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Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Transform your life and awaken your potential. This training provides a safe space to go deep into asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, functional anatomy and biomechanics, modifications, adjusting, teaching skills, intelligent sequencing, and how yoga is social justice work. You will experience what it means to live your yoga. Through the immersion, you will connect to the teacher within you and feel your 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.

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
  • Healthy and vegetarian cuisine
  • 21 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


21 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 5-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

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

The retreat has 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

Pre-requisite

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.

Overview

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.

The Panacea family surrounds you 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 teacher's teacher. You will also have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action in our local community. Panacea de la Montaña has an ongoing relationship with the Ecodesi senior center, 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.

Objectives

  • Discuss the history and philosophy of yoga, including the Bhagavad Gita 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 biomechanics 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, in-person and online
  • Learn the art of intelligent sequencing
  • Learn to make your classes inclusive and accessible for all students
  • Examine the ethics of teaching yoga and develop your own ethical code
  • Develop your mission statement for what you will do after the training
  • Investigate how yoga and social justice work intersect

A typical day

A Typical Day

You will start your day with a 2-3 hour morning practice. You will have fresh fruit and a coffee maker in your cabina for before practice, and a full breakfast after. The rest of the morning will be spent on what supports your understanding of yoga, from history and philosophy to how the body moves. Enjoy lunch and the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The afternoons will mainly be spent in the practical application of your new knowledge and practice teaching. You will develop and teach a full class by the end of the training, along with co-teach in a small group at other times. You will also spend time each day learning different breathing and meditation techniques, and get to observe how you are changed as a result. After dinner, you will have time to complete assigned reading, journal, reflect, and rest.

The days will fly by, you will be amazed at how much you learn, and how much will change as you are immersed for three weeks. You will be both happy and sad when it ends. While excited to go and share what you have learned, part of you will always look back at this precious time with longing. You will miss the soul connections you form with others you meet here. Come into the yoga bubble and see what happens!

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
  • After dinner: time for study, journaling, rest

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 your 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
  • The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

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 perfect 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.

Distances

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

Unique features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

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 Rica's 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 Pacific Ocean. There will be filtered water available all day. During breakfast, coffee, tea, and natural juice will also be offered.

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
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

In the area, you can go surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sunset tours on a catamaran, biking, diving, estuary, and nature tours snorkeling. On the Mountain, you can walk the labyrinth, mountain hike, and enjoy the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Spa treatments

Massages (relaxing, deep tissue, fascia release) and reflexology are available with prior notice and for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 21 days yoga teacher training and manual
  • 21 nights 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 the flight arrives when others coming in)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance and health insurance required by Costa Rica
  • Some airport transfers (if flight times do not coincide with others)
  • Any spa services
  • Dinners on Saturday nights
  • Required texts

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The airport is a 60-minute drive from Panacea. If your flight arrives within the time frame of others in the group, Panacea de la Montaña does include transport from the airport. If you are arriving either earlier or later than the majority of the group, you may need to pay for private transport, which they can help arrange.

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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This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Sunday February 27, 2022
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