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20 Days 200-Hour Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Panacea de la Montaña, Apartado 23 Villa Real, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste

Yoga Alliance Approved Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Transform your life and awaken your potential. This training, mountainside amongst the beauty of Costa Rican nature, provides a safe space to go deep into asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, functional anatomy and biomechanics, modifications, adjusting, teaching skills, and intelligent sequencing. You will experience Hatha yoga as an embodied path of clearing obstacles and finding clarity on how to live life to the best of your ability. Through the immersion this course offers, you will connect to the teacher within you and feel your personal practice grow from the surface of your body to the depth of your soul. You will understand the honor of taking the seat of the teacher, and see yourself become a confident guide for others. Our Panacea family surrounds us with love and support on this yogic journey. You will be nourished on all levels; with delicious, fresh, locally-sourced, vegetarian cuisine from our on-site chef, with the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and valleys, with the nurturing you will feel from the comfort and simplicity of our design, with the love from the crew of rescue animals, and you will be seen, heard, and guided well by a masterful and experienced teacher. You will also have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action in our local community. We have had an ongoing relationship with the Ecodesi senior center for some years, and a portion of your teacher training fee is donated to this organization. As part of this training, you will also volunteer your new yoga skills by co-teaching at Ecodesi.

Meet the instructors

Mary
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga asana practices
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Basic history and philosophy of yoga discussions
  • Verbal cueing, demonstration, and adjustments lessons
  • Intensive training with small cohort group
  • Free time to explore Tamarindo Beach
  • Healthy and vegetarian cuisine
  • 19 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

The retreat has six cabinas (cabin-like buildings), set apart from one another, and perched on the mountainside along winding pathways, offering breathtaking views of the countryside and the Pacific Ocean. They are Costa Rican wood framed construction with stone or tile floors, a porch, hammock, tile bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower with hot water, and adorned with handmade artwork. With the environment in mind, each cabina has a powerful ceiling fan and windows on both sides for cross ventilation.

Program

You will be taught techniques and practices that will enrich your knowledge to grow on your path of teaching yoga. The minimum requirement is to have had a committed practice of yoga for one year, and a desire to deepen your practice. It is not necessary that you have the desire to teach others, although that is what you will be qualified and certified to do at the completion of the training. Marys approach to the science and art of yoga is grounded in teachings that have been around for thousands of years.

You will learn the basic, and some of the advanced, asanas and how to teach them safely and effectively to a wide range of students. You will also practice and learn how to incorporate the other important limbs of yoga: pranayama, meditation, as well as bandhas, mudras, and kriyas. You will learn to use these yogic tools to find the greatest guru of all: your inner one. Through the Panacea yoga teacher training program, you will find the voice of your authentic inner teacher, allowing you to then share your knowledge in meaningful ways out in the world.

Objectives

  • Discuss the history and philosophy of yoga, including the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, understanding their relevance to teaching yoga
  • Practice daily: asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, bandha, mudra, kriya
  • Practice teaching daily and receive constructive feedback
  • Journal based on prompts to record your journey
  • Study functional anatomy, physiology, and bio-mechanics as they relate to a postural practice
  • Acquire skill in modifying poses and the use of props
  • Learn how to use verbal cueing and adjustments to make your classes work for everybody
  • Learn the art of intelligent sequencing
  • Examine the ethics of teaching yoga and develop your own ethical code
  • Develop a personal plan for how you will move forward after the training

Typical training schedule

Monday through Friday

  • 06:00 Morning practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Lecture / practicum
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Lecture / practicum / practice
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening discussion

Saturdays

  • 06:00 Morning practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Lecture / practicum
  • 13.00: Lunch
  • 13:30 Practicum
  • 16:00 Shuttle to Tamarindo Beach, free time, dinner on own

Sundays

  • 07:00 Morning practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:15 Lecture
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:15 Practicum
  • 17:00 Dinner and evening off

Required texts

  • How Yoga Works, by Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally
  • The Heart of Yoga, by T.K.V. Desikachar
  • Yoga Anatomy, by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
  • The Yoga – Sutra Of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft

Once you have applied and been accepted, you will receive an email with further information about what to read and do prior to the beginning of the training.

Instructors

Mary Byerly

Retreat location

A perfect location

Lovingly carved into an ancient volcanic mountainside, Panacea de la Montaña provides the perfect atmosphere to absorb the teachings. During these life-changing days, you will live on a mountain overlooking the Pacific with the space to immerse yourself in all things yoga.

Panacea de la Montaña is a retreat nestled in the mountains minutes away from many beautiful beaches on the North Pacific coast of the Guanacaste Peninsula, Costa Rica. Nearby this Costa Rica retreat is the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean and beaches that are surrounded by a panorama of scenic mountains. Against this magnificent backdrop of natural beauty, Panacea de la Montaña awaits you, ready to provide the prefect setting for your teacher training. The removal of all distractions, the lushness of nature all around you, the freshness of the air, and the space for reflection will all support the depth of your practices.

Nearby places

  • Brasilito Beach - 15 minutes
  • Conchal Beach - 15 minutes
  • Playa Grande - 20 minutes
  • Tamarindo Beach - 10 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

At Panacea de la Montaña, you will enjoy deliciously healthy vegetarian cuisine prepared by chef and owner Debbie Marcos, or directly supervised by her. The food is as local and fresh as possible, farm to table. With Costa Ricas climate, that means plenty of fruits and vegetables that are picked when ripe so the taste is vibrant. Menus are based on what is in season, fresh, and nutritious - chosen and prepared to support and deeply nourish you in your intensive study and yoga practice. All meals and snacks are served in the open-air dining room by the pool, with spectacular vistas of the lush Costa Rica mountain ranges and the peaceful valley below.

If you have any dietary requirements, please let them know when you make your reservations, and they will their best to accommodate them.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

In the area, you can go surfing, stand up paddlebroading, kayaking, sunset tours on a catamaran, biking, diving, estuary and nature tours snorkeling. On the Mountain, you can walk the labyrinth, mountain hike, get nurturing spa services (massages, facials, volcanic mud treatments, reflexology, scrubs).

What's included

  • 19 days yoga teacher training and manual
  • 17nights accommodation
  • All healthy vegetarian meals, except for dinners on Saturday nights
  • Limited hours Wi-Fi
  • Once per week laundry service
  • Shuttle service on weekends to the beach
  • Some airport transfers (if flight arrives when others coming in)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Any spa services
  • Dinners on Saturday nights
  • Some airport transfers
  • Required texts

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), also known as Liberia International Airport. The airport is a 60-minute drive from Panacea.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International 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 on arrival.

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