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Costa Rica 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Experience three weeks of learning in paradise! Inspired by traditional Hatha/Vinyasa and Buddhism, Pranaluz provides personalized and experiential learning on the eight limbs and tools for solid spiritual practice. Go deep inside, find clarity, feel inspired, ready, and empowered to be of service and inspire others.

Meet the instructors

Ana & Carmen
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  • Meditation, Yogic Philosophy, and Kirtan
  • Inspired In traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa
  • Teaching skills to empower you to develop your teaching skills
  • 3 daily healthy meals during training days and breakfast during days off
  • Free time to surf, hike, and relax at the pool or beach
  • 22 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 10-20 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

There are a few rooms you can choose from for this yoga teacher training.

Junior Suite (For Single or Double Acommodation)

These suites have hot water, safe box, WiFi, A/C, roof fan, table, some with 1 queen size bed for 2 people and some other with double bed plus 1 single bed, open sky bathroom. They can host up to 3 people.

Monkey Suites (For Double or Triple Accommodation)

This comfortable apartments have a queen size bed and 1 or 2 single beds. They have a kitchenette, hot water, safe box, WiFi, A/C, roof fan, table, a garden view back porch and a private, open sky bathroom. They can host up to 4 people



Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Why choose Pranaluz for your 200 hours?

Begin your yoga teaching career

  • Explore the benefits and wisdom of the traditional science of yoga
  • Transform through self-observation and self-inquiry
  • Feel supported in your process through professional group and individual therapy
  • Go deep inside, find clarity, feel inspired, ready, and empowered to be of service and inspire others.

Deepen and develop your practice

  • Learn in a safe and healthy environment. Feel supported by your teachers along your journey.
  • Focus on providing you with all the teaching skills you need to feel secure, comfortable, and empowered to begin your teaching
  • Dive deep into yogic philosophy, learn the roots of yoga and the 8 Limbs- yogic philosophy and application, meditation, and asana
  • Feel empowered and ready to teach your unique gifts to others

Become an outstanding yoga teacher

  • Advance your understanding of what makes you unique and genuine as a teacher and find your voice
  • Develop and expand your sequencing and teaching skills to craft and teach an intelligent and insightful yoga class for diverse audiences
  • Acquire new tools to hold compassionate space and support your students on their yoga journey

This program is for

  • Anyone who wants to take a step towards a new career in yoga
  • A basic level of practice in asana and meditation is recommended
  • Students with injuries and health issues are encouraged to attend the course as all of the teachers will focus on inclusive yoga

What you will learn

Inspired by Hatha yoga

  • Highly qualified, mature, and experienced teachers with +15 years of experience
  • Inspired In traditional Hatha yoga and Vinyasa
  • Meditation, Yogic Philosophy, and kirtan
  • Teaching skills to empower you to develop your teaching skills
  • Anatomy and Mind-Body techniques
  • Asana Adjustments and Applied Modifications
  • The science behind pranayama techniques for Hatha yoga
  • The science of Ayurveda
  • Strong focus on meditation practice and teachings
  • Bhakti yoga and mantra chanting
  • Creative arts and music workshops
  • Art of intuitive sequencing
  • Group dynamics
  • Yoga Ethics
  • Enjoy, expand and awaken your artistic side - chant, dance, feel, move, paint
  • Engage in lasting and deep connections with other teachers and develop further your yoga career
  • Learn in-depth business and marketing skills to develop your yoga career, create retreats, workshops, and feel empowered and inspired
  • Time off for surfing, hiking, exploring nature
  • The asana focus is based on traditional Hatha yoga (sun/moon) and Vinyasa.
  • They offer additional focus to the science of yoga by offering contemplative studies in Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Eastern philosophies, and a strong focus on the spiritual aspects of the science of yoga.

Course curriculum

  • What is yoga
  • Yoga History
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • Philosophy: The Four Paths of Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga Biomechanics
  • Art of sequencing and teaching
  • Prana, Nadis, Chakras, Yogic Breathing and Pranayama techniques for Yin and Yang
  • Neuroscience of breath
  • Asana Adjustments, modifications, and adequate use of props
  • Asana principles
  • Daily meditation techniques
  • Daily pranayama techniques
  • Daily asana practice Yin and /or Yang, Hatha/Vinyasa
  • Bhakti Yoga (mantra and kirtan)
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The multi-dimensional layers of self ( Koshas, Vayus, and Chakras)
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mantra and Kirtan
  • Ethics for Yoga Teachers
  • Marketing and business
  • Group dynamics
  • 1-1 personalized approach
  • Intro to Thai Massage
  • The Science and ancient teachings of Ayurveda
  • Workshops, creative arts, music, fun!
  • Graduation Project teaching practice

Typical Schedule

  • 06:30-08:30 Morning practice (which may include: meditation, pranayama, and asana)
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00-13:00 Session 1 (which could include: Asana, Philosophy, or Teaching Skills)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30-16:30 Session 2 (which may include: Asana, Philosophy, or Teaching Skills)
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • Some evenings after dinner (kirtan, fire, lecture, sharing, movie, etc.)

Schedule may slightly vary according to ocean tides.


Upon booking you will receive the welcome package information with details on logistics of how to get to Malpais, required reading material, and additional information about the course and about Costa Rica to support you in planning your trip.

Included excursions

Surf class included (max. 4 people per instructor)


Ana Lucia Farina

Carmen Valverde

Retreat location

A truly unique place located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. Indigo Yoga Resort offers contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambiance and culture. Indigo is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the howler and capuchin monkeys hang in the trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds. The resort is situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast. Indigo's concept is inspired by living a healthy and natural lifestyle. They offer yoga, SUP, and surfing. They are blessed to be in one of the most 'wave rich' areas in Costa Rica if not the world. They are happy to arrange your activities and take care of all your concerns, offering you a stress-free holiday experience.

Mal Pais is the more peaceful part of the combined villages of Santa Teresa and Malpais. While in recent years Santa Teresa has seen a boom in development, Mal Pais has retained its laid-back, small village atmosphere with large patches of unspoiled nature.

This boutique hotel is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean—walks along with the beach or surfing dates in the sea are part of the daily routine here. Aside from exploring the area around Malpaís, they offer the various activities you can enjoy.

Unique features


  • Diving
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this yoga teacher training, organic, sufficient, varied and cooked with love is provided for you. The meals will include three vegetarian meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), except on days off. During the days off, only breakfast will be provided.

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
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
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)

  • Surf
  • SUP
  • Massages
  • Horseback riding
  • Canopy tour
  • Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
  • Montezuma Waterfalls
  • Snorkeling at Tortuga Island
  • Quad and buggy rental
  • Diving

What's included

  • 22 nights accommodation in a single, double or triple room
  • All classes, lectures, and workshops as per indicated in the program schedule brochure
  • 2 yoga teacher training manuals, course materials, and PDF files for suggested readings prior to the course
  • 20 days full board meals (no meals during 2 days off)
  • 1 surf lesson
  • A beautiful welcome gift package
  • 1-1 meetings and support from your lead teachers
  • 2 lead teachers and guest teachers
  • Kirtan nights, special events or movie nights, special workshop nights, and surprise guest teachers!
  • Sharing with experienced (15+ years) and professional teachers in diverse fields who will guide you along your path with nurturing and loving energy and much humbleness

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from the airport to San José, bus/rent a car/taxi to Malpais
  • Any additional meals and drinks not included in the itinerary (only breakfast is offered during days off)
  • Personal and visa expenses
  • Medical and Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Other suggested books and reading material recommended
  • Any additional healing treatments, massages, psychological support, transportation, or else not included in the program
  • Additional nights to the 22 nights included in the course, and or any nights after the course (but can be arranged upon request)
  • Bike rentals, nor any other shuttles or transportation
  • Any additional tours such as horseback riding, snorkeling, surfing lessons, etc.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. It’s only a five hour flight from most parts of the United States, and much closer to the East Coast than Hawaii is. The location, safety, reputation of its people for warm and generous hospitality, and the beautiful beaches and jungles have made Costa Rica one of the world’s top tourist destinations in recent years. To get to the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area, you can either fly from San José to the Tambor airport, or you can drive from San José to Puntarenas and take the ferry to Paquera. From there, drive south through Tambor to Cóbano. It’s pronounced CO-ba-no, not co-BA-no. Most people seem to get it wrong. From there you can drive to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, or Manzanillo, as well as Montezuma.

It’s another 20-30 minutes to Malpais from Cóbano. The total time from San Jose to Malpais is around 4-6 hours, mostly depending on how long you have to wait for the ferry in Puntarenas. Depending on the season, the ferry leaves every 2-3 hours. You can call 2661-2084 ext-4 to listen to a message that tells you the ferry schedule, but it’s only in Spanish.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
23 days / 22 nights
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Special discount

There’s a 10% discount for the national citizens of Costa Rica. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Tuesday September 13, 2022
(23 days / 22 nights)

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