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Come to Panacea de la Montaa for your Hatha yoga teacher training. Building on your personal practice, you will delve into the physical, historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of Hatha yoga with an intimate group of fellow yogis and yoginis. You will encounter challenges, and discover how to breathe and grow through them. You will have opportunities to work through old patterns to find your deeper knowing, creating a stronger connection to your truest self.
Lovingly carved into an ancient volcanic mountainside, Panacea de la Montaa provides the perfect atmosphere to absorb the teachings. These life-changing days, you will live on a mountain overlooking the Pacific with the space to immerse yourself in all things yoga - asana, pranayama, meditation.
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.
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.
Acquire skill in the use of props and modifying poses
Develop a personal plan for how you will move forward after the training
Discuss the basic history and philosophy of yoga, including the Hatha yoga Pradipika and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and understanding their relevance to teaching yoga classes
Examine the ethics of teaching yoga, and working to develop your own ethical code
Explore class sequencing
Learn how to use verbal cueing, demonstration, and adjustments to lead students into poses
Practice daily: asana, pranayama, meditation, mantras, bandhas, mudras, kriyas
Practice teaching and receive constructive feedback
Study anatomy and physiology, along with physical and energetic alignment as applied to the practice of yoga
Panacea de la Montaa 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 Montaa 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.
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At Panacea de la Montaa, 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.
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, scrugs).
Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport, also known as the Daniel Oduber International Airport. The airport is a 45-minute drive from Tamarindo.