes for the teacher assistants I had, Ashley Stewart and Alli Koski.I Have arrived home with a stronger, more positive mind, with the greatest love for myself and confidence I've ever had, and have many ambitions and excitement to constantly improve my personal practice and have lots of ideas to get teaching yoga.All the thankyous in the world to a wonderful yoga school and experience!"

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  • Review by Maribel
    10 out of 10

    "l learned so much from your program. Things I never heard, much less even considered, especially when it comes to using yoga for healing and the use of props. Ron's knowledge of anatomy was mind blowing and I know I've only begun to scratch the surface. In addition to all this, I also gained an insight into myself and a voice that I never had before. I became deeply connected to the universe and had one of the deepest spiritual experiences. I thank you for all that.At first I thought that the unpleasantries that occurred were an unfortunate outcome of a perfect storm (intense learning program, probably one of the rainiest seasons Goddess Garden has known, a larger than usual group, unspecified & unmet expectations), but I've changed my mind. Everything was a lesson. Everything you (consciously) put together and even those things the Universe (unbeknownst to you) decided should be part of the curriculum, made for an unforgettable experience that made clear for me my purpose on this earth, as well as taught me things I can't yet even name.I will highly recommend your program to anyone who would ask."

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  • Review by Denise
    10 out of 10

    "I feel honored to have had the opportunity to be your student and I finished the training with so much knowledge and a deeper understanding of myself on all levels. As I sit typing this message, I am in a restorative pose working on opening my hips! This is the very beginning of a life long journey for me which I believe will be greatly enhanced by the knowledge which you so kindly and openly shared.I am truly inspired by your openness and your sharing of deep and intimate aspects of your life and your journey as well as your practical teachings. I will teach my first class on Thursday 14th August (following some practice runs with my close friends). I will let you know how I get on and will keep you posted as my journey progresses.I really appreciate everything you have done and provided and I look forward to sharing the light which you have shone on me as I move forward in life.Wishing you a day full of wonderful moments, enjoy each one."

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  • Review by Amy from Naples, Fl USA
    1 out of 10

    "The best lesson I learned from Marianne Wells: be sure you know your teacher and take her class before you sign up for yoga school."

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  • Review by Lydia Petoskey from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Marianne is an incredible teacher and meets each student where they are at. She emphasizes the safety, alignment, and yoga basics while integrating the subtle and spiritual aspects of yoga as each student is ready. She is a deeply spiritual teacher and integrates compassion and humor in the most genuine heartfelt way. She has made me into a better student, a more educated yogi, and an aspiring teacher."

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  • Review by Reana Maitland
    10 out of 10

    "My time in Costa Rica with Marianne was very inspiring. I felt strong and confident in my own practice and excited to get home to continue working on what I learned to then be able to share that knowledge with my dancers and yoga students. She was a very well versed in her teaching practices and I felt like I was learning something every day. She was an experienced teacher and I learned so much from her and all of my time with her!"

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  • Review by Lianik Borlasca
    10 out of 10

    "Marianne is an excellent yoga teacher who make you to remember what's yoga and to be in balance and harmony with oneself and in comfort with the asanas. I highly recommend her teachings and vast knowledge."

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  • Review by Ashley Stewart
    10 out of 10

    "Marianne is an extremely knowledgable teacher and passionate about yoga. Yoga is more than an hour class, it is a lifestyle and you can clearly see that Marianne is authentic to the lifestyle. She has a strong open heart and shares very personal experiences to make deeper connections with her students."

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  • Review by Xinia Izel Gonzalez
    10 out of 10

    "One important thing I learned from Marianne was that we should listen to our body and start from where we are. Even when we have the desire to demand more of ourselves, we must respect our own process, understanding that at the point where we are is where we can learn about ourselves and to serve others.Marianne taught me that a smile is also a powerful asana, which can raise the mood and bring a sparkle to the practice. Her voice gives confidence to the student. And is a great voice to relax in savasana!With her wisdom takes us on a journey beyond the muscles and bones, as the holistic being who we are, and so, after a practice with Marianne, we feel alive and full of strength, joy and love."

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  • Review by Jamie Fox from British Columbia, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "As a new yogi, I was apprehensive about taking a teacher training, but Marianne respected and accepted me with where I was. The training was so thorough, I left feeling full of knowledge and ready to explore deeper. Marianne has a long history with yoga, which allows her training to be based on experience. She truly lives what she teaches and believes. She offers exceptional guidance and has great compassion for her students. The love you feel during her training is overwhelming in a wonderful way. All of the dots connected when I left her training. She is a wonderful teacher and someone I will thank for a lifetime for changing my life! Although I have little practical experience with yoga, I left the training confident in my ability to teach when the time comes for me. Highly recommend this training. Before you sign up for any other training program, take the 5 minutes to call Marianne and have a conversation. You will be glad you did!"

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  • Review by Barbara Gail from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I'm a graduate of Marianne Wells Yoga School, and will be forever grateful that I am! Her wealth of experience, generosity in passing on critical and usable information to students, support and faith in us as yoga instructors. She and her husband, Ron, are both outstanding teachers and present the material at a pace that is attainable and in a fashion that is accessible. As a freelance instructor in the arts for over 20 years, I know a professional teacher when I meet one. She expects the best from her students, and gives the best of herself. I can highly recommend her training."

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  • Review by Josie Sherwood from Las Vegas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have received both my 200 RYT and 300 RYT certifications through Marianne Wells Yoga School. Marianne has the knowledge, expertise, and experience in yoga to teach anyone. She not only knows and understands how to teach, but is a prime example of how to live the yogic lifestyle, she is a true yogini! Her trainings have changed my life and has inspired me to want to teach and change lives of others."

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  • Review by Colleen Verton from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Mariannes own in-depth studies of the multi-layered subject of yoga creates a curriculum that flows seamlessly from one day to the next, one subject to the next and one experience to the next. Her approach to the yoga sutras of Patanjali takes an ancient text and applies it without effort to the modern world. Beyond the teacher is an amazing and compassionate mentor and friend. In the four years since I graduated, Marianne has continued to help me on my path. With the knowledge I gained I have opened two yoga studios since 2008. This dream was made possible through Mariannes training. She taught me to trust myself and find the strength to live the life I was meant to live."

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  • Review by Jeff Boardley from Ohio, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Marianne Wells helped me uncover the teacher within. I never thought I would be able to teach but found the courage during her training. She provided me with the tools and knowledge needed to teach a yoga class without losing that deeper level of what Yoga has always been for me, a spiritual practice. Many blessings to Marianne for all she has awakened in me."

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  • Review by Chris Lane from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "For anyone considering another training program, please research carefully. Marianne is, without question, one of the brightest lights in today's yoga teaching community. Her teaching is inspiring and challenging, providing her students with unmatched training. We leave her program forever changed with the confidence and knowledge to make a genuine impact in people's lives. In a time when there are countless fly-by-night certification mills pushing out poorly skilled "teachers," Marianne's graduates play a critical role in maintaining the integrity and dignity of our rich yogic heritage. Thank you so much Marianne for your love, wisdom, honesty, and passion!"

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  • Review by Joe Sarti
    10 out of 10

    "Words will never do justice for the experience I had learning from this master of yoga. Marianne Wells will forever be my teacher, my master, and guide on my journey in yoga and beyond. Attending her school changed my life on levels beyond ones eyes. Marianne taught me what it was to be yoga, to teach yoga, to live yoga, and to guide others on their yoga journey. The key is that the lessons are beyond 'how to do poses' and they are a microcosm of life. I can say with confidence and through personal experience that what you learn during your time with Marianne will forever live in your heart, practice, and actions. I am beyond gratitude and every time I practice or teach I reflect what I learned and continue to learn from my time spent with Marianne and our training group. You will do yourself a favor, personally, professionally, spiritually or whatever it is you seek to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to practice with a living Master who is what she practices and teaches."

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Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica

Marianne Wells Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance-registered school offering one of the most comprehensive yoga teacher certification programs today.

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